Robbie Keane under pressure from three Georgian players during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The realisation that he was going to be substituted at half-time must have been up there among the most unpleasant moments of Robbie Keane’s 142-cap I(...)

Fionn Bracken from Douglas in Cork got great  Leaving Certificate results but admitted his first career choice would be to emulate his hero, soccer manager  Brian Clough (above, during his tenure with Nottingham Forest). File photograph:  Bob Thomas/Getty Images

Self-confessed football fanatic Fionn Bracken from Douglas in Cork acquired an enviable 615 points in the Leaving Certificate on Wednesday, but admitt(...)

Brazil legend Sócrates confronts Alain Giresse in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup in Guadalaraja, Mexico, which France won in a penalty shoutout. Photograph: AFP/Getty

In the tunnel in Guadalajara, Sócrates stopped. One of the giants of Brazilian football turned around. He wanted to shake the hand of someone a few(...)

The late football manager Brian Clough pictured in 1980, the year in which Nottingham Forest, his club, won its second consecutive European Cup. Photograph: Allsport UK

Industry get-togethers are often at risk of giving off an air of back-slapping, but the editor of the Connacht Tribune was more than alert to the dang(...)

Eden Hazard celebrates scoring Chelsea’s opener during their League Cup quarter-final win overDerby County ( Photograph: REUTERS/Darren Staples)

Derby County 1 Chelsea 3José Mourinho is closing in on a sixth major trophy that would end the “drought” of his second Chelsea tenure. The passage to (...)

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(...)

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino parted company with Darko Milanic after six games in charge. Academy coach Neil Redfearn is to return as permanent manager on Monday. Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA

Leeds’ managerial circus returned on Saturday night as trigger-happy owner Massimo Cellino parted company with Darko Milanic after six games in charge(...)

 Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Last Thursday, at different ends of Dublin, two of British football’s most successful club football managers gave an insight into their approaches and(...)

Actors Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, who play Virginia Johnson and William Masters in ‘Masters Of Sex’. Photograph: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Is sex more important than music, war, sports and vampires? Is sex more important than Nixon?Michael Sheen thinks so.The nimble Welsh actor has played(...)

George Best, tackled: Immortal
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Given all the ink previously devoted to George Best you’d be forgiven for thinking there was little new to be added to the subject, yet Duncan Hamilto(...)