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Dublin: 8°C Tuesday 27 October 2020

Sunday 5 April, 2020

George and Me: 'I owe him a great deal and couldn't pay him back over two lifetimes'

Bobby McAlinden first met George Best when they were both fifteen. They became team-mates, business partners and lifelong friends.

Sunday 29 March, 2020

'It was like living in Las Vegas' - the Dubliner, the Bundesliga and clubbing with Pat Kenny in Berlin

Alan Clarke moved to Germany in the early 1980s after a spell at Leeds United didn’t work out. But that’s only a tiny part of a remarkable story.

Sunday 22 March, 2020

'Long hair, cowboy boots and a full-length fur coat - he looked more like a rock star than a footballer'

Drugs, delinquency and an early demise has fuelled the cult of Robin Friday – the greatest player you never saw.

Sunday 8 March, 2020

'Who asks to leave Manchester United? I look back and wonder if I was insane. Did I go mad?'

Mark Wilson was on the fringes at Old Trafford and left under a cloud. Up until recently, he was still anxious about ever going back.

Sunday 1 March, 2020

Unknown in Ireland, celebrated in France - the forgotten Dubliner who won titles and fought Nazis

Bernard Williams was living in England and playing amateur football when he rolled the dice and headed for adventure.

Friday 28 February, 2020

After an injury-ravaged few years, a familiar face is back and seeking a rebirth in MLS

Giuseppe Rossi has had a run of misfortune and he’s hoping a change of scenery will help.

Thursday 27 February, 2020

Decent start for Shane Lowry at Honda Classic as his opening round puts him in the chasing pack

With a $7m purse on offer, the Offaly native is well-placed after a decent day’s work.

CONFIRMED: Dr Harty Cup final postponed for second time due to pending bad weather

Storm Jorge is expected to hit on Saturday morning.

Hitting the celebrity circuit, David Beckham remains the biggest show in town as he prepares for latest role

This weekend, Inter Miami – Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise – will make a long-awaited debut.

The 42-year-old kidney transplant survivor and the most unlikely sports hero of the year

David Ayres was dramatically called into action last weekend and the uniqueness of the story has propelled him into a celebrity whirlwind.

From refugee camp to Champions League stardom: the inexplicable and inspiring rise of Alphonso Davies

The 19-year-old who dazzled at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday has quite the story to tell.

Sunday 23 February, 2020

Jimmy Conway, the dementia epidemic and how football failed an entire generation of players

The former Republic of Ireland international spent the final ten years of his life battling the insidious disease.

Sunday 16 February, 2020

'I feel I can enjoy my football a lot more over there' - babies, bereavement and a new chapter in America

After a difficult time at Hearts, Jake Mulraney is preparing for a debut Major League Soccer season with Atlanta United.

Saturday 15 February, 2020

Playboys, playgrounds and separating the good from the great: Ross Brawn on the magic of F1

Best-known for an incredibly successful time at Ferrari alongside Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 genius on hangovers and Hamilton.

Saturday 8 February, 2020

Showbiz, Baby! Bertie, Eamon Dunphy and a Celtic Tiger pop culture low-point

In September 2001, the then-leader of the country appeared as a guest pundit on RTE show The Premiership.

Monday 3 February, 2020

The Limerick man, a Group of Death and chasing big dreams in Asian football

Conor Nestor guided Cambodian club Svay Rieng to a championship at the end of last year. Now attention turns to the AFC Cup.

Sunday 2 February, 2020

Hollywood, the NFL and OJ - the remarkable tale of the Dublin kid who lived the American dream

Adrian Young was a star with the Philadelphia Eagles but that’s only half of an inexplicable tale.

Sunday 19 January, 2020

'United haven't been this bad for 30 years': why 1990 remains so relevant ahead of Anfield clash

The most essential ingredient for a successful football manager is the capacity to dominate – Jurgen Klopp has it in abundance.

Monday 13 January, 2020

'There was the three of us - myself, my pal and Kenny Dalglish - butt naked and singing Otis Redding'

St Mirren boss and Waterford native Jim Goodwin on Celtic, selling Cadbury’s and becoming one of the sharpest young coaching minds in Scottish football.

Friday 3 January, 2020

Ice Warriors: US doctors, The Troubles and a remarkable love affair in 1980s' inner-city Dublin

It was almost four decades ago when some North American medical students arrived in Dolphin’s Barn rink and changed lives forever.

