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(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny looks on during a training session at the  Vasil Levski National Stadium in  Sofia on Wednesday. Photograph: Kostadin Andonov/Inpho

Hristo Stoichkov’s generation and the great days of Bulgarian football still cast a long shadow over the country’s national team. The pressure to qual(...)

Bruno Fernandes in action during his final game for Sporting Lisbon against  Maritimo’s Josip Vukovik at the Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon. Photograph: Miguel A Lopes/EPA

In a relatively small country, nothing stays a secret for too long. As Bruno Fernandes stepped outside his home and on to the street, he was swiftly d(...)

Ole Gunnar  Solskjaer: faces major challenge of reshaping his squad during the summer. Photograph: Ian Hodgson/PA

As a chastened Manchester United turn back to the Premier League, where their aim of securing a top-four finish will be tested by the visits of Manche(...)

Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho believes that there is no possibility that Alexis Sánchez will be sold in January. Photograph: EPA

José Mourinho believes Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard need to become more competitive to realise their potential, with (...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill: “Irish rugby is so strong, producing players of a world level. It’s very difficult to then say ‘here’s a wee lad playing for Crusaders, watch him’.” Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In a quiet corner of an Edinburgh café, Michael O’Neill has a list of names in front of him. It is a short list. It features players born in Ireland w(...)

Pep Guardiola was confined to the stand against Lyon, unable to engage in the micromanagement in which he specialises. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

It is one game, at the beginning of the group stage. There is plenty of time to recover. For Manchester City, a 2-1 home defeat by Olympique Lyon is (...)

Pep Guardiola: is on the cusp of winning a seventh league title in three countries. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Thursday morning, Manchester City: as he surveyed the shock and awe, the red mist and the critical hiss from the previous evening in Liverpool – plus (...)

Scotland’s goalie Craig Gordon misses the ball during the  Euro 2008 qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on  October 17th, 2007, which Georgia won 2-0. Photograph:   AFP

Having taken four points from their games in Belgrade and Vienna, Martin O’Neill’s side should, on the face of it, find things comparatively straightf(...)

Jose Mourinho speaks to Conor McNamara of the BBC after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday. Photo: BBC

Post match interviews are tricky things. Sometimes the problem is that they don’t actually quite happen. Such a time was when a manager was back in D(...)

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