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Sergio Ramos Tests Positive For COVID-19
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Sergio Ramos Tests Positive For COVID-19

Spanish Professional Football Club, Real Madrid has revealed that its defender, Sergio Ramos has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. This was revealed on the official website of the football club as the player is out of their upcoming match with Liverpool on Wednesday, 14 April 2021. Ramos was also absent from his team’s weekend win over fierce rivals Barcelona, which placed them in a strong position to defend their league title. The Spanish giants won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Vinicius Junior and Marcos Asensio, who are both in excellent form ahead of tomorrow’s match at Anfield. Meanwhile, the Grid Company Limited(GRIDCo) has explained the reason behind the sudden power outages in the country yesterday. In a statement release, the company revealed that there was...
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table
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Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table

Real Madrid are now top of the La Liga table after doing the double over Barcelona for the first time since 2007-08 by winning 2-1 on Saturday night, April 10. It was a very entertaining game as Madrid’s counter-attacking tactics worked well, particularly in the first half as Karim Benzema put Madrid 1-0 ahead. 33-year-old Benzema was first to meet Lucas Vazquez's low cross towards the near post, squeezing a backheeled flick past Marc-Andre ter Stegen for his 25th goal in 35 appearances this season. Barcelona fell further behind when Kroos' free-kick took a deflection off Sergino Dest on its way past Ter Stegen. Federico Valverde could have made it 3-0 before half-time, but his shot across goal came back off the inside of the far post. In the second half Coach Ro...
Atletito Madrid player, Luis Suarez joins Messi and Ronaldo in 500-goal club
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Atletito Madrid player, Luis Suarez joins Messi and Ronaldo in 500-goal club

Atletico Madrid and Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez, is now among the 500 goal club after scoring in a crucial La Liga victory against Alaves on Sunday night, March 21. Luis Suarez netted the goal in the 54th minute of Atletico Madrid's clash with Alaves as he headed home a cross from Kieran Trippier to give the La Liga's leaders the lead. The goal was Suarez's 19th league goal of the season, with only Lionel Messi having more in La Liga this season, with 21. Suarez is now the first Uruguayan player to ever reach the 500 goal landmark. At Barcelona he scored 198, at Ajax he netted 111 goals while he scored 82 times during his stay at Liverpool. For his country, Suarez has scored 63 times, while he scored 15 for his old clubs Groningen and 12 for Nacional. Suarez is only ...
‘You’ll be Embarrassed’ – Ferdinand Blasts Rudiger after Chelsea’s 2 -0 Win Over Atletico
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‘You’ll be Embarrassed’ – Ferdinand Blasts Rudiger after Chelsea’s 2 -0 Win Over Atletico

  Former Manchester United defender and football pundit, Rio Ferdinand has told Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, that he will be ’embarrassed’ for his theatrics that played a role in getting Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic sent off in Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The German defender had thrown himself to the turf after getting an elbow into the chest from Savic, leading to the Atletico Madrid defender being promptly shown a red card. The La Liga leaders were already 1-0 down at this stage after Hakim Ziyech had put Chelsea ahead in the first half. Emerson Palmieri made it 2-0 and 3-0 on aggregate for Blues with his late effort. Ferdinand was less impressed by Rudiger’s conduct late on in the match “Rudiger, I think will...
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for LaLiga Clash
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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for LaLiga Clash

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has named a 20-man strong squad that will face Real Madrid in today’s La Liga derby clash at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Simeone announced the list in a post via Atletico Madrid’s official website. Atletico Madrid head to the game after beating Villarreal 2-0 last Sunday, Real Madrid played a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad last Monday. Atletico are currently on top of the La Liga table with 58 points from 24 games, while Zinedine Zidane’s side are in the third position with 53 points from 25 games. Atletico Madrid’s squad against Real Madrid: Grbic, Oblak, Renan Lodi, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier, Vrsaljko, Kondogbia, Torreira, Koke, Saul, Lemar, Marcos Illorente, Vitolo, Carrasco, Joao Felix, Suarez, Correa, Dembele. ...
Sergio Ramos Shows Off Football Career Trophies For Club And Country
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Sergio Ramos Shows Off Football Career Trophies For Club And Country