Saturday 28 December, 2019

'My Irish heritage is something I boast about' - the Dublin-born kicker chasing NFL dreams

James McCourt moved to Florida when he was eight and he’s enjoyed a remarkable season at the University of Illinois.

Friday 27 December, 2019

The 83-year-old ice king - How movie stars, Bolero and 'The Barn' sparked a lifelong love affair

Ron Warren has travelled the world to feed his obsession with figure skating.

Wednesday 25 December, 2019

'This is a big job and there are big expectations' - the Irishman chasing World Cup dreams in Africa

34-year-old Johnny McKinstry was appointed manager of the Uganda national team at the very end of September and has already tasted success.

Friday 13 December, 2019

After giving up football to race motor cars, Andre Villas-Boas is back and working wonders at Marseille

At a club that’s endured various setbacks in recent seasons, the Portuguese is proving quietly effective.

Thursday 12 December, 2019

'Minamino strikes me as an ideal signing for Liverpool' - what to expect from Salzburg winger at Anfield

The 24-year-old is set to arrive at Anfield in January.

Old dog, new tricks - how Gasperini went from 'sad and depressed' to Italian football's 'magician'

Atalanta’s Champions League fairytale simplifies the superb work their manager has accomplished in recent seasons.

Sunday 8 December, 2019

'I had a fight with Patrick Vieira and got sent to the reserves': Arsenal, Vauxhall Novas and regrets

Brian McGovern spent a number of years at Arsenal and seemed on the cusp of a breakthrough under Arsene Wenger before everything changed.

Sunday 1 December, 2019

'I was a broken soul and there were dark times but the memorable moments can't be taken away'

Andy Turner was once the next big thing at the dawn of the Premier League era but injury changed everything.

Sunday 24 November, 2019

'The power, the strength. I had such admiration. An elite female athlete? I just hadn't seen it before'

Claire Scanlan on chasing professional football in the early 90s, the unheralded legends that came before her and settling down in Albany.

Saturday 23 November, 2019

'The Irish Scholes' - one of the top prospects in the US on Penn State, King crisps and MLS dreams

Dubliner Aaron Molloy has been named Midfielder of the Year and captained his university to the NCAA Division 1 tournament.

Sunday 17 November, 2019

'When you're desperate you'll do anything' - the Irishman on the cusp of history in the US

Niall McCabe could win a third straight USL championship with Louisville City FC later today.

Jim Donnelly: the greatest Irish football story you've never heard of

The Ballina native became one of the most revered and highly-regarded coaches in Europe.

Sunday 3 November, 2019

'It's a bit different to Foynes in west Limerick' - the Irishman taking south-east Asian football by storm

After a baptism of fire, Conor Nestor has guided Svay Rieng to a championship success and has eyes on a domestic double.

Saturday 2 November, 2019

Broken promises and MLS disappointment but the American dream continues for Paddy Barrett

The former Dundalk man has swapped Cincinnati for Indianapolis and another excellent season could get even better.

Monday 28 October, 2019

'I got lost in many ways' - Marcus O'Sullivan on running for his life, exit strategies and a lingering regret

In a glittering career, the Cork native amassed three World Indoor triumphs and four Olympic appearances before dedicating himself to reaching 100 sub four-minute miles.

Sunday 27 October, 2019

'I just need the ball' - Lavished with praise and awards in the US, Denise O'Sullivan chases more

The Republic of Ireland international plays in her third successive NWSL final later tonight after another superb season.

Saturday 26 October, 2019

Southern Comfort: Tipperary's Richie Ryan on his new life in Texas and preparing for the next chapter

It’s been quite the adventure for the former Sligo Rovers midfielder since he moved to North America in early 2014.

Sunday 20 October, 2019

'United belongs to those of us who go every bloody week and not to people with big bank balances'

Thirty years ago, fans weren’t just furious with Alex Ferguson’s team but with the club’s decision-makers too.

Sunday 13 October, 2019

'I just remember the pain of being so completely lost' - How a lifelong wanderer rediscovered his path

Des McAleenan has travelled the world as a goalkeeping coach but his current role has helped him rebuild both his life and love of the game.

Sunday 6 October, 2019

Diego and Jimmy: trailing the self-destruction and tragic comedy of an extraordinary, wild genius

Asif Kapadia’s documentary has been rightly acclaimed but author Jimmy Burns took on the same complex subject in the mid-90s, with similar results.

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