George Weah

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Egyptian fans watch the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Cairo. Mohamed Salah suffered a  shoulder injury in the game that could limit his involvment in Russia. Photograph: Getty Images

Pélé tends to be the man most commonly associated with the prediction that an African country would win the World Cup by the end of the 20th century, (...)

John O’Shea of the Republic of Ireland applauds fans as he is substituted off for the final time during the international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and the United States at Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland 2 USA 1 It is hard to imagine John O’Shea minding too much but his starring role somehow got overshadowed in this, his final seni(...)

George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), arriving at his party’s headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia on Wednesday. Photograph:  Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters

Former soccer star George Weah’s camp said on Wednesday he was set to win Liberia’s presidential election run-off against vice-president Joseph Boakai(...)

Former professional footballer George Weah and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change, arrives to cast his ballot during presidential elections at a polling station in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon

Liberia went to the polls on Tuesday for a presidential election that voters hope will mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power in over (...)

Philip Taylor, son of former African warlord Charles Taylor:  considers himself to be clan chief, charged with clearing the family name. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Philip Taylor is losing patience with the chickens. They peck at his feet, flapping their wings and clucking furiously. “I’m gonna freakin’ . . .” he (...)

George Weah at home on Rehab Road, Paynesville suburb, Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

There’s a kerfuffle in the court of King George. Ex-soccer star George Weah, who is leading the race to become Liberia’s next president, has just issu(...)

Liberian election: George Weah and Jewel Haward-Taylor wave to supporters. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

It’s a big day in Todee, a village deep in the bush of Montserrado County, in Liberia. Locals have packed into its hall to hear the renowned footballe(...)

Takun J (middle) with Adama Dennis (right) at the Redemption Beach compound in Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

On Redemption Beach, a small crowd has gathered, agitating for a glimpse of a man they call the “King of Hipco”. Takun J, pioneer of a musical genre(...)

John Terry scored in Chelsea’s 4-3 win over Watford on Monday night. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

“It’s not going to be a fairytale ending,” John Terry had sighed shortly after announcing his own premature Chelsea exit in January last year. And yet(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon: “I blew €20m, it went up in smoke but I safeguarded the livelihoods of 1,200 families.”  Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Al(...)

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