It may have cost a reported $134 million to bring Gareth Bale to Spain, but on Wednesday he scored a priceless goal as Real Madrid beat archrivals Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey.
If you want to earn big bucks as a sportsman then Europe is the place to be.
After a nerve-jangling four days, Arsenal can breathe a little easier.
Like many parents across the city of Liverpool, the McManamans waited.
Liverpool closed on a first English title since 1990 with a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester City in an emotion charged atmosphere at Anfield Sunday.
Barcelona's week went from bad to worse Saturday.
It wasn't easy but Arsenal fans might not mind.
Two European football heavyweights will collide in the UEFA Champions League semifinals after Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were drawn together in Switzerland on Friday.
There was a time when Italian teams dominated European football's second-tier competition, winning the UEFA Cup in six of seven seasons starting in the late 1980s. But the last Italian outfit to win the event, now the Europa League, was Parma in 1999.
Every year there is talk of how the Champions League trophy will find itself lured back to Madrid for "La Decima" -- or the tenth as Real Madrid refers to it.
An international football player has been found guilty of making a homophobic gesture during a league game by an English court.
It was one of the most memorable scenes in recent Champions League history -- Jose Mourinho running along the touchline to celebrate with his Porto side at Old Trafford after a late goal knocked out Manchester United in 2004.
Fernando Llorente fired Juventus eight points clear at the top of Serie A and to within touching distance of a third successive league title Monday following a 2-0 win over Livorno.
If Liverpool end this season with a first English league title since 1990, then perhaps the club can look back to a hand dealt by fate on April 6, 2014.
Chelsea returned to the top of the English Premier League on Saturday, but it gave manager Jose Mourinho little hope that his side can win the title.
Barcelona's immediate footballing fortunes may be in some doubt, but the Spanish club's members voted Saturday to approve a proposal aimed at securing its long-term future.
It was Bayern Munich's first league defeat this season -- and the German club's first in 54 Bundesliga games. It even came against one of the team's Bavarian rivals.
Alex Ferguson has spent half a lifetime pacing touchlines pointing at his watch, but the boot might be on the other foot if his new lectures overrun at Harvard Business School (HBS).
Germany football star Bastian Schweinsteiger woke up to headlines of "You Schwein" and "You Dirty Schwein" on Wednesday.
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the transfer ban imposed by FIFA is "unjust" and the club will appeal.
Juventus scored a late goal to secure a 1-0 win against Lyon at the Stade de Gerland in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg on Thursday.
It's a club that has built its reputation on developing some of the world's best players, but leading European club Barcelona has been hit by a transfer ban imposed by FIFA after breaking the world governing body's rules relating to the "international transfer of minors."
With an awesome four-goal display from striker Robert Lewandowski in the first leg of their semifinal last year, Borussia Dortmund all but knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League.
Wednesday in Paris will see two worlds collide, when Nouveau Riche take on Nouveau Riche-r.
The 2014 World Cup is helping shine a spotlight on Brazil's child prostitution crisis. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
It was honors even when the opening legs of this year's Champions League quarterfinals took place on Tuesday.
Football rivalry was put aside in Ukraine on Sunday as one player acted quickly to save the life of one of his opponents.
Liverpool moved to the top of the English Premier League with a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.
The Spanish title race might have taken another twist Saturday when Barcelona visited mid-table Espanyol in the Catalan derby. For more than 75 minutes, the home team blanked Lionel Messi and the rest of the Barcelona attack.
Even when Chelsea held a nine-point lead over Manchester City atop English football's Premier League, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho always maintained his team wasn't the favorite.
Guus Hiddink will replace Louis van Gaal as coach of the Dutch national team after this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
It might be Brazil. Argentina, perhaps. Maybe Spain will reign again. But it is highly likely it won't be England who lift the World Cup in Rio this July, says their former boss Fabio Capello.
Russia's annexation of Crimea should not affect the country's sports teams, says Russian national football team coach Fabio Capello.
The "League of Nations" might sound like the next Hollywood blockbuster, but UEFA's latest plan to revolutionize international football caused nothing but confusion when it was announced Thursday.
The three-way battle for the Spanish league title took another dramatic twist on Wednesday night as Real Madrid suffered their second defeat in four days.
Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium.
Manchester City moved up to second place in the English Premier League on Tuesday night after an emphatic 3-0 win over city rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The ugly specter of anti-Semitism in football has raised its face again after a man was arrested at an English Premier League game.
It's a 1-0 victory to the U.S.
England prides itself on being the home of football, but is the nation dysfunctional in dealing with racist abuse?
Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino said prior to Sunday's El Clasico that it was his team's last chance in the Spanish title race.
Arsenal lost 6-0 to league leader Chelsea in English football's Premier League and it looked like another side from North London would suffer a heavy defeat Sunday when Tottenham fell behind 2-0 to Southampton.
Arsenal fans were hoping for a fairytale win against old rivals Chelsea to mark Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge.
Bayern Munich may have left it late to beat Mainz but will wrap up the Bundesliga title in super quick time next Tuesday should they defeat Hertha Berlin.
The two teams contested one of the most dramatic matches in football history, and now Bayern Munich and Manchester United will meet again in the quarterfinals of the European Champions League.
Like a fine Italian wine, it seems Andrea Pirlo just keeps getting better with age.
Leading former FIFA insider Alexandra Wrage is calling for a new vote over the selection of the 2022 World Cup hosts given the ongoing controversy surrounding the decision to award Qatar the event.
Manchester United was left reeling Sunday after a demoralizing loss to arch-rival Liverpool that kept it a dozen points adrift of a Champions League spot but there was respite for under-fire manager David Moyes and his team Wednesday.
