Atletico Madrid Centre-Back Diego Godin Deserves More Credit

More than a few eyebrows were raised as David Luiz was selected at center-back as part of the FIFPro World XI at the Balon d’Or event last week. People were shocked to see Luiz ahead of better center-backs, including the likes of Mats Hummels, Thiago Silva, and Diego Godin. In truth, this shouldn’t even be a question. Hummels is still inconsistent at times, Silva has seen a...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Barcelona cruise past Elche in Copa del Rey first leg

Barcelona shrugged off a turbulent few days as they romped to victory in the first leg of their Copa del Rey fifth-round tie, beating Elche 5-0 at home. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced on Wednesday his decision to bring the club's elections forward by 12 months in order to recover ''stability'' following growing media reports of friction in the changing room and in...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Major power struggle to blame for Barcelona's ailing woes

It is clear that a major power struggle is underway at Barcelona. Coach Luis Enrique has told the board that he and Lionel Messi can no longer work together and the Argentine attacker is also considering his future at the club. The wider situation at Camp Nou has become so poisonous that, following the departures of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and club legend Carles Puyol...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Barcelona Have Handed Luis Enrique An Ultimatum, Says Report

Spanish radio station Cadena Cope is reporting that Barcelona have handed manager Luis Enrique an ultimatum following the firing of the club’s director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta. This news comes on the heels of long-time servant Carles Puyol’s resignation from his role with the club, as well as Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat by Real Sociedad on Sunday night. Despite Enrique’s...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Puyol leaves Barcelona role

Carles Puyol has announced he will leave his role as assistant sports director at Barcelona with immediate effect. The former […]
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal Doesn’t Like You Either

Louis van Gaal Doesn’t Like You Either - originally posted on You probably think you have Louis van Gaal figured out by now, right? You’ve read the articles, you’ve heard the crazy stories about him dropping his pants and showing his balls at Bayern Munich (no, really) you’ve heard the astoundingly egotistical press-conferences, the short temper, the league...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona’s Season Preview: Expectations Are High Despite Dodgy Defense

Fresh from spending somewhere in the region of £130 million, Barcelona has been slapped with a double transfer embargo ban meaning that they can’t buy any players during the next two windows. Their transfer strategy this summer was plotted out with such an embargo in mind as the Catalan club finally spent some money in key areas of the pitch where they’ve been severely lacking...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona start new La Liga season under cloud of uncertainty

BARCELONA --   Spain's league season begins Saturday, still tying up its loose ends in a hurry. Less than 19 hours after the scheduled finish of the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, an event that celebrates the achievers of the previous campaign, champions Atletico Madrid and Spanish Super Cup-holders Real Madrid, Malaga kickoff the new one against Athletic Bilbao. The clock...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 Worst Haircuts in Soccer

Over the years, soccer has seen some of the worst haircuts in humanity. From Rene Higuita to Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle, the Premier League alone has experienced some terrible trims. Let’s take a look at some of the worst haircuts on the market, both past and present: 10. Raheem Sterling Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling’s hairdo is just awful. The Liverpool winger...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona Seal Deal for £15m Arsenal Defender

Now that club legend and former captain Carles Puyol has retired and Gerard Pique is struggling to regain his form, manager Luis Enrique has had to address the lack of top quality center backs on the squad. He added Jeremy Mathieu ... Read More
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona name captains for new season

Barcelona have confirmed their line-up of four captains for the new season, with Xavi replacing Carles Puyol in the top […]
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona lodge £10m bid for Manchester United target

Barcelona lodge £10m bid for Manchester United target - originally posted on Barcelona have been linked with several top defenders this summer. The Catalan giants are desperately looking to sign a proper centre-back, who could fill the void left by club legend Carles Puyol. Over the last couple of months, Barcelona have been linked with the defenders like Marquinhos...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona Target €39m Defender, Pep Guardiola Involved

Spanish newspaper Marca has revealed that Jérôme Boateng has emerged as FC Barcelona’s number one target to improve their defense. The Bayern Munich defender is seen as an ideal replacement for retired captain Carles Puyol. The Catalan club has already signed ... Read More
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool close to complete €15m transfer, deal done claim Spanish media

Liverpool close to complete €15m transfer, deal done claim Spanish media - originally posted on Daniel Agger is facing an uncertain future at Liverpool. The 29-year-old defender dropped down the pecking orders at the club last season behind Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel and is likely to slip further down the list, after Liverpool adding yet another central defender...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona’s £16million Signing of Jeremy Mathieu Is Bad Business For The Blaugrana

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for £16million. The move displays the Catalan club’s continued deficit in the quality of attacking players they sign compared to their defensive counterparts. The 30-year-old was a left-back for most of his career but has been moved to center-back due to his pace and quality out wide rescinding with...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona sign Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for €20m

Barcelona sign Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for €20m - originally posted on The 30 year-old defender Jeremy Mathieu has signed for Barcelona on a four-year contract after his £15.8 million release clause was activated. A statement from the club has said: “The cost of the transfer is 20 million Euros and the buyout clause will be 50 million Euros.” The Frenchman...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Puyol against Spain overhaul

Carles Puyol does not believe a drastic overhaul of the Spain national team is necessary despite their failure at the […]
Via Soccer News
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Players Barcelona Should Sign Now

With the exit of both Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol, there has been a lot of talk about who Barcelona will bring into the squad for the upcoming season. Last season, Barcelona finished second in the league, just above their ... Read More
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking from Spain: €42m price tag slapped on Arsenal and Manchester United target

Breaking from Spain: €42m price tag slapped on Arsenal and Manchester United target - originally posted on According to reports in Spain, Arsenal and Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte has signed a new contract with Athletic Bilbao which will see a €42m buyout clause for the player’s services. The player had initially signed a contract extension last...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Puyol takes up sports management role at Barca

Former Barcelona stalwart Carles Puyol has been appointed as an assistant to the sports management team at Camp Nou. The […]
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona in pole position to land Liverpool target

Barcelona in pole position to land Liverpool target - originally posted on Reports from Spain have suggested that Barcelona have stepped up their interest to sign Liverpool target and Sporting Lisbon’s defender Marcos Rojo in the summer. The 24 year old Argentine has enjoyed a good season in Portugal and has attracted interest from Liverpool over the past couple...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Puyol: I have lived the dream

An emotional Carles Puyol expressed his pride at having “lived the dream” at Barcelona after calling time on his trophy-laden […]
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

David Luiz casts doubt on his Chelsea future

David Luiz casts doubt on his Chelsea future - originally posted on Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League after they suffered 3-1 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the second leg at Stamford Bridge last night. Now the focus shifts on the league, where according to David Luiz, Chelsea still have a great chance of lifting the trophy. The Blues are...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Copa del Rey Final Live: Real Madrid, Barcelona Meet In ‘El Clasico’

12:30 p.m. ET: Barcelona and Real Madrid, Spanish soccer’s two superpowers, will contest another “Clasico” Wednesday — this time for the right to lift the Copa del Rey or King’s Cup. The eyes of the soccer world turn to the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain, as the eternal rivals meet for the third time this season and 227th time in their history. Barcelona has beaten...
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Martino: Puyol could return against Real

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has hinted that captain Carles Puyol could return from injury in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final. […]
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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