Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu Will Not Resign Following Crunch Talks

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu Will Not Resign Following Crunch Talks

Josep Maria Bartomeu will not resign as Barcelona president following a board meeting with the club on Monday. Bartomeu has been under intense pressure at Camp Nou after overseeing one of the most turbulent seasons in the club's recent history. Barcelona were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League  A 2019/20 campaign that concluded with the humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich and talisman Lionel Messi handing in a transfer request also featured two managerial sackings, board member resignations, a social media scandal and a public spat between Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal. The club's finances have also been in a precarious position, with Barcelona offloading several high earners this summer in order balance the books. As a

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Betis: Llorente and Suarez strike to seal new club record

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Betis - Llorente and Suarez strike to seal new club record

Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez earned Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis at Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone’s men made it a club-record 21 LaLiga games without defeat. Atleti lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich on Wednesday – their joint-heaviest defeat under Simeone – but were back to their solid defensive selves in Saturday’s clash, which was won with two second-half goals. After a balanced opening 45 minutes in the Spanish capital it took just 19 seconds for Llorente to open the scoring in the second half with a smart finish from a tight angle. Suarez added a late second to seal a victory that lifts Atletico up to third, two points off leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand to

Dominant Midfield Key in Real Madrid’s El Clasico Victory Over Barcelona

Dominant Midfield Key in Real Madrid's El Clasico Victory Over Barcelona

Real Madrid's 3-1 victory in El Clasico on Saturday afternoon was exactly what Zinedine Zidane needed off the back of a pair of humiliating results over the past week. It wasn't just the result which would've satisfied the Frenchman and the Los Blancos faithful, but the performance too. Following a frenetic start which saw Ansu Fati cancel out Federico Valverde's opener inside eight minutes, the two rivals played out a first-half which almost threw those watching back to the 2008-2012 days where this fixture was, without reasonable doubt, the greatest spectacle the sport had to offer. But instead of Pep Guardiola pulling the Catalonian strings, on this occasion, it was Ronald Koeman marauding the home dugout. His appointment was undoubtedly questioned by some and

Ansu Fati Becomes Youngest Ever Goalscorer in Clasico History

Ansu Fati Becomes Youngest Ever Goalscorer in Clasico History

Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati has become the youngest player ever to score in El Clasico following his early strike against Real Madrid on Saturday. Since breaking into the Barça first-team setup last season, Fati has gone on to become one of the club’s most influential players. Ansu Fati celebrates restoring parity for Barcelona in El Clasico The youngster notched eight goals in 33 appearances in his maiden season in senior football, and his start to the 2020/21 campaign has offered cause for optimism at a club enduring a turbulent time both on and off the pitch. The Spaniard’s eighth-minute strike against fierce rivals Madrid saw him become the youngest ever player to score in El Clasico (17 years and 356 days). The goal saw

Zinedine Zidane Insists He Is Not Phased By Speculation Around Real Madrid Future

Zinedine Zidane Insists He Is Not Phased By Speculation Around Real Madrid Future

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane insists he is not phased by the speculation surrounding his future ahead of the season's first Clasico. Real lost 1-0 to Cadiz in their last La Liga outing before suffering a 3-2 defeat to a second string Shakhtar Donetsk side in the Champions League four days later. Real suffered two disappointing defeats in four days  Such is the volatile nature of the Real job, this has led to speculation that Zidane - who has led the club to three Champions League triumphs and two La Liga titles - could be in the firing line should his side succumb to defeat against rivals Barcelona on Saturday. Although the Real boss admitted he was in a slightly precarious position, he insisted

Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Biggest Victories in Clasico History

Real Madrid and Barcelona's Biggest Victories in Clasico History

El Clasico. It's probably the biggest game in world football each season, and it always throws up some sort of drama. Be it needless pushing and shoving, theatrics or mesmerising goals, matches involving Real Madrid and Barcelona, two of the biggest clubs in the world, always deliver. There have been a fair few thrashings over the years, too. Here are the biggest wins for both Real and Barça. Luis Figo played more games for Barcelona than Real Madrid  We start off with a few convincing wins rather than utter thrashings. One such result came in 1998. Sonny Anderson, Luis Figo and Giovanni were the scorers that day as Barça cruised to victory at Camp Nou. Meho Kodro, who has managed Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo since

The Real Madrid Lineup That Should Start Against Barcelona in El Clasico

The Real Madrid Lineup That Should Start Against Barcelona in El Clasico

Off the back of a humiliating Champions League defeat on home soil to half a Shakhtar Donetsk team, Real Madrid need to seriously regroup as it's none other than Barcelona they face next up. After falling 3-0 behind against the Ukrainian side, there was a response in the second half from Zinedine Zidane's side, but not enough to claw back a point at least as they fell to a 3-2 loss. The first Clasico of the season awaits them on Saturday at Camp Nou, with neither side overly impressing at the beginning of the 2020/21 La Liga season. Here's how Madrid should line up to face Barcelona this weekend. Ramos is in a battle to be fit, but he'll win that one for sure  Thibaut

Barcelona Squad ‘Furious’ After Gerard Pique Agrees Secret Contract Extension

Barcelona Squad 'Furious' After Gerard Pique Agrees Secret Contract Extension

The Barcelona dressing room is said to be divided after Gerard Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen, Clément Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong all agreed new contracts during the squad's battle to avoid having their wages slashed. In an attempt to ease the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, club officials are hoping that the squad will agree to defer their wages and give Barcelona more time to pay, but their message has been met with fierce resistance from a large portion of the squad. ? LATEST NEWS! 4⃣ Renewals! ✍ ✅ @3gerardpique ✅ @mterstegen1 ✅ @clement_lenglet ✅ @DeJongFrenkie21 ℹ All the details! ▶️ https://t.co/4h8bwbhscO pic.twitter.com/94upzGMhTQ — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2020 De Jong, Lenglet and Ter Stegen were all thought to have shown their support for the movement, so Marca

Barcelona Risk Allowing Players to Terminate Contracts With Latest Pay Deferral Proposal

Barcelona Risk Allowing Players to Terminate Contracts With Latest Pay Deferral Proposal

Barcelona players may be able to terminate their contracts if the club change the terms of their deals without their approval. With Barcelona looking to cut costs in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, players have been urged to agree to wage deferrals which would give the club more time to pay each player's full salary - an idea which has been met with fierce resistance from the squad. Josep Maria Bartomeu wants to save money  The matter has been left with Barcelona's lawyers, who hope to find an agreement over this payment plan. However, Sport note that the club must proceed with caution as any change to a player's contract which is not pre-approved would give that player justification to terminate their

Getafe 1-0 Barcelona: Player Ratings as Ronald Koeman Suffers First Defeat as Blaugrana Boss

Getafe 1-0 Barcelona: Player Ratings as Ronald Koeman Suffers First Defeat as Blaugrana Boss

Barcelona failed to capitalise on Real Madrid's earlier slip-up, falling to a 1-0 defeat against Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The visitors edged what was a quiet first half, where Lionel Messi came closest to netting when his shot crashed off the post from Sergino Dest's cutback. Antoine Griezmann squandered a glorious chance to open the scoring too, blazing miles over after being put through by Pedri. The Blaugrana struggled to create anything of note in the second half, and fell behind when Jaime Mata converted from the spot after Frenkie de Jong carelessly brought down Djene. Ronald Koeman's side didn't come close to equalising until right at the death, when Djene headed a cross onto his own crossbar. Dest had a promising