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Bielsa confirms Leeds United backroom staff as Benat Labaien leaves for Real Sociedad

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed his backroom staff at new club Leeds United after seeing Benat Labeien leave for Real Sociedad. After seeing Paul Heckingbottom sacked at Elland Road earlier this month, assistant Jamie Clapham, Nathan Winder and now – Labeien have left the English club. Labeien has taken a role with La Real, becoming an analyst for the Basque club ahead of next season and that has prompted new Leeds boss Bielsa to select his backroom staff for the new season. Bielsa, who flies into England later this week, has…

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LaLiga 2018 World Cup diary: Round-up of every match in Russia

Saturday, June 16 Group D: Argentina vs Iceland Lionel Messi’s Argentina were held by a solid Iceland team, in their opening game, as Messi missed a penalty. It took 19 minutes for Argentina to take the lead and it was Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero with the goal, as he took a left footed shot on the spin and powered it into the net. Four minutes later though, and Iceland were level as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s low cross to Bjarnason was saved by Willy Caballero, but Alfred Finnbogason was at hand to convert…

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Former Athletic Bilbao defender Jon Aurtenetxe set for Leeds United

Former Athletic Bilbao defender Jon Aurtenetxe set for Leeds United after Marcelo Bielsa takes over the English club. Aurtenetxe is currently a free agent after being allowed to leave Scottish Premier League club Dundee at the end of the season, but it is now being reported that he is about to sign terms with the Championship outfit and reunite with former Athletic boss Bielsa. The defender was a key member of Athletic’s successful Copa del Rey final and Europa League final runs in 2012 and enjoyed his best career spell…

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World Cup 2018: Our Writers’ Predictions

With the World Cup finally upon us, kicking off this afternoon with hosts Russia playing Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, it’s time for us here at La Liga News UK to bring you our writers’ predictions for the tournament. We have predicted our winner’s of the showpiece event, given who we think will be the tournament’s dark horse and biggest underachievers as well as which players we see winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards come the end of the competition. So let’s get to it,…

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European giants keep a close eye on Savic

Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic is believed to be in talks over a summer transfer away from the Wanda Metropolitano, with Juventus and Chelsea the two clubs in discussions with the Montenegrin defender. Sky Sports Italy report that the club, who yesterday announced that an agreement was in place to sign French winger Thomas Lemar, may sell 27 year-old Savic, who made 36 appearances for the club last season and was an unused substitute in the Europa League final against Marseille. Should Savic choose to move to Stamford Bridge, it…

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Lerma set for Premier League move as Bournemouth make £16m bid

AFC Bournemouth look set to make Levante’s Jefferson Lerma their first summer signing after making a £16 million bid for the midfielder. Sky Sports understand that a deal for Lerma, who is in Colombia’s World Cup squad, could rise to £19 million when add-ons are taken into account. 23 year-old Lerma signed a permanent deal at the Ciutat de València in 2016 having played for the squad on loan the season before. Although the club finished bottom of La Liga that year, Lerma impressed for the side, where he featured…

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Canada, Mexico, and U.S. awarded the 2026 World Cup

In what took a backseat to the more shocking news, FIFA was set to announce the host nation, or nations, for the 2026 World Cup. The joint bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States won the bid over Morocco and it was not particularly. The joint bid from the CONCACAF nations received 146 votes from FIFA member nations as opposed to only 46 for Morocco. It was a relative landslide. While infrastructure, stadiums, and other necessities needed to host a global event were taken into consideration, the biggest attraction…

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World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Argentina

Profile Nickname: La Albiceleste (The White And Sky-Blue) Group: D Best World Cup: Champions, 1978, 1986 Last World Cup: Runners-Up, 2014 Odds To Win: 9/1 (Bet365) How Did They Reach The World Cup? Argentina’s qualification to reach the World Cup in Russia was in no means a stroll in the park as many expected it to be. It got off to a disastrous start as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Ecuador, before being held to draws by Panama and Brazil. Things seemed to be getting better for La Albiceleste…

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World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Germany

Profile Nickname: Die Mannschaft Group: F Best World Cup: Champions 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 Last World Cup: Champions, 2014 Odds To Win: 9/2 (Bet365) How Did They Reach The World Cup? The team ranked number one in the FIFA Rankings were placed in Group C, along with Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino. Germany set new standards during their qualification phase, as they played 10, won 10, scored 43 goals and conceded only four. Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Sandro Wagner were among the top scorers…

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