FIFA's annual Ballon d'Or shortlist inevitably divides opinion. From the widespread disgust that Wesley Sneijder didn't receive the award for his outstanding 2010 campaign, where he led his club side, Internazionale, to Champions League glory and then his national side, the Netherlands, to the World Cup final, right through to the annual battle for the award between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a lot of controversial choices down the years.
Sepp Blatter: Mistake to give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup's Golden Ball - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Yes, you read that headline right. I mean, I still don't know how to react to it. Ok, let me relay the story first. The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that it was a mistake to give Argentine superstar Lionel Messi the 'Golden Ball' award in the 2014 World Cup, and that Germany goal keeper Manuel Neuer should have got the award instead.
Real Madrid defeated or rather mauled Barcelona to death 3-1. It could have been , should have been, something like 6-1 for Real Madrid but Real Madrid just did not look like the side which scored 3 goals previously. Champions League game midweek might have taken out a bit too much from Real Madrid as [.
First straight up facts. Neymar scored the first goal of the game. A cheeky long ball from Suarez (the kinds he was famous for at Liverpool) saw Neymar take on Carvajal and Pepe. Quite inexplicably, both defenders felt like they had hit quicksand and Neymar got away from them with a single touch on [.
La Liga all time top scorers: Will Lionel Messi break the record in El Clasico? is a post from: Just Football
Tonight's El Clasico is a big one for Barcelona, huge in fact. Not only is Luis Suarez set to make his debut for the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi is poised to either equal or break Telmo Zarra's all-time record of 251 La Liga goals.
It's that time again, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns at 6pm local time in the first clásico of the season.
"The best game in the world", proclaims soccer daily Marca without much irony. 400 million people will be watching, says rival AS, with the kick-off time primed for South American and Middle Eastern markets.
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.
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.
Video Barcelona vs Eibar 3-0 Highlights 2014 Goals Xavi Messi Neymar is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
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.
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.
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.
Heading into the international break, Barcelona are undefeated and sit on top of La Liga's table with nineteen points after seven matches.
Thus far, the only blemish on the Spanish giants' domestic schedule was a nil-nil draw against Malaga. The Catalan sidehave scored nineteen times in the Primera Division and have yet to concede a goal domestically.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona 2014 Highlights 0-2 Messi Neymar Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona 2014 Highlights 0-2 Messi Neymar Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona 2014 (Rayo Barca VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Rayo vs Barcelona 0-2 (Messi, Neymar) Estadio del Rayo Vallecano, Madrid- 4 October, 2014- 4/10/14 Neymar and Messi score with [.
Lionel Messi is to face a trial for alleged tax evasion after a Spanish court rejected the Barcelona star's appeal against his prosecution.
Messi and his father Jorge are accused of defrauding the Spanishstate of more than £3.1 million ($5 million) between 2007 and 2009. They have denied any wrongdoing and will have five days to appeal against the ruling.
Paris St. Germain's match against FC Barcelona in the group stages of the Champions League was worthy of a final, as Paris won 3-2, and certainly announced themselves as serious candidates for the title. FC Barcelona had looked awesome at the start of the season without any goals conceded, but that was to change when David Luiz brought PSG ahead on a blunder of the Barcelona defense.
Match day two of the UEFA Champions League saw two of Europe's heavyweights slug it out. Barcelona under new coach Luis Enrique was enjoying a relatively untroubled start to the new season whilst a struggling Paris Saint-Germain went into the game without their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Both teams were unbeaten but the form book tipped the scales in Barcelona's favour.
It should surprise no one that this season's title challengers in La Liga would come from the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Madrid.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique spent the summer green-lighting moves for some of the world's top footballers in an effort to wrestle the La Liga title back from Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side.
Barcelona Football Club got back to winning ways and back to the top of league with a brilliant 6-0 victory against Granada. After a series of away games, Barca players really cherished the chance of playing at home. There was no let off from them and it was really hard on a brave Granada side who actually did quite well.
Cristiano Ronaldo on course to make history - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cristiano Ronaldo is an amazing player. He was already a world class talent during his time at Manchester United but has taken his game to a new level at Real Madrid. Breaking records one after another seems his usual habit nowadays and the question remains how far can he go from here.
FIFA's Ballon D'Or shortlists for the men's player of the year and coach of the year awards have been released.
All the 23 nominated players are Europe-based, with Cristiano Ronaldo favourite to retain his title. Five of Germany's World Cup-winning team are included, although there is no space for Luis Suarez, thanks to his bite in Brazil.
Angel di Maria is the only Manchester United player to feature in the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.
Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Gotze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Holland), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast).
No Suarez? Three Chelsea players nominated in 23-man Ballon D'Or shortlist - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's that time of the year, the time to reward the best player on earth for his outstanding display on football pitch. FIFA have nominated the 23-man shortlist for this year's Ballon D'or where three current players from Chelsea have been nominated.
"I want to be the best; I hope one day I can win the Ballon d'Or, maybe not now but if I work every day and take pleasure from my game then why not?"
Following his Player of the Season award at Chelsea, Eden Hazard was interviewed after the ceremony and was asked what his goals were in his career, he claimed that winning the Ballon d'Or was something he was hoping to get the privilege of receiving one day.
Football is always a game where being a young kid you dream of being the Roy of The Rovers superstar that grabs victory from the jaws of defeat. When I was 15 year's old, I was discovering Oasis, sitting exams, playing PlayStation and failing amicably in my attempts to re-create the Gazza goal against Scotland in Euro '96.
The pitch invasion. Once a rare spectacle that would often be mentioned by commentators or pundits, but hardly ever seen. Here in the UK, cameras would pan to other areas of the ground or cut back to the studio. The thinking was to show such incidents would encourage them, despite the harsh penalties often handed to fans that dared to entire the field of play!
In front of his home fans at Estadio Azteca, Miguel Layun put in the performance of a lifetime.
The Club America right back played the kind of game fullbacks dream of, scoring all four goals in America's 4-1 romp over Santos Laguna. While three of the four came from inside the box, Layun's second was a sensational 45-yard chip on a first-touch half-volley with the goalkeeper way off his line.