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Hello everyone, it’s Matt Jones here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this evening.

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Emotional Andres Iniesta announces he will leave Barcelona

Iniesta of FC Barcelona faces the media

Andres Iniesta confirmed he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season after 22 years associated with the club.

Iniesta is expected to continue his career in China but says his next move is yet to be finalised. The 33-year-old reiterated, however, he would never play against Barcelona.

Struggling to hold back the tears, Iniesta said: “I understand that in the near future I will not be able to give the best of myself in all senses, both physically and mentally.

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said Friday he will leave the French club at the end of the campaign after Champions League failures in both his seasons in charge.

Emery, whose contract ends in June, said he met with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique and “we decided that we would not continue to work together”.

“I’ve told the players,” Emery said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the league match against Guingamp on Sunday.

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Virat Kohli may have to alter his plans to play county cricket in England after the BCCI was keen to have their captain lead India in their one-off Test against Afghanistan in June.

According to reports in India, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) are eager to see key Test players travel to England for county stints ahead of their tour this summer. The series includes five Tests, three ODIs and three T20s, which begin from July 3.

However, the BCCI feels that if Kohli misses the Afghanistan Test which begins from June 14, it would be ‘disrespectful’ for the touring nation.

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Fabio Aru will lead UAE Team Emirates at the Giro d’Italia starting next Friday.

The event is seen as the second most important race in cycling – behind the Tour de France – and favours strong climbers and puncheurs.

The 27-year-old Sardinian, who finished second in the 2015 edition of the race, will be supported by an experienced team in Italy including compatriots Diego Ullisi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori and Marco Marcato.

Joining them will be the promising trio of Jan Polanc, Darwin Atapuma and Vegard Stake Laengen.

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Rotation is rife among Premier League managers and it’s the Fantasy Premier League managers that often pay the price, and our FPL expert Brendon Netto dives into the weekend ahead here.

With Liverpool and Arsenal have second-leg fixtures in Europe on their mind while Manchester City are home and dry, which could prompt Pep Guardiola to afford a few fringe players some game time as well.

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

IPL: Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders 18:30

Rugby: UAE v Gibraltar friendly @ Dubai Sports City, 19:00 (live on Dubai Exiles’ Facebook page)

NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors, 03:00

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Sport 360 meets Bulgari watches Creative Director Fabrizio Buonamassa

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Creative Director: Fabrizio Buonamassa

Born in Naples in 1971, Fabrizo Buonamassa Stigliani studied industrial design at the Institute for Industrial Arts of Rome. During that time he explored the cultural roots of Italian Design, and learned how to look beyond the aesthetics of individual objects, such as a car, a watch or a chair, in order to consider the project in its entirety, appreciating the value of the single parts, which together form the final piece.

He began his career at the Fiat Style Centre in Turin, invited by Fiat’s Design Director to work on his graduation thesis during a six-month stage, after which he was offered a full time position.

During the years he spent in Turin he learned to manage projects, which were highly complex both in terms of style and manufacturing.

In 2001, driven by the desire to face new challenges and by his lifelong passion for watches, he sent some of his designs to the Bulgari Design Center in Rome. A short time later Paolo Bulgari, CEO and creative driver of the brand, invited Fabrizio to join the watch design team.

Sport 360 met with Buonamassa ahead of the launch of Bulgari’s latest timepieces.

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Can you talk us through the line of watches, especially those suitable for sport

Our Maserati timepieces are sporty, they’re extremely solid, entirely water resistant and perfect for sport because they’re robust and stylish. The design is the same in terms of the colours and the inspiration comes from the actual dashboards of the Maserati cars. The partnership with Bulgari started four or five years ago and we have a lot of elements in common with beauty and performance at the same level. And we’re both Italian brands so we decided to make these watches together.

How did you go from designing vehicles to watches?

