Liverpool and Barcelona wanted Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani after signing Cristiano Ronaldo

According to a report today, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were looking to sign Manchester United's Edinson Cavani during the summer transfer window along with Barcelona. (Author: Gardener)

According to a report today, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were looking to sign Manchester United's Edinson Cavani during the summer transfer window along with Barcelona. According to a report today, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were looking to sign Manchester United's Edinson Cavani during the summer transfer window along with Barcelona. The Uruguayan seemed interested in leaving the Red Devils by the last day of the window as he was worried about the game time he would get on Anfield. The report in El Nacional suggests that Klopp was interested in using the player as a short-term fix to bolster his attack potential. Barcelona are also said to be monitoring the situation but eventually Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team decided not to sell the player. He will certainly push for a move in January but it won't go to Liverpool as United are unwilling to sell to their rivals and Cavani doesn't fit the Anfield Road transfer model.


Xavi officially returns as head coach six years after the legendary midfielder left Qatar

Blaugrana legend back at Camp Nou (Author: Gardener)

Xavi has returned to Barcelona as the first team coach and will be presented at Camp Nou next Monday. The former Spain international and Blaugrana legend has signed a deal for the remainder of this season and the following two seasons after leaving Qatari team Al Sadd. Barca sent a delegation to Qatar to negotiate for their youth academy graduate who has improved his coaching skills in recent years. Listen below and follow ¡Qué Golazo! Xavi, 41, will be officially unveiled as the new head of the Catalan giants on Monday, albeit this is his first time facing the press. Sergi Barjuan will oversee the La Liga game against Celta Vigo this weekend, which will bring the team into the international break in November. Since leaving in 2015, only Lionel Messi Xavis has surpassed 767 senior appearances for Barca and the elegant ex-midfielder has 25 trophy wins with eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and three outstanding the Copa del Rey, two from the FIFA Club World Cup, two from the UEFA Super Cup and another six Spanish Super Cups. In addition, Xavi played a key role in Spain's most dominant years on the international stage, being part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup winning team, as well as the teams that won the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships in a glamorous four-way-year spell. Returning to Catalonia, Xavi inherits a broken squad, with Barca taking ninth place in the La Liga table and second place in UEFA Champions League Group E this weekend, with the entire club in need of a major overhaul.


Barcelona appoint club legend Xavi as new coach

Barcelona have announced the appointment of club legend Xavi Hernández as the club's new coach, which will cover the remainder of the current season and two more seasons. (Author: Gardener)

Barcelona have announced the appointment of club legend Xavi Hernández as the club's new coach, which will cover the remainder of the current season and two more seasons. The club say 41-year-old Xavi is expected to travel to Barcelona over the weekend before being officially unveiled as the new head coach at Camp Nou on Monday. Xavi played a record 767 games for Barcelona and won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League while with the Catalan club. Widely regarded as one of the greatest of his generation, the former midfielder took time out of his Barcelona career in 2015 to start a new chapter at Qatari club Al-Sadd SC. He officially quit his boots in 2019 before being named manager of Al-Sadd, and since his appointment he has led the club to seven trophies, including a league title. Xavi signed a new deal with the club in May to extend his contract until 2023. The midfield maestro has never hidden his wish to return to Barcelona one day. In a 2017 interview with CNN's Becky Anderson, Xavi said: "It's a goal to help you [Qatar] have a good 2022 World Cup, and then I'm thinking of going back to Barcelona. One of my dreams in the future is to coach FC Barcelona. " Xavi's appointment comes with Barcelona, ​​who are currently ninth in La Liga with 16 points from 11 games, nine points behind current leaders Real Sociedad. The club are second in their UEFA Champions League group with six points from four games after losing 3-0 in their first two games to Bayern Munich and Benfica. Xavi celebrates winning the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015.


