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Koeman Gives Barcelona Players Messi Warning After Elche Win
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Koeman Gives Barcelona Players Messi Warning After Elche Win

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has warned his players that they have to do more in support of Lionel Messi. Koeman also insisted when he criticized the senior players in his squad earlier in the week, he was not talking about Messi. Messi scored twice on Wednesday night, as Barca beat Elche 3-0 at home, and took his tally in LaLiga to 18 goals. Ahead of the game, Koeman had talked about the importance of the club’s experienced players stepping up to save the club’s season. “When I spoke about the experienced players I was not talking about him. “He keeps scoring lots of goals. It’s the others that have to start making a difference, not Messi. He is already making a difference and he did it again in this game,” Koeman explained. Koeman left Antoine Griezma...
Koeman Criticizes Messi, Other Barcelona Players for Failing to Beat Cadiz
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Koeman Criticizes Messi, Other Barcelona Players for Failing to Beat Cadiz

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has criticized his players including captain, Lionel Messi, after they failed to beat Cadiz in the La Liga on Sunday. Koeman saw Barcelona drew 1-1 at Camp Nou following a first-half penalty from Lionel Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez. The Dutchman said that Barcelona players were not up to the task in the attack, adding that they should have defended differently against the visitors. According to him, the result was a great disappointment and a missed opportunity for Barcelona after Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 against Levante on Saturday. “It’s disappointing,” Ronald Koeman said at a post-match press conference after the game. “These kinds of games have to be won, and we did not. It’s a missed opportunity after Atl...
Champions League: Koeman Speaks on Quitting Barcelona after 4-1 Defeat to PSG
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Champions League: Koeman Speaks on Quitting Barcelona after 4-1 Defeat to PSG

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said it was “crazy” to suggest he should consider his future, following a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Lionel Messi gave the LaLiga giants the lead from the penalty spot. But PSG responded emphatically with a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick and a Moise Kean header, to take a big advantage into next month’s second leg. The loss leaves Barca on the cusp of a second successive trophyless season. They are also eight points behind LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid having played a game more and lost the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal 2-0 against Sevilla last week. “If I was someone who gets happy when we win and then after a result like today said I had no desire to continue, that would be...
Champions League: PSG Gave Barcelona “Cold Bath of Reality” – Ronald Koeman
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Champions League: PSG Gave Barcelona “Cold Bath of Reality” – Ronald Koeman

  Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain gave his team a “cold bath of reality.” Koeman said this while reacting to Barcelona’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg 4-1 defeat to PSG on Tuesday night. Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick and a goal from Moise Kean gave Mauricio Pochettino’s men the victory as Lionel Messi’s strike was not enough. “That was a cold bath of reality,” Koeman told reporters at a post-match press conference after the game. “The game showed us we are lacking a lot of things to be a top-level team, especially of the level you need in the Champions League. “The scoreline reflects how superior they were. They were far more effective than us.” He added, “The first half was more even, and when we were 1-0 up we had th...
Champions League: Pochettino Makes Demand after PSG Thrash Barcelona at Camp Nou
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Champions League: Pochettino Makes Demand after PSG Thrash Barcelona at Camp Nou

  Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has urged his players to focus on their next game against Monaco in the French Ligue 1 on Sunday. Pochettino made the plea following PSG’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg win over Barcelona on Tuesday night. The former Tottenham Hotspur coach also said that PSG are capable of doing anything after thrashing Barcelona 4-1. A hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe and Moise Kean’s goal gave PSG an advantage ahead of the second leg in Paris. Lionel Messi did score a goal for Ronald Koeman’s side at Camp Nou. “When you win, you are always happy and then the performance was very good,” Pochettino told PSG TV. “The players deserve everything and we feel very proud of our players for their fantastic match. “But now we n...
Champions League: Koeman Explains Why Barcelona Lost 4-1 to PSG in Camp Nou, hails Mbappé
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Champions League: Koeman Explains Why Barcelona Lost 4-1 to PSG in Camp Nou, hails Mbappé

