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4 hrs ago | Goal.com
The Argentine was less than impressed with his players after watching them lose their opening Champions League game of the season in Greece Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone rued his side's profligacy in front of goal as last season's beaten finalists opened their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos. The visitors were two goals adrift by the 31st minute following Arthur Masuaku's driven effort and a composed finish from on-loan Barcelona forward Ibrahim Afellay.
11 hrs ago | Suria
Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique has thrown his support behind calls for Catalonia to be allowed to hold a vote on independence from Spain. Pique posted pictures to his social media accounts last week of him attending a mass demonstration with his son calling for the Spanish government to allow a referendum similar to that which will take place in Scotland on Thursday.
15 hrs ago | Click Orlando
The Champions League is back -- but do you know who the rising stars of this year's competition are likely to be? CNN asked one of Europe's leading scouting experts, Tor-Kristian Karlsen, to give us his top five young players to watch out for in this season's competition. "Barcelona's attacking midfielder Halilovic, who made his full international debut Croatia at the age of 16, is currently playing for the Catalan club's B side but is expected to make his way into the first team this season.
15 hrs ago | The Independent
Note: We do not store your email address but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies Barcelona have announced that the will rename their training ground after the late Tito Vilanova, their former coach who sadly died earlier this year aged just 45. Vilanova's death brought great sadness not just at the Catalan club, but across the sport worldwide, and the Spanish club's board have agreed that the first team training complex in Ciudad Deportiva de Sant Joan Despi would have its name changed to honour the club's former manager.
Barcelona begin their Champions League campaign at home to Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday in fine form having romped to the top of La Liga with three consecutive wins to give Luis Enrique a dream start to his reign. The most promising development of all three wins has been the return of four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to something approaching his best form after a disappointing end to a first trophyless campaign in six years last season.
The veteran midfielder has featured scarcely for Barcelona this season, but his team-mate has defended his importance ahead of their midweek Champions League tie Barcelona forward Pedro has hailed the importance of "living legend" Xavi despite his scaled down role in the first team. The 34-year-old has played only 17 minutes this season over three La Liga matches, with summer signing Ivan Rakitic chosen ahead of him to start alongside Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in midfield.
The Brazilian scored twice during the victory over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and the Spanish star says his side can always count on their star forwards Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says his side can always count on Lionel Messi and Neymar to settle matches in their favour. The Catalans have won all three of their games so far this season, including a 2-0 triumph over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday thanks to two lates goals from the Brazilian.
As Daniel Alves is linked with a move to Manchester United , here are five reasons why the Barcelona defender would be a fantastic signing for the club. According to the Daily Express , Louis Van Gaal is ready to lure Barcelona wing-back Dani Alves to the Premier League on a short-term deal for the 2015/2016 season.
Barcelona will aim to strengthen its position at the top of La Liga after it hosts Athletic Bilbao this weekend at Camp Nou. The two-week international break affected Barcelona less than some of its rivals, as Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi were not called up to play for their respective national teams.
Another stunning pass from De Marcos! He bends one in behind from the right but Aduriz lacks the pace to collect it inside the box. Good vision from the converted right-back nonetheless.
Montoya gives away possession cheaply as Susaeta collects the ball on the flank but his cross is harmless and Barcelona clear. OVER! Messi creates the best chance of the game so far as he finds Munir behind the Bilbao defence with a wonderfully executed pass but the youngster blasts the ball well over the bar.
In a lot of countries across Europe, the holding midfielder is the position for artists, those who effortlessly set the tone and tempo of a game. Andrea Pirlo, for one, has made the role an art form.
The former Netherlands star believes coaches have not managed the stars correctly - just as David Moyes did at Manchester United Former Barcelona boss Johan Cruyff feels the club has gone backwards in recent years due to the coaches' inability to "control" the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar . Cruyff was outspoken following the signing of the Brazil international last summer, claiming Messi should have been sold in order to accommodate the ex-Santos man into the side under Gerardo Martino.
Former FC Barcelona Manager, Tito Vilanova's untimely demise on 25 April 2014, at age 45, had since left me shattered, introspective and judgemental of God's fairness parameters. This write up was due.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 07:03 pm
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