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(...)

Richard Dunne: In the beginning, he must have looked an outside bet to become what he eventually did: a crowd favourite, brave to a fault and a player who carried the best of the qualities of the old era with him into the new. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

It is one of the great football images: Richard Dunne and Thierry Henry sitting together on the grass in Paris minutes after France and Ireland finish(...)

Manchester City and  Liverpool playing in the International Champions Cup  at Yankee Stadium  in New York’s  Bronx district on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Carlos Sepulveda is a 28-year-old LA Galaxy fan who has just watched his team suffer a 7-0 hiding by Manchester United at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.He paid(...)

France’s  head coach Didier Deschamps kicks a ball during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

For a man once belittled by Eric Cantona as “a water carrier,” Didier Deschamps has certainly made a habit of carrying lots of trophies. French repor(...)

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(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

‘Messi’s strike raised me from the couch and I cracked a window attempting the ‘Maradona Seven’ with an empty beer can.’

Saturday, June 14th16.50 How the Netherlands sizzled last night! Early days, but Van Gaal is as canny as a sack of Dutch Gold and his team, in yesterd(...)

Arjen Roben of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Spain their Group B match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Natal. Photograph: EPA

Day Two and Tony O’Donoghue and Kenny Cunningham were on the RTÉ couch, a particularly big one too for just the pair of them, the distance between (...)

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. (...)

Actor and producer Charlize Theron walks up to me looking like . . . well, do you really need me to tell you she wasn’t exactly hammered with the ugly(...)