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Spain
Can Quique Setien cope without Arthur Melo?
08:00 Monday 9th March 2020

Is Arthur Melo more critical to Barcelona's success than people think? The Brazilian midfielder already missed several of Barca's games through injury or coach's decision. The Blaugrana's record with him is significantly…

Spain
Which Barcelona youngsters can excel under Quique Setien?
17:00 Sunday 19th January 2020

As Barcelona fans will tell you, the devil has been exorcised. Ernesto Valverde perhaps won’t go down as the worst manager in history, but he'll sure rank up amongst the most-hated. After much speculation narrowing down a potential…

Spain
Should Barcelona hand Arturo Vidal a contract extension?
09:30 Thursday 26th December 2019

It seems Barcelona are now thinking outside the box with regards to the type of signings they are making these days. The club gave us Paulinho Bezerra, who stepped up and proved to us that a little bit of argy-bargy could thrive in the Blaugrana…

Spain
Are De Jong, Arthur double-teaming Busquets out of Barca lineup?
12:01 Saturday 12th October 2019

Is the sun finally setting on Sergio Busquets? The defensive midfielder is the last survivor from the midfield trio who carved out a golden era at the Nou Camp. Andres Iniesta is playing in Japan. Xavi Hernandez is managing in Qatar. Barcelona…

Spain
2019/20 Barcelona La Liga preview
17:01 Thursday 15th August 2019

Barcelona continued to dominate La Liga last season, finishing 11 points clear atop the table. Rivals Real Madrid trailed the Catalans by a massive 19 points. Diego Simeone's Atletico took advantage to secure the second spot. Ernesto Valverde…

Italy
Arturo Vidal to Inter should be easy business for Barcelona
08:01 Thursday 8th August 2019

Like every summer, it's been a busy transfer window. Many top players have already switched cubs. Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong. Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, Matthijs de Ligt. Nabil Fekir, Nicolas Pepe, Harry Maguire.…

International
Copa America knockout rounds: No continent for old men?
08:01 Wednesday 26th June 2019

Despite more credible showings than the two Conmebol teams eliminated from the Copa America, the guests have gone home and South America can get down to the business of deciding its champion for 2019. Bolivia and Ecuador looked more like rank…

International
Can Sanchez, Vidal hustle another Copa America for Chile?
12:00 Thursday 6th June 2019

Chile stunned South America by winning back-to-back Copa Americas over Argentina in 2015 and 16, keeping Lionel Messi off the scoresheet for four hours in the process. While Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are world-class in their…

Champions League
The hole in Lionel Messi's game
15:00 Thursday 11th April 2019

First, let me apologise to Erik ten Hag. I intended to write about the wonderful work he’s doing at Ajax today but Barcelona interfered. He’ll understand. Frenkie de Jong remains his player only until June and possibly Matthijs…

Champions League
Can Barcelona keep the Champions League on Spanish soil?
15:00 Tuesday 19th March 2019

Spain rules football. If you disagree, where have you been for the past decade? La Roja bookended the 2010 World Cup by winning the Euros in 2008 and 2012. Vicente del Bosques' charges lost their way in Brazil but La Liga…

Features
Why your Champions League money should be on Barcelona
12:00 Sunday 27th January 2019

Truly, it is a beautiful experience to win a trophy. Every time. Trophies represent the reward for hard work and commitment over a long period but when we talk about winning the Champions League, the experience is clearly incomparable. In fact,…

Usa
Pulisic not the key to USMNT success for new boss Berhalter
17:00 Monday 17th December 2018

It was my birthday yesterday [thank you] and Christmas is just around the corner. As a Manchester United fan who is at least half-American, however, the past few years brought a new appreciation for that old Rolling Stones ditty, You Can't…

Spain
Why so complicated for Arturo Vidal at Barcelona?
12:00 Saturday 6th October 2018

Arturo Vidal’s tenure at Barcelona has not started as planned. The Chile midfielder joined Los Blugranas during the summer transfer window from Bayern Munich, and he undoubtedly would have set the bar high. Having been a regular…

Spain
Are Barcelona's midfield woes a thing of the past?
17:00 Saturday 25th August 2018

Over the last decade, Barcelona's identity lay in their midfield strength. Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets helped the team win two Champions League titles under Pep Guardiola and remained together until Xavi's departure…

Spain
Why Arturo Vidal will be Barcelona’s biggest hit since Neymar’s signing
10:30 Monday 13th August 2018

Who can deny that FC Barcelona have been among the winners during the current transfer window? In a market that has not had many bombastic signings, Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus aside, Los Blaugranas have certainly stood…