Five takeaways as Champions League makes a return

1. Ukraine exiles Shakhtar Donetsk beats Leipzig Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, exiled from their war-hit country, began their Champions League campaign with a stunning 4-1 win at Leipzig on Tuesday. Donetsk arrived for the game with a weakened squad that had played just three domestic league games this season. They had previously not seen competitive … Read more

How Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United move turned sour as Lionel Messi continues to revive PSG career

The atmosphere was buoyant inside Old Trafford on a balmy day last September as Manchester United entertained Newcastle and Cristiano Ronaldo lined up for the Red Devils for the first time in over 12 years. The anticipation among the Old Trafford faithful was palpable and the Portuguese superstar did not disappoint. Two goals, including one … Read more

Kylian Mbappe’s PSG deal ‘only runs until 2024’, despite claims he had signed a THREE-YEAR extension

Kylian Mbappe ‘can walk out on his PSG contract A YEAR EARLY in 2024 – because they left the final year at his discretion’, re-opening a possible transfer saga once again for FFP-restrained French club Kylian Mbappe’s contract only runs until 2024, contrary to original reports He had extended his contract in May after much … Read more

PSG, Real Madrid among clubs trying cheeky set play to score direct from kick-off

Kylian Mbappe scored the fastest goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s history using the kick-off routine inspired by Bournemouth. DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images It’s the latest craze that’s sweeping the soccer world, with Real Madrid trying it repeatedly in the Champions League and Kylian Mbappe using it to score the quickest goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s history: … Read more

Champions League: PSG v Juve, Inter v Bayern and plenty of English sides in action on matchday one

It promises to be an explosive return to Champions League action as teams gear up for the start of the group stages this week. Across Tuesday and Wednesday, all 32 teams will kick off their campaigns – with six British sides in action and two mouthwatering mega-ties sure to have fans licking their lips. Paris … Read more

Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi left off nominees list for first time since 2005 as Karim Benzema leads contenders

Lionel Messi has been left off the 30-man list of Ballon d’Or nominees for the first time since 2005 after the contenders were announced by France Football on Friday. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema leads the nominees as he bids to win the first Ballon d’Or award of his career. Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and … Read more

PSG agree terms with Real Madrid target Fabian Ruiz

Fabian Ruiz is refusing to sign a new contract at Napoli, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid both after him. Danilo Di Giovanni/Getty Images The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, … Read more

MATCHDAY: Liverpool hosts Spurs; Nice-Nantes in French final

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday: ENGLAND Quadruple-chasing Liverpool turns its attention back to the pursuit of the Premier League title against Tottenham after reaching the Champions League final. Before playing Real Madrid in Paris on May 28, Liverpool could add the FA Cup and Premier League title, having already collected … Read more

PSG vs Real Madrid, Chelsea get Lille again but Liverpool face tougher Inter Milan tie as Manchester United and City discover last 16 fate

Chelsea drew Lille again but Liverpool were dealt a tougher hand as the Champions League last-16 draw had to be entirely redone on Monday. Liverpool got Inter Milan instead of RB Salzburg, Manchester United drew Atletico Madrid rather than Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester City will face Sporting Lisbon and not Villarreal after the first draw … Read more