There are some players and some games that are no stranger to intense speculation and raucous hyperbole.
Players like Luis Suarez, who is line to make his first ever appearance for the Blaugrana this weekend. And games like Barcelona versus Real Madrid, el Clasico, a titanic spectacle that'll be staged at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, one in which the effervescent Uruguayan will play a part in.
3 To See: El Clasico, Manchester United v Chelsea and the derby of eternal enemies is a post from: Just Football
The biggest club fixture in the world will be given some extra bite this weekend by the most anticipated debut of the season, but it's far from the only grudge match taking place in Europe, with Greece's biggest derby also joining El Clasico on the agenda.
With el Clásico kicking off this Saturday at Noon ET, speculation is rife as to team selections, tactical tweaks and possible individual brilliance that could determine who will take the spoils in the first meeting of Spain's big two of the 2014-15 campaign.
It is one of the few matches in world soccerwhich engages the masses.
Ronaldo and Messi set for Bernabeu showdown - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Neymar, Luka Modric, Xavi, James Rodriguez, the list goes on. It is quite some cast list for this Saturday evening's match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The first el Clásico of the season kicks off on Saturday at Noon ETwith both Real Madrid and Barcelona looking to take the first set of points off their most fierce rival. The match itself comes quite early in the campaign with neither team having settled into a rhythm just yet. However this clash is like very few others in that the back-story involving a certain Luis Suarez is likely to dominate the back pages over the coming days.
The furling eyebrow. The non-abrasive press conferences. The jovial laugh. Carlo Ancelotti is definitively not Jose Mourinho. Thanks in large part to signings, he's re-made the Real Madrid roster into an attacking 4-3-3 with little regard for, say, defending. Gone is the counter-attacking 4-2-3-1, the crossfield switches of Xabi Alonso, the darting runs of Di Maria, the lackadaisical drifting of Ozil.
Luis Suarez's four-month long ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup is almost up and with that the Uruguayan forward will be able to make his competitive debut for FC Barcelona this Saturday (Noon ET kickoff on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld)in the most appropriate of fixtures, the first Clásico of the season at the Bernabeu.
Our world has been saturated by the media's constant attention to the wars and rivalries between nations, many of which have existed for centuries. This is a truth that most of us have simply learned to accept and a few have even embraced, but for others, these never-ending battles between the people of this small, pale blue dot is not fought on the seas, in the air, or on hallowed grounds, it is fought on a 100-yard grass field by twenty two of the most athletic and respected footballers of today's modern game.
Here's the exact moment that Huesca, who currently play in theSegunda Division B (i.e, the Spanish third tier), found out that they'd been drawn against Barcelona in theCopa del Rey round of 32...
The first leg at Huesca's El Alcoraz stadium on December 3rdwill mark the very first time the two sides have ever met in official competition, though obviously it's the second leg at the Camp Nou on December 17th that the Huesca lads will be looking forward to the most.
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Video Barcelona vs Eibar 3-0 Highlights 2014 Goals Xavi Messi Neymar is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Barcelona vs Eibar 2014 (Barca Eibar VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Barcelona vs Eibar 3-0 (Xavi, Messi, Neymar) Camp Nou, Barcelona- 18 October, 2014- 18/10/14- La Liga Little Eibar keep Barca scoreless [.
Barcelona continued their great run in to the season with a hard won 3-0 victory against the newly promoted Eibar. The match remained goal less for almost an hour, thanks to Eibar's dodgy defense but Barca courtesy of Messi, Xavi and Neymar secured a vital three points going into Clasico. Ahead of the Clasico last next week, Real Madrid threw up a challenge with their 5-0 victory earlier on the night.
The draw for the fourth round of the Copa del Rey has been made with the first legs set to be played on Wednesday December 3rd and the return fixture to be contested two weeks later on December 17th; except for the tie between Cornella and the reigning title holders Real Madrid, which will be played on October 29 and December 3rd because of Los Blancos involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup.
