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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Much has been made of the fact that Barcelona striker Lionel Messi's hamstring injury is his fourth muscle problem since April. While some reports suggest that Barca's medical staff could be to blame, an Associated Press report shows suggests that Messi is the one who keeps insisting he is ready ... Read the whole story
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi on Wednesday picked up his third consecutive Golden Boot award for being the top scorer in Europe last season. The Argentine's 46 strikes for Barcelona in La Liga was just four shy of his previous best, set in 2011-12. As usual, he dedicated the award to ... Read the whole story
FIFA on Wednesday controversially announced that it was extending its deadline for voting for the 2013 Ballon d'Or to Nov. 29. The decision has been viewed by some as a ploy to favor Cristiano Ronaldo over other leading contenders like Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, especially after the ... Read the whole story
Borussia Dortmund hosts Bayern Munich in Saturday's "Der Klassiker," Germany's version of La Liga's 'El Clasico,' in the midst of a huge injury crisis. In fact, the BVB's entire starting defense that it won the double with in 2012 is missing through injury. Center backs Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic ... Read the whole story
Former Borussia Dortmund forward Mohamed Zidan has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud by an Egyptian court, according to reports in the Egyptian media. The former Egypt international was convicted for fraud over charges relating to a real estate deal. Zidan currently works as a commentator for ... Read the whole story
Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler, one of Europe's hottest young prospects, has admitted he is "very interested" in a future transfer to Arsenal, although the 20-year-old says he is not interested in joining the North London club in January because that might jeopardize his chances with the German national team. While ... Read the whole story
Arsenal and Napoli will learn by the end of day Friday whether their potentially decisive UEFA Champions League Group F match in Naples will be played behind closed doors due to crowd trouble during Napoli's home win against Marseille two weeks ago. The Stadio San Paolo club is worried that ... Read the whole story
Barcelona on Thursday confirmed that goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be out for six weeks after suffering a torn calf muscle in his right leg following Spain's 1-0 loss to South Africa in Johannesburg. Valdes was replaced in the 75th minute of Tuesday's encounter at Soccer City. Read the whole story

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