Barcelona’s Filipino icon who blazed a trail for Messi – Football Article

The term ‘netbuster’ is given to many players for their goal-scoring prowess. It’s also used to refer to goals that take your breath away. Very rarely is it meant literally. The phrase became the nickname of a boy born to a Spanish military officer and a Filipino mother in 1896. Paulino Alcántara was still a kid when he made his debut for Barcelona 15 years later, and he is still one of the club’s most cherished names. It wasn’t until…

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Manchester City to join Arsenal for Benfica ace Alex Grimaldo? – Football Article

Manchester City have reportedly outlined their intentions to move for Benfica star Alex Grimaldo at the end of the season. The City are thought to be in the transfer market for a new left-back due to concerns over Benjamin Mendy, who has made just 13 Premier League games since joining the Premier League giants in July 2017. The 23-year-old has emerged as a possible target for the Citizen, having supposedly been scouted up close by club management in recent weeks.…

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How 90 years of LaLiga growth, and some odd quirks, gave us 24,895 games, 71,149 goals and 63 different clubs – Football Article

Sunday, 10 February 1929 at 3.10pm: that’s when the first ball started rolling in LaLiga. Now, 24,895 matches, 71,149 goals, 63 different participants and nine different champions later, LaLiga is preparing to celebrate its 90th anniversary during matchday 22 of the 2018/19 season. When Valencia’s clash with Real Sociedad kicks off on Sunday, 10 February 2019, the 22 players will be participating in the 24,902nd match in the league’s history exactly 90 years after the players of Espanyol of Real…

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Arsenal lead race to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo | Football Views – Football Blog | Opinion – Football Article

Arsenal have reportedly taken the lead in the race to sign in-demand defender Alex Grimaldo from Benfica, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo. The ex-Spain Under-21s international has also attracted interest from the several major European clubs with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Napoli and Manchester City over the past two transfer windows. The 23-year-old, who is a product of Barcelona’s La Masia youth academy – has been a regular at the Portuguese giants since swapping clubs in…

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Arsenal keen on signing Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals – Football Article

Arsenal have reportedly identified Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals as a potential signing, according to Spanish outlet Sport. Premier League duo Arsenal and West Ham United are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old attacker, who has scored two goals and made two assists in six Europa League appearances. The report adds, Fornals is “on the agenda” of both English clubs ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline. It is also suggested in the same report that the Spaniard is thought to have a buyout…

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Tottenham look to La Liga to boost Mauricio Pochettino’s squad – Football Article

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a £30million summer move for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler according to reports from ESPN. The North London club have yet to make a major signing since Lucas Moura joined from PSG in the 2018 January transfer window. But reports are suggesting that they are plotting a move for Spain Under-21 international, Soler, in the summer after scouting him regularly this season. The 22-year-old has impressed this term, scoring in Valencia’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester…

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Report – Arsenal keen on Juan Mata – Football Article

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is reportedly the subject of interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal. The Spain international has spent the last seven-and-a-half years in the Premier League with Chelsea and Man United, but the 30-year-old midfielder is currently due to be out of contract at the end of the season. A plethora of clubs are likely to be keen on signing the Spaniard on a free transfer but according to The Mirror, the Gunners are ready to try…

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All that glitters certainly isn’t gold – Football Article

It is a clear free-kick on the edge of the Inter Milan box.  25 yards out, dead centre and ten world-class players queueing up to create some magic.  86,000 fans wait expectantly.  The stadium all of a sudden lights up with tens of thousands of mobile phones, trained on the pitch, the owners of them choosing to view the incident through a small screen rather than with their own eyes.  Welcome to Modern Football. It was an opportunity that I…

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What’s Plan B? European jaunt shows Ellis what works — and what doesn’t – Equalizer Soccer – Football Article

ALICANTE, Spain — “It’s about looking at players’ versatility. It’s important for us to explore our options and profiles of players.” That was the response of U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis when asked by The Equalizer whether her side’s trip to Europe was as much about exploring and testing out potential Plan Bs, if Plan A at the World Cup isn’t working. The question was in response to the number of players she tried out in different…

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Juventus step up interest in Isco? | Football Action – Football Article

The Italian champions Juventus have reportedly outlined their intentions to move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to Tuttosport. Massimiliano Allegri’s side are well stocked for options at the Allianz Stadium, and it has been reported that Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal could arrive in Turin during the summer. However, the report claims that it will not prevent the Serie A giants from looking to secure the services of Isco after the Spaniard fell out of favour at the Bernabeu. The…

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History in danger of repeating itself at Villarreal – Football Article

The 13th of May 2012 is a date that all Villarreal supporters long to forget. With the clock winding down on a miserable season, the ‘Yellow Submarine’ looked set to survive an improbable relegation by the skin of their teeth only for an unlikely series of events to send them spiralling down into the Segunda Division. Radamel Falcao’s 88th minute winner for Atletico Madrid at El Madrigal, combined with activity elsewhere, left Spanish football’s 21st century success story reflecting on…

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Spanish football, but not as we know it – Game of the People – Football Article

WE call it grass roots in the UK, but wherever you go around the world, football thrives beyond the headline-making clubs. Take Spain, for example. We know all about Real Madrid and Barcelona, but we don’t think too much about what might exist far lower down the food chain. Zaragoza-based multimedia company Kauri has produced a delightful documentary about football in the Aragón region of Spain, entitled  Modern Football. It’s a revealing and colourful look at football in the lowest…

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Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Barca rampant down the left, ending Lopetegui’s brief reign – Football Article

Barcelona dominated throughout the first half and during the final 20 minutes, although Real’s half-time change of system nearly rescued the game. Ernesto Valverde was without Leo Messi, and left Ousmane Dembele on the bench. Julien Lopetegui’s main problem was the absence of Dani Carvajal, which meant Nacho continued at right-back. Barca dominate down the left Before the match, the attention was on Barcelona’s lack of Messi – but it was Real being without Carvajal which proved more crucial here,…

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Atletico Madrid join race to sign Alvaro Morata? | Football Action – Football Article

Atletico Madrid have reportedly joined Sevilla in the race to sign Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata during the January transfer window. The 26-year-old has scored nine times for the Blues in all competitions this term, but it seems that the Spaniard will leave the west London outfit before the end of the month. Sevilla are known to hold an interest in the Spain international but according to The Independent, they could face stiff competition from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid. Atleti…

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Barcelona consider bid for Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata? | Football Action – Football Article

Barcelona have reportedly identified Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata as a potential January signing. The Spanish champions currently sit five points clear at the top of the La Liga table, while 50 goals have been scored in 18 games. However, according to Sport, the Catalan giants may look to bring in a new forward during the January transfer window and are interested in a loan deal for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata. The 26-year-old is being heavily linked with a return to…

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Villar alerts – Spain is risking to bypass the World Cup – Football Article

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), recently removed from his position, notified that due to government hindrance the national team could miss out the World Cup next year in Russia. After being accused of misuse of funds, unsound managerial practices, falsifying papers and corruption, Angel Maria Villar was suspended in July and is currently awaiting legal procedures. Not long ago FIFA forewarned issuing a letter to RFEF to express its worries in relation to the autonomy of…

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