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Blindly in the cold dark of the bedroom he grasped for the phone, found it and fumbled, dialled the rank, and gasped - ‘Hello, Economy? Cab for the R(...)

 Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli in action during his side’s Serie A match away to Fiorentina.  Photograph:  Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Kalidou Koulibaly ought to have been celebrating. Napoli’s brilliant centre-half had just helped his team to extend their perfect start in Serie A wit(...)

 Kalidou Koulibaly celebrates with his Napoli team mates during their win over Fiorentina. Photograph: Getty Images

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly said that he was racially abused by a section of Fiorentina supporters following their Serie A match on Sunday. It(...)

 Dropping Kostas Tsimikas immediately after such a promising start to the campaign could be a big blow to his confidence. Photograph: EPA

Liverpool have been rewarding their star players with new deals this summer. Andy Robertson is the most recent to have put pen to paper on a new contr(...)

Uefa’s Giorgio Marchetti during the Europa Conference League playoff round draw in Nyon, Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

Celtic are on course to play AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League play-offs. The Hoops will take on the Dutch side if they get past Jablonec of the Czech (...)

Italy players and their manager Roberto Mancini  celebrate  beating Belgium   at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/Pool

If we needed one moment to sum up Italy’s transformation over the past four years, it arrived in the 44th minute at the Allianz Arena. Lorenzo Insigne(...)

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy involves a man who savours his words almost as much as he savours his food. Photograph:  CNN

I don’t want to start my column with a boast but just five minutes in and I think I’ve figured out the twist in Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (Su(...)

Argentina team captain Diego Maradona with the World Cup won by his team after a 3-2 victory over West Germany at the 1986 tournament in the Azteca stadium, Mexico City. File photograph: Getty

An Argentine prosecutor began hearing evidence on Monday involving seven people accused of contributing to the death of soccer player Diego Maradona. (...)

 Stephen Kenny: Far from apologetic or deflated, just six months in and he  emerged fighting from the drawn Qatar game strafing the room with defiance. Not at all the empty husk of a defeated manager.   Photograph: Trenka Attila/PA

Irish football manager Stephen Kenny may have just experienced what the financials call a dead cat bounce. That is a short-term recovery in a declin(...)

Jack Charlton with his assistant manager Maurice Setters after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Both men died in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

The two men could hardly have been more different, other than, in their own way, each became footballing deity. Diego Maradona’s death, at the age of(...)

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