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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal congratulates goalkeeper Tim Krul after a penalty shootout in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Costa Rica   at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Netherlands 0 Costa Rica 0 Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties Romance departed the World Cup in Brazil on Saturday night but not without a fight (...)

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout against Greece. Photograph: EPA

Ahead of a first appearance in the quarter-finals all Costa Rica is dreaming of glory And rather than any signs of nervousness at the exalted c(...)

Belgium’s  Vincent Kompany should be fit to play against Argentina. Photograph:   Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has shrugged off a groin injury and will be ready to face Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final, coach Marc(...)

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann: “Turns out, Jurgen Klinsmann was correct after all. The US was not ready to win it all. Not even close,” conceded Mike Tierney in the Los Angeles Times

“End of The World” was how the front page of the New York Daily News apocalyptically reported Team USA’s dramatic extra-time elimination from the Wor(...)

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard has been described by manager Jurgen Klinsmann as among the top five in the world. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

It was a refrain heard many times from the locals playing soccer with tourists on Natal’s Ponte Negra beach these last two weeks. “Oh, Americano! Ir (...)

Lionel Messi: made it clear a five-man defence is not a formation of which he approves. Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

I watched the first half of Argentina’s World Cup opener against Bosnia with a friend in a restaurant in Salvador, at half-time we talked about how ba(...)

 Belgian national soccer team captain Vincent Kompany during a training session. Photograph: Diego Azubel/Epa

Vincent Kompany, Belgium’s captain, jumped to head a corner kick during a World Cup qualifying match against Serbia last June. He hoped to land with a(...)

 Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has brought disipline to the Iran side during his tenure. Photograph: EPA.

With a solitary World Cup win to their name – against the United States on 1998 – another for Iran against Bosnia today would alone be cause for big c(...)

Record shop owner Randy Roberts: “The attitude to playing music here is very similar to Ireland, where I remember guys would head out with their whistle or whatever to meet their mates and play.”

It’s been generally sunny and hot this past week in Salvador, but when the rain strikes, as it often does at some stage over the afternoon or early(...)

Thomas Müller celebrates after scoring the second of his three goals in Germany’s 4-0 victory over Portugal in Salvador. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters.

It’s not unusual for protagonists with one eye on their next game to see the one they have just lost from a very particular perspective but for Portu(...)

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