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman has said that his side fell 4-1 to PSG in the Champions League round of 16 first leg in Camp Nou because Mauricio Pochettino’s men were better. The former Everton manager also singled out PSG’s Kylian Mbappé for praise after the Frenchman netted a hattrick. Koeman further admitted that it would be difficult for his side to upturn the result when they travel to Paris for the second leg on March 10. “In the 2nd half they were better than us and were very efficient, especially Mbappé. Physically they were superior…,” he told a post match press conference. “We have to accept they were better, they showed they’re a more complete team than us… Losing 4-1 at home there aren’t many chances [to turn it around]. “We are on the path to changing thin...
Champions League: Barcelona’s Squad to Face PSG Confirmed
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Champions League: Barcelona’s Squad to Face PSG Confirmed

  Barcelona’s squad to face Paris Saint-Germain in tonight’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie has been released. Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has called up 21 players to tackle Mauricio Pochettino’s side at Camp Nou. Barcelona head to the game after defeating Alaves 5-1 in the LaLiga last Saturday, while PSG won 2-1 against Nice in the Ligue 1. Barcelona’s squad against PSG: Ter Stegen, Dest, Pique, Sergio, Griezmann, Pjanic, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembele, Riqui Puig, Neto, Lenglet, Pedri, Trincao, Jordi Alba, Matheus, De Jong, Umtiti, Junior, Inaki Pena, Mingueze. The kick-off time for Barcelona vs PSG is 9 pm.
Barcelona Board Members Want Messi To Leave After Koeman Meeting
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Barcelona Board Members Want Messi To Leave After Koeman Meeting

Some members of the Barcelona board are not against Lionel Messi leaving the club, ESPN reports. Although some are hoping to persuade the 32-year-old to stay, others would not fight against Messi being sold under the right circumstances. Messi is believed to have met new manager, Ronald Koeman this week and admitted he sees himself more out than in at Camp Nou. Koeman himself is keen to keep the player and build his team around him. But the Argentine superstar is considering his future at the club, after a series of events in the last year, including bust-ups with former sporting director, Eric Abidal. On the pitch, Champions League exits against Roma and Liverpool have been followed by a first trophyless season since 2007/2008, with the shameful 8-2 defeat to Bayern Mun...
LaLiga: How Koeman Uncovered Mole Leaking Barcelona Line-ups
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LaLiga: How Koeman Uncovered Mole Leaking Barcelona Line-ups

Erwin, the brother of Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has revealed that he had to uncover a mole in the dressing room that was leaking his team’s selection. Koeman has endured a shaky start to life at the Nou Camp, with the Catalans still struggling to make an impact under him. And one of his early problems was to identify an enemy within the ranks. Erwin, who was assistant to his brother at Everton and Southampton, told Voetbal: “During the first months, someone from the locker room leaked the line-ups but Ronald solved it. “He has a certain tension, more than the one he had with the Dutch team because Barca is not like working with the national team once every three months. “He is totally focused on Barca. “And it’s the only thing he thinks about. We are in touch ...
Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman
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Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman

The Blaugrana boss says it was a "tough decision" for the club to offload the striker, but one that he believes was correct at the time Ronald Koeman has admitted that Luis Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid "would have been better" for Barcelona. Suarez's hugely successful six-year career at Camp Nou came to an end when he left the club to join Atletico in a €6 million (£5m/$7m) deal during the summer transfer window. Koeman deemed the Uruguayan surplus to requirements after being appointed as the Blaugrana's new permanent coach, with the Rojiblancos ultimately winning the race for his signature ahead of Serie A giants Juventus.
What Koeman said about Messi after Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Athletic Club
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What Koeman said about Messi after Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Athletic Club

    Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has insisted that captain, Lionel Messi, deserves respect because he has done so much for Spanish football. Koeman said this after Barcelona defeated Athletic Club 2-1 in the La Liga on Sunday night, thanks to two goals from Messi and Antoine Griezmann. The Dutchman was reacting to a publication by a newspaper in Spain concerning Messi’s contract with Barcelona earlier on Sunday. “What has come out is intended to damage him. Messi deserves respect,” Koeman told a post-match press conference after the game. “He has done so much for Spanish football. There are people out to hurt FC Barcelona and Messi. “If it turns out to be someone on the inside, then that is very bad, and they should have no future at the club.” Mean...
Elche 0-2 Barcelona: De Jong And Riqui Puig Seal Win For Messi-less Barca
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Elche 0-2 Barcelona: De Jong And Riqui Puig Seal Win For Messi-less Barca

