Lionel Messi wanted my jersey

Theo Walcott (31) from English first division club FC Southampton has revealed that six-time world footballer Lionel Messi (33) from FC Barcelona was quite keen on his jersey a few years ago.

In 2010, Walcott met his then-club Arsenal in the Champions League in front of a home crowd at the Blaugrana around Messi, who is usually not known for being keen on the jerseys of his opponents.

“We played against Barcelona a lot at that time and Messi asked me about my shirt. I just thought, ‘Wow, the best player in the world wants my shirt. I had no words for that, “said Walcott in an interview with talkSports.

As the 47-time England international reported, Messi did not look like he was interested in Walcott’s Arsenal shirt during the game. “Whenever he had the ball and approached me, he would turn and walk the other way. I said to myself, ‘Okay, Messi doesn’t even want to try it, that’s a good sign.'”

In 2017 the Barca star released his impressive kit collection on Instagram, Walcott’s Jersey was not shown in the picture.


Against Bilbao, Messi receives his first red with Barça and loses the Spanish Super Cup

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Lionel Messi, superstar and captain of FC Barcelona, ​​was excluded a few seconds before the end of extra time in the final of the Spanish Supercup lost 3 to 2 against Athletic Bilbao in Seville, the first red card of his career at Barça .

Deprived of any title since his coronation in the Spanish league assured in April 2019, Barça faces yet another disappointment. FC Barcelona lost, Sunday, January 17, in the final of the Spanish Supercup (2-3) against Athletic Bilbao. The meeting was marked by the red card sent to Lionel Messi for violent conduct (120e+1), the first of his career under the colors of the Blaugranas.

A few seconds before the final whistle (120e), the star striker slapped Basque striker Asier Villalibre with his right hand, after the two players hung on. The referee, Gil Manzano, went to watch the action on the video screen, then returned to the pitch to send a direct red card to Lionel Messi, probably frustrated after a half-hearted performance.

This is a historical fact for Barça and for the six-time Ballon d’Or. This is the first exclusion in Messi’s career in an official match with Barça, with whom he has played 753 games. However, he had already been excluded twice with the Argentine selection, during his big debut and in the Copa America semi-final against Chile in 2019.

On the other hand, the stars were aligned for Athletic Bilbao. Thanks to a magnificent curled shot from the right that kissed the post before entering Marc-André ter Stegen’s net, Williams presented a first trophy to his brand new coach Marcelino, who arrived on January 3.

Previously, the two teams had neutralized each other with a double from Antoine Griezmann (40e, 77e) on the Catalan side, and two saving goals from Oscar de Marcos (42e) at a few moments before the break and Unai Villalibre (90e) just before the end of normal time on the Basque side.

A double but no title for Griezmann

The misfortunes of Frenchman Antoine Griezmann continue in Seville. While the image of the evening will remain this perfect roll up of Williams, the story of the night will be that of the sad story of “Grizou”.

Remained silent since November 29, the French striker had offered a glimpse of his rebirth with his double against Granada on January 9 (4-0). On Sunday, Griezmann was positioned to the left of Lionel Messi in the blaugrana attack with Ousmane Dembélé (right), but his new double was useless.

“We are sad, angry, embarrassed … all that. When you lose a final, you feel all the bad feelings that can be”, regretted the striker tricolor after the meeting.

After a mixed start to the season, where the Catalan club was shaken by the desire to leave Messi, the resignation of ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and a failed start in the league, the double of the French world champion was not enough to allow Barça to win their first trophy in more than a year and a half … And delayed the confirmation of the rebirth of the Catalan club under the aegis of Ronald Koeman.

For Athletic Bilbao, this success is a real breath: stuck in the 12e place of the Spanish championship and after sacking his coach Gaizka Garitano at the end of December, Athletic gave a glimpse of what he is capable of doing in great moments. Three months before approaching the final of the Copa del Rey 2020 (postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic), on April 4, 2021 against Real Sociedad.

