Jose Mourinho: He is inserting himself into the action. He may not be on the pitch but he is participating: he is one of the ‘players’. Photograph: Oli Scarffoli/Getty

It is a sad indication of the recent state of Liverpool that over the past couple of weeks they have seemed more significant as a test case for other(...)

A fan  poses with a  jersey of late football legend Johan Cruyff outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona yesterday following the death of the Dutch footballer. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty

“Johan Cruyff was not scared of anything,” Txiki Begiristain recalls. The Dutchman’s players, on the other hand, were. At least to begin with, before(...)

Neymar: Barcelona’s marquee signing in the summer is struggling to find his form after controversy over his multi-million euro move from Santos.

On Sunday, Barcelona will play Real Madrid at the Bernabéu stadium. Clásicos tend to define a season in Spanish football, this year’s encounter(...)