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 Brian Fenton in the new Dublin jersey: “From a management point of view they never address twos-in-a-row, threes-in-a-rows, fours-in-a-rows.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Just a few hours before the first shots are fired in the 2019 championship with the provincial draws in RTÉ, a number of Dublin players came to the he(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal, his second, during the Champions League win over Tottenham at Wembley. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty

Sometimes you really do just have to stand and watch – and maybe gawp a little, too. The best athletes in every sport give us a glimpse of something e(...)

 Mauricio Pochettino at a Tottenham training session  in north London before  the Champions League  match against Barcelona. Photograph:  Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino was, by his own admission, living inside the typical footballer’s bubble. Ernesto Valverde was the man who popped it, and, boy, di(...)

Pep Guardiola was confined to the stand against Lyon, unable to engage in the micromanagement in which he specialises. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

It is one game, at the beginning of the group stage. There is plenty of time to recover. For Manchester City, a 2-1 home defeat by Olympique Lyon is (...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo:   he scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid.  Photograph: Getty Images

On the day back in 2009 when Real Madrid unveiled their new world record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, an estimated 80,000 turned up at the Bernabeu Stad(...)

Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane aknowledges supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium during a victory ceremony following their Champions League triumph. Photograph: Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has walked away from Real Madrid, just five days after winning a third consecutive Champions League. The Frenchman announced his decis(...)

John O’Shea: vastly experienced defender has proven a stalwart for the Republic of Ireland over a long career.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John O’Shea’s senior international career may not have got off to the greatest of starts but Roy Keane says he saw something a little special in the (...)

Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren,   Virgil van Dijk and Emre Can of Liverpool during a training session ahead of the Uefa Champions League final against Real Madrid at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

It was an awkward question for Jordan Henderson: please rate your boss, who is sitting in the chair next to you, and while you’re about it please comp(...)

Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta: Guardiola would not obstruct a move to Arsenal. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mikel Arteta is the strong favourite to be appointed as successor to Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, with productive talks having progressed between his ca(...)

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez during the Catalan club’s first league defeat of the season at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia. Photograph: Getty Images

Levante 5 Barcelona 4 Barcelona’s hopes of an unbeaten La Liga campaign were ended in their penultimate game as they lost 5-4 at Levante. The champi(...)

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