Conor McGregor (left) knocks out  Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at in Las Vegas. Photograph: AP

After 14 months of build-up and 13 seconds of combat, Conor McGregor is the undisputed featherweight champion of the world after levelling the legenda(...)

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor pose for photographs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, before their unification title fight on Saturday night. Photograph: Brandon Magnus/Getty Images

The original Phoney War lasted only eight months. The one leading up to Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor has gone on for 12. It seems like centuries ago tha(...)

Valencia’s new coach Gary Neville poses with his jersey during his presentation at the Mestalla Stadium last week: the former Manchester United defender is the eighth member of United’s 1996-97 squad to be appointed as a head coach. Photograph: Heino Kalis/Reuters

Last week, Alex Ferguson issued a communiqué to Sky Sports News, wishing his former player Gary Neville well in his new role as head coach at Valencia(...)

Andy Cole, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – three of Manchester United’s great players from 1990s. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Which was the greatest football team in history? The Brazilians of 1970? The Dutch AC Milan of the late 80s? The Barcelona of Guardiola and M(...)

‘Marca’ accused Rafa Benítez of playing his cards so close to his chest that in the end even he couldn’t see what was on them. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo

The day after a massive Real Madrid defeat is always the best time to consult the pro-Real Madrid Spanish press. “The Bernabéu demands heads” was the (...)

Man of the match Robbie Brady in action against Bosnia-Herzegovina  at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The last time Ireland qualified for the Euros, we learned to be careful what we wished for. A team that was two years past its peak ultimately couldn(...)

Frightened football fans gather on the field of the Stade de France. At least one of the three suicide bombers  had been intercepted by security as he tried to enter the stadium.  Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Under normal circumstances the last few minutes of Ireland’s play-off in Bosnia could have been described as rather thrilling, as Robbie Brady burst f(...)

“If Ronaldo has cut himself off from the world, it’s because the rest of us have given him no choice.” Photograph:  Juan Medina/Livepic/Reuters.

Today a new documentary film about Cristiano Ronaldo gets its worldwide release. Directed by Anthony Wonke and executive-produced by Asif Kapadia, who(...)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stands with his coaching staff on the pitch after Liverpool’s 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Ian Kingron/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Forty-five minutes after Chelsea had lost to Liverpool, José Mourinho stood with his coaching staff in the centre circle. Initially they appeared to b(...)

Tim Sherwood reacts after Aston Villa   concede their second goal during the  Premier League  match against Swansea City at Villa Park. Photograph: Paul Ellsi/ AFP Photo

Taking the Aston Villa job has in recent years become the Premier League managerial equivalent of marching on Moscow. History tells us it usually d(...)