'I played in the Champions League under Sir Alex': Ex-United youngster retired at the age of 27 to become a builder
Former Manchester United full-back Lee Roche, known for his brief stint in the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson, made the surprising decision to retire from professional football at the age of 27 and pursue a career in construction.Roche, born in Bolton in 1980, joined Manchester United's academy in 1997 and made his Premier League debut two years later in a match against Newcastle.
Ter Stegen matches one La Liga feat after keeping another clean sheet; can set new record vs Celta
Barcelona kept their 26th clean sheet of the 2022/23 La Liga season with their 3-0 win over Mallorca.In doing so, Marc-Andre ter Stegen added to his tally in what has been a spectacular individual campaign for him.
'He won everything': Ex-Deportivo midfielder Djalminha names Barca player who 'did better' than Messi
Former Deportivo and Brazilian midfielder Djalminha, who played alongside Ronaldinho on the international stage, believes his teammate 'did better' at Barcelona than Leo Messi."Of the younger generation, Ronaldinho is the one I respect the most," he told UOL.
'He asked me to referee them 'the same way as Barca'': Ex-La Liga referee tells shocking story about Florentino Perez
"In a 6-1 match [of Real Madrid] against Deportivo [in 2010] or something like that, the game finished and we left the pitch with the assistants that went with me," former La Liga referee Eduardo Iturralde has told Cadena SER."There was a person who put me in a separate room and told me: 'I only ask you to referee us [Real Madrid] the same way as Barca'.
Tebas 'did everything possible' to deny 19-year-old Leo Messi first-team registration - 2 clubs pushed for it
Javier Tebas' efforts to prevent Barcelona from registering Gavi's new deal were not the first such case.Back in 2005, on behalf of Alaves and Deportivo, the current La Liga president asked to declare Leo Messi's contract 'null and void'.
Ter Stegen sets sight on historic La Liga record
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has conceded just 6 goals in the first 18 league games of the season. According to Mundo Deportivo, the German goalkeeper is one clean sheet away from equalling the record of Francisco Liano from back in the 1993/94 season when the Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper conceded just 6 goals in the first half of the season.
Who was Barca's first-ever black footballer? You asked, we answered
We occasionally get asked in the comment section who was the first-ever black footballer to play for Barcelona, so we decided to finally answer the question.By the look of things, the first-ever black player to wear the Blaugrana colours was also the first-ever African to represent the club — Jorge Alberto Mendonca.
All about Barca's rumoured 3-man list to replace Koeman: latest rumours, claims, facts
Francisco Javier Garcia PimientaThe current Barcelona B manager appears to be the likeliest candidate to succeed Ronald Koeman in the Camp Nou dugout as Xavi Hernandez and Erik ten Hag have recently extended their respective contracts with Ajax and Al Sadd.Garcia Pimienta is the longest active coach at Barca, having managed different youth set-ups and the B side since 2001.
Clarence Seedorf: 'There are no black people in top positions in football. I had no calls after a great job at AC Milan'
AC Milan and the Netherlands great Clarence Seedorf has criticised the lack of opportunities given to black managers in Europe."I played 12 years in Italy: after [coaching] Milan, despite having done a great job, I received no calls.
'There are no Black people in positions of greatest power': Seedorf slams racial bias in football
"I played 12 years in Italy: after [coaching] Milan, despite having done a great job, I received no calls," Clarence Seedorf told Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by ESPN. "Holland is my country, yet again, zero calls.
Barca owe €126m for transfers - but they're also waiting for similar €168m payment from other clubs
As we reported a couple of days ago, Barcelona have released their official accounts, and it turns out that they owe €126m to 19 other clubs.However, they are similarly owed €168m transfer fees from other clubs as well.
Barcelona need 1 victory to match Luis Enrique's impressive record for consecutive away league wins
Barcelona have won 5 consecutive away games in La Liga for the first time since 2016 when Luis Enrique was still in charge, the Catalan club's official media remind.Here's our winning streak away in the league, starting from December 22:Meanwhile, here's Luis Enrique's 6-game winning streak back, split between the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons:April-May 2016:August-September 2016:Ronald Koeman's men could match this run with a win against Real Betis on February 7.
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Football experience, net worth and more: Profile of United's potential buyers Ortega family
Net worthAs of November 2018, the Ortega family had an estimated net worth of almost $74bn.Amancio Ortega, the head of the family and the world's 6th richest person of 2020 (as per Forbes) is the chairman of Inditex and the co-owner of Zara – two of the world's largest fashion retailers.
4 transfers that, like Figo, generated hatred and rivalry between clubs
Before Figo, Los Blancos had signed Valencia great Pedja Mijatovic the same way they got the Portuguese. Lorenzo Sanz was the president of Madrid when the move happened and he was the one to pay the release clause on July 1, 1996.