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Dos viajeros observan el panel de salidas en el aeropuerto de El Prat (Barcelona). EFE/Archivo
Dos viajeros observan el panel de salidas en el aeropuerto de El Prat (Barcelona). EFE/Archivo
Dos viajeros observan el panel de salidas en el aeropuerto de El Prat (Barcelona). EFE/Archivo
El lateral defiende el buen arrque de la selección española en el Mundial y a su compañero en el Barcelona.
Jordi Alba no entiende las críticas ni a España ni a Messi: "Esperad para dar palos"
El lateral defiende el buen arrque de la selección española en el Mundial y a su compañero en el Barcelona.
The Spain international says he will be happy to speak with Blaugrana vice-president Jordi Mestre regarding the Atletico Madrid striker's announcement
Pique welcomes discussion with Barcelona board over Griezmann transfer saga
The Spain international says he will be happy to speak with Blaugrana vice-president Jordi Mestre regarding the Atletico Madrid striker's announcement
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
‘Messi is not Maradona’ - Why Leo can’t win the World Cup all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
‘Messi is not Maradona’ - Why Leo can’t win the World Cup all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
‘Messi is not Maradona’ - Why Leo can’t win the World Cup all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
‘Messi is not Maradona’ - Why Leo can’t win the World Cup all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
‘Messi is not Maradona’ - Why Leo can’t win the World Cup all alone
The Barcelona forward is charged with leading the Albiceleste to glory at Russia 2018, but it is unfair to expect him to win the tournament all alone
The Real Madrid and Spain defender considers a domestic rival at Barcelona to be a better player than an illustrious World Cup winner from 1986
'Maradona is light years behind Messi' - Sergio Ramos hits back at Argentina legend over Godin jibe
The Real Madrid and Spain defender considers a domestic rival at Barcelona to be a better player than an illustrious World Cup winner from 1986
GRAF4665. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4665. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4665. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4664. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4664. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4664. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4663. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4663. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4663. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4661. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4661. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4661. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4659. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4659. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
GRAF4659. BARCELONA (ESPAÑA), 21/06/2018.- La Fundación Blueproject presentó hoy en Barcelona la exposición colectiva "STILL BLUE", con obras de Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Howard Hodgkin, Penck A.R. y Jörg Immendorf. EFE/ Enric Fontcuberta.
​Com as possíveis saídas de alguns jogadores importantes, o Flamengo precisa ir ao mercado para repor as faltas. ​O mais cotado para chegar no Flamengo, neste momento, é o atacante Vitinho, do CSKA. Mas além dele, um outro nome surgiu nesta quarta-feira. Trata-se do zagueiro Dario Aímar, do Barcelona de Guayaquil. Segundo o empresário dele, Miguel Coronel, o defensor tem chance de vestir a camisa rubro-negra, nesta temporada. ''Ele pode ir para o Brasil ou para a Espanha. Estamos aguardando a...
Mercado: Empresário de jogador revela conversas com o Flamengo
​Com as possíveis saídas de alguns jogadores importantes, o Flamengo precisa ir ao mercado para repor as faltas. ​O mais cotado para chegar no Flamengo, neste momento, é o atacante Vitinho, do CSKA. Mas além dele, um outro nome surgiu nesta quarta-feira. Trata-se do zagueiro Dario Aímar, do Barcelona de Guayaquil. Segundo o empresário dele, Miguel Coronel, o defensor tem chance de vestir a camisa rubro-negra, nesta temporada. ''Ele pode ir para o Brasil ou para a Espanha. Estamos aguardando a...
​Com as possíveis saídas de alguns jogadores importantes, o Flamengo precisa ir ao mercado para repor as faltas. ​O mais cotado para chegar no Flamengo, neste momento, é o atacante Vitinho, do CSKA. Mas além dele, um outro nome surgiu nesta quarta-feira. Trata-se do zagueiro Dario Aímar, do Barcelona de Guayaquil. Segundo o empresário dele, Miguel Coronel, o defensor tem chance de vestir a camisa rubro-negra, nesta temporada. ''Ele pode ir para o Brasil ou para a Espanha. Estamos aguardando a...
Mercado: Empresário de jogador revela conversas com o Flamengo
​Com as possíveis saídas de alguns jogadores importantes, o Flamengo precisa ir ao mercado para repor as faltas. ​O mais cotado para chegar no Flamengo, neste momento, é o atacante Vitinho, do CSKA. Mas além dele, um outro nome surgiu nesta quarta-feira. Trata-se do zagueiro Dario Aímar, do Barcelona de Guayaquil. Segundo o empresário dele, Miguel Coronel, o defensor tem chance de vestir a camisa rubro-negra, nesta temporada. ''Ele pode ir para o Brasil ou para a Espanha. Estamos aguardando a...
Meio-campista croata é companheiro do craque do Barcelona, e o enfrentará na Copa do Mundo nesta tarde
Rakitic exalta "o melhor da história e argentino mais orgulhoso", mas pede: "Que Messi não seja feliz contra nós"
Meio-campista croata é companheiro do craque do Barcelona, e o enfrentará na Copa do Mundo nesta tarde
Meio-campista croata é companheiro do craque do Barcelona, e o enfrentará na Copa do Mundo nesta tarde
Rakitic exalta "o melhor da história e argentino mais orgulhoso", mas pede: "Que Messi não seja feliz contra nós"
Meio-campista croata é companheiro do craque do Barcelona, e o enfrentará na Copa do Mundo nesta tarde
El púgil dominicano residente en Barcelona, Abigail Medina 'Bebe' (calzón negro), y el francés Jeremi Parodi en el combate por el Campeonato de Europa en la categoría supergallo disputado en el Gran Canaria Arena, en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria., en 2016. EFE/Archivo
El púgil dominicano residente en Barcelona, Abigail Medina 'Bebe' (calzón negro), y el francés Jeremi Parodi en el combate por el Campeonato de Europa en la categoría supergallo disputado en el Gran Canaria Arena, en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria., en 2016. EFE/Archivo
El púgil dominicano residente en Barcelona, Abigail Medina 'Bebe' (calzón negro), y el francés Jeremi Parodi en el combate por el Campeonato de Europa en la categoría supergallo disputado en el Gran Canaria Arena, en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria., en 2016. EFE/Archivo
Después de meses de rumores y noticias sobre el posible fichaje de Lenglet por le ​Barcelona, parece que hay fecha definitiva para que el jugador francés acabe vistiendo los colores azulgranas. Según Sport, el Barça pagará la cláusula de rescisión el próximo 1 de julio. La fecha no es casual, coincidirá con el inicio del ejercicio económico. Será entonces cuando el Barcelona pague los 35 millones de euros que cuesta liberar al jugador de su contrato con el Sevilla. La operación, cuenta con el...
