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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Barcelona on Monday named former player Luis Enrique as its new head coach. Enrique, who coached Celta de Vigo to a respectable ninth-place finish in La Liga last season, follows former coach Pep Guardiola as the only man to have been the club's captain, B team coach and first-team coach. Read the whole story
If Neymar, who had a tepid, if injury-blighted first season with Barcelona, is feeling the pressure, he has yet to reveal it. "We suffer pressure in all of the things we do," he says in an email interview with the Journal. "It's normal in life, but if you're an athlete, ... Read the whole story
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has been charged with leading the Red Devils to Premier League glory next season and is expected to be given 150 million pounds ($252.6 million) to rebuild the squad over the summer, the Guardian reports. As reported earlier, United legend Ryan Giggs, who announced ... Read the whole story
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs on Monday announced his retirement as a professional soccer player after he was named assistant to incoming Red Devils coach Louis van Gaal next season. Giggs spent his entire 23-year career at United, winning 34 major trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two UEFA ... Read the whole story
Yaya Toure's agent has cast the Ivory Coast international's Manchester City future in doubt by claiming that the midfielder was disrespected by the club because no one wished him a happy 31st birthday during a club event in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. Read the whole story
Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player, were both left off La Liga's team of the season. Unsurprisingly, this year's team was dominated by players from newly-crowned champion Atletico Madrid, which had seven players named in the 11. Thibaut Courtois, ... Read the whole story
Earlier this week, Manchester City midfielder James Milner stated his desire to leave the Premier League champion this summer, but the Guardian is reporting that City may now try to block the England international from leaving following the sanctions handed down to the club for breaching UEFA's financial fair play ... Read the whole story
Despite reports in the Spanish press claiming that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa suffered a Grade 1 hamstring tear against Barcelona on Saturday (which requires a minimum of 15 days of rest), Atleti coach Diego Simeone insists that it is still 'too early' to know whether the Spain international will ... Read the whole story


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