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Ronald Koeman Blasts Barcelona Players for Missing two Penalties Against Cornella
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Ronald Koeman Blasts Barcelona Players for Missing two Penalties Against Cornella

Barcelona Manager, Ronald Koeman, has slammed his players for missing two penalties against Cornella in the Copa del Rey round of 32 fixture on Thursday night. Koeman said Barcelona players are scared to take a penalty against Cornella, adding that they aren’t serious. Two extra-time goals from Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite sealed a 2-0 victory for Barcelona against Cornella at the Nou Municipal stadium in Cornella, Thursday. Miralem Pjanic and Dembele had both failed to score penalties in normal time. Pjanic and Dembele now join a list of five Barcelona players to have missed penalties this season for Koeman’s side, along with captain, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Braithwaite. “I don’t understand because normally there are enough players who can score pe...
Copa de Ray: Barcelona’s Squad to Face Cornella Confirmed
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Copa de Ray: Barcelona’s Squad to Face Cornella Confirmed

Barcelona’s squad to face Cornella in tonight’s Spanish Super Cup final has been released. Barcelona manager, RonaldKoeman, has called up 20 players to tackle Cornella at Camp Municipal de Cornella. Barcelona head to the game after losing 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final last Sunday. Barcelona’s squad against Cornella:   Marc-André ter Stegen, Neto, Ronald Araujo, Sergio, Antoine Griezmann, Miralem Pjanic, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Clément Lenglet, Pedri, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Francisco Trincão, Matheus Fernandes, Ilaix Moriba, O. Mingueza, Collardo, Arnau Tenas and Konrad De La Fuente. The kick-off time for Cornella vs Barcelona is 9 pm.
Messi is the Harry Potter of football’ – Vieri says he will throw his TV away when Barcelona star retires
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Messi is the Harry Potter of football’ – Vieri says he will throw his TV away when Barcelona star retires

The Italian legend described the Blaugrana icon as a magician after Barca's win against the Old Lady Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the Harry Potter of football, according to Christian Vieri. Messi assisted Ousmane Dembele's deflected opener and converted a late penalty as Barcelona recorded a 2-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner made a game-high five key passes and 65 passes in the opposition half as Barca improved to six points in Group G.
Barcelona Forward, Dembele’s Tested Negative to Coronavirus
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Barcelona Forward, Dembele’s Tested Negative to Coronavirus

Barcelona forward, Ousmane Dembele, has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19), according to Goal. The 22-year-old was Barcelona’s last squad member to be tested for the virus. DAILY POST had reported that the Frenchman recently underwent successful surgery on his right thigh in Turku, Finland last February. Dembele having taken a COVID-19 test on Monday, the result has now come back negative. Meanwhile, Barcelona has confirmed in a statement on its official website on Wednesday that Dembele can return to the club’s training centre after passing the obligatory test to continue his recovery. “The French player returns to the training centre after passing the obligatory test to continue his recovery from the hamstring injury he suffered in Februar...
Barcelona cleared to return to training as Covid-19 tests return negative
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Barcelona cleared to return to training as Covid-19 tests return negative

All the players who were tested on Wednesday have been cleared of having coronavirus, meaning the La Liga club can start work again on Friday All of the Barcelona players who were tested for coronavirus on Wednesday have come back negative, Goal can confirm. The only member of the first team squad who was not tested for Covid-19 was injured winger Ousmane Dembele, who it is understood will be checked on Monday. With no cases of the virus detected, it gives Barcelona the green light to resume first team training on Friday, as La Liga gears up for a possible return in the near future.
Lionel Messi Differ With Barcelona Over Coutinho Transfer
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Lionel Messi Differ With Barcelona Over Coutinho Transfer

Lionel Messi has disagree with Barcelona boad over phillippe Coutinho transfer, with a host of premier league clubs ready to sign him. Lionel Messi would rather Barcelona sell Ousmane Dembele and keep hold of Philippe Coutinho, according to reports. Coutinho might be on his way out of Nou Camp, after failing to impress, following his 142 million move from Liverpool. The 27-year-old’s career has stagnated in recent months, and he needs to move if he wants to rediscover his form . A host of Premier League clubs are lining up to sign the Brazilian, with Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City and Newcastle all believed to be in context over his signature. According to The Athletic, Messi and other senior players at Barcelona would rather the club sell Dembele and retain the services ...
Barcelona offering Lautaro Martinez €49M deal to quit Inter Milan
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Barcelona offering Lautaro Martinez €49M deal to quit Inter Milan

