Atletico Madrid were reduced to nine men as they were beaten 3-2 by Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon.  (Photograph: Reuters/Sergio Perez)

This game started early – and ended early, too. By half-time Barcelona were 3-2 up at the Vicente Calderón, 4-2 up on aggregate and already into the s(...)

 Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho 1:47

As Stephanie Roche turns her attention to making something like a living from the game she plays so well, Real Madrid star Ronaldo has signalled hi(...)

Fernando Torres playing at the Vicente Calderón before his transfer to Liverpool in 2007. Torres returns to his boyhood club hoping to resurrect his career after a difficult time at Chelsea. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The Kid returns to the Calderón a man. Fernando Torres has rejoined Atlético Madrid more than 17 years after he played his first game for them, a tal(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

 Pepe celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s second goal in El Clásico against Barcelona  at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to s(...)

Brazil’s Neymar celebrates scoring his fourth goal against Japan during their soccer friendly  at the National Stadium in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Friendly international round-up: Neymar shrugged off a cold to score all four goals in a sumptuous display as Brazil beat an under-strength Japan 4-0 (...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi challenges Brazil’s Neymar  during the ‘The Superclassico of the Americas’ in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Diego Tardelli scored both goals as Brazil beat fellow South American giants Argentina 2-0 in a Beijing tussle billed as the Superclassico.The Atletic(...)

  Christoph Kramer of Germany challenges Ikechi Anya of Scotland during the EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Germany and Scotland at Signal Iduna Park on September 7, 2014 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A proposal allowing for a three-minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion will be discussed this week by Fifa’s Executive Committee.(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Spanish first division soccer match against Elche at Nou Camp stadium. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Lionel Messi wasted little time in finding his stride as he struck twice to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Elche and hand new coach Luis (...)

Spurs’ Hugo Lloris, who was allowed to overrule his club doctor and return to the pitch having sustained a serious head injury in collision with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, was truly shocking. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Players losing consciousness or suffering concussion will not be allowed to play on next season after the Football Association set out strict guidelin(...)