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European roundup: Barcelona slump at Valencia, Leipzig shocked by Frankfurt

• Bilbao’s Williams racially abused during Espanyol draw• Bundesliga leaders Leipzig’s 13-game unbeaten run endsThe Valencia striker Maxi Gómez scored once and helped produce an own-goal to beat Barcelona 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday.The loss was the fir…

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Erling Braut Haaland’s scoring run continues as Dortmund thrash Cologne

Teenager takes tally to five goals in two substitute appearancesMilan beat Brescia 1-0 in Serie A thanks to Ante Rebic goalErling Braut Haaland came off the bench to score twice as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Cologne 5-1 to move up to third place in the…

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Paulo Dybala: ‘You have to put the mask on like gladiators do and fight’

The Juventus No 10 discusses his Polish heritage, nearly giving up on football and interest from Tottenham and Manchester UnitedBehind the mask is a boy. Just before Christmas 2016, Paulo Dybala missed Juventus’s last penalty in the Italian Super Cup f…

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Flat Earth FC: the club who think the ball is round but the world is not

Most football clubs represent their local community. Flat Earth FC represent a conspiracy theoryJavi Poves was a promising young footballer. Having risen through the ranks at Sporting Gijón, the Spanish defender made his La Liga debut in 2011 on the fi…

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La Liga president criticises Fifa and says richest clubs are ‘danger’ to game

• Javier Tebas hits out at Club World Cup expansion• ‘One of the major issues is financial doping’The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, was in London last week. Recently re-elected for a further four-year term, the controversial 57-year-old was in th…

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Real Madrid sign Flamengo playmaker Reinier Jesus for reported £25.6m fee

18-year-old is the club’s latest young Brazilian signingSheffield United near £1m deal for Forest’s Jack RobinsonReal Madrid have signed attacking midfielder Reinier Jesus from Flamengo. The 18-year-old joins the La Liga club on a six-year deal for a r…

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There is still magic in the French Cup

Domestic cups have lost their lustre in recent years but the Coupe de France is as romantic as everBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLa Magie de la Coupe is thriving in France. While the big European leagues demand more and more …

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Pass masters Barcelona deliver first glimpse of the Setién manifesto | Sid Lowe

Against Granada it was very Setién. It was also very Barcelona, in a move driven by nostalgia, but with a glimpse of the futureNine hundred and ninety-eight … 999… 1,000. And still it went. Jordi Alba played the ball to Riqui Puig, who played it to Ser…

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Erling Braut Haaland gatecrashes again to haul Dortmund out of mire | Andy Brassell

The Norwegian became the Bundesliga’s second-youngest hat-trick scorer, and the first substitute to score three timesIt felt like a regular, gentle Sunday morning in Brackel, the district to the east of the centre where Borussia Dortmund train. The res…

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Ciro Immobile makes Sampdoria suffer as Lazio join Serie A title race | Nicky Bandini

With 23 goals in 19 Serie A games, the striker has scored more on his own than seven of the division’s 20 teamsFor Ciro Immobile, football is simple: either he scores, or he suffers. Speaking to Corriere della Sera in 2017, the Lazio striker insisted h…

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Lionel Messi gets Quique Setién’s Barcelona reign off to winning start

Managers come and go but Lionel Messi remains. There were 15 minutes remaining in Quique Setién’s first game as manager of Barcelona and the tension was growing, when the Argentinian finally escaped to score the goal that prevented his opening night en…

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Barcelona v Granada: La Liga – live!

Live updates as Quique Setién takes charge of BarçaSid Lowe: Setién summons the spirit of CruyffGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet him 8.25pm GMT 23 mins: Messi is brought down by Gonalons, and can have another shot from this free-kick. As for that mis…

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European roundup: Rebic grabs late Milan winner, Mallorca thrash Valencia

Rebic scores first Milan goals in 3-2 win at San SiroValencia’s Champions League hopes hit by 4-1 lossAnte Rebic broke his Milan duck with two second-half goals, including a stoppage-time winner as they beat Udinese in a five-goal thriller.Zlatan Ibrah…

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Quique Setién summons spirit of Johan Cruyff to inspire Barcelona | Sid Lowe

New manager will have to deal with a powerful dressing room and a club that demands success with style“It’s not normal to take over at a team that’s top,” Quique Setién said after the call that took him from a stroll among the cows in Liencres, Cantabr…

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Casemiro at the double to help Real Madrid fend off Sevilla

Julen Lopetegui returned here for the first time and befell the same fate as the men who preceded him. You have to go back 14 coaches and more than a decade to find the last manager to win here after Sevilla were defeated for a 13th consecutive visit. …

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Erling Haaland hits hat-trick in 23 minutes to rescue Dortmund on debut

• Norwegian teenager turns game as Dortmund beat Augsburg 5-3• Lazio get 11th straight Serie A win by thrashing Sampdoria 5-1Borussia Dortmund’s new signing Erling Haaland scored a sensational hat-trick in 23 minutes on his debut to help his team come …

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‘I felt tears in my eyes’ – how tiny Réunion team stunned French football | Paul Doyle

JS Saint-Pierroise, the amateur side from the Indian Ocean island, are the first club from a French overseas territory to reach the last 32 of the Coupe de France in 31 yearsUntil a couple of weeks ago JS Saint-Pierroise were best known, paradoxically,…

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Watford sign Udinese forward Ignacio Pussetto for €8m

Ignacio becomes Watford’s first January signingArgentinian has been at Udinese since 2018Watford have made their first signing of the transfer window with Ignacio Pussetto joining from Udinese for €8m (£6.8m) Related: Transfer window January 2020 –&nbs…

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Watford sign Udinese forward Ignacio Pussetto for €8m

Ignacio becomes Watford’s first January signingArgentinian has been at Udinese since 2018Watford have made their first signing of the transfer window with Ignacio Pussetto joining from Udinese for €8m (£6.8m) Related: Transfer window January 2020 –&nbs…

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‘Yesterday I was walking with cows’: Quique Setién unveiled as Barcelona coach – video

Quique Setién has been unveiled as the new coach of Barcelona. At his presentation Setién talked of a whirlwind 24 hours in which he went from walking with cows in the countryside to taking Barcelona’s top job. ‘Yesterday, I was walking around my home …