Month: October 2015

Barcelona FC for Ligue 1: Spanish Giants may join France

Barcelona’s departure may spell the end for El Clasico.
Barcelona’s departure may spell the end for El Clasico.

With a move for Catalan independence gaining momentum, the prospect of Barcelona withdrawing from La Liga was brought into focus again.

In an interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that he would be willing to provide the team with salvation.

‘Monaco play in Ligue 1, so why not Barcelona?’ he asked.

Barca, who won an incredible European treble last season under manager Luis Enrique, are at risk of losing their La Liga membership amid the prospect of a referendum on Catalonian independence.

The city of Barcelona is the autonomous region’s capital and if a separation from mainland Spain was voted for by Catalonia’s people, the club would be ejected from its domestic league competition.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and, ahead of regional elections there last month, La Liga president Javier Tebas warned that the Spanish league would be “nothing” without the city’s football club.

Losing Barca would disfigure the landscape of La Liga and place Real Madrid in uncertainty.

Spanish football is the commodity it has become because Real Madrid and Barcelona buys and/or produces the best talent in European football, and then pit them against each other.

Needless to say, half of that dynamic is a genuine cause for concern all around what with the end of El Clasico and no more Ronaldo versus Messi.

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League Cup Full-time Report: Sheffield Wednesday vs Arsenal

Sheffield Wednesday vs Arsenal






Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Sheffield Wednesday gets their third goal.
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Sheffield Wednesday gets their third goal.

Sheffield Wednesday punishes a severely lacking Arsenal with three goals to nil on home ground.

Wednesday took the lead when Ross Wallace fired in coolly from 18 yards.

Wallace created Lucas Joao’s headed second and Sam Hutchinson turned home a third from four yards after the break.

Arsenal, who made nine changes to the team that beat Everton on Saturday and lost Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury in the first 20 minutes, managed two shots on target.

After falling behind, the Premier League side never looked like getting back into the tie and Wednesday, conquerors of Newcastle in the last round, reach the last eight of the League Cup for the first time in 13 years.

Despite his side’s eight-game unbeaten run, Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal said the Owls had just a “10% chance of progress”.

“I am very happy about the players and for the club, it is an important victory for the club,” said Carvalhal. “It was a full stadium, with a new generation of fans. We deserved what we got.”

Wenger’s nine changes – including full debuts for Glen Kamara and Alex Iwobi – possibly led to a lack of fluency and after sitting deep early on, Wednesday landed the perfect counter-punch when Wallace smartly passed home Daniel Pudil’s cut-back.

Joao’s header from Wallace’s cross and Hutchinson’s tap in sparked chaotic celebrations from the majority of the 35,065 inside Hillsborough, while Wenger was left contemplating two examples of poor set-piece defending by his makeshift side.

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Suarez Hat-trick Allows Barca Retort

Suarez scored seven goals since Messi was injured last month.
Suarez scored seven goals since Messi was injured last month.

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as 10-man Barcelona came from behind to beat Eibar and keep up with Real Madrid.

The visitors were rattled early on the game as Tomas scored at 10 minutes into the game – which happens to be Eibar’s first ever goal against Barca.

But as Lionel Messi watches from the stands, Suarez equalizes slightly more than 10 minutes after, and slots in two more after the second half to close the league gap between the Nou Campers and the Galacticos.

It was an identical result to that of Madrid’s away victory against Celta Vigo, a challenge of sorts.

Nonetheless, Barcelona need to work on their defence because it was shaky enough for the team to have lost two La Liga matches this season.

Things was not helped by defender Javier Mascherano being sent off for dissent.

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