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Barcelona replaces coach Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis manager Quique Setién

Jan. 13, 2020 5:21 PM EST
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona replaces coach Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis manager Quique Setién.
Barcelona's head coach Ernesto Valverde sits on the bench prior the Spanish Super Cup semifinal soccer match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at King Abdullah stadium in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Valverde questioned after another late collapse by Barcelona

Jan. 10, 2020 7:18 AM EST

Barcelona had once again played great, led through goals by Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, yet still managed to let it slip away. Barcelona squandered one of its best performances of the season by conceding two late goals to Atlético Madrid, falling 3-2 in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup in...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 6, 2012 filer, AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Sweden, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC MIlan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Ibrahimovic will join AC Milan, the Milanese club announced Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 on its official twitter page. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

AC Milan's fans banking on Ibrahimovic to rescue ailing club

Dec. 27, 2019 4:05 PM EST

Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is returning to help his struggling former club AC Milan, which is reeling from a humiliating defeat and languishing way behind city rival Inter Milan. Ibrahimovic's arrival resembles something of a rescue mission for a seven-time European champion fallen on tough times. That's...

El argentino Lionel Messi festeja después de anotar el segundo gol del Barcelona en el partido por La Liga española frente al Barcelona, en el Camp Nou de Barcelona, el sábado 7 de diciembre de 2019. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

Barca and Madrid lead in Spain at winter break despite flaws

Dec. 25, 2019 5:06 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Even though Barcelona and Real Madrid have yet to dominate like in past seasons, the two heavyweights are at the top of the Spanish league for the winter break. Lionel Messi’s Barcelona will head into 2020 with a two-point advantage over second-place Madrid after completing...

People set fires in garbage containers after a Catalan pro-independence protest outside the Camp Nou stadium ahead of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's match against fierce rival Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Police, protesters clash outside Barcelona-Real Madrid game

Dec. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Riot police clashed with protesters in the streets Wednesday night outside a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as authorities sought to keep Catalonia's separatist movement from disrupting the game viewed by 650 million people worldwide. The match in Barcelona's Camp...

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Barcelona's Gerard Pique walks together on the pitch during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's

Barca held 0-0 by Madrid amid separatist protest at Camp Nou

Dec. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw for the first time in 17 years on Wednesday in a politically supercharged “clásico” match played amid a large separatist protest that turned violent outside Camp Nou stadium. The game inside the stadium was completed...

Toure against Ozil's public rebuke of China's crackdown

Dec. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil should not have spoken out to denounce human rights in China, former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said on Tuesday, fresh from a brief stint playing in the country. Toure said that discussing the mass detention on Uighurs and others is...

Lionel Messi (izquierda) festeja tras anotar el segundo gol del Barcelona junto a Antoine Griezmann (centro) y Luis Suárez en el partido contra Borussia Dortmund en la Liga de Campeones, el miércoles 27 de noviembre de 2019. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

Police brace for Catalan separatist protest during clásico

Dec. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Spain’s restive northeast are preparing to ensure that next week’s clásico soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid won’t be adversely affected by a massive protest. Catalan separatists are planning to gather in large numbers around the Camp...

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates at the end of the group E Champions League soccer match between Salzburg and Liverpool, in Salzburg, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Liverpool won 2:0. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

English clubs on the march again in the Champions League

Dec. 10, 2019 6:40 PM EST

The English are on the march again in the Champions League. Liverpool and Chelsea completed a sweep of Premier League clubs into the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday, a season after England had two of its representatives in the final. Liverpool, which beat Tottenham in the title match in June to...

Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi holds the trophy of the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Messi won the Ballon d'Or for sixth time. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Messi, US captain Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or awards

Dec. 2, 2019 5:03 PM EST

After becoming the first six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi said he’s far from finished. “I hope to continue for a long time,” Messi said on Monday in Paris from behind a row of the trophies which honor the world’s best soccer player. “I realize that I am...