Here is the moment Sergio Ramos showed off the trophies he has won during his football career. The 34-year-old Spanish defender has been at Real Madrid for more than 10 years. At Real Madrid, Ramos has won the Champions League, La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and the Club World Cup. With the Spanish National Team, he won the 2010 World Cup, and Euros. In the video, Ramos showed all his trophies for both club and Country. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/3r-nYh-rUP4
Messi Fires Blank as Barcelona Thrash Sevilla, Qualify for Final
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Messi Fires Blank as Barcelona Thrash Sevilla, Qualify for Final

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, was not on the score sheet as the La Liga giants thrashed Sevilla 3-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg on Wednesday night to qualify for the final. Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for Barcelona in the first half before Gerard Pique scored a late goal to force the game into extra time. Martin Braithwaite then scored in the first half of extra time to ensure Ronald Koeman’s side qualified for the final ahead of Sevilla on 3-2 aggregate. Recall that Barcelona had lost 2-0 against Sevilla in the first leg last month. Barcelona will now face the winner between Levente and Athletic Club in the final on April 4. Barcelona’s next fixture is against Osasuna in the La Liga on Saturday. The Blaugrana are currently in the sec...
Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw
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Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw

  On Sunday, Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, made history following his side’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz in the La Liga. Messi also surpassed the club’s legend, Xavi Hernández’s La Liga appearances for the Catalan club after Barcelona’s draw with Cadiz. A first-half goal from Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez ensured both Barcelona and Cadiz shared a point each at Camp Nou. According to OptaJose, Messi’s goal means the Argentine captain has scored in six La Liga games in a row (nine goals) for the first time since February 2019 (eight appearances). Messi also becomes the first Barcelona player with the most LaLiga appearances of 506, surpassing Xavi’s 505 appearances after the game. However, the 33-year-old is far from beating Real Betis’ Joa...
Koeman Criticizes Messi, Other Barcelona Players for Failing to Beat Cadiz
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Koeman Criticizes Messi, Other Barcelona Players for Failing to Beat Cadiz

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has criticized his players including captain, Lionel Messi, after they failed to beat Cadiz in the La Liga on Sunday. Koeman saw Barcelona drew 1-1 at Camp Nou following a first-half penalty from Lionel Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez. The Dutchman said that Barcelona players were not up to the task in the attack, adding that they should have defended differently against the visitors. According to him, the result was a great disappointment and a missed opportunity for Barcelona after Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 against Levante on Saturday. “It’s disappointing,” Ronald Koeman said at a post-match press conference after the game. “These kinds of games have to be won, and we did not. It’s a missed opportunity after Atl...
We Believe We can win Title – Real Madrid Midfielder, Casemiro
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We Believe We can win Title – Real Madrid Midfielder, Casemiro

  Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has said that Zinedine Zidane’s side believe they can win the La Liga title after his goal earned a 1-0 win at Real Valladolid on Saturday evening. Casemiro’s goal against Valladolid narrowed the gap with leaders Atletico Madrid to just three points on Saturday. The result came after title favourites Atletico Madrid were beaten 2-0 by Levante earlier on Saturday for their first home La Liga loss since Dec. 2019. “It is not just because Atletico Madrid lost. We believe [we can win] the league,” Casemiro said at a post-match press conference. “I think there are still 42 points left. That is a lot of points. “We know there’s a lot of league left. We know it’s difficult, but we believe in the league.” Real Madrid’s next game is ...
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger

  Former Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has said that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi need better teammates in their respective clubs. The legendary manager noted that both Juventus and Barcelona are overly reliant on the two superstars. While Juventus fell 2-1 to FC Porto in Portugal, Barcelona suffered a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 with both Ronaldo and Messi leading their various teams. Messi fired Barcelona into the lead from the spot-kick, but a Kylian Mbappe-inspired hat-trick sealed a successful comeback for the French side. Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Wenger pointed out that Juventus’ reliant on Ronaldo showed that the “players around him just aren’t good enough. “It’s a problem that [Juve] are only relying on Ro...
Champions League: Pochettino Reveals Conversation With Messi after PSG Defeated Barcelona
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Champions League: Pochettino Reveals Conversation With Messi after PSG Defeated Barcelona

