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April 15, 2021


Madrid defensive crisis ahead of Liverpool, Barca

Real Madrid have major problems in defence ahead of their Champions League quarterfinal tie with Liverpool — and their El Clasico clash with Barcelona in La Liga — after Raphael Varane tested positive for the coronavirus. “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the......

Sources: Haaland deal ‘very difficult’ for Barca

6:09 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona will continue to pursue the signing of Erling Haaland after meeting with his representatives last week but several sources at the club have told ESPN it will be “very difficult” to do a deal for the Borussia Dortmund striker. New Barca president......

Can Barca afford to sign Haaland? Probably not, but they can’t afford not to

Let’s imagine for the sake of argument that while Erling Haaland is not on the transfer market, his contract is definitely available. He has a queue of suitors and Borussia Dortmund stand to triple their investment a year ahead of the Norway forward’s reported €75 million release clause kicking in,......

The best team in Spain right now? The 18-0 Barca Women

2:08 PM ET Sid LoweSpain writer Barca’s women have won every game this season, all 18 of them, scoring 90 times and conceding just three. They’re not done yet, either. Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images “The next day, at the airport on the way home, the captains got together with the coach and......

Barca eye Aguero in post-Messi rebuild; Chelsea ‘vindicated’ over Lampard sacking

In this week’s ESPN Insider Notebook, Barcelona look to Sergio Aguero should they fail to keep Lionel Messi. PLUS: Chelsea feel ‘vindicated’ over Frank Lampard sacking. Jump to: Chelsea vindicated | Man Utd eye Torres | Haaland’s heir | Gaya on move? | Ilaix in control | Marseille trolled |......

Nothing can undo ‘Remontada,’ but PSG can turn the page by knocking out Barca

It happened four years ago, but sometimes, it still feels like it was yesterday. For Paris Saint-Germain, it is an ugly, painful scar that will always be there, regardless of what happens in Wednesday’s Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Barcelona. They defeated the Blaugrana 4-1 in the first leg,......

PSG pain: Neymar to miss Barca UCL clash

5:52 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Barcelona after failing to recover from a thigh problem in time. Neymar, 29, has been sidelined since picking up the injury in the French Cup win over second division......

Laporta: Messi congratulated me on Barca win

5:30 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Joan Laporta said Lionel Messi has already sent him a message congratulating him on being elected as the new president of Barcelona. Messi, 33, voted in Sunday’s election as Laporta saw off competition from Victor Font and Toni Freixa to return to the......

Milan keep Serie A title race alive, Ibra’s tone-deaf comments, Chelsea-Man United lessons, Barca chaos

Milan rose to the challenge of Roma this weekend, putting the derby defeat behind them and keeping the pressure on Inter in the title race. Antonietta Baldassarre/Insidefoto/LightRocket via Getty Images The weekend in soccer was full of surprises, drama and action as per usual. AC Milan and Inter Milan both won......

Sources: Bartomeu arrested in Barca raids

6:08 AM ET Moises Llorens Sam Marsden Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club’s CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti have been arrested following a raid at the club’s offices on Monday, sources told ESPN. Police arrived at Barca’s offices to search for evidence......

Haaland: Mbappe’s goals vs. Barca motivated me

Erling Haaland said Kylian Mbappe‘s hat trick for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona on Tuesday gave the Borussia Dortmund striker “motivation” in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Sevilla FC. – Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only)– ESPN’s Champions pick ’em: Compete for $4K of Amazon.com gift cards The 20-year-old......

Mbappe leads PSG to statement win as Barca malaise deepens

We look for meaning — especially these days — and there was plenty to be had in an empty Camp Nou. Kylian Mbappe‘s hat trick — only the second Barca conceded at home in the Champions League after Dynamo Kiev‘s Andriy Shevchenko in 1997 — propelled Paris Saint-Germain past Barcelona......

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