Patrick Vieira

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Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane holding the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Trophy in 2000. Photograph: PA

Roy Keane brought the curtain down on his illustrious career on this day 14 years ago, the former Manchester United captain claiming medical advice on(...)

France’s  Zinedine Zidane   is surrounded by Brazil players in  the  World Cup quarter-final against  Brazil at Stadium Frankfurt on July 1st, 2006. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Yeah, yeah, Italy won the thing and Germany hosted it for the first time as a reunited nation but there was only one story at the 2006 World Cup and i(...)

Yokohama F Marinos: Winners of the 2019 J-League and a product of City Football Group

Brian Marwood’s office, City football academy, 7 December 2019. It is 5am and the managing director of global football, a department of City Football (...)

 The Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille was halted for several minutes after fans displayed a homophobic banner. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

At the offices of France’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) on Rue Léo Delibes, the hope had been that Thursday would deliver a first step towards(...)

 Manchester United’s Anthony Martial celebrates with team-mate Jesse Lingard after scoring his side’s third goal during the  FA Cup fourth-round game  at Emirates stadium. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3 By now, it has become a familiar sight: Ole Gunnar Solskjær hugging his staff, eyes twinkling, applauding his players a(...)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ronny Johnson of Manchester United celebrate in the dressing room with the FA Cup after the 1999 final win over Newcastle. Photo: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has always loved the FA Cup – he rates walking out at Wembley in 1999 as highly as all the other memories from that year because t(...)

Monaco’s  coach Thierry Henry and Nice’s  coach Patrick Vieira react at the end of the French Ligue 1 match between Monaco and Nice  at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

They occupied their own intensely involved worlds for almost two hours but, when their first taste of short-term enmity was done, Thierry Henry and Pa(...)

Henry and Vieira formed quite a partnership at Arsenal. Photo: Carl de Souza/Getty Images

When Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira met in London over Christmas, using a short break in the Ligue 1 schedule to take coffee in the way they always (...)

Lazio fans have long been associated with fascism. Photo: Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Recent weeks have shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the St Stephen’s Day game at the San (...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill: “Irish rugby is so strong, producing players of a world level. It’s very difficult to then say ‘here’s a wee lad playing for Crusaders, watch him’.” Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In a quiet corner of an Edinburgh café, Michael O’Neill has a list of names in front of him. It is a short list. It features players born in Ireland w(...)

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