Xabi Alonso arrives for medical check at FC Bayern Muenchen’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt office. Photograph:   Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to(...)

 Xabi Alonso set to move to Bayern Munich. Photograph: Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid. The 32-y(...)

David Villa flicks the ball past Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Spain 3 Australia 0A strange day that felt meaningful in a meaningless way; a day of farewells in which a long shadow was cast by those Spanish player(...)

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo (left) and team mate Jesus Navas have been left out of the Spains squad to trabvel to Brazil for the World Cup.  Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Diego Costa and Fernando Torres have been included in Spain’s final squad for the World Cup, but the Manchester City pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Nav(...)

Joe Hart winces after the Manchester City goalkeeper’s latest calamitous episode saw his side lose out in the last minute to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

In fairness to Joe Hart, he was not the only goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge who will wince when he sees the replays. Petr Cech got his angles badly wro(...)

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(...)

Daniel Sturridge  celebrates with his team-mates and manager Brendan Rodgers after scoring what proved to be the winner in their last Premier League match, against old rivals Manchester United at Anfield. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers’ use of language attracts curiosity and, quite often, criticism, so there will be those ready to sniff when it is recalled how Rodgers(...)

Pepe Reina: “If I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving”

Pepe Reina has criticised Liverpool’s handling of his Anfield exit and claimed he “deserved better” after the club agreed a loan deal with Napoli with(...)