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Messi fit for Barca return in Malaga

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Lionel Messi is expected to be fit as Barcelona make the tricky trip to Malaga on Saturday looking to move back to the top of La Liga.

Messi missed Wednesday's 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Athletic Bilbao due to a hamstring problem that forced him off at half-time in a 6-0 rout of the same opponents last weekend, but returned to training on Thursday.

Messi fit for Barca return in Malaga

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Lionel Messi is expected to be fit as Barcelona make the tricky trip to Malaga on Saturday looking to move back to the top of La Liga.

Messi missed Wednesday's 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Athletic Bilbao due to a hamstring problem that forced him off at half-time in a 6-0 rout of the same opponents last weekend, but returned to training on Thursday.

Video Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 2016 Copa del Rey Highlights Goals Munir Aduriz Neymar

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Manchester City, Everton and Leicester City among Premier League clubs scouting Inaki Williams

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Athletic Bilbao wonderkid Iñaki Williams is being scouted by several Premier League clubs, as the race for the 21-year-old's signature hots up. Williams, who has fired in 10 goals in 23...

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 6-0 Highlights 2016 Suarez Hat trick Goals Rakitic Messi Neymar

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Wallace Chelsea woes continue, Inaki Williams rises… #JF60 Best Youngsters in Europe Review, week 11

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Lionel Messi, Chile, Dele Alli, Leicester City – Just Football’s End of Year Review 2015

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The end of the year is always a good time for reflection, and though there was no (Men's) World Cup or European Championships to speak of 2015 hasstill been action-packed. Here's our...

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Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Highlights 2015 Saul Griezmann Laporte Goals Video

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Rayo OKC is hilariously bad and could be a catastrophic failure for the NASL

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Who was the genius that came up with this idea?

If I were to tell you that one of the soccer leagues in the United States was going to expand with the new club being backed by a La Liga team, what would your reaction be? Would you be thrilled that Real Madrid or Barcelona were bringing their "knowledge" to the USA?

Hector Bellerin, Isaac Success, Timo Werner… JF60 Best Young Players in Europe review, weeks 4 & 5

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So how are our chosen top 60 young players in Europe in 2015/16 getting on? We look back at the last fortnight and pick out the star performersfrom the JF60 Class of 2015/16. Isaac Success No doubt...

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Mourinho will go to war with Man United for La Liga’s best U21 player

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Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao is a target for Chelsea and Manchester United

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has been linked with a move away from San Mames since last season and it seems Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are keen to make their moves in January.

The JF60 2016: Top 10 La Liga young talents to watch in 2015/16

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Top 10 La Liga best young players – The JF 60 – Class of 2014/2015 Review

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Raul Garcia ends eight-year run at Atletico Madrid with move to Athletic Bilbao

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Athletic Bilbao have completed the signing of Spain international Raul Garcia from Primera Division rivals Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old midfielder, who played more than 200 matches for Atletico, passed his medical with the Basque club on Monday before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Raul Garcia ends eight-year run at Atletico Madrid with move to Athletic Bilbao

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Athletic Bilbao have completed the signing of Spain international Raul Garcia from Primera Division rivals Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old midfielder, who played more than 200 matches for Atletico, passed his medical with the Basque club on Monday before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Eibar go joint top in La Liga after first win over Athletic Bilbao

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Eibar recorded a first ever league victory over Athletic Bilbao to go joint top of the Primera Division.

Saul Berjon opened the scoring from the penalty spot while Adrian Gonzalez scored his first goal for his new club in the second half to cap a 2-0 win for Jose Mendilibar's side, following a 3-1 success at Granada in their season curtain raiser.

Eibar go joint top in La Liga after first win over Athletic Bilbao

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Eibar recorded a first ever league victory over Athletic Bilbao to go joint top of the Primera Division.

Saul Berjon opened the scoring from the penalty spot while Adrian Gonzalez scored his first goal for his new club in the second half to cap a 2-0 win for Jose Mendilibar's side, following a 3-1 success at Granada in their season curtain raiser.

Chelsea keen to hijack €50m Man United target after Stones saga

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Chelsea keen to hijack €50m Man United target after Stones saga - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Mercato365, Chelsea are looking to sign Athletic Bilbao defender, Aymeric Laporte after failing to land Everton defender, John Stones.

Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao is a target for Chelsea

The Bilbao centre back is one of the most sought after defensive talents in world football and has a release clause of around 50 million euros.

Lionel Messi hails Barcelona teammates after being named best player in Europe

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi will have an extra bounce in his step on Sunday when the Catalan side host Malaga after being voted as Europe's best footballer by UEFA for the second time in his career.

Messi, whose team opened their season last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao, scored 60 goals and set up 28 more in all competitions for Barca during the 2014-15 campaign to help them capture a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.

Arsenal transfer edges closer, Spanish star could demand exit

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Arsenal transfer edges closer, Spanish star could demand exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to a local Basque paper, El Correo, Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal could be heading to Athletic Bilbao soon.

Faouzi Ghoulam could replace Nacho Monreal at Arsenal

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Napoli full back, Faouzi Ghoulam and it appears that Monreal will demand a move if the Gunners manage to land Ghoulam.

Dani Alves sidelined at least three weeks with groin strain

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Barcelona right back Dani Alves is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks with a groin injury.

The Brazil international was injured in the first half of Sunday's 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in Barca's Primera Division opener and underwent tests on Monday which revealed the extent of the damage.

