messi_world-player-of-yearIt has been a season of discontent for both Lionel Messi and Barcelona this season as both have endured on and off the field issues.

Messi is reportedly upset with Barca for not backing him over his tax situation this summer and his camp feel that the reason is picking up so many injuries is because he has been overused in recent years..

Now a report by well-informed Catalan sports channel Esport3 says that Messi believes that Barcelona now him see him as a saleable asset and not their untouchable star player.

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Juan-Mata-MUFCSome interesting comments from Juan Mata about joining United and next. Many so called pundits have started to come out and say that without Champions League football that United will struggle to attract the best players this summer.

I don’t buy that. With United’s financial strength and recent success, players will be attracted to United if they are convinced that this was just a one season dip. The singing of Mata in January showed that that top players are still attracted by playing at Old Trafford:

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pep-bayernFascinating comment by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola that he would be happy to leave Bayern Mat the end of the season if the club’s hierarchy are not happy with his work.

Guardiola has been his usual brilliant self in Munich, wining the league in record time, winning the Club World Cup, and reaching the  German Cup final and Champions League semifinals where they will meet Real Madrid.
However, not everyone is happy with Pep’s tiki-taka style of play with honorary president Franz Beckenbauer recently having to row back on comments he made about finding the team “unwatchable.”

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atlanta-2017On Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced that Atlanta will be the league’s 22nd team. The expansion team, which will begin play in the 2017 season, will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner
Arthur Blank.

The team will play in new state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium in downtown Atlanta that will have will a 29,000 capacity.

“We are thrilled to welcome Atlanta to Major League Soccer as our 22nd team,” Garber said in a statement. “Atlanta is one of the largest and most diverse markets in North America and has a rich tradition in sports and culture.

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samir_nasri_man_city_jerseyManchester City‘s title hopes are all but over after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland on Wednesday, while Everton‘s Champions League dreams hand by a thread after they lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

City’s title hopes were dealt a serious blow on Sunday, when they lost 3-2 at league leaders Liverpool. But City went into Wednesday’s game knowing that if they won the rest of their games they still had a chance to win the title if Liverpool slipped up.

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iker-copaReal Madrid won the Copa del Rey for the 19th time after a brilliant Gareth Bale’s 85th-minute goal won the day for Carlo Ancelotti’s side against Barcelona at Mestalla.

Madrid had gone in front after just ten minutes when Angel Di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema’s through ball and his low shot went through Barca goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto. Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has always been under appreciated, but we are now seeing his value not that he is injured. If Barca cannot sign a new goalkeeper during the summer transfer window, they will not be winning anything next season with Pinto in goal.

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mu-lagalaxyManchester United have added a fourth USA game to its tour this summer as the Premier League giants have announced that they will play the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, on Wednesday 23 July 2014.

Manchester United’s automotive partner Chevrolet will be the match sponsor for this fixture with the teams facing each other in the Chevrolet FC Cup. This match will be the first time that the United team will play in Chevrolet-branded shirts as the global automobile car manufacturer embarks on its seven-year partnership as the club’s new shirt sponsor.

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MiamiNot a good day for Major League Soccer and their soccer specific stadium plans. Following up the the heels of the news that NYCFC will spend its first three seasons playing at Yankee Stadium, comes the news that David Beckham’s plan to build a stadium at the port of Miami is under fire from a shipping alliance.

“We cannot jeopardize well-paying jobs, like crane operators, longshore workers, and mechanics, for low-paying stadium jobs, such as concession sales,” the Miami Seaport Alliance said in a full-page ad that ran in the Miami Herald and its sister Spanish-language paper, El Nuevo Herald.

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yankee-stadium-soccerAccording to a report in the New York Times, New York City Football Club (NYCFC) will play their first three MLS seasons at Yankee Stadium, the home field of their co-owners the New York Yankees.

NYCFC begins play in MLS next season and the prospect of them playing three years in a baseball stadium certainly takes the gloss of what was supposed to be one of the premier franchises in MLS.

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.

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96 men, women and children lost their lives as a result of the events that unfolded on April 15, 1989 at the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough.

Over the last 25 years, the families who lost loved ones and the survivors of the disaster have shown immense dignity and resilience.

In memory of the Liverpool supporters who went to watch their beloved Reds on April 15th, 1989, but never returned. May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.

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