Ferenc Puskas

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 Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Bolivia during the Copa America in Brazil. File photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi scored twice in Argentina’s Copa America win over Bolivia to move into the top 10 of men’s international goalscorers. The 34-year-old’s (...)

The Republic of ireland team that beat England 2-0 at Goodison Park in 1949.

Late one Autumn afternoon in 1949 I hopped on a Number 3 bus in Sandymount, heading towards O’Connell Street. Just coming up to my 20th birthday, I w(...)

 Ruben Vinagre of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores their second goal  during the  Europa League second qualifying round first leg against Crusaders at Molineux. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Wolves 2 Crusaders 0 A sense of history enveloped Molineux as Wolves returned to European football for the first time since they narrowly lost to PSV(...)

West Germany celebrate their 1954 World Cup final over Hungary in Bern. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

The rain was teeming down in Bern and Hungary were about to win the World Cup. Ferenc Puskas had put the Mighty Magyars ahead after six minutes and Zo(...)

  Diego Maradona   handles the ball past Peter Shilton of England to score

High noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final shootout between two arch rivals who hadn’t met in a World Cup for 20 years and h(...)

Ibai Gomez celebrates after scoring Alaves’ second goal during the La Liga game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Photograph:  Albert Gea/Reuters

Spanish La Liga round-up: Real Madrid put daylight between themselves and Barcelona in the early Primera Division standings on Saturday as they won 5(...)

Davy Walsh at the unveiling of a commemorative display in honour of former internationals Walsh and Con Martin at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown, Dublin in 2009. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sortsfile

Davy Walsh was explaining to his daughter Amanda how it used to be, how it was growing up a sports-mad boy in Waterford in the 1920s and 30s and the d(...)

Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane sits third in the Uefa list of all time national goalscorers. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Robbie Keane’s 65 goals for the Republic of Ireland leaves him third on a list of Europe’s all-time leading national goalscorers published by Uefa. T(...)

 Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho

As Stephanie Roche turns her attention to making something like a living from the game she plays so well, Real Madrid star Ronaldo has signalled hi(...)

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