For the first time since March, Spanish giants Barcelona are on a losing streak.
Five days after their road Champions League loss to Ajax, the first defeat since Gerardo Martino took over the managerial post at Camp Nou, Barcelona were defeated 1-0 Sunday in their first trip to Athletic Bilbao's new San Mames Stadium.
Andoni Zubizarreta, the legendary Spanish and FC Barcelona keeper was the choice of Sandro Rosell to head Barca's sporting area. The choice looked pretty reasonable at that time and was deemed to be a sure shot winner for Rosell. Andoni was doing a good job at Athletic Bilbao and his stature as a club legend would have only made it easy to pick him.
"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. - John Wooden "
How fast time changes? Last week we were talking about the possibility of this Barca side emulating the "Arsenal Invincibles"; right now we all have our favourite word on our mouth "THE CRISIS". Now, we jumping on to the word Crisis may not be a big thing, we tend to go for that at the drop of the ball.
Barca lost their unbeaten start to the La Liga season after going down 1-0 at San Mames. Without Messi we looked really below our par, even though the performance was better than what we saw against Ajax. Now in a space of week we have lost twice! Time for Martino to get the boys back on track!
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Barcelona fell to their first Primera defeat of the season at Athletic Bilbao allowing Atletico Madrid, who won at Elche, to draw level on points with the leaders. Gareth Bale hit a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Valladolid convincingly to trail the top two by just three points.
Barcelona had the lion's share of possession at San Mames, but could must barely a chance in front of goal as Athletic Bilbao deservedly inflicted a first defeat in La Liga on the Catalans.
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Promoted Villarreal are the surprise team in La Liga after three rounds of games, joining last season's top three on maximum points after the weekend's matches. Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona overcame Valencia 3-2, while Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1 with an Isco double.
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A new era is due to begin in Bilbao: San Mamés Stadium , their historical home known as La Catedral, will be replaced by San Mamés Barria while Ernesto Valverde will be at helm after Marcelo Bielsa's departure.
Last Athletic Bilbao's season was disappointing as they finished only twelfth.
San Mamés, the hallowed ground of Athletic Bilbao, opened on August 21, 1913. After 100 years and dozens of generations of squads passing through the stadium, its century of existence has come to an end.
Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao's struggling star at an early crossroads is a post from: Just Football
There was a time in which he was hailed as the golden boy of Spanish football, but since then many names have passed him by.
Isco arose from the shadows of Valencia's 'B' team to make his way to the heights of Real Madrid, Thiago dazzled at Barcelona and outgrew his status as bit-part player there while a new batch of youngsters including Gerard Deulofeu will threaten to surpass him in a year or so.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that Arsenal is lining up a loan swoop of Juventus centre-forward Fernando Llorente. The Spanish international joined the Bianconeri over the summer on a free transfer but has failed to make much of an impact in the Serie A.
A long time Athletic Bilbao stalwart, a falling out with former coach Marcelo Bielsa left the towering striker to explore other options.
Spain international Fernando Llorente is a January transfer target for Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea. The former Athletic Bilbao striker has failed to make an impression since joining Juventus on a free transfer earlier this summer. He finds himself behind Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic in the Old Lady's pecking order and is also rumoured to [.
Serie A Champions Juventus clash with Coppa Italia winners Lazio in the first real action on the Italian calendar. In the two teams' last meeting, Lazio triumphed 2-1 in the Coppa Italia semi-finals, going on to beat bitter rivals Roma in the title bout. This time around, the two teams face each other with new stakes and new faces.
You have to admire the work that Antonio Conte and Juventus have done this summer.
Despite winning the Scudetto comfortably the last two seasons, Conte knew that if Juventus was to get back to its former glory, it had to be more competitive in the Champion League. And to do that, they needed to improve the quality of their striker.
The £15m Midfielder Manchester United Must Sign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United might have paid a ridiculous dosh for midfielder Marouane Fellaini but everyone must have understood by now that he is not the answer to United's midfield woes. He might have Premier League experience, he might play for one of the would-be-heavyweights in world football, if not already but he is simply not the solution.
Manchester United could be ready move for Benfica centre-back Ezequiel Garay at last. The 26-year-old has been scouted by the champions for years, which means he has been a regular name in the Premier League rumour mill over the last few seasons. Now, David Moyes is set to bring the player long considered to be [.