Barcelona are willing to offer Lautaro Martinez a massive contract to tempt him from Inter Milan. Tuttosport reports Barça are willing to offer Argentina international Lautaro, who has been given the thumbs up from his Albiceleste teammate Leo Messi, a seven-year deal with an annual wage of €7m - €3m more than the renewal offer he has on the table from Inter. The contract will consist of a five-year fixed arrangement with the option of two additional seasons until 2027. Inter have resigned themselves to the loss of the in-demand striker this summer, with his agent Alberto Yaqué admitting that he is in contact with other clubs. Inter won't just hand Lautaro away and his minimum release clause of €111m can only be activated until the middle of July. Inter won't budge on that valu...
Barceona Given Permission to Sign Attacker
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Barceona Given Permission to Sign Attacker

Barcelona expect to be granted permission to sign a striker outside of the winter transfer window. The club are looking to replace Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. Dembele has been ruled out for the season after rupturing a tendon in practice. Barcelona reportedly have a budget of $13 million to sign a new striker. Willian Jose and Lucas Perez have been linked, but are outside of that price range. Getafe's Angel Rodriguez may be the likeliest signing.
Neymar Tops 100 Most Expensive Football Transfers Of All Time
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Neymar Tops 100 Most Expensive Football Transfers Of All Time

Neymar completed his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering fee of €222 million in the summer of 2017 and the big deals haven't stopped since, with Kylian Mbappe joining him in Paris for €145m plus €35m in bonuses. As a result of his move to the French capital, the Brazilian is now the most expensive player of all time, having smashed the previous record held by Manchester United's Paul Pogba, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 from Juventus for €105m. Mbappe, meanwhile, moves to second on the list. Atletico Madrid's massive outlay for Benfica's Joao Felix of €126m in July of 2019 makes the Portuguese star the third highest on our list. Philippe Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018 puts him now fourth, while Barca's captures of France d...
Neymar’s Move To Barca Is Now Officially OFF As He Has Agreed To Stay At PSG
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Neymar’s Move To Barca Is Now Officially OFF As He Has Agreed To Stay At PSG

NEYMAR will stay at Paris Saint-Germain after the club failed to agree a deal with Barcelona, according to reports. The Catalan giants were hopeful of completing a deal worth up to £236million before the deadline on September 2. That move included £182m in cash plus Ivan Rakitic, Jean-Clair Todibo, as well as Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan. But the deal remained hugely complicated with speculation that Dembele had no desire to spend the year in Paris with the French giants. And according to Sky Sports, PSG have pulled the plug on any move after Neymar agreed to "fulfil the remainder of his contract and commitments." Last night PSG sporting director Leonardo hinted that a move had hit a snag because the terms "didn't suit" them. He said: "Our position on a potentia...
Napoli 0 Barcelona 4: Griezmann off the mark as Catalans turn on the style
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Napoli 0 Barcelona 4: Griezmann off the mark as Catalans turn on the style

Antoine Griezmann got his first Barcelona goal as they eased past Napoli in their final pre-season game. A stylish second half from Barcelona saw them sweep aside Napoli in Michigan to claim a 4-0 friendly win on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann got his first goal for the club since his €120million move from Atletico Madrid, in between strikes from Luis Suarez. Ousmane Dembele added a fourth against Carlo Ancelotti's side, who lost the first friendly meeting in Miami 2-1 on Wednesday and were simply no match for the Catalans here once they fell behind.
Illarramendi backs former team-mate Griezmann for big impact at Barcelona
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Illarramendi backs former team-mate Griezmann for big impact at Barcelona

The French star's former Real Sociedad team-mate expects the new Blaugrana star to hit the ground running Antoine Griezmann will quickly prove to be a "very important player" at Barcelona, according to ex-team-mate and former Real Madrid man Asier Illarramendi. Griezmann, who played with Illarramendi at Real Sociedad, has left Atletico Madrid after five years in the capital to join Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou. The World Cup winner is the latest big-money Barca recruit since Neymar's sale to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, with Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho - each bought for over €100 million (£91m/$111m) - failing to sparkle so far.
Bayern Munich Offer David Alaba To This Premier Club
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Bayern Munich Offer David Alaba To This Premier Club

