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Barcelona players  enjoy a lighthearted moment during a training session at the Camp Nou on the eve of their  Champions League Group E  clash against Benfica. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez said on Monday he is relishing the challenge of facing Benfica in the Champions League as they look to avenge their defe(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo makes a rare appearance in Ireland on Thursday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Appearing oblivious to the danger of tempting fate the FAI recently launched a new ‘Our Time is Now’ slogan. The first visitors to stress test this bo(...)

Irish children with intellectual disabilities will participate in the first Special Champions League which takes place in the Netherlands next week

Irish children with intellectual disabilities will participate in the first Special Champions League which takes place in the Netherlands next week. (...)

 Ronald Koeman: the writing was on the wall for the head coach at Barcelona for months and defeat at league minnows Rayo Vallecano proved the final straw.  Photograph:  Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Rayo Vallecano scored and The Final Countdown began. The last goal Barcelona conceded under Ronald Koeman was met by Europe booming round Vallecas. (...)

A report into the state of the Camp Nou showed 44 structural “issues” that would have imperilled fans. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

The Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is falling apart. Barça’s chief executive Ferran Reverter took over the day-to-day running of the club in July(...)

Rafa celebrates scoring against Barcelona at Estadio da Luz. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Benfica 3 Barcelona 0 Barcelona were humbled 3-0 by Benfica on Wednesday to pile the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman with the Catalan club’s Champion(...)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: ‘It is what it is and we are what we are.’ Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

The most striking thing about Barcelona’s limp 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night at the Nou Camp was how inevitable it was, and how easily (...)

Celtic have signed centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham on loan until the end of the season. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Ange Postecoglou has declared himself pleased with the way his Celtic squad emerged from a busy transfer window. The late deadline-day addition of Ca(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo is one shy of a world record 110th international goal. Photograph: EPA

So, what’s happening? Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland team have three World Cup qualifiers in six days in this international window - first up on(...)

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has signed for Crystal Palace. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of forward Odsonne Edouard from Celtic for an initial fee reported to be €17.5 million. The Eagles were eag(...)

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