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From Camp Nou to ‘Messi’; Could this really come to pass?


Gerard Pique has been equally outspoken in his defence of Lionel Messi and his criticism of the Barcelona board. The Argentine is now into the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou having been denied a move away from the club in the summer.

Messi’s future was a hot topic of debate over the summer, particularly after he handed in a transfer request following Barcelona’s humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. After a dispute with Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board, the captain ended up staying.

During his first public interview since his transfer request, Messi claimed that Bartomeu had broken promises he’d made to the forward in the past. Now, the president faces a vote of no confidence at the club.

“Leo deserves everything,” Pique told La Vanguardia. “The new stadium should be named after him. We must preserve our past and present legends and not discredit them.”

Should Barcelona take Pique’s advice and name their redevelopment Camp Nou after Messi, it would be the first time in history the club’s stadium has been named after a person.


Over the course of their past, Barcelona have played at the Velodrome de la Bonanova (1899-1900), the Hotel Casanovas pitch (1901-05), the pitch on Calle Muntaner (1905-09), the Campo de la Calle Industria (1909-22) and Les Corts (1922-57).

Barcelona first started playing at the Camp Nou in 1957, when its capacity was 90,000. Today, it can hold up to 99,354 fans, making it the biggest stadium in Europe.

Forgotten legacies
“We must preserve our past and present legends and not discredit them,” Pique said, dismayed at the fact that club figures like Pep Guardiola, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Victor Valdes weren’t involved at the Camp Nou these days.

“Something’s not right,” Pique continued. “You always have to keep these people around; they are part of the club’s history. They have made it great. They should be here, contributing.”


Silent Camp Nou, Silent El Clasico ‘The first Ever’


For the first time in history, Barcelona and Real Madrid will play against each other with no fans present at the match. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, top level football is still closed to the public in Spain, which means Saturday’s Clasico will be played in front of an g.

Real Madrid have always been unwelcome visitors to Barcelona’s home stadium, with their players often whistled before and during games. This time, though, there will be silence, as El Clasico is played behind closed doors for the first time ever.

Only a select few will be allowed inside the ground on matchday. They include the players, match officials, plus a limited number of coaches, doctors, kitmen, directors, journalists and club employees.The extensive police presence that is often deployed at these types of matches will not be needed because of the lack of supporters.


There are conflicting opinions within Catalan politics over whether the Camp Nou can begin to stage matches with fans present. The Generalitat’s secretary of sport, Gerard Figueras, has opened the door for supporters to attend Barcelona’s Champions League fixture with Juventus on December 8.

However, the Generalitat’s health minister, Alba Verges, remains more cautious over whether Barcelona can allow in a reduced crowd for their Champions League games, as UEFA permit.

Away advantage?
It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid can capitalise on the lack of a home crowd when they visit the Camp Nou on Saturday. Los Blancos haven’t won on any of their last four trips to Barcelona in LaLiga Santander, with their last away win in a league Clasico coming in 2016.

They have, though, lost just one of their four league meetings at the Camp Nou since that 2-1 victory towards the backend of the 2015/16 campaign – the 5-1 defeat at the start of the 2018/19 season.


Arguments and Rift in Camp Nou dressing room unfolds


Barcelona’s dressing room has been left split by the initiative aimed at reducing player salaries. President Josep Maria Bartomeu has gone down this route in an attempt to mitigate the financial outgoings at the club given the reduction in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic, yet the process has not run smoothly.

Some players have been accused of putting their individual interests before the collective. This was made evident by the news that on Tuesday – right after the club’s Champions League win over Ferencvaros – that Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen had all renewed their contracts on an individual basis.Some members of the playing squad are frustrated not only with those who have looked after themselves but also at a board who have allowed this to happen.

A letter was signed by most of the squad to reject the plans for pay cuts, but not all players signed it. Curiously, Pique was one of those to sign the letter, before agreeing a contract extension to 2024. Bartomeu’s plan involved reducing player salaries this season, but then stating in their contracts that the board will make up the difference in years to come. Bartomeu won’t have to worry about this, since he’ll be out of his role by next summer anyway, with presidential elections forthcoming – or possibly sooner if he is voted out by the club’s members.

