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Arturo Vidal can inspire Bayern Munich to Champions League glory

Genuine all-rounders are rare in soccer. Second strikers, No. 10s, inverted wingers and holding midfielders; trequartistas, registas and liberos; positions are specific and players are bracketed by increasingly defined criteria. But some bespoke players do possess those multifaceted traits, like Arturo Vidal. It’s what makes Bayern Munich’s acquisition of the […]

Juventus confirm Arturo Vidal’s departure to Bayern Munich

Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that midfielder Arturo Vidal is set to leave the club. “We’ve always said we won’t sell players unless the players indicate that’s what they want,” Marotta said. “That’s how it was. [Carlos] Tevez asked to return home to Argentina. [Andrea] Pirlo made some assessments, and decided […]

Juventus officially reject Barcelona’s €80 million offer for Paul Pogba

Today, after a meeting between representatives from both clubs, Juventus have officially rejected Barcelona’s €80 million offer for midfielder Paul Pogba. Earlier today it was learned that Barcelona’s sporting director and director of sporting institutional relations had flown to Turin to hold face-to-face discussions with Juventus sporting director Guiseppe Marotta. Although […]

Barcelona officials are in Italy today to secure €90 million deal for Paul Pogba

Barcelona’s sporting director and director of sporting institutional relations have flown to Italy today to convince Juventus officials that their €90 million offer for midfielder Paul Pogba should be accepted. Although the La Liga side is in the midst of its presidential elections, the club has continued moving forward with its […]

Barcelona prepared to make €90 million offer for Paul Pogba, says report

Barcelona are prepared to make a €90 million offer to Juventus for midfielder Paul Pogba, according to the Catalan daily SPORT. Shortly after the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign, the Spanish and European champions ended negotiations with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and re-focused their attention on Pogba; with the hope that the […]

Diego Simeone’s influence has Carlos Tevez on the verge of Atletico Madrid move

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is on the verge of quite a transfer coup. Over the past few weeks, the Argentine has been using his influence to recruit fellow countryman Luciano Vietto from Villarreal. And it now appears Simeone has convinced Carlos Tevez to leave Juventus and join his footballing renaissance in the […]

Barca-Juve match posts second-highest TV ratings ever for Champions League final

In what turned out to be an exciting match, the 2015 UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus posted very solid television ratings according to Nielsen.  Nielsen, an information and measurement company, claims that this year’s final held a 1.3 household rating, with 2.2 million viewers of the match on […]

Barcelona focused on signing Paul Pogba after ending talks with Ilkay Gundogan

Barcelona have ended negotiations with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and have re-focused their attention on signing Paul Pogba from Juventus. Prior to the UEFA Champions League final, Barcelona were reportedly close to reaching an agreement for Gundogan, but negotiations fell through at the last minute. The sticking point in the […]

Barcelona vs. Juventus, UEFA Champions League Final: TV times and open thread

In the final game of the 2014/15 European soccer season, all eyes turn to Berlin as the German capital prepares to host the UEFA Champions League final. Italian giant Juventus and Spanish powerhouse Barcelona, two historically dominant clubs, square off to determine Europe’s champion for the 2014-2015 season. Coverage of the […]

Champions League Final Preview: Underestimate Juventus at your peril

Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final will undoubtedly use up a lot of the same old soccer clichés. It will likely be billed as “The battle between two polar opposites,” comparing the free scoring and adventurous Barcelona against the stubborn but defensive Juventus. To fall into this easy trap may be folly especially […]

Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala pass respective medicals ahead of Juventus moves

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira and Palermo striker Paulo Dybala have passed their respective medicals and are expected to be presented as Juventus players in the coming days. Khedira was once a fixture in Real Madrid’s starting eleven under former manager Jose Mourinho. However the combination of the German’s injuries and […]

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Previewing the 2015-16 Serie A season; can Juventus retain their grip on Italian soccer?

After four consecutive Scudetti titles, it looks like Juventus’ grip of Serie A has narrowed. The reigning four-time Italian champions kick-start their Serie A campaign on Saturday night against Udinese, but the side that faces the Zebrette will have many questions surrounding it.  Coach Massimiliano Allegri must replace the irreplaceable, […]