Barcelona players celebrate with the Champions League trophy after their victory over Juventus in Berlin. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

In the last minute of the first half in Berlin, Lionel Messi got the ball on the right and bore down on the Juventus defence. He beat two men on an(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez  scores  to put his side 2-1 up against Juventus in the Champions League final  at Olympiastadion in Berlin. Photo: Marcus Brandt/EPA

Barcelona 3 Juventus 1 Luis Suarez made it a perfect ending to Barcelona’s astonishing season with the Champions League final winner against Ju(...)

‘The world of football has possibly never known a man to distribute the ball like Xavi Hernández (L). Arguably only Andrea Pirlo (R) in the modern game can rival him in being so niggardly with possession.’ Photographs: Reuters and EPA.

Someone calculated that the gematria values – where a numerical value is assigned to a letter – of Xavi (56) and pass (55) and they are almost iden(...)

The Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Barcelona will seek their fifth European Cup and Juventus their third. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

Is there a word for an anti-climax that happens before the actual event? Whatever that word is, it might in future make a snappier title for the so(...)

 Alvaro Morata equalises for Juventus in the Champions League semi-final second leg at  Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photo:  Paul Hanna/Reuters

Massimo Allegri had warned his team would face “95 long and interminable minutes” at the Santiago Bernabéu, and so it proved. But the reward at the en(...)

Carlos Tevez won and scored a second half penalty to give Juventus a 2-1 first leg lead over Real Madrid. Photograph: Getty

Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1When Juventus needed a striker with ice in his veins, Carlos Tevez answered the call. This pulsating semi-final tie was balanc(...)

Juventus players celebrate with their supporters after they reach the last four of the Champion League following a 0-0 draw away to Monaco. Photograph: Afp

AS Monaco 0 (0) Juventus 0 (1)Those from Barcelona to Bayern Munich via Madrid will not be quaking in their boots just yet, but Juvenuts are back wher(...)

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri with Carlos Tevez and Kingsley Coman at the club’s training Centre in Vinovo near Turin. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon believes progress beyond Monaco into the semi-finals would re-establish Juventus “among the best teams in Europe” as the Italian clu(...)

Juventus’ Arturo Vidal jubilates after converting a penalty during the Champions League quarter final first leg against AS Monaco. Photo: Di Marco/EPA

Juventus 1 AS Monaco 0Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champion(...)

 Andros Townsend scores  England’s equaliser past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the friendly international     at the Juventus Stadium  in Turin. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Italy 1 England 1As Gary Lineker volunteered a few minutes in, let’s hope Harry Kane can come out of this scoring slump. England’s new striker found i(...)