Barcelona’s salary negotiations
All of this comes just before negotiations were set to begin on Wednesday about a collective salary reduction. A player should be there at the table for these discussions, but they’d already said that they won’t attend.

However, there is a split in the group and it seems Bartomeu has adopted the ‘divide and conquer’ tactic. While the club rolled over their Hungarian opposition on Tuesday night, it remains to be seen what impact this dressing room split will have on the club’s fortunes on the pitch in the longer term.


Just in: Messi’s Father arrives at Camp Nou


Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, has landed in Barcelona ahead of crunch talks with the club over his son’s future.

Messi rocked Barcelona last month when his lawyers told the club he wanted to activate a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free before the 2020-21 season.

The club disputed the claim saying the clause expired on June 10, though LaLiga then sided with the club by releasing a statement saying his contract was still valid, meaning paying his €700million (£632m) release clause is the only way to trigger a transfer.

Jorge Messi, boarded a private plan in Rosario bound for Barcelona and a meeting with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

TV cameras pictured Jorge Messi landing in Spain on Wednesday morning, with the meeting reportedly scheduled for Thursday.

Messi did not attend Covid-19 testing on Sunday in the belief that his contract with the club ended earlier during the week. He was again absent for pre-season training on Monday as Ronald Koeman began life as the new head coach.

Sources understands that Manchester City is Messi’s preferred destination this summer, a belief shared by the Premier League club.

Messi’s £988,000-a-week wage is a major stumbling block to his departure, but Pep Guardiola and the world’s best player have reportedly already been in contact about a move this summer.

Messi also has a good relationship with City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano, who also previously worked at Barcelona.

Signing a 33-year-old on big wages would not fit with City’s usual transfer model, but chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said last week that exceptions could be made “because sometimes opportunities come up that fit with what the manager wants.”

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Opinions spilt at Camp nou, What can be done to make Messi stay is revealed


Barcelona boardroom are still at odds over the future of Leo Messi just days before Josep Maria Bartomeu and the player’s father Jorge are due to meet.

The club has made it clear that Messi will not be sold unless a club is willing to pay the release clause set out in his contract which is 700 million euros.

However, not all members of the Blaugrana board are happy with this and believe that the most logical approach is selling the Argentine for a realistic fee, considering the player has already handed in a transfer request.

If the club stuck by the 700 million euros release clause, it would ultimately mean Messi would grow more and more irritated at the club and would leave next year on a free transfer.

On the other hand, the sale of Messi would help the precarious financial situation that the club finds itself in due to the coronavirus pandemic and both the club and the Argentiean could part ways amicably.

It seems clear that nobody involved with Barcelona wants Messi to leave but accepting his departure would prove to be an economic boost for the club, who could then use the money to prepare for life after the No.10.

Whatever happens, Bartomeu will need to find a solution quickly before the arrival of Jorge Messi.

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Furious Barca fans break-in camp Nou in riot ‘Barcelona to resign’


Barcelona supporters angered by the running of the club have pushed through the Nou Camp gates as their protests continued for a second day.

Fans want the club’s board, headed by president Josep Bartomeu, to stand down after a dismal season that saw two sackings, losing the title to rivals Real Madrid and an embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Now Barca are in danger of losing their long-serving talisman Lionel Messi after the Argentine told the club he wants to leave on a free transfer this summer amid the ongoing chaos, and loyal supporters have been gathering at their world famous ground to voice their fury.

Hundreds flocked to the Nou Camp on Tuesday night in support of Messi after his falling out with Bartomeu, with chants being yelled demanding the hierarchy be ousted and signs unfurled.


And protests escalated on Wednesday as fans entered the stadium grounds, with security personel powerless to stop them.

One official was pictured attempting to thwart one individual before the huge crowd push past him and into the complex.

Another group were seen mounting the top of the gates holding up a sign demanding that Bartomeu stand down.

Despite uproar over his performance at the club, he is entitled to stay with the club until the 2021 elections next year – with some fans attempting to force a vote of no confidence against him.


