Champions League & Athletic Bilbao

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Athletic Club, also known as Athletic Bilbao, is a professional football club, based in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. 5.0/5

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Athletic Bilbao out of Champions League race in Spain
Lionel Messi © Reuters Images Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he netted a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Group F win at Apoel Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker Raul when he put his side 2-0 ahead shortly before halftime. The 27-year-old added two more goals in the second half to complete his 31st career treble, his fifth in Europe's elite club competition and the first in which he has scored all three with his less-favoured right foot. "I am pleased to have achieved such a nice record in such a nice and important competition but the really important thing is the three points," Messi said in a television interview. His achievement is the latest milestone in a stellar career and comes three days after he broke the six decades-old La Liga scoring record with a hat-trick in Barca's 5-1 home win over Sevilla. Messi overhauled former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Za ...
Sky Sports: Real Madrid's Illaramendi will be requested on loan by Athletic Bilbao if they qualify to the Champions League.
Napoli 1-1 Athletic Bilbao: Rafael Benítez pleased with team's performance in Champions League qual
CL hopefuls set for first legs Rafael Benitez has warned Napoli ahead of their Champions League play-off against Athletic Bilbao.
News: Football: Arsenal survived the test of a rauco Istanbul crowd and a hugely-energised Besiktas side to leave Turkey with a goalless draw and their hopes intact of advancing to the Champions League group stage. In the first leg of the Champions League play-off, Arsenal failed to score the all-important away goal but will be relieved to have escaped from Istanbul with a 0-0 scoreline and still every hope they will qualify in the home leg. Athletic Bilbao secured a vital away goal through Iker M iain j t before the break in Naples and go into the return leg next Wednesday at San Mames as slight favourites despite Gonzalo Higuain netting a 68th-minute equaliser for Napoli in a 1-1 draw. Stefan Kiessling, Karim Bellarabi and He g-Min Son were on target for Bayer Leverk en side in Denmark as Roger Schmidt's men earned a 3-2 victory away to FC Copenhagen. Goals in either half from Franz Schiemer and Jonathan Soriano earned A trian champions Salzburg a 2-1 win at home to Malmo but Emil Forsberg's injury-time ...
Champions League play-off draw: Arsenal meet Besiktas, Napoli take on Athletic Bilbao
The new Napoli 3rd shirt - due early September. A tough Champions League qualifying match coming up next week against Athletic Bilbao. A real shame one of these teams will not make it to the group stages given some of the teams playing off against each other.
New Manchester United signing Ander Herrera will be sorely missed by Athletic Bilbao and a treat for the Red Devils As gestation periods go, nine months seems an appropriate length of time to wait on the arrival of a midfielder messiah. Last September Manchester United, in farcical circumstances, failed to complete a deal on transfer deadline for Athletic Bilbao maestro, Ander Herrera, but it seems that the Old Trafford club have finally got their man. Since then, Herrera and the Premier League side have had contrasting fortunes. Whereas the former Zaragoza man has seen his current club reach the Champions League for the first time since 1997, United spent the campaign struggling to cope in the post-Ferguson era. After the move collapsed, Herrera struggled to concentrate for a month, not helped by new Athletic boss Ernesto Valverde changing his position to a more attacking one. Once he forgot his failed move to England, Herrera and Athletic proved to be a force to be reckoned with in La Liga, eventually f ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Vincent Kompany claimed that he almost signed for Barcelona several times but has vowed to stay at Manchester City. The Belgium defender has been linked with the 2011 European champions this summer but Kompany said City have not received an offer from the Camp Nou. The 28-year-old has made 254 appearances for City, lifting the Premier League trophy in both 2012 and 2014, and was widely praised for his performance against Barcelona at the Camp Nou this season. Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said Diego Costa has not yet signed a deal to join Chelsea, but added that Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would not be returning on loan. Costa, 25, helped Atletico to the Primera Division title and the Champions League final last season. Manchester United are set to sign £30m-rated Ander Herrera from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao. The Old Trafford club failed in an attempt to buy midfielder Herrera, 24, on transfer deadline day last summer. New United boss Louis van Gaal ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP . Thomas Vermaelen could swap the Emirates for Old Trafford Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, has agreed a deal in principle to join Manchester United this summer. . Liverpool target Antonio Candreva, 27, could leave Lazio in the summer after the Italy international said he wants to play in the Champions League. . Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to sign seven new players this summer, including Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, and Dutch duo Jeremain Lens, 26, and 22-year-old Stefan de Vrij. . Prospective Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has lined up Celtic's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, 22, for £8m as his first signing. . Arsenal could be set to miss out on Alvaro Morata after Wolfsburg submitted a £15.9m offer for Real Madrid's 21-year-old striker. Independent Meanwhile, the Gunners are interested in taking Real Sociedad's emerging right-back Joseba Zaldua, 21, as part of a deal to send striker Carlos Vela in the opposite direction. . Athletic Bilbao are interested in a cu ...
Bilbao beat Sevilla to boost UCL dreams: Athletic Bilbao have Champions League football in their sights after winning Sunday's showdo...