BARCELONA won again without the suspended Lionel Messi as goals from Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig were enough to secure a scruffy 2-0 win over Elche in La Liga. De Jong poked the ball over the line just before half-time at the Martinez Valero, which would have proved a suitably scrappy winner before Puig came off the bench to head in a second late on. Despite an uninspiring performance, Ronald Koeman will be relieved to see Barca make it two consecutive victories without Messi and since their loss in the Spanish Super Cup final last weekend to Athletic Bilbao, after an extra-time victory over Cornella in midweek. Messi is still serving his punishment for being sent off in Seville but the Argentinian will be available again for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey tie away at Rayo Vallec...
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...
Barcelona slump to worst La Liga start in over 30 years after Cadiz loss
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Barcelona slump to worst La Liga start in over 30 years after Cadiz loss

The Catalan giants have failed to get going this campaign and face an uphill battle to challenge for the title Barcelona's 2-1 loss against Cadiz on Saturday has sealed their worst start to a La Liga season since 1987-88. Ronald Koeman's side currently have just 14 points after 10 games of the new league campaign with the club last accruing less than that at this stage 32 years ago, when they picked up 13. Cadiz, who have now beaten both Real Madrid and Barcelona this season after being promoted, were gifted the three points on Saturday after a defensive error allowed Alvaro Negredo to score a simple winner in the 63rd minute.
Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Messi spot on again as Koeman’s men close in on last 16
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Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Messi spot on again as Koeman’s men close in on last 16

Barcelona made it three wins from three in Champions League Group G with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a depleted Dynamo Kiev. Lionel Messi marked his 150th European appearance for Barcelona with a goal as Ronald Koeman's side saw off stubborn opponents Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in Wednesday's entertaining Champions League clash. The superstar forward scored from the penalty spot for the third Group G game running and Gerard Pique added a second, but only after Barca had been given a number of scares. Returning goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced a handful of top-class saves, the best of the lot to keep out Vitaliy Buyalskiy's free header in the first half, while Tomasz Kedziora had a goal ruled out.
Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu
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Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu

The Romanian spoke to the media on the eve of his team's showdown with the Catalans at Camp Nou Dynamo Kiev head coach Mircea Lucescu does not believe Barcelona are at the level to win the Champions League. Group G leaders and La Liga giants Barcelona will host Ukrainian visitors Dynamo at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Barca equalled their worst tally of La Liga points after six games since the Spanish competition reverted to three points for a win – Ronald Koeman's side drew 1-1 with Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, meaning they have just eight points so far in the early stages of the 2020-21 campaign.
Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning
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Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning

Josep Maria Bartomeu makes Lionel Messi confession after resigning. The distress at Barcelona took a new turn when president Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered recently. Outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has asserted he remained on after their mortifying 8-2 annihilation to Bayern Munich since it was the best way to keep Lionel Messi. In a dazzling new development on Tuesday night, Bartomeu reported he and the directorate had all ventured down. Bartomeu was set to leave his part in March 2021 however a demonstration of general disapproval had quickened the cycle and he has picked to leave early. The emergency at the Nou Camp comes as they keep on managing the aftermath from August’s thrashing to Bayern. Club chief Lionel Messi delivered an exchange demand i...
‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus
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‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus

The Blaugrana made it back-to-back wins in Europe, much to the delight of their head coach Ronald Koeman described Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League triumph away at Juventus as their "best game of the season". Barca bounced back in style from their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, with Ousmane Dembele and a stoppage-time Lionel Messi penalty making it back-to-back Group G wins. Juve failed to register a shot on target against the Catalan giants and, while impressed with how his side went about their business, Koeman did feel they should have wrapped up the game earlier than they ultimately did.
Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman
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Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman

