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Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president
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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned. The bureaucracy and the open war with Messi, the bad sports results and the economic situation of the club left Bartomeu on the wire. Still, it has finally been the motion of censure, with more than 16,000 signatures, that has precipitated the resignation of the president.

Bartolomeu resignation comes three days after Barca's 3-1 home defeat to Real Madrid, and just a day after he said: "that it had not occurred to him to resign."

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Santos and Robinho part ways over repercussion of his conviction of sexual assault in Italy
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Robinho Credit: Ivan Storti/Santos FC

Santos and striker Robinho announced on Friday the suspension of the contract between the club and the player, who had agreed his return on October 10.

The decision comes after pressure from advisers, sponsors and the disclosure by the Brazilian media of excerpts from the Italian court sentence that sentenced Robinho and a friend to nine years in prison for group sexual violence against a young woman of Albanian origin.

Former Brazilian International, Robinho also played for Real Madrid, Manchester City, Milan and, most recently, İstanbul Başakşehir.

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19
Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19
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The Portuguese soccer player for Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Covid-19.

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Robert Lewandowski named Europe's player of the year by UEFA
Robert Lewandowski named Europe's player of the year by UEFA
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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was named Europe's best male footballer of 2020 on Thursday by the UEFA, European football's governing body.

The 2019/20 season was one of the greatest in Bayern's 120-year history, and no player contributed more to it than Lewandowski. The Poland striker scored in every game en route to the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon, picking up 15 goals and six assists as well as the trophy he had coveted for so long. He also hit 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches and six in five German Cup games.

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Covid-19: Genoa confirms 14 cases among players and staff
Covid-19: Genoa confirms 14 cases among players and staff

A total of fourteen between team members and staff of Serie A side CFC Genoa have tested positive for Covid-19, the club announced in a statement on Monday.

According to Italian soccer newspaper 'Gazzetta dello Sport', eleven out of fourteen positive cases are players, while three are members of the staff.

In a statement posted on their website, the club wrote: "The club has activated all the procedures according to the protocol and informed the authorities. The club will provide updates as the situation evolves."

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Gareth Bale is back to Tottenham on season-long loan
Gareth Bale
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Welsh forward Gareth Bale is back to Tottenham on a season-long loan from Real Madrid. Bale left Tottenham in 2013 to join Real Madrid.

On a video released by the Spurs, Bale said: "It's nice to be back. It's such a special club to me. It's where I made my name." said Bale.

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Lionel Messi is the fourth athlete to reach $1 billion in pretax career earnings
Lionel Messi
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After earning $126 million in 2020, the Argentinean player Lionel Messi became the fourth athlete to reach a career total of $1 billion in pretax earnings. Before Messi, only golf legend Tiger Woods, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Cristiano Ronaldo had reached the same milestone.

In 2020 Messi had $92 million paid to him as salary and $34 million from endorsements.

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German soccer player Leistner attacks fan of opposing team
Toni Leistner 2016
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After the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) between Hamburger SV and Dynamo Dresden had concluded, the HSV player Toni Leistner went to the spectator stands, grabbed a Dresden fan by the upper body, and pushed him to the ground.

He later stated on his Instagram that he had been "massively insulted after the game from the stands in my home town. I can usually handle that. But then it went extremely below the belt against my family, my wife and my daughter. At that moment, my fuses blew".

He added an apology stating that he formally apologizes for his "behavior and can only promise that no matter what insults are thrown at me, nothing like this will ever happen again".

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Lionel Messi stays with FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi stays with FC Barcelona
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The sports journalist and insider Fabrizio Romano has announced that Lionel Messi will stay with the FC Barcelona for the 2021 season as he did not want to get "into a legal dispute".

Following a quote of Messi that he published he soccer player stated that "the management of the club led by Bartomeu is a disaster".

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PSG: Neymar, Di Maria and Paredes tested positive for Covid-19
PSG: Neymar, Di Maria and Paredes tested positive for Covid-19
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PSG announced three positive cases for Covid-19 after the tests carried out Wednesday morning, and according to the French newspaper L'Équipe, the tests were positive for Neymar, Leandro Paredes, and Angel Di Maria.

The three players have returned from vacations in Ibiza, Spain, and will observe a one-week quarantine.

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Lyon win the UEFA Women's Champions League for the fifth time in a row
Lyon win the UEFA Women's Champions League for the fifth time in a row
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Lyon beat VfL Wolfsburg 3:1 on Sunday to win the UEFA Women's Champions League for an unprecedented fifth time in a row. Lyon, which has won seven of the last 10 Champions League crowns, also beat Wolfsburg in the finale in 2016 and 2018.

