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Pedro reveals Valdes situation at Manchester United did not affect his decision to join Chelsea
Pedro reveals Valdes situation at Manchester United did not affect his decision to join Chelsea

The Spanish trio had a spell together at Barcelona Chelsea new boy Pedro has denied reports that his decision to sign for the London club was influenced by former Barcelona team-mate Victor Valdes’ mistreatment at Manchester United, as the forward told Marca, ESPN reported. However, he did admit that he spoke ‘a lot’ with the Spanish custodian before putting pen to paper with the Blues. The 28-year-old looked set to make t

Sep 3 2015
Stats: Most expensive teams based on transfer expenditure
Stats: Most expensive teams based on transfer expenditure

Real Madrid are the most valued team in Europe One of the aspects of football that has taken over the beautiful game and that dominates the success or failure rate of a club is the financial strength one possesses.  Clubs that once fought relegation battles or were insignificant in terms of contending for trophies have emerged as new super powers in Europe while elite clubs that had glorious years sitting at the peak of the m

Sep 3 2015
Eden Hazard admits he'll never be a
Eden Hazard admits he'll never be a "goal machine" like Messi and Ronaldo

Eden Hazard is yet to score for Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League 2015/16 season Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has admitted he can never match Messi and Ronaldo’s incredible goalscoring tally of ‘50-60’ goals a season. He admits he is not in search of records and is more than happy to score 15-20 goals a season, according to Sky Sports.  The Belgian international played an integral part in Chelsea’s tit

Sep 3 2015
Top 10 record signings of top European clubs
Top 10 record signings of top European clubs

Let’s face it. Football clubs pay incomprehensible amounts of money for players. When Real Madrid spent £80 million on Cristiano Ronaldo to bring him from Manchester United to the Spanish capital, a lot of people thought Florentino Perez had lost the plot. It is £80 million! That’s enough money to fulfil each and every bit of your wonderful, albeit questionable, fantasies. But six years since he joined, averaging more tha

Sep 2 2015
5 instances when world class players failed to click with each other
5 instances when world class players failed to click with each other

There have been many partnerships throughout footballing history that have clicked immediately. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United is a prime example of when two players are on exactly the same wavelength. It is instinctive and can be poetic at times.  But what of those double-acts that didn’t work? And not just any old players; world-class exponents who tried and tried but just couldn’t hit it off. Just because tod

10 most expensive teenagers in football history
10 most expensive teenagers in football history

Spending big on teenage footballers has always been received with varied opinions. Argued from both sides, some say it plays a big role in inflating the already oversized egos of modern day footballers, whereas a different faction believes that it shows a great deal of faith from the club investing in the player.  Professional Footballers’ Association chief Gordon Taylor even suggested to put the wages of young footballers into a trus

Sep 2 2015
5 jinxed fixtures in Champions League history
5 jinxed fixtures in Champions League history

The Champions League is almost upon us, and there has been a lot of steam generated in recent weeks about what could happen this season as the most elite club competition gears up once again for what’s expected to be one of the best yet. Barcelona will attempt to become the first team to successfully defend their continental crown, albeit with a suspect defence, while their rivals will look to arrest them in their tracks. All across

Aug 31 2015
Video: Luis Suarez jokingly tries to bite Lionel Messi at UEFA Best Player ceremony
Video: Luis Suarez jokingly tries to bite Lionel Messi at UEFA Best Player ceremony

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo made the final shortlist for UEFA Best Player 2015 Barcelona striker Luis Suarez appeared to jokingly bite his club team-mate Lionel Messi backstage at the Champions League Draw. The night also included a UEFA Player of the Year award ceremony. The award went to Lionel Messi in the end but it is testament to an impressive season that the former Liverpool man had that had him standing on the st

Aug 31 2015
Why Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may not hit the 40-goal mark this season
Why Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may not hit the 40-goal mark this season

An unusual start for Ronaldo and Messi in La Liga as they both are yet to register their names on the scoresheet  Something hitherto unknown has occurred this season in the Spanish top flight. Since both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have plied their trade in La Liga, one or the other has always scored on the opening weekend or two of the season.  Not this time!  In fact, we have to circle all the way back to October 2

Aug 31 2015
5 Big teams who could exit in Champions League group stages
5 Big teams who could exit in Champions League group stages

The Champion’s League group stage was drawn on Thursday and with the groups followed the discussions of who can make it out and who will be left either in the Europa League or watching it all from home midweek when the knockout rounds come around. Football loves a shock and sometimes the big teams can fall victim to them if they fail to click or put teams to the sword when in control. Also, if you lose key players and fail to replace them

Aug 31 2015
Statistical comparison of Hazard, Rodriguez and Neymar in last three seasons
Statistical comparison of Hazard, Rodriguez and Neymar in last three seasons

Eden Hazard, Neymar and James Rodriguez have emerged as world class beaters for their respective teams  James Rodriguez, Eden Hazard, and Neymar are three players who have been crucial to their teams’ attack. All three players who dawn the number 10 jersey for their country have different styles of play, but each of them contribute to their team in a way no other can.  Rodriguez joined Real Madrid after his brilliant per

Aug 31 2015
5 Player/manager returns to watch out for in Champions League
5 Player/manager returns to watch out for in Champions League

The group stage draw for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League gave us all a lot of reasons to be excited, after throwing up a number of mouth-watering encounters between clubs deemed to be among the best in Europe. However, the teams will not be the only ones grabbing the headlines as the draw has also set the stage for some fascinating sub-plots. As we see in almost every Champions League edition, there will be players and managers drawn agai

Aug 30 2015
Neymar calms transfer speculations by ruling out Manchester United move
Neymar calms transfer speculations by ruling out Manchester United move

Neymar dismisses link with Manchester United Barcelona star attacker Neymar has ruled out a move to Manchester United despite reports linking him with a world-record move to Old Trafford. The Brazilian’s contract with FC Barcelona ends on the summer of 2018 and he confirmed his desire to remain with the club, as reported by Sky Sports. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu asserted that the Brazillian striker is ‘not fo

Aug 30 2015
Barcelona 1-0 Malaga: Five Talking Points
Barcelona 1-0 Malaga: Five Talking Points

Thomas Vermaelen proved to be Barcelona’s hero on a night where the Catalan club were given very few opportunities to score. The Belgian defender scored the winner in the 73rd minute to hand Barcelona a 1-0 win to make it two wins in two games for the defending champions.  Here are the major talking points from the game.   

Aug 30 2015
Thomas Vermaelen goal hands Barcelona 1-0 win over gritty Malaga
Thomas Vermaelen goal hands Barcelona 1-0 win over gritty Malaga

Barcelona found a goal in the 73rd minute to clinch the win against a gritty Malaga at the Nou Camp. The man who scored for them, an unlikely source, the former Arsenal man Thomas Vermaelen. Luis Enrique’s side were made to work hard for three points on this occasion by a Malaga side that refused to relent and only leaked on one occasion when Barcelona capitalised to score. The second La Liga fixture of the season for Barcelona after the

Aug 30 2015
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