September 2nd, 2014 by admin
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 »
August 28th, 2014 by admin
August 7th, 2014 by Liam
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.
July 2nd, 2014 by admin
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.
June 23rd, 2014 by admin
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.
June 2nd, 2014 by admin
Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has stated that he would like to stay at the club beyond the end of the season. The future of the Argentine has been heavily speculated after they are set to end the season without a major trophy. They are still in contention for the la Liga title, but Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are the favourites to win the league. More than the lack of ability to win trophies, fans have been extremely disappointed by the style of football employed by Martino. He has deviated from the incredibly useful era started by Pep Guardiola.
Despite the recent poor run of form, which has seen them concede defeat in Copa del Rey, Champions League and the league, Martino has stated that he would like to remain as the Barcelona manager into the new season. Only a few weeks ago he confirmed that there is a clause with his contract that would allow him to leave the club at the end of the season if all parties are not satisfied with his work. Rumours about his future have begun at an intense pace then after Barcelona have been found talking with former coach Luis Enrique in the last few days.
Martino has the opportunity to lift the league title if Barcelona win their remaining matches.
“I’d like to think I’ll be staying. It’s been intense, I’ve learned a lot about myself. Our chances are slim, but there is still a chance,” said the manager. The club are two points behind Atletico Madrid in the league table, but they could leapfrog Diego Simeone’s men with a win over their title rivals on the final day of the season. Atletico Madrid will be visiting the camp Nou for the final match of the season. Real Madrid trail Barcelona by two points.