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A Tribute to Jordi Alba’s 11 Years with Barcelona FC

Jordi Alba has been a vital part of Barcelona FC for over a decade, and his departure from the club marks the end of an era. This summer, after 11 years with the first team, Alba is set to move on and start a new chapter in his career. It is therefore fitting to pay tribute to all the successes he achieved during his time as a Blaugrana.

Jordi Alba to leave Barcelona after 11 year-spell

Alba joined Barcelona in 2012 from Valencia for an initial fee of €14 million and quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top fullbacks. His incredible speed meant he could get forward quickly to create chances while also being solid defensively. As such, he was essential in setting up many of Lionel Messi’s goals, while also forming part of arguably the best back four in world football alongside Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.

During his time at Barcelona, Alba won numerous trophies including four La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, three Supercopas de España and one Champions League title (2015). He scored 22 goals for Barca and provided 69 assists in total during his time with the club – testament to just how influential he has been down the left flank. In fact, such was his importance that his Barcelona jersey for 2023/24 was already designed with him in mind prior to the agreement being reached for him to leave this summer.

The Catalan public had always taken a special liking towards Alba due to him being born and raised just outside Barcelona. He was seen as one of their own and they enthusiastically celebrated every goal or assist he made throughout their successful period under Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique. They will undoubtedly be sad to see him go but will never forget all that he did for their team during those 11 years.

From all at Barcelona FC, we thank Jordi Alba for his dedication and hard work throughout those 11 years at Camp Nou and wish him nothing but success wherever he goes nex

Football Roundup – A Look at the Most Talked-About Stories Around the World

It’s been a dramatic few weeks in football across Europe and around the world. From Manchester City’s English Premier League title triumph to Real Madrid’s poor form, there are plenty of stories to sink your teeth into. Here’s a look at some of the most talked-about stories from recent weeks.

In England, Manchester City wrapped up their third Premier League title in four years after their rivals Arsenal lost 2-1 to Aston Villa. It was a result that was greeted with much joy at the Etihad Stadium, with manager Pep Guardiola celebrating his seventh league title in nine seasons across three different countries. The Citizens then went on to beat Chelsea 2-1 in their final match of the season, qualifying for next year’s Champions League.

Man City's greatness is down to players, Guardiola. PLUS: LaLiga must act on Vinicius abuse

Meanwhile, Barcelona celebrated their 26th LaLiga title despite losing 1-0 away at Real Sociedad on the final day of the season. Lionel Messi and co were able to celebrate in style as they finally ended Atletico Madrid’s two-year reign atop Spanish football. However, it wasn’t all good news for Barca as they also had to endure more racial abuse directed towards star forward Vinicius junior during a 3-2 defeat against Valencia earlier this month.

Things are less clear cut over in Germany, where Bayern Munich’s shock 1-0 loss against RB Leipzig has thrown open the Bundesliga title race going into its final weekend. Borussia Dortmund have taken full advantage of Bayern’s slip up and find themselves two points clear heading into Sunday’s final round of matches. If Dortmund win then they will be crowned champions for only the second time since 2012, but if Bayern can pull out a victory over bottom side Mainz then they’ll clinch an eighth successive league title with an unbeatable lead at the top of the table.

Elsewhere around Europe, Manchester United and Tottenham both endured disappointing campaigns that saw them miss out on Champions League qualification while Liverpool sealed their first trophy since 2019 by beating Chelsea 2-0 to lift this season’s FA Cup trophy. Inter Milan clinched their first Serie A title since 2010 after securing a draw away at Sassuolo on matchday 38 while AC Milan enjoyed success too by winning their first Coppa Italia since 2003 following victory over Juventus in last week’s Final.

To conclude our Football Roundup, we take a look ahead to 2023/24 when fans will be proudly wearing new Manchester City jerseys featuring Nike’s latest designs; possibly inspired by this year’s success story or even incorporating legendary figures such as Sergio Aguero or David Silva who left MCFC at the end of last season? Only time will tell but one thing is certain: despite all its challenges this year, football continues to provide us with thrilling moments every week and there’s always something new just around the corner!

Transfer Rumors Roundup – Folarin Balogun & Ruben Loftus-Cheek Being Targeted by AC Milan?

AC Milan is on the hunt to sign some of the most sought after players in Europe this summer. The Serie A giants are reportedly targeting Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Eintracht Frankfurt attacking midfielder Daichi Kamada.

