Dundalk play BATE Borisov in the Champions League second qualifying round. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk had a one in six chance of meeting Celtic, but must instead be content with BATE Borisov as their opposition in the Champions League second qu(...)

Slaven Bilic enjoyed an 18-month spell at Upton Park as a player. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Slaven Bilic is confident he will be confirmed as West Ham United’s manager within the next 48 hours, although the success of his application may actu(...)

Supporters of Barcelona wave Catalan independentist flags “Estelada” during the   King’s Cup final at the Camp Nou stadium: the anti-Spanish message was widely anticipated by authorities. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

After months of relative calm, the issue of Catalonia’s bid for independence from Spain has been thrust back into the spotlight in recent days, in gre(...)

Barcelona remain on course for the treble after they beat Atletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Copa del Rey final. Photograph: Afp

Athletic Bilbao 1 Barcelona 3 Lionel Messi scored another wonder goal as Barcelona moved a step closer to completing the treble on Saturday nig(...)

Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he will not be managing Napoli next season. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has announced he is leaving after two years with the Serie A club amid widespread expectation he is poised to replace the s(...)

Barcelona’s midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to announce his departure on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has announced he will join Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan giants.The Spanis(...)

A camera operator films the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at the estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The players union have called an indefinite strike on May 16th. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

A Spanish court could decide by Wednesday on the legality of a strike protesting against a new TV rights law called by the players’ union (AFE) whi(...)

Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed mouthing ’disgrace’ during Real Madrid’s defeat to Schalke. Photograph: Dani Pozodani/Getty Images

Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by anoth(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his second and Barcelona’s fourth goal with team-mate Luis Suarez  during the La Liga match against Rayo Vallecano  at Camp Nou. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 6 Rayo Vallecano 1 Lionel Messi broke a Spanish hat-trick record and Luis Suarez struck twice as a rampant Barcelona took over top sp(...)