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Everton and Barcelona take pioneering lead towards equality

Part of the #WhatIf campaign for change, groundbreaking initiatives on Merseyside and in Catalonia are helping to create a more level playing fieldGroundbreaking initiatives at Everton and Barcelona have seen women’s football take two significant steps…

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‘It used to be about Man United-ness’: how ICC changed the pre-season friendly

The International Champions Cup has been on a mission to change summer warm-ups into something worth playing forCharlie Stillitano knows exactly when everything fell into place. “I sat down with José Mourinho in 2003 and he said. ‘I want to play really…

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Paulinho leaves Barcelona after one season to rejoin Guangzhou Evergrande

• Brazilian makes shock return to China on a one-year loan• Guangzhou have option to buy Paulinho permanently next yearBrazil midfielder Paulinho has re-joined Guangzhou Evergrande after just one season at Barcelona on a one-year loan, the Chinese club…

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Football transfer rumours: Everton to sign Barcelona’s Yerry Mina?

Today’s fluff will fight until the whistle goesEverton have giant ambitions in this summer’s transfer market, the giant in question being England-bothering 6ft5in centre half Yerry Mina. Barcelona want to replace him with Sevilla’s Clément Lenglet – wh…

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Barcelona club denies former president illegally bought liver for French footballer

Sandro Rosell did not buy transplant organ for player Éric Abidal and surgery was legal says FC clubFC Barcelona has emphatically denied reports that its former president, Sandro Rosell, illegally bought a liver for the French defender Éric Abidal six …

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Andrés Iniesta: ‘I’ve squeezed out every drop, there’s nothing left’ | Sid Lowe

As Spain’s midfielder prepares for his final World Cup he discusses how he spent his last minutes at Barcelona, the times he hit near-perfection and how football in his village shaped him“‘An intimate moment,” he calls it. Late on a Sunday night, his l…

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It’s the Sids 2018! The complete review of the 2017-18 La Liga season

Barcelona cantered to the title but couldn’t go unbeaten, the Madrid clubs each landed a European trophy and Real Betis were the great entertainersAll that and in the end it came down to this … nothing. There were tears and plenty of emotion, Fernando …

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Andrés Iniesta signs for Japanese club Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona

• Iniesta describes arrival on three-year deal as ‘very special day’• Midfielder said by Japanese media to be earning £22.5m a yearAndrés Iniesta has signed for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe after bringing down the curtain on his brilliant Barcelona ca…

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Bojan Krkic: ‘I had anxiety attacks but no one wants to talk about that. Football’s not interested’

The forward, who scored 900 goals for Barcelona’s youth teams and was labelled the ‘New Messi’, opens up on how the huge expectations affected him“I have a problem,” Bojan Krkic says, edging forward on the sofa. “I love football, it’s my life.” Outside…

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Lionel Messi brings tears of joy to South African Barcelona fan – video

Lionel Messi brought tears of joy to a South African fan after signing his Barcelona shirt. Barcelona won 3-1 a friendly match against South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the Mandela Cup. This cup commemorates 100 years since the birth of Nels…

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Arsenal were close to signing Ronaldo and tried to sign Messi, says Wenger

• Arsène Wenger reflects on how he tried to sign both in 2003• ‘Ronaldo was very close. Messi didn’t work because of agents’Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could have played together at Arsenal had things worked out differently.Arsène Wenger, who to…

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Barcelona’s Valverde ‘surprised’ after team ships five goals at Levante – video

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admits it was a surprise to lose 5-4 against Levante as his team lost their unbeaten La Liga record this season. He says it was not a ‘normal’ game and that nobody, Barça included, could have expected this outcome.Europ…

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European roundup: Barcelona lose unbeaten record after 5-4 Levante defeat

• La Liga champions Barça lose despite Philippe Coutinho hat-trick• Juventus win seventh consecutive Serie A title with Roma drawBarcelona’s hopes of an unbeaten La Liga campaign were ended in their penultimate game as they lost 5-4 at Levante. The cha…

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Sevilla resist Real Madrid fightback to stay in Europa League race

• Cristiano Ronaldo missing through injury as Real lose 3-2 at Sevilla• Ousmane Dembélé hits double as Barcelona thrash Villarreal 5-1Sevilla remain in the hunt for a Europa League spot as Joaquin Caparros secured his first win since taking temporary c…

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Sevilla resist Real Madrid fightback to stay in Europa League race

• Cristiano Ronaldo missing through injury as Real lose 3-2 at Sevilla• Ousmane Dembélé hits double as Barcelona thrash Villarreal 5-1Sevilla remain in the hunt for a Europa League spot as Joaquin Caparros secured his first win since taking temporary c…

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Australia’s A-League reportedly Andrés Iniesta’s ‘preferred destination’

Chinese club unable to meet Iniesta’s salary requestA-League has confirmed it will re-open super marquee fundAndrés Iniesta is reportedly eyeing off the A-League as the “preferred destination” to end his glittering career, according to Spanish media.Th…

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Barcelona and Real Madrid explode into life to make the clásico matter | Sid Lowe

There was supposed to be little to play for but after 28 shots, four goals, a red card and controversy aplenty, it didn’t feel like it“Nah, nah, it was quiet,” Marcelo grinned and everyone laughed. A few metres away, through the door to the left, Ernes…

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An unmarked grave to hero status: the Irishman who saved Barcelona | Paul Doyle

Fergus Dowd, an IT systems analyst for Dublin, won the backing of Luís Figo, Roy Keane and a film director to help rescue from obscurity Patrick O’Connell and his exploits at BarcelonaLike absolutely no other middle-aged IT systems analysts from Dublin…

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Gareth Bale denies 10-man Barcelona victory over Real Madrid in el clásico

Rarely has a draw felt so good to this stadium. Barcelona are three games away from completing an unbeaten season after this draw with Real Madrid with 10 men. Twice Barcelona led, twice Madrid equalised, but El Clásico finished 2-2 and with the C…

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Barcelona v Real Madrid: La Liga – live!

Live updates from El Clásico, kick-off 7.45pm BSTAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 7.58pm BST 12 min Nacho is booked for planting his studs into the back of Suarez’s leg. 7.56pm BST Brilliant goal. Suarez, in his own half, flicks a lovely pass b…