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Special Permission Granted For First ‘Messi’ Baby To Be Named In Argentina, Very Much Likely To Be The Last

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By Chris Wright

Followinga legal wrangle that lasted nearly two weeks, the very first baby to be named "Messi" has been baptised in Argentina, though he's also almost certainly going to be the last too.

After having to seek special dispensation from the local registry, Hector Varela fromthe southern city ofGeneral Roca has now received permission and been able to formally baptise his son as Messi Daniel Varela.

Manchester United striker already winning Real Madrid hearts

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has yet to kick a ball for Real Madridsince joining the La Liga giantson a season-long-loan on the transfer deadline day but he is already winning the hearts of the Madrid fans.

Interview With Guillem Balague: Talks Di Maria, La Liga, Premier League and Music

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The go-to man on all things Spanish football has long been Guillem Balague and he took time out from his busy schedule to have a chat with World Soccer Talk.

The journalist, author and pundit provided us with some typically fascinating insight, discussingwhat it's like to be"in the know" during the transfer window, all the latest goings on from La Liga and the Premier League, and his other major passion besides the beautiful game.

Lionel Messi Suffers Leg Injury In Barcelona’s 1-0 Win Against Villarreal

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Argentinian forward, Lionel Messi, suffered a leg muscle injury as confirmed by his club FC Barcelona after their 1-0 win at Villarreal earlier today. He will undergo further testing on Monday to judge the severity of the injury. "The former (Messi) has pulled an adductor muscle in right hip, and precautionary measures will be required," as stated on the team's official website.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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FC Barcelona face their first tough test of the La Liga season today when they visit Villarreal in what should be one of the day's more entertaining match-ups.

Neymar is expected to be healthy, as he and Lionel Messi look to build off their season-opening win last weekend.

Why FC Barcelona Could Use a 3-4-3 Diamond Formation

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The Catalan revolution has indeed started after a trophyless season. Tata Martino has been replaced by Luis Enrique as the manager of the club. Stars such as Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez have been sold, whereas the club have bought a series of high profile players like quality midfielder Ivan Rakitic and world-class striker Luis Suarez.

FC Barcelona - 3 : Elche - 0 Full Match Highlights and Goals Video

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FC Barcelona started their pursuit for La Liga Title 2014-15 with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Elche. It was business as usual for Barca where we were entertained to the normalcy of Lionel Messi scoring a brace.

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Xavi Hernandez – Spain’s Greatest Ever Midfielder

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If you where to take a casual stroll past one of the many Plaza's that you could come upon in any one of the Spanish cities, or towns across the length and breadth of the nation. You would no doubt find a group of small children, set upon an impromptu football match in said Local Square.

Messi läuft durch die dunkle Nacht…

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Messi läuft durch die dunkle Nacht...

Nein, es ist nicht der echte Messi, der Barcelona zu später Stunde unsicher macht. Es ist nur eine Projektion von ihm, die durch die dunkle Nacht läuft und Tore schießt. Schön gemachte Werbung... Quelle: Youtube (User: adidas Football) Fritten, Fussball & Bier - Ein alternativer Fussball-Blog, der sich um die.

Messi And Father To Face Tax Charges

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The tax courts have not been very favorable to Barcelona and there players this year. First the club was hit with the "Neymar Affair"a and then today a Spanish judge rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.

FC Porto 4-4 Barcelona – Deco signs off in style in mouthwatering game (VIDEO)

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Legendary Portuguese midfielder, Deco, ended his staggering career in the best possible fashion, with an exquisite lob over the keeper in the last 10 seconds of his own testimonial.

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Friday Kickoff: Van Gaal given more money to spend; Messi recovering; and more

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Expect another Manchester United spending spree in January.

ManUnited spent a record £150 million during the summer transfer market, and the club has told manager Louis Van Gaal, in the face of Financial Fair Play, that he can continue to spend this winter.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United stumbled out of the block with a season-opening loss to Swansea, but Louis Van Gaal isn't standing by and settling for the team he has at Old Trafford.

Amid reports that Argentinian winger Angel DiMaria is on his way to the Red Devils, Manchester United will look for a victory on the road against Jozy Altidore's Sunderland, which came back for a dramatic draw last week.

Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m – Is he worth it?