MERCADO | El Barça pagará la cláusula de Lenglet en cuanto abra el mercado
Después de meses de rumores y noticias sobre el posible fichaje de Lenglet por le ​Barcelona, parece que hay fecha definitiva para que el jugador francés acabe vistiendo los colores azulgranas. Según Sport, el Barça pagará la cláusula de rescisión el próximo 1 de julio. La fecha no es casual, coincidirá con el inicio del ejercicio económico. Será entonces cuando el Barcelona pague los 35 millones de euros que cuesta liberar al jugador de su contrato con el Sevilla. La operación, cuenta con el...
Después de meses de rumores y noticias sobre el posible fichaje de Lenglet por le ​Barcelona, parece que hay fecha definitiva para que el jugador francés acabe vistiendo los colores azulgranas. Según Sport, el Barça pagará la cláusula de rescisión el próximo 1 de julio. La fecha no es casual, coincidirá con el inicio del ejercicio económico. Será entonces cuando el Barcelona pague los 35 millones de euros que cuesta liberar al jugador de su contrato con el Sevilla. La operación, cuenta con el...
MERCADO | El Barça pagará la cláusula de Lenglet en cuanto abra el mercado
Después de meses de rumores y noticias sobre el posible fichaje de Lenglet por le ​Barcelona, parece que hay fecha definitiva para que el jugador francés acabe vistiendo los colores azulgranas. Según Sport, el Barça pagará la cláusula de rescisión el próximo 1 de julio. La fecha no es casual, coincidirá con el inicio del ejercicio económico. Será entonces cuando el Barcelona pague los 35 millones de euros que cuesta liberar al jugador de su contrato con el Sevilla. La operación, cuenta con el...
<p>The 31-year-old defender, who is Colombian singer Shakira’s boyfriend, played in the opening game draw against Switzerland. Currently plying his trade at FC Barcelona, he started out as a striker at Manchester United. (PHOTO: AP) </p>
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The 31-year-old defender, who is Colombian singer Shakira’s boyfriend, played in the opening game draw against Switzerland. Currently plying his trade at FC Barcelona, he started out as a striker at Manchester United. (PHOTO: AP)

​El ​Barcelona se ha llevado un chasco grande con la decisión de Griezmann de quedarse en el Atlético de Madrid. Ante este hecho, el club azulgrana ha cambiado de objetivo prioritario para este mercado de verano. Miralem Pjanic es el hombre que el Barça quiere incorporar a su centro del campo. El bosnio interesa mucho en Barcelona, pero la Juventus, su actual club, no pondrá nada fácil su salida. Además, al FC Barcelona le ha salido un duro competidor para hacerse con Pjanic. Juega en la...
MERCADO | El grande europeo que le disputará el fichaje de Pjanic al Barça
​El ​Barcelona se ha llevado un chasco grande con la decisión de Griezmann de quedarse en el Atlético de Madrid. Ante este hecho, el club azulgrana ha cambiado de objetivo prioritario para este mercado de verano. Miralem Pjanic es el hombre que el Barça quiere incorporar a su centro del campo. El bosnio interesa mucho en Barcelona, pero la Juventus, su actual club, no pondrá nada fácil su salida. Además, al FC Barcelona le ha salido un duro competidor para hacerse con Pjanic. Juega en la...
​El ​Barcelona se ha llevado un chasco grande con la decisión de Griezmann de quedarse en el Atlético de Madrid. Ante este hecho, el club azulgrana ha cambiado de objetivo prioritario para este mercado de verano. Miralem Pjanic es el hombre que el Barça quiere incorporar a su centro del campo. El bosnio interesa mucho en Barcelona, pero la Juventus, su actual club, no pondrá nada fácil su salida. Además, al FC Barcelona le ha salido un duro competidor para hacerse con Pjanic. Juega en la...
MERCADO | El grande europeo que le disputará el fichaje de Pjanic al Barça
​El ​Barcelona se ha llevado un chasco grande con la decisión de Griezmann de quedarse en el Atlético de Madrid. Ante este hecho, el club azulgrana ha cambiado de objetivo prioritario para este mercado de verano. Miralem Pjanic es el hombre que el Barça quiere incorporar a su centro del campo. El bosnio interesa mucho en Barcelona, pero la Juventus, su actual club, no pondrá nada fácil su salida. Además, al FC Barcelona le ha salido un duro competidor para hacerse con Pjanic. Juega en la...
El lateral culé espera una renovación aunque desde la concentración del Mundial de Rusia 2018 deja claro que "no me veo fuera".
Jordi Alba: "Me quedaría toda la vida en el Barcelona pero es decisión del club"
El lateral culé espera una renovación aunque desde la concentración del Mundial de Rusia 2018 deja claro que "no me veo fuera".
​Luego de su destacada participación en el partido ante Alemania y tras los buenos momentos que ha vivido en el Tri, mucho se ha hablado acerca de la transferencia de Hirving Lozano al ​Barcelona. Sin embargo, un pequeño detalle podría truncar el fichaje. ¡No te olvides de seguirnos también en nuestra cuenta de Instagram, @90min_es! De acuerdo con información del medio ESPN, sí existe interés por parte del conjunto blaugrana por el 'Chucky'; no obstante, el traspaso no se podrá concretar, al...
