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People hold placards reading "Free political prisoners" and "We want you at home" during a demonstration on July 14, 2018 in Barcelona, calling for the release of separatist leaders held over their role in the region's secession bid and the return of those who fled abroad into self-exile. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO

Thousands protest in Barcelona for release of Catalan leaders

Thousands of Catalans protested Saturday in Barcelona for the release of separatist leaders held over their role in the region's secession bid and the return of those who fled abroad into self-exile.
Ivan Rakitic will play his 71st game of the season in the final against France. Jean Catuffe-Getty Images

Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic promises ‘excess energy’ for World Cup final

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic insisted fatigue will not be an issue for the biggest game of his career despite being pushed to three periods of extra-time to make Sunday’s World Cup final.

Antoine Griezmann pens new 5-year Atletico Madrid deal

Antoine Griezmann has signed a new five-year contract at Atletico Madrid. His new deal ends any hope of Premier League clubs landing the Frenchman’s signature this summer.

Pedro Sanchez sworn in as Spain’s new prime minister

Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez has been sworn in as Spain's new prime minister a day after a vote of no-confidence booted his conservative People's Party (PP) rival Mariano Rajoy from power.

Santos: Barcelona can’t sign Rodrygo until Neymar debt paid

Santos president Jose Carlos Peres says they will not negotiate a deal with Barcelona for Rodrygo Goes while the La Liga champions still owe them money for Neymar.

Gremio: Arthur will not join Barcelona before December

Arthur will not be allowed to join Barcelona until the end of the Brazilian season, Gremio president Romildo Bolzan Junior has said.

Sergio Busquets: Barcelona wanted to finish the league undefeated

Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona’s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday.

Barcelona replace Real Madrid as strongest football brand – study

Barcelona have replaced Real Madrid as the strongest brand in football, according to a study carried out by the consultancy firm Brand Finance.

Griezmann belongs to us ‘as of today’ – Atletico president

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has refused to clarify the future of Antoine Griezmann, amid speculation the striker is set for a move to Barcelona.

Five things we learnt from El Clasico

Barcelona emerged from a thrilling Clasico the more satisfied on Sunday as the 10-man Catalans edged closer to a first unbeaten La Liga season following a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Champions League final

Zinedine Zidane is optimistic Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League final against Liverpool despite Real Madrid’s star player going off injured against Barcelona on Sunday.

Edmilson: Don’t be surprised if Neymar joins Real Madrid after World Cup

Former Barcelona midfielder Edmilson "wouldn't be too surprised" if Neymar left Paris Saint-Germain to join Real Madrid.

El Clasico of honour, as Real Madrid battles Barca

Real Madrid can transform their own season by beating Liverpool in this month’s Champions League final, and tomorrow, they can dent Barcelona’s by becoming the first team to defeat the Catalans in La Liga.

Real Madrid look to crash unbeaten Barcelona

Real Madrid can transform their own season by beating Liverpool in this month's Champions League final, and on Sunday they can dent Barcelona's by becoming the first team to defeat the Catalans in La Liga.

Luis Suarez: Barcelona critics are ignoring merits of La Liga domination

Luis Suarez believes Barcelona are not getting enough credit for their La Liga campaign due to their Champions League exit at the hands of Roma.

Barcelona bid to break record and restore morale with Valencia victory

Barcelona will break a 38-year record by avoiding defeat against Valencia on Saturday but the priority is rejuvenation following their Champions League nightmare in Rome.

Spanish press attacks Lionel Messi, coach Ernesto Valverde

The Spanish press questioned Lionel Messi and rounded on boss Ernesto Valverde after Barcelona’s shock Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Roma, Skysports reports.

Diego Costa back at Bernabeu for Atletico against Real Madrid

Diego Costa will walk out for his eighth Madrid derby on Sunday, four years since his last at the Santiago Bernabeu when he scored Atletico's winner.

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