Chaotic Barcelona throws away 3-0 lead against Celta Vigo

Barcelona threw a three-goal lead to a 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday in a chaotic match that underscored the scale of the task facing new coach Xavi Hernandez (Author: Gardener)

Barcelona threw away a three-goal lead to 3-3 at Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday in a chaotic game that underscored the scale of the task facing new coach Xavi Hernández. Celta captain Iago Aspas completed a remarkable second-half comeback for the hosts, scoring a fifth-minute goal after scoring in the 52nd. Youthful striker Ansu Fati had put Barça in the lead in the fifth minute and was captain Sergio Busquets extended his lead in the 18th minute with a low shot from outside before Memphis Depay added third in the 34th minute. But Barça saw a huge drop in performance in the second half and Celta's breathtaking comeback extended the Catalans' winning streak to four league games. Barça are ninth in the table with 17 points after 12 games, while Celta are 14th with 12. Real drew 0-0 in their last two league games at the Bernabéu, but got off to a strong start when Kroos put a shot into the top corner in the 14th minute after Marco Asensio cut into the box from the right. Their top scorer Benzema doubled their lead in the 38th minute and Real looked like he was on the bench in the second half until Radamel Falcao came off the bench and with the help of a distraction from Alaba, scored a header to get Rayo in the 76 minute. The win brings Real to 27 points after 12 games, two above runner-up Real Sociedad who also played 12 but will return to the top if they beat Osasuna on Sunday. Robert Lewandowski scored his 60th goal this calendar year when champions Bayern Munich ended the visiting team's unbeaten season opener on Saturday with a 2-1 home win against Freiburg in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund's winning streak of four Bundesliga games was interrupted with the 2-1 away win at RB Leipzig. Christopher Nkunku put Leipzig in the lead in the 29th minute and Jesse Marsch's team missed numerous opportunities to extend their lead before they were punished with an equalizer from Marco Reus at the beginning of the second half. In Italy, Davide Ballardini's fourth term as coach of Genoa ended on Saturday when the relegation-struggling Serie A club announced their dismissal. The 57-year-old was under pressure after winning a league game all season and a 2-2 draw at Empoli on Friday night proved to be the last straw. Genoa are in 18th place with nine points from 12 games and are in a winless series of nine games. Juan Cuadrado's stoppage-time goal earned Juventus a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina as the Turin club ended a three-game league run without a win. Atalanta beat bottom-bottom Cagliari 2-1 in the late game and moved up to fourth on both sides thanks to goals from Mario Pasalic and Duvan Zapata in the first half. Paris Saint Germain extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 10 points after two goals from Brazilian striker Neymar and another from Kylian Mbappé gave them a 3-2 win in Bordeaux on Saturday. PSG have 34 points from 13 games ahead of second-placed Lens, who defeated 4-0 at home on Friday.


Barcelona's Ter Stegen scores 4/10 as the Catalans miss a three-goal lead

Barcelona coughed with a three-goal lead in the home game against Celta Vigo, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen mainly to blame for the rally of the guests. (Author: Gardener)

