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Ajax’s Dutch defender Daley Blind celebrates after the unexpected victory.  Photograph: Getty

There’s nothing like a knockout win to lift shares in a football club. After Ajax’s triumph over Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday (...)

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars  and chief executive Edwin van der Sar celebrate the club’s victory  over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Last summer, seven of Ajax’s brightest stars were summoned to a room at the Dutch club’s training facility. Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper-turned-c(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

Lisa Fallon celebrates with Mark McNulty and Achille Campion after Cork City’s victory over Dundalk in the 2017 FAI Cup Final at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“It’s normal for me,” Lisa Fallon says as she reflects on her extraordinary career in men’s football. “In Cork City I’m completely normalised. The lad(...)

 The Turf pub sign in Burnley  depicts an image of ex-player, Northern Ireland’s James McIlroy, who was instrumental to the club’s league title success in 1960. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

When Jimmy McIlroy died in August, it was a moment to return to his autobiography, Right Inside Soccer. It was written in 1960 when Burnley had just w(...)

Pep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in the 2017 attacks. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Pep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in last year’s terror attack. The Manche(...)

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 (...)

Harry Kane rounds Samir Handanovic before spurning his best chance of the match in Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Inter Milan. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty

Well, that escalated quickly. A goal up on 85 minutes: 2-1 down at the final whistle. Defeat for Tottenham to Internazionale in the Champions League m(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola congratulates  Sergio Aguero as he leaves the pitch substituted after completing his hat-trick against Huddersfield Town. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Manchester City beat Huddersfield 5-1 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay in March last year. Sergio Agüero scored twice but post-match discussion centre(...)

The Tartan Army get behind their team in  Argentina. Photograph: Allsport UK/Allsport

“My name is Ally MacLeod, and I am a born winner!” And we all know how this story pans out. Let’s cut the man some slack, though, for he wasn’t quite(...)

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