The three nominees for Uefa’s Best Player award  2015, runner-up Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, winner Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

On the pitch, his side’s most important victories last season were sometimes delivered by the slimmest of margins but Lionel Messi’s victory over riv(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates a goal during their Spanish first division soccer match against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames stadium. Photo: Vincent West/Reuters

Barcelona gained a measure of revenge for their Supercopa mauling at the hands of Athletic Bilbao by claiming a 1-0 win at San Mames in the opening ro(...)

Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique is eager for the Pedro saga to end. Photograph: Getty Images

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is impatient for the transfer window to close at the end of the month to end the uncertainty over the future of Spain fo(...)

 Athletic Club’s Aritz Aduriz celebrates after scoring against FC Barcelona during the Spanish soccer Supercup second leg match at Camp Nou. Photograph: EPA

Not since witnessing the birth of his daughter has Aritz Aduriz experienced the kind of joy that consumed him when Athletic Bilbao ended a 31-year wai(...)

Manchester United target Pedro  has denied asking to leave Barcelona. Photograph: Getty

The Manchester United target, Pedro, denied claims that he wants to leave Barcelona after scoring the winning goal in the thrilling European Super Cup(...)

Pedro scored the winner for Barcelona in the Super Cup final just hours after it was announced he had asked to leave the club. Photograph: Getty
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Golf
  • August 12, 2015, 08:28

Harrington and Clarke back Lowry for Major The US PGA Championship begins at Whistling Strait tomorrow with Shane Lowry looking to pick up where he le(...)

Pedro scored the winner for Barcelona as they beat Sevilla 5-4 after extra time in a thrilling Super Cup in Tbilisi. Photograph: Getty

Barcelona 5 Sevilla 4 (AET) Substitute Pedro scored the winner on what may be his final Barcelona appearance as the Catalans emerged with a 5-4 extra(...)

On arrival Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao were billed as United’s galacticos. Yet each ended their spell at Old Trafford as an expensive mistake.

Angel Di Maria seemed to want to leave Manchester United from the moment he arrived. After completing the move last August the open letter he wrote(...)

 Stephanie Roche in action for Ireland against the US in a friendly in San Jose in May, a match the home side won 3-0. Photograph: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Upstairs in the clubhouse named after Bob Paisley, Sunderland Ladies football team are tucking into post-match chicken and steamed veg. There is a col(...)

Fiji 38 Micronesia 0 For a football manager, it must be hard to find the positives when your side has conceded 68 goals in its last two matches(...)