Sport Lionel Messi has missed out on selection for Uefa's Team of the Year

The Argentina international is not for sale at any price says new Barcelona president

Neil Lennon refused to criticise his players despite Celtic throwing away a two-goal lead

Injuries mount for Celtic after late surrender

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Real Madrid slipped to defeat in Dortmund

Injuries continue to disrupt Real Madrid

The latest injury to Real Madrid's German midfielder Sami Khedira comes at a tricky time for the La Liga champions with a potential banana skin awaiting at Real Mallorca on Sunday.

Lionel Messi is congratuled by his Barcelona teammate David Villa

Barcelona refuse to play Spanish Super Cup in China

Barcelona will not play the Spanish Super Cup in Beijing next year if they qualify for the season-opener between La Liga's champions and the King's Cup winners.

Gareth Bale celebrates his winner against Scotland

Is Gareth Bale as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?

In the 89th minute of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland, Gareth Bale did something that stood the Wales winger apart.

Iniesta of Spain practices ahead of the match in Belarus

TV dispute could see black-out of Spain's World Cup qualifier against Belarus

Spanish football fans are in danger of missing the national team's World Cup 2014 qualifier away to Belarus later tonight as no television broadcaster has agreed to pay the price set by rights holders Sportfive to show the match in Spain.

The FA had previously objected to their Spanish counterparts' intention to hold the game at Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium due to fears of racist abuse

Racism 'does not exist' in Spain says football chief

Spain's football chief has claimed racism “does not exist” in the Spanish game despite numerous recent incidents.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart

Roberto Mancini: 'Joe Hart saved everything, I should say thank you to him. He was fantastic'

Roberto Mancini last night hailed one of the great British goalkeeping performances by Joe Hart, which preserved City's Champions League hopes and led Wayne Rooney to describe him as "the best in the world".

Messi scored twice to save Barcelona's blushes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Lionel Messi should not win Fifa Ballon d'Or award

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, always a player who speaks his mind, does not believe his former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi is deserving of the Fifa Ballon d'Or award.

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol to face Real Madrid in a mask

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol could play a part in tonight's Spanish Super Cup second leg at Real Madrid despite a fractured cheekbone but will have to wear a protective mask, coach Tito Vilanova said yesterday.

Messi doubles up in Barcelona's five-goal romp over Sociedad

Lionel Messi took up where he left off last season as the Argentinian scored twice to help Barcelona and new coach Tito Vilanova to a 5-1 home win over Real Sociedad in their La Liga opener at the Nou Camp last night.

Mourinho will be charged with winning Real's tenth European Cup

'The person who messed up was me': Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admits he was wrong to poke Tito Vilanova in the eye

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has sought to calm the waters before this month's Spanish Super Cup against bitter rivals Barcelona by admitting for the first time he was wrong to poke Barca's new coach Tito Vilanova in the eye.

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At the start of the season during the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Real boss Jose Mourinho poked Barca assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye. The incident occurred as the two teams came together for their traditional 'El Clasico' melee. After the incident, Mourinho's spokesman said

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho sees suspension for eye poke on Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova overturned

Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova will be on the touchline when Real Madrid meet Barcelona in the two-legged Supercopa next month after both men had suspensions overturned today.

Juan Mata scored in the Euro 2012 final

Spain include Euro 2012 winners Jordi Alba, Juan Mata and Javi Martinez in Olympics squad

Spain have included Euro 2012 winners Jordi Alba, Juan Mata and Javi Martinez in a strong provisional squad for this summer's Olympic Games.

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Euro 2012 hasn't all been good though, with several fans trying their best to mar the event and some players not setting the best example. After Mario Balotelli reported that he saw a steward picking up a banana from the corner of the pitch and heard monkey chants from the fans in Italy's 1-1 draw with Croatia, the Croatian Football Federation were fined £65,000. Other national football associations have been punished for the behaviour of their fans, and there were ugly scenes before Poland's match against Russia.

Uefa take action against Spain and Russia over racist chanting

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Spanish football federation and the Russian football union for the "improper conduct" of their supporters during Euro 2012 group matches.

Vicente del Bosque stops any Real-Barça rivalry in his squad

Vicente Del Bosque: Spain's tower of strength

Vicente del Bosque holds his squad together and, says Pete Jenson, will not consider stitching up Italy

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