According to Calciomercato, AC Milan have set their sights on Folarin Balogun of Arsenal, Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea and Daichi Kamada of Eintracht Frankfurt as they look to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season.

LIVE Transfer Talk: AC Milan looking to sign new USMNT striker Folarin Balogun

Folarin Balogun has been making a name for himself since joining Stade de Reims in January 2021 on loan from Arsenal. The 20-year-old forward has scored four goals in his 11 appearances so far and previously made 10 appearances for the Gunners’ first team before his loan move. He has also represented England at U19 and U20 level, scoring eight goals in 13 games in total.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek meanwhile is currently on loan at Fulham from Chelsea where he’s made 16 Premier League appearances this season. The 24 year old midfielder has been at Chelsea since 2014 but injury problems have hampered his progress in recent years. He’s also represented England at youth level and was part of the squad that won the Under 17 World Cup back in 2017.

Daichi Kamada meanwhile is an attacking midfielder currently playing for Eintracht Frankfurt and is a regular starter for them this season having played 26 times so far, scoring seven goals and providing four assists along the way. The Japanese international previously played for Sagan Tosu before joining Eintracht in 2019 and has gone on to make 73 appearances for them overall to date.

Despite Arsenal reportedly putting a €30 million transfer fee on Balogun’s head it seems AC Milan could be willing to splash out for him if they can get their hands on him before anyone else does – with RB Leipzig also interested – as they look ahead to the 2023/24 season when they’ll be wearing their new AC Milan jersey. With both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Daichi Kamada available too, there looks like there will be plenty of exciting additions coming into San Siro over the summer transfer window should these moves go through as planned by AC Milan president Paolo Maldini and sporting director Frederic Massara .

LaLiga Chief Tebas Apologizes After Controversial Tweet Draws Criticism

Real Madrid and LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has apologised following criticism of a tweet about Vinícius Júnior which was interpreted as racist. The apology comes amidst an ongoing debate in Spain about racism and the role of governing bodies in tackling it.

In his tweet, Tebas had said that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) should be doing more to combat racism, as LaLiga does not have any authority over the matter. When his comment was misinterpreted by Brazilian fans as a racist remark about Júnior, Tebas quickly issued an apology.

Javier Tebas

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, he said: “I always tell this to my entire work team. When people or an important part of them understand a message in a certain way, then they are right so I have to be sorry because I think my message was not understood, especially in Brazil.”

Tebas also noted that LaLiga is working hard to combat racism and discrimination of all kinds within Spanish football. He has been vocal in his support for introducing rules such as those seen in England where players and staff face bans if found guilty of conducting such behavior. He believes that clear consequences must be set in place if progress is to be made.

The incident involving Tebas’ tweet highlights the ongoing debate surrounding racism within Spanish society today. It’s a situation which has prompted calls from many quarters for stronger action from the authorities involved. Fernando Sanz, president of Malaga CF and former Real Madrid player, spoke out against the incident saying: “Racism cannot be part of any discussion”.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid themselves released an official statement condemning the remarks made by Tebas regarding their midfielder Vinícius Júnior – who wears jersey number 20 for Los Blancos – and calling on him to apologize publicly for any offence caused by his comments. The club also stated that it takes a zero-tolerance stance towards racism and discrimination of all kinds. If you are interested in Real Madrid jersey 2023/24 and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here.

Tebas has since retracted his original tweet but many feel that the damage has already been done with some sections of society questioning why it took him so long to issue an apology for offending anyone with his words – regardless of whether they were taken out of context or not. For now though at least, tensions appear to have simmered down somewhat following Tebas’ public retraction and apology for any harm caused due to the controversial tweet.

The Unstoppable Force of Support for Vinicius After Rayo Win

Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano was a victory not just for the team, but for its fans, players and coaching staff who showed their unwavering support for Vinicius Junior in the wake of racist abuse he had suffered at Valencia just days earlier.

The entire squad lined up before the game wearing Vinicius’ No. 20 jersey, with a banner unfurled prematch which read “We are all Vinicius. Enough is enough”. If you are interested in Real Madrid jersey 23/24 and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here. As it was unveiled, the Real Madrid faithful rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to their young Brazilian starlet as they demonstrated solidarity against racism.

