Barcelona’s new head coach Xavi Hernández waves to fans during his presentation at Camp Nou on Monday. Photograph: Alejandro García/EPA

At last, the time was right and the place was too. Xavi Hernández returned to Barcelona as manager and revealed that not only had he twice turned the (...)

A report into the state of the Camp Nou showed 44 structural “issues” that would have imperilled fans. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

The Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is falling apart. Barça’s chief executive Ferran Reverter took over the day-to-day running of the club in July(...)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: ‘It is what it is and we are what we are.’ Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

The most striking thing about Barcelona’s limp 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night at the Nou Camp was how inevitable it was, and how easily (...)

Martin Braithwaite’s impressive displays with Denmark these past couple of weeks have spawned speculation about a possible transfer to the Premier League. Photograph: Martin Meissner/Getty Images

As part of a talking heads panel on the Yahoo Finance channel, Martin Braithwaite sat there, wearing a Denmark training top, and held forth about offe(...)

France’s manager Didier Deschamps at  a press conference in Bucharest, Romania,  ahead of the match against Switzerland.  Photograph: UEFA/ AFP

World champions France are facing mounting injuries ahead of their Euro Round-of-16 match against Switzerland on Monday, with coach Didier Deschamps s(...)

France’s Paul Pogba  after the  Euro 2020 match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 23th. Photograph:  Franck Fife/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Few would take exception with Didier Deschamps’ assertion that while other teams may have made a better impression at Euro 2020, France will really ge(...)

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(...)

Leo Messi during Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s draw at Camp Nou in the Catalan capital. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Barcelona 0 Atletico Madrid 0 The La Liga title race was blown wide open after Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played out a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou on Sa(...)

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 (...)

Gerard Pique can’t keep up with Kylian Mbappe. Photograph: Lluis Gene/Getty/AFP

Presnel Kimpembe slipped. 29 minutes had been played at the Camp Nou. Two minutes earlier Lionel Messi had put Barcelona ahead. Now, as the Paris Sain(...)

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