New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal:  “It is the biggest club because of world renown but in sport you are never the biggest unless you’ve proved it every season.” Photo:  Martin Rickett/PA

Louis van Gaal says he is only interested in winning the Premier League in his first season at Manchester United. The Dutchman has, however, asked f(...)

Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 3-0 defeat to   the Netherlands in the  2014 World Cup third-place play-off at the Brasilia National Stadium. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Brazil players apologised to fans on Saturday night after another hugely disappointing World Cup performance in the third-place play-off match, which (...)

Daley Blind of the Netherlands celebrates his goal against Brazil with teammates Ron Vlaar (left) and Georginio Wijnaldum  at the Brasilia National Stadium. Photograph: Ruben Sprich / Reuters

Brazil 0 Netherlands 3Brazil were booed off the pitch in Brasilia as their disappointing World Cup campaign ended in another humiliating defeat. Robin(...)

 James Rodriguez of Colombia:  the 22-year-old has a bright and rewarding future ahead of him if this tournament is anything to go by. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

An early contender for my tournament highlight came in May several weeks before a ball had been kicked when Fifa emailed to confirm the approval of th(...)

Fans of Brazil react after their loss to Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Reuters

Where were you when Germany hammered Brazil, granddad? The stadium media centre (“SMC” to young people) at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo has i(...)

Thomas Müller scored scored five goals for Germany at the 2014 World Cup prior to the final against Argentina. Photograph: EPA.

On my first day at the 2014 World Cup I walk into the media centre under the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. It’s early on the morning of Tuesday J(...)

  Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero reacts after making his first penalty save. Photograph:   Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The Argentinian press hailed Sergio Romero’s “Hands of God” after the goalkeeper’s penalty shoot-out heroics earned victory over Holland in Wednesday(...)

 Dutch coach Louis van Gaal  (second left) looks on during the the semi-final against Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo.  Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World C(...)

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(...)

Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal talks with his players during a training session one day before their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Argentina at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph:  Manu Fernandez/AP

Won’t somebody think of the children? Thankfully someone did at Louis van Gaal’s press conference in São Paulo yesterday, when the manager was asked w(...)