Football fans hold Catalan flags  before FC Barcelona’s match with Girona at the Estadi Montilivi. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

On the pitch, good – nine wins in nine league and Champions League games this season – off it, troubling for FC Barcelona. It is entering uncharted wa(...)

Jimmy Mcgee: he was a walking pre-internet search engine filled with information gleaned from covering 11 Olympic games and 12 World Cups. Photograph: PA Wire

It was like an art critic admiring the brushwork of Rembrandt or a wine connoisseur savouring a fine Bordeaux. Diego Maradona has just pirouetted pas(...)

Francesco Totti made his final appearance for Roma against Genoa on Sunday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Francesco Totti tried to raise a smile. Striding out on to the Stadio Olimpico pitch for a farewell address at the end of his last-ever match for Roma(...)

Pupetta Maresca on her wedding day. When her husband, Pasquale Simonetti, was killed by Antonio Esposito, Pupetta targeted the killer. Photograph: Getty Images

While Elena Ferrante’s quartet of books, which began with My Brilliant Friend, opened up the closed, and often violent histories of Naples through fic(...)

I never understood how she gets away with it. Year after year. I refer to Flora Pilo. I used think her surname was spelled Peelo and that she must be (...)

Neymar celebrates after Barcelona knocked PSG out of the Champions League. Photo: Pau Barrena/Getty Images

When it comes to pure spectacle most people seem to have preferred the old pre-facelift model José Mourinho. Albeit it has been a few years since we s(...)

If Real Madrid are to progress they will have to do so in front of the fearsome Napoli fans at the Stadio San Paolo. Photo: Carlo Hermann/Getty Images

What’s next in the Sanchez v Wenger saga? Arsenal (1) v Bayern Munich (5) – Tuesday, 7.45pm This is looking increasingly like a classic ‘footballer (...)

Gareth Bale at  Real Madrid’s training session on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League round of 16 first   leg match against Napoli on Wednesday night. Photograph:  Emilio Naranjo/EPA

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will not risk Gareth Bale in Wednesday’s Champions League match against in-form Napoli at the Bernabeu, as he seeks (...)

Diego Maradona has endorsed Fifa President Gianni Infantino’s proposals for a 48-team World Cup. Photograph: Epa/Walter Bieri

Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina’s former captain said on Monday that it would rekindle interes(...)

Phil Lynott, lead singer  Thin Lizzy,  died on January 4th, 1986. He was 35. Photograph:  Eric Luke

– Phil Lynott, lead singer with Irish rock band Thin Lizzy (below), died on January 4th. He was 35 years old.–Jennifer Guinness, wife of Guinness Maho(...)