Maurizio Sarri is expected to leave Napoli to take over at Chelsea. Photo: Carlo Hermann/Getty Images

At last, Chelsea can see “a fumata bianca”. In the lexicon of Italian football journalism, that phrase – “white smoke” – is used to convey the moment (...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Italian Serie A side Juventus FC in a deal worth €100 million. Photograph: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo described it in matter-of-fact terms as “the moment to begin a new cycle”. In Italy the headline writers went a little bigger as the(...)

 Messi  after scoring his team’s first goal against  Nigeria  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It was only 24 degrees in Moscow when day 13 got under way with France v Denmark, leaving us all wondering what it must be like to live in a temperate(...)

Uruguay’s forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies with Egypt’s midfielder Sam Morsy (L) during the Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay. Photograph: Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The best revenge is living spitefully. Nothing is more satisfying than enjoying life in a manner that annoys your enemy. The World Cup has started. I(...)

Egypt fans gather near Red Square on the eve of the World Cup. Photograph: Gleb Garnaich/Reuters

For those who have been stuck on planet Zog the last few months, all eyes will be on Russia for the next month or so, as 32 teams battle it out at the(...)

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub speaks during a news conference in Ramallah on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israel has demanded that soccer’s governing body investigate what it said were threats against Argentinian players that forced them to cancel a match (...)

Argentina’s World Cup hopes will hinge on Lionel Messi. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty

Argentina (9-1) Who are they? Lionel Messi turns 31 during this summer’s tournament. If he is going to emulate the great Diego Maradona by leading A(...)

Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi has been left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Mauro Icardi, the joint top goalscorer in Italy’s Serie A this season, was left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad on Monday as coach Jorge Sampaoli n(...)

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates his late winner against Inter. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Juventus produced a stunning late show to beat 10-man Inter Milan 3-2 and get their Serie A title push back on track. Juve saw their gap at the top o(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a last minute penalty against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final.  Photo: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Real Madrid 1 Juventus 3 (aggregate: 4-3, Real Madrid go through) Real Madrid are in the semi-final of the Champions League for the eighth year in a (...)

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