Johan Cruyff

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Leinster  senior coach Stuart Lancaster: “With Leinster I was lucky in that I came into a team that has a strong culture and a very strong identity because 90% of the players are born in Leinster.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Perhaps in the darkest hours of World Cup 2015, Stuart Lancaster was guided by Winston Churchill’s reverberating utterance that “success is not final,(...)

 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of his team’s Uefa Europa League semi-final against Atlético Madrid, at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal and my CV is already at the Emirates. I figure what the hell: prowling the sideline is a sidelined job anyway. Wenger(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is the world’s best-paid manager because he is the only current manager who is commonly said to have changed the way we think about football.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

‘Bald Fraud Exposed” – so says the internet every time a Pep Guardiola team loses a game. You could say BFE is typical of a social media-accelerated c(...)

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 (...)

Real Madrid’s  Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the last 16  first leg victory over Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

It takes something out of the ordinary to get the most spoiled supporters in the world this riled up. The roars around the Bernabéu told you that Real(...)

Inmaculate Cabecerán, here being chaired by team-mates, laid the foundations for Barcelona women’s football. Photograph: Barcawomen/Twitter

You live for about an average of 70 years. But if you leave people something to remember you by, you shall live forever. Football, just like the worl(...)

Ronald Koeman while coach of Benfica, with the late Johann Cruyff in Barcelona in 2006. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Long before he was sacked, a criticism of Ronald Koeman at Everton was that he seemed to regard the club as a stepping stone. “He called us Everton, h(...)

Pep Guardiola: “I don’t know if we are able to compete. We are still in the process of growing.” Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Pep Guardiola admits he does not know if Manchester City can win the Champions League as his side are still in the “process of growing”. The manager(...)

Justin Kluivert, David Neres and Bertrand Traore of Ajax celebrate the 4-1 win over Lyon. Photograph: Getty Images

It is a cold Thursday morning at Ajax’s De Toekomst complex, where the canteen doubles as a trophy room, the sheer weight of football knowledge can be(...)

Barcelona’s head coach Luis Enrique could still lead the team to a league and Cup double this season. Photograph: PA

At the press conference before Barcelona’s match with Sporting Gijón on Wednesday Luis Enrique was asked if he felt tired, worn out by the demands of (...)

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