NO VA MÁS | La razón por la que el "Chucky" Lozano no fichará por el Barcelona
​Luego de su destacada participación en el partido ante Alemania y tras los buenos momentos que ha vivido en el Tri, mucho se ha hablado acerca de la transferencia de Hirving Lozano al ​Barcelona. Sin embargo, un pequeño detalle podría truncar el fichaje. ¡No te olvides de seguirnos también en nuestra cuenta de Instagram, @90min_es! De acuerdo con información del medio ESPN, sí existe interés por parte del conjunto blaugrana por el 'Chucky'; no obstante, el traspaso no se podrá concretar, al...
​Luego de su destacada participación en el partido ante Alemania y tras los buenos momentos que ha vivido en el Tri, mucho se ha hablado acerca de la transferencia de Hirving Lozano al ​Barcelona. Sin embargo, un pequeño detalle podría truncar el fichaje. ¡No te olvides de seguirnos también en nuestra cuenta de Instagram, @90min_es! De acuerdo con información del medio ESPN, sí existe interés por parte del conjunto blaugrana por el 'Chucky'; no obstante, el traspaso no se podrá concretar, al...
NO VA MÁS | La razón por la que el "Chucky" Lozano no fichará por el Barcelona
​Luego de su destacada participación en el partido ante Alemania y tras los buenos momentos que ha vivido en el Tri, mucho se ha hablado acerca de la transferencia de Hirving Lozano al ​Barcelona. Sin embargo, un pequeño detalle podría truncar el fichaje. ¡No te olvides de seguirnos también en nuestra cuenta de Instagram, @90min_es! De acuerdo con información del medio ESPN, sí existe interés por parte del conjunto blaugrana por el 'Chucky'; no obstante, el traspaso no se podrá concretar, al...
Sede de CaixaBank en Barcelona. EFE/Archivo
Sede de CaixaBank en Barcelona. EFE/Archivo
Sede de CaixaBank en Barcelona. EFE/Archivo
Con más títulos ganados que partidos jugados con el ​Barcelona, Douglas no romperá su récord y volverá a salir cedido una temporada más, Esta vez, según la información recogida por Mundo Deportivo desde Francia, el destino será el Nantes de la Ligue 1. Esta temporada ha estado cedido en el Benfica, pero no ha tenido apenas oportunidades y ya durante el otoño se habló de la intención del club lisboeta de devolver al jugador la Barcelona. El jugador no debutó en la Liga NOS hasta bien entrado...
OTRA VEZ | Douglas, muy cerca de marcharse del FC Barcelona
Con más títulos ganados que partidos jugados con el ​Barcelona, Douglas no romperá su récord y volverá a salir cedido una temporada más, Esta vez, según la información recogida por Mundo Deportivo desde Francia, el destino será el Nantes de la Ligue 1. Esta temporada ha estado cedido en el Benfica, pero no ha tenido apenas oportunidades y ya durante el otoño se habló de la intención del club lisboeta de devolver al jugador la Barcelona. El jugador no debutó en la Liga NOS hasta bien entrado...
Con más títulos ganados que partidos jugados con el ​Barcelona, Douglas no romperá su récord y volverá a salir cedido una temporada más, Esta vez, según la información recogida por Mundo Deportivo desde Francia, el destino será el Nantes de la Ligue 1. Esta temporada ha estado cedido en el Benfica, pero no ha tenido apenas oportunidades y ya durante el otoño se habló de la intención del club lisboeta de devolver al jugador la Barcelona. El jugador no debutó en la Liga NOS hasta bien entrado...
OTRA VEZ | Douglas, muy cerca de marcharse del FC Barcelona
Con más títulos ganados que partidos jugados con el ​Barcelona, Douglas no romperá su récord y volverá a salir cedido una temporada más, Esta vez, según la información recogida por Mundo Deportivo desde Francia, el destino será el Nantes de la Ligue 1. Esta temporada ha estado cedido en el Benfica, pero no ha tenido apenas oportunidades y ya durante el otoño se habló de la intención del club lisboeta de devolver al jugador la Barcelona. El jugador no debutó en la Liga NOS hasta bien entrado...
​La negativa de Griezmann ha cambiado los planes del club azulgrana en materia de fichajes, pero lo que a priori parecía una mala noticia puede llegar a ser un gran alivio para el Barcelona. El ​FC Barcelona se ha llevado el primer revés del mercado de fichajes después de que Antoine Griezmann anunciase que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid cuando muchos ya le veían jugando de azulgrana la próxima temporada. Sin embargo, según apuntan desde el diario Sport, esta negativa del francés ha...
Las razones por las que el FC Barcelona está más tranquilo tras el 'no' de Griezmann
​La negativa de Griezmann ha cambiado los planes del club azulgrana en materia de fichajes, pero lo que a priori parecía una mala noticia puede llegar a ser un gran alivio para el Barcelona. El ​FC Barcelona se ha llevado el primer revés del mercado de fichajes después de que Antoine Griezmann anunciase que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid cuando muchos ya le veían jugando de azulgrana la próxima temporada. Sin embargo, según apuntan desde el diario Sport, esta negativa del francés ha...
​La negativa de Griezmann ha cambiado los planes del club azulgrana en materia de fichajes, pero lo que a priori parecía una mala noticia puede llegar a ser un gran alivio para el Barcelona. El ​FC Barcelona se ha llevado el primer revés del mercado de fichajes después de que Antoine Griezmann anunciase que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid cuando muchos ya le veían jugando de azulgrana la próxima temporada. Sin embargo, según apuntan desde el diario Sport, esta negativa del francés ha...
Las razones por las que el FC Barcelona está más tranquilo tras el 'no' de Griezmann
​La negativa de Griezmann ha cambiado los planes del club azulgrana en materia de fichajes, pero lo que a priori parecía una mala noticia puede llegar a ser un gran alivio para el Barcelona. El ​FC Barcelona se ha llevado el primer revés del mercado de fichajes después de que Antoine Griezmann anunciase que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid cuando muchos ya le veían jugando de azulgrana la próxima temporada. Sin embargo, según apuntan desde el diario Sport, esta negativa del francés ha...
