Ashley Cole has joined Roma on a free transfer. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has completed his free transfer move to Roma.The 33-year-old left back, a free agent following his rel(...)

 Manchester City have announced the signing of Porto defensive midfielder Fernando.  Photograph: PA Wire

Manchester City have completed the signing of Porto defensive midfielder Fernando.No transfer fee was announced by City, but Porto had issued a state(...)

Louis van Gaal’s new club Manchester United will face Swansea in the opening match of the new season. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Premier League champions Manchester City will start the new Premier League campaign at Newcastle. The opening weekend of 16 August also sees promoted(...)

Star attraction: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (left). Photograph: Reuters

The ratings-magnet that is the Uefa Champions League football tournament draws to a close this Saturday, as Real Madrid play Atlético Madrid in the fi(...)

Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal has been appointed manager of Manchester United on a three-year deal and vowed to “make history” at the club. The Netherlands coach wi(...)

Sevilla players celebrate after winning the Europa League final against Benfica on penalties in Turin last night. Photograph: Srdjan Suki/Epa.

Sevilla 0, Benfica 0 (aet: Sevilla win 4-2 on penaties): Sevilla claimed the Europa League final in Turin last night after winning a penalty shoot-out(...)

Everton’s Séamus Coleman (centre) heads the ball into his own net to give Southampton a second goal  at St Mary’s. Photograph:  Chris Ison/PA Wire

Southampton 2 Everton 0 The wheels came off Everton’s charge for Cha(...)

The FAI hope Dublin’s  Aviva Stadium will host four games in Euro 2020.   Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland will likely face stiff competition from Wales and Scotland in its bid to host Euro 2020 games. The FAI, supported by the gover(...)

Benfica’s  Rodrigo Lima celebrates scoring the second against  Juventus   at Luz Stadium, Lisbon. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao / EPA

Benfica narrowly defeated Juventus and Sevilla established a two-goal lead over Valencia as Thursday night’s Europa League semi-finals both wen(...)

 Manchester United executives Joel Glazer (second left) and Avram Glazer (centre) and Ed Woodward prepare to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 10th, 2012 in New York City. Despite the club’s woes since, and the huge chunks of revenue that will be missing from next year’s accounts, the shares were exchanging hands at a one-year high on  Wall Street yesterday. Photograph:  Dario Cantatore/Getty Images

Hiring David Moyes last year will end up costing Manchester United more than €243 million, experts estimate, as the Premier League champions now at(...)