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Napoli’s Reina set to face old Liverpool team-mates

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool’s former goalkeeper Pepe Reina will face several of his old team-mates in a pre-season friendly with his present side Serie A title contenders Napoli in Dublin on August 4.

Liverpool - who are preparing for their Champions League semi-final first leg clash with Roma on Tuesday - issued a statement announcing the fixture which will be played at Lansdowne Road.

Napoli’s Reina set to face old Liverpool team-mates

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool’s former goalkeeper Pepe Reina will face several of his old team-mates in a pre-season friendly with his present side Serie A title contenders Napoli in Dublin on August 4.

Liverpool - who are preparing for their Champions League semi-final first leg clash with Roma on Tuesday - issued a statement announcing the fixture which will be played at Lansdowne Road.

Barcelona rout Sevilla 5-0 for 30th Copa del Rey triumph

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona trounced Sevilla 5-0 to win a fourth successive Copa del Rey with skipper Andres Iniesta marking his last Spanish final with one of the goals.

Two goals from Luis Suarez and one from Lionel Messi put Barca 3-0 ahead at half-time with Iniesta, tipped to move to China at end of the season, on target after a smart shimmy in the 54th minute.

Underwhelming Real held to draw at home by Athletic Bilbao

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid may the favourites for the Champions League but a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday will hardly have struck fear into Bayern Munich.

Zinedine Zidane’s side started complacently at the Santiago Bernabeu and ended frantically, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 87th-minute equaliser cancelling out a delightful early chip from Athletic’s Inaki Williams in between.

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.

Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1.

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.

Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1.

Messi shines again as Barca down Bilbao, Atletico beaten

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi delivered another masterful performance as Barcelona sailed past Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday to take an 11-point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

After putting Chelsea to the sword in the Champions League midweek, Messi scored for the sixth game in a row against Athletic at the Camp Nou to propel Barca closer to the domestic title.

Messi shines again as Barca down Bilbao, Atletico beaten

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi delivered another masterful performance as Barcelona sailed past Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday to take an 11-point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

After putting Chelsea to the sword in the Champions League midweek, Messi scored for the sixth game in a row against Athletic at the Camp Nou to propel Barca closer to the domestic title.

Messi shines again as dominant Barca down Athletic

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi delivered another masterful performance as Barcelona sailed past Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday to take an 11-point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

After putting Chelsea to the sword in the Champions League midweek, Messi scored for the sixth game in a row against Athletic at the Camp Nou to propel Barca closer to the domestic title.

Mitroglou grabs Marseille winner as Lyon end barren run

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Paris (AFP) – Kostas Mitroglou made an instant impact off the bench with the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory at Toulouse on Sunday, while Lyon defeated Caen 1-0 to halt a run of six matches without a win in Ligue 1.

Lucas Ocampos, the two-goal hero in Marseille’s 3-1 Europa League last 16, first leg win over Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, was again on target in Toulouse as he forced home a 10th-minute opener.

Nine arrests over Bilbao v Spartak fan violence

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Madrid (AFP) – Police arrested nine people, including three Russians and a Pole, during clashes in Bilbao ahead of a Europa League match between Russian club Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao in which a police officer died of a heart attack, officials said Friday.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences for the death of the 51-year-old Basque police officer and “strongly condemned” the violence in the northern Spanish city on Thursday.

Nine arrests over Bilbao v Spartak fan violence

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Madrid (AFP) – Police arrested nine people, including three Russians and a Pole, during clashes in Bilbao ahead of a Europa League match between Russian club Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao in which a police officer died of a heart attack, officials said Friday.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences for the death of the 51-year-old Basque police officer and “strongly condemned” the violence in the northern Spanish city on Thursday.

Gameiro, Costa on target as Atletico keep up Barcelona chase

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Madrid (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro came off the bench to score one goal and make another for Diego Costa as Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in La Liga on Sunday.

It was another clinical performance from Diego Simeone’s side, who have now recorded four consecutive league victories, all without their mean defence conceding a goal.

Man City seal Laporte deal, Aubameyang arrives at Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Manchester City completed the signing of Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly arrived at Arsenal’s training ground to finalise his transfer from Borussia Dortmund, with clubs scrambling to beat Wednesday’s deadline.

Premier League leaders City are reported to have paid a club record £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) for Athletic Bilbao defender Laporte, eclipsing the £55 million they paid for Kevin De Bruyne.

Man City sign French defender Aymeric Laporte

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London (AFP) – Manchester City completed a club record deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday in a move by Pep Guardiola to bolster the Premier League leaders’ defence for the title run-in.

City tweeted the announcement of the reported £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) deal with the message: “Defensive reinforcements acquired!

Man City sign French defender Aymeric Laporte

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London (AFP) – Manchester City completed a club record deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday in a move by Pep Guardiola to bolster the Premier League leaders’ defence for the title run-in.

City tweeted the announcement of the reported £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) deal with the message: “Defensive reinforcements acquired!

Man City eye record bid for French defender Laporte: reports

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London (AFP) – Highly-regarded French defender Aymeric Laporte could become runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City’s record signing according to British media reports on Thursday.

The 23-year-old centre-back - who has been at Athletic Bilbao since he was 16 - would cost City £57million ($81million) owing to a release clause in his contract at Bilbao but would resolve a problematic area for manager Pep Guardiola where veteran Vincent Kompany is injury-prone and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala has not impressed.

Linked with Madrid, Kepa renews Athletic Bilbao deal

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Madrid (AFP) – Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on Monday signed a new long-term contract to keep him at San Mames and end the speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The Basque club announced in a statement that Kepa had agreed a new seven-year deal to run until June 2025.

