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May 29, 2017 8:29 PM Breaking: Barcelona confirm Ernesto Valverde as new coach

Barcelona have confirmed Ernesto Valverde as their new coach following Luis Enrique’s departure. According to them, “Ernesto Valverde is the new @FCBarcelona coach. Welcome, Ernesto!#HolaValverde.” Valverde, 53, stepped down from his role in charge of Athletic Bilbao last week having led the Basque club to seventh place in La Liga and Europa League qualification 15

May 29, 2017 7:21 PM Valverde officially replaces Luis Enrique as Barcelona manager

Barcelona have officially announced Ernesto Valverde as their new manager. The 53-year-old, who stepped down after four seasons at Athletic Bilbao, replaces Luis Enrique ahead of the 2017/2018 season. Barca in an official statement on Monday, confirmed Valverde has signed a two-year deal. “I have spoken personally with Ernesto Valverde and I told him of our decision 14

May 29, 2017 7:11 PM 4 facts about Barcelona's new head coach Ernesto Valverde

The 53-year-old Ernesto Valverde Tejedor is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward for Barcelona and other top La Liga clubs including Espanyol and Mallorca. The new Barca head coach has managed several top clubs in Spain including Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol, Villareal, Valencia as well as Olympiacos of Greece. He has been coaching since 13

May 29, 2017 6:07 PM Barcelona name Ernesto Valverde as new head coach

Spanish giants Barcelona have appointed Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach ahead of the coming season. Ernesto Valverde Tejedor is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward for Barcelona and other top La Liga clubs including Espanyol and Mallorca. Enrique was heavily criticized after his side's embarrassing 4-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain 11

May 28, 2017 8:47 AM Arsenal transfer news LIVE updates: £85m Belotti battle, Wenger latest, Sanchez exit

TRANSFER NEWS is coming thick and fast as the summer window approaches and Express Sport is on hand to take you through all the latest Arsenal gossip and rumours. 9.40: The Sun on Sunday claim Arsenal will go head to head with Chelsea this summer for Torino's £85million-rated striker Andrea Belotti. The Gunners are said to have had a £56m bid for the Italian 15

May 28, 2017 8:00 AM Copa del Rey: Barcelona defeat Alaves in final

Luis Enrique ended his stint at Barcelona with a third consecutive Copa del Rey title, after they beat Alaves 3-1 in the final on Saturday. The Catalans scraped past Atletico Madrid 3-2 in the semi-finals in February, with Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez both sent off. Against Alaves, Barca started nervously, before Lionel Messi opened scoring. Although 15

May 24, 2017 7:46 PM Lionel Messi retains Barcelona support despite losing tax fraud appeal

Lionel Messi retains the full support of his club Barcelona after his appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud was rejected by the Spanish supreme court on Wednesday. In July 2016, the 29-year-old Argentinian and his father Jorge were found guilty on three counts of defrauding the tax department to the tune of €4.1m (£3.5m). The pair took their 11

May 24, 2017 6:34 PM Messi loses appeal in tax fraud trial, but will not go to jail

Spain’s Supreme Court, Wednesday, rejected an appeal by FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, according to court documents. The five-times World Player of the Year is however unlikely to go to prison. Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three 12

May 24, 2017 2:50 PM Valdes to leave Boro after Premier League relegation

REUTERS: Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes will leave Middlesbrough following their relegation from the Premier League, the club said on Wednesday. Boro reached an agreement with the 35-year-old former Barcelona and Manchester United shot-stopper to cancel the second year of his contract. Valdes started 28 league games last season and Brad Guzan, who is also leaving 10

May 24, 2017 12:56 PM Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal. The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were in July 2016 found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland 15