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FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu  with Dutch player Frenkie de Jong,  in Amsterdam last week. Barcelona has announced signing the Ajax midfielder for €75 million plus a possible €11 million in add-ons. Photograph:  EPA

What sort of emotions do footballers feel upon signing the contract that takes them to one of the biggest clubs in the world? Jubilation, exhilaration(...)

Chelsea:  may face sanction from football’s authorities over fans’ chants. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Chelsea face a partial closure of Stamford Bridge in the Europa League if Uefa determines a section of supporters were guilty of an anti-Semitic chan(...)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested he was as concerned to move on players who are on the fringes of the squad. Photograph: Reuters

DAVID HYTNER Mauricio Pochettino has said he would not be disappointed if Tottenham failed to strengthen their squad in January because he is mindfu(...)

Maurizio Sarri: “We need to change the mentality, not because the old mentality was bad. But it’s not suitable with the new way of playing.” Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Maurizio Sarri has made it clear he will need time, rather than money, if he is to hoist Chelsea back into contention as title challengers and has po(...)

FAI chief John Delaney at the Uefa Euro 2020 draw in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Uefa director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti claims that there will be “no losers, only winners” from the introduction of the third, as yet unnamed(...)

Ireland’s Ryan Manning dejected after his side conceded an early goal to Germany during the recent European under-21 Championship qualifier. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Having repeatedly described himself as a man who delivers for the association he has been running now for more than a decade, John Delaney has, it see(...)

Ireland’s Troy Parrott celebrates scoring against Bosnia & Herzegovina back in May. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

When FAI chief executive John Delaney spoke about the appointment of Martin O’Neill five years ago, he set out a two-item job spec for the Northerner.(...)

Christian Eriksen: “We have to solve this conflict now, not just keep digging the ditches deeper.” File photograph: Getty Images

The Our Story section of the Jægersborg Boldklub Facebook page is due an update after four members of its futsal team were called into the Danish seni(...)

 Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring a goal against Liverpool during last year’s  Champions League final. Photograph:  MB Media/Getty Images

The draw for a new-look Champions League group stage, featuring more teams from Europe’s top five leagues and fewer representatives from the smaller o(...)

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