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La Liga: Barcelona leave it late to beat Villarreal, register first away win
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La Liga: Barcelona leave it late to beat Villarreal, register first away win

Barcelona notched their first away win this season in Xavi Hernandez's first away game in charge as late goals from Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho secured a 3-1 victory over Villarreal

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo fires Manchester United into last 16, Chelsea thump Juventus to progress
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Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo fires Manchester United into last 16, Chelsea thump Juventus to progress

Barcelona were held to a goalless draw by Benfica at the Camp Nou in Xavi's second game as coach, but remain above the Portuguese side in Group E.

Champions League: Benfica to give Barcelona early test of convictions under Xavi
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Champions League: Benfica to give Barcelona early test of convictions under Xavi

Xavi’s rescue mission encounters its first major test on Tuesday as Barcelona face Benfica in a game that could decide the scrap in Group E to qualify for the Champions League last 16.

LaLiga: Memphis Depay penalty vs Espanyol gives Xavi debut victory as Barcelona coach
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LaLiga: Memphis Depay penalty vs Espanyol gives Xavi debut victory as Barcelona coach

There was also an undeniable uplift in mood at Camp Nou, with the 74,418 attendance almost double the 37,278 that watched Barca draw here against Alaves two weeks ago.

LaLiga: Dani Alves agrees Barcelona return under new manager Xavi Hernandez
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LaLiga: Dani Alves agrees Barcelona return under new manager Xavi Hernandez

Dani Alves played for the Camp Nou outfit between 2008-2016 when he lifted the Champions League title three times alongside Xavi.

Barcelona star Sergio Aguero says 'always positive' amid rumours of Argentine forward never playing again
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Barcelona star Sergio Aguero says 'always positive' amid rumours of Argentine forward never playing again

The 33-year-old Argentine was rushed to hospital on 30 October after suffering breathing problems while playing in the Liga draw against Alaves.

'We're pioneers': Barcelona's La Masia finally opens its doors to women footballers
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'We're pioneers': Barcelona's La Masia finally opens its doors to women footballers

Since its opening in 1979 as an old house next to Camp Nou, La Masia has never had female residents.

European football leagues see surprise table-toppers, slumping super clubs
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European football leagues see surprise table-toppers, slumping super clubs

Barcelona and Juventus would not even qualify for European competition from their current standings of ninth and eighth, respectively, as they adjust to life without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

'He will definitely do very well': Philippe Coutinho backs Xavi to succeed at Barcelona
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'He will definitely do very well': Philippe Coutinho backs Xavi to succeed at Barcelona

Coutinho suffered a knee injury last December that ended his season and following two operations he has played little this campaign.

LaLiga: Xavi passed on the chance to manage Brazil in order to return to Barcelona
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LaLiga: Xavi passed on the chance to manage Brazil in order to return to Barcelona

Xavi is the first Barca coach to be presented on the pitch in front of fans at the 99,000-capacity stadium, with the routine usually only reserved for the club’s biggest signings.

European football: In-form West Ham host Liverpool; Serie A awaits Milan derby
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European football: In-form West Ham host Liverpool; Serie A awaits Milan derby

Liverpool can extend its unbeaten run to 26 matches, which would beat the club’s all-time league landmark set by Bob Paisley’s 1982 team

Barcelona's Ansu Fati pulls out of Spain squad after another injury setback
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Barcelona's Ansu Fati pulls out of Spain squad after another injury setback

Fati sustained a hamstring injury, which will be a big concern for Xavi and a blow for the Spanish national team, who confirmed the 19-year-old has withdrawn from the squad.

LaLiga: Barcelona squander 3-0 lead against Celta Vigo, Real Madrid edge Rayo Vallecano
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LaLiga: Barcelona squander 3-0 lead against Celta Vigo, Real Madrid edge Rayo Vallecano

Another deflating result for Barca was made worse by another injury for Ansu Fati, who put his team in front and then had go off with a hamstring problem.

European football: Manchester derby takes centre stage in Premier League; Celta Vigo host Barcelona
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European football: Manchester derby takes centre stage in Premier League; Celta Vigo host Barcelona

A derby victory heading into the international break would take pressure off Solskjaer as well as put the team level on points with third-place City.

LaLiga: Barcelona confirm return of club icon Xavi Hernandez as coach
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LaLiga: Barcelona confirm return of club icon Xavi Hernandez as coach

Barcelona said in a statement it had reached an agreement with Xavi to become first team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons.

Xavi Hernandez's potential appointment as manager delayed with Barcelona reluctant to pay release clause
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Xavi Hernandez's potential appointment as manager delayed with Barcelona reluctant to pay release clause

A source close to negotiations told AFP on Friday discussions were still ongoing over the clause and one possibility was Xavi and Barcelona would each contribute to the payment.

Al Sadd say deal agreed with Barcelona for Xavi
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Al Sadd say deal agreed with Barcelona for Xavi

The Qatari club said in a statement Barca had paid the release clause for Xavi, who has been coaching in Qatar since 2019 and now rejoins the club where he enjoyed huge success as a player

LaLiga: Barcelona in negotiation with Qatari club Al-Sadd for Xavi Hernandez's release
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LaLiga: Barcelona in negotiation with Qatari club Al-Sadd for Xavi Hernandez's release

“The two clubs are in conversations and we don’t know how it will end," Xavi told a crew of Catalan public television station TV3 that had deployed to Qatar on Wednesday. “It is very exciting, I don’t know what will happen.”

Champions League: Barcelona face Dynamo Kiev in pivotal game; Atalanta host Man United
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Champions League: Barcelona face Dynamo Kiev in pivotal game; Atalanta host Man United

Manchester United have a two-point lead over Villarreal and Atalanta after coming from behind to beat the Serie A side in Manchester two weeks ago.

LaLiga: Sergio Aguero will be out for at least three months, says FC Barcelona
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LaLiga: Sergio Aguero will be out for at least three months, says FC Barcelona

The Argentine was taken to hospital after suffering breathing problems on Saturday as Barcelona drew at home with Alaves.