The match fixtures are shown on a panel following the draw of the round of 16 soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The final is scheduled for June 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

This year’s draw for the knockout stage has thrown up some tantalising games, including Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona and a tough encounter (...)

Two Paris St Germain fans were taken to hospital after being stabbed after Wednesday night’s Champions League game at the Nou Camp. Photograph: /Getty Images

Two Paris St Germain fans were taken to hospital after being stabbed following Wednesday night’s Champions League match against Barcelona at the Nou C(...)

Stephanie Roche has made it to a shortlist of three for the Fifa Puskás Award for the best goal of the year with Robin van persie and James Rodriguez. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s Stephanie Roche has been shortlisted for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award alongside Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie of the N(...)

Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring one of his three against APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus. Photograph: EPA

Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez netted his first in Barcelona colours as the Spaniards compreh(...)

Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona. Photograph: Reuters

Lionel Messi, hailed by many as the greatest footballer of all time, may leave Spain after continuing to fall foul of the tax authorities, sources (...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi warms up before the international friendly soccer match between Argentina and Portugal at Old Trafford. Photo: Jose Sena Goulao/EPA

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet he could consider leaving Barcelona, saying “things can change a lot in soccer ” befor(...)

 Celta Vigo’s Argentine striker Joaquin Larrivey (right) celebrates after scoring the winner against Barcelona   at Camp No. Photograph: Toni Albir / EPA

Barcelona followed up last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid with another reverse on Saturday that cost them the lead in La Liga, squandering a host(...)

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(...)

Victor Valdes will train with manchester United as he continues his recovery from injury.  Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury at Manchester United. The 32-year-old, who came throug(...)

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano scored five against BATE Borisov in Minsk. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Group FNeymar and Lionel Messi maintained their lethal partnership with a goal apiece as Barcelona swept aside Ajax 3-1 in Champions League Group F on(...)