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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Belgium’s Divock Origi  shoots to score a late winner in the  World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Belgium 0 Russia 0 If there was one man you could guarantee would stand aloof from the general joie de vivre of this World Cup, it was Fabio Capello. (...)

Even when out of the spotlight, poor Moyesie is in it.

More Moyes misery When will the torture end for David Moyes? Even while on a sabbatical after his ill-fated tenure at Old Trafford he still ca(...)

Eamon Dunphy left  Bill O’Herlihy pale-faced after a four-letter word slip.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Day Six and Richard Sadlier’s cheeks were sizzling when Tony O’Donoghue introduced him as “the thinking woman’s Eamon Dunphy”, the implication being, (...)

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic feels the strain  during the World Cup Group H match against  Belgium at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Inexperienced Algeria were exposed by a much fitter Belgium side and ran out of gas in falling to a 2-1 World Cup defeat against the Group H favourit(...)

Belgium’s  Marouane Fellaini heads past  Algeria goalkeeper  Rais M’Bolhi  during the  Group H game  at Estadio Mineirao  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Belgium 2 Algeria 1Marouane Fellaini has endured the most miserable of seasons at Old Trafford but he helped break the hearts of a resolute Algeria si(...)

Belgium’s national team head coach Marc Wilmots:  has emerged as an intriguing figure in their rise and will be a key influence.

The Dutch like to joke about Belgian waiters, and among the fancied teams, Marc Wilmots’s side are this tournament’s most eminent waiters, their first(...)

Steven Defour of Belgium celebrates after scoring a goal during a qualifying match against Scotland at Hampden Park. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Last year Cardiff City striker Frazier Campbell spoke fondly of the formative season he once spent on loan at Royal Antwerp, Manchester United’s feede(...)