Stewart Robson explains what Xavi can do to ensure Barcelona don't lose more points in LaLiga. What can Xavi do to prevent Barca from collapsing again in the future? What can Xavi do to prevent Barca from collapsing again in the future? Iago Aspas scored a remarkable equalizer in the 96th minute when Celta Vigo drew 3-2 against Barcelona, ​​three goals down, in a four-game winless run in LaLiga. With Xavi Hernandez to take over as Barca’s new manager next week, interim boss Sergi Barjuan seemed to grab a win thanks to goals from Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay in the first half. Injuries to Ansu, Eric Garcia and Nico Gonzalez, however, sparked a Celta comeback, with Aspas and Nolito reducing Barca's lead to just one 15 minutes before the end of the game. Frenkie de Jong hit the crossbar late and Barca looked on course for three points until Aspas put in a brilliant performance from the edge of the box in the last minute of the game. - ESPN + guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (U. Nico was sensational in midfield before he was injured. The injuries and the collapse. Barca were already missing Neto, Gerard Pique, Sergino Dest, Sergi Roberto, Pedri , Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero for the game. Ansu, Garcia and Nico have all joined them in the treatment room, with Ansu injuring his thigh and Garcia's calf while Nico appears to have sustained a muscle injury. Barca still had a center-back pairing of Ronald Araujo and Clement Lenglet on the pitch, with experience from players like De Jong, Busquets and Jordi Alba having passed a side with serious injury problems in half, with Mingueza lucky enough not to even score a penalty DF Eric Garcia, 6 - Booked in the first half before leaving the pitch with a calf problem which could force him to leave the Spanish squad th. DF Clement Lenglet, 5 - Produced a great block to keep Renato Tapia out but got lost when Celta poured forward. Lost sight of Nolito for the second goal. DF Jordi Alba, 6 - Brilliant cross to set up the Memphis goal but struggled defensive in the second period. MF Sergio Busquets, 5 - scored well from 18 yards. Lost the ball in the build-up to Celta's second goal. MF Nico Gonzalez, 8 - Was brilliant which made his injury even more gruesome. Strong and technical, he prepared the second goal and played a key role in the third. MF Frenkie de Jong, 6 - Had good moments driving the ball forward, one creating a chance for Ansu and another when he smashed the bar late. FW Gavi, 6 - Has worked hard and was particularly effective on defense, despite playing on the right rather than his preferred central role in the second game in a row. FW Memphis Depay, 6 - Headed in Barca's third, his sixth of the season, but didn't hold the ball well enough in the second half as the Blaugrana tried to keep their lead. FW Ansu Fati, 7 - Has a knack for opening scoring. Of his 17 goals for Barca, 11 were the first of the game. FW Alejandro Balde, 5 - The teen was thrown for Ansu but looked his age when Celta yelled back. DF Ronald Araujo, 5 - Couldn't clear the ball after Ter Stegen's fumble or prevent Celta's comeback after replacing Garcia at break. MF Riqui Puig, 5 - Lost the ball too much after coming on for Nico. FW Abde Ezzalzouli, NR - The B-team winger looked dangerous with the ball but didn't produce too much in the final third.


Live stream, start time, TV, how to watch La Liga

FC Barcelona face Celta Vigo in La Liga. (Author: Gardener)

