Barcelona set for title party

Barcelona set for title party

Barcelona : Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said in February he was “in a hurry” to wrap up the Liga title and his side will almost certainly get to celebrate a 25th league crown at last when they play at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Barca need a draw against Clarence Seedorf’s struggling side to clinch the title and the trophy could even be theirs before they kick off if Real Madrid fail to beat Leganes on Saturday and Atletico Madrid are unable to win at Alaves four hours before Barca’s game starts.

The Catalans have led from the front this season, topping the table in week two, and no-one can begrudge them a title which they have looked certain to win since they beat Real Madrid 3-0 on Dec. 23, marching 14 points clear of their arch- rivals and nine ahead of Atletico.

Barca’s surprise draws against Getafe and Espanyol briefly offered Atletico hope of chasing down Valverde’s side when they closed the gap to five points ahead of a top-of-the-table clash in March, but a superb free kick from Lionel Messi gave Barca a 1-0 win to lift them eight points
ahead.

They never looked back and are still unbeaten in the league, five games from becoming the first team since Real Madrid in 1932 to finish a La Liga campaign undefeated and the only side to do so since the league was expanded to more than 10 teams.

The title win would also complete the club’s seventh double after they hammered Sevilla 5-0 in the King’s Cup final on Saturday, an utterly dominant victory which went some way towards healing the wounds from their shock Champions League elimination by AS Roma.

While Barca are preparing for a title party at Riazor, Deportivo might end up feeling like they are at a funeral as the Galicians will be relegated back to Spain’s second tier for the first time since 2014 if they do not beat Barca and Levante win at Sevilla on Friday.




Performance lab open for football players

Performance lab open for football players

The Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Athletic Performance Lab started providing a set of medical services for all Bahrain national team athletes.BOC Projects director Lounes Madene said that the performance laboratory is managed by sports specialist Dr. Vladimir Su

Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

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Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Stockholm : Ending weeks of speculation, the Swedish football federation announced yesterday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia.


Smuggling drugs into jail: Plea verdict date set

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Bahraini women ‘excelling in all fields’

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Teacher forged papers for promotion

Teacher forged papers for promotion

An Arab teacher, in his fifties, forged an education degree from a major Arab university in order to be promoted, the court heard. The man, however, got exposed by the university itself after the competent authorities in the Kingdom established communications with it. The Arab teacher is

Google defends Gmail data sharing

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Singapore Airlines bans lion bones in cargo

Singapore Airlines bans lion bones in cargo

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Bug in cake gives Ikea India embarrassment

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Events held to foster peace, harmony

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Bahrain residents gather ‘to rebuild Kerala’

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Two drug addicts sentenced to one year

Two drug addicts sentenced to one year

The Lower Criminal Court has sentenced two drug addicts to one year behind bars along with BD500 fine. The duo was arrested by a police patrol after officers found them inside a car in an abnormal state. “When we knocked the car’s window, it was clear that they were on drugs.

Four charged after man dies of heroin overdose

Four charged after man dies of heroin overdose

Four Bahrainis including three men and a woman were charged in connection with the death of a man who lost his life allegedly after a drug overdose. The accused along with the victim is said to have been consuming drugs at an apartment in Juffair. In the midst of a drug party, the victim

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