Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich: “He knew the game inside out,” says the club’s former manager Carlo Ancelotti. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Encounters with Roman Abramovich are sufficiently rare for even the shortest or most nuts-and-bolts descriptions of them to take on weight. Carlo Anc(...)

Two ‘ninots’ representing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on display in Valencia during the Fallas festival. Photo: Getty Images

Towards the end of his life Mozart wrote a piece of music called Ein musikalischer Spaß, or “a musical joke”, intended as a satire on bad composers. A(...)