“We all know it’s hard,” he said yesterday. “But we’ve got to believe we can do it. The first one is the key. If we win the first one, I think we’ll win the second one. We’ll get momentum (and) we’ll win the second one.
Tue, 11 Feb, 2020
Lost, amid the sublime composure of £75 million Virgil van Dijk, the fan-pleasing marauding runs of full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson and the promise of Joe Gomez, stands Joel Matip, the forgotten centre-half who may have as big a say in tomorrow’s Champions League Final as any Liverpool star.
Fri, 31 May, 2019
Minority sports crave that moment that propels them into the national sporting consciousness. Think Katie Taylor at London 2012 and the O’Donovans in Rio 2016. Hockey Ireland’s Phil Oakley swears that after Irish ’s exploits at the Cricket World Cup in 2007, he saw lads using hurleys to play cricket in Mayfield on Cork’s northside.
Mon, 06 Aug, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup winning football team yesterday, jumping and chanting “We are the champions” as their bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception.
Tue, 17 Jul, 2018
After 32 days of unprecedented drama across the fields of Russia, France and Croatia brought the curtain down on the World Cup with Game 64 at the Luzhniki Stadium yesterday. Having traversed the place these past six weeks by foot and bike, car and plane, death-trap taxi and way too many night trains,outlines 18 reasons why Russia 2018 was the best World Cup we’ve ever seen…
Mon, 16 Jul, 2018
And then there was one. Well, two actually, but the World Cup third-place play-off is definitely one of those nominally competitive fixtures which presents a fairly robust challenge to my old friend Declan Lynch’s wise maxim that there’s never a good reason not to watch a football match.
Sat, 14 Jul, 2018
In our Hadron Collider and text-anyone-anywhere-anytime world, it may seem slightly embarrassing to acknowledge what a powerful force old-fashioned tribalism remains. Yet, that force of nature, or at least human nature, is active all around us and sometimes in ways that may not be as admirable as we might wish.
Fri, 13 Jul, 2018
Fri, 13 Jul, 2018
The vagaries of the group stage format at a Fifa World Cup were laid bare in the final round of fixtures as England’s reserves laboured to a 1-0 defeat against Belgium, safe in the knowledge that finishing second in Group G probably opens up a better route to the final.
Fri, 29 Jun, 2018