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Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Ballis in action against Ajax’s  Julian Rijkhoff. All the talk prior to the final was about the latter a 13-year-old striker. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is an irresistible urge at events like the Friendship Cup to try to spot the stars of tomorrow and everyone, you soon realise, is at it. As the(...)

 Mauricio Pochettino watches his team lose their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

It feels as though Mauricio Pochettino’s career at Tottenham has been a battle with the club’s essential nature, with the need to end the curse of Spu(...)

 Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen in action with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne earlier this month. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham can benefit from their familiarity with Wembley in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. The Lond(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s  Denise O’Sullivan tries to get away from  Luica Suskova of Slovakia in the recent World Cup qualifier at Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women's World Cup Qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Netherlands, Talaght Stadium, Tuesday, 7pm (Live Eir Sport) Having reached the midway point of the(...)

Mauricio Pochettino: “My focus is to win games with Tottenham. I cannot be kind with every single manager.” Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Mauricio Pochettino will not change his defensive system to accommodate the fit-again Toby Alderweireld and has made it plain the centre-half is behin(...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch alongside Paul Pogba after the FA Cup quarter-final win over Brighton at Old Trafford. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Why are Manchester United usually outplayed in the big matches, and why are some of their most talented players failing to shine? There is one unusual(...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during Monday’s press conference at Old Trafford. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has labelled Frank de Boer the ‘worst manager in the history of the Premier League’ after the Dutchman criticised(...)

Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen signed for the club when he was 15. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

There are no prizes for guessing which of the two clubs involved in Tuesday night’s big game at Stamford Bridge played a bigger part in producing the (...)

Bohemians players celebrate their second goal. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Bohemians 3 Shamrock Rovers 1 Dan Casey was the unlikely match winner with a headed double as Bohemians came from behind to beat arch-rivals Shamrock(...)

 Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen scores his side’s  equaliser against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Photograph:  Massimo Pinca/Reuters

Christian Eriksen has said Tottenham are virtually unrecognisable from the club he joined in 2013 as he reflected upon Tuesday night’s stirring 2-2 d(...)

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