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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring penalty in Champions League semi-final  between Manchester City and Real Madrid. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty

Manchester City had 60 per cent of the ball. They had 16 shots to Real Madrid’s 11. They won on xG, taking a consensus of various algorithms, about 3.(...)

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea after win over West Ham. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty

Chelsea 1 West Ham 0 Craig Dawson had enjoyed virtually the perfect afternoon. West Ham’s one fit centre-back had been a man mountain, everything thr(...)

Real Madrid  coach Carlo Ancelotti: ‘I’m confident that the season will end well, then I can continue happily.’ Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/Ikimages/AFP via Getty Images

On April 12th last year, Carlo Ancelotti was in charge of an Everton team that drew 0-0 with Brighton and he says he would not have given it up for an(...)

Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona’s  coach and legendary former player, poses next to a poster reading “welcome back”, during his presentation ceremony at the Camp Nou last November. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/via Getty Images

In June 2020, Noelia Romera was fired by Barcelona because she was doing her job. Romera was the club’s compliance officer. Week after week, she wen(...)

Max Malins of Kitman Labs client Saracens catches a high ball during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Gloucester earlier this month. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Irish sports tech company Kitman Labs has unveiled a new software platform that has been largely developed at its innovation centre in Dublin. The fa(...)

Gareth Bale was on the books for Spurs as the highest-paid player in the Premier League last season, earning £600,000 (€709,058) per week. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Tomorrow, between 30,000 and 35,000 fans are expected to be at the FAI Cup final in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Even without Shamrock Rovers, the league c(...)

Last week, NBC agreed to pay nearly $3 billion for the rights to show every single Premier League game live for the next six years. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Getty

Way back in early 21st century America, live televised soccer was a hard-to-find commodity. Like tights and chocolate in second World War TWO London. (...)

Ronald Koeman’s tenure in charge of Barcelona has come to an end. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona have sacked first-team coach Ronald Koeman following Wednesday’s defeat to Rayo Vallecano. The 58-year-old was already under pressure after(...)

A report into the state of the Camp Nou showed 44 structural “issues” that would have imperilled fans. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

The Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is falling apart. Barça’s chief executive Ferran Reverter took over the day-to-day running of the club in July(...)

Qatar manager Felix Sanchez celebrates his side’s win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final over Japan with  Abdelaziz Hatim, Hasan Al Haydos and Saad Al Sheeb at Zayed Sports City Stadium  in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

When Qatar successfully bid to host the 2022 World Cup their official slogan was “Expect Amazing”. Perhaps understandably the marketing around the Mar(...)

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