While Lionel Messi rightfully claims football’s brightest spotlight today, the Argentine was waiting in the wings at the Nou Camp while Ronaldinho held centre stage. On the day it was revealed he would finally leave Barcelona, we look back at the moment he announced himself to the watching world.
With a goal in Barcelona’s win over Eibar, Neymar reached 94 for his club equalling his compatriot Ronaldinho’s haul for the Blaugrana.
Some are calling Lionel Messi’s mesmerising goal in the Copa del Rey final as his best. It looks even better from the fans’ perspective in the Nou Camp stands.
His name should be among the most revered in Irish football history. A former captain of both Ireland and Manchester United, he went on to manage Real Betis and FC Barcelona where he is credited with saving the Catalan giants from extinction. Instead the remains of Patrick O’Connell are buried in an unmarked grave in Kilburn, North London, an area synonymous with Irish emigrants and their broken dreams. Now a new group has come together with the aim of restoring both his final resting place and O’Connell’s reputation in the annals of the game he loved.
When Póg Mo Goal spent some time living in Madrid, the Galácticos hype was at its peak. The Bernabéu Stadium was a mecca for day-trippers as the glamour of the game’s biggest names proved intoxicating. Across the city, however, beleaguered Atletico supporters still packed the Estadio Vincente Calderon and sang the name of ‘El Nino’.
Ahead of tonight’s Copa Del Rey Clasico final. Adidas have released a video starring Gareth Bale and Dani Alves. ¿De qué color será la Copa? – What colour will the Cup be?
Zinedine Zidane could be named Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at Real Madrid in 2016 when the Italian’s contract expires, according to media reports.
A FIFA disciplinary committee has found both Barcelona and the Spanish FA guilty of breaches in relation to under-age international signings and has banned the La Liga giants from business for two full transfer windows.
Atletico Madrid fans respond to the action in a thrilling Clásico. Atleti stand atop La Liga table and, aside from cheering against their cross-city rivals, a Barca win would keep Los Rojiblancos on course for a first league title since 1996. The supporters also manage to wind up some Real followers in a nearby club.
Real Madrid have revealed plans for the redevelopment of the Bernabéu stadium with a new exterior and retractable roof included in the project which is expected to take three years to complete.