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How did Messi debut Barca B 16 years ago?

16 years ago, Lionel Messi launched the Barca B team with an impressive performance to help the home team win the Catalan derby.

Messi officially launched the Barca B team in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on March 6, 2004. At that time, the 16-year-old Argentine boy surprised everyone with his quick steps, handling technical balls and especially tactical thinking superior to his peers.

In this match, Messi constantly created situations of dribbling and speed techniques, stirring the opponent’s defense to bring the opportunity to score for the home team. In particular, the Argentine player directly participated in both goals of Barca B, contributing 1 goal and 1 assist.

This impressive performance and other imprints in Barca B helped Messi quickly make his debut for the Barca team just a few months later, particularly in October 2005. Coincidentally, the opponent was still Espanyol.

This achievement helped Messi become the youngest player to debut on the first team of Barca at the age of 17, 3 months and 22 days. In May 2005, the Argentine striker scored his first goal for a first-team Barca, opening the journey to becoming a legendary striker with a total of 627 goals after 718 official matches.

Messi started his football career at the age of 7 when he joined the youth team of Newell’s Old Boys. After 6 years at home, the Argentine boy went to Barcelona to develop his career. Since then, Messi has in turn surpassed Barca’s youth levels: Infantil A, Cadete B, Cadete A, Juvenil A, Barca C and Barca B.

However, when he was still a member of the Juvenil A team in November 2003, Messi was introduced to the first team Barca in a friendly against coach Jose Mourinho’s Porto. He has an impressive performance that will cause many experts to become the world’s top star in the future. Now, the prediction has come true.

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Real Madrid compete with Barca to get Lautaro Martinez

The Spanish media revealed that Real Madrid jumped into the race to recruit the Argentinian striker, the leading target of rival Barca.

SPORT newspaper reported that in February Real Madrid tried to contact and persuade Martinez to sign a contract. However, the Argentine striker was not interested in the Bernabeu’s proposal when the talks between him and Barcelona were going well.

Therefore, Real Madrid will only be able to return to the Martinez deal in the summer of 2020. The 22-year-old’s contract release fee is up to 111 million euros.

The reason

The reason why Real Madrid constantly pursued Martinez is because rookie Luka Jovic did not meet expectations and Karim Benzema started showing signs of age. However, their plan is facing many difficulties because of competing with Barca.

Martinez prioritizes joining Barca more than any other club. He also informed BLD Inter Milan that he only wanted to move to the Camp Nou team. In addition, he expressed his desire to play with superstar Lionel Messi, Argentina team-mate.

How good is Martinez?

In the 2019/20 season, Martinez scored 16 goals and 4 assists for Inter after 31 appearances in all competitions. In Serie A alone, he scored 11 goals in 22 matches.

Martinez is praised by professionals for speed and finishing. Barca has long admired the talent of the Argentinian striker and sees him as a permanent replacement for Luis Suarez. However, to make this deal, Barca is considering plans to exchange Arturo Vidal or Ivan Rakitic with Inter to reduce the transfer cost of Martinez.

Barca can even sell 5 players Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena and Jean-Clair Todibo to have money to recruit Martinez. In the summer of 2019, Barca used to be very close to the Argentinian’s signature. However, they withdrew at the last minute when Inter asked for 80 million euros.

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The former president died of coronavirus

Lorenzo Sanz died at the age of 76 on March 21, four days after being hospitalized and tested positive for nCoV.

Mr. Sanz was hospitalized on March 17, with a fever for more than a week. Before that, he tried to treat himself at home, taking fever-reducing pain medicine. One of Sanz’s three sons, Fernando, revealed his father was hospitalized because he could not breathe normally and lacked oxygen in the blood. The former Real president has diabetes. He suffered from kidney failure due to a serious infection and did not recover from the critical illness.

Mr. Sanz was Real’s executive director from 1985 to 1995. He became president of Real Madrid from 1995 on behalf of Ramon Mendoza, and remained in office until 2000. He once brought back Real stars like Roberto Carlos, Predrag Mijatovic, Clarence Seedorf or Davor Suker.

Under Sanz, Real won the Champions League in 1998 and 2000, ending the thirst for 32-year titles in the most prestigious arena in Europe. Sanz’s successor Florentino Perez is famous for his “Galaxy” policy, bringing many of the world’s top stars to the Bernabeu field.

