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 Antonio Conte celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium yesterday. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

When Chelsea began the defence of their Premier League title by losing 3-2 at home to Burnley, a week after losing the Community Shield on penalties t(...)

 Manchester United’s  Paul Pogba and Ajax Amsterdam’s Hakim Ziyech vie for the ball during the Uefa Europa League final  at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

TV3 can congratulate itself on a great season of European football coverage, but nobody’s perfect. On Wednesday night, after the Europa League final, (...)

James White of the New England Patriots scores the game winning touchdown in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

The New England Patriots pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history last night - reversing a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta F(...)

Italy’s Emanuele Giaccherini slides the ball past belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to open the scoring in the Euro 2016 Group E game in Lyon. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters/Livepic

Belgium 0 Italy 2 Belgium go to Bordeaux on Saturday to meet the Republic of Ireland having stumbled into Euro 2016 and been beaten by an Italy team (...)

Northern Ireland’s Conor McLaughlin: “Crewe, then Lewandowski? It’ll be a big difference won’t it? Mad.”

As footnotes go, perhaps only Conor McLaughlin, his family and the Northern Ireland manager of the time, Nigel Worthington, will have jotted down this(...)

Antonin Panenka’s penalty gave Czechoslovakia victory over West Germany in Euro 1976. Photograph: Getty

Euro 1976: Czechoslovakia 2 West Germany 2 AET (Czechoslovakia win 5-3 on penalties) Taking a penalty at any level of football takes a certain amount(...)

Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo have been omitted from the Italy squad for Euro 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Four years after his goals propelled Italy into the European Championship final, Mario Balotelli won’t even get a chance to play in this year’s tourna(...)

Andrea Pirlo dinks the ball down the middle as the momentum swings Italy’s way in their Euro 2012 shootout with England. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2012: England 0 Italy 0 (Italy win 4-2 on penalties) June 24th 2012 As he approached the twilight of his career in Europe - before he signed fo(...)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino:  recognises the increasingly important role of the United States iin world football.   Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Last Thursday afternoon the streets of Manhattan were flooded with spring sunshine, but Smithfield Hall NYC on 25th Street was full of people whose ey(...)

 Antonio Conte will take over as Chelsea manager for the start of next season. Photograph: EPA

“Eat grass.” Out of context, Antonio Conte’s message to his Juventus players may have sounded more like a threat than an instruction but he repeated i(...)

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