Perhaps the most frightening scenario facing Manchester United is that however bad this season has been, it could get a whole lot worse.
He returned to a hero's welcome but this was a night to forget for Didier Drogba.
In a city where football is a religion, Daniel Sturridge is fast becoming a deity.
Manchester United manager David Moyes says he and his slumping team are "desperate" to turn things around -- and hopes the reversal of fortune begins in the Champions League.
Perhaps the most frightening statistic attached to Lionel Messi is the fact that he's only 26.
The Spanish title race is shaping up to be one of the closest in years -- and the battle for the "Pichichi" is also hotting up.
Jose Mourinho is the king of football gamesmanship, but his constant declarations that Chelsea's English Premier League lead is "fake" appear to be becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
French soccer star Nicolas Anelka has decided to quit English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion following his punishment for making a controversial "quenelle" gesture.
A familiar refrain for many football fans is that it's "the hope that kills you."
Amongst the clouds of dust kicked up from the desert by the hundreds of new arrivals who pitch up every day at the Zaatari refugee camp -- just 15 kilometers from the Jordan/Syria border -- Abeer Rantisi is planning her next lesson.
Benfica has one foot in the quarterfinals of the Europa League after beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the first leg of their last 16 tie at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona was arrested and cautioned Wednesday in London on suspicion of assault, Britain's Press Association reported.
Christian Karembeu knows what it takes to win the World Cup -- and the former France midfielder is tipping today's generation to shine brightly in Brazil's football showpiece this year.
The president of one of the world's most famous football clubs is facing jail after being sentenced for tax evasion.
Barcelona may not be the force it once was -- but it still had too much for Manchester City.
In the end, it was all too familiar.
5 Champions League talking points
It makes its World Cup debut in Brazil later this year and is already being used by the English Premier League, but the head of European football remains resistant to the introduction of goal-line technology (GLT) for Europe's top competitions.
Real Madrid duly took advantage of Barcelona's latest slip-up to return to the top of La Liga after a routine 3-0 win over Levante in the Bernabeu Sunday.
Manchester City's dreams of an English domestic treble were left in ruins Sunday as they fall victim for the second year in a row to Wigan in the FA Cup.
Barcelona's faltering defense of the La Liga title plumbed a fresh low Saturday with a 1-0 defeat at relegation strugglers Valladolid.
A sharply taken goal was followed by a celebration which showed he also has a sense of humor.
Is the end nigh for one of football's great sides? Four players featured in all three of Barca's Champions League titles -- and now the first is set to leave.
Amid the rumblings of war between Russia and Ukraine, just how do you go about your everyday life?
How do you replace the adrenaline-filled emotion of scoring one of the greatest goals in World Cup history when your football career ends?
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's head-butt on an opposition player has landed him with an improper conduct charge by the English Football Association (FA).
Manchester City captured the first trophy of the English domestic season Sunday as they recovered from a goal down to beat Sunderland 3-1 in the League Cup final at Wembley.
Cristiano Ronaldo salvaged a point for Real Madrid in a pulsating and controversial Madrid derby Sunday to keep his side top of the three-way title race in La Liga.
Thomas Muller's pre-match remarks could have backfired on him and his Bayern Munich teammates.
Newcastle United has fined their manager Alan Pardew £100,000 ($168,000) for head-butting an opposition player during an English Premier League match on Saturday.
Football's world governing body, FIFA, has officially sanctioned the wearing of religious headscarves.
Even after apologizing for criticizing a referee, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wasn't let off the hook by UEFA.
French soccer star Nicolas Anelka has been given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 ($130,000) by the English Football Association (FA) for making a "quenelle" gesture in a game last year.
This was a not a normal reserve team fixture for English second-tier club Doncaster Rovers.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to inspire Real Madrid to a record-breaking Champions League win but Chelsea draw at Galatasaray.
Manchester United fail to escape domestic troubles in Europe as Olympiakos hand out 2-0 defeat in Champions League last 16.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho loses his happy outlook as the French media broadcast a private conversation about striker Samuel Eto'o.
Barcelona pay $18.5 million in additional taxes while denying any fiscal "irregularities" while buying Neymar.
After a fine display against Manchester City in the Champions League, Barcelona couldn't back it up in La Liga. Combined with Real Madrid's victory, it means Barcelona was knocked off top spot in Spain.
After being humbled by Manchester City in the FA Cup and drawing against West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League, Chelsea could hardly afford to drop points against Everton on Saturday.
With Torino pushing for a Champions League spot in Italy's Serie A, the Derby della Mole promised to be interesting. Torino hadn't beaten Juventus for about 20 years but has been a surprise package this season and possesses two of the league's top strikers in Alessio Circi and Ciro Immobile.
Newcastle wasn't the opposition but there was another seven-goal classic at Anfield.
Defending champions Spain find out who they face in Euro 2016 qualifying, with the tournament itself seeing an expanded field of 24 nations.
Manchester United confirmed Friday that star striker Wayne Rooney has extended his contract with the club.
Ukraine's FC Dnipro earned a 1-0 victory over English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur as the knockout stages of the Europa League got underway on Thursday.
A judge filed preliminary charges against Football Club Barcelona for alleged tax fraud in its purchase of Brazilian superstar Neymar, according to a writ.
Spanish prosecutor requests expansion of probe into Barcelona's controversial purchase of Neymar to include entire club management.
Four-time European kings Barcelona gave Champions League wannabes Manchester City a heavy dose of reality when winning 2-0 at the Etihad on Tuesday.
The Brazilian city of Curitiba has retained its World Cup status after satisfying FIFA that all was being done to get the Arena da Baixada ready for June.