Dybala is infected with nCoV

Italy striker Juventus, Paulo Dybala and girlfriend Oriana positive for nCoV, March 21.

Dybala also confirmed that neither he nor his girlfriend Oriana had any symptoms, despite a positive test. The Argentine striker is the 14th player in Serie A to be infected with nCoV, and the third player to be positive for Juventus, after Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi.

Dybala was linked with a move to Man Utd Summer 2019, but the transfer failed. The Juventus striker scored seven goals in 24 matches in Serie A this season.

Also on March 21, Italian football legend Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel were positive for nCoV. The information is confirmed by AC Milan Club. Paolo Maldini has been with Milan for 25 years, and is currently the technical director of the team. His son is playing for the Milan youth team.

Juventus, recently, allowed some players to leave Italy to visit their families, even though the country was blocked. Midfielder Douglas Costa is the latest to be allowed to return home. Cristiano Ronaldo is in Madeira, Portugal while Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira are allowed in Argentina, Luxembourg and Germany respectively.

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La Liga postponed the match because of Covid-19

The British organization of La Liga announced that it would postpone at least two rounds in the context of the complicated Covid-19 epidemic in Europe.

The notice posted on the La Liga homepage said: “Given the complicated developments of the disease, as well as the positive side of the quarantine being conducted at Real Madrid and possibly at other clubs, La Liga for that the time has come for the next phase in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic “.

The Covid-19 epidemic is greatly affecting sports activities around the world.

Initially, La Liga’s proposal was for the matches to take place on the field without an audience. However, the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic are growing in Spain. Recently, a Real Madrid basketball player has been confirmed positive for the corona virus, leaving both the soccer team and its employees in quarantine to ensure safety.

In the round 28 and 29 of La Liga, teachers and coaches of Zinedine Zidane will receive Eibar and Valencia respectively at the Bernabeu. Meanwhile, the hosts of the Camp Nou will face Mallorca and Leganes.

Of the top 5 national championships in Europe, only La Liga and Serie A have announced their suspension so far. The Bundesliga and Ligue 1 announced the postponement of a number of matches or held on the field without an audience. Meanwhile, the banning of spectators is still a proposal of the Premier League.

In the middle of next week, the remaining pairs of the second leg of the 16 Champions League teams will take place. There has been no announcement of the suspension, although recently, Daniele Rugani, Juventus defender, has just been confirmed positive for corona virus.

If the Champions League takes place normally, Real Madrid will be a guest on the City’s Etihad Stadium, while Barca host Napoli at the Camp Nou.

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Arsenal got into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup

Winning 2-0 on 2 March, Arsenal was the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

A few days after being eliminated from the Europa League by Olympiakos, Arsenal needed a push to revive the spirit for the rest of the season. Only against the Second Division Portsmouth, Mikel Arteta’s teachers do not miss the opportunity to become the first team to enroll in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup this season.

Portsmouth had one of the biggest surprises in FA Cup history when winning the 2007-2008 season. But within the next six years, they dropped three grades and nearly went bankrupt. When he revived again, Portsmouth had hope to climb up to the First Division next season when they were unbeaten in 17 matches in the Second Division. They are the only runner-up team to make it to the FA Cup 2019-2020 round.

Portsmouth 0-2 Arsenal

Before the determination of the home team, Arsenal could not dominate the number of opportunities in the first half despite holding the ball to 71%. Each team had eight shots in the first 45 minutes, most of which were blocked by defenders. Arsenal suffered losses in the 16th minute, when Lucas Torreira had to leave the pitch due to a stretcher injury.

Midfield pair Sokratis and David Luiz are the leaders in the squad composed of most young Arteta players. One of these two players created the most remarkable ball in the half. From Reiss Nelson’s ball in the fourth minute of injury time, Sokratis took a shot to open the score.

Portsmouth have not won Arsenal since 1958. Hoping to end that sad confrontation almost no longer with the home team, when Eddie Nketiah increased the score to 2-0 for Arsenal in the 51st minute. England U21 players quickly finishing off the roof of Portsmouth net at close range, after a clear situation of the defending ball from the home defender.

While Arsenal did not sprung all out, Portsmouth did not have enough strength to rise in the rest of the second half. Arsenal have maintained an unbeaten run against the Second and Lower teams in the FA Cup for the past 28 years. Arteta’s teachers and students will return to the English Premier this weekend to welcome West Ham. In the domestic league, Arsenal ranked 10th after 28 rounds, five points behind the top five but playing less than one match.

