Wayne Rooney, scorer of United’s equaliser, is challenged by Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel during the International Champions Cup final in Miami. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Nobody ever said this was going to be easy. Even before Louis van Gaal’s appointment at Manchester United the general prognosis was one of grizzled an(...)

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(...)

Germany’s coach Joachim Löw   during a training session in Rio de Janeiro  ahead of their 2014 World Cup Final  against  Argentina on Sunday. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Joachim Löw wants Germany to make history in the Maracana on Sunday and then dominate world football for many years to come.After their 7-1 demolitio(...)

  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(...)

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero of Argentina saves the penalty of Dutch defender Ron Vlaar. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao / EPA

Alejandro Sabella believes the timing of the respective World Cup semi-finals puts his side at a distinct disadvantage as they pick themselves up afte(...)

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(...)

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal congratulates goalkeeper Tim Krul after a penalty shootout in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Costa Rica   at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Netherlands 0 Costa Rica 0 Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties Romance departed the World Cup in Brazil on Saturday night but not without a fight (...)

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the winner against Mexico in the second round of the  World Cup at Castelao   in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Mexico 1 We thought it was, plain and simple, too hot for football. Then Mexico scored and, in the burning heat of the second hal(...)