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Spain
Winning ugly not acceptable at Barcelona
08:00 Friday 8th November 2019

When you hold to the highest standard, it's difficult to enjoy your football. Anything less than comprehensive excellence feels like a major crisis. Barcelona occupy first place both in La Liga and their Champions League group but…

Spain
Is Carlos Vela a viable January option for Barcelona?
12:00 Thursday 31st October 2019

Los Angeles FC superstar, Carlos Vela, has been a constant on the back pages of major newspapers over the last few days. The attacker scored twice and assisted another over the weekend, leading his side to victory against LA Galaxy…

Usa
MLS Cup: Why do they play the games?
19:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

All five major team sports in America are governed by some form of wage control. Owners would have fans believe this gives franchises in smaller markets with fewer, less lucrative revenue streams a fair chance to win trophies, that salary caps…

Spain
Poor away form could be Barca's undoing this season
08:00 Monday 28th October 2019

When they took to the Sinobo Stadium pitch to face Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Barcelona encountered an all too familiar problem. The Catalans struggled to impress away from home yet again. The hosts put up a resilient…

Italy
Are Ivan Rakitic and Inter Milan perfect for each other?
09:00 Friday 25th October 2019

Frenkie de Jong's signing marked the beginning of troubled times for Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona. The Croatian sank under the radar when the 22-year-old completed his mega-switch from Ajax to the Nou Camp this summer. Rakitic…

Spain
Are Messi, Suarez and Griezmann finally cooking for Barcelona?
08:01 Wednesday 23rd October 2019

It is an open secret that Barcelona struggled after Neymar departed the Nou Camp for Paris Saint Germain in 2017. Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho were brought in to replace the Brazilian. Both failed to step up in Catalonia.…

Spain
Should Ivan Rakitic consider leaving Barca in January?
08:01 Thursday 17th October 2019

A slow start to the campaign precipitated by Lionel Messi's injury crisis and Antoine Griezmann's acclimation process appears to be in the past. Barcelona are second and can leapfrog Real Madrid in the season's first El Clasico…

Spain
Antoine Griezmann faces a hard road in Barcelona
08:00 Saturday 12th October 2019

No one expected Antoine Griezmann to end up plying his trade at Camp Nou after publicly snubbing Barcelona's interest last year. But here we are, wondering if he shouldn't have rethought his 'Decision'. The Blaugrana wasted…

Spain
Will Luis Suarez be Barca's saviour this season?
09:00 Sunday 6th October 2019

Every club dreams of starting a new season on a brilliant note. In the few games played thus far in 2019/20, several clubs presented their credentials. Others are still checking their pockets. Surprisingly, Barcelona ranks among the latter…

Spain
Is Barcelona's problem in the dugout?
08:00 Saturday 28th September 2019

Barcelona ranks among European and world leaders in tourism, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, science and sport. While it jealously preserves its unique cultural heritage, the Catalunyan capital is now a cosmopolitan city. The one…

Spain
Anssumane Fati: FC Barcelona's youngest debutant since the 1940s
17:00 Tuesday 27th August 2019

Barcelona takes its time before handing a debut to teenagers in La Liga. In 1941, the late Vicenc Martinez became the youngest La Liga debutant for the Catalan giants, when he appeared in El Clasico aged 16 years and 280 days. Lionel Messi…

Premier League
Chelsea, Manchester United youth face steep learning curve
09:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

We’ve all seen the nature documentary or Youtube clip where the cute little bear cubs come across a skunk. Unafraid, they run up to play with it, learning a hard lesson while Pepe le Pew strolls off with his tail proudly in the air. If…

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.…

Spain
Why FC Barcelona need to fix their centre-back issues before the season kicks off
12:01 Saturday 3rd August 2019

The summer break presents football clubs the opportunity to reflect on the previous season, highlight their major weaknesses and work towards putting things right before the next campaign kicks off. Like other European elite outfits,…

Spain
Will Messi go down as the last one-club man?
08:01 Tuesday 30th July 2019

Lionel Messi’s story is straight out of a comic book. Small, frail and weak as a child, a powerful benefactor unexpectedly offered him a treatment that would transform him into the greatest footballer on the planet. Even when you acknowledge…