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    1. June 29, 2014

      Algeria’s success in World Cup puts focus on Africa’s failure

      After Algeria drew with Russia to reach the knockout stages, there were celebrations across the country. Fans waving...

    2. November 1, 2013

      The Art Market: New York’s heavy-hitter auctions

      The November auctions in New York have been compared to a stock exchange for art – at least for the tip-top end of it. This...

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    1. Qatar 2011

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    1. September 6, 2013

      Real Madrid revenue hits record €520.9m

      Real Madrid capped a week in which it paid a world-record €100m for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale by announcing a 52 per...

    2. March 22, 2012

      It’s for Real – $1bn football theme park

      Real Madrid has lent its name to a $1bn theme park being planned on an artificial sand island in the United Arab Emirates in...

    3. December 16, 2011

      World Cup: Eager to counter football doubters

      In the Doha pavilion where Qatar produced the football star Zinedine Zidane from a cupboard as part of its successful 2022...

    4. January 27, 2011

      Les monstrueuses actualités de Christophe Alévêque, Théâtre du Rond Point, Paris

      Timing is everything. Just as this one-man show kicked off in a landmark public theatre on the Champs Elysées, defamation...

    5. November 19, 2010

      The off-the-wall executive

      Franck Riboud never wanted to become chairman and chief executive of Danone, France’s largest food company and the world’s...

    6. 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....

    7. The World

      June 22, 2010

      Racial politics and France's mutinous football team

      I know this is a highly delicate subject, but I can’t help wondering whether there isn’t a racial under-current to the row...

    8. June 17, 2010

      France ready to grumble all the way to the final

      Before the World Cup there was a curious absence of football advertisements on Parisian hoardings. Finally one appeared....

    9. June 16, 2010

      France ready to grumble all the way to final

      Before the World Cup there was a curious absence of football advertisements on Parisian hoardings. Finally one appeared....

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. June 8, 2010

      A thirst for reality eclipses the World Cup

      "Who cares about the World Cup?" Nadine Gordimer, the South African novelist, said of the fiesta that begins on Friday in...

    13. June 7, 2010

      Thirst for stories outstrips World Cup

      “Who cares about the World Cup?” Nadine Gordimer, the South African novelist, said of the fiesta that begins on Friday in...

    14. June 12, 2009

      Real Madrid's business model

      Real Madrid's £80m ($132m, €94m) purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United will doubtless be portrayed, in some...

    15. April 18, 2009

      Sporting life

      How Xavi quietly became Barcelona's new pass master Every December in Paris, some glamour boy is awarded the "Golden Ball"...

    16. April 17, 2009

      How Xavi quietly became Barcelona’s new pass master

      Every December in Paris, some glamour boy is awarded the “Golden Ball” for European footballer of the year. There should be...

    17. January 3, 2009

      The Biggest Football Transfers

      In these lean times it's good to know that millions are still being spent on preposterously remunerated sportsmen. Our team...

    18. January 3, 2009

      The Information: The biggest football transfers

      In these lean times it’s good to know that millions are still being spent on preposterously remunerated sportsmen. Our team...

    19. June 20, 2008

      Arshavin conducts Russia

      They were insipid in their opener against Spain; they did enough in their second game against Greece; and they were...

    20. June 6, 2008

      Why Euro 2008 is a political game

      1. Small countries prosper The European Union is set up partly to defend the rights of small nations. And so it seems are...

    21. April 12, 2008

      What sport tells us about a counterfactual historian

      Does Ed Smith ever imagine how his brief career playing cricket for England might have panned out differently? In a Notting...

    22. April 11, 2008

      What sport tells us about Ed

      Does Ed Smith ever imagine how his brief career playing cricket for England might have panned out differently? In a Notting...

    23. April 5, 2008

      Non-Fiction: What Sport Tells Us about Life: Bradman’s Average, Zidane’s kiss and other sporting lessons

      What Sport Tells Us about Life: BRADMAN’S AVERAGE, ZIDANE’S KISS AND OTHER SPORTING LESSONS by Ed Smith Viking £14.99 FT...

    24. April 5, 2008

      What Sport Tells Us About Life

      What Sport Tells Us About Life: Bradman’s Average, Zidane’s Kiss and Other Sporting Lessons By Ed Smith Viking £14.99 FT...

    25. FT Tech Hub

      December 7, 2007

      Satyam goes for goals in Europe

      (Maija Palmer in London writes:) Indian IT services companies have been trying to break into the European market for years....

    26. November 30, 2007

      The big prize for fans and businesses

      A summer evening in Lisbon and the best footballer on the planet, France’s Zinedine Zidane, slots home his second goal in a...

    27. October 13, 2007

      Racist football fans get kicks from abusing Muslim players

      Here are some sounds from the playing fields of Europe on an average Sunday: "Bin Laden! You know where he is!" "Have you...

    28. October 12, 2007

      Time to kick latest incarnation of racism out of football

      Here are some sounds from the playing fields of Europe on an average Sunday: “Bin Laden! You know where he is!” “Have you...

    29. September 8, 2007

      THE LIST Simon Kuper's five facts about France's odd passion for sport

      France has already sold over 2m tickets for the rugby world cup that started here on Friday, more than for any previous...

    30. September 7, 2007

      Odd facts about France’s passion for sport

      France has already sold over 2m tickets for the rugby world cup that started here on Friday, more than for any previous...

    31. April 14, 2007

      A ghetto kid 'disses' Italy's soccer royalty

      "I went left, he went left. I went right, he went right. I went left again, he went to buy a hotdog." When the footballer...

    32. February 13, 2007

      Call it a guilt offsetting scheme

      German chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid to polish her government’s green credentials passes another milestone on Wednesday,...

    33. December 16, 2006

      Algeria claims Zidane as one of its own

      Torrential rain in Algeria this week did little to dampen the hero's welcome for Zinedine Zidane, the legendary French...

    34. December 15, 2006

      Spotlight: Zinedine Zidane – Football’s flawed genius

      On December 18 Zinedine Zidane will enjoy perhaps his last moments in the full glare of football’s powerful spotlight. At a...

    35. September 2, 2006

      France conceives a soccer culture in spirit of revenge

      The last time an Italian football team got a heated reception here in France was in 1938. Arriving at Marseilles station...

    36. September 1, 2006

      Sporting rivalry may spring to life

      The last time an Italian football team got a heated reception here in France was in 1938. Arriving at Marseilles’s station...

    37. August 18, 2006

      End game

      When the filmmakers Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno set out to make an art-house movie about the French footballer...

    38. August 10, 2006

      Observer: Can there ever be too much publicity?

      Designing a golden ball, building a 10,000-seater replica stadium and splashing out an estimated €200m on advertisements and...

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