Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger watches from the touchline during his side’s victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph: AFP

In strange way, Wenger’s reaction to win gave credence to West Ham manager’s opinion

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal is expected to win his fourth Ballon D’Or. Photograph: Getty Images.

Comment on Lionel Messi being best starts the age of Cristiano Ronado

Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with manager Brendan Rodgers unable to guarantee him a place in the side. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool midfielder too pessimistic to ever feel happy sitting on bench for mediocre side

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Gèrard Depardieu’s Jules Rimet is scrupulously politically correct for a man who was born in 1873

Something very wrong with world football’s organising body’s celuloid depiction of itself

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce of the first World War in  December 1914. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Football may well have potential as a ‘universal language’ – certainly Uefa like to think so

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to   Manchester United   at Old Trafford.  Photogreaph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool’s manager has no time to feel sorry for himself – not when his team needs leadership

Los Angeles Galaxy’s  Robbie Keane issues instructions to a teammate as Jermaine Jones of the New England Revolution looks on during the MLS Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Discarded by Liverpool and then Spurs, Keane was left with no good options in English football

Luis Suarez: “Baby Football in Uruguay is physical and it’s aggressive.” Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero offer accounts of how young talent develops

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