Diego Maradona

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The Hand of God premiered earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival, where it picked up the Grand Jury Prize and earned breakthrough actor Filippo Scotti the Marcello Mastroianni Award. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito

Aged 16, Paolo Sorrentino set out for Empoli to watch his hero, Diego Maradona, play for his local team, Napoli. Upon returning home, he found both hi(...)

Aaron Connolly in action for Brighton in the Carabao Cup last 16 tie against Leicester City  at the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Another strange week inside a unique year for Irish football. Damien Duff became Shelbourne manager and Stephen Kenny turned 50 while dealing with dou(...)

Lineker was Madrid’s clásico bogeyman. Photograph:  Simon Bruty/Getty Images

Gary Lineker never really thought he was much of a footballer until a fortnight in Spain changed everything. The way he tells his story, it happened b(...)

Anya Taylor as Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit. Photograph:  Charlie Gray/Netflix © 2020

One of the greatest confidence tricks perpetrated by Netflix, even as it pulls the threadbare red carpet from beneath the stars of Old Hollywood, has (...)

Fans in Ronaldo shirts ahead of his return to Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Just a myth News last week that Manchester United had sold £187 million worth of Cristiano Ronaldo shirts since they re-signed the fella led to more (...)

England’s Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring against Scotland during an 1996 European championships group stage match  at Wembley. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty Images

David Beckham has assumed the role as the people’s prince of England, gliding through his middle years as a pleasantly handsome and immaculately turne(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Uefa Euro 2020 Group F win over Hungary in Budapest. Photo: Hugo Delgado/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo is at it again. Last Monday, he fired in another two goals for Portugal in their opening pool game at the Euro 2020 finals. He refus(...)

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. (...)

It is the age of luxury for sports fans. This weekend alone, three of the most prolific scorers in their respective sports – Jason Tatum of the Bosto(...)

Eamonn Breslin: launched himself at the ball from the edge of the square and beat the Laois goalkeeper with a diving header

You’ve heard of William Webb Ellis, who supposedly picked up a football and ran with it, launching a new sport. Somewhat less famous is Eamonn Breslin(...)

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