Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (centre) at the Emirates Stadium. “ Van Gaal’s new style looked more like Italian football – let the others play, then kill them on the counter.” Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

New book shows how the former Dutch boss’s ideas on the game have evolved

Rangers manager Ally McCoist:  target of abuse from unhappy supporters. Photograph: Getty Images.

Angry men, quiet children, apologetic players: everyone’s in a bad mood at Rangers

Richard Keogh heads the ball clear during last night’s European Championship qualifying match at Celtic Park in Glasgow. Photograph: AFP/Ian MacNicol

On night of crash bang wallop, wee bit of craft adds up to a whole world of difference

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar with Russian deputy prime minster Igor Shuvalov and Fifa president Joseph Blatter (centre) in December 2010 after the announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Photograph: EPA.

Findings of summary asks more questions of governing body’s integrity

Alex Ferguson, former manager of Aberdeen FC and Manchester United. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

What has happened to Scotland, once perennial World Cup participants?

Morlock, West Germany’s inside right, scores against Hungary in the World Cup Final at Berne, Switzerland in 1954. Germany went on to become world champions with a 3-2 victory. Photo: Getty Images

Football is never truly important, but the Miracle of Bern in 1954 is probably as close as it gets

When Liverpool’s new signings arrived, they appeared to increase the options available to Rodgers, but in fact, between them, they don’t offer as many options as Suárez did by himself. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool’s brilliance last year owed more to Luis Suárez than to coach’s philosophy

Luis Suarez was the sun at the centre of Liverpool’s solar system but he starts out at Barca as a peripheral satellite.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Neymar has bedded in nicely, but erstwhile Liverpool striker needs to be given his head

Willingness to suffer used to be essential for a footballer. Now young players know better

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