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Uefa’s intention is to reserve two of the four new Champions League spots for “clubs with the highest club coefficient over the last five years” that have not qualified for the Champions League but have qualified for the Europa League or Europa Conference League. File photograph: Getty Images

The 12 clubs who instigated the breakaway European Super League are not expected to be directly punished by Uefa but could be hit by changes to the ne(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao with Pedri. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty

Lionel Messi’s wife collected him from Barcelona’s El Prat airport in mid-November after playing a couple of international games in South America. Mes(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Barcelona 1 (PSG win 5-2 on agg) Rage, rage against the dying of the light. On a damp night at the Parc Des Princes, Barcelona (...)

Kylian Mbappe completes his hat-trick in scoring Paris Saint-Germain’s fourth goal in the  Champions League round of 16 first-leg match against Barcelona at the  Camp Nou. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4 There were five minutes left when Kylian Mbappé opened up his body and bent a beautiful shot into the far corner of(...)

Lionel Messi leaves the field after being shown a red card during the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Exactly 90 seconds before the act of violence that will earn Lionel Messi his first red card for Barcelona, he’s standing just inside the halfway lin(...)

 Lionel Messi after being shown a red card during the Spanish Super Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman defended his decision to start Lionel Messi in Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final after the Argentine was sent off for th(...)

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl:  he  spent last spring creating a digital “playbook”, a blueprint for players and staff to follow across the club.   Photograph:   Matt Watson/Getty Images

It was an accidental masterpiece of theatre that made for one of the most absorbing jousts this season. Even in the seconds before Danny Ings had latc(...)

Mauricio Pochettino is exoected to be named as the new manager at Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images

The first thing you need to know about the six-day underground Christmas disco that Neymar is allegedly hosting for 500 people in the soundproofed ann(...)

Many of those settling in to watch Sunday night’s television interview with Lionel Messi did so in search of optimism, reasons for hope. File photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP via Getty Images

In four days’ time Lionel Messi can begin negotiating with any team he likes, but he won’t. That’s the good news for Barcelona fans, and there is more(...)

Man United has reportedly contacted Barcelona over a loan move for Ousmane Dembele. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Manchester United have made contact with Barcelona to see if they can sign Ousmane Dembélé on loan for the 2020-21 season. United are not entertainin(...)

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