Joachim Löw has lasted this long because his team has spent eight years roaming in the gloaming between success and failure. 1:50

In an age when professionalism and TV have caused the different styles of football around the world to converge, World Cup dugouts at least remain ple(...)

Germany’s forward Thomas Müller tired of the criticism. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Müller believes criticism of Germany’s performance against Algeria is exaggerated. The Bayern Munich forward says the main thing is they ma(...)

Nigeria’s head coach Stephen Keshi gestures during the Group F match against Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Asia may have been the biggest loser on the pitch with not one of the confederation’s four sides at this World Cup winning a game but African football(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi during yesterday’s game against Switzerland at the Arena de Sao Paulo. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Day 20 and Bill O’Herlihy warned us that “it’ll be messy after the break”, so you assumed Kenny and Richie were on punditry duty again. But it was act(...)

Germany’s Andre Schurrle scores the first goal in extra-time against Algeria in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Germany 2 Algeria 1 (after extra-time) Germany got there in the end. It had not been pretty for much of the first half and it was a war of attr(...)

Algeria’s head coach Vahid Halilhodzic : “We have not forgotten about . . . 1982.” Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP.

Thirty-two years is a long time to wait for revenge but for Algeria the chance will finally come when they take on Germany at the Estádio Beira-Rio in(...)

South Korea are well supported at the World Cup finals in Brazil. Photograph: Reuters.

South Korea v Algeria Sunday, 8pm Estádio Beira-Rio   Algeria scored their first World Cup goal in 28 years in their opener an(...)

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic feels the strain  during the World Cup Group H match against  Belgium at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Inexperienced Algeria were exposed by a much fitter Belgium side and ran out of gas in falling to a 2-1 World Cup defeat against the Group H favourit(...)

Belgium’s  Marouane Fellaini heads past  Algeria goalkeeper  Rais M’Bolhi  during the  Group H game  at Estadio Mineirao  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Belgium 2 Algeria 1Marouane Fellaini has endured the most miserable of seasons at Old Trafford but he helped break the hearts of a resolute Algeria si(...)

Belgium’s national team head coach Marc Wilmots:  has emerged as an intriguing figure in their rise and will be a key influence.

The Dutch like to joke about Belgian waiters, and among the fancied teams, Marc Wilmots’s side are this tournament’s most eminent waiters, their first(...)