Bayern Munich's pre-season presentation turned into a passable impersonation of Stars In Their Eyes thanks to the European champions' liberal use of smoke machine. Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be Mario Goetze, Thiago Alcantara and Pep Guardiola. The Bavarians presented their two star signings and their new manager to a decent crowd gathered at the [.
Manchester United have lined up Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva as a target if their protracted efforts to bring Thiago Alcantara to the club fall through. The Lazio man is the next name down on David Moyes' lists, according to reports in the Daily Express. Thiago had appeared certain to move to Old Trafford this summer.
Manchester United have made a â‚¬30m offer for Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera, according to a Spanish radio station. Cadena Cope claims David Moyes' side have made an official approach to sign the Basque outfit's 24-year-old midfielder. Herrera is said to have a â‚¬36m release clause, and Athletic would be keen to stretch United to [.
New Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara had seemed set for a move to Manchester United this summer. But it's now emerged that he was so desperate to ensure he went to the European champions that he personally paid â‚¬2m of the â‚¬25m transfer fee. German newspaper Bild reports that the former Barcelona player stumped up [.
David de Gea has been put in Spain's squad for the London Olympics and has a great chance of
coming back with a medal. Spain, who are Euro champions at senior, U-21 and U-19 level, boast an
excellent squad for the Olympics, including the likes of Juan Mata, Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez,
Thiago Alcantara and Iker Muniain.
Could Spain's second XI beat England? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
While watching David Silva and Spain dismantle a dogged and compact Scotland on Wednesday, it
struck me: this was hardly Spain's best outfit and they were dominating.
Silva cemented his bona fides as one of the top half-dozen players in world football and Spain,
with a team featuring second-choice players like Thiago Alcantara, Jordi Alba and Santi Cazorla,
passed Scotland into an uneasy submission.
No, you're the greatest Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been up to some interesting
antics yet again. While on international duty for Italy last night, he hijacked Spain midfielder
Thiago Alcantara's interview with Spanish channel TVE to declare that the young midfielder is the
greatest. With the director no doubt sweating about what would [.
Arsenal are on the verge of making their first big-name signing of the summer in the form of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, the Daily Telegraph reports. The holding player was often involved in the Bayern side that won the treble last season, but the arrival of Thiago Alcantara means he has fallen down the [.
Champions Manchester United are readying themselves to break their club transfer record to land Cesc Fabregas. The Manchester Evening News reports that United are about to make a bid that would beat the Â£30.8m they paid to sign Dimitar Berbatov. Barcelona have already rejected bids of Â£26m and Â£30m for their Â£26-year-old midfielder.
An interesting info-graphic has been published in the Spanish newspapers showing just how much Real Madrid needsCristiano Ronaldo to win games for them! The basis for this? Real Madrid's 0-0 draw with Osasuna on Saturday, which Ronaldo missed out because of suspension.
Spain and Barcelona playmaker Thiago Alcantara will miss the Olympics due to injury, his club
Thiago was this week named in Spain's provisional 22-man squad for the Games later to be reduced
to 18 but the 21-year-old is still recovering from a tibia injury and will not be fit in time for
London, according to Barca.
Time to put the welding goggles back on, as we've managed to get our hands on a few more photos
of the new Barcelona kits, this time in their full monstrous majesty as modelled by Thiago
Alcantara and Andres Iniesta, who is sporting the clearest 'I really don't want to be here, doing
this' smile we've seen in quite some time.
Real Madrid and Barcelona returned to their winning ways on Sunday after a torridÂ week which
saw them both exist the Champions League. Real Madrid were 3-0 winners over Sevilla at the Bernabeu
while Barca thrashed Rayo Vallecano 7-0 to keep their slim title hopes alive.
Madrid's win keeps them only one game away from their first League title in 5 years!
Lionel Messi scored twice from the penalty spot in the first half and Andres Iniesta added a
third goal after the interval to guide Barcelona to a 3-1 win over AC Milan at Camp Nou, sealing a
fifth consecutive semifinal berth for the Catalans.
The defending champions had expressed concerns over the aerial ability of Milan's in-form
striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic but it was actually Antonio Nocerino who scored the visitors' only
Barcelona picked up another victory on Saturday to keep their trail with Real Madrid remain on
six points, aside from the 2-0 success, one thing that Barca coach, Josep Guardiola, strongly
credited his team's is their attitude.
Barcelona once again were forced to play with 10 men against Mallorca as Thiago Alcantara
received a marching order in the second half, but it didn't disturb the team's shape as they even
managed to double their lead after the sending off.
According to Marca, negotiations are ongoing between Barca and Pep Guardiola's agent Jose Maria
Orobitg that would keep him and Tito Vilanova on for next season. Barca is keen on re-signing their
most successful coach while Guardiola has talked about taking a sabbatical from the sport.