Bayern Munich’s top left-back, David Alaba has been offered to Premier League champions, Manchester City, according to Mundo Deportivo. Bayern are willing to let the Austrian international leave this summer if they can use him in a part-exchange deal for Leroy Sane. The Spanish newspaper reports that Alaba was offered to City as part of a deal that would see Sane return to Germany. However, City have no intention to offload Sane and have refused the offer, despite Benjamin Mendy being set to miss the opening month of the new season. Bayern also reportedly offered Alaba to La Liga champions in a bid to sign Ousmane Dembele, but were met with another rejection. Bayern are struggling to find replacement for Robben and Franck Ribery who both left the club this summer.
Griezmann Claims Barcelona have Built Cheat team’ for next Season
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Griezmann Claims Barcelona have Built Cheat team’ for next Season

Barcelona’s new boy, Antoine Griezmann has said their squad for the 2019/2020 season is like a “cheat code in a video game”. Griezmann joined the Spanish champions this month, after they triggered his €120 million release clause with Atletico Madrid. He will line up alongside a combination of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, in what promises to be a mouth-watering frontline in the forthcoming season. “Barcelona are building a team like a cheat code in a video game: Luis Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Frenkie de Jong. “We have a good team, great players and then it’s the boss that has to decide who plays. “We’ll be ready to enjoy ourselves and make the fans and ourselves happy at all times,” Griez...
Barcelona Offer £90m Plus 2 Players For Neymar
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Barcelona Offer £90m Plus 2 Players For Neymar

Barcelona have made a £90m offer plus two players for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to Sky in Germany. The La Liga club have given PSG a list of six players that could be included in the deal, including Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, and Malcom. The identity of the sixth player is not yet known. It is understood the French club want over £200m for the 27-year-old. Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that Neymar had told PSG he wanted to leave, while their manager Thomas Tuchel admitted on Wednesday that he knew the Brazilian was keen on an exit before the Copa America. PSG sporting director Leonardo said last week that Neymar could leave PSG “if there is an offer that suits everyone”, while also confirming “superficial contac...
Barcelona Suffer Injury blow Ahead of Liverpool Clash
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Barcelona Suffer Injury blow Ahead of Liverpool Clash

Barcelona have been handed a significant injury blow ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi final trip to Liverpool on Tuesday. Their key player, Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out to injury. Barca head to Anfield with a 3-0 advantage from the first-leg in Catalonia. Dembele was forced off during their 2-0 loss to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Barcelona confirmed after the game the 21-year-old has a hamstring problem. However, Ernesto Valverde’s men will be well rested for their trip to England as their entire starting XI from their first leg victory did not participate in the defeat against Celta Vigo. First team stars such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba and ...
Jose Mourinho Reveals Why Liverpool Were Lucky In 3 – 0 Defeat To Barcelona
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Jose Mourinho Reveals Why Liverpool Were Lucky In 3 – 0 Defeat To Barcelona

Former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has claimed Liverpool “deserved more”, following their 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League. Speaking on RT, Mourinho said Jurgen Klopp’s side were fortunate to escape Camp Nou without a worse scoreline. Luis Suarez opened the scoring against his former club in the first half, before two late goals from Lionel Messi sealed an emphatic win. As Liverpool attempted to find a way back into the match, Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto both missed late chances, to extend Barca’s lead to put the tie beyond doubt. “Liverpool was brave in the approach. I don’t think in the past 20 years many teams in the Champions League beat Barcelona in all possession in the Camp Nou. “Of course they [Barcelona] have a good team, they have phenomenal ...
Barcelona Manager Reveals Special thing Man Utd have
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Barcelona Manager Reveals Special thing Man Utd have

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverede, has warned his side as they prepare to face Manchester United in the Champions League, saying that they “have something special at the end of matches”. The LaLiga champions hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Old Trafford. United advanced to the quarter-finals by overturning a 2-0 first leg deficit against PSG in the round of 16. They won that tie through a controversial penalty awarded by VAR and converted by Marcus Rashford in stoppage time. Valverde was asked at a press conference on Monday, whether Ousmane Dembele will feature in Tuesday’s game after the winger returned from injury at the weekend. “It will be important who starts, but also those that finish the game, because Manchester United have something special at the end of m...
Ousmane Dembele Fined €10,000 For Leaving Rented Home ‘like A Dustbin’
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Ousmane Dembele Fined €10,000 For Leaving Rented Home ‘like A Dustbin’

Ousmane Dembele has been fined €10,000 by a German court for leaving the house he rented when playing for Borussia Dortmund littered with rubbish. The France international left the German giants in August 2017 as he forced through a move to Barcelonain a stunning £105million move. After sealing the move, he never returned to his former house in Germany and he has now been fined for abandoning his old home. According to German newspaper Bild , Dembele’s landlord Gerd Weissenberg said: “The house was a dustbin”. Weissenberg added: “The house was totally littered. Every room. When I first entered the house again, I got a shock. “It’s my parents’ home and that’s why I’m very disappointed. I am selling the house now.” The fine, which included rent arrears, was less than ha...
Dembele Fined for Leaving Rented Home Like a Dustbin
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Dembele Fined for Leaving Rented Home Like a Dustbin

