16
Oct

#TBT: Lionel Messi’s La Liga debut

Ten years ago Thursday, Lionel Messi was handed his La Liga debut for Barcelona by then-manager Frank Rijkaard. Only 17, the baby-faced Argentinian played all of eight minutes coming off the bench for Deco against Espanyol, becoming the second-youngest in club history to wear the Blaugrana kit.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look at Messi throughout the years by heading here!

7
Oct

Bayern Munich practice looks fun…

imagePep Guardiola likes to run a tight ship at Bayern Munich, rarely granting media access to pre-match training sessions. However, the club’s official YouTube channel does offer a glimpse into some of the more lighthearted drills Guardiola has to offer.

And boy, do they look strange. Introducing… “bucket ball”

There’s a lot going on here. The gist of the drill looks pretty clear, but what’s going on with guys holding hands and dancing in circles like they’re at the Oktoberfest?

Guardiola had his players do this drill the week of their match at Hamburg, which ended in a goalless draw - Bayern’s worst result of the season.

So yeah, we don’t believe “bucket ball” has worked its way into Bayern’s regular training regimen.

H/T Reddit

4
Oct

Lewandowski scores superb goal to get on track in Bundesliga

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Bad news, Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski is starting to find his scoring touch again.

After netting just twice in his first eight games as a Bayern Munich player, the 26-year-old bagged his first brace for his new club in a 4-0 win over Hannover.

His second goal was of particularly high quality. Lewandowski took down a perfect Xherdan Shaqiri cross with a wonderful first touch in stride, then slotted home coolly past goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. It’s the kind of goal that will give Bayern fans hope Lewandowski is finally about to break out.

The rest of the league will be less enthusiastic.

20
Aug

Bayern Munich use magician, fireworks to unveil… new team bus

Bayern Munich pulled out all the stops for a huge club announcement on Tuesday. The German champions erected a big ol’ stage, set off fireworks and even hired a magician to… do what exactly?

Announce a new blockbuster signing? Unveil a dazzling new fan shop to rival Borussia Dortmund’s Fan World? Nope.

They revealed their new team bus.

Sigh….

You can go ahead and add this to the long list of reasons why Bayern are (not so) lovably known around the Bundesliga as “FC Hollywood.”

The kitchen is pretty epic though… for a bus:

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19
Aug

Neymar steals the show in Luis Suarez’s first Barca match

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So, uh, Neymar is back, you guys.

The Brazil star painted a sad figure at the World Cup this summer after breaking a bone in his back vs Colombia and missing the Selecao’s infamous last two contests. 

Just about six weeks later, Neymar returned to the pitch in Barcelona’s 6-0 friendly win over Club Leon, and boy did he show up.

First, he converted Andres Iniesta’s pass with a lovely chip over goalkeeper Will Yarbrough, before scoring on a cheeky little back-heel finish just before the halftime whistle. The fact Luis Suarez made his Barcelona “debut” was reduced to a footnote on the night.

Enjoy:

H/T Reddit

Photo: Reuters

15
Aug

Luis Suarez trains with Barcelona for first time

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Luis Suarez trained with his new Barcelona teammates for the first time following the CAS ruling on the Uruguayan’s appeal. While Suarez still has to serve his four-month ban from football, the CAS ruled he is allowed to practice and feature in friendlies.

Check out some of the best pictures of Suarez’s first day with Barca:

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When will we see Suarez back on the field for an actual competitive match? As luck would have it, that could come on the weekend of October 25-26, against none other than Real Madrid. Tasty!

Images via Reuters

6
Aug

Another golazo! Robert Lewandowski scores laser vs. MLS All-Stars

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Hey, remember when went out on a limb and said Robert Lewandowski will make a fine addition to Josep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side this season?

How about that time we reminded you of that fact just a couple days later?

Well, here we are again. Check out the Polish striker’s clinical finish against the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday:

Yeah, Lewandowski is pretty good. #Analysis.

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27
Jul

Pitch invaders take selfies with Javi Martinez, Mario Balotelli

Bayern Munich snatched up their first title of the season on Sunday, winning the final of the Telekom Cup against Wolfsburg, 3-0, behind a pair of goals from Robert Lewandowski and another from fellow newcomer Sebastian Rode.

With the game all but decided late in the second half, one fan rushed the field and did what all proper pitch invaders of this day and age try to do - take a selfie with a player!

Javi Martinez was the fan’s chosen target, though he clearly wasn’t quite sure how to react:

Later on Sunday, towards the end of AC Milan’s brutal 5-1 loss to Manchester City, a pair of fans emulated this act, bee-lining it to Mario Balotelli for an on-field selfie (and a hug!)

This was the result:

Great day for pitch invaders!