Bartomeu has made a number of key players available for sale, including the likes of Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba with new boss Ronald Koeman expected to ring the changs in the wake of the shock thrashing by Bayern.

The president has also fallen out with Messi, who is ready to quit Catalonia despite spending his entire career with Barca after his relationship with the board reached breaking point.

Manchester City are seen as the front runners to seal an astonishing deal for the Argentine superstar in a move that could see him reunited with Pep Guardiola.

Messi believes he can move on a bosman due to a clause in his contract, but Barca insist he has another year on his deal with a release clause of £629million.

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Home sweet home: ‘i have to return to Camp nou’ – Coutinho


One of the first problems in Ronald Koeman’s in-tray is just what to do with Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian midfielder due to return to the club after his loan spell with Bayern Munich.

In the aftermath of his Champions League success, the Brazilian confirmed that his future is up in the air once he returns.

“Of course, I have to go back to Barcelona and then we’ll see what happens,” Coutinho explained in an interview with Movistar+ after Sunday’s final.

“I haven’t really thought about it much, I’ve only been focused on the final.


“What I can say is that I really want to work hard to have a great year, but let’s see what happens.”

Coutinho takes a Champions League winner’s medal back to the Camp Nou with him, which will somewhat make up for the pain felt by the fact Liverpool had won the trophy just after he left.

“We had a great season and we are very happy,” he added.

“We’ve deserved this and it’s a special feeling.

“I’m finding it hard to describe, I’m very happy and we are going to enjoy this a lot today.”

PSG missed their chances, whilst Bayern Munich were more reliable in possession, and Coutinho believes it was only small details which took his team to the trophy.

“Finals are always like this,” he said.

“They are defined by the smallest of details.

“We have controlled our emotions and now we are champions.”

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Neymar will ‘NOT’ return to Camp nou this summer


Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insists it is impossible for the club to re-sign Neymar this summer.

The Brazilian completed a £198million move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 but has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp, with the Catalans having two bids rejected in 2019.

The striker has won three Ligue 1 titles and is set to play in his first Champions League final for the club on Sunday while Barcelona have failed to reach a final since his departure.


Reports in Spain last week suggested Barca could reignite their attempts to re-sign the 28-year-old, with the club in crisis following their 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich.

But Bartomeu has now insisted the club have no chance of securing a reunion as PSG are unwilling to part with their star man.

‘Going for a player when the club he is in doesn’t want to sell him is impossible, Bartomeu told Barca TV.

‘Last summer we tried. He is a player who, with the pandemic situation, his club does not put him in the market.

‘It is normal. The big clubs want great players.’


Barca are set for big changes this summer with Ronald Koeman in-line to takeover from the sacked Quique Setien while Lionel Messi’s future remains unclear.

However, Bartomeu remains adamant Messi will stay with the LaLiga side.

‘Koeman will be the new manager and he told me that Messi is a key player for our new project.

‘He has a contract until 2021, I speak a lot with Leo and more regularly with his father.

‘He is number one in the world. There is no doubt that in Koeman’s new project you can count on Messi.’

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Scared of Camp nou? Napoli owner wants UCL return game not to be played at Camp nou


Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Thursday that the Italian club’s Champions League last 16, second leg game against Barcelona should be moved from Spain where there is a new wave of coronavirus cases.

“I hear a lot of perplexity and fear coming from Spain and they acting as if nothing is wrong. What does it take to say, ‘Don’t go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva’?” De Laurentiis told journalists.

Barcelona are due to host Napoli on 8 August in the Camp Nou with both sides 1-1 after the first leg in Naples in February, with the winner going on to the quarterfinals in Lisbon, Portugal.

“It they have decided that the Champions League is in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we can go to Portugal or Germany for the round of 16, I don’t understand why we should stay in a city that presents major problems.”

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Bartomeu confident Messi will stay at Camp Nou


Josep Maria Bartomeu says he has “no doubt” Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona.

Messi, whose deal expires in 2021, had called his side “weak” and “inconsistent” after they lost the league title to Real Madrid.

