In less than a week, Barca went on to win the European Super Cup to leave Spain Super Cup served to a silver platter to Athletic.
Barcelona 5-4 Sevilla (AET): Late Pedro goal the difference in nine goal thriller: A late extra-time winner from Pedro saw Barcelona beat Sevilla 5-4 in an incredible UEFA Super Cup. Sevilla took an early lead through Ever Banega, but Lionel Messi levelled the game with a free-kick four minutes later. Barça then raced to a 4-1 lead through another Messi free-kick and Rafinha and Luis Suarez goals. But Jose Antonio Reyes, Kevin Gameiro and Yevheniy Konoplyanka scored to take the game into extra-time. And with five minutes left, Pedro fired in the winning goal.
Athletic Bilbao 4-0 Barcelona: Aduriz hits hat-trick in Supercopa shocker: Barcelona's defensive frailties were once again evident as the treble winners were humiliatingly thrashed 4-0 by Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana, Aritz Aduriz netting a hat-trick. Mikel San Jose opened the scoring before the Basques' star striker seemingly ended the visitors' sextuple hopes by almost singlehandedly destroying Luis Enrique's defense.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez have been announced as the final three candidates for the 2014-15 UEFA Best Player in Europe award. Last year's winner will battle against the Barcelona duo for the award, which will be handed out on August 27 at the draw for the Champions League group stage.
Wanchope resigns after pitchside fight: Costa Rica coach Paulo Wanchope has resigned from his post after being caught on camera fighting with a man following Tuesday's Olympic qualifier against Panama.
Miguel Herrera confessed that he assaulted a journalist: Miguel Herrera broke his silence and finally spoke with the media after being fired as coach of the Mexican national team last July 28, after winning the 2015 Gold Cup and to have assaulted a Mexican journalist in the Philadelphia airport. "I betrayed my working group," he told Televisa Deportes. "I thought they would outweigh the results and the relationship with the players. I was wrong, I accept," he concluded.
Kaka, Lucas Moura and Hulk return to Brazil squad: Kaka, Hulk and Lucas Moura have will all return to the Brazil squad for September's Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour matches with Costa Rica and USA, coach Dunga announced.
Blatter: Platini threatened me with jail via brother: Sepp Blatter has claimed Uefa president Michel Platini threatened his brother that the FIFA president would end up in jail unless he stepped down. Blatter has alleged that Platini has been playing dirty behind the scenes by intimidating the FIFA chief's 80-year-old sibling, Peter Blatter, at the electoral congress two days before May's election.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player retires: Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by a National Football League side says he is stepping away from the sport because he is concerned over his mental health.
The Sunday Times y el canal alemán ARD/WDR. IAAF accused of suppressing athletes' doping study: Finally, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), athletics' governing body, suppressed a study which showed as many as a third of the world's top athletes admitted violating anti-doping rules, according to The Sunday Times. Hundreds of athletes apparently told researchers in 2011 they had cheated.