I couldn’t stop Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool, admits Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has reiterated he had no opportunity to stop Luis Suarez leaving Anfield. The striker left Merseyside in the summer for Barcelona and Rodgers’ side has struggled in the wake of his exit. A serious lack of firepower has hit the team hard, with Daniel Sturridge hampered by injuries and Mario Balotelli well out of form. But ...

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Pep Guardiola: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as good as Pele

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has compared Lionel Messi to Brazil legend Pele as he backed former club Barcelona to win the Champions League. Messi inspired Barca to a 3-0 first-leg victory that Bayern could not overturn, despite a 3-2 win in the return game. “He is the best player of all time, I compare him with Pele,” said Guardiola, ...

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Barca in Champions League final


-Barcelona will meet Real Madrid or Juventus in final -Spanish club remain on course for treble -Bayern end four-match losing streak -Neymar, Messi and Suarez have 114 goals in 2014-15 Barcelona reached their first Champions League final since 2011, despite Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich salvaging pride in the return leg in Germany. Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Bayern revived ...

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Ronaldo, Messi, Beckham all feature in Gerard Pique’s huge football shirt collection

Collection: Some of the many shirts Gerard Pique has acquired over the course of his career

The shirts – acquired over the course of the Barcelona star’s illustrious career – include nearly all the biggest names in football over the last decade. Gerard Pique’s football shirt collection is rather impressive. The Barcelona defender has kept the shirts he’s swapped throughout his career, and has taken to Twitter to show them off. He tweeted pictures of them ...

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La Liga strike: Court could decide on action

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A Spanish court could decide on Wednesday if the strike affecting the end of La Liga season is legal. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has suspended the end of the season and the players’ union (AFE) also decided to strike in a row over TV rights. The proposed action puts the final two rounds of league games in doubt, as ...

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UEFA Champions League semi-final: Bayern v Barcelona preview

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• Barcelona go into second leg 3-0 up after Lionel Messi-inspired win last Wednesday • Josep Guardiola says Bayern “can’t do everything in 20–25 minutes” • Xavi Hernández could become first player to play 150 UEFA Champions League games • Bayern beat Barcelona 4-0 in Munich at last-four stage two years ago • Barcelona on verge of first final since ...

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Real Madrid suffer title race setback after Valencia draw


Real Madrid hit the woodwork three times and Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as they drew with Valencia to devastate their title hopes. Real came from 2-0 down to draw but they trail Barcelona by four points with two games left. Paco Alcacer gave fourth-placed Valencia the lead from close range and Javi Fuego headed a second. Ronaldo had a ...

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Barcelona inch closer to title with victory over Real Sociedad


Pedro scored a fantastic bicycle kick as Barcelona beat David Moyes’s Real Sociedad to keep the La Liga title race in their own hands. Barca went five points clear, for two hours at least, with Real Madrid hosting Valencia at 19:00 BST. After a frustrating first half, Neymar headed home Lionel Messi’s cross to give Barca the lead. And substitute ...

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Messi stars in Barca win over Munich


Barcelona have now won 16 of their last 17 games Guardiola endures humbling return to Nou Camp Messi, Suarez & Neymar have 111 goals this season Deportivo in 2004 only side to overturn three-goal CL lead Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona struck three times in the final 13 minutes of the first leg to whisk their Champions League semi-final ...

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