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Jack Charlton with his assistant manager Maurice Setters after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Both men died in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

The two men could hardly have been more different, other than, in their own way, each became footballing deity. Diego Maradona’s death, at the age of(...)

It wasn’t just Diego Maradona’s outrageous skill on the pitch that made him such an icon, it was also his human frailty as he struggled with addiction. Photograph: Jorge Duran/AFP via Getty Images

The scale of the world reaction to the death of Diego Maradona illustrated the stature of a footballer who lifted himself from the depths of poverty i(...)

Thursday’s front page of L’Equipe. Photograph: L’Equipe/Twitter

Diego Armando Maradona, arguably the greatest footballer to ever lace a pair of boots, has died aged 60. In Argentina, three days of national mournin(...)

 Diego Maradona  dribbles past three English defenders during the World Cup quarter-final against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

“Ah, different class.” “Difffff-rent Classssss!” Sometimes the gods are benevolent and the television commentators fuse with what is happening befor(...)

 Ray Clemence with the England team when they took on  world champions Argentina in a friendly  at Wembley in 1980. Photograph: PA Wire

Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72, the English Football Association has announced. Clemence, (...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Tom Kiernan pictured in 1982 when he was coach of Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

First a brief rolling back of the years. At the time of his retirement in 1973 Tom Kiernan was Ireland’s most-capped player, most experienced captain (...)

Argentina’s  Diego Maradona gets his hand to the ball ahead of England goalkeeper to score the ’Hand of God’ goal during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City during the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cu(...)

 Wayne Rooney: “I’ll take away being the record goalscorer and representing my country 119 times and feeling immense pride at having done that.”   Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Wayne Rooney, almost for old time’s sake, ended up addressing pressure. This is a player who had grown used to lugging the weight of expectation du(...)

  Diego Maradona   handles the ball past Peter Shilton of England to score

High noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final shootout between two arch rivals who hadn’t met in a World Cup for 20 years and h(...)

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