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They lined up on the pitch against Real Sociedad, but then refused to contest the ball

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Who is the greatest modern travel writer of them all? My favourite is Norman Lewis. As the first importer of the Leica to Britain – the RG Lewis camera shop still exists in Holborn, central London – he has some claim to have helped to create the genre of travel journalism. That, for personal use, he also imported the first Porsche is simply further evidence of a commitment to mobility combined with a passion for technical excellence which is reflected in his witheringly precise prose.

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City manager remains on defensive over his long-term future amid executive reshuffle

Sheffield Wednesday sign striker from Barcelona

Sheffield Wednesday have signed striker Rodri on loan from Barcelona, subject to international clearance.

El Clasico, by Richard Fitzpatrick

Forget Rangers v Celtic – an easier thing to do from the coming season onwards – the Manchester derby, Boca Juniors v River Plate; the biggest club confrontation on the planet is undoubtedly Real Madrid v Barcelona.

Mother who murdered children sentenced to 30 years

A woman who murdered her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel room has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Lianne Smith found guilty of killing her children in Spanish hotel

A British woman who smothered her two children in their beds has been found guilty of their "abominable" murders.

Mother gave children 'perfect holiday' before killing them

A mother who suffocated her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel said she had given them a "perfect holiday" before killing them, a court heard today.

Itinerant inspiration: James Joyce

Dublinesque, By Enrique Vila-Matas, trans. Rosalind Harvey and Anne McLean

A burnt-out publisher embarks on a literary pilgrimage - and recovers the sheer joy of texts.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s austerity plans have come under heavy criticism

Spain on a knife edge as austerity cuts hit poor

"I don't mind cuts in my wages," says José Ruanco, a teacher in Granada, southern Spain, "but what I object to is that there are so many politicians out there who aren't taking any at all."

Pep Guardiola: Victory tonight will give the departing coach his 14th trophy since 2008

Barça hope to give Guardiola an emotional send-off

Pep Guardiola's glorious reign as Barcelona manager will end tonight with the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid. Victory would mean Guardiola ending his four-year tenure at the Nou Camp with his 14th trophy – the perfect end to the best spell at a European club side for a generation. This date has been marked since, one month ago, the former Barça midfielder announced he would step down.

Riot police in Barcelona block the door of the stock exchange

Spain burns as strikes bring nation to its knees

Dozens injured and more than 170 arrested as austerity marches descend into violence

Messi scoring his third goal last night, the 234th of his Barcelona career

Lionel Messi hat-trick sees him become Barcelona's all-time top scorer

Lionel Messi last night surpassed the goal record set by Cesar Rodriguez during the 1940s and 50s to become Barcelona's all-time top scorer.

The past that has not passed away: A banner displays pictures of people who went missing during Spain's civil war, at a demonstration in Madrid, February 2012

The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain, By Paul Preston

In Spain today, the civil war triggered three quarters of a century ago is still "the past that has not passed away". When a Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzón, internationally renowned for his championing of human rights, opened an investigation into the conflict's core of extreme extrajudicial violence (in which more than 200,000 people were killed), he was charged with abuse of power. Although Garzó* was acquitted this week, the fact both that he was put on trial at all and that judicial investigation into the violence is now blocked leaves unresolved the vehement memory polemics of Spain's civil society, and so renders Paul Preston's monumental, rigorous and unflinching study important and opportune in ways that reach far beyond the purely academic.

World champions Red Bull have been forced to change their testing plans

FIA force F1 teams to alter testing

Champions Red Bull and rivals Ferrari have been forced to change their plans for the final pre-season Formula One test after the sport's governing body ruled that all testing must end by Sunday.

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