Croatia midfielder Luka Modric challenges  Finland forward Simon Skrabb during the qualifier in Rijeka at the start of October. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia: Vedran Buble of Index.hr “After the win in Ukraine, everyone believes that Croatia will qualify for the World Cup, although the emotions are(...)

Leonardo Bonucci is set to make a surprise move from Serie A champions Juventus to AC Milan. Photo: Getty Images

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock switch to the champions’ ambitious Serie A rivals AC Milan. The 30-year-old, pr(...)

Disappointment exits at board level over the manner in which manager Antonio Conte addressed Diego Costa’s future at the club. Photograph: Reuters

Antonio Conte will be given short shrift by the Chelsea hierarchy if he attempts to exert greater control over the Premier League champions’ recruitme(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci during the semi-final gainst Monaco at the Stade Louis II stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Scoring goals is not something Real Madrid usually have a problem with. They have scored in every game this season and have not failed to score since (...)

Juventus celebrate reaching the Champions League final after their 4-1 aggregate win over AS Monaco. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

Juventus 2 AS Monaco 1 (Juventus win 4-1 on aggregate) The great black and white blockade rolls on, although not without a minor scratch. Juventus we(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus pats Lionel Messi of Barcelona on the back during their quarter-final second leg match at Camp Nou. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Barcelona 0 Juventus 0 (0-3 on aggregate) There was to be no Comeback Part II, no repetition of that night against Paris Saint-Germain and no sign of(...)

Jamie Vardy: who scored 24 goals in a historic Premier League-winning season for Leicester City. Photograph: Reuters

Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leiceste(...)

Spain midfielder Vitolo  passes Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and scores during the World Cup qualifier at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photograph:   Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 1 Spain 1 Italy’s Daniele De Rossi scored a late penalty to earn a draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, sparing home go(...)

Everton’s John Stones during a pre-season friendly with MK Dons. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Manchester City are confident of buying John Stones from Everton but may acquire Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus only if Pep Guardiola is unsure about (...)

Chelsea and Ireland defender Niamh Fahey. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

There aren’t many Irish sportswomen who have enjoyed as much success as Niamh Fahey. Fahey (28) was a member of the Galway team that won its first sen(...)

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