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(...)

Fans show their appreciation before Pablo Zabaleta’s last home game at the Etihad. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the endearing things about Manchester City, even in their present incarnation as global-scale wealth squanderers, is that every few years a pla(...)

 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(...)

The gamble on Eddie Jones has certainly paid off for the English RFU. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

The pronouncements have echoed down the years. Tournament on tournament, underachievement after depressing underachievement. This time they have insis(...)

Jackson Martinez has joined Guangzhou Evergrande for €42 million. Photograph: Epa

The Colombia striker Jackson Martínez has become the latest player to move to the Chinese Super League after Atlético Madrid confirmed he will move to(...)

Chelsea’s Ramires is set to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning. Photograph: Getty

The Chelsea midfielder Ramires is attracting strong interest from the Chinese club Jiangsu Suning and is expected to cut short his stay in the Premier(...)

Barcelona celebrate Luis Suarez’s opener in their 3-0 Club World Cup semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande. Photograph: Getty

Barcelona 3 Guangzhou Evergrande 0 Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 to book a FIFA Club Worl(...)

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(...)

 Philippe Coutinho celebrates his wonderful winner against Manchester City, his third goal in seven games. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Philippe Coutinho had not recovered from the pain of missing out on a World Cup in Brazil when the new Premier League season opened in August. Having(...)

Ronaldo in action back in 2004 for Brazil v Republic of Ireland in Lansdowne Road. Photograph: David Maher/Edi

Brazil’s new manager Dunga faces an uphill battle to repair the scars of Brazil’s World Cup campaign, but is at least looking like he might be on the (...)