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has revealed that he exchanged pleasantries with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi after his team defeated the La Liga giants 4-1 in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie earlier this week in Spain. Pochettino also said that he didn’t have any discussion with Messi about the 33-year-old’s future at Barcelona amid interests from PSG. Messi’s contract at Barcelona will expire at the end of the season, and PSG are the frontrunners for the Argentine captain’s signature. Messi and Pochettino did cross paths immediately after the full-time whistle at Camp Nou, but the PSG boss is now saying that they only said ‘hello and goodbye’. “With Messi, we just said hello and goodbye,” Pochettino told Spanish outlet Tot Cos...
Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona
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Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona

  Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has revealed that captain, Lionel Messi, will join Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires this summer. Rivaldo believes Barcelona’s 4-1 defeat against PSG would be Messi’s last Champions League game for the La Liga giants at Camp Nou. Recall that PSG thrashed Barcelona in Spain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night, thanks to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe. “This heavy defeat against PSG will almost certainly be Messi’s last Champions League game with Barcelona at the Camp Nou,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “[Barcelona cannot give Messi] the real possibility of fighting for big trophies. “His future will be PSG, even more so given his display at the Camp Nou. They are a team that can give him the opti...
Champions League: Wenger Advises PSG Against Signing Messi From Barcelona
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Champions League: Wenger Advises PSG Against Signing Messi From Barcelona

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has advised Paris Saint-Germain to prioritise securing the long-term futures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe rather than sign Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi. Wenger said this as PSG defeated Barcelona 4-1 in the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie on Tuesday night at Camp Nou, thanks to three goals from Mbappe and a strike from Moise Kean. Messi was heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona last summer and the Argentine captain looks set to leave the La Liga giants this summer. Asked whether PSG should try to sign Messi, Wenger told beIN Sports: “That is another question because Lionel Messi demands huge investment. “I would say PSG should be more focused on keeping their two best players and invest all the money they have in thes...
Hazard injury update offers Champions League hope for Zidane and Real Madrid
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Hazard injury update offers Champions League hope for Zidane and Real Madrid

The Blancos boss has revealed that a Belgian playmaker is closing in on a return to full training following another untimely spell on the sidelines Zinedine Zidane has suggested that Eden Hazard could come back into contention ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 encounter with Atalanta, as the Belgian forward is stepping up his recovery from another untimely injury. The Belgium international, who has suffered a string of fitness setbacks since joining the Blancos in 2019, has been back on the treatment table with a muscle complaint. He will play no part in a La Liga clash with Valencia on Sunday, but may be ready for a recall before the Blancos return to European action on February 24.
‘I’ll Call Messi’ – Guardiola Challenges Bayern Munich to a sextuple Match With Barcelona after Winning Club World Cup
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‘I’ll Call Messi’ – Guardiola Challenges Bayern Munich to a sextuple Match With Barcelona after Winning Club World Cup

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has challenged manager Hansi Flick and his Bayern Munich team to a ‘battle of the sextuples.’ The challenge came after Bayern Munich matched Guardiola’s Barcelona team’s achievement with a sixth straight trophy. Bayern beat Tigres to win the Club World Cup on Thursday, adding to five other titles they won in a single year. Bayern won the Bundesliga, Champions League, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup titles over the last year. This means that the Bundesliga giants became only the second side ever to win the sextuple, matching Guardiola’s legendary 2009 Barcelona team. Reacting to the development, Guardiola who now manages Manchester City, congratulated Bayern Munich and the manager for equaling his record. “But I would like...
Bayern Munich Win Club World Cup, Matching Barcelona’s Record as Only Club to Win all Six Trophies in One Season
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Bayern Munich Win Club World Cup, Matching Barcelona’s Record as Only Club to Win all Six Trophies in One Season

Bayern Munich are now Club World Cup champions after beating Mexican side Tigres 1-0 on Thursday night, making history as the second team after Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team to win a historic sextuple (six trophies in one year) Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of the game and the Bundesliga giants are now undisputed champions of Germany, Europe and the World. Bayern now have all six titles available to them - the Bundesliga, Champions League, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, their national domestic cup (DFB-Pokal) and super cup (DFL-Supercup). Before Bayern's win on Thursday night, Barcelona were the only team ever to hold all six titles at the same time before.   In 2009, Barcelona coached by Guardiola won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Esp...
LaLiga: 85 Percent of Referees are From Madrid, they Favour Real Madrid – Gerard Pique
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LaLiga: 85 Percent of Referees are From Madrid, they Favour Real Madrid – Gerard Pique

