Neymar not Frustrated about Ballon d’Or award

Neymar is not frustrated at not being able to have his hands on the Ballon d’Or award yet in his career.

In the opinion of Neymar, personal awards are not the biggest prizes in the game and even though he has aimed for Ballon d’Or in the past couple of years, it has not affected him that he hasn’t got it to his name.

As per the striker, out of so many fantastic players in the world, Ballon d’Or has to go to just one individual and he understands that. It will not be a big regret for him if he has to bid goodbye to the game without adding that award to his cabinet because it is not a matter of life and death for him. It is not the reason why he is involved in the game either. The reason for his involvement in the game is only the enjoyment that he gets from the game and nothing else and he is enjoying himself to the fullest at the present moment in his career. Continue reading…


Catalan giants, FC Barcelona rejected the chance to sign Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric in 2008 just before he signed for Tottenham Hotspurs.

Former Barca scout and father of the Blaugrana’s protégé ­– Bojan Krkic Sr. – made this revelation while speaking with SER Catalunya.

According to him, Barca could not sign Modric because they felt satisfied with what they had in the middle of their park – Yaya Toure, Sergio Busquests, Andres Iniesta and Xavi – which to them were enough to keep their success engine going. They were wrong. Xavi has since hung up his boots, while Toure left for Manchester City after a strained relationship with then coach Pep Guardiola. Only Iniesta and Busquests are left at the mesunque club.

“We had it our hands. Modric was a player with a winning mentality, but the club weren’t thinking about the future, only the short to medium term.

“Our contact in Croatia spoke highly of Modric before he signed for Tottenham. I was working for Barca then and they sent us various DVDs with Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian national team.” Continue reading…

Enrique is happy despite losing

A few days ago on October 25, Barcelona suffered a rather surprising 1-0 defeat against Espanyol and the aftermath that rose with this result has seen Luis Enrique receiving heavy criticism mostly due to his selection decisions as none of Barcelona’s truly influential players were given playing time in this match and they ultimately succumbed to defeat.

When the match reached it’s end, Luis Enrique was questioned about his decision to drop his high profile and star players such as: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Continue reading…

Barcelona impresses with win

Barcelona has impressed in the win which saw them beat Leganes 5-1.

This was a masterclass display from the Spanish team that seems to have hit top form in recent games. Indeed Barcelona has scored twelve goals in their last 2 matches and seems to be unstoppable at the moment.

The win against Leganes followed the impressive match that saw them thrash Celtic 7-0 in the Champions League, and it appears that there is no team at the moment that can prevent Barcelona from winning.

The Spanish side may be actually playing the best football of the Luis Enrique era and at the moment pundits believe that there is still more to come from the club. Despite making numerous changes to the first team, Barcelona seems to be capable of unlocking any defense and score whenever they want.

In the match against Leganes, Luis Enrique experimented with an offensive 3-4-3 formation, and this gave the Barcelona team license to attack their helpless opposition. The attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez were at their best and caused all kinds of problems to the opposition. Although Messi did not score in the game, this does not prevent him from creating various opportunities in the game and causing problems to the opposition defence.

Luis Enrique said that he was pleased with the performance of his team and the way they played during the game. He said that all his players gave their best in the match and that he is happy with the character and determination they showed on the pitch. He believes however that there is still room for improvement as the strikers missed far too many chances. He admitted that his team will not be given this time and space in every game and that they need to become more accurate in front of goals.

Newcastle counting on new players

Rafael Benitez believes that the performance of the new players will determine whether Newcastle will be able to mount a serious push for promotion.

The Spanish manager believes that Newcastle United has a good chance to get back to the Premier League, but it is important that each player plays their part.

Although some players have left the team following their relegation Rafael Benitez has brought in some new faces and believes that they can help the team reach their objectives. He said that it is normal for some players to want to play in the Premier League or abroad but he will need to count on those that are staying. He believes that there are players that would want to stay with the team and to fight in order to bring the team back to the Premier League.

