Hristo Stoitchkov: regarded as Bulgaria’s greatest ever player, the striker’s six goles won him the  Golden Boot at the 1994 World Cup and he also became the only Bulgarian to be named  European Footballer of the Year.

At first glance the Nations League clash between Ireland and Bulgaria seems like the footballing equivalent of two bald men fighting over a comb. Tw(...)

Celtic fans outside the Estadio Olimpico in Seville during the Uefa Cup final on May 21st, 2003. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

The wolf doesn’t eat Little Red Riding Hood. The giant doesn’t crush Jack. The princess doesn’t ultimately reject Aladdin. This is not the way fairyta(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates  after winning the Club World Cup in Doha, Qatar. Photograph:  Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Back in February 2012, Liverpool FC’s principal owner John Henry stood pitchside at Wembley in London, taking in his first experience of success in En(...)

Liverpool  midfielder Mohamed Salah  shoots to score his second goal against Arsenal in their 3-0 victory at Anfield. Photograph:   Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Talk of the “Liverpool way” long preceded Jürgen Klopp’s appointment but, much as the club has been rejuvenated since his arrival, so has an ethos be(...)

City manager Pep Guardiola is shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson during the  Community Shield game  between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

It’s 18 years since Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-1 to win the last ever “Charity” Shield, and their manager that day, Gerard Houllier, was one o(...)

Manchester City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola is aiming for a historic quadruple. Photograph: Getty Images

The history of the quadruple in England is a short one. No one has achieved it, indifference to the League Cup being a frequent and early stumbling bl(...)

United’s Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool  during a  league match at Anfield on October 15th, 2011. Photograph:  Getty Images

When Manchester United and Liverpool walk out at Old Trafford on Sunday, it will be to the soundtrack of This Is The One. The Stone Roses released th(...)

Stoke gave Ireland a six-month deal in the summer when his four-year €16m contract expired, and another one in December to take him through to the season's end.

It could just be the latest brainwave of the competition’s marketing department – you know how they are always trying to breathe new life into the FA (...)

 Claude Puel is Leicester’s new manager, the Premier League club have announced. Photograph: PA

Claude Puel has been confirmed as Craig Shakespeare’s successor as Leicester’s new manager, the Premier League club have announced. The former defens(...)

Istanbul bonded Rafa Benitez to Liverpool FC, and his activity with the Hillsborough Family Support Group bonded him to the city. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The telephone rang in Freddy Shepherd’s holiday villa in Majorca. It was late July 2004 and Shepherd, the Newcastle United chairman, was about to part(...)

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