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The 2018 World Cup could prove to be Lionel Messi’s defining tournament. Photograph:  Agustin Marcarian/Getty

Argentina - 9-1 Croatia - 44-1 Nigeria - 200-1 Iceland - 200-1 The Contenders Argentina might be the clear favourites, but Group D is a potentially (...)

Bundee Aki at Tuesday’s Ireland Rugby press conference, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It seems safe to presume that no Ireland player will have more familial support on this tour than Bundee Aki, but the way he tells it, this comes(...)

Dennie Bergkamp scores his wondergoal in Marseille. Photograph: Georges Gobet/Getty

Bobby Moore never got a bathmat wet in his life. Mike Summerbee, who sometimes shared a room with Moore on England trips, said he was “the only man wh(...)

Cameroon’s François Omam-Biyik celebrates his goal against Argentina. Photograph: David Cannon/Allsport

Of the great World Cup upsets - the USA’s victory over England in 1950, North Korea’s over Italy in 1966 and Algeria’s over West Germany in 1982 proba(...)

Argentina’s World Cup hopes will hinge on Lionel Messi. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty

Argentina (9-1) Who are they? Lionel Messi turns 31 during this summer’s tournament. If he is going to emulate the great Diego Maradona by leading A(...)

Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi has been left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Mauro Icardi, the joint top goalscorer in Italy’s Serie A this season, was left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad on Monday as coach Jorge Sampaoli n(...)

 Marcus Rashford: “At his age, what he’s doing is more than enough and the experience he’s getting at every level is more than enough for us to be happy,” said manager Jose Mourinho.  Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has dismissed concerns over Marcus Rashford’s lack of game-time as the World Cup approaches, putting the ball in Gareth Southgate’s cour(...)

Shane O’Donoghue’s early score gave Ireland false hope against a lethal Argentina side. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Ireland 3 (S O’Donoghue, S Murray, E Magee) Argentina 5 (G Peillat 3, L Vila, J Gilardi) Ireland put in a marked improvement against Olympic gold me(...)

The detail that went  into the play leading to Conor Murray’s crossfield box kick wiper that could have given Adam Byrne an opening for a try against South Africa is unbelievable.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

According to Clonbur’s John-Joe Holleran, “what God left out even Joe Schmidt won’t put in”. This is relevant to Irish sport as style and game plan is(...)

James Ryan and Iain Henderson form a an interesting second row partnership for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Can we give meaning to tomorrow’s clash of old, old adversaries? A whole new Irish team back in play after two autumn victories; eight with single f(...)

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