A German court fined Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele 10,000 euros ($11,200) on Monday for vacating the house he rented when at Borussia Dortmund littered with rubbish. “The house was a dustbin,” Dembele’s landlord Gerd Weissenberg told German newspaper Bild. Rubbish “was in every room”, he added. French World Cup winner Dembele, 21, joined Dortmund from Rennes in 2016, leaving for Barcelona a year later on a 105 million-euro ($124 million) transfer. The fine, which includes rent arrears, was less than half the 21,000 euros originally sought by house owner Weissenberg. “Of course Mr Dembele earns lots of money but he also has the right to be treated correctly,” the player’s lawyer Horst Kletke noted. “We’ve made big strides today (with the reduced fine verdict).” The...
Barcelona Get Dembele Boost Ahead of Atletico Madrid, Man Utd Clashes
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Barcelona Get Dembele Boost Ahead of Atletico Madrid, Man Utd Clashes

Barcelona winger, Ousmane Dembele, has resumed training ahead of their crunch LaLiga clash with title rivals Atletico Madrid and their Champions League quarter-final with Manchester United. The France international sustained a torn hamstring, after coming off the bench in Barca’s 5-1 last-16 second-leg win over Lyon last month. It was expected Dembele would miss the tie against United, with the first leg to be played on April 10 and the return held at Camp Nou six days later. But he returned to training on Thursday, giving Barca a boost ahead of the visit of Atletico, who are eight points behind the leaders. The Spanish champions then travel to Manchester in midweek, as they continue their quest to conquer Europe again.
Messi, Suarez fit to start ‘fundamental’ week for Barcelona
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Messi, Suarez fit to start ‘fundamental’ week for Barcelona

Lionel Messi has overcome a groin injury while strike partner Luis Suarez has sufficiently recovered from a sprained ankle to play in this weekend’s derby against Espanyol, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday. Messi and Suarez were included in the squad of 18 ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game at the Camp Nou. Ousmane Dembele is still absent, suffering from a thigh problem. In his press conference, Valverde was cautious about Messi, who was forced to leave the Argentina squad last Sunday because of chronic groin pain. Asked if his captain was 100 per cent, Valverde said: “We think he is, but, hey, Leo has been carrying this problem for some time and we have been working to allow him to recover.” “It flared up with his national team. He’s had a rest and he is better...
Champions League quarter-finals draw: Barcelona name two clubs they want to avoid
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Champions League quarter-finals draw: Barcelona name two clubs they want to avoid

Barcelona on Thursday identified Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Max Allegri’s Juventus as the two clubs they want to avoid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals draw, the AS reports. Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League last eight on Wednesday night after defeating Lyon 5-1 at Camp Nou. Goals from Lionel Messi (2), Philippe Coutinho (1), Gerard Pique (1) and Ousmane Dembele (1) ensured that the Catalan club qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals. The Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draws will both take place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday, March 15. The draw ceremony will begin at 11am GMT. The final eight are: Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Ajax, FC Porto, Tottenham Hotspur...
Valverde Speaks on Messi’s Performance as Barcelona Thrash Lyon
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Valverde Speaks on Messi’s Performance as Barcelona Thrash Lyon

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has said Lionel Messi was “incredible”, as the Blaugrana booked a Champions League quarter-final spot by beating Lyon 5-1. Messi opened the scoring from the spot, before Philipe Coutinho doubled their advantage. Lucas Tousart pulled one back for the visitors, before Messi took the game away from the Ligue 1 side. The Argentine dazzled defenders with a stunning solo run before squeezing a low shot past substitute goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin and then set up late goals for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele. “We are all very focused for this competition and Leo too, he has had an incredible match. “It was extraordinary, we dominated the game, we had chances, we scored two goals and we were able to get one more. “In the second half, Lyon...
Latest Champions League Result for Barcelona vs Lyon
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Latest Champions League Result for Barcelona vs Lyon

On Wednesday, Barcelona take on Lyon in the Champions League round of 16 second leg at the Nou Camp. The Ligue 1 outfit held their own on their home turf and will be seeking to cause an upset against the former holders. Barca, who are in the quest for a quadruple, will be without Ousmane Dembele, but will have Lionel Messi available for the clash. The game kicks off 9pm West African time. Barcelona XI vs Lyon: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Arthur, Rakitic, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez Lyon XI vs Barcelona: Lopes, Dubois, Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal, Mendy, Tousart, Fekir, N’Dombele, M. Dembele, Memphis Wednesday, March 13 21:00 Barcelona vs Lyon
Coutinho Running Out of Time to Prove he can Be Barcelona Star
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Coutinho Running Out of Time to Prove he can Be Barcelona Star

