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Brazil’s blend of youth and experience makes them favourites to win the World Cup. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

With just over a year to go until the World Cup kicks off, 12 teams have qualified alongside hosts Qatar. All four semi-finalists from 2018 have seale(...)

 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. (...)

 Real Madrid’s  David Alaba celebrates after scoring their first goal in the  La Liga match against Barcelona  at the  Camp Nou. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2 When the goal that finally settled this match was scored, Gerard Piqué was lying on the floor in one penalty area and Lucas(...)

 French striker Kylian Mbappé scores his side’s  second goal past Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon  during the Uefa Nations League  Final at San Siro Stadium in Milan. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Spain 1 France 2 There in the madness was Kylian Mbappé, blood running cold. A game of control had gone crazy and that was where France won it, claim(...)

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(...)

 Thomas Müller  scores Bayern Munich’s opening goal during the  Champions League Group E match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 3 “This will be an interesting game to draw conclusions about where we are,” Ronald Koeman had said. The answer, as they su(...)

 Antoine Griezmann has left Barcelona to return to Atlético Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann has re-joined Atlético Madrid in a shock move from Barcelona on a season’s loan with an obligation for the transfer to become perman(...)

Brazil captain  Dani Alves celebrates after receiving his gold  medal on the podium after the win over Spain in the Olympic Games men’s soccer final  at Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil 2 Spain 1 Defender Dani Alves rolled back the years to spur Brazil to a 2-1 win over Spain in the Tokyo Games soccer final on Saturday, enabli(...)

 Manchester City have signed Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish on a six-year deal, the Premier League club have announced. Photograph: Peter Powell/PA

Last November, after Belgium had beaten England 2-0 in the Nations League, Pep Guardiola messaged Kevin De Bruyne to ask what he had made of Jack Grea(...)

 Lionel Messi is set to take a wage cut when he signs a new five-year deal at Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona are close to announcing that Lionel Messi has signed a contract to 2026 and are in advanced talks over swapping Antoine Griezmann for Atléti(...)

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