Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars  and chief executive Edwin van der Sar celebrate the club’s victory  over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Last summer, seven of Ajax’s brightest stars were summoned to a room at the Dutch club’s training facility. Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper-turned-c(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo  and Patrice Evra  hug prior to the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

When it comes to telling anecdotes about Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrice Evra is the undisputed king. First, on an ITV podcast, there was the one about Ron(...)

Sean McCaffrey: he brought teams from United, Liverpool and Ajax to Monaghan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Storm Eleanor was clearing her throat last Tuesday as we stamped our feet in the guard of honour for Sean McCaffrey and laughed at the fact that he st(...)

Ronald Koeman while coach of Benfica, with the late Johann Cruyff in Barcelona in 2006. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Long before he was sacked, a criticism of Ronald Koeman at Everton was that he seemed to regard the club as a stepping stone. “He called us Everton, h(...)

Nicklas Bendtner in action for Rosenborg in the Norwegian Cup last month. Photograph: Getty Images

League of Ireland champions Dundalk have been handed a tough Champions League draw with Stephen Kenny’s side set to face Rosenborg over the coming wee(...)

Danny Rose scored Tottenham’s winner over Swansea. Photograph: Reuters

Danny Rose says his team-mate Erik Lamela was “disgusted” at the suggestion Tottenham could yet miss out on the top four but insists he still refuses (...)

 Robert Lewandowski (lower) of Munich celebrates scoring the equaliser against his former club Borussia Dortmund with team-mate Franck Ribery  at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Andreas Gebert / EPA

A late Arjen Robben penalty gave Bayern Munich a dramatic 2-1 comeback win on Saturday that sent Borussia Dortmund sliding into the drop zone after(...)

Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out of the World Cup

Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out of the World Cup with a calf injury. The 31-year-old has suffered a dismal season with Hamburg, blighted by a (...)

 Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie: footballers enjoy a special pension scheme under which they are allowed to save up to €5,000 tax-free per month. Photograph: Reuters

Prostitutes in the Netherlands have begun lobbying for the same special pension rights as big-name Dutch footballers – stars such as Robin van Persie,(...)

Manchester United's Robin van Persie believes the title is all but wrapped up. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Robin van Persie believes he is poised to ease the "pain" that has gnawed at him throughout his career by becoming a league champion for the f(...)