Lionel Messi's performances "could be better" but the Barcelona captain is "happy", says new manager Ronald Koeman. Argentina forward Messi, 33, tried to leave the club this summer and called the transfer saga "a brutal drama". He has scored once so far this season. "I don't have any complaints or doubts about his effort," said Koeman, whose side open their Champions League campaign against Ferencvaros on Tuesday (20:00 BST kick-off). "Right now his performances could be better. On a day-to-day basis, he's happy and wants to play and be the team's captain." Messi is in the final year of his contract and will come up against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo in Group G of this season's Champions League, a competition they have not won since 2015. Italian champions Juve wi...
Messi Has Given Maximum Since Ending Transfer Saga, Says Barca Coach Koeman
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Messi Has Given Maximum Since Ending Transfer Saga, Says Barca Coach Koeman

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says Lionel Messi has been the ideal captain and an example to the rest of the team for the way he has applied himself since deciding to stay at the club this season. Messi gave an outstanding performance in Barca’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Thursday after playing the whole second half with 10 men, crushing any fears that the Argentine might lack commitment after the club refused to let him leave. “From day one Leo has trained and played well and has given the maximum for the club, for his team, and for his teammates and I have had no complaints about him on any day,” Koeman said ahead of Barca’s La Liga game at home to Sevilla on Sunday. “He proved himself once again the other day against Celta, he pulled his weight as a captain, he helped the t...
Frank De Boer Appointed As New Head Of Netherland National Team
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Frank De Boer Appointed As New Head Of Netherland National Team

Frank De Boer has been appointed as the replacement of Ronald Koeman who left the Netherland coaching position and joined FC Barcelona to end in 2021. Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the body governing the football in Netherland has appointed the former Ajax and Barcelona defender as Koeman's successor. He signed a contract till 2022 which means he would be leading the Netherlands into the Euros 2021 and Qatar World Cup in 2022. https://twitter.com/OnsOranje/status/1308814192527454208?s=20 Frank, 50, spent most of his professional playing career with Ajax, winning five Eredivisie titles; two KNVB Cups; three Super Cups; one UEFA Cup; one UEFA Champions League; and one Intercontinental Cup. He later spent five years in Barcelona, where he won the 1998–99 La Liga tit...
Barcelona Banned From Signing Georginio Wijnaldium
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Barcelona Banned From Signing Georginio Wijnaldium

Barca boss Ronald Koeman has made Wijnaldum one of his two priority transfer targets – but his plans to sign the 29-year-old have been thrown into disarray. Georginio Wijnaldum’s future has been thrown into confusion after Barcelona were banned by La Liga rulers from signing the Kop star. New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman had identified Liverpool title-winning midfielder Wijnaldum as his number one priority along with fellow Dutch striker Memphis Depay from Lyon with both stars in the last year of contracts. But Barcelona’s dire financial crisis has forced them to shelve plans to sign Wijnaldum with the Spanish league’s governing body stepping in to block the move. La Liga clubs are operating under strict financial guidelines following the Covid-19 pandemic. Barce...
Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig
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Koeman recommends loan move for Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig

The Spaniard is viewed as a future prospect at Camp Nou but his short-term future could lie elsewhere Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told Riqui Puig he should leave the club on loan. Puig, 21, has been linked with a move from Barca, and played no part in Saturday's 1-0 Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche at Camp Nou. The young midfielder joined La Masia in 2013 and made his La Liga debut in early 2019 before making 12 appearances in all competitions for the first-team last season.  
‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman
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‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman

The club legend reversed his decision to seek an exit this summer, citing his unwillingness to get involved in a legal battle Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that there is no conflict between himself and Lionel Messi, following the club legend's decision to reverse course and stay with the Catalan side. Messi informed Barcelona of his desire to leave the club following the 2019-20 season, a frustrating campaign that saw Barca fail to win any trophies and finish with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, the 33-year old reversed course earlier this month, telling Goal that he would stay at the club rather than become embroiled in a messy legal battle.
Messi Re-elected Barcelona Captain
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Messi Re-elected Barcelona Captain

Leo Messi will continue as the captain of Barcelona after being voted as such by his teammates. Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto have been elected the other three skippers of the team. Messi will wear the armband at some point during Saturday's friendly against Gimnastic de Tarragona. Ronald Koeman called the Argentine in the morning where he informed him that he would feature in the game. Messi is still short of fitness having joined pre-season training later than most of his teammates, so his cameo isn't expected to be long.
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‘I know that there is interest’ – Depay confirms Barcelona are considering transfer

