In leaving Barcelona for Paris, Neymar prioritised money, and money is what he has got. Photograph:  Kamil Zihnioglu/AP Photo

March 8th, 2017, Camp Nou. Barcelona lead PSG 5-1 in the last minute of injury time. Neymar aims a free kick into the area. The ball is cleared and he(...)

Spain’s Diego Costa  celebrating with team mate Isco after scoring  against  Iran  at Kazan Arena. Photograph:    Francois Nel/Getty Images

Fernando Hierro might reckon that Diego Costa can do even better at this World Cup than the three goals in two starts that he has managed so far, but (...)

Istanbul bonded Rafa Benitez to Liverpool FC, and his activity with the Hillsborough Family Support Group bonded him to the city. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The telephone rang in Freddy Shepherd’s holiday villa in Majorca. It was late July 2004 and Shepherd, the Newcastle United chairman, was about to part(...)

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(...)

Ander Herrera is in line to make his debut for Spain against England on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty

Ander Herrera puffs out his cheeks for the hundredth time, eyes gleaming again, and says something that does not need saying: “I like football.” You c(...)

 Gerard Pique has been criticsed by Spanish fans for cutting off the sleeves from his shirt which bore Spain’s colours of yellow and red. Photograph: Getty Images/Inpho

Influential Spain defender Gerard Pique has said he will retire from international soccer after the 2018 World Cup, because he is “tired” of the crit(...)

Spain midfielder Vitolo  passes Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and scores during the World Cup qualifier at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photograph:   Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 1 Spain 1 Italy’s Daniele De Rossi scored a late penalty to earn a draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, sparing home go(...)

Julen Lopetegui has been announced as the new head coach of the Spanish national team. Photograph: EPA

Julen Lopetegui is the new manager of Spain, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Thursday. The 49-year-old former goalkeeper and Porto man(...)

Vicente Del Bosque: “Of course, I have no intention of continuing,” he said in an interview with Radio Nacional de Espana on Thursday. “It was a decision I had taken beforehand.” Photo: Getty Images

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said he was stepping down from the job just three days after the defending champions were knocked out of Euro 2016 by (...)

Spanish fans watch the defeat to Italy at the Stade de France stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Spanish media blasted the national team as weak on Tuesday and called on coach Vicente del Bosque to resign after the defending champions were knocke(...)

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