Athletic Bilbao have sacked coach Eduardo Berizzo and replaced him with B team manager Gaizka Garitano after a dire run of form which has left the Basque club 18th in La Liga. Bilbao fell to a 3-0 defeat at Levante on Monday, continuing a dreadful spell that has seen them fail to win a league [...]
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After four rounds of Champions League football, only one club, Barcelona, are officially through to the knockout stages. Here is a look at what other teams could possible be joining the La Liga Champions in the knockout stages: Group E: AEK Athens (0 points) v Ajax (8) [18:55CET], Bayern München (10) v Benfica (4) Bayern [...]
Olivier Giroud ended his drought by scoring the only goal to lead Chelsea to a 1-0 win at BATE Borisov on Thursday that clinched a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League with two group games to spare. Giroud had not scored for Chelsea for six months but he knows what it’s like [...]
Manchester City and Paris St-Germain “are cheating and should be sanctioned”, according to La Liga following financial conduct allegations. German news magazine Der Spiegel says City and PSG overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. And it says that in 2014 the clubs negotiated with Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who [...]
Two Spanish sides, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, along wth Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Ajax, Bayern Münich, Manchester City and Juventus, could all book their UEFA Champions League round of 16 places with two games to spare on matchday four. Group A: Monaco (1 point) v Club Brugge (1), Atlético Madrid (6) v Borussia Dortmund (9) [...]
As we gear up for the first El Clasico of the season this weekend at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, here are the top six reader questions that we have received about the biggest game in club football. When was the first Clasico played? The first ever meeting between Madrid and Barcelona in 1902. The [...]
Spain’s biggest three clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, find themselves in the bizarre situation of having made poor starts to the campaign by their usual high standards while not losing any ground in the La Liga title race. Champions Barca dropped points for the third game in a row on Saturday when they [...]
Spain’s anti-doping agency AEPSAD has told ESPN FC it is investigating the growth hormone injection allegedly given to Denis Cheryshev by Villarreal. Cheryshev, who scored four goals in five World Cup games for Russia as they reached the World Cup quarterfinals, denied taking a banned substance following remarks attributed to his father, Dimitri, in a [...]
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA have announced the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018. The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from almost 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders [...]
UEFA have confirmed the introduction of a third new European trophy by 2021/22 alongside the Champions League and Europa League. Andrea Agnelli, the executive of UEFA competitions committee confirmed the news on Tuesday following long-term reports that such a tournament would introduced. “Pending approval of the UEFA ExCo, the ‘green light’ has been given to [...]