‘The world of football has possibly never known a man to distribute the ball like Xavi Hernández (L). Arguably only Andrea Pirlo (R) in the modern game can rival him in being so niggardly with possession.’ Photographs: Reuters and EPA.

Someone calculated that the gematria values – where a numerical value is assigned to a letter – of Xavi (56) and pass (55) and they are almost iden(...)

Brendan Rodgers: continues to work on transfer targets like Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke. Photograph: Steve Parkin/AFP.

Liverpool’s chairman, Tom Werner, and the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) president, Mike Gordon, are due on Merseyside this week to conduct the review into(...)

Patrick Viera: in the frame for the job of Newcastle United manager. Photo: Matthew Peters/ Getty Images

Patrick Vieira has emerged as a surprise contender to take charge of Newcastle United but Steve McClaren remains on the club’s shortlist, and the form(...)

Manchester United’s David de Gea had to be withdrawn due to injury, giving Victor Valdes his debut. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal There is a reasonable chance this might have been David de Gea’s final performance for Manchester United at Old Traf(...)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini during Monday night’s defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Reuters

Manuel Pellegrini’s position as the Manchester City manager is safe and there will be no knee-jerk reaction despite Monday night’s defeat at Crystal (...)

 Martin Keown of Arsenal goads Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Man Utd after Van Nistelrooy missed his penalty at Old Trafford in 2003. Photo:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

By an accident of scheduling the premiere of Sky Sports’ Invincibles documentary about Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003-04 title-winning season was broadcast i(...)

Just over a decade since he carved a dreamlike swathe through defences as the focal point of Arsenal’s “invincibles”, Thierry Henry will this weeke(...)

Gerrard is also only ever going to find himself suffering a crick in the neck gazing up at the Olympian pedigree of those who had the good fortune to play in the glory years. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Farewell then, Steven Gerrard. It has been emotional – not to mention glorious, thrilling and, by the end of a 16-year Liverpool career of operatic hi(...)

This article first appeared in Eight By Eight Magazine in March 2014. Last October (2013), 500 journalists attended the Institute of Directors (...)

Jose Mourinho has seen his Chelsea side undefeated for 23 matches in all competitions. Photograph: Reuters.

The pursuit of perfection can feel like a hopeless dream in football. Last week a hush descended upon the Etihad Stadium as Bayern Munich produced (...)