Darren Bent  celebrates scoring one of his 11 goals for Aston Villa in 2011. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has dropped down to the Sky Bet Championship to join Brighton on loan.The 30-year-old former England international, wh(...)

Fabio Capello is under contract until the 2018 World Cup which is hosted by Russia. Photograph: Roland Schlager

The Russian Football Union cannot afford to pay the wages of national team boss Fabio Capello, according to a member of the governing body’s executive(...)

To infinity and beyond Robin Van Persie may have looked like Buzz Lightyear as he took flight to head in one of the goals of the tournament in the Net(...)

Netherlands’ Robin van Persie scores a sublime goal during the match against Spain. The Dutch striker returns from suspension for the last-16 tie with Mexico. Photograph: AP/Bernat Armangue

You might expect that, with three wins out of three, 10 goals scored, a 5-1 win over the world champions, and a route to the semi-finals more navigabl(...)

Russian coach Fabio Capello claims that laser pen blinded his goalkeeper in the build-up to Algeria’s goal. He voiced his complaint to the match officials. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The next hosts of the World Cup, Russia, crashed out of the tournament amid controversy last night with their coach, Fabio Capello, blaming a laser be(...)

Belgium’s Divock Origi  shoots to score a late winner in the  World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Belgium 0 Russia 0 If there was one man you could guarantee would stand aloof from the general joie de vivre of this World Cup, it was Fabio Capello. (...)

Russia’s coach Fabio Capello during his side’s forgettable 1-1 draw against South Korea.

It is usually Russian gymnasts that we associate with parallels, but right now it is the country’s manager, Fabio Capello. Feted by his adopted public(...)

Marouane Fellaini combined with Kevin De Bruyne to get Belgium back on track against Algeria. Photograph: Yves Herman / Reuters

TUESDAY, JUNE 16th 16.55 And, lo, on the fifth day the deluge ended. I’m relieved by Iran and Nigeria’s stalemate. For an Irishman, who(...)

Russian national soccer team before their international friendly against Morocco at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow. in this June 6, 2014 file photo.  Vasili Berezutski is pictured top right.

Russia defender Vasili Berezutski believes his side have a point to prove as they continue preparations for their opening World Cup Group H match agai(...)

Roman Shirokov (left) has been ruled out of the World Cup with an Achilles injury. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov / EPA

Russia captain Roman Shirokov has been ruled out of this month’s World Cup in Brazil because of an Achilles tendon injury and replaced in the squad by(...)