In the 90th minute, as Arjen Robben raced through the center of Argentina's defence, the stage was set. Putting an end to the demons of four years ago, where his failure to beat Iker Casillas one-on-one in the World Cup final cost his team the trophy, Robben was now ready for redemption. But it did not happen.
On August 15, 2011, FC Barcelona had finally agreed a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal. The move occurred after one of the longest transfer sagas in history, and there was much hype surrounding the move. Just three days later, Fabregas made his debut in the Spanish Super Cup second-leg as a substitute, as Barcelona lifted the trophy against Real Madrid.
Here's those Fitba Thatba urchins again, this time tackling the thorny issue of rubbish Luis Suarez jokes as the man himself prepares to return to competitive action this Saturday evening.
The official blurb:
As Luis Suarez prepares to enter the field of play for Barcelona in El Clasico this weekend, we have prepared an animated short detailing everything that has (definitely not) gone on behind the scenes.
Liverpool target already in Manchester, medical next week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool have been reportedly keeping a close tab on former Barcelona goal keeper Victor Valdes for the past few months. First choice goal keeper Simon Mignolet has had cut a frustrating figure and it was believed that Liverpool might sign a new goal keeper to replace him in January.
Dunga has named his squad for the games versus Turkey in Istanbul 12th November and Austria in Vienna six days later. With the Brazilian league and Copa do Brasil moving into important phases, Dunga has limited his squad to Europe based players. Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano, and Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino, get their first call-ups.
Have Liverpool gone cold on a move for Victor Valdes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For the past couple of months, Liverpool had been linked with a move for former Barcelona goal keeper Victor Valdes.
First choice goal keeper Simon Mignolet has cut a frustrating figure this season (did put up a good performance against QPR though) and many football pundits feel that the Belgian is the weak link in the Liverpool squad.
Liverpool disucss wage with player, no agreement yet - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
We have an update on Liverpool target Victor Valdes. Last week Catalan based newspaper Mundo Deportivoreported that Valdes is likely to join Liverpool, and he is focussed onregaining his full fitness at the earliest.
Liverpool to complete transfer within this month, player all set to leave - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool are looking increasingly likely to land Barcelona goal keeper Victor Valdes within this month. Simon Mignolet, the first choice goal keeper, has cut a frustrating figure this season and many pundits see him as theweak link in the Liverpool squad.
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is to train with Manchester United, the club have announced.
The 32-year-old, a free agent after leaving the Nou Camp in the summer, will first continue his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament at United before training with the first team.
A statement from the Old Trafford club said:
"Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has offered the 32-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes a chance to complete his rehabilitation from a knee injury and to work his way back to fitness with the club.
It's easy to view modern footballers as soulless mercenaries, to assume they feel no emotion whatsoever for a club or the fans. But we don't really know any and all footballers. What if they just crush a lot? What if they are merely Don Juans, men with feelings who just happen to fall head over heels for the newest club and immediately forget the prior one?
Barcelona star was close to joining Arsenal in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez was close to sign for Arsenal before the Gunners sealed the transfer of Alexis Sanchez. Spanish media outlet Mundo Deperotivo has published a story which claims that Pedro was almost on the verge of sealing a transfer to the London side.
Spanish journalistMarti Perarnau has written a new book entitled "Pep Confidential" in which he, as you may be able to guess, profiles Pep Guardiola's first season in charge at Bayern Munich.
While compiling the book, Perarnau was allowed to shadow Guardiola day-to-day and, as such, was privy to a number of clandestine remarks, with the Bayern coach even apparently admitting to hating "tiki-taka" the obsessive possession-based tactical approach on which he seemingly based his entire Barcelona tenure.
Taking what she thought was a simple self-portrait to slap up on Instagram, BuzzFeed Español's editor, Conz Preti, couldn't help but notice that the image of a deity had appeared in the shadow she'd cast on the wall behind her...
A fresh, exciting new spin on the tired old "Jesus spotted on a pancake" phenomenon.