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Barcelona’s Ansu Fati cleared to play for Spain after being granted passport

16-year-old could have played for Guinea-Bissau or PortugalExpected to travel with Spain to Under-17 World Cup in BrazilThe Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has been cleared to play for the Spanish national team after he was granted a passport on Friday, wi…

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Kieran Trippier delivering for Atlético Madrid and relishing new 100mph life | Sid Lowe

The right-back set up the equaliser against Juventus and says the atmosphere was unlike anything he had experiencedKieran Trippier took a step back, avoiding the red and white flowers at the south-east corner of the ground, laid there by Margarita Luen…

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For decadent, deficient Real Madrid the problems start in midfield | Jonathan Wilson

The team were incapable even of the basics in Paris and it is a wonder Spanish clubs have not exploited the weaknesses moreAs Thomas Meunier and Juan Bernat capered through the open savannah that archaeologists believe was once populated by the Real Ma…

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Diego Simeone: ‘If I want something I go after it ad nauseam’

Simeone reflects on his life as a manager: from working in Argentina to winning trophies with Atlético MadridBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkMy youngest son, Giuliano, dipped his croissant in his milk, took a bite and looked up at m…

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Valencia’s response to the crisis? A statement that infuriates fans more | Sid Lowe

Replacing Marcelino García Toral with Albert Celades has caused confusion before the Champions League trip to ChelseaThe only man who spoke after Valencia’s 5-2 defeat at Barcelona on Saturday was the man who had been there only three days and had noth…

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‘A star is born’: Ansu Fati announces himself and changes his world | Sid Lowe

This wasn’t one of those things that just happens. It wasn’t something you watch; it was something that takes you with itThis story starts in a self-proclaimed communist utopia, a tiny village in the Andalucían countryside where Che Guevara looks out f…

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan on target for Roma as Sevilla go top in La Liga

• Arsenal loanee scored in 4-2 win against Sassuolo• Sevilla still unbeaten after 1-0 win against AlavésHenrikh Mkhitaryan marked his debut with a goal as Roma claimed their first win under Paulo Fonseca by beating Sassuolo 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.T…

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European roundup: RB Leipzig stay top after draw with Bayern Munich

• Emil Forsberg earns Leipzig point against champions• Juventus held to 0-0 draw by Fiorentina in Serie ARB Leipzig came from a goal down to snatch a 1-1 draw against champions Bayern Munich on Saturday to remain top of the Bundesliga, a point ahead of…

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Barcelona v Valencia: La Liga – live!

La Liga updates from the evening kick-off at the Camp NouReal Madrid hold on for 3-2 win over LevanteAny comments? Find Tom on Twitter or get in touch via email 6.35pm BST Valencia arrive at the Camp Nou in a state of turmoil after their owner, Peter L…

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Real Madrid relieved to hold on for nervy win after Levante fightback

There were more nerves than there should have been, fear gripping the Santiago Bernabéu and whistles puncturing the final minutes, the home side playing for time, but Real Madrid got there in the end. Thibaut Courtois had to make a save in the second m…

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Lionel Messi admits he ‘would have loved’ Neymar to return to Barcelona

‘For me, Neymar is one of the best players in the world’Messi has contract clause that allows him to leave Barça for freeLionel Messi says he wanted Neymar to return to Barcelona this year, adding that his former teammate had been looking forward to re…

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Valencia sack Marcelino before key clashes at Barcelona and Chelsea

• Marcelino guided La Liga club to Champions League last season• Valencia are 10th in La Liga on four points after three gamesValencia have sacked manager Marcelino, the La Liga club has confirmed. The 54-year-old, who won the Copa del Rey and secured …

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A mess in Málaga: how Shinji Okazaki signing ended up being a mirage | Sid Lowe

The club that reached the 2013 Champions League quarter-finals are in such a shambolic state that they had to release the Japanese forward before he played a competitive game“I’ll never forget Málaga,” Shinji Okazaki said, and that much at least was tr…

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Sport as song and song as sport: a night at the Basque derby | Sid Lowe

Poets and panache were on show in Bilbao as Athletic maintained their strong start, against Real SociedadIf the world is a footballand players nomadswhat ties us to this dream, to this history?They were, we are, a long thread of feelingfrom those muddy…

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Transfer roundup: Hernández joins Sevilla, Darmian seals Parma move

Javier Hernández leaves West Ham for Sevilla in a £7.3m dealMatteo Darmian completes transfer to Parma for £1.4mSevilla have signed Javier Hernández from West Ham for £7.3m. The striker has been deemed surplus to requirements at the London Stadium afte…

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Gareth Bale rescues Real Madrid but sees red in Villarreal draw

Gareth Bale twice came to Real Madrid’s rescue to salvage a 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday but the Wales forward ended the night in despair as he was sent off in added time for receiving two yellow cards.Real fell behind in the 11th minute…

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European roundup: Osasuna hold Barcelona despite teenage Fati’s record

• Ansu Fati, 16, becomes Barcelona’s youngest scorer in 2-2 draw• Union Berlin stun Borussia Dortmund for first Bundesliga winThe teenage sensation Ansu Fati scored his first Barcelona goal as the Spanish champions were denied victory by a late penalty…

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Antoine Griezmann copies from the best with first Barcelona impact | Sid Lowe

Two goals on his competitive home debut helped lead Barcelona into the light against Betis at the Camp NouAntoine Griezmann had watched the best and wanted to do what they do. And so, when the ball came to him just to the right side of the area 50 minu…

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Griezmann nets double in Barcelona’s comeback win over Real Betis

Antoine Griezmann responded to the challenge laid down by coach Ernesto Valverde with a brilliant display as Barcelona came from behind to thrash Real Betis 5-2.Valverde called for Griezmann to be more involved in the game following an ineffective debu…

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Barcelona v Real Betis: La Liga – live!

Live updates from Nou Camp, kick-off 8pm (BST)Continent’s big four ambition for super-league is ever strongerFeel free to email Ben or tweet @BenFisherj 7.36pm BST Essential pre-match reading, courtesy of Jonathan Wilson: Related: Continent’s big four …