Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has brought his high intensity tactics to England. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Two games in five days, both 1-1 draws, both of the highest quality and played out with a ferocious intensity. There are plenty of reasons to believe (...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the winning goal Photograph: Reuters/Juan Medina

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2 Cristiano Ronaldo hit a late winner to hand 10-man Real Madrid a shock 2-1 win in a fiery El Clasico and end Barcelona’s (...)

An old ball with the words “Thanks, Johan” is seen during a memorial event for Dutch soccer player Johan Cruyff at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona and Real Madrid clash in another eagerly-anticipated El Clasico at the Nou Camp on Saturday. Here’s a look at some talking points ahead of (...)

Barcelona will pay further tribute to club legend Johan Cruyff by wearing a shirt with the inscription Gràcies Johan on their shirts for Saturday’s cl(...)

Dutch and French players applaud during a tribute to the late Johan Cruyff during the friendly international at the Amsterdam Arena. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters/United Photos

Netherlands 2 France 3 France captain Blaise Matuidi struck late to snatch a 3-2 win over the Netherlands in a thriller as fans and players paid trib(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

A fan  poses with a  jersey of late football legend Johan Cruyff outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona yesterday following the death of the Dutch footballer. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty

“Johan Cruyff was not scared of anything,” Txiki Begiristain recalls. The Dutchman’s players, on the other hand, were. At least to begin with, before(...)

Johan Cruyff dribbling past Argentina goalkeeper Daniel Carnevali on his way to scoring a goal during the World Cup quarter-final on June, 26, 1974 in Gelsenkirchen in Germany. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Johan Cruyff, who has died in Barcelona aged 68, was the greatest European footballer of all time. He was also the principal architect of the modern E(...)

Johan (Hendrik Johannes) Cruyff, footballer, born 25 April 1947; died 24 March 2016

Johan Cruyff, who has died aged 68 of cancer, once said his qualities as a footballer were undetectable by a computer. It was surely true that a comp(...)

Johan Cruyff has died aged 68. Photograph: Getty

It’s the defining image of the 1974 World Cup; the defining image of the great Dutch team of the 70s; the defining image of one of the most talented, (...)