Gerd Muller

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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(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

Johan Cruyff has died aged 68. Photograph: Getty

It’s the defining image of the 1974 World Cup; the defining image of the great Dutch team of the 70s; the defining image of one of the most talented, (...)

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