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

O’Shea gave us our sweetest moment since that other late equaliser in 2002

German national team coach Joachim Löw (right) with (from left) general manager  Oliver Bierhoff, goalkeeper coach Andreas Koepke and coach assistant Thomas Schneider. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

Researchers are pioneering new statistical methods of analysing soccer

Dortmund’s charismatic manager Juergen Klopp with his players in front of the Südtribune prior to their Champions League clash with Arsenal.

From the largest terrace in Europe, Dortmund’s fans exemplify a club with the best of football traditions

Cesc Fabregas in action during the match between Chelsea and  Arsenal at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Mourinho’s teams don’t always give the impression of joy, but their focus never falters

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring against bitter derby rivals Everton. But critics have wondered whether he has the mobility to cope with a league that is speeding up as he is slowing down. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The Liverpool captain’s goal against Everton will quieten pundits, at least for now

Bulletproof self-confidence:  Frank Lampard responds to fans after yesterday’s   match between Manchester City and Chelsea. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Steven Gerrard may have had more natural talent, but Lampard has ended up with more goals and more medals

 Jack Wilshere of Arsenal given ‘brutal reminder of how far he still has to go, as Arsenal were flattened by a supposedly understrength but actually superb Borussia Dortmund.’ Photograph:  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Wenger’s first-choice team undone by understrength but superb German side

Danny Welbeck  during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

At Arsenal, he’ll have a manager who’ll trust him to get on with it his own way, and that could be exactly what he needs. The tran(...)

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