​La negativa de Griezmann ha cambiado los planes del club azulgrana en materia de fichajes, pero lo que a priori parecía una mala noticia puede llegar a ser un gran alivio para el Barcelona. El ​FC Barcelona se ha llevado el primer revés del mercado de fichajes después de que Antoine Griezmann anunciase que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid cuando muchos ya le veían jugando de azulgrana la próxima temporada. Sin embargo, según apuntan desde el diario Sport, esta negativa del francés ha...
Las razones por las que el FC Barcelona está más tranquilo tras el 'no' de Griezmann
​La negativa de Griezmann ha cambiado los planes del club azulgrana en materia de fichajes, pero lo que a priori parecía una mala noticia puede llegar a ser un gran alivio para el Barcelona. El ​FC Barcelona se ha llevado el primer revés del mercado de fichajes después de que Antoine Griezmann anunciase que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid cuando muchos ya le veían jugando de azulgrana la próxima temporada. Sin embargo, según apuntan desde el diario Sport, esta negativa del francés ha...
​Sigue aumentando la polémica tras la emisión del documental 'La Decisión' en el que Griezmann desveló que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid. Un programa producido por una empresa que controla ​Gerard Piqué, que estaba al tanto de su grabación. Precisamente esto no sentó nada bien a la directiva del ​FC Barcelona y así se lo hizo saber durante la presentación de Abidal como nuevo secretario técnico del club. Y es que Jordi Mestre, el vicepresidente deportivo, dijo que "la participación de...
POLÉMICA | La desafiante respuesta de Piqué a Mestre tras el toque de la directiva del Barça
​Sigue aumentando la polémica tras la emisión del documental 'La Decisión' en el que Griezmann desveló que se quedaba en el Atlético de Madrid. Un programa producido por una empresa que controla ​Gerard Piqué, que estaba al tanto de su grabación. Precisamente esto no sentó nada bien a la directiva del ​FC Barcelona y así se lo hizo saber durante la presentación de Abidal como nuevo secretario técnico del club. Y es que Jordi Mestre, el vicepresidente deportivo, dijo que "la participación de...
Imagen de instalaciones eléctricas de la filial de Endesa Fecsa tomadas en Barcelona el 20 de diciembre de 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea
España devolverá a la CNMC la gestión de los peajes eléctricos
Imagen de instalaciones eléctricas de la filial de Endesa Fecsa tomadas en Barcelona el 20 de diciembre de 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Imagen de instalaciones eléctricas de la filial de Endesa Fecsa tomadas en Barcelona el 20 de diciembre de 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea
España devolverá a la CNMC la gestión de los peajes eléctricos
Imagen de instalaciones eléctricas de la filial de Endesa Fecsa tomadas en Barcelona el 20 de diciembre de 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea
El nuevo alcalde de Badalona (Barcelona), Álex Pastor, ayer. EFE
El nuevo alcalde de Badalona (Barcelona), Álex Pastor, ayer. EFE
El nuevo alcalde de Badalona (Barcelona), Álex Pastor, ayer. EFE
Gerard Pique hat nach dem 1:0-Sieg Spaniens über den Iran eine Entschuldigung gegenüber dem FC Barcelona verweigert. In der Causa Antoine Griezmann erkennt der Verteidiger weiterhin keinen Fehler bei sich.
Primera Division: Pique über Griezmann-Verlängerung: "Muss mich für nichts entschuldigen"
Gerard Pique hat nach dem 1:0-Sieg Spaniens über den Iran eine Entschuldigung gegenüber dem FC Barcelona verweigert. In der Causa Antoine Griezmann erkennt der Verteidiger weiterhin keinen Fehler bei sich.
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Argentina and Croatia - the two heavyweights of Group D - go head to head. Argentina desperately need three points after drawing with Iceland in their opening match. Croatia got up and running with a 2-0 win over Nigeria. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, the pressure is on Argentina's captain and talisman, Lionel Messi, to make amends against Croatia. Having led Argentina to an agonising World Cup final defeat to Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He needs to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has unashamedly turned to midfielder Ivan Rakitic - a team mate of Messi's at Barcelona - for tactics to stop him. For reasons hard to fathom, Argentina have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli's year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria. Sampaoli hasn't used the same line-up twice in the 12 games he's been in charge and he'll probably juggle again, this time starting with 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick, can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Di Maria. Croatia themselves are not short on top-quality players. As well as Rakitic, they also have the talented Luka Modric in midfield and towering hitman Mario Madzukic up front. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: Argentina Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. ----- Croatia Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) What's the latest news on the two teams? As mentioned earlier, Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize. The diminutive Argentine captain, known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonisingly missed out on international trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America. For many Argentines that means that while he may currently be the world's best player, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona, "El Pibe" (The Kid), who won the 1986 World Cup. With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russia always looked a tall order. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game But it became harder in the 64th minute of Argentina's opener when his tame penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper - watched inevitably by Maradona who had lapped up adoring cries of "Dieeeeego!" beforehand. Though Maradona, 57, consoled Messi that even he too once missed five consecutive penalties and the 1-1 draw with Iceland was a collective failure, the signs are bad. "Look, I love Messi, we all do. But it's just not working out for him internationally," said Guillermo Aguirre, strolling round Nizhny Novgorod as Argentine fans begin to arrive for Thursday's game. "I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him. But if I'm realistic, Brazil was the best opportunity." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> Argentina win - EVENS Draw - 9/4 Croatia win - 3/1 What's our prediction? This is going to be so tight and could go either way. Both teams have quality, but Croatia are more of a team, Argentina too reliant on one man - Messi. If Argentina are to prevail it will be thanks to a moment of brilliance from Messi or Aguero or Dybala. Croatia, though, are too organised to give them that many openings. Prediction: Argentina 1 Croatia 1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Croatia: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Argentina and Croatia - the two heavyweights of Group D - go head to head. Argentina desperately need three points after drawing with Iceland in their opening match. Croatia got up and running with a 2-0 win over Nigeria. