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Outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique lamented his side’s inconsistency after they fell short of retaining their La Liga title on Sunday. Barca came from 2-0 down to beat Eibar 4-2 in Enrique’s final home game in charge, but Real Madrid pipped the Catalans by three points at the top of the table thanks to their 2-0 win over Malaga. “Without doubt our consistency,” said Enrique when asked why Barca missed out on the title. “We let games get away that we haven’t in other years. At the end of the day we’ve paid the price.” Barca won all of their…

Zinedine Zidane claimed winning La Liga as Real Madrid coach on Sunday surpasses his stellar achievements as a player and even lifting the Champions League in his debut season as coach last year. Madrid claimed the Spanish title for a 33rd time as Cristiano Ronaldo struck his 40th goal of the season and Karim Benzema slotted home early in the second-half to secure a 2-0 win at Malaga. “It is the happiest day of my professional life by a distance,” Zidane said after landing Madrid’s first title in five years. “Right now I would like to stand up here and…

Massimiliano Allegri urges the Bianconeri to wrap up the Serie A title with victory over Crotone on Sunday. MUST-WIN MATCH VS CROTONE “Winning the Coppa Italia on Wednesday has given us an immense boost ahead of tomorrow’s match. “It was an extraordinary achievement because to lift the trophy for three years in a row is something that nobody had ever managed before. “The boys have trained brilliantly in the build-up to this game. I’m sure they’ll play well tomorrow and seal the Scudetto in the process. “Even if Roma and Napoli win tonight, we won’t be concerned as we know…

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off in South Korea on Saturday and looks wide open after the 2015 champions Serbia and beaten finalists Brazil both failed to qualify. Some of the world’s top young footballing talent will be on display with more than 500 players in 24 teams taking part, but the bookmakers are split on who to make favourites. Bet365 make 2013 winners and 2016 under-19 European champions France 6/1 favourites, followed by Germany at 7/1 and Uruguay and Argentina, both at 9/1. But Bwin have Germany 4/1, with Argentina 5/1 and France 7/1 and Italy 9/1. France’s…

The quiet streets of Arroyo Seco in Argentina will come to life on June 30 when Barcelona and Selección forward, Lionel Messi, wed his longtime partner Antonello Roccuzzo. Messi met Antonella in their native city of Rosario in Argentina, where the ceremony will take place. The childhood sweethearts have been together for 10 years and have two children, Thiago and Mateo. It is set to be held in Arroyo Seco, a quiet suburb of the Argentine city. With some family and friends unable to travel to south America, a second ceremony is expected to be held in Barcelona. The wedding…

Audio: FIFA President Gianni Infantino spoke out against corruption in football during his address to the FIFA Congress in Bahrain. The FIFA boss gave  the strong  statement the 67th FIFA Congress on Thursday . Representatives from all 211 Member Associations were in attendance at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Manama. The world football governing body has been engulfed with a  widening corruption scandal,when the US Department of Justice indicted several top executives.  The US indicted 14 current and former Fifa officials and associates on charges of “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption following a major inquiry by the Federal…

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has returned to full training, a month after being injured in a bomb attack on the German club’s team bus. The 26-year-old Spain international had surgery on his right hand and wrist following the blast, which happened ahead of a Champions League quarter-final tie against Monaco on 11 April. He completed a first training session back with his team-mates on Wednesday. “I’ve been looking forward to this moment for weeks,” Bartra tweeted. Three devices containing pieces of metal exploded shortly after Dortmund left their hotel to travel to the home leg of their last-eight tie…

Former Milan player George Weah claims he has Juventus ‘in his blood’ and regrets never playing for them. The Liberian, who also played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Marseille during a distinguished career, credits his support of the Old Lady to having grown up watching Michel Platini. “Juventus have been my favourite team since I was a child,” Weah told French sports daily L’Equipe. “In Liberia I used to play in a Juventus shirt. It was because of Michel Platini, who made me fall in love with those colours. “When I then met him I couldn’t stop smiling.”…

Dick Advocaat has been named as Holland coach for the third time with Ruud Gullit becoming his assistant. The former Rangers and Sunderland boss, who turns 70 in September, become his country’s oldest national coach, surpassing Guus Hiddink who was 68 when he left the job in June 2015. Advocaat is set to start the role in June after leaving Turkish club Fenerbahce and replaces Danny Blind, who was sacked in March with Netherlands fourth in their World Cup qualifying group. He previously managed his country from 1992-94, with the Dutch reaching the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup, and…

Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari says he would walk off the pitch again, adding that Fifa and Uefa are “not taking racism seriously”. The Pescara player, 32, was sent off after leaving the field claiming he was racially abused during a Serie A game. In a BBC interview, the ex-Portsmouth player claims racism is “everywhere and getting worse”, and encourages players to go on strike to combat it. “I went through hell, I was treated just like a criminal,” he said. “I went off the field because I felt it wasn’t right for me to be on the field while I…

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