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(...)

 John Delaney: “I now understand that while I was travelling and uncontactable there was some confusion through a third party around the background of a video which appeared and where it happened which led to misunderstanding.”

Tony Fitzgerald turned 71 the day before he was elected unopposed as the new president of the FAI at the AGM last July. As he took the gold chain o(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (centre) at the Emirates Stadium. “ Van Gaal’s new style looked more like Italian football – let the others play, then kill them on the counter.” Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Manchester United’s victory at Arsenal on Saturday had Louis van Gaal’s fingerprints all over it. United’s disciplined five-man defence and lethal cou(...)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist:  target of abuse from unhappy supporters. Photograph: Getty Images.

At 2:30pm on Saturday I sit down in the upper tier of the Copland Stand. After the fervour of Celtic Park on an international night, Rangers versus Al(...)

Richard Keogh heads the ball clear during last night’s European Championship qualifying match at Celtic Park in Glasgow. Photograph: AFP/Ian MacNicol

The day before the match, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan had promised Celtic Park would become Scotland Park for the night. For the first few minute(...)

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar with Russian deputy prime minster Igor Shuvalov and Fifa president Joseph Blatter (centre) in December 2010 after the announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Photograph: EPA.

John Major used to tell a story about walking through the Kremlin with then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin some time in the mid-1990s. “Boris, in one(...)