Fifa president Gianni Infantino:  recognises the increasingly important role of the United States iin world football.   Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Last Thursday afternoon the streets of Manhattan were flooded with spring sunshine, but Smithfield Hall NYC on 25th Street was full of people whose ey(...)

Former France manager Raymond Domenech says he was pipped to the Ireland job by Brian Kerr. Photo: Getty Images

No, I was not France’s public enemy No1,” insists Raymond Domenech. “I was No2, behind Sarkozy.” The quip is delivered with good humour because Domen(...)

Arsenal head to Barcelona looking to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit. Photograph: Reuters

One of the players most closely associated with Arsene Wenger’s early success at Arsenal has reluctantly suggested that it might be time for the manag(...)

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is under pressure after defeats to Manchestewr United and Swansea City. Photograph: EPA.

Last season it was August, the season before that it was March, the season before that it was January and the season before that it was March and Apr(...)

Alexis Sánchez of Arsenal takes on Dani Alves of Barcelona during their Champions League clash which Barca won 2-0: “What surprised was the level of Barcelona’s superiority.” Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It was a German managed by a French man but it said something stereotypical about English football: Arsenal versus Barcelona on Tuesday night and as t(...)

Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin will not feature in this week’s crucial Champions League tie. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss Manchester United’s final Champions League Group B game at VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Schneiderlin has(...)

Formula One driver Jenson Button and his wife Jessica who have been burgled on holiday. Thieves took  Ms Button’s engagement ring. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Formula One driver Jenson Button and his wife Jessica have been burgled on holiday, with fears they may have been gassed as they slept. The pair were (...)

‘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(...)