Transfer News & Stories updates Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 27, is ready to snub interest from Roma because the Colombian is keen to join Manchester United. Bayern Munich and Arsenal are keen on Athletic Bilbao's French centre-back Aymeric Laporte, 19. Bayern are also showing an interest in Aston Villa defender Easah Suliman, 16, who has captained England Under-17s. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced Luke Shaw, 18, will still be at St Mary's next season, and says the Saints board will not be brow-beaten into selling the England left-back. Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, a target for Liverpool, is set to become a free agent in the summer and the Mexico international, 28, has not ruled out a move to the Premier League. Alan Pardew says Loic Remy, 27, could snub Champions League football and join Newcastle on a permanent deal from QPR. The French striker has previously stated that he wants to join a "great European club" after his season-long loan at St James' Park ends. Arsenal are cl ...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Diego Costa sparked Atletico Madrid's exhilarating 2-1 comeback at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, while Lionel Messi converted a late penalty to keep Barcelona one point behind the Spanish league leaders with a contentious 1-0 win at Espanyol. A tireless Diego Costa's 25th goal in the league this season canceled out Iker Muniain's opener, and Koke "Jorge" Resurreccion followed with a 55th-minute header to keep Atletico on course in its search for its first league title since 1996. Messi made sure Barcelona stayed right behind Atletico with seven games left by slotting in a spot kick for his 23rd league goal in the 77th when Espanyol defender Javi Lopez handled in the area. Real Madrid plays Rayo Vallecano later trailing Atletico by six points. Barcelona hosts Atletico on Tuesday in the Champions League quarterfinals, a preview of their meeting in the last round of the Spanish league season. Diego Costa was a nightmare for Bilbao's defense all night, and could have had at least one ...
Barcelona was one of the founding members of La Liga, and is one of three clubs which have never been relegated from the top division, along with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. In 2009, Barcelona became the first Spanish club to win the continental treble consisting of La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and the Champions League. That same year, it also became the first football club ever to win six out of six competitions in a single year, thus completing the sextuple, comprising the aforementioned treble and the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.[12] In 2011, the Blaugrana again became European champions and won a total of 5 titles, missing out only on the Copa Del Rey (in which they finished runners-up). This all-conquering Barça team, which reached a record 6 consecutive Champions League semi-finals and racked up 14 trophies in just 4 years under Guardiola's charge, is considered by several managers, players and experts to be the greatest team of all time !!! Madrid Who?
The next week could see a lot happening in the top 3 in La Liga. 1)Atletico Madrid travel to Athletic Bilbao in 2 days time. You know how strong Bilbao are at home. Beat us, drew with madrid, undefeated there in the league. Lot of chances of points being dropped. 2)Real Madrid have an AWAY game against Real Sociedad in the middle of their 2 legs of the Champions League quarterfinal. Since the UCL is involved, carlo might rest some players which against La Real could lead to more points dropped. 3)Barcelona have an AWAY game against Espanyol. Away Game + Derby = No Certainty. We'll have to play our heart out and get 3 points. Following that, its the 2 legs of the quarterfinal with a game against Betis (20th in La Liga) at home which we should win.
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Italy and AC Milan star Mario Balotelli's penchant for long-range goals earns him a place in our weekly stats review In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, the Uefa Champions League goalscoring feats of Messrs Ibrahimovic and Messi feature alongside a record score for Auckland City, two star substitutes in Germany and another long-range blockbuster from Mario Balotelli. 338 Barcelona goals is the tally to which Lionel Messi climbed over the past week, earning himself another record in the process. Telmo Zarra’s 335 goals for Athletic Bilbao – which had established this legendary figure for decades as the player with most goals for a single Spanish club – was the benchmark eclipsed by Messi’s double against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The Argentina star also moved past Alfredo di Stefano’s La Liga tally the same day, joining Raul in joint-third place in the all-time standings with 228. And Messi continued in the same vein last night, scoring the opener in Barça’s 2-0 win at Manchester City to eq ...
Athletic hold on at Celta (PA) Monday 10 February 2014 Share Athletic hold on at Celta © AFP Athletic Bilbao consolidated their position in the fourth Uefa Champions League spot as they clung on for a Primera Division point in a goalless draw at in-form Celta Vigo. Estadio Balaidos has become something of a fortress of late for Celta, who have won four of their last five games there. And though they went close on numerous occasions in the first half - notably when Charles hit the post just before half-time - they could not find a way past Athletic, who took their lead over fifth-placed Villarreal to four points. Celta are unbeaten at home since 9 November and they showed their confidence as they dominated the chances in the first period. Santi Mina was the first to try his luck but he pulled his shot wide from inside the area after 15 minutes, while Charles fired over six minutes later. Just before the half-hour mark Rafinha brought a brilliant save out of Gorka Iraizoz as his left-foot strike from the e ...
Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King's Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a last-four clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year's final. Atletico's battling 2-1 comeback victory in a rain-lashed quarter-final, second leg in the Basque Country, which made it 3-1 on aggregate, was Bilbao's first reverse at their new San Mames arena and meant Diego Simeone's side, who are joint top of La Liga and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, are still fighting on three fronts. The heavens also opened over the Catalan capital as Barcelona fielded a second-string side against Levante at a Nou Camp stadium that was barely a quarter full and recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a 9-2 aggregate success. The record winners, who have claimed Spain's domestic Cup 26 times, won 5-1 on the night after last week's 4-1 victory in Valencia in the first leg when they also fell behind. Barca will play Real Sociedad or third-tier ...
Athletic Bilbao gave a clear demonstration of their Champions League credentials as they crushed local rivals Osasuna with powerful display
EPL + La Liga Fixtures West Brom Vs Everton - 7:00am - Fox Sports Tomorrow mornings game will be Pepe Mel's first in charge of West Brom. Mel was La Liga's longest serving manager before being dismissed in December from (at the time) rock bottom Real Betis. Ben Foster's return will give the hosts some stability down back while it remains to be seen how they will move forward without hard-worker Shane Long. Sessegnon is also due to face a late fitness test. Everton will view this game as opportunity to leapfrog Tottenham and close rivals Liverpool to take the final Champions League place. New recruit Aiden McGeady may feature in the absence of Ross Barkley. Both teams strive to play attractive football but Everton are executing far better than the Baggies at the moment and their combination of possession football and high press should see them take at least 1 point. TIPS Everton - Draw no Bet - $1.53 Number of Goals - Exactly 2 or 3 - $2.01 - Athletic Bilbao Vs Villadolid - 8:00am Athletic Bilbao - Win - $ ...
Manchester United manager David Moyes will be given free reign in the January transfer market by the club's owners in a bid to ensure they qualify for next season's Champions League. (Daily Telegraph) Moyes has given the club a list of targets that include 21-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, Borussia Dortmund duo Marco Reus, 24, and Ilkay Gundogan, 23, Porto's Eliaquim Mangala, 22, and 18-year-old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, but they may not be available until the summer. (Daily Express) But United are set to miss out on defender Fabio Coentrao, 25, for a second successive transfer window after Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted the club would not be doing any business this month. (Metro) However, Portugal international Coentrao could be on his way to Old Trafford with Real Madrid's stance more to do with the Spanish club trying to get a higher transfer fee. (The Times) Moyes has sent scouts to watch Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 25, and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera ...
Nothing excites fans more than the buying and selling of players, but does big spending really pay off? And just how significant are transfers to the success of a club?I t is no coincidence that almost all of the major titles over the past five years have been won by big-spending superpowers – the only real exceptions being Dortmund's back-to-back Bundesliga crowns and AC Milan's 2010-11 Scudetto. Football today is dominated by money, and how this money is used in the transfer market largely determines the success and failure of a club, at least at the very top end of the sport. Quality will always be the main consideration for the elite when buying players. Bayern Munich recognised after losing the Champions League final on home soil 19 months ago that they were only two or three top-class purchases away from going a step further. Thus they were prepared to break the Bundesliga transfer record and blow €40 million on Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez in order to cure their main positional weakness. Th ...
Leaders Barcelona are aiming to return to winning ways in La Liga when they host Villarreal on Saturday. The champions suffered their first league defeat of the season at Athletic Bilbao on 1 December, but have since earned comfortable wins over Cartegena and Celtic in cup competitions. Midfielder Andres Iniesta, left-back Jordi Alba and midfielder Cesc Fabregas are set to return against Villarreal. But forward Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Victor Valdes are still injured. Fabregas missed the 6-1 win against Celtic through suspension, while Iniesta and Alba were unused substitutes. Barcelona lead Atletico Madrid at the top of the table on goal difference, with Real Madrid three points behind in third place, after Iker Muniain's second-half strike condemned them to a surprise 1-0 loss in Bilbao. Gerardo Martino's side have bounced back by scoring 10 times in their last two matches against Copa Del Rey opponents Cartagena and Scottish champions Celtic in the Champions League. However, fifth-placed Villarreal ...
Mirror: Tottenham's Jermain Defoe has agreed a £90,000-a-week deal to sign for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC in January. Full Story Mirror: Sam Allardyce is keeping tabs on around 20 strikers as he looks to boost West Ham's strikeforce during the January window. Full Story Daily Star: Yohan Cabaye has opened the door to a potential summer move away from St James' Park, admitting he misses Champions League football. Full Story Daily Mail: Joe Cole is ready to leave West Ham in January after he was substituted just 36 minutes into West Ham's 3-0 defeat against Chelsea. Full Story Daily Star: Manchester United are turning their attentions to Koke and Angel Di Maria as Ander Herrera suggest he is happy to stay at Athletic Bilbao. Full Story
"Moyes not keen on short-term January fix" After the debacle of the summer, when United's only significant signing turned out to be Marouane Fellaini - who passed up £4million in bonuses to shove through his move from Everton on deadline day.supporters are expecting much better things second time around. Leighton Baines remains a target, while a deal to sign Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao may be revisited even though the midfielder has not had the best of seasons. However, Moyes is looking long term. And his plans go far deeper than spending cash in a single transfer window to deal with short-term issues like the present injury problems. "This club is always thinking long term," he said. "I am thinking how are we going to have a side that is going to be competing in the Champions League and right at the top end of the Premier League in four or five years? "It has to be a continual building process and we will continue to look to do that. "You couldn't change it all around in any one window anyway. "I ...
