Alex Ferguson and  Manchester United’s new signing Wayne Rooney in 2004. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire.

Wayne Rooney challengedAlex Ferguson over why he hadn’t pursued Mesut Özil at the height of the stand-off that almost saw the striker leave for Manche(...)

Germany’s Mesut Ozil, right, and Sami Khedira at yesterday’s  press conference  in Cologne. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Dwarfed a little by the set-up at a Mercedes dealership in Cologne which appeared to have been inspired by New York’s Guggenheim, Mesut Özil seemed re(...)

Mesut Özil of Germany says his new club Arsenal can win the league.  Photograph:  Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images

Mesut Özil believes Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season while he’s also defended his professionalism after making a surpris(...)

Conor Sammon (left) has been selected to lead the line for the Republic of Ireland against Austria at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

A good many of those who are liable to be critical of Ireland ’s regular captain might wonder a little more about the wisdom of wishing him awa(...)