Lazio fans at the Stadio Olimpico during a fixture against Internazionale. Photograph: Paulo Bruno/Getty

It was the best of times, it was arguably not really the worst of times. Either way we once again have football public relations to thank for a tale o(...)

Young fans watch a friendly amateur football match  at  Red Square in Moscow on  the eve of the World Cup final  between France and Croatia. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

More than anything, Boris Belenkin was excited by the prospect of finally being able to get his hands on some good, quality chewing-gum. As the 1980 (...)

Marion Graham greets RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey. Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

“Let me treat you to an ice-cream,” says Marty Morrissey, and we go to Doyle’s Corner, a shop beside Semple Stadium. “You have to have an ice-cream fr(...)

The big screen inside the stadium displays a VAR penalty review during the  Group A match between Saudia Arabia and Egypt at Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Never mind whether Serbia should have had a penalty when Stephan Lichsteiner and Fabian Schaer wrestled Aleksandar Mitrovic to the ground in Kaliningr(...)

Former Fifa President Sepp Blatter speaks to the media as he arrives to the hotel St Regis in Moscow during the 2018 World Cup. Photo: Vasily Maximov/Getty Images

England deserve to host the World Cup finals in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with Ireland, banned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Wedn(...)

 A banner displayed  during the Group B World Cup meeting between Iran and Morocco at  Saint Petersburg Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The envelope might have been kept securely in her bag, but she still checked it every few minutes, just to make sure that the most precious of things (...)

  Yuri Gazinskiy  celebrates scoring Russia’s opening goal with team-mates in the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 All happy families are alike. The national football team was supposed to be the weak link in Rossiya’s football extravaganza (...)

 Gianni Infantino: Fifa’s president  had done pretty much everything in his power to wrap things up in advance in support of the USA/Canada/Mexico joint bid. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

If there is anything the good folks at Fifa like more, a lot more, than being able to portray themselves as peacemakers between warring factions on th(...)

US football association president Carlos Cordeiro addresses the 68th Fifa Congress after the announcement of the host for the 2026 World Cup. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

Fifa’s decision to award the united bid from the USA, Canada and Mexico the right to host the 2026 World Cup will bring us a 48-team tournament like n(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  speaks to former Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Fifa president Gianni Infantino can breathe a sigh of relief. He will not have to vie for attention with his disgraced predecessor, Sepp Blatter, on T(...)

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