Spanish Super Cup's format, relocation to Saudi Arabia caused by football's desire for money, says Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde
Valverde also questioned the merits of opening the competition up to Atletico and Real Madrid, who ended last season empty-handed
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid kick off tournament in Saudi Arabia with comfortable semi-final win over Valencia
Real Madrid midfielder Kroos curled in an exquisite right-footed shot from the corner flag in the 15th minute after spotting Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech out of position
Spanish Super Cup: Despite federation's hype, revamped tournament in Saudi Arabia draws little interest from fans back home
The revamped Spanish Super Cup debuts in Saudi Arabia this week with the Spanish federation trying to hype the competition but seeing few fans in Spain interested in it.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann find the target as Barcelona end year top of the league
Lionel Messi closed the year with a total of 50 goals for club and country for the sixth straight time, helping Barcelona stay top of the league entering the holiday break.
LaLiga: Real Madrid's Karim Benzema scores late goal to salvage point against Valencia; Villarreal beat Sevilla
The draw wasted a chance for Madrid to take the outright lead. Second-place Madrid are level on points with league leader Barcelona before the teams meet at Camp Nou.
LaLiga: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hints Casemiro could play against Valencia, says he wants best players available
The Brazilian has started all of Real’s 15 games this season as well as every Champions League match. But if he were to earn a yellow card against Valencia he would be a huge loss to Zidane’s side when they visit the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
It is a deflating end to a stellar year in the Champions League for Ajax, who eliminated Juventus and Real Madrid on their way to last season’s semi-final
Champions League: Liverpool, Chelsea seal spot in knockout stages; Ajax, Inter Milan suffer elimination
Defending champions Liverpool toughed out a 2-0 victory at Salzburg to advance as the winner of Group E and stay on course in its defence of the trophy
Champions League: For Liverpool, Chelsea and other big clubs, do-or-die time in final gameweek of group stage
Despite topping the table in gameweek 5, Liverpool head into the final group stage gameweek at the risk of being knocked out of the competition altogether.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona thrash Mallorca; Real Madrid, Valencia also clinch victories
With one of their best performances of the season, Barcelona cruised to a 5-2 win over promoted Mallorca on Saturday, keeping pace with Real Madrid and regaining the league lead.
The Ugandan set a time of 26 minutes, 38 seconds — six seconds faster than the previous record held by Kenya’s Patrick Komon since 2010.
Champions League: Gareth Bale's near-perfect finish, luckless Liverpool, and Lionel Messi routine highlight Matchday 5
Liverpool head to Salzburg needing a win to be absolutely sure of qualification despite topping Group (10 points).
Champions League: Chelsea's Tammy Abraham plays down hip injury scare, says 'it's much better than when it happened'
'At the time I was fearful of the worst obviously, but I got in and was able to walk again, move about,' Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham plays down hip injury fears.
Champions League: Chelsea, Liverpool held to draws by Valencia, Napoli; Lionel Messi powers Barcelona to last 16
Chelsea held to 2-2 draw by Valencia and are yet to seal their berth in the final 16 while Barcelona finished at the top of their group to progress in the knockout stages of the game. Defending champions Liverpool will require hard work to make it into the next round of Champions League.
Champions League: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says Ross Barkley lacks professionalism after nightclub video emerges
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said injured midfielder Ross Barkley showed a lack of professionalism after a video emerged of him shirtless in a nightclub during the international break.
Champions League: Valencia coach Albert Celades hails Chelsea as a 'super team' ahead of clash on home turf
Valencia coach Albert Celades hailed Chelsea as one of the top teams in football ahead of their crunch Champions League match in Spain on Wednesday — but added that his side could still progress in the competition if they were to lose.
Champions League Preview: Eleventh hour for Real Madrid and Chelsea, while giants of Europe battle it out on star-studded Matchday 5
Defending Champions Liverpool face-off against Napoli while, Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Chelsea, Barcelona and Dortmund look to chart their own course in the tournament. Here’s a preview of what we expect to be some of the most delectable combos on offer on Matchday 5.
Spanish Super Cup: Saudi Arabia to host four-team tournament featuring Barcelona and Real Madrid in January
The Spanish Super Cup — to be contested between Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Real Madrid — will be held in Saudi Arabia and moved to the winter for the next three editions, Spain's football association has announced.
The result means Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia are level on seven points atop Group H, with the Spaniards coming from behind to beat Lille 4-1.
Barcelona sailed back to the top of the table on Saturday and trouble returned to Real Madrid after they endured their first LaLiga defeat of the season at newly-promoted Real Mallorca.