My dream is to manage England, says Rio Ferdinand

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand says that his dream is to manage the Three Lions after retirement. After spending 12 fruitful years with Manchester United, he moved to Loftus Road, where his brother Anton Ferdinand played for two seasons.

Olympique Lyon humbled at home by Astra in first leg

Once-mighty Olympique Lyonnais suffered huge embarrassment with a 2-1 home defeat by unheralded Romanians Astra Giurgiu in their Europa League playoff first leg on Thursday.

Zenit, Porto close in on group stage with away wins

Zenit St Petersburg and Porto both put a foot in the Champions League group stage with 1-0 away wins in the first leg of their respective playoff ties on Wednesday.

Luka Modric extends Real contract until 2018

Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has extended his contract with Real Madrid by one season until 2018, the Spanish giants announced on Wednesday.

Aaron Ramsey says `sorry` for Champions League red

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey apologised to the club`s supporters on Wednesday after being sent off in his side`s 0-0 Champions League play-off draw away to Turkish side Besiktas.

Angel di Maria Real Madrid`s best player, claims Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone claimed compatriot Angel di Maria is Real Madrid`s best player after the Argentine midfielder started on the bench as the Champions League finalists drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday.

Wenger says Besiktas draw fair but furious with referee

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger acknowledged that his side`s goalless draw with Beskitas in a Champions League play-off in Istanbul Tuesday was a fair result for a "difficult" game but blasted the performance of the referee.

Demba Ba strikes bar from kickoff, Napoli held at home

Besiktas hit the bar straight from kickoff as they were held 0-0 at home by Arsenal in Tuesday`s Champions League playoffs while a superb Gonzalo Higuain goal rescued Napoli in a 1-1 draw with visitors Athletic Bilbao.

Celtic look to seize second chance in Champions League

Scottish champions Celtic will look to use their reprieve from Champions League oblivion and gain a positive result away at Slovenian titleholders Maribor on Wednesday in the first leg of their play-off.

Per Mertesacker on standby for Arsenal`s European qualifier

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering bringing defender Per Mertesacker back from his post-World Cup layoff early as injury cover for Tuesday`s Champions League first leg playoff against Besiktas.

Arsenal out to profit from luck of draw against Besiktas

After a positive start to the new season domestically, Arsenal head to Istanbul in optimistic mood ahead of Tuesday`s Champions League play-off first leg against Besiktas.

Stefan Kiessling hits five in German Cup

Stefan Kiessling scored five goals as Bayer Leverkusen won 6-0 away to minnows Alemania Waldalgesheim in the first round of the German Cup on Friday.

Oscar award helps Didier Drogba get No 11 Chelsea shirt back

Didier Drogba praised an Oscar performance after the returning Chelsea great was handed the iconic number 11 shirt he made famous during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

Per Mertesacker joins Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klosein Germany retirement

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker on Friday became the third member of Germany`s World Cup-winning team to announce his international retirement.

Legia Warsaw Champions League appeal set for Monday

Legia Warsaw will find out on Monday if they will be reinstated into the Champions League at Celtic`s expense when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rules on the case.

Arsene Wenger eyes further signings after serene summer

Arsenal could strengthen their squad again before the transfer window closes, although manager Arsene Wenger may wait until after they have guaranteed a place in the Champions League.

Plenty of challenges for Antonio Conte with Italy

Unloved even in their own country, Italy`s national team clearly need a radical overhaul and, if anyone can do it, then it is the steely-willed Antonio Conte who was named as their new coach on Thursday.

Former England defender Martin Kelly leaves Liverpool for Crystal Palace

Former England defender Martin Kelly left Liverpool on Thursday to join Premier League rivals Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.

Legia Warsaw lose appeal against Champions League elimination

Polish champions Legia Warsaw have lost an appeal to UEFA against their elimination from the Champions League after they fielded a suspended player against Celtic, the club`s co-owner Dariusz Mioduski said on Thursday.

Franck Ribery retires from French international duty

French winger Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international football, he said in an interview with the German magazine Kicker.

I am preparing at my academy for the CLT20, says Virender Sehwag

Discarded India opener Virender Sehwag says he wants to carry forward his good form from the last edition of Indian Premier League to the upcoming Champions League T20 which will be held in just over a month from now.

Legia Warsaw appeal against Champions League exit

Legia Warsaw have filed an appeal against their dramatic axing from the Champions League in favour of Celtic, UEFA said on Tuesday.

CSKA, Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow bid to maintain perfect record

Table-topping trio CSKA Moscow, Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow will all be bidding to extend their winning ways when the Russian Premiership`s third round of matches are played in mid-week.

Brendan Rodgers warns Louis van Gaal: EPL is different from other leagues

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has started the mind games in earnest warning Louis van Gaal that the competitive English Premier League is different from other leagues around the world.

James Rodriguez to make first competitive Real Madrid start

World Cup top scorer James Rodriguez will make his competitive debut for European champions Real Madrid in Tuesday`s UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla in Cardiff with fellow new signing Toni Kroos also in line to play.

Sevilla, Real Madrid prepare for European Supercup

Sevilla and Real Madrid will play for their first title of the new football season Tuesday when the two Spanish clubs contest the European Supercup in Cardiff.

Keeper Diego Lopez to join AC Milan from Real Madrid, Filippo Inzaghi confirms

AC Milan have agreed to sign Spanish goalkeeper Diego Lopez from Real Madrid, the Italian Serie A club`s coach Filippo Inzaghi said on Saturday.

Disqualified Legia Warsaw talks of appealing to UEFA

Polish football champions Legia Warsaw have asked European football`s governing body, UEFA, to explain its decision to disqualify the team from the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player.

Manuel Pellegrini not concerned by Manchester City`s trophy target

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists the club`s target of winning five trophies in five years isn`t important to him.

Jose Mourinho admits Frank Lampard is impossible to replace

Jose Mourinho admits it will be impossible to find a replacement for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.