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  • Vermaelen helps Barca overcome stubborn Malaga

    Vermaelen helps Barca overcome stubborn Malaga

    AFP News
    Vermaelen helps Barca overcome stubborn Malaga

    Thomas Vermaelen was the unlikely hero as Barcelona overcame stiff resistence from Malaga to maintain their perfect start to the La Liga season with a 1-0 win at the Camp Nou. Neymar was starting for the first time this season after overcoming a bout of the mumps as he was reunited with Messi and Suarez up front. …

  • Barcelona beats Malaga 1-0 through Vermaelen's 1st goal

    Barcelona beats Malaga 1-0 through Vermaelen's 1st goal

    Associated Press
    Barcelona beats Malaga 1-0 through Vermaelen's 1st goal

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thomas Vermaelen scored his first goal for Barcelona to give the defending champion a second straight hard-fought 1-0 win in the Spanish league Saturday as it edged Malaga at Camp Nou. …

  • Barca scrape past Malaga thanks to first Vermaelen goal

    Barca scrape past Malaga thanks to first Vermaelen goal

    Reuters
    Barca scrape past Malaga thanks to first Vermaelen goal

    Thomas Vermaelen struck his first goal for Barcelona in a laboured 1-0 win at home to Malaga on Saturday that maintained a perfect start to their La Liga title defence. Elsewhere, Sporting Gijon spoiled Asier Illarramendi's return to Real Sociedad's midfield after joining from Real Madrid this week when they held the Basque club, coached by Scot David Moyes, to a 0-0 draw in San Sebastian on Saturday. …

  • Stones is potential England captain, says Everton boss

    Stones is potential England captain, says Everton boss

    Reuters
    Stones is potential England captain, says Everton boss

    John Stones could be a future England captain and was an "immense influence" on Everton in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur despite constant media speculation over a transfer, said manager Roberto Martinez. It seems as though Stones, 21, has been earmarked by Premier League champions Chelsea as a potential long-term replacement for former England captain John Terry. "John has incredible potential going forward and I can see a future England captain," Martinez told Sky Sports. …

  • Mueller double helps Bayern go top of Bundesliga

    Mueller double helps Bayern go top of Bundesliga

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    Mueller double helps Bayern go top of Bundesliga

    Germany star Thomas Mueller scored twice as Bayern Munich went back to the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday with a 3-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen. Pep Guardiola's Bayern impressed at Munich's Allianz Arena in sealing their third straight league win to claim top place from Wolfsburg, who beat Schalke 3-0 on Friday without Manchester City-bound Kevin de Bruyne. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said there is still room for improvement: "Our last pass wasn't always good, that's why it was …