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Spain manager  Luis Enrique signals to his players during the  during the friendly against Wales at the Principality stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Spain’s players were at the movies last week. On Tuesday afternoon, across the pitch from the residency and into the main hall at the federation’s Las(...)

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic volleys home their second goal in the  Champions League  Group B match against  Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Barcelona 4 For Tottenham, it was a harsh lesson in the realities of the Champions League at the highest level. Incredibly, they (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is shown a yellow card at the end of the  match against  Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Photograph:  Getty Images

Spain’s biggest three clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, find themselves in the bizarre situation of having made poor starts to the ca(...)

 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona argues with the referee Jaime Latre at the end of the   match. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

La Liga champions Barcelona’s domestic struggles continued as they dropped points for the third game in a row, drawing 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao (...)

 Gareth Bale during his Real Madrid team’s defeat at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Photograph: Getty Images

La Liga champions Barcelona slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Leganes and Real Madrid were resoundingly beaten 3-0 by Sevilla on Wednesday a(...)

Leganes’ Oscar Rodriguez celebrates his team’s second goal in their La Liga win over Barcelona. Photo: Oscar Del Pozo/Getty Images

Leganes 1 Barcelona 2 La Liga leaders Barcelona slumped to a shock first loss of the season as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at struggling Leganes on We(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi scores their first goal from a free-kick  against PSV Eindhoven’s goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet  during the  Champions League Group B  match  at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Barcelona 4 PSV Eindhoven 0 Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat-trick as Barcelona kick-started their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win at h(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring Barcelona’s  sixth goal against SD Huesca at   Camp Nou on Sunday. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez scored twice each as La Liga champions. Barcelona turned on the style to hammer Huesca 8-2 on Sunday and join Real Madri(...)

Lionel Messi scores his second and Barcelona’s third against Alaves. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Barcelona 3 Alaves 0 Lionel Messi scored twice as LaLiga champions Barcelona beat Alaves 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their opening match of the new season(...)

Harry Kane leads England’s celebrations after their win over Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

England are in the World Cup semi-finals and the question remains: how did they get there? Gareth Southgate’s men have undoubtedly benefited from good(...)

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