Gerd Muller

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The Irish players, without their wives and girlfriends in tow, catch some sun during the pre-World Cup training camp in Malta. Photograph. Billy Stickland/Inpho

June 23rd, 1990: After Ireland advance to the last 16, Peter Byrne teases out the argument for sex before sport The transformation was dramatic. From(...)

 Tottenham Hotspur’s Jimmy Greaves has a shot blocked by a Burnley defender at White Hart Lane in 1963. Photograph: Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images

Harry Gregg, for a couple of seconds, was back in goal. He was sitting on his settee miming a goalkeeper’s preparation as a striker readies to shoot. (...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Jonathan Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate victory over the All Blacks in 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at home in Ballyclare as he explains the vast differences between the gle(...)

Former Germany striker  Gerd Mueller in action for  the Fort Lauderdale Strikers  during an NASL game circa 1979. Mueller played for the Strikers from 1979-81. Photograph: Getty Images

Early in the 1978 NASL season, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers had suffered three heavy defeats in a row and the fans were restless. The manager, Ron New(...)

 David Clifford  squeezes the ball past the Monaghan defence and goalkeeper Rory Beggan in Clones. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The football final appears in front of us like a grubby-faced child that nobody has the heart to go at with a wipe. A foregone conclusion at the end o(...)

There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll’s Twitter handle and the word that also adorns the official Leinster supporters club T-shirt in his honour, is a m(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal in  the Club World Cup final against  Gremio in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

In terms of goalscoring exploits, Fernando Peyroteo’s achievement in 1938 used to be the benchmark. The grandnephew of António César de Vasconcelos Co(...)

Commissioner Don Garber, David Beckham and Mayor Carlos Gimenez attend a press conference in 2014 to announce their plans to launch a new Major League Soccer franchise at Pamm Art Museum in Miami, Florida. Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images

Just over three years have passed since Royal Caribbean, a company that sails cruise ships out of Florida, took an ad in the Miami Herald attacking Da(...)

Robbie Keane, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick enjoy a lighthearted moment at Ireland’s training session at Abbotstown. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

There was the inevitable mention of Gerd Müller and his 68 goals as Martin O’Neill prepared to bid farewell to Robbie Keane yesterday. Another one f(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane during the press conference at the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

There was the occasional set-piece yesterday as Robbie Keane mulled over the emotional challenge he is facing into as he prepares for what he knows w(...)

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