Louis van Gaal at Manchester United’s training session in the Volkswagen Arena ahead of their Champions League tie with Wolfsburg. Photo: John MacDougall/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal might not have realised when he took his seat in the third-floor suite at Wolfsburg’s stadium that it was 10 years to the day since Ma(...)

Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and West Ham’s Alex Song battle for possession during the game at Old Trafford. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters.

A manager with a famous philosophy was sounding unusually philosophical. “I’m not God,” said Louis van Gaal in a rare instance of him accepting there(...)

Bayern  Munich’s Rafinha exchanges words with Arturo Vidal after their defeat at between Borussia Moenchengladbach. Photo: Reuters

In-form Borussia Moenchengladbach struck three times in 14 minutes in the second-half to floor champions Bayern Munich 3-1 and inflict their first Bu(...)

Lionel Messi: returned to action as a substitute against Real Madrid following his injury-enforced absence. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFPGetty Images

Holders Barcelona are highly unlikely to have centre back Javier Mascherano available for tonight’s tie at home to AS Roma, coach Luis Enrique said ye(...)

Edin Dzeko’s loan transfer to Roma from Manchester City has not gone well in terms of goals and injuries but, ominously for Ireland, the striker is now back amongst the goals. Photograph: EPA/Ettore Ferrari

Pjanic on the streets of Dublin. However corny, there’s a chance that headline could be written soon. Miralem Pjanic plays for Bosnia-Herzegovina and (...)

Barcelona’s Neymar celebrates a goal against Bate Borisov at Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

A Neymar double and a clinical finish from Luis Suarez handed Barcelona a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bate Borisov that put them on the verge of qual(...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another sc(...)

Luis Enrique wants the Barcelona fans to get behind the team. Photograph: Getty Images

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique woke up on Wednesday confronted with the twin problems of a lengthening injury list and the first signs of discontent th(...)

Mamadou Sakho celebrates Adam Lallana’s goal during the Europa League game between  Bordeaux and Liverpool on Thursday. Photograph: Romain Perrocheau/Getty Images

Mamadou Sakho is close to signing a new five-year contract with Liverpool as he looks to force his way back into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team plans. Li(...)

The proposed deal that would see David de Gea move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has fallen through at the last minute after the neccessary paperwork was not lodged to La Liga in time. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Real Madrid have defended their conduct over the failed bid to sign David de Gea and accused Manchester United of holding up the deal. However, the Sp(...)