Barca cannot proceed with their future signings without knowing who their coach will be next
Italian-born Barcelona midfielder, Thiago Alcantara whose father just happens
to be former Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho has spoken up about how difficult
it is for professional footballers to make it in the game these days. Of course, his insights are
not far from the truth.
They may have lost to Osasuna over the weekend, but don't blame it on lady
luck, por favor! Here's a snapshot of Barcelona's 'girlfriends club' at the Nou Camp last
week during Barca's Copa del Rey semi-final fixture.
From left : Antonella Rocuzzo (Lionel Messi) Daniella Semaan (Cesc
Fabregas) and Julia Vigas (Thiago Alcantara) all cheered their men on
from the stands.
Full credit to Osasuna who played like they had nothing to fear against their vaunted
opposition. Pep Guardiola resting Xavi, Iniesta, and Fabregas on the bench for the Bayer Leverkusen
CL first leg sent in Thiago Alcantara, Pedro, and Sergi Roberto. The latter breaking into the first
squad, all of four games old, completed the rejiggered midfield.
FC Barcelona resumed domestic action last night following their triumph in the FIFA Club World
Cup and helped themselves to a 9-0 rout over third tier side L'Hospitalet in the Round of 32 of the
Copa Del Rey (Spanish Cup).
Barcelona, who already led 1-0 from the first leg of this tie, played a relatively strong side
against their Catalonian neighbours and had Pedro to thank for getting the ball rolling after just
11 minutes when converting a penalty to open the scoring.
After just pipping the first leg 1-0, Pep Guardiola covered his arse by naming an incredibly
strong side in the return leg against Hospitalet at the Camp Nou last night and it payed off, with
BarcelonaÂ crushing the third-tier outfit thanks to goals fromÂ Pedro, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and
braces from three players aged just 20: Isaac Cuenca,Â Thiago Alcantara and substitute Cristian
Barcelona's new number four was unveiled at the Camp Nou this afternoon and the headline on the
Barcelona web site said it all "Back Home"
Eight years after leaving for Arsenal, Cesc (he is no longer Cesc Fabregas, he is just Cesc) has
come home to fulfill a dream. Â Before taking questions from the media today, Cesc stared
open-mouthed at the video showing images of Fabregas in the youth teams.
In which, after Italy's 2-1 friendly win over Spain last night, Mario Balotelli sneaks into shot
during Thiago Alcantara's post-match interview and, with everyone fearing the worst, merely tells
the wee Barca sprog that he's mas grande which, our beginner's Spanish guide tells us,
means 'the greatest' or something thereabouts.
It's Sunday morning so I'll keep this brief: Manchester United ensured they ended their
pre-season tour of Yankland with a 5-for-5 record by beating Barcelona 2-1 in front of nearly
82,000 fans in Washington DC last night.
United went ahead in the 22nd minute when Nani poked a shot in off Victor Valdes' gooch only to
see their lead pegged back by a peachy strike from Thiago Alcantara in the 70th minute.
Rumours that Thiago Alcantara is close to joining Manchester United have been given extra weight after the Barcelona youngster was cropped out of an advert for the club's new kit. The midfielder was originally featured alongside Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carlos Puyol in an advert released by the Spanish champions.
After a wild transfer season that saw Paris Saint-Germain sign the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
and Thiago Silva, the French club appears to be building much-needed chemistry as it prepares for
the new season. But they also apparently need more practice from the penalty spot.
On Saturday, PSG battled back from a 2-0 deficit to draw Barcelona, 2-2, in a friendly in
Messi celebrates goal in narrow victory over Levante (Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea)
A second-half brace from Lionel Messi earned Barcelona a hard fought 2-1 victory at Levante,
trimming the gap atop the La Liga standings to four points ahead of next weekend's El
Clasico showdown with Real Madrid.
Lionel Messi is set to make Barcelona history yet again.
After some recent adjustments to the total goal-scoring tally, the 24-year-old striker is one
goal away from tying Cesar Rodriguez for Barcelona's all-time leading scorer. La Vanguardia
newspaper in Spain, in collaboration with Barcelona, revised Rodriguez's total tally down to 232
Messi and Pique take on Sporting Gijon (Photo: Viktor Drachev/Getty Images)
This Sunday, the "Pep Team" returns to the stadium where they recorded their first La Liga
victory in the 2008-2009 season. Some would say that "Â Â El MolinÃ³n" was where it all started for
Guardiola and his players, having thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 after a festival of football.
"Beautifully released by Lionel Messi. Mathieu is all over Lionel but he can still measure it to
split millimeter perfection on the run under pressure â€“ means nothing to him. Still another red
"Pep Guardiola keeping the ex-Valencia man, David Villa, sat on the bench twitching like a
greyhound to get out of the traps.
Arsenal provided one of the worst performances in victory that I can remember for a long, long
time with a 1-0 win over Udinese tonight doing little to ensure a place in the Champions League for
the coming season.
The Italians, who finished 4th in Serie A and sold most of their best players over the summer,
came to the Emirates and played all the football, and were unlucky not to get any reward for