Eugénie Le Sommer, Saki Kumagai, and Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir scored for the French side, and Alexandra Popp scored for Wolfsburg.

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LaLiga says it will not terminate Messi if he does not pay the termination clause
LaLiga says it will not terminate Messi if he does not pay the termination clause
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LaLiga has stated that Lionel Messi will not be released of his contract with the FC Barcelona without paying €700 million as defined in his contract clause.

Messi has stated that he considers his contract the be expired and did not show up for the mandatory Covid-19 test of the FC Barcelona.

According to LaLiga "the contract is currently in force and has a 'termination clause' applicable in the event that Lionel Andrés Messi decides to request the unilateral early termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985, of June 26, 1985, which regulates the special labour relationship of professional sportsmen and women".

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Arsenal wins the Community Shield
Arsenal wins the Community Shield
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Arsenal opened the 2020/2021 season of English football by winning the Community Shield against Liverpool on penalties shootout 5:4, after a 1:1 draw in regular time. The match was played at the Wembley Stadium, in London.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the man of the game, after scoring for Arsenal and netting the winning penalty during the shootout. Aubameyang paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman during the celebration of his goal.

It is the second year in a row Liverpool have lost the Shield on penalties, after Manchester City's victory in 2019.

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Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave
Lionel Messi display at FC Barcelona's museum
Lionel Messi display at FC Barcelona's museum Credit: Andy Parsons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Lionel Messi informed Barcelona his desire to leave the club after nearly two decades. The club confirmed to multiple outlets they received a document via burofax, a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document that requires proof to third parties.

Messi used a a clause in the contract that should oblige Barcelona to let him leave for free, but the divorce between Barcelona and their biggest idol could turn into a legal battle as the club stated it won’t automatically grant the Argentinean great his wishes as the club believes that the particular clause expired at the start of the summer.

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Bayern win the Champions League for the sixth time
Bayern win the Champions League for the sixth time
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Bayern Munich are the 2020 UEFA Champions League champions after beating PSG 1:0 at the Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon. Bayern have won all 11 matches in this year's edition with an aggregate score of 43:8.

Kingsley Coman scored the only goal of the game at the 59th.

The silverware is Bayern Munich's sixth title in the Champions League.

PSG played their first final.

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Sevilla have won the 2020 UEFA Europa League
Diego Carlos
Diego Carlos Credit: UEFA

Sevilla are the 2020 UEFA Europa League champions after beating Inter Milan 3:2 in Cologne. The Spanish team celebrate their sixth Europa League title.

Romelu Lukaku scored an early goal for Inter, but Sevilla's Luuk de Jong delivered a comeback with a pair of beautiful headers.

Before the first-half was over Diego Godin equalised for the Serie A side, and the game was decided at the 74th minute with an overhead-kick by Diego Carlos.

Inter Milan is still looking for the first trophy in nine years.

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire arrested in Mykonos
Harry Maguire playing for England against Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Harry Maguire playing for England against Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Credit: Кирилл Венедиктов (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The English defender, and Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire has been arrested Tuesday after an alleged altercation with police officers on holiday in Mykonos, Greece.

Petros Vassilakis. Mykonos police spokesman, told the media: "I can't tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police. All three, including the football player, are being held in custody, locked up in Mykonos cell... They will appear before a state prosecutor on the island of Syros later today to be charged with aggravated assault."

United squad have been given two weeks off, and Maguire is in Greece with family and friends to enjoy a break.

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Bayern breeze past Lyon to face PSG for the Champions League title
Bayern breeze past Lyon to face PSG for the Champions League title
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Bayer have beaten Lyon 3:0 and qualified to the Champions League final. Gnabry, twice, and Lewandowski scored for the German side.

Bayern have won all 10 matches in this Champions League edition with an aggregate score of 42:8.

Bayer will play for the title against PSG on August 24 at the Estádio da Luz, Lisbon.

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PSG reach their first Champions League final
PSG reach their first Champions League final
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PSG have beaten RB Leipzig 3:0, at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, and qualified to the Champions League final for the first time in the club history. The club are the first French team to reach the Champions League final since Monaco in the 2003-04 season.

Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat scored the goals for PSG.

PSG will play for the title against Bayern Munich or Lyon on August 24.

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Inter have beaten Shaktar to reach UEFA Europa League final
Inter have beaten Shaktar to reach UEFA Europa League final
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Internazionale reached the UEFA Europa League final after an easy win against Shakhtar Donetsk by 5:0 in Dusseldorf.

Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, both twice, and Danilo D'Ambrosio scored the goals for Internazionale.

Internazionale will play for the Europa League title against Sevilla in the final in Cologne on August 22.

