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Manchester City players top highest-paid list as UEFA penalties loom

Footballers with English Premier League club Manchester City are the highest-paid athletes in global sport.

Soccer

Out-gunned. Minnows stun Arsenal with win on penalties

Bradford City.

Arsenal suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their history as League Two minnows Bradford City clinched a stunning triumph on penalties after a 1-1 draw in English soccer's League Cup...

Turkey beats Croatia on penalties

Turkey has beaten Croatia 3-1 on penalties after their nerve-tingling Euro 2008 quarter-final finished 1-1 following extra time.

Football

Australian FFA Cup begins with plenty of goals

Pete Smith The FFA Cup commenced with a flurry of goals across Tuesday's four games with former national champions Sydney Olympic and Brisbane Strikers both securing come-from-behind wins.

Lowly South Springvale notches memorable FFA Cup win

The game-winning save by South Springvale goalkeeper Rani Dowisha.

David Manuca Victorian amateur football club South Springvale continues its dream run in the national FFA Cup.

I can learn from Wenger, says Arsenal new boy Sanchez

Striker Alexis Sanchez starred for Chile at the World Cup.

New Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has stressed the influence that manager Arsene Wenger had on his decision to join the FA Cup winners from Barcelona.

Ten things to take from the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.

Lionel Messi: World Cup Golden Ball award meant 'nothing'

Little consolation: Messi was less than thrilled with his Golden Ball award.

Jeremy Wilson and Henry Winter Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi last night (Monday) revealed the full depth of his anger and devastation at failing to crown his career by winning Sunday’s World Cup final amid a bizarre row about...

World Cup provides place in the spotlight for the right reasons

Hard to get past ... Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrates the victory over Italy.

Michael Lynch Who knew that Costa Rica had topped an alternative economics foundation's poll as the happiest place to live in the world twice in the past five years?

End of the beautiful game: why fans have fallen out of love with Brazil

Figure of fun: Brazil striker Fred.

Michael Lynch One of the interesting things about this World Cup is how little love in the there appears to be for Brazil outside their own country.

It's a goalfest in the land of Jogo Bonito - let's hope it continues

Michael Lynch With 27 goals in its first eight matches, the Brazil World Cup is confounding expectations and making the dreamers smile.

Veteran Russian striker Kerzhakov rescues a point in opening game

Alexander Kerzhakov (left) rescued Russia in its first World Cup finals match since 2002, scoring three minutes after coming on as substitute to salvage a 1-1 draw against South Korea.

History

History of the World Cup from 1970-1982

The third of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Football

UEFA sanctions threaten to rain on Manchester City’s parade

Singing, the Blues: Edin Dzeko and his Manchester City teammates celebrate the victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday that all but sealed the Premier League title.

Mark Ogden Manchester City’s plans for a Premier League trophy parade on Monday could be overshadowed by confirmation of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations with the...

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World-class Wanderer Ante Covic's eyes firmly set on the ultimate prize

Who wants to be No.1: Wanderers keeper Ante Covic will have an important role to play in the grand final.

Sebastian Hassett For someone with almost two decades of experience between the posts of football clubs around the world, you’d have thought Ante Covic would have seen and done it all over and over again.

Soccer

Fortune favours the brave ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch They have been called many things in their nine years in the A-League, including chokers and underachievers in their early seasons when they struggled to make an impression and qualify for the...

Soccer

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can handle FA Cup pressure

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident that the pressure of the club's nine-year trophy drought won't derail his side in Saturday's FA Cup final against Hull City.

Soccer

Sevilla penalty win extends Benfica's miserable run

Sevilla beat Benfica 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw to win the Europa League final on Wednesday, extending the Portuguese side's extraordinary run of defeats in European finals.

Soccer

Hull hurdle awaits Arsenal in FA Cup final

Headache: Arsene Wenger at training as Arsenal prepared for the FA Cup.

Tom Williams Arsenal has a gilt-edged opportunity to end its increasingly burdensome nine-year trophy drought on Saturday.