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Man Utd, Arsenal and the unpredictable trip (Part 2)

Callum Chambers, Tierney and Cedric Soares continue to be absent. And Olympiacos is without striker Hilal Soudani until the end of the season because of a knee injury.

This is the first match of coach Mikel Arsenal in the Europa League – the arena that Arsenal has advanced in the last two seasons. In the 2017-2018 season, they reached the semi-finals and only stopped in front of the Atletico Madrid champion.

Last year, Arsenal reached the final but lost to Chelsea 1-4. Like Man Utd, Arsenal can aim to win the Europa League this season, to qualify for the Champions League 2020-2021. If the Greek team is defeated, Arsenal will set an English football record with 23 wins in the Europa League.

Just like Man Utd and Arsenal, Inter is tense in many arenas. They were just beaten to the top of Serie A last weekend, after losing to Lazio. But with quite a force, coach Antonio Conte can still launch a squad strong enough to overcome host Ludogorets. Victor Moses, Christian Eriksen, Alexis Sanchez or Christian Biraghi all have to prepare in the defeat to Lazio.

Inter defenders Claudiu Keseru – the Romanian striker scored four goals in the group stage. Keseru is backed by a trio of speedy attacking midfielders Jody Lukoki, Marcelinho and Wanderson. This is the first time the two teams encounter. Both prefer fast-paced gameplay and will create high-speed matches.

Ludogorets has never touched Inter, but they have compared with Milan 2017-2018 season. At that time, the Bulgarian representative lost both matches. Of the 24 teams that have qualified for the Europa League group stage this season, none conceded more than Ludogorets. This is an opportunity for Romelu Lukaku or Lautaro Martinez to explore the opponent’s defense.

In the round of 16 of the Europa League, there are many notable pairs like Getafe – Ajax, Leverkusen – Porto, Roma – Gent or Wolverhampton – Espanyol.

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Man Utd, Arsenal and the unpredictable trip (Part 1)

Man Utd, Arsenal meet the home teams, who are leading the Belgian and Greek scorecards, in the first round of the round of 16 Europa League.

Man Utd rewinds the trip to Belgium with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League. Ole Solskjaer teachers and students still have many chances to compete for the Champions League next season, including the path of winning the Europa League. But, Brugge is not an easy opponent to play when they just lost a match in the Belgian championship.

Man Utd is still missing a number of injuries pillars, such as Victor Lindelof, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. Midfielder Scott McTominay has just recovered and left the opportunity to start. Replacing Rashford on the attack could be rookie Odion Ighalo – a substitute in the match against Chelsea.

Solskjaer can count on 18-year-old Mason Greenwood. He scored four goals in five matches in the group stage and could return to the right wing. In the middle, rookie Bruno Fernandes plays the conductor. On the other side of the front line, striker Emmanuel Dennis is considered a detonator of Brugge. He has scored three goals in the Champions League group stage this season, including the goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Man Utd met Brugge in the match to win the group stage of the Champions League 2015-2016. At that time, Louis van Gaal’s teachers and students won then with a total score of 7-1.

Two teams four times in the same table in the Champions League. In the first six encounters, the home team won. When the two teams meet in the 2015-2016 season, the results are changed when the away team wins two turns.

Confrontation history shows that this will be a balanced match, although the two teams first met in the knockout round. During his trip to Greece, Arsenal were without Mesut Ozil, when the German midfielder’s wife was about to give birth.

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After Brexit, English football is tough

The towering television rights are about to be devalued, 65% of the players become foreign soldiers and the clubs losing their competitive strength in the European arena are the risks that are gradually appearing after England left the European Union.

The UK officially broke up with the European Union (EU) from 1-2-2020, opening a new era, and at the same time, changing a lot of the kingdom’s future relationships in all fields. field. The fog of football in the country has also faced enormous challenges.

The British have long been proud of the Premier League, which is not only worth watching in Europe because of its attractiveness, mass popularity but also a sporting event that brings countless resources, even has become an industry.

The most watched entertainment in the world. However, when the Brexit process was completed and closed for 47 years of “peaceful coexistence” between England and the EU, the English football fans could not help but worry about the consequences.

According to statistics of the English Football Association (FA), there are currently more than 330 foreign players playing in 20 English Premier League teams, accounting for 65% of the army. The majority of these players are from EU countries, enjoying a common rule when playing football in England.

