Donny van de Beek celebrates after scoring for Ajax against Spurs in the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Donny van de Beek is unlikely to forget the night of July 26th 2017. Aged 20 and still living with his parents in the small town of Nijkerkerveen, he (...)

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty

As Dele Alli fell while trying to reach yet another overhit pass from Eric Dier, it seemed unlikely that the Tottenham attacker was about to remind th(...)

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars  and chief executive Edwin van der Sar celebrate the club’s victory  over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Last summer, seven of Ajax’s brightest stars were summoned to a room at the Dutch club’s training facility. Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper-turned-c(...)

 Justin Kluivert of Ajax has been called up by Netherlands coacj Ronald Koeman for the firndlies against England and Portugal. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

New Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has named a 33-man preliminary squad for this month’s friendlies against England and Portugal, including a first c(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi made sure that his neighbours wouldn’t be making a racket. Photograph: Reuters

Buddy Berbatov gets a lot off his chest While Robbie Keane was preparing for his first game as player-coach of Indian Super League side ATK, his for(...)

Nemanja Matic is on the verge of signing for Manchester United from Chelsea. Photo: Getty Images

Manchester United are poised to complete the purchase of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and are due to hold talks with Galatasaray at the start of the wee(...)

Mourinho and injuries: it has been a long, public, at times darkly productive relationship. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

“I do not like talking about injured players,” José Mourinho announced a few months before he left Real Madrid – shortly before going on to talk, rath(...)

Portugal were beaten 2-0 by Switzerland in their opening World Cup qualifier. Photograph: Afp

Switzerland 2 Portugal 0 Switzerland struck twice in quick succession to stun Euro 2016 champions Portugal 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday a(...)

Daley Blind  with his former club and international manager Louis Van Gaal. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

As the curtain came down on the World Cup two years ago it would have been hard to imagine the Dutch would not be at Euro 2016 but would spend the run(...)

Manchester United Memphis Depay applauds his team mates on winning the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: PA

Memphis Depay has shrugged off Louis van Gaal’s departure from Manchester United and suggested that playing for Jose Mourinho would be “a nice prospec(...)

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