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Huge crowds would regularly turn out to watch the seven-a-side tournaments at the Gloucester Diamond with residents watching from the windows. Photograph: North Inner City Folklore Project

There’s a photograph of a woman looking out of her window at a quiet Foley Street below. All around her are boarded up windows. The buildings up and d(...)

 Danny Rose has spoken about his depression, racist abuse, and a return to play. Photograph: Getty Images

England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose has again criticised the level of punishment countries receive for racist abuse, describing it as “b******s”(...)

Andres Iniesta in action for Vissel Kobe in February. Photograph: Atsushi Tomura/Getty

“Every time I see a photo of a game or a full stadium, I feel desperate to play football again,” Andrés Iniesta says after 54 days without. For his cl(...)

If Barcelona can use the crisis to get Lionel Messi to take a 70 per cent pay cut, why can’t Premier League clubs permanently control their wage costs? Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Joseph Overton wasn’t known for his views on the sports business. But his work is being studied by people looking to exploit the hellscape that’s engu(...)

Agustin Pichot in action for Argentina against Ireland at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Argentine Revolt Agustín Pichot is rugby union’s best chance of becoming a truly global game. The former Argentinean scrumhalf is challenging the(...)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu with manager Quique Setien and sporting director Eric Abidal. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty

Barcelona’s crisis has deepened after six board members resigned, including two vice-presidents and the man the president Josep Maria Bartomeu had ide(...)

George Best celebrates scoring Manchester United’s second goal during the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica at Wembley. Photograph:   Popperfoto/Getty Images

Maybe the price sports writing pays for daily beat writers whose job is volume and speed as much as reflection is that points of difference between va(...)

It has been an absolutely tumultuous start to 2020, to the point where I have informed those around me that I will be turning 24 in 2021 rather than t(...)

Barcelona’s players have accepted a 70 per cent pay cut. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty

Barcelona’s players have accepted a 70 per cent pay cut and pledged donations to help the club’s non-sport staff continue to receive their full wages.(...)

Xavi lifts the European Cup after Barcelona’s win over Juventus in 2015.Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty

Xavi believes he is ready to manage Barcelona but insists there cannot be any “toxicity” in the dressing room. The midfielder spent the majority of h(...)

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