Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has warned Iraq's poor World Cup qualifying record belies their true ability ahead of Thursday night's crunch clash in Tehran.
AC Milan vice-captain Ignazio Abate will miss the remainder of the season due to an eye injury.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed they have put contract talks with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil on hold until the end of the season after failing to...
Marco Verratti will need to leave Paris Saint-Germain if he wants to challenge for top European honours in the future, says his agent Donato Di Campli.

Liverpool legend Moran dies

Ronnie Moran, who served Liverpool as a player, captain and coach over a career spanning 49 years, has died at the age of 83.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets insists there is no feud between Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos once the defensive duo join up for international duty with Spain.
Australia captain Mile Jedinak is embracing a possibly permanent positional switch for Aston Villa but will remain a key cog in the national team's midfield.
Roma midfielder and Premier League fan Radja Nainggolan admitted speaking to Antonio Conte regarding a move to Chelsea but insisted he is happy in the Italian...
Manchester United great Alex Ferguson believes the focus must be on winning the Europa League as the English giants try and qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
If you think Australia's precarious 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying position might curb the gambler's instinct in Ange Postecoglou, think again.
Perth Glory's Rhys Williams, a free agent at the end of this season, will join whichever club gives him the best chance of becoming a regular for Australia and...
Uruguayan sharp-shooter Bruno Fornaroli says he'll happily sacrifice a second A-League golden boot award if it means team success for Melbourne City.
In order to stop Gareth Bale in their upcoming World Cup qualifier, Republic of Ireland must hit the Wales star, according to assistant Roy Keane.
Fiery comments from goalkeeper Glen Moss and Adam Parkhouse's lack of health disclosure are now an afterthought for the Wellington Phoenix.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa said he is disappointed Atletico Madrid did not wait long enough for him to force through a return.
Atletico Madrid captain Gabi cannot imagine Antoine Griezmann leaving the club for Real Madrid as he feels a move to their arch-rivals would not be a step forward.
This year marks 20 years since Australia last played in Tehran and the Socceroos' return to the Middle Eastern city has revived painful memories of the infamous...
Roma icon Francesco Totti is still deliberating whether to extend his incredible playing career or retire at the end of the season.

Butland surprised by Arsenal links

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has expressed his surprise at recent reports linking him with a move to Arsenal despite his lack of playing time over the past...
Mario Gotze will make a full recovery from his health problems and rediscover his top form for Borussia Dortmund, says CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Nacho Fernandez insists it is perfectly normal for Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to get angry when he is substituted.
The Socceroos are bracing for a scrapfest on one of the worst pitches they will encounter during their World Cup qualification campaign against Iraq in Tehran on...
N'Golo Kante is not getting carried away regardless of the hype surrounding him following his stellar performances for Chelsea.
Gary Cahill believes it is impossible to properly emulate John Terry at Chelsea despite wearing the captain's armband this campaign.
Tim Cahill has hailed the selection of Socceroos rookie Riley McGree and says he wants to help the 18-year-old develop his game.
Arsene Wenger has branded speculation that he has been made an offer by Paris Saint-Germain as "fake news".
Germany coach Joachim Low believes Bastian Schweinteiger could have been more effectively used at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho says he has had to adapt to the qualities of his Manchester United players, claiming the team is slower than his Real Madrid side.
There are only a few countries in Europe that would be able to host a 48-team World Cup, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says.
Germany will be without Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez for Thursday's (AEDT) friendly match with England, Joachim Low has confirmed.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has distanced himself from reports he could join La Liga giants Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives has hailed Juan Carlos Unzue as a "superb professional" amid growing speculation Luis Enrique's assistant will step in as manager...
His body might be finally starting to catch up with his age but Tim Cahill says the burning desire that has made him a Socceroos legend has not left him.
It will be a young, hungry and determined Iraq side that the Socceroos will face on Thursday night, with a new generation of talent determined to make their mark...
Aaron Mooy will be playing in the Premier League next season - one way or another.
Manchester United have confirmed Bastian Schweinsteiger will join Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire, subject to a medical and a visa.
Tom Rogic's injury could actually help Australia's midfield find much-needed discipline in their stuttering 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, according to...
Argentina's players, who have been arriving in Buenos Aires for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia, are sticking to a decision dating back...

Iniesta was against Barcelona move

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta revealed he did not want to leave his hometown to join the Spanish giants as a youngster.
Four years ago Brendon Santalab thought his football career was on track. Based in China, he was scoring freely at Chongqing Lifan and there were no plans to...