Pellegrino leaves Alaves after Cup final defeat

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, May 29 : Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino said today he is leaving Spanish club Alaves after one year in charge. In his solitary season in the dugout the former Alaves defender lead the Basque club to their first King’s Cup final and a ninth-place finish in their first campaign back in […]

Former Barca assistant Unzue named new coach of Celta

By Rik Sharma MADRID, 28 May : Celta Vigo have appointed former Barcelona assistant Juan Carlos Unzue as their new coach on a two-year deal, the Spanish club announced today. Former goalkeeper Unzue was Luis Enrique’s right hand man at Celta in the 2013/14 season and followed him to Barcelona, where they won nine trophies […]

Five areas where Barcelona must improve in the new era

By Rik Sharma MADRID, May 28 : Barcelona salvaged some pride from a disappointing season when they lifted the King’s Cup on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Alaves but attention has already turned to how they can improve as the club begin a new era. Coach Luis Enrique is leaving and Barcelona president Josep […]

Tianjian Quanjian deny approach for Chelsea’s Costa

By Michael Church HONG KONG, May 23 : Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian distanced themselves today from a move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa when the league’s transfer window opens next month. The Brazil-born Spain international has been consistently linked to the Fabio Cannavaro-coached club since the turn of the year and speculation has […]

Ajax out to relive Van Gaal era in Europa League final

By Zoran Milosavljevic STOCKHOLM, May 22 : The shadow of Louis Van Gaal will loom over Manchester United and Ajax when the two teams coached by the Dutchman meet in the Europa League final on Wednesday. Van Gaal left contrasting legacies at the two clubs. He steered a vibrant Ajax side to the 1995 Champions […]