John Boye of Ghana scored an own goal against Portugal while no doubt  ‘doggedly focused on that suitcase filled with moolah waiting back in the hotel.’  Photograph: EPA

What a thrill it is to be here once again gazing glaze-eyed at a slowly oscillating green trapezoid populated with a selection of nondescript stick f(...)

England manager Roy Hodgson after the World Cup, Group D match at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

For much of yesterday’s action I was in the (disputed) land of football’s origin with, ironically enough, limited access to any World Cup coverage.(...)

Algeria’s Abdelmoumene Djabou celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against South Korea. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The Cup of the World Championship Global Challenge continues apace with an unexpected and somewhat cruel continuation right the way through an all too(...)

Spain’s head coach Vicente del Bosque reacts during his side’s  group B preliminary round match against Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: EPA/JUANJO MARTIN

As you may well have been shocked and saddened to learn, Dunphy casually tossed off a few uncharacteristically colourful words during Tuesday’s live (...)

Dutch striker Robin van Persie (centre) high-fives his dad in the parents’ enclosure  after scoring against Spain at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, 13 June 2014.  Photograph: EPA

So here we are - another year, another International Contest of Soccer Games. With 2013’s evidently lacklustre World Cup a fading memory - in fact, a (...)