With the first third of the official season played, Real Madrid have scored 49 goals in 17 matches in La Liga and the Champions League combined. Cristiano Ronaldo has had a big influence on this record. The forward has scored 24 goals so far, which puts him top of the goal-scorers list in both competitions. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in La Liga with 16 goals and of the Champions League with eight. He has scored in 13 matches, in which the team have achieved 11 wins and two draws. Ronaldo 's first goal in the league was a header against Athletic Bilbao in matchday three, and he went on to find the back of the net in the following three matches against Villarreal, Getafe (2) and Elche (2). He scored the winning goal against Levante in the dying moments and sealed another in the home win against Malaga in matchday nine. In the last three matches he has scored eight goals, against Sevilla, Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad. Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga GOALS Matchday Result Goals 3 Real Madrid 3-0 Athle ...
Bayern, City through as Real draw Holders Bayern Munich and their group rivals Manchester City became the first teams to qualify for the knockout stages of this season's Uefa Champions League. Bayern made heavy weather of beating Viktoria Plzen 1-0 while City reached the knockout stages for the first time, after failing to progress from the group stage in the last two seasons, with a 5-2 thumping of CSKA Moscow in Manchester. "That wasn't a festival from us, we made life hard for ourselves," said Bayern's Toni Kroos after his side had equalled the Champions League record of nine successive wins. "In the opening stages, we gave the ball away too often and had too few chances of our own. Nevertheless, we can be proud to have reached the knock-out stage." Real Madrid came close to joining them, but having gone 2-1 up in Turin against Juventus they were pegged back to 2-2 with a goal by former Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente. Cristiano Ronaldo's opener for Real took him level for the all-time total ...
Glazers willing to spend £80m in January to save Manchester United's season THE Glazer family will sanction a big spend from David Moyes in the January transfer window to ensure Manchester United qualify for the Champions League next season Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is on the radar of the English champions [GETTY] If long-term targets such as Leighton Baines and Ander Herrera become available, the American owners are willing to back their manager with about £80million to avoid the prospect of their club finishing out of the top three for the first time since the Premier League was launched. United are normally reluctant to conduct business in January but, it is understood, they will spend if Everton and Athletic Bilbao are ready to do business. As well as England’s Baines and midfielder Herrera – who was watched again by scouts last night – Porto centre-half Eliaquim Mangala, 22, is also on the radar.
Jose Mourinho last night lost the plot as the pressure piled up on him at Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku showed Chelsea what they are missing again with a dazzling double as the Toffees tamed Toon. Carlos Cuellar insists manager Paolo Di Canio had to be axed because he 'fractured the family'. Pepe Reina admits he could have been the Arsenal number one tonight. West Brom wonderkid Saido Berahino will boost his pay packet by 20 times if he agrees a new contract. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could move to PSG or Manchester City next year as his calls for a payrise have been ignored. Tottenham have sent scouts to run the rule over Athletic Bilbao forward Ibai Gomez. DAILY MIRROR Jose Mourinho walked out of a Champions League press conference as his frustration over Fernando Torres' ban boiled over. Manchester United boss David Moyes will be handed upwards of £50million to avoid the prospect of Champions League disaster. Martin Jol fears he is a dead man walking at Fulham. Andre Villas-Boas is under pressure to ...
Having signed for Real Madrid for €46 million, his jersey sales broke all records on the first day, such was the obsession and hype surrounding him. He was sidelined through injury until October 2002 but the fans kept on chanting his name. Ronaldo scored twice in his debut for Real Madrid. He received a standing ovation at the Stadium Bernabéu. That same reception was observed on the night of the final game of the season against Athletic Bilbao, where Ronaldo scored again to seal his first season with 23 league goals and the La Liga Championship title for 2003. With Madrid, he also won an Intercontinental Cup in 2002 and Spanish Super Cup in 2003. Ronaldo taking a shot for Real Madrid, 2 March 2005 In the second leg of Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford, knocking the English team out of the competition.[11] Ronaldo was substituted on 80 minutes and was given a standing ovation from both sets of fans.[11] Madrid was on track ...
The Catalans' damaging defeat to Bayern highlighted theproblems within the club this term. In order to return to the greatness ofrecent years, it's time to react... Even Bayern were surprised. Barcelona needed to produce thegreatest comeback in their history on Wednesday and the one man who had giventhem a flicker of hope that a fairytale fightback was possible at all satstaring sadly from the bench. Lionel Messi was missing. The Argentine attacker played the 90 minutes in Munich inthe first leg when he clearly still had not recovered from his hamstring injurysustained in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at ParisSaint-Germain, but his brilliant cameo in the 2-2 draw at Athletic Bilbao onSaturday seemed to show he was ready for this return match. He was not. With Messi on the bench, Wednesday's second leg wasessentially over before it had even begun. Ahead of kick-off, Barca's fansrevealed a magnificent mosaic at Camp Nou with the word Orgull: Pride. Andthere was now little more to play for bec ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova confirmed after his side's 7-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final loss to Bayern Munich that star forward Lionel Messi was not injured but did not feature in the second leg for fear of picking up a knock. Newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern prevailed 3-0 at the Nou Camp this evening to seal an emphatic 7-0 aggregate triumph over the Catalan club and set up an all-German Wembley final against Borussia Dortmund on May 25. Leading 4-0 from the first leg, the Bavarians were similarly clinical in Catalunya with second-half goals from Arjen Robben, Gerard Pique - who put through his own net - and Thomas Muller sealing a one-sided win over a sorry Barca side for whom Messi was an unused substitute. Messi felt good against Athletic Bilbao (on Saturday), but in the final minutes of the game at San Mames he noticed a strange feeling,' Vilanova said of the four-time reigning world player of the year. 'He's not injured, but he felt he could pick up an injury. 'Yesterday he train ...
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Valencia: Muniain eases relegation fears Athletic Bilbao took another step towards safety as they beat Valencia 1-0 on Sunday afternoon courtesy of an Iker Muniain goal. The home side approached the game in good form having beaten Osasuna 1-0 last weekend, whilst the visitors had seen their Champions League hopes dashed, losing to PSG on Wednesday night. The first real chance of the game came after just 12 minutes when Pablo Piatti found space before curling his effort just wide of Gorka Iraizoz’ post. As the two teams continued to work each other out, the first half ended goalless but Dani Parejo’s blast against the crossbar could have changed that moments before the whistle. On the hour mark, Sofiane Feghouli saw his low drive saved by the impressively busy Iraizoz and it looked as though Valencia’s continued pressure would eventually see them go in front. However, Iker Muniain had other ideas and his stunning effort with 20 minutes remaining sent the few spectators inside San ...
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia - Midfielder Ander Herrera will miss the tie due to suspension and Bielsa said there was not one player who could fill in for the former Real Zaragoza player, and several players would have to share the tasks he normally carries out for the team. ``We have to try and get more than one player to do the different things he normally does,'' he said. ``[Ander] Iturraspe, [Oscar] De Marcos, [Iker] Muniain will have to try and pool their own characteristics so that his absence is noted as little as possible.'' Valencia midfielder Sergio Canales said that while his team are disappointed with exiting the Champions League, they are now putting all their efforts into reaching fourth place in the table so they can compete in Europe's elite competition. Andres Guardado is suspended for Valencia, while Joao Pereira is a doubt due to a hamstring injury. Roberto Soldado, who missed training on Thursday with flu, is also a doubt. Valencia win/draw. :)
Alex Ferguson hopes to make it third time lucky with referee Cuneyt Cakir. Turk Cakir has taken charge of two Manchester United games — and the Red Devils have won neither, losing in last season’s Europa League to Athletic Bilbao after a Champions League draw with Benfica. And United boss Fergie said: “You hope in a game of this nature that you are going to get the best refereeing performance, on the same level as the players on the pitch. “Mistakes will be made by players and the referee but you hope it will be a top performance. “You hope to get nothing less than the best. “An occasion like this deserves that.” (The Sun) .
Guardiola era (2008–2012) FC Barcelona B youth manager Pep Guardiola took over Frank Rijkaard's duties at the conclusion of the season.[50] Guardiola brought with him the now famous tiki-taka style of play he had been taught during his time in the Barcelona youth teams. In the process Guardiola sold Ronaldinho and Deco, and started building the Barcelona team around Xavi, Iniesta and Messi. Lionel Messi, four-time FIFA/Ballon d'Or winner, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and FC Barcelona's top goalscorer in official competitions with 298 goals[51] Barça beat Athletic Bilbao 4–1 in the 2009 Copa Del Rey Final, winning the competition for a record-breaking 25th time. A historic 2–6 victory against Real Madrid followed three days later and ensured that Barcelona became La Liga champions for the 2008–09 season. Barça finished the season by beating the previous year's Champions League winners Manchester United 2–0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to win their third Champions League title and completed t ...
Arsenal have signed Spain international left-back Ignacio “Nacho” Monreal. The Gunners have confirmed that the Spanish international defender has agreed to join on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee. The fee, although not disclosed, is believed to be just over €12million (£10.5million). The 26-year-old is ineligible to play for Arsenal in the Champions League after already playing for Málaga in the group stage this season. Monreal helped Málaga top their Champions League group despite facing former champions AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht. He will link up with former team-mate Santi Cazorla who joined Arsenal from the La Liga side in the summer. Monreal has represented his country Spain at youth level, Under-21s and has made nine appearances for the national team since making his debut against Macedonia in 2009. He started his career at Osasuna before moving to Málaga in June 2011. Spanish news outlets also linked Arsenal with a late swoop for Athletic Bilbao player Fernan ...
