Sport Mario Balotelli is being linked with a big-money move to Liverpool

Reds closing in on Balotelli as Rodgers' men prepare for City test on Monday

Andre Villas-Boas expects his side to be boosted by the return of Younes Kaboul

Andre Villas-Boas hopes Younes Kaboul return will boost Spurs to finish fourth

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham need 16 points from their remaining eight Premier League games to ensure they retain fourth place and qualify for the Champions League – a run-in during which he expects his side to be boosted by Younes Kaboul's return.

Tito Vilanova

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova to return from New York

Vilanova has been receiving treatment for throat cancer

Brazilian national football team forward Hulk (up) plays with Brazilian forward Neymar

Italy v Brazil match preview: Two teams in transition meet for glamour fixture in Geneva

The two sides meet amid uncertainty over their respective credentials

Is being ordered to play behind closed doors really a punishment?

Hungary will play Romania this week in front of a sparse stadium

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng (left) and Kevin Constant wear anti-racism shirts before their game against Siena yesterday

Kevin-Prince Boateng says he was 'treated like an animal' by racist fans

The AC Milan forward has criticised Fifa for their lack of action

Spurs celebrate Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal scores

Europa League: William Gallas calls for ruling bodies to act on racism

Tottenham defender William Gallas believes his team-mates would be within their rights to walk off the pitch, if they find themselves on the end of racial abuse again.

Wenger said he was ‘proud’ of his team’s performance

Champions League: Failure 'a massive wake-up call' for the Premier League says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager laments absence of English clubs in quarter-finals after 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich is still not enough to see his side progress

Gerard Pique of Barcelona celebrates at the end of his side's victory over AC Milan

Champions League: Massimiliano Allegri rues missed chances after AC Milan crash out against Barcelona

The Italian side lost a two goal advantage at the Nou Camp

Xavi in action against AC Milan

Champions League: Xavi completes CV with historic comeback for Barcelona against AC Milan

The Spanish team overturned a 2-0 deficit at the Nou Camp

Messi made up for a disappointing showing at the San Siro by lighting up the Nou Camp
Barcelona duo Xavi and Lionel Messi pictured in the first leg against AC Milan

Barcelona v AC Milan: Barca must make Champions League history if they are to progress

No team has ever bounced back from a two-goal loss in the first-leg without having scored an away goal

Boateng and Muntari were the heroes for Milan

Champions League: Barcelona v AC Milan match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League clash at the Nou Camp

The Bayern Munich team acknowledge their fans after the victory over Arsenal

Champions League: Bayern Munich warned over complacency against Arsenal by Jupp Heynckes

The German side lead 3-1 from the first leg

Lionel Messi trains with his Barcelona team-mates

Barcelona v AC Milan: 'Monster' Lionel Messi means no easy ride for Milan in the Champions League

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani hopes Ballon d'Or winner has a night off

Rafael Benitez v Alex Ferguson: The facts about their relationship

A look at the falling out between the Manchester United manager and his Spanish adversary

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