Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia celebrates putting last year’s finalists 1-0 against Olympiakos at the Vicente Calderon

Atletico Madrid swept into the Champions League last 16 with a game to spare as Mario Mandzukic netted a hat-trick in a crushing 4-0 win at home to Ol(...)

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(...)

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano scored five against BATE Borisov in Minsk. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Group FNeymar and Lionel Messi maintained their lethal partnership with a goal apiece as Barcelona swept aside Ajax 3-1 in Champions League Group F on(...)

 Jack Wilshere of Arsenal given ‘brutal reminder of how far he still has to go, as Arsenal were flattened by a supposedly understrength but actually superb Borussia Dortmund.’ Photograph:  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jack Wilshere has had a big 10 days. Last week he played as a holding midfielder for England, but his selection in that position drew some complaints (...)

 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,(...)

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(...)

Fernandinho of Brazil after a goal scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the hosts’ heavy semi-final defeat at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Robert Ghement / EPA

At the mouth of the Amazon on the north coast of Brazil lies the city of Belem. Belem was not chosen to be one of the World Cup host cities, so I have(...)

Injured Brazilian national soccer team player Neymar waits to be airlifted home from Brazil’s training camp inTeresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro. Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Brazilian coach Felipão did not bother mincing his words when he described Neymar’s enforced absence from the rest of the World Cup as a “catastrop(...)

Manchester United’s new signing Juan Mata holds a club shirt during a photocall at the club’s Carrington training complex. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Juan Mata has revealed he is relishing the chance to link up with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United as well as the pressure of his club-record price t(...)

 Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) will miss this weekend’s trip to Chelsea. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United manager David Moyes has ruled Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie out of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. Rooney has still not(...)