The 26-year-old could be set to reunite with Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou as reports in France say negotiations are already underway Memphis Depay has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but says he is unsure on the likelihood of a move this summer. The Lyon attacker has emerged as a top target for the Catalan side since former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman took over at Camp Nou last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Sunday that Barca are not the only team trying to sign in him, however, with Serie A side Roma showing interest, too.
Lionel Messi ‘staying at Barcelona’ as star avoids prospect of legal wrangle
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Lionel Messi ‘staying at Barcelona’ as star avoids prospect of legal wrangle

Lionel Messi has reportedly resigned himself to the fact that he will have to see out his Barcelona contract and stay at the club for another year. The Barca captain had been hoping to leave the club on a free transfer this summer, with Manchester City leading the chase for his services as they sought to reunite him with his former manager Pep Guardiola. Messi has become disillusioned with life in Catalonia after Barca's shambolic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League left them looking as far away from returning to the top level of European football as they have been since last winning Europe's biggest prize in 2015. Manager Quique Setien left shortly after that loss, and has been replaced by Ronald Koeman. Messi's father Jorge has been holding talks with Barca ...
Coutinho returns to Barcelona
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Coutinho returns to Barcelona

Bayern Munich formally bid farewell to Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Wednesday after his year-long loan deal from Barcelona expired with the newly-crowned European champions declining, as expected, to sign him permanently. “With his creativity and excellent technique, he livened up our game in this triple-winning season,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who made it clear last month they would not bring Coutinho to Munich permanently. The 28-year-old rebooted his career in Bavaria after a frustrating period in Barcelona following his high-profile transfer from Liverpool in 2018. Coutinho netted 11 goals, creating nine more, in 38 games for Bayern, including scoring twice in the 8-2 mauling the Germans handed his club Barcelona in the jaw-dropping Champions Lea...
Luis Suarez Edges Closer To Juventus Move
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Luis Suarez Edges Closer To Juventus Move

With Gonzalo Higuain on the move, Juventus are in the market for a striker and are thought to be closing in on Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Ronald Koeman and is now looking for a new club. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, personal terms have been agreed between Suarez and Juventus in a second meeting between the club and the player's representatives. The striker, who has spent six years at Barcelona, had already been contacted by vice president, Pavel Nedved prior to the second meeting. The player's contract is thought to be in the region of ten million euros per year after tax which is the same wage Suarez is currently earning at Barcelona. Juventus would have to pay a further five million euros to secure the Uruguayan...
‘We were disappointed to see Koeman leave’ – Van Dijk
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‘We were disappointed to see Koeman leave’ – Van Dijk

The Liverpool defender says the Netherlands squad 'wholeheartedly' supporters their now-former manager Virgil van Dijk says that he was "disappointed" to see Ronald Koeman take over at Barcelona although he understands why the now-former Netherlands national team boss wanted to coach the Spanish giants. Koeman was recently announced as Quique Setien's replacement at Barca after the Spanish boss was dismissed following the club's 8-2 Champions League beating at the hands of Bayern Munich. The Dutchman, a former Barca defender, had to leave his post as Netherlands boss after previous reports confirmed his intention to manage through Euro 2020.
Barcelona Must Pay €14 Million To Terminate Luis Suarez Contract
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Barcelona Must Pay €14 Million To Terminate Luis Suarez Contract

A new era is being ushered in at Camp Nou under Ronald Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien in the managerial hot seat following a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. The Dutchman has already started making plans for his first year at the helm, with wholesale changes to the squad expected after the club’s first trophyless season in 12 years. Lionel Messi could be the first out the door in the coming weeks, as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has submitted a formal transfer request amid interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It was gathered that Suarez is also being touted for the exit, having been informed by Koeman over the phone that he does not feature in his plans for the upcoming campaign. The Uruguayan strike...
City To Offer Gabriel Jesus To Barca Plus Huge Cash For Messi
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City To Offer Gabriel Jesus To Barca Plus Huge Cash For Messi

