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 FC Barcelona’s new signing Philippe Coutinho is photographed as he waves on the Camp Nou pitch in Catalonia. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

No sooner had Philippe Coutinho’s frenetic scribble sealed a £142m transfer to Barcelona, than he was forced to swiftly hurdle the first attempted tac(...)

At 40/1, Kylian Mbappé is more than a decent bet for this summer’s Golden Boot. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

In the darkest, nerdiest corners of professional gambling theory, they talk about the Green Lumbar Fallacy. The term apparently arose from a story abo(...)

Corentin Tolisso scored twice as Bayern Munich beat PSG 3-1. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Bayern Munich 3 PSG 1 Bayern Munich ruined Paris St Germain’s perfect Champions League record this season with a 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena on (...)

 Kingsley Coman of Bayern Munich scores at Celtic Park. Photograph: Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Celtic 1 Bayern Munich 2 Celtic will reflect on a bittersweet night. This was a rousing performance, one which endorsed improvement as heralded by Br(...)

 Lionel Messi throws his jersey to the crowd as he celebrates his team’s win over Ecuador. Photograph: Getty Images

Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup on Tuesday after a dramatic last round of South American matches that also saw Per(...)

Neymar scores for Barcelona during the Celtic’s 7-0 defeat at the Camp Nou in September 2016. It was a night that raised questions about the entire competition and the role of clubs such as Celtic in it. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Hamilton Academical’s record transfer fee, as you probably know, is the £180,000 or so paid to Czech club Sigma Olomouc for their goalkeeper Tomas Cer(...)

 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look on as Stephanie Roche arrives for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It started out as just a bit of fun, a rule-free spot of reminiscing, a list of 50 memorable moments produced by Irish sportswomen. But then(...)

James Rodríguez has joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty

Bayern Munich have signed James Rodríguez from Real Madrid in a two-year loan deal. The 25-year-old moves to the German champions after three seasons (...)

Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane sits at the Madrid Community headquarters during a celeration of their La Liga success. Photograph: Getty Images

For a moment there Marcelo looked a bit worried. Danilo, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez bundled back out of the press room a little less noisily than they(...)

Real Madrid  head coach Zinedine Zidane:  “Nobody feels like champions, we have to continue until the last minute of the last game. We haven’t won anything and we will not relax.” Photograph: Chema Moya/EPA

Zinedine Zidane insisted his Real Madrid stars don’t feel like champions yet, as his side close in on a potential double. A victory against Celta Vig(...)

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