Andrea Pirlo dinks the ball down the middle as the momentum swings Italy’s way in their Euro 2012 shootout with England. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2012: England 0 Italy 0 (Italy win 4-2 on penalties) June 24th 2012 As he approached the twilight of his career in Europe - before he signed fo(...)

PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic throws his jersey to fans after his side knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Goodbye to all that then. Chelsea exited the Champions League at Stamford Bridge for the last time in some time, outgunned by a high quality Paris Sai(...)

Steven Gerrard of Los Angeles Galaxy and  Andrea Pirlo  of New York City FC make all the right noises about the standard of play. Photograph: Getty Images

Towards the end of last year’s Major League Soccer season, footage of Andrea Pirlo defending a corner for New York City FC went viral. Well, when we s(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Louis van Gaal has said Manchester United are in the market for a new full back this month after revealing Ashley Young could be out for the season. (...)

Zach Fagan, once of Arsenal, now playing with Welling United. Photograph: Getty Images

Many are called but few are chosen. Unless of course we’re talking about Premier League football, in which case the equation is even more extreme. Eve(...)

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling scores his first goal for the club during the International Champions Cup football match against Roma at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Mal Fairclough/AFP/Getty Images

Raheem Sterling scored less than three minutes into his Manchester City debut in a pre-season friendly in Australia. The England forward, signed from (...)

England’s Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal against Slovenia in their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifying Group E match at the Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photograph: Reuters

Wayne Rooney considers the spirit within the squad to be the best he has experienced during his 12 years with England as the players of a new generati(...)

Mourinho believes a new core of experienced players is emerging at Chelsea. Photograph: Reuters / Eddie Keogh

José Mourinho believes a new core of experienced players is emerging at Chelsea, taking over from such as the departed Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole,(...)

File photo dated 20-10-2014 of Chelsea’s Manager Jose Mourinho during a press conference at Cobham Training Ground, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 3rd, 2014. Jose Mourinho will prioritise winning over remaining undefeated as Chelsea go in search of trophies. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Jose Mourinho has claimed Newcastle United raise their game specifically for contests against Chelsea and, as with other Premier League sides, treat o(...)

  Controversial Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the FA for an allegedly  racist and antisemitic post on Instagram.   Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for reposting an image of the Nintendo character Super Mario that prompted accusations of(...)