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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.

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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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 2015 (Athletic-Barca VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Bilbao vs Barcelona 0-1 (Suarez) San Mames, Bilbao- 23 August, 2015- 23/8/15 Barcelona gain a measure of revenge for their SuperCup loss as they beat Bilbao at San Mames. Lionel Messi with a missed penalty for Barca Only Suarez goal, English commentary, 1:13 [.

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.

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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.

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.

“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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Barcelona winger Pedro is still reported to be a target for Manchester United... though he appears to be doing his best to deter that attention....

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2015 Highlights 1-1 Super Cup Second Leg Messi Aduriz Goals Pique Red Card Video

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2015 (Barca-Bilbao VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 1-1 (Messi/Aduriz) Camp Nou, Barcelona- 17 August, 2015- Supercopa Espana Second Leg Barcelona draw at home vs Athletic Bilbao, leading to a 5-1 win for the Basque outfit in the Spanish Super Cup.

Mikel San Jose Scores 50-Yard Ripper As Athletic Bilbao Trounce Barcelona In Spanish Super Cup (Video)

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Athletic Bilbao stuck four past Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup last night, with Mikel San Jose getting the Basque chaps off to a flyer just 13 minute in.

With Marc-Andre ter Stegen stranded on the edge of his box after heading away a high ball, the clearance fell to San Jose in the centre circle.

Athletic Bilbao thrash Barcelona 4-0 in Spanish Supercopa; Match highlights [VIDEO]

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Barcelona's hopes of claiming a record-equaling six trophies in 2015 look to be in tatters after they were thrashed 4-0 by brilliant Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa, with Aritz Aduriz netting a hat-trick.

Barca made it four trophies from four on Tuesday night when they beat Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time to win a thrilling UEFA Super Cup, but they were brought crashing back to earth at San Mames in stunning style on Friday night.

Athletic Bilbao thrash Barcelona 4-0 in Spanish Supercopa; Match highlights [VIDEO]

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Barcelona's hopes of claiming a record-equaling six trophies in 2015 look to be in tatters after they were thrashed 4-0 by brilliant Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa, with Aritz Aduriz netting a hat-trick.

Barca made it four trophies from four on Tuesday night when they beat Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time to win a thrilling UEFA Super Cup, but they were brought crashing back to earth at San Mames in stunning style on Friday night.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 4-0 Highlights 2015 Spanish Super Cup Aduriz Goals Video

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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 2015 (Athletic-Barca VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 4-0 (San Jose, Aduriz*3) San Mames, Bilbao- 14 August, 2015- Supercopa Espana- 14/8/15- First Leg Aritz Aduriz scores a hat trick as Athletic Bilbao shock Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Spanish Super Cup clash.

Explosive Start to 2015-16 Campaign Awaits FC Barcelona

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Barcelona Football Club's defense to La Liga title will start in the toughest fashion possible with a series of tough fixture right from the starting day. The start in itself is spectacular with Barca visiting the San Mamés to kick start their title defense. Now usually a travel to Athletic Bilbao's home ground is a tricky affair; but this time around it may not be that tricky as we already would have traveled to the same place to face them in the Spanish Super Cup.

Football Art: Case Jernigan Creates Beautiful Animation Of Lionel Messi’s Copa Del Rey Final Goal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

You'd be hard-pressed to improve on the real thing,but New York-based artist Case Jerniganhas had a go at recreating Lionel Messi's slaloming wonder goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey Final last monthusing nothing but a pad of post-it notes and a black marker pen.

Barcelona and the Rebirth of King Messi: How Cristiano Ronaldo and cheese pizza helped make Lionel Messi the greatest again

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Sevilla shine in Warsaw, Barça win cup number two

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SEVILLA RETAIN THE EUROPA LEAGUE WHILE MAGIC MESSI DAZZLES THE COPA DEL REY THE SPANISH WEEK IN REVIEW
Two cup finals, two Spanish winners.

Sevilla won the Europa League in style and Barcelona won the Copa del Rey with more devastating, winning football, topped by yet another wonder goal from Lionel Messi.

