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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.

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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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.

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

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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: 5 Teams Set to Compete for Top places Behind Barcelona and Real Madrid

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Athletic Bilbao

A new era is due to begin in Bilbao: San Mamés Stadium , their historical home known as La Catedral, will be replaced by San Mamés Barria while Ernesto Valverde will be at helm after Marcelo Bielsa's departure.

Last Athletic Bilbao's season was disappointing as they finished only twelfth.

Liverpool On Alert As Valencia Attacker Eyes Exit

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Liverpool target Sofiane Feghouli has made a U-turn and now fancies leaving Valencia.
talkSPORT revealed in January that the winger had signed a new deal at the club until 2016.
It appeared certain he would snub a move to England, with Liverpool keen, but now his future is uncertain.
It is understood that the 23-year-old has fallen out with key figures at Valencia, namely boss Ernesto Valverde.

Is Pep Guardiola heading to Arsenal?

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Pep Guardiola's contract extension with Barcelona is becoming more and more complex now. The situation is reaching crisis point.

Can Barca hold tie him up?

Barcelona have always been ready to renew his contract but Guardiola is still keeping his silence towards that matter.

It is being reported by Spanish newspaper El Economista where Barcelona is ready to list out a few candidate if Guardiola does not come up with an agreement with the club.

La Liga Jornada 8 Review: Villarreal Announces Their Intentions For La Liga’s Crown

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The first year of the post-Manuel Pellegrini era commenced with a startling thud, as through seven rounds last season, Villarreal propped every other Primera División team up at the bottom of the table.  This smooth, plucky team from the Valencian Community had not felt such futility since they made their maiden voyage to La Liga in the 1998/99 season.

How Juan Carlos Garrido Has Galavanised Villarreal

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With talk of money, transfers and 'Galaticos' yet again dominating the Spanish press in the summer, few would have predicted that with the season five games old it would be penniless Valencia and Villarreal leading the way in La Primera table.

Whilst Real Madrid and Barcelona loosened the purse strings and splashed the cash, those at the Mestalla and el Madrigal simply did their best to hold onto some of their star players as they scouted around for any potential bargains.

Villarreal Spoils Barcelona’s Party at the Camp Nou

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A festive atmosphere enveloped the Camp Nou on Saturday evening as the boys of the Blaugrana celebrated their unprecedented six-trophy year with their Barça faithful. Villarreal was a mere afterthought as the Barcelona players deservedly received their plaudits for a year of literal perfection.

La Liga Results/Highlights: Atlético Madrid hobble into Christmas

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Tenerife 1 - 1 Atlético Madrid

(1-0) 3' Nino, (1-1) 21' Jurado
  • A poor match between two teams that are really struggling to escape the attentions of the relegation zone. Atlético Madrid would have wanted to sign off before Christmas with a much needed three points, but fell behind to an early Nino strike and only managed to salvage a draw.

Villa, Valencia y Villarreal!

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Ei chicas, you have to admit that front page image with David Villaaaaa in his Kung-Fu pose is muito legal!!! He looks ferosha... come on, his daughter already thinks it's cool and has started to draw on it with her red Crayola. Anyway, Villaaaa opened the scoring against Osasuna in the sixth minute thanks to his outstretched boot (talk about being at the right place, at the right time) last night.

What Is Wrong With Villarreal?

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If Villarreal continues their poor run of form, El Madrigal will look similar to this on match nights.

After another underwhelming performance in a 0-2 loss to Real Madrid at El Madrigal on Wednesday evening, Villarreal currently sits in 18th place with only two points from four La Liga matches.

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UEFA Champions League: Key Battles for Valencia vs. PSG UCL Showdown

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Roberto Soldado of Valencia-Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

The Champions League round of 16 kicks off Tuesday as French stalwarts Paris Saint-Germain fly to Spain to take on Valencia and new manager Ernesto Valverde.

Since the signings of players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, and Ezequiel Lavezzi, PSG has been on a tear in both French Ligue 1, where they currently sit 1st, and in the Champions League, where they finished first in a tough Group A.

Previa Valencia vs PSG Champions League 2013

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Valencia y PSG se ven las caras en la ida de los octavos de final en un duelo inédito en la máxima competición continental.
El encuentro, que se jugará en el estadio de Mestalla este martes 12 de febrero a partir de las 20:45, enfrenta al segundo clasificado del grupo F, el Valencia, que consiguió 13 puntos, y al París Saint-Germain, que acabó líder del grupo A con 15 puntos.

Leonardo to leave as Marcelo Bielsa tapped to succeed at Inter

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"El Loco" Bielsa might be taking over at Inter

Fast moving stuff with Massimo Morratti doing a series of flip flops first denying contact with Marcelo Bielsa, Chile's national coach and then acknowledging having phoned him after being exposed. Then walking that back by saying someone else had established contact.

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Liverpool Possible Destination For Unai Emery

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Liverpool is a possible destination for Valencia coach Unai Emery, according to Valencia Plaza.
Emery is set to leave Los Che when his contract expires on 30th June, with the Mestalla faithful having grown disillusioned with the club's failure to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.
Memories of the heady days of Rafael Benitez are still fresh in Valencia and Emery's inability to move his side beyond third spot is causing Los Che to look elsewhere, despite the Spaniard having to operate with a significantly smaller budget than the Blaugrana and Los Blancos.

Matchfacts: Olympiacos v Arsenal

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Team news, manager quotes and match facts ahead of the Champions League Group F tie between Olympiacos and Arsenal at Stadio Karaiskaki.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger selected a mixed squad for the final Champions League Group F game at Olympiacos.

