Xavi named Barca captain; Iniesta, Messi, Busquets are vice captains

Leading by example: Barcelona captains (from l-r): Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta

Xavi has been named Barcelona’s new skipper for the forthcoming campaign after getting the nod from his team-mates. The armband has been vacant after Carles Puyol hung up his boots at the end of the season, with a vote determining his successor. Spanish star Xavi topped the poll, which was announced on Thursday, closely followed by Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi ...

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Barcelona striker Suarez’s appeal begins in Switzerland


Luis Suarez has arrived at a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing that will determine whether the Uruguay striker will have to serve a four-month ban for biting an opponent. The former Liverpool player brushed aside photographers and refused to comment as he arrived by taxi at CAS’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 27-year-old’s legal team are confident the ...

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Shkodran Mustafi joins Valencia from Sampdoria

Shkodran Mustafi won the World Cup this summer before making the move to La Liga.

German international Shkodran Mustafi has completed a move from Serie A side Sampdoria to Valencia in La Liga. The defender signed a contract on Wednesday that will keep him with Valencia until 2019. Mustafi, 22, was named to the German squad that won the World Cup this summer after Marco Reus was injured. He came in as a substitute in two group-stage games ...

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Karim Benzema signs new contract with Real Madrid


Karim Benzema has ended speculation over his future after agreeing a contract extension with Real Madrid, keeping him at the Bernabeu until 2019. The striker’s Real future had been in doubt following the summer arrivals of big-money signings Toni Koos and James Rodriguez. Top sides throughout Europe have been monitoring the France international’s availability, with Premier League clubs Arsenal and ...

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No ‘bite clause’ in Suarez contract – Barcelona

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims there is no clause in Luis Suarez’s contract which forbids him from biting players Suarez was bought for €88 million shortly after Uruguay’s exit from the World Cup this summer following a three-and-a-half-year spell with Liverpool, but he is unlikely to play until late October due to a four-month ban he was given by ...

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Liverpool sign Manquillo from Atletico Madrid


Liverpool have announced the signing of Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo. The 20-year-old has joined on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy after his first season at Anfield. Manquillo said: “I’m very happy to have signed for a club like Liverpool. “I think it’s one of the biggest in Europe. Any footballer would want to come and ...

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Neymar returns to Barca training after passing medical


Neymar has returned to training with Barcelona following his back injury. The 22-year-old forward fractured a vertebra in a collision with Juan Zuniga during Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final against Colombia last month. Neymar, nominated for the Golden Ball despite missing their semi-final obliteration by Germany and the disappointing third-place play-off defeat by Netherlands, successfully passed a medical on his return ...

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Messi relishing ‘exciting challenges’ under Luis Enrique


Lionel Messi has made it clear that he is excited by the new challenges at Barcelona this season under Luis Enrique. The Catalans ended the 2013-14 campaign under Gerardo Martino without a major trophy and Messi went on to suffer World Cup final heartbreak as Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany. The Argentine returned to full Barcelona training on Tuesday and ...

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Atletico better than Barcelona, Real Madrid – Turan


Atletico Madrid have proven that they are better than Barcelona, Real Madrid and the rest of Spain, according to midfielder Arda Turan. The Turkey international was one of Diego Simeone’s star men as the Rojiblancos romped to La Liga glory in 2013-14 and went within minutes of winning the Champions League final. His performances have seen him linked with a ...

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Barcelona make bid for Arsenal defender Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen: Subject of bid from Barcelona

Reports indicate that Barcelona have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. Vermaelen’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation all summer, with the Belgium centre-back entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates. Manchester United and Barca are both thought to have expressed an interest in Vermaelen, but ...

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