Premier League side Manchester City have reportedly offered Barcelona mega million plus Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus for them to sign Lionel Messi this summer. Lionel Messi handed in a transfer request following a fallout between him and newly appointed coach Ronald Koeman. Valverde was fired with Barcelona at the top of La Liga and his replacement, Quique Setien, was sent packing when Bayern Munich demolished them 8-2 in the Champions League. The news of Lionel Messi wanting to leave Barcelona came as a shock for all the club’s fans considering the number of years the Argentine has been with them. There have been discussions among Barcelona chiefs since Lionel Messi made it clear that he wants to leave, but it seems the Argentine is not reversing his decision. And a...
What will Happen if Ronald Koeman Decides to Bench me – Luis Suarez
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What will Happen if Ronald Koeman Decides to Bench me – Luis Suarez

Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, has said he is ready to sit on the bench rather than leave. The club’s president, Josep Bartomeu, this week hinted that many senior players will be allowed to go. Bartomeu also listed ‘untouchable’ squad members but did not include Suarez, who has a contract until 2021. The 33-year-old has now said he is ready to fight for his Barca future. “Throughout my career, I have accepted being on the bench. I still think I have a lot to give but I wouldn’t have any problem if that were to be the case here next season. “Competition for places is healthy and if the new coach [Ronald Koeman] feels I should be a substitute, then I would have no problem with that,” Suarez told El País. Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool six years ago and is now ...
Barcelona Board Members Want Messi to leave after Koeman Meeting
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Barcelona Board Members Want Messi to leave after Koeman Meeting

Some members of the Barcelona board are not against Lionel Messi leaving the club, ESPN reports. Although some are hoping to persuade the 32-year-old to stay, others would not fight against Messi being sold under the right circumstances. Messi is believed to have met new manager, Ronald Koeman this week and admitted he sees himself more out than in at Camp Nou. Koeman himself is keen to keep the player and build his team around him. But the Argentine superstar is considering his future at the club, after a series of events in the last year, including bust-ups with former sporting director, Eric Abidal. On the pitch, Champions League exits against Roma and Liverpool have been followed by a first trophyless season since 2007/2008, with the shameful 8-2 defeat to Bayern Mu...
Ronald Koeman tells three Senior Barcelona Players to Leave Club
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Ronald Koeman tells three Senior Barcelona Players to Leave Club

New Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has decided that Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba will not be part of his first-team plans. Koeman will inform the three senior players that they can leave, according to AS. The 57-year-old replaced Quique Setien this week and is keen to sort out his squad ahead of preseason. Barcelona is looking to overhaul the team and president, Josep Bartomeu, has named just seven ‘untouchable’ players in the first team. They are Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, Clement Lenglet and Nelson Semedo, while big-money flops Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele will also be given another chance to turn their Camp Nou careers around. Koeman is believed to have added Gerard Pique to that list, as he views the defender as ...
Lionel Messi Tells Ronald Koeman That He Does Not See His Future At Camp Nou
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Lionel Messi Tells Ronald Koeman That He Does Not See His Future At Camp Nou

Lionel Messi met with FC Barcelona’s new coach Ronald Koeman to discuss the new sporting project. The Argentine told Koeman that he does not see his future clearly at Barça and thinking of leaving more than staying, according to the reliable Rac1. However, Messi is aware that leaving this summer would be very difficult due to his contract. Barcelona knows Messi’s intention is to possibly leave, but they maintain he is still under contract until 2021 and will not consider what he said to Koeman. It turns out that the initial rumors about the Barcelona legend willing to leave his home club are true, and whether Barcelona is planning to keep him remains unknown.
Wenger reveals the real problems at Barcelona as Koeman takes over
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Wenger reveals the real problems at Barcelona as Koeman takes over

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has said Barcelona will not solve their problems by changing managers. According to him, their "exceptional generation is coming to an end" and the LaLiga giants have to do better with recruitments. Barca have now gone five years without winning the Champions League and lost their league crown to rivals Real Madrid this year. Quique Setien was fired after the Catalans were hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last week and Ronald Koeman has been confirmed as his replacement. But Wenger feels the problems at the Camp Nou go beyond the manager. "I believe the work is more to do than [just] the coach at Barcelona," Wenger told beIN Sports."It looks like an exceptional generation is coming to an end....
Lionel Messi Interrupted His Vacation To Meet With Koeman
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Lionel Messi Interrupted His Vacation To Meet With Koeman

