Sport Daniel Pablo Osvaldo narrowly avoided a red card

The Italian was involved in a training ground incident this month

Joe Allen was hugely impressive for Swansea last season

Brendan Rodgers confirms Joe Allen is Liverpool target

Swansea midfielder Joe Allen has been named as a transfer target by Liverpool manager and former boss Brendan Rodgers.

Lucas Leiva has played a pivotal role in Liverpool's midfield this term

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva to return early from injury to play in pre-season friendlies

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to make his return from a long-term knee injury two months ahead of schedule, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed today.

Borini lined up for Liverpool as transfer business heats up

Rodgers looks to shape squad but it's a difficult market for managers this summer

Jordan Henderson: The 21-year-old midfielder has 'an incredible attitude', claims Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy ponders Cardiff City return as Jordan Henderson is backed by Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool's Craig Bellamy is giving deep consideration to a move away from Liverpool, with Cardiff City wanting to take him back.

Andy Carroll will get a chance to impress on Liverpool's pre-season tour

Liverpool look to loan deal to avoid £20m hit on Carroll

Liverpool would have to accept a £15m deal, at best, to sell the striker Andy Carroll this summer. With no optimism at Anfield about him commanding even that price, a loan deal is seen as a way of building up the value of a player whose £35m purchase was instrumental in the dismissal of the club's former director of football, Damien Comolli.

Andy Carroll will get a chance to impress on Liverpool's pre-season tour

Liverpool would take £20m hit to move on England striker Andy Carroll

A £10m Newcastle bid to buy their former striker back cannot be ruled out

Fabio Borini

Roma confirm Liverpool interest in Italy international Fabio Borini

Roma have confirmed that Liverpool are interested in signing Italy international Fabio Borini.

Manchester City striker is relishing
the prospect of playing against his clubmates

No Peter Pan but Balotelli ready to fly

Controversial Manchester City striker is relishing the prospect of playing against his clubmates

Mario Balotelli has fun with a corner flag during a break from training in Krakow

Mario Balotelli must 'grow up' as Italy fearful of red card against England

De Rossi worries that England will target maverick striker in high-pressure game

FERNANDO TORRES: Striker added pace and directness but missed a couple of good chances

Jonathan Wilson: Strikerless Spain struggle to turn tactical guile into goals against Italy

In 2003, speaking at the coaching conference he organises in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Alberto Parreira predicted the formation of the future would be a 4-6-0, a back four providing the platform for six highly mobile, technical players who could break forward as and when required.

Ranieri appointed Monaco head coach

Claudio Ranieri has been appointed the new coach of Monaco, ending speculation linking him with a move to West Brom.

<b>Mario Balotelli (Italy)</b><br/>
There can be few players in the history of the game for whom the word hothead has been more appropriate. Mario Balotelli, Italy's young forward, has been making headlines all season and, to the ever-increasing dismay of even his most ardent supporters, all too rarely for acts of footballing brilliance. As well as his bizarre off-field antics, including throwing darts at academy players or the infamous firework incident, Balotelli's career has been plagued by ill-discipline on the pitch. He picked up two red cards this season, for the third year in a row, and was perhaps fortunate not to receive more, a stamp on Scott Parker being punished retrospectively and a tackle on Alex Song going unpunished. Also capable of producing moments of sheer genius, Balotelli looks certain to make an impact this summer one way or another.

Mario Balotelli among Italy squad for Euro 2012

Defender Andrea Ranocchia and forward Mattia Destro were left out of Italy's 23-man Euro 2012 squad today but centre back Leonardo Bonucci was included despite the match-fixing crisis engulfing the country.

Pescara football fans at a match against Vicenza

Italian football fans threaten pogrom against ethnic Roma

Police in the Adriatic port city of Pescara are fighting to prevent a potential pogrom after rising tensions between football fans and the local Roma community – the ethnic minority, rather than the football club of the same name.

Del Piero grabbed an 82nd-minute winner

Juventus regain top spot in Serie A

Juventus regained top spot in Serie A thanks to substitute Alessandro Del Piero's decisive goal in a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Champions League hopefuls Lazio.

<b>Fernando Torres: </b>Impressive performance relative to his numerous dour displays. Looked lively when running down the right, finding Kalou for goal in the second half. One of his better Chelsea games. 7

'Situation at Chelsea has changed for Fernando Torres' says striker's management company

Fernando Torres is finally being treated in the way he "deserves" at Chelsea, according to the £50m man's management company.

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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