France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his second goal against  Honduras  at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Photograph: EPA

Honduras 0 Switzerland 3Four years ago to the day, Honduras held Switzerland to a scoreless draw in South Africa, denying Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side a pla(...)

Switzerland’s Philippe Senderos in action during the 5-2 defeat against France  at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Switzerland meet Honduras in their final World Cup Group E game seeking to banish bad memories of 2010, when they scraped a goalless draw against the(...)

Ecuador’s Enner Valencia scores past Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares  during the World Cup Group E  match at Arena Baixada  in Curitiba. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters

Ecuador 2 Honduras 1 Many may have feared the worst about this battle of the Group E outsiders but in the end there was a lot to enjoy. Especia(...)

France’s Karim Benzema (left) fights for the ball with Osman Chavez (centre) and Maynor Figueroa of Honduras during their fractious Group E encounter at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

After both countries lost their opening matches Honduras and Ecuador face each other in Curitiba today with their World Cup futures on the line. In Gr(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scored twice against Group E rivals Honduras  at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.  Photograph: Armando Babani / EPA

France 3 Honduras 0The painful memories of South Africa will soon begin to fade if this is a sign of things to come from Didier Deschamps and his play(...)

Young spectators show their support to french players Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium in Ribeirao Preto,  northwest of Sao Paulo, in recent days. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre tomorrow – although their penchan(...)

Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza  controls the ball during their international friendly  against Israel at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Aaron M. Sprecher / EPA

There will be more than one Luis Suarez at the World Cup in Brazil and while the Uruguayan superstar may be targetting glory in the final, his Colomb(...)

Manager: Luis Fernando Suarez Best finish: Group stages (1982, 2010) World Cup record: P 9, W 0, D 3, L 6 History Quite a debut in (...)