At the moment he wants to develop a good team spirit within the club and also help the team improve tactically. He admitted that it would be tough to play in the Championship, but they will have to prepare well. He said that it is a new competition for them and that there will be new clubs that there will be facing.

For Rafael Benitez, it is possible for Newcastle United to win their promotion but the players should be prepared to fight for it. He said that playing in the Championship is all about fighting and that the players should be ready physically and mentally. He stated that it is no use complaining about the players that have left the team and that fans should get behind the new players that have just joined the team. Benitez believes that the new players have the potential to improve the team and that they should be able to help the team fight for promotion.


There have been speculations that Spanish champions Barcelona want to add Funes Mori to their squad ahead of the coming campaign but the club’s chief has confirmed that the club will not sign the player this summer.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez said the club will be tracking the progress of the player but will not bid for him to join them just yet.

Scouts from the Liga champions were watching the player when he was in action for Argentina against Venezuela in the Copa America quarter-finals, leading to reports that an offer could be made this summer. The Barcelona chief confirmed that he would keep an eye on the player on his form but quashed talk of a deal in the current transfer window for the 25-year-old. Fernandez told Sport:
“He’s a good player and we’ve known him well for a long time, but we’re not going to sign him this summer,” the director said effectively all speculations. Funes Mori played a brilliant debut season for Everton in the last campaign. He made 28 Premier League appearances Goodison Park and scored four goals.

On the other hand, the club is reported to be having issues with Neymar, according to reports from Spanish paper ABC. The report mentioned that Neymar’s agent and his father wants the star player to leave Barcelona in light of all the transfer troubles since he joined the club. They want him to sign for Real Madrid and start on a clean slate. If Real Madrid wants to sign the player, they would need to meet the release clause for the player which is €190 million. Another clubs interested is French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

There are other reports that the star player could sign an extension with the Catalan giants as Real Madrid are not in a hurry to sign him, given the alternatives they have. Alvaro Morata and Paul Pogba are still heavily linked with the club.

Barcelona planning for life after Dani Alves

Dani Alves will be 34 years old next year, and it will be hard to imagine Barcelona giving their long-serving right-back a new contract.

For this reason, Barcelona will have to start planning for a replacement at the moment itself.

One possibility will be Hector Bellerin. The latter has come through the ranks at Arsenal and has established himself as a first-team player. Given that he is a former Barcelona academy player, he may appear to be the obvious player to fill the void that will be left by Alves. However, you should expect Arsenal not to give up on their player easily especially now that they are not a selling club anymore. Bellerin is an established player for the Arsenal defence, and it will be hard to find them allowing him to leave their team.

Another possibility for Barcelona will be CesarAzpilicueta. The Chelsea player is currently frustrated playing on the left side of the defence, and it is likely that a good offer coming from Barcelona may tempt the defender to make the move to Spain. However, it is very unlikely that Chelsea will let the player go, and we will have to wait for the arrival of Conte to find out how he is going to structure his team. Continue reading…

Nisbet: Keep Rangers Scottish

Former Rangers player Scott Nisbet has urged the Rangers coach to keep ties with their Scottish roots by signing local players. He agrees that Rangers need to strengthen during the summer, but he believes that Mark Warburton should also give chances to Scottish players.

Mark Warburton is keen to improve Rangers during the summer, and he has already made a couple of stunning signings. Indeed, he has successfully convinced Joey Barton to sign for Rangers amidst interest from a couple of Premier League clubs. Among other players that have already signed for Rangers, we have Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks, and John Windass. Continue reading…

Victor Valdes joing Pep at City

There is news that Victor Valdes might join Manchester City in the summer. The player who played under Pep Guardiola while he was the Barcelona manager will love to be reunited with his former manager. Guardiola, who will be taking charge of Manchester City next season, is interested in bringing Valdes to the club in order to bring some competition to Joe Hart.

The goalkeeper who is currently available on a free-transfer after being released by Standard Liege will be glad to return to the Premier League after enduring a poor spell at Manchester United. Indeed, the Spain international has had a miserable career with Manchester United where he only managed to make two appearances in the first-team. Continue reading…