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 (...)

Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool reacts on the touchline during the Uefa  Champions League Group B match against  FC Basel 1893  at St. Jakob Stadium. Photograph:   Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

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Real Madrid’s coach Carlo Ancelotti talks to Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia. Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets will look to match the stunning giant-killing exploits of compatriots CSKA Sofia when they make their Champions League (...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores the second in  their Uefa Champions League Group B game against  FC Basel at Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Georgios Kefalas / EPA

Real Madrid 5 FC Basel 1Real Madrid escaped to Europe for a little therapy. It is 114 days and only six games since they won the trophy that defines t(...)

Cillian Sheridan’s Apoel Nicosia have been drawn in Group F alongside Barcelona,  PSG and Ajax. Photograph:  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

Liverpool will have the a glamorous return to the Champions League after being drawn against holders Real Madrid in the group stage. Five-time Europea(...)

Mohamed Salah (right) is set to  join  Chelsea after a fee was agreed with FC Basel. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chelsea have announced the signing of winger Mohamed Salah from FC Basel. The Egypt international’s deal, which is subject to him agreeing personal te(...)

Martin Senn: “Overall, we are probably, for six to 12 months, optimistic with a good dosage of cautiousness for the first time since the financial crisis started in 2008.” Photograph: Eric Luke

On his time off, Martin Senn, the Swiss-born global chief executive of Zurich Insurance Group, loves to get stuck into a bit of DIY. “I am a handy man(...)

FC Basel’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer fails to save a goal by Chelsea’s Victor Moses (far right) during their Europa League semi-final first leg soccer match at St. Jakob Park Stadium.  Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

FC Basel 1 Chelsea 2: Rafael Benitez’s side prevailed on t(...)