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  1. July 31, 2014

    Virtual reality creates another frontier for television

    They say we are in a golden age of television. They may be wrong. This is not a complaint about Breaking Bad or Downton...

  2. FT Alphaville

    July 15, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, - China’s bad debt cannot simply be socialised. - Yates vs Sumner on on market monetarism. -...

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  1. Modern Barcelona

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  1. July 11, 2014

    Mastery over fast-passing will prove to be the big winner

    Every World Cup has a winning team, and a winning style. This time, the winning style is fast-passing football. Germany are...

  2. FT Data

    July 11, 2014

    Argentina v Germany - The economist's verdict

    On Sunday Germany and Argentina will face off in the World Cup final for the third time. The match result may well hinge on...

  3. The World

    July 11, 2014

    Argentina, "tell me how it feels"

    In July 1990, a controversial late penalty by Andreas Brehme won the World Cup for Germany and snatched the title from...

  4. July 10, 2014

    Some Argentines excel, but others would be odd World Cup victors

    Watching Argentina’s coach Alejandro Sabella, one is strangely reminded of the actor Peter Sellers. In the 1979 film Being...

  5. July 8, 2014

    Van Gaal’s tactical acumen faces Messi challenge

    As Holland and Costa Rica headed for a penalty shootout on Saturday, I got a text message from the Dutch journalist Hugo...

  6. June 26, 2014

    World Cup: Fast-passing style slowly spreads around the globe

    As I write (admittedly on the beach at Copacabana), it has been a surprisingly joyous World Cup. The first round is ending...

  7. FT Photo Diary

    June 9, 2014

    Messi painting

    Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in...

  8. 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...

  9. March 30, 2014

    Interview: Mayor says it is time to change the relationship with Spain

    The political heart of Barcelona is the Plaça Sant Jaume, a square in the city’s Gothic district that is flanked by two...

  10. March 21, 2014

    First Person: Monica

    Before I started playing football, I was spending a lot of time on the streets of San Salvador. Many children in my country...

  11. January 31, 2014

    Sports stars and fashion labels team up in 2014

    The bad kits, bling jewellery and tight shorts won’t disappear entirely. But now fashion seems to have become a second...

  12. January 10, 2014

    Messi, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic: football’s new superheroes

    The other night, I was standing outside the players tunnel before a Paris Saint-Germain game when Zlatan Ibrahimovic walked...

  13. Material World

    November 27, 2013

    Lanvin scores in the fashion football game

    Lanvin It’s all about football for men’s luxury brands. What else to make of the fact that Lanvin just became the first...

  14. September 27, 2013

    Messi appears in court over tax evasion allegations

    Lionel Messi, the Barcelona and Argentina footballer, appeared in a Spanish court on Friday to defend himself against...

  15. June 20, 2013

    Messi summoned over tax allegations

    Lionel Messi and his father will have to testify in court over allegations they committed a €4m tax fraud, after a Spanish...

  16. June 12, 2013

    Barça’s Lionel Messi under investigation for tax fraud

    Lionel Messi, the Barcelona striker and one of the world’s best-paid athletes, is under investigation for tax fraud amid...

  17. FT Alphaville

    April 24, 2013

    The gold-Barca bubble

    Just saying. Very serious reporting by David Keohane and Jamie Chisholm Related links: Lionel Messi gold foot ‘worth £3.5m’...

  18. April 12, 2013

    Satirists stoke surge of Spanish anger

    It is getting close to midnight, the pizza cartons are empty and the red wine has just run out. Undaunted, the small band of...

  19. 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...

  20. January 18, 2013

    Pep Guardiola: football’s most wanted

    In the spring of 2008 Barcelona Football Club was a big-name global brand that was losing its lustre. The ideas were running...

  21. beyondbrics

    October 30, 2012

    [video] Argentina vs Colombia

    Argentina may have Lionel Messi but Colombia claims it’s overtaken its South American neighbour in terms of GDP. John Paul...

  22. June 4, 2012

    Ad woes leave Spanish TV offside

    For Spaniards living through a second recession in three years, reading about Real Madrid coach José Mourinho poking...

  23. April 30, 2012

    Pepsi calls for ceasefire in cola wars

    PepsiCo wants to bring an end to the cola wars. As it embarks on a strategic push to revive its fortunes, the US food and...

  24. April 16, 2012

    Only a privileged few work with top talent

    It is a mathematical fact that most of us are average. We sit in that great lump of any normal distribution, muddling around...

  25. January 3, 2012

    Fernández to have surgery to remove tumour

    Cristina Fernández, Argentina’s president, is expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a thyroid tumour that has...

  26. December 14, 2011

    Barça’s tactics for a successful turnround

    Goal: Management Ideas from the World of Football By Ferran Soriano Everyone should be a fan of Barcelona football club....

  27. August 27, 2011

    The List: Five highly paid stars of US sport

    The transfer this week of the Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o from Italian giants Inter Milan to the obscure but...

  28. August 23, 2011

    Eto’o to score highest paid footballer tag

    An unheralded Russian club owned by billionaire oligarch Suleiman Kerimov is expected to make Samuel Eto’o the world’s...

  29. beyondbrics

    August 5, 2011

    Indian cricket: heaps of money

    India’s cricketers have been deafened by howls of derision after their latest defeat by England in a four match Test series....

  30. May 29, 2011

    Barcelona win European Cup

    LONDON, May 28 – Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona cemented their place in soccer’s pantheon when they overwhelmed Manchester United...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. March 28, 2011

    Argentina becomes top exporter of footballers

    The world does not just turn to Argentina for soya and wheat. The South American country has become the world’s top exporter...

  34. 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...

  35. February 14, 2011

    Football split on plans to improve coaching

    Leaders of England’s professional football leagues have conceded that the domestic coaching system still lags behind foreign...

  36. January 12, 2011

    Case study: Barcelona FC youth academy

    The story: Barcelona Football Club’s unique in-house talent management model is seen as the best in professional football....

  37. December 9, 2010

    A whole new ballgame for Indian football

    There are more than 85m football fans in India Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, is gambling that his cricket-mad...

  38. September 24, 2010

    The secret of sport comes in revealing the child within

    “Why do people love sport so much?” a woman I know burst out in exasperation recently. It is a question I have often asked...

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