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The 2015/16 FC Barcelona and La Liga Thread: "Glory Days"


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Well Leo, it looks like it's about to happen. Pedro is departing from FC Barcelona after 10+ years. :( He certainly is leaving our club on a high-note though, his extra-time goal in the 115th minute essentially gave us the UEFA Super Cup :) Going forward, I wish all the best for him in London.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/aug/19/chelsea-manchester-united-barcelona-pedro

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Liga BBVA officially starts today! If anyone's interested trying out a prediction game then feel free to join in.

Week 1 Predictions:

Friday, August 21st

Malaga v Sevilla: 1-3

Saturday, August 22nd

Deportivo v Real Sociedad: 2-2

Espanyol v Getafe: 1-2

Atletico Madrid v Las Palmas: 2-0

Rayo v Valencia: 1-3

Sunday, August 23rd

Athletic Club Bilbao v Barcelona: 1-1

Sporting v Real Madrid: 0-1

Levante v Celta Vigo: 2-2

Real Betis v Villarreal: 2-1

Monday, August 24th

Granada v Eibar: 2-0

Sky Sports Season Predictions: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11827/9958672/la-liga-predictions-guillem-balague-graham-hunter-and-terry-gibson-preview-the-201516-season

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Week 1 Predictions:

Friday, August 21st

Malaga v Sevilla: 0-0 :P

Saturday, August 22nd

Deportivo v Real Sociedad: 1-2

Espanyol v Getafe: 1-0

Atletico Madrid v Las Palmas: 3-0

Rayo v Valencia: 2-1

Sunday, August 23rd

Athletic Club Bilbao v Barcelona: 1-3

Sporting v Real Madrid: 0-4

Levante v Celta Vigo: 1-1

Real Betis v Villarreal: 0-1

Monday, August 24th

Granada v Eibar: 0-0

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apparently another player is tired of only playing Bilbao every week :D and wants to leave this time Neymar for Man u :rolleyes:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/aug/23/neymar-manchester-united-barcelona-ed-woodward

Classic sports agent tactics and nothing else. Shame on you Jamie Jackson for writing such sensational crap like this. He's cheapening his writing reputation at the same time The Guardian too.

Click bait anyone?

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Barcelona has opened their La Liga account this season at great expense, most likely a groin injury to Dani Alves and Sergio Busquets narrowly avoided his knee but appears to have still sustained injury (he was stretched off). Just as I thought, the game was a tense and cagey affair with both sides having definite points to prove.

30 minutes in Luis Suarez is adjudged to have been clipped inside the box but personally I was leaning toward simulation, a very soft penalty. However, Bilbao get redemption when Lionel Messi makes a weak penalty shot and it's super-saved by Iraizoz. Barca didn't deserve the goal anyway ;)

The obvious highlight of the entire match was the hypnotic 1-2-3 play of Ivan Rakitic's inch-perfect long ball pass to Jordi Alba who makes a wonderful cross into the box where a poaching Luis Suarez makes a breath-taking volley into the back of the net.

Bottom line: Barcelona manage a 1-0 victory and record their seventh straight opening day win.

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So Greetings, just to humour the gossip column writers on this supposed MUFC enquiry over Neymar, how does it work in Spain with these buy out clauses? i.e if a bid of £137.5M is made, do Barca have to accept it and let the player and agent talk to bidding club, or can they immediately offer a new contract first and increase the buy out clause to something impossible like £200M? Of course a transfer won't happen but just talking hypothetically over the process.

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So Greetings, just to humour the gossip column writers on this supposed MUFC enquiry over Neymar, how does it work in Spain with these buy out clauses? i.e if a bid of £137.5M is made, do Barca have to accept it and let the player and agent talk to bidding club, or can they immediately offer a new contract first and increase the buy out clause to something impossible like £200M? Of course a transfer won't happen but just talking hypothetically over the process.

Thanks for stopping by dtbs, check out these articles:

http://www.guidetofootballmanager.com/transfers/selling-players

http://www.danielgeey.com/buy-out-release-clauses-in-football-the-basics/

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Just as I feared, Dani Alves has a groin strain and will be unavailable for a undetermined amount of time. On the other hand, Sergio Busquets ankle injury is nothing.

http://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/detail/article/dani-alves-injury-confirmed

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Week 1 La Liga Results:

Malaga v Sevilla: 0-0

Deportivo v Sociedad: 0-0

Espanyol - Getafe: 1-0

Atletico Madrid - Las Palmas: 1-0

Rayo v Valencia: 0-0

Athletic - Barcelona: 0-1

Sporting v Real Madrid: 0-0

Levante - Celta Vigo: 1-2

Real Betis v Villarreal: 1-1

Granada v Eibar: 1-3

Terrible weekend for goals! Only 12 goals scored in 10 matches. Eibar are currently top of the table. ;)

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2554223-la-liga-results-2015-full-table-and-scores-after-final-week-1-match

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Week 1 Points:

"Leo The Lion": 2 points (you guessed correctly the scores of Real Betis v Villarreal 0-1 and Espanyol v Getafe 1-0 B) ) Nice work!

"GreetingsFromVancouverBC" : 0 points :(

Betis - Villarreal ended 1-1. ;)

And the league outdid themselves again. The widely hated 22:00 kick-off time has been cancelled. Instead matches now start at 22:30. Amazing! They don't seem to run out of ideas to make attending a match more unattractive.

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