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Category: European club football

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What crisis? Europe’s top clubs spend £2.5bn on players in transfer window

Premier League spends more than £1bn despite drop in incomeSee all the deals in the Guardian’s transfer interactiveEurope’s top five leagues have spent more than £2.5bn during the transfer window, with more than £1bn of that coming from the Premier Lea…

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European roundup: Lukaku hits two as Internazionale run riot at Benevento

Belgian scores after 28 second of 5-2 winAtlético Madrid and Real Madrid also in actionTwo goals from Romelu Lukaku helped Internazionale to a 5-2 victory at promoted Benevento on Wednesday as the Serie A title contenders notched their second win in a …

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Champions League draw explained: the clubs, pots, format and more

A guide to Thursday’s draw for the group stage, including which pots the clubs are in and how it will all workThe draw begins at 4pm BST on Thursday in Geneva and you can follow coverage on theguardian.com/football as it unfolds. Continue reading…

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Champions League draw explained: the clubs, pots, format and more

A guide to Thursday’s draw for the group stage, including which pots the clubs are in and how it will all workThe draw begins at 4pm BST on Thursday in Geneva and you can follow coverage on theguardian.com/football as it unfolds. Continue reading…

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Borussia Dortmund: where dreams are made or a glorified feeder club? | Jonathan Liew

The Bundesliga side’s recruitment policy is held up as a model – but they have won only one trophy since 2012 The chase begins frighteningly early. Often years in advance and usually when the object is still a child. Jude Bellingham and Gio Reyna were …

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Hurricane Suárez unleashed in spectacular Atlético Madrid arrival | Sid Lowe

In a debut lasting less than 23 minutes, Atlético’s new signing won and lost a penalty, hit the post and scored two goalsThere was a smattering of applause from the 60 or 70 people sitting in the shade of the stand and then someone started shouting: “U…

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Lyon cannot buy a win in Ligue 1. Where is it all going wrong?

Having played in the Champions League semi-finals last month, Lyon are now in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 tableBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLyon have not won any of their last four matches in Ligue 1. After their 1-1 draw…

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Antonio Conte embraces the delirium as Inter rescue themselves | Nicky Bandini

Inter’s 4-3 comeback win against Fiorentina on Saturday was as wild as any we have seen in recent yearsIt was the second weekend of the season, but it felt more like the first. There had been too many protagonists missing from Serie A’s opening round, …

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Imperious Bayern Munich finally get tripped up … by another Hoeness | Andy Brassell

Since 2016-17, Hoffenheim have taken more points from Bayern than any other team. On Sunday, Sebastian Hoeness did it againRarely a day goes by on which the name isn’t in the sports pages, or is writing itself large over news reaction and discussion sh…

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Luis Suárez comes off bench to score Atlético debut double in rout of Granada

Luis Suárez spent most of his first game for Atlético Madrid sitting in the stands at an empty Wanda Metropolitano watching his new team-mates win without him, then came on and showed them that they can win even better with him. There were just twenty …

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Schalke sack David Wagner after latest Bundesliga defeat

Former Huddersfield manager pays price for long winless runSchalke say they will appoint successor in next few daysSchalke have sacked David Wagner as head coach following their poor start to the 2020-21 campaign, the Bundesliga club said in a statemen…

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European roundup: Dortmund crash to shock defeat by Augsburg

Daniel Caligiuri stars for Augsburg in 2-0 victoryLazio and Atalanta start with wins in Serie ABundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund suffered a blow in a 2-0 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday, surrendering without a fight as Daniel Caligiuri set up …

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No sign of peace at Barcelona as Messi simmers and Suárez says goodbye | Sid Lowe

As their La Liga season starts on Sunday, the Camp Nou club are still in turmoil. Can playing matches lift the mood?“It’s been a mad month; lots of things you would never have imagined happened,” Luis Suárez said and it wasn’t over yet – at least not f…

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From Rome to Rio: where fans are back in stadiums and where they are barred

A look at what is allowed in mainland Europe’s major leagues and selected other countries amid the coronavirus crisisThe government on Wednesday announced a reduction in the number of fans allowed in grounds. Initially 5,000 had been permitted but risi…

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Ten footballers who sparkled on their debuts around Europe this season

Willian wowed for Arsenal, Jeff Hendrick netted for Newcastle and Leroy Sané was brilliant for Bayern MunichBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith all five of the major European leagues now back under way for the 2020-21 season, we’ve been given a glimps…

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Lionel Messi takes fresh aim at Barcelona for ‘throwing out’ Luis Suárez

Messi says Suárez did not deserve such treatment‘Nothing surprises me any more,’ Argentinian addsLionel Messi has launched his latest attack on Barcelona’s hierarchy by criticising the way the club treated Luis Suárez, who left for Atlético Madrid this…

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Lorient president Loïc Féry: ‘Watch out, because Ligue 1 is coming’

Lorient are back in Ligue 1 for the first time in three years and the club’s president is expecting big thingsBy Get French Football News for the Guardian Sport NetworkThe Ligue 1 table has an intriguing look after four rounds of fixtures, with Lyon an…

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Javi Martínez’s extra-time header wins Super Cup for Bayern against Sevilla

Bayern Munich 2-1 SevillaBavarian club complete a quadruple under Hansi FlickBayern Munich defeated Sevilla 2-1 in extra time on Thursday to lift the Super Cup and complete a quadruple under their head coach, Hansi Flick, in the first European game pla…

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Manchester United target Alex Telles urges Porto to lower asking price

Portuguese club want £18.3m for Brazil left-back Telles has only one year left on his contract at PortoAlex Telles believes Porto’s asking price to Manchester United of about €20m (£18.3m) for his transfer is unrealistic, with the left-back conscious h…

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Mourinho recalls Dele Alli for Europa League and expects him to stay

Alli has been left out of Spurs’ squads for past two gamesThe attacking midfielder has been offered to PSG on loanJosé Mourinho says he expects Dele Alli to stay at Tottenham and has recalled him to the squad for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier agai…