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September 23, 2016 9:32 AM Is José Mourinho’s genius in decline?

The Manchester United manager is no longer the the swaggering young gunslinger of old In one respect, of course, José Mourinho is right. Modern football is for ever trying to read too much into too little. One bad week – three poor results – is nothing compared to his previous career. Manchester United supporters, perhaps, will welcome his belligerence 8

September 22, 2016 7:17 AM Injury rules Messi out for three weeks

Thursday 22nd September , 2016 7:17 am Lionel Messi will be out for three weeks after suffering a groin strain in Barcelona’s draw with Atletico Madrid. The striker went off on 59 minutes on Wednesday after a Diego Godin tackle. He was forced to miss Argentina’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Venezuela earlier this month with a groin injury, but has played 5

September 22, 2016 5:29 AM Another Jekyll and Hyde display from Sergio Ramos, Atleti-Barca all square

Five quick thoughts from Tuesday and Wednesday night's dramatic action in La Liga. Sergio Ramos was everywhere -- for better or worse -- as Real Madrid slipped up by drawing 1-1 at home to Villarreal early on Wednesday evening. After Madrid had played a poor first half, Ramos threw both his arms at Manu Trigueros' shot and visiting captain Bruno Soriano 4

September 21, 2016 9:56 PM Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Lionel Messi suffers groin injury in nervy draw

Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in a game which saw Lionel Messi brought off with a groin injury. Atletico equalised just minutes after Messi's departure through substitute Angel Correa, who capitalised on Javier Mascherano's slip to slot the ball into the bottom corner after the hour mark. Barcelona struggled for chances 5

September 17, 2016 1:25 PM Messi scores 2 as Barca routs Liga newcomer Leganes

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's unstoppable trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored to make short work of newly promoted Leganes in the Spanish league on Saturday. The three stars combined repeatedly in the first half to set the defending champions on their way to a 5-1 win in Barcelona's first ever visit to Leganes, a small club from southern 20

September 16, 2016 3:42 PM Ghana international Thomas Partey struggling to break into Atletico Madrid matchday squad

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has once again excluded Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey from his matchday squad. The 23-year-old exploded at the Stade Vicente Calderon last season and was tipped for more playing time this term. But, the former Tema Youth star is yet to make his way into a matchday squad announced by the Argentine gaffer this season 22

September 16, 2016 10:19 AM Diego Simeone confirms Atletico Madrid contract shortened by 2 years

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has confirmed that his contract with the La Liga club was cut by two years last summer, but insists that "nothing has changed." The news was revealed this week that, after talks following a second Champions League final defeat in three years, Simeone had agreed with Atletico's hierarchy for his contract to now end in June 2018, leading 18

September 16, 2016 9:37 AM Diego Drogba? Costa central to Conte's Chelsea revolution

Diego Costa is raging, roaring and foaming at the mouth for success, and that is just how Antonio Conte likes it as he builds his team around his own Didier Drogba. Just like Jose Mourinho and Drogba, Conte and Costa are a match made in heaven. Both are terrible losers and fighters who do everything they can to avoid disappointment. Despite the arrival 15

September 15, 2016 10:45 AM Dortmund's beaming Goetze on road to redemption

REUTERS: Mario Goetze could not stop smiling after scoring his first goal for Borussia Dortmund since his return in their 6-0 demolition of Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Wednesday. The 24-year-old's best appearance since his controversial return to Dortmund in the close season following a hapless three-year spell at rivals Bayern Munich could 29

September 15, 2016 5:49 AM ESA’s Gaia probe maps the Milky Way as never before

PARIS – The Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. Released to eagerly waiting astronomers around the world, the initial catalog of 1.15 billion stars is “both the largest and the most accurate full-sky 16