Stephanie Roche in action for Ireland against the US in a friendly in San Jose in May, a match the home side won 3-0. Photograph: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Upstairs in the clubhouse named after Bob Paisley, Sunderland Ladies football team are tucking into post-match chicken and steamed veg. There is a col(...)

Gerrard is also only ever going to find himself suffering a crick in the neck gazing up at the Olympian pedigree of those who had the good fortune to play in the glory years. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Farewell then, Steven Gerrard. It has been emotional – not to mention glorious, thrilling and, by the end of a 16-year Liverpool career of operatic hi(...)

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea are not at the top because of an easy run, they are there because their rounded squad has been improved due to  astute buys by a  superb manager.

On August 16th Alexis Sanchez, all €40 million of him, made his Arsenal debut in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Twelve weeks later, the man who bo(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a chance on the controversial striker Mario Balotelli and it has not paid off so far. Photograph: Getty Images.

When Brendan Rodgers spoke of the “calculated gamble” he had made in bringing Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, deep in his heart he knew that he was talk(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale heads home his side’s second goal in extra-time during the  the  Champions League final  against Atletico Madrid at Estadio da Luz  in Lisbon. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Real Madrid 4 Atletico Madrid 1 (after extra-time): Real Madrid secured a 10th European Cup when they snatched a stoppage-time equaliser before extr(...)

In pure trophy terms, Alex Ferguson is unmatched as Britain’s best manager. His 13th Premier League title represented the 49th time he had got his (...)