England midfielder Jack Grealish in action against Scotland defender Kieran Tierney during the game at Wembley. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Image

Day Eight and, at last, the game we’d all been waiting for: Sweden v Slovakia. If Ger Canning and Aine O’Gorman don’t get a joint gong at the 2021 Peo(...)

Donny van de Beek prepares to come on for  Manchester United  during the Premier League match against  Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 19th. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjær offered a barbed response to pundits who have criticised Donny van de Beek’s lack of playing time for Manchester United, stating i(...)

 Lionel Messi is the type of player who comes along every 50 or 100 years, according to Marco van Basten. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Is Messi real? Arsene Wenger (2010) - “Messi is like a PlayStation player.” Luis Enrique (2014) - “He does things in training that I haven’t even see(...)

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(...)

 Gary Lineker will front Friday’s World Cup draw. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

As the days ticked down you kept thinking he might still have something up his sleeve. Maybe this is a brilliantly orchestrated inside job. Maybe half(...)

Alan Dillon celebrates Mayo’s win over Dublin in 2012. He served the county with great distinction over a long career.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The news earlier this week was of retirements and returns. For Wicklow’s James Stafford, he apparently couldn’t say “no” to his new manager John Evans(...)

Ajax’ Danish forward Kasper Dolberg during his team’s training session at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Photograph: PA

Marc Overmars knew he was watching something special when he first laid eyes on Kasper Dolberg. Jens Steffensen, a former Denmark international who h(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman holds his shattered leg after a reckless challenge by Wales’s Neil Taylor at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland 0-0 Wales did not produce much memorable football, but it made up for that by posing more ethical questions than you usually find yourself puz(...)

Juventus vice president and former player Pavel Nedved has given the thumbs up to the club’s new logo. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

One whole year for Juve to see double How well received was the new club crest unveiled by Juventus last week? Not tremendously. And when club pr(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth Ballon d’Or on Monday. Photo: Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo crowned a memorable year by being named the world’s best player for a fourth time when he won the 2016 Ballon d’Or on Monday night. (...)

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