Real Madrid president says ''family atmosphere'' crucial to success
Real Madrid president says ''family atmosphere'' crucial to success

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has created a family atmosphere in the dressing room and this has played a crucial role in their recent success, club president Florentino Perez said.

Liverpool complete 50 years in all-red jersey
Liverpool complete 50 years in all-red jersey

English giants Liverpool celebrate the Golden Jubilee in their all-red jersey colour since wearing them for the first ever time in 1964. Liverpool who are regarded as the Reds, wore the jersey for the first time against Anderlecht in the European Cup at Anfield.

Jonny Wilkinson admits he'd 'had enough' of rugby
Jonny Wilkinson admits he'd 'had enough' of rugby

Jonny Wilkinson has revealed that he retired at the end of last season because he`d simply had enough of the training needed to be a top level rugby star.

Break key to Cristiano Ronaldo`s stunning form: Carlo Ancelotti
Break key to Cristiano Ronaldo`s stunning form: Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Cristiano Ronaldo`s three-week break at the start of the season to ease knee and hamstring injuries is the reason for the Portuguese`s sensational form.

Saracens, Clermont clash in Euro opener

Clermont can avenge last season`s European Cup semi-final mauling at the hands of Saracens when the two sides clash in the opening round of group games for the revamped European Rugby Champions Cup.

World Cup: Holders Australia stay on course for semifinals

Defending champions Australia stayed on course for the semifinals of the men`s hockey World Cup with an assertive 3-1 victory over European Cup silver medallists Belgium at the Kyocera Staium here today.

Wilkinson drops out of rugby with fitting finale

Jonny Wilkinson brought the curtain down on a stunning career by scoring a trademark right-footed drop goal to help Toulon to their first Top 14 success in 22 years on Saturday.

Saints end English title jinx in dramatic style

Northampton Saints became English rugby union champions for the first time in their history on Saturday beating Saracens 24-20 with a last minute try by Alex Waller in extra-time in the Premiership final at Twickenham.

Wilkinson swansong overshadows revenge Top 14 final

Jonny Wilkinson will step onto the field as a professional rugby player for the last time on Saturday in an event that will overshadow the Top 14 final between his club Toulon and champions Castres.

Atletico still waiting on Costa, Arda fitness

Atletico Madrid are still sweating on the fitness of Diego Costa and Arda Turan and a decision on whether they can feature in Saturday`s Champions League final against Real Madrid has not yet been taken, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday.

Record-breaker Ronaldo full of praise for Bale

Saturday`s Champions League final at Lisbon`s Stadium of Light is going to be a very special one for Real Madrid`s Cristiano Ronaldo who will be making a rare club appearance in his homeland.

Atletico inspired by spirit of Aragones

Atletico Madrid face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday attempting to put to bed one of the club`s most painful nights.

Ronaldo breaks European Cup goal record

Real Madrid`s Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday broke the record for the most goals in a European Cup or Champions League season in his side`s semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Clermont pile on misery for Toulon, Laporte

Clermont took pole position in the French Top 14 on Friday by deposing bitter rivals Toulon 22-16 to take their four-year undefeated home record to 74 matches.

France call up Trinh-Duc for England clash

Experienced fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc was on Saturday called into the France squad for next weekend`s Six Nations opener against England after Remi Tales was forced to withdraw with an arm injury.

France wing Clerc returns after nine months out

French international winger Vincent Clerc will return after nine months out with a knee injury when Toulouse face Italian side Zebre in the European Cup on Saturday.

Toulon, Clermont, Munster into European Cup quarter-finals

Defending champions Toulon, heavyweight French rivals Clermont, and former winners Munster all secured places in the quarter-finals of the European Cup on Saturday.

Victorious Ulster wait for quarter-final spot

Ulster beat Montpellier 27-16 on Friday but failed to grab a crucial fourth try which would have guaranteed them a European Cup quarter-final place.

Perez admits to La Decima `obsession`

Los Blancos have been stuck on nine European Cup triumphs since 2002 and are desperate to claim a historic tenth title this year

Bale-powered Real aim to be kings of Europe again

If Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer`s most expensive duo, can produce the brilliance that prompted Real Madrid to invest $260 million in, the Spanish giants could finally land their 10th European Cup this season.