Real Madrid took another decisive step towards their first La Liga title in four seasons with a thumping 5-1 win at Osasuna on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund edged a step closer to retaining their German Bundesliga title on Sunday as Japan's Shinji Kagawa scored twice in a 6-1 thrashing of Cologne.
AC Milan are now four points clear at the top of the Italian Serie A table, after goals from Antonio Nocerino and Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave them a 2-0 home win over Lecce on Sunday.
A stunning second-half fightback saw 10-man Lazio score three goals to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cesena and climb to third place in Italy's Serie A.
AC Milan's Serie A title hopes were dealt a blow as they lost 2-0 at Lazio Wednesday while city rivals Inter shared eight goals in a thriller against Palermo.
It happens at the end of January every year -- an apparently mad and desperate dash to sign players as European football's transfer window draws to an agonizing close.
Holders Real Madrid progressed to the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup after Tuesday's 1-0 win at Malaga sealed a 4-2 aggregate victory.
Inter Milan moved closer to a Champions League place after crushing Parma 5-0 on Saturday following fourth-placed Lazio's shock 4-0 defeat by Siena.
Udinese have gone top of Itay's Serie A after a 2-1 home win over Chievo, with champions Milan missing out on top spot after being held 2-2 at Bologna.
Veteran Spanish striker Raul extended his European scoring record as Schalke beat Steaua Bucuresti 2-1 on Thursday to reach the knockout stages of the continent's second-tier competition.
Unbeaten Juventus returned to the top of Italy's Serie A with a 1-0 win at third-placed Lazio on Saturday.
Lazio went top of Italy's Serie A on Saturday despite drawing 0-0 at fifth-placed Napoli, as champions AC Milan also dropped points.
Udinese have gone top of the Italian Serie A table on goal difference from Lazio after captain Antonio Di Natale was again on target in a 2-1 victory over Siena on Sunday.
Captain Antonio Di Natale returned from injury to score the only goal that gave Udinese a 1-0 win over Palermo on Sunday -- a result that keeps the pressure on Juventus at the top of Italy's Serie A table.
Champions AC Milan fought back from going two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Lazio, as the Italian Serie A season finally got underway on Friday after a two-week delay because of a players' strike.
German striking legend Miroslav Klose has signed a two-year contract with Italian side Lazio, following his failure to agree a new deal with Bayern Munich.
Udinese claimed the fourth and final Champions League spot in Italy as a 0-0 draw at home to champions AC Milan kept them ahead of Lazio on goal difference.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo equaled the Spanish league scoring record with two more goals in Sunday's 3-1 victory at Villarreal.
AC Milan need only one more point to clinch an 18th Italian league title after a 1-0 win over Bologna Sunday.
Inter Milan did all they could to keep the pressure up on Serie A leaders AC Milan as they beat lowly Cesena 2-1. But they left it very late.
AC Milan edged closer to a first Italian league title since 2004 after Saturday's 1-0 win at lowly Brescia, whose fellow strugglers Bari dropped into Serie B.
Napoli's hopes of winning a first Italian Serie A title since 1990 suffered a huge blow on Sunday as European hopefuls Udinese came away from the Stadio San Paolo with a 2-1 victory that ended in controversy.
Barcelona have maintained their eight-point lead at the top of La Liga with a 3-1 victory over bottom-placed Almeria at the Nou Camp.
What makes a great season? If it's the quality of soccer played, then this has been a dismal year for Serie A, something shown up by the performances of Italian clubs in European competition. Internazionale limps on in the Champions League, somehow in the last eight despite a back line about as well-drilled as a class of 5-year-olds on their first school trip. However, AC Milan and Roma went out in the last 16 and Italian interest in the Europa League ended when Napoli lost to Villarreal in the last 32. Juventus and Palermo didn't even make it out of the groups.
Manchester City thrashed Sunderland 5-0 to keep alive their slim English Premier League title hopes and to cement their position in the top four Champions League places.
Inter Milan capitalized on AC Milan's slip-up to move within two points of their city rivals after a controversial 1-0 win at home to lowly Lecce on Sunday.
Real Madrid kept the pressure on Spanish leaders Barcelona with a 2-1 victory in the capital derby against Atletico on Saturday.
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off as Italian Serie A leaders AC Milan wasted a chance to extend their advantage after being held to a 1-1 home draw by bottom side Bari on Sunday.
Inter Milan are once again five points behind rivals AC Milan at the top of the Italian Serie A table after crushing Genoa 5-2 at the San Siro on Sunday.
