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Manchester United ‘bid €30m’ for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera

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Manchester United have made a €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 €36m release clause, and Athletic would be keen to stretch United to [.

Manchester United line-up Lazio star Antonio Candreva if Thiago Alcantara move fails

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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.

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Arsenal close to £14m signing of Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich

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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 [.

Manchester United prepare record transfer bid for Cesc Fabregas

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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 £30.8m they paid to sign Dimitar Berbatov. Barcelona have already rejected bids of £26m and £30m for their £26-year-old midfielder.

LA LIGA LUNES: Is Real Madrid Suffering From ‘Cristiano-Dependency’? – Plus Goals From Barca’s 3-1 Win At Malaga

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An interesting info-graphic has been published in the Spanish newspapers showing just how much Real Madrid needs Cristiano 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.

Thiago Alcantara To Miss Olympics

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Spain and Barcelona playmaker Thiago Alcantara will miss the Olympics due to injury, his club have announced.

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.

More Photos Of New Barcelona Kits In Full – Iniesta REALLY Likes His New Away Strip (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

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.

Madrid, Barca Back To Winning Ways

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Real Madrid and Barcelona returned to their winning ways on Sunday after a torrid 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!

CL: Holders march to historic win

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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 goal.

Guardiola Hail’s Barcelona Attitude After Mallorca Win

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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.

Pep Guardiola edges close to renewing Barca contract

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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 year.

Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara Poses In Photoshoot, Admits He Was “Initially Scared” To Play For Team

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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.

LA LIGA LUNES : Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas & Thiago Alcantara’s Girlfriends At Nou Camp

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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.

Barca fall to Osasuna, 2-3

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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.

Spain: Barcelona thrash Hospitalet in Copa (video)

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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.

Copa Del Rey: Barcelona 9-0 Hospitalet – Barca Cover Their Arses, Crush Third-Tier Tiddlers (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

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 Barcelona crushing the third-tier outfit thanks to goals from Pedro, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and braces from three players aged just 20: Isaac Cuenca, Thiago Alcantara and substitute Cristian Tello.

Cesc Is Unveiled In Barcelona

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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.

Mario Balotelli Interrupts Thiago Alcantara Interview To Tell Him He’s Great (Video)

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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.

Man Utd 2-1 Barcelona: Thiago Scores A Beauty, L’il Michael Owen FTW (Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

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.


Video: Bayern Munich present Mario Goetze, Thiago Alcantara and Pep Guardiola, get carried away with smoke machine

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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 [.

Did Thiago Alcantara pay €2m to avoid ending up at Manchester United?

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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 €2m of the €25m transfer fee. German newspaper Bild reports that the former Barcelona player stumped up [.

De Gea Off To The Olympics

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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.

Video: Mario Balotelli interrupts Thiago Alcantara TV interview to tell him how great he is

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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 [.

Spain v Italy Preview

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It's only a friendly but Wednesday's match between Italy and Spain is a huge match for both clubs as he head towards the 2012 Euro's next summer.

Italy suffered a nightmare defence of their crown at the last World Cup, finishing below New Zealand at the bottom of Group F.

They have shown signs of improvement under Cesare Prandelli, and lead their Euro 2012 qualifying group by five points.

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Thiago Alcantara cropped out of Barcelona advert. Is Man Utd move imminent?

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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.

European friendlies: Barcelona top PSG on penalties, Man City impress, and more

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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 Paris.

Messi to the Rescue

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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.

Mid-Day Ticker: Messi eyes Barca record, Kaiserslautern fires manager and more

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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 goals.

Sporting Gijon vs FC Barcelona: Match Preview

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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 "  El Molinón" was where it all started for Guardiola and his players, having thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 after a festival of football.

Ray Hudsonisms Part 2

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Valencia vs Barcelona – 9.21.11

"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 – means nothing to him. Still another red carpet pass."

"Pep Guardiola keeping the ex-Valencia man, David Villa, sat on the bench twitching like a greyhound to get out of the traps.

