Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Athletic Bilbao https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/ath-bilbao Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:44:52 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[REVEALED: Liverpool considered Laporte before his Man City move]]> <p>Liverpool considered former Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte before his move to Manchester City.</p><p>Goal says Liverpool were interested in signing Laporte prior to his move to City.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/revealed-liverpool-considered-laporte-before-his-man-city-move-4297046?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Liverpool considered former Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte before his move to Manchester City.

Goal says Liverpool were interested in signing Laporte prior to his move to City.

The report suggests Jurgen Klopp viewed the Frenchman as the ideal candidate to bolster their defence prior to signing Virgil Van Dijk.

However, City's long-standing interest and Athletic Bilbao demanding payment up front scuppered the deal.

Laporte later signed for the Citizens and became a key player under Pep Guardiola.

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<![CDATA[Man City eyeing defensive LaLiga trio]]> <p>Manchester City are eyeing the LaLiga transfer market for a new centre-half signing.</p><p>Having failed to find a replacement for former captain Vincent Kompany, City are now further exposed after Aymeric Laporte's knee injury. Surgery means the Frenchman is likely to miss the season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-city-eyeing-defensive-laliga-trio-4296815?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester City are eyeing the LaLiga transfer market for a new centre-half signing.

Having failed to find a replacement for former captain Vincent Kompany, City are now further exposed after Aymeric Laporte's knee injury. Surgery means the Frenchman is likely to miss the season.

TMW says City are studying the LaLiga for cover in January.

Real Betis defender Marc Bartra and Real Sociedad's Diego Llorente are both on the radar, along with Athletic Bilbao stopper Unai Nunez.

Bartra is a former Barcelona player and is known to City's front office.

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<![CDATA[Dani Garcia Q&A: Athletic Bilbao star on Aduriz, beating Barca & Europe]]> <p>It's been an exciting start to the season for Athletic Bilbao. We caught up with Dani Garcia for his thoughts - including that upset over Barcelona.</p><p><br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/dani-garcia-q-a-athletic-bilbao-star-on-aduriz-beating-barca-europe-4296549?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> It's been an exciting start to the season for Athletic Bilbao. We caught up with Dani Garcia for his thoughts - including that upset over Barcelona.


Question: That victory over FC Barcelona, decided like that with that late goal, what did it mean to all of you?

Answer: Listen, the fixtures are released and the first game is against Bara. Everyone says it's a complicated start. Now our morale is sky high after beating the reigning LaLiga champions.


Q: That goal by Aduriz, the beauty of it, the timing Is it all the more special for all of you and for him seeing as it's his final year with the team?

A: Yes, listen, I think it was a special moment for everyone. Both for him, coming on and scoring that goal, and for the team that pushed forward in that minute. And now we know that it's difficult for them to get to us if we sit back and defend. It's the first time I've beaten Bara and it was really exciting for me. And I think for him to score that goal, even more so.


Q: What was your take on the move?

A: It was a typical move of ours from a throw-in. And listen, a precise cross and an incredible strike. Since I've known Adu, since I came to the Basque Country to train, right away we practised crosses and shots and I was amazed at his finishing. And I think you see him putting the ball away in every training session We're not surprised that he scored that goal.


Q: In theory it was a difficult run of fixtures to start. As you were saying, Barcelona, Getafe, Real Sociedad. Did you put an emphasis on starting the season well, knowing that the poor start last season affected the rest of the campaign?

A: Yes, last year, when we were here in Lezama we didn't suffer because were working together and all that. But then off the pitch you do suffer from that bad run. They're tough times for everyone, both for us and our families, and I think that because we had that bad run, we want to up the intensity during the start of this season and try to get as many points as we can to set the tone for the year. I don't think anyone likes going through tough times and I think it's taught us a lesson.


Q: Since Gaizka Garitano has arrived the group dynamic has been very good, especially at home. You know each other really well, you made history at Eibar. You want to do the same at Athletic What's so special about that relationship, both on and off the pitch, between Gaizka and you?

