Real Madrid’s  Gareth Bale celebrates scoring against Deportivo de la Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo/AFP/Getty Images

Gareth Bale insisted he is happy at Real Madrid after scoring a hat-trick on Zinedine Zidane’s managerial debut at the Santiago Bernabéu – but admitt(...)

Tottenham Hotspur captain Danny Blanchflower holds the FA Cup aloft after his side’s 2-0 victory over Leicester City in the 1961 FA Cup final at Wembley. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

At the end they were made to stand in line and listen to God Save The Queen. It makes for remarkable viewing. Tottenham Hotspur had just won the 19(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo takes a free kick against Getafe. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez had particular praise for Karim Benzema on Saturday after the France forward struck twice to lead his team to a 4-1 wi(...)

Luis Suarez,  Neymar and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal from Neymar during Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over  Real Sociedad. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

A Gareth Bale header and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Real Madrid a much-needed 2-0 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Sunday, following thei(...)

Perez on Benitez: “We are convinced that we have a great squad that will give much happiness to a fanbase that deserves everything. Rafael Benitez is the chosen one to bring success to this squad.”

Real Madrid have given under-fire coach Rafael Benitez a vote of confidence and said he will remain in charge of the team. Club president Florentino P(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts after being injured during a Spanish La Liga match against Las Palmas at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona Photograph:  Manu Fernandez/AP Photo

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has told his players they will need to step up after seeing their talisman Lionel Messi ruled out for up to two months wi(...)

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(...)

Uefa insist they have “strengthened” the FFP regulations but such a claim is hard to square with the fact Manchester City’s net spend this transfer window is €165 million (€227 million). Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger is the only Premier League manager who regularly issues big-picture bulletins on the state of the game. Last week, the man who did mo(...)

Gareth Bale scores their Real Madrid’s  fifth goal during the La Liga match between against Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez had two goals each as Real Madrid claimed a comfortable 5-0 victory over Real Betis in a high-tempo Primera Division m(...)

Manchester City last met Juventus in the Europa League group stages five years ago. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

There may be no group of death in this season’s Champions League but the one containing last year’s beaten finalists, Juventus, and the Europa Leag(...)