Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

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(...)

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson exchanges words with James McArthur of Crystal Palace during the  Premier League match  at the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

It must go down as one of the stranger days in Nigel Pearson’s managerial career, spent watching a Canadian folk band in the local pub while his job a(...)

Andy Murray: took grilling over his forthcoming wedding in good spirits.  Photograph:  Issei Kato/Reuters

Gary Lineker looked a bit glum yesterday. On a weekend overflowing with FA Cup thrills and spills, the BBC ended up with Bristol City 0, West Ham 1, a(...)

  Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has confirmed he is to leave Anfield at the end of the season after making the “toughest decision of his life” to leave his boyhood club.  Photograph: Phil Noble/PA Wire

Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool team-mates paid tribute to their captain after he announced he is to leave the club at the end of the season. Gerrard will(...)

Back at the start of the new Premier League season, the BBC produced a documentary called Match of the Day at 50 which brought back truckloads of memo(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephanie Roche: will be up against some of the top stars in the game for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

As you browsed through the list of nominees announced this week for Fifa’s Puskas Award, granted to the scorer of world football’s finest goal in t(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers  looks on as Steven Gerrard  prepares to come on during the  Champions League Group B match against Real Madrid  at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hit back at criticism of his team selection against Real Madrid by insisting the team’s performance provided an idea(...)

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(...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring against bitter derby rivals Everton. But critics have wondered whether he has the mobility to cope with a league that is speeding up as he is slowing down. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Leighton Baines was clearly furious to have conceded the free-kick, but it was mostly because he thought Mario Balotelli had dived. As the Italian fel(...)