Some of the stranger stories from around the world
Tue, 22 Mar, 2016
In June 2007, then Ireland U21 manager Don Givens hired a little known 35-year-old coach, whose previous experience was in the youth academies at Chelsea and Fulham.
Sat, 24 May, 2014
Man City 5 Fulham 0
Mon, 24 Mar, 2014
Breaking into the centre of Spain’s midfield has lately been about as easy as breaking out of Alcatraz.
Mon, 10 Mar, 2014
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti played down the injury-enforced substitution of Cristiano Ronaldo during yesterday’s 5-0 win over Almeria, insisting it was only “a little problem”.
Sun, 24 Nov, 2013
There was something dispiriting about the last half hour of Barcelona’s 0-3 Champions League semi-final second leg defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Mon, 06 May, 2013
Peter Sheridan’s new memoir — Break a Leg — covers two decades of life in the Irish arts. He tells Sue Leonard about how it influenced his life and work
Sat, 26 Jan, 2013
Portugal 0 Spain 0 (After extra-time. Spain win 4-2 on penalties)
Wed, 27 Jun, 2012
Sergio Ramos has claimed referee Craig Thomson had no need to send him off against Ajax last night, even though both he and Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso seemed to deliberately invite their red cards.
Wed, 24 Nov, 2010
Real Madrid’s leading scorer Gonzalo Higuain has played down the penalty row between Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo during the 6-2 win over Villarreal.
Tue, 23 Feb, 2010
Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani hopes to learn from the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano as he makes his gradual progression to first-team regular.
Thu, 10 Dec, 2009
LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez has held “positive talks” with Javier Mascherano about the midfielder’s future at the club.
Tue, 08 Dec, 2009
Rafael Benitez will quit as Liverpool boss if star striker Fernando Torres is sold against his will.
Tue, 17 Nov, 2009
IF Rafa gets bored with management he could always try his hand at ventriloquism.
Wed, 16 Sep, 2009
WE always end up talking about the manager, even when it’s the players’ fault.
Wed, 02 Sep, 2009
IN times of vexation, grab your consolations where ye may.
Wed, 19 Aug, 2009
Rafael Benitez believes Lucas Leiva can help fill the gap left by Xabi Alonso's departure - and the Brazilian youngster agrees.
Mon, 10 Aug, 2009
LIVERPOOL last night completed the signing of Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani on a five-year contract after the Italian international passed a medical.
Sat, 08 Aug, 2009
LIVERPOOL closed in on the signing of Roma’s Alberto Aquilani yesterday with boss Rafael Benitez insisting the midfielder will “excite” the fans.
Fri, 07 Aug, 2009
Liverpool closed in on the signing of Roma's Alberto Aquilani today with boss Rafael Benitez insisting the midfielder will "excite" the fans.
Thu, 06 Aug, 2009
Striker Fernando Torres has insisted it would be “a serious loss to Liverpool” if Xabi Alonso completed a move to Real Madrid.
Wed, 29 Jul, 2009
JERZY DUDEK claims a move to Real Madrid would represent a “dream come true” for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Jerzy Dudek claims a move to Real Madrid would represent a “dream come true” for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Tue, 28 Jul, 2009
Liverpool have dismissed claims today that a fee has been agreed with Real Madrid for the sale of Xabi Alonso.
Thu, 23 Jul, 2009
Cristiano Ronaldo has boldly predicted Real Madrid will win the Champions League and their domestic title following their lavish summer spending spree.
Thu, 16 Jul, 2009
Real Madrid believe they can still land Xabi Alonso despite accusing Liverpool of being greedy and pricing the Spain international out of a move.
Wed, 08 Jul, 2009
JAVIER MASCHERANO has urged Liverpool to do all they can to keep the “influential” Xabi Alonso.
Wed, 27 May, 2009
Javier Mascherano has urged Liverpool to do all they can to keep the “influential” Xabi Alonso.
Tue, 26 May, 2009
THE tears flowed at Anfield but it had nothing to do with Liverpool missing out on the Premier League title to their bitter rivals from up the road.
Mon, 25 May, 2009
Rafael Benitez has moved today to cool speculation that Xabi Alonso is leaving Liverpool.
Fri, 22 May, 2009
LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard insists he has to share his success in winning the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award with manager Rafael Benitez and his team-mates.
Thu, 14 May, 2009
Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso's agent has dismissed reports suggesting the Spain international is set for a summer exit.
Wed, 13 May, 2009
Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has been ruled out of tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham.
Fri, 08 May, 2009
AT LEAST we can concentrate on the league.
Wed, 15 Apr, 2009
LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez will be back in the Barclays Premier League front-line at the weekend armed with an array of riches.
Thu, 08 Jan, 2009
Cesc Fabregas is looking on the bright side over his injury lay-off – because he knows it could have been much worse.
Fri, 26 Dec, 2008
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he will not be undergoing an operation on his damaged knee.
Wed, 24 Dec, 2008
THOSE of you whose teeth grind painfully on seeing the words “one-man club” should look away now.
Wed, 26 Nov, 2008
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has acknowledged the stunning form of Xabi Alonso, the midfielder he tried so hard to sell in the summer.
Tue, 28 Oct, 2008
In the afterglow of a thrilling comeback at City, swigging beer between lectures, you might think even I could not be troubled by dark clouds on the horizon.
Wed, 15 Oct, 2008
LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez is confident striker Fernando Torres can seal his place in the club’s record books and has backed skipper Steven Gerrard to rediscover his fitness and form.
Sat, 23 Aug, 2008
RAFAEL BENITEZ has blamed the Liverpool hierarchy for the protracted Gareth Barry transfer saga.
Sat, 16 Aug, 2008
Aston Villa outcast Gareth Barry returns to training tomorrow for the first time since his fall-out with boss Martin O’Neill over the Liverpool transfer saga.
Tue, 15 Jul, 2008
Rafael Benitez has promised there will be at least one new big-name striker at Liverpool before the start of the season but admits he has no idea when the Gareth Barry saga will be concluded.
Thu, 10 Jul, 2008
Xabi Alonso’s agent claims further talks are planned between Liverpool and Juventus with a view to the Spain international moving to Serie A.
Wed, 04 Jun, 2008
Rafael Benitez is keen for Liverpool to secure fourth place before they travel to the San Siro for the second leg of the Champions League clash with Inter Milan.
Fri, 22 Feb, 2008
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez admits his team are in the middle of “a difficult week”.
Wed, 19 Dec, 2007
Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso could return against Chelsea in the Carling Cup quarter-final match tomorrow following a ten-match absence with a metatarsal injury.
Tue, 18 Dec, 2007
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could make his comeback at Newcastle in the club’s first match after the international break.
Thu, 15 Nov, 2007
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will find out today the extent of Xabi Alonso’s fractured metatarsal with goalkeeper Jose Reina describing the injury situation as “a pain in the backside”.
Tue, 30 Oct, 2007
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