Manchester United are widely expected to sign Kevin Strootman this morning or tomorrow at the very latest. And it looks like they have found a player with some common sense as he refused to comment on a potential move while representing Holland Under-21s. Betting on the PSV Eindhoven youngster moving to Old Trafford was suspended [.
Watching Per Mertesacker play, it often appears like a constant challenge for the lanky German to remain upright. But it turns out he's got all kinds of crazy skills in his locker he just doesn't risk them when he's at the heart of the Arsenal defence. A charity match organised by Michael Ballack was [.
Zizou has got the old band back together! Real Madrid's sporting director assembled his World Cup-winning team-mates from France 98 to play a fund-raising game for cash-strapped fourth division side Rodez. Zidane's wife is from Rodez and his in-laws called in a favour to help the club stave off bankruptcy.
England goalscorer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came in for some minor criticism during the 2-2 draw with Brazil after being spotted staking a claim for Neymar's shirt during the game. The Arsenal midfielder struck up a shirt-swap deal with Brazil's Barca-bound pin-up boy in the middle of the match. ITV pundits Gareth Southgate and, particularly, Roy [.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard let out a scream of "What the f**k!" after Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas scored past him during yesterday's match between USA and Belgium. The Toffees goalie was far from happy with the defensive efforts of those in front of him. His yelled f-bomb was captured loud and clear by the broadcast [.
Want to briefly regain your childhood? If you're about my age and answered 'yes', this is probably the match for you. Manchester United Legends are taking on Real Madrid Legends in a charity match for the MU Foundation. The teamsheets read like a who's who of mid-1990s sticker albums. Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole, Denis Irwin, [.
Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are the stars of this new Lucozade commercial in which they play as ringers in 5-a-side teams. The north London duo are in the familiar position of being on opposing sides as they square-up in the less familiar surroundings of a tiny astroturf pitch. Would it do them any [.
Two-footed tackles are a sure-fire way to get yourself into trouble with referees, especially if it's the ref who's on the receiving end of your lunge. That's exactly what RKC Waalwijk's Jeff Stan did during their match against NEC. The officially didn't give in to the temptation to give Stan his marching orders.
Wigan pulled off one of the biggest shocks in recent FA Cup final history to record a surprise 1-0 win over favourites Manchester City. Ben Watson's late goal was enough to secure win for Roberto Martinez's side, whose attention will immediately turn to trying to secure Premier League survival. You can see extended highlights of [.
Alex Ferguson's farewell speech at Old Trafford by footballdaily1 Sir Alex Ferguson said goodbye to Old Trafford with an emotional speech following Manchester United's win against Swansea in his final home game in charge. Fergie's unscripted talk was sandwiched between the match and United's title celebrations.
David Luiz has had a busy week of winding up opposition supporters. The latest installment of the Chelsea defender's exploits involved listening in to tactical instructions being given to Lewis Holtby by Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas. Taking his man-marking duties to the extreme, Luiz followed Holtby to the touchline and eavesdropped on the conversation.
It's all too common to see footballers and coaches laying their hands onto match officials, but your rarely see the refs fight back. That's exactly what referee Juan Pompei did as he struggled to keep a lid on a bad-tempered match between Newell's Old Boys and Arsenal. The video above gives you a taster of [.
Mario Balotelli was booked during AC Milan's win against Torino at the weeked... by team-mate Sulley Muntari. The former Manchester City striker scored a late winner in the match and removed his shirt during the goal celebration. Seeing that the referee was about to dish out the inevitable yellow card to his team-mate, Muntari pinched [.
Rafa Benitez says he knows his Chelsea side face a "very difficult" task when they face champions Manchester United on Sunday. The Spaniard is keen to keep up the Blues' winning ways as the battle a packed fixture list to try to finish in the top four. Chelsea need to avoid defeat against United before [.
Most people will see this as an unfortunate bit of pronunciation from Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio; Liverpool fans will probably see it as an accurate description. The Black Cats boss' post-match interview following last night's 6-1 spanking at Aston Villa was overshadowed by the Italian bending his use of his second language to breaking [.
England under 21s suffered defeat in their opening European Championship match against Italy. On paper, it looked like the toughest match of the group for Stuart Pearce's side, and they were unable to get anything out of the game. A 79th minute free-kick from Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne was enough to secure victory for the Italians.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires had the chance to put tonight's crunch match against Tottenham to bed. Played in for a one-on-one with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, he decided to headbutt the ground rather than put the Blues 3-1 up. Via Feint Zebra
Lots of top footballers don't make very good subs. That's true in Lionel Messi's case, but in his instance it's because he's usually captured by TV cameras in compromising positions. That was certainly true during last night's defeat to Bayern Munich, just as it was during Barca's match against PSG. Via 101GG
Aston Villa fans might have known that last night's match against Sunderland was going to be a good night from the moment defender Ron Vlaar stepped into midfield and drove the ball into the net from 30-yards. And the skipper's stunning strike ultimately set Paul Lambert's side on the way to a 6-1 thrashing of [.
