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European roundup: Ashley Young notches assist on dramatic Inter debut

Ex-Manchester United winger supplies pinpoint cross for openerRadja Nainggolan equalises for Cagliari against parent clubInter Milan were held to a third successive 1-1 draw in Serie A after Radja Nainggolan, a player they loaned to Cagliari for this s…

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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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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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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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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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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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‘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 …

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Camp Moo: Quique Setién goes from cows to Barcelona job in 24 hours

• New Barça manager says job is beyond his wildest dreams• ‘I was walking around my home town with cows around me’Quique Setién says he did not imagine in his “wildest dreams” becoming Barcelona manager and that he was walking in his home town with cow…

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Camp Moo: Quique Setién goes from cows to Barcelona job in 24 hours

• New Barça manager says job is beyond his wildest dreams• ‘I was walking around my home town with cows around me’Quique Setién says he did not imagine in his “wildest dreams” becoming Barcelona manager and that he was walking in his home town with cow…

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Barcelona head Deloitte Money League for first time as top clubs rake in £8bn

Barça become first club to report revenues of €800mChampions League run puts Spurs top of London clubsBarcelona topped a list of the world’s most money-spinning football clubs for the first time in an annual league table that also outlined the shifting…

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Barcelona set to appoint Quique Setién as Ernesto Valverde replacement

Setién most recently managed Real BetisXavi turned down the chance to replace ValverdeBarcelona are set to sack manager Ernesto Valverde and replace him with the former Real Betis coach Quique Setién.Valverde, who had been in charge since the summer of…

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Call the super-agent! How Arda Turan might try to get his career on track | Jonathan Liew

Arda Turan’s two-year loan at Istanbul Basaksehir has been cut short but he has no intention of returning to Barcelona. You can only imagine the conversation he might have with his agent …At first Mino Raiola was surprised by the sound of his phone rin…

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How Barcelona made a right old mess of sacking Ernesto Valverde | Sid Lowe

Late-afternoon on Monday, Ernesto Valverde is still Barcelona’s manager with the world waiting for an end to this public pantomimeBarcelona’s ex-manager took training on Monday morning, if only because he wasn’t the ex-manager just yet. Besides, someon…

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Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid on penalties to lift Spanish Supercopa

Atlético fail to convert first two spot-kicksReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos seals the win Thibaut Courtois was the hero for Real Madrid as they won the Spanish Super Cup final with a 4-1 penalty shootout victory over rivals Atlético Madrid.Courtois k…

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Barcelona in managerial limbo after Xavi Hernández turns down role

• Ernesto Valverde still in charge despite approach to Xavi• Luis Suárez out for four months after knee surgeryBarcelona have been left in limbo after their former midfielder Xavi Hernández turned down an offer to take over as manager of the club.Barce…

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Barcelona in managerial limbo after Xavi Hernández turns down role

• Ernesto Valverde still in charge despite approach to Xavi• Luis Suárez out for four months after knee surgeryBarcelona have been left in limbo after their former midfielder Xavi Hernández turned down an offer to take over as manager of the club.Barce…