Madrid gonna Madrid and the mighty Williamses: La Liga review and awards
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by Sid Lowe
2w ago
It’s The Sids … featuring the revelation that was Girona, a big year in Bilbao and the Beatles besting the Stones In the end the calendar was cruel, serving up a metaphor for the season, for football and for life. Like something out of a sitcom, someone had double booked a celebration and a funeral. Same time, same place: mid-May, a Saturday evening at Los Carmenes. Newly confirmed league champions Real Madrid had come to play Granada, who had just watched on television in the hotel as the relegation they long knew was coming finally got sealed, players sitting in tears en route to the ground ..read more
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Gerard Piqué to be investigated over Super Cup’s Saudi Arabia switch
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by Reuters
3w ago
Ex-Barça star’s company allegedly received illegal payments Agreement for €40m bonus according to court documents A Spanish judge has placed former Barcelona player Gerard Piqué under official investigation for his alleged involvement in illegal payments in the relocation of Spain’s Super Cup to Saudi Arabia. Judge Delia Rodrigo concluded there were indications of wrongdoing in the deal between Piqué’s company Kosmos and the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF), according to a court document ..read more
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'A big honour': Hansi Flick appointed Barcelona head coach – video
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3w ago
Barcelona have officially announced that former Germany and Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is their new manager, replacing the recently sacked Xavi Hernández. Flick has signed a two-year contract with the club. The 59-year-old previously spent two seasons as Bayern Munich head coach, during which time the club won the Champions League and back-to-back German Bundesliga titles. Barcelona confirm Hansi Flick as head coach on two-year contract ..read more
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Xavi warns next Barcelona manager faces ‘difficult job’ after Camp Nou exit
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by PA Media
1M ago
Xavi sacked by club after making previous U-turn to stay Former Germany manager Hansi Flick expected to replace him Xavi has warned his successor as Barcelona manager to be prepared to “suffer” in the job. The former Spain midfielder was informed last week he was to be sacked, having previously performed a U-turn saying he wanted to stay on after announcing his intention to leave this year. The former Germany and Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is expected to replace him ..read more
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European football: Barcelona beat Sevilla in bittersweet farewell for Xavi
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by Reuters
1M ago
Frosinone relegated from Serie A after late Empoli goal Galatasary and Club Brugge win titles in Turkey and Belgium Barcelona ended the season with a 2-1 victory at Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday, making Xavi Hernández’s farewell bittersweet after a trophyless season in which they finished 10 points behind Real Madrid. The final game for Xavi, who was sacked on Friday, leaves Barça second after a disappointing campaign in which they lost the Spanish Super Cup final to Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain in the last eight ..read more
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Matildas star Ellie Carpenter’s triple-title dream scuppered as Barcelona beat Lyon
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by Australian Associated Press
1M ago
Gallant Matildas defender fails in bid to win third WCL title Barcelona defeat Lyon 2-0 in Women’s Champions League final Ellie Carpenter’s dreams of winning a third Women’s Champions League title - but this time while actually on the pitch - has been scuppered by Barcelona, who beat her Lyon side 2-0 in the final in Bilbao. The Australian international fullback Carpenter had been an unused sub in the 2019-20 final, and tore the ACL in her left knee after just 12 minutes when the French giants Lyon beat Barcelona in 2022 ..read more
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Why there are no winners in sorry story of Xavi’s exit from Barcelona
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by Sid Lowe
1M ago
Knives finally came out for coach who signed new deal in September, resigned in January and made U-turn in April Parco on Passeig de Gràcia does the best sushi in Catalonia, or at least the most famous. If the Vatican has white smoke, FC Barcelona had a delivery boy in a white helmet getting off his motorbike and pressing the buzzer at Joan Laporta’s penthouse flat near the top end of Diagonal. It was just before 11pm on 24 April and he held in his hand an embossed brown paper bag containing the takeaway which in that instant became a symbol of celebration and agreement, the scene excitedly br ..read more
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Barcelona plan to hire Hansi Flick as coach after telling Xavi his time is up
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by Sid Lowe
1M ago
Club announce Xavi’s last game will be at Sevilla on Sunday Xavi was due to stay until at least 2025 after U-turn in April Barcelona intend to make Hansi Flick their new coach after announcing that Xavi Hernández will leave after the season’s final game on Sunday. The president, Joan Laporta, informed Xavi of his fate in a meeting at the training ground on Friday. Barcelona have been talking to Flick for months and although the German’s camp denied there had been a meeting in London this week with the coach, his agent Pini Zahavi and the club’s sporting director Deco, an agreement has been p ..read more
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European football: Sørloth scores four goals in 17 minutes against Real Madrid
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by Reuters
1M ago
Striker snatches Villarreal 4-4 draw and goes top of goal charts Slot says goodbye at FeyenoordMontero takes charge at Juve Alexander Sørloth struck four times in 17 minutes to help Villarreal fight back and snatch a 4-4 home draw against champions Real Madrid and take himself top of La Liga’s scoring charts. Carlo Ancelotti’s side, crowned champions a fortnight ago, could have reached 99 points for the season, one shy of their 2011-12 record but will now fall short, as they sit on 94 before their final league game against Real Betis ..read more
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Xavi says he retains trust of Laporta amid rumours he faces sack at Barça
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by Sid Lowe
1M ago
Xavi Hernández made a U-turn on decision to resign in April ‘We have the same enthusiasm to take on this season and next’ Xavi Hernández insists “nothing has changed” and that he still has the “same enthusiasm and ambition” amid reports that Barcelona have decided to sack him – just three weeks after celebrating his decision to perform a U-turn and continue as coach. The Catalan, who resigned on 27 January only to change his mind on 24 April, said that no one had told him he would not be in the post next season, and that the message from the club had been one of “calm ..read more
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