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Five things we’ve learnt from Preston vs United

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Manchester United booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup after coming from behind to beat Preston 3-1 at Deepdale.

Much as it's been customary over the last few months, United struggled to impose themselves on the game, hampered by ponderous football, but found a new lease of life when Louis Van Gaal switched to a 4-4-2 formation with an hour gone.

United to battle Real Madrid for defender

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Manchester United will face competition from Real Madrid in their bid to sign Athletic Bilbao's centre-backAymeric Laporte. The 20-year-old has been on United's radar for over 18 months and with Louis Van Gaal determined to bolster his defensive options, the France U21 international has emerged as one their main targets.

£31m defender happy to join Manchester United

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According to eminent Spanish journalist Guillem Ballague, Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte would be happy to join Manchester United if the Red Devils pay £31m ( €42m) release clause to the Andalusian club.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera Relishing The Prospect of Playing in The FA Cup

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Manchester United's Ander Herrera is delighted at the prospect of participating in the FA Cup.

The 25-year old Spanishmidfielder expressed his excitement of being able to gain some traditional English experience by participating in the tournament and aspires to play at Wembley one day.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera Relishing The Prospect of Playing in The FA Cup

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Manchester United's Ander Herrera is delighted at the prospect of participating in the FA Cup.

The 25-year old Spanishmidfielder expressed his excitement of being able to gain some traditional English experience by participating in the tournament and aspires to play at Wembley one day.

Mata relishing Spanish connection

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Juan Mata is enjoying playing alongside fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera, as the two have renewed a partnership they first forged when playing for Spain U21 team, with which they won the European Championship in 2011.

Following his arrival from Athletic Bilbao this summer, Herrera has appeared eight times for United, playing alongside Mata in each of those occasions and the former Chelsea man told the club's official website he's relishing the opportunity of playing alongside the Basque.

Manchester United preparing €42m move for Arsenal target

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It looks like as if Manchester United will go hammer and tongs in the upcoming January transfer market in their pursuit of a central defender. What else can you say when reports from England, France and even Spain are hinting towards the same.

Ander Herrera could be out for six weeks

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Manchester United injury crisis worsens with midfielder Ander Herrera expected to miss action for up to six weeks due to a fractured rib.

Herrara, the£28.8m summer signing from Athletic Bilbao, took a blow to the chest and was substituted in the second half during United's 2-1 victory over West Ham.

More Info on Manchester United’s 2 New Signings

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Ahead of Manchester United's first preseason tour game in the US against the LA Galaxy, we take a look at Manchester United's first two signings of this summer transfer window....

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Luke Shaw joins Manchester United and becomes the world's most expensive teenager

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The Louis van Gaal era is getting exciting with each passing day. After signing midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, Manchester United have bought left-back, Luke Shaw from Southampton for £30 million. This move makes Shaw the world's most expensive teenager. The young English star has joined United on a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week.

La Liga

Luis Suarez’s workrate pleases Barcelona despite goal drought

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Speaking ahead of his side's Copa del Rey semi-finalagainst Villarreal tomorrow, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has praised under-fire striker Luis Suarezfor his contributions to the team.

The Uruguayan's lack of goals for La Blaugrana has been constant;y harped on by pundits and a section of the club's supporters.

Luis Suarez’s workrate pleases Barcelona despite goal drought

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Speaking ahead of his side's Copa del Rey semi-finalagainst Villarreal tomorrow, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has praised under-fire striker Luis Suarezfor his contributions to the team.

The Uruguayan's lack of goals for La Blaugrana has been constant;y harped on by pundits and a section of the club's supporters.

Real reel as Atletico advance, Fred Pentland remembered

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The Week in Spain 2nd - 8th Feb 2015 The title race got a lot more interesting as Atletico Madrid thrashed league leaders Real 4-0 in the capital's clasico on Saturday.
Diego Simeone's side won comprehensively, as the 'BBC' (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) failed to register a single shot on target.

Barca close in on Real Madrid with clinical win against Athletic | Barca - 5, Athletic - 2 Highlights | FC Barcelona Videos

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Luis Enrique and his boys were not going to let it happen once again. The last time they saw the League leaders Real Madrid drop points, they returned the favour by losing their match also. Luis Enrique had to receive a fair share of criticism for the strategy employed in that match against Celta at the Camp Nou.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 2-5 Highlights 2015 Messi Suarez Neymar Aritz Goals Video

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Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi blocks £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao

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Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has blocked a potential £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao.

With the signing of Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro completed last week, Madrid officials were reportedly ready to sit down with Illarramendi to discuss his future at the club. Athletic Bilbao had made it clear that they wanted Carlo Ancelotti's second-choice midfielder to return to Basque County, but this time in the red-and-white half of the region the player began his career with Real Sociedad.

Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi blocks £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao

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Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has blocked a potential £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao.

With the signing of Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro completed last week, Madrid officials were reportedly ready to sit down with Illarramendi to discuss his future at the club. Athletic Bilbao had made it clear that they wanted Carlo Ancelotti's second-choice midfielder to return to Basque County, but this time in the red-and-white half of the region the player began his career with Real Sociedad.

Manchester United must sign Aymeric Laporte

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Manchester United's pursuit of a world class defender to fill up the void left by Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand could see the club going for established names in the summer. The likes of Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) and Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid) have been considered as potential targets, and the general feeling that runs among the fans and journalists is United will spend heavily in the next transfer window to bolster their defence and midfield.

With Silva and Odegaard deals done, Real Madrid ready to sort out future of Asier Illarramendi

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Now that Real Madrid have completed the signings of Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset and Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, the club's next step is sorting out the future of reserve midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

The 24-year-old has found it difficult to crack manager Carlo Ancelotti's starting eleven and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital in recent days.

