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Didier Deschamps: the France manager’s decision to recall Benzema after a highly visible and often bitter absence of nearly six years was surprising.  Photograph: Uefa/AFP via Getty Images

France v Germany, Allianz Arena, Munich, Tuesday, 8pm - Live on RTÉ 2 and ITV Unlike England, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, all(...)

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been included in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the upcoming Euro 2020. Photograph: EPA

The pursuit of harmony has been the cornerstone of Didier Deschamps’ reign as France manager. The 1998 World Cup-winning captain sought to become a (...)

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi during their Spanish League match against Getafe on October 17th. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has torn into the club over their handling of the Lionel Messi contract situation, which resulted in the forward attem(...)

The treatment of his great friend  Luis Suarez by the club was the final straw for Lionel Messi. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barça usually get late night kick-off times for La Liga games at the Camp Nou. Players spill out of the stadium around midnight to go home. Lionel Mes(...)

Barcelona’s   Antoine Griezmann reacts after missing a chance during the 2-1 win over Getafe at the Camp Nou. Photo: Josep Lago/Getty Images

Barcelona beat third-placed Getafe 2-1 at home on Saturday to stay on the heels of La Liga title rivals Real Madrid but the champions were made to sw(...)

Lionel Messi and  team-mate Samuel Umtiti during Barcelona’s training session at Sant Joan d’Espi sports city near Barcelona on Wednesday. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Quique Setién scoffed and then started laughing. “No way,” he said. He had been talking for 12 minutes and he was only halfway through, still trying t(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off during Portugal’s draw with Serbia. Photograph: Mario Cruz/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured as reigning European champions Portugal were held 1-1 at home to Serbia in their Euro 2020 qualifier. The 34-year-(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their third goal against Rayo Vallecano with Ivan Rakitic. Photograph:  Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 3 Rayo Vallecano 1 Barcelona came from a goal down to defeat struggling Rayo Vallecano 3-1 and restore their seven-point lead at the top of(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi earns more than €56m a year. Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

Barcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10 million (€11.3m) a year, according to the latest G(...)

 Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona argues with the referee Jaime Latre at the end of the   match. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

La Liga champions Barcelona’s domestic struggles continued as they dropped points for the third game in a row, drawing 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao (...)

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