Real Madrid’s players celebrate with their manager Zinedine Zidane at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium. Photograph:  Getty Images

Just before 11pm on Thursday night, two months after the title race was supposed to finish and a few seconds after it actually had, two men working fo(...)

Ajax’s Dusan Tadic celebrates scoring their third goal with David Neres, Hakim Ziyech and Nicolas Tagliafico during the Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Real Madrid 1 Ajax 4 (Ajax win 5-3 on agg) Real Madrid have been European Champions for 1012 days, but their time is up. In 89 days, the final will b(...)

 Fernando Hierro during Spain’s  match against  Morocco. He was  a last-minute replacement as Spain’s manager after Julen Lopetegui was sacked. Photograph: EPA

Spain defender Dani Carvajal spoke out on Thursday in favour of his side’s interim coach Fernando Hierro’s abilities as a tactician whilst admitting t(...)

Zinedine Zidane: Looking to become the first manager to retain the European Cup since AC Milan’s Arrigo Sacchi in 1990. Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane was late. On the Juventus team bus, Carlo Ancelotti consulted his watch. Then he did so again. And again. One of Ancelotti’s qualities(...)