Messi had no choice but to stay at Barca due to 'bad advice'

The Argentina star was determined to leave but ultimately reversed his decision to avoid a legal battle with the club Lionel Messi was left with no choice but to reverse his decision to quit Barcelona due to bad advice from his father and agent Jorge, according to former Real Madrid player Hugo Sanchez. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner sent shockwaves through the football world last week by informing Barca of his intention to leave. However, La Liga disputed Messi’s claim that he could leave on a free transfer courtesy of a clause in his contract, meaning…

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Foreign attachments: Good for coaches, bad for players

MALAYSIA should not send their youth footballers for attachments with clubs overseas as it would be a waste of time and at the expense of their education. This was stated by former Mokhtar Dahari Academy (AMD) technical director Lim Teong Kim on the issue of football development in the country. He said while it is good for coaches to be attached with foreign clubs, it won’t work for youth players. “If you talk about sending coaches for attachments, that’s alright. Just like what we did with QPR, we sent five…

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Alternative BBC end-of-year football awards: Who was the best player? Who had the biggest meltdown?

The end of 2019 is almost upon us, and what a year in football it has been. Manchester City won the Premier League title for a second consecutive year, Liverpool became European and world champions and Jamie Vardy turned into Benjamin Button to produce one of his most prolific 12 months of his career. So, as this time is usually a period to reflect upon the good and the bad of the year gone by, we here at BBC Sport consider some alternative football awards. From the best player to…

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Chelsea want to keep Willian faith against Saints

Willian’s performance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend highlighted just why Frank Lampard is keen to see the Brazilian’s future at Chelsea resolved. While much of the focus this season has been trained on the outstanding contribution of the youngsters in Blues manager Lampard’s squad, Willian’s performances on the right of a front three have been consistently excellent. The winger appeared to have lost his way in recent seasons, particularly last term when he struggled for consistency under Maurizio Sarri and appeared in danger of leaving the London club.…

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Tottenham fail with appeal against Son red card

Tottenham Hotspur have failed with their appeal against Son Heung-min’s red card, the Football Association announced Tuesday. The South Korean winger saw red in the second half of Spurs’ 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea in a spiteful London derby on Sunday after VAR confirmed he had kicked out at Blues defender Antonio Rudiger after being fouled. Tottenham launched an appeal but the FA upheld his red card, meaning Son will now serve a three-game ban ruling him out of the matches at home to Brighton on Boxing Day, and…

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Manchester United further behind in development than expected – Solskjaer

Manchester United have not progressed as much as what manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had hoped for as they near the halfway stage of the Premier League season, but the Norwegian said his team would become more consistent with experience. Solskjaer, who took charge of United in December last year, has guided the team to eighth in the standings after 18 games and their tally of 25 points is four fewer than what they had collected at this stage last season. The 2-0 loss to bottom-placed Watford on Sunday was their…

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Club World Cup: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ‘wrong person’ to address Qatar issues

Jurgen Klopp says he is the “wrong person” to address concerns over Qatar’s human rights record. Liverpool are in the country for their Club World Cup semi-final with Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday. Concerns have been expressed about the country hosting this event and the 2022 World Cup because of its stance on homosexuality and immigrant workers’ rights, among other issues. “Organisers have to think about these things, not the athletes,” Klopp said. “When sportsmen have to decide to be part of a competition, it’s not right.” The Reds won…

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