The 33-year-old Argentina forward scored twice as runners-up Barcelona thrashed Alaves 5-0 on the final day of La Liga, landing him the division’s top scorer’s award for a record seventh time.


“Messi has said many times that he wants to retire here and I have no doubt that he will re-sign,” Barca president Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been linked with a return to Nou Camp but Bartomeu said the only way for Barcelona to sign the Brazil forward would be through a player exchange.

“Now we are making decisions and the players, if they do not come as part of a player exchange, it is very difficult for them to come,” Bartomeu added.

Barcelona face Napoli on August 8 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 with the score 1-1 from the first match in February.

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Aubameyang eyes Camp nou as next possible destination


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is prepared to wait for Barcelona and see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates to move to Camp Nou on a free.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is prepared to wait to seal a move to Barcelona despite Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remaining keen on keeping the Gabon striker at the Emirates.

Aubameyang is out of contract next year and is hoping that he can run down his deal to move to Camp Nou on a free if Barça fail to land Lautaro Martínez from Inter.

Aubameyang waiting on Barcelona
Aubameyang is prepared to wait for an offer from Barcelona amid their apparent interest in Arsenal’s top scorer, according to Sky Sport and Sport.

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo reports the 31-year-old is considered an alternative if Barca cannot come to an agreement for Inter star Martinez.

Aubameyang has scored 25 goals in 42 games for Arsenal this season.

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Messi wants Setien to be replaced at Camp nou


The Catalan press are united in their belief that the Barcelona manager has lost the dressing room but will be given a chance in the Champions League.

Quique Setién’s short and turbulent reign as Barcelona manager appears to be coming to an end after Barcelona surrendered their Liga defence to Real Madrid and both Luis Suárez and Leo Messi spoke out about the Camp Nou side’s shortcomings this season.

The Catalan press are united in their belief that Setién is on his way out of Barcelona just six months after replacing Ernesto Valverde. The former coach faced criticism for the side’s style of play but he did deliver titles. Setién’s Barça have gone backwards despite the former boss being brought in due to his tactical reputation and adherence to the Johan Cruyff blueprint for how the team should perform. The 2-1 home defeat against Osasuna provided the last straw for many, including Messi.


Champions League last chance for Setién redemption
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has held several meetings with Setién and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will be in charge when the 2020-21 season kicks off. He will, it seems, be handed the chance for redemption in the Champions League but that is largely because of the difficulty in finding a replacement at such short notice. If Setién delivers a first European triumph in five years the panorama may change and he will be on the bench when Barcelona play Napoli in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, which is poised at 1-1.

However, Barcelona have been drawn in the tougher section of the knock-out stages and could face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals with the prospect of either Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid or Lyon in the semis.

Should Setién guide Barça past that daunting prospect all may be forgiven but as it stands the former Betis boss’ time at Camp Nou appears to nearing the 11th hour.

As one Catalan daily put it simply on Saturday’s front page: “No league and no football.”

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Catalonia gaints defeats Espanyol 1-0 at Camp Nou


Espanyol’s 26-year stay in LaLiga is over after they suffered a 1-0 loss to Barcelona in a derby that saw both teams reduced to 10 men.

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Luis Suarez’s second-half strike consigned Barcelona’s rivals Espanyol to a 1-0 defeat and relegation from LaLiga in a match that saw two red cards.

Espanyol knew anything but a derby victory at Camp Nou on Wednesday would relegate them to the second tier for the first time since 1994.

They were given hope when substitute Ansu Fati was sent off five minutes after coming on at the start of the second half, only for the numbers to be swiftly evened up when Pol Lozano was also dismissed.


Match Events

22′ CLOSE! Messi’s free-kick inches wide

Cabrera and Lozano combine to take out Griezmann. Barca have a free-kick in a right-sided position 25 yards from goal, and there is only one candidate to take it on. Messi’s effort is decent, with the ball skimming the roof of the net on its way over.

25′ CLOSE! Suarez’s lob denied

Griezmann delays the pass to Suarez but when it arrives it is perfectly weighted. The angle is slightly against Suarez and his shot deflects off Calero for a corner.

