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    1. July 6, 2016

      Barcelona’s Lionel Messi given jail term over tax fraud

      Lionel Messi, the FC Barcelona footballer, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison by a Spanish court after being...

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      July 6, 2016

      Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail

      Lionel Messi, the Argentine footballer widely considered the best player in the world, has been sentenced to 21 months...

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    1. Modern Barcelona

      Barcelona, in a duel with Spain’s capital Madrid, is a city constantly regenerating wh...
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    1. June 2, 2016

      Lionel Messi of Barcelona appears in court on tax charges

      Lionel Messi, the footballer, appeared in a Spanish court on Thursday accused of defrauding the tax authorities by...

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      February 2, 2016

      Tata Motors to change name of 'Zica' car

      India’s embattled Tata Motors has bowed to the inevitable and said it will change the name of its soon to be launched...

    3. January 17, 2016

      Rich tapestry of footballers from European clubs in the top 10

      Barcelona’s Argentine superstar Lionel Messi received his fourth Fifa Ballon d’Or this week, taking him two clear of...

    4. The World

      January 13, 2016

      Dog days at the Cypriot presidential palace

      When I arrived on Wednesday at Cyprus’s presidential palace to interview President Nicos Anastasiades, the first...

    5. Sporting View

      December 7, 2015

      The fastest and longest goalscoring streaks in world football

      Jamie Vardy’s record-setting Premier League goalscoring streak for Leicester City has been hailed as one of the most...

    6. FT Data

      November 2, 2015

      Could Wayne Rooney learn from Raúl's move to Schalke?

      Wayne Rooney’s recent form has been the topic of heated debate this season, with the Manchester United forward...

    7. October 30, 2015

      How to treat expired geniuses

      When you close your eyes and think of Franz Beckenbauer, you see a beautiful, curly-haired footballer striding across...

    8. October 8, 2015

      Lionel Messi to face trial over tax fraud allegations

      Lionel Messi, widely regarded as one of the world’s best footballers, will face trial in Spain alongside his father,...

    9. Lex Live

      September 28, 2015

      HP internal emails provide new details on the crisis after the Autonomy deal

      In August 2011, Hewlett-Packard announces it will pay $11.1bn for Autonomy, a UK software maker. HP’s stock tanks. And...

    10. September 6, 2015

      American football season opens with Seahawks swooping for revenge

      The impossibly handsome Tom Brady could probably walk down the street in Paris, even Portsmouth, and nobody would know...

    11. August 21, 2015

      Child 44 — DVD review

      Directed by Daniel Espinosa, 2015 Entertainment One There is a murkiness about this adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s...

    12. FT Data

      August 10, 2015

      Where should you go to watch the best football in Europe?

      By John Burn-Murdoch Europe’s top football leagues get under way throughout August, with England’s Premier League and...

    13. FT Data

      June 16, 2015

      School's out (of reach)

      Leo and his mother walk past a primary school in South-East London, just around the corner from their house. The 4...

    14. May 10, 2015

      Susceptibility to injury proves crucial to football strike rate

      It seems almost every time Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo take to the pitch, goalscoring records tumble. But to...

    15. May 1, 2015

      Entertainment: High pay, but a more transparent market

      Some defenders of chief executives and their pay argue that they are no different from high performers in other fields....

    16. March 15, 2015

      Beauty of sport can be lost in the glorification of naked power

      Dearly beloved, the lesson today is from the gospel of Crash Davis, repository of all baseball wisdom now that Roger...

    17. March 15, 2015

      Commentary so beautiful it would ‘make an onion cry’

      The official White House transcript of President Jimmy Carter’s speech in the land of the Geordies on May 6, 1977, says...

    18. November 23, 2014

      Where does Lionel Messi rank among European football’s goal scorers?

      By Wednesday night it is almost certain there will be a new name atop the goal scoring charts of European club...

    19. FT Data

      October 20, 2014

      Interactive: who is the better goalscorer, Messi or Ronaldo?

      By John Burn-Murdoch and Gavin Jackson Between them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have...

    20. October 20, 2014

      Dominance on the field: Messi vs Ronaldo

      Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the world’s top goalscorers. And next weekend will see them pitted against each...

    21. 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...

    22. 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. -...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. February 1, 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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