Review: An Englishman in Madrid, By Eduardo Mendoz (Trs by Nick Caistor)

Halfwit at the heart of history

Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes arrives at a court house in Madrid. He received a suspended one-year jail term for providing blood-doping services to cyclists

UCI to appeal decision by Spanish court to destroy evidence

There has been widespread astonishment at the decision to destroy 200 blood bags seized during Operation Puerto

Antonio Lopez has been paid £250,000 for the painting

Spain's royal family demand portrait after 18-year wait

The royal family have reportedly told the artist Antonio Lopez that he must complete a portrait of them by the end of the year, having waited 18 years for him to finish the work.

Jose Mourinho pictured during his side's 6-2 win over Malaga

Jose Mourinho booed by his own fans before Real Madrid demolish Malaga 6-2

The Portuguese is expected to join Chelsea this summer

Manager Juergen Klopp leads the Dortmund celebrations

Spain shrinks for seventh quarter

Spain's beleaguered economy is still gasping for air, declining for a seventh quarter in a row between January and March.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his two goals for Real Madrid in their Champions League tie against Galatasaray

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Real Madrid almost allowed Champions League tie with Galatasaray to 'get out of hand'

Spanish side move into last four despite defeat in Turkey

Real and Madrid City Council allegedly agreed a favourable deal for land around the Bernabeu stadium

Council deny breaking law in disputed €22m Real Madrid land deal

The Independent’s revealed that the European Commission was investigating contracts between the two parties

An exterior view of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium

European Commission under fire over €22m Real Madrid illegal state aid deal

Real Madrid alleged to have colluded with city council over price of land around Bernabeu

The Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid

State aid for Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium? It's all about the Real estate

Spanish club are keen to develop their famous stadium and make it even more lucrative than ever. But do they always play fair?

Paperback review: Leaving the Atocha Station, By Ben Lerner

This debut novel was rejected by mainstream publishers and you can see why: its portrait of an American abroad frequently walks a fine line between brilliance and naval-gazing.

The decision to send off Nani against Real Madrid was typical of modern,

Sir Alex Ferguson escapes ban over media no show - but Nani handed one match suspension

The punishments relate to Manchester United's Champions League exit to Real Madrid

2. Let’s hope canny Pulis gets the best out of Owen<br/>
Michael Owen’s arrival at Stoke is intriguing for many reasons. It is further evidence that Tony Pulis, that canny operator, is changing his team’s style. It is confirmation of Stoke’s status as an established top-flight club, and raises the prospect of Owen enjoying an Indian summer to a career that once promised to be among the game’s most glittering but has long been in sad decline. Anyone who remembers the joy Owen brought to the game as an 18-year-old will hope the move is a success for all parties.

Michael Owen - a career in numbers

Former Liverpool and England striker announces retirement

Uefa open proceedings against Manchester United after Alex Ferguson no-show and Nani red card reaction

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Real Madrid at Old Trafford

Ronaldo celebrates with Kaka, though tries his best to show respect to his former employers

Manchester United v Real Madrid reaction: Cristiano Ronaldo calls return to Old Trafford 'unbelievable'

World's most expensive player received warm welcome from United fans

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