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8:50 AM ET Lindsay du Plessis Mara Gomez, the first transgender footballer to play in Argentina’s professional women’s league, has joined Estudiantes de La Plata for the new season, leaving Villa San Carlos, the club that first gave her a pro contract. Gomez, 24, made history in December 2020 when she made her debut in
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8:00 AM ET Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero’s glittering careers were just beginning when they won Olympic gold in 2008. Koji Watanabe/Getty Images Argentina definitely have pedigree when it comes to men’s Olympic football, having won gold twice in the past two decades. Four years after their first triumph at the summer games in Athens
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10:44 AM ET In December 2020, Mara Gomez made history as the first transgender footballer to play in Argentina’s women’s championship. Her debut for Villa San Carlos in Berisso, Argentina, against Lanus in the Primera Division was the culmination of years of struggles, having dealt with persecution, discrimination and abuse. She says football has saved
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2:37 PM ET What a weekend in European soccer! Three of the top five leagues (English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish LaLiga) kicked off their 2021-22 campaigns, and the games didn’t disappoint. Manchester City‘s title defense got off to a rocky (but predictable) start against Tottenham, Barcelona began their post-Lionel Messi era with a big
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12:30 PM ET No one could have imagined that when FC Barcelona played their first competitive match for nearly 17 years without Leo Messi as a first-team squad member, they could produce something as remarkable as almost anything the Argentine magician routinely produced at Camp Nou? OK, the quality of the goal — Memphis Depay
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9:09 AM ET Adriana Garcia Real Madrid have announced they will take legal action against LaLiga president Javier Tebas, CVC Capital Partners and its director Javier de Jaime Guijarro after the Spanish league agreed to sell 10% of its business to the investment fund for €2.7 billion. The league’s executive committee unanimously approved the sale
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11:26 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens It’s been another summer of drama at Barcelona. There’s still uncertainty over the coach’s future, their star player left (and still hasn’t technically returned), LaLiga further reduced their spending limit for the upcoming season and they’ve been unable to move on a handful of unwanted big-earning players inherited
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8:53 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Lionel Messi has still not returned to training with Barcelona as the wait for him to sign his new contract with the club goes on. Barca’s first-team squad remain in Germany, where they have been based for the last week, ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against FC Salzburg. Excluding
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7:31 AM ET Adriana Garcia La Liga had tried to host games abroad before but had been blocked. Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has said it is open to discussing the possibility of staging La Liga games outside of Spain. RFEF president Luis Rubiales
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5:26 AM ET Adriana Garcia Javier Tebas has hit back at Pep Guardiola after the Manchester City coach said the La Liga president needed to learn from the Premier League. In a war of words regarding club spending, Guardiola said on Monday that “the Premier League is run better than La Liga” and stated that
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12:36 PM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC Barcelona will host Real Sociedad on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 La Liga season while Real Madrid visit Alaves with the first Clasico of the campaign on the weekend of Oct. 24, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) announced. Champions Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, will begin the defence of their
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