Problems continue to pile up for Spanish soccer
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by Pablo Puente
4M ago
Despite the stars departing and the farewell to a golden generation, Spain continues to be at the summit of world soccer. LaLiga Santander attracts spectators from all over the world with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, while Los Blancos lead the way in lifting European trophies. Even the national team is on its way back to the final rounds. However, these results hide many varied problems inside of Spanish soccer. Persuading fans to follow a league whose overall level drops continuously is not easy. Spanish soccer lives in a growing economic inequality compared to the Premier League. Moreover ..read more
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Real’s Perez hopes Super League closes gap with US sports
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by Chris Moore
4M ago
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is not giving up hope on the failed European Super League. The Real Madrid President recently claimed that European soccer is falling behind. He said it is “losing the global entertainment battle” with sports in the United States. Speaking at his club’s annual meeting on Sunday, Perez stated that changes need to happen to keep up interest in the sport. “To fix a problem, you have to first recognize that you have a problem,” said Perez. “Our sport is sick. It’s losing its leadership as a global sport … We mustn’t be confused by the impact of Real Madrid ..read more
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Barcelona VP says Messi return would be ‘possible financially’
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by Chris Moore
4M ago
Barcelona vice president Eduard Romeu claims superstar Lionel Messi could return to the club next summer. His comments come just a couple of months since team president Joan Laporta said that Messi’s time with the club is “not over.” The Argentina striker shocked many in the soccer world when he departed Spain for PSG last year. Although Messi seemingly had a contract agreement with Barca, financial issues inside the club blocked the deal. Romeu spoke on Wednesday about Barca’s financial situation. However, it was his remarks on Messi that grabbed people’s attention. “It would be possible fi ..read more
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Messi reportedly requested unique demands to remain at Barca
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by Chris Moore
5M ago
A recent report from El Mundo suggests Lionel Messi had interesting contract demands to remain at Barcelona in 2020. At the time, the Argentine had one year left on his contract, and he sought out a number of changes and benefits. In fact, he made nine demands, specifically, ranging from exorbitant bonuses to a private plane. The player and club failed to agree to an extension, and his contract expired in the summer of 2021. Messi remained with the club for one year after these demands. However, he departed for PSG as a free agent. Messi’s contract demands at Barcelona Messi’s demands to rem ..read more
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Barcelona claim profits could reach $273 million this season
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by Chris Moore
5M ago
Barcelona announced it closed out the 2021/22 financial year with profits of $98 million and a turnover of about $1 billion. The Catalan club also approved a budget for the 2022/23 season that includes an operating income limit of $1.2 billion. They even predict a profit of around $273 million for the current campaign. Barcelona sold a large chunk of its television rights to support these financial gains. Global investment firm Sixth Street purchased 10% of these rights in June, just before the end of the 2021/22 financial year. Then, the company bought an additional 15% the following month ..read more
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Koke claims Vinicius can expect ‘trouble’ if he dances in the derby
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by Chris Moore
5M ago
An already tense Madrid derby could be in for more action when Real visit crosstown rivals Atlético on Sunday. This upcoming fixture featured a surprisingly high amount of discussion regarding celebrations. It all stems from last season’s breakout star, Vinicius Junior and his dance after scoring. Last time out, against Mallorca, Vini Jr. scored Real’s second goal of the game. From there, drama ensued. The Brazilian international then claimed that the opposing coach shouted “hit him!” in an attempt to injure Vinicius. Both the coach and player were seen arguing on the sidelines during the ma ..read more
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Yunus Musah lights up Valencia game in front of Berhalter
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by Ardalan Pourvali
5M ago
Nineteen-year-old phenom Yunus Musah assisted Samuel Lino’s second goal for Valencia, and Hugo Duro’s fifth, with a remarkable performance at Mestalla Stadium on Sunday, in front of the onlooking USMNT Coach Gregg Berhalter who was in the crowd to watch the American midfielder. Valencia scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of play against Getafe. Toni Lato, Samuel Lino, and Samu Castillejo scored the trifecta for Gennaro Gattuso’s Los Che in the 5-1 victory. Anticipation building for US World Cup roster announcement Yunus Musah stole the show. The midfielder was on fire in an excellent ..read more
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Edinson Cavani move helps Uruguay at World Cup
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by Ardalan Pourvali
5M ago
Earlier this week, LaLiga club Valencia picked up legendary Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani on a two-year deal. The 35-year-old striker has been a free agent since his two-year stint with Manchester United ended in the Premier League. El Matador struck 12 goals in 41 appearances for The Red Devils.   The highlight of Cavani’s career came during his tenure with Paris Saint-Germain, where he earned 200+ appearances and slotted 138 goals for the French Ligue 1 squad. Before PSG, Cavani solidified his status as Neapolitan alumni, playing two seasons in the Serie A, scoring 59 goals fo ..read more
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Lewandowski bags double for ‘blessed’ Barca, Benzema strikes late for Real
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by AFP
5M ago
Madrid (AFP) – Veteran star strikers Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema both hit doubles on Sunday in contrasting victories for Barcelona and La Liga leaders Real Madrid.  Lewandowski scored twice for the second game in a row as Jules Kounde made his debut in Barcelona’s 4-0 cruise past Valladolid. Later, Real Madrid struggled for 88 minutes at Espanyol. With the scores tied and time running out, Benzema put Real ahead before sealing a 3-1 victory after 10 eventful added minutes. Real saved their perfect start to the season and climbed back to the top of the table on nine points after ..read more
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Lewandowski bags double for ‘blessed’ Barca, Benzema srikes late for Real
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by AFP
5M ago
Madrid (AFP) – Veteran star strikers Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema both hit doubles on Sunday in contrasting victories for Barcelona and La Liga leaders Real Madrid.  Lewandowski scored twice for the second game in a row as Jules Kounde made his debut as Barcelona cruised past Valladolid 4-0. In the late game on Sunday, Real Madrid struggled for 88 minutes at Espanyol. With the scores tied and time running out, Benzema put Real ahead before sealing a 3-1 victory after 10 eventful added minutes. Real saved their perfect start to the season and climbed back to the top of the table ..read more
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