A: I think that what makes it special is the confidence he has to tell me things and vice versa. If he had to put his faith in other players, I don't think there would be a problem. He's putting his faith in me. I'm very grateful and trying to pay him back with hard work. Also, I think Gaizka is, in his own words, a defensive coach. He likes order. I think that order is good for us. We want to use a high press too and to see if we can do it for 90 minutes and not just 45 or 60.


Q: Looking at your career, which is following a path shared with Ander Capa, with Yuri also from Eibar, with Gaizka. Along that path you're following in football, is it satisfying to have people you trust and who are your friends accompanying you down the same path?

A: Yes, I think I'm thrilled with the people I share a dressing room with. But also with the teammates who have come from Segunda B and Segunda to the First Division and there's a continuity. Morales, Jota, who's at Aston Villa, Raul Navas, Lillo, I don't know There are lots of us players from that year who have pushed our way into the top flight and you can see that promotion was no fluke.


Q: What does Gaizka Garitano give you? In terms of football, on a personal level

A: More than anything, hard work. I think that defensive organisation has been key. We have one of the best defences in the top flight, with some top-class centre-backs. I think we need to make the most of that. When we keep a clean sheet, we get really good results. We know we struggled away from home last year. Let's see if we can turn that around this year.


Q: What objectives are you setting yourself in terms of football for this season?

A: More than anything, as I said, last year everything was new for me. I think I've had a year to learn at Athletic and have to step it up a level compared to last year. I didn't at Eibar and now I hope I can here.


Q: And generally, in terms of your own objectives?

A: No, listen, I'm an ambitious guy and I think it's important to show ambition in life. But you also have to realise that LaLiga is a long haul and if you make a positive start, you'll set yourself different goals than if you start like we did last year.


Q: A dream yet to come true in football?

A: Playing in Europe. Last year was a huge blow, because I'm one of the players in this dressing room who hasn't played in Europe and I'm really eager to. Not just for me to play in Europe, but for my family and my girlfriend to come to watch me play somewhere else. Reaching the top It's not just Europe. If we reached the final of the Copa del Rey, that would be a dream come true for me. We're going to fight for it.

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<![CDATA[TOP 10: Youngest LaLiga goalscorers - Fati, Raul & Bojan]]> <p>Barcelona's 16-year-old Ansu Fati moved onto the podium of LaLiga's youngest-ever goalscorers last weekend. But he isn't No1. Here we have a rundown of the top ten...</p><p><br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/top-10-youngest-laliga-goalscorers-fati-raul-bojan-4296550?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Barcelona's 16-year-old Ansu Fati moved onto the podium of LaLiga's youngest-ever goalscorers last weekend. But he isn't No1. Here we have a rundown of the top ten...


1. FABRICE OLINGA - 16 years, 3 months, 6 days: Mlaga vs RC Celta (2012/13)

The then-16-year-old Cameroonian made history on the opening day of the 2012/13 season, scoring the only goal of the game in his debut for the club against RC Celta. After coming through the Samuel Eto'o Foundation in his home country, the forward made his way to Mlaga via RCD Mallorca and played for them a handful of times in 2012/13 and 2013/14. He currently plays for Mouscron in Belgium.



2. IKER MUNIAIN - 16 years, 9 months, 15 days: Athletic vs Real Valladolid (2009/10)

Iker Muniain had actually already scored twice for Athletic Club by the time he netted his first LaLiga goal, against Young Boys and Austria Wien in European competition at the start of the 2009/10 season. But it wasn't until Matchday 6 that he netted in a 2-2 draw against R. Valladolid to become the youngest ever scorer in Spain's top flight before overtaken by Olinga a few years later.