Reportedly, Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman will meet each other this Thursday to discuss the Dutchman’s new project. The coach will explain what he has in mind, and learn about Messi’s thoughts. Messi has even interrupted his vacation to meet with the new coach before the weekend, at the request of President Bartomeu. Many rumors rose about the Argentine’s potential departure after the 8-2 disaster against Bayern Munich. Bartomeu told that he spoke with Jorge, Messi’s father and agent: “I spoke with Jorge Messi. He told me what we all know, that there is a strong disappointment.”, said the Barcelona chief. We have to wait and see whether Messi will change his mind after hearing about Koeman’s project, but what is known is that the Barça icon demanded bigger changes at the club than ju...
Barcelona Inform Luis Suárez That He Has To Leave The Club
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Barcelona Inform Luis Suárez That He Has To Leave The Club

After Ronald Koeman’s appointment, FC Barcelona’s new coaching team have come up with a new formation for next season, and it does not include Luis Suárez. The club believes that it is time for him to leave considering his age and poor performances over the past few seasons, and has informed the Uruguayan striker that he must depart. Earlier when Bartomeu named the players who are ‘untouchable’ at the club, the president excluded the Uruguayan in his list. Barça is ready to sell Suarez if a good offer arrives, with Ajax heavily interested in bringing their former star back to Amsterdam. Juventus are also willing to land the Uruguayan striker. Even though Luis Suarez very recently became the club’s 3rd highest goal-scorer in history and has had some wonderful seasons at the Catal...
“I Need To Speak To Messi” – New Barca Boss, Koeman
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“I Need To Speak To Messi” – New Barca Boss, Koeman

New Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman says he does not know if he will have to "convince" Lionel Messi to stay at the club. Koeman, 57, has signed a two-year deal with Barca, two days after the club sacked Quique Setien. Messi's future at the Nou Camp is uncertain after they failed to win a trophy last season for the first time since 2007-08. "He's still got a contract and is still a Barcelona player," said Koeman. "At this point I need to speak to him because he is the captain. "We need to work with him and speak with various players. We need to make some decisions but in Messi's case I hope he stays with us. "I don't know if I have to convince Messi [to stay], whether it's that or not. He is the best player in the world and the best player in the world you want in...
Ronald Koeman unveiled as Barcelona manager on a two-year deal
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Ronald Koeman unveiled as Barcelona manager on a two-year deal

Ronald Koeman has been confirmed as Barcelona's new manager on a two-year deal. The 57-year-old arrived at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport on Tuesday afternoon and signed a deal that has seen him leave his position as boss of the Dutch national team to take the reins of his former club. Barcelona dismissed Quique Setien on Monday following Friday night's humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay
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Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay

Though the Brazilian is expected to leave Camp Nou, he could stay in 2020-21 if the Blaugrana's new head coach wants him there Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has opened the door for Philippe Coutinho to play for the club next season. After a season on loan with Bayern Munich, Coutinho was tipped to be sold to the Premier League, with his agent Kia Joorabchian claiming his client is keen on a return to England. Bartomeu, though, has said that the 28-year-old could be at Camp Nou next season if incoming head coach Ronald Koeman desires. 
Under-fire Bartomeu insists Messi will end his career at Barcelona amid transfer talk
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Under-fire Bartomeu insists Messi will end his career at Barcelona amid transfer talk

The Argentine superstar has been tipped to leave Camp Nou after his side's destruction at the hands of Bayern Munich last week Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that star man Lionel Messi will end his career at Camp Nou as rumours of the Argentine's possible exit continue to swirl. Following Barca's 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final last week, the Liga club has been plunged into crisis. Head coach Quique Setien and technical manager Eric Abidal have already departed, with Bartomeu confirming on Tuesday that Ronald Koeman will be named the club's next head coach.
Barcelona Set To Appoint Ronald Koeman As New Manager
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Barcelona Set To Appoint Ronald Koeman As New Manager

Ronald Koeman has been choosen as new Barcelona manager. He's going to leave Holland National team to join Barça - official statement on this week. Former Everton boss Koeman emerged as the Catalan side's key target in the wake of the Champions League quarter-final humbling, and the club plan to install him as the new man in the dugout this week after Setien's departure has been confirmed.
Koeman jets into Barcelona as board prepares for Setien axe
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Koeman jets into Barcelona as board prepares for Setien axe

