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Algeria hostage crisis 'ongoing', says Foreign Office - live updates

Algeria hostage crisis 'ongoing', says Foreign Office - live updates | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
• Algerian forces thought to be searching gas complex • Up to 30 hostages may have been killed • Some deaths and injuries, says Algeria • Cameron cancels EU speech and will chair Cobra meeting • PM statement to Commons this morning...
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Football Weekly: Barcelona write themselves into history - The Guardian

Football Weekly: Barcelona write themselves into history - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Champions League glory for Barça. Plus: the Women's World Cup and our predictions for next season in an end-of-term extravaganza

 

Well, gang, it's the final Football Weekly of the season, and AC Jimbo has Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and John Ashdown choking back the tears, and Sid Lowe on the phone providing the hankies.

 

We start of course in Berlin where Barcelona won their second treble and fourth Champions League trophy in a decade. Does that make Luis Enrique Pep 2.0 or is he actually the new Roberto Di Matteo? And what of Juventus – who will be staying at, retiring from or leaving the Old Lady? Questions, listeners, questions …

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It’s the Sids 2015! The complete review of La Liga 2014-15 | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

It’s the Sids 2015! The complete review of La Liga 2014-15 | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
From the players who rescued a homeless 85-year-old to the club that advertises a brothel on its scoreboard, it is time for the annual end-of-season Spanish football awards
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The gifs that keep on giving: Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, LeBron James and Michael Jordan - The Guardian

The gifs that keep on giving: Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, LeBron James and Michael Jordan - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Featuring two of the greatest footballers of their generation, Thibaut Courtois jumping over Eden Hazard, Dani Alves on an escalator and a dodgy keeper
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Dani Alves on extending Barcelona contract: I followed my heart – video - The Guardian

Dani Alves on extending Barcelona contract: I followed my heart – video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Dani Alves says his heart told him to stay at Barcelona, despite receiving 'interesting offers' from other clubs
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Barcelona extend Luis Enrique’s contract until end of 2016-17 - The Guardian

Barcelona extend Luis Enrique’s contract until end of 2016-17 - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona have extended Luis Enrique’s contract until the end of the 2016-17 season following their victory in the Champions League final

 

Luis Enrique has confirmed he will stay on as the head coach of the treble winners Barcelona by signing a contract extension. He is now committed to the club until the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

 

A degree of doubt had surrounded his future before the Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Tuesday that a deal due to expire next year had been increased by a further 12 months.

Enrique, who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid before turning to coaching, led Barcelona to the Champions League, Primera Division and Copa del Rey titles in the 2014-15 season.

The club tweeted: “President Bartomeu has announced Luis Enrique’s contract extension for another season.”...

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Barcelona mayor-elect Ada Colau calls for more 'feminised' democracy - The Guardian

Barcelona mayor-elect Ada Colau calls for more 'feminised' democracy - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Colau, set to become city’s first female mayor, says awareness of a ‘kidnapped democracy’ has given rise to grassroots activism


Ada Colau, who will be sworn is as Barcelona’s first female mayor next Saturday, has spoken in her most far-ranging interview yet about the need for a more “feminised” democracy.

 

“We can feminise politics,” she told Amy Goodman, host of the progressive US news programme Democracy Now!, “not just by putting more women in positions of power but also through values and by demonstrating that cooperation is more effective and enjoyable than competitiveness.”

 

Colau, an anti-eviction activist turned elected politician, said she had a list of 30 tasks to achieve during her first few months in office. These centre on job creation, guaranteeing basic rights and fighting corruption...

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Lionel Messi names the six toughest opponents of his career - Give Me Sport

Lionel Messi names the six toughest opponents of his career - Give Me Sport | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has named his six toughest opponents - but does Cristiano Ronaldo feature?

 

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has named the six toughest opponents he has faced during his career so far.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner, considered by some as the greatest footballer of all time, named club teammates Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Xavi amongst the six. He then set his sights away from the Camp Nou, naming Bayern Munich duo Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery, along with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi refused to select one player in particular as the toughest opponent he has faced, saying it was too difficult a task...

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2015 Champions League Final: Juventus 1-3 Barcelona – in pictures - The Guardian

2015 Champions League Final: Juventus 1-3 Barcelona – in pictures - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
All the best images from Olympiastadion in Berlin as Barcelona overcome Juventus to secure their fifth European Cup crown and also the treble.
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Lucas Orlandella's curator insight, June 17, 12:27 AM

The best images in HD quality are in front of your eyes. Click and see the photographs about the previous, jokes, players, hightlights, etc. And you can also search you in the photos and share them where ever you want!