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has said that referees in LaLiga favour Real Madrid. Pique said this while discussing Barcelona’s decision to let top Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez join Atletico Madrid and his(Pique) relationship with Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos. “The other day a former referee said that 85 per cent of the referees are from Madrid,” Pique said in an interview with Post United. “How are they not going to whistle in favour of Madrid? Even unconsciously, how are they not going to give more for one side than the other?” Pique had called for changes in Barcelona, following their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the ChampionsLeague. This was after Barca were eliminated from the competition in the quarter-final stage for the second time in thr...
COVID-19: Atletico Striker, Dembele Tests Positive
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COVID-19: Atletico Striker, Dembele Tests Positive

Atletico striker, Moussa Dembele has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease. His club in a statement released on Thursday said the squad underwent testing on Wednesday, from which “Moussa Dembele’s result came back positive. According to the statement, Dembele is currently isolating in his home while strictly complying to the recommendations by health officials. “Moussa Dembele had a positive result for the coronavirus infection after the squad underwent a PCR test. “The striker remains isolated at his home, strictly complying with the recommendations of the health authorities and La Liga protocol,” the statement said. Dembele joined Atletico on loan in January from Lyon until the end of the season but is yet to make an appearance for the La Liga leaders. ...
Atletico Madrid Forward, Joao Felix Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Atletico Madrid Forward, Joao Felix Tests Positive for Coronavirus

La Liga League leaders, Atletico Madrid has announced that forward Joao Felix is now the third player in two weeks to test positive for Covid-19. "Joao Felix has tested positive for Covid-19. The striker is isolating at home, in compliance with the health authorities' guidelines and La Liga protocols," Atletico said in a statement on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Portuguese youngster joins teammates Yannick Carrasco and Mario Hermoso, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, on the sidelines. Carrasco and Hermoso missed Atletico's 4-2 win at Cadiz on Sunday, but club record-signing Felix started and played 60 minutes yet will now be unavailable for Monday's clash at home to Celta Vigo. Felix, who moved to Atletico from Benfica for a club-record £113m in the summer of 201...
Ibrahimovic denies using racist language in on-field spat with Lukaku in Inter vs AC Milan derby clash
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Ibrahimovic denies using racist language in on-field spat with Lukaku in Inter vs AC Milan derby clash

The Swede took to social media to promote a message of unity after banging heads with the Belgian Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied all allegations of using racist abuse during his on-field clash with Romelu Lukaku in the Coppa Italia match between Inter and AC Milan on Tuesday evening. The attackers squared up to each other at half-time, trading verbal blows and ultimately being cautioned by referee Paolo Valeri. Lukaku came out on top in the end, scoring the equaliser in a 2-1 win for the Nerazzurri, while Ibrahimovic was shown a second yellow in the second half and was given his marching orders.
Elche 0-2 Barcelona: De Jong And Riqui Puig Seal Win For Messi-less Barca
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Elche 0-2 Barcelona: De Jong And Riqui Puig Seal Win For Messi-less Barca

BARCELONA won again without the suspended Lionel Messi as goals from Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig were enough to secure a scruffy 2-0 win over Elche in La Liga. De Jong poked the ball over the line just before half-time at the Martinez Valero, which would have proved a suitably scrappy winner before Puig came off the bench to head in a second late on. Despite an uninspiring performance, Ronald Koeman will be relieved to see Barca make it two consecutive victories without Messi and since their loss in the Spanish Super Cup final last weekend to Athletic Bilbao, after an extra-time victory over Cornella in midweek. Messi is still serving his punishment for being sent off in Seville but the Argentinian will be available again for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey tie away at Rayo Vallec...
Suarez Strikes Again As Atletico March On With Valencia Win
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Suarez Strikes Again As Atletico March On With Valencia Win

Luis Suarez scored a brilliant team goal as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 on Sunday and move seven points clear at the top of La Liga. After Real Madrid thrashed Alaves on Saturday, Barca had earlier followed suit with a scrappy victory over Elche. But Atletico was undeterred in the capital, as their considerable advantage was restored again, with a game in hand. “We don’t get carried away or think too far ahead, we think about getting better,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. Suarez finished off a flowing move that had started almost on Atletico’s goal-line before substitute Angel Correa capped another slick string of passes to end Valencia’s resistance. The visitors had taken an early lead in stunning fashion, Uros Racic curling into the top c...
USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine
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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine

