Ernesto Valverde

FC Barcelona

Messi inspires Barcelona, PSG win Champions League opener

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Paris (AFP) – Lionel Messi netted twice in Barcelona’s convincing 3-0 victory over Juventus that kicked off their Champions League campaign in style, while Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea also won big on Tuesday.

After a troubled summer, a home meeting with last season’s runners-up may not have been what Barcelona and their new coach Ernesto Valverde wanted, but Messi was at his brilliant best to give the Catalans the three points.

Messi inspires Barcelona, PSG win Champions League opener

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Paris (AFP) – Lionel Messi netted twice in Barcelona’s convincing 3-0 victory over Juventus that kicked off their Champions League campaign in style, while Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea also won big on Tuesday.

After a troubled summer, a home meeting with last season’s runners-up may not have been what Barcelona and their new coach Ernesto Valverde wanted, but Messi was at his brilliant best to give the Catalans the three points.

Judge Barcelona, Juventus on results not transfers, coaches argue

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde warned against snap judgements on his side and Juventus’ Champions League aspirations despite losing key players in the transfer market.

The sides meet in their competition opener on Tuesday (1845 GMT) in a rematch of a quarter-final clash won 3-0 on aggregate by Juventus last season.

Judge Barcelona, Juventus on results not transfers, coaches argue

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde warned against snap judgements on his side and Juventus’ Champions League aspirations despite losing key players in the transfer market.

The sides meet in their competition opener on Tuesday (1845 GMT) in a rematch of a quarter-final clash won 3-0 on aggregate by Juventus last season.

Judge Barcelona, Juventus at season’s end: Valverde

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde warned against snap judgements on his side and Juventus’ Champions League aspirations despite losing key players in the transfer market.

The sides meet in their competition opener on Tuesday (1845 GMT) in a rematch of a quarter-final clash won 3-0 on aggregate by Juventus last season.

Dembele settled ahead of Barcelona debut, says Valverde

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Barcelona (AFP) – Young French forward Ousmane Dembele is “looking better every day”, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said ahead of his debut on Saturday.

Dembele, 20, joined Barcelona for a Spanish record transfer fee of 105 million euros ($125 million) from Borussia Dortmund that could rise to 145m euros with add-ons.

9 Days For Barcelona Board To Salvage Reputation

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Tick-tock, tick-tock... nowhere in football is the transfer market clock counting down louder than at Barcelona. And no one is sweating more than Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and his board of directors.

They have nine days to, in the words of one prominent Spanish radio journalist on Monday night, ‘stop making fools of themselves', save the club's summer and save their own jobs.

Barcelona football ‘not afraid’ as attacks overshadow La Liga start

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde called on supporters to show no fear by attending an emotional La Liga opener for his side in the wake of two terrorist attacks in Catalonia.

A huge security operation will be put in place for Sunday’s match against Real Betis (kick off 1815GMT) at the club’s 99,000 capacity Camp Nou after the attacks this week killed 14 people and left hundreds injured.

Barcelona seek Super Cup tonic to Neymar hangover

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona host rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday (2000GMT) badly in need of a morale-boosting win following the world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite banking 222 million euros ($261 million) for the Brazilian, Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund so far rebuffed.

Barcelona seek Super Cup tonic to Neymar hangover

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona host rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday (2000GMT) badly in need of a morale-boosting win following the world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite banking 222 million euros ($261 million) for the Brazilian, Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund so far rebuffed.

Neymar scores as Barcelona beat Manchester United 1-0

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Washington (AFP) – Neymar, serene amid a frenzy of transfer speculation, scored the first-half goal that gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday in an International Champions Cup friendly.

The Brazilian striker, reportedly pondering a 222-million euro ($256.

Barca manager Valverde dismisses talk of Neymar move

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New York (AFP) – Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde swatted down talk of star striker Neymar departing for a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, dismissing “rumors” Friday and saying the squad wants him to stay.

Amid reports Neymar’s future at the Camp Nou is in doubt, Valverde says the Brazil international is beloved and wanted at Barca for years to come.

Barca manager Valverde dismisses talk of Neymar move

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New York (AFP) – Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde swatted down talk of star striker Neymar departing for a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, dismissing “rumors” Friday and saying the squad wants him to stay.

Amid reports Neymar’s future at the Camp Nou is in doubt, Valverde says the Brazil international is beloved and wanted at Barca for years to come.

Football: Messi vows to do ‘best’ under Valverde

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Tokyo (AFP) – Barcelona star Lionel Messi shied away from making major promises for the coming season Thursday, pledging only to do his “best” under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi said he was not familiar with Valverde’s style, but voiced cautious hope.

“Well, I say the exact same thing I say all the time,” he said at the team’s celebration of a new sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten at its Tokyo headquarters.

Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ Barca’s tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly-installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-2000, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ Barca’s tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly-installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-2000, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barca pressures

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Madrid (AFP) – In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.

Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.

However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.

Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barca pressures

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Madrid (AFP) – In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.

Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.

However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.

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.

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.

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Gazidis: There Was Nobody To Replace Wenger With

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has finally admitted why Arsene Wenger was handed a new contract on the back of a hugely disappointing season. He could not find anyone better!

A statement that is even more mystifying considering that Barcelona found a manager Ernesto Valverde to replace Luis Enrique, why by the way is still available.

New Barcelona boss Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-90, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

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Thursday Kickoff: Barca confident in Neymar stay; Mourinho hints at Ibrahimovic return and more

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Neymar headlines Thursday's news while Jose Mourinho hinted a major star could return to Manchester United.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde insists Neymar is happy with the club despite continues links to Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

In addition, Neymar and his father were clearedcriminal charges in a tax evasion case in Brazil.

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.

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Sergi Roberto will not be joining Manchester United

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

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