# World Cup

This year
Late drama as Spain beat Sweden to reach World Cup final
In a frantic finale, Olga Carmona scored the winner in the 89th minute at Eden Park.
Late drama as Spain beat Sweden to reach World Cup final
In a frantic finale, Olga Carmona scored the winner in the 89th minute at Eden Park.
N'Golo Kante set for Saudi Arabia move
The midfielder will reportedly join Karim Benzema at Al-Ittihad.
Last year
Injury-plagued French World Cup winner leaves Barcelona on loan
Samuel Umtiti has signed for Serie A side Lecce.
All time
Rapinoe wins World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot
The 34-year-old may have played her last game in the competition.
Rapinoe knocks out hosts and fires USA into World Cup semi-finals
They will now meet England in the competition’s last four.
German coach Loew blocked from meeting Ozil at Arsenal training - report
Ozil retired from international duty in July, citing ‘disrespect and racism’ within the German Football Association.
'I'm fine' - Argentina legend Maradona allays health fears after requiring medical assistance
The 1986 World Cup winner was in attendance as the Albiceleste edged out Nigeria in dramatic fashion on Tuesday to book their place in the last 16
'Some players, it will really affect them when they see their name in the papers'
Ray Parlour believes certain England players will be feeling the pressure at the World Cup in Russia.
'Of course I'm interested' - Sven throws hat into the ring for Australia job ahead of World Cup
The experienced Swedish coach is open to guiding the green-and-gold in Russia.
Sweden's ecstatic players gatecrash their TV pundits' analysis
Victor Lindelof says the side’s unshakeable “belief” in their own ability was the key factor.
Absolutely brilliant bedlam as Costa Rica qualify for World Cup after last-gasp leveller
As always, the local TV coverage is well worth a watch.
Uefa qualifying is down to the wire but things in South America are just as captivating
With one round of games remaining, six teams are still in contention for four spots.
Lionel Messi may not be at next year's World Cup, as Argentina's qualification hopes suffer blow
Chile, meanwhile, are also facing an uphill fight to qualify.
Incredible! War-torn Syria qualify for World Cup play-offs after last-gasp equaliser
Omar Al Soma is forever guaranteed national hero status.
Video refereeing will be used at next year's World Cup for the first time
Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has confirmed the news today.
World Cup-winning star leaves Stuttgart after city centre fight
The club have parted company with Kevin Grosskreutz after an altercation that left him needing hospital treatment.
How will it impact Ireland and more talking points from the 48-team World Cup decision
The new format will see an increase from 64 to 80 games.
Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man gets 12-year football ban
The 54-year-old Frenchman had previously denied any wrongdoing.
Is the World Cup about to get a major makeover?
A proposal to increase the tournament to 40 teams will be discussed later today.
A Liverpool cult hero has just landed himself an international management job
Rigobert Song will take charge of African country Chad.
One of the greatest ever footballers looks set to be banned by Fifa amid internal chaos
Franz Beckenbauer is at the centre of controversy this time.
One of the greatest World Cup goals ever is 17 years old today
The moment of genius secured a last-gasp 2-1 victory and sent the Dutch team into the semi-finals.
Now's probably a good time to remind you of this epic takedown of Fifa
John Oliver touched on nearly every contemporary criticism of the organisation.
'World's worst team' one step closer to World Cup qualification
Bhutan’s journey continued on Tuesday as they moved past Sri Lanka 3-1 on aggregate.
Rivals weep as Joachim Loew signs new German contract
And the 55 year-old is gunning for another World Cup too.
2014 was a big year for sport, and here were the most watched events on Irish television
BOD’s farewell reigned supreme in the ratings.
How well do you remember the 2014 World Cup?
Are you a genuine expert or is your knowledge about as reliable as USA Soccer Guy’s.
'He was 'f**king dreading it' - My 2014 sporting moment
Don’t ever change, Eamon.
'He got screwed by the French press' - Manu Petit on Henry's infamous moment
The former player also suggests it might be better if France was “overrun by the Germans”.
13 years ago today, David Beckham delivered for England with this cracking free kick
Becks has probably never struck a ball sweeter than this, and that is saying something.
Can you help this Irish team to compete against Cafu and co at the World Cup in Brazil?
The Ireland 7s team are hoping to compete on world stage at the end of the year.
FIFA president Blatter to stand for fifth term, says luxury watches are a 'non-problem'
The 78-year-old has been FIFA’s leader since 1998, but has faced growing criticism from European football chiefs.
Pique: Van Gaal said I wasn't 'tough enough' to be a centre back
The Barcelona player also claimed he is not one of the best defenders in the world on current form.
'The end of an era': Where did it all go wrong for Spain at the World Cup?
Gaizka Mendieta and Guillem Balague give their thoughts on the Spanish team’s failure one month on.
Twitter reacts as Richard Dunne retires from international football
The site was full of praise for the Irish defender, and particularly his famous Moscow display.
Richard Dunne announces his retirement from Ireland duty
The player earned 80 caps for his country, scoring eight goals in the process.
Guillem Balague on why Lionel Messi had a disappointing World Cup final
The Spanish football expert also played down criticism of FIFA’s decision to give the Golden Ball to the Barca star.
2018 World Cup should not be held in Russia - UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg
In the aftermath of the the airplane crash in Ukraine, the politician claims the host nation should be changed.
Neymar's brain activity while playing less than 10% the level of amateur footballers
The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.