Nemanja Matic signs for Manchester United at Aon Training Complex in Manchester. Photograph: Man Utd via Getty Images

Six months into his first season back at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho had identified three key areas in which his team were deficient. Hindsight suggests(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon: “I blew €20m, it went up in smoke but I safeguarded the livelihoods of 1,200 families.”  Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Al(...)

Jose Mourinho is  a big admirer of Everton defender John Stones. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

José Mourinho has identified André Gomes, João Mário, John Stones, Álvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and Ezequiel Garay as summer targets for Manchester Un(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: Raheem is a real catalyst and talisman for this team.  Photo:  Martin Rickett/PA

Brendan Rodgers believes Raheem Sterling will not be tempted to follow Luis Suarez out of Liverpool despite conceding the club have “come off the pat(...)

Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) presents Pope Francis with an Argentina national soccer jersey during a special audience held in the Vatican before a special interreligious “Match for Peace” tonight. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

For the first time since he slipped out like a thief in the night back in April 1991, former Argentine superstar Diego Armando Maradona takes to the p(...)

It is hoped that in the days before the big game Pope Francis will receive two delegations from Roma and Lazio in a papal audience. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Legend has it that St Francis could talk to the birds and tame wolves. His namesake Pope Francis, however, may shortly be faced with an equally(...)