Gareth Bale scores their Real Madrid’s  fifth goal during the La Liga match between against Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez had two goals each as Real Madrid claimed a comfortable 5-0 victory over Real Betis in a high-tempo Primera Division m(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Rotherham and former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot has been handed a record ban by the English FA for an incident involving Ireland winger James McClean. Photograph: PA

Rotherham and former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot has been banned for 10 games by the English FA for targeting abuse at Ireland international winge(...)

New Celtic striked Nadir Ciftci has been handed a six match ban for biting while playing for Dundee United against Dundee on the final game of last season. Photograph: Getty

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci will miss the first six games of the domestic season after being found guilty of a biting offence. The summer signing from(...)

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(...)

Raheem Sterling failed to turn up for Liverpool training on Wednesday after he called in sick. Photograph: Getty

Raheem Sterling did not report for training at Liverpool’s Melwood complex on Wednesday morning after calling in ill. The forward is intent on (...)