Gerard Pique

FC Barcelona

Barcelona seek winning end to Luis Enrique’s reign

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Madrid (AFP) – Gerard Pique wants Barcelona to reward outgoing coach Luis Enrique with a ninth trophy of his three-year spell in charge in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves.

Victory would see Barca lift the Cup for the third straight season under Enrique, but unlike in the past two years it would be Barca’s only major silverware of the campaign.

Twitter Release Special Pack Of El Clasico-Themed Emojis Ahead Of Barcelona’s Crucial Trip To Real Madrid (Photo)

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Ahead of the bi-annual ref-crowding pageant that is El Clasico, the people at Twitter have rolled out a series of limited edition Barcelona and Real Madrid-themed emojis for the occasion.

WithLa Liga's twin behemoths set to go duke it out at the summit of the tableonce again on Sunday evening, fans (presumably under the age of 12) will be able to squabble over who's the bestest on social media using the following array of miniature pictographs.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Is Barcelona Losing Its Identify Under Luis Enrique?

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For years, Barcelona has been a club marked by a very clear approach to the game of football, defined by an academy program that has produced some of the best players in the world over the last 15 years.

But on Sunday, Barcelona's starting XI away to Leganes contained only one Spanish born player (Sergi Roberto), for the first time in their 118-year history.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Five-star Barcelona stroll back into Cup semis

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona eased into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey for a seventh consecutive season 6-2 on aggregate as Denis Suarez scored twice in a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Already leading 1-0 from the first leg, Barca gave Sociedad a mountain to climb as Denis Suarez finished off a great team move with the only real chance of the first-half before Lionel Messi converted from the penalty spot.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Barca desperate to break Madrid’s unbeaten streak

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona are the more desperate side as Real Madrid visit Catalonia on Saturday for the first El Clasico of the season boasting a six-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Madrid have won 15 more points in all in La Liga under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane since the sides last met in April and are riding a 31-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Humiliated Barca Escape With a Point | Barca - 1 : Real Soceidad - 1

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- Messi Scoring the Equalizer against real Soceidad -

Almost nothing went right for us today. They outdid us in the quality of their play and in attitude. We barely existed in the first half and improved a bit in the second but it's difficult to win the league playing like this.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique sticking to Spain retirement plan

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists he will not reverse his decision to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Pique announced his intention to leave La Roja after having to demonstrate he did not cut the colours of the Spanish flag off his kit during a 2-0 win in Albania last week.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique sticking to Spain retirement plan

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists he will not reverse his decision to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Pique announced his intention to leave La Roja after having to demonstrate he did not cut the colours of the Spanish flag off his kit during a 2-0 win in Albania last week.

Gerard Pique Fondly Reminisces About The Time He ‘Pranked’ Patrice Evra By Torching His Personal Belongings

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More from Gerard Pique now, with the Barcelona defender's fond memories of the time and effort he used to devote to being a brutal sociopathpranking his chums in his younger years.

As part of his all-encompassing interview with Catalan broadcasters TV3, Pique was asked what he misses most about his time at Manchester United.

Pique eyes Barcelona presidency

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes he can take the unusual route into club politics rather than management when his playing career comes to an end by becoming Barca president.

The Catalan giants are run by a president voted for by the club's near 150,000 members with mandates lasting up to six years.

Gerard Pique Reveals How He First Wooed Shakira With A Bit Of Rubbish Weather Chat

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Gerard Pique has revealed the sweet little exchange that broke the ice and eventually led to him shacking up with noted Pies fan Shakira.

Waffling on in an interview with Spanish broadcasters TV3, the Barcelona centre-half discussed how the couple, who now have two kids,first got together at the 2010 World Cup.

Gerard Pique Announces International Retirement

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Barcelona star Gerard Pique has stunned fans in Spain by announcing that he will stop playing for his country after the 2018 World Cup in Russia because he feels he is not wanted in the national team by some.

The Barcelona defender made the announcement after Spain's 2-0 win at Albania on Sunday in European qualifying for the World Cup.

Spain: Gerard Pique Vows To Quit International Football After Ridiculous Shirt Sleeve Squabble

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Gerard Pique has vowed to retire from international duty with Spain after the 2018 World Cup as the result of yet another mini-controversy brought about by his staunch pro-Catalan independence views.

Pique was booed and heckled throughout Spain's World Cup qualifier against Albania on Sunday after it was noticed that, unlike his teammates, his shirt did not bearany red and yellow trim (the national colours of Spain) on the cuffs.

‘MSN’ lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

Luis Suarez is looking for his 60th goal of an incredible season as the Uruguayan is again paired with Lionel Messi and Neymar up front.

‘MSN’ lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

Luis Suarez is looking for his 60th goal of an incredible season as the Uruguayan is again paired with Lionel Messi and Neymar up front.

Barca on brink of implosion on La Liga super Wednesday

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Barcelona must reverse an amazing loss of form to win all five of their remaining La Liga games to be assured of retaining their title, starting with a trip to Deportivo la Coruna on Wednesday.