The 20-year-old hasn't found his best form at Camp Nou since joining from Ajax in the summer but trusts in his own potential Sergino Dest admits his confidence has taken a hit since his summer move to Barcelona, but Ronald Koeman has backed him to find his feet at Camp Nou. The United States international joined from Ajax amid some fanfare in the last transfer window and has played in 15 of Barca’s 17 games in La Liga so far this season. Dest hasn’t always been at his best in Spain but he believes in his own potential to get over a tricky start to life at his new club.
What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1
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What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1

Atletico Madrid Coach,siego Simeone, has described striker, Luis Suarez, as an ‘extraordinary player’ after the Uruguay international scored a brace in his side’s 2-1 win over Eibar in the La Liga on Thursday. Simeone said that Suarez was active for Atletico against Eibar at Municipal de Ipurua. Suarez’s second-half two goals gave Atletico Madrid all three points against Eibar, as Marko Dmitrovic’s first half penalty was not enough to give the host a point. The win against Eibar means Atletico Madrid are on top of the La Liga table with 44 points from 17 games. Speaking on Suarez after the game, Simeone said at post-match, “He’s an extraordinary player, and we are very happy that we have him with us. “He was active throughout. “He found the goal after a loss of the ball...
“We Aren’t Puppets” – Thibaut Courtois Hits Out At La Liga
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“We Aren’t Puppets” – Thibaut Courtois Hits Out At La Liga

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is not happy the game against Osasuna was allowed to go ahead despite the bad and has hit out at La Liga for treating them like puppets. Some La Liga games this weekend were postponed due to bad weather as Storm Filomena caused chaos in Spain. But Madrid was left to travel despite the warnings as La Liga scheduled their game to go ahead. Madrid spent hours in Pamplona on Friday due to a frozen runaway and one could tell in the game against Osasuna as they didn't look sharp. The game ended goalless and some of the players were not happy with the results as they feel the game should have been postponed. One of them is Thibaut Courtois who spoke with Movistar after the game. "I want to thank the people of Osasuna for having the pitch like t...
Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season
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Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season

Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season, the clubs announced on Wednesday. Getafe, who have dropped to 16th in La Liga, will pay all of Alena’s wages as the 23-year-old looks to kickstart his career away from Camp Nou. “FC Barcelona and Getafe CF have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Carles Alena until the end of the 2020/21 season,” Barca said in a statement. Alena has long been circled as a potential star of the future after coming through at Barca’s La Masia youth academy but he has been unable to establish himself in the first team. He failed to make much of an impression during a loan spell at Real Betis last season and has made only five appearances for Barca this term under new coach Ronald Koeman. The...
Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev
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Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev

Barcelona have left Lionel Messi out of their 19-man squad to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Argentine played the full 90 minutes of Barca's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but was not included in the list of players who will travel to the Ukraine for the Group G match. Manager Ronald Koeman advised he has decided to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in La Liga. The club cannot afford another injury after Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto joined Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti in the long-term absentee list. The superstar forward is due a rest after missing just 45 minutes of action in total for Barca this season and played all of bo...
Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu
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Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu

The Romanian spoke to the media on the eve of his team's showdown with the Catalans at Camp Nou Dynamo Kiev head coach Mircea Lucescu does not believe Barcelona are at the level to win the Champions League. Group G leaders and La Liga giants Barcelona will host Ukrainian visitors Dynamo at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Barca equalled their worst tally of La Liga points after six games since the Spanish competition reverted to three points for a win – Ronald Koeman's side drew 1-1 with Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, meaning they have just eight points so far in the early stages of the 2020-21 campaign.
“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
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“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou

Guardiola is in the last six months of his current contract with Manchester City, and this week Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced he will be stepping down as president following the club's failures on and off the pitch last season.   Barca presidential candidate Victor Font also announced he wanted to bring Guardiola back so as to arrange a reunion between the 49-year-old and Lionel Messi. "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation, and most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carlos] Puyol," Font told Sky Sports earlier this we...
‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win
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‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win

