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Business as usual for Barca, work to be done for Madrid

Aug 19 2013, 7:10am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

Madrid, Aug 19 — Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated. That was made clear by a blistering first half display against...

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Business as usual for Barca, work to be done for Madrid

Aug 19 2013, 7:10am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

Madrid, Aug 19 — Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

That was made clear by a blistering first half display against Levante which saw the reigning champions go in 6-0 up at half time and eventually secure a record opening day win 7-0 Sunday, reports Xinhua.

The fact this was done on the back of a chaotic pre-season and with Neymar and Andres Iniesta on the subs' bench should worry everyone in La Liga, although the failure to sign a central defender will be a problem as the season progresses.

For the moment however, Barca fans will be delighted at the way the side have adapted to the high-pressing game demanded by Tata Martino and the new hunger they showed on the pitch after a downbeat end to last season.

In the Santiago Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti made it clear that he is very much his own man with the decision to leave Iker Casillas on the bench and play Diego Lopez in goal.

Following Casillas' much publicized spat with Jose Mourinho last season most would have expected Casillas to have started in the 2-1 win against Betis, but it was Lopez who got the nod.

Quite where this leaves Casillas at the start of a World Cup season remains to be seen and with Casillas' influence in the press and dressing room, Ancelotti has shown himself to be a brave man.

As for Madrid's performance, it was a letdown after a promising pre-season, but with the new coach trying to introduce a more passing style of football, he may need more time that Martino, who has given a few 'tweaks' to the Barca mechanism rather than attempt a full scale overhaul. Meanwhile Isco looks as if he could be the signing of the summer.

As for Barca and Madrid's respective rivals: Levante look as if they are in for a long season after a difficult summer with internal issues, while Betis showed the same courage and flair as last year despite a revolving door transfer policy.

Radamel Falcao has left Atletico Madrid but they still have Diego Costa and their 3-1 win in Sevilla was a win to quieten the doubters that the loss of their star striker would be a handicap.

The arrival of David Villa and Leo Baptistao has actually given Diego Simeone more options and Costa looks to be revelling in his new found responsibility.

Sevilla looked good in patches as well, but may also need time to integrate their new signings.

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Sergi Roberto and Barcelona Agree on New 5-Year Contract

Sep 17 2014 11:41am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona central midfielder Sergi Roberto has agreed a contract extension with the Catalan giants that will keep him at the club until 2019.   With his current contract set to expire next summer, the 22-year-old will sign his new five-year deal in the coming days, per the club's official website:FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Sergi Roberto to renew his contract, which expires on June 30, 2015, until June 30, 2019. The release clause has been set at 30 mil ...
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Barcelona Transfer News: Louis Enrique Must Find Way to Keep Xavi at Camp Nou

Sep 15 2014 3:59am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona are facing an increasingly difficult battle to keep longtime midfield maestro Xavi at the Camp Nou, and the Blaugrana have to do whatever they can to make sure the former Spain international doesn't leave the club in the summer. According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t to the Daily Star's Chisanga Malata), both Manchester United and Bayern Munich tried to pry the midfielder away from the Catalans during the sum ...
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Why Lionel Messi Is Barcelona's Most Important Player in the Champions League

Sep 15 2014 2:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Lionel Messi is synonymous with Barcelona's assault on the Champions League each and every season, and it's churlish to look past him as Barca's main man in the competition again this time round. With 67 goals so far per UEFA.com, tied for second with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi remains just four behind the all-time record set by Raul whilst at Real Madrid and Schalke. The leading scorer in the competition in 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12, Messi is the first and only player ...
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1 week ago

Chelsea Chasing 11-Year Old Football Prodigy Currently With Barcelona

Sep 10 2014 7:03pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Chelsea are hoping to sign Xavier Simons, 11, from Barcelona... Chelsea are looking into the possibility of signing 11-year-old footballing sensation Xavier Simons, who is currently part of the youth set-up at Barcelona. SEE ALSO: Best teenagers in world football (Hot WAG Gallery) Sexy pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo girlfriend Irina Shayk. Greatest football team of all time! Check out the best XI of the 21st C ...
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1 week ago

Ryan Giggs: Manchester United Committed To Developing A New ‘Class Of 92′

Sep 10 2014 3:51pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Ryan Giggs has insisted Manchester United will develop their youth players... Manchester United coach Ryan Giggs has promised that the club will continue to develop their youth players, despite spending over £150m on imported stars this summer. SEE ALSO: Best teenagers in world football (Hot WAG Gallery) Sexy pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo girlfriend Irina Shayk. Greatest football team of all time! Check out the best X ...
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La Masia specials! The top 5 Barcelona youth goals of the week [Video]

Sep 10 2014 5:29am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Barcelona’s La Masia youth academy is widely regarded as the best place to rear young footballers.The likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and countless more learned their trade in the famous institute.Each week the club upload the top 5 goals scored by players in their youth teams, with young Hugo Garcia taking top spot with a long range beauty.Number two, scored by Barcelona B was also an excellent goa ...
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Why Ivan Rakitic Will Be the Best Under-the-Radar Signing in Europe

Sep 10 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

When Ivan Rakitic decanted from Andalusia to pitch up at Barcelona, the pictures from his press conference must've hit Sevilla's fervent fanbase like a freight train. It's a sad fact of footballing life nowadays that only the top two or three sides in each league have the funds to be able to cherry pick the best talent and Rakitic, at just 26 years of age and in his footballing prime, certainly falls into that bracket. Ca ...
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Spain's Golden Years May Never Return but There Is a Silva Lining for Del Bosque

Sep 9 2014 9:01am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

It is impossible that Spain will reach the dizzy heights of the past six years ever again; we will never have the same players, the same urgencies—the perfect storm. But our easy 5-1 victory over Macedonia on Monday night showed the fans, the media, but principally the players and management themselves, that we are back on the right road again. Macedonia never looked like they would be the most difficult of opponents but neither could they be considered the easiest. In truth, th ...
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Why Ivan Rakitic Will Be Vital for Barcelona Challenging on All Fronts This Year

Sep 9 2014 6:30am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Times are changing at FC Barcelona. The arrival of new manager Luis Enrique, as well as several new faces, means the Catalans will be heading a fresh direction and the players must be ready to adapt. Legends like Xavi will be playing smaller role this year, and that means other stars must be ready to step up. While there is certainly pressure on several of the Blaugrana players, it is absolutely vital that new signings make their presence felt early on. One new face that will b ...
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Barcelona stars feature in new club advert ft. Suarez, Messi, Neymar & more [Video]

Sep 9 2014 5:55am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Unsurprisingly, Barcelona want to put last season behind them after failing to win a trophy under Tata Martino.New manager Luis Enrique has given a boost to the Catalan giants, with the motto of the video being ‘Everything Starts Again’.The likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar are joined by new mega signing Luis Suarez in the video.Can Barcelona fight off Real Madrid and claw back the La Liga title from Atletico?Amazing Offer For 101 ...
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