We’ll Leave It There So – broadcasting legend Bill O’Herlihy – with the panel of John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady – ahead of the World Cup Final as he prepared for his final broadcast for for RTÉ Television. Photo: Steve Langan/Inpho

You know, Kleenex should have sponsored RTÉ’s World Cup final coverage, divil a dry eye in the homes of the nation. Ciao Billo. And Brazil.(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi during yesterday’s game against Switzerland at the Arena de Sao Paulo. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Day 20 and Bill O’Herlihy warned us that “it’ll be messy after the break”, so you assumed Kenny and Richie were on punditry duty again. But it was act(...)

Algeria’s Abdelmoumene Djabou celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against South Korea. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The Cup of the World Championship Global Challenge continues apace with an unexpected and somewhat cruel continuation right the way through an all too(...)

When the ball was at Wes Hoolahan’s feet against Portugal in the recent friendly at Meadowlands, one could relax and hope that just maybe, something thrilling and special was going to happen. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sight of Wes Hoolahan out there on the field in Meadowlands said it all. There were few green shirts on the trains leaving Penn Station for Mead(...)

Croatia’s players crowd around referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan after he awarded a penalty against them for a foul on Fred. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

And we’re off. “Is it not over yet?” asked a heathen yesterday, but to be honest, it did feel like the build-up to it all began when Methuselah was a (...)

Former World Cup winner with Argentina Ossie Ardiles with (L-R) John Giles, Bill O’Herlihy, Eamon Dunphy, Darragh Maloney, Ray Houghton, Kenny Cunningham, Richie Sadlier, Tony O’Donoghue, John Kenny and Ronnie Whelan at RTÉ Sport’s launch of its 2014 World Cup coverage. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Well, that was a highly stellar Montrose midfield on the couch: Ray Houghton on the right, Ossie Ardiles and John Giles working in tandem in the ce(...)

France players (from left) Patrice Evra, Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Paul Pogba at Clairefontaine, near Paris, last month.  Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Manager: Didier Deschamps Best finish: Champions (1998) World Cup record: Played 59, Won 28, Drawn 12, Lost 19 History France have (...)

“Obviously as an Irishman, I don’t know what a six-pack looks like” – Roy Keane on Ronaldo’s Mario Balotelli impression.

And to think there were those who thought Rory McIlroy should drop out of the BMW PGA Championship because his mind would most probably be all over t(...)

Winning line-up: Richie McCaw and the New Zealand squad with the Rugby World Cup trophy in 2011. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport/Inpho

TV3 has secured the rights to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Only TV3 appears pleased by this. Judging by the reaction, many rugby fans couldn’t hav(...)

How much effort went into calculating the impact of home advantage in the weekend’s league matches, quantifying the plus of Croke Park to Dublin, or the supposed terror of having to travel to Tuam to play Galway at football? Photograph: Inpho

It doesn’t matter what the sport is, statistical proof abounds that playing at home provides an automatic advantage, which only proves that wha(...)