Jon Walters scored a peach and then missed a golden opportunity in Ireland’s friendly win over Uruguay. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty

Friendly international football in June usually equals disinterested performances by disinterested players in front of disinterested crowds. Two years(...)

 Cyrus Christie celebrates scoring the Republic of Ireland’s  second goal with Jonathan Walters, Jonny Hayes, Shane Duffy and Jeff Hendrick during the friendly international against Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 3 Uruguay 1 If this game was supposed to represent the midway point in the metamorphosis between a side set up for a post season (...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez during the Copa America Centenario football match against Venezuela in Philadelphia. Photograph: Getty Images

A goal by Salomon Rondon gave Venezuela an upset 1-0 win over Uruguay in Philadelphia on Thursday that put them on the verge of the Copa America Cente(...)

Joachim Löw has lasted this long because his team has spent eight years roaming in the gloaming between success and failure.

In an age when professionalism and TV have caused the different styles of football around the world to converge, World Cup dugouts at least remain ple(...)

James Rodriguez of Colombia shoots and scores his team’s first against Uruguay at Maracana . Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

After an opening run-out in the provinces – Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá – James Rodríguez saw his travelling World Cup show explode onto one of f(...)

Luis Suarez. Photograph: EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

The Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has branded the four-month suspension handed to Luis Suarez an act of “barbarity” that breaches the Liverpool striker(...)

 In a still image taken from TV footage,  Luis Suarez carries his son Benjamin as he waves to supporters from the balcony of his house in  Solymar on the outskirts of Montevideo. The Uruguay football federation has launched an appeal  against the striker’s nine-match ban for biting. Photograph:  Reuters/Television Nacional Uruguay

Luis Suarez’s defence against a charge of biting an opponent was that he lost his balance and hit his face on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoul(...)

Uruguay are likely to try to hit Colombia them on the break through their  one remaining world-class player, striker Edinson Cavani (right). Photograph: EPA

Inevitably the Luis Suárez situation has overshadowed the build-up to today’s second round match. And while he will be absent the disgraced striker(...)

A woman passes a wall painting of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Following its vehement defence while waiting on Fifa’s judgement, all Uruguay is today grieving with the condemned Luis Suárez, thrown out of the W(...)

A Uruguayan fan holds a sign in solidarity with player Luis Suarez while waiting for his arrival outside Montevideo’s Carrasco international airport . Photograph: Carlos Pazos/Reuters

Following its vehement defence while waiting on Fifa’s judgement, all Uruguay is today grieving with the condemned Luis Suárez, thrown out of the Worl(...)