Dubliner Conor McGregor (left) has entralled the Irish public when he beat Diego Brandao of Brazil at the O2 Arena, Dublin, in a UFC fight in July. Photograph: Inpho.

On New Year’s Day 2011, Dustin Poirier made his UFC debut and began the journey towards his showdown with Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand Arena in Las(...)

Brazil captain Thiago Silva (left) and  coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (right)  during a press conference at Estadio National in Brasilia. Photograph: Robert Ghement / EPA

Luiz Felipe Scolari looks set to keep his job despite Brazil’s humiliating World Cup defeat to Germany. Brazil’s 200-million strong population was hop(...)

 Germany’s Toni Kroos  celebrates with Miroslav Klose  and Sami Khedira at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

On a shuttle bus in Fortaleza a couple of weeks ago I saw a famous former player who works in international football. He was chatting idly to a jou(...)

A Brazilian fan during the 7-1 semi final defeat to Germany  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: EPA

In the end, for Brazil, there was only humiliation. This 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany on an incredible, surreal evening in Belo Horizo(...)

Germany’s head coach Joachim Low attends a team training session at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

After days of persistent complaining by the locals about that challenge by Juan Camilo Zuniga on Neymar, Joachim Löw turned the tables pretty comprehe(...)

Brazil captain Thiago Silva  of Brazil is booked by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo during the World Cup 2014 quarter-final against  Colombia.  Photograpgh: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Thiago Silva will be suspended for Brazil’s World Cup semi-final against Germany and Fifa has also ruled out action by its disciplinary committee for (...)

 German coach Joachim Low  is eyeing a World Cup final place. Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

Germany coach Joachim Löw has warned hosts Brazil that his side will mean business when the teams meet in the World Cup semi-final, proclaiming: “We’r(...)

Injured Brazilian national soccer team player Neymar waits to be airlifted home from Brazil’s training camp inTeresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro. Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Brazilian coach Felipão did not bother mincing his words when he described Neymar’s enforced absence from the rest of the World Cup as a “catastrop(...)

Brazil’s Neymar grimaces after a challenge by Colombia’s Camilo Zuniga during last night’s World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. The playmaker has been ruled out of the tournament. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It felt like two victories for Germany in a single day: first France, then Neymar and Thiago Silva. When Felipe Scolari spoke doubtfully at the pre(...)

 Brazil’s David Luiz scores his side’s second goal from a free-kick against Colombia during the World Cup quarter-final at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Brazil 2 Colombia 1 It was a supremely ugly win for Brazil, but one they will have been delighted with before the crushing news that Neymar, th(...)