Mario Balotelli has compared his Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard to Italian midfield star Andrea Pirlo. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists he is working harder to become more of a threat in the penalty area but would prefer a partner to play off u(...)

Italy’s coach Antonio Conte gets his point across  during the Euro 2016 qualification match against Azerbaijan in Palermo. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Euro 2016 round-up: The Netherlands grabbed two late goals to snatch a 3-1 home victory over 10-man Kazakhstan having trailed until just past the hour(...)

Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone: will be back prowling the touchline at the Calderon after serving a ban. Photograph: Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Atlético Madrid could be without captain Gabi for Wednesday night’s match at home to Juventus, coach Diego Simeone has said.The influential midfielder(...)

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(...)