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This Real Madrid looks promising

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Marca.com

Carlo Ancelotti's reign kicked off with a goal fest, with encouraging signs from recent signings and the permanence of some good habits, like its competitiveness and Cristiano Ronaldo's goals. This new-look Real Madrid put on a solid performance with very little experimentation from its Italian manager. Ancelotti is still awaiting the arrival of those players who took part in the Confederatio...Full Story »

Barcelona set to appoint Martino

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Goal.com

The Argentine coach has agreed a three-year deal with the Catalan club to replace outgoing boss Tito Vilanova and is set to be announced by the Blaugrana on Tuesday Gerardo Martino has agreed a three-year deal to replace Tito Vilanova as Barcelona coach and is set to be announced by the Catalan club on Tuesday. Martino, nicknamed 'Tata', impressed Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta w...Full Story »

Hiddink resigns as Anzhi manager, linked with Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by YAHOO Sport

Guus Hiddink has resigned as manager of Anzhi Makhachkala, the wealthy Russian club said in a statement on their website on Monday amid reports he was favourite to take over at Barcelona. Hiddink, former Dutch national team coach, joined Anzhi in 2012 and resigned after only two games of the current season following a defeat against Dynamo Moscow. Barcelona are looking for a coach to replace T...Full Story »

Martino, Luis Enrique a good fit for Barca-Puyol

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by YAHOO Sport

Gerardo Martino and Luis Enrique are both suitable candidates to succeed Tito Vilanova as Barcelona coach as their philosophies chime well with the team's playing style, captain Carles Puyol said on Monday. Martino, 50, who recently led Newell's Old Boys to the "Final" title in his native Argentina, and the 43-year-old Luis Enrique, a former Spain and Barca player who joined Celta Vigo last mon...Full Story »

Messi backing for boss Martino

Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 by TEAMtalk

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has spoken glowingly about Gerardo Martino following the emergence of his fellow Argentinian as the favourite to succeed Tito Vilanova in the Nou Camp hot-seat. Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is reportedly in Buenos Aires today for talks with Martino, who led Newell's Old Boys to the Argentinian Clausura title last season but recently severed ties with the c...Full Story »

Heynckes rules out Barca role

Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 by Fox Sports

Former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has ruled out a return to coaching at Barcelona following Tito Vilanova's resignation. Heynckes led Bayern to an historic treble last term before making way for Pep Guardiola. Immediately after the season ended he revealed his intention to take a year off, although he never officially declared his retirement. Given his Champions League triumph as coac...Full Story »

Who will replace cancer-stricken coach Tito?

Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 by The Sun

RELAPSE ... Tito Vilanova was forced to step down from his role after throat cancer returned REPLACING Tito Vilanova is a far more daunting prospect for Barcelona than it was to find Pep Guardiola’s successor. Vilanova was part of the Guardiola set-up. He was the No 2 and his promotion was a natural step. And for insiders a necessary one to give a squad sated by a glut of titles new im...Full Story »

Illarramendi is Xabi Alonso's heir, says Montanier

Posted Sunday, July 21, 2013 by Goal.com

The Frenchman believes his protege has the ingredients to succeed his senior at Real Madrid and addressed comparisons with Barcelona duo Xavi and Sergio BusquetsPhilippe Montanier believes new Real Madrid signing Asier Illarramendi is the perfect heir to Xabi Alonso. The 48-year-old saw Illarramendi blossom after the midfielder played a crucial role in Real Sociedad's surprise qualification f...Full Story »

Support floods in for Vilanova

Posted Sunday, July 21, 2013 by Fox Sports

Lionel Messi was among a host of stars to offer support and encouragement to Tito Vilanova, who announced his resignation from the Spanish champions on Friday. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell confirmed at a press conference that Vilanova would not be continuing in the role as he requires further treatment for the throat cancer which was first diagnosed in late 2011. Vilanova, who replaced ...Full Story »

Bournemouth goes mad for Madrid

Posted Sunday, July 21, 2013 by Marca.com

Following its recent promotion into the second tier of English football, Bournemouth is now getting ready for the arrival of one of the world's biggest clubs. Carlo Ancelotti's new-look Real Madrid will take to the pitch on Sunday (19:45 local time) to face the minnows from the South of England. AFC Bournemouth, nicknamed 'The Cherries', has never played in England's top flight. For this reas...Full Story »

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