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Barcelona

Messi contract talks going well, more new arrivals imminent, Barca president says

Messi contract talks going well, more new arrivals imminent, Barca president says

  • Messi's current contract expires at the end of June and he is free to discuss a move to another club, but media reports on Tuesday suggested an agreement was imminent.
  • "Talks are ongoing with Messi's people and, as I said, they're going well. We hope to keep making progress. It's not done but we know that Leo wants to stay.
Published 01 Jun, 2021 06:56pm
Deutsche Telekom says it won't attend Mobile World Congress
Business & Finance

Deutsche Telekom says it won't attend Mobile World Congress

  • The withdrawal deals a fresh blow to the GSMA industry association that hosts the event, which was cancelled last year at the last minute while this year's edition was pushed back to the end of June to maximise its chances of happening.
  • "At the present time, we still do not believe it is justifiable to take this risk for a large number of our employees," the Bonn-based group said in a statement issued to Reuters.
Published 31 May, 2021 07:50pm
Barcelona won't say sorry for Super League, not worried by threat of sanctions
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Barcelona won't say sorry for Super League, not worried by threat of sanctions

  • UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Barca, Real and Juve on Tuesday, prompting the three clubs to issue joint statements saying they would not bow down to pressure from the governing body.
  • "I've told (UEFA president Aleksander) Ceferin that we aren't going to say sorry. And we don't plan on paying any sanction," Laporta told a news conference on Friday.
Published 28 May, 2021 06:09pm
'Our turn to win' says Hansen, as Barca head for CL final with Chelsea
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'Our turn to win' says Hansen, as Barca head for CL final with Chelsea

  • "It's never fun to lose matches, and in that moment it's extra disappointing when one doesn't contribute to the extent that one can because of injury, the body doesn't work - the disappointment is bigger, the frustration," the 26-year-old told Reuters.
  • "It's never fun to lose a final, so on Sunday I'm going to do all I can, because it's our turn to win."
Published 15 May, 2021 06:08pm
Simeone will not change gameplan for Barca showdown
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Simeone will not change gameplan for Barca showdown

  • Simeone, however, insisted he would not change his usual set-up for a more attacking one.
  • "Sometimes it's gone really well and sometimes it hasn't. We don't change a lot. We'll try and play using the good points of how we've been playing up to now.
Published 07 May, 2021 05:50pm
Liverpool's Klopp urges caution against high-flying but depleted Real
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Liverpool's Klopp urges caution against high-flying but depleted Real

  • "When you are 3-1 down it looks like we are already out - it means we have not a lot to lose. The result showed they were better than us but it's only the first half," Klopp told reporters.
  • "Football is football, anything is possible," Klopp added on the possibility of a comeback. "We speak about results but for me, the performance is much more important. We have to play like ourselves.
Published 13 Apr, 2021 06:49pm
Barcelona pip Real Madrid to become world's most valuable club
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Barcelona pip Real Madrid to become world's most valuable club

  • Real Madrid, who have topped the list five times in the past, edged Barcelona 2-1 in 'El Clasico' on Saturday but find themselves second best off the pitch with a valuation of $4.75 billion.
  • "The pain is far from over, with a worsening decline in matchday revenue during the current season, as most of the teams in Europe's top leagues still permit few fans to attend games," wrote Forbes' assistant managing editor Mike Ozanian.
Published 12 Apr, 2021 08:13pm
Barca's Dembele back in France squad for World Cup qualifiers
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Barca's Dembele back in France squad for World Cup qualifiers

  • Dembele, who has three goals in 21 La Liga appearances for Barca this season, won the last of his 21 caps in a 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the Nations Cup in November 2018.
  • "He is still a young player. He has not been spared by injuries," coach Didier Deschamps told a news conference after naming the 23-year-old in a 26-man squad.
Published 18 Mar, 2021 07:24pm
Barca paying the penalty as Messi miss adds to spot kick woes
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Barca paying the penalty as Messi miss adds to spot kick woes

  • Lionel Messi scored a stunning equaliser to make it 1-1 on the night in Paris, but his penalty was saved on the stroke of halftime with the scores level, meaning what could have been a blockbuster second half turned into a non-event.
  • More than the number of misses, it is perhaps the size of the games that they occur in that sets alarm bells ringing.
Updated 11 Mar, 2021 10:01pm
Guardiola hails special Man City squad as derby challenge looms
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Guardiola hails special Man City squad as derby challenge looms

  • Spaniard Guardiola spent trophy-laden seasons with Barcelona and Bayern Munich before joining City ahead of the 2016-17 season and has since guided them to two league titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup.
  • "I had incredibly hungry teams in my career, lucky to be together in Barcelona and Bayern. To do what we've done in these four years, still winning ... these guys have something special," Guardiola told reporters.
Published 05 Mar, 2021 08:47pm
Barcelona, Atletico ordered to further tighten belts by La Liga
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Barcelona, Atletico ordered to further tighten belts by La Liga

  • The figures, published twice annually following each transfer window, dictate how much teams can spend on players, coaches, support staff and their youth teams.
  • League leaders Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, must make savings of 35.4 million euros to meet a new budget of 217.3 million.
Published 02 Mar, 2021 09:39pm
Former Barcelona president Bartomeu, CEO Grau  arrested amid Camp Nou raid
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Former Barcelona president Bartomeu, CEO Grau arrested amid Camp Nou raid

  • The arrests were made amid the on going investigation into ‘BarcaGate’, in which club officials were accused of launching a smear campaign against current and former players who were critical of the club and then-president Bartomeu.
  • The club also confirmed the development stating that Mossos d’Esquadra entered Barcelona's stadium in a search and seize operation.
Updated 01 Mar, 2021 10:05pm
Let PSG talk about Messi, says Koeman
Sports

Let PSG talk about Messi, says Koeman

  • Lyon boss Garcia then got involved by saying it was rich of Koeman to criticise PSG for talking about the prospect of signing Messi after he had spoken openly of Barca's pursuit of Lyon forward Memphis Depay.
  • I don't know why PSG are doing this (talking about Messi) but if they want to talk about Leo, they can.
Updated 09 Feb, 2021 10:03pm
Koeman expects Eric Garcia to join Barca but says squad still thin
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Koeman expects Eric Garcia to join Barca but says squad still thin

  • Garcia, 20, came through Barca's academy before leaving for City in 2017 but has run down his contract and has not featured for Pep Guardiola's side in the Premier League since late November.
  • I'm sure he'll come for next season and if it's not possible in January then we'll accept that and move on.
Published 30 Jan, 2021 08:06pm
Barca edge Sociedad in shootout to reach Super Cup final
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Barca edge Sociedad in shootout to reach Super Cup final

  • Sociedad, who made a blistering start to the La Liga season but have since faded, ran their hearts out to keep Barca at bay in a tight match before the game opened up in extra time, when both sides came close to finding a winner.
Published 14 Jan, 2021 12:45pm
Barca earn narrow win over Huesca
Sports

Barca earn narrow win over Huesca

  • He made amends with an clever piece of play for the only goal of the game, however, picking out De Jong with a sensational, curling cross.
Published 04 Jan, 2021 11:03am