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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee