Salva Sevilla N/A Upd. at 00:12 JA Canas 7A decent performance in the heart of the midfield, stopping Denis Suarez from functioning. Christian Stuani 6Could have made it 3-0 but had his strike well savd by the onrushing goalkeeper. Paco Montanes 6Worked hard but showed why he’s not more than a squad player here. Anaitz Arbilla 7A more impressive display than we are accustomed to getting from the full-back. A few driving runs forward. CET Alvaro 6Booked for a crunching foul on the edge of his own box. Rik Sharma Ruben Duarte 6Wasn’t allowed to get forward as much as he did against Valencia. SUBS Victor Sanchez 6Denied from close range in the second half when he could have doubled Espanyol’s lead. Victor Alvarez 7Fed Caicedo for the opening goal. Poor clearance nearly caused trouble in his own box in the second half, but saw a lob cleared off the line. Sergio Garcia 7Could have scored before the break but hit a tame shot that was easily collected. Better second half, scored a penalty and created the third for Lucas. Pau Lopez 7Not a great deal to do but mopped up a couple of crosses like a sponge soaks up water. Felipe Caicedo 8In fine form at home, as evidenced by another goal. A brilliant strike in to the top left corner from the edge of the box to open the scoring. Booked for a foul to stop a Sevilla break. Diego Colotto 6With the midfield keeping Sevilla at bay, it was a relatively comfortable game for the central defenders. Lucas Vazquez 7A blistering run down the right and came close to wrapping the tie up with a low shot that was blocked. Wrapped up the game with a tidy low finish. 23/01/2015
Although he has an apartment in New York, it isn’t thought that the Swedish international will head to the MLS, but he will do it when he is 36. The teams who can offer him a multi-million dollar salary are three-fold, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, who will have a team under ex-teammate David Beckham. EFE Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET The fever of football’s biggest stars heading to Major League Soccer has this time affected Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has admitted that he would like to play a part in it. The PSG star, who is currently on tour in America for pre-season, has not only said that he would like to play in the MLS, but rather it would be a great experience. The league’s latest additions have been younger, such as Italian Sebastian Giovinco and Mexico international Giovani Dos Santos, players who have never reached star status in European football. They don’t alter the idea that the MLS isn’t the best league for stars, but not only can they share their experience, they can sell tickets and shirts. At the moment, Ibrahimovic still has to decide his future in European football, whether he is going to continue with his French team or return to Milan. “I don’t have any doubt that I would like to play in the MLS,” Ibrahimovic told Yahoo Sports. “Furthermore, I think it would be an incredible experience. I see how football has grown in the United States. It has been a thing for 10 years but they haven’t had the level [of quality] of now, they are continuing to head in the right direction to reach what exists in Europe.” 25/07/2015 Ibrahimovic’s statement has also confirmed the idea that the MLS has turned into the ideal league for big stars to spend the final days of their careers, after being the best in the world.
CEST Sport EN 06/10/2015 Upd. at 14:00 According to Calcio Mercato, Real Madrid, at the request of Rafa Benitez, are following Pjanic closely and the reports arriving back in the Spanish capital are glowing. Madrid and Roma are not in talks over a deal, but Los Blancos know it would cost to sign him. The Italian club are unlikely to let him go for less than 50 million euros. However, Madrid are not thinking about a January move, but a summer one. Madrid’s ‘spies’ have been impressed with the player’s performances in Roma’s recent matches against Carpi and Palermo. In both games, the 25-year-old was on target. For various weeks now, Real Madrid have had scouts casting an eye over Roma’s Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Pjanic, a regular for his national team, arrived in Rome after three years with Lyon. He has played 151 times in the Italian capital, scoring 22 goals.
22.50: And that is that – Barcelona are into the Copa del Rey final (never in doubt) and their unbeaten run goes on to 29 games (was in massive doubt). 10/02/2016 20.30: It looks like we’ll have a change, with Vidal injured in the warm up, Douglas could start! 22.22: Rakitic with a great dribble into the area, but his shot is straight at Jaume. We’re told that was the Croatian’s sixth shot of the match. 20.11: Sergi Samper in the only Barça B player to start for Luis Enrique, with the rest of the side made up of first team players who don’t play as regularly. Ivan Rakitic does start, though, as the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez watch on back in the Catalan city. 22.39: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL BARÇÇÇÇA! KAPTOUM! 21.40: Just six to go then, right? Alvaro Negredo beats the offside trap and finds himself one on one with Marc-Andre ter Stegen. His initial effort is saved, but a favourable rebound allows him a tap in. 21.38: GOOOOOAL VALENCIA 20.43: That information appears to be incorrect, Vidal warmed up as normal and looks set to start the game as expected. 21.22: Brilliant defending from Mathieu, who denies a certain goal. Pablo Piatti’s looked perfect for Santi Mina, but the French defender produced a fine block. 20.00: Welcome to live updates from Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg at Mestalla against Valencia. Given they hold a 7-0 lead from Camp Nou, very few people are expecting Los Che to cause an upset here… 21:10: Rakitic has had a decent strike fly over the bar for Barcelona, while Neville’s Valencia have enjoyed some possession, although they couldn’t make it count in the final third. The closest they came was a corner which was only half cleared. 22.37: Both teams have made their final changes. Sandro has been replaced by Kaptoum for Barça, while Villalba has come off for Iban for the hosts. 22.42: Douglas and Camara were both involved in the build up, with the latter crossing for Kaptoum to slide home his first goal for the club with his first touch of the game. 20.08: Valencia team: Jaume; Vezo, Diallo, Santos, Gaya; Zahibo, Danilo, Villalba; Piatti, Mina, Negredo 22.27: Ter Stegen makes a good save from a Danilo free-kick to keep Barça in the game – they’re out of sight in the tie. 22.02: Second half underway at Mestalla. Santi Mina has seen an early headed chance fly over the bar. 21.19: Still not a lot going on, but Munir just crafter a lovely opening. However, the young forward scuffed his shot at the vital moment. 21.04: Sandro Ramirez has the game’s first chance, firing over after a good move involving Munir. Upd. on 11/02/2016 at 00:17 CET 21.45: HALF-TIME – Valencia 1-0 Barcelona. Is the comeback on? Probably [definitely] not, but Barça’s unbeaten run is in danger. They have not lost in 28 games which has equalled the club record and tonight is their chance to break that record… 20.40: Not a big crowd at Mestalla according to SPORT’s Rik Sharma… 20.07: Barcelona team: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Bartra, Vermaelen, Mathieu; Samper, S.Roberto, Rakitic; Adriano, Sandro, Munir 21.31: Villalba, who is still just 17, goes close for Valencia, curling a shot inches over the bar. At the other end, Rakitic whips a free kick from the left flank over the bar. 21.00: We’re undereway. Barcelona’s second string against a mix and match Valencia XI. Should be fun. 22.30: Aleix Vidal lets fly from 18 yards, but his shot is over the bar. A couple of substitutes to mention: Andre Gomes replaced Santi Mina, while Douglas and Camara have come on for Adriano and Rakitic. 22.15: Very quiet opening to the second period. Valencia have had the better of the play, with Barça displaying some sloppy play. First change sees the home team bring on Bakkali for Negredo. Sport EN
27/05/2016 Sport EN One of the biggest doubts about Dani Alves’ signing for Juventus was the fact that the Serie A champions’ right-back position, until now, has had an owner: Stephan Lichtsteiner. CEST However, the message posted by Lichtsteiner on Instagram on Thursday suggests his time in Turin is at an end as Barcelona right-back nears his switch to Turin. “Greetings to all fans from Juventus and Switzelrand from Monte Tamaro. Many thanks for the emotions you have given me during the last five years. Five years and five league titles is not bad! A hug to everyone.” Upd. at 01:13 The Swiss full-back has been a regular in Massimiliano Allegri’s team as the Old Lady have won back-to-back Serie A titles under their manager – and before then under Antonio Conte, too.
Marquinhos has taken the decision to leave Paris Saint-Germain and accept Barcelona’s offer. The Catalan club don’t only have the defender’s ‘yes’, but they have already reached an agreement with him for a five-year deal. BARÇA: THE BEST OPTION Aside from sporting questions, the player likes Barcelona’s posture. In April, his brother Luan, accompanied by Bertolucci, was at the club’s offices, where they began to stitch together an agreement. This time, Luan didn’t go to Milan, because on the same Saturday he flew from Paris to Denver (USA) to see Brazil’s friendly against Panama in preparation for the Copa America this month. The meeting was more than fruitful. Barça heard from the two agents that any offers which arrive in the coming weeks will fall on deaf ears, even if they are economically superior, such as those from the Premier League – Chelsea have shown an interest for months and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are also keen. In principle, Barcelona and the player’s agents and his family members – his brother Luan and his father Marcos – will open talks with the Ligue 1 champions. If it’s necessary, though, Marquinhos will clear a space in his holidays to go to Qatar to speak personally with the club’s owners. This summer he is convinced it’s best for him to make a switch and for that reason he will do everything necessary – in public and in private – to force a move from PSG. Marquinhos likes Barça for their grandeur on a sporting and an institutional level and because he knows he has the ideal characteristics to triumph at the club, which would be good for his chances of making the Brazil squad for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. CEST If everything goes to plan, Marquinhos will not wear a PSG shirt again. Now he’s with his national team at the Copa America and he’s also been named in the Olympic squad which will meet on July 18. He has the OK from PSG to play in the Games and, in the case that a deal is closed before then, Barça will have no problem in him teaming up with Neymar and Rafinha in search of a Gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. 