Now, when the UK leaves the EU, non-British players will have to apply for a work permit, which is very stringent and complicated. These foreign soldiers need to prove they do not occupy the job market of their British colleagues, have a certain number of times to wear the national team or to achieve a value of some degree above. transfer market.

The FA sees Brexit as an opportunity to make a “revolution” while promoting the reduction in the number of foreign soldiers in each club from 17 to 13, while increasing the number of English players from 8 to 12 each. team. However, it is important that the FA cannot prove how the use of foreign players in the Premier League affects the quality of England if not the fact that it is the opposite.

With the FA’s strict rules for foreign soldiers, more than 100 players are expected to bid farewell to the Premier League clubs when the 2019-2020 season ends. If so, the chances of success of the English teams in the European arena will be greatly affected when the quality of each club and the Premier League is certainly reduced, contributing to the economic value of the field. This play goes down, even losing the most attractive tournament position in the world.

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Coach Klopp has done an unprecedented thing in Premier League history

Liverpool manager Pep Guardiola over the number of times won the best coach title of the month in a season.

The German leader has just been announced as the best coach in the tournament by the Premier League organizer in January.

This is the fifth time Klopp has won this award in the 2019/20 season, thereby setting a record for the number of times this title has been won in a season in 28 years of Premier League history, surpassing Pep Guardiola’s previous record. (4 times) in the 2017/18 season.

The German leader has made Liverpool an unbeaten team this season.

It should be stressed, the Premier League 2019/20 over 6 months but Klopp won in 5 months. The only time the German leader was not the winner was in October, when Frank Lampard won the award.

It was also the moment Liverpool lost points only this season when drawing MU 1-1 at Old Trafford. The last time Klopp and Liverpool lost in the Premier League was January 3, 2019 when they lost 1-2 to Man City at Etihad.

Klopp and Liverpool are going through the highest season when they won 24, drew 1 after 25 rounds, monopolizing the top of the Premier League rankings with 22 points more than the second-placed team Man City.

Liverpool only need to win the next 6 games to win the championship despite the results of the pursuing rivals. The clubs that Juergen Klopp teachers and students face during this period are also quite light. These are Norwich, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace.

If this happens, Liverpool will officially win the championship right after the 31st round. The prospect of the championship is even more glorious with The Kop.

Man City will be the opponent in the 32nd round of Liverpool, then Pep Guardiola’s team will have to stand in two rows to welcome Juergen Klopp’s army to enter the Etihad field.

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Barca emphasizes style, Real only needs the title

Through the first matches of 2020, Real Madrid is showing the effectiveness of changing the style from florid to pragmatic.

When defeating Valladolid 1-0 in La Liga last Sunday, no Real member could leave with a good memory except defender Nacho – the only goal scorer. In fact, Nacho is not too proud of what he can do.

His goal was only salvation in an unattractive match, where Real was nothing better than the 15th place team. It was also not beautiful enough to remember long, when it was just a simple header. from the cross of Toni Kroos.

But that match shows the new philosophy of Real. Zinedine Zidane’s teachers and students do not need to play beautifully, only need efficiency and titles. They are succeeding with this philosophy by taking three points more than defending champion Barca.

When Zidane regained the torn Real ship during the disastrous 2018-2019 season, Zidane understood that he was facing an unprecedented reconstruction mission. In addition to his weak experience in rebuilding a team, he still lacks many good players with high performance, good age … to bring stability.

As a result, they changed their philosophy and focused more on the results. Zidane is aware that, no matter how beautiful he plays, the plan will be broken and he will have to leave if Real does not win anything this season.

Supporters are also tending to support Zidane’s change. They are not interested in Real struggling to win against Valladolid, the picture is the opposite of the win time of six, or seven goals as when Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are willing to ignore all problems if the team ends with the title. champion.

The victory over Valladolid is the kind of match that only historical enthusiasts can remember in a few weeks. But with Real, it is important that they have an advantage over Barca. While the rivalry is still struggling to get acquainted with the style of the new coach Quique Setien, Real has quietly moved into a favorable position to prepare to accelerate.

In recent weeks, the line of the Royal team has been almost numb. While Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard are sidelined for convalescence, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Vinicius and Lucas Vazquez are helpless to replace.

However, with good adaptability and willingness to change, Real still has the necessary number of goals. Scorer from all front lines such as defender Nacho, Varane, or midfielder Luka Modric, Casemiro.