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Bilbao’s Valverde coy on Barcelona link

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Madrid (AFP) – Ernesto Valverde said Wednesday there were clubs chasing him but refused to say if one of them was Barcelona, amid reports he is poised to be appointed head coach at the Camp Nou.

The 53-year-old Spaniard resigned as Athletic Bilbao boss on Tuesday and Spanish media reports he should be named as successor to outgoing Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Monday.

Valverde quits Athletic Bilbao with eye on Barca

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Madrid (AFP) – Ernesto Valverde resigned from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday with the hope of taking over at Barcelona next season, a goal Spanish media take as a given.

“Ernesto Valverde will not continue as manager of the premier team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 season,” the Basque club said in a statement.

Simeone staying put at Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Simeone stressed on Sunday he will remain as Atletico Madrid coach next season after the Spanish giants waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Simeone has transformed Atletico’s fortunes over the past five-and-a-half years and promised to stay to see the club move into their new 67,000 Wanda Metropolitano home next season.

Simeone staying put at Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Simeone stressed on Sunday he will remain as Atletico Madrid coach next season after the Spanish giants waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Simeone has transformed Atletico’s fortunes over the past five-and-a-half years and promised to stay to see the club move into their new 67,000 Wanda Metropolitano home next season.

Torres gives Atletico dream Calderon farewell

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres was the fitting match winner as Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Sunday.

Atletico were playing their final competitive match at their home for the past 50 years before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the other side of Madrid next season.

Torres gives Atletico dream Calderon farewell

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres was the fitting match winner as Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Sunday.

Atletico were playing their final competitive match at their home for the past 50 years before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the other side of Madrid next season.

Celta inspired by Bielsa in bid to topple Man Utd

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Celta Vigo will draw inspiration from Athletic Bilbao’s 2012 victory over Manchester United when they face Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, says coach Eduardo Berizzo.

A Bilbao side coached by Marcelo Bielsa defeated a United team who had reached the Champions League final the season before 5-3 on aggregate in the Europa League last 16 before losing to Atletico Madrid in the final.

Celta Vigo beaten again ahead of Manchester United visit

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo were beaten for the fifth time in six La Liga games, going down 3-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday with the Galicians distracted by Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Manchester United.

Eduardo Berizzo made nine changes from the side that started Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at Sevilla and Athletic’s greater desire for the points showed as they boosted their bid to qualify for next season’s Europa League.

Celta Vigo beaten again ahead of Manchester United visit

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo were beaten for the fifth time in six La Liga games, going down 3-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday with the Galicians distracted by Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Manchester United.

Eduardo Berizzo made nine changes from the side that started Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at Sevilla and Athletic’s greater desire for the points showed as they boosted their bid to qualify for next season’s Europa League.

Casemiro sends Real Madrid five points clear

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Madrid (AFP) – Casemiro was Real Madrid’s unlikely hero as he hit the winner to open up a five-point lead on Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Karim Benzema fired the visitors into a half-time lead from Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross.

Aritz Aduriz briefly levelled for Athletic, but Ronaldo again was involved for the winner on 68 minutes as his flick-on was slotted home by the unmarked Casemiro for just his third goal of the season.

Casemiro sends Real Madrid five points clear

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Madrid (AFP) – Casemiro was Real Madrid’s unlikely hero as he hit the winner to open up a five-point lead on Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Karim Benzema fired the visitors into a half-time lead from Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross.

Aritz Aduriz briefly levelled for Athletic, but Ronaldo again was involved for the winner on 68 minutes as his flick-on was slotted home by the unmarked Casemiro for just his third goal of the season.

Five things to look for in La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Ahead of a huge round of La Liga action at both ends of the table, AFP Sports looks at five things to watch out for this weekend:

Valverde’s Barca audition

Real Madrid’s trip north to the Basque country to face Athletic Bilbao is always a fixture laced with tension based on decades of political divide.

Five things to look for in La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Ahead of a huge round of La Liga action at both ends of the table, AFP Sports looks at five things to watch out for this weekend:

Valverde’s Barca audition

Real Madrid’s trip north to the Basque country to face Athletic Bilbao is always a fixture laced with tension based on decades of political divide.

Sevilla maintain chase of Barcelona, Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla moved to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona as Vicente Iborra’s first-half winner earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

In a battle between the two principal candidates to take over at Barca next season after Luis Enrique announced his decision to step down at the end of the season, Jorge Sampaoli edged out Ernesto Valverde in a nervy 90 minutes at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla maintain chase of Barcelona, Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla moved to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona as Vicente Iborra’s first-half winner earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

In a battle between the two principal candidates to take over at Barca next season after Luis Enrique announced his decision to step down at the end of the season, Jorge Sampaoli edged out Ernesto Valverde in a nervy 90 minutes at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Guardiola rules out return to Barcelona

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will never go back to Barcelona as their coach amid growing uncertainty about present incumbent Luis Enrique’s future.

Enrique is out of contract at the Nou Camp at the end of the season, and the chances of him leaving have increased significantly after a calamitous 4-0 defeat away to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Refreshed Barca seek to continue Cup dominance

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Madrid (AFP) – Holders Barcelona have a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final in sight when Atletico Madrid visit the Camp Nou on Tuesday with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 semi-final, first leg deficit.

