Alexis Sánchez of Arsenal takes on Dani Alves of Barcelona during their Champions League clash which Barca won 2-0: “What surprised was the level of Barcelona’s superiority.” Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It was a German managed by a French man but it said something stereotypical about English football: Arsenal versus Barcelona on Tuesday night and as t(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “We have to score more goals  . . . but only one more than the opponent.” Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

For Manchester United, defence could prove the best way of mounting an attack on the Premier League title. After 12 games United have conceded (...)

George Eastham in action for  England in 1966. Photograph: Allsport UK /Allsport

George Eastham needed help. Eastham and his wife had moved into a new club-owned house in Newcastle but the garden was a mess, the grate on the firepl(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, watches Brendan Graham shearing a sheep outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin yesterday at the announcment of details of the World Sheep Shearing Championships, which runs from May 17th to 25th in Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheep were gambolling outside the Department of Agriculture yesterday. Did this signal the return to the days of the militant far(...)

Everton manager Roberto  Martinez inherited a solid goalkeeper, strong central defenders and intelligent attacking fullbacks. He arrived to find that half his work had already been done.

The credit managers get for beating Arsenal is undergoing Weimar-style hyperinflation. There was a time when slamming several goals past(...)

The organisers of the Golden Shears World Sheep-Shearing Championships have been inundated with calls from farmers offering sheep for shearing.

Call off the sheep. That’s the request from the organisers of the Golden Shears World Sheep-Shearing Championships which has been inundated wit(...)

As well as having their sheep clipped for free, farmers will get several rewards for loaning sheep to the event, including bonus prices for wool, free products and tickets to the event.

In the sheep world, it is the equivalent of getting a free hair cut from Vidal Sassoon or Trevor Sorbie. The Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing(...)

 October 12th, 1996: (left to right) Arsene Wenger  watches his first game in charge of Arsenal, a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers  at Ewood Park, alongside  assistant manager Pat Rice and physio Gary Lewin. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Allsport

Patrice Evra once considered the domination of Alex Ferguson, the success, the longevity, the aura, and then came up with the assessment: “Alex(...)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Mueller (left) argues with Borussia Dortmund’s Felipe A. Santana during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Dortmund earlier this month. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The only thing surer than a German winner of this Saturday’s Champions League Final is a blitz of bad tabloid puns on the run-up to it: lots of(...)