FC Barcelona will be expecting to have to beat Real Sociedad today to retain their place at the top of La Liga, because Real Madrid have the much easier task of a home game against Elche. Barcelona can expect a tough away match, with the Sociedad manager, players and fans seeking revenge for what they see as a very unfair game at the Nou Camp recently.
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The president of Barcelona has sensationally resigned from his post today. Sandro Rosell made the announcement after calling an emergency meeting of the club. His role has been taken for now by Jose Maria Bartomeu, although it is not clear how long this will last and whether there are set to be new elections.
It seems like the case of the transfer of Neymar to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos was the last straw for Sandro Rosell. There have been all sorts of claims and accusations in the Spanish media all week and, although there is a confidentiality clause in the contract which is supposed to stop details of it becoming public, someone managed to get hold of it and leak all the different factors to the press.
It seems as if FC Barcelona are under concerted attack at the minute. The latest comes under the guise of a suggestion that the Catalan club has falsified it’s accounts and misled it’s shareholders over the amount of money it cost to bring the Brazilian superstar Neymar to the Camp Nou last summer.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo has published the claims, seemingly gathered from leaked court documents given to the authorities by Barcelona executives. The paper claims that the real cost of Neymar’s transfer could be as high as 95 million euros, with some payments apparently hidden in things like payments for scouting work done by Neymar’s father, payments for friendlies between Santos and Barca and many other things that are not necessarily anything to do with the transfer..
A lot can happen between now and February, but everyone concerned with FC Barcelona must be pretty glad that the next phase of the Champions League is a couple of months away, after drawing arguably the toughest side in the draw for the knockout stage.
Manchester City have just beaten Bayern Munich in the Allianz arena and followed it up with a 6-3 victory over the Premier League leaders Arsenal. I would probably say that Arsenal, because of their form this season and their experience in Europe, would have been the worst team to draw, but City’s mega rich owners have assembled a squad of superstars, including former Barca man Yaya Toure, who we should never have let go.
The new manager of FC Barcelona has come under fire from all over the Spanish media recently, unfairly in my opinion. Even before the team lost two games in a row, to Ajax in the Champions League and Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, the Argentinean coach was being criticised for either changing the style or not changing it enough.
You might think that the Barcelona boss Tata Martino would get a bit of leeway from the Spanish media, but it seems like the knives are really out for the 51-year old Argentinean.
The Barcelona supporting press are always a little bit extreme in their reactions, and maybe they have got so used to success in recent years that any drop in standards is pounced on, but their reaction to two defeats in a row has been incredible.
It never rains but it pours they say, and it has been chucking it down at FC Barcelona recently. With the Club already having to cope without the hugely important Lionel Messi, probably for the rest of the year at least, the last thing Tata Martino needed was any more players picking up injuries during the international break.
But that is just what has happened, and it leaves the Barcelona first team looking a bit threadbare. From the main starting XI from last season, Jordi Alba and Messi are unavailable long term and have now been joined by Victor Valdes, Dani Alves, Cristian Tello, Afellay and Dos Santos.
With Lionel Messi not expected to return to action for FC Barcelona much before the end of the year, and having struggled with some niggling injuries at the latter part of last season, the chances of the mercurial number 10 winning the FIFA Ballon D’Or for a fifth straight year are looking pretty slim.