Juventus have appointed Massimiliano Allegri as their new coach just 18 hours after Antonio Conte’s decision to step down as manager. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has been appointed as the new manager of Juventus following Tuesday’s shock resignation of Antonio Conte(...)

Luis Suarez of Uruguay  during the  Group D match against Italy  at Estadio das Dunas on June 24th, 2014 in Natal. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Italy 0 Uruguay 1Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup but the only thing people were talking about at Natal’s Estadio das Dunas tonight was Luis(...)

England supporters can enjoy a cultural end to their short trip to Brazil after being offered free entry to the Sao Paulo art museum.

Van for long haulThe 2014 World Cup has seen the return of total football, with the Netherlands side looking devastatingly good going f(...)

Costa Rica’s  Bryan Ruiz heads home past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Group D game  at Arena Pernambuco  in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Costa Rica 1 Italy 0Costa Rica have qualified from the Group of Death that was supposed to eat them alive, and nobody can say that they do not deserve(...)

 With  Arsenal player Joel Campbell 
spearheading their frontline, 
Costa Rica 
 have a player capable of providing the cutting edge their smash-and-grab approach demands.
 Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Costa Rica and their collection of nimble attacking talents face Italy ready to produce another World Cup shock.The Central American nation were meant(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during their 2014 World Cup Group G defeat to  Germany at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Silva / Reuters

The first round of matches at this World Cup has been a huge success, not least because this time, so many of the headline acts have delivered. Neymar(...)

Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring the  second goal against England. Photograph:Christopher Lee/Getty Images

This World Cup is a bit good. To the point where you can’t even resist sharing the company of the Ivory Coast and Japan at 2am and beyond, Tony O’Dono(...)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli (left) scores the winner against England  at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus. Photograph: Andres Stapff / Reuters

Italy 2 England 1Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli scored in either half to give Italy a 2-1 win over England in Manaus tonight. It was a match in(...)

Midfield playmaker  Andrea Pirlo l arrives for a news conference at the Casa Azzurri in Mangaratiba ahead of Italy’s World Cup opening game against England on Saturday. Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

England’s best hope of making a winning start to their World Cup campaign is to expose Italy’s vulnerability to counter-attacks, believes Luc Holtz, t(...)

An aerial view of England’s training session in progress at the Urca military base near Copacabana beach yesterday.  Photograph: Wong Maye-E).

On one side it is all ocean, backed up by Guanabara Bay. On the other it is Sugarloaf Mountain. Think back to that scene in Moonraker when Jaws uses (...)