 

Cup: Copa

Stadium: Estadio

Penalty area: Area de penal

Celebration: Celebracion

Fanatics: Fanaticos

Equaliser: igualdad

Free kick: Tiro libre

Dejection: desaliento/desanimo. 

Stephanie Jaschek's comment, June 19, 10:22 AM
good, and the rest of the glossaries?
Lucas Orlandella's comment, June 24, 3:47 PM
22/06 was corrected !
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Barcelona fans celebrate the night away after Champions League final victory - video - The Guardian

Barcelona fans celebrate the night away after Champions League final victory - video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Barcelona fans gather at the iconic Las Ramblas boulevard on Saturday to celebrate their team winning the Champions League
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Dani Alves signs new two-year contract with Barcelona - The Guardian

Dani Alves signs new two-year contract with Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Manchester United’s hopes of signing Brazil defender Dani Alves have been dealt a major blow after Barcelona announced the 32-year-old has signed a new two-year contract
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Barcelona fans welcome home team after becoming kings of Europe again – video - The Guardian

Barcelona fans welcome home team after becoming kings of Europe again – video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of fans attend a victory parade and stadium celebration on Sunday after Barcelona were crowned champions of Europe for a fifth time
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Luis Enrique to continue as Barcelona manager after Champions League win - The Guardian

Luis Enrique to continue as Barcelona manager after Champions League win - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona president has announced Luis Enrique will continue as head coach of the Catalan club after he guided them to a treble in his first season

 

Luis Enrique is set to continue as Barcelona’s manager after guiding the club to a treble in his debut season, according to the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who also admitted the club are “closely monitoring” the Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

 

Speaking to Catalunya Radio, Bartomeu said: “I have no doubt regarding Luis Enrique’s continuity. He is under contract and has done a magnificent job.

“I don’t see any impediments for him to continue in a team who have started a winning cycle. I see him as being very enthusiastic. If I am re-elected as president, one of the things I will do is offer Luis Enrique a contract extension.”...

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The Dozen: the weekend's best football photos - The Guardian

The Dozen: the weekend's best football photos - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
From the Champions League final to the Women’s World Cup and the international friendlies, we round up our favourite pictures
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Joan Laporta launches Barcelona campaign with Eric Abidal as assistant - The Guardian

Joan Laporta launches Barcelona campaign with Eric Abidal as assistant - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

the GuardianThe Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has lined up the club’s former defender Eric Abidal to be his technical secretary

 

Joan Laporta has lined up the former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal to be his technical secretary if he wins next month’s presidential election.

 

Laporta, who held the top job at Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, is one of the frontrunners along with the incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Abidal, 35, played for Barça between 2007 and 2013 and made a successful return after undergoing a liver transplant in 2012. He joined the Ligue 1 side Monaco in July 2013 and announced his retirement as a player in December after a brief stint with Olympiakos.

 

“Barça is more than a club and I wanted to carry on working and maintain a link to that,” Abidal, who would help oversee their transfer market dealings, said...

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Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta enters election battle - The Guardian

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta enters election battle - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed he will run in next month’s presidential election
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Viral video: Top Gear team reunite, Orange is the New Black and Neymar - The Guardian

Viral video: Top Gear team reunite, Orange is the New Black and Neymar - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond tow the (caravan) line, Shia LaBeouf gets motivational and The Muppets do hip-hop in their own special way
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Lionel Messi to face trial over alleged €4.1m tax fraud - The Guardian

Lionel Messi to face trial over alleged €4.1m tax fraud - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi is to face trial over an alleged €4.1m tax fraud after an appeal made by his lawyers was rejected

 

A Barcelona court has thrown out an appeal lodged by the lawyers of Lionel Messi, paving the way for the Barcelona forward to stand trial for alleged tax fraud.

 

In a decision made public on Wednesday, the provincial high court in Barcelona said it believed there was evidence that Messi – whether knowingly or not – benefited from a complex network of companies that kept €4.1m (£3m) from Spanish tax authorities between 2007 and 2009...

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Vintage Barcelona display suggests Champions League legacy has a future - The Guardian

Vintage Barcelona display suggests Champions League legacy has a future - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s third Champions League title in six years was as remarkable for the continuity with which it was delivered as much as the style in which it was achieved

 

The holy grail of becoming the first team to retain the Champions League remains unclaimed but this Barcelona, after winning a third European title in seven years on Saturday, can surely be regarded now as not merely a great team but a great dynasty.

