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.

Shakhtar Donetsk win Ukraine`s Super Cup

Reigning champions Shakhtar Donetsk won their sixth Ukrainian Super Cup, beating Dynamo Kiev 2-0 at Lviv on Tuesday.

Spain must not get frustrated by defensive teams, says Xabi Alonso

Spain must not get frustrated if they find themselves up against defensive opponents and patience will be the key to success, midfielder Xabi Alonso said as the holders prepare for their opening World Cup Group B game later on Friday.

Rossi return gives Italy World Cup boost

Italy international striker Giuseppe Rossi has given his country a pre-World Cup boost by returning to training with Fiorentina on Friday.

Destro joins race for place in Italy World Cup squad

Italy went into Euro 2012 with a shortage of in-form strikers but that is unlikely to be the case at the World Cup with several finding the net at the right time.

Greece coach Santos set to quit after World Cup

Greece coach Fernando Santos is expected to announce that he will step down from his post after the World Cup finals later this year, Greek media reported late Wednesday.

Italy`s Prandelli `to quit after 2014 World Cup`

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is to step down following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to reports in Italy on Wednesday.

German coach rejects Euro 2012 criticism by media

Germany`s coach Joachim Loew has criticized the media coverage as "tiresome" and "unrewarding" after his side`s 1-2 loss to Italy at the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

Alex Ferguson expected Rooney to struggle at Euro 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that he expected Wayne Rooney to struggle to make an impact for England at Euro 2012.

9-year-old Australian offered contract by Barcelona

Spanish giants Barcelona have recruited an Australian nine-year-old who made an instant impact with the club.

Balotelli’s mum working as £6-an-hour office cleaner

While the Man City star drives to work in his 120,000-pound Bentley Continental GT, Rose Barwuah’s more modest mode of transport is the Number 11 bus.

Podolski confident he can fill boots of Van Persie at Arsenal

Lukas Podolski is confident he can fill the boots of Robin van Persie should the Dutchman leave Arsenal this summer. The Gunners signed the German international before Euro 2012 for 11.7 million pounds.

Villa excited about Barcelona return ahead of new season

David Villa has spoken of his excitement to resume his Barcelona career after a prolonged spell on the treatment table.

Capello to live in Russia if chosen as coach

Living in Russia would make a stark contrast to Russia`s last two coaches, Dutchmen Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat, who only spent time in the country for matches and training camps.

Barcelona & Real Madrid renew rivalries after Euro 2012 truce

After the storm came calm. Barcelona and Real Madrid players put their differences to one side and united for the good of their country this summer, going on to claim an unprecedented third consecutive major title for Spain with success at Euro 2012.

Guardiola, Capello, Redknapp on official Russia shortlist

Five of the 13 - Guardiola, Capello, Redknapp, Benitez, and Nepomnyashchy - are currently free agents.

Midfielder Wilshere disciplined by UEFA over tweets about placing bets on Arsenal

Wilshere, who missed Euro 2012 with an ankle injury, has been given a formal ticking-off for bringing the integrity of the game into doubt.

Euro Cup final: The historic moment for ‘La Furia Roja’

With back-to-back international titles, Spain are on their journey to become the greatest team of all times.

Euro Cup final: The historic moment for ‘La Furia Roja’

With back-to-back international titles, Spain are on their journey to become the greatest team of all times.

Russia plans to offer Capello two-year deal

The Russian FA plans to offer former England coach Fabio Capello a two-year deal to become the national team coach, said an official close to negotiations on Saturday.