Neymar to miss Brazil’s next two group games with ankle injury

Neymar has been ruled out of Brazil’s next two World Cup games after sustaining ligament damage in his right ankle, says their team doctor. The 30-year-old forward was replaced in 80th minute of Thursday’s 2-0 win over Serbia after a heavy tackle by Nikola Milenkovic. Neymar sat with his face covered while receiving treatment and pictures showed his right ankle was…

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Neymar to have sprained ankle examined on Friday

Neymar appeared to be in tears on the bench at the end of Brazil’s opening World Cup win over Serbia after being substituted with a sprained ankle. Brazil’s team doctor confirmed the forward suffered the injury and that it will be reassessed on Friday. “We are confident Neymar will continue playing in the World Cup,” Brazil head coach Tite insisted.…

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Barcelona to celebrate rapper Drake with special shirts against Real Madrid

Barcelona will celebrate Drake becoming the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams on Spotify by wearing a special shirt against Real Madrid on Sunday. The La Liga giants are sponsored by Spotify but will replace the streaming service’s logo with the OVO owl logo of the Canadian rapper for El Clasico. It is part of Barcelona and Spotify’s strategic…

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Neymar faces five-year prison term over transfer to Barcelona

A Brazilian investment firm has called for Neymar to face a five-year prison sentence when he stands trial next week on fraud and corruption charges relating to his transfer to Barcelona from Santos in 2013. DIS, which owned 40% of the rights to the Brazil forward at the time, argues it lost out because the transfer fee was undervalued. Neymar,…

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Barcelona edge Celta Vigo to move atop

Pedri scored the winner as Barcelona edged past Celta Vigo to return to the top of La Liga on goal difference. The 19-year-old reacted quickest to turn home from three yards, after Gavi’s cross from the left was cut out, for his second goal of the season. It was a disjointed performance from Barca, with Celta pushing after going behind,…

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Barcelona register £86m profit for last financial year

Barcelona recorded a profit of £86m for the last financial year and expect to make a £240m profit next year, the club has announced. This summer the Spanish club were unable to register new players because of La Liga financial regulations having made a loss of £422m the previous year. However, they freed up funding with several ‘economic levers’. The club…

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Neymar on scoresheet as PSG beat Brest

Brazil forward Neymar became Paris St-Germain’s fourth-top scorer of all time as the French champions held on for a narrow win at home to Brest. The 30-year-old claimed his 110th goal to move in front of ex-Portugal striker Pauleta on PSG’s list of scorers. PSG were unable to add to their lead and then Brest won a penalty on 70…

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Barcelona register four new signings in time for opener

Barcelona have registered four of their new signings in time for their first game of the season on Saturday. The Spanish club were unable to register new players because of La Liga financial regulations, but freed up funding with several ‘economic levers’. The fourth was activated on Friday and, now ratified by La Liga, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski…

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Depay on target as Barcelona beat Mallorca

Barcelona held on to beat Mallorca in La Liga to end a run of three home defeats in a row in all competitions. Never have Barcelona lost four successive games at the Nou Camp, and goals from Memphis Depay and Sergio Busquets ensured history would not be made. Depay lashed in a superb opener after taking down Jordi Alba’s ball…

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Barcelona to move out of Nou Camp for a season during renovation

Barcelona will move out of their Nou Camp home for the 2023-24 season while the stadium is redeveloped. The Spanish club have received a permit from their city council for the renovation and work will start in June. They will be able to play at an almost full-capacity Nou Camp next season but will relocate to the Olympic Stadium in…

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