is As Zlatan Ibrahimovic surveyed the rousing scene before kick-off, he gave a little nod as if to deign this arena and occasion worthy of his presence. The man who famously said a World Cup without him was not worth watching was ready. We could begin.
Gerard Piqué once joked that the solution to those games when there was no way through, when teams defended deep against Spain or Barcelona, frustrating them, when the clock kept running and the chances kept coming but the ball just wouldn’t go in, was simple: stick him up front sooner.
The Republic of Ireland have not had much luck at the European Championship or, indeed, at this stadium but, for a brief period on a pulsating evening, Martin O’Neill’s players looked set to etch their names into history. They had dominated this Group E opener and, when Wes Hoolahan put them in front with a sumptuous half-volley, they could begin to dream.
Better late than never.
It’s a tough job market.
Growing pressure to either downsize or exit parts of this business altogether.
Liverpool's Joao Teixeira is signing with Porto.
West Ham United have been sewing the seeds for future success this summer as they prepare to move to their new Olympic Stadium home.
Glasgow Rangers ace Joey Barton has been making headlines, but former Celtic man Mark Wilson says he's always liked him.
The ESPN pundit said the Tottenham Hotspur man was unhappy during Belgium's defeat by Italy.
The big striker may struggle for a regular start in France.
Andy Murray – distracted, taunted by a hostile crowd and railing at minor distractions – lost focus at precisely the wrong time of the championships and could not deny Novak Djokovic his first French Open title here on Sunday, the brilliant Serb completing a career grand slam in the process.
The Zlatan Ibrahimovic-Gareth Bale showdown never materialised on an afternoon when Wales’s first and last warm-up match before the European Championship finals in France ended in a chastening defeat.