Roy Keane: The focus on the Alex Ferguson feud, the sport’s most tiresome quarrel, suggested that recent signs of a genuine softening in Keane’s thinking and perspective were deceptive. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

What’s your favourite Roy Keane story? Is it Robbie Savage’s voicemail, John Hartson’s crisps or Abba on the bus at Sunderland? Is it the one about th(...)

Roy Keane outlines the training ground bust-up that led to his departure from Manchester United in his new book ‘Roy Keane: The Second Half’.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Roy Keane has revealed he warned Alex Ferguson against taking on the Irish racehorse owner John Magnier and JP McManus in the Rock Of Gibraltar disput(...)

 Edin Dzeko of Bosnia and Herzegovina helps Toni Sunjic after he collided with teammate Muhamed Besic at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Iran 1Argentina played their part and won in Porte Alegre, yet Iran could not rouse themselves to take advantage and progress fro(...)

 Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has brought disipline to the Iran side during his tenure. Photograph: EPA.

With a solitary World Cup win to their name – against the United States on 1998 – another for Iran against Bosnia today would alone be cause for big c(...)

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini and Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi in action during the  World Cup Group F clash  at the Baixada arena in Curitiba. Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters

Nigeria 0 Iran 0It was a game that lived up to expectations – no goals, stodgy football, sadly matching the reputations of a defensive Iranian side a(...)

There is a neat symmetry about Iran lining out today in Curitiba: the tournament’s worst-prepared stadium hosts its worst-prepared team. What could p(...)

Iranian soccer fans take part in the farewell ceremony for the team before their departure to Brazil earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

Iran head to Brazil as Asia’s top-ranked nation but their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of a World Cup for the first time have been hampered b(...)

 Vicente del Bosque  celebrates as he lifts the World Cup with his team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11th, 2010. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque is inscrutable. It’s difficult to know what goes on behind that flowerbox moustache he sports. He never betrays emotion during a ga(...)

Iranian  head coach Carlos Queiroz. Photograph: EPA

Manager: Carlos Queiroz Best finish: Group stages (1978, 1998, 2006). World Cup record: Played 12, Won 1, Drawn 3, Lost 8 History I(...)