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Tag Archives: Lionel Messi

Javier Mascherano is One Of World Soccer’s Underrated Defenders

Posted on by Saad Rashid
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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 … Continue reading

Eden Hazard And The Case Of Winning The Ballon d’Or One Day

Posted on by James Ferrier
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“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 … Continue reading

Martin Odegaard Has All The Qualities To Become Norway’s New Superstar

Posted on by Marshall Norbal
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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, … Continue reading

5 Things We Learned – PSG 3 Barcelona 2

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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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 … Continue reading

UEFA Announce Euro 2020 Host Cities

Posted on by Hugh Schuitemaker
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The thirteen cities that will play host to the Euro 2020 tournament have been officially confirmed by UEFA President Michel Platini. The announcement came early last Friday morning following a draw to decide which of the many hopeful nations that … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Matt Jones
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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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Abhijeet Gupta
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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 … Continue reading

Will This Be Messi and Argentina’s World Cup?

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Lionel Messi has won almost everything in the world of football. He’s won every domestic honor in Spain, the Champions League twice, the Ballon D’Or, and the honor of his name maybe being the most famous in all of football … Continue reading

Barcelona Head Into The Winter Break On Top Of La Liga, But By The Thinnest Of Margins

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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When the final whistle sounded at Vicente Calderón Stadium on Saturday, the celebrations spread throughout the crowd of 49,000 because for the first time in 55 weeks league-leading Barcelona had been knocked off the summit of La Liga by Atletico … Continue reading

Barcelona and Real Madrid El Clasico Preview: More Than A Match

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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This Saturday will mark this season’s first head-to-head encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid. You will hear from various media outlets that this match is “arguably” the biggest game in all of sports. But there is no argument. This is … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Semi-Finals: Lionel Tidies Up A Messi Game

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The third installment of this season’s ‘El Clasico’ match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona could have been renamed ‘El Fiasco’. Depending on your outlook, it may have been surprising to see Jose Mourinho’s Madrid squad setup with such bullying tactics. … Continue reading

Messi Wins Fifa Ballon d’Or Award

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi captured the inaugural Fifa Ballon d’Or award. This is the first time this award has been presented as the Ballon d’Or (former European Footballer of the Year award) and the FIFA World Player of … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 16 Review: Barcelona Ends the Calendar Year With Romp In Catalan Derby

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Before the biggest match in Andrés Iniesta’s career and in the history of Spanish football, Iniesta had a trillion thoughts running through his head.  One of those thoughts that came to fruition was writing a message to his close friend, … Continue reading

La Liga El Clásico Review: Barcelona Brilliance Buries Blancos

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Josep Guardiola, known for his cool demeanor inside and outside of the technical area, channeled his feelings for all things Madrid when he refused to give Cristiano Ronaldo the ball for a throw-in on the half-hour mark.  Unlike his outspoken … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for El Clásico: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The José Mourinho – Pep Guardiola headline and the Lionel Messi – Cristiano Ronaldo headline have been covered and written many times over, so this preview of El Clásico will try to avoid these subjects and focus on the other, … Continue reading

El Clasico: Messi’s form ahead of Real Madrid clash

Posted on by Rami Soufi

Lionel Messi is without doubt one of the best players in the world if not the most talented at the moment. Messi has been in scintillating form the last couple of years having scored 38 goals in 51 appearances in … Continue reading

Barcelona Tear Apart Panathinaikos To Qualify

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

With just one more set of group stage matches to go, many teams have mathematically qualified for the knockout stages, but few did it better than Barcelona. Although Valencia destroyed Bursaspor 6-1, Barcelona played their usual brand of spectacular football, … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 11 Review: Barcelona Produces a Complete Team Performance In Their Defeat of Villarreal

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A select few matches each season define the league in terms of pecking order and/or overall footballing ability.  Obviously, the two editions of El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona usually determine the fate of La Liga’s crown.  More specifically, … Continue reading