Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah (L) and player Christian Atsu listen to a question during a media conference before the start of a training session in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

It has become like a tournament within a tournament – which nation can best screw up the payment of appearance fee money and ruin preparation for a vi(...)

Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates scoring his team’s second goal past Portugal goalkeeper Beto during the World Cup Group G game  at Arena Amazonia  in Manaus. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Portugal 2 USA 2 Silvestre Varela broke American hearts with a goal in the dying seconds, just as Jürgen Klinsmann’s team were preparing to celebrate(...)

Thomas Müller celebrates after scoring the second of his three goals in Germany’s 4-0 victory over Portugal in Salvador. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters.

It’s not unusual for protagonists with one eye on their next game to see the one they have just lost from a very particular perspective but for Portu(...)

Pepe clashes with Germany’s Thomas Müller in the incident which led to the Portugal defender’s sending off in the opening Group G World Cup clash in Salvador. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA. 1:25

Germany 4 Portugal 0 More than 500 years after the Portuguese first came ashore here in Salvador, their latest assault on Brazil is in danger o(...)

 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to missing an opportunity during the match at the MetLife Stadium. Photograph: EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo provided Portugal with a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup when he made a successful return from injury in last night’s(...)

Portugal’s Joao Moutinho (left)  after he colliding with Ireland’s Kevin Doyle  in the second half of their international friendly  ahead of the 2014 World Cup in East Rutherford, New Jersey, last night. Photogrraph: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

Portugal 5 - Republic of Ireland 1: No reprise of the mid-summer glories of 20 years ago as Ireland revisited a favourite old football haunt out in(...)

James McClean of the Republic of Ireland challenges Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the friendly international at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Portugal 5 Republic of Ireland 1: Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comforta(...)

David Meyler and Wes Hoolahan during the Republic of Ireland’s squad training session in the New York Red Bull ground yesterday morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maybe not quite the intoxicating scenes of 20 summers ago when the Irish and the Italians met on a famous World Cup afternoon in June but at least 50,(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) with physiotherapist Antonio Gaspar (left) and teamates Beto ( second left) and Raul Meireles (second right) during a training session at the New York Jets training centre in Newark. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao / EPA

Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to be fit for Portugal’s opening World Cup match due to tendinitis around his left kneecap and is almos(...)

The Portugal squad train in   Obidos, Portugal. Photograph: Paulo Cunha / EPA

Manager: Paulo Bento Best finish: Third (1966) World Cup record: Played 26, Won 13, Drawn 4, Lost 9 History Surprisingly enough, th(...)