Serie A strugglers Parma sign Silvestre Varela, Cristian Rodriguez
Serie A strugglers Parma sign Silvestre Varela, Cristian Rodriguez

Parma, joint bottom of Serie A alongside Cesena, have signed Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez and Portugal forward Silvestre Varela, both on loan, the club said on Tuesday.

Jackson Martinez strike helps Porto reach last 16
Jackson Martinez strike helps Porto reach last 16

A second-half Jackson Martinez strike set Porto on their way to a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao to secure a place in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, while the hopes of the Basque side were extinguished.

Manuel Pellegrini backs Eliaquim Mangala to prove his worth
Manuel Pellegrini backs Eliaquim Mangala to prove his worth

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remains confident Eliaquim Mangala is suited to the Premier League despite the France defender`s poor performance in the champions` 4-2 win at Hull.

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.

Portugal`s Jorge Costa to coach Gabon

Former Portuguese international defender Jorge Costa has been appointed coach of Gabon, replacing compatriot Paulo Duarte, the national federation confirmed on Friday.

Deco cleared of doping charges

Two-time UEFA Champions League winner, Deco has been cleared of doping charges because of faulty testing by a Rio de Janeiro laboratory.

Buoyant Benfica set for Juve showdown

Having shaken off the hangover from their title celebrations on Sunday, Portuguese champions Benfica host Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

Porto beat Braga, remain third in Portuguese league

Porto beat Braga 3-1 here in the 27th round of the Portuguese league to remain third in the standings after their victory.

Chelsea will outscore PSG, says confident Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is in no doubt his side have the scoring capabilities to overturn a two-goal deficit in their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St Germain at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Benfica beats Braga, edge closer to league title

Benfica beat Braga 1-0 in the 25th round of the Portuguese league, opening a seven-point lead at the top of the standings.

Chelsea will be better in Paris says Mourinho

Chelsea will give a better account of themselves in the Champions League in Paris on Wednesday than they did in an unexpected weekend defeat at Crystal Palace, manager Jose Mourinho said on Sunday.

Calls for reform as Italian game reaches crossroads

With Italian football facing up to another disastrous season in Europe, fans and those within the game are wondering where to turn to next for a league going through an ongoing identity crisis.

Andrea Pirlo puts Juventus in last eight with Benfica, Porto

Andrea Pirlo kept Juventus on course for a home Europa League final after his superb free kick settled their battle with Italian rivals Fiorentina to send the Serie A leaders into the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Villas-Boas named as new Zenit St Peterburg boss

Ambitious Russian side Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday named ex-Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager, in a big name appointment as the club seeks to break through into the top ranks of European football.

Porto, Napoli, Ludogorets snatch dramatic Europa League wins

Porto`s Nabil Ghilas scored in the 86th minute to secure a 3-3 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, sending the Portuguese side through to the last 16 of the Europa League on away goals.

Wenger is `failure specialist`: Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho labelled Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as a "specialist in failure" as the war of words in the race for the English Premier League title intensified Friday.

Falcao given 50-50 World Cup chance after knee surgery

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has been given a 50-50 chance of playing at the World Cup in June after undergoing a successful knee operation on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho rules out leaving Chelsea ever again

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he will never quit Stamford Bridge, as long as the club wants him to stay.

Martinez rules out Porto exit

Jackson Martinez has insisted does not want to leave Porto despite interest from Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.

Al Ahli appoint Vitor Pereira as head coach

The Saudi Arabian side have announced the trainer`s arrival from Porto less than a month after he clinched the Primeira Liga with the Dragoes on the final day of the season.