Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs. The club has targeted the American market where they set a record attendance this summmer. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United are targeting the burgeoning US football market, with the sport there undergoing a “step-change” in popularity and commercial growth(...)

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Do you harbour dreams of bending it like Beckham? How about mastering a knuckle ball kick that would rival Ronaldo’s? if you have a couple of hundred (...)

Designer Yohji Yamamoto with Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Iker Casillas, Marcelo and James Rodriguez. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty

Japanese avant garde fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto has designed the new Read Madrid Adidas kit which the club will wear in this season’s Uefa Champi(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)

Top left, Nike x Liberty collaboration; bottom left, Adidas Stan Smith trainers; right, Dior’s Fusion trainers

Blame Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has taken over our social lives, and, if conspiracy theorists are correct, can also record us over the phone. The e(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has inherited a bit of a mess but he is the man to sort it out. As well as coaxing the best out of what he’s got, he is also committed to blooding young players. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Saturday. 12.45pm. Old Trafford will be graced by a true sporting great. Nope, not Maroune Fellaini, but Rory McIlroy, the world’s best golfer and a U(...)

 Skywatch Windoo   weather stations for phones

Skywatch Windoo  When all other conversation fails, there’s always the weather. So here’s an ice-breaker so to speak: a titchy weather stati(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks to FIfa president Sepp Blatter during the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

During a match between Brazil and Uruguay at Confederations Cup in 2013 in Brazil, a warm-up event for the World Cup, there were riots outside the sta(...)

Germany’s players and head coach Joachim Löw celebrate in their dressing room with Chancellor Angela Merkel following their victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Photograph: Lars Baron/Fifa/Getty Images.

Germany’s Boys from Brazil arrive in Berlin at 9am today to present their fans with “Das Ding” – their affectionate term for the World Cup – and to ge(...)

Manchester United have agreed a 10-year, $1.3 billion deal with Adidas.  Photo: Bloomberg

Manchester United have agreed a 10-year, $1.3 billion deal with Adidas for the German sportswear company to supply shirts and kit to the former Englis(...)