Wolfsburg’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne looks to be on his way to Manchester City. Photograph: Getty Images

VfL Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne’s transfer to Manchester City could be nearing completion, German and English media said on Thur(...)

Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Poland international Arkadiusz Milik (centre) has come into his own after joining Ajax Amsterdam on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: Reuters

He scored twice again last Saturday, Robert Lewandowski. Bayern Munich may have been 2-0 ahead at Werder Bremen, and on the way to Bayern’s sixth cons(...)

 Robert Lewandowski (lower) of Munich celebrates scoring the equaliser against his former club Borussia Dortmund with team-mate Franck Ribery  at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Andreas Gebert / EPA

A late Arjen Robben penalty gave Bayern Munich a dramatic 2-1 comeback win on Saturday that sent Borussia Dortmund sliding into the drop zone after(...)

Alex Ferguson and  Manchester United’s new signing Wayne Rooney in 2004. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire.

Wayne Rooney challengedAlex Ferguson over why he hadn’t pursued Mesut Özil at the height of the stand-off that almost saw the striker leave for Manche(...)

Germany’s Mesut Ozil, right, and Sami Khedira at yesterday’s  press conference  in Cologne. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Dwarfed a little by the set-up at a Mercedes dealership in Cologne which appeared to have been inspired by New York’s Guggenheim, Mesut Özil seemed re(...)

Mesut Özil of Germany says his new club Arsenal can win the league.  Photograph:  Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images

Mesut Özil believes Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season while he’s also defended his professionalism after making a surpris(...)

Conor Sammon (left) has been selected to lead the line for the Republic of Ireland against Austria at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

A good many of those who are liable to be critical of Ireland ’s regular captain might wonder a little more about the wisdom of wishing him awa(...)