Paulinho has been a key part of the Brazil side which became the first to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Photograph: Doug Patricio/Getty

April 2017: Paulinho had messed up. There was the Brazilian in China advertising a betting site alongside a Japanese porn star. His club, Guangzhou Ev(...)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the latest potential big-name signing to have been linked with a move to China. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

China’s football association has announced a series of measures in response to “irrational” spending by clubs on transfer fees and player salaries. Th(...)

Carlos Tevez during his wedding in San Isidro last week. Tevez has just completed a €600,000-a-week deal to move to Shanghai Shenhua. Photo: David Fernandez/EPA

Former Manchester City and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. The Chinese club a(...)

 Carlos Tevez  waves farewell to the Boca Juniors supporters after their final game of the season at La Bombonera on December 18th. The 32-year-old  is due to join Shanghai Shenhua on an annual salary of €38 million. Photograph: Getty Images

What is the Chinese Super League? The Chinese Football Association Super League was set up in 2004 as part of an effort to modernise and streamline t(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi leaves the pitch after their 3-0 win over Colombia. Messi led a media boycott after claims that Ezequiel Lavezzi smoked marijuana after training. Photo: Getty Images

Lionel Messi led his 26-man Argentina squad in a protest on Tuesday against perceived mistreatment by the media, saying they were boycotting the press(...)

Neymar and Brazil return to Belo Horizonte for the first time since their 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

Brazil v Argentina, World Cup qualifier, Belo Horizonte, Thursday 11.45pm (GMT) It has been 28 months, but finally Brazil will return to the site o(...)

Chile celebrate after beating Argentina to win the 2016 Copa America title. Photo: Jason Szenes/EPA

Chile 0 Argentina 0 (Chile win 4-2 on penalties) This was to have been the match that sealed Lionel Messi’s legacy. The one that silenced the doubt(...)

Ezequiel Lavezzi has joined Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune. Photograph: Getty

Paris St Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has signed for Hebei China Fortune from the French champions, the Chinese Super League club said on Wednesda(...)

Brazil’s David Luiz argues with Paraguayan referee Antonio Arias during their Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup South American Qualifiers football match against Argentina, in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Getty Images

The international future of David Luiz looked to be in question after a poor performance and a needless sending off left coach Dunga fuming at his irr(...)

Neymar and Lionel Messi arrive at Barcelona training ahead of their Champions League quarter-final in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

It was Laurent Blanc who brought up the need for “a minor miracle“ on the eve of Paris Saint-Germain’s quarter-final, referring specifically to Thiag(...)

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