La Liga-Real Betis vs Athletic Club de Bilbao at 01:25 on ESPN HD (Ch880) and Star Sports 1 (Ch301) Real Betis is a genuine contender for the fourth spot and winning three points against Athletic Bilbao tonight is a must, if they are to cement their place among this season's Champions League candidates,
- 30 moments that marked the 2012th year - our favorites (chronological review) First Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal and scored against Leeds [09/01/2012] Second Messi won the third consecutive Golden Ball [10/01/2012] 3rd Zambia won the African Cup of Nations for the first time in history [02/10/2012] 4th Athletic Bilbao beat Manchester United at home and away in the Europa League [8.3. & 15.3.2012] 5th Eric Abidal successfully underwent surgery [04/10/2012] 6th Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi missed a crucial penalty in the Champions League semi-final [17.4 & 24.4] 7th Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal in the Nou Camp [4/22/2012] 8th Chelsea kicked Barca & Bayern won the final, thus winning the Champions League [24.4. & 19.5.2012] 9th Guardiola admitted he leaves Barca [27.04.2012] 10th Sergio Aguero scored the title in England against QPR in the last minute of the game [5/13/2012] 11th Juventus won a record 30th Scudetto unbeaten [13/05/2012] 12th Didier Drogba scored the winning goal from the ...
Lowlight | The Ferdinand-Terry saga rocked English football & unveiled its hypocrisy Andriy Shevchenko's double for Ukraine against Sweden illuminated Euro 2012 early and a goal of rare beauty from Jordi Alba in the final bore all the hallmarks of a Spain team for the ages. Relentless dominance from La Roja and their player of the tournament Andres Iniesta. The only thing that will beat them is time. More Spanish glory came in the Europa League with Atletico Madrid overcoming a sapped Athletic Bilbao side who thrilled at Old Trafford earlier in the competition. Radamel Falcao was the star for them and continues to be so. Chelsea's Champions League victory, after nine years of trying on the part of Roman Abramovich, seemed to have been written above such was the sense of fate about it. Defiantly they overcame Barcelona. They overcome Bayern Munich too. Didier Drogba, with his last touch of a ball for the Blues, rolled a penalty home which denied the Germans the famous old cup on home soil. Roberto Di Matte ...
Cristiano Ronaldo SCORES HAT-TRICK AGAINST ATHLETIC BILBAO Real Madrid have continued their near perfect season with the 5-1 demolition of Athletic Bilbao. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged three goals to extend his La Liga goal tally to 14 goals in 12 games. Other goals were scored by Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Ramos. Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal from open play, another from a blasted free-kick and the last from the penalty spot. Real are in European action on Wednesday for their Champions League group match against Ajax. Manager Jose Mourinho may choose to rest players with his side holding a five-point lead in their group.
Top 2O football special moments of the year: 2O. Atletico Madrid defeating Athletic Bilbao in all Spanish team final of the Europa League to clinch the title. 19. The top Scottish team, Rangers put into the 3rd division league and the top Spanish team, Villareal getting relegated even though they played Champions League that season. 18. Arsenal are thrashed out of League cup by an underdog. 17. Corinthians beating the European Champions Chelsea to win the FIFA Club World Cup. 16. Radamel Falcao scoring a hattrick against Chelsea to hand Atletico Madrid the UEFA Super Cup trophy. 15. Montpellier won their first Ligue1 title 14. Pep Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona manager. 13. Celtic beats Barcelona by 2-1 at their home keeping only 16% ball possession. 12. Real Madrid won La Liga title. 11. Spain winning the Euro for the 2nd time in a row 11. Mexico won the Gold Medal in the Olympics Football 1O. Andres Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe by beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 9. ...
World Football News Update: 1. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has agreed a £10m deal for 25-year-old Marseille striker Loic Remy - paving the way for Magpies forward Demba Ba, 27, to leave in January. 2. Arsenal and Liverpool target Fernando Llorente is set to meet Juventus officials on Monday in a bid to thrash out a deal that will see the 27-year-old old Spain striker leave Athletic Bilbao. 3. Chelsea have been told to cough up £30m if they want to sign 28-year-old Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero, who scored the winner against them in the Club World Cup final. 4. Reading are hopeful of beating Arsenal to a deal for highly-rated Zambian defender Stoppila Sunzu, 23, from Congolese club TP Mazembe. 5. Journalists, fans and Uefa officials were left stunned after the Champions League last 16 draw produced exactly the same ties in both the rehearsal and the real thing 6. Barcelona have confirmed that Tito Vilanova's surgery has gone according to plan. 7. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a threat ...