The Catalan giants have taken just one point from their last four La Liga games and lost four of their last five in all competitions having previously enjoyed a 39-game unbeaten run stretching back six months.

Barca on brink of implosion on La Liga super Wednesday

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Barcelona must reverse an amazing loss of form to win all five of their remaining La Liga games to be assured of retaining their title, starting with a trip to Deportivo la Coruna on Wednesday.

The Catalan giants have taken just one point from their last four La Liga games and lost four of their last five in all competitions having previously enjoyed a 39-game unbeaten run stretching back six months.

Barcelona: Gerard Pique Accosted By Hysterical Fan While Attempting Live Periscope Broadcast (Video)

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It's being reported in the Spanish press this week that Gerard Pique's relentless use of thePeriscope* app is beginning to worry the top brass at Barcelona.

Basically, the club are concerned that the candid videos being posted by Pique on social media are undermining their continued attempts to restrict press intrusion.

Gerard Pique rules out ever joining Manchester City: “My love for United is too strong”

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Gerard Pique rules out ever joining Manchester City: "My love for United is too strong"

Barcelona's Gerard Pique has ruled out the possibility of following Pep Guardiola to Manchester City this summer due to his "love" for former club Manchester United.

Guardiola, currently in charge of Barcelona, will join City at the end of the campaign, leading to speculation as to who the Spaniard might want to sign at the Etihad stadium.

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Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

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Gerard Pique says will quit Spain team in political spat

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Madrid (AFP) Spanish defender Gerard Pique has announced that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup amid renewed controversy over his political views.

The Barcelona star, who supports independence for Catalonia, came under fire again after Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania.

Gerard Pique says will quit Spain team in political spat

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Madrid (AFP) Spanish defender Gerard Pique has announced that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup amid renewed controversy over his political views.

The Barcelona star, who supports independence for Catalonia, came under fire again after Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania.

Controversial Pique to end Spain career after 2018 World Cup

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Madrid (AFP) Controversial Spanish defender Gerard Pique insisted Sunday that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup.

The Barcelona star has come under regular fire for his performances on the field and his support off the pitch for his pro-Catalan stance.

"The World Cup in Russia is going to be my last tournament with the national team and I hope to take a lot of pleasure from these last two years," he said after Sunday's 2-0 qualifying win against Albania.

Spain aim to roll into Euro 2016 knockout phase

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Paris (AFP) Andres Iniesta's Spain will look to ease into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and keep up their pursuit of a third consecutive title on Friday when they face out-of-sorts Turkey.

And losing 2012 finalists Italy, who impressed in their opening match, can also move into the last 16 if they overcome Sweden and their superstar captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toulouse.

Spain aim to roll into Euro 2016 knockout phase

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Paris (AFP) Andres Iniesta's Spain will look to ease into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and keep up their pursuit of a third consecutive title on Friday when they face out-of-sorts Turkey.

And losing 2012 finalists Italy, who impressed in their opening match, can also move into the last 16 if they overcome Sweden and their superstar captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toulouse.

Del Bosque hails champions as De Gea replaces Casillas

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque hailed his defending champions, including benched captain Iker Casillas, after a Euro 2016 masterclass that left the Czech Republic on the wrong end of a 1-0 Group D defeat Monday.

Spain, crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012, are looking to become the first team to win the competition three times in succession.

Del Bosque hails champions as De Gea replaces Casillas

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque hailed his defending champions, including benched captain Iker Casillas, after a Euro 2016 masterclass that left the Czech Republic on the wrong end of a 1-0 Group D defeat Monday.

Spain, crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012, are looking to become the first team to win the competition three times in succession.

Late Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain got their bid for a third consecutive European Championship off to a winning start against a dogged Czech Republic thanks to Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's header three minutes from time.

A profligate Spain seemed set to be denied by heroics from Czech Republic captain Petr Cech.

Late Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain got their bid for a third consecutive European Championship off to a winning start against a dogged Czech Republic thanks to Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's header three minutes from time.

A profligate Spain seemed set to be denied by heroics from Czech Republic captain Petr Cech.

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PICTURE: Pique helps Rooney mock Arsenal fan

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Following Manchester United's 3-2 win over Arsenal, Wayne Rooney tweeted Arsenal fan Piers Morgan. Morgan, who flip flops over whether he wants Arsene Wenger to get sacked or not, has regularly given Rooney stick over the years.

Gerard Pique, who saw Rooney's tweet, then retweeted it to his followers.

Pique: I was happy at United

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Gerard Pique has reflected on his time at Manchester United, when he barely played thanks to the form and fitness of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

When I was there Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes, Roy Keane. We won the Champions League in 2008. We won the league.

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New Nike Tiempo Legend VI Boots Aren’t Black, But They’re Still Quite Nice Regardless (Photos)

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Paolo Maldini and Romario going at it at the 1994 World Cup. That's the image we have in our heads whenever we heard the Nike Tiempo mentioned.

Plain black leather boots with a fold-over tongue,a white swoosh and N-I-K-E emblazoned in huge lettering across the heel. Nothing comes close.

Over 20 years later, Nike are still pumping out new Tiempo designs but none can hold a candle to the glorious originals.