Carles Puyol

FC Barcelona

Unlucky Coates gifts Barca win at Sporting

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Lisbon (AFP) – Sebastian Coates scored an unfortunate second-half own goal to gift Barcelona a 1-0 victory away to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Uruguayan centre-back unwittingly deflected a Lionel Messi free-kick into his own net on 49 minutes to hand the Spaniards a second successive win to start Group D.

Carles Puyol considering joining New York City FC or Qatari team

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Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has resumed training and is rumored to be considering coming out retirement in order to play in the United States or sign a lucrative deal in Qatar.

Puyol, after struggling struggling with persistent knee injuries, retired from soccerlast May following fifteen years at his boyhood club.

Carles Puyol considering joining New York City FC or Qatari team

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Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has resumed training and is rumored to be considering coming out retirement in order to play in the United States or sign a lucrative deal in Qatar.

Puyol, after struggling struggling with persistent knee injuries, retired from soccerlast May following fifteen years at his boyhood club.

Could Luis Suarez Be Heading Back To The Premier League?

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FC Barcelona is in total disarray at the moment after the firing of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and the resignation of his assistant Carles Puyol earlier this week and reports out of Spain suggest that Luis Suarez's future at the club is in doubt after his £75 million move from Liverpool in the summer.

Barcelona In Turmoil As Zubizarreta And Puyol Leave

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FC Barcelona is a club in turmoil after sacking sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, while club legend Carles Puyol has also left his position at the Spanish giants.

Puyol was operating as Zubizarreta's assistant, but announced he had terminated his working contract at the club in the wake of Zubizarreta's sacking on Monday.

Instead Of Having No.5 Jersey Retired By Barcelona, Carles Puyol Personally Hand-Picks The Next Man To Wear It…

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By Chris Wright

There were whispers that Barcelona were planning to retire their No.5 jersey as a tribute to recently retired ex-club captain Carles Puyol, who called time on his 19 peerless years at the club at the end of last season.

However, at the personal request of Puyol himself, Barca have reneged on their plans to retire the shirt and instead let the former incumbent of the No.

Barcelona’s £16million Signing of Jeremy Mathieu Is Bad Business For The Blaugrana

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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for £16million. The move displays the Catalan club's continued deficit in the quality of defensive footballers compared to their attacking counterparts.

The 30-year-old was a left-back for most of his career but has been moved to center-back due to his pace and quality out wide rescinding with age.

Daniel Agger To Be Offloaded This Summer

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Liverpool are reportedly desperate to sell defender Daniel Agger this summer – with the club already having offered the player to Barcelona.
The 29-year-old – who made just 23 appearances for the Reds last season – admitted in May that he did not know where his future lay because he believed that manager Brendan Rodgers didn't rate him enough.

United and Chelsea battle it out for defender

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Manchester United will face strong competition from Chelsea in their quest to sign Porto and France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, after Barcelona pulled out of the race for the 23-year-old, who's been on United's radar for months now.

The French international looked poised to move to Manchester City at the end of the season, but the Premier League champions have since cooled their interest after reports suggested Mangala himself wasn't particularly keen to moving to the Etihad and would prefer a move to either United or Chelsea.

‘Goodbye To A Great Captain’ – Barcelona Wave Off Carles Puyol With Brilliant Farewell Compilation (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Double denim BOOM!

Given that he'll miss Barcelona's winner-takes-all title showdown with Atletico Madrid this weekend due to his pesky ongoing knee injury, Carles Puyol has already played his final game for the club after a total of 19 years at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona ban could derail Chelsea’s summer transfer plans

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The ban imposed on Barcelona by FIFA precluding any transfer activity by the club for the next fourteen months could have an unexpected impact on the plans of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The Catalans are to appeal the judgement, and if they succeed, will expect at least a reduction in the ban, if not its complete revocation.

Raúl und Puyol: 2 Spanische Legenden treten ab

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Gestern erklärte Spaniens Stürmerlegende Raúl González im Alter von 36 Jahren seinen Rücktritt vom aktiven Fußball zum Ende der laufenden Saison, aktuell spielt er noch beim Al-Sadd Sports Club in Katar.

Einen Tag zuvor gab der FC Barcelona bekannt, dass Kapitän Carles Puyol den Verein zum Saisonende nach 19 Jahren verlässt.

