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 Ross McCrorie has twice tested positive for Covid-19. File photograph: Getty Images

Deja vu It was back in March that former Scotland under-21 captain Ross McCrorie tested positive for Covid-19 when he was on loan at Portsmouth from (...)

Zico  of Brazil is tightly marked by Italy’s  Claudio Gentile  during the second-round match of the 1982 World Cup at Estadi de Sarrià in Barcelona. Photograph: Allsport

Jumpers for goalposts, a football philosophy that translates into language and culture around the globe, one that was eloquently revived by Keith Kell(...)

Diego Maradona of Argentina walking on the pitch to face Cameroon match at the 1990 World Cup in Milan. Photograph: Allsport

“Maradona and 10 others.” Argentina coach Carlos Bilardo on being asked before the tournament to name his preferred starting 11. That would have done (...)

Fintan died sadly young in a car crash but when I think of him I instinctively remember the 1970 World Cup final and the two of us as kids, definitively on the wrong side of history. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

When required to reduce his 2014 concerts at Croke Park from five to three, Garth Brooks declined saying – somewhat controversially, you’d imagine, ba(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

British trader Navinder Singh Sarao outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London, in August 2015, after he was granted bail on charges of helping trigger a multibillion-dollar US stock market flash crash. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It took Navinder Singh Sarao a long time to accept that he might have been scammed out of $50 million. Stuck in London’s Wandsworth prison, wracked w(...)

The Republic of Ireland team sun bathe during Italia ‘90. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Paul Getty, Marlene Dietrich and Sarah Bernhardt are among the many rich and famous who have checked in to the Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles sin(...)

 The Rubberbandits. Blindboy:  ‘When I was 10, Jack Charlton took me fishing out the side of a helicopter, up in Carrick on Shannon. I’d won a competition off the back of a packet of Odlums bran that belonged to my uncle Caviar. I’d never heard of Jack Charlton, only had him described to me by other children.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Paul Howard, writer/creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly Football is the game of the people. It’s played everywhere in the world. I know we get excited ar(...)

Italy boss Antonio Conte is wary of the threat posed by Ireland. Photograph: Epa

You might imagine that Italian coach Antonio Conte could easily make the mistake of underestimating Ireland when the two sides meet next month in thei(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores on a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

It’s been a great World Cup so far, full of goals, excitement and top players actually living up to their billing. And it could get even better in the(...)