With AFP


Poetry Monday: today, “if you bared your teeth for once if you opened your mouth”

Who’s Afraid of Big Books of Poetry? One year after the very highly recommendable Back, thought (poem), coming back by Jacques Jouet (480 pages), which brings together four years of daily poems and which is swallowed with happiness and without any indigestion, here are a thousand poems by Patrick Varetz (528 pages), also at POL

The approach here is not the same as Jacques Jouet. The ulipian writes one poem a day and even if he proceeds in cycles, he explores many different forms. Varetz instead offers a set of poems of the same form: three tercets followed by a line, with some variations from one text to another. The formal consistency is such that the book can very well be read as a single poem divided into a thousand (short) parts. But each text is also in itself a concentrate. Here, the lines are short, the vocabulary is crystal clear.

This Second thousand (the Premier appeared in 2013, and Varetz is writing the Third) is crossed by subjects that the author himself wishes to emphasize. In a summary, he details “the series” (when he is inspired by other poems, travels to Lisbon or writes for a missing friend), “The major themes” (anger, emptiness, imposture …), “Minor themes” (blue, pleasure, Facebook …) and “The apparitions” who cross the book (“Arlette”, Nan Goldin, Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens…) But one of the main characters of this new delivery remains his father, whom he already mentioned in the Curse of Barcelona. Poem 1696: “What good is it to write this / long letter to your father / with the further intention / to hurt him for what good.”

Here are four of the thousand poems in the book, from a series written from a print of I Ching.


if you were less afraid
also if you were a little
less empty a little more

involved as they say
in the course of existence
in this life that is

more your jaws
slam or they are
those of anger there

are you chomping at the bit if
that’s how we
said chomping at the bit and the

vacuum is lost and the well
here it is
starts to feel the rain


if you were less cowardly too
if only you were less
coward with anger looks-

you are there standing without you
stand up you bend over and you
have a drink it looks like

that life escapes you so alone-
you were less afraid and
if you stopped – if for one

time damn if for once


if for once you stopped
to eat away at all the words of
through to trim the fat

around the bone if you showed
teeth for once if you
open your mouth resume

a glass and open your whore
mouth for a whore
of times – what do you

wait to build a
real well with a pulley
a curbstone and a whore

of rope


What are you waiting for
damn to go down to
bottom of your anger fear

planted in the arms and
in the legs everything is
there go throw the coins

three pieces by six times
there are in all sixty and
four possibilities and the

well of them is the
forty-eighth water
at the top and the wood at the bottom

that the heart is dry and that
the rope is missing at the well
and it’s the jug again

your broken jug

Patrick Varetz, Second thousand, ed. POL, 528 pages, 32 euros.

Guillaume Lecaplain


Bilbao after dream goal: Barça lose Supercup, Messi his nerve

Bilbao after dream goal
Barça loses Supercup, Messi loses his nerve

FC Barcelona missed their 14th triumph in the Spanish Supercup. Barça looks like the sure winner until the 90th minute. But the late shock in regular time is followed by the knockout after an outstanding shot by Inaki Williams.

National goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and FC Barcelona lost the Spanish Supercup final against Athletic Bilbao with 2: 3 (2: 2, 1: 1) after extra time, despite leading twice. During extra time, Inaki Williams scored the winning goal for the underdog with an outstanding shot in Seville. Ter Stegen had no chance for the goal, the ball jumped from the inside post into the goal.

A brace from French international Antoine Griezmann (40th / 77th minute) had previously put Barcelona in the lead twice. Superstar Lionel Messi was back – but was sent off shortly before the game’s final whistle after an assault.

For Bilbao, Oscar de Marcos had scored 1: 1 (42nd) before half-time, Asier Villalibre then saved Athletic in the 90th minute with his 2-2 goal in extra time. Bilbao had already prevailed against Real Madrid in the semi-finals and has now won the Supercup three times, most recently with a win against Barcelona in 2015.


Real braked, Lyon autumn champion

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Real Madrid missed the opportunity to regain the lead in La Liga by scoring only a draw against the relegation Osasuna (0-0). In Ligue 1, Lyon became autumn champion for the first time since the 2008-2009 season by pulling a draw in Rennes (2-2).

• Liga: the Merengues skate, Messi and Griezmann offer themselves a double

On a ground stained with white, due to a snowstorm that hit Spain this weekend, the Merengues were hung 0-0 by the penultimate of La Liga, Osasuna. The Madrilenians had the worst difficulties to land in Pamplona on Friday evening due to the weather conditions, with a delay of almost three hours.

