Liverpool  manager Jurgen Klopp  shakes hands with Tottenham Hotspur  manager Jose Mourinho after Liverpool’s victory at Anfield.  Photograph: Clive Brunskill/ AFP

In its own way, the post-match interview was a classic of its type. There was José Mourinho, rumpled, bestubbled, firing off his darts. The headline (...)

Thiago Alcântara: he should allow Liverpool better to control games without expending the same levels of energy. Photograph: Matt Dunham/EPA

All great sides are haunted by entropy. Even in their most transcendent moments, it is there in the shadows, hissing its insistent question: “What nex(...)

Brazil’s supporters watch their team take on Germany at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Maracana stadium. File photograph: Getty Images

The Maracana wasn’t so much built as a venue for the 1950 World Cup as the stage on which Brazil would win it. When things didn’t quite go to plan, th(...)

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus appeals to the match referee Michael Oliver after his goal is ruled out by VAR. Photograph: PA

Football remains a magnificently capricious sport. You can crush its competitiveness with a self-perpetuating structure that leads to a radically uneq(...)

Mohamed Salah squandered eight chances – a remarkable statistic given City on average ceded only 6.3 chances per game in the Premier League last season.  Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

It is the Community Shield. Both sides were very obviously rusty. Both sides were slack in ways one would not expect them to be. Even the spray of sh(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  during the Copa America match against Colombia in Salvador, Brazil, on June 15th. His team lost 2-0. Photograph: Getty Images

On Saturday night Argentina began their Copa America campaign by losing 2-0 to Colombia. They have picked up where they left off at the World Cup – a (...)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino: Oedipal struggle. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

It’s not just football tactics that have grown more complex since Roy Keane’s day, as Ken Early explained brilliantly this week. Football metaphors ar(...)

Marco Bielsa: decided the best way to deal with the ridiculous spectacle of the English media in one of its periodical fits of morality was a 70-minute PowerPoint presentation. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images

Marcelo Bielsa’s first job in coaching was at the city university in Buenos Aires. He hadn’t made it as a player, too slow to make more than four a(...)

A total of 12 vintage tractors were stolen in Co Down. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Twelve vintage tractors, including ten Massey Fergusons, were stolen in Co Down on Thursday, police in the North have said. The theft took place at (...)

 Roger Waters performing in Vienna in May 2018. Photograph: Hans Klaus Techt/AFP/Getty Images

As Jimmy Page is the keeper of the flame for fans of Led Zeppelin, so Roger Waters is for Pink Floyd. Waters, however, would bristle if he thought peo(...)

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