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Shakthar Donetsk manager Igor Jovicevic paid tribute to the ageless Luka Modricahead of his team’s Champions League Group F clash with defending champions Real Madrid. Jovicevic talked about Modric in his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to face Real Madrid in Madrid this week as he also mentioned Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

On Modric, Jovicevic paid tribute to his longevity as he pointed out that the Croatian legend is still performing at the top level despite his age. He said Barcelona legendary duo of Andres Iniesta and Xavi didn’t even manage to achieve what Luka Modric has done, which is playing at the highest level in his late 30s. Both Xavi and AndresIniesta didn’t play at the highest level late into their 30s. Read more »


Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott has signed a new deal at the club. The young midfielder has signed a new contract at Liverpool thus tying him down to the club until 2027.

Elliott, 19, only signed a new deal at Liverpool last year and his latest contract extension is a reward for his continued development. Recently, Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders talked up the ability of the young Englishman whom he compared to Andres Iniesta. According to Lijnders, his footballing brain is similar to that of Andres Iniesta. Barcelona legend Iniesta is presently on the payroll of Vissel Kobe in the Japanese league. Andres Iniesta is widely regarded as one of the finest players of his generation. Read more »


According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Barcelona and Ivan de la Pena ended their recent meeting with the confidence that the two parties are closer to agreeing to terms over a bumper new contract for Gavi. The 17-year-old prodigy will likely sign a long-term contract that will contain a €1 billion release clause.

Gavi has been a revelation since Barcelona promoted him to the first-team setup at the onset of the 2021/22 season. Amid a financial struggle at Camp Nou, the Blaugrana had no option to fast-track the Spanish wonderkid to the senior squad. And he has not disappointed either, establishing himself as a pivotal figure for club and country. Read more »


Spanish football legend Andres Iniesta has guided Vissel Kobe to their first league win of the season after they thrashed Sagan Tosu 4-0 at home. Andres Iniesta was the star of the show after he scored one and provided another on the way to an emphatic victory for his team.

Asian Champions League campaigners Vissel Kobe had not won a league game in the Japanese top flight this season before they played hosts to Sagan Tosu last week Saturday. They were able to record their first win of the season in the J. League thanks in part to the quality shown by Andres Iniesta. Read more »


Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has somewhat confirmed that he could be returning to the Camp Nou in what came as a rather shocking and interesting development. The former Spain international midfielder was a midfield maestro during his playing days for the Blaugrana and bossed the midfield alongside hie former teammate at club and national team level, Xavi Hernández. However, all good things do come do an end and the two players, with tears in their eyes, announced their departures from the club they spent all of their playing careers playing for.

However, while Xavi went straight into retirement after leaving Barcelona, Iniesta did not do the same. He instead continued playing and signed for Japanese League side Vissel Kobe where he continued to show that age is only a number and that class is permanent. He became one of the best players not only at the club but also in the league overall as he continued to score goals and register assists as well. Xavi, on the other hand, was appointed as manager by a club in Saudi Arabia where he began his career in club management.
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There is an agenda that is currently going viral that Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is the next and right man for the Manchester United managerial job. The rumors linking Pochettino to the Old Trafford job have been around for quite some time now and it does not look like they will be dying down anytime soon. Even before the appointment of Olé Gunnar Solksjaer as the club’s boss back in the summer transfer window of 2018, Argentine manager Pochettino was mentioned as one of the potential candidates who could be taking up the reigns at the club.

But he was not appointed by the Red Devils chiefs as he was still a Tottenham Hotspur manager at the time. Solksjaer managed United for more than three years but was not able to win any trophy for the club and only came close in last season’s UEFA Europe League campaign as he guided the Red Devils to the final of the competition but a loss to Spanish La Liga club Villarreal on penalties meant that he would be ending his reign as United manager without a single trophy to his name.
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Italian publication La Repubblica has revealed that struggling Premier League moneybags Newcastle United are eyeing a move for Juventus midfielder ArthurMelo. The Newcastle United fans can get excited with the potential signing of Arthur who played alongside Barcelona legends Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta at the Nou Camp.

Arthur was a Barcelona player for some years before the club decided to sell him to Italian side Juventus in a swap deal involving Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanictwo years ago. The decision has come back to haunt Barcelona as they have not been able to get the best out of Pjanic who’s in his third season as a Barcelona player.
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French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain are still in search of their very first UEFA Champions League title and they have already labored for it in the past but they have just not been lucky enough to get their hands on it. While they’ve conquered the French League a couple of times in the past, they’ve had to struggle in Europe and have kept being knocked out by teams who have been better than them. Two seasons ago, they came very close by reaching the final of the competition but despite how hard they tried, they eventually lost the match to German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich who were eventually crowned the Champions of Europe in that season.


Their failures in Europe in recent years have been credited to the fact that they’ve not really been pushing hard enough to get to the finish line even though they have had a lot of great players in the past. Paris Saint-Germain have indeed been blessed with a lot of talented and quality players in their history and have had players like Austin Jay-Jay Okocha to play for them before, while also noting that David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Edinson CAVANI are among a number of top quality players to have had a history with the French giants. Read more »


There is currently a lot of hype surrounding Barcelona’s young midfielder Pedri for the remarkable campaign he had with Spain at the Euros. Pedri, a midfield star for Barcelona and Spain, was one of the standout young players of the tournament, and even though no one would have expected him to play in such a lot of games for his country in the competition, he was one of the most used players in the team by Spain head coach Luis Enrique. Former Barcelona manager Enrique called up the 18-year-old midfield sensation to link up with the Spain national team before the tournament, and it already had a lot of people asking questions.

While some were wondering whether he would even be allowed to make his debut for the Spain national team, others were concerned about whether he will be playing a lot of games for his country. Before the tournament started, Enrique revealed that he was impressed with the teenager’s displays in training and that’s where it all began for the youngster.
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has shared the pitch and dressing room with a number of players in his career and on almost all occasions, at any given chance, those players have, one time or another revealed how they had such a great time and career playing with the multi Ballon d’Or winner.

Messi joined Barca as a kid and has gone on to play with some of the finest footballers to ever grace the game, including the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa, Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o, Xavi Hernandez, Pedro, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, and a lot of others.
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