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Xavi Becomes Barcelona Manager

A Nou camp legend, Xavi Hernandez, 41, represented Barcelona as a player for 17 years. The Spaniard captained the team alongside winning eight La Liga titles and four champions leagues. Undoubtedly one of the best midfielders to play the game, Xavi has returned to manage a very different Barcelona to the one he left six […]

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Champions League Roundup

Koeman’s time is surely up A Barcelona team in name alone, Ronald Koeman’s side suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss, as a fluent Benfica’s perfect game plan has surely confirmed that Koeman’s days leading the Nou Camp are numbered. Registering a mere one shot on target, a lack of discipline and quality at the top of […]

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Barcelona on the brink amid arrests and elections

Embarrassing Champions League defeats, calamities contingency planning, an ageing core, and now a disgraced ex-president in custody; you might as well rename the club Barcewoena. However, this is not a laughing matter. This dangerous cocktail of crippling debts, poor on-field performance, and now former and current higher-ups at the club being detained poses a credible […]

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Setién appointed as Barcelona fall out of love with Valverde’s pragmatism

A club sits top of the league at the halfway point, having won the two previous titles at a canter. For the casual observer, it would seem inconceivable that the manager of that club could be sacked, let alone that his sacking would be celebrated by fans across social media. But as their marketing department […]

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The end of elites: has competition returned to European leagues?

Liverpool’s imperious start and Manchester City’s brutal response to an early stumble against Norwich that the Premier League has another close title race to look forward to. Yes, Guardiola’s side came unstuck against Wolves last weekend, but nobody will bet against the Cityzens from bouncing back. However, as hype builds for round two between Guardiola […]