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Manchester United’s Fred: ‘We are prepared for whoever we are drawn against.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United are ready to take on any of the teams left in the Champions League, the midfielder Fred said before today’s draw. Four English team(...)

Sergio Agüero of Manchester City during training. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Champions League last-16 second leg: Manchester City (3) v Schalke (2) Kick off: 8pm, Tuesday. Venue: Etihad stadium. On TV: Virgin Media One and BT (...)

Thiago Silva remonstrates with the referee after a penalty is awarded to Manchester United. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Football still, it turns out, has the power to fight back. Money is a lot of things but it isn’t quite everything, not yet. Although before we get ca(...)

Real Madrid’s  Gareth Bale watches on as his side crash out of the Champions League against Ajax  at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Jaview Soriano/AFP/Getty

Today is March 6th, Real Madrid’s birthday, but there is nothing to celebrate. This week has been the worst in their 117-year history: three home d(...)

Real Madrid fans look on as their team is beaten 4-1 by Ajax at Bernabeu. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid’s mourners filed out in silence while Ajax danced on their grave. As the north end of the Santiago Bernabéu roared to the sound of thousan(...)

Ajax’s Dutch defender Daley Blind celebrates after the unexpected victory.  Photograph: Getty

There’s nothing like a knockout win to lift shares in a football club. After Ajax’s triumph over Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday (...)

Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Dani Carvajal during his team’s defeat to Ajax. Photograph: Getty Images

Dani Carvajal could barely find the words as he stood at the side of the Bernabéu pitch and admitted it was the “worst night” of his career. The 4-1 d(...)

Real Madrid are now 12 points behind Catalan club Barcelona in La Liga. Photograph: Getty Images

Three games in seven days at the Santiago Bernabéu were set to define Real Madrid’s season. Two down with one left, it risks becoming a disaster. Kn(...)

 Real Madrid and Spanish defender Sergio Ramos during his team’s defeat to Catalan club Barcelona on Wednesday night. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has been suspended for an extra European match after Uefa found him guilty of “clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose”.(...)

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu  with Dutch player Frenkie de Jong,  in Amsterdam last week. Barcelona has announced signing the Ajax midfielder for €75 million plus a possible €11 million in add-ons. Photograph:  EPA

What sort of emotions do footballers feel upon signing the contract that takes them to one of the biggest clubs in the world? Jubilation, exhilaration(...)

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