Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has signed a one-year contract extension.

The 55-year-old also has the option of a further year, which would see him remain in charge until the end of the 2020-21 season.

The former Bara forward replaced Luis Enrique in May 2017 and won La Liga and the Copa del Rey in his first season in charge.

Barca are currently top of the league on 54 points, seven points clear of Atletico Madrid, and nine ahead of Real Madrid.

Valverde´s contract was due to expire at the end of the season.

One person died and dozens more were injured after a landslide derailed a Tuesday morning train travelling to Barcelona

131 people were travelling on the commuter service when two of the six carriages derailed at 6.15am near Vacarisses, some 35 kilometres north-west of the Catalan capital.

Firefighters and emergency workers freed a number of passengers from the carriages and sent five of the 44 injured people to a hospital.

Two temporary centres in Barcelona and the town of Manresa were set up to assist concerned relatives.

A spokesman for rail operator RENFE, Antonio Carmona, speculated that heavy rain in the area over the past few days could have caused the landslide.

A BULGARIAN gang who stole ancient artefacts from sites across Bulgaria as well as in Spain have been rounded up by the Guardia Civil.

Nine people were arrested in Spain, and four in Bulgaria, with the domestic detentions taking in the Murcia region as well as Alicante and Valencia provinces, as well as further afield in Segovia and Zaragoza.

Around 30 thousand items were sold by the gang via internet auctions, but many were fakes in addition to genuine coins, as well as Greek and Roman artefacts like ceramics and statues.

The operation between Spanish and Bulgarian authorities was co-ordinated by the Europol and Eurojust agencies, with five of the Spanish detainees being refused bail.

BARCELONA’S port area witnessed a spectacular incident on Wednesday morning, when a cargo ship collided with a loading crane, causing a fire.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in the accident, with a dozen fire trucks and several ambulances being sent to deal with the emergency.

Four containers that fell from the ship were covered in foam to prevent the blaze from spreading further.

See a video of the crash posted on Twitter below.

 

A man wielding a huge machete was recorded threatening a 25-year-old man in a Barcelona street as he lay injured begging for mercy.

The attack happened on Friday morning in the Ravel district of the Catalan capital, with footage showing the shirtless and barefoot knifeman looking over the man on the floor, before walking away.

The victim was taken to hospital in a serious condition, whilst authorities launched a hunt for the attacker.

Barcelona and Real Madrid both suffered surprising La Liga defeats on Wednesday night in their first domestic defeats of the season, but they remain in first and second place respectively, with 13 points each to their name.

It was the first time that the big two of Spanish football were beaten on the same day since January 2015.

Barca coach Valverde rung the changes after his team could only draw with Girona last weekend, but the champions produced a hapless performance as they conceded two goals in 68 seconds, as went down two-one to a Leganes side that had yet to win this season.

Real Madrid kicked off later in the evening, and they missed their chance to go top, after succumbing three-nil away to Sevilla.

Real now entertain city rivals Atletico Madrid this Saturday evening, who are two points behind them in the third spot, whilst Barcelona will seek a quick return to form with their 4.15 pm home kick-off against Athletic Bilbao.

A series of black humour posters mocking the recent deaths of young British tourists falling from balconies have appeared on the streets of Barcelona during the past week.

Written in broken English, the yellow posters scattered across the city read: “Dear Tourist. Did you know balconing? Prevents gentrification, improves neighbours’ quality of life, reduces the risk of heart disease, is LOTS of fun.”

The distasteful artwork is believed to be the work of a group of anti-tourist campaigners claiming that excessive tourism in the city is driving up rental prices and pushing out local businesses.

Balconing is a mock English word used to describe jumping from balcony to balcony or from a balcony into a swimming pool.

Accidents during such activities and other falls from balconies have claimed the lives of a number of people, mainly tourists, in recent years, including the unresolved case of Kirsty Maxwell, who fell from a Benidorm balcony last year.

Most posters reportedly appeared in the popular tourist spot of Vallcarca, near ParcGuell, which features work by the architect Antoni Gaudi.

The Catalan capital, like many major tourist cities throughout the World such as Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Sydney and San Francisco has struggled with the phenomenon of over tourism in recent years since the advent of budget airlines and cheap flights made short city breaks highly popular.

Compounded by unlicenced tourist accommodation, such as Airbnb and Instagram friendly sights encouraging groups of young people to head for these popular cities, a backlash was bound to occur eventually.

However, as innocent as the posters appear to be, they have caused fury amongst British tourists and Barcelona citizens alike for making fun of tragic deaths which affect families and loved ones of the victims for a lifetime.

In fact, Spain has seen six Balconing deaths this summer already, the latest victim had spent just a few hours in Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands before he died.

The 23-year-old German man had travelled to the island for a vacation with his friends near Palma beach.

Returning to his hotel on Monday evening, the 23-year-old went to the 12th floor of the hotel he was staying at and, under the effects of a yet-to-be-determined toxic substance, fell from one of the windows in a corridor. He landed in the interior courtyard and died.

In Barcelona, unhappy users of social media were quick to express their revulsion at the posters taking to Twitter to blast their insensitivity.

One user said they made a mockery of the deaths, while a Spanish user said they had “crossed the line” and another wrote, “Hey, balconing people, this is not funny”.

A spokeswoman for Barcelona City Council said: “We reject these incidents and above all the message. They will be removed by the municipal cleaning services.”

AN armed attack on a Catalan police station almost a year to the day of the Barcelona terror incidents is being treated as a terrorist incident by the authorities. On 19 August Algerian Abdel Taib entered the station carrying a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar”. 

He was then shot and killed by a female officer based in the Cornella de Llobregat station.  The man was said to live very close to the scene and the police are searching his property for information and will be looking to see if he has links to terror groups or was a “lone wolf”.

The quick actions of the officer were praised by a police spokesman; she had been on duty in the reception area and saw Taib had “clear homicidal intentions”; her actions may well have saved lives, said the spokesman.

Last August Catalonia suffered 16 deaths in Barcelona as well as the holiday resort of Cambrils and several events have been taking place to commemorate the anniversary.

BRAZILLIAN winger Malcom has joined Barcelona for over 40 million euros from Bordeaux.

The deal was announced on Tuesday after Barca beat Roma to the signature of the 21-year-old.

“This is a boyhood dream come true,” said Malcom, who is yet to be capped by Brazil. “I can’t wait to get started.”

Roma are considering whether they have “a legal case” after reaching a deal with Bordeaux on Monday., subject to a medical and personal terms.

Malcom, who scored 20 goals and set up 13 in 84 Ligue 1 games for Bordeaux, has hooked up with Barca on their USA tour,

He is the club’s second Brazilian summer signing, after midfielder Arthur joined from Gremio for just under 40 million euros.

They have also signed Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet for 35.9 million euros.

A light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on the AP-7 motorway earlier this month. The incident happened near Barcelona after the fours seater craft had got into trouble shortly after taking off from Sabadell airport. A slip-road on the motorway was identified as a suitable landing spot and the necessary procedures taken to ensure that the area was clear of traffic. However motorists passing by and seeing the plane touch down were understandably surprised. The plane touched down safely and no-one was harmed in the craft or on the ground said the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s Guardia Civil.