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Second Largest Spanish City to Outlaw Street Walking

Spain's second largest city Barcelona on Wednesday said it would soon outlaw street prostitution, imposing fines on both prostitutes and their clients.

The city hall said the new rules were expected to come into play in May.

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Messi's Rise with Barcelona Started on a Napkin

Lionel Messi's remarkable career with Barcelona began on a napkin.

It happened more than a decade ago, when the 13-year-old Messi, then just a scrawny little kid with plenty of talent, was hoping to earn a contract with Barcelona.

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Barcelona to Play Winners of Africa-Asia Clash

Four-time European champions Barcelona will take on the winners between Esperance and Al-Sadd in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup in Yokohama on December 15, according to a draw on Thursday.

South American champions Santos, the other semi-final seeds, will face the winners between CONCACAF champions Monterrey and the side who survive the only first-round match, in Toyota on December 14.

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Defeated Mourinho Blasts "Dirty" Football

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, stung by a shock 1-0 loss to Levante, accused the winners of acting and said his own players aren't comfortable with the "dirty side" of football.

Mourinho, whose side played much of the game with only 10 men after Sami Khedira got sent off for a second yellow card, blasted the referee, his own players and most of all the Levante style of play.

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Late Goal Gives Milan a Silver Lining

A last ditch Thiago Silva header rescued a point for AC Milan who drew 2-2 against reigning Champions League winners Barcelona in their opening Group H encounter here Tuesday.

With just 24 seconds on the clock Alexandre Pato exposed Barca's defensive frailties to score the fifth fastest Champions League goal ever in front of a stunned Nou Camp crowd.

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Barcelona, Madrid Set to Resume League Domination

Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to resume their domination in the Spanish league this weekend, as their rivals band together to level the financial playing field against the two giants.

Spain's traditional powerhouses recorded lopsided victories in the opening league round and could very well do so again Saturday as Barcelona is at Real Sociedad and Madrid welcomes Getafe in a Spanish capital derby.

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Barcelona Open Football School in Poland

European champions Barcelona will open a football school to polish young talent in Warsaw this week as Poland gears up to co-host Euro 2012 with Ukraine, a city official said on Monday.

"We've been working on the project for a year now. Barca feel that Poland is a good place to open this kind of school because of its infrastructure and the upcoming Euro 2012," Warsaw city sports advisor Wieslaw Wilczynski told Agence France Presse.

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Fabregas Feels a Bit 'in The Way' at Barca

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he has a lot to learn and still feels he gets "in the way" a little when playing with his new team-mates.

Fabregas, who moved from Arsenal in a 29 million euro ($41m) deal last month, has had a dream start with Barca, scoring in their Super Cup victory over Porto in Monaco and their 5-0 win against Villarreal in the league.

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Real Fans and Players Back Mourinho Over Eye-Poke

Real Madrid fans and players have showered down messages of support for coach Jose Mourinho as he faces an inquiry for jabbing his finger into a rival's eye.

Mourinho's eye-poke in the final moments of Real Madrid's Super Cup loss to Barcelona on August 17 made front pages and led the Spanish Football Federation to open a disciplinary inquiry.

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Italy Becomes Sick Man of European Club Football

Having once been the major power in European and world club football, Italy is rapidly becoming the sick man of Europe in footballing terms.

Only 10 years ago, Italy topped the UEFA country rankings but after Schalke 04 beat reigning champions Inter Milan in the Champions League quarter-finals last season, they dropped below Germany to fourth and lost a place in the Champions League.

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