Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (left) and assistant manager Roy Keane react during the Uefa Euro 2016 draw in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: PA.

Euro 2012 was not Irish football’s finest hour, but it did leave us with one golden legacy. Once you’ve suffered the experience of being the worst-per(...)

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Italy coach Antonio Conte  knows his “spark of creativity” will  be a threat. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

They may have beaten Germany on the way to qualifying, but the Republic of Ireland’s record of just one win in 20 previous competitive games against E(...)

Algeria  coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned his position. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned following the Fennec Foxes’ successful World Cup campaign. The Bosnian saw Algeria into the knockout stag(...)

Belgium’s coach Marc Wilmots consoles  Toby Alderweireld  after defeat to Argentina in Brasilia.  Photograph: Dylan Martinez / Reuters

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots labelled Argentina as “ordinary” and criticised their spoiling tactics after his side went out of the World Cup after a 1-0(...)

Romelu Lukaku may have heralded a return to form with his extra-time goal against the United States in the Round of 16 game. Photograph:   Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Brasilia’s famed sense of order is likely to be swept away today as Argentina’s vast army of supporters descend on the capital. About 100,000 of them(...)

USA’s DeAndre Yedlin gives chase as Belgium’s Eden Hazard closes in on goal during their last-16 game. His coach, Marc Wilmots, will be looking for some inspiration from the Chelsea midfielder.

The football talk in Brazil this week has been all about emotion, and how the gladiators of the national team are struggling to control theirs. You ca(...)

Belgium’s  Vincent Kompany should be fit to play against Argentina. Photograph:   Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has shrugged off a groin injury and will be ready to face Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final, coach Marc(...)

United States players react after Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne (not pictured) scored his side’s first goal in extra-time of the World Cup Round of 16 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Belgium 2 USA 1 (after extra-time, 0-0 after 90 mins)Another dramatic night ended in extra-time with goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku giving(...)

 Belgian national soccer team captain Vincent Kompany during a training session. Photograph: Diego Azubel/Epa

Vincent Kompany, Belgium’s captain, jumped to head a corner kick during a World Cup qualifying match against Serbia last June. He hoped to land with a(...)

Belgium’s Divock Origi is congratulated by teammates Daniel Van Buyten and Axel Witsel after scoring a goal against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

After a 12-year absence from the tournament, two wins and early qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup should have meant Belgium goin(...)