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Spanish Supercopa: Athletic Bilbao 4-0 FC Barcelona - Player ratings
Spanish Supercopa: Athletic Bilbao 4-0 FC Barcelona - Player ratings

Lionel Messi looks on as his side are put through their paces by a rampant Bilbao So seldom can we say the footballing greats of Barcelona are seen to look so pedestrian and uninspired yet, following the Catalans’ dismal display in the Spanish Supercopa on Friday night, this is exactly the story which unfolded.  Barcelona surrendered a three-goal lead in the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla in midweek and despite winning the g

Aug 15 2015
10 most popular comparisons in modern football
10 most popular comparisons in modern football

“Beatles or Pink Floyd?”. “Seinfeld or Friends?”. “The Godfather or Goodfellas?”. “Sachin Tendulkar or Don Bradman?”. “Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal?”. And of course, “Pele or Maradona?”. The list of this versus that could go on and on and on, right from teabags to fighter jets. I mean, what is popular culture, or indeed, life in itself, without knowing who’s bette

Aug 14 2015
Footballers who have won the most trophies in club football
Footballers who have won the most trophies in club football

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta have now won 25 trophies in club football – tied with Xavi When FC Barcelona beat Sevilla 5-4 to win the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night, the Catalan club won its fourth trophy of the year – on course for a sextuple last won under Pep Guardiola in 2009. In doing so, both Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta joined Xavi as the most decorated players in Spanish football.  The Supe

Aug 12 2015
Barcelona players elect Andres Iniesta as new club captain
Barcelona players elect Andres Iniesta as new club captain

Iniesta captained the Barcelona side that triumphed over Juventus in the final of the 2014/15 Champions League Barcelona players have elected Andres Iniesta as the club’s new captain, the club’s official website stated.  All members of the first team squad had voted to nominate the four club captains for the 2015/16 season and Iniesta came out on top and will now succeed Xavi, who left the Catalan club this summer to join A

Aug 4 2015
Short players XI: The best from across Europe
Short players XI: The best from across Europe

Football is, by all means, a physical game. Even if it doesn’t always require brute force or a Goliath-like figure, a little extra height doesn’t always hurt. But there have often been a lot of footballers who have rubbished off claims that shortness does not sell in the sport. In fact, short players boast a low centre of gravity, which is an aiding factor in their game. They prove to be better movers of the ball and are quicker off

Top 10 footballers with the biggest buyout clauses
Top 10 footballers with the biggest buyout clauses

Ronaldo’s buyout clause is almost four times more than that of Messi The term ‘buy-out clause’ has been thrown around a lot during this transfer window, and it is somewhat different from a release clause. They are usually inserted into a player’s contract either on his insistence or as a safety measure by the club.  In this clause, the true market value of the player is not necessarily

Jul 18 2015
10 world class players we wish had played in the Premier League
10 world class players we wish had played in the Premier League

Over the years, the Premier League has been the setting for some of the greatest endeavours of numerous superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Thierry Henry, David Beckham, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and many more players. Even though many such stars have graced the Premier League and left a mark, the league and its fans would have loved to see many other active and now-retired world class players on English soil. So here

Jul 13 2015
Can Louis van Gaal convert Mata-Herrera into the next Xavi-Iniesta?
Can Louis van Gaal convert Mata-Herrera into the next Xavi-Iniesta?

Louis van Gaal spotted and gave Xavi and Iniesta their chance at Barcelona Louis van Gaal has a fearsome and deserved reputation as being a real hard-liner. A disciplinarian who isn't to everyone's taste. The sort of guy you either love or hate, there is no middle ground. In many respects, the Dutchman could've stepped directly out of the Alex Ferguson school of management, such are the similarities in both Manchester United man

Jun 14 2015
UEFA's Champions League squad of the season
UEFA's Champions League squad of the season

The season has come to an end. The Champions League final marked the end of a glorious footballing season where as football goes there were those who emerged victorious while others scrapped to make their own mark. At the end of each season of European football, UEFA announces its Champions League squad of the season and they have done so yet again this time. Of course the players who won it all feature heavily on the squad but the monopoly is

Jun 9 2015
How the treble dream materialised for Barcelona
How the treble dream materialised for Barcelona

Barcelona celebrate their historic treble at the Camp Nou A breathtaking season, a season where it could all have gone wrong has proved to be a stellar season. Every tournament Barcelona have played this season, they have won. Not only were Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez on fire, but the team as a whole were. Match report and highlights: Barcelona defeat Juventus 3-1 to win Champions League and clinch 2nd treble Andres

Jun 8 2015
Comic: Andres Iniesta's Double Trouble
Comic: Andres Iniesta's Double Trouble

Andres Iniesta seems to specialise in finals as he puts in great performances in big games  

Jun 7 2015
Records and Milestones set by Barcelona and Juventus after 2014/15 Champions League final
Records and Milestones set by Barcelona and Juventus after 2014/15 Champions League final

Barcelona’s trio of Suarez, Messi and Neymar obliterated records in the 2014/15 season Barcelona completed a historic treble when they beat Juventus 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League final. The La Liga champions took the lead early through Ivan Rakitic, but Alvaro Morata ensured it would be a tight contest with an equalizer in the second half. Eventually, Luis Suarez and Neymar scored against the run of play to give the Catalan club th

Jun 7 2015
Breaking down the many tactical battles in the war between Barcelona and Juventus
Breaking down the many tactical battles in the war between Barcelona and Juventus

An intriguing battle is set to unfold in Berlin as two footballing philosophies clash The 90-minute final in Berlin is as much a psychological battle as it is a tactical one. Having your approach clear, basics perfect and tactics well-designed is a must, but having your spirits high and chucking away the pressure is equally necessary in order to better your opponents in a big game. The pressure and responsibility are there, but being profe

Jun 6 2015
Neutrals root for Barcelona's flamboyance over Juventus' control
Neutrals root for Barcelona's flamboyance over Juventus' control

Who will come out on top – The genius that is Lionel Messi or the warhorse Carlos Tevez Usually by this time of the year curtains fall on the football season and the footballing world’s focus is more on transfers. However, that’s not the case this year, as the world still awaits the winner of this season’s Champions League in tonight’s final in Berlin. For the first time in the history of the Champions League,

Jun 6 2015