03/06/2016 Upd. at 12:30 SPORT have learned that last weekend, coinciding with the Champions League final in Milan, there was a meeting which proved decisive in the developments of the signing most desired by Luis Enrique. Ariedo Braida, who’s in charge of the club’s international scouting, accompanied by Raul Sanllehi, a director at the club, and Andre Cury, who does work in South America for the Blaugrana, met in a hotel with Marquinhos’ two agents: Giuliano Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchian. Both Barça and the men in charge of Marquinhos’ career are aware PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi will not make things easy. Barça feel talks could take a long time and could even drag on until the final days of the summer transfer market. The Brazilian centre-back, 22, feels his time at PSG has come to an end and the moment has arrived to take a step forward in his career, after four years in Europe, one with Roma and three in Paris, where he has not been able to break up the David Luis Thiago Silva partnership. More than the 40 million euros Barça are ready to offer, the big difference to previous attempts to sign Marquinhos is the player’s willingness to do what is necessary this time. Joaquim Piera
Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET EFE With that, the Italian seemed to put an end to the exchange between the two. He decided not to fall into the trap of responding with aggression to an Ibrahimovic that was probably still smarting from losing in the final moments of the match. Afterwards, Chiellini responded with good humour on his personal Facebook page: “I have always admired Ibra, especially for his friendliness. In football, you need a little sarcasm.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Giorgio Chiellini exchanged messages from a distance after their encounter at Euro 2016. Following Italy’s late victory over the Swedes, Ibrahimovic was asked about his battle with the Juventus defender. He replied: “Had there been any battle between us, Chiellini would now be in hospital.” 18/06/2016
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone confirmed on Saturday that he met Paulo Dybala in a restaurant last week and spoke with the Juventus forward, telling him what he thinks of him, that he’s “an excellent player,” and “not much more.” IN SPORT.ES CEST Allegri jokes about Atletico’s interest in Dybala efe 31/03/2018 Upd. at 18:27 “You [the media] already know that you work with people that do good and people that do bad [work]. I wish there were more journalists providing the best information, because the world depends on information and I’m delighted when the information is good.” “It’s clear that I met with Dybala in a restaurant. We were chatting and I told him what I think of him, that he is an excellent player. He was dining with two friends and I was dining alone. And there’s not much more. After, some journalists look to skew the situation. Simeone confirma que se vio con Dybala Simeone’s chance meeting with Dybala last week had led to reports that Atletico would try to sign the Juve player this summer. RELATED STORIES “It’s a shame that the information [in the media] isn’t always good, because, when it’s not good, obviously a lot of people lose faith in journalism. It doesn’t have to be like that, but the information, when it’s not clear and good and doesn’t have any images, gets mixed up and confused. That’s not good, but we live in a world where we have to deal with this,” Simeone began.
Spain’s refereeing committee, through president Carlos Velasco Carballo, have published a memo ahead of La Liga restarting, which is 11 pages long and provides instructions to referees. The document looks at the new rules put in place. It starts with reminding officials of some basic principles, like positioning to view the game more clearly, to be close to the ball, and anticipate the action. RELATED STORIES There are also distinctions between types of bad tackle, ones which don’t need to be penalised, recklessness which merits a yellow and excessive force which should see the red card sent. It also mentions different types of tactical fouls and the difference between a promising attack and a goalscoring opportunity. In case of the second, when the foul is outside the box, whether or not the defender was going for the ball, it is always a red card. Inside the area it is only yellow if the player was going for the ball, red if not. 18/08/2018 Los criterios arbitrales para la temporada 2018/2019 Upd. at 18:25 CEST Ramón Fuentes The difference lies in the thorough analysis that went into the World Cup in Russia and judging fouls by the severity and risk of injury. IN SPORT.ES FC Barcelona: Now for La Liga No 26
Upd. on 29/10/2018 at 14:24 CET In declarations to BeIN Sports, Emilio Butragueño didn’t want to offer his assurances that Julen Lopetegui would stay on as Real Madrid coach. His team leave the Camp Nou hurt after being crushed 5-1 by Barcelona. Butragueño no asegura la continuidad de Lopetegui Valverde: “Real Madrid took risks and we made them pay” IN SPORT.ES He continued by saying: “We aren’t happy. We apologise to all the Madrid fans. We’ve all lost. We must congratulate Barça and carry on.” Lopetegui: “This is tough to take: we didn’t deserve this scoreline” When asked about Lopetegui’s future at Madrid, Butragueño said: “It isn’t the time to talk about that. The match has just finished and the result is very hard to take. It’s a bad night for everybody.” Sport EN On the match itself, Butragueño was as honest as you’d expect. “They were better in the first half. We’re a team that wants the ball and it belonged to Barcelona. Their pressuring was very effective. At the start of the second half is where we had our opportunity. When it was 2-1, we wasted so many chances to draw level and if Modric’s effort goes in, it might have opened the game up even more. We didn’t get the equaliser and when it went to 3-1 it was definitive. On the counter they hurt us a lot. The result, in the end, is a tough punishment to take.” 28/10/2018 RELATED STORIES