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Diego Maradona turns 60 in sobering self-isolation after a life of wild excesses
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Diego Maradona turns 60 in sobering self-isolation after a life of wild excesses

Defiant and ingenious, macho, a loyal friend and spiteful enemy, Maradona has always been magnetic.

New era at Camp Nou brings hope, but no quick fix for Barcelona and Lionel Messi
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New era at Camp Nou brings hope, but no quick fix for Barcelona and Lionel Messi

Barcelona toasted the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu as president on Tuesday by beating Juventus 24 hours later in the Champions League. But not everything has changed.

LaLiga head Javier Tebas says Real Madrid behind Josep Bartomeu’s European Super League announcement
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LaLiga head Javier Tebas says Real Madrid behind Josep Bartomeu’s European Super League announcement

The league president said Bartomeu, who resigned along with his board of directors on Tuesday, has been following the ideas of Real Madrid in recent years.

Champions League: Marcus Rashford hat-trick inspires Manchester United to 5-0 win over RB Leipzig; Barcelona beat Juventus
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Champions League: Marcus Rashford hat-trick inspires Manchester United to 5-0 win over RB Leipzig; Barcelona beat Juventus

Rashford's late goal earned United a 2-1 victory away to Paris Saint-Germain last week and at Old Trafford the England striker came on as a second-half substitute and scored three times from the 74th minute on in what was a fine win against last season's semi-finalists.

UEFA reiterate 'strong opposition' to European Super League despite Josep Maria Bartomeu's claims
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UEFA reiterate 'strong opposition' to European Super League despite Josep Maria Bartomeu's claims

The idea was knocked on the head by European football boss Aleksander Ceferin the following February.

Champions League: Juventus set to be without Cristiano Ronaldo as they meet Barcelona; Manchester United face Leipzig test
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Champions League: Juventus set to be without Cristiano Ronaldo as they meet Barcelona; Manchester United face Leipzig test

Barcelona got off to a good start by beating Ferencvaros 5-1 but coach Ronald Koeman is under pressure again after the team lost at home to Real Madrid in the Spanish league Saturday.

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo furious at missing Barcelona clash after another COVID-19 positive test
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Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo furious at missing Barcelona clash after another COVID-19 positive test

The match against Barcelona will be the fourth missed by Ronaldo, who has no symptoms of the virus, and has posted photos of himself training on social media.

LaLiga: Josep Bartomeu announces resignation as Barcelona president, drops European Super League bombshell
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LaLiga: Josep Bartomeu announces resignation as Barcelona president, drops European Super League bombshell

Bartomeu said he accepted a proposal on Monday for Barcelona to play in "a future European Super League" which "would guarantee the financial stability of the club".

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo uncertain for showdown against Lionel Messi
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Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo uncertain for showdown against Lionel Messi

Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago while playing with Portugal, and has been in self-isolation since returning to Italy.

Champions League: Andrea Pirlo sees positives as Juventus miss Ronaldo before Barca clash
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Champions League: Andrea Pirlo sees positives as Juventus miss Ronaldo before Barca clash

The Turin side have won the tournament twice, but not since 1996. They have been runners-up seven times, including twice in the last five years.

Champions League: Ronald Koeman and Barca's sense of injustice clouds Juve test as blame game continues after Clasico loss
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Champions League: Ronald Koeman and Barca's sense of injustice clouds Juve test as blame game continues after Clasico loss

Barcelona are up next against Juventus on Wednesday, when another setback would not be irretrievable thanks to last week's 5-1 drubbing of Ferencvaros.

LaLiga: Real Madrid ease pressure on Zinedine Zidane with win over Barcelona in El Clasico; Atletico beat Betis
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LaLiga: Real Madrid ease pressure on Zinedine Zidane with win over Barcelona in El Clasico; Atletico beat Betis

Barcelona might feel hard done by, especially as Ramos' penalty was awarded after a check by VAR and a hugely exaggerated fall by Madrid's captain after Clement Lenglet tugged his shirt.

LaLiga: Real Madrid twist the knife into Ronald Koeman's Barcelona in 3-1 Clasico win
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LaLiga: Real Madrid twist the knife into Ronald Koeman's Barcelona in 3-1 Clasico win

Real Madrid won the first Clasico of 2020-21 LaLiga season 3-1 at an empty Camp Nou. It is Barcelona's second consecutive league defeat and a third straight winless game.

LaLiga: Sergio Ramos leads Real Madrid to victory over Barcelona as club bounces back from woeful run
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LaLiga: Sergio Ramos leads Real Madrid to victory over Barcelona as club bounces back from woeful run

Real Madrid lead the league with 13 points. Barcelona have seven with a game in hand.

LaLiga: Barcelona, Real Madrid enter fan-less 'Clasico' a defeat away from another crisis
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LaLiga: Barcelona, Real Madrid enter fan-less 'Clasico' a defeat away from another crisis

Barcelona and Real Madrid come into 'El Clasico' a shadow of their previous unbeatable best. Both enter this fan-less spectacle hoping to avoid defeat than get all three points.

LaLiga: Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will miss fans for 1st El Clasico as Barcelona coach
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LaLiga: Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will miss fans for 1st El Clasico as Barcelona coach

“Not having fans is the worst thing that can happen in a Barça-Madrid match,” Barcelona boss Koeman said.

LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane urges Real Madrid 'to change momentum' against Barcelona in El Clasico
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LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane urges Real Madrid 'to change momentum' against Barcelona in El Clasico

Zidane said Sergio Ramos will be available to face Barcelona after recovering from the knee injury that kept him out of the loss to Shakhtar on Wednesday.

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19 for second time, say reports
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19 for second time, say reports

Ronaldo is currently isolating at his home in Turin after testing positive for COVID-19 on 13 October while with the Portuguese national team for Nations League matches.

Barcelona extend contracts of Gerard Pique, Marc-Andre ter Stegen; salaries adjusted temporarily due to pandemic
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Barcelona extend contracts of Gerard Pique, Marc-Andre ter Stegen; salaries adjusted temporarily due to pandemic

Barcelona said the agreements for the extensions came after “weeks of negotiations” and included a “temporary salary adjustment” because of the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Champions League: Marcus Rashford sinks Paris Saint-Germain again as Ronald Koeman's Barcelona send message
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Champions League: Marcus Rashford sinks Paris Saint-Germain again as Ronald Koeman's Barcelona send message

Rashford, who scored the winning spot-kick when United knocked PSG out in 2019, drilled home a low shot three minutes from the end which won a thrilling Group H contest at a near-empty Parc des Princes.