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Ernesto Valverde appointed new FC Barcelona Head Coach

Catalan football giants FC Barcelona confirmed that former Athletic Club Bilbao head coach Ernesto Valverde has agreed on an initial two season contract as the successor to Luis Enrique, who leaves after nine trophies in three seasons in charge.

The appointment on Monday of the 53-year-old, who also played for Barcelona in the late 1980s, came less than a week after Valverde announced his departure from Athletic where he had spent the past four seasons.


AS Roma parts ways with Head Coach Luciano Spalletti

AS Roma on Tuesday announced that head coach Luciano Spalletti has decided not to renew the contract with the capital football giants who qualified for the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League by finishing second in the Serie A.

"AS Roma has parted company with coach Luciano Spalletti. The process to appoint a new coach is now underway," Roma said in a statement.


PSG seal late winner to clinch record 11th French Cup title

Paris Saint-Germain earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers as a late own goal in the final of the centennial edition allowed the capital club to lift the French Cup trophy for a record 11th time.

Angers defender Issa Cissokho was the unfortunate player to deflect the ball into his own net as a PSG's corner in stoppage time provided the match-winner.


Aubameyang penalty gives Borussia Dortmund a long overdue German Cup title

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty earned Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final at a sold out Berlin Olympia stadium.

After three straight final defeats, Borussia Dortmund on Saturday lifted the German Cup for the fourth time in the club's history as Thomas Tuchel's men overpowered resilient "Eagles" in a fast paced encounter.


Messi, Neymar score as Barcelona beat Alaves 3-1 to win Copa del Rey

Lionel Messi and Neymar, with one goal each against Alaves, were responsible for winning FC Barcelona's third straight Copa del Rey tourney 3-1. The two unstoppable superstars wrapped up the match just before halftime.

After failing to win the La Liga championship and having been eliminated in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, the Barcelona squad nonetheless closed the Luis Enrique era - this was his last game as Barca's head coach - by winning its third straight Copa del Rey tourney, a consolation prize for a team with no trophy in the big competitions this season.


Ronaldo joins Messi in the dock for tax fraud

The Spanish Tax Authorities (Agencia Tributaria) consider that Real Madrid football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo defrauded over 8 million euros ($8.95 million) by not correctly declaring his image rights for the period between 2011 and 2013, according to media reports in Spain.

The revelations were made on Thursday by radio stations Cadena Ser and Cadena Cope citing sources in the Spanish tax authorities.


Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 to win Europa League title

English Premier League (EPL) side Manchester United lifted the Europa League trophy with a 2-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam in the final, also securing an automatic spot in next season's UEFA Champions League group phase.

Injury-riddled Man United finished a mere sixth in the EPL and had to hinge on winning the Europa League as only the league's top four could qualify for the Champions League.


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