Who will be Barcelona's new president? Laporta, Font and the election candidates to succeed Bartomeu

The Catalan giants have a democratic tradition in electing their figurehead, with club members all casting a ballot to replace the outgoing president The motto of Barcelona is 'Mes Que Un Club' and it is etched into the amphitheatre of Camp Nou as a reminder to the world that the Catalan outfit is about more than just football. Indeed, the club occupies a special place at the heart of the Barcelona community and, historically, it has conducted its business somewhat differently to...
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‘Man City would be the best place for Messi’ – Zabaleta admits Barcelona star isn’t enjoying his football

The former Blues defender, who once played alongside a modern day great for Argentina, believes a move could be made in the summer of 2021 Manchester City would be “the best place” for Lionel Messi if he decides to take on a Premier League adventure, says Pablo Zabaleta, with the Argentine superstar considered to have lost his love for football at Barcelona. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner made one push for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer after growing disillusioned wit...
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Koeman hails 'decisive' Messi and insists Barcelona can still win La Liga

The Dutch head coach was pleased to see his side return to winning ways thanks to a goal from the six-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronald Koeman has hailed Lionel Messi for his "decisive" contribution in the final third while insisting Barcelona can still win La Liga. Barca welcomed Levante to Camp Nou on Sunday coming off the back of two successive defeats, with a 2-1 reversal at Cadiz last weekend followed up by a 3-0 humbling at home to Juventus in the Champions League group stage on...
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'I was bewitched by Ronaldo & Ibrahimovic!' - Dortmund star Haaland eager to 'imitate' superstar duo

Ahead of collecting the Golden Boy award, the Norwegian discussed his admiration towards two modern-day legends and his Champions League aspirations Erling Haaland has admitted to being "bewitched" by Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a youngster, while expressing a desire to "imitate" the superstar duo as his career progresses. Haaland is still just 20 but has quickly established himself as one of Europe's top strikers and will collect Tuttosport's Golden Boy award on Mo...
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‘Pogba leaving is the best thing for Man Utd’ – Ince wants end to distracting transfer saga

The former Red Devils midfielder says issues with players and agents speaking in public would not have happened in Sir Alex Ferguson’s time Paul Pogba leaving in January would be “the best thing for Manchester United”, says Paul Ince, with the French midfielder continuing to be an unwelcome distraction. Questions continue to be asked of the World Cup winner's ongoing presence at Old Trafford, with his agent, Mino Raiola, keeping the rumour mill ticking over with regular publi...
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Champions League last-16 draw: Barcelona tackle PSG, Liverpool land Leipzig, Chelsea face Atletico Madrid

Other notable ties in the first knockout round include Man City against Monchengladbach, holders Bayern Munich against Lazio and Porto versus Juventus Liverpool will take on RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the Champions League, Chelsea face Atletico Madrid and Lionel Messi’s Barcelona will take on Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain. Elsewhere, holders Bayern Munich have been drawn against Lazio, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus tackle Porto and Manchester City must overcome Borussia Monch...
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Neymar injury not as bad as first feared as PSG star receives positive scan results

The Brazilian superstar left the pitch in tears during the French champions' top-of-the-table clash against Lyon at the weekend Neymar has received positive scan results after picking up an ankle injury, with the issue not as bad as first feared by Paris Saint-Germain's medical staff. The forward was stretchered off the pitch towards the end of PSG's 1-0 defeat against Lyon at Parc des Princes on Sunday. The Brazilian went down after a strong tackle from Thiago Mendes, who was s...
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Ronaldo is a great guy... but he tells me what to eat- Arthur Melo

Arthur Melo left Barcelona last summer after a turbulent couple of years at the Camp Nou, but he is now starting to find his feet at Juventus, who have welcomed him with open arms. Last Tuesday, the Bianconeri beat the Blaugrana 3-0 in Catalonia to secure top spot in their Champions League group. Arthur has spoken to MARCA about how the victory came about, as well as sharing a dressing room with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. What a performance Juve had against Barcel...
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'I can play with Maldini's grandson!'- Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokes he has played with two generations of Maldini at Milan and ‘hopefully can play with Daniel's son also, that would be a miracle.' The 39-year-old is at his second stint at San Siro and took the opportunity to reflect on a generational shift. “I feel like I've been here different generations. I played against Paolo Maldini and now I'm playing with his son, Daniel. Hopefully I can play with Daniel's son also, that would be a miracle,” Zlatan told F...
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Barcelona will compete until the end in all competitions- Barcelona Presidential Candiddate

Barcelona presidential candidate Xavi Vilajoana has made clear that he has faith in this current set of players. He also stated that, with a couple of additions, there will be the chance for Barcelona to fight for silverware this season. "The dynamics of the team are always changing," Vilajoana said at a press conference on Saturday. "It changes from day-to-day motivation, and happiness changes from day to day. There are some very good players in that team and more will co...
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Koeman: If I didn't have the confidence of the players, I couldn't work

Questions have been asked about Ronald Koeman's position as Barcelona coach after some embarrassing results in LaLiga Santander, followed by a 3-0 defeat at home to Juventus in the Champions League, but the Dutchman remains confident of turning things around. The Blaugrana take on Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday night and find themselves in ninth position in the table, 12 points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid. "If I didn't have the confidence [of the players], I coul...
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Three finalists of Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 annouced

FIFA announces the final nominees for The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2020 Winners to be crowned on 17 December Virtual ceremony to be broadcast live from the Home of FIFA in Zurich FIFA Puskás Award: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (URU) – Ceará SC v. CR Flamengo [Brasileirão - Brazil] (25 August 2019) Son Heung-min (KOR) – Tottenham Hotspur FC v. Burnley FC [Premier League - England] (7 December 2019) Luis Suárez (URU) – FC Barcelona v. RCD Mallorca [LaLiga] - S...
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'Leo generates more than he costs' - Messi deserves new big-money Barcelona contract, says Laporta

The Argentine star was close to leaving the club in August but the presidential candidate is hopeful he will now stay on at Camp Nou Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world and deserves a big-money contract to reflect that, according to Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who has also backed under-fire head coach Ronald Koeman. The Argentina international was tipped to join Premier League side Manchester City, managed by former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, after h...
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‘Martial’s best position is on the wing, he’s not a striker’ – Meulensteen sees Man Utd forward squandering chances

The former Red Devils coach believes that the France international, who has been used as a No.9 on a regular basis, is more dangerous on the flanks Anthony Martial is still not “an out-and-out striker”, admits Rene Meulensteen, with Manchester United told that the Frenchman is more effective on the flanks. The talented 25-year-old, who has just two goals to his name this season, has spent much of his career to date operating in a wide role. United deployed him in that positi...
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