Daniel Ginczek scores his second and VfB Stuttgart’s fourth goal in the friendly game against Manchester City at The Mercedes-Benz Arena in  Stuttgart. Photograph: John Marsh/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Manchester City conceded four goals in 36 hapless minutes on Saturday as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat by VfB Stuttgart in a pre-season friendly. The B(...)

Fabiam Delph’s Manchester City debut lasted less than 20 minutes after he injured a hamstring during his side’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City. Photograph: Reuters

Fabian Delph’s Manchester City debut ended with a suspected hamstring injury as Real Madrid claimed a 4-1 victory in the International Champions Cu(...)

“Thirty years (to the day) since Live Aid and its model of celebrities backing global campaigns, the approach seems alive and well.”... Photograph:  Terry Thorp

Celebrities seem super-busy backing big causes this summer: One Direction is backing Action/2015, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran are lining up for the Gl(...)

Orchestrating everything is Messi, an all-round genius who could run past four players or pick out a runner on the far side with a no-look pass. There’s no way to tell.

Rio Ferdinand tells a story in his autobiography about the time he asked Thierry Henry to pick a favourite between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Mes(...)

Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in search of regular football, with Arsenal potential suitors. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal The three most obvious positions where Arsenal require an upgrade are goalkeeper, centre-forward and defensive midfielder. In goal Wojc(...)

Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scores his team’s first goal against Manchester City. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

Swansea City 2-4 Manchester City Maybe this was Yaya Touré’s way of bowing out in style and showing Manchester City what they could be missing. Fo(...)

Manuel Pellegrini has credit for winning the Premier League and League Cup in his first season with Manchester City. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Manuel Pellegrini is likely to remain as Manchester City’s manager for next season after the club’s hierarchy reviews the Chilean’s performance, a pr(...)

Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure listens during the launch of the FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System at Wembley Stadium in west London on May 12th, 2015. Photograph: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure has called for “radical sanctions” against countries with racist fans as Fifa launched a monitoring system designed to c(...)

Yaya Toure was the victim of racist abuse during Manchester City’s Champions League game against CSKA Moscow. Photograph: Getty

Fifa is to announce a new system of match observers to monitor incidents of racism and discrimination at World Cup qualifiers in the build up to the 2(...)

Juventus’ French midfielder Paul Pogba  fights for the ball with Cagliari’s Brazilian forward Joao Pedro during the  Serie A match at Juventus Stadium. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City’s determination to prise Paul Pogba from Juventus has led to Yaya Touré being offered as a makeweight in a deal for the Frenchman, who(...)