‘You Were My Guardian Angel’ – Gerard Pique Writes Emotional Open Thank-You Letter To Carles Puyol

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By Chris Wright

Pique and Puyol, forever immortalised involcanic rock in the Stepanakert region of northern Armenia

We always knew that the news of Carles Puyol's imminent departure from Barcelona was going to hit one man harder than anyone else and, lo and behold, his young ward, Gerard Pique, has written an emotional open letter on his Facebook page to thank 'Puyi' for their time together.

Carles Puyol To Leave Barcelona At End Of Season After Club Agree To Terminate Contract Early

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By Chris Wright

Given that he bleeds blaugrana, we honestly thought he'd retire before ever turning out for another club but it has been announced this afternoon that Carles Puyol is to leave Barcelona at the end of the season after they agreed to mulch the final two years of his contract.

CARLES PUYOL ANNOUNCES HE WILL LEAVE FC BARCELONA AT THE END OF THIS SEASON

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview: Sparks to fly in first El Clasico of the season

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Fierce Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at Camp Nou on Saturday evening in the first El Clasico match-up of the new campaign, in what should be an enthralling clash.

Osasuna vs Barcelona, Leo Messi Makes His Return From Injury; Live on beIN SPORT: Open Thread

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Leo Messi is expected to make his return for Barcelona today after recovering from injury, where he and his teammates are set to play against Osasuna.

Today's La Liga match kicks off at 2pm ET on beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT Espanol. If you don't have beIN SPORT, you can subscribe to DishWorld for just $10/month.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Predicted Lineups and Preview for Leg 2 of the Spanish Super Cup

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In the second match of the season at Camp Nou, Barcelona and Gerardo "Tata" Martino will have the chance today to win their first silverware of the season. The Blaugrana face off Atletico Madrid for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Both squads come to the Camp Nou after victories in La Liga during the weekend.

Barcelona Gets Its Own Country

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It's a fake country, but for a minute there around 2009, you could swear it was for real. Thankfully for these sorts of matters we have Real Madrid, which will undoubtedly see this commercial and make a real nation. Because that's how these kids operate.

This looks like a perfectly wonderful place to live, too.

Barcelona’s Carles Puyol heads a flower pot in brilliant new Qatar Airways commercial

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This week, Barcelona announced a €100m extension to their lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, which will see the Arabic flag carrier advertised outside the Nou Camp, on the seats and within the club museum.

To coincide with the announcement, the airline released a new commercial that features a plane landing in "The Land of FC Barcelona.

Luis Suarez Not Only Liverpool Player Linked to Move

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It looks as if Luis Suarez isn't the only Liverpool player that Brendan Rodgers will look to keep a firm grip on this summer. Spanish giants FC Barcelona are keen to add to their defensive unit and have made an offer for Danish international Daniel Agger.

"We are aware that Barcelona have made an offer for Daniel that Liverpool have rejected," said Agger's agent Per Steffensen.

FC BARCELONA CENTRAL DEFENDER WOES

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Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona continues pursuit of Silva; Götze introduced at Bayern; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With Barcelona looking for defensive upgrades, the recent performances of Thiago Silva for Brazil at the Confederations Cup have made up the club's mind on who to go after.

Though the 28-year-old signed a big money, €42 million ($54.4 million) transfer last season to Paris Saint-Germain, he's reportedly being chased by Barcelona, who need to beef up their defense as Carles Puyol and continues to age and slow down, while Gerard Pique had a few poor performances this season in key matches.

Barcelona Insist They Still Have Money To Spend

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Barcelona's transfer resources have not been exhausted by the €60 million they paid for Brazil forward Neymar, a club spokesman said on Tuesday.

Neymar will line up alongside World Player of the Year Lionel Messi in a formidable forward line for the Spanish champions but they probably need to strengthen a defence that was worryingly porous last season.

Lionel Messi’s son didn’t really enjoy taking part in Barcelona’s trophy presentation

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Barcelona were presented with the Primera Division title for the 22nd time in the club's history after their 2-1 win against Real Valladolid on Sunday. After the match, the players brought their families onto the pitch to join in the celebration, but one person who did not seem to enjoy it was Lionel Messi's infant son, Thiago.

