Sport Jermaine Pennant has left Stoke with immediate effect, the club have confirmed

The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

La Liga is priority for Barcelona

Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola has stated that his club’s main priority this season is the retention of their domestic league title, rather than European glory.

Messi produces another mesmerising performance

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admits he has run out of superlatives to describe Lionel Messi following another stunning performance from the Argentinian ace last night.

Matt Derbyshire: 'I've got the beach, the pool... you can't pop out in Lancashire and find that'

It was a wrench for Blackburn boy Matt Derbyshire to join Olympiakos but, ahead of his Champions League debut tonight, he tells Simon Hart he's loving Greek life

Arbeloa orders Madrid to regain focus

Real Madrid have little time to dwell on their midweek disappointment against Lyon as they prepare to face Villarreal on Sunday in the first of what could prove a decisive run of home matches.

Ian Herbert: Bad deals and risky tactics: how Rafa’s Reds fell so fast

In one year Liverpool’s manager has slipped from conqueror of Real Madrid and thorn in Ferguson’s side to become a man clinging on to power

Bologna want Macheda loan

Federico Macheda's agent says Bologna want to take the young Manchester United striker back to Italy on a loan deal, although he feels it is unlikely to happen.

Real Madrid rue missed opportunity

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos described his side's goalless draw against Osasuna as "bittersweet" as the title hopefuls missed the chance to replace Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division standings.

Gabriel Milito returns to Barcelona first-team

Barcelona defender Gabriel Alejandro Milito has made a welcome return to the first-team fold after featuring in a friendly game in Kuwait.

Messi can deliver Barça's six of the best

Euro Zone

Martinez: Rafa can revive Reds

Wigan manager points to countryman's tactical nous ahead of tonight's trip to Anfield

Eurozone: Pepe's injury forces Real to spend again

Real Madrid will try to sign a central defender in the January transfer window after their defensive linchpin Pepe was carried off in the 3-2 win over Valencia on Saturday and told he will not play again this season.

O'Neill excited by Blackburn cup clashes

Martin O'Neill is relishing the prospect of a cup double header with Blackburn in January when the two clubs will meet three times in little more than a fortnight.

Spanish clubs face inquiry into betting allegations

The Spanish second division clubs Las Palmas and Rayo Vallecano, and seven professional players, are to be investigated in an inquiry into betting on matches, Las Palmas said on their website.

Euro Zone: Keita hat-trick fires Barça to thumping win

It was the night when Fabio Capello was meant to be watching Jermaine Pennant, but in the end it was more a case of Jermaine Pennant watching Barcelona. Zaragoza were spectators as Barça stormed back to the top of La Liga with a 6-1 win.

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