Barcelona’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Spanish first division soccer match against Elche at Nou Camp stadium. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Lionel Messi wasted little time in finding his stride as he struck twice to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Elche and hand new coach Luis (...)

Spurs’ Hugo Lloris, who was allowed to overrule his club doctor and return to the pitch having sustained a serious head injury in collision with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, was truly shocking. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Players losing consciousness or suffering concussion will not be allowed to play on next season after the Football Association set out strict guidelin(...)

Rioters clash with police in Buenos Aires following Argentina’s defeat to Germany in Sunday night’s World Cup Final in Brazil. Photograph. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

‘Tell Me How You Feel Now’ was Monday’s gloating front page headline of Brazilian sports daily Lance!All month the Argentine fans at the World Cup hav(...)

 Christoph Kramer of Germany lies dazed on the pitch during the  World Cup final but got up and continued to play for a further 13 minutes before finally coming off. Photograph: EPA.

Fifpro, the world players’ union, has accused Fifa of failing to protect players during the World Cup over its treatment of concussion and said footb(...)

Javier Mascherano  voices his disagreement to referee Nicola Rizzoli during the the  FIFA World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium in  Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

And so South America’s World Cup is over and it is a European side going home with the trophy. After all the pride in how the region’s teams perfor(...)

Bea O’Hara and Rafaela Calabrese at Guiry’s Bar, Main Street, Foxford

One south Mayo town is bedecked in blue and white this weekend as it prepares to take on the world and win.When Argentina turns out against Germany in(...)

Argentina fans descend on Copacabana Beach, Rio, yesterday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Such have been the numbers of Argentine fans trundling around Brazil to games at this World Cup that the faint rumble of their convoy returning to Rio(...)

Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a penalty kick by Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Michael Dalder / Reuters 2:22

Netherlands 0 Argentina 0 (Argentina win 4-2 on penalties)All night long through what was a disappointing semi-final, the Argentine fans revelled in t(...)

Javier Mascherano celebrates after Belgium defeatedg Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

When Argentina’s players gathered on the sideline before extra time against Switzerland last week, it was noticeable that captain Lionel Messi did not(...)

 Angel Di Maria celebrates  with team-mate Lionel Messi after scoring Argentina’s winning goal in extra-time during the World Cup Round of 16  game against Switzerland at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Anyone who is following the World Cup from Brazil has to have been struck by the enormous pressure on Neymar, the 22-year-old who is carrying the coun(...)