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Done Deal: Barcelona Sign Spanish International Striker For €32m

Paco Alcacer Barcelona

Barcelona have today completed the signing of Valencia captain Paco Alcácer, the club has today confirmed. The move for the striker had been on the cards since reports broke earlier this month that Alcácer had become their prime target in their search for a backup forward for Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar. He was left out of the Valencia …

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Euro Round-Up: Bayern Rampant But PSG Suffer Surprise Defeat

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 26: Robert Lewandowski (R) of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mate Thomas Mueller during the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and Werder Bremen at Allianz Arena on August 26, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

With most of the major European leagues already in full swing, last weekend saw the return of the Bundesliga and a very ominous display from champions Bayern Munich. Bayern have seemingly adjusted to the loss of Pep Guardiola with little fuss, as their title defence got underway with a 6-0 defeat at home to Werder Bremen. Robert Lewandowski scored a …

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How Francisco Franco Utilised Spanish Football To Consolidate His Power

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There were not many men in Adolf Hitler’s time that the Austrian would yield to without consequences, but Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was one. Hitler famously had declared that he ‘would rather have three or four teeth pulled out’ than spend more time with Franco. The infamous Nazi leader had attempted in 1940 to persuade Francoist Spain to join the Axis …

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Opinion: Champions League Restructuring – UEFA Bends To Will Of Big Four

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JULY 19: A UEFA Champions League draw ball is being prepared backstage prior to the UEFA Champions League Q3 qualifying round draw rehearsal on July 19, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

UEFA have taken the rather baffling decision of amending the qualification process for the Champions League from next season.  The top four leagues (currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy in that order) will qualify four teams automatically through to the group stages taking half of all the positions available without the risk of entering a play off. Many people will shrug their shoulders …

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Champions League Group Stage Draw: Dream Group For Leicester, While Pep Returns To Barça

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 24: The draw ball await during the UEFA Champions League Q2 qualifying round draw at the UEFA headquarters on June 24, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

The draw for the Champions League group stage took place in Monaco this evening, and has thrown up a number of very interesting match-ups. Premier League champions Leicester City were guaranteed a top seed entry, meaning they would avoid the heavy hitters but could still have potentially faced the likes of Atlético Madrid or Borussia Dortmund. As it turned out, …

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Champions League Group Stage Seedings Confirmed

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates with the trophy after victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

With all 32 qualifiers for the Champions League group stage now known, the seedings for each side have also been confirmed. UEFA changed the structure of how the seedings work last year, meaning that Pot 1 is now occupied by the current Champions League holders plus the league winners of each of the top seven countries by UEFA co-efficient. As …

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Tottenham Chase Exciting £12.9 Million Barcelona Attacker [Report]

SEVILLE, SPAIN - AUGUST 14: Munir El Haddadi of FC Barcelona in action during the match between Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona as part of the Spanish Super Cup Final 1st Leg at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 14, 2016 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino has been relatively quiet in the transfer market so far. With only two arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer, fans will be hoping the manager will further add to his squad following the arrival of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen. According to The Sun (via Sport), the London club are interested in signing 20-year-old Munir from La Liga champions Barcelona. Competition …

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Barcelona Agree €11.5m Fee For Claudio Bravo Replacement [Reports]

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 05: Goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen of Ajax gives team mates instructions during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Utrecht and Ajax Amsterdam held at Stadion Galgenwaard on April 5, 2015 in Utrecht, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Barcelona are one step closer to letting Claudio Bravo join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to multiple reports today. Sources in England, Spain and the Netherlands are all claiming that the current La Liga title holders are closing in on a move for Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to replace the Premier League-bound Chilean international. Barca and Man City have …

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Barcelona Line Up Surprise Move For West Bromwich Albion Forward [Report]

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion at Carrow Road on October 24, 2015 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

With one of the world’s finest strike forces, containing Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, it comes as a surprise to read in The Mirror that West Bromwich Albion forward Salomon Rondón has emerged as a shock transfer target for the Spanish Champions Barcelona. The Venezuelan international, capped 53 times, is no stranger to Spanish football having enjoyed prior spells with …

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Chelsea And Arsenal Legend Ready To Quit Premier League, Again [Report]

Chelsea midfielder and former Arsenal great Cesc Fabregas is reportedly considering his future at the London club following his omission from the Pensioners’ starting team for their season opener against West Ham United. The Spain international has been at Stamford Bridge since moving from Barcelona in 2014, having previously spent eight successful seasons with Premier League rivals, Arsenal. Now, with …

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Euro Round-Up: Wins For Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG

SEVILLE, SPAIN - AUGUST 14: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring during the match between Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona as part of the Spanish Super Cup Final 1st Leg at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 14, 2016 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Domestic champions Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain were all in action at the weekend, though only the latter began their league season. Ligue 1 (and the Premier League) began last weekend, while Barca and Bayern and were involved in their respective Super Cups – with the status quo being maintained in both. PSG, however, left it late. Their title defence …

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Man City Rekindle Interest In Barcelona Star As Guardiola Makes Huge Sunderland Call [Report]

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 05: Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona looks on during an FC Barcelona training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final match against Juventus at Olympiastadion on June 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Since taking over the managerial reigns at Manchester City earlier this summer, Pep Guardiola has been very active in the transfer window, strengthening his midfield and attacking options with the signings of İlkay Gündoğan, Nolito and Leroy Sane, as well as bolstering his defence with the capture of England defender John Stones this week. However, it appears the 45-year-old is …

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