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, the pressure is on Argentina's captain and talisman, Lionel Messi, to make amends against Croatia. Having led Argentina to an agonising World Cup final defeat to Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He needs to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has unashamedly turned to midfielder Ivan Rakitic - a team mate of Messi's at Barcelona - for tactics to stop him. For reasons hard to fathom, Argentina have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli's year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria. Sampaoli hasn't used the same line-up twice in the 12 games he's been in charge and he'll probably juggle again, this time starting with 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick, can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Di Maria. Croatia themselves are not short on top-quality players. As well as Rakitic, they also have the talented Luka Modric in midfield and towering hitman Mario Madzukic up front. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: Argentina Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. ----- Croatia Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) What's the latest news on the two teams? As mentioned earlier, Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize. The diminutive Argentine captain, known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonisingly missed out on international trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America. For many Argentines that means that while he may currently be the world's best player, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona, "El Pibe" (The Kid), who won the 1986 World Cup. With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russia always looked a tall order. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game But it became harder in the 64th minute of Argentina's opener when his tame penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper - watched inevitably by Maradona who had lapped up adoring cries of "Dieeeeego!" beforehand. Though Maradona, 57, consoled Messi that even he too once missed five consecutive penalties and the 1-1 draw with Iceland was a collective failure, the signs are bad. "Look, I love Messi, we all do. But it's just not working out for him internationally," said Guillermo Aguirre, strolling round Nizhny Novgorod as Argentine fans begin to arrive for Thursday's game. "I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him. But if I'm realistic, Brazil was the best opportunity." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> Argentina win - EVENS Draw - 9/4 Croatia win - 3/1 What's our prediction? This is going to be so tight and could go either way. Both teams have quality, but Croatia are more of a team, Argentina too reliant on one man - Messi. If Argentina are to prevail it will be thanks to a moment of brilliance from Messi or Aguero or Dybala. Croatia, though, are too organised to give them that many openings. Prediction: Argentina 1 Croatia 1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Die Art und Weise der Griezmann-Absage sorgt in Barcelona weiter für Unruhe. Pique weist jede Schuld von sich und tut dies auch offen kund.
Gerard Pique in Causa Antoine Griezmann: "Muss mich für nichts entschuldigen"
Die Art und Weise der Griezmann-Absage sorgt in Barcelona weiter für Unruhe. Pique weist jede Schuld von sich und tut dies auch offen kund.
Fotografía facilitada por Icempresarial del arquitecto Josep Lluís Mateo que inaugura una exposición en la Galería Joan Prats de Barcelona, que incluye maquetas, fotografías, vídeos, esbozos y croquis de algunas de sus obras y proyectos. EFE
Fotografía facilitada por Icempresarial del arquitecto Josep Lluís Mateo que inaugura una exposición en la Galería Joan Prats de Barcelona, que incluye maquetas, fotografías, vídeos, esbozos y croquis de algunas de sus obras y proyectos. EFE
Fotografía facilitada por Icempresarial del arquitecto Josep Lluís Mateo que inaugura una exposición en la Galería Joan Prats de Barcelona, que incluye maquetas, fotografías, vídeos, esbozos y croquis de algunas de sus obras y proyectos. EFE
Fotografía facilitada por Icempresarial del arquitecto Josep Lluís Mateo que inaugura una exposición en la Galería Joan Prats de Barcelona, que incluye maquetas, fotografías, vídeos, esbozos y croquis de algunas de sus obras y proyectos. EFE
Fotografía facilitada por Icempresarial del arquitecto Josep Lluís Mateo que inaugura una exposición en la Galería Joan Prats de Barcelona, que incluye maquetas, fotografías, vídeos, esbozos y croquis de algunas de sus obras y proyectos. EFE
Fotografía facilitada por Icempresarial del arquitecto Josep Lluís Mateo que inaugura una exposición en la Galería Joan Prats de Barcelona, que incluye maquetas, fotografías, vídeos, esbozos y croquis de algunas de sus obras y proyectos. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (d) y Rosa Gàmiz (c), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (d) y Rosa Gàmiz (c), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (d) y Rosa Gàmiz (c), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (c) y Rosa Gàmiz (d), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (c) y Rosa Gàmiz (d), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (c) y Rosa Gàmiz (d), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (d) y Rosa Gàmiz (c), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (d) y Rosa Gàmiz (c), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
El actor catalán Pere Arquillué, debuta en la dirección teatral junto a los actores Josep Julien (i) Joan Carreras (d) y Rosa Gàmiz (c), durante la presentación hoy en Barcelona de la obra teatral "Audiència & Vernissatge", en la que sube a escena dos textos del autor checo Václav Havel con los que explora aspectos absurdos y grotescos del mundo en el que vivimos, una obra que se presenta en La Villarroel dentro de la programación del Festival Grec. EFE
The Barcelona forward was powerless to prevent a damaging defeat to Croatia on Thursday and will be almost 35 when the next tournament comes around
'His last chance for glory' - Messi's World Cup legacy left hanging by a thread
The Barcelona forward was powerless to prevent a damaging defeat to Croatia on Thursday and will be almost 35 when the next tournament comes around
The Barcelona forward was powerless to prevent a damaging defeat to Croatia on Thursday and will be almost 35 when the next tournament comes around
'His last chance for glory' - Messi's World Cup legacy left hanging by a thread
The Barcelona forward was powerless to prevent a damaging defeat to Croatia on Thursday and will be almost 35 when the next tournament comes around
Controladores de Barcelona se citan con el Gobierno para evitar la huelga en julio
Lionel Messi is as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Croatia star says the Albiceleste cannot just rely on the Barcelona forward
Perisic: Argentina don't play as a team and 'need to change something'
Lionel Messi is as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Croatia star says the Albiceleste cannot just rely on the Barcelona forward
