Manchester City players (L-R) Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard and Aleksandar Kolarov during their  training session in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Marc Mueller / EPA

The mission for Manchester City in Bavaria this evening is to prove their Champions League lesson has been learned. With Manuel Pellegrini hoping for(...)

Danny Welbeck  during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsenal’s signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United was a curious example of a deal that seemed to leave both sides disappointed. Arsène Wenger’(...)

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere scores his side’s first goal during the  Premier League match against Manchester City   at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Arsenal 2 Manchester City 2Martin Demichelis seized a point for Premier League champions Manchester City with a late headed equaliser at the Emirates (...)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart warms up with team-mate Willy Caballero prior to Sunday’s Community Shield match at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: PA

Joe Hart or Willy Caballero? Manuel Pellegrini must decide who will be his goalkeeper when Manchester City travel to Newcastle United on Sunday for t(...)

Germany’s Mario Götze scores the winner past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as  Ezequiel Garay looks on at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Gray / Reuters

Germany 1 Argentina 0 (after extra-time) It came later, much later, than the one that decided the final they fought out in Rome’s Olympic stadi(...)

Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a penalty kick by Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Michael Dalder / Reuters 2:22

Netherlands 0 Argentina 0 (Argentina win 4-2 on penalties)All night long through what was a disappointing semi-final, the Argentine fans revelled in t(...)

Javier Mascherano celebrates after Belgium defeatedg Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

When Argentina’s players gathered on the sideline before extra time against Switzerland last week, it was noticeable that captain Lionel Messi did not(...)

Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal talks with his players during a training session one day before their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Argentina at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph:  Manu Fernandez/AP

Won’t somebody think of the children? Thankfully someone did at Louis van Gaal’s press conference in São Paulo yesterday, when the manager was asked w(...)

Willy Caballero has left  Malaga CF for Manchester City . Photograph:   David Ramos/Getty Images

Manchester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Malaga on a three-year contract.The 32-year-old Argentinian has moved fo(...)

Argentina’s Javier Mascherano lets out a roar after his side’s victory over Belgium in the World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Two proud Latin footballing nations. Two long-awaited semi-final appearances. Two very different reactions.Next week Brazil and Argentina – with seven(...)