With the Gunners already qualified having won the group, the likes of raw midfielders Oguzhan Ozyakup and Craig Eastmond, defenders Ignasi Miquel and Nico Yennaris many of whom had played in the Carling Cup defeat toManchester City - were included, along withEngland Under-21 international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Matchfacts: Olympiacos v Arsenal

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Team news, manager quotes and match facts ahead of the Champions League Group F tie between Olympiacos and Arsenal at Stadio Karaiskaki.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger selected a mixed squad for the final Champions League Group F game at Olympiacos.

With the Gunners already qualified having won the group, the likes of raw midfielders Oguzhan Ozyakup and Craig Eastmond, defenders Ignasi Miquel and Nico Yennaris many of whom had played in the Carling Cup defeat toManchester City - were included, along withEngland Under-21 international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Matchfacts: Olympiacos v Arsenal

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Team news, manager quotes and match facts ahead of the Champions League Group F tie between Olympiacos and Arsenal at Stadio Karaiskaki.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger selected a mixed squad for the final Champions League Group F game at Olympiacos.

With the Gunners already qualified having won the group, the likes of raw midfielders Oguzhan Ozyakup and Craig Eastmond, defenders Ignasi Miquel and Nico Yennaris many of whom had played in the Carling Cup defeat toManchester City - were included, along withEngland Under-21 international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Olympiacos Employ Ketsbaia

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Olympiacos have announced Temuri Ketsbaia will take the reigns of the Piraeus-based club, nine months after his former dwelling Anorthosis Famagusta stunned Europe by becoming the first ever Cypriot representative in the Group Stages of the Champions League – at the expense of the Greek champions.

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Pep Guardiola Set To Leave Barcelona, So Where Next For The Uber-Coach?

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At first I thought it was just another dramatic, unfounded rumour, but judging by the growing number of reliable sources getting in on the act, it now does look as though Barca boss Pep Guardiola has decided to leave the Nou Camp.

Pep Guardiola Set To Leave Barcelona, So Where Next For The Uber-Coach?

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By Alan Duffy


At first I thought it was just another dramatic, unfounded rumour, but judging by the growing number of reliable sources getting in on the act, it now does look as though Barca boss Pep Guardiola has decided to leave the Nou Camp.

Greece: Olympiakos all but seal title against Pana (+video)

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This weekend saw another in the series of the not-so-subtly named Derby of the Eternal Enemies between defending Greek Super League champions Panathinaikos and record champions Olympiakos. The latter were the home side and were leading the table by seven points before Saturday's game kicked off in Piraeus, the port town just outside of the Greek capital Athens.

A Big Fat Greek Super League Roundup

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With the international break upon us we can all pause, take a deep breath and get a clear overview of the club football season so far. Ryan Keaney does just that now, with a look at the goings-on in Greece:

Take one glance at the Greek Super League table after just five games and you could be forgiven for thinking it's all got off to a rather predictable start.

Greek Super League 2010/2011 Preview – Panathinaikos will take some stopping

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The Greek Super League 2010/2011 season got off to a start this past weekend. With the new campaign underway, Just Football's Greek football correspondent Filippos tells us what to expect.

Poll: The Coaching Selections.

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It's no surprise that coaching changes are typically swift. The selection for the sidelines can impact everything that happens throughout the summer - from the market to the board room to the staff individual player training on holiday. So you don't mess around. But this year's been excessively swift.

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La Liga Sunday Highlights: Atletico Madrid downed by lowly Malaga

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Atletico Madrid 0 - 2 Malaga(0-1) 3' Duda, (0-2) 70' Javi Lopez
Perhaps they had one eye on their Copa del Rey Semi-final this week, or maybe they took a visit from lowly Malaga too lightly. Either way Atlético Madrid fell to a morale-sapping defeat at the hands of a team that started the day in the relegation zone.

Monday Morning Sack Watch

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As we head towards October, at the end of the week at hand, the weather in the northern hemisphere gets cooler but the coaching seats hotter. No longer can underperforming look to early season disconnects, jitters, weakened legs and evolving squads as substitutes for results. So while we head towards firing season, a look at [.

Monday's Good Day, Bad Day - Round 17

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Good Day Espanyol With all the fuss and bother of one Barcelona v Madrid derby buzzing in the ear, it was easy to overlook Espanyol's well deserved win against an entertainingly imploding Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon - the Disneyland of football. Although they were taking on a side down to nine men, Espanyol looked dominant even when Atletico had their full contingent out on field.

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Thursday Kickoff: Johnson guilty, Ronaldo, Copa Libertadores and more

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At just 28 years old, Adam Johnson likely had many more years of professional soccer ahead of him, but now he is facing time behind bars.

The former Sunderland and English national team midfielder was found guilty on one count of sexual activity with a minor, and he could serve up to 10 years in prison.

‘We’ll try to compete with Arsenal’, admits Olympiakos manager

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La Liga Winter Transfer Window 2010: Real Zaragoza break the bank

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The protagonists of the 2010 Winter transfer window has been without a shadow of doubt, Real Zaragoza. Having released Ewerthon, López Vallejo, Songo'o, Roberto Ayala and Braulio, they have brought in Edmilson, Roberto, Jarosik, Eliseu, Suazo, Colunga and Contini, in order to arrest their slide into La Segunda for the second time in three years.

The Best Over 35’s XI in the World Today!

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These guys may be nearer to drawing their pensions than most, but boy they still have the power to amaze.

We've done the young whippersnappers and we've done the ode to Britain the 25 and over squad, so it's time to pay homage to experienced, the wily, the cunning: the Viagra crowd.

Gone and Quickly Forgotten

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History books will show that Liverpool's 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Olympique Marseilles in the Champions League of two years back ultimately didn't matter. After a shaky start, Liverpool managed to recover enough to make it through the group stages and, eventually, the semi-final.

For one player, however, that game proved to be pivotal.