Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates his winner against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao / EPA

After all the build-up, all the hype, Lionel Messi’s World Cup started with what Argentina’s fans will hope was a slow burner of a performance. Consi(...)

A Ronaldinho lookalike is escorted off the field while talking to Lionel Messi of Argentina after an open training session   in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Photograph:  Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Argentina’s fanatical support is one of the glories of any World Cup. The explosion of ticker tape that greeted the team as it emerged to face the (...)

Argentina’s  Lionel Messi at a training session  in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

Manager: Alejandro Sabella Best finish: Winners (1978, 1986) World Cup record: Played 76, Won 42, Drawn 14, Lost 20 History Twice c(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has so far this summer only recruited one player, a 20-year-old striker from Auxerre called Yaya Sanogo on a free.

May 19th, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich: the end of an era, the start of another. After 26½ years in charge of Manchester United, during which he not o(...)

Stevan Jovetic of Montenegro (left) has agreed to leave Fiorentina for Manchester City.  Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Fiorentina have reached an agreement to sell the Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City, the Serie A club have confirmedThe 23-year-old(...)

Manchester City’s new signing Fernandinho (L) and manager Manuel Pellegrini pose for photographers at the club’s Carrington training ground in Manchester. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Manuel Pellegrini spoke of his desire to topple Manchester United as he was formally unveiled as Manchester City manager.The Chilean also looked rela(...)

Manuel Pellegrini.

Manchester City are set to formally unveil new manager Manuel Pellegrini at a press conference tomorrow along with recent signing Brazilian Fernandin(...)

Isco of Spain dances after winning the Uefa European under-21 Championship final match against Italy at Teddy Stadium  in Jerusalem, Israel, last week.  Photograph: Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Manuel Pellegrini’s first official day as Manchester City manager ended in disappointment with Isco set to reject the chance to join his former Málaga(...)

Manchester City’s Jack Rodwell (R) shoots at goal  at The Etihad Stadium.  Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Manchester City 1 West Brom 0: Manchester City are hardly purring as they head in(...)

Sergio Aguero scores Manchester City’s opening goal against West Ham during their Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Manchester City 2 West Ham 1: Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure lifted the post-title gloom for Manchester City with a couple of outstanding goals to de(...)