Updated 15:43 25/08/2016

Thursday 25/08/2016



Piqué mocks Madrid's "easy" Champions League route

Barcelona's Gerard Piqué launched a thinly-veiled taunt at Real Madrid's passage to this year's Champions League final earlier via Twitter

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Alcácer asks Valencia for transfer to Barcelona

The striker communicated his wish to leave Valencia on Wednesday, with chairman Layhoon Chan now expected to allow his move to Barcelona to go through


Lopetegui denies offering Casillas role as Spain assistant

Gol TV had earlier reported that new Spain coach Julen Lopetegui offered the Porto keeper a job as his assistant. "It's science fiction" said Lopetegui


Bale aims to make Champions League history in hometown

Gareth Bale will become only the sixth player ever to lift the European Cup in his hometown if Real Madrid win the final in Cardiff next May

International football

FIFA opens match-fixing probe into international friendlies

The investigations by FIFA concentrate on warm-up matches South Africa played against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala for the World Cup 2010


Sunderland to snap up Atlético full-back Javier Manquillo

The canterano, who spent last season at Marseille, will sign a loan deal with an obligatory purchase clause if he plays 25 games for the Black Cats.


Robbie Keane announces Ireland retirement

The LA Galaxy striker, who is his country's most capped player and highest scorer, will step down from the side after this month's friendly against Oman.



Leverkusen midfielder Çalhanoglu on Atleti's radar

"It's true, there is interest," says the 22-year-old Turkey international's agent. Leverkusen will not make a sale easy as he is a key player.

Australia's Faulkner claims hat-trick in Sri Lanka ODI

The left-arm all-rounder became the sixth Australian to complete a hat-trick in one-day internationals in Colombo on Wednesday.


Real Madrid round-up: Isco, Mariano, Ronaldo, Bale...

Isco has reportedly turned down an offer from Juventus and is planning on a Madrid stay, while the papers note that Mariano is eligible for Spain.

Blatter launches final appeal: "I have done nothing unjust"

The former Fifa president will state his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport as he seeks to overturn a six-year ban from football.


Sporting face action over racist abuse of Iñaki Williams

The Spanish Football Federation's disciplinary committee is to open an investigation into the abuse heard at El Molinón during Athletic game.


Champions League draw: lots of pitfalls for Spanish sides

Thursday's draw will feature Liga representatives Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Sevilla, with plenty of difficult sides in pots two and three.



Barça-style Madrid kit leads votes in Adidas competition

Adidas have launched a competition giving the public a chance to design Real Madrid's third strip for next season, but some Barcelona fans are inevitably causing some mischief!


Sirigu close to Sevilla move

The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper looks set to spend the 2016/17 season at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.


Gudjohnsen signs for Indian Super League side Pune City

The 37-year-old former Chelsea and Barcelona man said: "When FC Pune City showed their interest, intent and plans, I knew this was it."


Morgan: England players to be given Bangladesh tour choice

One-day skipper Eoin Morgan says England's cricketers will be able to opt out of this year's trip to Bangladesh over safety concerns.