Antonio Conte has departed Juventus after winning three league titles with the Turin club.  Photograph:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The decision of current Italian champions Juventus to part company with coach Antonio Conte has taken Italian football by surprise. Even if both parti(...)

 Striker Alexis Sanchez has joined  Arsenal from Baracelona. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Alexis Sanchez is ready to tackle the biggest challenge of his football career head on by helping fire Arsenal to success next season. The Chile inter(...)

 James Rodriguez of Colombia:  the 22-year-old has a bright and rewarding future ahead of him if this tournament is anything to go by. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

An early contender for my tournament highlight came in May several weeks before a ball had been kicked when Fifa emailed to confirm the approval of th(...)

 Alexis Sanchez having medical at Arsenal. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Arsenal Striker Alexis Sanchez has agreed to join Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, the club have announced. The Chile forward h(...)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Manchester City are closing in on a deal for Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Press Association Sport understands the club are in negotiations with(...)

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout against Greece. Photograph: EPA

Ahead of a first appearance in the quarter-finals all Costa Rica is dreaming of glory And rather than any signs of nervousness at the exalted c(...)

 Brazilian  striker Neymar (L) and head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The talk has been of Brazil’s mental health: the pressure and the tears, the psychologist summoned to the camp. “In psychological terms I think we’(...)

The crest of Coole FC

It may be thousands of miles away from the World Cup hysteria in Brazil, but there are few places outside the home of beautiful football quite so e(...)

From left: developer Zachary Davison with Drop co-founders Ben Harris, Jonny McCauley and Jack Phelan

The oldest surviving cookbook in the world, thought to be written in the early fifth century by a Roman named Apicius, has a distinct leaning towards (...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores  a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

WEDNESDAY, June 25th 16.55 According to Ewe & Eye (the Standard & Poor’s of sport spectatorship), the complete tournament require(...)