 

This Barça perhaps now stand comparison with the Real Madrid team that won the first five European Cups. That is not to say that winning three times in seven years with three semi-final appearances is greater than winning five in a row, it’s to say that the core of this Barça side has remained more consistent than the core of that Madrid one; that – remarkably in this age of transfer-market frenzy – this Barcelona have managed to keep winning with essentially the same players...

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Homily to Catalonia: the nun entering Spain's regional politics - The Guardian

Homily to Catalonia: the nun entering Spain's regional politics - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Sister Teresa Forcadeshopes to change a ‘sick society’ by leading a leftwing movement that could bring together parties as diverse as Podemos and the Catalan republican left

Whether she’s advocating an audit of the national debt, lamenting the deterioration of Spain’s public health services or urging the creation of a public bank, the Benedictine nun Teresa Forcades rarely minces her words.

Now the Catalan sister, buoyed by recent municipal elections that saw the housing activist Ada Colau voted in as Barcelona’s first female mayor, wants to hang up her habit in hopes of leading a leftist coalition that could bring the same sort of change to the region.

“I think we are in a very particular moment,” said Forcades, pointing to the Catalan regional elections, slated for 27 September. “And in this particular moment, I think we can all agree we need a people’s constituent process from below. And if we do that, that’s the real revolution in Catalonia.”...

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Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué: what next after Champions League win? Get drunk - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué: what next after Champions League win? Get drunk - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Gerard Piqué was the last player to board the bus after Barcelona’s Champions League triumph, while Xavi Hernández played his last game for the club and Luis Suárez put pressure behind him
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Champions League final: Barcelona have written history again, says Luis Enrique - video - The Guardian

Champions League final: Barcelona have written history again, says Luis Enrique - video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique commends rivals Juventus after his team defeated the Italian club to win Champions League for the fifth time on Saturday
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Champions League Final: Barcelona carve a place in history - BBC News

Champions League Final: Barcelona carve a place in history - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Is the thrilling Barcelona side that triumphed over Juventus in Berlin the finest in their illustrious history? Phil McNulty examines the evidence.

 

As Gerard Pique took a pair of scissors to the net at one end of Berlin's Olympic Stadium and Luis Suarez made a call on his mobile phone, Barcelona were celebrating a fresh chapter in their Champions League history.

 

Pique and his Colombian singing superstar partner Shakira will take home the net struck by Suarez and Neymar in the 3-1 win against Juventus as a keepsake - Barcelona have the greater prize of a third Champions League triumph in six years and fifth tournament victory.

For all Juventus's resilience and sheer grit, Barcelona were able to deliver coach Luis Enrique the Champions League to add to La Liga and the Copa del Rey in his first season...

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Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded - The Economist

Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

THAT Barcelona is one of the great cities on Earth is something on which most people can agree. The architecture, the fiestas, the food—it is a city with vibrancy and soul. But, as a piece by Bloomberg nicely describes, it is on the horns of a tourism dilemma. The city’s mayor-elect, Ada Colau Ballano, is looking at ways to stop the influx of visitors because, she thinks, it is in danger of becoming overrun and turning into little more than a theme park.


She has a point. As any visitor can attest, the narrow Gothic streets behind Las Ramblas, a tree-lined shopping promenade, can feel like rush-hour on the tube; the must-see Gaudi sites tend to be well-hidden behind deep ranks of visitors slung round cameras; and at certain times of the year the beaches can be invisible under the quilted rectangles of towels...

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Barcelona sign Aleix Vidal from Sevilla until 2020 despite transfer ban - The Guardian

Barcelona sign Aleix Vidal from Sevilla until 2020 despite transfer ban - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The wing-back Aleix Vidal, who cannot play for Barça until January 2016 due to a Fifa-imposed transfer ban, has signed for a reported £16m

 

Barcelona have officially unveiled Aleix Vidal after the player passed a medical to complete his signing from Sevilla. However, the 25-year-old wing-back is unable to feature for the Catalan club until January 2016 due to a Fifa-imposed transfer ban...

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Sport picture of the day: Barcelona's Champions League parade - The Guardian

Sport picture of the day: Barcelona's Champions League parade - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
A riot of colour makes this overhead shot as Barcelona players parade on a bus through the streets of the city as they celebrate their victory over Juventus one day after the Champions League final
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