1:24PM 23 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Neymar shoos everyone away and takes the free-kick himself, driving it low and flat diagonally from the right aimed for Thiago Silva peeling off round the back. He does connect with the header but bludgeons it wide. 1:22PM 21 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Hardly seen anything of Gabriel Jesus and Paulinho. And Costa Rica look electric down the right. Here's Jesus now going up against Duarte 30m from goal and Duarte catches his knee. 1:21PM 19 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Neymar scoops the ball over his head by the touchline and turns Venegas, sprints on and goes down when Venegas shoves him over to thwart further progress. Neymar takes the free-kick, like he did a minute ago, and Costa Rica defend the cross into the box very comfortably. A combination of good positioning, strength and poor delivery. Coutinho covers his mouth to complain to the referee - presumably that Venegas wasn't booked for his persistent fouling. Neymar tries to get away from Venegas Credit: REUTERS/Henry Romero 1:18PM 16 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Neymar looks very rusty and trots from side to side, looking for a suitable berth from which he can influence the play. He is fouled on the left - doesn't look much but the cumulative effect of Switzerland's treatment and the couple of niggly ones here will effect him as he toils for match fitness after recovering from that broken foot. Miss: Brazil 0 - 0 Costa Rica (Celso Borges, 13 min) 1:15PM 14 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Chance for Costa Rica! And a golden one too from the free-kick on halfway. Venegas slides a pass down the right for Gamboa, who won the free-kick from Neymar who fouled him after giving the ball away. Gamboa gambols into the space habitually vacated by Marcelo and pulls back a cross from the byline to the penalty spot to meet Borges' run perfectly but the midfielder screws his shot a metre wide of the left post. 1:12PM 12 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Casemiro briefly leaves us to stem a nosebleed on the touchline received when wearing a ball flush in the puss and Brazil play keepball in his absence until Neymar, of all people, loses it with a clumsy touch. 1:11PM 10 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Up come Miranda and Thiago Silva and Neymar aims for them, bending a right-footer into the box but Gonzalez and Duarte have them covered and head it away. 1:10PM 8 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Willian and Fagner combine down the right again and though Ruiz stops the first thrust and seems to be fouled by Fagner a split-second after he intercepted the return from Willian but the ref doesn't concur. When the ball falls kindly for Willian he drops to the floor when a Costa Rica defender breathes on him and Brazil have a free-kick wide on the right, a couple of metres beyond the area. 1:07PM 5 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Better from Ruiz who is playing tucked in on the left and turns quickly to receive the goalkick and hook it on to Urena who storms through the middle but runs out of space, isolated from his support runners, and Miranda and Thiago Silva hound him down. 1:05PM 4 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Fagner injects some urgency and sprints forward and hits a low outswinging cross that Gabriel Jesus snatches at and fires his shot into the defender from 15m. Ruiz makes an error with his clearance and gives it to Coutinho who flays a right-foot shot over the bar from the right of the D. Miss: Brazil 0 - 0 Costa Rica (Coutinho, 3 min) 1:03PM 2 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Wee Fagner attacks up the right, taps it up to Willian who is clipped by the former Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz. Brazil go backwards from the free-kick, play it across the defence and make laboured progress back up the right. 1:01PM 1 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Here we go, Brazil, their half in sunshine, attacking towards the darkness. There's something profound in that. 1:00PM Brazil in their beautiful blue away kit Obtusely underrated by fashion's Thom Gibbs: World Cup kits ranked 12:58PM As do the Costa Ricans Blanca y pura descansa la paz. Peace rests white and pure. 12:56PM Marcelo gives the Brazil national anthem Some proper gusto in his singing. Terra adorada! Entre outras mil És tu, Brasil Ó Pátria amada 12:54PM Out come the teams And Thiago Silva is today's beneficiary of Tite's rotating captaincy. Imagine what the armband fetishists among the Fleet Street 'dukes' would have to say about that if it happened with England at a tournament. 12:40PM Since the last World Cup Keylor Navas has won three Champions Leagues, a Liga, a Spanish Super Cup, three Fifa Club World Championships and two Uefa Super Cups. And still he doesn't convince many critics. Keylor Navas warms up to face Gabriel Jesus and co Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images 12:37PM Martin O'Neill on Lionel Messi 'Best player I've ever seen. He needs to find space for himself. He does that all the time. He can do it. He's playing as if he has a great weight, as if has a concern [that he needs to win the World Cup to make him a true great]. I'm the first to say he doesn't but he's playing as if he does. 12:26PM Cut out the 90 minutes and go straight for the result Play the predictor. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 12:25PM And with tournament history Brazil Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. World Cup record: Brazil Costa Rica Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte; Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Oviedo; Bryan Ruiz, Venegas; Urena. World Cup record: Costa Rica Referee Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands). 12:22PM And in the Fifa format #BRACRC The teams are in for the first match of the day! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/OwQiIh2PY0— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018 12:22PM And Costa Rica also make one change Sunderland's Bryan Oviedo comes in for Francisco Calvo. OFFICIAL XI vs Costa Rica: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.#Russia2018— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 22, 2018 12:15PM Here are you teams Brazil make one change ... at right-back, Fagner for Danilo. Tite knows I suppose but I think they're going to need Renato Augusto in the later stages and it would have been good to give him a run today. OFFICIAL XI vs Costa Rica: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.#Russia2018— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 22, 2018 11:33AM Preview: Brazil must become the collective once again Friday’s opening match pits a nation with five World Cups against a team that has only beaten them once in 10 meetings in a fixture someone will no doubt call the Copo de Café. Brazil, for it is they, won nine of the previous meetings, including victories at the 1990 World Cup (1-0, by virtue of Muller’s goal in Turin) and the 2002 tournament (5- 2 with Ronaldo scoring two, Edmilson, Rivaldo and Junior one each though Costa Rica fought back from 3-0 down to 3-2 just after half-time). I was all set to regale you with the tale of how Costa Rica have held the PanAmerican Championship bragging rights for 58 years since recording their sole victory in San Jose in 1960, but that scoundrel, Rob Smyth, once of this place, hared out of the blocks this morning and breasted the tape with his piece while I was still trying to make sense of the stuff coming out of the Google translate mincer. So I won’t repeat his work, suffice to say Costa Rica, quarter-finalists four years ago, have no significant history of beating Brazil and even their one win came against a scratch side devoid of its 1958 World Cup winners who stayed at home. So let us focus, instead, on