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Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barca pressures

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Madrid (AFP) – In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.

Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.

However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Huddersfield promoted to Premier League after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler’s penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

David Wagner’s side will play in the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years after holding their nerve in the nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out that followed a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Time for Juventus to bring trophy home – Allegri

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has labelled 11-time winners Real Madrid favourites for the Champions League final, but said the “optimistic” Italians intend on bringing the trophy home from Cardiff on Saturday.

Fresh from securing a record third consecutive league and Cup double, Juventus are looking to complete a treble this season when they face Real in the Welsh capital.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. The Once And Future King?

The Seattle Sounders held off the Portland Timbers to win the first meeting of the storied rivals in 2017 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

Dortmund confirm Reus tore cruciate ligament

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Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus’ injury misery continued Monday when Borussia Dortmund confirmed the winger partially tore his cruciate ligament in Saturday’s German Cup final – a set-back which could sideline him for months.

“In the coming days, there will be further tests and a decision will be made on the necessary treatment,” said Dortmund in a statement.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Ter Stegen extends Barcelona contract to 2022

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Barcelona (AFP) – German international goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen tied his future to Barcelona by extending his contract with the Catalan giants to 2022 on Monday.

“FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Marc-Andre ter Stegen to extend and improve his contract until June 30, 2022,” Barca said in a statement.

Pellegrino steps down as Alaves boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino announced on Monday he will not remain in charge of La Liga side Alaves next season.

Alaves lost out 3-1 to Barcelona in Pellegrino’s last game in charge in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

“I will not be here next season,” said the former Liverpool and Valencia defender.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield at Wembley

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

Flying French looking good for Italy football repeat

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Seoul (AFP) – France will look to soar into the Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals this week when they take on Italy in a rematch of last year’s U19 European final.

Just 10 months ago, the French thrashed Italy 4-0 to lift the European trophy and they will have little to fear after a perfect tournament in South Korea so far.

Pogba on Mecca pilgrimage sends Ramadan greetings

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Riyadh (AFP) – The world’s most expensive footballer Paul Pogba has posted pictures of himself at the holiest site of Islam, days after helping Manchester United to victory in the Europa League final.

He also issued greetings for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Saturday.

Atlanta United stops New York City FC, Villa remains at 49

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Atlanta (AFP) – Miguel Almiron scored two goals as the Atlanta United defeated the David Villa-led New York City FC 3-1 on Sunday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Reigning MLS MVP Villa had two shots on goal but failed to score, leaving him one goal shy of his 50th MLS goal.

The former Barcelona striker has been red hot lately, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Orlando City last week.

USA opens football training camp in Colorado

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Chicago (AFP) – Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore highlight a group of 27 players invited to USA Soccer’s training camp as the national team prepares to play two World Cup qualifiers in June.

Dempsey and Altidore are two of 11 players on the invite list who have played in 10 or more FIFA World Cup qualifiers.