Sport Koke' of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Zenit

David Moyes could face struggle to land Atletico Madrid midfielder

Lionel Messi: The Barcelona striker scored the first and last goals in his side's 4-0 Club World Cup win in Japan

Messi puts Barça on top of the world

Barcelona yesterday made official what everyone already knows – they are the best team in the world.

Nemanja Vidic insists United are getting closer to Barcelona's level of play

Vidic: beating Barcelona is our obsession

United captain says they can't mimic Catalan style but it will be third time lucky if they meet in final

Jamie Sanderson: Guardiola returns to his roots to show off a new wave of brilliant Barça talent

200 games and 12 titles in, Guardiola is readying a new wave of talent.

Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros was unable to keep his side top of La Liga

Little Levante finally brought back down to earth at Osasuna

It had to happen sooner or later. La Liga minnows Levante finally lost their first game of the season yesterday, 2-0 at Osasuna , ending their run of seven successive league wins, surrendering their position at the top of the table to Real Madrid, who battled to a 1-0 victory away at Real Sociedad on Saturday.

The worst excuses in sport

Another Clasico and another defeat for Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid side.

Arsenal agree to negotiate Cesc Fabregas transfer claims Pep Guardiola

Barcelona are ready to fight to bring Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas back to the club right up until the transfer deadline, coach Pep Guardiola said today.

Barcelona reveal summer transfer budget

Barcelona have taken the unusual step of announcing their summer transfer budget after confirming they are taking measures to reduce the club's debt.

Luis Enrique 'agrees' to coach Roma

Barcelona B-team coach Luis Enrique has reportedly reached a deal to take over Roma.

Barça better than 2009 side who beat United, says Ferrer

When Albert Ferrer returns to Wembley next Saturday night, he will see history repeat itself one way or another for his old club Barcelona. The only question is which year it will be: 1991, when the Catalans lost the Cup Winners' Cup final to Manchester United in the Rotterdam rain, or 1992, when Johan Cruyff told them "Go out and enjoy yourselves" and they did just that, winning the club's first European Cup beneath the old Twin Towers?

Uefa clears Busquets to face United at Wembley

Sergio Busquets is free to play for Barcelona against Manchester United in the Champions League final after Uefa said there was a "lack of strong and convincing evidence" following accusations that he racially abused Real Madrid's Marcelo.

Manchester United similar to Real Madrid says Pep Guardiola

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has compared Manchester United to Real Madrid ahead of his side's Champions League final meeting with the Red Devils at Wembley later this month.

Pep Guardiola says La Liga title was toughest yet

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and leading scorer Lionel Messi described their 2011 La Liga crown as the toughest of titles after securing top spot with a 1-1 draw at Levante last night.

Point brings Barça third straight title

Barcelona eased to their third successive La Liga title with a low-key 1-1 draw away to Levante last night to retain their crown with two games to spare.

Pep Guardiola praises 'extraordinary' Manchester United

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has hailed Manchester United as an "extraordinary" team ahead of the sides' Champions League final at the end of the month.

Mourinho hints at conspiracy after once again finishing with 10 men

Jose Mourinho risked the wrath of Uefa last night when he claimed that manager Pep Guardiola had never won a clean Champions League with Barcelona. He wrote off the second leg as mission impossible and said his side's 10-man defeat was another scandal suffered at the hands of a team who he claimed are favoured by the game's governing body.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee