Meticulous planning, irreparable damage and cruel irony: Lionel Messi at PSG

Lionel Messi poses with the Paris Saint-Germain jersey after signing a 2 year contract at Parc des Princes on August 10, 2021 in Paris, France.

Lionel Messi’s 21-year association with Barcelona, where he became the greatest player of his generation, ended yesterday. The Argentine joins a stacked PSG side whose pursuit of an elusive Champions League triumph has become clearer in recent months with their summer business. But while the seeds had been sown for a decade, even they wouldn’t have expected this…
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Euro 2020: Karim Benzema to make France return after six-year absence

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid duels for the ball with Alejandro Berenguer of Athletic Club during the La Liga Santander match between Athletic Club...

Six years after his last call-up with politics, allegations of racism and an ongoing court case bubbling beneath the surface, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been named in Didier Deschamps’ 26-man France squad for the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament – which begins in less than a month’s time. He’s expected to lead the line after an excellent season at club level.
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Sevilla signing Alejandro Gomez has no regrets, ready for new challenges

Alejandro Papu Gomez of Sevilla FC during the unveil of the new signing of Alejandro Papu Gomez at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on January 28, 2021...

After it was confirmed earlier this week that Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez was joining La Liga side Sevilla – rather than another Serie A rival – in a cut-price deal worth up to £7m, comments aplenty have emerged about the move. Teammates, former boss Gian Piero Gasperini and Papu had their say as he prepares for another of Europe’s top five leagues.
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Saturday previews: Barcelona travel to Cadiz, Juventus host Torino in derby clash

Juventus beat Dynamo Kiev and will decide first place in Group G in the last round against Barcelona | Time24 News

Ahead of their eagerly-anticipated UCL clash on MD6 next, La Liga giants Barcelona and Serie A champions Juventus face potentially stiff opposition during their brief return to domestic action on Saturday. Barca travel to sixth-placed Cadiz, after Juventus entertain determined strugglers Torino in the Derby della Mole as they look to close the gap on their title rivals. Continue reading

Saturday Previews: Fulham-Palace, Genoa-Inter and Atletico-Betis across Europe

Chelsea Here Chelsea There: Loftus-Cheek debut for Fulham | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club

Read on for match previews from Europe’s top leagues taking place across Saturday, as Fulham host fellow London rivals Crystal Palace in the Premier League, while Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan and Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side return to domestic action with tricky tests of their own after contrasting Champions League results on MD1 in midweek. Continue reading