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Well, elections just came and went and it was no surprise that in the end, Josep Maria Bartomeu was elected to become president of FC Barcelona again. However, even though the club is fresh of the heels of their successful treble campaign from last season, Bartomeu has many challenges that have to be properly dealt with. The first of many challenges facing Bartomeu is that he is currently facing tax fraud charges stemming from the Neymar transfer debacle. The transfer […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jul - 25 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Arda Turan’s signing by Barça is yet another unprofessional and unethical move by Bartomeu of not respecting club rules. His selected Managing Committee exceeded their powers when they signed Arda Turan. The continuous sneaky and blatant disregard of rules has become a pattern with Josep Maria Bartomeu and one only has to fear what lies ahead if he is elected in the upcoming Barça presidential elections. With Barça capturing the treble for an unprecedented second time, it was time for […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jul - 17 - 2015 4 Comments READ FULL POST
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What once seemed farfetched became reality when Barça defeated Juventus to capture their second treble in club history. All egos were kept in check and whatever issues or differences that were plaguing this side were put aside for a common goal; success. Consequently, Barça are back as the number one club in the world. As I have stated a few times on here in the past, I am a firm believer in “it’s not how you start, but it’s how […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jun - 15 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Summer is around the corner and both Barça and Madrid will be heading overseas for their preseason summer tour. However, as much as it is financially lucrative for them, how beneficial is it for them, and for their overseas fans? On April 29, 2015, Relevent Sports revealed the teams that will feature in the upcoming International Champions Cup this summer. Real Madrid will travel to Australia for two friendlies in Melbourne, while Barça will return to the United States for […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jun - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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It was interesting when Luis Figo announced his candidacy to run for FIFA president before withdrawing right before the elections. At first, the idea that this guy wanting to run for FIFA president seemed absurd. Then it hit me; he seemed perfect for the role of FIFA president. His career has been full of lies and shady deals in his pursuit of wealth and happiness. Without a doubt, Figo had the current qualities to be the next FIFA president. Utter […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jun - 4 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties last week, the news hit the public officially on Monday when club President Florentino Perez revealed that he, along with the board of directors, decided to fire the La Decima winning coach. If you look at the decision on its own, well, Real Madrid won nothing this season and the coach gets canned – that is the normal course of action for a big club. But on the face of it, Perez’s poor choice […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Jun - 2 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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Another season nears an end with sadness as news of Xavi leaving the club at the end of the season was confirmed by none other than the player himself. After 17 years and much success, one of Barça’s legends will walk away from the club. Without a doubt, no one will ever replace the legendary Xavi. Xavi’s career is one many footballers can only dream of. A legend for both club and country, Xavi is Barça’s all-time leader with titles won, […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On May - 23 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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Well, there we have it. It could have been the second all-Spanish Champions League final in succession, but only one of Spain’s big two will be representing La Liga in Berlin on June 6. Barcelona safely negotiated their passage through to their first Champions League final since winning the trophy at Wembley four years ago. Despite going behind to Mehdi Benatia’s early header, it only took Barca and Neymar eight minutes to end hope of any Bayern comeback. Neymar added […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On May - 14 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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FC Barcelona survived another difficult test and found themselves en route towards a magical season. The magic of Messi is a big reason why. The battle between Bayern and Barça was supposed to be a battle of wits between Pep and his friend Lucho. This was supposed to be the fight of the year; two heavyweights going at each other for a shot at the Champions League title shot. However, the fight was decided by a late TKO from Messi. […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On May - 12 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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  Real Madrid’s league chances are all but mathematically over after their disappointing 2-2 result against Valencia at the Bernabeu on Saturday night. The result means Barcelona move four points clear with only two games remaining – due to the strike – allowing the league leaders enough comfort that they can even afford to lose at Atletico Madrid next week. The night started and ended with straight faces – from the whistle signifying a minute silence to the last whistle […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On May - 11 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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