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Whatever happens over the next month - however many goals are scored, however many thrilling matches are played - there is certain to be only one overriding sensation for Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin when the final whistle blows on July 11th: relief. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

If Aleksander Ceferin has any say on the matter, there will never be another European soccer championship like the one that starts this week. And that(...)

The IRFU can effect a change at governance level which would benefit the whole game. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There’s a match being played, and it’s not even available on pay-to-view. Professionals versus Amateurs. It kicked off in 1995, unbeknownst to us all(...)

Michel Platini, the former Uefa president, first revealed his plans for a pan-European tournament in June 2012. But Dublin no longer looks set to benefit as a host venue. Photograph: EPA

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is among the frontrunners to stage the European Championship games that were scheduled for Dublin until Covid-19 restric(...)

The Lions will face world champions South Africa in three Tests on their tour next summer. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Ghosting through the year like a slow-moving glacier before calving a sanitised form of soccer, rugby and GAA, sport leaves 2020 for a vaccinated 2021(...)

A portrait of former Fifa president Sepp Blatter is seen in the Fifa World Football Museum during its inauguration in Zurich in February 2016. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Fifa has issued a complaint of “criminal mismanagement” against its former president Sepp Blatter. The complaint has been sent to the Zurich prosecu(...)

Gerard Houllier:  led Liverpool to the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup treble in 2000-01. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Liverpool have paid tribute to their former manager Gérard Houllier after his death was confirmed at the age of 73. RMC sport and the sports daily L(...)

Gérard Houllier, pictured in 2003, has died aged 73. Photograph: PA

Gérard Houllier, who has died aged 73 after a heart operation, was one of the first foreign football managers to make an impact in England, chiefly th(...)

 Diego Maradona confronted by a posse of Belgium defenders during the 1982 Wold Cup in Spain. File photograph: Allsport

With the death this week of Diego Armando Maradona from a heart attack the most extraordinary Argentine life of them all has come to a close. Buenos (...)

Neymar is the heart of PSG’s entire enterprise: not just as a visible, and indeed literal ambassador for Qatar’s grand plan, but also as the key on-field presence. Photograph: EPA

“Football is not for sale,” Aleksander Ceferin pronounced, famously, at a Uefa conference two years ago, in the process exploring the depth, width and(...)

West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clashes with French defender Patrick Battiston during the World Cup semi-final in 1982. File photograph: Getty Images

The thing about sport is that when you first become besotted with it as a chiseler, you’re under the mistaken impression that it’s life perfected, tha(...)

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