Martin O’Neill says the Serbs are technically better than Ireland but that his players will put their “heart and soul” into it. Photograph:  David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

We’ve all seen enough by now to know that Martin O’Neill doesn’t like having to do post-match interviews with RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue, but the Ireland m(...)

Harry Arter shoots during Ireland’s match against Austria in Dublin in June. Photograph: Inpho

Nature abhors a 100 per cent record. Georgia have been this country’s best friend in international football, sabotaging qualification group rivals lik(...)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. When an oligarch-owned club like Chelsea sets new benchmarks for fees and wages, the other clubs are forced to “get rich or die trying” if they want to compete. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Football has been transformed over the last 15 years by an influx of wealthy owners. Has this trend left the sport in a better place? A new book by J(...)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a punch against Conor McGregor during the 10th round of their fight. Mayweather wore down McGregor to set up a punishing end with a 10th-round TKO. Photograph: Bridget Bennett/The New York Times

As everyone knows, we have a divide in Ireland between the people who love Conor McGregor and think he doesn’t get enough credit, and the people who h(...)

Conor McGregor takes a punch to the face from Floyd Mayweather during their bout in Las Vegas. Photo: John Gurzinski/Getty Images

Conor McGregor had promised that the fight against Floyd Mayweather would be over inside four rounds, and in the end he was half-right. It went all th(...)

 Floyd Mayweather  and  Conor McGregor face off during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino  in Las Vegas ahead of their  super welterweight fight on Saturday. Photograph:   Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Conor McGregor likes to counterpunch. Like the best counterpunchers, he reacts not to the punch, but to the intention to throw the punch. That’s how h(...)

 Antonio Conte celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium yesterday. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

When Chelsea began the defence of their Premier League title by losing 3-2 at home to Burnley, a week after losing the Community Shield on penalties t(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose: Spurs’ revenues have increased by 50 per cent, thanks to the efforts of players like Rose, but very little of this increase has been passed on to the players. Photograph:  John Walton/PA Wire.

Last Friday, in his first pre-match press conference of the new season, Pep Guardiola was asked to name his favourite memories of the first 25 years o(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar arrives on the pitch during his presentation to the fans at the Parc des Princes stadium. Photograph:  Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

In 2010, Fifa and France Football announced the creation of the Fifa Ballon D’Or, which would merge the Fifa World Player of the Year and France Footb(...)

Hitting the ground: Robbie Brady and Martin Hinteregger in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Austria. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA Ireland’s Robbie Brady is tackled by Austria’s Martin Hinterregger during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Photo: Aidan crawley/EPA

“I know, in this day and age, the slightest wee thing you say about a referee you get fined and that, but . . . you watched the game. You tell me. The(...)