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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.

Griezmann, Oblak star as Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid celebrated being awarded the honour of hosting the Champions League final in 2019 with an impressive 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to move up to second in La Liga.

Angel Correa opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second-half by finishing off a flowing move involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.

Ronaldo back for Real Madrid, Deulofeu in for Dembele

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona begin a four-month stretch without injured club record signing Ousmane Dembele, but will be expected to sweep aside Eibar to continue their 100 percent start to La Liga on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a five-match ban for Real Madrid 24 hours later at home to Real Betis, whilst Atletico Madrid face a daunting trip to Athletic Bilbao.

Ronaldo back for Real Madrid, Deulofeu in for Dembele

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona begin a four-month stretch without injured club record signing Ousmane Dembele, but will be expected to sweep aside Eibar to continue their 100 percent start to La Liga on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a five-match ban for Real Madrid 24 hours later at home to Real Betis, whilst Atletico Madrid face a daunting trip to Athletic Bilbao.

Klopp delighted by cut-price Liverpool stars

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will keep an open mind on the Reds’ participation in the transfer market, after signing off on an unbeaten pre-season with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

The Reds boss watched 19-year-old summer signing Dominic Solanke score again, along with 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, while Alberto Moreno impressed at full back.

Liverpool down Bilbao to cap impressive pre-season

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool ended their globetrotting pre-season unbeaten after easing to a 3-1 win over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side warmed up for next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford with an emphatic friendly victory, leaving them unbeaten inside 90 minutes over eight games that included a 3-0 win over German champions Bayern Munich.

Liverpool down Bilbao to cap impressive pre-season

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool ended their globetrotting pre-season unbeaten after easing to a 3-1 win over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side warmed up for next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford with an emphatic friendly victory, leaving them unbeaten inside 90 minutes over eight games that included a 3-0 win over German champions Bayern Munich.

Athletic Bilbao squad shave heads in solidarity with cancer-stricken teammate

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Madrid (AFP) – The entire Athletic Bilbao squad have shaved their heads in solidarity with teammate Yeray Alvarez, who is undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer.

The team surprised the 22-year-old midfielder, who was forced to withdraw from the Spain Under-21 side last month after suffering a relapse, with their new look as he arrived at the club’s dressing room for a visit.

La Liga

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.

On This Day in Football: The Butcher of Bilbao hacks Maradona

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Diego Maradona moved to Barcelona in the summer of 1982 for a then world record fee of £5 million.

Despite contracting hepatitis during his first season, Maradona helped the club to a fourth place finish and a Copa del Rey title.

Obviously, expectations were high in his second season as the Argentinean superstar had a year under his belt playing in Spain.

Athletic Bilbao Confirm Defender Yeray Alvarez Has Beaten Testicular Cancer For The Second Time!

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The wonderful news emanating from Spain today is that Yeray Alvarez has beaten testicular cancer for the second time in as many years.

The 22-year-old defender was initially treated for the disease in December of 2016 before suffering a relapse in June of this year when "abnormalities" where found during a routine medical test with the Spain Under-21 side.

Spain

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

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Tweets and Photos: Liverpool players react to beating Athletic Bilbao

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Confirmed Team News: Liverpool vs Athletic Bilbao lineups

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Liverpool confirm squad to face Athletic Bilbao, no Coutinho or Sturridge

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Liverpool have announced a 23-man squad for today's pre-season friendly against Athletic Bilbao at the Ariva Stadium in Dublin. The Reds...

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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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UEFA Europa League

Europa League Snapshot: All Six Of Zorya Luhansk’s Travelling Fans Enjoy Shock 0-1 Win Over Athletic Bilbao…

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Kudos are most definitely due to the small but hardy band of Zorya Luhansk supporters that made the 8,300-kilometre round trip to watch the Ukrainian side take on Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening.

There may have only been six of them, but by 'eck did they enjoy themselves, watching on with glee as their team rustled a surprise 0-1 win at the new San Mames.

Europa League: Rivaldinho Scores 30-Yard Missile For Dinamo Bucharest As Father Rivaldo Goes Loopy In The Crowd (Video)

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Father and son (Photo: FC Dinamo Official/Facebook)

Dinamo Bucuresti were in Europa League action on Thursday night, hosting Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the third qualifying round.

The Romanian side fell behind in the early stages when Athletic defender Aymeric Laporte nodded home from close range with a little over 20 minutes played.