Former Barcelona defender Alves guilty of nightclub rape

ReutersBy Vanessa BuschschlüterBBC NewsA court in Spain has found former Barcelona and Brazil footballer Dani Alves guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub.He has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.The 40-year-old, who is on

‘Kick in the teeth’, but Arteta insists Arsenal will learn

The stats may make nervy reading after defeat at Porto in the Champions League last 16, but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists his side will "learn" before the second leg in north London.The Gunners lost in stoppage time thanks to Galeno's superb s

‘Don’t criticise Haaland – he will shut your mouth’

Pep Guardiola warned Erling Haaland's critics "he will shut your mouth" after the prolific Norwegian boosted Manchester City's Premier League title hopes. That Chelsea setback came just days after Haaland's grandmother died, and City manager Guardiol

Glasner – the new Palace boss with an ‘intensity akin to Klopp’

Crystal Palace are a club in a Premier League relegation fight.Step forward Oliver Glasner. In the space of a few hours on Monday, the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss was appointed Palace manager after predecessor Roy Hodgson finally confirmed his ow

‘Hojlund shows Styles why he is Man Utd’s headline act’

Harry Styles provided a sprinkle of stardust in the Kenilworth Road directors' box but Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was left celebrating his own latest headline act in Rasmus Hojlund.Styles, a United supporter and now a solo superstar after

Guardiola ‘not the man’ to tell Haaland how to score

Even the very best strikers occasionally have a day to forget, as Erling Haaland found in his side's draw against Chelsea on Saturday.The Premier League's top scorer had nine shots without scoring, his most in a single game without getting a goal in

Man City take ‘big step’ in WSL title race

Last updated on 16 February 202416 February 2024.From the section Women's FootballManchester City have taken a "big step" in the Women's Super League title race, says manager Gareth Taylor.They are trying to win a first league title in eight years, w

Mbappe tells PSG he plans to leave at end of season

Last updated on 15 February 202415 February 2024.From the section European FootballFrance striker Kylian Mbappe has told Paris St-Germain he intends to leave the club at the end of the season.The 25-year-old's deal with the Ligue 1 champions is sched

Kane ‘a shadow’ as ‘ugly’ Bayern continue to struggle

Last updated on 14 February 202414 February 2024.From the section European FootballWhen Harry Kane slashed Thomas Muller's cutback over the Lazio bar seven minutes into the Champions League last-16 first leg, the Bayern Munich forward would not have

Man City claim first-leg win at FC Copenhagen

Last updated on 13 February 202413 February 2024.From the section European FootballManchester City resumed their Champions League title defence with a comfortable victory at FC Copenhagen in the first leg of their last-16 tie.After Kevin de Bruyne ga

Gallagher scores twice as Chelsea win at Palace

Conor Gallagher scored twice as Chelsea came from behind to win at Selhurst Park and increase the pressure on Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.The Blues dominated the opening period of the match but it was Palace who took the lead, with Jefferson L

Haller caps return from cancer with Afcon trophy

Seb Haller on Twitter/Getty ImagesBy Piers EdwardsBBC Sport AfricaShortly after he scored the goal that secured one of the most unlikely Africa Cup of Nations title wins for Ivory Coast, Sebastien Haller was doing a television interview which he had

‘In his absolute prime’ – Haaland adds to Man City ‘superpowers’

Kevin de Bruyne is back, Phil Foden is firing… and now Erling Haaland has found his shooting boots. So, how do you stop Manchester City?The defending champions have been building momentum for weeks but, until Saturday, they were doing it without an

Blue cards & sin-bins will ‘destroy’ game – Postecoglou

Last updated on 9 February 20249 February 2024.From the section FootballTottenham boss Ange Postecoglou says the possible introduction of blue cards and sin-bins would "destroy" the game.Football's lawmakers Ifab delayed plans to release information

England to face Republic of Ireland in Nations League

England have been drawn against the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Greece in their League B group for the men's 2024-25 Nations League.Scotland, who feature in the top League A groups, will face Croatia, Poland and Portugal.Wales have been placed i

‘Pochettino’s best night of a traumatic season’

Chelsea's fans mirrored the mood of dysfunction and crisis hanging over the club by opening this dramatic FA Cup night at Villa Park with a loud lament for lost owner Roman Abramovich.It did not last long, cut off in full cry as Conor Gallagher's cri

Rangers go joint top but ‘not thinking’ about title

Rangers are "not thinking" about the title race, says Phillipe Clement, despite his side moving level on points with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic by beating Aberdeen in Neil Warnock's first game in charge. Much of the pre-match talk revolved a

‘Man City’s shadow looms large in rear-view mirror of rivals’

Manchester City's giant shadow is looming large in the rear-view mirror of their rivals as they make one of those familiar charges that turns up the psychological pressure and invariably ends in success.It is that time of the season again. It is the

‘Arsenal have placed themselves at heart of three-way title race’

Arsenal will have known deep down this meeting with Premier League leaders Liverpool had the potential to effectively end their Premier League title challenge - which may explain the wild celebrations that greeted victory.It may have been too early t

‘One of their worst performances’ but Spurs’ future ‘really bright’

It was a blow for Tottenham to concede such a late equaliser at Everton on Saturday - but Ange Postecoglou's side definitely did not deserve to win anyhow.Spurs did not play well at Goodison Park, and I would go as far as saying that was the worst th

Guardiola dismisses rumours Haaland unhappy at Man City

Last updated on 2 hours ago2 hours ago.From the section Man CityManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed claims by Spanish media that Erling Haaland is unhappy at the club.According to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, the Norway striker "can't st

‘A dream come true’ – Man Utd matchwinner Mainoo ‘gives Seedorf vibes’

His first Premier League goal was a 97th-minute winner for his childhood club to seal a 4-3 victory. No wonder Kobbie Mainoo was grinning ear to ear."It is a dream come true," the 18-year-old Manchester United midfielder told TNT Sports, following hi

‘That was special’ – has ‘magnificent’ Bradley given Klopp a headache?

Just before Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a knee injury earlier this month there was much discussion about where he should play for Liverpool - at right-back or in midfield.However, the emergence of Conor Bradley in Alexander-Arnold's favoured posi

‘Confident Arsenal are right in Premier League title race’

Arsenal's scenes of celebration at the final whistle at the City Ground were in the sharpest contrast to their last visit to Nottingham Forest, when defeat brought the curtain down on a season-long Premier League title quest.It was Forest celebrating

Szmodics double as Blackburn recover to beat Wrexham

Blackburn Rovers recovered from an early scare at home against League Two Wrexham to comfortably win their FA Cup encounter and set up a fifth-round tie with Newcastle United. Roared on by 7,000 travelling fans in a packed away end, Wrexham survived