The Cup Final weekend

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P { margin-bottom: 0.08in;I had looked forward to a weekend of Cup finals in Monrovia, but was disappointed with two matches that did not live up to expectations, although the outcome was perhaps to be predicted. I watched the FA Cup final in a small local shop in downtown Monrovia. Atmosphere was not as lively as expected; although Arsenal commands many loyal followers in Liberia, Aston Villa

Watch Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Copa del Rey Final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Snapshot: Javier Mascherano Ponders The Meaning Of It All After Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey Win…

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By Alan Duffy

With Lionel Messi once again the star of the show, Barcelona added to their La Liga success this season by winning the Copa Del Rey 3-1 against Athletic Bilbao.

After the celebrations had died down, tough-nut Javier Mascherano showed a deeper side to his character, as he sat alone on the pitch.

Monumental silbatina al himno español.

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El recordatorio al gobierno español parece volver cada tres años. Como en las dos anteriores finales coperas disputadas entre Barcelona y Athletic Bilbao (Valencia 2009 y Madrid 2012), esta vez en el Camp Nou fue más ruidoso.
Con banderas independentistas catalanas ondeadas incluso por aficionados vascos, la previsión de una sonora silbatina al himno español se cumplió (a pesar delas advertencias del gobierno).

Video Messi goal vs Athletic Kings Cup 2015- Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Highlights Copa del Rey 2015

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Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte focused on Copa del Rey final

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Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte is focused on tomorrow's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona despite speculation linking himwith a move to Manchester United.

The 21-year-old centre-back is one of the hottest properties in Europe, with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City all monitoring his situation at the Basque club.

Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte focused on Copa del Rey final

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Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte is focused on tomorrow's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona despite speculation linking himwith a move to Manchester United.

The 21-year-old centre-back is one of the hottest properties in Europe, with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City all monitoring his situation at the Basque club.

Copa del Rey Final Preview: Odds stacked in Barcelona’s favor against Athletic Club

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Athletic Club have always held a reputation for being the romanticists' team in Spanish soccer.

The Basque club are an illustrious, decorated outfit, with a rich history and a unique cantera selection policy. But the disparity between their eight league title triumphs and 23 Copa del Rey wins means they've fashioned a statusas a cup team down the years.

Copa del Rey Final Preview: Odds stacked in Barcelona’s favor against Athletic Club

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Athletic Club have always held a reputation for being the romanticists' team in Spanish soccer.

The Basque club are an illustrious, decorated outfit, with a rich history and a unique cantera selection policy. But the disparity between their eight league title triumphs and 23 Copa del Rey wins means they've fashioned a statusas a cup team down the years.

Three to See – The cup finals special! The FA Cup, DFB-Pokal and Copa del Rey crown their victors

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Barcelona confirm Luis Suarez is fit for Saturday’s Copa del Rey final

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez is fit to face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday (live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes in the United States).

The Uruguayan has not featured for La Blaugrana since picking up a knock during their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on May 12.

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Arsenal transfer edges closer, Spanish star could demand exit

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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.

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

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beIN SPORTS renews La Liga TV rights in US

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The 2015/16 season of La Liga will be televised live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español in the United States,a source has confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

The new season kicks off on Friday, August 21 when Malaga plays Sevilla at 2:30pm ET on beIN SPORTS Español. Barcelona and Real Madrid, among other teams, will be in action during the opening weekend.

beIN SPORTS renews La Liga TV rights in US

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The 2015/16 season of La Liga will be televised live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español in the United States,a source has confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

The new season kicks off on Friday, August 21 when Malaga plays Sevilla at 2:30pm ET on beIN SPORTS Español. Barcelona and Real Madrid, among other teams, will be in action during the opening weekend.

Athletic Bilbao 2015/16 Nike Away Kit

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Spanish La Liga stalwarts Athletic Bilbao have released their 2015/16 Nike away kit for their [...]

Athletic Club de Bilbao 2015/16 Nike Home Kit

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The Athletic Club de Bilbao 2015/16 home kit was revealed by by Nike on Tuesday. [...]

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Arteta to extend Arsenal contract but Monreal on way out?

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The Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was up on the podium at Wembley collecting the FA Cup on Saturday, despite not playing in the game, but Arsene Wenger has since revealed that he fully expects the Spaniard to sign a new contract extension with the club to stay at the Emirates for another year. Due to [.

Mata hails “fantastic” Herrera

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Juan Mata has hailed Ander Herrera's first season at Manchester United as "fantastic", praising the former Athletic Bilbao's man contribution.

The Spaniard struggled to cement a place in the team earlier in the season but went on to establish himself as a vital cog in Louis Van Gaal's side, contributing at both ends of the pitch as United clinched a fourth-spot finish.