The Frenchman remains focused on his job despite speculation that pressure on his position was mounting Zinedine Zidane insisted he was unfazed about silencing Real Madrid's critics after recording a 3-1 Clasico win over Barcelona. After Ansu Fati cancelled out Federico Valverde's opener, Sergio Ramos scored a 63rd-minute penalty and Luka Modric sealed Madrid's win at Camp Nou. Zidane was under pressure at the helm after back-to-back losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, but Madrid moved top of La Liga after Saturday's win.
‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay
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‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushed for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer, but has been talked into honouring his contract Lionel Messi’s reputation would be “very damaged” if he were to leave Barcelona, claims La Liga president Javier Tebas. The Argentine forward did push for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer. Having become disillusioned with life in Catalunya on the back of a disappointing end to the 2019-20 campaign, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner felt the time was right to take on a new challenge.
La Liga Boss, Tebas Slams ‘Ignorance’ Of European Premier League Organizers
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La Liga Boss, Tebas Slams ‘Ignorance’ Of European Premier League Organizers

Reports that the continent's top clubs might be ready to join the proposed new tournament provoked a strong reaction from the Spanish supremo La Liga president Javier Tebas has dismissed the prospect of a breakaway European Premier League, stating that such a proposal is a product of "ignorance". According to reports that began to circulate on Tuesday, the prospective competition is backed by Wall Street giants JP Morgan as well as English clubs Liverpool and Manchester United and could come into being as soon as 2022. The EPL would bring together Europe's top clubs in a single tournament, which would ultimately replace the Champions League as the continent's top club prize. Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who has lent his support to a group campaigning fo...
Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return
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Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return

The Blancos have omitted the skipper from their squad for their European opener at Santiago Bernabeu Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid's clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League while Eden Hazard's fitness is improving as he nears a comeback from injury. Los Blancos captain Ramos took a knock to his knee in Saturday's shock 1-0 La Liga loss to Cadiz and was absent from Tuesday's training session ahead of the club's opening European fixture of the 2020-21 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu. With the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona taking place on Saturday, head coach Zinedine Zidane said he was unlikely to risk exacerbating the issue.
La Liga boss Tebas slams ‘ignorance’ of European Premier League organisers
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La Liga boss Tebas slams ‘ignorance’ of European Premier League organisers

 Reports that the continent's top clubs might be ready to join the proposed new tournament provoked a strong reaction from the Spanish supremo La Liga president Javier Tebas has dismissed the prospect of a breakaway European Premier League, stating that such a proposal is a product of "ignorance". According to reports that began to circulate on Tuesday, the prospective competition is backed by Wall Street giants JP Morgan as well as English clubs Liverpool and Manchester United and could come into being as soon as 2022. The EPL would bring together Europe's top clubs in a single tournament, which would ultimately replace the Champions League as the continent's top club prize.
Arsenal Sign Ghanaian Midfielder, Thomas Partey From Athletico Madrid, To Jersey No.18
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Arsenal Sign Ghanaian Midfielder, Thomas Partey From Athletico Madrid, To Jersey No.18

The 27-year-old midfielder will be plying his trade in the Premier League throughout the 2020/21 campaign after Arsenal activated his £45 million release clause mere hours before the deadline. That way, the north London club were able to bypass negotiations with Atletico, who had stood firm on the release clause all summer, by paying up at the La Liga headquarters. Atletico confirm the news on Twitter Atletico confirmed the news on Monday night by tweeting that Partey had unilaterally terminated his contract by way of the release clause being released, essentially announced the move in tandem. The tweet read: "@Arsenal pay Thomas Partey’s buyout clause at LaLiga headquarters. The player has unilaterally terminated his contract with our club." The news was followed by confirm...
Messi Bid An Emotional Farewell To Team-mate Arturo Vidal
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Messi Bid An Emotional Farewell To Team-mate Arturo Vidal

Vidal spent two seasons in Spain at Barca, and helped them win the La Liga during his first season at the club. Messi became close with Vidal during his two years at the club, and noted how his pal will be missed in the dressing room. On his Instagram he said: “I only knew you from facing up against each other and you always seemed a phenomenon, but after I was lucky enough to get to know you personally and you surprised me even more. “They were two years sharing a lot and you made yourself noticed a lot. The dressing room will miss you, Arturo.” Luis Suarez also chimed in with a message for Vidal and said: “To have you as an opponent was unbearable because of how great you are as a player, but to have you as a team-mate, friend and to know you as a person, you are even gre...
Nigerian/Spanish International, Marvin Park, Makes La Liga Debut
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Nigerian/Spanish International, Marvin Park, Makes La Liga Debut