Linked with Madrid, Kepa renews Athletic Bilbao deal

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Madrid (AFP) – Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on Monday signed a new long-term contract to keep him at San Mames and end the speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The Basque club announced in a statement that Kepa had agreed a new seven-year deal to run until June 2025.

Sevilla’s Berizzo home after cancer operation

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has been released from hospital just four days after undergoing an operation on a cancerous prostate tumour, the club confirmed on Saturday.

“Berizzo will continue his post-operative treatment at home,” Sevilla said in a statement.

The Argentine’s assistant Ernesto Marcucci took charge as Sevilla beat Deportivo la Coruna 2-0 to move above Real Madrid into fourth for a few hours at least ahead of Madrid’s trip to Athletic Bilbao later on Saturday.

Sevilla’s Berizzo home after cancer operation

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has been released from hospital just four days after undergoing an operation on a cancerous prostate tumour, the club confirmed on Saturday.

“Berizzo will continue his post-operative treatment at home,” Sevilla said in a statement.

The Argentine’s assistant Ernesto Marcucci took charge as Sevilla beat Deportivo la Coruna 2-0 to move above Real Madrid into fourth for a few hours at least ahead of Madrid’s trip to Athletic Bilbao later on Saturday.

Five things to look out for in La Liga this weekend

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona look to extend their four-point lead at the top of La Liga against an old friend turned foe in Celta Vigo coach Juan Carlos Unzue on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid travel to a struggling Athletic Bilbao with their eyes firmly on one of Athletic’s rising stars.

Five things to look out for in La Liga this weekend

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona look to extend their four-point lead at the top of La Liga against an old friend turned foe in Celta Vigo coach Juan Carlos Unzue on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid travel to a struggling Athletic Bilbao with their eyes firmly on one of Athletic’s rising stars.

Messi maintains under-par Barca’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona recorded their best ever start to a La Liga season as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho in a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Messi maintains under-par Barca’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona recorded their best ever start to a La Liga season as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho in a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Messi maintains under-par Barcelona’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona’s relentless winning run continued as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao, goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho securing a 2-0 victory at San Mames on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Messi maintains under-par Barcelona’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona’s relentless winning run continued as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao, goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho securing a 2-0 victory at San Mames on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Rodrigo keeps Valencia rolling, Atletico held

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Madrid (AFP) – Valencia maintained their stunning revival under Marcelino Garcia Toral to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Alaves on Saturday sealed thanks to a Rodrigo penalty.

Barcelona can regain their four-point lead at the top when they travel to Athletic Bilbao later on Saturday.

Rodrigo keeps Valencia rolling, Atletico held

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Madrid (AFP) – Valencia maintained their stunning revival under Marcelino Garcia Toral to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Alaves on Saturday sealed thanks to a Rodrigo penalty.

Barcelona can regain their four-point lead at the top when they travel to Athletic Bilbao later on Saturday.

New York Red Bulls

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a busy Thursday across the soccer landscape as one American star takes the field in Europe while a pair of American teams face continental action.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund take on Atalanta on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League clash. Dortmund picked up a 3-2 win in the home leg, giving them a slight advantage heading to Italy.

From Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Tyler Adams… 14 international football new boys – rated

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On This Day in Football: Athletic put 12 past Barca, Super Caley go ballistic

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On this day in 1931, Athletic Bilbao inflicted one of the most humiliating defeats on Barcelona as they beat the Catalans 12-1 in a La Liga fixture.

Seven of those 12 goals were scored by Athletic’s 22-year-old superstar Agustin Sauto Arana or “Bata” as he is commonly known as.

Official: Man City Break Transfer Record To Sign Aymeric Laporte From Atheltic Bilbao (Photo)

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Man City have broken their transfer record to sign Aymeric Laporte from Atheltic Bilbao is a deal said to be worth €65million (£57million-ish).

City triggered the release clause in Laporte's contract, thus making him their most expensive ever signing by eclipsing the £55million they paid for Kevin de Bruyne.

Man City agree deal to sign top class star, Player set to complete medical on Tuesday

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Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign the La Liga centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

The 23-year-old is expected to cost around £57m. Manchester City will announce the transfer next week.

According to Sky Sports, the defender will undergo his medical on Tuesday.

Sky Italy: Manchester City agreed deal to sign defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

Man City closing in on January transfer, top class star could join this week

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Manchester City are close to signing the Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

According to reports, Manchester City are looking to agree on personal terms with the player now. The Etihad outfit have already triggered his release clause and are looking to wrap up the transfer within this weekend.

Highly rated star agrees to join Man City, 23-yr-old will earn €135k-a-week at Etihad

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Manchester City have reached an agreement with the French centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Etihad over the past few days. Basque newspaper El Correo are reporting that the highly rated player has signed a massive deal with the Premier League giants.

Guardiola a fan of 23-yr-old star, Man City ready to pay his £60m release clause

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Manchester City are looking to add to their defence in January and Guardiola has identified Aymeric Laporte as a target.

According to reports, the Premier League leaders are lining up a sensational move to sign the Athletic Bilbao star. Apparently, they are willing to trigger his £60 million release clause.

Manchester United

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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This weekend of soccer starts off bright and early with a can't miss clash from England's top flight.

Manchester United welcomes Tottenham into Old Trafford to kick off a congested saturday of soccer. The two are level for second place in the Premier League table with identical 6-2-1 records to open the season.

Man Utd ready to trigger 12-month extension clause in contract

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Europa League: Spartak Moscow Fans Wreak Havoc On Streets Of Bilbao With Mass Firework Fight (Video)

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Spartak Moscow fans once again proved a nightmare to police ahead of their team's Europa League tie against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night.

The Basque police had their work cut on when droves of firework-toting ne'er-do-wells started scrapping in the streets around San Mames before the game, which Spartak won 2-1 (but lost 4-3 on aggregate).