Johan Cruyff

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Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will renew their rivalry in Manchester next season. Photograph: Getty Images

Eric Cantona turned 50 on Tuesday and is still doing what he has always done best: playing the part of Eric Cantona to a tee. For Manchester United fa(...)

Marco van Basten volleys home the Netherlands’ second goal during the Euro 1988 final against the Soviet Union. Photo: Getty Images

Euro 1988: Soviet Union 0 Netherlands 2 June 25th, 1988 It was the final of Euro 1988 and the Olympiastadion in Berlin was the venue. Confusion w(...)

Michel Platini of France with coach Michel Hidalgo after victory in the 1984 European Championship Final against Spain at Parc des Princes in Paris. France won the match 2-0. Photo: David Cannon /Allsport

It was France that started the World Cup. After all the trophy is named after Jules Rimet, Fifa President from 1921 to 1954. It was also France that (...)

Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt is helping out his hockey counterpart Craig Fulton as the latter prepares his team for Olympics. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Craig Fulton, coach of the men’s Irish hockey team, has had discussions with Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt about how he can use rugby techniques an(...)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has brought his high intensity tactics to England. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Two games in five days, both 1-1 draws, both of the highest quality and played out with a ferocious intensity. There are plenty of reasons to believe (...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the winning goal Photograph: Reuters/Juan Medina

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2 Cristiano Ronaldo hit a late winner to hand 10-man Real Madrid a shock 2-1 win in a fiery El Clasico and end Barcelona’s (...)

An old ball with the words “Thanks, Johan” is seen during a memorial event for Dutch soccer player Johan Cruyff at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona and Real Madrid clash in another eagerly-anticipated El Clasico at the Nou Camp on Saturday. Here’s a look at some talking points ahead of (...)

Barcelona will pay further tribute to club legend Johan Cruyff by wearing a shirt with the inscription Gràcies Johan on their shirts for Saturday’s cl(...)

Dutch and French players applaud during a tribute to the late Johan Cruyff during the friendly international at the Amsterdam Arena. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters/United Photos

Netherlands 2 France 3 France captain Blaise Matuidi struck late to snatch a 3-2 win over the Netherlands in a thriller as fans and players paid trib(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

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