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Barcelona’s Season Preview: Expectations Are High Despite Dodgy Defense

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Fresh from spending somewhere in the region of £130 million, Barcelona has been slapped with a double transfer embargo ban meaning that they can't buy any players during the next two windows.

Their transfer strategy this summer was plotted out with such an embargo in mind as the Catalan club finally spent some money in key areas of the pitch where they've been severely lacking over the past 2 or 3 years.

Diego Simeone And Atletico Madrid Play Their Own Version Of “Total Football”

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Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch player and former manager of Barcelona, was once asked his thoughts on the footballing philosophy known as "total football". The man, who is arguably the biggest proponent of the football tactic, replied: "Attackers could play as defenders and defenders as attackers.

3 to see: Barcelona and Dortmund return while two Premier League heavyweights clash

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Two more of Europe's biggest competitions return to action this weekend, with intriguing fixtures in the Bundesliga and La Liga making up the bulk of Just Football's Three to See.

Barcelona Considers Spending Spree to Snatch Marco Reus And Juan Cuadrado Before Transfer Embargo, Say Reports

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Fresh from the news that its appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected by FIFA, Barcelona is considering signing Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund and Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, according to reports emanating from the Catalan press.

The transfer ban is set to take effect at the beginning of September 2014 and end at the start of January 2016.

FIFA Reject Barcelona’s Appeal Against Transfer Ban; Club Decides to Appeal

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FIFA has announced that it has rejected Barcelona's appeal against the sanctions imposed on the club over breaches of rules around the transfer of under-18 players.

According to the ruling, Barcelona will be unable to sign new players in the next two transfer windows; beginning in September 2014 and ending January 2016.

FIFA Reject Barcelona Transfer Ban Appeal, Now Comes Into Force In January 2015

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By Chris Wright

Somehow they're just going to have make do with this little lot

FIFA have announced that they have rejected Barcelona's appeal against their transfer ban for, and we quote, "breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of U18 players.

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Friday Kickoff: Neymar to miss time with ankle sprain; Balotelli set for medical; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just days after returning from the back injury that ended his World Cup, Barcelona forward Neymar appears to be headed back to the sidelines.

The club announced Friday that the 22-year-old forward picked up a left ankle sprain Thursday in training, just three days after making his return to action in Monday's friendly with Club Leon.

Monday Evening Ticker: Chelsea cruise against Burnley; Barcelona overwhelm Leon; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just 14minutes into theirfirst English Premier League game since May 2010, Burnley had a 1-0 lead at homeagainst a team many view as title favorites.

Unfortunately for the hosts, that glorius lead lasted all of three minutes, as Chelsea scored three unanswered first-half goals to cruise to a 3-1 victory in their opening game.

Suarez ban upheld, but allowed to train with Barcelona

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Suarez's final appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was decided upon on Thursday, and the result was a win-win for all parties involved.

The CAS upheld FIFA's four-month suspension on Suarez but said that it only applied to official matches, leaving Suarez free to join his new Barcelona teammates in training, be officially introduced by the club, and play in the club's friendly matches before his suspension ends on Oct.

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Manchester United presented golden chance to seal £50m transfer

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Manchester United presented golden chance to seal £50m transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yesterday, I wrote an article on this Argentine winger Angel di Maria: Now or Never for Manchester United.

In that article, I highlighted the fact that Manchester United need someone like Di Maria to bring the mojo back at Old Trafford.

Barcelona to spend €70m & still profit from Manchester United’s indecisiveness

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Yesterday it was confirmed by FIFA that Barcelona won't be allowed tosign any players in the next two transfer windows, although the Catalan club are likely toappeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to change the verdict.

Liverpool and Manchester United midfield target available on free loan transfer

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Alex Song doesn't hold any future at Barcelona. The Cameroon international favours a move to the Premier League, after being told to find a new club.

Ideally Barcelona would wantto sell for a fee around£8m permanently, but are also willing to sell him on a season long loan for free.

