Argentina’s Lionel Messi  scores his third goal against Ecuador. Argentina’s victory sealed their place in the World Cup in Russia.  Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

1 Fear Germany They finished with 10 wins from ten games and scored 43 – more than anyone else in European or South American qualification. They con(...)

Bruce Arena has stood down as manager of the US. Photograph: Ashley Allen/Getty

Bruce Arena has quit as coach of the United States after their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The Americans were beaten 2-1 by Trinidad a(...)

 Dom Dwyer  celebrates scores on his debut for the  US against Ghana on July 1st in East Hartford, Connecticut. Photograph:  Jim Rogash/Getty Images

As the United States soccer team stood for ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ before a friendly against Ghana earlier this month, Dom Dwyer had his right hand(...)

Sunerland have been given permission to speak to Preston boss Simon Grayson over the vacant managerial role at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United/Getty

Simon Grayson has signed a three-year deal as the new manager of Sunderland in a move that could have major implications for the Irish contingent at P(...)

 Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to defy Father Time and  has scored 10 goals in his last nine games. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Not only has Zlatan Ibrahimovic been flying the flag for combustible iconoclasts since his arrival in the Premier League, he has also been doing it fo(...)

Jürgen Klinsmann was sacked as manager of USA after two World Cup qualifier defeats. Photograph: Getty Images.

One year after taking over the United States national team, Jürgen Klinsmann invited Donnie Moore to address the squad before a World Cup qualifier ag(...)

Bruce Arena has been appointed US national team manager for the second time. Photo: Getty Images

Bruce Arena has been confirmed as the new coach of the USA, replacing Jürgen Klinsmann who was fired on Monday. “When we considered the possible cand(...)

Jurgen Klinsmann has been sacked as head coach of the United States national team. Photo: Getty Images

Jurgen Klinsmann has been sacked as head coach of the United States national team, less than a week after a humiliating defeat in Costa Rica that dama(...)

US manager Jürgen Klinsmann stands by the bench  during the  World Cup qualifier  against Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photograph: Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images

Jürgen Klinsmann did not even attempt to sugarcoat his reaction to the performance of his United States team after their 4-0 humiliation in a World C(...)

The Northern Ireland squad during a training session at the newly-developed Windsor Park on Friday ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

In the bookshops of Belfast is a 2016 anthology of new Northern Ireland poetry which possesses the lip-smacking title: The Future Always Makes Me So (...)

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