It took a reprimand from Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure the Zenit Arena was ready in time to host the Confederations Cup.
Brian Glanville hopes that Jack Wilshere's latest injury setback will not prove too debilitating for a player he regards as England's best passer.
Germany has competition from Turkey for the hosting rights for Euro 2024.
Napoli travel to Real Madrid with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
When Philipp Lahm unilaterally announced he was retiring at the end of the season, his club Bayern Munich were none too happy.
Tim Vickery is impressed by the rapid progress made by Venezuela under the shrewd management of coach Rafael Dudamel.
By encouraging his players to think that fourth place in the Premier League is good enough, Arsene Wenger is accused of breeding complacency at Arsenal.
Paddy Agnew with the latest from Serie A, where Juventus could stretch their lead to nine points this week.
RB Leipzig remains Germany's least liked club, but the fans of Borussia Dortmund took their antipathy too far when the sides met at the weekend.
The struggles of Brazil and Argentina at the South American Under-20 Championships shows that the countries conveyor belt of talent has spluttered to a halt.