I am a former car designer for Fiat, but really I am an industrial designer so I design a lot of different things, cars, jewellery, furniture and shoes, so my passion is just design – it doesn’t matter what it is. I make a lot of sketches of objects and I joined Bulgari in 2001 after Fiat and I’ve always loved watches. I’ve got the same passion for designing cars as I have for designing watches so I get the same thrill from designing either. Honestly it’s the same thing, the only difference is the scale.

Did you design your watches with the intention of setting world records?

You can design them with a world record in mind but only thanks to our manufacturing team can you get the watches produced. It’s like an engine of a car – on some of the watches there’s no room for a dial for example so you need to think of every single part of the watch, if one piece is missing the whole thing won’t work. It’s really unique so my job is to design something within the constraints of the watch. Our time pieces are made in titanium so they’re super thin. This is the only material can you achieve this. These are the things you have to have in mind when you’re designing but I see constraints as opportunities. We now have the thinnest automatic watch in the world – it’s 3.9mm thick. You can make a thinner watch but it’ll become fragile, our goal is to make a thin watch that is not going to break when you wear it for everyday use. There’s no chance our watches will break. The watches are unique as it’s not only the thinnest automatic watch in the world it’s also very limited, we only produced 50 of them.

How does the watch differ from the initial sketch to the finished product?

You have to work a lot with the watch masters and the design of the wheels and position of some components need to be discussed and it’s only when you sit down with them you learn about the constraints you’re going to be coming across when you start designing the watch. It’s not a one-man show; making a watch is a team game.

So what’s the process exactly?

The process is I start to make some sketches then the common process is to make a prototype and we start with the product development process. A true designer should be able to turn their hand at many different things, so it doesn’t matter if you’re designing a car or a watch, a true designer will be able to make it work. You also need to know the brand’s DNA and the technology you’re working with because you need to design something that fits with the brand. For instance if you’re designing a boat you need to know the components and the history of the brand so you don’t design something completely different, which the brand is not going to like. Sometimes you have to change a lot of the things because the process will dictate what materials you use how the dial looks, the small hands, the bracelet etc.

Do you prefer designing watches or cars?

Good question, I have a passion for both I designed the Fiat Stilo (both the three and five door), designing cars was exciting because it’s big there’s a lot going on with the engine, the noise, you know, but it’s funny because we often have the same clients whether you’re designing a watch or a car because our clients appreciate quality over anything else, no matter what the product is.

Octo Finissimo Automatic A Third World Record for Bulgari

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Bulgari is once again the spotlight, proudly presenting its third successive world record.

The Octo Finissimo Automatic is the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market to date.

After introducing its Tourbillon in 2014 and the Minute Repeater in 2016, the Maison unveils its new creation featuring a total thickness of just 5.15mm, while its self-winding movement is just 2.23mm thick for a 40mm diameter.

The iconic Octo is once again pushing the boundaries of watchmaking feasibility.

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Good morning – Alex Broun on deck and here is all you need to know this morning

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Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday.

Bayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

FOOTBALL 

In other football news Dejan Lovren says that Mohammed Salah is now level with Messi and Ronaldo after another masterclass in the Champions League semi-final against Roma.

Arsenal host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final of the Europa League tonight and Diego Simeone says Diego Costa will be fit to start.

Zinedine Zidane has also cast fresh doubts over Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid.

CRICKET

Amabati Rayudu was again the star with a swash-buckling 80 as Chennai Super Kings over-hauled the Royal Challengers Bangalore mammoth 8-205 in last night’s IPL.

Meanwhile David Gowers fears the ECB’s plans for 100-ball cricket are 12-years late.

REGIONAL

Al Ain’s treble dreams remain alive and kicking after 6-0 President’s Cup thrashing of Shabab Al Ahli while UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa secures third place finish on stage one of Tour de Romandie.

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James shone against his former teammates, but ended up on the losing side.

James shone against his former teammates, but ended up on the losing side.

James Rodriguez played with a point to prove on Wednesday against Real Madrid, technically still his employers until he turns his two-year loan agreement into a permanent deal at Bayern Munich.

Rodriguez got an assist in an excellent performance, but was on the losing side in Munich’s 2-1 home defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Here’s a closer look at how the Colombian fared.

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