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Resistance To USA Game Is ‘Cultural’, Says La Liga President

La Liga president Javier Tebas on Tuesday claimed that resistance to the controversial plans to hold a Spanish top-flight game in the United States is “cultural”. The match between Girona and Barcelona on January 26 is scheduled to be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, despite strong opposition and fears that the Catalan giants would effectively be gifted an …

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Ronaldo’s Return & Four Other Champions League Talking Points

As the Champions League returns for its third round of fixtures, Pundit Arena counts down five talking points from Tuesday and Wednesday night’s action.  ___ 1) Ronaldo’s Return Cristiano Ronaldo went from skinny showboater to the best player in the world during his time at Manchester United. The Portugal striker scored 84 goals in 198 appearances for the Red Devils before …

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Barca Star Arda Turan Facing Up To 12 Years In Prison Following Brawl

Turkish prosecutors on Monday charged Barcelona player Arda Turan over a brawl with a prominent singer, asking for the footballer to be sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in jail. The prosecutors charged Turan, who is currently on loan to Istanbul’s Basaksehir, with sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury over the fight with singer Berkay Sahin, the state-run …

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Messi Magic Sinks Sloppy Spurs’ Qualification Hopes

Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham had only themselves to blame for Lionel Messi’s mesmerising masterclass in Barcelona’s 4-2 Champions League win at Wembley. Pochettino’s side found it impossible to subdue Messi as Barcelona ended their three-match winless streak in emphatic style. The Spanish champions punished a howler from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to take a second-minute lead through Philippe Coutinho. Ivan …

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Lloris Fit But Plethora Of Spurs Stars Set To Miss Barcelona Clash

France’s World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris offered Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino a little ray of sunshine amid an injury crisis on the eve of their Champions League clash with Barcelona. Lloris returned to training having recovered from a thigh injury, that has seen him on the sidelines since the end of August, but Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Mousa …

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Barcelona & Real Madrid Lose On Same Day For First Time Since 2015

Real Madrid failed to capitalize on Barcelona’s defeat at Leganes as both clubs lost league matches on the same day for the first time since January 2015. Barca’s 2-1 loss to relegation fighters Leganes was the greater shock but Madrid’s beating was more emphatic, blown away 3-0 by Sevilla after a torrid 39 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. For …

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Cheat Sheet: A Roundup Of This Weekend’s European Action

Pundit Arena’s Cheat Sheet summarises the weekend action from Spain, Italy, Germany and France, including a thriller at Camp Nou. Spain  Gerard Piqué salvaged a point for 10-man Barcelona after clearing one shot off the line and making mistakes for each of Girona’s goals in an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick as …

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Report: Barcelona Want Prem Hitmen To Replace Suarez Next Season

Barcelona are reportedly looking at Premier League duo Harry Kane and Roberto Firmino as potential replacements for Luis Suarez, with the 31-year old set to leave the club next season. Spanish newspaper Don Balon are reporting that Tottenham’s Kane and Liverpool frontman Firmino are the top of Barcelona’s list to take Suarez’s place as they look to sign a younger …

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Barcelona And La Liga Launch Bid For Miami Game

The plan to play a La Liga game in the United States has taken a big step forward. The much discussed 39th league game abroad has yet to come to fruition in England, but the start to the new season saw talk of at least one Spanish League game taking place in America. This proposed tie isn’t an extra league …

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Suarez: Quality Pogba Welcome At Barca To Challenge For Trophies

Luis Suarez believes Paul Pogba should be challenging for more trophies than he is at Manchester United and would always be welcome at Barcelona.  Pogba has endured a turbulent two years since returning to Old Trafford for a then world-record fee of 105 million euros ($121.7) and his relationship with coach Jose Mourinho has become strained. The 25-year-old rediscovered his …

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Messi Admits Being Surprised At Ronaldo’s Decision To Leave

Ronaldo Messi

Lionel Messi has admitted he was surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave Real Madrid and join Juventus. Messi also believes the transfer will leave Madrid worse off and says Juve are now among the clear favourites to win this season’s Champions League. Ronaldo swapped Spain for Italy in a deal worth 100 million euros ($117 million) in July, after …

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Messi Brace Leads Barcelona To Dominant La Liga Opener

Two goals from Lionel Messi either side of a Philippe Coutinho strike allowed Barcelona to start their defence of the Spanish title with a 3-0 win over Alaves at the Camp Nou on Saturday night. Wearing the captain’s armband following the departure of Andres Iniesta to Japan, Messi stepped up to send a cheeky second-half free-kick under the jumping wall …

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Reclaiming Champions League Is Priority For Lionel Messi

Barcelona star Lionel Messi said the club will “do everything possible” this season to prise the Champions League trophy away from arch-rivals Real Madrid, who have won the competition each of the past three years. The 31-year-old will take over the captaincy at Barcelona this season following the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta for Japan. “We’re going to miss …

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Sevilla Threaten Super Cup Action Against Barcelona

Sevilla have threatened file a complaint ahead Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup clash with Barcelona if the La Liga champions field more than three non-EU players. The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the EU for the Super Cup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches. Sevilla …

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Pogba Tight-Lipped Over United Situation For Fear Of Being Fined

Paul Pogba added fuel to rumours of his deteriorating relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, saying he could not express himself for fear of being fined. The 25-year-old was credited with a ‘monster performance’ by Mourinho in United’s opening 2-1 Premier League win over Leicester City on Friday. However, Pogba, who cost United a then-world record £89 million in …

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Paul Pogba Keen To Leave United For Barcelona – Reports

France World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday. The 25-year-old — who scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia — has agreed terms with Barcelona for a deal worth £89.5 million ($115 million, 100 million …

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Roma Consider Legal Action Over Barcelona’s Malcom Hijack

Barcelona's new Brazilian forward Malcom gives thumbs up at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on July 24, 2018. - Spanish champions Barcelona announced they have signed Brazilian winger Malcom from French side Bordeaux on a five-year deal for 41 million euros ($48 million). (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Roma are said to be considering legal action after Brazilian winger Malcom was dramatically snatched from right under their noses earlier this week. The Serie A side announced that a deal had been struck with Bordeaux to sign the 21-year-old on Monday afternoon, only for Barcelona to swoop in with a higher offer when their attempts to sign Chelsea’s Willian hit …

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