Manchester United are set to revive their interest in Athletic Bilbao's midfielder Ander Herrera, with club scouts due to monitor the 24-year-old in action this weekend, as David Moyes looks to make sure the January transfer window doesn't bring the same disappointment United had to face at the beginning of the month.
Manchester United are planning to step-up their scouting of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera with a view to launching a new attempt to sign him in January. The champions bid €30m for the 24-year-old at the end of the summer transfer window. It was also reported that they tried to activate his €35m buy-out clause [.
According to theDaily Mail, Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrara is open to a Manchester United move during the January transfer window. The Spaniard was the subject of a late bid from the Premier League champions on transfer deadline day, but when the Red Devils failed to meet the player's£30 million release clause the deal fell through.
News of Manchester United's scattergun approach to transfer activity this summer continues with Turkish side Galatasaray claiming they rejected a bid for midfielder Wesley Sneijder a fortnight ago. It is not clear how much the champions bid for the Netherlands international, but the timing of the offer suggests that he was above Athletic Bilbao's Ander [.
English newspaper The Daily Mail is reporting that Premier League champions Manchester United are already lining up bids for two of their missed summer targets. According to the report, new United manager David Moyes is keen on bidding for Leighton Baines and Ander Herrera again after seeing late transfer attempts fail for both players.
Manchester United look set to sign Athletic Bilbao standout Hecter Herrera as the transfer window comes to a close. The exciting 24 year old midfielder will bring Spanish flair, creativity, and technical ability into David Moyes side if the deal is completed.
Despite missing out on Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara, it looks as if David Moyes have finally convinced one Spaniard to join his side from La Liga.
There are few worse times to write an article than transfer deadline day. By the time you read this, the footballing landscape may - and probably will - have changed in any number of ways.
It might be a bit much to suggest this is the day when "literally anything could happen" - that will be true when Lionel Messi goes on a free transfer to Hull - but let us assume that by the time these words are online the long-running pursuit of Marouane Fellaini and the sudden bid to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera will both have been successful.
Ander Herrera warming up for Bilbao, unsure if he will feature though. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/7hEDIRcpAz Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) September 1, 2013 Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is set to join Manchester United as long as the champions meet his £30m release clause. The 24-year-old sat on the bench for the Basque side during today's [.
Manchester United submitted a £25.5 million bid for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera but had that bid rejected by the club, according to Goal.com.David Moyes has been on the hunt to find a midfielder for his new club this summer but has come up against staunch resistance in Spain.
Manchester United make 30m bid for Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With Manchester United still pursuing a double-deal for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines from Everton (with their latest £36m bid knocked back and United expected to go above £40m for the duo), the club has now been reported to have made a 30m Euros offer for another midfielder, a move thought to be independent of their pursuit of the Everton duo.
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 [.
16.09.2013 - A cien años de haber visto la luz (21.08.1913), el nuevo San Mamés se inaugura (en ¾ de construcción) con el Athletic enfrentando al Celta de Vigo por la 4º jornada de la Liga española 2013-14. San Mamés fue un estadio de fútbol ubicado en la villa de Bilbao, (País Vasco,España), donde jugó sus partidos como local el Athletic Club desde 1913 hasta su clausura y posterior demolición al término de la temporada 2012/13.
Here is the photo to make every Spurs fan smile before the NLD tomorrow. Goodbye stage! (for a day at least) #Levyed pic.twitter.com/9ZGK9vQHTo Spurspanyol (@spurspanyol) August 31, 2013 Real Madrid have been forced to dismantle the presentation stage dubbed the Bale Box. The stage, scaffolding and perspex screens were put in place just over [.
Eight days ago, Real Madrid constructed a stage for the grand unveiling of Gareth Bale. After months of rumors and negotiating with Spurs, anonymous sources told overeager journalists that the deal was finally done and it was for a world record fee. But a little over a week later and with the transfer deadline approaching, the deal still hasn't been officially finalized and it might not even be for a record fee anymore.
Há pouco mais de um ano, Marcelo Bielsa era o "treinador da moda" na Europa. Na sua primeira época frente do Athletic Bilbao, "El Loco" colocou o clube basco a praticar um futebol ofensivo e espectacular, tendo garantido a qualificação para as finais da Liga Europa e da Taça do Rei. Contudo, feitas as contas, nada ganhou.