Barcelona’s Champions League dream could be over by the time they welcome Bayern Munich to Camp Nou on Wednesday. Earlier in the evening, Inter host bottom side Victoria Plzen in the knowledge that they could secure second place in Group C with a victory. Should they slip up, they would open the door for Barcelona, who likely need a win to have any chance of survival. Bayern, on the other hand, have 12 points from four games and have already secured their spot in the knockout stages, and victory here would seal top spot.
Although a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last night put an end to Barcelona’s excellent start to the season, Barça fans were dealt with a pleasant surprise earlier this morning as the club confirmed the contract extension of Gavi. The young midfielder has penned a new deal at Camp Nou until 2026, which should secure his long-term future at the club. The confirmation came after months of uncertainty and speculation over his future at the club.
However, according to Gerard Romero, Gavi’s contract extension will not be recognised in the form of a change in jersey number. At least, immediately. The young midfielder is currently donning the number 30 kit at Barcelona, despite establishing himself as one of the pivotal parts of the team’s midfield unit, alongside Pedri. Gavi has indeed moved ahead of Frenkie de Jong in the pecking order, having started six of the club’s seven matches in all competitions so far. His ability to create chances, coupled with his aggression and superior defensive work ethic have made him a crucial element in Xavi’s setup. Continue reading ” BARCELONA SET TO HAND LEGENDARY JERSEY NUMBER TO PLAYER VALDES HAILED”
According to Ferran Martinez, Barcelona have identified Borussia Dortmund and Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro as one of the possible alternatives if they miss out on signing top target Marcos Alonso this summer. Barcelona are looking to bring in a new left-sided full-back in the ongoing transfer window as they seek to provide veteran defender Jordi Alba with adequate cover and competition in the position, something which was not an option last season. The Catalans, to that end, have set their sights on Chelsea’s Marco Alonso as their main target.
According to Ben Jacobs, Barcelona and Chelsea have now tabled the same offer to Leeds United for Raphinha. But the Catalan giants have offered a lower base fee, with the total package being the same as the one proposed by the Premier League heavyweights. The 25-year-old forward wants to move to Barcelona in the summer transfer window but is open to joining Chelsea. Raphinha has the world at his feet on the back of a career-defining campaign with Leeds United. The Brazilian international was instrumental in helping the Whites stave off relegation as the other pivotal players in the squad struggled for form and fitness in the 2021/22 season.
The 25-year-old had a tally of 11 goals and three assists in 35 Premier League appearances. But Raphinha’s time at Leeds United appears to be up, with the West Yorkshire club ready to let him depart from Elland Road in the summer transfer window. Barcelona and Chelsea are prepared to offer him a new adventure heading into the 2022/23 season. Continue reading ” VALDES THINKS BARCELONA SHOULD SIGN LEEDS UNITED STAR RAPHINHA”
Victor Valdes spent the best part of his professional football career at La Liga side Barcelona. The Spaniard is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the club. Hecame through the famous La Masia Academy at Barcelona before his debut for the first-team in 2002. Valdes played 535 matches for the Barcelona first-team winning 21 major trophies in the process including six Spanish La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles.
During the 2006 Champions League final in Paris, Victor Valdes showed his quality as he made some crucial stops to help Barcelona come from behind to see off ten-man Arsenal. The Catalans came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at Stade de France. Thanks to the win, Barcelona were able to win their second Champions League title, while Victor Valdes got the first of his Champions League title. Continue reading “VALDES: CLUB CAREER IN FOCUS”
Spanish shot stopper Victor Valdes spent the majority of his career as a professional footballer with Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga. The Spaniard is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Catalan outfit Barcelona. He won a lot of trophies during his time at the Nou Camp.
At Barcelona, Victor Valdes played 535 times for the club winning 21 major trophies in the process. His trophy haul includes six Spanish La Liga titles and three Champions League titles. He was part of the Barcelona squad that won the Champions League title by beating ten-man Arsenal 2-1 in Paris despite conceding the first goal of the match to English defender Sol Campbell. Samuel Eto’o and JulianoBelletti scored in the last quarter of the game on the way to a vital win that resulted in the Champions League title. He was also in the Barcelona squad that won the Champions League title two times in three seasons under Pep Guardiola. Continue reading ” VICTOR VALDES: CAREER IN SUMMARY”
Spanish star Victor Valdes had a very good career at Barcelona until he signed for Manchester United in January 2014 while David Moyes was the manager. Victor Valdes had announced a year earlier that he would leave Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer of 2013 and the shot stopper had already reached an agreement to sign for French club AS Monaco until he tore his knee in March 2013. Monaco pulled out of the deal to sign Victor Valdes after he suffered anterior cruciate knee ligaments injury though they eventually paid part of his salary for him to sign for Manchester United at the start of 2014.
Victor Valdes made his Manchester United debut in the colours of the u21s against Liverpoolin a game that ended 2-1 in favour of the Red Devils. He played two times for the Manchester United team at the end of the 2013/14 seasonincluding a start and a clean sheet against Hull City in the final league game of the season. Continue reading “VALDES: HOW UNITED SPELL TAINTED NEAR-PERFECT CAREER”
Spanish shot stopper Victor Valdes spent the majority of his career at Barcelona where he achieved success and also won trophies. However, he was unable to attain the same level of success with the Spanish national team due to the form of Real Madrid shot stopper Iker Casillas. Victor Valdes was restricted to just 20 appearances for Spain.
Valdes received his first invitation to the Spanish senior team ahead of the international friendly meeting with South American team Uruguay in August 2005. He was unable to make an appearance against the Uruguayans and he was subsequently overlooked by national team coaches. Continue reading “VALDES: SPAIN NATIONAL TEAM CAREER EXAMINED”
The United States secured a vital 3*0 win against Honduras in a world cup qualifying match. The match was played at a temperature of -2F with some Honduras players suffering from hypothermia during the match. Honduras head coach claimed after the match that conditions were far from normal and still can’t comprehend while authorities allowed the games to go on.
The U.S coach Gregg Berhalter admitted after the match that it was a tactical move on their part. According to him “They’re all coming from the equator, and it’s going to be really difficult for them to deal with these conditions,’ he said. “They’re going to take a couple of breaths and it’s going to hit them like it never hit them before”. For him, it was fair play since Central American teams had enjoyed the benefit of playing in extremely high temperatures in the past”. Continue reading “USA COACH ADMITS UNFAIR ADVANTAGE”
Barcelona legend Victor Valdes played for several Spanish youth teams at international level before making his debut for the senior team. The former Manchester United and Middlesbrough shot stopper featured eleven times for the Spain u-18 team between 2000 and 2001. He went on to play three times for the Spain u-19 team in 2001. As a matter of fact, Victor Valdes played for both the Spain u-19 team and the Spain u-20 team within the same year. He had a solitary appearance for the u-20 team.
After turning out for the Spain u-18, u-19 And u-20 teams, Victor Valdes featured eleven times for the u-21 team between 2002 and 2003. However, he had to wait for seven years before his debut for the senior team in 2010. Continue reading “VALDES: NATIONAL TEAM CAREER PROBED”