Liverpool make formal bid for Manchester United target, player could join within hours

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Liverpool have made an offer (details of the offer is not known as of yet) for Barcelona and former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, according to reports from Spain.

Yesterday, Catalan newspaper Sport published a story where they claimed Liverpool are among the interested parties willing to sign Song, who has had a tough period in Spain, since he joined fromArsenal in 2012.

Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season

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I have never really been able to take a man of fifty two that still wears an earring seriously, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas' recent prediction that Arsenal will win the title this season is certainly not one that should be sniffed at.

Liverpool interested in €25m Manchester United target, no concrete offers yet

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Liverpool, Inter Milan and AC Milan are showing a keen interest in Barcelona and former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, according to reports from Spain.

Song joined Barcelona in 2012 after serving Arsenal for seven long years.

Manchester United clear favourite to land €50m Chelsea target

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Manchester United are strong favourites now to land Fiorentina's highly rated wing-back Juan Cuadrado after reports emerging from Catalan newspaper Sport that Barcelona, the other potential contender, have almost admitted defeat in the race to sign him.

Chelsea enter race to sign €50m Manchester United target

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The term 'intensive media coverage' is perfectly applicable to the Catalan press for their coverages of Juan Cuadrado transfer saga this summer.

Although at times, it seemed to us, they are waxing same lyrics on a daily basis, but no other newspapers have covered the saga with such details than both Mundo Deportivo and Sport.

Manchester United’s big money target keen to secure move within next week

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Juan Cuadrado knows very well the time has come for him to test his potential at better leagues with top European clubs.

Fiorentina knows that as well. And when thetwo clubs vying for Cuadrado's signatures are Manchester United and Barcelona, the price tag is bound to inflate.

Liverpool met with striker’s agent, no agreement yet

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According to the trusted and reliable Gianluca Di Marzio website, Liverpool have today held talks with former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o's representatives.

The recent developments come as a major surprise but it is believed that manager Brendan Rodgers views the Cameroonian as a short term solution after Loic Remy's failed medical.

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La Liga 2014/15 season preview: Why Barcelona and Real Madrid will reassert themselves at the top

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by Simon Wingate

When the La Liga 2014/15 season kicks off with a game between Malaga and Athletic Bilbao at Estadio La Rosaleda this Saturday, it will be the first time in a decade that neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid are reigning champions.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona transfer ban upheld; Di Maria looking to stay at Real Madrid; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With big-money acquisitions Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Thomas Vermaelen highlighting the club's summer expenditures, Barcelona have done their fair share of business heading into the 2013-14 season. However, the Catalan club better make the most of the current transfer window, as it looks to be their last for a long time.

FIFA Upholds Barcelona Transfer Ban

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Barcelona have had their appeal against a two-window transfer ban rejected by FIFA following a hearing on Wednesday.

The Spanish giants will be barred from signing players in the next two transfer windows, taking them through until January 2016, after breaking the transfer rules related to signing players for their famed La Masia academy,

Barca though are not taking the decision well and have already announced, just as they did with the Luis Suarez ban, that they will now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

‘I Was Really Depressed Afterwards’ – Luis Suarez Opens Up About His Traumatic Biting Ordeal

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By Chris Wright

Speaking at his grand Barcelona unveiling, Luis Suarez fielded questions about what he got up to on his summer holibobs this year.

Still serving his four-month ban for feasting upon the flesh of Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez had some reassuring words for Barca fans: he pinky-promises not to bite anyone again:

"I say to fans, don't worry, because I won't do that any more.

Snapshot: Luis Suarez Makes Debut For Barcelona In friendly Clash At Nou Camp

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By Alan Duffy

Although Luis Suarez was initially banned from playingfootball for four months (following his World Cup bitey nonsense) and Barcelona were initially banned from making any transfers for 14 months (following their breaking of U18 transfer rules), the Uruguayan made his debut for the Catalans on Monday night.

Luis Suarez To Start For Barcelona On Monday

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Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed Luis Suarez will play in the pre-season clash on Monday.

