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Brian Kerr and the revolution of a problem child

It was blatantly uncomfortable, but we simply could not take our eyes off our television screens. This was the battle that we had waited for, a moment in time for Irish football:…

How Miroslav Klose became a German treasure

IT IS FRIGHTENING the rate at which our childhood heroes are retiring from football – slowly descending away from the turf, slipping out from the present and into a deep-sea of nostalgia…

Iker Casillas: the reserved prince of diplomacy

The art of diplomacy, it is said, is to recognise the beliefs, opinions and feelings of other people and to balance them accordingly with those of their opponents – breeding it itself an…

The imperfect goodbye

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. If a footballer’s legacy to the game is to be summed up in their farewell match or testimonial, then they and the fans that try to imprint some lasting…

Managers: the men of power

POWER CAN BE A WONDERFUL THING. It gives an individual authority. It gives them a sense of one-upmanship over their compatriots. It instills brewing self-confidence. It sews fatale seeds of non-existent capability.…