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 admits interest in Barcelona loan switch

Manchester City's Brazilian forward Robinho would like to play for Barcelona but knows nothing about a loan deal reported in Spanish media.

Alves welcomes Robinho transfer talk

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has welcomed reports linking Robinho with a possible move to the Camp Nou.

Dunga ducks Brazilian flair for practical climb to glory

Favourites qualified for South Africa at a canter – but not in the style to which a nation has long been accustomed

Barcelona expect Fabregas to make switch

Barcelona remain keen to sign Premier League stars Cesc Fabregas and Robinho, according to the La Liga club's sporting director Txiki Beguiristain.

Robinho could be a January target for Barça

Barcelona's sporting director has admitted the club is interested in the Manchester City winger Robinho. Txiki Begiristain refused to rule out a January transfer window move for the Brazilian and also said he believed the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will one day show up at the Nou Camp.

Sylvinho: I know what it takes to beat United

City defender who played in Champions League final will relish Manchester derby

Alleged £47m Tevez deal denied

A spokesman for Kia Joorabchian last night denied that Manchester City had struck a deal to pay a British record £47m for Carlos Tevez to MSI, the company fronted by Joorabchian that effectively owned the player until he moved to City last month.

Robinho admits interest in Barcelona move

Manchester City's Brazil star Robinho has again fuelled speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona after admitting he would find it difficult to turn down a move to the Spanish giants.

Transfer Talk: Zaki bound for return

Portsmouth have made a bid of £3m for Egyptian international and former Wigan striker Amr Zaki. The Fratton Park side have also been linked with a move for the former Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Liverpool midfielder Boudewijn Zenden, but could face competition from Blackburn for the Dutchman.

Terry uses City interest to seal new contract

John Terry has landed a new five-year, £150,000-a-week contract by leveraging Manchester City's interest in signing him this summer. Chelsea had tried to keep the new deal under wraps until later in the season but news leaked out over the weekend that he is now the best-paid player in the Premier League along with Robinho.

Adebayor highlights contrast in fortunes

Striker proves invaluable for league's wealthiest side on visit to paupers Pompey

Hughes calls on City to build on fine start

That tomorrow is likely to see Michael Brown make his Portsmouth debut as Joleon Lescott enjoys a second Manchester City appearance alongside the likes of Carlos Tevez and Robinho says it all about the directions the two clubs are travelling.

City's all-star attack fails to sparkle on home debut

Manchester City 1 Wolverhampton 0

Ruthless Adebayor cannot hide City limits

Manchester City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

The big kick-off for beginners

The Premier League, the planet's most lucrative and popular footie contest, is back, an inescapable part of national life. Here, for non-season ticket holders, partners of the obsessed, and budding anthropologists, David Randall presents our bluffer's guide
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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
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

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