Villa set for Juve loan deal? Barcelona striker David Villa could be set for a six month loan deal to Italian club Juventus, according to reports. The Spain international has only played a bit-part for the Blaugrana this season following his eight month injury lay-off last term after fracturing his tibia at the Club World Championships. But Sky Sport Italia have claimed that talks between the Catalan club and the Serie A champions have begun with the Camp Nou side paying a portion of his wages. Antonio Conte's team have been linked with a number of strikers over the past few months, with Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente being the number one target. Villa is seen as the latest target however, but one stumbling block to the deal may be the fact that the 31-year-old is unable to play for another club in the Champions League. football espana
Now it's official: Lionel Messi is the greatest goalscorer the game has ever seen Leo's two goals against Betis saw him break Gerd Muller's 85-goal record with three games to spare. Football has never seen anything like it - and probably won't again ... It's official: Lionel Messi is now the greatest goalscorer the game has even seen - and probably the finest footballer in history, too. We have never seen his like before - and we may never witness such a tremendous talent again. Luckily, Leo is only 25 and is set to be around for some time to come yet. Last Thursday, the astonishing Argentine was nominated for his fourth successive Ballon d'Or. Nobody in history has achieved that, but Messi is used to surpassing such marks, milestones and merits. A week ago, at home to Athletic Bilbao, Messi netted twice in a 5-1 win to close to within one of Gerd Muller's mark of 85 goals in a calendar year but on Wednesday, against Benfica in the Champions League, the Argentine was left frustrated as he emerged from the ...
Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out for four weeks after sustaining a foot injury on international duty. The Chile international limped out of his country's 3-1 defeatto Serbia after 20 minutes following a challenge from LukaMilivojevic with tests immediately pencilled in to determine the extent of the damage. And Barca will not be pleased to hear the former Udinese man has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his rightfoot. He is set to miss up to eight games, the domestic fixtures against Real Zaragoza , Levante , Alaves, Athletic Bilbao , Real Betis and Atletico Madrid and the Champions League clashes with Spartak Moscow and Benfica. His absence will be a blow for Barca boss Tito Vilanova whose squad is short of strikers. David Villa is the only senior 'number nine' at his disposal although he does have a wealth of attacking midfielders who can be pushed forward if required.
Gabi: Falcao's the best finisher in the world (FIFA.com) Thursday 30 August 2012 Print Email my friend Share “Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps,” said Atletico Madrid captain Gabi, when asked if he could envisage himself holding aloft the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco on 31 August, the date of his team’s clash with Uefa Champions League holders Chelsea. Back in May, after Los Colchoneros' victory over Athletic Bilbao in the UEFA Europa League final in Bucharest, his captaincy duties were still shared with team-mate Antonio Lopez, who had lead the capital side on to the pitch for many years. Following the defender’s exit from the club, however, the armband was passed to Gabi, whose many tasks now include hoisting any trophies won by the team. “Because of the size and importance of the club, captaining Atletico is a huge responsibility," said the midfielder. "When things are going well, this is a marvellous club, but when that’s not the case, you have to deal with certain problems, and that ...
Messi scored his first hat-trick of 2009 in a Copa Del Rey tie against Atlético Madrid which Barcelona won 3–1.[62] Messi scored another important double on 1 February 2009, coming on as a second half substitute to help Barcelona defeat Racing Santander 1–2 after being 1–0 down. The second of the two strikes was Barcelona's 5000th league goal.[63] On 8 April 2009, he scored twice against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, setting a personal record of eight goals in the competition.[64] As Barcelona's season was drawing to a close, Messi scored twice (his 35th and 36th goals in all competitions) to cap a 6–2 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu[65] in what was Real's heaviest defeat since 1930.[66] He won his first Copa Del Rey on 13 May, scoring one goal and assisting another two, in a 4–1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.[67] He helped his team win the double by winning La Liga. On 27 May he helped Barcelona win the Champions League by scoring a second goal in the 70th minute giving ...
Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has reportedly told the club he wants to leave to play Champions League football, with Serie A holders Juventus poised to make a €20 million offer.
The Barça star has finished an outstanding campaign, having recorded one of his best ever seasons and breaking all possible records.Leo Messi ended the season with a Cup winners medal on Friday against Athletic Bilbao, when he was again in amongst the goals. It was the climax to a season in which the Argentinean appears to have got better with every match and written his name in the history of the game, breaking every scoring record he could. - 50 La Liga goals for Messi - Messi, highest Champions League scorer - Leo Messi's 234-goal journey, the best moments - Barça win second Pichichi - Zamora double - Messi, a new record: 35 league goals - Messi scores 4 goals to celebrate his 200th game
Guardiola has taken his curtain call after a stellar performance, the 14th in four unforgettable years: a swansong oozing success and seduction FC Barcelona have ended the 2011/12 season with 4 titles and only 4 defeats, an almost immaculate achievement The upset in the Champions League against Chelsea behind them, Barça were back to their best tonight and further entrenched their legend. Surely there was only one possible ending to the Guardiola era. His first honour as Barça manager was a Cup Final win against Athletic Bilbao, and it ends in the same way, against the club and winning the same title. In his time on the FCB bench, Guardiola has left a legacy of 14 titles out of a possible 19, but even more importantly, has done so in a way that has earned respect and admiration all around the world. Guardiola said he felt drained, but at the same time he has filled not just Barça fans, but anybody with a true love for this game, with satisfaction and pride. After the misfortune of elimination from the ...
Will Barca put their La Liga and Champions League disappointments behind them and claim the Copa Del Rey? Catch the Final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao LIVE on SSHD2, SS3 & SSM at 9:00 tonight...
