Barcelona coach Luis Enrique first met Guardiola when they both played on Spain’s gold-medal winning football team at the Barcelona ’92 Olympics. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barça beat Córdoba 8-0 at the weekend. The team is humming, and its coach knows it. When Luis Enrique spoke about the draw for tonight’s Champions Lea(...)

Alexis Sanchez rounds Hull’s Steve Harper to score the third goal for Arsenal on Monday night. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

Alexis Sanchez became the first Arsenal player since Thierry Henry to score over 20 goals in his first season and manager Arsene Wenger said the Chile(...)

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal have been Europe’s best side in 2015. Photograph: PA

Theo Walcott has risked widespread ridicule by claiming that Arsenal are the best team in Europe this year.The Gunners had an unspectacular Champions (...)

Mourinho believes a new core of experienced players is emerging at Chelsea. Photograph: Reuters / Eddie Keogh

José Mourinho believes a new core of experienced players is emerging at Chelsea, taking over from such as the departed Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole,(...)

Thierry Henry is earning €5.6million as a football pundit on Sky Sports. Photograph: Getty

Oh, Thierry. It wasn’t meant to be this way. How did we get here? What happened? And is there a rewind button? Eight months into that giddily well-rem(...)

Arsene Wenger looks on during the  Premier League  match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor in Burnley yesterday. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby AFP Photo

As Turf Moor can represent the antidote to the Premier League’s shiny new stadiums, it served as an appropriate venue for a throwback to the old days(...)

Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

 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(...)

“That’s some unique s**t, man” was supposedly LeBron James’s reaction to being presented with a chart of every shot he had taken over the previous five seasons.   Photograph: Hans Deryk/Reuters.

“That’s some unique s**t, man”. That’s what Kirk Goldsberry says basketball great LeBron James told him when presented with a chart of every shot the (...)

‘Shay is a remarkable feature of this place. He left Ireland for Germany in 1981, working in bars and sleeping in digs until he could open his own place in 1985. A natural born publican, he is as comfortable in the role as you could possibly imagine.’

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. The following is one of the entr(...)