MÁLAGA (AP) — Athletic Bilbao has knocked out defending champion Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup with a 2-1 win to set up a final against Barcelona. Rául García scored two first-half goals to put Athletic in Sunday’s final against the Catalan club in Seville. Athletic will be trying to win its third Super Cup title. It last won the competition by beating Barcelona in 2015. The Basque Country club also won the competition in 1984. Real Madrid was looking for its 12th Spanish Super Cup title.
These two sides played out a five-goal thriller in La Liga less than two weeks ago and we think the Spanish Super Cup final will produce more goals Barcelona take on Athletic Club in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday as Ronald Koeman aims to win his first trophy as Blaugrana head coach. The Catalans needed penalties to overcome Real Sociedad in the semi-final with the score at 1-1 after 120 minutes, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen the hero for Barca. Athletic, meanwhile, beat last year's winners Real
The Spain international is out of contract at the end of the season but Catalan giants want to sign him in January transfer window Pep Guardiola says he hopes Eric Garcia does not leave in the January transfer window, but did not rule out the Spain international joining Barcelona. The Catalan giants have freed up enough funds to try to wrap up a deal for the 20-year-old this month, with the problematic centre-back position seen as a top priority as they look to close the gap on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Eric Garcia's January move to Barcelona is thrown into serious doubt after LaLiga outfit POSTPONE their presidential election... with candidates unlikely to pass motion to sign Manchester City defender on Friday night Barcelona's chances of signing Manchester City defender Eric Garcia this month have been thrown into serious doubt because elections to pick a new president have been postponed. The club announced on Friday that their elections on January 24 will now not go ahead because of the coronavirus. Stand-in
---------------------------------------- Article taken from: Chelsea News Co ---------------------------------------- Well, it has been a long time coming, but highly rated summer signing Xavier Mbuyamba has training been at Chelsea. The 17-year old former Barcelona defender had a stunted start to his Chelsea career due to having an operation and being out injured. But as he has posted via his Instagram account today, the promising centre back is finally back and ready to go. “It starts now”, he wrote, alongside
Barcelona have been forced to postpone their presidential elections due to concerns around mounting coronavirus cases. Catalonia’s regional government told the club in a meeting on Friday that it could not authorise members to travel to a polling station outside their local area on election day. Because of these restrictions on movement, Barca have declared it impossible to hold elections as planned on January 24. There are three candidates still in the running for the presidency: favourite Joan Laporta, Victor
A new year but more chaos Barcelona announced on Friday that the club’s presidential elections, which had been scheduled for January 24, will have to be postponed. The club met with the Catalan Government on Friday morning to discuss the elections amid the current coronavirus pandemic and have decided they can not go ahead as planned. Here’s the club’s official statement. “The Government has conveyed to the club that the current epidemiological situation does not make it possible to authorise the movement
BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 19: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on December 19, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images) Barcelona will lock horns with
La Liga side Granada are considering a January transfer move for Barcelona’s forgotten man Junior Firpo. Firpo played a rotating role with first choice left back Jordi Alba during his debut season at the Camp Nou in 2019/20 with 17 league appearances. However, he has completely dropped off the radar in the first half of the 2020/21 campaign with just one league start to his name. That lack of first team action has opened up consistent speculation that Ronald Koeman is keen to sell him to free up much needed
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Chelsea made so many moves in the summer that it was easy for multiple names to go under the radar, but there’s plenty of intrigue about Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba after he joined from Barcelona in the summer. He’s still only 19 and hasn’t played a lot of senior football, but he left the Nou Camp amid frustrations at not getting a chance with the senior setup and they were upset about losing him. He’s a giant defender at 6″5 but he’s also handy and somewhat elegant on the ball so there were
Barcelona overcame the absences of Nikola Mirotic and Brandon Davie for a big road win. Cory Higgins scored 25 points against his former club and Alex Abrines added 19 points as Barcelona beat CSKA 88 – 75 in Moscow in the battle between the first and second team of the EuroLeague standings. Nick Calathes added 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Barcelona that defeated the top-placed CSKA despite playing without star forward Nikola Mirotic plus Brandon Davies. The Greek guard also hit two key back-to-back
It’s still not clear if Ronald Koeman actually has a long term future at Barcelona due to the upcoming Presidential elections. There have been whispers about potential candidates promising to make a change in the dugout if they’re elected so he’s not a strong position at all, while it looks like his efforts this season are being hampered by the ongoing situation. Mundo Deportivo have reported on the latest with Man City defender Eric Garcia who’s been heavily linked with a return to the Nou Camp, but
According to Don Balon, Barcelona are keeping an eye on two players at Ajax, who they could look to poach from the Dutch giants. Barcelona and Ajax are two clubs with a long-standing, romantic relationship. Perhaps it’s merely the John Cruyff effect, but you feel as though these two clubs are joint at the hip by history. There is startling similarities between the philosophies at both clubs, which has allowed Barcelona to sign players from Ajax and draft them straight into the starting XI – Frenkie De
Leo Messi wasn't at Barcelona training on Friday 15th January ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic. For now, he is almost certainly ruled out of the match. Saturday's session at 18:00 will determine his presence or absence. Messi almost certainly ruled out for the final. AFP The most likely scenario is that the Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will take place without Leo Messi on the pitch. As 'Marca' notes, he wasn't at training on Friday 15th because of physical problems.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s future remains a hot topic. The Liverpool midfielder has a contract that expires at the end of the season and he has been continually linked with a move away since the summer transfer window. Barcelona were said to be interested then, following the appointment of Ronald Koeman as manager. That interest does not appear to have waned, and it now appears that the ex-Netherlands boss wants to sign his compatriot in January. Sport Witness carries a report from AS claiming that Koeman is
The Sun says Arsenal has made Barcelona’s number 2, Neto a transfer target this month. The Gunners are looking to fix their goalkeeping problem with a more capable alternative to Bernd Leno. The Gunners sold Emi Martinez to Aston Villa in the summer transfer window and replaced him with Alex Runarsson, but he hasn’t impressed. They are now looking to return for Neto on a loan deal until the end of the season. The Brazilian was on their radar in the last transfer window, but they couldn’t sign him because
OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Barcelona’s presidential elections have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the club said Friday. Barcelona said the Jan. 24 elections were delayed because of “mobility restrictions decreed by the Catalan government in the current context of the coronavirus pandemic.” “The current epidemiological situation does not make it possible to authorize the movement outside the municipality to members who do not have a polling station
A quartet of former Barcelona have received payments of €10k each from the club to settle a dispute that had run for over six months. Kike Saverio, Chumi, Sergi Puig and Guillem Jaime were all part of the club’s B team squad last season and were entitled to the bonus payment as a result of the club reaching the promotion playoffs. As highlighted by El Mundo Deportivo, those payments have now been processed after the AFE (Spanish players union) pressurised the club to settle the issue. The delay had come
Barcelona’s presidential election has been postponed due to COVID-19, the club have confirmed. The election was due to take place on 24 January, but the Catalonian government confirmed to club officials that exceptions would not be made to allow members of the club hierarchy to vote. The delay means that the club will finish the January transfer window without a president, meaning any incomings are highly unlikely. It also means that Lionel Messi’s future will continue to hang in the balance as he enters
L ooking back at my career, I’m always very grateful for my experience with Barcelona and some of the players I played with. I grew up in Barcelona but my path to playing for the first team wasn’t as straightforward as many of the La Masia graduates they’ve had pass through the ranks. When I joined, Ronaldinho was like a rock star: he was the best player in the world, on every advert and had fans queuing up for his autograph. His personality soon radiated around the club and in some ways, he changed the