The Chilean national team, with Claudio Bravo playing the full 90 minutes between the sticks, played out to a goalless draw against Mexico at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco. The friendly match was part of the two countries’ preparations ahead of the 2015 Copa América which will be held in Chile next June. Read more…
Rafinha Alcântara, played with the Brazilian U-21 team against Palestine in Qatar which ended (3-0) in favor of Brazil. Rafinha played for 70 minutes before being subbed off.
The Brazilian team was having difficulties in breaking the deadlock of the Palestinians, however, in the second half, Ademilson scored Brazil’s first. Shortly after, Rafinha provided Dória with an assist. And finally, Vinicius Araujo scored the third and last goal.
Neymar Jr. was the captain of Brazil during the match against Columbia which ended (1-0) for Brazil, thanks to a winning free-kick from the FC Barcelona forward. Neymar had accepted the apology of Juan Camilo Zúñiga (whom ended Neymar’s world cup dream when he vigorously hit Neymar in the back which resulted in a broken vertebrae.)
Brazil’s new coach, Dunga, started his journey with a win thanks to a free-kick from Neymar in the latter minutes of the game. The match was held at the Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium in front of 75,000 fans.
Luis Suárez, under sanction from FIFA for his third biting incident, could be called up by the Uruguayan National Team to play two friendlies for his country. This crucial game time will help FC Barcelona’s new forward prepare for his club debut in October’s clasico against eternal rival Real Madrid. It will also help Uruguay make money, as they receive more when the team features star players such as Suárez. More after the jump.
Global football icon and former FC Barcelona player, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, has signed with Mexican side Querétaro, los Gallos Blancos (the White Roosters). “Now it’s official! The number 49 shirt! My lucky number! I hope to experience the same happiness here!! #GallosForever! I chose Mexico because of the warmth with which I’m always treated here! Really motivated to play for@Club_Querétaro!” More details on Ronaldinho’s new club after the jump.
Neymar da Silva Santos, father of Neymar Jr., has stated his indignation at accusations leveled at his son after he received his frightening back injury during the World Cup this summer. “He was close to being out for a year or even having more serious consequences (because of the injury),” said Neymar Sr. “And some people said that he was faking his injury.” More after the jump.
Barcelona B goalkeeper Joseph Fabrice Ondoa made his full Cameroon debut yesterday, after starting in the 2-0 away win against the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a qualifying match for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The Cameroonians, who played without Alex Song (suspended) and Samuel Eto’o, who called time on his time with the national side earlier this year, won through goals by Nije and Aboubakar.
THE KEYS TO THE NEW MESSI
He returns to be what he was before and will regain the throne of the number 1 in the world
He’s shaken off the burden of the World Cup – He’s happy with the signings – He has a new contract – He has a ‘feeling’ with Luis Enrique – He appreciates Pepe Costa in the dressing room
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Neymar Jr. and Radamel Falcao both missed out on their national team’s World Cup experience this summer. Neymar got to play before being injured in the quarter final match against Falcao’s Columbia. Falcao did not play in the tournament at all, leaving James Rodríguez to become the star of the Columbian team. Both players made their comeback yesterday in a friendly match in Miami which saw the Brazilians defeat the Columbians 1-0.
Despite of the international break, Barcelona B are on show this weekend, with a second consecutive home match, this time against Zaragoza. After a mixed start to the league, with a poor performance and an inevitable defeat at Osasuna as well as a hard fought comeback win against Sabadell, the reserves would love to bag another three points and send a clear message to the rest of the Liga Adelante: The Miniestadi is no easy hunting ground for anyone. Their bid to win the match will have to be won without a number of important players, but as Barça B brilliantly demonstrated last year, challenges always take the best of Eusebio’s men. Read more…
Barcelona’s match against Athletic Bilbao will be officiated by Andalusian referee David Fernández Borbalán. Fernández Borbalán has overseen many Barcelona matches in the past, including clásicos, and has not come under scrutiny, like others have come in the past.
Let’s hope that he will go unnoticed once more.
The Croatian national team beat Cyprus 2-0 in a friendly played in the Croatian town of Pula. Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić was left out of the squad by national coach Niko Kovać, but the Croatians were still able to show that they are ready for their EURO 2016 qualifiers which start next week, with Atlético Madrid’s Mario Mandžukić getting a brace in a match, the Croatians dominated from start to finish. Barcelona B’s Alen Halilović played the full 90 minutes of the match, and was quite lively, coming close to scoring with a free-kick that was well saved by the visitors’ keeper Giorgallides.
Lionel Messi was examined today by Argentinean national team physician Daniel Martínez as well as FC Barcelona doctors in order to determine the progress made by the player following the groin strain in FC Barcelona’s league match against Villarreal CF on Sunday. Both parties agreed that the player’s condition has improved significantly. Messi will continue with a specific recovery routine for a few more days until he recovers completely and is ready to join his teammates in the next group training session.
September 5, 2014