France’s  head coach Didier Deschamps kicks a ball during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

For a man once belittled by Eric Cantona as “a water carrier,” Didier Deschamps has certainly made a habit of carrying lots of trophies. French repor(...)

Ten-ish days in and there are way too many highlights to mention, but we’ll have a go - in reverse order: (3) Brian Kerr on the ref with the vanishing(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

‘Messi’s strike raised me from the couch and I cracked a window attempting the ‘Maradona Seven’ with an empty beer can.’

Saturday, June 14th16.50 How the Netherlands sizzled last night! Early days, but Van Gaal is as canny as a sack of Dutch Gold and his team, in yesterd(...)

Arjen Roben of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Spain their Group B match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Natal. Photograph: EPA

Day Two and Tony O’Donoghue and Kenny Cunningham were on the RTÉ couch, a particularly big one too for just the pair of them, the distance between (...)

Wayne Rooney reflects on England’s defeat at the hands of Germany in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The first international tournament I covered was the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea. I followed the Irish team and I didn’t see any England games. (...)

Actor and producer Charlize Theron walks up to me looking like . . . well, do you really need me to tell you she wasn’t exactly hammered with the ugly(...)

Republic of Ireland soccer supporters, such as Mr O’Fliorpál, could well be on their way to Brazil in June.

The Republic of Ireland looks set for a dramatic late call-up to the Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil after France’s participation in the tourna(...)

Richie McCaw and the New Zealand players after Sunday’s win over Ireland. “Everyone has a lot of faith in the group,” said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

A fuming Seán O’Brien was the first vital sign of encouragement on All Black Sunday. As the Irish flanker shuffled on his feet and shot back curt, (...)

Ireland make their way out to face Samoa last weekend at the Aviva Stadium.

The Aviva Stadium faces its most demanding challenge over the coming days.Croke Park did it this month in 2009, providing the canvas for Thierry Henry(...)