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Ten Cate’s sacking could be blessing for Barcelona

May 30, 2008

Ten Cate holds the European CupHenk Ten Cate’s sacking by Chelsea won’t make the headlines that greeted the departures of Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant, but it could be significant in Spain as well as in England.

Should United sell Ronaldo after Champions League final?

May 21, 2008

Cristiano RonaldoThe speculation in Spanish newspapers in the build-up to the Champions League final is all about Cristiano Ronaldo and the chances of him signing for Real Madrid next season (see Marca, for example).

Friday afternoon question: Is Guardiola the man to revive Barcelona?

May 9, 2008

Guardiola reacts during a news conferenceAfter a second consecutive season without any silverware — and a humiliating 4-1 drubbing by arch-rivals by Real Madrid into the bargain — Barcelona have tried to stem the rising tide of criticism of the club by announcing that former club captain Pep Guardiola is to take charge of the team at the end of the season.

Struggling Henry slips down the pecking order

April 30, 2008

A dejected Henry

According to a poll on Facebook, strikers Nicolas Anelka and Karim Benzema are favourites to be in France’s 23-man squad for Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.

Manchester United 1 Barcelona 0 – your views

April 29, 2008

A great European night following the dull first leg last week but did Manchester United deserve to win over all?

Vlog on the pitch – reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty miss

April 24, 2008

In our clip above, Cristiano Ronaldo says “football is like that sometimes” following his penalty miss in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.

Snore draw or interesting tactical battle?

April 24, 2008

The neutrals have no doubt. “Flop. Fear wins at the Nou Camp” was Gazzetta dello Sport’s view from Italy of the 0-0 draw between Barcelona and Manchester United in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.

Vlog on the pitch – Do semis offer last chance for Rijkaard and co?

April 21, 2008

Has it reached the stage where a Champions League semi-final is not enough to safeguard a coach’s job?

Who should Barcelona sign to replace Ronaldinho?

April 18, 2008

Kaka reactsThere’s speculation in Marca today that if AC Milan do complete a deal to sign Ronaldinho at the end of the season, they might be prepared to let Kaka move to Real Madrid.

Ronaldinho to Milan — a perfect fit or a rescue mission too far?

April 12, 2008

Ronaldinho sitsA Ronaldinho move to AC Milan now just seems to be a matter of time, after the club and the player’s agent both announced that personal terms have been agreed.