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Barcelona manager  Ernesto Valverde reacts after the defeat to Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in May 2019. photograph:   Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Barcelona’s ex-manager took training on Monday morning, if only because he wasn’t the ex-manager just yet. Besides, someone somewhere had to act with (...)

    Xavi’s record in charge of Al Sadd reads 15 wins, 10 defeats and two draws in all competitions and his side are third in the 12-team top flight. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has spoken to the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau about coaching the team but has n(...)

 Protesters clash with Spanish policemen on the highway leading to El Prat airport in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

There was a conspicuous casualty amidst the chaos at Barcelona’s international airport on Monday afternoon, following Spain’s Supreme Court ruling tha(...)

Barcelona’s  Sergio Busquets slides in to tackle Atletico Madrid’s  Rodri    during the La Liga game at the  Nou Camp at the weekend. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The last time Manchester United and Barcelona met it ended with a plea for mercy. There were 10 minutes left in the 2011 European Cup final when Wayne(...)

 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during his team’s match against Manchester United  at Old Trafford on April 29th. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

Arsene Wenger’s team selection yesterday evening, with several senior players rested in advance of the Europa League semi-final next Thursday, let eve(...)

Real Madrid’s  Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the last 16  first leg victory over Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

It takes something out of the ordinary to get the most spoiled supporters in the world this riled up. The roars around the Bernabéu told you that Real(...)

The 2,000 plus who attend created an atmosphere in Turners Cross as addictive as the temple of the Camp Nou. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I am a football romantic. I worship at the church of Cruyffism. I enjoy (to quote John Giles) tippy-tappy football. I like watching midfielders dictat(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli is rumoured to be a target of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham Hotspur players to blot out the lure of big-money moves to elite-level rivals in order to fight until the l(...)

Barcelona’s head coach Luis Enrique could still lead the team to a league and Cup double this season. Photograph: PA

At the press conference before Barcelona’s match with Sporting Gijón on Wednesday Luis Enrique was asked if he felt tired, worn out by the demands of (...)

Spanish  players celebrate victory over Italy in the 2012 UEFA European Championship final in Kiev, Ukraine, as Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon  walks by. Photograph:  Martin Rose/Getty Images

The blood poured from Luis Enrique’s nose, a red stain reaching across the white towel pressed against his face. In Foxborough, Massachusetts, Spain h(...)

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