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 (...)

Roddy Doyle and Roy Keane walk onto the Aviva Stadium pitch for the launch of Keane’s biography The Second Half. Photograph: Alan Betson.

At one point in the process, said Roddy Doyle, his mother reckoned he was beginning to sound like the man with whom he was working. “Have you got a Co(...)

Cesc Fabregas scores Chelsea’s opening goal  during the Champions League Group G match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 on September 17th  last at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Home has always been a portable concept in football, but it is still hard to recall a more complex collision of domestic loyalties than Cesc Fabregas(...)

Alexis Sanchez challenges Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko during their Emirates Cup game. Arsenal paid Barcelona €39 million for the player after he starred for Chile at the World Cup finals in Brazil. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

In his early days at Barcelona Alexis Sanchez was given the nickname “Cachai?”, which translates loosely into English as “do you understand what I’m s(...)

Manchester City players: The team walked off the pitch in Croatia after claims of racist abuse against Seko Fofana. Photograph: Richard Sellers/Getty Images)

The Croatian Football Federation has confirmed it will be looking into claims that Manchester City’s Seko Fofana was racially abused during an elite d(...)

Manchester City abandoned their under-21 game with HNK Rijeka in Croatia on Tuesday after an alleged incident of racist abuse towards one of their pla(...)

Ten-ish days in and there are way too many highlights to mention, but we’ll have a go - in reverse order: (3) Brian Kerr on the ref with the vanishing(...)

Wayne Rooney reflects on England’s defeat at the hands of Germany in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The first international tournament I covered was the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea. I followed the Irish team and I didn’t see any England games. (...)

Yaya Toure: is unhappy at the lack of acknowledgement afforded him by City on the occasion of his birthday last week.

Yaya Toure is on a collision course with Manchester City over his future after supporting his agent’s claim that he is unhappy – but the club are dete(...)

Arsenal players ride on an open-top bus with the FA Cup trophy this afternoon. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

In their thousands they waited, but after nine long years what was another few minutes around the red-and-white streets of Islington?“This is where I (...)