The Brazilian is yet to justify the faith and money invested in him and runs the risk of losing his place permanently to Ousmane Dembele The weeks go by, and the jury is still out. Philippe Coutinho's talent is not in question but the Brazilian star continues to flounder when taking the pitch for Barcelona. Just how long will the Catalans tolerate mediocrity from 2018's superstar signing? Coutinho remains on the margins of Ernesto Valverde's plans, unable to make that final jump. While he has missed just two of Barca's 24 Liga matches so far in 2018-19, no less than eight of his appearances have come off the bench. Not since January's win over Girona has the Brazilian been entrusted with the entire 90 minutes, as he has had to settle with sharing time on the pitch wit...
Lyon Hopes to Limit Messi’s Influence Tonight
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Lyon Hopes to Limit Messi’s Influence Tonight

Olympique Lyonnais will be out to ‘reduce’ the influence of Lionel Messi when they host Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 first leg without their talisman and captain Nabil Fekir tonight. Fekir will be suspended for the game, limiting Lyon’s striking power as Bruno Genesio’s side will rely on defender Ferland Mendy to contain Argentine forward Messi and French striker Ousmane Dembele. “Nabil Fekir is our captain and technical leader. We will have to do more to compensate for his absence,” Genesio told reporters yesterday. “We will have to reduce Messi’s influence.” Despite Messi having scored more than 100 times in the Champions League, Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has confidence in his teammate Mendy to control proceedings at the Groupama Stadium. “I think that...
Barcelona Bans Ousmane Dembele From Switching Off His Phone
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Barcelona Bans Ousmane Dembele From Switching Off His Phone

BARCELONA are determined to deal with Ousmane Dembele's off-pitch problems and have instructed him not to turn his phone off or leave it on silent during the night. The French wonderkid has been in trouble with Barcelona chiefs recently for his antics, but they are now giving him strict instructions as they look to get the best out of him. Dembele's struggles have been well documented; last week he was fined £90,000 for turning up two hours' late to training and had previously arrived late for a match, skipped a team meeting and missed a training session. But despite the disciplinary problems, the France attacker is in fine form and has the full-backing of his team-mates. According to Marca, the club are on a mission to crack down on Dembele and want to curb his late night ...
Injured Messi To Miss Three Weeks After Barcelona vs Sevilla Game
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Injured Messi To Miss Three Weeks After Barcelona vs Sevilla Game

Barcelona vs Sevilla: Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks with a fractured right arm but his last contribution was to help send Barcelona back to the top of La Liga on Saturday. Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona vs Sevilla game ended 4-2 at Camp Nou, in a six-goal thriller that never looked like ending in anything other than a home win. Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by Messi’s injury, which will now rule him out of next weekend’s Clasico against Real Madrid. A Barcelona club statement after the Barcelona vs Sevilla game read: “Tests carried out on Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.” It means Messi will also miss the Champi...
Mbappe Cameo Helps France Avoid Shock Iceland Defeat
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Mbappe Cameo Helps France Avoid Shock Iceland Defeat

Kylian Mbappe inspired a fightback from world champions France as they rallied from two goals down at home to earn a 2-2 draw with Iceland on Thursday. Birkir Bjarnason swept Iceland ahead from the edge of the area on 30 minutes, and Kari Arnason’s excellent second-half header doubled their lead in Guingamp. But Mbappe, brought on as a substitute for the final half-hour, gave France a lifeline when his shot was saved and then inadvertently turned in by Iceland defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson. The Paris Saint-Germain forward levelled from the penalty spot in the 90th minute after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson handled at a corner. “The team saw we needed to do something else. I bring what I can do,” Mbappe told TF1. “We saw the fans were completely behind us even if it wasn’t a big stadium. ...
Lionel Messi Sets Two New Champions League Records In Barcelona 4-0 Win Over PSV
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Lionel Messi Sets Two New Champions League Records In Barcelona 4-0 Win Over PSV

