Spain manager  Luis Enrique signals to his players during the  during the friendly against Wales at the Principality stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Spain’s players were at the movies last week. On Tuesday afternoon, across the pitch from the residency and into the main hall at the federation’s Las(...)

Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch with Andreas Pereira following Manchester United’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

José Mourinho’s outburst after Manchester United’s 4-1 defeat against Liverpool may signal the Portuguese entering his endgame at the club. Even for a(...)

Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Ballis in action against Ajax’s  Julian Rijkhoff. All the talk prior to the final was about the latter a 13-year-old striker. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is an irresistible urge at events like the Friendship Cup to try to spot the stars of tomorrow and everyone, you soon realise, is at it. As the(...)

Nemanja Matic signs for Manchester United at Aon Training Complex in Manchester. Photograph: Man Utd via Getty Images

Six months into his first season back at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho had identified three key areas in which his team were deficient. Hindsight suggests(...)

Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Özil (third left) has an unsuccessful shot during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Hull City on Saturday February 11th. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

With the score at 0-0 against Hull and Arsenal spluttering, the ball came out of the air to Mesut Özil. The Germany midfielder was in an advanced posi(...)

Antonio Conte: With Terry injured he has turned to a back three, using Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Inpho

For a manager who is commonly thought to be incapable of building a dynasty, José Mourinho left a remarkably durable legacy in his first spell at Chel(...)

  Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll   scroing a try against Munster. The two sides meet this weekend but the retired O’Driscoll will be hoping to be still involved in the Dunhill Links. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll becomes the latest Irishman to tee it up at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland starting on Thursday over the St Andrews, Ca(...)

Fans celebrate at a public screening of the World Cup final in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters

Everyone is familiar with Germany’s fabled engineering brains, the ones that turn out high-end cars, kitchens and, for decades, dominated German footb(...)

Pepe clashes with Germany’s Thomas Müller in the incident which led to the Portugal defender’s sending off in the opening Group G World Cup clash in Salvador. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA.

Germany 4 Portugal 0 More than 500 years after the Portuguese first came ashore here in Salvador, their latest assault on Brazil is in danger o(...)

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger retrieves the ball during the match against Bayern Munich. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Arsène Wenger accused the Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli of “killing” Arsenal in their 2-0 home defeat by Bayern Munich on a Champions League (...)

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