With Silva and Odegaard deals done, Real Madrid ready to sort out future of Asier Illarramendi

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Now that Real Madrid have completed the signings of Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset and Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, the club's next step is sorting out the future of reserve midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

The 24-year-old has found it difficult to crack manager Carlo Ancelotti's starting eleven and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital in recent days.

Antoine Griezmann Shines During Volatile Match At The New San Mames

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Atletico Madrid winger Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick and propelled Diego Simeone's side to a 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao during a volatile match at the new San Mames on Sunday.

Those who witnessed the La Liga contest will testify that it was one of the more compelling, hard-fought games of the early season.

Antoine Griezmann Shines During Volatile Match At The New San Mames

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Atletico Madrid winger Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick and propelled Diego Simeone's side to a 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao during a volatile match at the new San Mames on Sunday.

Those who witnessed the La Liga contest will testify that it was one of the more compelling, hard-fought games of the early season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid 1-4 Highlights 2014 Griezmann Goals Video

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The Surprising Rise and Sudden Fall Of Athletic Bilbao’s Fortunes

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If it weren't for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid's title winning season last year in Spain, the story of the 2013-14 La Liga campaign may very well have been the surprising effortsput forth by Ernesto Valverde's Athletic Bilbao side.

The 50-year-old Spanish manager guided Los Leonesto a fourth place finish and Champions League qualification for the first time in sixteen years.

La Liga all time top scorers: Will Lionel Messi break the record in El Clasico?

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Tonight's El Clasico is a big one for Barcelona, huge in fact. Not only is Luis Suarez set to make his debut for the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi is poised to either equal or break Telmo Zarra's all-time record of 251 La Liga goals.

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao 5-0 Highlights 2014 Ronaldo Hat trick Goals Benzema Video

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2014 Highlights 2-0 Neymar Goals Video

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The 10 Series 2014/15: 10 La Liga best young players to watch this season

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We've rated and slated the most exciting young players to watch in 2013 from England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and The Netherlands. NowThe 10 Series is back with our 2014/15 edition – thelowdown on 60 of the best young players in Europe this season.

La Liga: Preview Of Opening Round Of Games For 2014/15 Season

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As the La Liga season looks to get into full swing, we take a look at the opening weekend match-ups and how the teams could fare as the season goes on.

Malaga v. Athletic Bilbao

Malaga will look to start their season off on the right foot after a disappointing 11th place finish this past season.

La Liga 2014/15 season preview: Why Barcelona and Real Madrid will reassert themselves at the top

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When the La Liga 2014/15 season kicks off with a game between Malaga and Athletic Bilbao at Estadio La Rosaleda this Saturday, it will be the first time in a decade that neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid are reigning champions.

Athletic Bilbao 2014/15 Nike Home and Away Kits

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Athletic Bilbao have released their Nike home and away kits for their 2014/15 Spanish La [...]

Arsenal

Arsenal player subject to €8m transfer move in January

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After failing in the summer, Athletic Bilbao will once again try to sign Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal in the upcoming January transfer window. The Basque side had been very keen to sign the left back but Arsene Wenger reportedly blocked his move back to Spain.

Arsenal target Kostas Manolas left out of Olympiacos squad

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Olympiacos have left defender Kostas Manolas out of their squad to face Athletic Bilbao in a friendly later today amid rumours that they are in talks...

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Champions League

Notte da incubo per il Napoli, passa l’Athletic. Dopo 16 anni i baschi tornano in Champions

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Catedral (rinnovata e piena in ogni ordine di posto, circa 50mila gli spettatori, ndr) in festa. Grazie al 3 a 1 finale, in rimonta, l'Ahtletic Bilbao fa festa e dopo 16 anni torna in Champions, mentre il pasticcione e fragile Napoli di Benitez fallisce il primo grande appuntamento stagionale, retrocedendo in Europa League.

The penalty saving centre back and four more… Names of the Champions League – 2014/15 2nd leg playoff

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Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football looking at the players who have shone in each round of the tournament.

Pari tra Napoli e Bilbao al San Paolo. Higuain risponde a Muniain e rimanda tutto al San Mames

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Si chiude sull'1 a 1 l'andata del playoff di Champions tra Napoli e Athletic Bilbao. Sotto nel punteggio, a causa della rete basca firmata da Muniain (su assist di De Marcos, ndr), gli azzurri di Benitez replicano con un'invenzione del pipita Higuain e poi chiudono in difesa la compagine di Bilbao senza però trovare la [.

Muniain, Higuain, Ba… Names of the Champions League – 2014/15 1st leg playoff

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Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football looking at the key names after each round of the tournament. With a place in the Champions League proper at stake, let's take a look at the names of the playoff 1st legs:

Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)

Without his goal Napoli would really have been struggling heading into the second leg against Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League Ties Finely Balanced

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On the first night of the Champions League playoffs, we did not get our usual blowouts, instead we got competitive matches that are all finely balanced heading into the second legs next week.

The headline match was Napoli v Athletic Bilbao in Italy and this tie could go either way as they head back to Spain tied 1-1.

Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Today marks the first day of playoffs for the UEFA Champions League where clubs are playing across Europe to try to make it into the Group Stage of the tournament. Two high profiles matches are being televised on US television (more info below).

Beginning at 2pm ET, Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game UEFA Champions League coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

Champions: Napoli sfortunato, c’è il Bilbao nei playoff. I sorteggi e le date

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Sorteggio poco benevolo per il Napoli. Proprio l'ostacolo maggiore in gioco, l'Athletic Bilbao, sar l'avversario da battere nei playoff di Champions League in programma il 19-20 Agosto (andata) e 26-27 Agosto (ritorno). Questo, dunque, il verdetto di Nyon: gli azzurri di Rafa Benitez dovranno vedersela con i baschi.