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    1. July 7, 2014

      Brazil’s Fred and Germany’s Müller are footballing opposites

      Each has an unmistakable physique. Germany’s forward Thomas Müller, with long skinny legs above tiny socks, looks like a...

    2. July 7, 2014

      Real Madrid great Di Stefano dies

      Frequently bracketed with Pelé and Diego Maradona as among the greatest exponents of the game, Alfredo Di Stéfano, who died...

    1. The World

      June 19, 2014

      Spain: Few ideas and no excuses

      Spain’s forward Fernando Torres after Spain lost their Group B World Cup football match against Chile Credit: Getty By now,...

    2. June 6, 2014

      Messi – can the ‘Messiah’ rise again?

      As a child at primary school in Argentina, I used to be troubled by the relish with which my history teacher would recount...

    3. beyondbrics

      May 27, 2014

      Bolivia's Evo Morales: part-time pro footballer

      Once the first indigenous president of an impoverished country with an Indian majority has established his authority,...

    4. beyondbrics

      March 13, 2013

      Messi, a Queen and a Pope, oh my

      God is Argentine, as Argentines are fond of saying. Now, so is the pope. Next month, Argentina will also have a queen when...

    5. Money Supply

      October 17, 2012

      ECB's bond buying is a game of two halves

      According to the Maradona theory of monetary policy, as outlined by Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, a...

    6. FT Alphaville

      October 17, 2012

      The Hand of Draghi (aka Mariodona)

      Let’s go back to May 2005, to a lecture delivered by Bank of England governor Mervyn King at the Cass Business School… This...

    7. July 6, 2012

      The List: Highlights of the Football Museum

      When the National Football Museum opened this week at its new home in Manchester, World Cup-winning footballer Sir Bobby...

    8. June 22, 2012

      Puma to kick leather into touch

      Puma will have to stop using leather in its famous football boots and trainers because it is such an environmentally...

    9. beyondbrics

      August 5, 2011

      Grozny bids for World Cup big time

      Kadyrov challenges Maradona Grozny is not a name often associated with Europe’s sporting metropolises. But the Chechen...

    10. July 25, 2011

      Chávez back in Venezuela after chemotherapy

      CARACAS, July 23 – President Hugo Chávez returned to Venezuela on Saturday, a week after leaving for chemotherapy in Cuba,...

    11. FT Alphaville

      June 23, 2011

      Mervyn Maradona

      The Bank of England governor is a rule-breaker, just like Argentinian football star Diego Maradona. So says Malcolm Barr...

    12. May 27, 2011

      Lionel Messi

      Later we would all say, “I was there. I saw it happen.” At the time, when he was brought on as a substitute, it was actually...

    13. May 9, 2011

      The Football Men

      The Football Men: Up Close With The Giants of The Modern Game, by Simon Kuper, Simon & Schuster, RRP£16.99, 384 pages As...

    14. March 28, 2011

      US soccer looks to export young talent

      Andrew, 12, cannot hide his excitement at New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets American...

    15. January 21, 2011

      The sage of Real Madrid

      Jorge Valdano is explaining what Real Madrid is about – a question he’s better equipped to answer than perhaps anyone else –...

    16. July 22, 2010

      Chavez breaks diplomatic ties with Colombia

      President Hugo Chavez broke relations with Colombia on Thursday, after being accused of “continued and permanent tolerance”...

    17. Money Supply

      July 6, 2010

      Why Germans are different

      Psychological analyses of the German character are the flavour of the week, what with the country’s team doing so well in...

    18. July 3, 2010

      German team ends Argentinian World Cup hopes

      Argentina followed Brazil through the World Cup exit door, comprehensively beaten 4-0 in Cape Town by a brilliant German...

    19. July 2, 2010

      Maradona gambles on the ‘owner’ to deliver Cup glory

      In the German squad’s five-star hotel outside Pretoria, their match analysts have spent days thinking about Lionel Messi....

    20. July 2, 2010

      Argentina in Cup dilemma

      No one in Argentina wants the national team to fail to make the World Cup final – except, perhaps, the planners at the...

    21. The World

      June 28, 2010

      A long walk at the World Cup

      Sitting in the stands last night, waiting for the Argentina-Mexico game to start, I texted a South African friend about...

    22. June 23, 2010

      England's timeworn elimination ritual

      "It was disbelief." England's midfielder Alan Ball summed up the mood in the team's dressing room after West Germany knocked...

    23. June 18, 2010

      Maradona's winning streak not a cert

      The only time Diego Maradona grew animated in his post-match press conference yesterday was when someone asked about his...

    24. June 17, 2010

      Maradona may be spared his blushes

      The only time Diego Maradona grew animated in his post-match press conference on Thursday was when someone asked about his...

    25. June 16, 2010

      Argentina abandons business as usual

      It’s the World Cup, and for companies in Argentina, it’s anything but business as usual.With the entire country glued to the...

    26. June 10, 2010

      A sartorial strategy for growth

      There is no question that football can sell fashion - Louis Vuitton's current heritage campaign, featuring legends Zinedine...

    27. June 9, 2010

      A sartorial strategy for growth

      Don Jones (left) and Jaon Costley are trying to alter perceptions in the US There is no question that football can sell...

    28. June 5, 2010

      The resurrection of Diego Maradona

      In the late afternoon of June 30 1994, the president of the Argentine Football Association, Julio Grondona, watched his...

    29. April 10, 2010

      Sporting life

      Maradona must unleash his heir to lift the world cupLionel Messi was taking a penalty in the world cup final. Some mortal...

    30. April 9, 2010

      Maradona must unleash heir to lift the world cup

      Lionel Messi was taking a penalty in the world cup final. Some mortal penalty-takers wait until the keeper dives, then score...

    31. December 5, 2009

      Barcelona's strategy to get beneath the Messi flowerpot

      A no-name defender from Almería kicks Lionel Messi. The undersized Argentinian with the brown flowerpot haircut is unhurt,...

    32. December 4, 2009

      Barcelona’s strategy to get beneath the Messi flowerpot

      A no-name defender from Almería kicks Lionel Messi. The undersized Argentinian with the brown flowerpot haircut is unhurt,...

    33. October 15, 2009

      Longed-for feat of Maradona's team breaks two-year bridge blockade

      After nearly two years of diplomatic pressure and international litigation, Argentine protesters yesterday agreed to lift...

    34. October 14, 2009

      Argentine protesters suspend bridge blockade

      After nearly two years of diplomatic pressure and international litigation, Argentine protesters on Wednesday agreed to lift...

    35. October 10, 2009

      Sporting life

      Why Argentina chose 'ganas' and 'pibes' over winning Everyone laughs at Argentina, but the point is to understand how they...

    36. October 9, 2009

      Why Argentina chose ‘ganas’ and ‘pibes’ over winning

      Everyone laughs at Argentina, but the point is to understand how they got themselves into this mess. Their football team,...

    37. September 19, 2009

      Lower gilt yields help out King and his bold QE policy

      This week Mervyn King, the Bank of England governor, had one of his Diego Maradona moments. At the Commons Treasury select...

    38. September 18, 2009

      Lower gilt yields help King and QE

      This week Mervyn King, the Bank of England governor, had one of his Diego Maradona moments. At the Commons Treasury select...

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