Neymar versus Radamel Falcao: The world’s most coveted forwards go head-to-head

Two of the world’s most in demand strikers have the chance to showcase their ability for their countries in New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium early Thursday morning.

Champions League: Chelsea v Shakhtar Donetsk match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Champions League fixture at Stamford Bridge

Andre Villas-Boas: Faces his former team, Chelsea, tomorrow

Andre Villas-Boas wants revenge for Tottenham against Chelsea, not himself

Andre Villas-Boas insisted yesterday that his club have more reason to relish tomorrow's game with Chelsea than he does. The Tottenham Hotspur manager, who was dismissed by Chelsea in March, pointed to the rivalry between the clubs last season as being more relevant than his own story.

Manchester United winger Luis Nani

Juventus and AC Milan linked with Manchester United winger Luis Nani

The future of Manchester United winger Luis Nani continues to come under speculation with the latest rumours suggesting Juventus and AC Milan will battle it out for his services.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo to reach 100 caps for Portugal against Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland would already have been fearful ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Portugal, but will be even more nervous knowing Cristiano Ronaldo has something to celebrate in Porto.

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Clint Dempsey of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his side's third goal as they won at Old Trafford for the first time in 23 years.

Clint Dempsey hopes to make up for Fulham heartbreak by lifting Europa League with Tottenham

Clint Dempsey hopes to make up for his Europa League heartbreak with Fulham by lifting the trophy with Tottenham.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his third

Champions League round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo grabs another Real Madrid hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo's first Champions League hat-trick gave Real Madrid a 4-1 win at Ajax which puts Jose Mourinho's side clear on six points in Group D.

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart

Hamburg must improve offer for Rafael van der Vaart say Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas has accused Hamburg of disrespecting Tottenham in their bid to sign Rafael van der Vaart.

Ivanovic was sent off for this tackle

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic escapes suspension despite red card against Manchester City in Community Shield

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will not face any suspension despite his red card in yesterday's fiery Community Shield defeat to Man City.

Neymar of Brazil scores

Team GB brushed aside by Neymar and Co

Team GB 0 Brazil 2

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku interested in loan move if Chelsea chances are limited

Romelu Lukaku has reiterated his desire to leave Chelsea on loan next season if he fails to secure regular football with the European champions.

The future of Luka Modric must be decided

Tottenham will not sell Manchester United and Real Madrid target Luka Modric for less than £40m

It will take £40million to prise Luka Modric away from Tottenham, Press Association Sport understands.

Manchester United defender Rafael

Manchester United defender Rafael named among strong Brazil squad for Olympics

Brazil have named Porto striker Hulk, Real Madrid full-back Marcelo and AC Milan centre-back Thiago Silva as their three over-age players for the London 2012 Olympics.

The future of Luka Modric must be decided

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Tottenham fans must hope Andre Villas-Boas has learnt his Chelsea lesson and doesn't try too much too soon

Daniel Levy put his faith in ability yesterday. By choosing Andre Villas-Boas to replace Harry Redknapp, Levy has decided that there might be more important things in football than Premier League experience; and that a manager might not merely be as good as his last job.

Andre Villas-Boas has been linked to the managerial vacancy at Roma

Andre Villas-Boas: Factfile

Andre Villas-Boas has been confirmed as the new manager of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

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