Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff shows the name of Wales during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Wales?” George Hamilton’s exclamation was disbelieving, as though a little part of him suspected Oliver Bierhoff and Jérôme Valcke were playing some (...)

Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova starts a kiss-a-thon with Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke on stage during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images.

“And Djibouti play Swaziland.” (Silence.) No more than ourselves, George Hamilton tuned in to the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw a bit early, like whe(...)

Fabiam Delph’s Manchester City debut lasted less than 20 minutes after he injured a hamstring during his side’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City. Photograph: Reuters

Fabian Delph’s Manchester City debut ended with a suspected hamstring injury as Real Madrid claimed a 4-1 victory in the International Champions Cu(...)

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Belgium in the European Championship Group B clash in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

In another sign of the remarkable recent rise of Welsh football, Premier League outfit Swansea City are to establish coaching centres in Dublin, Belfa(...)

“I can’t remember ever any manager telling me ‘This is the way to play for a draw’,” said Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

No world class players. Just good, good players. Gordon Strachan, a familiar face and voice in his role as television analyst, enters the Lansdowne Ro(...)

Parallel parking: superyachts lined up in Port Hercule at the  “Business of Luxury” summit in Monaco. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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In Numbers: Currency Waterloo 180,000 Number of special €2 coins minted by Belgium to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterl(...)

Rory McIlroy is the 12th highest earning sportsman in the world according to Forbes having banked €42.7 million last year. Photograph: PA

Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been named the world’s highest-paid sportsman for the second year running after banking 300million US dollars (€266m). Acco(...)

At the memorial event for footballer Patrick O’Connell in The Mansion House were Mike O’Connell (centre) grandson of Patrick O’Connell with Steve Archibald (left) ex FC Barcelona and Scotland and Jimmy Nicholl (right) Ex Manchester United and Northern Ireland.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Really he should be one of Ireland’s most famous sons. The first Irishman to captain Manchester United, Irish Home Championships-winning captain in 19(...)

Neymar’s two goals against Bayern Munich in Germany  took  his run of goals at the sharp end of the season to 11 in 10 games. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Welcome to the Premier League then, Nathan. Or rather, welcome to wherever you’re off to next, which will, let’s face it, almost certainly be somewher(...)

Despite reports Harry Kane has attracted interest from Manchester United, Tottenham are adamant that they will hold onto him. Photo: Paul Currie/Reuters

Tottenham will resist any bids for their star striker Harry Kane this summer.Kane is regarded as one of the most highly rated forwards in the Barclays(...)