Marvin Olawale Akinlabi Park (born 3 July 2000) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Real Madrid. He made his La Liga debut today 20 September 2020 with a cameo in the match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad which ended in a goalless draw. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Park
Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig
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Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig

The Spaniard is viewed as a future prospect at Camp Nou but his short-term future could lie elsewhere Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told Riqui Puig he should leave the club on loan. Puig, 21, has been linked with a move from Barca, and played no part in Saturday's 1-0 Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche at Camp Nou. The young midfielder joined La Masia in 2013 and made his La Liga debut in early 2019 before making 12 appearances in all competitions for the first-team last season.  
La Liga start delayed due to scheduling row
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La Liga start delayed due to scheduling row

The first game of the new La Liga season between Granada and Athletic Bilbao set for Friday has been postponed by a day after a judge from the Spanish soccer federation ruled that matches could not take place on Fridays or Mondays. La Liga said in a statement on Wednesday they would appeal the decision to ensure matches could take place outside of weekends for the second round of fixtures but confirmed the Granada v Athletic Bilbao game would now be held on Saturday. The first game of the new campaign will now be Eibar's home fixture with Celta Vigo on Saturday at 4 p.m. local time (1400 GMT), with the Granada-Athletic Bilbao match taking place later in the day at 6:30 p.m. The Alaves v Real Betis match, originally due to be held on Monday, would take place on Sunday instead, ad...
Majority of fans say it is better if Messi had left Barcelona – AS survey
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Majority of fans say it is better if Messi had left Barcelona – AS survey

The majority of 26,000-plus fans surveyed in an AS poll have said that they disagree with Lionel Messi's decision to stay at Barcelona. Lionel Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona has not gone down well with fans. Of the more than 26,000 participants surveyed in an AS poll who were asked: ‘Do you agree with Messi staying at Barcelona?’, 61.6% have said ‘No’, while 38.4% have stated ‘Yes’. These results indicate the significant loss of support for the Argentine superstar. The soap opera involving Messi and Barcelona – which began early last week after the player sent a burofax demanding to leave the club – ended on Friday when Messi himself confirmed he would stay at Camp Nou in an interview with Goal. As Barça insisted the only way Messi could leave was through the payment of his...
We would find a place for Messi!’ – Rakitic jokes about Barcelona star joining him at Sevilla
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We would find a place for Messi!’ – Rakitic jokes about Barcelona star joining him at Sevilla

The 32-year-old has made the return to Sevilla after six years at Barcelona and wants his old team-mate to join him Ivan Rakitic joked Sevilla could find a place for Lionel Messi if the superstar decided to leave Barcelona. Rakitic, 32, has returned to Sevilla after a successful six-year spell at Barcelona, where he won four La Liga titles and a Champions League crown among numerous other trophies. Messi could also sensationally leave Camp Nou after telling the club he wants to activate a clause in his contract that would allow him to make a free transfer, though the club insist that option is no longer valid and La Liga are taking their side.
Sergio Ramos Urges Lionel Messi To Stay At Barcelona Amid Man City Speculation
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Sergio Ramos Urges Lionel Messi To Stay At Barcelona Amid Man City Speculation

Sergio Ramos has urged Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona for the sake of Spanish football. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has asked to leave the La Liga giants this summer. Manchester City are the bookmakers' favourites to sign Messi, although it remains unclear what fee any potential suitors would have to pay for the Argentine superstar. Barcelona, with the support of La Liga, insist that a club would have to trigger the 33-year-old's £630million release clause, whilst Messi wants to leave for free.
Messi will not show for Barcelona training amid exit reports
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Messi will not show for Barcelona training amid exit reports

The Argentina international believes his contract with the Camp Nou club is up and has distanced himself from the side further Lionel Messi is set to take another step away from Barcelona by not showing for training on Monday, with the Argentina international of the belief that his contract with the club is over, Goal can confirm. Messi stunned the footballing world when he presented the club’s board with a transfer request following the conclusion of what was a disappointing 2019-20 campaign for the Catalans, insistent that he had a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave the club on a free transfer. La Liga has quashed those hopes by siding with Barca, who claim that clause expired in June, on the issue, meaning that if he is to leave, any club will have to meet his b...
Messi Can Only Leave Barca If €700 Million Release Clause Is Met – La Liga
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Messi Can Only Leave Barca If €700 Million Release Clause Is Met – La Liga

