Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

As the World Cup begins, Joachim Löw is the longest-serving manager in the tournament, but he’s still pondering a question that probably should hav(...)

Philipp Lahm: “It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team.”

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has quit international soccer just days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil.“It is the right time for (...)

Construction workers take pictures as Germany’s 2014 Brazil World Cup squad proceed in an open-top truck through Berlin during a parade to mark the team’s victory over Argentina in Brazil. Photograph:   Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters 1:49

Joachim Löw and his four-star movement were given a heroes’ welcome as the World Cup joined forces with the Love Parade for a glorious Berlin comeback(...)

German captain Philipp Lahm in action in the World Cup final. Martin O’Neill says Lahm’s move back into defence was key to Germany’s triumph. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

Ireland may not quite get to test that old theory about it being a good thing to catch World Cup winners off guard in their next competitive game. Tha(...)

 Christoph Kramer of Germany lies dazed on the pitch during the  World Cup final but got up and continued to play for a further 13 minutes before finally coming off. Photograph: EPA.

Fifpro, the world players’ union, has accused Fifa of failing to protect players during the World Cup over its treatment of concussion and said footb(...)

Argentina captain  Lionel Messi  takes his medal off during the prize giving ceremony for the World Cup Final in Rio. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Diego Maradona has declared that Lionel Messi did not deserve to be chosen as the best player of the 2014 World Cup, suggesting the Argentina forward (...)

 Germany supporters celebrate their World Cup Final victory over Argentina in Berlin. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Berliners came together last night for the happiest finish in their history. As Brazilians go, this fourth World Cup victory – the first as a united G(...)

Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy with team-mates after final win over Argentina at the  Maracana. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Manuel Neuer hailed an “unbelievable” moment as Germany won the World Cup thanks to Mario Götze’s extra-time winner over Argentina in the final at the(...)

We’ll Leave It There So – broadcasting legend Bill O’Herlihy – with the panel of John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady – ahead of the World Cup Final as he prepared for his final broadcast for for RTÉ Television. Photo: Steve Langan/Inpho

You know, Kleenex should have sponsored RTÉ’s World Cup final coverage, divil a dry eye in the homes of the nation. Ciao Billo. And Brazil.(...)

Javier Mascherano  voices his disagreement to referee Nicola Rizzoli during the the  FIFA World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium in  Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

And so South America’s World Cup is over and it is a European side going home with the trophy. After all the pride in how the region’s teams perfor(...)