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Is Luke Shaw, Manchester United's new recruit at left-back, realistically worth the £30 million price tag the club paid for him? We're about to assess just that. Tipped as the best teenage left-back in the world, Shaw has certainly amassed a large fan base over the last year or two.


World Cup final rematch headlines busy international fixture day

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It's a busy day for international fixtures, but one game clearly stands above the rest, as Germany and Argentina meet for an anticipated rematch of this summer's World Cup final at 2:45 p.m. in Düsseldorf.

There are 12 international games in all today nine of them friendlies, and three games in the opening day of the Copa Centroamericana, which is taking place in the United States.

Daily Cup Check: The Final

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Germany 1-0 Argentina

I suppose there is a desire or a feeling to fit this game into some larger context forthis tournament, the winners, the losers, football in general, and what it means for humanity.


MacMath-M’Bolhi speculation, Reading’s Bono named to All-Conference XI, more

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Speculation about MacMath's future amid reports of Union's interest in M'Bolhi. Reading United GK Alex Bono named to Eastern Conference XI. More news.

Monday Evening Ticker: Ronaldinho leaves Mineiro; Messi tax trial gets go ahead; and more

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Legendary Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho is on the hunt for a new club.

The 2005Ballon d'Or winner and Atletico Minero have mutually agreed to part ways,ending the 34-year-old's time with the Brazilian club. The former AC Milan and Barcelona star joined Atletico from fellow Brazilian side Flamengo in 2012 and led the team to a Copa Libertadores victory the following year.


The pressure on Lionel Messi

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There was a very interesting article in Semana on Lionel Messi (it is in Spanish). It is about how the pressure on a shy young kid, who only wanted to enjoy playing football, is destroying the talent of this player. And as with myself, the writer admits that all of us football fans are to blame for this pressure on this young boy.

Dempsey named North American cover star for FIFA 15

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With two goals to his name this summer on the sport's biggest stage, U.S. Men's National Team star Clint Dempsey will now be displayed on the sport's biggest videogame.

EA Sports announced Saturday that the Seattle Sounders star will join Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the U.

Top ten worst things of the World Cup

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I am back to my dull and boring life. Without anything useful to do besides changing a flat tire on my car, I have reflected on the top ten worst things of this world cup. There was a lot of shit to consider, from the social problems in Brazil that perhaps became more prominent during the World Cup. But more directly related to the tournament these are the ten worst (and believe me, it was not

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Ronaldo, Suarez make UEFA Best Player shortlist, USWNT’s Press makes women’s cut

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UEFA's shortlist for the Best Player in Europe includes some players who had excellent World Cups – and some who didn't.

The list features three from the World Cup-winning Germany side in Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm.

Lionel Messi is the only previous winner on the list, after carrying Argentina through the early rounds of the World Cup.

INFOGRAPHIC: World Cup Goals 2014 – The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Brazil’s 171 goals (Videos)

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Brazil 2014 equaled the record for the highestnumber of goals scored in a World Cup finals competition and has been hailed by some as the best World Cup of all time.

All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special All good...

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All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special

All good things must come to an end, even heart-stopping endlessly entertaining World Cups. It's time for the pod to sign-off for the summer too. We've recorded over 45 shows this season and few will be sweeter than this – the chance to reflect on a tense, emotionally draining but ultimately fulfilling World Cup final.

World Cup Finale Failure may Haunt Lionel Messi this Season!

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Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill

This will be tough, even for a person like Lionel Messi - who to his credit keeps his emotions under check at most of the situation. After losing the final it was clear that he never wanted to spend anymore minute on the pitch.

11 Best GIFs of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was something special, not just in the amount of goals that were scored, but the quality of soccer from almost every one of the 32 teams. To make sure we don't forget any of the memorable moments, We assembled several of our favorite GIFS from the World Cup below.

One of the most sensational goals scored in the World Cup was from Robin van Persie, who scored from an amazing header.

World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014?

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In the wake of the fantastically entertaining World Cup finals in Brazil, the BBC have released a team picked by their pundits as the Team of the Tournament. Former England trio; Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Rio Ferdinand put their heads together with on-location Brazil correspondent, Tim Vickery, to select the best XI from the stunning competition.

