Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams says Ernesto Valverde would be a shrewd choice as the new Barcelona coach, but hopes he will stay at San Mames. The 53-year-old is one of the favourites to replace Luis Enrique when he leaves Camp Nou at the end of the season, with Barca even mentioning him as a possible successor on their official website, along with current assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue. Valverde has achieved European qualification three times in a row during his second spell at Athletic, while he led them to their first major trophy in 31 years when they beat Barca 5-1 on aggregate in the 2015 Supercopa de Espana.
European soccer juggernauts Real Madrid and Manchester United are set to play this summer at Levi’s Stadium, which will become soccer central in July with two major international games within three days. As part of the International Champions Cup, a summer exhibition, the teams will play July 23 at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers’ home already is scheduled to host the Gold Cup final July 26. The Gold Cup is the regional championship for CONCACAF, the North and Central America and Caribbean confederation. Now two of the world’s biggest clubs will also play in Santa Clara in a powerhouse matchup announced Tuesday, with kickoff set for 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased starting April 4. Ticket information
FC Barcelona to make 2017 preseason tour to the USA | FC Barcelona FC Barcelona will face Juventus, Manchester United, and Real Madrid in the fifth edition of the International Champions Cup (ICC) United States, a competition organized by Relevant Sports. Both the matchups and their respective dates were announced this Tuesday in an event held in New York, where the Club was represented by former player Juliano Belletti, as well as by Francesco Calvo, FC Barcelona’s Chief Revenue Officer. Leo Messi scores 40 goals for eighth year running | FC Barcelona The goals from Leo Messi keep coming thick and fast, and his latest pair in the 4-2 defeat of Valencia on Sunday mean that he has now achieved