Claudio Ranieri has resigned as AS Roma coach following the Italian Serie A side blew a three-goal lead to lose 4-3 at Genoa on Sunday.
It's a ritual after every Roma home game. Win, draw or lose, the players head over right under the curva, where the Ultras sit.
Lionel Messi continued his sensational scoring form with a hat-trick as Barcelona set a new Spanish record of 16 successive league victories on Saturday.
Napoli missed a great chance to cut the gap on Italian league leaders AC Milan after crashing 2-0 at Chievo Verona as favored teams struggled to impress in Wednesday's games.
The majestic bald eagle rises from its trainer's arm, launches itself into the night air and completes a circuit of the stadium to the raucous cheers of thousands of football supporters.
Italian Serie A leaders AC Milan were held to a goalless draw by Lazio at the San Siro on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, two former France midfielders revealed surprising plans about their futures. Patrick Vieira, with six months left on his contract at Manchester City, told L'Equipe magazine that he expects to stop playing this summer, as "playing for a small team would be too difficult to accept." Vieira, 34, thus ended speculation linking him to a reunion with former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls.
What's better than one playmaker? Two playmakers. At least as far as Lazio is concerned. The Roman club has combined the talents of Hernanes and Cristian Ledesma to devastating effect this season, climbing up into second place in the Serie A table.
Italian champions Inter Milan recorded their fifth straight win under new coach Leonardo, defeating Cesena 3-2 at the San Siro despite the visitors coming back from 2-0 down.
Former Manchester United and France international forward Eric Cantona is back in the sport after being named as director of football for the newly-reformed New York Cosmos.
AC Milan missed the chance to open up a six point lead at the top of Serie A after drawing 1-1 with Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare on Sunday.
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Lazio and Napoli have closed the gap on Serie A leaders AC Milan to just three points after victories on Sunday.
AC Milan have increased their Iead at the top of Italian Serie A to six points after a comfortable 3-0 victory at Bologna.
Napoli maintained the pressure on Serie A pacesetters AC Milan and Lazio with a 1-0 away win against Genoa on Saturday night.
Inter Milan manager Rafael Benitez was delighted after the Italian champions ended a morale-boosting week with a 5-2 victory at home to Parma on Sunday which halted a run of four Serie A games without a win.
The pressure on Inter boss Rafa Benitez intensified on Sunday as his team crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Chievo in Serie A.
AC Milan went top of Serie A for the first time this season with a 3-1 victory over Palermo in the San Siro as previous leaders Lazio lost 1-0 at newly-promoted Cesena Wednesday.
Roma beat Lazio 2-0 in a heated capital city derby on Sunday as Marco Borriello and Mirko Vucinic both scored penalties.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continued their hot goalscoring runs as Real Madrid and Barcelona moved ominously clear of their La Liga rivals in Spain on Saturday night.
Lazio opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Serie A standings with a 2-1 home win over Cagliari on Sunday.
A goal from striker David Villa handed Spanish champions Barcelona a deserved 1-0 victory against Sporting Gijon.
Manchester City's transfer window spending neared the £90 milliion ($139 million) mark after completing the signing of Serbian international left-back Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio.
Inter Milan stayed on course for the treble after beating Lazio 2-0 on Sunday to open up a two-point gap over Roma in the Serie A title race.
Roma returned to the top of Serie A with a 2-1 victory at 10-man Parma on Saturday to keep the Italian title race on a knife edge.
Spain striker Fernando Torres faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the World Cup after being ruled out for the rest of the European soccer season.
AC Milan's Serie A title challenge suffered a setback on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Lazio.
Barcelona left it late before struggling to a 2-1 victory at home to Malaga on Saturday night that restored the defending Spanish champions to the top of the table.
Liverpool have signed Argentina international Maxi Rodriguez on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid.
AC Milan kept up the pressure on Serie A table-toppers and city rivals Inter Milan with a 3-0 win at Juventus on Sunday night -- a result which turns the heat firmly on home coach Ciro Ferrara.
Serie A champions Inter Milan have completed the signing of striker Goran Pandev on a deal until 2014.
Inter Milan were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Atalanta on Sunday but increased their lead at the top of Serie A after AC Milan were shocked 2-0 in the San Siro by Palermo.
Roma moved up to sixth place in the Serie A table after a 1-0 victory in the Rome 'derby' against city rivals Lazio.
