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La Liga to play on December 30-31
The LFP has announced that nine matches will be played on December 30, with the derby between Villarreal and Valencia a day later.
Valverde: Not vintage Athletic, but...
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao “weren’t brilliant” against Augsburg but was happy enough to secure Europa League progression with a 3-2 win.
Valverde: Think like we need to win
Ernesto Valverde has told Athletic Bilbao to approach the Europa League game with Augsburg as is it is a must-win match.
Valverde: Athletic deservedly punished
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao were deservedly punished for their mistakes during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Granada in La Liga.
Valverde plays down Muniain knock
Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde insists Iker Muniain’s recent thigh knock “isn’t important” and expects him to be back in full training next week.
Spain call up Nacho & De Marcos
Sergio Ramos and Juanfran have been replaced in the Spain squad by Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez and Athletic Bilbao right-back Oscar de Marcos.
Valverde hails Williams ‘golazo’
Ernesto Valverde paid tribute to Inaki Williams after the forward’s ‘golazo’ in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Espanyol.
Valverde wary of Espanyol ‘history’
Ernesto Valverde has warned Athletic Bilbao that Espanyol “have historically posed us problems” ahead of Sunday’s encounter at San Mames.
Borja & Valverde named October’s best
Eibar striker Borja Baston and Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde have been named La Liga’s player and Coach of the month for October respectively.
Aduriz frustrated by Spain snub
Aritz Aduriz admits he has been left frustrated by Vicente del Bosque’s hint that he is too old to play for Spain.
Valverde: Aduriz better with age
Ernesto Valverde has hailed Aritz Aduriz as a player who gets better with age after his 100th Athletic Bilbao goal on Thursday against Partizan Belgrade.
Del Bosque: Aduriz not the future
Vicente del Bosque has hinted that Aritz Aduriz does not have a future with Spain after revealing his three named strikers “represent our present and future”.
Valverde: Schedule hurts Athletic
Ernesto Valverde isn’t happy Athletic Bilbao are the early game on Sunday when they also play on Thursday, in the Europa League against Partizan Belgrade.
‘Athletic can’t relax’
Sabin Merino warned against Athletic Bilbao taking their foot off the pedal when Partizan Belgrade visit San Mames in the Europa League.
Athletic to double Williams clause
Athletic Bilbao want to raise Inaki Williams’ release clause in an effort to ward off interest from Everton, who have scouted the forward.
Valverde revels in 'best spell'
Ernesto Valverde revelled in the “best spell” of Athletic Bilbao's season after Sunday's 3-1 win at Real Betis.
Valverde eyeing winning run
Ernesto Valverde has urged Athletic Bilbao to achieve back-to-back La Liga wins for the first time this season when they travel to Real Betis on Sunday.
Abelardo rues Athletic opener
Sporting Gijon Coach Abelardo Fernandez believes it was Athletic Bilbao’s first goal that proved decisive as his side went down 3-0 at San Mames.
Valverde: Not an easy win
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde warned against assumptions the 3-0 win over Sporting Gijon came easily.
Valverde praises ‘ambitious’ Sporting
Ernesto Valverde has urged Athletic Bilbao to be wary of Sporting Gijon when they host the “ambitious” new boys on Monday.
Valverde revels in away triumph
Ernesto Valverde hailed Athletic Bilbao’s 2-0 Europa League win at Partizan Belgrade on Thursday as “one of our best away performances of the season”.
Valverde coy on selection
Ernesto Valverde gave nothing away regarding the Athletic Bilbao XI to play Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.
Valverde accepts Depor comeback
Ernesto Valverde accepted Athletic Bilbao’s 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday as “a fair result”, despite his side throwing away a two-goal lead.
Laporte loving life at Athletic
Aymeric Laporte has revealed that he is loving life at Athletic Bilbao, where “I hope to go as far as I can and win some trophies”.
Aduriz extends Athletic contract
Aritz Aduriz has signalled his intention to see out the remainder of his career with Athletic Bilbao by extending his contract until 2017.
La Liga enters Copa draw
The draw has been made for the Copa del Rey last 32, which sees La Liga clubs enter the competition for the first time this season.
‘Six years for La Liga games abroad’
LFP President Javier Tebas has clarified recent comments regarding La Liga matches being held outside Spain. ‘In five or six years…’
‘Spain seducing Laporte’
The Coach of the France Under-21 side has said Spain are ‘seducing’ Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte into switching allegiance.
Valverde & Jemez in Spain running?
Ernesto Valverde and Paco Jemez have been put forward as early frontrunners to replace Vicente del Bosque as Spain Coach after Euro 2016.
Barca in centre-back hunt?
Barcelona are reportedly looking to revamp their centre-back options with one of Aymeric Laporte, Marquinhos, Jose Maria Gimenez and John Stones.
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