Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd right) scores the opening goal against Liverpool   at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3 Sometimes, in football, there is nothing for it but to accept that the other team are vastly superior. Liverpool have(...)

Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid’s trip to Anfield to play Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter because of  a muscle injury. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Liverpool as the Wales international battles a mus(...)

 Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffering from a buttock muscle injury.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffer(...)

Bayern Munich: academy cost €35 million

Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert said last week that the academies of all the top flight German clubs combined cost the equivalent of one (...)

Italy’s coach Antonio Conte gets his point across  during the Euro 2016 qualification match against Azerbaijan in Palermo. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Euro 2016 round-up: The Netherlands grabbed two late goals to snatch a 3-1 home victory over 10-man Kazakhstan having trailed until just past the hour(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores the second in  their Uefa Champions League Group B game against  FC Basel at Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Georgios Kefalas / EPA

Real Madrid 5 FC Basel 1Real Madrid escaped to Europe for a little therapy. It is 114 days and only six games since they won the trophy that defines t(...)

 Gareth Bale celebrates scoring Wales’s   first goal against Andorra. The Real madrid forward scored the winner in  a nervy win over the minnows at the the Camp d’Esports del M.I. Consell General. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

The Netherlands began their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 by slipping to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat away to Czech Republic on Tuesday night. The Wor(...)

 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with Angel Di Maria after the club broke the British transfer fee record  to bring the player to Old Trafford. Photograph: EPA

Louis van Gaal will have money to spend in January if he still believes his Manchester United squad is not up to scratch.Van Gaal was by far the bigge(...)

Burnley host Chelsea in a Division One game  from Turf Moor, Burnley circa 1965. The club have been playing on this piece of land since February 1883. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty

Angel Di Maria’s last appearance for Real Madrid came in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against neighbours Atletico almost a fortnight ago. Th(...)

  Angel di Maria of Argentina has joined Manchester United from Real Madrid in a  deal worth €75m.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Angel di Maria has been confirmed as a Manchester United player in a €75m British record transfer fee to take the club’s spending to €164m in the summ(...)