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Until he wins the trophy for a third time the accusation from naysayers will be that Pep Gurdiola’s finest moments are in the past. Photograph: EPA

Champions League quarter-final, 2nd leg: Manchester City (2) v Real Madrid (1), Etihad Stadium, 8pm - Live RTÉ2 and BT Sport 1 When Manchester City w(...)

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Oh, come on, everybody remembers Italia 90. Do they, though? Yes. What, all of it? Well, not all of it, obviously. Go on then, what do you remember?(...)

  2014 brought a  chilling demonstration of the gap in quality when Brazil lost 7-1 at home to Bayern Munich (aka Germany).  Brazil’s Fernandinho reacts after a goal  by  Toni Kroos.   Photograph: Roert Ghement/EPA

The last even-numbered year when European countries did not play a major football tournament was 1956: Elvis Presley’s I Want You, I Need You was the (...)

Andres Iniesta in action for Vissel Kobe in February. Photograph: Atsushi Tomura/Getty

“Every time I see a photo of a game or a full stadium, I feel desperate to play football again,” Andrés Iniesta says after 54 days without. For his cl(...)

Ajax Amsterdam CEO Edwin van der Sar: ‘We reflected a bit on the old success from 95. We wanted to combine the abundance of young talent with experience.’ Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters

Last season, as Ajax’s future balanced on a gossamer thread, the club’s hierarchy called in seven of their most talented youngsters for a special talk(...)

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars  and chief executive Edwin van der Sar celebrate the club’s victory  over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Last summer, seven of Ajax’s brightest stars were summoned to a room at the Dutch club’s training facility. Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper-turned-c(...)

Pep Guardiola: is on the cusp of winning a seventh league title in three countries. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Thursday morning, Manchester City: as he surveyed the shock and awe, the red mist and the critical hiss from the previous evening in Liverpool – plus (...)

Ronald Koeman while coach of Benfica, with the late Johann Cruyff in Barcelona in 2006. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Long before he was sacked, a criticism of Ronald Koeman at Everton was that he seemed to regard the club as a stepping stone. “He called us Everton, h(...)

The season kicked off with a goal fest between Arsenal and Leicester. Photograph: Getty Images

Even before the Premier League got round to the traditional kick-off time, 13 goals had been scored in two games. A total of 31 goals were scored over(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates his scoring his side’s seventh goal against Celtic. The last time Barcelona failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals was 10 seasons ago. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Not one club has successfully defended the Champions League title – or European Cup – since AC Milan defeated Benfica in Vienna in 1990 to retain the (...)

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