Lionel Messi Didn’t Deserve to Win the Golden Ball Award at the World Cup

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The free-kick in the dying moments of extra time saw Lionel Messi in a position where he could etch himself into immortality. He was not going to win the match at that point, but if he had scored, Argentina could have flirted with victory at least. The problem was Messi blasted the ball over Manuel Neuer's net, not even forcing him to make a proper save.

FIFA Mix Up ‘Biggest Name’ With ‘Best Player’, Give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup Golden Ball

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By Alan Duffy

Even poor old Lionel Messi looked a little sheepish when collecting the Golden Ball award last night after Argentina's final defeat against Germany.

Out of a pool of nominated players including Germany's Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm, Argentina's Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria as well as Neymar, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, FIFA's technical team (along with members of the media) somehow decided that the Albiceleste captain had been the most consistently good player of the tournament.

Messi’s Lack of Respect to Alejandro Sabella Ends Sour Night For Argentina

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The inevitable question of Leo Messi's greatness will surely start after Argentina's 1-0 loss in extra time to Germany. Despite a few flashes of greatness during the final game in the 2014 World Cup, Messi was a shadow of himself in the second half, and was caught on camera showing a lack of respect for Argentina Head Coach Alejandro Sabella as he walked away from team huddles while the manager was talking.

Messi, Neuer, Rodriguez headline 2014 World Cup awards

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Lionel Messi may not have won the ultimate prize on Sunday afternoon but he's not going home without some silverware of his own.

Following Germany's 1-0 victory in the World Cup final, the Argentine star was awarded the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball on the back of a four-goal, two-assist performance in the tournament.

How Sabella’s Tactical Changes Played Right Into the Hands of Germany

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And so it finally happened! 120 minutes on the 13th of July 2014; 120 minutes in the famous Maracana Stadium; 120 minutes to determine the World Champions; 120 minutes to change soccer players into legends.

...and what a tense 120 minutes it turned out to be as a total of 36 fouls were made.

Thomas Müller

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Jetzt sind schon 2 Tage vergangen seit die WM in Brasilien vorbei ist. Der Rausch nach der Titelfeier sollte bei den Deutschen Spielern und Fans inzwischen überstanden sein, Gelegenheit nochmal ein paar schöne Szenen des Turniers zu genießen und was eignet sich da besser als Tore.

Um Haaresbreite … [Gesponsertes Video]

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Um Haaresbreite ... [Gesponsertes Video]

Du gewinnst oder du verlierst! Um haaresbreite. Denk an all die wichtigen Dinge in deinem Leben und dann feier den WM-Titel! Das war knapp gestern, aber am Ende waren unsere Jungs um Thomas Müller einen kleinen Ticken besser und genau das hat es am Ende auch ausgemacht.

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World Cup notebook: Another substitute scores; Messi, Neuer among award winners

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July 13, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; Germany midfielder Mario Gotze (19) celebrates scoring a goal in extra time against the Argentina in the championship match of the 2014 World Cup at Maracana Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO — At a World Cup where substitutes have made more impact than ever, it was fitting that Mario Götze came off the bench to win it, and another replacement supplied the inch-perfect cross.

Germany 2014 = Spain 2008

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In 2008, Spain triumphed at the European championships with a core of players, nearly all of them from domestic clubs, who were rounding into their prime. Spain were widely viewed as the best team at Euro 2008 and won the tournament with a clean slate, sweeping their three group stage matches...

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adidas Messi 2014/15 UEFA Champions League Boot

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adidas has announced the launch of an updated version of the adizero f50 Messi football [...]

Il Barca riparte da Messi e dal baby-fenomeno Munir. Prima da titolare e gol per il ’95

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Parte con il sorriso la stagione nella Liga del Barcellona di Luis Enrique. 3 a 0 all'Elche, al Camp Nou, e pratica in archivio. Ma oltre a Lionel Messi, che risponde presente, dopo le vacanze, con una doppietta fantastica, a rubare la scena è il baby-fenomeno di origine marocchine Munir el Haddadi, classe '95, che [.

Thierry Henry with insightful take on Messi vs. Ronaldo debate

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UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14: Top 10 shortlist revealed!

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The shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14 award has been revealed, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all nominated in the ten-strong list from the top Europeanleagues.