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Barca remain committed to Super League & will make further decision



Barcelona have justified signing up to the European Super League by saying it was a ‘historic opportunity’ to guarantee football’s financial sustainability, adding that they remain committed to the project even as other clubs jump ship.

The Catalans said in a statement on Thursday that the project required further analysis and could be set up in a different format but appeared to rule out joining fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid and the six English clubs in leaving.

‘Given the public reaction that the aforementioned project has generated…there is no question FC Barcelona appreciates a much more in-depth analysis is required into the reasons that have caused this reaction,’ the statement said.

‘Such in-depth analysis needs time and the necessary composure to avoid taking any rash action.’

Club president Joan Laporta told TV3 that the Super League was ‘absolutely necessary’.

He said: ‘It [a Super League] is absolutely necessary. We are supporters of the national leagues and we will talk to UEFA.

‘We have a position of prudence. It is a necessity, but the last word in the end will be [from] the members.

‘The big clubs contribute a lot – we must participate in the economic distribution.

‘It should be an attractive competition, based on sporting merits. We are open to an open dialogue with UEFA. I think there will be an understanding.’

Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur abandoned the project on Tuesday while Atletico joined them on Wednesday. Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan also accepted the plan had failed.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to accept the project is dead, however, while Barca chief Joan Laporta said earlier on Thursday the Super League was a necessity but was open to dialogue with European soccer organisers UEFA.

Barca are in a deep financial crisis despite being the most valuable club in the world and the one with the biggest income.

Their statement added that structural reforms were needed ‘to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football’, explaining they agreed to join the Super League ‘as a matter of immediate urgency’.

It also described the breakaway project, which has been fiercely criticised by supporters and political leaders across Europe, as ‘a competition designed to improve the quality and attractiveness of the product offered to the football fans’.

‘The decision was made in the conviction that it would have been a historical error to turn down the opportunity to be part of this project as one of its founding members,’ Barca said.

‘As one of the world’s top sports club, our intention shall always be to be at the forefront, this being an indispensable part of the club’s identity and its sporting, social and institutional spirit.’

Source:All football




BREAKING: Mourinho will take charge of Roma from next season



Roma have officially announced Jose Mourinho will be the new head coach and has signed a three-year deal with the Giallorossi.

After having announced the departure of current coach Paulo Fonseca after the season, La Lupa have now confirmed Mourinho will take over ahead of next season.

“The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season,” the club said in an official statement.

Vice-President Ryan Friedkin said the Giallorossi are ‘thrilled’ to announce the arrival of the former Inter coach.

“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome José Mourinho into the AS Roma family,” club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said.

“A great champion who has won trophies at every level, José will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

“The appointment of José is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.”

Mourinho was sacked from his position at Spurs last month and has now penned a deal with the Giallorossi.

“After meetings with the ownership, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for Roma,” Mourinho said.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.”

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Ghana disqualified from 4x100m World Relays Final



Ghana’s 4x100m men’s relay team were disqualified from the World Relays final after breaking changeover rules.

The team initially finished third in the final behind Brazil and South Africa with a time of 39.11s but minutes after the race and time confirmations, drama ensued as Brazil and Ghana were disqualified.

Ghana’s team was disqualified after breaking changeover rules. The final changeover took place outside the authorized zone.

Ghana’s disqualification came as a result of a late changeover – Rule TR 24.7 between the pair of Azamati and Joseph Manu.

In the process, it means South Africa, Italy, Japan and Denmark were the only four out of eight competing teams to record times in the men’s 4x100m.

On a slightly brighter side, the decision is subject to an appeal from team Ghana.

The quartet of Benjamin Azamati, Safo-Antwi, Joseph Paul-Amoah and Joseph Manu simultaneously have already secured Ghana a place at the Olympic Games and the World Athletic Championship in the heats on Saturday.

Credit: Myjoyonline

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Messi scores his 50th freekick for Barcelona



Lionel Messi scored the 50th freekick of his Barcelona career during their 3-2 win over Valencia on Sunday night.

The Argentine bent his effort just out of Jasper Cillessen’s reach, with the ball finding its way into the back of the net via the upright.

That was Messi’s third goal from a freekick this season – after strikes against Granada and Athletic Club – and, as mentioned, his 50th in all competitions for the Blaugrana.

The most freekicks the 32-year-old has scored in one season was in 2018/19, when he netted eight times from a dead ball. He did so seven times each in 2015/16 and 2017/18.

His first freekick goal arrived in the 2008/09 campaign, while he also netted five of them last season.


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