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Copa del Rey Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona

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FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao are expected to play one of the most attractive football games of the last 16 in the Spanish King' s Cup when they meet at the San Mames Stadium for the first leg clash here on Thursday night.

The tie is a repeat of the 2015 Cup final which Barcelona won 3-1 in their own Camp Nou stadium and also of last season' s quarter-final in which the Catalans also progressed.


Bayern Munich names Gerland as assistant coach to Ancelotti

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German football champions Bayern Munich announced on Tuesday that Hermann Gerland will succeed Paul Clement as an assistant to head coach Carlo Ancelotti with immediate effect.

Gerland was named after Clement requested a move to the English Premier League club Swansea City.


Copa del Rey: Celta, Atletico and Eibar register comfortable wins

Celta Vigo, Eibar and Atletico Madrid took huge steps towards the quarter-finals of the Spanish King's Cup football tournament as they won their first leg ties away from home.

Celta visited troubled Valencia on Tuesday night. Valencia had Voro Gonzalez back in the dugout after Cesare Prandelii resigned on December 30. But Voro's return was to little effect, as Celta raced into a 3-0 lead after just 19 minutes thanks to an Iago Aspas penalty and further goals from Theoo Bongonda and Daniel Wass.


Copa del Rey Preview: Real Madrid vs Sevilla

Real Madrid and Sevilla play one of the most interesting football ties in the last 16 of the Spanish King' s Cup knockout competition on Wednesday night when they clash in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The game is the first Madrid will play since winning the World Club Championship in Japan on December 18 and it will be interesting to see how they return after a two and a half week break from football.

Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla will play with Keylor Navas being rested for the La Liga game at home versus bottom of the table Granada on Saturday. With a relatively straightforward looking game at the weekend, it will be interesting to see if Real head coach Zinedine Zidane picks his strongest side on Wednesday against the side which lost to Barcelona in last season's Cup final.


La Liga: Cesare Prandelli latest to resign as Valencia Head Coach

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Italian Cesare Prandelli has resigned as head coach of Spanish football club Valencia after just 91 days in charge. Prandelli is thought to have resigned on Friday after the club informed him he would not be able to make the signing of up to five footballers he had asked for in the winter transfer window in order to strengthen the La Liga squad.


He leaves with Valencia fourth from bottom of the BBVA Primera Liga table with just 12 points from 15 matches, level with 18th placed Sporting Gijon, who currently occupy the last place in the relegation zone.


Ronaldo turns down 100 million euro salary offer from China

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has confirmed that the Portugal football team captain will not be considering a whopping 100 million euro ($104.6 million) annual salary offered by a Chinese Super League (CSL) club.

The 31-year-old's agent Jorge Mendes on Thursday explained to Sky Sport that an unnamed club has already offered Real Madrid 250 million euros ($264 million) to buy the four-time Ballon d'Or winner. According to Mendes, the Chinese club has offered to pay Ronaldo around $104.6 million per season; around five times more than what he is currently earning at the record European champions.


Darmstadt appoint Torsten Frings as new Head Coach

German football club Darmstadt has announced the appointment of former national star Torsten Frings as its new head coach, following the dismissal of Norbert Meier earlier this month.

The relegation-threatened Bundesliga club confirmed in an official statement on Tuesday that Frings has inked a deal lasting until June 2018. Frings takes over with immediate effect from interim coach Roman Berndorth.


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