Liga - Guardiola calms waters ahead of final Outgoing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola sought to make the succession of his number two Tito Vilanova as smooth as possible as he gave his last Nou Camp news conference, ahead of the Copa Del Rey final. Guardiola has the chance to exit the club with the 14th trophy of his four-year reign if Barca can beat Athletic Bilbao at the Calderon in Madrid on Friday. The build up to his departure has been dominated by media rumours that he was unhappy with the way club handled the news that his friend and assistant Vilanova was to succeed him, with suggestions that he did not know. This has led to sniping between the former president Joan Laporta and incumbent Sandro Rosell that has threatened to de-stabilise the club. "After being knocked out by Chelsea I rang Tito and I told him the moment had arrived and that they were going to offer him the position, and that he should do what he thought best," Guardiola said referring to their Champions League semi-final exit. "Who a ...
Spain announces preliminary line-up for Euro Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque announced Tuesday a preliminary line-up for the Euro 2012 but many big names including injured David Villa remain in suspense. Del Bosque has to wait until Barcelona have finished their May 25 domestic King's Cup Final against Athletic Bilbao before deciding which star players he will pluck for a final list to be released May 27. Chelsea winger Juan Mata and striker Fernando Torres are also off the list until the London club have faced Bayern Munich in their May 19 Champions League final. Real Madrid are available, however, and the league champions' players take a key part in the first list, which decides who will be training on the national team in Schruns, Austria, from May 22-31. Del Bosque has turned to many of the top players available for the two upcoming friendlies against Serbia May 26 and South Korea May 30. From Real Madrid he has taken goalie and Spain captain Iker Casillas, defender Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos and Xab ...
The Blaugrana had initially targeted the current Real Madrid boss as the replacement for Frank Rijkaard, but they eventually opted for Guardiola instead as they felt Mourinho's football philosophy was not suitable for Barcelona. "I can confirm that we initially preferred Mourinho over Pep," Soriano was quoted as saying in an interview with Eurosport . BARCA EASE TO CUP WIN? 9/1 Barcelona are 9/1 to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Copa Del Rey final with William Hill "Mourinho is a great coach who has enjoyedplenty of success. He had worked for Barcelona before, so he knew how we play. "However, you just have to look at the way Inter and Real Madrid play to see that he has a different philosophy. That's why eventually we decided not to hire him." Barcelona won two Champions League trophies as well as three La Liga titles and many more silverware in the past four seasons under Guardiola.
Final rant: crashed out of the Champions League early. Played off the park by Crystal Palace. Swept aside by Athletic Bilbao.
Fernando Torres TRANSFER RUMOURS "Serie A league leaders Juventus have set their sights on capturing Van Persie to spearhead their attack next season. But the Bianconeri are also keeping tabs on Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain." Italian giants Juventus are preparing for their return to Champions League football and are eyeing a double summer swoop for Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, 30, and Chelsea's Fernando Torres, 28.Torres' agent has hinted that the Spanish striker, 28, could be tempted by a move to Serie A side Roma.Three former Chelsea managers are plotting raids on the club. Fernando Torres is a £45m target for Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala, Carlo Ancelotti wants Ashley Cole at Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, coached by Jose Mourinho, are eyeing Raul Meireles.Chelsea are lining up a bid for Atletico Madrid's Colombian striker Falcao - and could offer the Spanish club Fernando Torres as part of the deal.Carlo Ancelotti, the Paris Saint-Germain manager, has re ...
Real Madrid clinched their first Primera Division title since 2008 by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0. Barcelona's 4-1 win over Malaga earlier in the night meant Madrid had to win at San Mames in the evening's late game to seal a record 32nd La Liga crown, and they did so comfortably despite missing an early penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who also missed from 12 yards in last week's penalty shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final, saw his attempted dink saved by Gorka Iraizoz in the 12th minute, but within eight minutes of that miss Madrid were 2-0 up and well on their way to ending Barca's three-year reign as champions. Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a superb 18-yard effort into the top corner, before Ozil doubled Madrid's advantage four minutes later with a far-post finish from Ronaldo's brilliant low cross. Ronaldo got on the scoresheet himself five minutes after half-time when he headed home Ozil's corner for his 44th league goal of the ca ...
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Champions League match against Bayern Munich on April 25. Real visit Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday knowing a win would give them their first ‘La Liga’ title in four years.
The issue of the next appointment will only formally be addressed in the summer once it is clear whether Chelsea have qualified to compete in next year's Champions League, with the credentials of managers such as Laurent Blanc and Athletic Bilbao's Marcelo Bielsa to be scrutinised.
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Congratulations to Athletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao for the 'all Spanish final' we missed the in Champions League!
Look at Spanish football's dominance of Europe. Barca and Real in Champions League semi-finals. Valencia, Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-finals. And all English football does is wasting millions on the likes of Andy Carroll.
Spanish football tops excellence.3 teams in the European Cup(Valencia,Athletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao) and 2 teams in Champions League(Real Madrid,Barcelona). Both cups are in the semi's.5 of 8,not bad,just 3 months away from the Euro2012.
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