3. ANSU FATI - 16 years, 10 months: Barcelona vs Osasuna (2019/20)

Ansu Fati is the latest youngster to burst out of Barcelona's La Masa academy. The striker became the second-youngest player to ever play a LaLiga game for the club on Matchday 2 vs Real Betis, and went one better in Matchday 3, becoming the third youngest goalscorer in LaLiga Santander history with his header against Osasuna in a 2-2 draw.



4. XISCO NADAL - 16 years, 11 months, 19 days: Villarreal vs Espanyol (2002/03)C

Although he has spent most of his career in the lower divisions of Spanish football, Xisco Nadal touched the sky right at the beginning of his career. He'll never forget the last-minute equaliser for Villarreal in a 2-2 draw at Espanyol at the end of the 2002/03 season.



5. JUAN MENA - 17 years, 1 month, 6 days: Valencia vs RC Celta (1941/42)

For several decades, the league's youngest scorer was Juan Mena who netted the seventh goal in a 7-3 Valencia victory over RC Celta back in December 1941 on his debut appearance for Los Che. They went on to claim the LaLiga title the season, the first in the club's history.



6. BOJAN KRKIC - 17 years, 1 month, 22 days: Barcelona vs Villarreal (2007/08)

The 2007/08 season was a disappointing one for Barcelona. It wasn't, however, for Bojan Krki, who cemented his reputation as one of Europe's young rising stars. The Blaugrana's disappointing 3-1 defeat to Villarreal on Matchday 8 was unexpectedly memorable as he netted his first-ever goal in Spain's top division, slotting him a defence-splitting pass from Lionel Messi.



7. ALBERTO RIVERA - 17 years, 3 months, 22 days: Real Madrid vs RC Celta (1994/95)

Alberto Rivera's short Real Madrid career could hardly have gotten off to a better start, scoring against RC Celta after coming on for his debut in a 2-0 win towards the end of Real Madrid's title-winning 1994/95 season. He never quite made the grade at Real Madrid, but racked up almost 300 LaLiga appearances representing Numancia, Levante, Real Betis, R. Sporting and Elche.



8. JUANMI - 17 years, 3 months, 23 days: Mlaga vs R. Zaragoza (2010/11)

After making a few appearances in the 2009/10 season and even scoring in the Copa del Rey, then-teenager Juanmi saw increased playing time with Malaga the following season and scored his first league goal on Matchday 2 against R. Zaragoza. He netted his second just 20 minutes later in a 5-3 win. The Malaga native signed for Real Betis this summer after a successful three-year stint at Real Sociedad.



9. RAUL GONZALEZ - 17 years, 4 months, 10 days: Real Madrid vs Atltico (1994/95)

After impressing so much for Real Madrid's reserve sides at the start of the 1994/95 season, first-team coach Jorge Valdano trusted Ral enough to promote him to his squad. In just his second league appearance, he started in the Madrid derby and repaid his manager's trust by scoring in a 4-2 win that helped Real Madrid on the way to a LaLiga title. The rest, as they say is history: Raul went down in history as one of the club's all-time greats and ranks among the five all-time top appearance makers in LaLiga Santander history (550).



10. ANDER BARRENETXEA - 17 years, 4 months, 15 days: Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid (2018/19)

Barrenetxea became the first player born in the 21st century to play in LaLiga Santander in the 2018/19 season, during which he also scored his first goal for his hometown club Real Sociedad on Matchday 37 against no less than Real Madrid in a 3-1 win.

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<![CDATA[Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams confirms Man Utd summer contact]]> <p>Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams has revealed summer contact with Manchester United.</p><p>Speaking to Cadena Ser, Williams has confirmed he did speak to United before he signed a new nine-year deal with the Basque giants. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/athletic-bilbao-striker-inaki-williams-confirms-man-utd-summer-contact-4296360?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams has revealed summer contact with Manchester United.

Speaking to Cadena Ser, Williams has confirmed he did speak to United before he signed a new nine-year deal with the Basque giants.

