Barca coach Koeman “in love” with ex-Rapidler Demir – football

Yusuf Demir on the way to becoming a superstar! The ex-Rapidler makes an impression at the big FC Barcelona, ​​especially with coach Ronald Koeman.

After moving to the Catalans, Demir is currently doing his first training sessions. And he obviously cuts a fine figure. The sports journalist Gerard Romero from the Catalan portal “Esport RAC1” reports that head coach Ronald Koeman is looking at his feet – and is enthusiastic about Demir’s achievements. He is downright “in love” with the newcomer.

In addition, Koeman already sees a second Pedri in Demir. After moving to Barca, the 18-year-old Spaniard turned out to be a whiz and in a few weeks gained a regular place in the superstar squad. The future will show whether the Demir will succeed. In any case, the fact is that the jump from Hütteldorf to Barcelona seems to have been a success for the time being.

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They confirm the pump of the pass market: Barcelona takes a figure from the Argentine National Team

At the beginning of this month of July Nicolás Laprovittola ceased to belong to Real Madrid, where he played two seasons and obtained three titles, and quickly his name began to be linked to the Barcelona. This Saturday, sources close to the player confirmed that the negotiations are closed and only the signing of his new contract remains.

As reported by the specialized site Basketball Plus, the Argentine base will sign in the Blaugrana for one season and another optional, quickly closing negotiations that the Spanish newspaper had already confirmed days ago As.



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VIDEO: Leo Messi surrounded by fans in Miami

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Leo Messi continues to enjoy the title that evaded him for several years. After the victory in the Copa América, the Rosario has changed the minds of several people who in the past had criticized and vilified him for not having won titles with his team in four previous finals.

In every place that he has been, he has been surrounded by large crowds who want to show their affection after giving them such great joy.

The last place that has turned to Messi was in Surfside, a small town bordering Miami Beach. This is only a couple of miles from your apartment that you have in that area. Messi was seen at Cafe Ragazzi and several fans arrived there to greet him and thank him for his great achievement with Argentina.

This was instances after he was inside the restaurant where he was with several clients in the restaurant that is owned by the Venezuelan singer Ricardo Montaner.

Miami is known to many athletes as a place where they can relax without having to deal with crowds of people, especially during these times of pandemic.

Messi is not the only player who is vacationing in South Florida after having been in Buenos Aires to renew his American visa and later it was for his family who was in Rosario. Frenchman Paul Pogba has been a bit calmer than Messi as he has been able to go to various places without having to deal with so many fans around.

Another who is spending his free time in Miami is Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. In addition to being on vacation, he is training with legendary NFL catcher Chad Johnson.

How was Juventus player Paulo Dybala.

Obviously, one thing is the level of fame of Pogba and Lukaku and another is that of Messi. There is also a much more important Argentine community in this part of the United States compared to French, Belgian or even English.

One of several tributes worldwide

Multitudinous celebrations in the Obelisco for the victory of the Argentine National Team in the Copa AméricaAs soon as the Uruguayan referee Esteban Ostojich whistled the end of the match between Argentina and Brazil at the Maracana, celebrations broke out throughout the country for the achievement of the Copa América, the first official title of the national team in 28 years. ★ Subscribe to our channel → ★ Get informed…2021-07-11T18:15:20Z

Several soccer fans around the world have praised the Barcelona player. In some countries, fans of Messi and the national team took to the streets after the Albiceleste team ended their 28-year drought without winning a title.

In addition to the fans who came to meet at El Obelisco in Buenos Aires, there was much more on the theme of celebration all over the world.

One of those places was North Beach, one of the neighborhoods with the largest concentration of Argentines in the United States.

Another example was Kerala, India. That city is considered one of the soccer capitals in that country. There fans went out on a motorcycle, in the middle of the pandemic to give their recognition to the captain culé.

On Sunday morning in Dhaka, Bangladesh, tens of thousands of fans who have supported the Argentine team took to the streets to celebrate the feat at the Maracana.

These days he will stay in Miami to be with his family and he will also have to finalize the last details of his renewal with Barcelona. The player and his club are expected to formalize the new contract next week in which he will have a salary reduction of 50 percent from what he had in his contract that ended on June 30.

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FC Barcelona: Jose Mourinho apparently rejects the transfer of Miralem Pjanic to AS Roma

After Juventus, AS Roma will also reject Miralem Pjanic’s return. For Jose Mourinho, the transfer is obviously not financially manageable.

FC Barcelona are still looking for a buyer for midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Like the Spanish sports newspaper Brand reported, AS Roma, the next possible candidate for a transfer of the Bosnian, has rejected.

Pjanic’s ex-club is said to have recently observed the 31-year-old, but coach Jose Mourinho apparently refused a transfer for financial reasons. Previously, Juventus had allegedly ruled out a return of the midfielder.