We don't tell you what to think or feel. We are telling you the truth. Barcelona’s Gerard Pique celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during a Champions League Group E soccer match between F. (AP Photo / Joan Monfort ) APFC Barcelona will be back in action on Saturday when the club takes on Celta Viga in the La Liga league game. Barcelona drew 1-1 with Alaves in La Liga last Saturday and are looking to climb higher in the LA Liga standings and take their first league win in four games. On the other hand, Celta Vigo is in the middle of a bad season and is only 15th overall in La Liga with a 3-7-2 start to the season. You drew a goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano last weekend. This is how you see FC Barcelona versus Celta Vigo (La Liga 2021) When does the game start? - Saturday's game begins at 11:15 a.m. EST for viewers in the US. However, the game will not be broadcast on traditional TV channels for the American audience. This is a separate service from regular ESPN and requires a separate subscription starting at $ 5.99 per month. Fans can sign up for ESPN + here.More coverage on Associated PressBARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Xavi Hernández, the player who embodied the attacking style popular by Barcelona and the Spanish national team, is about to return to the Camp Nou coach as an employer who Qatari club Al-Sadd said Friday that the former midfielder will be released from his coaching contract once his release clause is paid. His current contract runs until 2023. Barcelona refused to comment on the cost, but Spanish media reports say Xavi's buyout clause is 5 million euros ($ 5.7 million) in time due to the critical period his home club is going through and we understand this and have decided not to stand in his way, "said Turki Al-Ali, CEO of Al-Sadd, in a post on the club's Twitter account. Xavi is an important part of Al-Sadd's history and we wish him every success. ”Xavi will replace Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last week after a string of losses for a club that failed to sign Lionel Messi again. Sergi Barjuan has been coaching Barcelona since then and is responsible for a draw in the Spanish league and a victory in the Champions League. He will return to the reserve team coach. Amid a spate of questions about Xavi at a regular pre-game press conference, Barjuan reiterated that Barcelona have not yet announced the signing of a new coach. Nevertheless, he spoke of Saturday's game at Celta Vigo as his last on the dugout. "Barcelona haven't made anything official yet but we all hope that can be resolved," said Barjuan. "When Xavi comes, I'll be happy to help him where I can." While Barcelona didn't make it official, Al-Sadd posted a video of Xavi apparently saying goodbye to his players during a team dinner. Several players said goodbye to him in the video. "All the best. Muchas gracias, Xavi, ”said defender Tariq Salman. "It's a good step in his career," added former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, "and we will of course miss him very much." Points after nine games. Xavi, 41, left Barcelona in 2015 after helping the club to 25 titles, including four Champions League and eight Spanish leagues in 17 seasons. It was also key to Spain's title streaks when Spain won the World and European Championships in 2008 and 2012. With Al-Sadd since leaving Barcelona, ​​keeping the ball under pressure first as a player and then as a coach made him vital to leading both Barcelona and Spain's national team into their most successful era. FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta is now hoping that as coach Xavi can revive Barcelona's beloved style of attack based on suffocating possession and complicated passes but Xavi will arrive in a major league with no experience as a coach and will face the same formidable Facing the challenge that led to Koeman's demise: Barcelona are no longer the Barcelona he left behind as a player. The team's exhausted finances left Messi and other top players like Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suárez, limited to signing free agents in the off-season. Xavi will inherit a team that fights in the Spanish league and still has to guarantee that it will survive the group stage of the Champions League, the necessary remodeling began by Koeman. In his favor, Xavi can benefit from the work of Koeman, who brought several young players into his starting XI. Especially Pedri González, who also had a great year with Spain, and Gavi Páez seem to be a perfect match for Xavi's style of play. Striker Ansu Fati has also turned out to be a possible star. Xavi turned down the chance to coach Barcelona in January 2020 when Laporta's predecessor Ernesto Valverde fired in the middle of the season months since I coached, ”Xavi said recently. I have more experience and learn a lot here (with Al-Sadd). "


Xavi on the way home to Barcelona in the chronicle of an announced coaching job

Club legend turned down offers twice, but he finally returns as a defender of faith and a symbol of hope for the future (Author: Gardener)