"I had contact from Manchester United but I cannot tell you who it was," Williams said.

"My number one option has always been to stay at Athletic Club and to retire here. Joining Real Sociedad? No, I could never go there. 100 per cent."

The new deal, which takes Williams through until 2028, includes a 125m release clause.

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<![CDATA[Moreno warns Chelsea keeper Kepa not to relax]]> <p>Spain coach Robert Moreno insists he has no outright No1 goalkeeper.</p><p> Kepa Arrizabalaga appears to have consolidated his place as Moreno's fixed No1 in recent months, but the coach insists that the Chelsea goalkeeper isn't a guaranteed name in the starting XI.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/moreno-warns-chelsea-keeper-kepa-not-to-relax-4295947?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Spain coach Robert Moreno insists he has no outright No1 goalkeeper.

Kepa Arrizabalaga appears to have consolidated his place as Moreno's fixed No1 in recent months, but the coach insists that the Chelsea goalkeeper isn't a guaranteed name in the starting XI.

"I don't have a starting goalkeeper," Moreno insisted.

"It may or may not change. I'll keep with the same message.

"All three are at a very high level and I want them to give me sleepless nights.

"They've all trained very well, but I won't say that one is my goalkeeper."

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<![CDATA[David de Gea's funk: Why Kepa proves Man Utd No1 desperately needs change]]> <p>COMMENT: He needs a break. David de Gea. Whether it be a change of luck or new destination. The Manchester United goalkeeper needs something to fall his way to end this funk that is enveloping him.</p><p>The latest setback was last night. Spain's shaky victory over Romania. A triumph earned in no small way to the La Roja man between the posts. Only it wasn't the United keeper. De Gea had to make do with a place on the bench. No, the player being celebrated today in Spain is Kepa Arrizabalaga, of Chelsea. From the same competition. From a club of similar level. There can be no accusations of bias leveled at Spain coach Robert Moreno. He simply went with what he thought best for the game - and was rewarded with a five-star performance. The local press and media unanimous: in Kepa Spain have their new No1.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/david-de-gea-s-funk-why-kepa-proves-man-utd-no1-desperately-needs-change-4295805?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> COMMENT: He needs a break. David de Gea. Whether it be a change of luck or new destination. The Manchester United goalkeeper needs something to fall his way to end this funk that is enveloping him.

The latest setback was last night. Spain's shaky victory over Romania. A triumph earned in no small way to the La Roja man between the posts. Only it wasn't the United keeper. De Gea had to make do with a place on the bench. No, the player being celebrated today in Spain is Kepa Arrizabalaga, of Chelsea. From the same competition. From a club of similar level. There can be no accusations of bias leveled at Spain coach Robert Moreno. He simply went with what he thought best for the game - and was rewarded with a five-star performance. The local press and media unanimous: in Kepa Spain have their new No1.

Indeed, those inside Moreno's extended backroom are now saying there's no guarantee of De Gea making the bench in the future. Pau Lopez, Tottenham's former third stringer and now AS Roma's outright No1, impressing coaching staff this week. Moreno making it clear as the players assembled for this international round that he regarded all three keepers as his potential No1. And as was shown last night, these were no empty words.

So what's happened? How has De Gea's crowned slipped? Well, again from inside Moreno's camp, it has come down to personality. Kepa is a bigger character than De Gea. Louder. And it's something Moreno appreciates in his goalkeepers. Where predecessor Luis Enrique refused to budge - always supporting De Gea, even during and after his disastrous World Cup in Russia, his assistant did have his doubts.

Indeed at the end of last season, when Kepa was selected ahead of De Gea for the Euros qualifier with Sweden, it was Moreno, not Enrique who gave the most robust reasoning for the choice. His Spain teammates may've been impressed by De Gea's face being the first they saw upon their gathering at the Ciudad del Ftbol - but that wasn't enough to win Moreno around.

