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PLAYERS: Lionel Messi
“If he is well physically then Pepe will play,” assured Real Madrid boss José Mourinho in a Press conference prior to Wednesday’s return leg against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. “He is doubtful alongside Lassana Diarra and Esteban Granero. These are the three with problems,” added Mourinho. The Portuguese international missed the 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend with a hamstring strain amid Spanish media reports claiming the injury came at a convenient time, following the 28-year-old’s alleged stamp on Lionel Messi at the Santiago Bernabé

Time Magazine: American Shyness > Lionel Messi

According to the first week of February's Time Magazine cover, we are the only country that "King Leo" does not run. America seems to have King "(Power of) Shyness" running our country in February instead. American soccer fans who think the UEFA is making futbol relevant in this country just got dick-slapped while they were begging on their knees for NFL...

Ray Hudson Invokes Star Trek, Shakespeare, And Theology To Praise Lionel Messi This Week

I would be very happy if we could bring to you a weekly dose of Gol TV announcer Ray Hudson.  On matchdays, you can follow the MAGISTERIAL Live Ray Hudson Twitter account for the best of this cosmic commentator in 140 characters.  It seems Ray saves his most outrageous comments to describe the brilliance of the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.  Ray Hudson and partner Phil...

Lionel Messi Scores Hat Trick, Announcer Screams Like Little Girl (Video)

Lionel Messi scored three goals for Barcelona against Malaga on Sunday. Messi's third goal made him Spain's leading goal scorer this season, and caused commentator Ray Hudson to lose his mind. Read more » Holdout Sports is now a member of the Yardbarker Network. Visit us at

Messi's Being Messi Again, And Dani Alves Has A Nuke-Powered Boot

Barcelona holds a 4-3 aggregate edge in the second half of their return trip to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, thanks to the illusionist Lionel Messi setting up Pedro for the initial score and then a blistering strike by Dani Alves off a free kick rebound. The goals set up a 4-1 aggregate edge that would have pretty much eliminated Los Blancos...

Barcelona President Rosell: I Don’t Know How Nou Camp Will Receive Real Madrid’s Pepe

Barcelona Lionel Messi Real MadridBarcelona president Sandro Rosell doesn’t know how Nou Camp fans will receive Pepe this more

Date set for Pepe ´stamp´ ruling

President Alfredo Florez said the Spanish Fotball Federation will rule on Pepe’s alleged stamp on Lionel Messi on Wednesday. The...

Pepe will face no action over Pepe stamp

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) has decided it will take no action against Real Madrid’s Pepe for his alleged stamp on Lionel Messi’s hand during last Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu. The RFEF announced the decision on Monday and now Madrid boss José Mourinho will need to decide if he will select the player for the second...

Pepe cleared for Cup Clasico

Real Madrid player Pepe has escaped sanction over his stamp on Barcelona’s Lionel Messi during last week’s Clasico at the...

Barcelona edge through to semis in El Clásico

Barcelona let slip a two-goal lead against a resurgent Real Madrid but edged into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou to make it 4-3 on aggregate. Madrid boss José Mourinho selected Portuguese international Pepe in his starting line-up despite his stamp on Lionel Messi in the first leg and Real made the better openings early on, Gonzalo Higuaín...

Brazil legend Pele: My Santos team could have dominated the world like Pep Guardiola's Barcelona (

The often-controversial South American has claimed his former team could have achieved the same stellar success as the current Blaugrana side, and hailed Lionel Messi's talent
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