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 (...)

 Ricky Villa  turns to celebrate after scoring the opening goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the  1981 FA Cup Final replay against  Manchester City at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Allsport/Getty Images

Brexit is now a noun with a past. When Britain joined the then EEC in the 1970s, we couldn’t countenance staying out; now, we wouldn’t countenance get(...)

Shane Duffy reacts after conceding the second goal against Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

Turns out Peter Schmeichel called it about right. “Switzerland will win against Ireland. I have seen Ireland play and they are so bad.” He was so with(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy: “We will give it our all, we will try to win the game. But I don’t think it is do or die, though. It is for them. They have to beat us but that’s not the case for us.”

Mick McCarthy says that although the Republic of Ireland will again try to win their European Championship qualifier in Geneva on Wednesday night, he (...)

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(...)

Peter Schmeichel is interested in a return to Old Trafford. Photograph: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has called on his old club to appoint a director of football and would consider applying for the (...)

Alex Ferguson made his return to Old Trafford against Wolves on Saturday. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty

Alex Ferguson received a huge standing ovation at Old Trafford on Saturday as the former Manchester United manager returned to the stadium for the fir(...)

 Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony of the World Cup ahead of the  Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium  in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Aaaaaaand: We’re off. We have ourselves a month of pure footballing bliss ahead of us, although it may take that long to come to terms with ITV’s Worl(...)

Packie Bonner directs his Celtic  team-mates during a game against Aberdeen in 1991. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Allsport

“Then the door opens and in walks Jock Stein.” For a moment Packie Bonner is back in the Ballyraine hotel in Letterkenny. It is May in 1978 and Bonne(...)

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal argues with Alex Ferguson of Manchester United during a clash in 2004. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

The Premier League is the richest league in the world but money cannot buy hate. English football is crying out for an immense, sprawling rivalry betw(...)

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