French striker Karim Benzema leaves the court house in Versailles on Thursday after he was placed under formal judicial investigation. Photograph:  Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

France striker Karim Benzema has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group as part of an investigation over a se(...)

Olivier Giroud scores Arsenal’s winner against Bayern Munich at the Emirates. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 0 After all the post-mortems, the punishing headlines and the scrutiny that has fallen on Arsene Wenger, Arsenal are su(...)

Both Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery are currently out injured. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will return to action this year after fully recovering from a dragging ankle injury, club Chief Executive Karl-Hein(...)

The three nominees for Uefa’s Best Player award  2015, runner-up Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, winner Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

On the pitch, his side’s most important victories last season were sometimes delivered by the slimmest of margins but Lionel Messi’s victory over riv(...)

Stoke City have agreed a €17m fee with Inter Milan for Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

Stoke City have agreed a fee of €17 million with Inter Milan for Xherdan Shaqiri but have yet to discuss personal terms with the Swiss midfielder or e(...)

Pep Guardiola speaks to Lionel Messi at half-time during the Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena. Photo: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

“Raus mit applaus!” was the headline in the German tabloid Abendzeitung after Bayern Munich’s energetic but ultimately rather meek and bloodless exit (...)

Bayern Munich manager Pep Gurdoila says Lionel Messi is the best player of all time. Photograph: Reuters

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday after Barca eliminated his side 5-3 on aggregate t(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action with Bayern Munich’s Thiago, Xabi Alonso, Juan Bernat and Mehdi Benatia all in pursuit. Photo: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Bayern will need a Munich miracle to retain their dream of reaching the Champions League final on home soil after the five-time champions slumped to a(...)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique first met Guardiola when they both played on Spain’s gold-medal winning football team at the Barcelona ’92 Olympics. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barça beat Córdoba 8-0 at the weekend. The team is humming, and its coach knows it. When Luis Enrique spoke about the draw for tonight’s Champions Lea(...)

Bayern Munich believe head coach Pep Guardiola will stay with the German club beyond his current contract. Photograph: Reuters.

Juventus may be in the semi-finals for the first time in 12 years but of all four clubs left in, the Italian side have the best record at this stage o(...)