Brazil full-back Marcelo. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP E Brazil v Costa Rica (St Petersburg, 1.0, RTÉ/ITV) Betting: Brazil 2-9, Costa Rica 18-1, Draw 11-2 GROUP D Nigeria v Iceland (Vo(...)

Brazil players celebrate  a goal during their 3-0 victory against Austria in an international friendly   on Sunday  in Vienna. Photograph:   Getty Images

The last time the World Cup was won by a team that could realistically have been considered the best in the world at any level was in 2002, when Brazi(...)

Arsène Wenger: “The next game is always the most important in life and this one influences the future of my club.”  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty

Arséne Wenger went back to Madrid – in his own mind – when he was asked last week to reveal his most memorable European result with Arsenal. It came (...)

 Real Madrid’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas saves a ball during the team’s training session in Valdebebas sports complex near Madrid,  Spain. Photograph: Juanjo Martin / EPA

Iker Casillas cannot remember what he was drawing at the exact moment he was called up to Real Madrid’s Champions League squad for the very first time(...)

Yaya Toure: is unhappy at the lack of acknowledgement afforded him by City on the occasion of his birthday last week.

Yaya Toure is on a collision course with Manchester City over his future after supporting his agent’s claim that he is unhappy – but the club are dete(...)

An emotional Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal receives the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 trophy at the Kongresshalle  in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has banged his head against the brick wall for four years; now the brick wall has given way. Ronaldo was apparently doomed to be for(...)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure has demanded Uefa take action over racist chanting in Moscow.

Yaya Toure has called on Uefa to take tough action against CSKA Moscow, including the possibility of closing their stadium for a couple of years, afte(...)

The new-look Farnborough starting line-up. Photograph: David Parry/PA Wire

Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Pele will be among the star attractions at non-league Farnborough when they take on Chelmsford City this Saturday aft(...)