Europa League: Marco Reus treble powers Borussia Dortmund, Southampton crash out
Europa League: Marco Reus treble powers Borussia Dortmund, Southampton crash out

Marcos Reus scored a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund cruised into the Europa League group stage on Thursday with Athletic Bilbao and Ajax also advancing alongside Azerbaijani clubs Qarabag and Gabala, but England`s Southampton crashed at the first hurdle

Athletic, Dortmund, Southampton in scramble for Europa League group stage berths
Athletic, Dortmund, Southampton in scramble for Europa League group stage berths

Athletic Bilbao need to turn around a first leg home loss in Thursday`s Europa League play-off second leg action to book their spot in the group stage with Borussia Dortmund, Southampton and Ajax also looking to advance.

Real Madrid held on Rafael Benitez bow, Barcelona win in Bilbao
Real Madrid held on Rafael Benitez bow, Barcelona win in Bilbao

Rafael Benitez`s reign as Real Madrid boss got off to a poor start as his side of star names were held 0-0 by newly-promoted Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Jordi Alba back for Barcelona's La Liga opener at Athletic Bilbao
Jordi Alba back for Barcelona's La Liga opener at Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona have a fit-again Jordi Alba available for Sunday`s opening La Liga match of the campaign at Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish and European champions said on Saturday.

La Liga 2015-16: Gameweek 1 - Preview
La Liga 2015-16: Gameweek 1 - Preview

Barcelona won`t have to wait long to try to correct the errors that saw them lose the Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao as they return to San Mames on Sunday in their La Liga opener.

Barcelona facing tough task to retain La Liga title
Barcelona facing tough task to retain La Liga title

Champions Barcelona begin their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday knowing that fellow heavyweights Real Madrid could, unusually, be just one of several challengers for their crown.

Gerard Pique banned for four matches over Spanish Super Cup red card
Gerard Pique banned for four matches over Spanish Super Cup red card

Barcelona centre back Gerard Pique has been banned for four matches by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) after he was sent off for insulting a linesman in Monday`s Spanish Super Cup second leg against Athletic Bilbao.

Gerard Pique denies insulting linesman
Gerard Pique denies insulting linesman

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has denied using abusive language towards a linesman that saw him sent-off in his side`s Spanish Super Cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao and could see him banned for the first four La Liga games of the season.

Bilbao Super Cup party on hold as Europe trip awaits
Bilbao Super Cup party on hold as Europe trip awaits

Athletic Bilbao`s Spanish Super Cup victory over Barcelona prompted immense joy in the Basque city but the players cannot afford to soak it up for too long with Thursday`s Europa League playoff looming.

Ernesto Valverde ends long wait for silverware with Bilbao
Ernesto Valverde ends long wait for silverware with Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao`s Spanish Super Cup victory against Barcelona not only earned them their first major trophy in 31 years but also ended coach Ernesto Valverde`s long wait for silverware with the Basque club he represented as a player.

Spanish Super Cup: Athletic Bilbao hold Barcelona to end 31-year trophy drought
Spanish Super Cup: Athletic Bilbao hold Barcelona to end 31-year trophy drought

Athletic Bilbao claimed their first trophy in 31 years as they held onto a commanding 4-0 first leg lead against 10-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate.

Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona still believe despite four-goal deficit
Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona still believe despite four-goal deficit

Barcelona need to produce a monumental fightback on Monday to add the Spanish Super Cup to the four trophies they have already won in 2015 as they trail Athletic Bilbao 4-0 heading into the second leg.

Barcelona thrashed 4-0 by Aduriz-inspired Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona thrashed 4-0 by Aduriz-inspired Athletic Bilbao

European champions Barcelona were stunned by an Aritz Aduriz hat-trick and brilliant opener from Mikel San Jose as Athletic Bilbao took a 4-0 lead into the second-leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Pedro future overshadows Barca`s Super Cup success
Pedro future overshadows Barca`s Super Cup success

Barcelona can take a big step towards a fifth trophy in 2015 when they face Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup on Friday, just three days after sealing the UEFA Super Cup with a remarkable 5-4 extra time win over Sevilla.

Athletic Bilbao hold out in Baku to advance in Europa League
Athletic Bilbao hold out in Baku to advance in Europa League

Athletic Bilbao did just enough to reach the Europa League play-offs by holding Inter Baku of Azerbaijan 0-0 in their third qualifying round second leg tie on Thursday.

 

Barcelona fined over whistling at Spain`s king
Barcelona fined over whistling at Spain`s king

Spanish authorities Monday moved to fine FC Barcelona 66,000 euros ($67,000) and Athletic Bilbao 18,000 euros over last season`s Cup final where fans of the Catalan and Basque sides whistled Spain`s King Felipe VI.

Andres Iniesta expects to be fit for final
Andres Iniesta expects to be fit for final

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has played down concerns he could miss Saturday`s Champions League final with a calf problem picked up in last weekend`s Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao.

Barca coach Luis Enrique sets sights on treble
Barca coach Luis Enrique sets sights on treble

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique allowed himself a brief moment to savour Saturday`s King’s Cup triumph over Athletic Bilbao before quickly turning his attention to the Champions League final against Juventus, the last leg of their treble tilt.

Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona win 27th Copa del Rey
Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona win 27th Copa del Rey

A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona sealed a league and Cup double as they swept aside Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey for a 27th time on Saturday.

Barca target second leg of treble in home Cup final
Barca target second leg of treble in home Cup final

Barcelona can move another step closer to just the second treble in the club`s storied 115-year history when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.