Gareth Bale  celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s third goal during their 4-0 Club World Cup victory over Mexico’s Cruz Azul in Marrakech

European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday.The Mexic(...)

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 (...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, rejects Paul Scholes’s claim that City are attracting the best local talentPhotograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal dreams of Manchester United being in Chelsea’s or Manchester City’s position in the league, though the manager is not concerned by the (...)

Boss Brendan Rodgers has said Liverpool can have no complaints about their Champions League group stage exit following last night’s 1-1 with FC Basel at Anfield

Brendan Rodgers said Liverpool had no excuses for their elimination from the Champions League, conceding his team had not been good enough and that in(...)

Juventus’ captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates with his team mates at the end of the match against Atletico Madrid in their Champions League Group A soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Reuters

Group AJuventus had veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to thank as they scraped into the Champions League knockout stage with a goalless draw at home(...)

The social media big four of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram offer instant and direct access to potential new supporters with the hope that these will become consumers. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The growing significance of social media to the 21st-century global football club was illustrated clearly last month when Manchester United’s Ed Wo(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi collects the ball after scoring his hat trick against Espanyol during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick and surpassed 400 club goals as Barcelona came from behind to win the Catalan derby 5-1 against Espanyol in (...)

Louis van Gaal takes his Manchester United side to St Mary’s to play Southampton in the English Premier League.

A decade after falling out with Ronald Koeman at Ajax, Louis van Gaal refused to discuss his relationship with the Southampton manager as he prepared(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has been told there will be no limit on summer spending as he looks to bring in reinforcements in central defence, central midfield, at full back, on the wings and up front

Manchester United are planning another summer transfer splurge after this year’s £150m spend, with Real Madrid being viewed as the model for a strateg(...)

Jose Mourinho has seen his Chelsea side undefeated for 23 matches in all competitions. Photograph: Reuters.

The pursuit of perfection can feel like a hopeless dream in football. Last week a hush descended upon the Etihad Stadium as Bayern Munich produced (...)