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Talking points in European football this weekend

Paris, France | AFP | Barcelona won their first game under Quique Setien, Erling Braut Haaland enjoyed a dream debut with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus ominously extended their lead at the top of Serie A at the weekend. AFP Sport looks back at some of the main talking points from around …

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Barcelona sack Valverde and appoint Setien as successor

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Spanish champions Barcelona have sacked their coach Ernesto Valverde and appointed Quique Setien as his replacement, the club announced on Monday. The decision to remove Valverde was confirmed following a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at Camp Nou on Monday afternoon. Barca are …

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Barcelona, Real stalemate in politically-charged Clasico

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona and Real Madrid could not be separated on Wednesday in a Clasico that was briefly interrupted by Catalan independence protests, when dozens of yellow beach balls were thrown onto the pitch at Camp Nou. After being postponed in October, there were renewed fears of …

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Five things we learned from European football

Paris, France | AFP | It was a disastrous weekend for Lyon and Netherlands striker Memphis Depay who is now likely to miss Euro 2020 but an excellent one for Philippe Coutinho who is proving his worth for Bayern Munich. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five things we learned …

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Lionel Messi is the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner!

  Paris, France | AFP | Lionel Messi won a record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday, beating Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane to take the honours. Now aged 32, it is Messi’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and his sixth overall as he moves one …

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Postponed El Clasico to be played on Dec 18: federation

Madrid, Spain | AFP | The rearranged El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on December 18 despite opposition from La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday. Spain’s most prestigious fixture, which was due to take place at Camp Nou on Saturday, was postponed last week …

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Messi says tax problems made him want to leave Barcelona

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi has admitted he wanted to leave Barcelona when he was under investigation from the Spanish tax authorities but insists now he intends to finish his career at the club. In an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, Messi also said he had expected Neymar …

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