Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas  during their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid at the weekend. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid begin the defence of the trophy that appears to have been forgotten after just six games. They waited 12 years to finally win their 10th E(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid poses with his Uefa’s Best Player in Europe  award at Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, last month. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier / EPA

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sought to play down an apparent spat with Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday as he announced the La Liga club’s income(...)

Burnley host Chelsea in a Division One game  from Turf Moor, Burnley circa 1965. The club have been playing on this piece of land since February 1883. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty

Angel Di Maria’s last appearance for Real Madrid came in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against neighbours Atletico almost a fortnight ago. Th(...)

 Xabi Alonso arrives for medical check at FC Bayern Muenchen’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt office. Photograph:   Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to(...)

 Xabi Alonso set to move to Bayern Munich. Photograph: Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid. The 32-y(...)

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(...)

An aerial view of Michigan Stadium during the Guinness International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Photograph: Leon Halip/Getty Images

Manchester United 3 Real Madrid 1: Louis van Gaal claimed his biggest scalp of pre-season as Manchester United beat European champions Real Madrid to (...)

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(...)

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas was culpable for Chile’s second goal in the World Cup Group B match at the Maracana on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images.

In their great years, Spain made winning look easy. It was never easy. Their victories were flowed from an unprecedented intensity and control that in(...)