John Delaney has put on a hell of a show over the last 10 days. When do you ever see hubris followed by nemesis in such short order?

On Thursday, after an incubation period of almost a year, the story of Fifa’s payment of €5 million to the FAI at last broke out of Ireland via social(...)

FIFA president Sepp Blatter delivers the surprise news of his departure to press conference at the Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA/Ennio Leanza 2:49

There’s a scene in Fifa’s astonishing movie about itself, United Passions, in which the newly elected Fifa president, Sepp Blatter (Tim Roth), warn(...)

Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner was suspended by world soccer’s governing body for corruption in 2011. Photograph: Getty.

When Jack Warner was first suspended from Fifa for corruption in 2011, he was full of fighting talk. “I tell you something . . . you will see a footba(...)

Sepp Blatter celebrates as he is re-elected as Fifa president after the only other candidate, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, withdrew from the second vote during the 65th Fifa Congress in Zurich. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images.

Watching an incredible week in the history of Fifa unfold from this distant corner of planet football, we can be grateful to one man for helping us(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks on grimly during the thrashing at Stoke. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

“Performances like today don’t help me and I’m fully aware of that.” It was a hell of a time for Brendan Rodgers finally to grasp the art of understat(...)

Liverpool fans hold up flags, banners and scarves to honour Liverpool’s English midfielder Steven Gerrard. Photo: Getty Images

Last night, FC Midtjylland beat FC Copenhagen 2-0 to effectively seal their first-ever Danish league championship. Midtjylland’s upstarts have (...)

 After the 2013 treble Pep Guardiola’s challenge was no longer to take Bayern to the next level, but to maintain the standards set by his suddenly illustrious predecessor. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters. 1:54

Many neutrals find Chelsea a hard club to like, but one night in May 2012, they were briefly Germany’s second-favourite team. Chelsea were playing Bay(...)

Leicester manger Nigel Pearson and Newcastle manager John Carver chat  on the touchline of the King Power Stadium. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to win the Premier League yesterday, but nothing that happened at Stamford Bridge – not Eden Hazard’s penalty, nor John(...)

Chelsea’s John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic show how much the point gained in draw with Arsenal means to them. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Gety Images

The nil-nil is one of football’s enduring image problems. People who don’t get the sport wonder how you can play any game for 90 minutes with nobody h(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish looks to evade Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel and Emre Can during an impressive display in the FA Cup sem-final. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Xavi Hernandez is one of those players of whom people say: he makes the game look easy. He’s also the first one to argue that it’s not really like (...)