Barcelona’s Lionel Messi speaks to the audience after receiving the Ballon d’Or from acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou during the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly-tuxedoed s(...)

Carlo Ancelotti is to be announced as the new Bayern Munich manager in the next few days. Photograph: Afp

Carlo Ancelotti has agreed a contract in principle with Bayern Munich to replace Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, the Guardian understands. The(...)

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed he has made up his mind about his future. Photograph: Getty

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed he has made up his mind about his future, without revealing what decision he has taken. The Catalan’s(...)

Bayern  Munich’s Rafinha exchanges words with Arturo Vidal after their defeat at between Borussia Moenchengladbach. Photo: Reuters

In-form Borussia Moenchengladbach struck three times in 14 minutes in the second-half to floor champions Bayern Munich 3-1 and inflict their first Bu(...)

Bayern Munich fans hold a banner as they protest in the stands against the cost of tickets. Photograph: Getty Images

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has promised Arsenal fans they will pay a “good price” for tickets in November’s Champions League return in Bavaria. (...)

Shane Long scores the decisive goal for  Ireland in Thursday’s  European Championship qualifying match in the Aviva Stadium against Germany. Photograph:  Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

We all know Ireland’s history in international football is one of the longest hard- luck stories in sport, but there had always been peaks. England be(...)

Joachim Löw:    “Overall I think it was one of the most unnecessary defeats we have had to accept in recent years.” Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The peculiar thing was that on an evening when Ireland dared to play football against the world champions, their goal for the ages held echoes of the (...)

Ireland’s Shane Long celebrates with Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the game. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh. Mein. Gott. A Darren Randolph-Shane Long one-two and Bob’s your Onkel, we had ourselves one of the most impossibly daft and outrageously deliciou(...)

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim celebrate a goal against Bayern Munich, the joint fastest in the league’s history. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Coach Pep Guardiola said Bayern Munich were taught a lesson after conceding an early goal against Hoffenheim on Saturday and battling back to win 2-1 (...)

Orchestrating everything is Messi, an all-round genius who could run past four players or pick out a runner on the far side with a no-look pass. There’s no way to tell.

Rio Ferdinand tells a story in his autobiography about the time he asked Thierry Henry to pick a favourite between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Mes(...)