Brazil’s manager Tite and what he should do today. He got here by being as much a pragmatist as his predecessors but introduced one crucial change he refined at Corinthians that has re-established midfield as the power train of the team. Luiz Felipe Scolari deployed flying full-backs as the creative motor of his side, stationing two holding midfielders in front of the centre-backs, a forceful, hard-running centre-forward ahead of wide men and a 10. Hulk and Oscar were no one’s idea of wingers but they started on the flanks and cut in to leave space for the bombing Dani Alves and Marcelo. Dunga tried variations of 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 but could never get the balance right. Tite, who made Brazil a whole once more Credit: Getty Images By contrast Tite had stuck with largely the same personnel yet turned them into a coherent whole. Renato Augusto, a 2016 Olympic gold medallist, was already in Dunga’s side but has been transformed into a deep-lying playmaker in the Andrea Pirlo mode by Tite who used him there for Corinthians. During four seasons at Bayer Leverkusen, he played behind the strikers but in this withdrawn role he dictates the tempo and runs the game. Behind him sat Casemiro or Fernandinho and to his right the recalled Paulinho. These three roles were the heart of the new Brazil, a holder, a playmaker and a box-to-box raider just as Ralf, Jadson and Elias drove Corinthians on. With Neymar to the left, Philippe Coutinho or Willian on the right and Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino through the middle they have the flexibility to spring from 4-1-4-1 to 4-3-3 and, with Paulinho’s lung-bursting runs, something approaching the 4-2-4 that makes the heart sing. But against Switzerland Tite dropped Renato Augusto, moved Coutinho into midfield from where he scored a terrific goal. The change, however, left the side unbalance and the motor clogged up, piddle in the petrol tank. Brazil do not have midfielders of Gerson’s quality or Socrates’ or Falcao’s, but Tite did have a functioning system in which the players understood their assignments and had the confidence to trust the coach’s judgment. Last March Paulinho scored a hat-trick in a 1-4 victory over Uruguay in Montevideo arriving each time with the judicious timing of a player who reads the game fluently. As we saw at the typically bombastic Barcelona unveiling in August, Paulinho may not be able to execute pointless tricks with precision but stick him in a match and he plays with poise and intelligence. In addition Tite had addressed the reliance on Neymar by sometimes, paraphrasing Barry Davies’ immortal line, “using him by not using him”. “The collective empowers the individual,” the coach says. “If the ball arrives to Neymar, they mark [him], but the other side is more exposed. Coutinho creates chances. Enter Fagner, enter Paulinho. We take Neymar to one side, let him be isolated and make room for another.” You can tell by the tears when Tite praised him last week and pledged his support, that Neymar, caricatured as a prima donna, is anything but in a canary shirt. Note that the collective ‘empowers the individual’ but only to serve the collective and Neymar buys into this. Brazil have to get back to that today and could begin by using the system that transformed their fortunes over the past two years. The World Cup is no place for experimentation and stroking the egos of nine-figure transfer-fee talents.
Brazil vs Costa Rica, World Cup 2018: live score updates
1:24PM 23 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Neymar shoos everyone away and takes the free-kick himself, driving it low and flat diagonally from the right aimed for Thiago Silva peeling off round the back. He does connect with the header but bludgeons it wide. 1:22PM 21 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Hardly seen anything of Gabriel Jesus and Paulinho. And Costa Rica look electric down the right. Here's Jesus now going up against Duarte 30m from goal and Duarte catches his knee. 1:21PM 19 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Neymar scoops the ball over his head by the touchline and turns Venegas, sprints on and goes down when Venegas shoves him over to thwart further progress. Neymar takes the free-kick, like he did a minute ago, and Costa Rica defend the cross into the box very comfortably. A combination of good positioning, strength and poor delivery. Coutinho covers his mouth to complain to the referee - presumably that Venegas wasn't booked for his persistent fouling. Neymar tries to get away from Venegas Credit: REUTERS/Henry Romero 1:18PM 16 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Neymar looks very rusty and trots from side to side, looking for a suitable berth from which he can influence the play. He is fouled on the left - doesn't look much but the cumulative effect of Switzerland's treatment and the couple of niggly ones here will effect him as he toils for match fitness after recovering from that broken foot. Miss: Brazil 0 - 0 Costa Rica (Celso Borges, 13 min) 1:15PM 14 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Chance for Costa Rica! And a golden one too from the free-kick on halfway. Venegas slides a pass down the right for Gamboa, who won the free-kick from Neymar who fouled him after giving the ball away. Gamboa gambols into the space habitually vacated by Marcelo and pulls back a cross from the byline to the penalty spot to meet Borges' run perfectly but the midfielder screws his shot a metre wide of the left post. 1:12PM 12 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Casemiro briefly leaves us to stem a nosebleed on the touchline received when wearing a ball flush in the puss and Brazil play keepball in his absence until Neymar, of all people, loses it with a clumsy touch. 1:11PM 10 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Up come Miranda and Thiago Silva and Neymar aims for them, bending a right-footer into the box but Gonzalez and Duarte have them covered and head it away. 1:10PM 8 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Willian and Fagner combine down the right again and though Ruiz stops the first thrust and seems to be fouled by Fagner a split-second after he intercepted the return from Willian but the ref doesn't concur. When the ball falls kindly for Willian he drops to the floor when a Costa Rica defender breathes on him and Brazil have a free-kick wide on the right, a couple of metres beyond the area. 1:07PM 5 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Better from Ruiz who is playing tucked in on the left and turns quickly to receive the goalkick and hook it on to Urena who storms through the middle but runs out of space, isolated from his support runners, and Miranda and Thiago Silva hound him down. 1:05PM 4 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Fagner injects some urgency and sprints forward and hits a low outswinging cross that Gabriel Jesus snatches at and fires his shot into the defender from 15m. Ruiz makes an error with his clearance and gives it to Coutinho who flays a right-foot shot over the bar from the right of the D. Miss: Brazil 0 - 0 Costa Rica (Coutinho, 3 min) 1:03PM 2 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Wee Fagner attacks up the right, taps it up to Willian who is clipped by the former Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz. Brazil go backwards from the free-kick, play it across the defence and make laboured progress back up the right. 