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A  view of empty seats during the Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at   the  Ekaterinburg Arena. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Fifa is investigating after thousands of seats were left unfilled for Uruguay’s World Cup match against Egypt in Ekaterinburg. Jose Gimenez proved Ur(...)

Jose Gimenez of Uruguay heads home the winning goal during the Group A game at the Ekaterinburg Arena. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Slowly, slowly, it had been coming. After 80 minutes in which almost nothing had happened, other than the non-appearance of Mohamed(...)

Uruguay will be favourites to top Group A at this year’s World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Uruguay 33-1 Russia 50-1 Egypt 200-1 Saudi Arabia 1000-1 The contenders Russia couldn’t have hoped for a much kinder draw as the hosts but they will(...)

Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker bit him in Natal. Photograph: Emilio Lavandeira/EPA

In the first half of Uruguay’s final group game against Italy at the 2014 World Cup, Luis Suárez launched a late, clumsy challenge on Andrea Pirlo, up(...)

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani could inspire Uruguay to big things at this year’s World Cup. Photo: XIN LI/Getty Images

Uruguay (33-1) Who are they? The World Cup pioneers are still enjoying the fruits of a golden age which includes the likes of Luis Suarez, Diego God(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  scores his third goal against Ecuador. Argentina’s victory sealed their place in the World Cup in Russia.  Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

1 Fear Germany They finished with 10 wins from ten games and scored 43 – more than anyone else in European or South American qualification. They con(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Harry Arter takes on  Uruguay’s Jonathan Urretaviscaya at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Harry Arter says that he will give it a day or two before he looks back on his performance against Uruguay and decides whether or not it was his best (...)

Wes Hoolahan (right) is in line for a starting spot as the Republic of Ireland   play Moldova in Chisinau on Sunday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland squad arrived in Chisinau last night without Robbie Brady, the Norwich midfielder who was left behind so as to continue his re(...)

England soccer manager Roy Hodgson  announcing his resignation  on Monday after England lost 2-1 to Iceland in their Uefa Euro 2016 clash in Nice, France. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

It was going to take something special for the England football team to recapture the headlines from England’s other big European exit but on a histor(...)

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(...)

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