Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal is expected to win his fourth Ballon D’Or. Photograph: Getty Images.

July 5th, 2010 was a quiet day in Johannesburg for journalists covering that summer’s World Cup. The semi-finals were taking place over the following (...)

Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with manager Brendan Rodgers unable to guarantee him a place in the side. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

‘This has been the toughest decision of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time.”Considering that the d(...)

This article first appeared in Eight By Eight Magazine in March 2014. Last October (2013), 500 journalists attended the Institute of Directors (...)

Gèrard Depardieu’s Jules Rimet is scrupulously politically correct for a man who was born in 1873

The year 2014 in football will be remembered for many things, but the list will definitely not include Fifa’s movie about itself, United Passions. Fif(...)

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce of the first World War in  December 1914. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Last April, UEFA announced that they had invited the heads of state of Germany, France, Belgium, Britain, Ireland and Italy to a commemorative event t(...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to   Manchester United   at Old Trafford.  Photogreaph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal came to England with the reputation of a man with an inflated opinion of himself. When Ajax hired him in 1991, the trophyless 39-year-o(...)

Los Angeles Galaxy’s  Robbie Keane issues instructions to a teammate as Jermaine Jones of the New England Revolution looks on during the MLS Cup. Photograph: Getty Images  1:06

Robbie Keane has hitched up his shorts like Fabien Barthez and you can see the black kinesio tape on his hamstrings. He glugs down half a bottle of wa(...)

Luis Suarez: “Baby Football in Uruguay is physical and it’s aggressive.” Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

The superiority of South American strikers has lately become a much-discussed theme on this side of the Atlantic. Dennis Bergkamp suggests that Europe(...)

Robbie Keane (centre)  of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates after scoring a first half goal against Real Salt Lake in the second leg of the Western Conference semi-finals at StubHub Center on November 9th, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images 1:06

LA Galaxy v New England Revolution StubHub Centre, Carson, California, Sunday BT Sport 2 (Kick-off: 8pm Irish time) It’s nearly midday at(...)

Steven Gerrard applauds the Liverpool fans as he warms up at Anfield during Saturday’s match with Stoke City. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers admitted he felt a bit awkward about dropping Steven Gerrard when he saw that Liverpool had produced a special-edition Gerrard-tribute(...)