As Gareth Southgate’s boys have learned, returning from a World Cup having performed heroics for your country can propel a player into a new stratosphere of fame – and it’s not all fun, as Owen explains
City may now be a slick footballing juggernaut and among the favourites for the game’s biggest honours this season, but two decades ago they were slumming it in the third tier – and could have sunk even lower
Football is leaving no mattress unturned in its quest for the perfect night’s kip. Sleep gurus, napping pods and wearable tech help today’s stars to stay fit and firing in ways their predecessors wouldn’t have dreamt of...
Ryan Mason was part of the same Tottenham academy generation as Harry Kane, but after representing his boyhood team and his country, his life took a different turn – one which left him lucky to be alive at all
If you thought Brian Clough’s Leeds spell was fraught, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Bielsa has inspired a generation of top coaches to become winners – and a string of club owners to pull their hair out