Real Madrid's win felt secondary amid shows of support for Vinicius

Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the first half of the match and substitute Raul de Tomas equalised late on for Rayo, before Rodrygo Goes grabbed an even later winner to secure all three points for Zinedine Zidane’s side. However, regardless of the result, it was clear that everyone was there to show their support for Vinicius after such horrific events had occurred during Sunday’s match.

Indeed, Real Madrid have been particularly vocal about racism in football and have actively encouraged people to fight against discrimination in any form. This is evidenced by their decision to wear Vinicius’ No 20 jersey prior to kick-off – a move lauded by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin who issued a statement saying: “Racism has no place in our sport or society… It is important that we continue to stand together against discrimination in any form.”

Vinicius himself was not involved in Wednesday night’s fixture due to injury but his presence was still felt throughout Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as Madrid supporters chanted his name throughout the match – emphasizing how much they appreciate him both on and off the pitch. Furthermore, Los Blancos coach Zidane also praised the 19-year-old winger when speaking after the game: “It’s very important that we all stick together with what happened to Vinicius… He’s part of this family and we want everyone here at Real Madrid – players and fans – supporting each other through this difficult time.”

Ultimately, Real Madrid’s incredible show of unity on Wednesday night will be remembered as an example of how football clubs can come together against racism; showing that injustice will not be tolerated within LaLiga or anywhere else around Europe. For now though, it should serve as a reminder that despite such tragic events occurring across football grounds worldwide, solidarity will always prevail over hatred.

Could Lionel Messi’s Return to Barcelona Be a Possibility? Xavi Hernandez Weighs In

The prospect of Lionel Messi’s return to his beloved Barcelona has been the subject of speculation for weeks. Now, former Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has weighed in on the possibility of Messi rejoining the Catalans this summer. According to Xavi, Messi’s return mostly depends on the Argentina forward’s intentions.


Messi left Barcelona in August 2020 after a tumultuous year that saw him publicly criticize the club’s board and request to leave. After months of negotiations, he eventually signed for Paris Saint-Germain. However, sources have told ESPN that Messi will part ways with PSG when his deal expires at the end of this season.

Messi-Barca reunion depends on player - Xavi

Xavi has since been coaching Qatar Stars League team Al Sadd since 2019 and recently shared his opinion about Messi’s possible return. He said it is up to Lionel whether or not he wants to come back, and pointed out that there are other options for him as well if he decides against returning.


The former midfield maestro also noted that things have changed since Messi left last year; new players, coach and sporting director have all arrived at Camp Nou and this could play a role in convincing Leo to come back home. Xavi acknowledged that if a player like Messi returns to Barcelona it would bring an extra burst of energy to an already exciting squad as they continue their quest for silverware this season.


Additionally, he spoke highly about Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey 2023 design which features blue central ribbons alongside red side panels – colors synonymous with both France and Qatar – saying “it looks really nice” and adding that “It shows the power of football in these two countries coming together”.


In conclusion, while only time will tell if Lionel Messi does indeed return to Barcelona this summer or not, it is clear from Xavi’s words that there is still hope. If Leo chooses to make a comeback it could be one of the most remarkable stories in football history; uniting one of the greatest players ever with one of the world’s most successful clubs once more would no doubt bring immense joy to fans across the world who are eagerly awaiting news regarding his future plans.

An Inside Look at Lionel Messi’s Historic Win as Best FIFA Men’s Player

Lionel Messi’s historic win as Best FIFA Men’s Player was celebrated with great fanfare at a ceremony in Paris on Monday. The PSG jersey-clad superstar, who has been dominating the soccer field for more than a decade, beat out PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema to take the prestigious award.

Messi beats Mbappe to Best FIFA Men's award

The victory is particularly sweet for Messi, whose long-time goal of achieving international glory had eluded him until now. After coming up short in three World Cup finals and repeatedly falling short at other international competitions, the star finally claimed victory with Argentina’s 2022 World Cup win this past December. After 36 years without such an achievement, it was a momentous occasion across the world of soccer – and it was especially meaningful for Messi.

Messi has long been considered one of the greatest players ever to grace the game and his successes over the years have only cemented that reputation further. In addition to winning six Ballon d’Or awards (a record), he has also won numerous club accolades such as 10 Spanish La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, eight Copa del Reys, and six Supercopas de Espana with FC Barcelona. He has scored more than 650 goals in all competitions throughout his career so far – another record – while leading Barcelona to multiple trophies year after year.

