Tag: Barcelona

Soccer – Real Madrid prepare for first Clasico without Cristiano Ronaldo

Soccer – Real Madrid prepare for first Clasico without Cristiano Ronaldo

Out of form, out of goals and missing their former sharp-shooter, Madrid face an uphill task at the weekend when they take on their arch-rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid have a lot at stake when they meet at Camp Nou on Sunday, but the first Clasico of the season will be haunted by the absence…

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Soccer – Barcelona transfer news: Rafinha thought Inter would sign him

Soccer – Barcelona transfer news: Rafinha thought Inter would sign him

The 25-year-old felt he had done enough to earn a permanent move to San Siro although the Serie A club ultimately decided against bringing him in Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is eager to tackle Inter in the Champions League, though he thought he would be on the other side of the divide after spending six months…

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Soccer – Lionel Messi news: Maradona: I know who he is, the best in the world

Soccer – Lionel Messi news: Maradona: I know who he is, the best in the world

The Argentine has accused the media of trying to drive a wedge between himself and the Barcelona star Diego Maradona has reiterated his belief that countryman Lionel Messi is the best player in the world. The Argentine seemed to take aim at the Barcelona star last weekend, when he appeared to question the way that…

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Soccer – Real Madrid news: Lopetegui out? Seventh-placed Madrid suffer worst start in 17 years

Soccer – Real Madrid news: Lopetegui out? Seventh-placed Madrid suffer worst start in 17 years

Los Blancos’ run took a turn for the worst on the weekend, when Levante completed a shock 2-1 win over the Champions League winners Real Madrid are enduring their worst start to a league season since 2001. Julen Lopetegui’s men lost again at the weekend, falling 2-1 at home to Levante, their fifth game in a…

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Soccer – Chelsea news: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi entertaining, but N’Golo Kante the most influential player in the world’

Soccer – Chelsea news: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi entertaining, but N’Golo Kante the most influential player in the world’

The Chelsea midfielder has been heralded by the defender, with whom he won the Premier League title at Leicester in 2015-16 Former Leicester City defender Robert Huth believes Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is the most influential player in world football. The German defender is currently without a club after leaving the Foxes at the end…

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Soccer – Barcelona vs Real Madrid: ‘El Clasico is sh*t!’ – Robert Huth can’t stand battle between La Liga giants

Soccer – Barcelona vs Real Madrid: ‘El Clasico is sh*t!’ – Robert Huth can’t stand battle between La Liga giants

The German defender’s aversion to players pretending to be injured has ruined his enjoyment of the headline match between Spain’s top two Football fans all over the world will be tuning in as Barcelona and Real Madrid meet for the first Clasico of the season next week, but Robert Huth will be avoiding the clash…

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Soccer – Barcelona news: Ernesto Valverde not worried about extending contract with La Liga giants

Soccer – Barcelona news: Ernesto Valverde not worried about extending contract with La Liga giants

The Spanish side’s boss says he is solely focused on the upcoming matches against Inter and Real Madrid Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said he does not care about a contract extension as he dismissed speculation over his future with the La Liga champions. Valverde’s deal expires at the end of the season and the…

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Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona can cope without Argentina star – Gerard Pique

Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona can cope without Argentina star – Gerard Pique

The defender and team-mate Ivan Rakitic both attempted to downplay fears of Barca faltering without their star man Gerard Pique acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insisted Barcelona can cope without their superstar captain. Messi will miss three weeks with a fractured arm after suffering the injury in Barca’s 4-2…

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Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: ‘Heis fundamental’ – Valverde accepts Barcelona will miss injured star

Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: ‘Heis fundamental’ – Valverde accepts Barcelona will miss injured star

A fractured arm has ruled the Argentine out of action for three weeks, meaning he sits out the Clasico and other key clashes for the Catalans Ernesto Valverde feels Lionel Messi’s injury provides an opportunity for Barcelona players to step up, although he acknowledges the team will miss their captain. Messi has been ruled out…

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Soccer – End of an era: Messi and Ronaldo miss out on Clasico for first time in more than a decade

Soccer – End of an era: Messi and Ronaldo miss out on Clasico for first time in more than a decade

Not since December 2007 have both players been absent for Spanish football’s most famous battle Next Sunday’s Clasico will have an unfamiliar feel to it, as Barcelona and Real Madrid face off without the two players who have defined an era in the last decade.  Madrid are struggling to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo,…

