After years in the wilderness, can Barcelona save the House of Neymar? | Barney Ronay

The Brazil forward is still racking up the goals but he feels less relevant and more of a co-opted corporate machine than a footballer these days For English nobles during the reign of Henry VIII the news that the king was coming to visit was a sure sign of impending ruin. In return for the honour of his company you could expect to see your house, farmland and local sewerage system trashed, pillaged and fatally bunged up, the royal party only moving on once all in its sights had been safely devastated. During one nationwide procession in 1541 Henry stopped briefly at Hatfield and in the course of a spectacular hunt murdered 200 deer, a company of swans, two boats-full …

Konrad De La Fuente: the US winger making waves at Barcelona’s academy

The Miami-born winger is known for his quick-footed skill at La Masia. But this summer his focus will be on winning the U-20 World Cup for his country When Miami-born Konrad De La Fuente moved with his family to Barcelona at the age of 11, he already had a natural ability that suggested he had found an ideal new home. At La Masia, Marcet, the renowned youth academy De La Fuente joined when he first arrived in Barcelona (De La Fuente trained with Marcet before moving to USMNT Videos (@USMNTvideos) Konrad de la Fuente – 2018/19 Season Highlights – Barcelona Juvenil AMay 22, 2019 Pedro Marcet, pedagogical director at Marcet, says De La Fuentes talent was obvious from the start. …

Lionel Messi broke down in tears in Barcelonas Anfield dressing room

Lionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against Liverpool Lionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against Liverpool. The Argentina international was inconsolable in the Barcelona dressing room following lose 3-0 in Rome and go out on away goals. Messi was then selected for a drugs test by anti-doping officials and the team coach departed for Liverpool John Lennon Airport without him as a consequence. Reports in the Spanish media have claimed that, on his eventual arrival at the airport, Messi was involved in an angry confrontation with a group of Barcelona …

Barcelona win La Liga title as Lionel Messi goal secures victory over Levante

Lionel Messi came off the bench to score the winner in Barcelonas 1-0 victory over Levante, which confirmed the Catalans as La Liga champions Lionel Messi fittingly sealed Barcelonas 26th La Liga title on Saturday by coming off the bench to score the only goal in a 1-0 win over Levante in front of a jubilant Camp Nou crowd, who celebrated a remarkable eighth league crown in 11 years. Barcelonas captain decided the game and the title in the 62nd minute as he received a header from Arturo Vidal, effortlessly freeing himself from two defenders with his right foot before using his left to plant the ball into the far bottom corner. Messi had started on the bench along with …

Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided | Sachin Nakrani

We look at Tottenhams meeting with Ajax and Barcelona versus Liverpool, plus key dates and odds Tottenham v Ajax The tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football beautiful, wild, unpredictable football happened and now we have a contest between two of the most exciting and dynamic teams in Europe. It promises to be a belter. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is that both sides will feel not only confident of winning but also that they are the favourites. Ajax have nothing to fear having knocked out Juventus while Tottenham must surely believe anything is possible given their stunning The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Barcelona v Liverpool A …

Manchester United must be streetwise against Barcelona, says Solskjr

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjr said his players must learn from their defeat to PSG while Chris Smalling added he is looking forward to facing Lionel Messi Ole Gunnar Solskjr has warned Manchester United they will need to be streetwise to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League, with the manager hoping lessons will be learned from their to progress on away goals but Solskjr wants his side to be cuter against Bara. Reflecting on a time when his side had 10 victories from his opening 11 games in charge, Solskjr said: Some of these players will have some tricks up their sleeves, streetwise players. Weve learned from that PSG game the mood was a little bit different because …

Manchester United have no fear of Barcelona, says Ole Gunnar Solskjr

Ole Gunnar Solskjr said Manchester United hold no fear of Barcelona but would need luck on their side in the Champions League quarter-final Ole Gunnar Solskjr has said Manchester United have no fear of facing Barcelona after drawing them in the Champions League quarter-finals. United host the five-times European champions on 10 April before the return the following week, with the winners facing a semi-final against Liverpool or Porto. The draw also threw up an all-Premier League tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham, whose next opponents will be Ajax or Juventus. Solskjr said United were not scared to face anyone, having The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Liverpool against Porto is a rerun of last seasons …