Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates scoring in the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield last month. Liverpool host Manchester City tomorrow in a match that could decide this year’s Premier League title race. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The new tattoo Philippe Coutinho commissioned this season suggests his foresight is not restricted to picking out a team-mate with a pass. “Nev(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar  and Lionel Messi are both on the shortlist.

Six players from Bayern Munich’s treble-winning team were included among the 23 nominees for the World Player of the Year award announced by Fifa this(...)

Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to become the Brazilian with the most Premier League games to his name. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Lucas Leiva was driving when his mobile suddenly started buzzing with an alarming frequency. With his wife expecting the couple’s second child imminen(...)

Bayern Munich’s Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo.

Luiz Gustavo has welcomed a potential move to Arsenal, with the club hopeful of completing a €16 million deal for the Bayern Munich defensive midfield(...)

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(...)

Brazil’s Paulinho (right) heads  past Uruguay’s Martin Caceres and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (left) to book final berth. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Brazil 2 Uruguay 1: Paulinho scored with a header four minutes from time to give Brazil a 2-1 win over Uruguay and take the host nation to the final o(...)

 Gerardo Torrado of Mexico challenges Neymar of Brazil during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match  in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photograph:  Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Neymar, inspired by the protest movement which has swept Brazil in the last few days, gave possibly his best performance for his country in a 2-0 win (...)

Kaka of Real Madrid has been left out of the Brazil squad.  Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

World Cup winners Ronaldinho and Kaka were both left out of the Brazil’s Confederations Cup squad as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari opted for youth(...)

Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Sweden in the Friends Arena last month helped them rise one place in the Fifa rankings. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland moved up a place to 39th in the latest Fifa world rankings following World Cup qualifying draws against Austria and Sw(...)

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