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  • Factbox: Profile of Lionel Messi

    Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who became his country's all-time top goalscorer on Tuesday when he scored his 55th international goal.   Born June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina.   EARLY CAREER * Joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old in 2000 and shone in the youth ranks…

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  • Fireworks flare up as threat to games, fans at Euro 2016

    It's a sight almost never seen by television viewers watching the English Premier League or Spain's La Liga all season. Tune in to the European Championship and it seems common. When UEFA opened wide-ranging disciplinary charges against Croatia on Saturday, and added one against Turkey, that made…

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  • Sanchez Flores named new Espanyol coach

    Chinese-owned Espanyol have appointed former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores as their new coach, the La Liga outfit revealed on Thursday. Espanyol, who are majority-owned by Chinese entertainment company Rastar Group, said Sanchez Flores had signed "a three-year deal" to replace Romanian…

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  • 'Croatian Cruyff' Modric is pillar of Euro 2016 bid

    Luka Modric started playing football during Croatia's independence war and the country's notoriously fervent fans expect the world-class playmaker to launch their offensive at Euro 2016. Croatia are looking to the 30-year-old to lift them as he has Real Madrid amid a rollercoaster season in La…

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  • Heat is on Konoplyanka to help Ukraine at Euro 2016

    Ukraine's great hope Yevhen Konoplyanka chose La Liga, dismissing England's more physical Premier League, and has since become a bench-warmer at Sevilla. The 26-year-old winger attracted interest from big clubs across the continent with dashing displays with Dnipro on their run to the final of the…

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  • Goalkeeper Beto quits Sevilla

    Sevilla's Portuguese goalkeeper Antonio Alberto Bastos, known as "Beto", announced Tuesday he has quit the La Liga side after three and a half years during which he won three Europa League titles. "Today is a very sad day for me," Beto wrote in a farewell letter published on Sevilla's website as…

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  • Defense first as coaches' Serie A roots inspire 'catenaccio'

    If recent form is any indication, the San Siro stadium should be a fitting setting for a Champions League final between two defensive-minded teams. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has made no secret of his squad's ''catenaccio'' tendencies, conceding just 18 league goals in 38 Spanish Liga…

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  • Saviour Galca released by Espanyol

    Madrid (AFP) - Espanyol escaped relegation from La Liga this season but have decided against prolonging the contract of Constantin Galca, the interim coach that saved them, the Spanish club said on Friday.

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  • Torres ready to eclipse Chelsea title feat

    Fernando Torres is dreaming of eclipsing his Champions League triumph with Chelsea and making history for the second time in the competition by leading Atletico Madrid to victory over Real Madrid on Saturday. Torres won the elite European title with the London side in 2012 when they beat Bayern…

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  • Ten-man Barca claim double with King's Cup win over Sevilla

    By Rik Sharma MADRID (Reuters) - Ten-man Barcelona retained the King's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla to complete a domestic double thanks to extra-time goals by Jordi Alba and Neymar at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday. Luis Enrique's La Liga champions had Javier Mascherano sent off…

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  • 'MSN' lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

    Madrid (AFP) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

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  • Barcelona, Sevilla aim for successful end in Copa del Rey

    Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday. Barcelona is defending its domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning its second straight Spanish league title. The Liga champions…

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  • Suarez the new leader of Barcelona's 'MSN' strike force

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona’s celebrated ‘MSN’ strike force of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar had La Liga defenses at their mercy for much of the campaign but as Barca swept to the title by winning their final five games it was Suarez who led the three-pronged attack. …

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  • Barca had to win La Liga twice over - Pique

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique hailed the winning mentality of what he described as a "unique generation" of players after the Catalans sealed a sixth La Liga title in eight years with a 3-0 win at Granada on Saturday. Fittingly, Luis Suarez was the Barca hero with a hat-trick to take his tally…

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  • Runners-up Real turn attentions to Champions League final

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA, (Reuters) - After losing out by one point to title winners Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday, Real Madrid's attention turned to the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid in Milan in two weeks' time. Zinedine Zidane's side beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 in the final…

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  • Luis Enrique hails Barca consistency after title win

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique paid tribute to his team's consistency after they retained the La Liga title by strolling to a 3-0 win at Granada thanks to a hat-trick by top scorer Luis Suarez on Saturday. "We played very well over the full season, we were on…

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  • Five keys to Barcelona's La Liga triumph

    Barcelona claimed their 24th La Liga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Granada. Here, AFP Sports looks at five key reasons why Luis Enrique's men retained their title despite a thrilling chase from Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. When five-time World Player of the…

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