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neymarIt looks like Barcelona is in the market for a new kit deal after saying that they are reviewing are their current deal with Qatar die to the worsening ‘social and political’ situation in the Gulf State.

Speaking to RAC1, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that a change in the ‘social and political’ situation in Qatar has caused the club to reconsider.

‘We will look at other options – we are obliged to do that,’ he said.

‘It ends in 2016. We are sensitive to the current situation in Qatar, which has changed since four years ago. Now there are social and political aspects which were not there when we signed.

Ivanovic Goal Sends Chelsea To Wembley

Ivanovic-goalBranislav Ivanovic’s header in the fourth minute of extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final as Jose Mourinho’s side beat Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The defender’s goal gave Jose Mourinho’s side a 2-1 aggregate win, taking them into a 1 March final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United and cutting off one of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s paths to a golden send-off before his departure for the Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.

The biggest winner on the night might be Manchester City who play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. How much did Tuesday’s gruelling encounter take out of the Premier League leaders.

costa-hendersonWith Chelsea reeling from FA Cup humiliation, Liverpool will visit Stamford Bridge for their League Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday with increased confidence of reaching the final.

Liverpool were unfortunate not to emerge victorious from last week’s first leg at Anfield, drawing 1-1, and they will scent blood after Chelsea were bundled out of the FA Cup by third-tier Bradford City on Saturday. Liverpool’s own FA Cup tie did not go quite according to plan, a 0-0 draw with Championship side Bolton Wanderers leaving them with an unwanted replay, but they were at least spared the embarrassment that befell Chelsea.

messiLionel Messi and Argentina are heading back to the U.S. next month for two games. The first will be at FedEx Field in Washington on March 27 when they will take on South American rivals El Salvador. Buy Argentina v El Salvador Tickets.

Then four days later Argentina will return to MetLife Stadium on March 31, where they will face Ecuador. Buy Argentina v Ecuador Tickets

Since these games fall on an official FIFA international break, I expect that we will see a very strong Argentina side as they start preparations for this summer’s Copa America. That means Messi, Higuain, Di Maria and Aguero are all expected to be available.

iker-casillasSpain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Monday reiterated his wish to someday play in Major League Soccer.

“I have no problem of saying that I would like to play in the U.S.,” Casillas told The Wall Street Journal, although he didn’t indicate any timetable for his departure. “This has been a tough past year and a half, but it has made me tougher mentally.”

The 33-year=old Casillas is under contract at Real under 2017 and he has openly signalled his intentions to not look for a new deal at the Bernabeu, and said MLS is the perfect option because he

Santiago-BernabeuFIFA has confirmed that it is investigating Real Madrid for alleged irregularities in signing minors. This is the same issue that resulted in Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona being handed a transfer embargo on the club signing any new players until 1st January 2016 due to irregularities in signing and registering players under the age of 18 between 2009 and 2013.

“FIFA is currently gathering information and documents to be able to correctly evaluate this matter”, a spokesperson for football’s governing body told the German press agency dpa.

“For the moment no formal disciplinary proceedings have been opened. We are unable to provide any further information at this time”, the spokesperson said.

Will Ronaldo Miss Madrid Derby?

ronaldo-red-cardWhen Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off on Saturday the common belief was that the Real Madrid star would get a three match ban for violent conduct, which would see him miss the upcoming games against Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Atlético

Ronaldo completely lost the plot on Saturday against Córdoba when with the score level at 1-1 he kicked out at Edimar in an off-the-ball incident and earned a straight red card.

La Liga‘s Competition Committee meets on Wednesday and will decide the sanction, which is expected to be a ban of between one and four games, according to AS.

Man Utd v Barca BannerIt’s 2011 all over again as both Barcelona and Manchester United will tour the USA this summer. You might remember that the two clubs enjoyed massively successful tours in 2011, that was topped off with the two clubs meeting in Washington DC, less than three months after meeting in the Champions League final at Wembley.

FC Barcelona made their tour announcement a via their official website, telling fans to keep an eye out for official dates, which are yet to be released:

FA-CupMiddlesbrough will look to continue their giant-killing FA Cup run when they travel to face holders Arsenal in the fifth round. The Championship side’s reward for stunning Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend will be a trip to the Emirates to play the defending cup holders.

Manchester United face another trip to a lower-tier opponent in the FA Cup fifth round, if they survive a replay against Cambridge at Old Trafford next week. After a goalless result at League Two Cambridge on Friday, United were again drawn into an away tie against lesser opposition and will travel to play a League One team in the fifth round, Preston or Sheffield United.

David De Gea Agent Bats Eyes Towards Madrid

DDG1David De Gea’s contract negotiations with Manchester United just took as bad turn as hi agent Jorge Mendes refused to commit the United goalkeeper to United beyond his current contract, which runs out in 18 months.

“David is amazing, he’s brilliant,” Mendes told Marca, when asked if he could envision the 24-year-old donning a Real Madrid shirt in the future. “He’s a Man United player and has a contract there. You have to respect that but things change every five minutes.”