UEFA Champions League Team of the Week: Matchday 5

Eight sides have guaranteed progression to the Round of 16 after Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League. Tottenham Hotspur exceeded all expectations by finishing 1st Group H, a group containing defending champions Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, and were clinical in their recent dismissal of the latter. 2012 winners Chelsea secured their spot in

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Josep Maria Bartomeu hinting at January signings for Barcelona

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is eyeing reinforcements for the squad when the winter transfer window opens in January. The Catalans have been linked to several top players around Europe, including Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Schalke’s Leon Goretzka and Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez. Speaking at the Catalan Sports award ceremony, the 54-year-old insisted

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UEFA reveal incredible Team of the Century

UEFA have named their Team of the Century, boasting some of the most decorated players in football history. The XI was determined by the number of times a player had been voted in the annual UEFA Team of the Year. Without further ado, here is UEFA’s official Team of the Century. Iker Casillas UEFA Team

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What does the future hold for Antoine Griezmann?

It’s safe to say that Antoine Griezmann’s future doesn’t involve Atletico Madrid. A change of heart due to Los Rojiblancos’ FIFA-imposed transfer ban bought the 2014 La Liga winners time, keeping him at the club after turning down an offer from Manchester United in the summer, but his performances thus far have done little to

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Liverpool return unlikely for Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano claims he ‘needs to give a chapter of his career to River Plate’ amidst rumours Jurgen Klopp was interested in bringing him back to Anfield, according to the Metro. The 33-year-old made over 100 appearances for The Reds in a three-and-a-half season spell, finishing as a runner up in the English

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Barcelona eyeing Nabil Fekir in case Philippe Coutinho move falls through

In-form Olympique Lyonnais attacker Nabil Fekir is being lined up as a contingency plan for Barcelona in the event they fail to land Philippe Coutinho in the summer, according to Sport-English.com. The 24-year-old’s explosive start to the 2017/18 campaign has returned 11 goals in as many appearances in Ligue 1 – putting him at the

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Angel Di Maria admits Barcelona move was close

Paris Saint-Germain attacker Angel Di Maria recently revealed he was close to securing a move to Barcelona over the summer in an interview with ESPN. Barcelona were in a moment of panic following the shock loss of Neymar to the Ligue 1 giants and needed reinforcements, turning to the former Real Madrid man. While many

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Barcelona to allow three players to leave in January

Barcelona have told Arda Turan, Aleix Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen they are surplus to requirements and allowed to leave in January, according to Sport-English.com. The news doesn’t come as a surprise for those up to date with Arda Turan’s situation. The 30-year-old hasn’t played a single minute for Barcelona this season after being allowed to

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Ousmane Dembele in line for El Clasico return

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury, giving hope of a return to action before Christmas. According to Marca, Ousmane Dembele is eyeing a return in December’s El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu. Finnish surgeon Sakari Orava, who operated on the Frenchman in September, confirmed Dembele’s positive

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Barcelona will resume pursuit for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in January

Barcelona haven’t given up hope of signing Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool but will embrace a low-profile approach when the winter transfer window opens in January. The Blaugrana were involved in a desperate pursuit of the 25-year-old over the summer as they scrambled to sort out a replacement for Neymar. While nothing materialised, Philippe

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2017 FIFA FIFPro World XI announced

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi spearhead a La Liga heavy 2017 FIFA FIFPro World XI, which was presented in London on October 23. Real Madrid have five representatives – Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo – after securing La Liga and successfully defending their UEFA Champions League crown. Barcelona, who have

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Paco Alcacer set for January loan move

Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting that Barcelona are contemplating a loan move for peripheral striker Paco Alcacer. The 24-year-old, who signed from Valencia for €30 million in the summer of 2016, has failed to integrate himself into the Barcelona squad, starting just seven times in La Liga – with only one of those starts coming

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Barcelona tracking progress of FC Porto midfielder Danilo

Spanish news outlet El Mundo Deportivo are reporting on Barcelona’s interest in FC Porto and Portugal midfielder Danilo. Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez was in attendance for Portugal’s 2-0 win over Andorra in the penultimate group stage game of World Cup Qualifying, where Danilo completed 90 minutes and got a late assist for Andre Silva.

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Luis Suarez set for knee surgery in November

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will go under the knife to remove a meniscal cyst in his right knee in November, according to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport. The Uruguayan international has played through the pain since injuring his knee in the Spanish Super Cup clash with Real Madrid in August. His dip in form seems to

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Thomas Tuchel favourite to land Bayern Munich job

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is leading the race to fill the void left from Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking at Bayern Munich, according to the official Bundesliga website. Unattached and living in Munich, Thomas Tuchel is accustomed to Bundesliga football, having spent a total of seven years managing Mainz and Borussia Dortmund in the German

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Gerard Pique willing to quit Spain amidst Catalan referendum

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has offered to quit the Spanish national side following the chaotic scenes of the Catalan referendum. A La Liga meeting with Las Palmas on Sunday seemed unlikely to go ahead as Spanish police attempted to halt Catalonia’s referendum for independence. Thousands of supporters were outside the stadium as the club confirmed

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FIFA Puskas Award nominees

FIFA have announced the 10 nominees for the 2017 Puskas Award. In honour of Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas, the FIFA Puskas Award was created in 2009 to celebrate the most aesthetically pleasing goal of the year. Nine of the 10 nominees are men; Venezuela striker Deyna Castellanos is the sole female nominee, having produced

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