Gianluigi Buffon claims the ball during an Italian  training session  with fellow  goalkeepers Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and Mattia Perin. Sirigu will start instead of the injured Buffon for the game against England. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will miss their opening World Cup Group D match against England in Manaus on Saturday with Paris St Germain stopper(...)

Galatasaray players celebrate with goalscorer Wesley Sneijder   after he sent his side into the second round of the Champions League with a late winner in the delayed game against Juventus in Istanbul. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Galatasaray 1 Juventus 0A late Wesley Sneijder goal helped Galatasaray reach the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday afternoon as they beat (...)

Brazil’s Neymar celebrates a wonder free kick against Italy.

Last Saturday night we saw a goal that was truly state-of-the-art. First Neymar deceived the referee by craftily engineering a collision with Christia(...)

Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) reacts after Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco scored the winning goal during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Italy 4 Japan 3: Substitute Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a late goal to secure Italy a thrilling win a semi-final berth in the Confederations Cup.(...)

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