1:01PM 1 min Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica Here we go, Brazil, their half in sunshine, attacking towards the darkness. There's something profound in that. 1:00PM Brazil in their beautiful blue away kit Obtusely underrated by fashion's Thom Gibbs: World Cup kits ranked 12:58PM As do the Costa Ricans Blanca y pura descansa la paz. Peace rests white and pure. 12:56PM Marcelo gives the Brazil national anthem Some proper gusto in his singing. Terra adorada! Entre outras mil És tu, Brasil Ó Pátria amada 12:54PM Out come the teams And Thiago Silva is today's beneficiary of Tite's rotating captaincy. Imagine what the armband fetishists among the Fleet Street 'dukes' would have to say about that if it happened with England at a tournament. 12:40PM Since the last World Cup Keylor Navas has won three Champions Leagues, a Liga, a Spanish Super Cup, three Fifa Club World Championships and two Uefa Super Cups. And still he doesn't convince many critics. Keylor Navas warms up to face Gabriel Jesus and co Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images 12:37PM Martin O'Neill on Lionel Messi 'Best player I've ever seen. He needs to find space for himself. He does that all the time. He can do it. He's playing as if he has a great weight, as if has a concern [that he needs to win the World Cup to make him a true great]. I'm the first to say he doesn't but he's playing as if he does. 12:26PM Cut out the 90 minutes and go straight for the result Play the predictor. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 12:25PM And with tournament history Brazil Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. World Cup record: Brazil Costa Rica Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte; Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Oviedo; Bryan Ruiz, Venegas; Urena. World Cup record: Costa Rica Referee Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands). 12:22PM And in the Fifa format #BRACRC The teams are in for the first match of the day! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/OwQiIh2PY0— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018 12:22PM And Costa Rica also make one change Sunderland's Bryan Oviedo comes in for Francisco Calvo. OFFICIAL XI vs Costa Rica: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.#Russia2018— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 22, 2018 12:15PM Here are you teams Brazil make one change ... at right-back, Fagner for Danilo. Tite knows I suppose but I think they're going to need Renato Augusto in the later stages and it would have been good to give him a run today. OFFICIAL XI vs Costa Rica: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.#Russia2018— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 22, 2018 11:33AM Preview: Brazil must become the collective once again Friday’s opening match pits a nation with five World Cups against a team that has only beaten them once in 10 meetings in a fixture someone will no doubt call the Copo de Café. Brazil, for it is they, won nine of the previous meetings, including victories at the 1990 World Cup (1-0, by virtue of Muller’s goal in Turin) and the 2002 tournament (5- 2 with Ronaldo scoring two, Edmilson, Rivaldo and Junior one each though Costa Rica fought back from 3-0 down to 3-2 just after half-time). I was all set to regale you with the tale of how Costa Rica have held the PanAmerican Championship bragging rights for 58 years since recording their sole victory in San Jose in 1960, but that scoundrel, Rob Smyth, once of this place, hared out of the blocks this morning and breasted the tape with his piece while I was still trying to make sense of the stuff coming out of the Google translate mincer. So I won’t repeat his work, suffice to say Costa Rica, quarter-finalists four years ago, have no significant history of beating Brazil and even their one win came against a scratch side devoid of its 1958 World Cup winners who stayed at home. So let us focus, instead, on Brazil’s manager Tite and what he should do today. He got here by being as much a pragmatist as his predecessors but introduced one crucial change he refined at Corinthians that has re-established midfield as the power train of the team. Luiz Felipe Scolari deployed flying full-backs as the creative motor of his side, stationing two holding midfielders in front of the centre-backs, a forceful, hard-running centre-forward ahead of wide men and a 10. Hulk and Oscar were no one’s idea of wingers but they started on the flanks and cut in to leave space for the bombing Dani Alves and Marcelo. Dunga tried variations of 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 but could never get the balance right. Tite, who made Brazil a whole once more Credit: Getty Images By contrast Tite had stuck with largely the same personnel yet turned them into a coherent whole. Renato Augusto, a 2016 Olympic gold medallist, was already in Dunga’s side but has been transformed into a deep-lying playmaker in the Andrea Pirlo mode by Tite who used him there for Corinthians. During four seasons at Bayer Leverkusen, he played behind the strikers but in this withdrawn role he dictates the tempo and runs the game. Behind him sat Casemiro or Fernandinho and to his right the recalled Paulinho. These three roles were the heart of the new Brazil, a holder, a playmaker and a box-to-box raider just as Ralf, Jadson and Elias drove Corinthians on. With Neymar to the left, Philippe Coutinho or Willian on the right and Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino through the middle they have the flexibility to spring from 4-1-4-1 to 4-3-3 and, with Paulinho’s lung-bursting runs, something approaching the 4-2-4 that makes the heart sing. But against Switzerland Tite dropped Renato Augusto, moved Coutinho into midfield from where he scored a terrific goal. The change, however, left the side unbalance and the motor clogged up, piddle in the petrol tank. Brazil do not have midfielders of Gerson’s quality or Socrates’ or Falcao’s, but Tite did have a functioning system in which the players understood their assignments and had the confidence to trust the coach’s judgment. Last March Paulinho scored a hat-trick in a 1-4 victory over Uruguay in Montevideo arriving each time with the judicious timing of a player who reads the game fluently. As we saw at the typically bombastic Barcelona unveiling in August, Paulinho may not be able to execute pointless tricks with precision but stick him in a match and he plays with poise and intelligence. In addition Tite had addressed the reliance on Neymar by sometimes, paraphrasing Barry Davies’ immortal line, “using him by not using him”. “The collective empowers the individual,” the coach says. “If the ball arrives to Neymar, they mark [him], but the other side is more exposed. Coutinho creates chances. Enter Fagner, enter Paulinho. We take Neymar to one side, let him be isolated and make room for another.” You can tell by the tears when Tite praised him last week and pledged his support, that Neymar, caricatured as a prima donna, is anything but in a canary shirt. Note that the collective ‘empowers the individual’ but only to serve the collective and Neymar buys into this. Brazil have to get back to that today and could begin by using the system that transformed their fortunes over the past two years. The World Cup is no place for experimentation and stroking the egos of nine-figure transfer-fee talents.

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