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 Ex-Newcastle player and media pundit Chris Waddle has realistic hopes for who his former side can now afford. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Quote “You don’t want to score a hat-trick and lose the game 3-2.” Andy Cole, losing count on beIN Sports. Number: 1,000,000,000 That’s how many Eu(...)

Former Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard now lives in rural New Zealand. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Lenny, show this lad the ropes, will ya?’ ‘No problem, Ski. Who is he?’ ‘Diarmuid Connolly – the most talented footballer in the country is who h(...)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti  has compared Seamus Coleman to his former AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini. File photograph: Getty Images

Numbers with Nicklas It’s not unheard of, of course, for footballers to have preferred shirt numbers, but the poor souls at Arsenal would have needed(...)

Michael Thomas scores Arsenal’s second at Anfield in 1989. Photograph: Allsport/Getty

One of the most chilling political terms of the last century was “managed decline.” It was attributed to Geoffrey Howe, the Chancellor in the Conserva(...)

That Sky Sports News  managed to keep a 24-hour-rolling-sports-news service going when there is next to no actual sports news to report says something of their dedication, creativity and powers of invention. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

There’s a category in The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (aka the BAFTAs) for the best ‘Reality and Constructed Factual’ telly, a (...)

 Lionel Messi is the type of player who comes along every 50 or 100 years, according to Marco van Basten. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Is Messi real? Arsene Wenger (2010) - “Messi is like a PlayStation player.” Luis Enrique (2014) - “He does things in training that I haven’t even see(...)

Tommy Bowe, Peter Stringer and Donncha O’Callaghan at Thomond Park: Peter fella presumably left with the mother of all cricks in his neck. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The new rugby season has started and, by all accounts, taking into consideration Six Nations and World Cup matters, as well as the club stuff, it won’(...)

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Could somebody please give Gennaro Gattuso a hug It was just last year that AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso produced possibly the most self-effacing q(...)

Peter Crouch with the Tweet of the Year: "Summer for me is about time with family." Photograph: Twitter

The pundits Bronze: “Burnley are still in it for me.” At a point in the game when they were leading Chelsea 3-1, Dion Dublin reckoned Burnley had a c(...)

Marco Silva’s Watford have enjoyed a very good start, but not much more than that so far. Photograph: Reuters

Ambitious, astute, broodingly handsome, compared, inevitably, to Jose Mourinho: Portugal’s latest managerial tyro is, according to a report in these p(...)

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