Gio Simeone: My father wanted to be like Batistuta

Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Marca.com

Following his debut in Sunday evening's 3-0 defeat to a resurgent Inter, Giovanni Simeone has been presented as a new Fiorentina player to the media with the young forward claiming that it was his father, Diego, who motivated him to join the Florence club. Simeone enjoyed a fine debut season in Serie A last term as he netted 11 league goals with Genoa putting him on the radar of some of the b...Full Story »

Barcelona keep pushing for Dembele, but Borussia Dortmund refuse to budge

Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Marca.com

Borussia Dortmund may have agreed to negotiate with Barcelona over the potential sale of Ousmane Dembele, but they are holding out for 150 million euros. The two clubs met on Sunday, with the Blaugrana ready and willing to pay 130m euros, 100m euros guaranteed and the rest in add-ons. Yet the Bundesliga side want more and they have also told their Catalan counterparts that a deal must be r...Full Story »

La Fabrica's prodigal trident make their mark on the Premier League

Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Marca.com

It's been five years since Real Madrid's Castilla team was led by three of the most exciting attackers to come through the club in recent times, and now the trio of Jese Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Joselu are all back in the same division. Los Blancos' reserve side tore apart their Segunda B group, winning their play-off with Cadiz before each player went their separate ways. Hoffenheim f...Full Story »

Laporta: If we want Lionel Messi to be happy, we need to get rid of Bartomeu

Posted Monday, August 21, 2017 by Marca.com

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says the club need to get rid of current head man Josep Maria Bartomeu if they want to avoid the risk of losing Lionel Messi. Laporta took to Twitter to criticise Bartomeu with Yahoo France reporting that Manchester City are ready to pay Messi's 300 million euro buy-out clause. "If we want Messi to continue being happy here at Barcelona then we need to...Full Story »

Robert: It's not easy to bring big names to Barcelona

Posted Monday, August 21, 2017 by Marca.com

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez made a startling admission after watching the hosts stroll to a 2-0 against Real Betis on LaLiga's opening day. It was important that the Blaugrana got off to a good start after the manner of their loss in the Supercopa de Espana. "We needed to start well after the defeat [to Real Madrid]," he said to Barca TV. "People are coming in and they ne...Full Story »

Sergi Roberto: I want to continue being an important player

Posted Monday, August 21, 2017 by Marca.com

Barcelona utility man Sergi Roberto has uncertain future at the club but he says he is ready to fight for his place after getting their second in a 2-0 victory over Real Betis on Sunday. "I am happy as I was in Madrid (against Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana) on a personal level. I felt confortable and I played in my normal position," said Sergi Roberto, who started in midfield but has...Full Story »

Paulinho won't play against Betis because of bureaucratic problems

Posted Sunday, August 20, 2017 by Marca.com

Ernesto Valverde will not be able to call on Paulinho's services in Barcelona's season opener against Real Betis, bureaucratic issues to blame for the Brazilian's delayed start. The two clubs have still not finished processing and exchanging all of the necessary documentation, leading to an embarrassing situation for the Catalans. Andres Iniesta is still out, but Gerard Pique, who was doubtf...Full Story »

Cristiano Ronaldo feels picked on

Posted Sunday, August 20, 2017 by Marca.com

Cristiano Ronaldo may have smiled out on the pitch as he celebrated Real Madrid's triumph over Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana at the Bernabeu but in reality he remains very unhappy and angry. He was ready to pose for photos on the pitch with his teammates and family, while since then he has trained as normal at Valdebebas but inside he is surprised that his five-match ban was not reduce...Full Story »

Arnautovic apologises to West Ham fans after red card

Posted Sunday, August 20, 2017 by Marca.com

West Ham's record signing Marko Arnautovic apologised to fans after receiving a straight red card in their 3-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton on Saturday. The 28-year-old Austrian was dismissed with West Ham already a goal down in the 33th minute for elbowing Jack Stephens. Although Arnautovic initially disputed the decision, holding his hands up in the air in feigned surprise, TV repl...Full Story »

VAR Be Used For The First Time In The Bundesliga

Posted Saturday, August 19, 2017 by thesportbible.com

The opening game of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season saw the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Defending champions Bayern Munich kicked-off the German league campaign at home to Bayer Leverkusen. While two new Bayern players scored on their Bundesliga debut, the main takeaway of the match was the use of VAR. Niklas Sule gave Bayern the lead in the ninth minute before Corentin Toli...Full Story »

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