Fernandinho of Brazil after a goal scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the hosts’ heavy semi-final defeat at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Robert Ghement / EPA

At the mouth of the Amazon on the north coast of Brazil lies the city of Belem. Belem was not chosen to be one of the World Cup host cities, so I have(...)

Injured Brazilian national soccer team player Neymar waits to be airlifted home from Brazil’s training camp inTeresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro. Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Brazilian coach Felipão did not bother mincing his words when he described Neymar’s enforced absence from the rest of the World Cup as a “catastrop(...)

Manchester United’s new signing Juan Mata holds a club shirt during a photocall at the club’s Carrington training complex. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Juan Mata has revealed he is relishing the chance to link up with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United as well as the pressure of his club-record price t(...)

 Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) will miss this weekend’s trip to Chelsea. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United manager David Moyes has ruled Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie out of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. Rooney has still not(...)

Manchester United’s Ashley Young  during the Uefa Champions League Group A game against  Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester United winger Ashley Young insists the players have to take their fair share of responsibility for recent poor form.The Red Devils avoided (...)

Dortmund’s Marco Reus (right) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (second-right) celebrate a penalty against Hanover. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly does not lack confidence. Last summer, when asked by a German newspaper how quick he really is, the Borussia Dort(...)

Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna will miss the league leaders’ trip to West Brom on Sunday with a hamstring

Saturday, October 5thCardiff (11) v Newcastle (16)Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has almost a full squad to select from. Andreas Cornelius, who continue(...)

Manchester United manager David Moyes during Saturday’s Premier League match against West Brom at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

The David Moyes mantra was that Manchester United’s opening five matches of their title defence were an unfair initiation as the new manager. To have (...)

 Ryan Giggs  looks on with Coach Phil Neville (L) prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford. Photograph:   Clive Brunskill/Bongarts/Getty Images

Ryan Giggs is trying to keep his birthday a secret in order to avoid the dressing-room banter that will inevitably accompany reaching the big 40.The (...)

Manchester United manager David Moyes speaks to the press this afternoon. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United manager David Moyes has voiced concerned over his side’s recent lack of goals in open play before their Champions League opener agai(...)