Diego Maradona

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The 2018 World Cup could prove to be Lionel Messi’s defining tournament. Photograph:  Agustin Marcarian/Getty

Argentina - 9-1 Croatia - 44-1 Nigeria - 200-1 Iceland - 200-1 The Contenders Argentina might be the clear favourites, but Group D is a potentially (...)

Argentina’s World Cup hopes will hinge on Lionel Messi. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty

Argentina (9-1) Who are they? Lionel Messi turns 31 during this summer’s tournament. If he is going to emulate the great Diego Maradona by leading A(...)

  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(...)

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(...)

Napoli’s Jose Callejon celebrates after the match with Napoli fans following their win over Juventus at the Allianz Stadium. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Tell a story in two words. Diego Maradona did his best in the moments that followed Napoli’s stunning 1-0 victory over Juventus in Turin on Sunday nig(...)

Diego Maradona meets members of Éire Óg GAA club in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

One of the world’s newest GAA clubs has found itself a celebrity fan - Diego Maradona. By coincidence the players from Éire Óg in the United Arab Em(...)

General view of the stage during the final draw of the Fifa World Cup 2018 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

England were handed a favourable draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after being chosen to face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G. After avoid(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their third goal and setting a new scoring record for the club during their Champions League win over Napoli. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Napoli 2 Manchester City 4 It was a night that will go down in history in more ways than one as Sergio Agüero wrote his name into the record books by(...)

Harry Kane scores Tottenham’s fourth goal in their comfortable win over Liverpool at Wembley. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Liverpool 1 At times in this intriguing test of Premier League aspirations, it was hard to work out which was the more remarkable(...)

Football fans hold Catalan flags  before FC Barcelona’s match with Girona at the Estadi Montilivi. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

On the pitch, good – nine wins in nine league and Champions League games this season – off it, troubling for FC Barcelona. It is entering uncharted wa(...)

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