Barcelona hired former captain Luis Enrique Martinez to coach the Spanish soccer club after it ended the season without a major trophy for the first time since 2008.
Rangers won 1-0 at Hibernian today to claim Scottish soccer’s league championship for a record- extending 53rd time.
Montpellier leads French soccer’s top division after extending its perfect start with a 4-0 home win over Rennes, while Hanover joined Borussia Moenchengladbach atop the German league.
AC Milan rebounded from last week’s defeat to local rival Inter to beat Novara 3-0 and maintain the pressure on Juventus in Italian soccer’s Serie A. Three teams are tied atop German’s Bundesliga after Borussia Dortmund won 5- 1 at Hamburg.
Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 2-2 in the first game of the Spanish Super Cup, while Bayer Leverkusen rebounded from an opening-round loss in German soccer’s Bundesliga by beating Werder Bremen 1-0.
Schalke moved level on points with leader Bayern Munich in German soccer’s Bundesliga with a 1-0 home win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
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Juventus established a two-point lead atop Italian soccer’s Serie A by beating Novara 2-0, while Valencia defeated Malaga to close the gap on Spanish top two Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Inter Milan holds a two-point lead with three games to play in Serie A after Sampdoria rallied to end Roma’s 24-game unbeaten run in Italy’s top soccer division.
Malaga missed a chance to take third spot in Spanish soccer’s La Liga after drawing 1-1 with Real Sociedad. All weekend matches in Italy’s Serie A were postponed following the death of a player.