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Boardroom turmoil, troubling finances and Messi’s influence: why Barcelona are a mess

Missing out on the Spanish title is perhaps Barça’s smallest problem – decline is setting in and most key players are above 30. This will take a long time to sort outLeo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s an…

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Real the big winners after Barcelona are held at home by Atlético Madrid

Barcelona met Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou and neither of them won. Six hundred kilometres away, Real Madrid did. An own goal and three penalties, one of them retaken to bring the total to four, delivered a draw that suited no one except the team wa…

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Real the big winners after Barcelona are held at home by Atlético Madrid

Barcelona met Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou and neither of them won. Six hundred kilometres away, Real Madrid did. An own goal and three penalties, one of them retaken to bring the total to four, delivered a draw that suited no one except the team wa…

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Karim Benzema backheel sums up La Liga weekend of beauty and brilliance | Sid Lowe

The Frenchman’s assist has put Real Madrid on course for the title, but it wasn’t even the most dazzling piece of skill on an extraordinary weekend in SpainSometimes there’s so much brilliance you don’t even know where to begin, let alone which words t…

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Barcelona set to exchange Arthur for Miralem Pjanic with Juventus

Brazilian joined Catalans from Gremio in 2018Buffon and Chiellini agree deals with JuveThe Barcelona midfielder Arthur will join Juventus at the end of the season in a deal worth an initial €72m (£66m), with Miralem Pjanic set to move in the opposite d…

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Real Madrid back on top … as are the VAR rows and talk of conspiracies | Sid Lowe

Out came the accusations and the warriors. After months away because of a pandemic, it’s back all rightOn the weekend that Spain moved into the “new normal”, Real Madrid returned to the top of the table and everyone got back to what they missed most: t…

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Barcelona draw blank at Sevilla to keep title race wide open

Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at Sevilla in an empty stadium on Friday as they dropped points for the first time since the season restarted.The Catalan side are top of the standings on 65 points from 30 games but second-placed Real Madrid, wit…

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La Liga to prosecute pitch invader at Real Mallorca-Barcelona match

Fan tried to get picture taken with Lionel Messi‘This type of conduct puts the health of others at risk’La Liga has said it is taking legal action against the man who ran on to the pitch during Real Mallorca’s behind-closed-doors match against Barcelon…

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La Liga to prosecute pitch invader at Real Mallorca-Barcelona match

Fan tried to get picture taken with Lionel Messi‘This type of conduct puts the health of others at risk’La Liga has said it is taking legal action against the man who ran on to the pitch during Real Mallorca’s behind-closed-doors match against Barcelon…

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La Liga to prosecute pitch invader at Real Mallorca-Barcelona match

Fan tried to get picture taken with Lionel Messi‘This type of conduct puts the health of others at risk’La Liga has said it is taking legal action against the man who ran on to the pitch during Real Mallorca’s behind-closed-doors match against Barcelon…

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Lionel Messi on the mark as Barcelona get off to flying restart at Real Mallorca

Messi scores in injury time after two assists in 4-0 winArturo Vidal scores Barça’s opener in the second minuteLionel Messi scored and grabbed two assists as Barcelona eased to a 4-0 win away to struggling Real Mallorca, giving the La Liga leaders the …

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Real Mallorca v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

La Liga updates from the 9pm (BST) kick-offGraeme Le Saux on life as a Mallorca directorAnd send your thoughts to Scott by email here 8.50pm BST Some pre-match reading … courtesy of the Good Doctor and one of the Guardian’s most famous readers, now a…

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Martin Braithwaite: ‘Middlesbrough to Barcelona, it’s been a hell of a journey’ | Sid Lowe

Denmark striker seemed an unlikely signing for Barcelona but has been proving people wrong ever since he spent two years in a wheelchair as a childThe more Martin Braithwaite crept round behind her back, the more suspicious his wife grew and by the tim…

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‘Everything is in play’: Sid Lowe on La Liga’s restart – video preview

La Liga is set to return on Thursday with it all to play for in the remaining 110 matches. The competition will resume in the south of Spain as Sevilla welcome city rivals Real Betis. The Guardian’s Spanish football correspondent, Sid Lowe, talks throu…

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‘Everything is in play’: Sid Lowe on La Liga’s restart – video preview

La Liga is set to return on Thursday with it all to play for in the remaining 110 matches. The competition will resume in the south of Spain as Sevilla welcome city rivals Real Betis. The Guardian’s Spanish football correspondent, Sid Lowe, talks throu…

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‘Everything is in play’: Sid Lowe on La Liga’s restart – video preview

La Liga is set to return on Thursday with it all to play for in the remaining 110 matches. The competition will resume in the south of Spain as Sevilla welcome city rivals Real Betis. The Guardian’s Spanish football correspondent, Sid Lowe, talks throu…

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‘Everything is in play’: Sid Lowe on La Liga’s restart – video preview

La Liga is set to return on Thursday with it all to play for in the remaining 110 matches. The competition will resume in the south of Spain as Sevilla welcome city rivals Real Betis. The Guardian’s Spanish football correspondent, Sid Lowe, talks throu…

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George Floyd’s killing matters too much for corporate sport’s on-brand insincerity | Jonathan Liew

Statements barely addressing an unarmed black man’s death are closer to obligation than any commitment to social justiceOn Saturday, five days after the killing of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, the NFL spoke out. It released a short statement by…