Barcelona’s Lionel Messi misses the target with a diving header from his penalty rebound against Manchester City during their Champions League  tie at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: EPA

There was a moment in the first half here, midway through a period of almost dreamy Barcelona superiority, when Manchester City might have considered (...)

Atletico Madrid were reduced to nine men as they were beaten 3-2 by Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon.  (Photograph: Reuters/Sergio Perez)

This game started early – and ended early, too. By half-time Barcelona were 3-2 up at the Vicente Calderón, 4-2 up on aggregate and already into the s(...)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema tries to nick the ball past Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Photograph:
EPA/Juan Hidalgo

Madrid City was in jubilant mood on Saturday night, as Real Madrid swept aside Barcelona 3-1 in an absorbing La Liga contest. As the front cover of Ma(...)

 Pepe celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s second goal in El Clásico against Barcelona  at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to s(...)

Luis Suarez playing for Barcelona B in September. The former Liverpool striker is reportedly ’raring to go’ after serving his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini. Photographs: David Ramos/Getty Images

Luis Suárez has claimed that he is on the “right path” to becoming a reformed character having sought help to cure his “impulse” to bite people – b(...)

The roubled Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will make his return from a biting ban against giants Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Monday morning at Sant Joan Despí and the countdown has begun. It is 11am when Barcelona’s players appear, heading for pitch two where the sprinklers (...)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (left) celebrates his goal against Apoel Nicosia with Brazilian Neymar da Silva   at Camp Nou. Photograph: Toni Albir / EPA

Barcelona 1 Apoel Nicosia 0Barcelona won their opening Champions League game but that was no more than could be expected. Indeed, it was less than mos(...)

 Francisco Alcacer celebrates with Jordi Alba after scoring Spain’s second goal against Macedonia. Photograph: EPA

Holders Spain kicked off their Euro 2016 title defence in style after a cheeky Sergio Ramos penalty set them up for a 5-1 victory over Macedonia in t(...)

Charles Aranguiz of Chile (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring to put his side 2-0 up against Spain in the  Group B  match at the  Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/ EPA 0:52

Chile 2 Spain 0Spain’s football empire has fallen.The European and defending world champions were sent packing from the World Cup tonight, dumped out (...)

Cesc  Fabregas: “I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies.” Photo:  Nigel French/PA

Cesc Fabregas has joined Chelsea where he will be expected to become a cornerstone of Jose Mourinho’s reconstructed team next season. The Spain midfi(...)