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Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona show steel after star’s injury blow in strong start to key week

Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona show steel after star’s injury blow in strong start to key week

The La Liga giants had to deal with a knock to their star man, but showed they could cope in a strong start to a crucial week in their season It would have been no surprise if Barcelona wilted. Given the fragility of their defence in recent weeks and the nine points dropped from the…

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Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: Barca star to miss Clasico with fractured arm

Soccer – Lionel Messi injury: Barca star to miss Clasico with fractured arm

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was forced off in the first-half at the Camp Nou after landing awkwardly on his arm Barcelona’s all-time record goslscorer Lionel Messi will miss next weekend’s El Clasico against Real Madrid after suffering a broken arm. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner fell awkwardly on his right arm in the 17th minute…

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Soccer – Barcelona vs Sevilla: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Soccer – Barcelona vs Sevilla: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Ernesto Valverde’s side are looking to return to the top of La Liga ahead of surprise leaders Alaves Barcelona are looking to leapfrog Sevilla and return to the top of La Liga when the sides meet at Camp Nou on Saturday. The visitors had been the surprise league leaders after eight games, having taken advantage of stuttering…

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Soccer – Argentina News: Only mental patients doubt Messi’s talents, says Kempes

Soccer – Argentina News: Only mental patients doubt Messi’s talents, says Kempes

The 1978 World Cup hero believes that Leo deserves a break from the Argentina team, while questioning recent criticism thrown at the star Argentina legend Mario Kempes has jumped to Lionel Messi’s defence after the Barcelona star came in for criticism from another of the country’s World Cup heroes, Diego Maradona.  Messi, Kempes and Maradona…

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Soccer – Barcelona Transfer News: ‘Anything can happen’ – Valverde leaves door open for Neymar return

Soccer – Barcelona Transfer News: ‘Anything can happen’ – Valverde leaves door open for Neymar return

The Brazilian has been linked with a return to Camp Nou in recent days, and the Blaugrana did little to dismiss the speculation on Friday Ernesto Valverde accepts the possibility of Neymar returning to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain is “unlikely” but refused to rule it out completely. Neymar left Barca under something of a cloud…

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Soccer – Neymar next club: Barcelona deny Neymar return reports

Soccer – Neymar next club: Barcelona deny Neymar return reports

The Catalan club have distanced themselves from speculation regarding the PSG forward, who had been linked with a sensational return Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner says no internal talks have taken place regarding the possibility of trying to re-sign Neymar. Reports in Spain this week have suggested Barca are keen to bring the Paris Saint-Germain forward back…

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Soccer – Thierry Henry new Monaco manager: What we can expect from Arsenal legend

Soccer – Thierry Henry new Monaco manager: What we can expect from Arsenal legend

The Arsenal legend has already hinted at his footballing philosophy and will look to replicate the legacy set by former manager Arsene Wenger He’s back! Twenty-four years after making his professional debut at Monaco, Thierry Henry returned to the Stade Louis II this week to begin his first job as a head coach. His immediate objective…

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Soccer – Barcelona in no doubt that quiet Lionel Messi is perfect captain, says Abidal

Soccer – Barcelona in no doubt that quiet Lionel Messi is perfect captain, says Abidal

Diego Maradona suggested the star player lacked the traits required to captain the national team, but the Catalan side’s director disagrees Lionel Messi leaves his Barcelona team-mates in no doubt as to when he is angry despite his introverted nature, according to Eric Abidal. The forward faced criticism from fellow Argentina legend and former national team…

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Soccer – Barcelona star Toni Duggan calls on English players to follow Jadon Sancho and seek fortunes abroad

Soccer – Barcelona star Toni Duggan calls on English players to follow Jadon Sancho and seek fortunes abroad

With Borussia Dortmund’s young talent getting his break with England, the Lionesses star believes that playing overseas is a brilliant experience Having won a host of major titles at Manchester City, England women’s star Toni Duggan took a leap in the dark last year upon moving to Barcelona.  It is a decision Duggan has not…

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Soccer – De Ligt next club: Juventus join race for Barcelona & Man City target De Ligt

Soccer – De Ligt next club: Juventus join race for Barcelona & Man City target De Ligt

The Ajax defender is one of the most sought-after players in Europe and is wanted by the Italian giants as well as the Catalan and English clubs Juventus have joined Barcelona and Manchester City in the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, Goal understands. The Netherlands international has become one of the most sought-after…

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