FC Barcelona are considering loan transfer from Miralem Pjanic

A big hurdle is Pjanic’s annual salary, which should amount to around 15 million euros. So far, no club would like to respond to the rumored transfer fee of 45 million euros. According to the report, the Blaugrana are therefore also ready to let Pjanic go on loan in order to be able to make urgently needed salary savings.

It was only last summer that Pjanic moved from Juventus to Barcelona, ​​where he has rarely been part of Ronald Koeman’s first team since then. He started from the bench 17 times in 30 games and was not involved in any goal.


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FC Barcelona makes Messi bigger than club

FC Barcelona has spent a year trying to keep Lionel Messi for the club. Ronald Koeman’s club has now finally succeeded in seducing the Argentine superstar into a new contract, but there is a huge list of conditions attached to it. As a result, Joan Laporta seems to be making the same mistake as his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu.

FC Barcelona had to deal with a landslide in the Camp Nou stadium less than a year ago. Lionel Messi lost confidence in a Barcelona future full of prizes silver and informed club management that he wanted to take advantage of his transfer-free status as part of his contract. As is known, the club refused to honor that request, after which the Argentine star player resigned himself to a longer stay at FC Barcelona. Under Ronald Koeman, Messi found the feeling for FC Barcelona again. The Argentine star player was again the old, magnificent dribbler who conquered global football over the past ten years, especially in the second part of last season. Messi’s status has in the past sparked debate as to whether the Argentine winger wasn’t bigger than the club. The actions of chairman Joan Laporta now seem to confirm that.

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The situation of FC Barcelona is now known: the Catalans are struggling with a debt of about one billion euros, which could rise so high due to, among other things, missed (match) income due to the corona crisis. The situation was so bad that the Catalans turned to the Spanish government and La Liga (organization of the competition, ed.) for financial support. The club also received that (state) support, but there were strict conditions attached to it. Conditions that had a direct influence on the selection policy of the Catalans.

The moment FC Barcelona wanted to buy a player from another club, it had to ensure that double the transfer amount spent had already come in with an outgoing transfer. Last season FC Barcelona sold for more than forty million euros to players, and could therefore only take over Sergiño Dest from Ajax for about 20 million euros because it had to do the conditions of the Spanish government and La Liga. The fact that the club could fall into such a deep financial hole means that the Catalans have to implement a cost saving of 200 million euros (!) this season in order to be able to discuss financially healthy business operations in the future.

Messi was the absolute top earner in Camp Nou with a (gross) annual salary of more than a hundred million euros. The club could choose not to renew the Argentine superstar’s contract. However, that was made impossible by Laporta’s election promise: the re-elected chairman made it his mission to keep Messi at the club.

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Not only Messi’s contract extension was a priority. As expected, the Catalans are targeting players who are out of contracts with other clubs this transfer summer. Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero (both Manchester City) and Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon) have already been added to the roster for next season. FC Barcelona thus saves high transfer fees and is fortunate that, for example in the case of Memphis, there is understanding for the situation the club is in. The Orange international would even have handed in salary compared to his contract with Olympique Lyon.

There is only one big ‘but’ to this transfer tactic: you actually save nothing. You only spend more money because you bring in players with a million-dollar salary and signing bonus. The only thing FC Barcelona saves with this is a transfer fee that it could not cough up anyway due to the conditions of the Spanish government and La Liga. Now that FC Barcelona’s operating costs are going up rather than being adjusted down, it will be more difficult for FC Barcelona to save the 200 million euros on an annual basis.

Especially when your star player also expires from his contract and you do not reach an agreement before the end date of that agreement. That happened with Messi, which means that the Argentinian is now clubless and, should he indeed sign a new contract, he will also leave for Barcelona as part of ‘FC Transfer Free’. This also means that his salary costs, which are said to be a lot lower than before, are again included in the costs, which are already higher due to the attraction of big names such as Aguero and Memphis.

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That means mopping with the tap open in the boardroom of the Camp Nou stadium. The president-elect has no option but to do everything in his power to get Messi to sign that new contract. At the same time, financial space must also be found to place three million contracts in the salary house and even then 200 million euros must be saved on the basis of operational costs. Now that Laporta is betting on two horses, that actually creates the same situation as last summer at FC Barcelona. In fact, it is now not only known that FC Barcelona is in bad financial shape, it is also an open secret that the club has to save 200 million euros, which will seriously undermine Barca’s negotiating position this summer. To illustrate: La Liga has set a salary ceiling of 347 million euros per year, FC Barcelona had a salary house of 671 million euros last year. Half of Messi’s salary saves eighty to fifty million euros, the salary bar is still too high for FC Barcelona.

