Barcelona may not be perfect but they have the winning habit of champions | Sid Lowe
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by Sid Lowe
2d ago
The league leaders are not yet made in Xavi’s image but have ground out results with help from once-marginalised players As Barcelona’s players came back out of the dressing room, along the corridor and turned left, heading down the stairs past the chapel presided over by the virgin of Montserrat, there was clapping and the usual shouts. A “come on” here, a “let’s go” there, a “do it, team”. And then, just before the last of them ducked into the light, 77,987 people waiting on the other side for the second half to start, a voice said something none of them would say publicly: “Today is the lea ..read more
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Vinícius Júnior racially abused by Mallorca fans during Real Madrid defeat
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by Reuters
2d ago
Home supporters heard calling forward a monkey in video Mannequin of Vinícius was hung from Madrid bridge last month Mallorca fans were filmed racially abusing Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior during the 1-0 win at home against the La Liga champions on Sunday. Supporters could be heard calling the 22-year-old forward a monkey in a video published by the streaming company Dazn on social media ..read more
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Vinícius Júnior and Marco Asensio steer Real Madrid past Valencia
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by Agencies
6d ago
Vinícius Júnior had more than his goal to celebrate in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Valencia in La Liga on Thursday. The Brazilian will also have been glad to escape serious injury after a vicious foul by the centre-back Gabriel Paulista in the second half that ignited a brawl and earned the Valencia player a straight red card. Paulista struck a hard kick at Vinícius’ legs after the forward got past him in the 72nd minute, sending him hard to the ground. Vinícius quickly got up and confronted Paulista, shoving him from behind as other players arrived to join the scuffle. The Real defender Éder M ..read more
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European roundup: Mbappé has penalty saved before injury strikes in PSG win
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by Guardian sport and PA Media
6d ago
Arsenal loanee Balogun goes top of Ligue 1 scoring charts Cancelo creates assist for Bayern; Barcelona win 2-1 at Real Betis Kylian Mbappé missed a penalty and limped off injured as Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain battled to victory at Montpellier. The World Cup golden boot winner saw a spot-kick saved by Benjamin Lecomte before a retake was ordered and the France forward missed again. He was then forced off after just 21 minutes having suffered an injury ..read more
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Men’s transfer window January 2023 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues
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by Niall McVeigh and Will Magee
6d ago
All of January’s Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A deals and a club-by-club guide Women’s transfer interactive: all the latest moves The list of the biggest January deals so far is dominated by the Premier League, and led by Chelsea’s swoop for Arsenal target Mykhailo Mudryk, with the Blues paying an initial £62.1m. Mudryk joins Benoît Badiashile, Andrey Dantos, David Datro Fofana and loanee João Félix at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal quickly moved on to secure Leandro Trossard from Brighton. Liverpool also pulled off something of a coup with an initial £37m deal to s ..read more
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Iñaki Williams’ 251-game run is over. But some things stay the same
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by Sid Lowe
6d ago
The player who had been on the pitch for every league game since 2017 watched his team lose 1-0 to Iago Aspas and Celta Weird things happened this weekend, circle closed at the Bernabéu with a 0-0 draw that wasn’t just better than it sounds, but better than almost anything all season. Xavi Hernández, the Barcelona coach who declared “our history says you have to win and play well; a 1-0 in the 90th minute is no use”, went to Girona and oversaw a third 1-0 victory in a row, completing a run from pre-history to go five points clear and become winter champions. Real Madrid, who turned the plan up ..read more
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European roundup: Milan and Juventus both slump to shock home defeats
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by Reuters
6d ago
Milan thrashed 5-2 by Sassuolo, Juve lose 2-0 to Monza Real Madrid lose ground on Barça after draw with Real Sociedad Milan and Juventus both fell to home defeats in Serie A, with the defending champions crashing 5-2 at home to Sassuolo before Juventus, mired in mid-table after their 15-point penalty, lost 2-0 to Monza. In the late kick-off, Napoli extended their lead at the top by beating Roma 2-1 thanks to Giovanni Simeone’s late strike. Stefano Pioli is under mounting pressure as the Milan manager after a fourth defeat in five matches. The hosts were comfortably second-best to Sassuolo at ..read more
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European roundup: Napoli march on to bring Serie A title dream a step closer
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by Reuters
2w ago
Di Lorenzo and Osimhen score in 2-0 win over Salernitana Griezmann shines as Atlético Madrid return to winning ways Goals from Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Victor Osimhen handed Napoli a 2-0 win at Salernitana 2-0 as they took another step closer to ending their 33 year-wait for a Serie A title. Napoli controlled much of the game and Victor Osimhen thought he had given them a 35th-minute lead but was ruled offside by VAR ..read more
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Napoli surge on in Serie A while PSG remain patchy – Football Weekly
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by Presented by Max Rushden with Nicky Bandini, Philippe Auclair and Lars Sivertsen. Produced by Joel Grove and our executive producer is Max Sanderson.
3w ago
Max Rushden is joined by Nicky Bandini, Lars Sivertsen and Philippe Auclair for the first Europod of 2023 Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and . We begin in Serie A after Napoli thrash Juventus 5-1 to keep clear on top of the table with a nine-point gap. Will Luciano Spalletti keep them there ..read more
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‘No limits’: Real Sociedad dream of Champions League after derby win | Sid Lowe
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by Sid Lowe
3w ago
With Mikel Oyarzabal, out for so long, capping an emphatic victory against Athletic Club it was a special night at Anoeta “There is not one fan going home with a single ‘but’ tonight,” Real Sociedad forward Takefusa Kubo said. There were plenty not going home at all, not yet. Late Saturday in San Sebastian and if it was finally quiet inside Anoeta, although you swore some of those seats still hadn’t stopped shaking, outside the band played on and the bars kept serving. “This smile will last at least til tomorrow,” Imanol Alguacil, the manager, beamed. Twenty-four hours earlier, he had called t ..read more
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