Lionel Messi has set two new records after inspiring Barcelona to a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven. The Argentine scored a beautiful free-kick in the first half and then completed his hat trick with two goals in the second half. Ousmane Dembele was on the Scoresheet as Barcelona started with the best possible result in Group B. However, Messi's 31st minute free-kick ensured that hebecame only the second player in history to score in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons. He now shares the record with former Real Madrid striker Raul. At 31-years-old it’s almost a certainty that Messi will extend the record next year. This wasn’t the last record Messi would stamp his name on during the match. After scoring his Hat-trick, Messi has now scored the most trebles in the Cha...
Arsenal Approach Barcelona For Dembele
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Arsenal Approach Barcelona For Dembele

Arsenal have been linked with Dembele with the player reportedly keen to leave Barcelona in the wake of their signing of Malcom. The Catalan giants signed the Brazilian from Bordeaux last week, fending off Roma to secure his signature. And Football London say Barcelona have been contacted about Dembele by Arsenal chief Mislintat. Mislintat oversees ongoings at the Emirates Stadium and has already splashed cash on the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. A winger, however, is wanted by Unai Emery as he targets a shot at the Premier League title. Arsenal know they still lack balance in their attack despite having Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on the books. And w...
Messi Reportedly Told Barcelona Concerning Hazard, Dembele
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Messi Reportedly Told Barcelona Concerning Hazard, Dembele

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona to sell French star, Ousmane Dembele and sign Chelsea ace Eden Hazard. Spanish sports outlet, Don Balon reports that the 31-year-old Argentine captain wants to line up with Hazard next season. Earlier on Thursday, Spanish radio station Onda Cero claimed that the Catalan giants are willing to offer Dembele for Hazard plus a big cash fee. And Messi, who is on holiday in Ibiza, has reportedly nodded to the idea. Don Balon further claimed that the majority of the Barcelona squad are in favour of selling Dembele. The French star failed to establish himself at the Nou Camp last season mostly due to injury.
Getafe Frustrate Barcelona In Goalless Draw At Camp Nou
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Getafe Frustrate Barcelona In Goalless Draw At Camp Nou

A disallowed Luis Suarez goal summed up a frustrating afternoon for Barcelona as the leaders of La Liga dropped points for the second week running after a 0-0 stalemate with Getafe on Sunday. After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Catalan derby at Espanyol last weekend, Barca could not break down a well-organised Getafe side, who showed why they have the third-best defensive record in the league. In irresistible form in front of goal in 2018, Suarez had the ball in the net just before half-time with a great finish from a Lionel Messi free-kick, but the home celebrations were cut short by the offside flag. The Uruguayan striker then saw his header kept out by a brilliant Vicente Guaita save as the match moved into stoppage time, with Barca failing to score at home in...
Arsenal Sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang From Dortmund For Club Record Fee
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Arsenal Sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang From Dortmund For Club Record Fee

Having come through the ranks at AC Milan, Aubameyang impressed at St. Etienne before making his name at Dortmund. Arriving in 2013, the striker initially played second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski, but became the main man when the Polish striker moved to Bayern Munich a year later. Armed with astonishing pace - the rumour goes that he is faster over 30 metres than Usain Bolt - and canny movement, he has netted 141 goals in 212 appearances for Dortmund. Aubameyang's pace is mesmerising, and he is an instinctive goalscorer, but he is heavily reliant on good service. For Dortmund, he has always been at his best when he has teamed up with the likes of Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele or Henrikh Mkhitaryan. His brilliant positioning and sharp movement mean that he is almost unstoppable when coup...
The Reasons Why Griezmann Is A Step Closer To Joining Barcelona
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The Reasons Why Griezmann Is A Step Closer To Joining Barcelona

Gracing the front cover of today's edition of Mundo Deportivo is Antoine Griezmann who the Catalan daily claim has reached a pre-agreement with Barcelona. MD say that the Atlético striker gave Barcelona his word months ago and the plan is to incorporate him as soon as next season's first window opens on 1 July. They add that the pre-agreement is for a five-year deal but Barça will negotiate with Atlético to lower Griezmann's 100 million euro buy-out fee. The article comes after similar reports from RAC-1, Catalunya Ràdio and LeSport10, who assure that the French striker and Barça have been holding talks. Barcelona's technical department feel that the the team needs four top class strikers in case of any unforseen emergency such as the injury to Ousmane Dembélé. Barcelona spying on Marti...
Barcelona Make Coutinho & Griezmann As Their Two Priority Targets
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Barcelona Make Coutinho & Griezmann As Their Two Priority Targets

