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Gerard Piqué spares Barcelona blushes but Girona end their 100% record

Gerard Piqué got 10-man Barcelona out of jail as their 100 per cent start to the season was ended by battling Girona.Barça looked to be cruising when Lionel Messi’s eighth goal of the campaign gave them an early lead but the defender Clement Lenglet’s …

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Gerard Piqué spares Barcelona blushes but Girona end their 100% record

Gerard Piqué got 10-man Barcelona out of jail as their 100 per cent start to the season was ended by battling Girona.Barça looked to be cruising when Lionel Messi’s eighth goal of the campaign gave them an early lead but the defender Clement Lenglet’s …

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Barcelona v Girona: La Liga – live!

La Liga updates from the 7.45pm (BST) kick-off at Camp NouWho needs Ronaldo? Madrid’s new No 7 takes centre stageAnd feel free to email or tweet John your thoughts 7.10pm BST Here’s the big news from the Barcelona camp.Lionel Messi has shaved his beard…

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Lionel Messi hits hat-trick as Barcelona trounce PSV Eindhoven

Lionel Messi scored the eighth Champions League hat-trick of his career as 10-man Barcelona eased to an emphatic 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in Group B.The Argentinian was once again in imperious form as the hosts overcame a low-key start to cruise …

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Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 5.55pm BST kick-offInternazionale v Tottenham: Champions League – live!Spain looks north as Basque clubs take giants to the wireYou can email Bryan here or tweet him here 5.58pm BST 1 min: Barcelona attacking from left…

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European roundup: Inter loanee stuns parent club while Real Madrid held

Federico Dimarco screamer secures Parma a shock winArsenal loanee Reiss Nelson scores on Bundesliga debutThree years after going bankrupt Parma returned to winning ways in Serie A with a shock 1-0 win over Internazionale at San Siro thanks to a spectac…

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Football transfer rumours: Barcelona keen on Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal?

Today’s whispers are taking a shortcutNot that the Mill ekes out its existence entirely through the careless whispers of others, but the last week has been spent praying fervently to the god of the mixed zone. That’s the oasis in the bowels of every in…

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Girona v Barcelona ‘90%’ likely to be played in Miami, says La Liga head

• Javier Tebas expects January’s Catalan derby to be played in US• Tebas claims Manchester City encouraged Girona to participateLa Liga president Javier Tebas has said there is a 90% chance the first Spanish top-flight game in the US will be Girona’s “…

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Girona v Barcelona ‘90%’ likely to be played in Miami, says La Liga head

• Javier Tebas expects January’s Catalan derby to be played in US• Tebas claims Manchester City encouraged Girona to participateLa Liga president Javier Tebas has said there is a 90% chance the first Spanish top-flight game in the US will be Girona’s “…

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Lionel Messi leads Barcelona rout of Huesca after visitors strike first

Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez both scored twice as Barcelona moved top of La Liga after routing Huesca 8-2 at Camp Nou.Ernesto Valverde’s side extended their 100% league record this season and knocked Real Madrid off top spot on goal difference, despite…

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Earth moves under Valladolid’s feet to spoil La Liga return against Barcelona | Sid Lowe

Shambolic pitch and a late equaliser ruled out by VAR put a dampener on the little club’s first night back in the big timeReal Valladolid’s big night had almost arrived but the pitch hadn’t. The first delivery, from down the road in Ávila, was no good …

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Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé sinks Valladolid on night of VAR drama

Ousmane Dembélé scored the only goal as Barcelona survived a late scare to win 1-0 at Real Valladolid.Dembélé’s second-half strike made it two wins from as many games for the reigning La Liga champions, who had to work hard to overcome a side promoted …

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Tata Martino: ‘The World Cup final was played before 78,000 … that day Atlanta had 73,000’

The Atlanta United coach has managed Argentina and Lionel Messi’s Barcelona. But he has relished the opportunity of a blank canvas in MLSGerardo “Tata” Martino started playing for his local club, Newell’s Old Boys, in the city of Rosario, as a child. H…

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How Bobby Robson fought and failed to earn respect at Barcelona

The former England manager won trophies but not a second season in Catalonia, as Jonathan Wilson explains in his new bookBobby Robson had turned down Barcelona twice before, once out of loyalty to Ipswich and once out of loyalty to England. The third t…

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Lionel Messi double powers Barcelona to victory over Alavés in opener

Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alavés with the help of an under-the-wall free-kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from the substitute Philippe Coutinho.The champions had dominated the late kick-off at a qu…

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Eyes down for kick-off in La Liga, where Barcelona remain the team to beat

Real Madrid are in transition without Zidane and Ronaldo, and Atlético are still the most likely to upset the old duopolyOn 16 May Barcelona met Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly in Johannesburg. The Mandela Centenary Cup was the prize, Barcelona beat So…

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Eyes down for kick-off in La Liga, where Barcelona remain the team to beat

Real Madrid are in transition without Zidane and Ronaldo, and Atlético are still the most likely to upset the old duopolyOn 16 May Barcelona met Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly in Johannesburg. The Mandela Centenary Cup was the prize, Barcelona beat So…

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Eat, sleep and respect the ball: inside Barcelona’s modern La Masia | Jamie Fahey

The latest version of the academy that produced Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta is an unremarkable building but the emphasis on football perfection remainsThe dimly lit, studiously grey lecture room carries the feel of a sixth-form block in a suburban …

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Brazil’s Ronaldo leaves Ibiza hospital after suffering ‘heavy flu’

• Former Real Madrid striker was on holiday on Spanish island• Ronaldo posted message on social media insisting he was fineFormer Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo was discharged from an Ibiza hospital on Tuesday after suffering “heavy flu” while …

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Ousmane Dembélé’s wondergoal seals Spanish Super Cup for Barcelona

• Marc-Andre ter Stegen saves penalty in 2-1 win over Sevilla• Lionel Messi wins his 33rd trophy with BarcelonaBarcelona lifted the Spanish Super Cup for a record extending 13th time by coming from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a stunn…