James Rodriguez waves to the crowd during his presentation to Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu yesterday. “It is a pleasure to be among so many stars and I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from everyone.” Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA.

James Rodriguez is determined to make history at Real Madrid rather than crumble under the pressure of becoming the fourth most expensive player of al(...)

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

As the World Cup begins, Joachim Löw is the longest-serving manager in the tournament, but he’s still pondering a question that probably should hav(...)

Juan Cuadrado (right) of Colombia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty   at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: EPA

Colombia 4 Japan 1On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 day(...)

Falcao’s Monaco team mate James Rodriquez carries Colombian hopes in the absence of ’El Tigre’

Colombia face Greece in Belo Horizonte on Saturday night with both sides having legitimate hopes of progressing from arguably the tournament’s weakest(...)

Bayern Munich manager Louis Van Gaal looks on prior to the Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 7th, 2010. Photograph: Getty Images 0:58

Manchester United expect Louis van Gaal to win the Premier League title next season and have given their new manager a €184 million transfer fund to r(...)

Pep Guardiola: “I still have not managed to form the team according to my vision. It is after all my first year.” Photograph:   Marc Mueller

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola took his season title tally to four when his team clinched the German Cup on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Borussia D(...)

Borussia Dortmund’s coach Jurgen Klopp (right), seen here with attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has again ruled him out of the running for the Manchester United job. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of contention to become the next manager of Manchester United, and insists he has no(...)

Chelsea’s Fernando Torres looks dejected after seeing his side concede their third goal during the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Photo: Mike Egerton/Pa

Jose Mourinho’s words have spoken pretty loudly about the frustration he has felt over his strikers at Chelsea this season but(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid (left) scores past    goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller of Borussia Dortmund  at Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid 3 Borussia Dortmund 0 Real Madrid are virtually through.(...)

 Phil Jones applauds fans after Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Phil Jones hopes Manchester United’s epic comeback against Olympiakos will kick-start the team’s faltering domestic campaign. United wil(...)