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.
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.
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.
Fatherhood is a defining moment in every man's life, especially for first timers like Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Unbeknown to some, he's a rather low-profile figure (a stark contrast to, for example, Sergio Ramos) and does not like to discuss his personal life.
Brazil take on South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday in their last friendly before Luiz Felipe Scolari names his World Cup squad on May 7th. Chelsea's David Luiz and Oscar, Tottenham's Paulinho and Manchester City's Fernandinho are expected to start.
Chelsea fans' favourite to be £25m target for Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
News emanating from Barcelona that iconic centre back and inspirational leader Carles Puyol is set to leave the club at the end of the season is likely to produce a renewed attempt by the Catalan club to prise Brazilian star David Luiz from Chelsea.
Barcelona have snatched Alen Halilovic, arguably the biggest Croatian soccer prospect since Luka Modric.
After several weeks of negotiations, the 17-year-old right midfielder signed a five year contract for an undisclosed sum, believed to be in the neighbourhood of 10 million euros plus variables of up to five million more.
Lionel Messi is no stranger to this site and either are his free-kicks but this was just sublime as his free-kick curls inward about two foot to creep in past the post and the unfortunate Almeria keeper as Barcelona kept the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of LA Liga.
Chelsea Swap Shock: Mourinho ready to replace long-serving star? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea are reportedly mulling over whether to bring back Thibaut Courtois this summer, andsend Petr Cech to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
The Blues own both goalkeepers, and have found themselves in a precarious situation with regards to the 21-year-old Courtois, who has never played a game for the club, and has spent the last three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid.
€30m Manchester United target could be Arsenal's new Thierry Henry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This week will see what many consider to be the long overdue international debut for Real Sociedad's French winger Antoine Griezmann. The Basque club's player, earning rave reviews in La Liga, has unsurprisingly fallen under the focus of Arsenals' Arsene Wenger.
Barcelona vs Almeria 4-1 Highlights 2014 Alexis Messi Puyol Xavi Trujillo Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Barcelona vs Almeria 4-1 Highlights 2014 Alexis Messi Puyol Xavi Trujillo Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Barcelona vs Almeria 2014 (Barca Almeria VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Barcelona vs Almeria 4-1 (Alexis, Messi, Puyol, Xavi/ Trujillo) Camp Nou, Barcelona- 2 March, 2014- 2/3/14- Sunday Barcelona go [.
Real Madrid top La Liga after finishing all-square with Atletico Madrid in the city derby. Carlo Ancelotti's men are just a point ahead of Barcelona, who won at home against lowly Almeria, while Atleti trail the Catalans by two points.
Cristiano Ronaldo struck eight minutes from time to secure a 2-2 draw for Real Madrid in a pulsating capital city derby against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
The UEFA Champions League matches that featured Premier League clubs last week really emphasized the gulf in class that currently exists between the top teams in England and the giants that lead the way in the Spanish and German divisions.
In soccer, I was always told to "make the ball do the work" and there was no better example of this when Barcelona and Bayern Munich took apart Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.
Chelsea: Courtois in a 'difficult' situation as Real Madrid rumours surface - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Thibaut Courtois has admitted that his current situation is proving to be 'difficult', with Real Madrid the latest team to show an interest in the Chelsea loan star.
Courtois, who is currently in his third season on loan at La Liga side Atletico Madrid, is unsure whether his long-term future is at Stamford Bridge, with Petr Cech still the Chelsea number one under Jose Mourinho.
Lionel Messi may have notched another landmark goal Saturday, but the superstar forward and his Barcelona teammates were unable to hold onto their league lead at the end of 90 more tough minutes at the Anoeta.
Barcelona fell 3-1 to fifth-place Real Sociedad on Saturday as the defending champions surrendered their lead atop the La Liga table.
Not Fabregas Moyes plotting move for ex-Arsenal midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Two things are known to all – first, Manchester United need a central midfielder in the summer and secondly, manager David Moyes will be handed a hefty transfer kitty to operate. Now, go and link with any central midfielder you want.
After a successful Champions League night in Manchester, Gerardo Martino felt at liberty to experiment with the Barcelona lineup away against Real Sociedad. Leaving Xavi and Fabregas on the bench, Martino chose a new midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Song, and Iniesta. Even with the attacking trident of Messi, Neymar, and Pedro, Barcelona succumbed 3-1 to a much superior Real Sociedad.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 2014 Highlights 3-1 Song OG Griezmann Messi Zurutuza Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 2014 Highlights 3-1 Song OG Griezmann Messi Zurutuza Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 2014 (Sociedad Barca VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Sociedad vs Barcelona 3-1 ( Song OG, Griezmann, Zurutuza/ Messi) Anoeta, Sociedad- 22 February, 2014- Saturday- 22/2/14- [.
Captain Carles Puyol, a feature in the side from his debut in 1999 through now, announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he'll be leaving the Catalan club at season's end. Puyol didn't take any questions at the press conference and didn't state whether he would be retiring or not, just that he had agreed to rescind the final two years of his contract this summer.
Bayern Munich have some competition ahead if they want to keep hold of midfielder Thomas Müller.
The impressive 24-year-old midfielder has been linked with a summer move to FC Barcelona, according to German publication SportBild. The report states that Barcelona presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu has "given the green light" for the club to move forward on the transfer.
Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, your gossip special. This week, The WAGS will be in full force at the World Cup in Brazil, Milan's Mario Balotelli reunites withFanny Neguesha, Buffon joins Pirlo to move out of family home and Messi celebrates Antonella's birthday!
Lionel Messi's partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, celebrated her 26th birthday yesterday.
Went for a trip to Malacca with my parents who came to town. Didn't think I was going to make the podcast, much less see the match vs. Elche. Thanks to the good folks at Malacca's beautiful Casa Del Rio Hotel however, I was able to catch the meh game - and thus was able to join the boys over the weekend to talk Real Madrid.
Cada fin de torneo, e incluso en los países que tienen torneos cortos cada semestre, los equipos organizan su pretemporada para poder estar preparados para el siguiente certamen, es también cuando el mercado de transferencias está abierto y tiene movimientos, y se aprovecha para lucir a los refuerzos, esos que se esperan que llegue a volver loco a un aficionado viéndolo triunfar con la playera de sus amores, y claro se tiene que ver como tomar ventaja de esta situación.
Russian football is rotting: the decline of Rubin Kazan
By Domm Norris
The winds of winter continue to reverberate across Russia, as all eyes begin to turn away from the snow-capped mountains of Sochi; however, the carnival atmosphere in the southern reaches of the nation have not been wholly felt in other areas of the world's most vast state.
GENTILEZA DEL SITIO EL TRAGICO WEB "No hice la lectura del partido que correspondía", dijo Martino haciéndose cargo de la derrota en Anoeta (Real Sociedad 3-1 Barcelona) que pudo ser más abultada. Ni Guardiola, ni Vilanova, ni Martino sumaron puntos en la casa de la Real Sociedad, áspera tierra para el Barça.