Lazio fans have long been associated with fascism. Photo: Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Recent weeks have shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the St Stephen’s Day game at the San (...)

 Napoli’s players argue with referee Paolo Mazzoleni at the San Siro. Photograph: EPA

It should have been an occasion to celebrate. For the first time since 1971, a round of Serie A fixtures was being played on December 26th – St Stephe(...)

  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts on the side line during the Europa League match between Celtic and Molde on November 5th, 2015 in Glasgow. Photograph: Mark Runnacles

I still remember the day Ole Gunnar Solskjær was presented as our manager for the first time in 2011. To be honest, you felt a bit shocked and it was (...)

Johnny Sexton during the Leinster captain’s run, at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Call it an information era, a media generation, the time of technology, or whatever you like, but much of our current period can still be boiled down (...)

 Martin Solveig and Olympique Lyonnais’ Ada Hegerberg with the women’s Ballon d’Or award. Photograph: Reuters

Luka Modric ended a decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or but the Croatian’s win was overshadowed when the inau(...)

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric with the Ballon d’Or. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Luka Modric admitted he was living his dream after capping a remarkable year by lifting the 2018 Ballon d’Or. The 33-year-old Real Madrid and Croatia(...)

 Divock Origi of Liverpool scores a strange goal past Jordan Pickford of Everton. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Marco Silva said it after the game: the great thing about football is it always shows you something new. The 55,000 people at Anfield must have seen u(...)

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez  is likely to be out until January. Photograph:  Phil Noble/Reuters

The good news for Manchester United supporters worried about the club’s ability to crack the top four is that at least José Mourinho has been made to (...)

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and  his Portuguese agent, Jorge Mendes, after Ronaldo won the trophy for all-time top scorer at Real Madrid  in 2015. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese football super-agent who represents stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho, has received a dividend of more th(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi earns more than €56m a year. Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

Barcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10 million (€11.3m) a year, according to the latest G(...)

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