After the 2013 treble Pep Guardiola’s challenge was no longer to take Bayern to the next level, but to maintain the standards set by his suddenly illustrious predecessor. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters. 1:54

Many neutrals find Chelsea a hard club to like, but one night in May 2012, they were briefly Germany’s second-favourite team. Chelsea were playing Bay(...)

Bayern Munich’s manager Pep Guardiola, with ripped trousers, gives his players instructions during the Champions League second-leg quarter-final against FC Porto at the Allianz Stadium, Munich. Photograph: Getty.

If Pep Guardiola looked unusually hungry on the touchline at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, this was perhaps for more than just the usual reason(...)

Liverpool’s Emre Can (left) has developed into a top Premier League performer since his move from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: PA.

“People want instant results and players get criticised immediately but we always knew it would take time.” Brendan Rodgers’s barbed comment was aimed(...)

 Real Madrid’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas saves a ball during the team’s training session in Valdebebas sports complex near Madrid,  Spain. Photograph: Juanjo Martin / EPA

Iker Casillas cannot remember what he was drawing at the exact moment he was called up to Real Madrid’s Champions League squad for the very first time(...)

Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the winner   against Manchester City. Photograph: Michaela Rehle / Reuters

Bayern Munich 1 Manchester City 0For Manchester City, it was a brutal way to lose. They had subdued Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola was so exasperated(...)

 Dutch legend Johan Cruyff  during the annual Open Day of the Johan Cruyff Foundation at the Olympic Stadium in AmsterdamPhotograph: Koen van Weel / EPA

Johan Cruyff has come home to Amsterdam and, on a cloudy day in the old city where he was born, grew up and made his professional debut for Ajax 50 ye(...)

 Wayne Rooney attends a training session on the eve of the  Champions League quarter final match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United at the  Allianz Arena, Munich. Photo: Peter Powell

Manchester United should look no further than Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal – on two occasions – for how to execute a successful raid on(...)

Bayern Munich manager   Pep Guardiola  during a press conference ahead of their  Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Manchester United in  Germany. Photograph:Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola expects Manchester United to park the bus when they come to the Allianz Arena. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s(...)

  Cristiano Ronaldo arriving with  his wife  Irina Shayk   at the  Fifa Ballon d’Or 2013 gala   in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph:  Walter Bieri/EPA

Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lio(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar  and Lionel Messi are both on the shortlist.

Six players from Bayern Munich’s treble-winning team were included among the 23 nominees for the World Player of the Year award announced by Fifa this(...)