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Real Madrid refuse to host Copa del Rey Final

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has said the Spanish footbtall club's home ground, the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, would not be available for the King's Cup final. The final will be played between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves on May 27.

Perez said on Thursday the final could not be played in Real Madrid's ground, which is the largest neutral ground available for the game "because there's work going on ... there's no other issue".


Argentina National Team Coach delighted with Messi's form

Argentina football coach Edgardo Bauza, presently touring Europe, has praised the professional level his team's talisman Lionel Messi has reached in recent months.

After attending a training session of Atletico Madrid on Thursday, Bauza said Messi seems to be doing well as he led his club FC Barcelona to reach the Cop del Rey final, and emphasised the player's steady development over the last two months, reports Efe.


Schalke, Dortmund advance to German Cup quarters

Schalke crushed second-division side Sandhausen 4-1 while Dortmund edged past Berlin 3-2 on penalties in the last 16 of the German Cup.

Schalke showed no mercy for Sandhausen as three first-half goals sealed the deal on Wednesday. The Royal Blues assumed control from the start while Sandhausen focused on a well-positioned defence. 


ADO Den Haag sign Fons Groenendijk as Head Coach

ADO Den Haag on Wednesday appointed Fons Groenendijk as new head coach for the remainder of the 2016-17 Eredivisie football season. Groenendijk succeeds Zeljko Petrovic, who was fired on Tuesday after a series of bad results.

The 52-year-old Groenendijk signed a deal until the end of the season with an option for two more years.


Mascherano ruled out for 2 weeks with thigh injury

FC Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano could be sidelined for a period of up to two weeks after it was confirmed that he has been injured in his left thigh.

After coming on to the field on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, to replace Denis Suarez in the 62nd minute, the 32-year-old ended the game with physical problems, reports Efe.


Henry finds coaching much harder than playing

French football great Thierry Henry believes that the work of a coach is harder than that of a player, judging from his current post as assistant coach of the Belgium national team.

In an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe on Wednesday, the former Arsenal and Barcelona player said that he is beginning to understand the priorities of a coaching post, as a simple mistake can have grave consequences, reports Efe.


Berizzo, N'Zonzi win La Liga Awards for January

Celta Vigo coach Eduardo Berizzo and Sevilla's midfielder Steven N'Zonzi were named as La Liga's best coach and footballer for January.

Under the leadership of Berizzo, Celta Vigo won three matches out of four in January, in which the team scored on six occasions and conceded only two goals, reports Efe. The Argentine manager also led the team to the semi-finals of the Cop del Rey after eliminating Real Madrid.


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