Talking Barcelona: Things do need to change, Vilanova

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'We don't need to change any players'. Tito Vilanova's words after Barcelona's humbling 0-7 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich."What we do need is to get our injured players back because they are top performers," he added.

Fixing Barcelona’s broken defensive foundation

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If you've watched enough Barcelona this season you're probably very aware of their problems on the back line. Barca have not been known for their defensive prowess over the past few seasons but it hasn't stopped them from soaring to great heights both in the league and in Europe.

Fixing Barcelona’s broken defensive foundation

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Originally posted on SB Nation

If you've watched enough Barcelona this season you're probably very aware of their problems on the back line. Barca have not been known for their defensive prowess over the past few seasons but it hasn't stopped them from soaring to great heights both in the league and in Europe.

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“Crisis in Philadelphia,” Fredo, more news

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The Union continue to get hammered in the press. More news.

Injury concerns, Greece-Nigeria WC warmup at PPL, Hack on HCI as development partner, more

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News from Thursday's weekly press conference. PPL Park to host World Cup warm-up game. The Union-City Islanders partnership. USMNT roster. More news.

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Wayne Rooney, Jimmy Bullard and lots of chicken: Top 20 weirdest and worst adverts with footballers

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It's a well known fact that footballers will flog any old tat. The formula: Premier League star plus pizza chain, hair dye, bacon, crisps, drinks, whatever, is a ready-made classic.

Wayne Rooney, Jimmy Bullard and lots of chicken: Top 20 weirdest and worst adverts with footballers

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It's a well known fact that footballers will flog any old tat. The formula: Premier League star plus pizza chain, hair dye, bacon, crisps, drinks, whatever, is a ready-made classic.

Spain

The foretold fall from grace

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All great teams fall from grace. Some people did not believe it would happen to Spain, but it had to. Perhaps the greatest surprise was that it would happen in such a way that it happened, getting hammered 1-5 by the Netherlands, whose revenge for the defeat in the 2010 final could not have been sweeter.

Greatest World Cup Matches: Germany-Spain (2010)

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Germany is one of the giants of world football. In spite of reaching the World Cup final of 2002 and making it to the third place in 2006, they were hungering for another title when they entered the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Surely, German football was not the same it had been in the 20th century.

Chelsea

John Terry Lost His Self-Esteem?

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Fascinating interview in the Daily Mail of Jose Mourinho. In it, Mourinho talks about what he has done to get John Terry back playing well on a consistent basis.

‘He's recovering his self-esteem. In the last few years he was not playing a lot, he had problems on the pitch, he had problems outside the pitch, he had suspensions for different reasons, he had injuries, he had managers who didn't trust him enough.

Friday Kickoff: Luiz reveals Barca rejection; Lambert to start vs. Moldova; and more

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By DAN KARELL

All summer long, Barcelona were looking to sign a new central defender, as club legend Carles Puyol grows older and more fragile.

The club were reported to have made an offer to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz among others, and according to Luiz himself, the offer was made but he rejected it to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Rest

Star Sixes: Carles Puyol Does An Absolute Number On Phil Neville In ‘Friendly’ 6-A-Side Tournament (Video)

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Thursday night saw the inaugural Star Sixes legends tournament kick-off in London, with an entire constellation of veteran footballing talent descending on the O2 Arena for the occasion.

As well as hosts England, teams of legends from Spain,Scotland, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Nigeria, China, Denmark, Portugal, Germany and France were also in 6-a-side action on the opening night.

Pires, Ronaldinho & Scholes Heading To Kuwait

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KUWAIT: The Higher Organizing Committee of the Jaber International Stadium activities has revealed the names of the first six star legends who will play with Kuwait soccer stars Dec 18th. The committee said in a press statement that Brazilian Ronaldinho De Assis Moreira, Spanish Carles Puyol, UK's Paul Scholes, Italy's Andrea Pirlo, Gianluca Zambrotta and France's Robert Pires will be present at the event.

THREE SPANISH FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN TOP 100 WORLD CUP LIST

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Agger Pledges Future To Liverpool

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Daniel Agger is committed to staying at Liverpool despite mounting speculation Barcelona are ready to claw him away.
The Danish centre-half has been continually linked with a move to the Catalan giants in the summer, as Tito Vilanova is looking for a potential replacement for Carles Puyol who has been beset by injuries this season.