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Michael Pentland aged 10 from Belfast watches the  Carling Nations Cup match between Wales and  Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in 2011, where the attendance was 529. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I blame Liam Brady. As a soccer-obsessed child I was desperate to attend an Ireland match but faced one insurmountable problem. The old Lansdowne Road(...)

Street artwork in Barcelona depicting Lionel Messi as Argentinian revolutionary  Che Guevara. Photograph: Pau Barrena/Getty Images

Six days after Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wanted out, the exit process is bogged down in legal claim and counter-claim. Yesterday, La Liga annou(...)

Darragh Geraghty with his son

How does that old phrase go again? What’s one more Covid article, said the wren pissing into the sea. Yeah, pretty sure that’s it. But this isn’t a(...)

 Barcelona great Lionel Messi this week told the club he wants to leave. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

After what Barcelona supporters have endured in the last six weeks, it would be a struggle to persuade them that football is but a trifling matter. Fi(...)

Jürgen Klopp would love to see Lionel Messi play in the Premier League. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions that Liverpool could sign Lionel Messi but would like to see him in the Premier League. Messi has rocked the (...)

Even if Messi comes to lament leaving – and on some level he knows it is guaranteed that he will. Even then, this is a stain that will not go. Photograph: Getty

The end is getting nearer, Lionel Messi said the night he collected his sixth Ballon d’Or. It was hard enough for Barcelona fans to accept then; it is(...)

 Manchester City are expected to be one of the clubs in the running to sign Lionel Messi after the Argentina international expressed his desire to leave Catalonia this summer. File photograph: PA

Manchester City believe they have a chance of signing Lionel Messi after the forward told Barcelona he wants to leave. Pep Guardiola was Messi’s mana(...)

Juan Bernat of PSG (left) scores the 3-0 during the UEFA Champions League semi-final match between RB Leipzig and Paris Saint Germain in Lisbon on August 18th. Photograph: EPA/Manu Fernandez/Pool

If you want to see the world’s best left-back in action – or if you are Barcelona’s Nélson Semedo and would just like to put a face to the dancing hel(...)

Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui and Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte. Both teams face off in the Europa League final in Cologne on Friday. Photographs:  Alex Caparros, Emilio Andreoli, Michael Regan/Getty Images

Europa League Final: Sevilla v Inter Milan, RheinEnergie Stadion, Cologne, Friday, 8pm - Live on Virgin Media One and BT Sport 1 Antonio Conte will h(...)

Barcelona’s new Dutch coach Ronald Koeman removes his facemask during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Wednesday. Photograph: Josep Lago /AFP via Getty Images)

“If nothing goes awry, the new manager will be Ronald Koeman, ” Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said, and this time at least nothing did (...)

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