Sport Neymar lines up the trophies after Brazil defeated Spain to win the Confederations Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Word of his prowess grew on the web, where football fantasies are fed

Robinho has Ireland chasing his shadow

Brazil 2 Republic of Ireland 0

Man City rule out challenge to Vieira's three-game ban

Manchester City's Patrick Vieira, who has started only two games for Roberto Mancini, will miss the club's three huge upcoming matches, having decided not to contest a violent conduct charge.

Outside Edge (14/02/10)

You wait for ages for a good Super Bowl/scrotum story, then two come along in swift succession. After last week's non-exclusive about the fan so keen to attend last Sunday's game that he advertised online to swap his left testicle for "two together" tickets comes eye-watering news of a post-Super Bowl punch-up in Florida. In the small hours of Monday morning, Y Le had an altercation with a party guest. It ended with Le grabbing his guest's gonads, "puncturing them with his fingers", according to the police report. The victim needed 52 stitches, but his tackle is apparently on the mend. Which is just as well; no replacements currently seem to be offered on the internet.

Robinho criticises Mancini over lack of freedom

Robinho has criticised Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for not giving him the freedom to express himself.

'Soft' City no match for hunger of Boateng

Hull City 2 Manchester City 1

Robinho eager to remain in Brazil

Robinho has admitted he would love to make his loan move to Santos permanent.

City refuse to pay £25m for Real's Gago

Mancini's frustration at missing two targets eased by closing of Johnson deal

Mancini can bring stability to Middle Eastlands

Times change and nowhere is it harder to keep up than at Manchester City – with the possible exception of today's opponents Portsmouth. In the corresponding fixture last season City ran up their biggest victory in Premier League history, 6-0, yet with Robinho's unlamented departure to Brazil, only Shaun Wright-Phillips of the six different goalscorers that day is still at the club.

Manchester City admit interest in Johnson

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted Adam Johnson is on his radar.

Robinho joins Santos on loan

Manchester City forward Robinho is to rejoin Santos on a six-month loan after the two clubs today reached agreement on the deal.

Mancini leaves door open for Robinho return

Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that Robinho could regalvanise his Manchester City career on loan back in Brazil, as the Sao Paulo club vied with Santos for his services.

Santos 'optimistic' over Robinho deal

Santos last night revealed they are "optimistic" of securing the loan signing of Manchester City's Brazilian forward Robinho.

Robinho faces huge pay cut as City line up replacement

Mancini hopes for loan of Inter's Motta, with fellow Brazilian heading for Santos

Robinho '90% certain of Santos move'

Manchester City forward Robinho believes his return to Santos is "90 per cent certain" to go through in the next few days.

Benfica and Santos vie for Robinho

Benfica have made an informal inquiry to Manchester City about a loan move for Robinho, ahead of a week in which the Brazilian club Santos will also try to raise the finances to take on part of his wage bill.

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