Barcelona have identified their two priority targets and are hopeful of adding one in January and the other next summer. Although the Camp Nou board appreciates there will be difficulties surrounding both players, the feeling is that Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann are viable targets. Coutinho still in the frame Josep Maria Bartomeu’s ideal plan is to try again for the Brazilian in January and then launch an offensive for Griezmann in the summer. The Barcelona president is aware that there will be competition and that in the case of Coutinho the primary one will be Liverpool, who refused to sell the attacking midfielder during the last window. Barcelona claimed that the Premier League club were asking for 200 million euros, a figure that was denied by Anfield. In any case, the re...
Luis Suarez: I’m The First One To Look Myself In The mirror
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Luis Suarez: I’m The First One To Look Myself In The mirror

Here are the highlights of what he had to say. ON HIS CURRENT FORM: “My mentality is that I want to keep helping the team. I can’t let my guard down.” “I’m the first one to look myself in the mirror and I’ll be the first one to admit that I can score more goals, but sometimes the ball just doesn’t want to go in.” ON THE TEAM’S CURRENT FORM: “Every match is tough in its own way. This year we are figuring out how to turn around matches in which our opponents go ahead on the scoreboard.“ “Winning streaks strengthen the group and add self-confidence.” ON LEO MESSI: “It’s an added bonus to have the best player in the world. For me it’s a privilege to play with him and to be close to him because of the way he is as a person and as a player.” “What he does is admirable. He can do anything...
Golden Boy Mbappe Gets The Fright Of His Life -Ligue 1 Goes Social
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Golden Boy Mbappe Gets The Fright Of His Life -Ligue 1 Goes Social

It’s getting to that time of the year where ghosts and ghouls start to appear everywhere for Halloween celebrations. No-one in Ligue 1 knows that better than Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, who was given the fright of his life by the tricksters at his club. Many members of the PSG squad were pranked by the social media team, who conned them into believing that they were filming a promotion to wish their fans Happy Halloween. Midway through their interviews, all the lights in the room would cut out, leaving the players in pitch darkness. Using an infrared camera, PSG show an actor in ghoulish make up sneak up on their stars to make them jump. While some, like Layvin Kurzawa, took it coolly, others were far more dramatic, with Mbappe the best of these. The teenager literally j...
FM 2018: Neymar, Messi & The Most Expensive Players In The Game
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FM 2018: Neymar, Messi & The Most Expensive Players In The Game

The beta for Football Manager 2018 went live on Thursday night, giving football fans their first chance to test out the newest version of the game and take charge of their favourite team. Virtual managers will be looking to strengthen their teams as soon as they start up the game, but many of the world's biggest and best names may be a little out of their price range at the beginning. Following his €222 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG, Brazil forward Neymar is the joint most expensive player in FM2018, with a market value of €95m. However, even if you do have that much to spend in your initial wage budget, it is unlikely that the Ligue 1 giants will be willing to sell their new superstar. Lionel Messi is also valued at €95m, with Manchester City's dynamic midfielder Kevin De Bruy...
PSG’s Kylian Mbappe Beats Gabriel Jesus And Ousmane Dembele To Win Golden Boy Award
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PSG’s Kylian Mbappe Beats Gabriel Jesus And Ousmane Dembele To Win Golden Boy Award

18 year old PSG forward, Kylian Mbappe, today beat of competition from Man City's Gabriel Jesus and Barcelona's Ousmanne Dembele to win the highly coveted Golden Boy award. Mbappe has scored four goals in eight games since joining PSG from Monaco and is expected to complete a £100m-plus move to the French giants at the end of the season. The Golden boy award, formed by Tuttosport, celebrates the best teenage footballer on the planet and has been won by players like Lionel Messi, Anthony Martial and Renato Sanchez in the past. It is an award that is given by sports journalists to a young football player playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year (two halves to two separate seasons). All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a Euro...
Coutinho Move To Barcelona Unlikely In January
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Coutinho Move To Barcelona Unlikely In January

Barcelona are unlikely to sign Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window, despite claims by the Catalans' chief executive that a deal could be done, Goal understands. The Blaugrana bid for Coutinho three times last summer, but all three offers (the last of which was for around €130 million) were turned down by the Reds, with club owners Fenway Sports Group having insisted their player is not for sale. Coutinho was keen on a move to Barca and was led to believe that is was a case of now or never as the Catalan club sought to replace Neymar with both he and Ousmane Dembele, who did arrive at Camp Nou from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105m. “We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market, or any player the technical staff request,” Barca chief executive Oscar Grau said last ...
No Rest For Messi: Argentine Has Played 990 Minutes In 11 Matches For Barcelona
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No Rest For Messi: Argentine Has Played 990 Minutes In 11 Matches For Barcelona

