Jeremy Mathieu

Barcelona sign Jeremy Mathieu for £15.8m - then put £40m release clause on 30-year-old defender

Doubts raised as to whether the signing from Valencia is good value for money

James Rodriguez is unveiled in front of the Real Madrid fans

James Rodriguez leaves door open for Radamel Falcao to join him at Real Madrid

After completing his £63m move, the star of the World Cup reveals his thoughts on his compatriot joining him at the Bernabeu

New Real Madrid signing James Rodríguez with club president Florentino Perez

James Rodriguez joins Real Madrid: World Cup top scorer completes £63m move

Colombia international will link up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu

Douglas Costa has revealed that six of Shakhtar Donetsk's players have not returned to Ukraine because they fear their lives are in danger

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa reveals players have not returned to Ukraine because 'their lives are at risk' due to ongoing conflict

The city of Donetsk is currently held by pro-Russian rebels and is around 38 miles from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines plane MH17

Six Shakhtar Donetsk players go AWOL as tensions between Ukraine and Russia increase following MH17 crash

Six Shakhtar players 'refuse' to return after pre-season friendly in France

Luis Suarez arrived in Barcelona ahead of officially announcing his move to the club

Luis Suarez got locked out of his house in Barcelona so took pictures with the club's fans

Former Liverpool striker had forgotten his keys

Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid
Callum McGregor gave Celtic victory in their Champions League 1-0 victory over KR Reykjavik

Champions League draw 2014-15: Celtic to face either Legia Warsaw or St Patrick's in third qualifying round providing they hold on to lead against KR Reykjavik

Celtic will take a 1-0 lead back to Murrayfield on Tuesday as they look to progress to the Champions League group stage

Sligo Rovers' Kieran Djilali

Europa League round-up: Sligo earn shock victory over Rosenborg while Linfield also win, but Dundalk, Derry and Crusaders all suffer defeat

The second qualifying round of the Europa League got underway on Thursday night

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso

Uefa change ruling on yellow cards to make it harder for players to miss Champions League final after Xabi Alonso was suspended for Real Madrid's victory

Alonso was booked in Real's semi-final second-leg, and Uefa have announced that yellow cards will be wiped off after the quarter-finals replicating the World Cup's ruling

Toni Kroos has completed his move to Real Madrid - speaking to Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti

Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid: World Cup winner will fit in with Los Blancos because he is 'used to winning'

Former Bayern Munich midfielder completed his move to European Champions

Maccabi Tel Aviv fans celebrate their team's win in Kikar Rabin or Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, on May 19, 2014, following last night's victory over Real Madrid in the Euroleague 2014

Israel-Gaza conflict: Uefa bans Israel from hosting any Champions League and Europa League matches while fighting continues

Uefa claim the 'current security situation' has forced them to consider alternative venues 'until further notice'

Juventus manager Antonio Conte makes a gesture from the touchline in the 2-1 Europa League semi-final first-leg defeat by Benfica on Thursday night

Antonio Conte leaves Juventus: Reports suggest Arturo Vidal's possible move to Manchester United was behind surprise exit

Massimo Allegri and Roberto Mancini are in the running to take over at the Juventus Stadium, but the new manager may not have Vidal among their squad when they arrive

Bruno Martins Indi joins Porto: Netherlands defender agrees to join Porto after leaving Feyenoord for undisclosed fee to end Manchester United links

Defender impressed with the Dutch during the World Cup and had been linked with a move to Manchester United

Callum McGregor gave Celtic victory in their Champions League 1-0 victory over KR Reykjavik

KR Reykjavik vs Celtic: Callum McGregor targeting first-team place after giving Celtic winning start in Champions League second round qualifier

McGregor scored on his debut to give new manager Ronny Deila a winning start to his tenure at Celtic

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Barcelona have pinned their hopes on Luis Suarez giving them an edge in stemming the Real Madrid tide
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England forward Lianne Sanderson celebrates after scoring the fourth England goal during the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup Group 6 Qualifier between Wales and England at Cardiff City Stadium on August 21, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales
MATCH REPORT4-0 victory over Wales secures place at next year's finals
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Portsmouth players Jack Whatmough (left) has claimed he 'looks nothing like' Arsenal's Jack Wilshere
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Sunday League team Malsters Arms FC forced to fold because they played at Cardiff City Stadium on a Wednesday
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