Jackson Martinez, former Atletico Madrid player, poses for pictures with fans at an airport after he joined the Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC, in Guangzhou, China last month. Photograph:  Reuters

Last week we read that Chelsea’s on-loan striker Falcão had asked his favourite hairdresser to come from Manchester to London to give him a special k(...)

Running for office: Independent candidate Averil Power  canvassing in Artane, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I’ve spent 10 minutes following Finian McGrath as he canvasses in the Dollymount area of Clontarf on Monday evening, and already I’m taken aback by th(...)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates his side’s victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

You might have expected Mark Clattenburg’s final whistle to trigger an angry uproar on the slopes of the Etihad Stadium. The Manchester City supporter(...)

Leicester City’s  Riyad Mahrez  scores a stunning goal against title rivals Manchester City. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

One of the things that makes football a complicated game to analyse is that so much depends on your point of view. You can’t keep up with everything t(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martínez has been heavily critical referee recently. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

One curious aspect of Louis van Gaal’s struggle has been the way in which he has often seemed to acknowledge that his critics have a point. Van Gaal’s(...)

Olivier Giroud  runs past Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger  after he was substituted by Gabriel following Per Meterescaker’s sending off. Photograph:   Clive Mason/Getty Images

There was a great deal of booing in the Premier League over the weekend. Old Trafford saw the loudest boos, with the home fans now in open revolt aga(...)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during his side’s match against Manchester United at Anfield. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It had been a busy week for the players of Manchester United as they dutifully fulfilled their obligations to club sponsor Twentieth Century Fox by pl(...)

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane on the touchline during Real Madrid’s victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

‘It’s difficult to say who is the best player in the world. It’s like asking my daughter whether she prefers my wife or me. Not easy.” The scene was(...)

Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland:  usually a good man for a pre-match chat, but not this weekend, apparently. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

It was another bad weekend for Remi Garde. The Aston Villa manager saw his side beaten 3-1 at Sunderland, then found himself being sniggered at for pe(...)

Most of the indications in Germany are that Pep Guardiola has already agreed to join Manchester City next summer. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

It’s only a few weeks ago that a highly placed source on the Manchester United board was telling journalists that Louis van Gaal was a “genius manager(...)