On this particular occasion at least Louis van Gaal brings something other than his renowned tactical know-how and relentless faith in youth to the party.

The headline writers had Wesley Sneiijder and his Dutch team-mates plotting a revenge mission against Spain in Salvador tonight which might well have (...)

Defender Jaiyah Saelua prepares for the crunch tie against Tonga at the World Cup qualifiers in Apia, Samoa

In 2001, American Samoa’s attempts to qualify for the Fifa World Cup ended in a 31-0 thrashing at the hands of Australia – the worst defeat ever recor(...)

 Jordi Murphy: “It’s always the ultimate test against Munster.”

When Jordi Murphy heard his name called out on that Tuesday morning he matter-of-factly accepted a reality that had been a childhood dream (at (...)

Neymar: Barcelona’s marquee signing in the summer is struggling to find his form after controversy over his multi-million euro move from Santos.

On Sunday, Barcelona will play Real Madrid at the Bernabéu stadium. Clásicos tend to define a season in Spanish football, this year’s encounter(...)

 Javier Mascherano of Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead the Champions League quarter-final second-leg match against Manchester City.  Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Javier Mascherano faced Barcelona’s executioners and said: “Don’t kill us yet.” As the pressu(...)

Barcelona’s Dani Alves at yesterday’s press conference where he defended team-mate and compatriot Neymar.

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has defended his team-mate and compatriot Neymar, claiming the forward has only been criticised in recent weeks f(...)

Sven Kramer of the Netherlands skates to gold during the men’s 5,000m speed skating race at the Adler Arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The Dutch oompah band played Sex Bomb and Hands Up Baby, Hands Up. Four cheerleaders, pom-poms a-shimmer, gyrated out front for all they were worth. W(...)

An emotional Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal receives the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 trophy at the Kongresshalle  in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has banged his head against the brick wall for four years; now the brick wall has given way. Ronaldo was apparently doomed to be for(...)

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere denies being a smoker after photo suggests otherwise. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has reiterated his stance against smoking after being photographed with a cigarette and receiving a stern warning(...)

Pep Guardiola, head coach of FC Bayern directed a lot of anger at his old club.  Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has tried to stick to German in all his public appearances since becoming the coach of FC Bayern. As he fumbles charmingly for the right(...)