Spain

Season likely over for Vermaelen

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is set to undergo surgery on his thigh, which could end his debut season at the club even before it has begun.

Messi keen on Blues switch

Barca superstar Lionel Messi is reportedly set to reject Man United and Arsenal in favour of a £200 million move to Chelsea at the end of the season.

Simeone hails 'reinvented' Atleti

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is impressed with the way his side have reinvented themselves after the squad underwent major changes in the off-season.

Cruyff weighs in on Messi debate

Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff has several reasons why talismanic forward Lionel Messi could be considering a Nou Camp departure.

Ancelotti discussing new deal

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he is currently in talks with the Spanish giants over a contract extension.

Ancelotti credits team for record

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti paid credit to his players for helping him equal a club record of 15 consecutive wins with their 1-0 triumph over FC Basel on Wednesday.

Marchisio targets Atleti scalp

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio believes their last Champions League group A encounter with Ateltico Madrid 'will be like a final.'

FC Basel 0-1 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal as Real Madrid's magnificent recent form continued with a 1-0 Champions League win at Basel.

Ancelotti: No let-up from Real

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has no plans to go easy on FC Basel and will select "the best team possible" for the Group B encounter on Wednesday.

Fabregas slams Ramos criticism

Cesc Fabregas has hit back at Sergio Ramos' criticism regarding his decision to pull out of Spain's recent matches, claiming he only withdrew due to injury.

Apoel Nicosia 0-4 Barcelona

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time top scorer with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win against Apoel Nicosia.

Setback delays Vermaelen debut

Thomas Vermaelen continues to wait for his Barcelona debut after suffering a recurrence of the hamstring injury which ended his World Cup in Brazil early.

Gundogan reveals Madrid snub

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ikay Gundogan has revealed the club turned down an offer from Real Madrid prior to his devastating back injury.

Alonso: CR7 worthy of Ballon d'Or

Xabi Alonso admits Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer he has ever played with, and wouldn't be surprised if the Portuguese was again named World Footballer of the Year.

Moyes pleased with first point

David Moyes says he was happy to have begun his reign as Real Sociedad manager with a point following Saturday's goalless draw against Deportivo La Coruna.

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