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Mickey O’Rourke, owner of Premier Sports pay TV group. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Mickey O’Rourke’s Premier Sports pay TV group has taken a 10 per cent stake in the company that operates JOE and Her Media, with a view to sharing spo(...)

Hristo Stoitchkov: regarded as Bulgaria’s greatest ever player, the striker’s six goles won him the  Golden Boot at the 1994 World Cup and he also became the only Bulgarian to be named  European Footballer of the Year.

At first glance the Nations League clash between Ireland and Bulgaria seems like the footballing equivalent of two bald men fighting over a comb. Tw(...)

 FC Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from his position on Tuesday, together with the rest of the board. He also announced before leaving that Barcelona has accepted the invitation to join a proposed European Super League. Photograph: EPA

Josep Maria Bartomeu was on his way out when he casually tossed in a match and closed the door behind him. It was barely 30 seconds in a 30-minute val(...)

  Real Madrid substitutes  look on from the stands  during the La Liga  match against  Real Sociedad  at Estadio Anoeta  in San Sebastian. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

As coronavirus infection rates in Spain started to rise again recently, so did the anxiety among the leaders of Spain’s top soccer league. Earlier thi(...)

Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid in their 2018 European Cup final win in Kiev. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Apologies if you’ve heard this one before, but there are some lines, some passages that just stick. A page in a book often returned to is No 174 of Ma(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Ronald Koeman acknowledges the crowd during a tribute match at the Camp Nou in 2017, he will next return to the stadium as manager. File photograph: Getty Images

Ronald Koeman has described Barcelona as his “dream club” after being appointed their new head coach on a two-year deal. Koeman spent six years at th(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration during the Champions League round of 16 second leg  between Juventus and Lyon at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. Phototraph: Antonio Calanni/AP

Lisbon will miss Cristiano Ronaldo this week. For the first time in a decade, the Champions League quarter-finals go ahead without him. On Frida(...)

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