Pressure builds on Ranieri after Roma slump to hat-trick of defeats

Roma are in desperate need of a win against Genoa on Sunday to help calm nerves after three major losses in three matches.

Valon Behrami leaves West Ham for Fiorentina

West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami has completed a move to Fiorentina, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed.

Birmingham end Robbie Keane pursuit

Birmingham have confirmed they are no longer interested in signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, stating that it "would not be in the best financial interests of the club" to pursue the deal.

Nat Lofthouse: Talismanic striker who played for Bolton his whole career and scored 30 goals for England

If visitors from another planet, intrigued by the devotion of earthlings to their curious game of football, should hear the phrase "traditional, old-fashioned English centre-forward" and want to know more, they would be well advised to study film of Nat Lofthouse in action.

Rangers old boy Prso tips Jelavic for Ibrox success

The former Rangers favourite Dado Prso has backed his fellow Croatian Nikica Jelavic to hit the ground running following the false start to his Ibrox career. Jelavic is pushing for a return to first-team action after recovering from surgery to the ankle he damaged during a match against Heart of Midlothian on 2 October, his sixth game for the club.

Rangers will continue to thrive if Miller leaves Ibrox, says Edu

Maurice Edu insists Rangers have already shown they can survive the loss of a top goalscorer and still deliver the goods. And the midfielder believes that will be the case again if Kenny Miller opts to quit the Scottish champions, either this month or when his contract expires in the summer.

Fiorentina retain interest in Valon Behrami

Fiorentina have not given up hope of signing Valon Behrami from West Ham.

Birmingham give Newcastle permission for Sebastian Larsson talks

Birmingham hope to complete Tottenham winger David Bentley's loan deal in the next 24 hours, subject to him passing a medical.

Adrian Mutu barred from Fiorentina training

Adrian Mutu's spell with Fiorentina appears to be over as his troubled career took another turn for the worse today.

Ferguson set to unleash Macheda on loan market

Federico Macheda's agent has said that Manchester United are ready to let the 19-year-old leave on loan for six months.

James Lawton: Mancini is failing to imbue City with courage of winners

Their self-belief, tactics and body language have hardly advanced since they squandered their Champions League chance in the spring

Mutu apologises for breaking waiter's nose during fight

Controversial Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu has apologised to the club for allegedly breaking a waiter's nose in a nightclub incident at the weekend.

Chris McGrath: Cole keeps up appearances, even if his image needs work

While he turns 30 in December few will be in the slightest hurry to hasten the succession given the paucity of cover available at the left-back position

Niko Kranjcar: 'My father believes he can beat any side – including England'

The Spurs midfielder tells Sam Wallace why his dad Zlatko, Montenegro's new manager, is relishing his chance to take on Capello on Tuesday

The axe factor: Why are people queuing up outside a provincial butcher's in a tiny village in Tuscany?

Prince Charles is a fan. Jamie Oliver urges his readers to seek him out. Elton John even paid him £2,500 for a steak. So what is it about the Dante-spouting Dario Cecchini that has the carniscenti queuing up outside a provincial butcher's in a tiny village in Tuscany?
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