Did Barcelona win the transfer window? Only when they actually register their new players – The Warm-Up



Barca spending – done?

Jules Kounde follows Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie by joining Barcelona this summer, and that could either in terms of revenue. Except, well, they’re only halfway there (and living on a prayer, it seems).

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Yes. To play your new players, you actually have to register them, but Barcelona aren’t able to do that until they offload a few names. That’s why Frenkie de Jong gets kicked out, a seemingly unfortunate scenario that Gary Neville likened to “bullying”.

It doesn’t seem like a healthy approach to the transfer market, and is certainly unconventional, but we can now expect Barca’s focus to change after landing several prime targets and leaving Chelsea scratching their heads – and considering every centre-back currently playing the game – in the process.

“We are very optimistic,” Xavi said after Barca’s Clasico win against Real Madrid in Las Vegas. “We have three weeks left.” And it’s fair to say that no other club has witnessed this problem on such a scale. Barcelona’s current head coach explains that he hopes the signed players can actually play their opener of La Liga against Rayo Vallecano on August 13 – now just two weeks away.

It’s basically unprecedented and appears to be on an even grander scale than when Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba took pay cuts to facilitate signings last year. A gamble is an understatement, but as long as La Liga chief Javier Tebas doesn’t care too much, they won’t be too worried.

“They know what they have to do,” Tebas said. “I think they still have a bit of work to do, but they are on the right track. Ask FC Barcelona. I can say that they know the rules well and they are well aware of what they are doing. have to do, they still have to do it, but there is still time.

The season starts now

It’s late July and the new English Football League season starts today, of course. That’s a good enough reason, isn’t it? Well the real reason is the Winter World Cup which puts an end to the Championship as well as the Premier League but let’s just exclaim at the sight of league football in July and worry about the reasons more late…

Either way, kicking things off for us is an intriguing enough, if potentially unexciting, encounter between Huddersfield and Burnley.

Huddersfield were the near man in the Championship last season, suffering that agonizing double by finishing third and then losing the play-off final to Nottingham Forest. It was under Carlos Corberan but the Spaniard resigned earlier this month after telling them he was no longer the man to ‘take this club forward’. Instead, it’s Danny Schofield who is tasked with doing better this season, although the pressure will be far greater on the man in the opposing dugout.

Vincent Kompany is back in the fold of English football at Burnley, opting for the early Championship route that several Premier League legends have chosen in the past.

Naturally, that led to mixed results, but you imagine it’s the start of Kompany’s 10-year escalating game to become Manchester City boss.

The boss after the boss who replaces Pep Guardiola? Most likely, but he’ll have to prove himself first, and that starts tonight.

Sligo humble Motherwell

A huge night out for the third-best side in the League of Ireland Premier Division last night, with Sligo Rovers beating Motherwell 2-0 to progress to the next stage of Europa Conference League qualifying. Who said this tournament didn’t matter.

“It’s a huge moment. I told the players about it before the game – it was a chance to make history,” Sligo manager John Russell said.

Next appointment for Sligo – the Norwegian Viking outfit!


Euro 2022 final: Coming soon

Video dump! It’s almost time for the Euro 2022 final between England and Germany, so it’s time to appreciate the great work of our galloping journalist Yara El-Shaboury – who met Beth’s family Mead ahead of Sunday’s final.

‘You never dreamed of this, fool!’ – Mead’s family speak of pride after England semi-final win

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The golden shoe for Mead? It’s a shootout with Alexandra Popp, and we just can’t wait.


The press release on the Arsenal website contains the actual words: Official Hydration Partner of Arsenal.

Am I too old to have all this?


Tomorrow marks the 56th anniversary of the 1966 Men’s World Cup final, the last time a senior England side won a major trophy, but you don’t need to remember how it happened , so join us instead in celebrating Wilson Palacios’ birthday by watching one of the best goals you may have missed from the former Wigan, Spurs and Stoke midfielder.


So it’s Huddersfield v Burney tonight, then a busy EFL and SPFL schedule on Saturday, plus the Community Shield showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool, AND the DFL Super Cup which sees RB Leipzig take on Bayern Munich.

Sunday – THE EURO 2022 FINAL. England v Germany, in case you need a refresher.


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