On Saturday, they largely dominated, but came up against the impermeability of the Navarre curtain. Despite possession of 70%, the Madrilenians only managed to frame a single shot. This point of the draw is not good because it allows Atletico to keep a point ahead of the Madrilenians with three games less. The Barcelona are also back to three points of Real Madrid after their victory (4-0), Saturday in Granada. The duo Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann shone during this meeting. With an opportunistic goal (12th) and a perfectly balanced recovery (64th), the French world champion played nothing better with his Argentine captain, also a double scorer, on a pass from Griezmann (35th) and on a free kick. direct millimeter (43rd), three days after his double against Bilbao (3-2). In the duel of contenders for the C1, Sevilla FC won 3-2 against Real Sociedad thanks to a hat-trick from Moroccan center-forward Youssef En-Nesyri (4th, 7th, 46th), after a start completely crazy match with four goals in the first quarter of an hour.

• Ligue 1: Lyon draws a draw, Pochettino scores his first victory

Led 2-0 in Rennes, Olympique Lyonnais snatched an unexpected draw (2-2) on Saturday to take the lead in the middle of the championship. While Rennes led thanks to Clément Grenier (20th) and Benjamin Bourigeaud (55th), OL saved their unbeaten streak established since mid-September thanks to Memphis Depay, scorer of a splendid sequence (79th) then passer for Jason Denayer (82nd). The Lyonnais can continue to believe in their destiny in this L1, even if being the autumn champion does not guarantee anything. In 2008-2009, OL finished third in the spring. Just behind in the standings, PSG is its dolphin after its victory (3-0) against Brest. His new coach Mauricio Pochettino notched his first success at the head of the team of the capital. In the absence of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe did not score but sent an assist. The goals of Moise Kean (16th), Mauro Icardi (81st) and Pablo Sarabia (83rd) did not necessarily reflect the face of a meeting that Paris struggled to master.

• Bundesliga: Bayern beaten, but still in the lead

Despite their defeat at Mönchengladbach (3-2), Bayern Munich are still leaders in the Bundesliga with 33 points. Leipzig had the opportunity to regain the lead, but Julian Nagelsmann’s men lost in the shock against Dortmund (3-1). The Englishman Jadon Sancho opened the scoring (55th) and the Norwegian Erling Haaland scored a brace (71st, 84th). Alexander Sorloth saved the honor of RB at the end of the match (90th). The defense of Leipzig, who had conceded only nine goals in 14 Bundesliga games (including three against Bayern), this time shattered against the individual talent of the young yellow and black strikers. For Dortmund, who were 8 points behind leader Munich at kick-off, this match was already the last chance. After the dismissal of Lucien Favre in mid-December, the team did not seem truly liberated, and its game remained difficult, despite three wins and one loss before this meeting. A few hours earlier, Union Berlin and Wolfsburg, in the fight to integrate the leading square, separated in a 2-2 draw which leaves them both in fifth position.

  • Serie A: Juventus suffers, but wins

Juventus struggled on Sunday to dominate a beautiful team from Sassuolo (3-1) who, reduced to ten, long believed they could bring back a point from Turin before giving in in the last ten minutes. Outnumbered throughout the second period after the exclusion of midfielder Pedro Obiang (45 + 2nd) for a tight tackle on the left ankle of Federico Chiesa, the Neroverdi offered themselves the luxury of coming back to score by Grégoire Delfrel (58th ), just after the opening of the Turin score of Danilo (51st). They then continued to circulate the ball as soon as they could and rounded back. But they had to surrender on a recovery from Aaron Ramsey (82nd) ​​then in added time on a final acceleration from Cristiano Ronaldo (90 + 2nd), for his 15th goal of the season in the league. By scoring his 759th career goal, the Portuguese striker also tied the record for top scorer in football history, Czech Josef Bican. Thanks to this success, Andrea Pirlo’s men returned to one point on the podium. The week turned out to be bad for Inter, however. After the surprise defeat of the Nerazzurri against Sampdoria (1-2) on Wednesday, the draw conceded at the end of the game on Sunday against Roma (2-2) broke the momentum of the end of 2020 and put them under pressure before receiving next week a revived Juve. Roma preserved their third place six points behind AC Milan, who are the big winners of the draw between two immediate pursuers after their success on Saturday over Torino (2-0).

