“Basically,” Fernando Nuno LaFuente told Seán O’Rourke on Wednesday morning, “I’m not dead.”

So, all those minutes of silence, expressions of grief and offers of condolences were for nothing. “Basically,” Fernando Nuno LaFuente told Seán O’Ro(...)

Pep Guardiola: there has been a clarity to City’s project, aided by his arrival,  in  contrast with United’s own wildly oscillating progress post-Ferguson. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Oh, what happened to me, whatever happened to you? What became of Robinho – and Benjani? If the rise of Manchester City is anything to go by, all it (...)

Empty seats appeared pretty quickly during last year’s World Cup playoff defeat to Denmark at the Aviva stadium. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

The current level of popularity enjoyed by the Irish soccer team was highlighted by a message that I received in the aftermath of their abject 4-1 sur(...)

 Ashley Barnes celebrates scoring Burnley’s equaliser in  the Premier League match against  Stoke City  at the Bet365 Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Stoke 1 Burnley 1 Paul Lambert had made no bones about it: Stoke had to take three points from this match to retain any hope of paying their arrears (...)

 Anthony Martial scores  Manchester United’s  second goal during the Premier League match against Stoke City at Old Trafford. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Manchester United 3 Stoke City 0 Manchester United took advantage of Manchester City’s defeat at Liverpool to close the deficit to 12 points with thi(...)

Alan Judge of Brentford during the FA Cup third round match between Brentford and Notts Country at Griffin Park. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Alan Judge hopes he can help Brentford mount a big push for promotion over the second half of the season and the midfielder is intent on resuming his (...)

A “Hughes out” banner is held by Stoke fans at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Coventry City 2 Stoke City 1 Jack Grimmer’s winner left Stoke boss Mark Hughes on the brink after Coventry dumped the Potters out of the FA Cup. Def(...)

Stoke gave Ireland a six-month deal in the summer when his four-year €16m contract expired, and another one in December to take him through to the season's end.

It could just be the latest brainwave of the competition’s marketing department – you know how they are always trying to breathe new life into the FA (...)

 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be without Pedro and Victor Moses against Burnley. Tony O’Brien/Reuters

Saturday Brighton (3) v Man City (11) Jose Izquierdo is unlikely to receive his international clearance in time to make his Brighton bow. The winger(...)

Fans show their appreciation before Pablo Zabaleta’s last home game at the Etihad. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the endearing things about Manchester City, even in their present incarnation as global-scale wealth squanderers, is that every few years a pla(...)

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