The head coach says he has been impressed by the Uruguayan in training this weekend and will give him some playing time in the Gamper Trophy

The Uruguayan returned to training this weekend after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced his ban from football to allow him to take part in training and club friendly matches.

Luis Suarez To Play In Barcelona Friendly On Monday, Says Luis Enrique

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will "get some minutes" during the club's friendly at the Camp Nou on Monday. The Catalan club is scheduled to play Leon FC in the Joan Gamper Cup, which is held annually before the start of the La Liga season.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espanol and DishWorld.

Luis Suarez Takes Part In First Training Session With Barcelona [VIDEO]

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Luis Suarez has completed his first day of training with Barcelona. The Uruguay international was awarded a partial victory yesterday when his four-month ban from all football-related activities was amended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The court considered his ban on all football-related activity "excessive" and clarified that his suspension will "apply to official matches only and no longer to other football-related activities (such as training, promotional activities and administrative matters).

Football Activity: Luis Suarez Trains With Barcelona For The Very First Time… (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Having received special clearance from the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday after pinky-swearing not to eat anybody, Luis Suarez trained with his new Barcelona teammates for the very first time today since completing his £75million move from Liverpool in mid-July.

Luis Suarez Trains With Barcelona For The Very First Time… (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Having received special clearance from the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday after pinky-swearing not to eat anybody, Luis Suarez trained with his new Barcelona teammates for the very first time today since completing his £75million move from Liverpool in mid-July.

CAS Upholds Length Of Suarez Ban

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport have upheld Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during this summer's World Cup. Suarez's lawyers argued that Fifa's decision to suspend him from all "football-related activity" for biting Chiellini was excessive.

While the Cas did not reduce Suarez's ban, they have ruled that the Uruguay striker can now train and play in friendly matches, including for new club Barcelona on Monday against Mexico's Club Leon.

Luis Suarez’s Appeal Rejected And Ban Is Upheld; But Player Can Train

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Luis Suarez's four month ban from soccer has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). But the player has been permitted to train with his teammates and be involved with promotional activities at Barcelona.

"The sanctions imposed on the player by FIFA have been generally confirmed," the CAS said in a statement.

Luis Suarez’s four-month ban upheld, but ex-Liverpool man can train with Barcelona

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Luis Suarez Has Four-Month Football Ban Upheld But Cleared To Begin Training With Barcelona

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By Chris Wright

Just a quickie to inform all y'alls that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have dismissed Luis Suarez's appeal against his four-month ban from all footballing activities after the Uruguayan striker's appeal was heard at a meeting earlier today.

The full explanation of the ruling will not be made public until later this afternoon, but the CAS have confirmed that Suarez has been cleared to begin training with his new side, Barcelona, after having to train on his lonesome with his own independent personal coach since joining the Catalan side for £75million in mid-July.

LUIS SUAREZ CAN NOW TRAIN WITH BARÇA TEAM-MATES | CAS DECISION

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Court Of Arbitration For Sport Will Announce Luis Suarez Decision On Thursday

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced that Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will learn the result of his appeal for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at 2pm BST (9am EST) on Thursday.

CAS said in a statement: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport will announce its decision in the matter Luis Suárez, FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan FA on Thursday 14 August 2014.

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Brazil squad vs Colombia and Ecuador September 2014

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New Brazil coach Dunga has named his first squad since he returned to take over the seleção last month.
Jefferson, David Luiz, Maicon, Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Ramires, Oscar, Hulk, Willian and Neymar have been retained from the World Cup squad. Captain Thiago Silva misses out through injury.

Brazil squad vs Colombia and Ecuador September 2014

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New Brazil coach Dunga has named his first squad since he returned to take over the seleção last month.
Jefferson, David Luiz, Maicon, Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Ramires, Oscar, Hulk, Willian and Neymar have been retained from the World Cup squad. Captain Thiago Silva misses out through injury.

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Barcelona vs Leon 6-0 Highlights 2014 Trofeo Joan Gamper Friendly Messi Neymar El Haddadi Ramirez Goals Video

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Video: Man Utd target Juan Cuadrado signs Barcelona shirts

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