Barcelona will therefore be forced to sell players such as Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Miralem Pjanic for a pittance in order to save their millions of salaries. In addition, a large part of the incoming transfer fees have to go to last season’s deferred payments, so that Messi’s contract extension means that FC Barcelona as a club have to take a step back. This does not only make Laporta Messi bigger than the club. The chairman, like his predecessor, makes a financial mess at Barcelona. Because the moment other players have to (again) hand in salary because otherwise no new contract from Messi can be written, you cannot speak of healthy business operations.

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Antoine Griezmann for Saul? Barca and Atletico are planning a mega swap

According to media reports, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona are planning a prominent player swap. For both clubs, the benefits would be clear.

FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are apparently planning a spectacular player swap. As the Sports world reported, Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann could return to his ex-club, in return Saul Niguez should leave the Rojiblancos for Catalonia.

The transfer would have enormous accounting advantages for both clubs, but especially for clammy Barcelona. Because while transfer income can be calculated directly in full on the balance sheet, transfer expenses can be amortized over the contract period of the new player.

Niguez would fit Koeman’s profile

Barca had already carried out a similar deal with Juventus Turin last summer in the exchange between the Brazilian Arthur and the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic. Arthur moved to Turin for 72 million euros, Pjanic came in return for 60 million euros. With the high debt and the simultaneous intention of giving Lionel Messi a new contract, such a model is even more important for Barca this year.

But apart from the economic situation, such a transfer would also make perfect sporting sense. Niguez was part of the regular staff at Atletico under coach Diego Simeone last season, but the 26-year-old is looking for information from Goal and SPOX a change of club and has already received approval.

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In Barcelona, ​​Saul would meet the profile that coach Ronald Koeman is looking for: a physically strong, but still technically good midfielder. Koeman had long hoped for Georginio Wijnaldum to be signed, but his Dutch compatriot decided to move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In the Niguez case, Barca also have good cards because the club secured a “matching right” for the midfielder as part of the transfer from David Villa to Atletico in 2013. The Blaugrana are allowed to catch up with the highest offer for Niguez and would thus get the bid.

Simeone hopes for “prodigal son” Griezmann

And Griezmann? The Frenchman has so far not been able to build on his time at Atletico in Barcelona. Although the 30-year-old has been involved in a strong 52 goals in 99 competitive games so far, he has never really been able to step out of Messi’s shadow.

According to information from Goal and SPOX Atletico coach Simeone would be delighted if he should get his “prodigal son” back. Griezmann is reportedly even willing to forego salary in order to return to Madrid.


250 million business, clothing brand and more: Why Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite is on Forbes’ list of the richest athletes in the world

It seems logical that Messi and CR7 are among the richest athletes in the world. But that Braithwaite moves in these spheres is surprising.


Actually it is Forbes Magazine not necessarily the right reading for football fans. Because although the sport is constantly becoming more commercialized, the pure treatment of business and financial topics is likely to be a bit too dry for most. But the name of the business paper at least says something to even the biggest grumpy businesspeople, and this has above all to do with a ranking: Forbes regularly lists the richest people in the world.

It is not surprising that elite athletes who professionally play the world’s most popular sport, football, belong to this group. Footballers can be found in the Forbes list that was recently created especially for athletes. The obvious first: Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are represented, as both of them can count on their ancillary income in addition to their astronomical salaries, as well as numerous advertising and branding deals.

Barcelona: The richest player after Messi is actually Braithwaite

So far, so unspectacular. However, on closer inspection it becomes apparent that Messi is not the only Barca star whom the magazine counts as one of the richest athletes in the world. Now you could start a guessing game as to which Catalan player you would suspect. Perhaps Gerard Pique, whose partner Shakira is certainly also blessed with a rich income. Or the French world champion Antoine Griezmann. The short and quite surprising answer: It’s about Martin Braithwaite.

Wait – Martin Braithwaite? The striker who is often dubbed the biggest panic buy of the past Barca years? The heavily indebted Blaugrana pay this man, of all people, a salary that makes him one of the richest athletes in the world? Barca fans can breathe a sigh of relief: No, it’s not Braithwaite’s salary But it is not about special advertising deals or that the Dane has a particularly strong own marketing. Braithwaite is on the list because he’s actually a successful businessman.

Forbes list: Braithwaite with great economic wealth

Football professionals are often advised to take care of the time after their careers. If anyone has heeded this advice, it is clearly Braithwaite. According to consistent media reports, the 30-year-old has been investing in the American real estate market since 2017 and, together with his uncle, owns business shares worth $ 250 million. But that’s not all: together with his wife, Braithwaite owns the clothing brand “Trente”, owns a restaurant in Gava, Spain and is said to be financially involved in other projects.

Since Messi is currently officially without a club after his Barca contract expires, this results in an almost absurd punchline: Braithwaite is currently the wealthiest player at FC Barcelona. Not bad for someone who has been laughed at by the football community since joining the Catalans.

Theoretically, Braithwaite could therefore provide valuable help to the club, which is trying to reduce its horrific debt. Not just as a player, but as a lender.