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Team Spotlight: Espanyol’s lost son

It was the 8th of August 2009, Espanyol was on a preseason tour of Italy, preparing for another season in La Liga when disaster struck. Club captain and fan favourite Daniel Jarque died at the age of 26. The defender had trained with the squad in Coverciano, Florence in the morning, but suffered heart failure in his hotel room, while on the phone with his girlfriend. Espanyol, through and through Jarque spent his entire career at Espanyol, having joined the academy at the age of 12 and making his debut on…

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Team Spotlight: Barcelona B and its path to stardom

In the past six months, Barcelona have spent over £100m each on two attackers, flexing their financial muscle as they go in search of regaining the La Liga title and winning their first Champions League trophy in three years. Yet, it was not too long ago that all 11 players on the pitch had come through the ranks at the club, including their greatest youth product, Lionel Messi. La Masia has been hailed across the globe as producing the best young talent, with the boarding school-like academy drilling into children…

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Have Barcelona lost trust in La Masia?

This week, Barcelona finally signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a club record fee of £142 million. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder signed a five and a half year contract and he has been given the famous number 14 shirt, which was previously worn by the great Johan Cruyff. It is believed that Brazilian has been signed to be the successor to Andres Iniesta who is unfortunately not getting any younger. From the naked eye, Coutinho will be regarded as the perfect successor to Iniesta, due to their similar style of…

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Iniesta talks up Coutinho to Barcelona links

Andres Iniesta has opened up about Barcelona’s interest in Liverpool play-maker Philippe Coutinho. The long rumoured interest from Barca in the Brazilian international almost saw a summer move come to life, but Anfield bosses held strong and rejected such bids from the Catalan giants. Further interest has emerged and it is reported that a January bid is being prepared with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde keen to build on his impressive start to both the domestic and European season. Coutinho, is said to have already agreed terms to move to the Camp Nou…

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Spanish Papers: Barcelona and Messi win at Marca awards

Good Morning and Welcome to our brief round up of the Spanish Papers, which focus heavily on Barcelona, who dominated the Marca awards on Monday. Heading into El Clasico week then and it is Barca who feature heavily in the Madrid papers after normally Real Madrid admirers Marca lavished the Catalan side with a whole host of awards. Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s triumph’s on the European stage for both club and country, arch nemesis Messi was handed the Pichichi award (leading scorer) and the Alfredo Di Stefano trophy (best player). The…

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Iniesta touches on Neymar to Real Madrid links

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has told reporters that seeing Neymar at Real Madrid would ‘annoy him’. Cast your mind back to the summer and those sensational talks of Neymar leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain began and materialised. The Brazil international was seemingly happy with life in the Catalan capital but a mega-money move and the chance to lead the line and move away from the ‘shadow’ of Lionel Messi was too appealing. However, reports in French and Spanish press have since claimed that life is not all too good for…

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Barcelona suffer double injury blow

Barcelona midfielders Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto sustained injuries during Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Olympiakos and are expected to miss over a month. The 25-year old Spaniard, who has featured more regularly this season, most often at right-back is set to miss five weeks after a torn hamstring strain during the draw which saw him hobble off at the interval. Gomes is expected to be sidelined for around three to four weeks with a hamstring injury after coming on against Olympiakos in the final 15 minutes. The Portuguese international has…

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Iniesta signs lifetime contract with Barcelona

Andres Iniesta has signed a new deal with Barcelona, keeping him at the club for the remainder of his career. After months of speculation claiming the Spanish international could call time on his Camp Nou career next summer, a new deal has been signed and sealed. Iniesta put pen to paper on his new deal on Friday morning with the official signing and press conference set for 12.30 CET om the same day. A club statement said: “Andres Iniesta signed a lifetime contract with FC Barcelona on Friday, in a…

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Valverde unconcerned by Luis Suarez’ form; Iniesta keen to grow

Ernesto Valverde has backed Luis Suarez after criticism over his poor form for Barcelona so far this season, whilst the striker himself has responded. The Catalan side were fortunate to beat Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League fixture on Wednesday evening but never the less, they secured all three points thanks to a deflected Lionel Messi free-kick. Messi has been in typically sensational form this season, but that is in stark contrast to the form of former Liverpool striker Suarez, who has just two competitive goals. The Uruguayan failed to…

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Andres Iniesta begins contract talks with Barcelona

Andres Iniesta has held a meeting with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu over a renewed contract, according to reports. The Barcelona midfielder is currently in the final year of his current contract at the Camp Nou and multiple reports have linked him with a similar exit to that of Dani Alves, who left the club on a free transfer for the Serie A champions. Tuttosport claimed last week that Juventus are hopeful of signing the former World Cup final goalscorer, who will turn 34 next May. Iniesta captains Barcelona this…

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