Football — never boring, even when Italy is defending a 1–0 lead — has only grown more exciting

Klopp is the air-punching booming-laugh extrovert; Guardiola the turtleneck-wearing, obsessively professorial introvert

“Blue cards” will only add to the confusion and subjective rulings we’re now seeing

The kind of skill that makes the breath catch in thousands of throats at once

The four men who founded Aston Villa could not have imagined what would follow

Why are we so often stuck with inarticulate ex-pros?

Female football players should be able to play against other women

On one tumultuous day, eleven men in strawberry-jam shirts wore crowns

Foreign governments should not own football clubs

The argument over VAR remains unsettled