David Villa flicks the ball past Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Spain 3 Australia 0A strange day that felt meaningful in a meaningless way; a day of farewells in which a long shadow was cast by those Spanish player(...)

Charles Aranguiz of Chile (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring to put his side 2-0 up against Spain in the  Group B  match at the  Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/ EPA 0:52

Chile 2 Spain 0Spain’s football empire has fallen.The European and defending world champions were sent packing from the World Cup tonight, dumped out (...)

No European side has ever triumphed at a World Cup held on this side of the Atlantic but the Spanish are used to making history at this stage so maki(...)

On this particular occasion at least Louis van Gaal brings something other than his renowned tactical know-how and relentless faith in youth to the party.

The headline writers had Wesley Sneiijder and his Dutch team-mates plotting a revenge mission against Spain in Salvador tonight which might well have (...)

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo (left) and team mate Jesus Navas have been left out of the Spains squad to trabvel to Brazil for the World Cup.  Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Diego Costa and Fernando Torres have been included in Spain’s final squad for the World Cup, but the Manchester City pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Nav(...)

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and his Manchester United counterpart David Moyes issue their instructions at Old Trafford last week. Photograph: EPA

Wayne Rooney was named in Manchester United’s starting XI for Wednesday’s decisive Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. The England st(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi calls for the ball during his side’s defeat to  Valencia. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Ten-man Barcelona suffered their first home defeat of the season as they crashed 3-2 against Valencia, leaving the door open for Madrid rivals Atleti(...)

Alexis Sanchez celebrates with his Barcelona teammate Neymar after scoring his team’s third goal. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

An under-strength Barcelona side consolidated top spot in the Primera Division on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Granada at th(...)

 Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi  hold their son Thiago Messi prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona face a defensive crisis ahead of next week’s Champions League trip to Celtic after Javier Mascherano was ruled out for “10 to 15 days” with(...)

Bayern’s Thomas Müller  and Mario Gomez training at  Camp Nou.

Just before kick-off tonight at Camp Nou 90,000 strategically placed cards will be held up in those familiar shades of red, bl(...)