Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo  training ahead of his side’s quarter-final second leg against Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The first man down was Gareth Bale, holding his calf. Next came Luka Modric, rubbing his knee. And yesterday morning it was confirmed that Karim Benz(...)

 Martin Odegaard, seen here at the Copa del Rey game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the  Vicente Calderon  on January 7th, has signed for Real from Stromsgodset in a deal worth around €3million for the 16-year-old Norwegian midfielder. Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid have struck a deal to sign Norway’s teenage sensation Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset.The Spanish giants did not give details of financ(...)

Fernando Torres enjoyed his first ever Madrid derby win as Diego Simeone’s side won 2-0 in the first leg of the last 16 of the Copa Del Rey at the Vicente Calderon. (Photograph: REUTERS/Susana Vera)

He had to leave home and come back again seven and a half years later, but Fernando Torres has finally beaten Real Madrid as an Atlético player. He di(...)

 Robbie Keane  has scored against Germany in the past.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Republic of Ireland head for Germany tomorrow having enjoyed success over their Euro 2016 rivals in the past. However, they have not done so fo(...)

Germany coach Joachim Low: says he is expecting a very intense game against Martin O’Neill’s Irish side in Gelsenkirchen. Photo:  Greg Fiume/Getty Images

World champions Germany will be without new captain Bastian Schweinsteiger as well as key midfielders Sami Khedira and Marco Reus for their upcoming(...)

Germany have handed a first call-up to Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi (right) for the friendly against Poland and the Euro 2016 qualifier at home to the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:  Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi capped a superb start to the Bundesliga season with a Germany call-up on Thursday for this month’s European(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is bemused by criticism of transfer policy. Photograph:Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Louis van Gaal cut an angry figure in his Manchester United press conference on Friday and said he was bemused by the amount of criticism he had rece(...)

 Angel di Maria wants to leave  Real Madrid. Photograph:   Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.Di Ma(...)

Raul Garcia of Atletico  Madrid scored a late header to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia netted a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg after substitute James Rod(...)

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. Photograph:  Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger had said he would not “dance on the beach in Rio” if Arsenal won the FA Cup. In the event, he did diving headers. The images of t(...)