La Liga confirm paying Messi's €700M release clause would be the only way out for him La Liga have released an official statement to confirm they side with Barcelona in their legal dispute with Lionel Messi and they say that the player’s €700m release clause remains in place. The 33-year-old has a clause in his deal allowing him to leave at the end of any season, and whilst it was thought that deadline passed in June, with Marca reporting last week that the player’s camp believe that it has been extended in line with the prolonged 2019/20 season. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the current board of the Catalan giants are said to be insistent they will not allow their superstar to leave as a free agent and they will only be prepared to meet with the player to disc...
David Silva Crashes Sociedad Website As Shock Spain Return Confirmed
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David Silva Crashes Sociedad Website As Shock Spain Return Confirmed

The 34-year-old returns to La Liga after a decade in the Premier League, having originally been tipped to join LazioReal Sociedad have confirmed the shock signing of former Manchester City midfielder David Silva on a free transfer. The 34-year-old has signed a two-year deal through to the summer of 2022. Such was the surprise at the move, Real Sociedad’s website crashed shortly after the transfer was confirmed as fans scrambled to find out details of the deal. Serie A side Lazio were believed to be frontrunners for his signature, but the former Spain international has instead decided to return to La Liga a decade after he left Valencia for Manchester City. “Real Sociedad has reached an agreement with David Silva for the Canarian footballer to play for the Txuri Urdin team ...
Costa defends controversial winner as Atletico Madrid secure top-four spot
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Costa defends controversial winner as Atletico Madrid secure top-four spot

After a lengthy VAR check for handball, the Spaniard's strike was allowed to stand Diego Costa denied that his goal in Atletico Madrid's 1-0 victory over Real Betis was scored with the assistance of his arm. Atleti secured the win they needed to clinch a top-four finish in La Liga on Saturday, despite playing over half an hour with 10 men following Mario Hermoso's straight red card for a foul on Loren Moron. Costa was sent on as one of a trio of attacking changes just before Hermoso's dismissal and, after Diego Simeone's side absorbed some late pressure, he guided Yannick Carrasco's free-kick into the bottom-right corner to seal the three points.
Barcelona target Lautaro ‘must find peace of mind’, insists Inter chief Marotta
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Barcelona target Lautaro ‘must find peace of mind’, insists Inter chief Marotta

The Inter supremo was once again asked about the future of the Argentine hotshot and his form for the club Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said Lautaro Martinez "must find peace of mind" amid strong links to La Liga champions Barcelona. Lautaro - who moved to Milan from Racing Club in 2018 - has been tipped to swap Serie A side Inter for Barca at the end of the 2019-20 coronavirus-hit season. The Argentina forward had scored 16 goals prior to the campaign being halted in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic but he has only netted once in six games since the restart, missing a penalty in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Bologna.
Inter sponsor Pirelli can help the club sign Messi, claims chief executive Tronchetti
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Inter sponsor Pirelli can help the club sign Messi, claims chief executive Tronchetti

The tyre company boss was asked whether the shirt sponsor could assist in luring the Argentine superstar from Barca Pirelli chief executive Marco Tronchetti said the Inter shirt sponsor can "help" the Nerazzurri sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi but club president Steven Zhang must "make an effort himself". Messi's future is once again in the headlines amid reports the Barca captain is ready to quit the La Liga giants once his contract expires in 2021. Inter have been linked to Messi previously, with former president Massimo Moratti insisting the six-time Ballon d'Or winner relocating to Milan was not a "forbidden dream at all".
Real Madrid went to the top of La Liga thanks to a hard-fought victory at Real Sociedad
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Real Madrid went to the top of La Liga thanks to a hard-fought victory at Real Sociedad

Zinedine Zidane's side are level on points with Barca, who drew 0-0 with Sevilla on Friday, but go top because of their superior head-to-head record. Sergio Ramos' penalty after the lively Vinicius Jr was fouled gave the visitors the lead. Karim Benzema doubled their advantage before Mikel Merino's strike set up a tense finale. There was controversy when substitute Adnan Januzaj thought he had made it 1-1 with a strike from outside the area but it was ruled out for a Merino offside. Merino did not get a touch but the officials deemed he was blocking goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' view, so interfering with play. Their sense of grievance grew when moments later Benzema controlled a Federico Valverde cross with his shoulder before firing home. The goal stood after a video assist...

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