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. (...)

 Marco Van Basten, who has been appointed as Fifa’s chief officer for technical development. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Former Dutch striker Marco van Basten has been appointed as Fifa’s chief officer for technical development. The world’s governing body said the three(...)

Dutch national team head coach Danny Blind and his assistant Marco van Basten during a training session at the field of Quick Boys in Katwijk. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA

Netherlands assistant coach Marco van Basten is to give up the role by the end of the year as the leadership crisis surrounding the side took another(...)

West Germany 1972 What do you get if you cross Total Football with tiki-taka? Ramba Zamba fussball, the name given to the colourful, vibrant style (...)

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