Danger everywhere – the freak sporting injuries of 2012

It looks like the safest place for some athletes might be the field of play. Here are the freakiest injuries of the sporting year.

2012 in Guff: Graeme Souness on a roll

Old stalwarts Garth Crooks, Chris Kamara and Charlie Nicholas were always in contention.

Rafa Benitez dragged into the rising cult of the project manager

Rafa Benitez was once a man who would have considered only jobs rather than projects.

Geoff Shreeves remains determined to make people sad

The long and winding week in guff.

The curious modern addiction to football controversy

We have known, for a while, that the good people of England have little or no interest left in football.

Every picture tells a story

It's All Over Now.

Merse Code

The essential building blocks of the exciting, if primitive, new language of football.

Getting to know football’s divers

After some comedy tumbling recently from Messrs Bale, Suarez and Torres, the sharp practise of diving has gained official status as a ‘cancer within the game’, a diagnosis rubberstamped by FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce – his organisation as keen...

Vanilla Kilbane killing it in Gdansk

You have to say that's magnificent.
Peter Drury

Peter Drury rummages deep in bottomless pit of condescension

Day 5: Recall Pete's 'Goal for all Africa' at the last World Cup. Has he out-patronised himself for Poland's equaliser?

Ireland pull out of Euro 2012

Cork has spoken. There is no sense in carrying on.

An old classic – Shay and Ray go to Japan

TV Gold from the 2002 World Cup as Shay Healy and Ray Treacy head East in search of colour televisions.
Clive Tyldesley

Clive Tyldesley goes to war on our best intentions

England struggle manfully to keep a lid on expectations.
John Giles Euro 2012

Gilesy had the moral courage to swim against the tide

Fancy flicks break down when they reach Keano.