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Real Madrid goalkeeper emerges as a target for Manchester City

Andres Iniesta of Spain and Ivan Rakitic of Croatia compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match

Spain leave it late to ensure top billing

Spain 1 Croatia 0

Mario Balotelli of Italy takes on Spain's Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa

Mario Balotelli backed to improve for Italy after disappointing display against Spain

Italy Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete is confident Mario Balotelli will bounce back from his disappointing display against Spain.

Euro 2012 Short Takes: Russian fans spoil the show

Russia's 4-1 trouncing of Czech Republic was marred by dozens of Russian fans who attacked stewards inside the stadium, with four having to go to hospital, and also racism reared its ugly head again. Online footage shows hooligans punching stewards, who had intervened in another scuffle. One was kicked while he was on the ground and there were battles outside the stadium. Anti-racism experts say they identified racist abuse and far-right Russian flags at the game in Wroclaw. The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network says Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was targeted.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid in Moscow

Real pegged back by Wernbloom volley

CSKA Moscow 1 Real Madrid 1

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid in Moscow

Wernbloom punishes Real's wastefulness

CSKA Moscow 1 Real Madrid 1

The way Gareth Bale swept through the defences of Chelsea and Norwich City recently underlined the hope that he plays for Great Britain at London 2012

Gareth Bale only Premier League player in Uefa.com team of the year

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale was today named in UEFA.com users' team of the year for 2011 alongside eight Spain-based players.

Is Mourinho still worth the trouble?

Real manager's latest antics have not gone down well in Madrid – and they will take a dim view at Old Trafford

James Lawton: Cheat-ridden, greedy, brassy, mindless and...highly addictive

The monster known as the Premier League is back and it promises to be as intriguing and controversial as ever – especially now the Big Four has swelled to the Super Six

Puyol and Casillas back La Liga strike

In a show of solidarity never displayed by their clubs when negotiating TV deals, players from Real Madrid and Barcelona have thrown their weight behind an official strike that will mean no La Liga or Segunda Division matches in the first two weeks of the season in Spain.

Real Madrid need striker says Jose Mourinho

Real Madrid's squad is almost complete but the club still lacks one forward, according to coach Jose Mourinho.

Portugal hope Ronaldo can fulfil his lust for glory on national stage

A lack of silverware has left La Liga's goal king feeling he has a lot to prove, starting tonight against Norway

Leicester line up Real Madrid warm-up game

Leicester City have arranged a pre-season friendly against Real Madrid. The nine-time European champions will visit the Walkers Stadium on 30 July, one week before the new Championship campaign begins, in what will be their only fixture in the UK this summer.

Barcelona expect 'different' Manchester United in Wembley final

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola expects to face a very different Manchester United side to the one they beat in the 2009 Champions League final as the two teams look set to meet in European football's showpiece at Wembley later this month.

James Lawton: Messi shines brightest to banish memory of Bernabeu's dark night

Lionel Messi did much to grow his ever more vibrant mystique. He ran into space with routine genius and took Ricardo Carvalho repeatedly to the edge of oblivion

Barcelona book return to site of their most famous triumph

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1 (Barcelona win 3-1 on aggregate)
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