Dani Alves sidelined at least three weeks with groin strain

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Barcelona right back Dani Alves is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks with a groin injury.

The Brazil international was injured in the first half of Sunday's 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in Barca's Primera Division opener and underwent tests on Monday which revealed the extent of the damage.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona August 23 2015 Highlights 0-1 Suarez Goal Messi Missed Penalty Video

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Mateo Kovacic, Turan, Vietto… 10 La Liga Summer transfers you need to know about

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La Liga Preview: Barcelona Return To Barcelona Face Athletic Bilbao Demons

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Barcelona won't have to wait long to try to correct the errors that saw them lose the Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao as they return to San Mames on Sunday in their La Liga opener.

The European champions were thrashed 4-0 in Bilbao just a week ago as an under-manned Catalan defence failed to cope with the presence of Aritz Aduriz, who struck a hat-trick and then also scored in the return leg as the Basques won the final 5-1 on aggregate.

Watch Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona live stream with free trial of fuboTV PRO

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The 2015-16 Spanish La Liga season kicks off this weekend with Malaga versus Sevilla kicking off the action on Friday. The most-exciting fixture of the opening weekend in Spain may be Sunday's match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona after the Basque side shocked last season's treble winners with a 5-1 aggregate victory in the Spanish Super Cup earlier this week.

La Liga Season Previews 2015/16: Sevilla, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao

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Athletic Bilbao beats Barcelona on aggregate to win Spanish Supercopa [VIDEO]

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Athletic Bilbao won their first trophy in 31 years by denying Barcelona their sixth of 2015 with a 5-1 aggregate victory in the Supercopa.

Barca briefly led, via Lionel Messi's 44th-minute goal, but their already minimal hopes of overturning their 4-0 first-leg defeat were effectively ended by Gerard Pique's red card.

Athletic Bilbao beats Barcelona on aggregate to win Spanish Supercopa [VIDEO]

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Athletic Bilbao won their first trophy in 31 years by denying Barcelona their sixth of 2015 with a 5-1 aggregate victory in the Supercopa.

Barca briefly led, via Lionel Messi's 44th-minute goal, but their already minimal hopes of overturning their 4-0 first-leg defeat were effectively ended by Gerard Pique's red card.

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Messi, Suarez-less Barcelona edge closer to Copa del Rey semifinals

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Holders Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to take a huge step towards the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

Messi was absent due to a hamstring problem, whilst Suarez completed a two-game Cup ban, but the visitors still took control of the tie with two goals in six first-half minutes from Munir El Haddadi and Neymar.

Messi, Suarez-less Barcelona edge closer to Copa del Rey semifinals

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Holders Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to take a huge step towards the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

Messi was absent due to a hamstring problem, whilst Suarez completed a two-game Cup ban, but the visitors still took control of the tie with two goals in six first-half minutes from Munir El Haddadi and Neymar.

Copa del Rey draw: Barcelona get Athletic Bilbao rematch in quarterfinals

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Holders Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after Friday's draw threw up a repeat of last season's final.

Barca beat Athletic 3-1 with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a final played at the Camp Nou, before the Basque side gained a measure of revenge by winning when the teams met again in the Spanish Supercup at the start of this season.

Copa del Rey draw: Barcelona get Athletic Bilbao rematch in quarterfinals

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Holders Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after Friday's draw threw up a repeat of last season's final.

Barca beat Athletic 3-1 with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a final played at the Camp Nou, before the Basque side gained a measure of revenge by winning when the teams met again in the Spanish Supercup at the start of this season.

Man Utd miss out on £35m target, Chelsea favourite to sign €45m star

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Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte will join Barcelona next summer, according to reports.

Daily Mirror claims the Atheltic Bilbao defender is certain to join the Blaugrana next summer in a deal worth £35m.

“It’s very difficult for Pedro”

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has revealed that Pedro is finding the transfer window difficult, with no formal agreement made for his transfer to Manchester United yet.

It's difficult for him, very difficult' said Luis Enrique after Barcelona lost the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate against Athletic Bilbao.

Video: Man Utd target Pedro’s wild air-shot vs Athletic Bilbao

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Manchester United

United ST holders can opt out of Europa League games

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Manchester United have confirmed that season ticket holders will be given the chance to opt out of Europa League games, after Louis Van Gaal's side were knocked out of the Champions League last night.

According to the Manchester Evening News,however, season ticket holders will need to purchase Europa League matches to continue to be eligible for away games.

Fans’ favourite has no issues with LVG

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Ander Herrera has praised Louis Van Gaal as a very demanding manager, adding his relationship with the Manchester United manager remains positive, even though the Spaniard has often been overlooked for selection.

Despite impressing when given the chance, Herrera has struggled to secure a spot in the starting XI given Van Gaal's preference for adopting a system that includes two holding midfielders.

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Arsenal agree deal with £50k-a-week Spanish international, announcement soon

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Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has agreed on a new deal the club and an official announcement is expected soon.

According to reports in Spain (via Metro), the Spaniard has agreed to extend his current contract at Arsenal until 2019.

Revisting Rafa's Dilemmas

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For the past few matches, Real Madrid have been without 2 of our key attacking players: Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. And though there is much left to be desired over our last 2 matches (0-0 to Malaga, and a doze-worthy 2-0 against Malmo last night), it's easy to fall into the wrong conclusions generated by a few superficial observations.