Messi’s decision to stay at Camp Nou has been widely reported by local media, admitting that players have agreed to a five-year contract with a 50% reduction. I would wash my own kit on a Monday and we would train in the local park. Ever since the departure from the vertical blaugrana and brief adoption of horizontal stripes in 2015-16, Barca’s home kit has been a canvas for experimentation. The new jersey still sports the traditional blaugrana stripes on both sides, and the club logo has an iridescent effect, with numbers and the name at the back also highlighted in purple. International soccer superstar Antoinne Griezmann proudly displayed his signed No. 5 USC football jersey with a personalized message from Reggie Bush. SOCCER – Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette tries to get past Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin during the first leg of the Europa League semi-final at the Emirates Stadium in London, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
SOCCER – Relatives react with a mix of cheers and tears amid the strains of Liverpool’s anthem “You’ll never walk alone” outside a court in Warrington after a jury delivered its verdict at the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster. After two years of hearings, the jury concluded the police were responsible for the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium crush during an FA Cup semi-final — Britain’s worst sporting disaster. Having been crowned the worst footballer in Italy at the end of the 2008-09 system after a seriously below par campaign for Inter Milan, it was hardly a period the player should look back on with any fondness. We take a look back at some of the most iconic names to have worn the Blaugrana number one jersey. Playing well is always much more effective if you look the part, and that was certainly true of this Sampdoria side.
An initial leave of absence, having cited personal reasons, was to be the end of his playing career as it emerged he had chosen to become Fiorentina’s new manager. He started his youth career with the Montevideo-based team before joining them later on in his career for one season in 2015-16, and said the opportunity to coach them was a dream come true. For Leslie, Bolton and others who played alongside Staley, there is a sense of great pride in their teammate and close friend now being the national team coach. Yet falling short of a national championship as a player stuck with her. When Sylvinho picked up an injury at the start of the 2000-01 season leaving Arsene Wenger short at left back, Cole stepped up and he never looked back at Arsenal. This design probably looked great on paper, but in reality it was impractical. It took everything back to reality and really stripped it back,’ he said, when quizzed about his memory on the loan spell.
Midway through the season, it was to be a loan away, affording Inter the chance of bringing him back if he tapped into his talents again. It was a loan move from the Blues that saw him end up on Merseyside as he helped the Reds see out the 2013-14 season. He wanted to extend his stay for another season but was subsequently released at the end of the 2010-11 campaign. Liverpool’s third kit, released on the eve of the season, is a black and charcoal grey checkerboard design, which the club say is inspired by famous European away nights. Leicester have released two alternative kits – in maroon and white. Two months was all Burnley fans could get out of him before he left. But only eagle-eyed fans monitoring the substitutes’ bench would have seen much of the Israeli defender as he flopped in a light blue shirt. In his single season in England, frankly, it was not all that memorable on the pitch for the defender. For a certain generation he will be the man that brought Manchester City their first Premier League title when he managed them to the trophy over Sir Alex Ferguson’s United on the last day of the 2011-12 season.
Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich wrapped up a ninth successive Bundesliga title last weekend and the new kit made by Adidas seems to be a hit already. Sheffield United’s home kit features the club’s iconic red and white stripes, with the addition a white panel at the top of the shirt and along the arms. The Toffees’ away kit is a classic amber and blue design inspired by the second strips worn in the late 1960s and early 1970s, while their third kit is described as a “seafoam” colour. The street circuit in Baku made for great entertainment but Leclerc’s practice run loosened a drain cover between the second and third turns, which led to George Russell’s Williams sustaining damage. Mark Hughes was keen to put his stamp on the side and Ben Haim was his second signing, coming in for around £5million, a marked notch below the kind of big-money moves that are now commonplace at the Etihad Stadium.