Stoke City 2 Swansea 1Jonathan Walters’ first Barclays Premier League goal of the season capped a 2-1 victory for Stoke against Swansea at the Britan(...)

Queens Park Rangers’ Rio Ferdinand (left) is beaten to the ball by  Stoke City’s Peter Crouch  at Loftus Road. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

QPR 2 Stoke City 2Midfielder Niko Kranjcar curled in a late free-kick to earn QPR a 2-2 draw against Stoke at Loftus Road. Stoke, managed by former QP(...)

 Valencia  announced they have reached an agreement to sign striker Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City with a clause making the deal permanent at the end of the season.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

ArsenalPlayers in: Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton,(...)

Paul Pogba of France celebrates his goal against Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: EPA

France 2 Nigeria 0The French continue to move forward at this World Cup and yet they have yet to completely shake the suspicion that they are simply f(...)

France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

Edin Dzeko: The striker needs to be at his best if Bosnia are to beat Nigeria. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

For Bosnia, a victory at the World Cup finals would be another first with African champions Nigeria in their sights at the Arena Pantanal in Group (...)

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini and Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi in action during the  World Cup Group F clash  at the Baixada arena in Curitiba. Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters

Nigeria 0 Iran 0It was a game that lived up to expectations – no goals, stodgy football, sadly matching the reputations of a defensive Iranian side a(...)

 Uche Nwofor of Nigeria (second right) celebrates with team-mates after equalising in the last minute against Scotland last month.  Photograph:   Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Manager: Stephen Keshi Best finish: Second round (1994, 1998) World Cup record: Played 17, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 9 History They firs(...)

Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o reacts after conceding a penalty to Atletico’s Diego Costa during their Champions League semi-final last month.

Samuel Eto’o has described Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as a “fool” for questioning his age and vowed to play on at the highest level for some time t(...)

 Liverpool’s Manager Brendan Rodgers: “We thought we could play Roy of the Rovers football to make the goal difference up but tonight was about winning the game,” said Rodgers in the aftermath of Liverpool’s still scarcely believable 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday.

Roy Race had no choice but to end a 40-year playing career that had defied earthquakes, assassination attempts and the ageing process. His left foot w(...)