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How Real Madrid snatched Takefusa Kubo from under the noses of Barcelona

The Japanese prodigy is one of a new generation of players who have been scooped up by Real MadridTakefusa Kubo joined Barcelona when he was 10, spent four years at the club and was singled out as a future star but that future now belongs to their grea…

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Denis Suárez on his time at Arsenal: ‘From day 16 I wasn’t even at 50%’

• I trained with medication but didn’t feel right, midfielder says• Suárez wants to leave Barcelona but return to La LigaDenis Suárez has described 2018-2019 as a year “to forget” and said he was only ever half-fit at Arsenal due to a pelvic injury. Th…

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Football transfer rumours: João Cancelo to Manchester City?

Today’s tell-all is ruing another international semi-final defeat One of several England defenders who failed to impress against the Netherlands last night, Kyle Walker may be disheartened to learn Manchester City are hitching their skirts at Juventus …

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West Ham make renewed £20m bid for Barcelona midfielder André Gomes

• Club have already had an opening bid of £18m bid knocked back• West Ham likely to face competition from Everton for GomesWest Ham have underlined their determination to sign André Gomes after making a £20m bid for the Barcelona midfielder.While West …

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Daniele Massaro: ‘The Marseille defeat filled us with grief. But we came back’

Like Liverpool, my Milan side lost a Champions League final but made it back the next year – the problem was we were facing Cruyff’s BarcelonaIn the 1993 Champions League final my Milan team faced Marseille. We were the favourites but lost. The followi…

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Football transfer rumours: Roberto Martínez to take over at Barcelona?

Today’s tittle-tattle is gonna take a little timeFollowing Barcelona’s defeat at the hands of Valencia in last weekend’s Copa del Rey final, the future of Ernesto Valverde is in doubt – and Catalan radio station RAC1 have identified the Belgium ma…

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Valencia shock Barcelona in Copa del Rey final despite Messi’s best efforts

• Barcelona 1-2 Valencia• Messi 73; Gameiro 21, Rodrigo 33By the end they could take it no more, but the suffering was worth it and they made it. Somewhere in the madness a whistle blew and Valencia became Copa del Rey winners. For the first time in 1,…

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Konrad De La Fuente: the US winger making waves at Barcelona’s academy

The Miami-born winger is known for his quick-footed skill at La Masia. But this summer his focus will be on winning the U-20 World Cup for his countryWhen Miami-born Konrad De La Fuente moved with his family to Barcelona at the age of 11, he already ha…

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Hegerberg stars as Lyon crush Barcelona to win Women’s Champions League

• Final: Lyon 4-1 Barcelona• Norwegian Ada Hegerberg hits a hat-trick in the first half-hourPeople will bemoan the gulf in class. This was supposed to be competitive football at the top level. But Lyon’s one-sided mauling of Barcelona is not something …

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Antoine Griezmann announces shock departure from Atlético Madrid

Frenchman expected to join Barcelona for €125m (£108m)Forward tells Atléti fans: ‘I’ve made the decision to leave’Antoine Greizmann has announced that he has told Atlético Madrid of his intention to leave the club, opening the door for a €125m (£108m) …

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Belief fuels era of remarkable Champions League comebacks | Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool and Tottenham recovered from seemingly impossible situations to show that, in the Champions League, anything is possible these daysYes, yes, very good, but does the Champions League have any other tricks? It has become like Jed Mercurio killi…

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‘Wow’ factor puts Trent Alexander-Arnold centre stage for Liverpool

Defender’s quick thinking sealed victory over Barcelona and his defining display was capped by a sporting gestureTwenty years old, on the same pitch as Lionel Messi, and it is your “genius moment” that Jürgen Klopp and the football world salute, after …

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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Barcelona’s collapse at Anfield fuels awkward questions of identity | Sid Lowe

Ernesto Valverde’s team failed to deliver on Lionel Messi’s Champions League dream and the issues seem to run deepAt the end Leo Messi collapsed to the floor and for a time he just lay face down on the grass, until a teammate eventually came and lifted…

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How psychology helped Origi be a Liverpool hero after Wolfsburg low | Gregg Bakowski

Striker’s supreme mental strength has helped him bounce back from Bundesliga humiliation to be a cool conqueror of BarçaWhat a difference a year makes. On 5 May 2018 Divock Origi stood, shoulders slumped, at the Red Bull Arena having struggled to make …

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What a night! Liverpool’s stunning comeback against Barcelona – in pictures

The Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins was at Anfield to witness one of the greatest comebacks in the club’s history. Here’s a selection of his best images from one of the greatest nights in European football Continue reading…

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‘Shame. There is no other adjective’ – Spanish press on Barcelona’s defeat

Sport called it the ‘greatest humiliation in history’ as the Spanish press ripped Barcelona apart after Anfield defeatLiverpool’s fans chose to stay behind, Barcelona’s had no choice. Standing there in the Anfield Road end, still barely able to believe…

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Lionel Messi broke down in tears in Barcelona’s Anfield dressing room

• Argentinian inconsolable after semi-final defeat to Liverpool• Messi then missed team bus to airport due to drug testingLionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against…

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Liverpool’s power shows Barcelona that passing alone is not enough | Jonathan Wilson

Technique must now be matched by physique and Klopp’s side used old English virtues to blow away a decadent BarcelonaTalk all you want about great European nights. Talk of the swell of the crowd, the roaring emotion inside Anfield. Talk of St-Étienne a…