Holland coach Ronald Koeman has emerged as favourite for the Barcelona post. Marca says Koeman has emerged as the frontrunner to replace coach Quique Setien on the Blaugrana bench. Setien's time as Barcelona boss is up after just seven months, following failure to claim the LaLiga Santander title, which was won by Real Madrid, then an 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. Barcelona have already looked into Koeman's situation, and the biggest problem is that he has a contract with the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) as he leads the national team. So before there is any 'yes' to Barcelona, he has to come to an agreement to leave his post as Netherlands coach. The Dutchman was pictured at Barcelona's airport on S...
That was quite a shock’ – Koeman says he feels ‘very healthy’ after being hospitalised with heart problems
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That was quite a shock’ – Koeman says he feels ‘very healthy’ after being hospitalised with heart problems

The Netherlands manager required emergency treatment after feeling unwell in Amsterdam on Sunday, but he says he is now on the mend Ronald Koeman says he is feeling "very healthy" following the "shock" of requiring emergency heart treatment after he felt unwell at the weekend. The Netherlands manager was rushed to hospital on Sunday and had surgery after suffering from chest pains following a cycle ride in Amsterdam with his wife Bartina. However the former Barcelona defender was confirmed at the time by agent Rob Jansen to be in a stable condition, and he has now spoken for the first time about the incident after being released from hospital.
Erwin Koeman: A privilege to work for Everton
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Erwin Koeman: A privilege to work for Everton

Former Everton assistant manager Erwin Koeman says the it was a "privilege" to work at Goodison Park. Erwin worked with brother Ronald Koeman at Everton. He told the Liverpool Echo: “I was disappointed in the second season that we had to leave the club but I liked my time at Everton very much. “I lived in the city centre and liked it a lot, I liked the people and I am still in touch with Tony and Jimmy the kitmen. It was a privilege to work there. “I think we should have been given more time and I think the club was in a little bit of a panic but this kind of decision will be made.. “It was a difficult period, for sure in September and October and we had a very difficult start of the season. It was not easy but I am not blaming the club because they had to do, what they had ...
Everything You Need To Know About Barcelona New Coach, Quique Setien
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Everything You Need To Know About Barcelona New Coach, Quique Setien

Ex-Real Betis coach Quique Setien has been appointed Barcelona manager following Ernesto Valverde’s inevitable dismissal. With both Xavi and Ronald Koeman turning down the opportunity of their former club, the Barcelona board have chosen the Spaniard as head coach on a deal that runs until 2022 following a challenging period for the club under Valverde. Valverde’s position at Camp Nou had long been under scrutiny, but the pressure intensified following Barcelona’s elimination in the Supercopa to Atletico Madrid. It is understood that Barcelona were initially eager to appoint Xavi as permanent coach to replace Valverde, but the current Al-Sadd manager stated that any return to his former club will only happen in the summer. However, Setien has been given a contract until the e...
80% Of Barca Members Want Valverde Sacked And Prefer Klopp Over Koeman & Pep
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80% Of Barca Members Want Valverde Sacked And Prefer Klopp Over Koeman & Pep

Poll for Mundo Deportivo reveals that the social mass of Barcelona does not trust Valverde and bets on Liverpool coach as his successor. Mundo Deportivo wanted to know the opinion of the social mass of Barcelona a few days before the end of 2019 and almost at the equator of the season. 80% of the members don't want Valverde to continue as Barcelona manager next season. For his possible successors, Klopp earned most votes from Barca members with 33.6%, more than Koeman, Robert Martinez and Guardiola.
Portugal vs Netherlands: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
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Portugal vs Netherlands: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. have home advantage as they take on the Oranje in the decider of the first-ever Nations League Portugal and Netherlands face off in Porto on Sunday for the right to get their hands on the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy. A sensational Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fired the reigning European champions into the final at the expense of Switzerland, while the Dutch defeated England in extra-time in the other semi-final. Ronald Koeman's side will hope to shake off the weight of history - having lost three of their last four major finals and never beaten Portugal in Portugal - as they look to continue their upswing in fortunes.