Gareth Bale has fallen from grace as Real Madrid go through a sticky patch since the start of the year. Photograph: Reuters.

A strange thing has been happening recently at Real Madrid, who have started 2015 with only five wins in nine games. Considering they had won the pre(...)

 Samuel Eto’o in action for Everton against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.  He had been in and out of the side as Roberto Martinez’s team struggled for form. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty s

Samuel Eto’o has completed his move from Everton to Sampdoria, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.The 33-year-old striker joined the Toffees on a free(...)

Napoli players celebrate their victory as they hold their trophy after defeating Juventus FC in the Italian Super Cup final at the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photograph:  EPA

Napoli ended Juventus’s hopes of securing a record seventh Italian Super Cup after snatching a dramatic 6-5 shootout win that stretched to 18 nerve-ja(...)

Celtic’s coach Ronny Deila must take his side to the San Siro in February. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Inpho

Celtic were handed a fearsome Europa League last-32 draw against Inter Milan while Liverpool will return to Istanbul, the scene of their memorable (...)

 Valencia  announced they have reached an agreement to sign striker Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City with a clause making the deal permanent at the end of the season.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

ArsenalPlayers in: Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton,(...)

Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) presents Pope Francis with an Argentina national soccer jersey during a special audience held in the Vatican before a special interreligious “Match for Peace” tonight. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

For the first time since he slipped out like a thief in the night back in April 1991, former Argentine superstar Diego Armando Maradona takes to the p(...)

 Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year contract with Celtic. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Tottenham will be looking to replicate local rivals Arsenal’s recent success against Besiktas after being paired with the Turkish side in Group C of(...)

Heung-Min Son of Leverkusen celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round second leg match against FC Copenhagen. Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Athletic Bilbao came from behind to secure their place in the group stage of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Napoli. After a 1-1 draw in (...)

 Marouane Fellaini ’s proposed loan to Napoli is in doubt. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Marouane Fellaini’s proposed loan move to Napoli is in doubt after the Belgian was pictured on crutches following a reported training ground injury.M(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Swansea City manager Gary Monk, during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford. Monk has signed Federico Fernandez from Napoli. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Swansea have announced the signing of Argentina defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli. The Swans stated on their website that Fernandez has signed a(...)