And that's just it. De Gea has been trying to snap this slump. To break out of this funk. Always one for introspection. To consider where and how he can do better. Near the end of last season, De Gea gathered his trusted support team, including his father and United coach Emilio Alvarez, to look at every aspect of his game. The faults. The lapses. It was no holds barred. The Spaniard recognised something was wrong - and was determined to fix it. Even once the season was over, De Gea skipped his summer break and instead sought permission from the RFEF to use their facilities at the Ciudad del Ftbol. A coach and gym manager were even brought in to help De Gea during the near fortnight.

So he has been trying, has De Gea. But it just hasn't been falling his way. His name no longer mentioned among the elite of the game. Not by the media - and crucially not by his peers. Indeed, given the opinion of Moreno, he's not even regarded as the best Spain has. But as we say, this hasn't been from a want of trying.

So something has to give. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has be across it. The United manager doesn't want to lose his No1. Unlike those before him - Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal - Solskjaer took the job wanting to work with De Gea. The thought of replacing the Spaniard has never crossed his mind.

But something has to change for De Gea. Whether it be as a United player, or elsewhere, he needs something new. Solskjaer has added Richard Hartis to his staff this season to work alongside Alvarez. A new voice. A fresh set of eyes. It could make the difference.

The one constant in Kepa's career these past three seasons has been change. In his final season with Athletic Bilbao, he saw Aitor Iru replaced by Imanol Etxeberria, before moving to Chelsea, where again Italian keeper coach Massimo Nenci was replaced by Henrique Hilario this season. For all that upheaval, no-one can argue it's worked against the 24 year-old's development.

With De Gea's contract running down and that new 350,000-a-week offer remaining unsigned, Hartis could be the last roll of the dice for United. But he was primarily hired as a development coach. His expertise is bringing through youth players.

De Gea is in a slump. There's no doubt about it. And he's struggling to break out of it. After eight years of progress with the club, De Gea's career has hit a brick wall.

Whether it be luck or a new destination, United's No1 needs a change to get his game back on the rails.

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<![CDATA[Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad spy deal for Chelsea defender Azpilicueta]]> <p>Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.</p><p>Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender's blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/athletic-bilbao-real-sociedad-spy-deal-for-chelsea-defender-azpilicueta-4295572?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.

Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender's blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.

New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fast-tracking academy full back Reece James back to fitness after ankle surgery in the summer.

He may even be ready to play some part in the next Premier League game - at Wolves on Saturday week, says The Sun.

That will put added pressure on long-serving Azpilicueta who has been at Chelsea for seven years and is the club captain.

Bilbao and Real Sociedad are optimistic they will be able to persuade Azpilicueta to cut his losses and return back to the Basque region of Spain where he was born.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea keeper Kepa: Snubbed by Zidane? Hazard at Real Madrid]]> <p>Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has no regrets missing out on a move to Real Madrid.</p><p>Six months before joining Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao, Kepa was set to sign for Real before the move was blocked by their coach Zinedine Zidane.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-keeper-kepa-snubbed-by-zidane-hazard-at-real-madrid-4295508?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has no regrets missing out on a move to Real Madrid.

Six months before joining Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao, Kepa was set to sign for Real before the move was blocked by their coach Zinedine Zidane.

He recalled: "There was too much talk. I had a few months in which you saw me every day in the media. It was a situation where I was free and I could listen to several important clubs in Europe. But I decided to renew and then I didn't have in mind that Chelsea would come in with 80m.

"It had a lot of focus on me for good as well as for bad."

Kepa also spoke of Eden Hazard's move from Chelsea to Real, adding: "He had the opportunity to stay at Chelsea and had the opportunity to come to Madrid. He will adapt well to LaLiga and Madrid. He has everything to succeed. For me he was the best player in the Premier.

"Now he has some players around him who are going to help him exploit his full potential."

