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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 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(...)

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic scores their first goal during the  La Liga games against  Real Madrid at the  Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 1 Ivan Rakitic’s fine first-half goal proved enough to give Barcelona a hard-earned 1-0 win over rivals Real Madrid at the Sa(...)

 Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring  Villarreal’s opening goal during the La Liga match against  Real Madrid  at Estadio de la Ceramica. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2 Real Madrid endured a frustrating start to the new year as they drew 2-2 at struggling Villarreal on Thursday and were lef(...)

 Cian Lynch and his Limerick team-mates celebrate their All-Ireland win over Galway at Croke park in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All Blacks We waited 111 years for Ireland’s first victory over New Zealand, now we have two in two years. It’s becoming a habit. “As of now Ireland (...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric  scores his team’s second  during their Group D match with  Argentina  at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty

World Cup: Argentina 0 Croatia 3 - June 21st, Nizhny Novgorod Every World Cup has its moment of sporting catastrophe. In 2014, all the planning, mone(...)

Real Madrid players celebrate with the Fifa Club World Cup trophy. Photograph:PA

Real Madrid 4 Al Ain 1 Real Madrid lifted the Fifa Club World Cup for a record fourth time on Saturday after thrashing local side Al Ain 4-1 in the f(...)

French DJ Martin Solveig with Kylian Mbappe. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Enormous commiserations to French DJ Martin Solveig, the latest person to be filmed doing something in public that apparently doesn’t reflect who he i(...)

Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg with the Ballon d’Or. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

It should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration. Because what a player to c(...)

 Martin Solveig and Olympique Lyonnais’ Ada Hegerberg with the women’s Ballon d’Or award. Photograph: Reuters

Luka Modric ended a decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or but the Croatian’s win was overshadowed when the inau(...)

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