Zinedine Zidane

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Sergio Ramos scores  Real Madrid’s goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Athletic Bilbao 0 Real Madrid 1 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said it was unfair that his side were constantly being accused of benefiting from f(...)

Sergio Ramos celebrates his late penalty for Real Madrid against Getafe. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Getty

Real Madrid 1 Getafe 0 Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Getafe on T(...)

Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s opener against Real Sociedad from the penalty spot. Photograph: Andre Gillenea/Getty/AFP

Real Sociedad 1 Real Madrid 2 Real Madrid took control of the Spanish title race by beating Real Sociedad 2-1 away on Sunday to move top of La Liga a(...)

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio celebrates his goal against Valencia. Photograph: Getty Images

Marco Asensio spoke of an “emotional and satisfying goal” after finding the net with his first touch in a year as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0. The (...)

Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo takes a knee. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Eibar 1 Real Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 on Sunday in their first competitive match at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium following La Liga’s thr(...)

  2014 brought a  chilling demonstration of the gap in quality when Brazil lost 7-1 at home to Bayern Munich (aka Germany).  Brazil’s Fernandinho reacts after a goal  by  Toni Kroos.   Photograph: Roert Ghement/EPA

The last even-numbered year when European countries did not play a major football tournament was 1956: Elvis Presley’s I Want You, I Need You was the (...)

Chicago Bulls’ forward Michael Jordan  dunks during a game against  the Portland Trail Blazers. Photograph: Focus on Sport via Getty Images

In the thousands of frozen images of Michael Jordan stilled while in mid-air during berserk NBA nights or in predatory moments on the basketball court(...)

Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, who were suspended for the final, lift the European Cup. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Allsport

“When are you travelling,” asked the man in the passport office casually enough, appearing to assume it wouldn’t be for a couple of weeks yet because (...)

France’s  Zinedine Zidane   is surrounded by Brazil players in  the  World Cup quarter-final against  Brazil at Stadium Frankfurt on July 1st, 2006. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Yeah, yeah, Italy won the thing and Germany hosted it for the first time as a reunited nation but there was only one story at the 2006 World Cup and i(...)

 Johan Cruyff in action for Barcelona in 1975. Photograph: PA

On March 24th, 2016, world football lost one of its richest talents. Johan Cruyff stepped out of Pele’s shadow to assume greatness during the early 1(...)

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