Lionel Messi, Malcom and Rafinha strike as Ernesto Valverde’s side win Joan Gamper Trophy for sixth successive time
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Lionel Messi, Malcom and Rafinha strike as Ernesto Valverde’s side win Joan Gamper Trophy for sixth successive time

LIONEL MESSI led by example as Barcelona won their sixth successive Joan Gamper Trophy. The club’s new captain put on a blinding display as Ernesto Valverde’s men beat Boca Juniors 3-0 in the annual curtain-raiser. Getty Images – Getty Barcelona celebrated on the Nou Camp pitch after the match New boy Malcom, who joined from Bordeaux this summer, broke the deadlock with his first ever goal at the Nou Camp. The 21-year-old picked up the ball on the left flank, shook off the defender and slotted a strike past Esteban Andrada from a tight angle. Messi produced a moment of …

Barcelona: Messi: I promise to do everything to bring the Champions League to Barcelona
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Barcelona: Messi: I promise to do everything to bring the Champions League to Barcelona

Barcelona Setting the standard En Espaol In his first speech as Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has set high expectations of the club this season and promised supporters that he will do everything in his power to bring the Champions League back to the Camp Nou. Barcelona have not won the tournament since 2015, with rivals Real Madrid winning it every year since, adding insult to injury for the Catalans. “We have a squad to get excited about this year and the signings we have made make us better than we were,” he said. “Although last year was good with the Cup …

Birmingham City digest: N’Doye to leave; Man in exile; Monk’s plan; Gardner gets going
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Birmingham City digest: N’Doye to leave; Man in exile; Monk’s plan; Gardner gets going

On his way Chiekh N’Doye is returning to his former club Angers after a year in the Championship with Birmingham City. Reports in France suggest the midfielder has agreed to move and will complete the deal on Thursday. N’Doye is one of Blues highest earners and made 39 appearances in total, including appearances in both of the opening Championship games this term. His departure will leave Blues light on numbers in the middle – but could pave a way for Gary Gardner to slot in following his season-long loan switch from Aston Villa. The other remaining senior midfielders are Craig …

Austin City Council approves soccer stadium, clearing way for Crew relocation
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Austin City Council approves soccer stadium, clearing way for Crew relocation

The Austin City Council cleared a major hurdle for Anthony Precourt as he attempts to move the Columbus Crew to Austin, Texas. The Council voted 7-4 in favor of a term sheet that details a $200 million project to build a 20,000 seat stadium at McKalla Place in North Austin. The 24-acre site is currently owned by the city and this vote authorizes the negotiation and eventual execution of agreements on construction, a lease of the land, and the specifics of the venue, slated to be completed for the 2021 MLS season. It’s unclear where the team would play should …

Kevin De Bruyne attends Manchester City documentary All or Nothing premiere on crutches
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Kevin De Bruyne attends Manchester City documentary All or Nothing premiere on crutches

KEVIN DE BRUYNE turned up to the premiere of Manchester City documentary All or Nothing on crutches. The Belgian midfielder, 27, suffered a knee injury in training today and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Eamonn and James Clarke Kevin De Bruyne arrives at the All or Nothing premiere on crutches Eamonn and James Clarke The Man City ace is expected to miss at least two months of the season Pep Guardiola’s main man is expected to head to Barcelona for specialist treatment. But he still managed to join his manager and team-mates at the Vue cinema in the …