Chelseas Willian (centre) celebrates with Cesar Azpilicueta (top) and Branislav Ivanovic (left) after scoring the second against Schalke 04  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Bernd Thissen / EPA

Schalke 0 Chelsea 5Roberto di Matteo had been right to suppose sentimentality would go ignored against the team he had guided to Champions League succ(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa shakes hands with manager José Mourinho after being subbed at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

José Mourinho may be sorry for criticising the Stamford Bridge atmosphere but it appeared to have the desired response, with the Chelsea manager amaz(...)

James Collins of West Ham United confronts James McCarthy of Everton   at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Chelsea beat 10-man West Brom on Saturday to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League and also set a club record for starting the campai(...)

 Chelsea Diego Costa (left) misses an opportunity to score against West Brom    Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 0Chelsea’s title charge shows no signs of abating, with West Brom the latest side swatted away by Jose Mourinho’s men. (...)

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(...)

A late Toni Kroos goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory away to Spain tonight
Spain sunk by Kroos missile

Spain 0 Germany 0Between them, they have won international football’s last four major tournaments but for eighty-nine minutes Spain and Germany could (...)

Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque gestures during their Euro 2016 Group C qualifying soccer match against Belarus in Huelva. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque denies he is threatening injured duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas by saying it will be tough for them to get back i(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephanie Roche: will be up against some of the top stars in the game for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

As you browsed through the list of nominees announced this week for Fifa’s Puskas Award, granted to the scorer of world football’s finest goal in t(...)

Stephanie Roche: “It’s great for women’s football”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So, how did Stephanie Roche find out she was one of the 10 nominees for Fifa’s Puskas Award, the gong granted to the player deemed to have scored t(...)

Stephanie Roche’s stunning goal for  Peamount United against Wexford Youths has been shortlisted for Fifa’s  Puskás Award for the best goal of the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland women’s international Stephanie Roche has been named alongside world football superstars such as Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovi(...)