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(...)

Alex Ferguson, former manager of Aberdeen FC and Manchester United. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One day in July 2003 I found myself in Aberdeen, waiting for an evening flight home to Dublin. I decided to kill an hour or two with a walk out to Pit(...)

Morlock, West Germany’s inside right, scores against Hungary in the World Cup Final at Berne, Switzerland in 1954. Germany went on to become world champions with a 3-2 victory. Photo: Getty Images

Last July, the German weekly Der Spiegel printed a cover bearing the headline “Wir sind wieder . . . wer?” This headline was a play on words based on (...)

When Liverpool’s new signings arrived, they appeared to increase the options available to Rodgers, but in fact, between them, they don’t offer as many options as Suárez did by himself. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Brendan Rodgers made it all sound so simple. “It’s not so hard to bring the ball out from the back on the floor, you know.” The new Liverpool manager (...)

Luis Suarez was the sun at the centre of Liverpool’s solar system but he starts out at Barca as a peripheral satellite.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

There are many well-founded objections to the unfair economic systems that have resulted in the concentration of the world’s top footballers at a hand(...)