Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is bemused by criticism of transfer policy. Photograph:Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Louis van Gaal cut an angry figure in his Manchester United press conference on Friday and said he was bemused by the amount of criticism he had rece(...)

 Angel di Maria wants to leave  Real Madrid. Photograph:   Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.Di Ma(...)

Raul Garcia of Atletico  Madrid scored a late header to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia netted a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg after substitute James Rod(...)

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. Photograph:  Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger had said he would not “dance on the beach in Rio” if Arsenal won the FA Cup. In the event, he did diving headers. The images of t(...)

 Toni Kroos  with his new Real Madrid shirt during his official unveiling at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium  in Madrid, Spain yesterday. Photo:  Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

Confidence is not in short supply if you are a German player these days so it was no surprise to hear Toni Kroos back his chances of forging a succes(...)

Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy with team-mates after final win over Argentina at the  Maracana. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Manuel Neuer hailed an “unbelievable” moment as Germany won the World Cup thanks to Mario Götze’s extra-time winner over Argentina in the final at the(...)

Germany’s coach Joachim Löw   during a training session in Rio de Janeiro  ahead of their 2014 World Cup Final  against  Argentina on Sunday. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Joachim Löw wants Germany to make history in the Maracana on Sunday and then dominate world football for many years to come.After their 7-1 demolitio(...)

 Striker Alexis Sanchez has joined  Arsenal from Baracelona. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Alexis Sanchez is ready to tackle the biggest challenge of his football career head on by helping fire Arsenal to success next season. The Chile inter(...)

Brazil’s Willian attends a training session in Teresopolis near Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Brazil will meet Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday. Photograph:  Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Much like Ireland in 2002, Brazil has, over the last few days, become utterly focussed on a man who is no longer available to play. The locals are hav(...)

Joachim Löw has lasted this long because his team has spent eight years roaming in the gloaming between success and failure. 1:50

In an age when professionalism and TV have caused the different styles of football around the world to converge, World Cup dugouts at least remain ple(...)