There is no doubt that Messi’s success has been inspirational both on and off the pitch; his work ethic and dedication to improving his craft have made him an idol for millions of young aspiring footballers around the world. In addition to his remarkable performance on the pitch, Messi is also renowned for his charitable efforts off it; he works with several humanitarian organizations to help provide assistance in poverty-stricken areas and raises awareness about various social issues such as gender inequality in sports.

His recent win as Best FIFA Men’s Player is yet another feather in Messi’s cap – one that recognizes not only his excellence as an individual player but also serves as acknowledgment for all of his hard work during one of soccer’s longest droughts without a major international tournament victory by Argentina. It is undoubtedly a monumental moment in Messi’s storied career and will go down in history as one of its most significant highlights yet.

At the Salle Pleyel, Messi was given a prestigious honor amidst this extraordinary year. Sitting alongside Mbappe, he expressed his sincere appreciation for the accolade: “It’s amazing – it is such an honour to be here tonight and receive this award!”

The PSG jersey-clad superstar is a symbol of excellence on and off the pitch, and his Best FIFA Men’s Player award celebrates Messi’s success in all its glory. It is a testimony to what he has achieved as an individual player – and it serves as recognition for all of his hard work during one of soccer’s longest droughts without a major international tournament victory by Argentina. With Messi at the helm, there is no limit to what he can achieve next in his incredible career. It is clear that Lionel Messi will continue to leave an indelible mark on the sport for many years to come. His influence on the game, both domestically and internationally, speaks volumes about his

How Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg Propelled Leipzig’s Top-Four Hunt

RB Leipzig’s push for a top-four finish in the Bundesliga has been bolstered by a 2-1 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday. Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg provided Leipzig with the inspiration as they notched up a goal and an assist apiece, allowing Leipzig to provisionally move up to fourth in the standings on 42 points, just one behind Bayern Munich and Union Berlin.Werner and Forsberg goals keep Leipzig in top-four hunt

At the one-hour mark, Leipzig launched Christopher Nkunku onto the field. The France international was full of energy as he resumes playing after a lengthy injury recovery time. His presence added vigour to Leipzig’s attack and it paid dividends as Werner scored the winner just two minutes later.

It remains to be seen what Leipzig can do in this season’s race for the Champions League qualification places, but Saturday’s result has certainly given them a massive boost in that regard. They look well placed to take advantage of any slip

The win was particularly important for Leipzig’s top-four quest, as their rivals are all closing in on them. Leipzig had to make sure that this game went their way if they wanted to remain competitive in the race for Champions League qualification.

Werner has been Leipzig’s main source of goals this season, scoring 20 times in 25 Bundesliga appearances so far. His tally of seven assists is also among the highest in Germany’s top flight and his performance against Frankfurt displayed why he is rated so highly around Europe. He opened the scoring after 17 minutes when he got on the end of a cross from fellow German international Marcel Sabitzer and headed it past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. It was Werner’s fifth goal in five games and his eighth since returning from injury earlier this month.

Forsberg also played an important role in Leipzig’s win, setting up Werner’s opener before sealing Leipzig’s victory late on with a well-taken strike from inside the penalty area. This goal was Forsberg’s ninth of the season and his sixth since February 17th – making him Leipzig’s second most potent attacking threat behind Werner.

Leipzig will now be hoping that their two star players can keep delivering such performances if they are to maintain their current league position. The club has invested heavily into its squad over recent seasons and those investments have certainly paid off, with Leipzig currently boasting one of the best squads in Germany’s top flight. Alongside Werner and Forsberg, Leipzig also have Dayot Upamecano – who is attracting attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs – as well as Christopher Nkunku, Nordi Mukiele and Marcel Halstenberg providing them with strength throughout their lineup.

The recent form displayed by Werner and Forsberg shows that Leipzig have enough talent amongst them to ensure Champions League football next season, but they will have to make sure that they keep up their strong form if they are to secure their place at Europe’s top table come next May. This will require both players to continue performing at a high level while wearing a Leipzig jersey until then; something which both players seem more than capable of doing if given the chance!

How Borussia Dortmund Surged to the Top of the Bundesliga Table Thanks to Julian Brandt

Borussia Dortmund have taken a huge leap towards the top of the Bundesliga table after a moment of brilliance from Julian Brandt saw them win 1-0 against TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund were already leading in second place ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach, but this win has given them a three point lead over Borussia Monchengladbach who suffered a 3-2 loss to Mainz 05. This result means that Borussia Dortmund can now look forward to an exciting end to the season with a good chance of re-claiming their Bundesliga crown.