Champions Inter Milan failed to re-establish their seven-point lead in Italy's Serie A after being held 1-1 at home by AS Roma on Sunday night.
Defending champions Shakhtar Donetsk cruised into the last 32 of the Europa League with a 2-0 victory away to Toulouse on Thursday night.
Benfica crushed injury-hit Everton 5-0 to end the English club's perfect record in Group I of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Sampdoria lost ground on Inter Milan at the top of Serie A on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Lazio in a game where both teams finished with 10 men.
We knew it was coming sooner or later. Michel Platini, president of UEFA, had said as much. And now we're one step closer, after UEFA approved what it calls the "concept" of "financial fair play."
Manchester United beat Manchester City 4-3 in a frenetic English Premier League on Sunday which United manager Alex Ferguson described as the "best derby of all time."
Sampdoria moved to the top of Italy's Serie A with a 4-1 trouncing of Siena as city rivals Genoa dropped their first points after losing 3-1 at Chievo.
Juventus moved three points clear at the top of Italy's Serie A with a 2-0 victory at Lazio on Saturday, while AC Milan's poor start to the season continued with a 0-0 draw at Livorno.
New signing Diego inspired Juventus to a second successive win of the new Italian Serie A season, beating Roma 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
English Premier League Aston Villa's hopes of reaching the group stages of the Europa League were ended by a late goal from Rapid Vienna striker Nikica Jelavic in the second leg of the qualifier at Villa Park on Thursday.
CNN's Pedro Pinto and Gazzetta dello Sport's Giancarlo Galavotti discuss the teams in this season Serie A football league.
The new Italian Serie A season kicks off with the first round of fixtures this weekend -- Fanzone details what to expect from the forthcoming campaign:
New signing Samuel Eto'o scored but Serie A champions Inter Milan were beaten 2-1 by Lazio in the Italian Super Cup which was staged in the Bird's Nest in Beijing on Saturday night.
Celtic have appointed Tony Mowbray as their new manager in succession to Gordon Strachan, the Scottish Premier League giants confirmed on Tuesday.
Inter Milan opened a 10-point gap on city rivals AC Milan with a 2-0 win over Lazio in the San Siro on Saturday night.
Czech international defender Zdenek Grygera salvaged an injury-time equalizer for 10-man Juventus in their top of the table clash with leaders Inter Milan in Serie A on Saturday night.
Serie A leaders Inter Milan suffered a setback in their Italian title defense as they wasted a two-goal lead to be held 2-2 at home by Palermo on Saturday.
Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri, is at the center of a race row after comments he made following his side's Coppa Italia defeat to Lazio.
Lazio will take a slender one-goal advantage into the second leg of the Italian Cup semifinals after a 2-1 home victory over Juventus.
A goal deep in injury time from Danish substitute Christian Poulsen gave 10-man Juventus a vital 2-1 win at Catania on Sunday, keeping alive their slim hopes of winning the Serie A title.
Lazio scored three second-half goals to defeat Torino 3-1 at the Stadio Olympico on Thursday to secure their place in the semifinals of the Coppa Italia.
Inter Milan are now nine points clear at the top of Serie A after a crushing 3-0 victory at rivals Lazio on Saturday evening.
Striker Goran Pandev scored early in extra time to give Lazio a 2-1 win at 10-man AC Milan to secure a place in the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Italian champions Inter Milan stretched their lead in Serie A after a 2-1 win over fellow title contenders Napoli combined with a 3-1 defeat for city rivals AC Milan at Palermo in Sunday's late game.
AC Milan maintained their Serie A title challenge with a narrow 1-0 win over bottom club Chievo Verona 1-0 on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho's arrival at Inter Milan has created all the Serie A headlines this season and the defending champions are already handily-placed to lift the Scudetto again, lying third in the table on goal difference.
Turin giants Juventus were beaten at home by Palermo for the first time in 47 years to leave them struggling in 11th place in the Serie A standings after six rounds.
Ronaldinho celebrated his first league start for Milan by scoring the only goal of the game to give the Rossoneri a 1-0 derby win over Inter and send the Serie A champions crashing to their first defeat of the season.
Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan moved to the top of Serie A on goal difference from Juventus and there was a superb first win for AC Milan in Sunday's late game in Italy.
Domestic football returned to action last weekend after the international break. Here, on CNN.com, we review all the action from Europe's top leagues.
Roma kept the Serie A title race alive for another week at least with a 4-1 thrashing of Torino.
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