Argentina media outlet speculates the options River Plate has to replace the potentially departing Santos Borré

River Plate is realizing that their striker Rafael Santos Borré will be departing, more than likely to Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras.

As it seems more evident that the days go by that the 25-year-old will depart, River Plate will need to start making its list for possible replacements. TNT Sports confirms that Los Millonarios have two options to replace the potentially outgoing Colombian striker.

The first target that River Plate has circled is FC Zenit … Read the rest

Can Alexander Isak be the firepower Barcelona need in their attacking arsenal

With incoming presidential elections and the resulting anticipation of a rebuild, more and more players are being linked to Barcelona. Besides big names like Erling Haaland and David Alaba, Real Sociedad centre-forward Alexander Isak is reportedly on the Catalans’ radar. A new striker is an absolute must for the club and Isak’s €70 million release clause is turning heads. His stock is rising and he has a bright future ahead of him, but should Barcelona pursue him?

Player Profile

Isak is currently in the midst of his second season for Basque-outfit Real Sociedad. The 21-year old started his career at the Swedish club AIK before moving to Borussia Dortmund’s youth setup in 2017. Lacking first-team opportunities, he was loaned to Dutch club Willem II, where he tallied an impressive 14 goals and 7 assists in 18 appearances. Isak then moved to Sociedad in the summer of 2019 and … Read the rest

River Plate starlet to miss time due to Mononucleosis; status for Argentina’s World Cup qualifying fixtures next month in doubt

River Plate will be without one of their key players for the next few weeks, as their starlet will miss some time due to Mononucleosis.

The club announced that Gonzalo Montiel is out due to Mono, and there’s no timetable for when the 24-year-old will return to the pitch. However, his status with Los Millonarios isn’t the only thing in question.

In March, the Argentina National Team will return to action for two fixtures in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. … Read the rest

Barcelona 3-0 Elche: Match Review, Messi scores a brace

First-half

After a horrible week, Barcelona needed to get the frustration out of their system. As Lionel Messi and his teammates searched for a win, Barça disappointed in the first half.

The Catalans created better chances, as usual. However, something that does not seem to change this season, the finishing was horrible. Overall, Elche, much like Cádiz, decided to stay behind the ball and attack from counters.

Barcelona dominated, as they do against smaller teams, but could not get the breakthrough in the first half. They had to rethink their plan in the second half.

Second-half

A much livelier and lovelier half! Barcelona went back to the field with all guns blazing and flexed their muscles.

In truth, the Catalans had so much quality on the pitch that the scoreline and the second-half performance was expected. However, it was an overall great display from the side. Quite frankly, this was … Read the rest

CONMEBOL reveals the winnings that South American clubs can earn in this years’ Copa Libertadores

The Copa Libertadores qualifying rounds are underway, but CONMEBOL has released how much clubs will earn at each stage of the South American competition.

Brazilian media outlet TNT Sports relayed the comments made by Gonzalo Belloso, Deputy General Secretary of Football and Development Director at CONMEBOL, in an interview with Argentine radio La Red

When it comes to the total amount of money that the South American clubs will share among the clubs will exceed $200-million, approximately $230-million.

Each home game amounts to $1-million in the group stage … Read the rest

3 Players Barcelona can sell to ease their financial burden

A debt of €1.173 billion, more than €700 million of which is short term, has sent FC Barcelona down a rabbit hole. The club’s gross mismanagement on both sporting as well as financial levels is no longer a secret. The former board of directors, led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu has consistently spent inordinate amounts of money on ludicrous signings. Most of which have come to bite the club back.

Now, they find themselves in a stickier situation than ever, with an astronomically high wage bill and multiple liabilities to clubs across Europe for signings. In addition, Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona hangs in the balance. If the club are to conduct any business whatsoever, it will have to begin by offloading a few players.

After Ronald Koeman arrived at the club following the disastrous end to the 2019-20 season, a few key names have already been sold. As the … Read the rest

“I want him out” – These Liverpool fans fume as “dumb” Reds player appears to like Everton star’s Instagram post after derby embarrassment

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has risked the wrath of the Reds fanbase by appearing to like an Everton star’s Instagram post – which includes a picture of him celebrating at Anfield.

As if the Reds’ shocking form of late, which has essentially ended their defence of the Premier League title, was not bad enough, Jurgen Klopp’s men were nothing short of dire in Saturday’s 2-0 Merseyside Derby defeat.

It was the first time they’ve lost to their rivals on home soil in the 21st century, and considering the current mood around the club, it came at the worst possible time.

As has this pretty inexcusable action from Roberto Firmino, which has seen him like an Instagram post shared by Everton star and international teammate Richarlison, where he can be seen celebrating after scoring early on in the contest.

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Barcelona have been architects of their own downfall by one simple transfer

For Barcelona, selling their only elite striker and third-highest goalscorer of all time was never going to end well. Especially not when they let him go almost for free and to one of their biggest and most dangerous rivals. Atletico Madrid have been on top of the world since Luis Suarez arrived at the club. Barcelona however, have subsequently been treading in muddy waters.

The Uruguayan has been banging in the goals for fun with Los Colchoneros since the beginning of the 2020-21 season. With 16 strikes, he is the joint top scorer in La Liga alongside his great friend and former teammate Lionel Messi. The former, however, is seeing much better days with his new club than his Argentine contemporary.

Barcelona have been in a state of heavy transition since a devastating end to their 2019-20 season. A campaign that was followed by the materialization of the gross mismanagement … Read the rest

River Plate starlet reveals that contract extension talks with the club are in their advanced stages

As River Plate ventures into its 2021 season, one of the storylines that will shadow the club is the future of striker Rafael Santos Borré, whose contract expires in June. 

The 25-year-old scored in River Plate’s most recent fixture, and it’s where TNT Sports (via Marca Claro), where he discussed his future with Los Millonarios. The Colombian international revealed some behind-the-scenes information as he made it known that negotiations with the Argentine side are in their advanced stages.

“The truth … Read the rest

Player Ratings: Barcelona 1-1 Cadiz — Disappointing, yet again

Guest Contributor: Darren Looney

Yesterday provided Barca fans with a spark of hope after Atletico Madrid handed Ronald Koeman’s side a lifeline back into the title race. But just like midweek, that pre-game hope of grabbing that lifeline was squashed by another disappointing result, this time at the hands of Cadiz.

Barca were trying to make it 8 wins in a row in La Liga, and the Catalan side controlled the game for 84 minutes, which is when Cadiz decided to start pressing the ball. But once again, in a movie we’ve all seen before, the second this team comes under any bit of serious pressure, someone in the backline tends to collapse under it. 

Here’s how the Barcelona players dared against Cadiz in today’s game and the ratings we believe they deserve for their performances.   

Marc-André Ter Stegen: 6.5

Didn’t have a lot to do today, as Cadiz … Read the rest