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Sevilla advanced to their fourth UEFA Europa League final in seven years
Sevilla advanced to their fourth UEFA Europa League final in seven years
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Sevilla have beaten Manchester United 2:1 in Cologne to advance to their fourth UEFA Europa League final in the last seven years. United lost their third semi-final this season.

Bruno Fernandes gave the lead to United with Suso equalizing just before the interval. Luuk de Jong scored the winning goal at 78 minutes.

Sevilla will play for their sixth Europa League title against Inter or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final in Cologne on August 22.

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Lyon defeats Manchester City, qualifies for the Champions League semi-finals
Lyon defeats Manchester City, qualifies for the Champions League semi-finals
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Lyon qualified for the semi-final of the Champions League by beating Manchester City 3:1 in Lisbon.

Cornet and Moussa Dembélé, twice, scored for the French side, while De Bruyne was the scorer for the English team.

Lyon's will face their 2009-2010 semi-final adversary, Bayern Munich, on August 19 at 19:00 UTC.

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Bayer Munich humiliates Barcelona and sails to the Champions League semi-finals
Robert Lewandovski scores for Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandovski scores for Bayern Munich Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Playing at the Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon, Bayern Munich crushed Barcelona, won 8:2 and qualified to the Champions League semi-finals.

The German side scored with Thomas Muller (twice), Philippe Coutinho (twice), Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski. Bayern became the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match.

Bayern will face Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-finals on August 19 at 19:00 UTC.

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RB Leipizig beat Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League semi-finals
RB Leipizig beat Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League semi-finals
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RB Leipzig overcame a defensive Atletico Madrid to reach their first Champions League semi-final. With a 2:1 victory, Leipzig ended the dream of Madrid to reach their third final in the last six years.

Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams scored for the German side, and João Felix scored for the Spanish.

RB Leipzig will face PSG on August 18 at 19:00 UTC for a spot in the Champions League final.

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Brazilian soccer team gets appeal at CBF (Brazilian Football Association) to line-up players who tested positive for Covid-19
Atletico-GO players
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At the end of Tuesday night, Atletico-GO managed to appeal to play against Flamengo the four players who tested positive for Covid-19

The club claims that the players are in the final stages of infection, have already complied with the quarantine protocol, and "no longer have the potential for disease transmission".

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PSG scores twice in stoppage-time to advance to Champions League semi-finals
PSG scores twice in stoppage-time to advance to Champions League semi-finals
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In the first UEFA Champions League match, PSG has beaten Atalanta 2:1, to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 25 years.

The game, played at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, was decided in the last minutes with PSG managing a comeback in dramatic fashion. Marquinhos got their equaliser in the 90th minute, with Choupo-Moting scoring the winner two minutes later.

PSG will face in semi-finals the winner of the game between RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid.

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UEFA Europa League semi-finals are set
UEFA Europa League semi-finals are set
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The line-up for the UEFA Europa League semi-finals to be played on August 16 and 17 is complete.

On Sunday, August 16, Sevilla will face Manchester United in Cologne,

Monday, August 17, will have Internazionale versus Shakhtar Donetsk playing in Dusseldorf.

All matches to be played at 19:00 (UTC).

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Brazilian league game is postponed due to 10 confirmed Covid-19 cases
Brazilian league game is postponed due to 10 confirmed Covid-19 cases
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The first Brazilian League matchday game between Goiás and São Paulo was postponed minutes before the planned kickoff after ten players from Goiás tested positive for Covid-19.

Test results were announced early Sunday morning when Goiás requested the postponement to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), but the decision only happened when both teams were lined up for the match.

Besides the ten players that tested positive Sunday, Goiás has three other confirmed cases of Covid-19 -- all of them already in quarantine.

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Andrea Pirlo is the new manager of Juventus
Andrea Pirlo is the new manager of Juventus
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Juventus announced Saturday Andrea Pirlo as their new coach just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri following the club's Champions League elimination against Lyon. Pirlo played four seasons with the Turin team, winning four Italian league titles, one Italian Cup and two Italian Super Cups.

Pirlo was appointed manager of Juventus' Under-23 side a month ago but has now signed a two-year contract to coach the first team.

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Juventus sacks Maurizio Sarri after Champions League elimination
Juventus sacks Maurizio Sarri after Champions League elimination
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Juventus have sacked Maurizio Sarri as manager after one season. The head coach signed a three-year contract last summer, after a year at Chelsea.

Sarri lead the "Vecchia Signora" to a ninth straight Serie A title, but the team was knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon at the last-16 stage, and lost the the Coppa Italia to Napoli.

The club released a statement thanking Sarri for "having written a new page in Juventus' history".