Manchester City last met Juventus in the Europa League group stages five years ago. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

There may be no group of death in this season’s Champions League but the one containing last year’s beaten finalists, Juventus, and the Europa Leag(...)

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 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(...)

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(...)

Diego Costa headed straight down the tunnel when he was substituted in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona in Washington. Photograph: Getty

Any manager worth his salt will argue that only a fool would delve too much into how a side performs before the real action starts. Yet as Jose Mourin(...)

 Barcelona say they will not be selling any players - ruling out any deal involving Pedro. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Barcelona have completed their business in the latest transfer window and the Spanish and European champions’ squad is now “closed”, president Josep B(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hopeful of signing Pedro from Barcelona. Photograph: Afp

Louis van Gaal is hopeful of buying Pedro from Barcelona to increase Manchester United’s attacking options, with the manager poised to trigger the for(...)

 Pedro signed a contract extension through to 2019 in June. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain forward Pedro will meet the Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, today to discuss his future amid suggestions Chelsea are prepared to trigger the(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill gives his orders during squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide, ahead of the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters.

If team spirit is an illusion glimpsed in the moment of victory, then you could say the same thing about managerial ability. When you win you’ve got i(...)