Rio Ferdinand has said he has been “overwhelmed” by the support he has received in the wake of the death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison. Photograph: PA

Rio Ferdinand has described being “overwhelmed” by the support he received from football fans after his wife died.The former England captain said Rebe(...)

“A great pro, his nice, self-deprecating sense of humour concealing a steely resolve to get the job done. Steve was up for every game . . . if you were to create the perfect club captain it would be Brucey,” said Roy Keane of former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce.  Photograph: Ryan Browne/PA.

In the passage behind the pressroom, where the heat and scrutiny had been intense, Steve Bruce stared downwards as he spoke. He looked pale and forlor(...)

Rory McIlroy was named Golfer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the the European Tour Players’ Awards. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Rory McIlroy was honoured as Golfer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the the European Tour Players’ Awards on Tuesday evening.The world (...)

Pep Guardiola speaks to Lionel Messi at half-time during the Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena. Photo: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

“Raus mit applaus!” was the headline in the German tabloid Abendzeitung after Bayern Munich’s energetic but ultimately rather meek and bloodless exit (...)

Wayne Rooney doesn’t give the impression he cherishes anybody’s shade. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Quite apart from the jaw-dropping audacity of the goal, and the electric charge it gave the World Cup on day two in Brazil last summer as the Netherl(...)

Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the second goal for Manchester United. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

Most of the things football managers say about their supporters can be categorised as lip-service. When Louis van Gaal thanked the home supporters at (...)

Wayne Rooney scores a memorable goal from an overhead kick during the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in February, 2011. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

This was not in the Sheikh Mansour masterplan when he bought Manchester City in 2008. At least, not so soon. A £1bn-plus investment in the club had yi(...)

Glenn Murray celebrates after scoring the first goal for Crystal Palace as Manchester City’s Joe Hart appeals for offside recently. Photograph: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

We are approaching, as Alex Ferguson once charmingly described it, the nerve wracking “squeaky bum time” of the English football season. Half the Iris(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal after his side’s victory at Anfield. The Dutchman is concentrating on the Aston Villa match rather than next week’s derby. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Louis Van Gaal believes Manchester United have Manchester City in their sights and is confident that overhauling the champions to finish in second pla(...)

Detail from ‘Waltzers’ by Jack Vettriano: it is expected to go for £200,000- £300,000 at Bonhams auction next week

The Scottish self-taught painter Jack Vettriano (63) is one of Britain’s most successful artists. His most famous painting, The Singing Butler (1992) (...)