Ludogorets fans

Liverpool vs Ludogorets: 10 things you didn't know about the Reds' Champions League opponents

Tuesday night will see European football back in the familiar surroundings of Anfield - but the visitors to Merseyside won't be so well known

Liverpool vs Ludogorets: Mario Balotelli 'relishing' being main striker during Daniel Sturridge absence

Brendan Rodgers has backed the striker to step up - starting at Anfield on Tuesday

Arsene Wenger has much to think about during training today
Jurgen Klopp looks on during Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 defeat by Arsenal on Wednesday night

Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp concerned with Dortmund injuries and praises signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez

Dortmund manager believes Arsenal have added even more pace to an already fast attack and looks forward to going up against them despite their lack of numbers

Manuel Neuer brilliantly saves Ronaldo's penalty

Jose Mourinho laments the time Cristiano Ronaldo 'failed' in the Champions League

The Chelsea manager has won the European Cup twice - but wishes it had been more

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid analysis: Diego Simeone's much-changed Atleti prevail

Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 2

A general view of Liverpool's Anfield stadium as it is today

Liverpool: Tiny Ludogorets should not be underestimated

On paper, Anfield should witness a complete mismatch on Tuesday when Liverpool end their five-year Champions League exile against Ludogorets Razgrad, yet whatever the outcome, for the Bulgarian double winners the match marks another historic milestone for a club only recently lifted out of obscurity.

Wilshere celebrates

Arsenal: Jack Wilshere looks to Europe for help

Jack Wilshere feels matches like Tuesday’s Champions’ League clash with Borussia Dortmund are the best for developing his new role for England and said the Arsenal players want to win the trophy as a “present” to manager Arsène Wenger.

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho’s cup dream comes true at Anfield

Brazilian midfielder set to realise his childhood ambition on Tuesday as Liverpool take on Bulgaria’s unexpected champions

Steven Gerrard with Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli

'Liverpool aren't in the Champions League to make up the numbers', claims captain Steven Gerrard

Reds return to Europe for the first time in four years this season and Gerrard is determined to go as far as possible

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid: The once predictable Madrid derby that's no longer a forgone conclusion

Atletico's meteoric rise under Diego Simeone has seen them become a constant thorn in the back-side of their illustrious city rivals

Gareth Bale celebrates his brilliant free-kick winner for Wales against Andorra on Tuesday

Gareth Bale exclusive interview: 'I would encourage any British player to move abroad,' says the Welshman

As an under-nine schoolboy player on holiday, Gareth Bale had his photo taken proudly sporting a Real Madrid shirt. On Saturday night he will wear one in the Bernabeu as he looks to play a key role in the Madrid derby. Michael Calvin meets a down-to-earth young man who is living his dream

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid preview: Cristiano Ronaldo is '100 per cent' for La Liga derby

There has been speculation about the long-term fitness of Real Madrid's talisman

Marco van Basten is set to step down as coach of AZ Alkmaar

Marco van Basten to step down as AZ Alkmaar coach due to persistent health problems - reports

Claims in the Netherlands suggest that Dutch legend is suffering from heart palpitations

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to feature for Real Madrid

La Liga: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's La Liga fixture at the Bernabeu

Crowds run across the pitch during the match
Hillsborough inquest: Roger Marshall, who was in charge, also tells that he has not read the stadium's safety certificate
Chesea say any potential move will be dependent upon them buying the freehold for Stamford Bridge
COMMENTThe current size of Chelsea's current home is simply not big enough
Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Champions League
PREVIEWThe four Premier League club's didn't enjoy the best of starts in Europe, with Arsenal and City still looking for their first win, Chelsea attempting to build on a draw and Liverpool edging past European minnows Ludogorets
Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid
TRANSFER TALKReturn to Manchester United not happening soon, claims Spanish journalist
Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid
VIDEOA plane towing a banner flew over Real Madrid's match
Chelsea striker makes history as she becomes first female Match of the Day analyst - and takes aim at Wayne Rooney
Connor Brown and Billy Quarmsby go head-to-head in a quiz in the Oldham Athletic program
Football and groundsman embarrassed by quiz
Greg Dyke insists he will not resign as Football Association chairman after receiving a watch worth more than £16,000 but has called for an end to the culture of gifts being given to football officials
COMMENTIan Herbert: £16,000 would pay for the installation of a decent sewerage system
Terry Venables, Luis Suarez, Paul Gascoigne and Diego Maradona
EXCLUSIVE COLUMNTerry Venables: I do not see how Liverpool can make up for the loss of Luis Suarez
Sport blogs

Wheels: Journeys in Parlympic Sport

The World Cup is all well and good, but James Moore can't wait for the arrival of new chairs for his...

Wheels: Journeys through Paralympic Sport

Disabled? You should become a paralympian! James Moore discusses the attitude of many in the wake of...

Ibet: Argentina Look The World Cup Bet At 13/2

Gareth Purnell takes a look at the outright prices in the World Cup betting market with a touch of v...

The Independent around the web
Daily Quiz

Bleacher Report

Featured Advertorials

Day In a Page

Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?