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Tweets and Photos: Liverpool players react to beating Athletic Bilbao

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Liverpool completed their pre-season schedule with a win over Athletic Bilbao at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin yesterday evening. The Reds recorded a...

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Confirmed Team News: Liverpool vs Athletic Bilbao lineups

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Here is the confirmed team news for this afternoon's pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin....

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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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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.

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.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barca assistant Unzue takes over at Celta

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Enrique’s assistant coach at Barcelona for the past three years, Juan Carlos Unzue will step out on his own next season after being named Celta Vigo coach on Sunday.

Unzue signed a two-year deal to return to the Galicians, where he also served as assistant to Luis Enrique for the 2013/14 season.

Barca assistant Unzue takes over at Celta

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Enrique’s assistant coach at Barcelona for the past three years, Juan Carlos Unzue will step out on his own next season after being named Celta Vigo coach on Sunday.

Unzue signed a two-year deal to return to the Galicians, where he also served as assistant to Luis Enrique for the 2013/14 season.

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.

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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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. The Spaniard originally joined from Athletic Bilbao in 2014 on a four-year deal and although we started talks over a new contract last November... Continue Reading →

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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.

La Liga

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.

Athletic Bilbao: Young Defender Yeray Undergoes Chemotherapy, Entire Squad Shave Heads In Solidarity (Photo)

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The entire Athletic Bilbao squad have shaved their heads in a show of solidarity for midfielder Yeray Alvarez, whohas undergone chemotherapy for the first time this week.

The young midfielder was forced to withdraw from the Spain Under-21 side last month after suffering a relapse, after first being treated for testicular cancer in December of 2016.

Athletic Club de Bilbao 2017/18 New Balance Kits

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Today New Balance has officially revealed its first ever range of Athletic Club kits, to be worn in the upcoming 17/18 Spanish domestic and UEFA Europa League seasons. With heritage and tradition at the forefront of Athletic Club's identity, the new collection has been launched as part of the "Unique in the World' (‘Bakarrak Munduan') [.

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The Magic of Marcelo Bielsa: Sometimes brilliant, sometimes bad, never boring

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On 8th March 2012, Athletic Bilbao stormed past Alex Ferguson's Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Europa League last-16. Their performance was so impressive that Sir Alex later admitted...

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