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Ryan Giggs is heading into a crunch spell as Wales manager. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

“I think every manager feels that loneliness,” Ryan Giggs says as he identifies the usually unspoken difficulty at the core of his work. The manager o(...)

 A view of tributes  to Emiliano Sala left at Cardiff City’s grounds, in Wales. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

A new search for missing Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala has been launched after €300,000 was raised to fund the operation. An official search and resc(...)

Argentina’s  Diego Maradona gets his hand to the ball ahead of England goalkeeper to score the ’Hand of God’ goal during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City during the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cu(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi is seen by many as the greatest player ever. Photograph: Reuters

Argentina great Diego Maradona has hit out at his countryman Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considere(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola congratulates  Sergio Aguero as he leaves the pitch substituted after completing his hat-trick against Huddersfield Town. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Manchester City beat Huddersfield 5-1 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay in March last year. Sergio Agüero scored twice but post-match discussion centre(...)

Didier Deschamps lifts the  Jules Rimet trophy at the Stade de France in 1998. The former France  captain could become just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager.  Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 20 years to the day since France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win their first and only World Cup, the man who captained a team that united a nat(...)

Brazil’s forward Neymar takes part to a training session at the Samara Arena stadium on the eve of the World Cup round of 16  match against Mexico. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

THE MATCHES LAST 16 Brazil v Mexico (Samara, 3.0, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Brazil 1-2, Mexico 7-1, Draw 16-5. Belgium v Japan (Rostov-on-Don,7.0, RTÉ2/B(...)

Lionel Messi: Wonderful goal against Nigeria showed Argentina’s star is still capable of delivering the goods on the biggest stage. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

It is now, as the Russians apparently say, about becoming a master or a deadman. And all but one of the teams that remain at this World Cup must ultim(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo  during a training session at the team’s base in Kratovo before the last 16 clash with Uruguay in which he will be up against some familiar foes. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty

Go on, admit it: one of the first things you thought of when the draw put Portugal and Uruguay together was the kind of thing nobody wants to see but(...)

 France’s  and Argentina’s  Lionel Messi whose teams will meet in the last  16 clash on Saturday. Photograph: Simon Christophe/AFP/Getty

A lot of the talk at this World Cup has been about big teams underperforming and, believe me, I know all about that. In 2002 we went into the first (...)

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