Johan Cruyff

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Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates scoring his second goal with his brother Paudie Clifford during the league victory over Galway at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry 4-21 Galway 0-11 A David Clifford hat-trick banished the ghosts of last year’s championship defeat to Cork as an empathic 22-point drubbing of(...)

It was bad enough for Andy that he had been dropped from the school football team, but that he’d been replaced in the side by, of all things . . . a g(...)

Hristo Stoitchkov: regarded as Bulgaria’s greatest ever player, the striker’s six goles won him the  Golden Boot at the 1994 World Cup and he also became the only Bulgarian to be named  European Footballer of the Year.

At first glance the Nations League clash between Ireland and Bulgaria seems like the footballing equivalent of two bald men fighting over a comb. Tw(...)

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 (...)

Billy Lee onboard Miss Amulet (centre) come home to win the Arqana Irish EBF Marwell Stakes at Naas back in August. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Ken Condon-trained Miss Amulet has a rare Group One ‘rags-to-riches’ outcome in her sights at Newmarket on Saturday. Bought for just €7,500 as a (...)

Wolves attacker Adama Traore after scoring against Manchester City at Molineux last December. File photograph: Getty Images

When Pep Guardiola was a little boy growing up in Santpedor in Catalunya, they warned darkly of such things. There would come, they said, an opponen(...)

Street artwork in Barcelona depicting Lionel Messi as Argentinian revolutionary  Che Guevara. Photograph: Pau Barrena/Getty Images

Six days after Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wanted out, the exit process is bogged down in legal claim and counter-claim. Yesterday, La Liga annou(...)

Barcelona’s new Dutch coach Ronald Koeman removes his facemask during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Wednesday. Photograph: Josep Lago /AFP via Getty Images)

“If nothing goes awry, the new manager will be Ronald Koeman, ” Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said, and this time at least nothing did (...)

A new mural of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson holding the Premier League trophy, not all fans though felt he was deserving of his player of the year award though. File photograph: Getty Images

Captain fantastic It would be accurate to say that the Football Writers Association’s choice of Jordan Henderson as their player of the year wasn’t m(...)

Barcelona manager Quique Setien talks to his team in a break during their draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in Catalonia. Photograph: Getty Images

Leo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s anthem began echoing around a stadium as vacant as the look in the(...)

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