Tag Archives: Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde replaces Luis Enrique as manager

Ernesto Valverde was Athletic Bilbao boss for the past four years (Image credit: Getty Images)

Barcelona have appointed Ernesto Valverde as their head coach on a two-year deal, with an option for a third. Former Barca forward Valverde announced last week that he was leaving Athletic Bilbao after four years in charge. He replaces Luis Enrique, who revealed in March that he would leave the club – who finished second in La Liga – at ...

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Copa del Rey: Lionel Messi magic squeezes Barca through to last 8

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with Neymar during Wednesday's clash

Lionel Messi broke Athletic Bilbao’s hearts with a late free-kick as Barcelona’s big guns kept their Copa del Rey hopes alive. Messi struck with 12 minutes remaining at the Nou Camp to seal a 3-1 win on the night and a 4-3 aggregate victory to ensure Luis Enrique’s men made it to the last eight. Barca went into the second ...

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Barcelona beat Bilbao to make it two wins from two in La Liga

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic headed Barca in front in the 21st minute (Image credit: EPA)

Barcelona made it two wins from their opening two La Liga games as Ivan Rakitic’s first-half header earned them victory at Athletic Bilbao. The Croatian scored in the 21st minute when he arrived at pace to power in Arda Turan’s cross from the left. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Turan also went close for the champions. Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter ...

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Avram Grant to visit Partey, Fosu-Mensah and Williams

Ghana's coach Avram Grant leads his team

Black Stars head coach Avram Grant will meet Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, Tim Fosu-Mensah of Manchester United and Inaki Williams of Athletic Bilbao this week part of his monitoring of players for the national team. Grant was given permission by the Ghana Football Association last week to head back to Europe to have a look at players who could ...

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Barcelona lose Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao

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Athletic Bilbao won a first trophy in 31 years as a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp secured the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 aggregate victory. Bilbao won the first leg 4-0 but Barcelona threatened a comeback with Lionel Messi’s close-range finish. Barca defender Gerard Pique was sent-off after the break and Aritz Aduriz struck late on ...

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Inaki Williams on GFA radar

The Ghana FA says it has plans to secure the international future of Athletic Bilbao youngster Inaki Williams for the Black Stars. The 20-year-old has been considered as one of the brightest future prospects having made some impressive performance for the Lions in La Liga. Williams is a Spaniard by birth to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother – ...

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