The winner of the Uefa Europa League earns an automatic spot in the far more lucrative Uefa Champions League.
The 74-year-old has been officially re-elected as president of Real Madrid until 2025 for a fifth consecutive term and sixth overall.
Turkish veteran striker Burak Yilmaz got the opener on the hour and compatriot Zeki Celik scrambled home a second after Lille’s goalkeeper Mike Maignan had saved an early Metz penalty.
North Macedonia shock Germany in World Cup qualifiers as France, England and Spain grind out wins.
Megan Rapinoe tells a US House committee that the female World Cup winners have exceeded the accomplishments of their male counterparts, yet received inadequate compensation and playing conditions.
Egyptian painter Islam Battah’s uncanny resemblance to Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi sparks joy for children at an orphanage in Zagazig, north of Egyptian capital Cairo.
"It is totally fair that the best player in history is the one who has defended Barca's colours the most times," Xavi Hernandez told Mundo Deportivo ahead of Barcelona's La Liga clash against Huesca.
With vaccine rollouts gathering pace across Europe, there is hope that fans will soon be back in the stadiums, turning back the tide for the sport, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus in the past year.
Citing human rights abuses, campaigns to stop Germany, Denmark and Norway from participating in the contest are gaining steam. But is Qatar being unfairly singled out?
"I take this step consciously, full of pride and also very thankful and with uninterrupted motivation for the Euro (championships)," Joachim Loew says in a statement.
Laporta was last president at Barca between 2003 and 2010, which included overseeing the hugely successful appointment of Pep Guardiola as coach and the iconic treble-winning team of 2008/9.
"It is certain that the Milan star is making a comeback in Janne Andersson's squad for the World Cup qualifiers," says the site Footbolldirekt.
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