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    1. 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 scored...

    2. 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 other...

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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. 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. -...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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’...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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....

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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....

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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....

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