‘The world of football has possibly never known a man to distribute the ball like Xavi Hernández (L). Arguably only Andrea Pirlo (R) in the modern game can rival him in being so niggardly with possession.’ Photographs: Reuters and EPA.

Someone calculated that the gematria values – where a numerical value is assigned to a letter – of Xavi (56) and pass (55) and they are almost iden(...)

Arrigo  Sacchi pictured during his time as Italy’s national youth team director in 2011. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Former Italy and AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi walked himself into a major row on Monday night when saying that “there are too many coloured players i(...)

Former Italy and AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi has denied he is a racist after he said there were too many ’coloured’ players in Italian youth teams. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Former Italy head coach Arrigo Sacchi has denied being racist after saying there are “too many players of colour” in youth teams.Speaking at an awards(...)

Bojan Krkic of Stoke City runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane this month. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Sitting in the canteen at Stoke City’s training ground, Bojan Krkic’s eyes light up as he thinks back to his cameo in an epoch-defining clásico and wh(...)

The two playmakers of El Clasico, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, will be the focus of fans at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images.

One of the cliches first: a country will come to a standstill tonight. Real Madrid versus Barcelona stops Spain. According to legend, and a fair am(...)

A sort of photographic antithesis of Bobby Moore’s post shirt-swap embrace with Pelé in 1970, it is one of the iconic World Cup images. Four years aft(...)

Pep Guardiola, head coach of FC Bayern directed a lot of anger at his old club.  Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has tried to stick to German in all his public appearances since becoming the coach of FC Bayern. As he fumbles charmingly for the right(...)

Former France manager is to take over at Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph: Mal Langsdon/Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain believe they have concluded their search for a new manager with the appointment of Laurent Blanc on a two-year contract. The move (...)