Eric Cantona

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Muhammad Ali: accidental boxer was ranked the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greatest Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a house painter, the man who would change h(...)

Huddersfield manager David Wagner: turned down Wolfsburg job. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt/AMA/Getty

Huddersfield Town looked just fine. From low in the main Riverside Stand at what is now called the John Smith’s Stadium, the ground spread itself bene(...)

 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: the club has professionalised their youth system to the extent that other clubs speak earnestly about it, or complain. Photograph: Reuters

Organised, creative and self-confident, when Pep Guardiola looks in the mirror this morning, the image staring back at him will be Chelsea. On a run(...)

Wayne Rooney scored a lat minute winner as Manchester United beat City 4-3 on aggregate in the 2010 League Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Getty

The perceived crises at the two Manchester clubs should give the EFL Cup tie at Old Trafford on Wednesday considerable edge. Even so, the game is unli(...)

“Pogba may eventually be £100m worth, but right now I don’t see him anywhere near that. I see a young man who’s struggling to find his best position and best form in a team that’s struggling to find their best form.”

As this game kicked-off Paul Pogba’s “second coming” at Manchester United stood at 10 appearances, one goal, and no show-stopping, game-winning displa(...)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex in Manchester, England. Photo: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

When Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived at Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 he was dismayed to find the training-ground facilities were not good enough. Not only w(...)

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo smiles while posing with the trophy after Portugal won the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10th.  Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

The Euro 2016 championships may already be a fading memory for Irish fans, but for they made Cristiano Ronaldo the most talked-about player on Faceboo(...)

 Novak Djokovic  hits a forehand during the men’s singles final  at the 2016 French Open  which is now on Eurosport. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of Eurosport – enough for my head to be stuck in an advertising loop for bet-in-play bookmakers (“when the fun stops, (...)

  Didier Deschamps with  Karim Benzema who  accused the France coach of bowing to pressure from a “racist” political party by not choosing him for the country’s Euro 2016 squad. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

The leader of France’s far-right Front National has described Karim Benzema’s accusations of racism against national team manager Didier Deschamps as (...)

 A  file photo from  June  2013 shows French  head coach Didier Deschamps speaking  to forward Karim Benzema  during a training session at the Gremio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Photograph:   Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema said he was denied the chance to play for France in the Euro 2016 this month because of his Algerian origins. The (...)

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