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Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal talks with his players during a training session one day before their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Argentina at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph:  Manu Fernandez/AP

Won’t somebody think of the children? Thankfully someone did at Louis van Gaal’s press conference in São Paulo yesterday, when the manager was asked w(...)

Arjen Robben celebrates after the Netherlands penalty shootout win against Costa Rica, which set up a semi-final against Argentina. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

At the press conference after the Netherlands had, in the blink of an eye, turned Mexico’s victory into heartbreaking defeat in Fortaleza, poor, crush(...)

Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands  shakes hand with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal after being substituted during the  World Cup  round of 16 match against Mexico. The midfielder is out of the competition with a groin strain. Photograph:     Vassil Donev/EPA

Netherlands will be without defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong for the rest of the World Cup through injury.The 29-year-old was forced off nine minut(...)

 A distraught Mexican fan after their defeat at the hands of the Netherlands  in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

And so Mexico have done it again, falling at the second round stage for the sixth World Cup in succession after another agonising defeat for a nation (...)

 Luis Suarez: did something against England that superficially resembled Maradona’s immortal feat in 1986.

It might come as a surprise to those who automatically associate the word “Fifa” with bland corporate mediocrity to hear that the official Fifa movie (...)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands  celebrates his goal against Spain with coach Louis van Gaal at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The Netherlands have a lovely problem on their hands. How on earth do you follow a 5-1 victory over Spain? Australia are about to find out, alt(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during their 2014 World Cup Group G defeat to  Germany at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Silva / Reuters

The first round of matches at this World Cup has been a huge success, not least because this time, so many of the headline acts have delivered. Neymar(...)

Goalscorers Jeremain Lens (back) and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrate against Wales  in Amsterdam . Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos/Reuters

Netherlands 2 Wales 0Arjen Robben scored the first goal and made the second to give the Netherlands a winning send off before they head to the World C(...)

Bayern Munich manager Louis Van Gaal looks on prior to the Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 7th, 2010. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United expect Louis van Gaal to win the Premier League title next season and have given their new manager a €184 million transfer fund to r(...)

 Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale holds off Javi Martinez  as Philipp Lahm slides in during last week’s first-leg game at the Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale has declared himself fit and ready to play in tonight’s Champions League semi-final at Bayern Munich after missing Real Madrid’s 4-(...)

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