Spanish Federation gets rid of “Braithwaite rule”

The Spanish Federation has removed the rule which allowed Barcelona to sign Martin Braithwaite outside the transfer window, bringing the Spanish league in line with all other European leagues. The rule, article 124.3 in the federation’s regulations, allowed clubs to make an emergency signing outside of the transfer window as a replacement for an injured player. The long-standing rule was available for all clubs inside the Spanish league system, and allowed them to sign one …

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Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid line-ups: Isco, Odriozola, Marcelo and Jovic in the XI

Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid Zidane opts to rotate Chema ReyMARCA Zinedine Zidane has rotated his Real Madrid team somewhat by making four changes for Wednesday night’s game against Real Valladolid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Alvaro Odriozola, Marcelo, Isco and Luka Jovic have all come into the starting line-up, following Los Blancos’ 3-2 win away at Real Betis on Sunday night. Meanwhile, there are four players out injured for Real Madrid in Eden Hazard, …

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Oscar Garcia tells Celta to show ‘a lot of personality’ against Barcelona

Celta Vigo boss Oscar Garcia has been talking about the prospect of taking on Barcelona in La Liga on Thursday night. The hosts have a strong record against Barcelona at Balaidos and are unbeaten in their last five home league meetings with the Catalan giants. The two teams played out a 2-2 draw the last time they met in June, but Garcia played down the importance of past results in his pre-match press conference. “We …

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Garcia Remon: Hazard was Real Madrid's big signing and he hasn't got started

Real Madrid Injuries have affected the Belgian PACO MARTN Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Mariano Garcia Remon is not optimistic about Eden Hazard‘s chances of having a bounce-back season this year. The Belgian has suffered greatly from injuries since joining Real Madrid for 115 million euros last summer. “Hazard is Real Madrid‘s big signing and we all expected [good performances] from him,” Garcia Remon told Radio MARCA. “He hasn’t got started nor has he had continuity due …

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Koeman: Sergino Dest is going to be a very useful player for Barcelona

Barcelona | Transfer Market The right-back will join from Ajax Ronald Koeman believes that Sergino Dest has the potential to offer a lot to Barcelona in the future. The 19-year-old right-back is set to join from Ajax to fill the void of Nelson Semedo, who recently completed a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. “He is going to be a very useful player for Barcelona,” Koeman said on Wednesday’s press conference ahead of Thursday’s game against Celta Vigo. …

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Barcelona no confidence committee members file complaint against president

Barcelona Believe Vallbona breached principle of confidentiality EFE Two members of Barcelona’s committee for the vote of no confidence against Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board have a filed a formal complaint against its president Josep Maria Vallbona. Jordi Argemi and Marta Plana believe that the committee had not agreed on some of Vallbona‘s recent statements in an interview for RAC1. According to the radio station, the two members believe that the committee president violated the principle of …

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Ronald Koeman talks Sergino Dest, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele ahead of Celta

Ronald Koeman faced the press on Wednesday to discuss all things Barcelona ahead of the team’s first La Liga away match of the season at Celta Vigo. The Dutch coach offered his thoughts on Lionel Messi’s recent interview, gave an update on Sergino Dest and Ousmane Dembele and talked about Barca’s transfer plans. Here are the best bits: Koeman on Celta Vigo We expect a difficult match because in recent years Barcelona haven’t been able …

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Messi injects Barcelona with a vaccine of peace

AFP In his role as the captain, leader and authoritative voice, Lionel Messi looked to settle all disagreements on Tuesday night by officially ordering a state of peace at Barcelona. His mediatory message, covered by some sincere self-criticism, came as a necessary relief in order to start the season in the best way possible. The request for unity at Barcelona came from the biggest star at the club and what Messi says tends to go. …

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