For the first time since his debut with the Catalan team, he has played the opening 11 official matches, with seven league games, the two Supercopa de Espana and the Champions League clash. Up to now the most that the Argentine had participated in at the start of a campaign came in 2014 during Luis Enrique's first season in charge when he played the full 90 minutes of the first ten matches before being subbed against Ajax in the Champions League, midway through the second half. The discussion of when the coaches should give the Barcelona forward a rest is always the talk of each season. It is tricky as there are moments where he seems tired but then suddenly appears and decides the game. And it is not easy to bench the player because his reactions are unpredictable. Many times he has be...
Virgil van Dijk Had Revealed That Barcelona Are His Go-To Team On FIFA
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Virgil van Dijk Had Revealed That Barcelona Are His Go-To Team On FIFA

Barcelona endured a difficult summer with Neymar leaving against their wishes to join PSG, while they were also hammered 5-1 by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. However, Ernesto Valverde has managed to turn things around with Barcelona well ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga and leading their group in the Champions League. When asked about his favourite team on FIFA, Virgil van Dijk, speaking at the launch of EA SPORTS FIFA 18, said: “Always Barcelona. I am, obviously, a big fan of Barcelona on the game and back in the day the way they play, and the players they had, and still have. I think it’s an amazing team to watch. “And I think also when you play against friends it’s always going to be Barca-Real anyway because most of the time those are the two strongest teams on...
Valverde’s headache: Finding A Way To Fill The Neymar Gap At Barcelona
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Valverde’s headache: Finding A Way To Fill The Neymar Gap At Barcelona

After the first 10 games of the new campaign, the coach has still not found a definitive alternative following Neymar's goodbye. In fact, he's still not repeated a system. The Ant played preseason with Gerard Deulofeu on the left. However, he didn't repeat that and moved Suarez wide, arriving at something closer to a 4-4-2. With the arrival of Ousmane Dembele, it looked like the headache was over. But th injury to the France international -- he is out until 2018 -- put Valverde on the back foot again. Here, SPORT take a look at the tactics implemented so far by the Barça coach as he looks to cover the loss of Neymar: Valverde went for a classic trident, formed by Deulofeu (replaced by Denis Suarez), Luis Suarez and Messi. Not the best game given Barça were beaten by a Madrid in good for...
Revealed: Inisde The Recovery Present Process Of Ousmane Dembele
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Revealed: Inisde The Recovery Present Process Of Ousmane Dembele

The French player is still motivated despite the uphill struggle he faces, helped by, without doubt, the presence of his parents and brother in Barcelona. Dembele and his family are staying at the Hotel Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos, in a suite, very close to Camp Nou. The Frenchman has to be still for 15 days without too much leg movement after his operation and for now has not returned to the Barcelona training complex. He will return on Friday and meet his team-mates again, probably thanking them for the nice gesture they made in the game against Eibar when they bore t-shirts with ‘Courage Ousmane’on them. Dembele receives daily visits from Barcelona’s medics who are supervising his recovery and the truth is there is a certain optimism to his recovery process. His team-mates have not forgo...
Neville: Rashford As Good As Mbappe And Dembele
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Neville: Rashford As Good As Mbappe And Dembele

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford should be mentioned in the same breath as Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona's most expensive signing Ousmane Dembele, according to Phil Neville. United youngster and England international Rashford scored a brace to lead the reigning EFL Cup champions to a 4-1 win over Burton Albion at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The 19-year-old netted twice inside the opening 17 minutes to take his season tally to five goals in all competitions, while he set up Anthony Martial for United's fourth. And former United utility Neville believes Rashford deserves to be in discussions alongside €180million-rated Mbappe and Dembele, who cost Barca €105m. "Everybody praises Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe but nobody talks about Rashford in this ...
Former Bayern Striker Elber: Neymar To PSG Has ‘Destroyed The Market’
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Former Bayern Striker Elber: Neymar To PSG Has ‘Destroyed The Market’

Former Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber says Paris Saint-Germain "destroyed the whole market" with their €222 million signing of Neymar. PSG stunned the footballing world in activating the buy-out clause in Neymar's contract to more than double the world record for a transfer fee. The Parisians are also set to shell out around €180m for Kylian Mbappe when a loan move from Monaco becomes permanent next season, with eyebrows raised over PSG's cooperation with Financial Fair Play regulations, while UEFA have also confirmed they are looking into the deals. Elber, who also played for Ligue 1 side Lyon in his career, believes that clubs in the Bundesliga now cannot keep up with the likes of PSG, who he accuses of distorting the market. "There is no [Bundesliga] club that would say 'Yes, w...