50′ Red Card! Fati sent off

BARCA DOWN TO 10! Both of Fati’s feet are off the ground as he launches himself at Calero. He catches his opponent on the shin and is initially shown a yellow card, but the referee rightly changes that to a red when reviewing the incident.

53′ Red Card! Pol Lozano sent off

ESPANYOL DOWN TO 10 MEN! Lozano follows through on Pique and is shown a yellow card. However, like the Fati decision a couple of minutes ago, the referee checks the pitchside monitor and changes his initial decision.

56′ GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol (Suarez)

Barca have the breakthrough and it is a well-worked goal for the hosts. Griezmann is played in down the left and back-heels the ball into the path of Messi, whose shot is blocked. Suarez gets on the end of the loose ball and guides it past Diego Lopez.

90′ SAVE! Ter Stegen denies De Tomas’ effort

Espanyol are putting Barcelona under some pressure late on. The ball drops to Darder on the edge of the box and his shot hits Vidal on the shoulder. The visitors want a penalty but the referee – having checked in with VAR – waves away those appeals.



Barcelona XI: Messi, Suarez, Pique, Rakitic, Alba, Busquets, Griezmann, Ter Stegen, Roberto, Lenglet, Semedo

Subs: Vidal, Neto, Braithwaite, Arthur, Pena, R. Araújo, Jorge Cuenca, Dani Morer, Monchu, Riqui Puig, Álex Collado, Fati

Espanyol XI: Diego Lopez, Espinosa, Dídac , Cabrera, D.López, Raúl de Tomás, Adri Embarba, Roca, Pol Lozano, Calero, Víctor Gomez

Subs: Victor Sanchez, Javi Lopez, Naldo, Wu Lei, Oier, Darder, Vargas, Campuzano, Pedrosa, Melendo, Melamed, Dani Villahermosa.

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PSG will let Neymar leave for Camp Nou if they pay €170m


Neymar has reached an agreement with PSG to facilitate his departure and return to Barca ahead of next season if the Catalan club can offer 170 million euros for him, per AS reports.

The pact between Neymar and the Parisians was reached after the attempt last summer by Barça to sign him failed. In return for him staying and giving maximum commitment and involvement until the end of the season, the agreement to leave was made. As it stands, with the return of the Champions League awaited and Ligue 1 already concluded, Neymar has played 22 games, scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists.

In France there has been talk for months that PSG had scheduled the departure this summer of one of its two great stars (Neymar or Kylian Mbappé), along with Edinson Cavani. However, as everything is pointing ever more towards a return to the Camp Nou for the Brazilian, finances have to be considered.


It would appear that the salary agreement made last summer between the player’s father and Barcelona would remain, while the transfer price could be around 170 million euros. Barça would aim to reduce the outlay by including players in the transfer and may try to tempt PSG into taking some high-profile stars with much potential, with Frenchmen Griezmann and Dembelé likely options. Then there’s the court proceedings between the two.

Neymar’s desire is still to return to Barcelona and he has let slip to some of his Brazilian teammates that this summer it can be achieved. From Barça’s perspective, a signing like Neymar could appease several of their supporters, and disgruntled players, on the back of what could be a very disappointing season. Rivals Real Madrid are in pole position to take the LaLiga title and there is tough competition remaining in the Champions League. Clearly success in those competitions would change the current feeling at the club, at least in the short term.

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Where’s Covid-19 rules? 3000 fans to watch Barca-Atletico at Camp Nou


Barcelona will not be alone when they face Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, as there will be 3,000 customised shirts in the stands.

This is part of the ‘Aqui jugamos todos’ (‘Here we all play’) campaign, with all the proceeds going towards solidarity projects in the fight against COVID-19.


Fans from all over the world have been able to buy a commemorative shirt for this Tuesday’s match.

The shirts were placed on the seats in the first tier of the side and on the north and south goals.

It will be an image that the players will see when they take to the pitch.

The fans will receive this shirt at home after undergoing a thorough cleaning and disinfection process.

