Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers says team still have “a great chance to achieve what we want to achieve this year. We can’t afford to dwell on the Europa League.” Photograph: Ozan Koseozan/AFP/Getty Images

One route into the Champions League closed on Liverpool in Istanbul and Brendan Rodgers believes his players face a psychological challenge to enhanc(...)

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was left to rue his side’s lack of cutting edge as they were knocked out of the Europa League on penalties by besiktas. Photograph: AFP

Brendan Rodgers was left to rue Liverpool’s lack of cutting edge against Besiktas as his team exited the Europa League via a penalty shootout defeat.T(...)

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge  with Raheem Sterling  during a training session at Melwood, Liverpool.

Evidence of Raheem Sterling’s contentment at Liverpool assumes more importance in the absence of a signature on a long-term contract, the one assuran(...)

Cavcav says that Besiktas’s Croatian coach Slaven Bilic(above), Galatasaray midfielder Selcuk Inan and Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel are among the ’bad examples’. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

A leading Turkish soccer club have banned their players from growing beards after their chairman said they looked like students of Islamic vocational (...)

 Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year contract with Celtic. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Tottenham will be looking to replicate local rivals Arsenal’s recent success against Besiktas after being paired with the Turkish side in Group C of(...)

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (left) celebrates with team-mate Jack Wilshere after scoring  against Besiktas  at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Arsenal 1 Besiktas 0 (agg 1-0)Once again, Arsenal can look forward to their customary position in the Champions League draw. It has become an annual p(...)

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey leaves the field after receiving a red card during the first leg of their Champions League qualifying soccer match against Besiktas at Ataturk Olympic stadium in Istanbul. Photograph:  Murad Sezer/Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at the sending off of midfielder Aaron Ramsey as his side battled to a goalless draw with Besiktas in the first(...)

 Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud tries to get a shot away while under pressure from the Besiktas defence during the Champions League play-off  in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Besiktas 0 Arsenal 0Arsenal’s pristine record in Champions League qualifying games has been sullied, even if a bad-tempered stalemate in Istanbul stil(...)

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(...)

Croatia have sacked  coach Igor Stimac following the 2-0 defeat to Scotland, replacing him with another former international in Niko Kovac. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Former international midfielder Niko Kovac has replaced Igor Stimac as Croatia’s coach, the country’s Football Association (HNS) president Davor Suke(...)