Real Madrid celebrate during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Real Madrid - manager Carlo Ancelotti forsees the league title being decided on the final match day. Photograph: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still (...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo held his birthday party after 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish Primera Division league soccer match. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours(...)

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 (...)

Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring one of his three against APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus. Photograph: EPA

Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez netted his first in Barcelona colours as the Spaniards compreh(...)

German  coach Joachim Löw during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Ina Fassbender / Reuters
German player ratings

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 6/10 Until the last kick, only had one moment where his heart rate would have crept up at all – stretching time to(...)

Bayern Munich: academy cost €35 million

Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert said last week that the academies of all the top flight German clubs combined cost the equivalent of one (...)

PSG’s Marco Verratti celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League game against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 victory over Barcelona. Barca had n(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Group D opponents Germany have called up forward Sidney Sam to add more punch to their attack against Scotland on Sunday aft(...)

Germany’s Mesut Ozil, right, and Sami Khedira at yesterday’s  press conference  in Cologne. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Dwarfed a little by the set-up at a Mercedes dealership in Cologne which appeared to have been inspired by New York’s Guggenheim, Mesut Özil seemed re(...)

Teemu Pukki has left Schalke 04 to join Celtic. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Dundee United 0 Celtic 1: Anthony Stokes’s 87th-minute free-kick gave Celtic victory over Dundee United in their Scottish Premiership clash at Tannadi(...)