Therefore, Barcelona will take on Atletico with ‘fans’ in the stands at the Camp Nou.

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Neymar Keeps Getting Ready For Camp Nou Return,See The Next step He Take.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is preparing for a return, saying he was training even harder than he would at the Ligue 1 club.


While PSG were crowned Ligue 1 champions as the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are also in the Champions League quarter-finals and Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue deciders.

Neymar says he’s “training even harder” than usual
Neymar, 28, has been at home in Brazil for two months amid the Covid-19 crisis, which has killed more than 308,000 people worldwide.

But the Brazil international is working hard, guided by his physical trainer, Ricardo Rosa.

“I’m here, training hard, on the same rhythm and frequency that I would in the club. Training even harder actually, with more activities to compensate for the lack of games,” Neymar said, via his website.


“The intention is to be ready for when they signal the return of club activities, so I can be in the best possible condition.

“Of course that I miss the competition, but Rica made a planning that I have been following on the line.”



British billionaire Alki David confident of securing Nou Camp naming rights

British billionaire Alki David is confident he will attain the naming rights for Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium in a potentially record-breaking deal.
The Catalan club revealed this week that it will sell the naming rights for the first time in the ground’s 63-year history and donate the proceeds to fund ‘research projects and the worldwide fight against the coronavirus pandemic’.

And David, who is worth around £2.6billion and is the heir to the plants which bottle Coca-Cola, feels better positioned to secure a deal than corporate rivals who are struggling in the challenging economic climate.

‘This is an opportunity that I am bullish about. It is an historic moment in the history of sport and it fits well with my current plans,’ said David, who was born in Nigeria but holds a British passport.

‘Contact was opened at the start of the week and I am quietly confident the deal will be secured.’

Barcelona have traditionally resisted outside corporate involvement in all aspects of the club. Unicef, the children’s charity, appeared on their shirts until 2010 when a controversial deal was signed with the Qatar Foundation.

Naming rights will come at a cost, and David said he could not disclose sums at this stage of talks but said he expected ‘records to be broken’.

‘Manchester City got just over £18million for their annual rights, Spurs are now seeking £25m, but Barcelona are on a different level,’ added David. ‘This deal with the Nou Camp is another way to help. It is full of all the energy that Barcelona stands for. My health company has been working hard with top virologists, including the UK’s Dr Dorothy Bray, to look at any way we can hit this virus.’

David said he would probably use the title of one of his two main businesses — FilmOn and Swissx — in the Nou Camp name.
He said: ‘Both of my companies make sense for the Nou Camp name because of our association with sports. FilmOn TV has a vast array of sports channels running 24/7 despite the sports lockdown, while Swissx, my health company, has already planned the Swissx Games in Gstaad — and now we’re set to announce the Swissx eFoil Cup in Malibu.

‘Swissx Nou Camp has a nice ring to it. That is my preferred choice at the moment.’

David is a football fan and came close to buying Coventry City in 2007, before talks with club director Geoffrey Robinson stalled at the last minute.

The 51-year-old also runs a CBD (cannabidiol) business with friend Mike Tyson, and recently flew a private jet to St Kitts with a £1.3million cargo of hemp plants.PSX_20200424_064413

‘I have no criminal record, despite last year’s fun in St Kitts and various money-grabbing attempts in other meaningless civil claims,’ said David. ‘My record is as clean as it gets among the big hitters in the business world.

‘Barcelona and Alki David would be a beautiful partnership.’


Barcelona will sell the naming rights to Camp Nou for one year to raise money to fight coronavirus

Barcelona will sell the naming rights to their Camp Nou stadium for a year to raise money for the fight against coronavirus.

The Spanish club’s board announced on Tuesday that it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the naming rights to fighting the global pandemic.

Barcelona’s stadium is the biggest in Europe, with more than 99,000 seats. It has never had a sponsor since being opened in 1957.


Barcelona ‘looking at empty Camp Nou until 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic’

La Vanguardia have released information about an internal memo from Barcelona that outlines the most optimistic and conservative scenarios during coronavirus pandemic.