Mark Chamberlain, dad of England star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, missed his son's excellent goal against Brazil after falling asleep during the game. The former England international blamed an early morning airport run for his dozing, but we reckon the first-half of the match should also shoulder some of the blame.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke says he "won't necessarily accept" being told he has to stay at the club. The Belgium international was Villa's star man this season. Without his goals, Paul Lambert's side would probably have been relegated. While that has made him a hero at Villa Park, Benteke says he would have no [.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is offering his non-playing staff a share of a £1million bonus if they beat Arsenal in this afternoon's match. Ashley is reported to be a Spurs fan, and a Newcastle win would secure Champions League football for Andre Villas Boas' side providing they are able to beat Sunderland in today's other [.
A cheeky advert for Teletext Holidays poked fun at want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney during last night's match between Brazil and England. The hoardings read: "Desperate to get away like Wayne?" Rooney himself would not have been offended by the advert. It did not appear in the stadium and was instead overlaid on top [.
Referee Howard Webb and his team of officials swapped shirts at half-time during yesterday's match between Newcastle and Arsenal amid fears that their yellow jerseys were irresistible to Tyneside's insect life. After being bitten by midges in the first-half, Webb and his assistants swapped to green shirts at half-time.
Sir Alex Ferguson used his last post-match interview at Old Trafford to set the cat amongst the pigeons with regard to Wayne Rooney's future. After yesterday's win over Swansea, Fergie confirmed that Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United, as we reported last week. The outgoing manager also confirmed the club's stance that the [.
David Moyes is set to make his first mark on Manchester United by implementing a gruelling pre-season boot camp. Everton players will testify to Moyes' tough fitness regime, including his infamous 'Horseshoe Runs'. The intensive sprint sessions often leave players retching and barely able to stand by the time they've finished.
Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season and become a director at the club. A club statement confirmed rumours that Fergie was planning to announce his decision to bow out ahead of Sunday's match against Swansea. Sir Alex said: "The decision to retire is one I [.
Sir Alex Ferguson is odds-on to step down as Manchester United manager before the end of the week. Both bookies and the rumour mill are confident that Fergie will end his 26-year reign at Old Trafford. The rumours seem to have their source with information leaking out of a United players versus coaches golf day [.
Luis Suarez has suggested he is preparing to quit Liverpool, saying it is a good time for him to move to a new club. The Reds must be wishing the 26-year-old had a mute button they could activate whenever he returns to his native Uruguay. He never fails to stir things up when talking to [...]
Daniel Sturridge will miss England's match against Brazil after picking up an injury during last night's draw with the Republic of Ireland. The Liverpool striker was stretchered off with an ankle injury after 38 minutes. England manager Roy Hodgson said: "He's not going to Brazil. He had a good start and we were sad to [.
A young Liverpool fan desperate to meet hero Fernando Torres ended up becoming part of Chelsea's Europa League trophy presentation. Louis Kearns, aged 11, had been at the match with his dad. As Chelsea's players made their way past Louis' seat, he was desperate to get up close and personal with Torres and former Liverpool [.
Gym members at Tyneside health club were left furious on Monday night after Hatem Ben Arfa turned up to do his workout in a PSG kit. Just two days after the Newcastle winger came on as a sub during the 6-0 hammering at home to Liverpool, he opted for the unfortunate choice of outfit as [...]
Luis Suarez's name was twice booed by an audience comprising mainly fellow players at the PFA awards. The Liverpool striker, currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, was jeered following the announcement that he had been selected in the Premier League team of the year.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez has been handed a 10-match ban for his bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. The Football Association had to decide for how many games the 26-year-old should be suspended after he admitted he a charge of violent conduct. Suarez had disputed an assertion in his FA charge that the usual three-match ban [.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was an unexpected visitor for yesterday's Championship play-off final between Crystal Palace and Watford. The Special One's appearance at Wembley sparked a series of theories, the most plausible of which is that he was running the rule over Watford's on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.
Wolves fans are heading into this weekend's match at Brighton on the verge of back-to-back promotions. They need to win and hope Peterborough and Brighton lose if they are to stay in the Championship. In need of a miracle, they've turned to God. The local Express and Star newspaper has got the Bishop of Wolverhampton, [.
1. Arjen Robben has proven that if you take enough shots in Champions League finals, you will eventually score the winner. He had 24 attempts on goal in three previous finals before his all important effort in the dying minutes of Saturday's final. 2. Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes is bowing out in style.
What's the last thing you'd want to see in a high profile match between Germany's two biggest clubs? Probably a pro-Nazi slogan topped by a man giving a straight-armed salute. That's exactly what happened during Saturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. An unfortunately placed linesman, arm extended, naturally, managed to position [.
1. Chelsea know how to win these trophies against the run of play. They were inferior to Benfica for huge chunks of this match, but Bayern Munich will testify that counts for little. 2. "Winners of Europe's second most prestigious club competition, we know what we are" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio said he would not be watching tonight's Premier League match between relegation rivals Wigan and Swansea but then admitted he was telling porkies. After his side's 1-1 draw with Stoke last night, Di Canio was asked in his interview with Sky Sports whether he would be settling down in [.