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Juventus lifting  the trophy  following the last  Serie A  match of the season against Verona on May 19th, 2018,  in Turin. Photograph: Getty Images

This was supposed to be a grim summer for Italian football supporters. For the first time in six decades a World Cup was taking place without their na(...)

 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah  scores his side’s first goal during the 3-0 win in the first leg at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

They tell a story at Manchester City, going back to the days when European Cup quarter-finals were for other clubs, about a time when Liverpool, in th(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

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(...)

Rio Ferdinand has confirmed he will attempt to become a professional boxer with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title belt. Photograph: PA

When former footballer Paolo Maldini bowed out of his nascent tennis career after a solitary chastening afternoon on clay, he summed up the difficulti(...)

Francesco Totti made his final appearance for Roma against Genoa on Sunday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Francesco Totti tried to raise a smile. Striding out on to the Stadio Olimpico pitch for a farewell address at the end of his last-ever match for Roma(...)

 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(...)

Leonardo Bonucci celebrates with Paulo Dybala after his goal helped Juventus past Porto and into the last eight. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Reuters

Juventus 1 Porto 0 (Juventus win 3-0 on aggregate) Juventus coasted into the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they saw off 10-man Porto 1-0 (...)

Martin was the first in a long line of football men who talked, and taught me, about football. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The other night in Lille, your correspondent registered a ‘first’ in post-match press conferences. Normally, these are bustling crowded affairs where (...)

 Roma supporters cheer for Francesco Totti before the Italian Serie A soccer match against US Palermo at Olimpico stadium in Rome. Photograph: EPA

Francesco Totti is such a big part of AS Roma that Rudi Garcia, the club’s coach at the time, wondered whether the talismanic playmaker was more impo(...)

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