Sport Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on after the la Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia ended 1-1

The top two teams both missed a chance to break clear

Fernando Torres is the centre of attention as he leaves a Spain training session in Schruns in Austria yesterday

Fernando Torres makes the cut with Spain as Germany slip up

Despite his up and down form for Chelsea this season, striker Fernando Torres was yesterday named in defending champions Spain's squad for this summer's European Championships.

John Terry tries to explain his sending off to Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto di Matteo's Chelsea park the yacht at Barcelona to leave Messi all at sea

When the Argentine  was booked for pulling up Frank Lampard it was a sign of frustration

<b>Fernando Torres - Winter 2011</b><br/>
Arguably the greatest deadline day of all occurred last winter. What was most shocking was that not only so much money was being thrown around, but the out-of-the-blue nature of them. Rumours surfaced in the morning that Liverpool favourite Fernando Torres was interesting Chelsea. By the end of the day his £50m switch made him the most expensive British buy in history.

Misfiring Fernando Torres dropped by Spain

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insists the door is still open for Fernando Torres to make the final cut for Euro 2012 despite dropping the out-of-form Chelsea striker from his latest squad.

JUAN MATA: The Spaniard says his friend David Silva encouraged him to move to the Premier League

Mata and Silva walk tall for 'little people'

Juan Mata pauses for thought. It is not often that Chelsea's creator-in-chief stops. His movement, on the pitch, is constant, buzzing, whirring. Even in his quiet, softly-spoken English, he is fluent, engaging. But one question has stumped him. "Who is shorter, me or David Silva?" he asks himself, rhetorically. "I don't know. Probably him. Just."

Pep Guardiola (right) shares a joke with Gerard Pique this week

Will rotation come back to haunt Barça?

Guardiola seems unsure what his strongest side is – or is he just trying to keep his players fresh?

Villa to the rescue in Costa Rica

Costa Rica 2 Spain 2
Capello looks on during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium

James Lawton: Capello right to trust team's character

The last time Spain lost 1-0 before Saturday's defeat by England was against Switzerland in Durban in their opening game in last year's World Cup. Some thought that signalled an extraordinary convulsion in the distribution of world football power, which as it turned out could only have been rivalled by the declaration that several UFOs had landed on Table Mountain.

The Catalan farmhouse at La Masia surrounded by Barcelona's suburbs

Kids To Kings: The Barca Way

La Masia is widely imitated so Rory Smith talked to those responsible to learn the method of the magic

Champions League round-up: Iniesta back in the groove for Barcelona

Andres Iniesta soon showed the skills Barcelona missed for the month he was out with a hamstring injury when he gave the European Champions an early lead against Czech side Viktoria Plzen at the Nou Camp last night.

Medical for &#163;23.5m Mata as Chelsea close on deal

Valencia's Juan Mata was undergoing a medical in west London last night after Chelsea agreed a fee of £23.5m.

Jose Mourinho labels Barcelona a 'small team'

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has continued his verbal assault on Barcelona, labelling the European champions "a small team" after last night's Supercopa second leg defeat at the Nou Camp.

Jose Mourinho 'destroying Spanish football' says Gerard Pique

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has accused Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of "destroying Spanish football" after an ill-tempered denouement to the Supercopa final.

Barcelona draw with Real Madrid in Spanish Super Cup

European and La Liga champions Barcelona held arch-rivals Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Mata: A born winner who grew up fast

He may not be a like-for-like replacement for Fabregas, but would bring an aura of success to Arsenal

David Villa hopes to retire at Barcelona

Barcelona striker David Villa has dismissed reports linking him with a possible move away from the European champions, insisting he would like to finish his career at the Nou Camp.

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