With AFP and Reuters


Koeman’s new broom: the four Barcelona players who asked to “give in”

Ronald Koeman It was shown, it could not be otherwise, very satisfied with the third consecutive victory of the team. The technician highlighted the great moment of Lionel Messi, the game of Antoine Griezmann but again he referred to the case of Riqui Puig which, for the press which, should have several minutes.



The journalist Ricard Torquemada spoke about Messi’s decline and his love for Maradona

The one you value the most Ricard torquemada (49 years, Barcelona) in the others it is the tie. One aspect of your personality that you can’t stand is fear. He is convinced that talent is an overrated quality. And his idea of ​​happiness is linked to sport.

Since 2000, his voice is linked to the Bara broadcasts on Catalunya Rdio and the Puyal brand. Director of LaTdT, he also enjoys the podcast world with El Tercer Temps de Boot Room.


Atlético Madrid stays the course, Chelsea sinks

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Hanging on, Atlético Madrid managed to turn things around and keep the lead in La Liga by winning 1-2 on Alavès’ field. In the Premier League, Manchester City dominated the shock of Matchday 17 and repositioned themselves in the title race, beating Chelsea 1-3.

• Liga: Atlético keeps the lead but is scared

Atlético Madrid striker Luis Suarez got his team off the hook on Sunday against Alaves. With Marcos Llorente’s opener in the 41st minute, Diego Simeone’s players seemed to be in control. But after several Madrid failures, Alaves came back to the score in the 84th minute of play, on a goal against his camp Felipe. Luis Suarez ended up delivering his own by scoring his ninth goal of the season at the very end of the match by picking up a cross from the Portuguese Joao Felix at the far post. With this fourth victory in a row (1-2), Atletico de Madrid retains its advantage of two points ahead of Real Madrid, with two games less. For its part, Barça also struggled to get rid of Huesca (0-1). Lionel Messi’s teammates finally came to the end thanks to Frenkie De Jong, the only scorer of the match served by Leo Messi, in the 27th minute. Thanks to this success, FC Barcelona goes back to fifth place, eight points behind Real Madrid second, and 10 behind leaders Atlético Madrid.

• Premier League: Manchester City domine Chelsea

Yet deprived of several positive players for Covid-19, Manchester City largely won, Sunday, on the lawn of Chelsea (1-3). The Blues had a good start, however, dominating the first quarter of an hour of this match until Ilkay Gündogan opened the scoring in the 18th, Phil Foden scored the goal of the break three minutes later and Kevin De Bruyne finished Chelsea 0- 3 to 34th. Callum Hudson-Odoi only saved the honor of Chelsea in the last moments of the match (90 + 2). With this victory, Manchester City moved up to 5th place in the standings and Chelsea fell to 8th position in the Premier League. Leicester also resumed its march forward by winning over Newcastle (1-2). This success allows the formation of Brendan Rodgers to temporarily regain third place in the standings and remain in the race for qualification for the next Champions League.

• Bundesliga: Bayern crushes Mainz and regains the lead

Led 2-0 at the break by relegation Mainz, the Munich overturned the match to win 5-2 on Sunday. Star striker Robert Lewandowski notably scored a brace, bringing his total to 19 goals in 14 days. This year, he could break Gerd Müller’s historic record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season. After 14 days of the Bundesliga, the champions of Germany and Europe are now two points ahead of Leipzig, winner 1-0 in Stuttgart on Saturday, five over Leverkusen and eight over Dortmund, back in the Top 4 qualifying for the League champions thanks to his 2-0 victory on Sunday against Wolfsburg.​​​​​​

  • Serie A: AC Milan regains the lead

Even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and even reduced to ten, AC Milan valiantly defended, Sunday, his chair as leader of the Italian Championship on the ground of Benevento (0-2). Second after the victory of Inter (6-2) against Crotone, the young team of Stefano Pioli aimed to recover their place. The mission was fulfilled after Franck Kessié opened the scoring on a penalty in the 15th minute and Rafael Leao’s break goal in the 49th minute. For its part, Juventus, failing to control everything, has revived nicely after its defeat against Fiorentina (0-3). Andrea Pirlo’s men won Sunday (4-1) against Udinese. Cristiano Ronaldo, author of his sixth double of the season in the league (31st, 70th) and passer for Federico Chiesa (49th), is still there for a lot. With 14 goals, he consolidates his position as top scorer.

With AFP and Reuters


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