Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will have to plan for a Champions League meeting with Barcelona.  Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Manchester City’s reward for securing progress from their Champions League group is another meeting with Barcelona, who beat them last season, also i(...)

Edin Dzeko of Manchester City in action against  Stoke City at Etihad Stadium.  Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Manchester City’s huge fine for breaching Uefa’s financial fair play rules is to be shared out around the other clubs in the Champions League. City w(...)

Philipp Lahm: “It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team.”

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has quit international soccer just days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil.“It is the right time for (...)

Toni Kroos celebrating Germany’s World Cup win. The midfielder is to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich.  Photograph: Markus Gilliar /  Getty Images

German World Cup winner Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid on a six-year deal for a fee in the region of €25 million.The club he is leaving, Bayern Mun(...)

Brazil’s Neymar practising his free-kick technique at the Arena de Sao Paulo ahead of the hosts’ World Cup opener against Croatia. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

It may be hard to imagine Brazil kicking off this World Cup against Croatia without a certain amount of swagger.But don’t be entirely surprised if thi(...)

West German goalkeeper Toni Schumacher (right) jumps past the ball as he gets ready to collide with French defender Patrick Battiston during the 1982 World Cup semi-final in Stockholm. Battiston was carried off the field on a stretcher while Schumacher, unpunished,  resumed play with a goal-kick. Photograph: AFP

The semi-final stage of the World Cup has, on balance, not been particularly kind to France. In 1958, the free-scoring team of Just Fontaine and Raymo(...)

Bayern Munich coach  Pep Guardiola issues instructions  during the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid at the  Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Photo:  Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty

It is at times like these when, for a manager, the world can seem a dark place. As methods are pilloried, tactics crucified and past glories forgot(...)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates with coach  Patrick Kluivert and manager Luis van Gaal after scoring their fourth goal during the  World Cup Qualifing match against  Hungary at Amsterdam Arena last year.

The question that was posed to Louis van Gaal at the press conference earlier in the season seemed innocuous enou(...)

Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich coach accompanied by CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (L) and President Uli Hoeness as he steps up to the pitch of the Allianz Arena stadium. Photo: Alex Hassenstein/Getty

Bayern will announce its results for last season next month at a meeting of shareholders, many of them fans, but the club’s Director of Communications(...)

Pep Guardiola  of Bayern Munich talks to a ball girl next to club mascot ‘Berni’ the bear at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Keepie-uppie in a three-piece suit is never an easy look to pull off, especially if your partner is Berni, a 6ft fluffy bear in red shorts. But after (...)