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(...)

Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane gestures the number three and holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

“We are Real Madrid, ” Marcelo said boldly after Real Madrid had – just – held off Juventus’s fightback in the quarter-final. The reference was clear:(...)

Niall Horan: First big Irish tour. Not his last

  Daniel Avery Tivoli, Dublin, Saturday March 10th, €16.50 district8dublin.com Techno DJ Daniel Avery is making quite a habit of visiting Dubli(...)

For his third solo album LA-based singer-songwriter/guitarist/producer Jonathan Wilson has departed from his Laurel Canyon sound redux and embraced a (...)

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