Pep Guardiola oversees Bayern Munich  training   ahead of their Uefa Champions League Group E match against Manchester City at Allianz Arena. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has stated no Bayern Munich player wants to join Manchester United despite the deposed champions having been interested in Thomas Müller(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) reacts after being voted  Uefa’s Best Player in Europe for 2013-2014 award during the Uefa Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco yesterday. Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (left) and   Bayern Munich’s Dutch forward Arjen Robben (right) were runners-up to the Real Madrid and  Portugal winger. Photograph: Claude Paris/AP Photo

Cristiano Ronaldo was last night named as Uefa’s Best player in Europe, ahead of Bayern’s Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben in the final round of voting w(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid has been named Uefa’s Best European Player. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid’s 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named Ue(...)

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands in action against Brazil during the   World Cup third-place play-off  in Brasilia. Photograph:  Jorge Silva/Reuters

Netherlands striker Arjen Robben will stay with Bayern Munich rather than taking the opportunity to follow national coach Louis van Gaal to Mancheste(...)

Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands tackles Lionel Messi during Wednesday’s semi-final in Sao Paulo. “The only thing that counts is the title.” Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Having kept him pretty quiet on the pitch on Wednesday night, Argentina’s players may not be overly concerned about the noises Arjen Robben was making(...)

 Dutch coach Louis van Gaal  (second left) looks on during the the semi-final against Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo.  Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World C(...)

Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal talks with his players during a training session one day before their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Argentina at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph:  Manu Fernandez/AP

Won’t somebody think of the children? Thankfully someone did at Louis van Gaal’s press conference in São Paulo yesterday, when the manager was asked w(...)

Arjen Robben celebrates after the Netherlands penalty shootout win against Costa Rica, which set up a semi-final against Argentina. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

At the press conference after the Netherlands had, in the blink of an eye, turned Mexico’s victory into heartbreaking defeat in Fortaleza, poor, crush(...)

Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands  shakes hand with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal after being substituted during the  World Cup  round of 16 match against Mexico. The midfielder is out of the competition with a groin strain. Photograph:     Vassil Donev/EPA

Netherlands will be without defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong for the rest of the World Cup through injury.The 29-year-old was forced off nine minut(...)

 A distraught Mexican fan after their defeat at the hands of the Netherlands  in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

And so Mexico have done it again, falling at the second round stage for the sixth World Cup in succession after another agonising defeat for a nation (...)