The decisive moment came in the 43rd minute when Julian Brandt was fouled wide on the left and Marco Reus swung in the resulting free kick. In what can only be described as an act of improvisation, Brandt ducked under the ball at the near post, allowing it to bounce off his back and into the net past Oliver Baumann in goal for Hoffenheim. The ingenuity from Brandt was enough to give Borussia Dortmund all three points and take them closer to reclaiming their Bundesliga title.

This is not the first time this season that Borussia Dortmund have displayed such amazing form under head coach Edin Terzic’s guidance. In his first few matches, Terzic had Borussia Dortmund playing at their best with some dominating performances; they won 5 out of 6 games scoring 22 goals and only conceding 5. Their attacking display was superb and full of energy which saw them surge up the table in no time as they continue their pursuit for Bundesliga glory.

In addition to Borussia Dortmund’s excellent performance, Julian Brandt has been pivotal for his team throughout this campaign; he has contributed 7 goals and 4 assists so far this season which is more than any other player in this Borussia Dortmund side. He has been consistently impressive while providing some excellent attacking play down either flank or playing through central positions just behind Erling Haaland who completes Borussia’s deadly front three alongside Jadon Sancho.

Brandt’s contributions are even more impressive considering he missed two months due to injury earlier in March. His absence could have derailed Borrussia’s title ambitions but upon his return, he has continued where he left off with impressive displays week after week; showing exactly why he is considered one of Germany’s most promising players.

As we enter into May and near closer towards the end of the season, things are looking up for Borrusia Dortmund who hope to regain their Bundesliga title after coming runners-up last year behind Bayern Munich; although there are still many matches ahead including tough fixtures against Bayer Leverkusen+ , RB Leipzig+ , Wolfsburg+ and Union Berlin+, Borrusia Dortmund have put themselves firmly in pole position thanks largely due to Julian Brandt’s individual brilliance wearing his iconic Borrusia Dortmund jersey.

Bayern Munich Dominate Rivals Union to Retain Top Spot in Bundesliga Table

Bayern Munich dominated against their rivals Union Berlin on Sunday, with a crushing 3-0 victory that solidified their position at the top of the Bundesliga table. The match was a chance for Bayern to bounce back from last week’s loss to Borussia Monchengladbach and they certainly did that in style.

The Bavarians controlled the game from start to finish, going into halftime with a comfortable 3-0 lead thanks to goals by Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, and Alphonso Davies. Bayern were able to take advantage of some defensive errors by Union early on in the match and quickly opened up the scoreline.

Lewandowski opened scoring with a header off of a corner kick, which was followed 10 minutes later by Goretzka’s strike from inside the box. Bayern seemed unstoppable and had several dangerous chances including an effort from Serge Gnabry that struck the post. In the 18th minute, Bayern sealed their win when Davies finished off a well worked team goal with his sixth goal of the season.

The second half saw Bayern take their foot off the gas pedal but still remain in control of proceedings throughout. Union struggled to create any meaningful opportunities as Bayern saw out their victory, keeping them at 46 points–level with Borussia Dortmund but ahead on goal difference–while Union dropped to third on 43 points.

Following this impressive performance, Bayern have asserted themselves as title favourites once again and will be looking forward to continuing their run towards defending their title. Their superior ball possession, attacking prowess and overall play have set them apart this season and if they can maintain this form then there is no reason why they won’t be able to retain their position at the top of the table come season’s end.

Bayern wore their iconic red jersey as they took to the pitch; always an intimidating sight for any opposition team. The jersey has become synonymous with Bayern’s dominance over recent years and is always an intimidating sight for opponents as it serves as reminder of how successful this club has been over past seasons in both domestic competitions and European tournaments alike. Bayern Munich jerseys are coveted items for any football fan around the world due its association with success at all levels of competition across Germany or abroad.

Overall it was an excellent display put forth by Bayern Munich on Sunday evening – one that shows just why they are one of Europe’s most dominant clubs year after year no matter who assembles behind them on or off the field – while also sending out a warning sign to anyone thinking they could challenge them for top spot in Germany anytime soon: Bayern Munich cannot be stopped!