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Barcelona vs Santos: Neymar upstaged by the Sanchez show


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The invitation to take part in the Juan Gamper trophy no doubt sweetened the deal to bring the pin-up boy of Brazilian football to the Camp Nou. A deal that has been in the making since 2010 when Sandro Rosell succeeded Joan Laporta as Barcelona president. The former Nike exec finally got his man and Neymar will line up alongside Messi, Xavi and Iniesta in the famous maroon and blue jersey.

 

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Seydou Keita: Mali midfielder born to wear the captain’s armband


Seydou Keita playing for Mali

When Fabio Capello accepted the role as England manager he could not have foreseen the messy affair that selecting a player to pull on a small elasticated piece of cloth over his shirt sleeve would become. From Rome to Madrid, the Italian had never experienced such scrutiny over the captaincy and ironically it would be that very issue that would lead the former Juventus, Real Madrid and Milan coach to walk out on his lucrative deal with England.

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Pep Guardiola: Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal or Manchester City?


Pep Guardiola at Barcelona

14 trophies in four years, he will forever be associated with a football club that played (and still plays) some of the most scintillating football in the modern era and his meticulous approach to match preparation means when his football sabbatical is over, there will be no shortage of suitors wanting to give him a job.

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Barcelona Youngsters: La Masia graduates who failed to make the grade


Giovani Dos Santos at Barcelona

Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pique, Fabregas and new boy Jordi Alba all played their part in creating history this summer, and will once again pull on the famous scarlet and blue shirt of Barcelona to prove that despite missing out on La Liga and Champions League titles, the ‘Barca way’ is still the way to play.

Six of the eleven players who started that EURO 2012 final in Kyiv have all had varying journeys to the Barcelona first team, but there is one thing that they all share in that pursuit to walk out in front of the Camp Nou and that is the building where tiki-taka is the footballing mantra.

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Jordi Alba to Barcelona: Hard to resist when the Catalan club comes calling


Jordi Alba Valencia and Barcelona

Vilanova, Zubizarreta and the rest of the Barcelona hierarchy must be hating EURO 2012 right now. Partly because the heart of the team that will be going toe-to-toe with Real Madrid next year will return to pre-season training exhausted by another intense month of football, but mostly because their number one transfer target is currently one of the shining lights in Poland and Ukraine, with his valuation getting nudged up a million or two after each solid shift the fleet-footed full back-cum-winger puts in for La Roja.

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John Obi Mikel: Let’s push things forward


John Obi Mikel Chelsea

It’s amazing what a spell out of the side can do to your form, and another manager gives you the opportunity to prove your worth just as Roberto Di Matteo has done with John Obi Mikel. The Nigerian whose economical style of football will probably never see his name emblazoned on too many replica shirts around Fulham Broadway was out of favour with previous manager Andres Villas Boas, but under Di Matteo the deep-lying midfielder is reminding the world why there was such a tug of war between Manchester United and Chelsea for his services almost six years ago.

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