Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba after Barcelona’s second goal against Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Betis 1 Barcelona 4 Lionel Messi was lauded by opposition supporters on Sunday after he scored an outstanding hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 win (...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

Athletic Bilbao celebrate after  Iker Muniain scores against Real Madrid  at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on September 15th, 2018. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s midseason soccer transfer window is open this month. For teams battling relegation, and potential financial ruin, it brings a last vital chan(...)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested he was as concerned to move on players who are on the fringes of the squad. Photograph: Reuters

DAVID HYTNER Mauricio Pochettino has said he would not be disappointed if Tottenham failed to strengthen their squad in January because he is mindfu(...)

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne after sustaining  ligament damage to his left knee against Fulham at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on  November 1st. Photograph:   Reuters/Andrew Yates

Kevin De Bruyne is set to be out for up to six weeks after suffering ligament damage in his left knee, and Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City (...)

Iker Muniain of Athletic Bilbao celebrates after scoring during the Basque derby against Real Sociedad earlier this month. Photo: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

The sleepy town of Lezama sits 10km outside of Bilbao and is home to just 2,400 people, but it also accommodates one of the most unusual football club(...)

Marcelo Bielsa: the former Argentina coach is the latest manager to try and return Leeds United to their former pomp. Photograph: Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Marcelo Bielsa is the manager of Leeds United. It is a sentence worth repeating. Almost two months after it became fact, there is still something su(...)

Devin Toner has praised the likes of youger players such as James Ryan and the impact they have had on Leinster this season. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Culture Vultures Leinster may rely on their artisan strengths to win their first European Champions Cup since 2012. As Leo Cullen and his side front u(...)

The friendly rivalry between Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola continues at Anfield on Wednesday. Getty Images

Liverpool 1) The success of Klopp’s press Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool’s pressing game in the second half of January’s 4-3 defeat of City was “on a d(...)

Manchester City have signed Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for €65 million. Photo: Vincent West/Reuters

Manchester City have signed the central defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao. The Premier League leaders met the 23-year-old’s £57.2m (€65m(...)

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