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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was heavily linked with a move away from the Catalan club this summer. Several reports suggested that he was ready to bring an end to his Barcelona days, where he has been playing throughout his career, after interest from several clubs in the MLS and Middle East. They were ready to pay the former world and European champion a huge sum of money in order to entice him towards the end of the career. Xavi has not been as influential as he was a few years ago and this has largely been down to his age.
The 34-year-old is fast approaching the end of his stellar career, but he says that he is not ready to leave Barcelona at any point in the future. The midfielder made his debut for the Catalan club back in 1998 and has gone on to make close to 500 appearances in the league. At the prime of his career, he oversaw a revolution started by Pep Guardiola that made Barcelona one of the best teams in the world. He is widely expected to announce his retirement like several other Barcelona stars of recent years – Carlos Puyol – in the coming seasons. Xavi’s decision to stay at Barcelona is a major blow to the likes of New York Red Bulls.
“If it was up to me I’d never leave Barcelona. I could have left many times but my feelings always won out. I told the club that I didn’t want to play for another team in Europe; I didn’t want to play against Barcelona. I would like to end my career here. But circumstances are what decide these things,” said Xavi. Under the leadership of the 34-year-old, Barcelona have once again made a strong start to the season and have won all of their matches until now.
Gerardo Martino has been given the charge of the Argentina national football team. This is going to be his second tenure as manager in international football. He has already had a fairly long run with Paraguay in the past.
Martino’s work as Paraguay boss was hailed by many. He guided the South American side to Round of 8 in the World Cup in South Africa 4 years ago. Los Guaranies also made it to the title round of Copa America under his guidance one year later i.e. in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
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According to a statement released by Barcelona, Neymar is recovering pretty well from the blow that he had suffered while playing for his country Brazil in the World Cup quarter final round. However, it’s still not clear when the striker would be back to training.
Neymar himself is believed to be willing to make a comeback in the team’s last pre-season match against Leon.
Neymar has already made his way to Barca and he has also gone through a few tests there.
The outcomes of those tests are quite good and that’s certainly relieving news for the Barcelona fans.
Barcelona is going to face Napoli in their third pre-season game this Wednesday in Geneva. One of the new signings of the club, Jeremy Mathieu and the Spanish midfielder Xavi will not feature in that match as they are suffering from slight muscle issues.
Barcelona’s talisman Lionel Messi as well as the Brazil international Dani Alves, who has started training just a couple of days back, are also not going to travel to Switzerland.
Barcelona has already played two pre-season games i.e. against the Spanish club Recreativo Huelva and the French club Nice respectively. They beat Huelva quite easily, but, Nice stopped them on draw the other day.
Barcelona’s first match in the La Liga 2014-15 is against Elche on 24th of this month.
Barca had lost their La Liga crown last season to Atletico Madrid. They would be really eager to get that back this season. They are trying to strengthen the areas in which they had faltered in the 2013-14 Season.
One of Barca’s weak points in the previous La Liga was their defence. It was looking fragile and it got weakened even more when Carles Puyol quit in May after being associated with the club as a player for one and half decades.
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According to Gary Lineker, it’s the Barcelona officials who had requested the controversial Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez to apologize publicly for his act in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Suarez had bitten an Italian player during a World Cup group game in Brazil after which the question marks had started being raised over his much hyped transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona, but, now, that he has apologized for what he did, he should be making his way to Camp Nou this summer.
Lineker is a former English player who himself played for Barcelona for a few years. He is a TV presenter these days. Yesterday, he wrote on his Twitter account, “An apology has eventually come from Suarez. He says this sort of act would never be repeated in the future by him.”
“I have heard Barcelona officials had insisted him for this apology so that the transfer process can go ahead smoothly.”
What Lineker is saying might be right because Suarez had refused to confess his guilt a couple of days after that particular incident saying that he didn’t do anything wrong and now, from nowhere, an apologetic statement has been released by him. This certainly seems to be pointing towards the fact that he has been made to do so by someone, perhaps by the Catalan giants.
Suarez had been absolutely sensational in the English league last season. He had scored more than 30 goals to take Liverpool close to their first league glory in many years.
If he makes his way to Barcelona, he along with Messi would constitute a lethal attacking line there.
Suarez’s record is great for each and every club that he has been a part of so far. The Blaugrana hierarchy would hope that he turns the heat on in La Liga as well.
Barcelona winger Pedro has claimed that he is unsure whether he will remain at the Catalan club going into the season. The summer transfer window opens in a few weeks. Despite always being on the World Cup 2014, transfers are taking place in the background. Several clubs have been very active in the off-season in the hope of completing their summer purchases before the World Cup, as any good performances at this major tournament could inflate the prices even further. Is one of the players
Pedro is one of the players linked with an exit from Barcelona, who are expected to make a lot of changes to the playing staff. After a poor season last time around, they will be hoping to add to their playing staff in several areas of the pitch. Due to the high debts, the club will have to sell a number of star players like Cesc Fabregas in order to fund the new purchases. Despite the poor season for the club, Pedro was one of the important players for Barcelona last season. The 26-year-old made an appearance in 37 league matches, although most were as a substitute. He is one of the saleable assets at the club.
His future has been thrown into doubt after in a recent interview he accepted that he could leave Barcelona in the summer.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, I’m relaxed and concentrating on the team [Spain] and the World Cup. When I need to decide something, I’ll talk to the club and we’ll see what happens. But I’m relaxed and I don’t know anything, I’ll carry on concentrating on the team and on playing well in the World Cup. I don’t really understand it, he’s such a great player who plays really well for us. I haven’t talked about it with him – he’s happy and focusing on the team. If he goes, it’ll be a real shame for Barca,” said Pedro about his future and Fabregas’ future.