Liga: Video Gol Barcellona - Villarreal 5 - 0 (1° Giornata)

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1-0 T. Alcantara 25' Â Â Â Â Â Â 2-0 Fabregas 45' Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3-0 A. Sanchez 47' Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4 - 0 L. Messi 52' Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â


Arbitros semifinal Copa MX Apertura 2012

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Necaxa vs Dorados
ESTADIO: Victoria
FECHA: 24/10/2012
HORA: 19:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Erick Yair Miranda Galindo
ASISTENTE UNO: Héctor Ramírez Díaz
ASISTENTE DOS: Alfredo David Riveroll Ribbon
CUARTO ARBITRO: Eduardo Galvan Basulto
ASESOR: Luis Ivan Alvarez Ituarte

UAT vs Neza
ESTADIO: Marte Rodolfo Gómez Segura
FECHA: 24/10/2012
HORA: 21:30
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Carlos Manuel Martínez Soto
ASISTENTE DOS: Yonan Alcantara Lobera
CUARTO ARBITRO: Oscar Bernardo Villagómez Gurria
ASESOR: Arturo Segura Tovar

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Arbitros Jornada 16 Clausura 2012

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Viernes 20 de Abril de 2012 - Morelia vs Atlante 20:10 hrs
ESTADIO: Morelos
FECHA: 20/04/2012
HORA: 20:10
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Francisco Chacón Gutiérrez
ASISTENTE UNO: Juan Joel Rangel Maya
ASISTENTE DOS: Victor Efrén Barreto Rivas
CUARTO ARBITRO: Fernando Guerrero Ramírez
ASESOR: Raymundo Sánchez Villadoble
Sábado 21 de Abril de 2012 - Querétaro vs Toluca 17:00 hrs
ESTADIO: La Corregidora
FECHA: 21/04/2012
HORA: 17:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Antony Zanjuampa Rojo
ASISTENTE UNO: José Luis Camargo Callado
ASISTENTE DOS: René Domingo Chanona Aquino
CUARTO ARBITRO: Miguel Ángel Ortega Rojas
ASESOR: José Francisco Ramírez Díaz
Sábado 21 de Abril de 2012 - San Luis vs Tijuana 17:00 hrs
ESTADIO: Alfonso Lastras Ramírez
FECHA: 21/04/2012
HORA: 17:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Erim Ramírez Ulloa
ASISTENTE UNO: Salvador Rodríguez Gorrocino
ASISTENTE DOS: Miguel Ángel Hernández Paredes
CUARTO ARBITRO: Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno
ASESOR: Jaime Luis Molina Snchez
Sábado 21 de Abril de 2012 - Cruz Azul vs Estudiantes 17:00 hrs
FECHA: 21/04/2012
HORA: 17:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: José Alfredo Peñaloza Soto
ASISTENTE UNO: Carlos González Cervantes
ASISTENTE DOS: Israel Valenciano Torres
CUARTO ARBITRO: Mario Alcantara Gonzalez
ASESOR: José Arce Arce
Sábado 21 de Abril de 2012 - Chivas vs Atlas 19:00 hrs
ESTADIO: Estadio Omnilife
FECHA: 21/04/2012
HORA: 19:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Mauricio Rafael Morales Ovalle
ASISTENTE UNO: Alberto Morin Méndez
ASISTENTE DOS: Mario Jesús López Carrillo
CUARTO ARBITRO: Miguel Ángel Chacón Viveros
ASESOR: Gerardo Martínez Bravo
Sábado 21 de Abril de 2012 - Santos vs Tigres 19:00 hrs
FECHA: 21/04/2012
HORA: 19:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán
ASISTENTE UNO: Alejandro Ayala Valderrama
ASISTENTE DOS: Juan Carlos Salinas Salinas
CUARTO ARBITRO: Jorge Eduardo Gasso Flores
ASESOR: Raul Cuauhtemoc Reyes Rayas
Sábado 21 de Abril de 2012 - Monterrey vs Pachuca 21:00 hrs
ESTADIO: Tecnológico
FECHA: 21/04/2012
HORA: 21:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Jorge Isaac Rojas Castillo
ASISTENTE UNO: Victor Hugo Romero Lupercio
ASISTENTE DOS: José Alfredo López Cruz
CUARTO ARBITRO: Jesús Fabricio Morales Bojorquez
ASESOR: Jose Aurelio Perez de Hilario
Domingo 22 de Abril de 2012 - Pumas vs Jaguares 12:00 hrs
ESTADIO: Olímpico Universitario
FECHA: 22/04/2012
HORA: 12:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Roberto García Orozco
ASISTENTE UNO: Marvin Cesar Torrentera Rivera
ASISTENTE DOS: Andres Hernández Delgado
CUARTO ARBITRO: Carlos Manuel Martínez Soto
ASESOR: Carlos González Iribarren
Domingo 22 de Abril de 2012 - Puebla vs América 16:00 hrs
ESTADIO: Cuauhtémoc
FECHA: 22/04/2012
HORA: 16:00
ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Ricardo Arellano Nieves
ASISTENTE UNO: Marcos Quintero Huitron
ASISTENTE DOS: Jesús Sevilla Palafox
CUARTO ARBITRO: César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos
ASESOR: Pedro Rebollar León
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Arbitros Jornada 2 Clausura 2012

