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On this particular occasion at least Louis van Gaal brings something other than his renowned tactical know-how and relentless faith in youth to the party.

The headline writers had Wesley Sneiijder and his Dutch team-mates plotting a revenge mission against Spain in Salvador tonight which might well have (...)

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo (left) and team mate Jesus Navas have been left out of the Spains squad to trabvel to Brazil for the World Cup.  Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Diego Costa and Fernando Torres have been included in Spain’s final squad for the World Cup, but the Manchester City pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Nav(...)

Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa doesn’t hold back against Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

In Spain, they say that Atlético Madrid’s striker Diego Costa has “arms like a Swiss Army knife”. He’s big, surprisingly big at 6ft 2in, mouthy(...)

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets steps on Real Madrid’s Pepe as players confront each other after Lionel Messi’s first goal at the  Bernabeu. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

As one former Barcelona player puts it: “It is the game of the century, even if there are eight of them a year.” It is a comment not just on th(...)

Alexis Sanchez celebrates with his Barcelona teammate Neymar after scoring his team’s third goal. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

An under-strength Barcelona side consolidated top spot in the Primera Division on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Granada at th(...)

 Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund fails to stop Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey head home during the Champions League Group F match in Germany. Photograph: Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Champions League round-up: Arsenal battled to a superb 1-0 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund as a second-half goal from Aaron Ramsey pro(...)

Neymar celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Barcelona during the La Liga match between against Real Madrid at Camp Nou in Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1: Neymar stole the show from the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale when the Brazilian’s strike set Bar(...)

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol  argues with  referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco during the heated Spanish Cup semi-final second leg against Real Madrid   at the Camp Nou in  February. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’d be a ref, eh? Or worse, a Spanish referee. Ten days ago the referee for today’s clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou – Albe(...)

Spain’s Xavi (left) and Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick  at Yankee Stadium, New York.  Photograph: PA Wire

Robbie Keane has told emerging Ireland stars James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick not to worry too much about their testing 90 minutes work in New York.Th(...)

Republic of Ireland defender Darren O’Dea fails to prevent Spain’s David Villa from shooting at  goalkeeper David Forde  during their international friendly  at Yankee Stadium in New York. Photograph:  Adrees Latif/Reuters

Spain 2 Republic of Ireland 0: In the forgettable realm of friendly internationals, this was a memorable night at Yankee Stadium. A crowd of 39,368 t(...)

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