n Xavi Hernández's last evening as a Barcelona player, he left the Olimpiastadion in Berlin with the European Cup in his right hand. It was the 25th trophy he had won with the club and it was over, but only for a short time. He had come from Terrassa at the age of 12, where the court he was playing is now banned from football, and although he left 23 years later, he was already planning his return, which would eventually come on Friday. To say goodbye to Xavi, Andrés Iniesta gave a speech in which he thanked him for "everything you have given this association ... and everything you still have to give". After all, Iniesta said: "Those of us who know you know that you will come back." Xavi was also clear: “My goal is to return to this 'house' as a coach or sports director. I hope this is not a goodbye, but a 'see you later'. ”Six years later, as it turned out. Few management positions were so predetermined that although Xavi is only 41 years old and has no experience in Europe, many believe that his return should have been earlier. Until this week: Barcelona had been hoping he would fly to Catalonia on Thursday only to meet stiffer resistance from his club, Qatar's Al Sadd, than they expected. On Saturday morning, the club was finally able to announce him as the new manager with a two-and-a-half year contract. It's not the only point its arrival feels delayed. Last January, Barcelona's then CEO Óscar Grau and sporting director Eric Abidal flew to Qatar in public to persuade Xavi to take on the job he had been preparing for. To their surprise, he turned down the chance to become Barcelona manager and again in August. Xavi later said he felt he wasn't ready, which was true but also the polite version. There was little trust in the government of Josep Maria Bartomeu, who had to step down as president in October this year. On Tuesday evening, almost two years later, the new Vice President Rafael Yuste and CEO Mateu Alemany made the same trip. This time it wasn't so much about convincing Xavi, but about his club Al Sadd, whom he won for the 97th Al Sadd turned out to be unexpectedly complicated, but Xavi believes he is ready and Joan Laporta, the new president of Barcelona says he is doing the same now as the lack of alternatives helps overcome doubts. If Xavi is the only real candidate, then he is one of whom there is consensus. Xavi isn't just the man who played 767 games for Barcelona, ​​nor is he just a coach. It had to be: “I was extinct; Footballers like me were critically endangered. The architect of the greatest era of Spanish football, he has won two triples and the biggest trophy in the world every year for five years - Euro, Champions League, World Cup, Champions League, Euro - and it wasn't just about what they won but how they won it. The last time he left Barcelona he said he hopes to be remembered as someone who is "football to the bone", a man who watches every game in every league and always finds something to draw his attention to draws itself. Talk to him and don't forget, Barcelona, ​​the conversation can go from Portsmouth to Oviedo and back again, a football manifesto emerges. Combine, match, play. That's soccer - at least for me. "That's soccer - at least for me." Jorge Valdano once said: "If soccer were a science, Xavi would have discovered the formula. With a ball in front of your feet, no one has ever communicated so intelligently with every player on the pitch. ”He is still looking for this formula, the same ideals that determine his coaching as his game, the same search for spaces, the same pursuit of an idea of ​​perfection. It takes six years to prepare - "He has more experience than I did when I took office," emphasizes Pep Guardiola - and puts everything into practice. He wants the ball for us and we don't even want our opponents to touch it. ”Xavi tells the players,“ The ball is not a bomb; it's a treasure. "Last week, Laporta admitted," Maybe we need to reclaim the essence of our football, which is non-negotiable. " Nobody represents it like Xavi and with all doubts - inevitable in view of the condition of the club, a preparation in Qatar - nobody could arrive with such universal benevolence. This is important, even if Laporta was not always sure and this decision, or at least the timing, is a bit improvised. “I always said he would end up coaching Barcelona; what I didn't know was when, ”said the president this week. But in February he had hinted he did not think Xavi was ready and later said he was "unproven" and that reluctance remained. "I understand that people say I am not prepared, but I am," Xavi emphasized when he was back in Catalonia in the summer. A clause in his contract with Al Sadd always called for a return to give him the opportunity to answer the call when it came. "I'm in the market," he said, but also insisted that he was "in no rush", that he "didn't want a constant debate about whether I could go to Barcelona" and that he hadn't spoken to Laporta. This week, Laporta was quick to insist that their relationship hadn't gotten "cold," but some distance was likely inevitable for political as well as football reasons. When Laporta announced his intention to run for the presidency, Xavi had joined the candidacy of Víctor Font, for whom he would be some kind of general manager overseeing a revision. When Laporta threw his hat in the ring, Xavi's public profile was reduced, his role in the campaign was largely silent, less active than anyone expected and Font probably needed. He was the central figure in Font's project, but did not want to actively oppose Laporta, his president in the golden years and a man with whom he was closely connected. Laporta would make mischievous remarks in order to appropriate him, but Xavi was taboo for the time being and always someone else's husband. Ronald Koeman was also someone else's husband, inherited from the Bartomeu government, but Laporta stayed with him. He had said that the return of Pep Guardiola was his "wet dream", but that his candidates were Germans: Flick, Nagelsmann, Klopp, Tuchel. Koeman then went on, and again after losing to Benfica when Laporta tried to fire him. Again, only the costs and the lack of alternatives kept the Dutch at work. "Maybe I should have done it earlier," admitted Laporta. They didn't have a replacement, Sergi Barjuan became the interim manager, but there was a replacement: the man who had been there all along. "All" they had to do was get back in touch, wait for the Qatari season to end, come to terms with Al Sadd and make him their own again, bring him home. "Xavi plays in the future," Dani Alves once said.