Barcelona have released an internal reports that suggests the worst case scenario is that the Camp Nou will be closed to the public until February 2021 according to La Vanguardia. The report was put together for the club’s directors and details financial reporting and projections of income. The aim of the report is to project the affects of the coronavirus on sports and to look at ways of mitigating the fall-out.

In the report, they say the most conservative scenario, and in some ways the most realistic, is that there will be no more games this season and that the following season will start in September 2020 but that they Camp Nou will not open its doors until February 2021. The transfer market would open, in this scenario, on 15 August and run until 15 September when the new season could begin.

In the most optimistic scenario, the season will finish behind closed doors with LaLiga restarting on 15 June. The new season, in this scenario, would start on 15 September with the Camp Nou allowing fans back in on November 15.

Whatever does happen, it is evident that Barcelona need to come up with new sources of income given the lack of match-day sales. The players have already taken a pay cut but internal squabbles could derail the club further.


Xavi: Now that I’ve tested myself I feel capable of coaching Barcelona.

Xavi Hernandez feels ready to coach Barcelona despite turning them down earlier this year.

The club approached their former midfielder as they sought a replacement for Ernesto Valverde only for him to turn them down, but that decision doesn’t appear to have been taken due to any self doubt on Xavi’s part.

“I’ve tested myself as a coach,” Xavi told YouTuber DJMariiO in an interview for Post United.

“I see myself as capable and it’s a dream to return to Barcelona.

“I’ve said on a number of occasions that Barcelona is my home, it’s my life.”

Even if Barcelona is his dream job, Xavi is still enjoying his time in Qatar.

“I’m learning a lot in Qatar,” he explained.

“Obviously coaching Barcelona is a big thing. I have to think clearly.

“I have to be very prepared. It’s all a process and I hope that the chance comes someday.”


M. Kempes:’Barca is a train only passes once’ To Martinez

Former Argentina striker Mario Kempes has warned Inter’s Lautaro Martinez that Barcelona are ‘a train that only passes once’.

Links between Martinez and Barca are refusing to die down, and Kempes believes his countryman may not get another chance to join the Catalan giants.

“Lautaro, for a couple of years now, has proven to be a great No 9,” the 1978 World Cup winner told Tuttomercatoweb.

“He’s shown it at Inter and Argentina. I believe that the train only passes once and, beyond the fact that Inter are a great team recognised globally, Barca are totally different.

“Playing with Messi would be fantastic. If he stays with Inter, it could be a good thing in terms of him continuing to gain experience.

“But if he wants to go to Barcelona and Inter are willing to let him leave for good money…”


Lautaro ‘Wants Barcelona Move But Won’t Force A Transfer From Inter’

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez’ agents have received a huge contract offer from Spanish giants Barcelona but aren’t going to force a move away from the Nerazzurri, according to a report from NobleSports Reliable Source in ItalyThe report details how the Blaugrana have offered Lautaro a five-year contract worth €10 million net per season plus bonuses, which he has already accepted. Beto Yaque, however, has no interest in attempting to force a deal to take place, as he understands the wishes of the 22-year-old Argentinian international striker is to leave the Nerazzurri on good terms.

If Barcelona can’t sell enough players to raise funds for the deal, the report continues, they may not be able to pay his €111 million release clause. Inter aren’t interested in the suggested formula of €70 million plus two players in exchange, instead asking for cash only.There are no offers from England, the report highlights, as both Manchester City and Chelsea don’t have the funds to spend on the player. Lautaro and his entourage do consider Inter’s new contract offer worth €4.5 million net per season to be a little low, compared to the figures offered by Barcelona.


Ex-Argentina international Fabbri: Lautaro is perfect replacement for Suarez

Former Argentina international Nestor Fabbri believes Lautaro Martinez would fit in to the Barcelona team just fine.

The forward has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou, with his release clause at Inter set at 111 million euros.

One pro of joining Barcelona would be to link up with international teammate Lionel Messi and Fabbri thinks the two would work well together.

“Lautaro could be the ideal replacement for [Luis] Suarez,” Says Nestor Fabbri

“He could form a very good partnership with Messi”