Sport Jermaine Pennant has left Stoke with immediate effect, the club have confirmed

The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

We can reach Europe by sticking to beautiful game, insists Martinez

Since his arrival in 1995, as one of three bewildered young migrants from Zaragoza, Roberto Martinez has been crafting a culture shock of his own for British football. The culture bit – a scrupulous belief that football can have no true substance without style – remains a work in progress. Few, however, failed to register the shock of his latest home result.

Barcelona happy with Guardiola

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is confident that his club made the right decision in appointing Pep Guardiola as their new head coach just over a year ago.

Small-town Romanians face challenging debut

The Romanian club Unirea Urziceni face a daunting welcome to the Champions League tonight with a first group match at Seville.

The pressure's on – time for the Galacticos to shine

As La Liga kicks off tonight, football's biggest spenders know Barcelona will not easily surrender their supremacy. Pete Jenson reports from Madrid

Hull admit defeat over Negredo

Hull boss Phil Brown has admitted his disappointment at his failure to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo.

Hull continue pursuit of £12m Negredo

Hull boss Phil Brown is refusing to admit defeat in his attempts to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo.

Alonso wants Real move

Xabi Alonso's Liverpool career appeared to be coming towards an end as he arrived for training today.

Deportivo interested in Tottenham's Dos Santos

Deportivo La Coruna manager Miguel Angel Lotina has been quoted in the Spanish press as declaring an interest in Tottenham Hotspur forward Giovani Dos Santos.

Hleb eyes Barcelona exit

The agent of Barcelona winger Alex Hleb has confirmed that his client would relish the chance to move to Italy to join Serie A champions Internazionale.

Platini blasts big-spending Real

UEFA president Michel Platini has launched a scathing attack on Real Madrid.

Elano on way out after City leave him at home

The Manchester City career of Elano is hanging by a slender thread, with the Brazil international left out of the club's trip to South Africa and seemingly top of their clear-out list.

Benitez attacks Barry and City for feeding cash frenzy

Liverpool manager 'doubts passion' of the one who got away as he unveils Johnson

Guardiola: Barça in his blood

He was always destined to return to the Nou Camp after 17 years as a player, yet, writes Pete Jenson, in one season as coach he has even eclipsed his mentor Johan Cruyff

Sampdoria delighted with Pazzini

Sampdoria's sporting director Beppe Marotta has hailed the start that striker Giampaolo Pazzini has made to his time in Genoa.

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