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Estudiantes vs San LuisESTADIO: 3 de marzoFECHA: 13/01/2012HORA: 20:10ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Miguel Ángel Chacón ViverosASISTENTE UNO: Marvin Cesar Torrentera RiveraASISTENTE DOS: Carlos González CervantesCUARTO ARBITRO: Oscar Macias RomoASESOR: José Francisco Ramírez Díaz
Jaguares vs ChivasESTADIO: Victor Manuel ReynaFECHA: 14/01/2012HORA: 17:00ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Miguel Angel Flores RodriguezASISTENTE UNO: Carlos Ayala CuéllarASISTENTE DOS: Victor Efrén Barreto RivasCUARTO ARBITRO: José Roberto Méndez LeónASESOR: José Arce Arce
Tigres vs QuerétaroESTADIO: UniversitarioFECHA: 14/01/2012HORA: 19:00ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Fernando Guerrero RamírezASISTENTE UNO: Alberto Morin MéndezASISTENTE DOS: Miguel Ángel Hernández ParedesCUARTO ARBITRO: Ricardo Arellano NievesASESOR: Jaime Luis Molina Snchez
Pachuca vs PueblaESTADIO: HidalgoFECHA: 14/01/2012HORA: 19:00ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Miguel Ángel Ayala RamírezASISTENTE UNO: José Luis Camargo CalladoASISTENTE DOS: Victor Hugo Romero LupercioCUARTO ARBITRO: Felix Augusto López CarrilloASESOR: Raymundo Sánchez Villadoble
Tijuana vs MonterreyESTADIO: CalienteFECHA: 14/01/2012HORA: 18:00L20:00CÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Miguel Ángel Ortega RojasASISTENTE UNO: Alejandro Ayala ValderramaASISTENTE DOS: René Domingo Chanona AquinoCUARTO ARBITRO: José Alfredo Peñaloza SotoASESOR: Raul Cuauhtemoc Reyes Rayas
Atlas vs Cruz AzulESTADIO: JaliscoFECHA: 14/01/2012HORA: 20:45ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Paul Enrique Delgadillo HaroASISTENTE UNO: Victor Calderón CalderónASISTENTE DOS: Andres Hernández DelgadoCUARTO ARBITRO: Antony Zanjuampa RojoASESOR: Eduardo Muro Lobo
Atlante vs SantosESTADIO: Andrés Quintana RooFECHA: 14/01/2012HORA: 21:00ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Mauricio Rafael Morales OvalleASISTENTE UNO: Jesús Sevilla PalafoxASISTENTE DOS: José Alfredo López CruzCUARTO ARBITRO: Mario Alcantara GonzalezASESOR: Pedro Rebollar León
Pumas vs MoreliaESTADIO: Olímpico UniversitarioFECHA: 15/01/2012HORA: 12:00ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Jorge Antonio Pérez DuránASISTENTE UNO: Salvador Rodríguez GorrocinoASISTENTE DOS: Mario Jesús López CarrilloCUARTO ARBITRO: Jorge Isaac Rojas CastilloASESOR: Gerardo Martínez Bravo
América vs Toluca Toluca ESTADIO: AztecaFECHA: 15/01/2012HORA: 16:00ÁRBITRO CENTRAL: Erim Ramírez UlloaASISTENTE UNO: Juan Joel Rangel MayaASISTENTE DOS: Juan Carlos Salinas SalinasCUARTO ARBITRO: Jorge Eduardo Gasso FloresASESOR: José Guadalupe Martínez Olvera Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol


Mid-Day Ticker: Van Persie says no new deal, Egyptian league to resume and more

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Arsenal have been left shaken by the news that Robin Van Persie does not intend to sign a new deal with the club, and now they have a decision to make.

Van Persie's current deal runs through the end of next season, but Arsenal may want to cash in on him now before he is able to leave on a free transfer next summer.

Nobody is getting anything out of this

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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 it.

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Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich 2014 Highlights 1-2 Ibisevic Pizarro Alcantara Overhead Kick Goals Video

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10 Players to Watch in the 2013-14 Bundesliga Season

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The 2013-14 Bundesliga season has already kicked off, and there are 10 months of intrigue ahead of us.

Here are 10 players to watch in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season:

1. Thiago Alcantara

Having been signed by Bayern Munich for £21.6million, Thiago Alcantara will have to prove that he belongs among the greats.

Copa Del Rey semi-finals: Valencia hold Barca, 1-1

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Valencia served a reminder of its proud heritage as a football team holding Barca and then denied Leo Messi a PK goal in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals first leg.

Jonas gave the home side the lead at the Mestalla but Carles Puyol who seems to have made a career scoring very important headers equalized for the Blaugrana.

Could Spain’s second XI beat England?

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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.