Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)

Manuel Pellegrini: “I don’t feel any pressure, especially from the media. I feel pressure only when I don’t see my team playing the way I want them to.” Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

One of the strangest things perhaps, after all the expenditure and all the grand plans, is the amount of time – and the total number of days might su(...)

 Neymar celebrates scoring against Real Madrid on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

That was a highly decent football week, especially for those from Dundalk and Madrid, the television highlight hard to choose because there were so ma(...)

Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho gestures during their Premier League victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, London. Photograph: Reuters

When Paul Merson is unimpressed by a player’s performance he is in the habit of declaring “he’s like a fish up a tree”, a curious enough assessment an(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan: struggling to control his inner chimp at The Crucible.  Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

It was only the week before last that sports psychologists were queuing up to offer advice to Luis Suarez to help cure his nibbling issue, one (...)