Lakers Pau Gasol taught Kobe Bryant an important thing

It definitely helped shape Kobe for the better when his playing career ended. (Author: Gardener)

It definitely helped shape Kobe for the better when his playing career ended. Pau Gasol spent over six seasons with Kobe Bryant helping the Black Mamba win two titles. Gasol, known for his high basketball IQ, was traded from Memphis to the Lakers mid-season and hit Phil Jackson's complex triangle offensive. It usually took the players months to understand the system, but the Lakers were kind of just two wins from the title win in the same season. Throughout his playing career, Bryant was known for being very aloof with many former teammates. The Spaniard even admitted that playing with Bryant wasn't always easy when he was with the Lakers. However, Gasol was one of the few Bryant was able to develop a close relationship with, both on and off the field. Fox Sports' Melissa Rohlin recently spoke to Gasol about his playing career and especially his time with the great Kobe Bryant. "I was told by someone close to him that I taught him empathy and I think I am honored and proud to share this with him." After his playing career, Kobe seemed more open and approachable as he matured. Players across the league have shared endless stories about how the Black Mamba would reach out to them and give them pointers to improve their games. Gasol and his wife recently welcomed a daughter of their own, and Gasol is hoping to raise his daughter just as Kobe did.


Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers - odds, tips and predictions

Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers - odds, tips and predictions (Author: Gardener)

After four games home, the Los Angeles Lakers (5-4) have a street game against the Portland Trail Blazers (4-5) on Saturday before returning home for another five games. Trail Blazers odds and lines and meet our NBA expert tips, predictions and bets. The Lakers won three of their four games in that first homestand but lost a 107-104 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Portland will play the second night of consecutive home games. The Trail Blazers lost three games with a 110-106 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. After losing at the start of the season, they won four games in a row at home. Tipico Sportsbook odds; Access USA TODAY Sports betting odds for a complete list. The Lakers are 1-1 as they go into their third game away from the Staples Center. The Blazers have no win away but are 4-1 at home, with the only defeat coming on the opening night. They are completely healthy for today's game as the Lakers deal with James who is being sidelined. The four home victories of the Trail Blazers averaged 18 points. Portland is only one game better at 3-6 ATS, but 3-2 ATS at home. Five of the Lakers' nine games this season have exceeded projected total, but three of the last four have fallen below. Only one of the last seven games of the Blazers has reached the over. If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tips, access all of our content on and BetFTW. Please play responsibly. Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn income from Tipico for referring viewers to betting services. General terms and conditions can be found on Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).


Ex-teammate LeBron James says his best quality isn't even on the pitch

We don't think about that often. (Author: Gardener)

We don't think about that often. For the past two decades, LeBron James has dominated the NBA in almost every facet of the game. Additionally, he's one of four players to have won titles for three different franchises and the only one to be number one on all three title teams. Now he's entering his 19th NBA season and still playing at the elite level. He may not be the same gamer as he was in Miami or Cleveland, but he can still turn the switch on if he wants and take over the game entirely. I think what makes him great. Its greatest quality is its ability to do it again tomorrow. His ability to recover body, mind and spirit from day to day is out of this world. It's easy to forget that every NBA player is in the league for a reason. Almost everyone on the list already has the skills to play at the elite level, but the 10-20% difference that sets the average apart from the elite players is the mindset. James has mastered this and is able to perfect his mind and body to rejuvenate himself after each day which is truly amazing as Korver says. Like all truly exceptional players, they tend to be the first to train and the first to train on a daily basis. Korver recalled a scene when they had just finished a grueling overtime game, and when he got to the Cavs facility for treatment, the king was already there, working to replenish his body. “When you are with him and you see his dedication to his craft, you see what he brings in every day, he's literally the first person there and the last person to leave each day and he's LeBron James, he's been so many times back to the finals, he was an MVP, all of those things. For me, that's his greatest accomplishment, just showing his ability to move on, staying mentally focused to do the work he needs to do to be who he is. "If you look at LeBron James, it's easy assume that given his size and ability on the pitch, he should be able to dominate the field like this. The problem with that is that none of us are behind the scenes watching him train or practice to perfect his craft see if King James can actually carry the same dynamic of dominance in April and May.