Stunning solo goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi put Barca well in command of the tie before half-time at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Refreshed Barca seek to continue Cup dominance

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Madrid (AFP) – Holders Barcelona have a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final in sight when Atletico Madrid visit the Camp Nou on Tuesday with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 semi-final, first leg deficit.

Stunning solo goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi put Barca well in command of the tie before half-time at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Barca close in as Real fixture is called off

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi struck another trademark free-kick as Barcelona moved to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.

However, that match has been called off after wind damage to Celta's Balaidos stadium left the ground unsafe to hold the game, La Liga confirmed after a security evaluation was carried out by local authorities.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Barca close in as confusion reigns over Real fixture

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi struck another trademark free-kick as Barcelona moved to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.

However, wind damage to Celta's Balaidos stadium has left the ground unsafe to hold the game, according to the mayor of Vigo.

Barca close in as confusion reigns over Real fixture

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi struck another trademark free-kick as Barcelona moved to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.

However, wind damage to Celta's Balaidos stadium has left the ground unsafe to hold the game, according to the mayor of Vigo.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barcelona into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barcelona into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barca into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Messi free-kick magic sends Barca into Cup quarters

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Barcelona (AFP) Lionel Messi's third goal from a free-kick in as many games this year secured Barcelona's place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on aggregate.

Luis Suarez's 100th Barca goal and Neymar's penalty cancelled out Athletic's 2-1 first leg lead, but Enric Saborit's header six minutes into the second-half had the tie headed for extra time.

Suarez nets 100th Barcelona goal

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Barcelona (AFP) Luis Suarez became the third-fastest player to score 100 goals for Barcelona after reaching his century in just 120 games on Wednesday trumping even Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan volleyed home Neymar's cross in acrobatic fashion at the Camp Nou to put Barca 1-0 up on Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 clash and ahead in the tie on away goals with the scores level at 2-2.

Suarez nets 100th Barcelona goal

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Barcelona (AFP) Luis Suarez became the third-fastest player to score 100 goals for Barcelona after reaching his century in just 120 games on Wednesday trumping even Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan volleyed home Neymar's cross in acrobatic fashion at the Camp Nou to put Barca 1-0 up on Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 clash and ahead in the tie on away goals with the scores level at 2-2.

La Liga

Successor to Wenger? Gunners make contact with Bilbao manager over Arsenal job

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According to Spanish outlet, Marca, Arsenal are weighing up a move for Atheltic Bilbao manager,...

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The Basque derby: A history of Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad’s intense rivalry

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Since the late 1920s, two clubs have been fighting for bragging rights as the best team in the Basque country. Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad have played one another on over 150 occasions, with...

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Klopp ready to sign this top class attacker, Liverpool prepared to pay €50m for him

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Liverpool were linked with a move for the Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams earlier this week.

The 22-year-old is one of the brightest young talents in La Liga right now and Klopp is thought to be an admirer.

FC Barcelona

Pochettino? Wenger? Koeman? 7 candidates to be the next Barcelona manager

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On Wednesday night, Luis Enrique gave the announcement many had been expecting for weeks that he would leave his job as FC Barcelona manager at the end of the season. It is unusual for a...

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Barcelona should consider these PL managers as Luis Enrique's replacement in future

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Barcelona’s 4–0 Champions League capitulation to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week has pushed the club to a crisis. While no one foresaw such a damaging result this early in the competition, what has followed thereafter is no surprise.

Scapegoating the manager for a team’s bad results on the pitch is among the doctrines of the modern game, one from which the Blaugrana manager cannot escape.

FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Highlights | FC Barcelona - 3, Athletic Bilbao - 0

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FC Barcelona won against Athletic Bilbao in the League with a 3-0 victory at the Camp Nou. Paco, Messi and Vidal scored for Barca to complete a fairly easy victory.

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4-3-3 vs Bilbao: Enrique could be without these 2 key Barcelona stars for home game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Liga BBVA 2016/17
4th February, 15:15 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona
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Barcelona host Athletic Bilbao in La Liga this weekend.

Barcelona Director Fired For Criticizing Messi

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Barcelona have sacked one of their directors after he appeared to suggest the club's record goalscorer and five-time Balon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was over-rated.

Asked about Messi's role in Barcelona's cup win over Athletic Bilbao – when the player scored free-kicks in both legs to put Barca through – Pere Gratacos said:

'It wasn't just Leo.

FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Full Highlights | FC Barcelona - 3 : Athletic Bilbao - 1

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FC Barcelona overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg with an efficient 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of Copa Del Rey 2016-17 Quarter Finals. Goals from the magic trio was enough to secure Barca the much needed progress and the much awaited first victory in 2017.

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Herrera: Derby day will be our game of the season

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The Manchester derby is always a big occasions for both clubs but this Thursday will be one of the biggest ever. A win in this game could decide which team plays Champions League football next season, a situation not lost on Ander Herrera.

It's going to be the game of the season.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Premier League heavyweights collide to headline a Saturday with a loaded soccer schedule.

Chelsea has run rampant through the league in recent months, cruising en route to a semi-comfortable lead atop the Premier League table. Their latest test comes in the form of Arsenal, who are looking to rebound from a difficult loss to Watford midweek while keeping their title hopes alive.