Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Luis Suarez was the sun at the centre of Liverpool’s solar system but he starts out at Barca as a peripheral satellite.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

There are many well-founded objections to the unfair economic systems that have resulted in the concentration of the world’s top footballers at a hand(...)

 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(...)

 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(...)

David Villa flicks the ball past Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Spain 3 Australia 0A strange day that felt meaningful in a meaningless way; a day of farewells in which a long shadow was cast by those Spanish player(...)

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will wait until after the final group game against Australia to decide his future. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque insists he does not want to be a “hindrance” and has offered to step down as Spain coach due to the team’s early exit from the Worl(...)

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 (...)

Robin van Persie scores the Netherlands’ opening goal during the World Cup Group B match against Spain  at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Netherlands 5 Spain 1: Redemption for Arjen Robben and the Netherlands arrived in the form of an emphatic reversal of fortunes from the 2010 final and(...)

 Vicente del Bosque  celebrates as he lifts the World Cup with his team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11th, 2010. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque is inscrutable. It’s difficult to know what goes on behind that flowerbox moustache he sports. He never betrays emotion during a ga(...)

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo (left) and team mate Jesus Navas have been left out of the Spains squad to trabvel to Brazil for the World Cup.  Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Diego Costa and Fernando Torres have been included in Spain’s final squad for the World Cup, but the Manchester City pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Nav(...)