Ireland’s Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao of Brazil do battle at the UFC fight night on Saturday at the O2 in Dublin. Photograph: Rodrigo Romos/Inpho

The Dublin fighter is the big noise in what is the ultimate in crowd collaboration

Dublin’s Conor McGregor at the weigh-in for his fight with Diego Brandaoat the O2 Arena. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Dubliner back in his hometown and back in the ring for first time since August injury

Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal leads his team’s training session in Lagos, Portugal, last month.  Photograph: Koen van Weel  / EPA

The Dutch have a painful past in the World Cup, having lost three finals

Japan players huddle during a send-off ceremony for the World Cup  in Tokyo on May 25th.  Photograph: Toru Hanai / Reuters

It was a disappointing debut at France ‘98, with three defeats, but there has been progress since

 Vicente del Bosque talks with his Spanish players during a training session   at Las Rozas Sports City in Madrid, Spain, last month. Photograph: Alberto Martin / EPA

Once the perennial under-achievers, all that changed at Euro 2008 and they haven't looked back since

 Yaya Toure may be prone to a bit of a strop off the pitch but on it he’s the real deal. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

It could well be a case of third time lucky for the Ivorians after deathly draws in 2006 and 2010

Costa Rica’s first trip to the World Cup in 1990 was the most successful of their three to date

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, El Pistolero, love him or hate, he’s some player.  Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

Hosts of the first World Cup, the Uruguayans were also the first country to lift the trophy in 1930

Australia’s Tim Cahill holds the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.  Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

By far the most inexperienced side in the group, Australia are embarking on just their fourth campaign

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