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<![CDATA[LALIGA RECAP: More Fati Barca history; Monreal & Burke arrive; Bilbao win derby]]> <p>A recap of what has been going on in LaLiga this past week, among European draws and awards, derby drama and a 16-year-old goalscorer.</p><p><br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/laliga-recap-more-fati-barca-history-monreal-burke-arrive-bilbao-win-derby-4295440?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> A recap of what has been going on in LaLiga this past week, among European draws and awards, derby drama and a 16-year-old goalscorer.


ATLTICO MADRID SIT TOP OF THE TABLE

After three LaLiga Santander rounds, just one team with a 100 percent record remains. Atleti fought back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 home win over Eibar, taking them top with nine points from a possible nine. Athletic Club and Sevilla are currently the closes challengers on seven points each.


ANSU FATI MAKES HISTORY AGAIN

One week after becoming the second-youngest player to ever play for Barcelona, Ansu Fati become the Catalan club's youngest-ever scorer. By scoring against Osasuna at 16 years and 304 days of age, he also became the third-youngest scorer in the entire history of Spain's top division. Only Fabrice Olinga, at 16 years and 98 days, and Iker Muniain, at 16 years and 289 days, scored at an earlier age.


LALIGA'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PARTICIPANTS LEARN THEIR FATE

Barcelona, Atltico de Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia found out who their group stage opponents will be. The Catalan club were drawn into the competition's 'group of death' along with Borussia Dortmund, Inter and Slavia Prague while Diego Simeone's Atleti will face Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow. Real Madrid, Champions League winners in four of the last six seasons, take on PSG, Club Brugge and Galatasaray while Los Che will face Chelsea, Ajax and Lille.


THREE SPANISH SIDES IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

Espanyol's reward for their long journey through the summer qualifiers was to be drawn in a group together with CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets and Ferencvros. Getafe will meet Basel, Krasnodar and Trabzonspor on their return to Europe while Sevilla were handed fixtures against APOEL, Qaraba and Dudelange.


DE JONG, MESSI AND HAZARD WINS AWARDS

Several LaLiga players picked up awards recognising their performances during the 2018/19 season as the stars of European football met for the Champions League and Europa League draws. Lionel Messi was named Forward of the Season, Frenkie de Jong the Midfielder of the Season and Eden Hazard the Europa League Player of the Season.


NACHO MONREAL RETURNS TO SPAIN

Real Sociedad have secured the signing of Spain international Nacho Monreal, who leaves Arsenal after more than six years in North London. The left-back came through the ranks at Osasuna and also represented Malaga CF in LaLiga Santander.


A SCOTTISH PLAYER IN LALIGA SANTANDER

D. Alavs have secured the loan signing of Oliver Burke. When the winger debuts for the Basque club, he'll become the first Scottish player to play in LaLiga Santander since Alan Hutton represented RCD Mallorca. Burke's arrival increases the league's British contingent to four along with Atleti's Kieran Trippier, Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Jack Harper at Getafe.


ATHLETIC CLUB WIN BASQUE DERBY AGAINST REAL SOCIEDAD

Real Sociedad's run of three consecutive victories in the derby against their rivals Athletic Club came to an end on Friday night at San Mams. Goals from Iaki Williams and Ral Garca earned the team from Bilbao a 2-0 win and the bragging rights in the Basque Country.


TAKEFUSO KUBO MAKES LALIGA SANTANDER DEBUT

18-year-old Japanese prodigy Takefusa Kubo made his LaLiga Santander debut this weekend, coming off the bench in Mallorca's 2-0 loss at Valencia. The hyped youngster has just joined the islanders on loan from Real Madrid, for whom he starred in pre-season. Expect big things from Kubo this season.


LEGANES GET THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

By signing Guido Carrillo on another loan deal, Legans have restored the strike force with which they finished last season so strongly. With Carrillo joining Martin Braithwaite and Youssef En-Nesyri, the Pepineros will feel confident about scoring goals this season.

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