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Barca crush future Madrid team in preview of women’s clasico

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Spain has seen its first preview of what will become the women’s version of the Barcelona vs. Real Madrid clasico.

Madrid announced in June it reached an agreement to take over the recently promoted Deportivo Tacon and convert it into its first women’s team for the 2020-21 season.

Barcelona showed its superiority to Tacon on Saturday, when last season’s Champions League finalist crushed the visitor 9-1 in the opening round of Spain’s women’s league. Spain forward Jennifer Hermoso led Barcelona with a hat trick.

Barcelona said 5,413 people attended the match, which was not played at Camp Nou but at its much smaller Johan Cruyff stadium with a capacity for 6,000.

Tacon will use this season as a transition period with its players using Madrid’s training center for practices and matches.

Madrid is one of the few top European clubs not to have a women’s side. Madrid’s club members will vote on Sept. 15 to approve the takeover of Tacon proposed by its board.

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Messi wins derby for Barca, scores 40 goals for 10th-straight season

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How did Barcelona’s Catalan Derby with Espanyol go on Saturday? Let’s just say we’ve got two words which could sum up a lot of days for the Camp Nou set, and they are posted below.

Lionel Messi.

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The world’s greatest player scored a pair of goals in the second half as Barcelona won 2-0 to move to 21W-6D-2L this season.

The goals were his 30th and 31st in La Liga play this campaign, and 40th and 41st across all competitions to give him an otherworldly stat: Messi has scored 40 goals in each of the last 10 seasons.

He’s 31 years old. Do the math.

Messi’s first goal was especially wonderful, a spinning free kick from atop the 18 that was deflected into the net before a goalkeeper could get there.

But would he have? Probably not.

Many are calling it a “Panenka free kick.” We’re just opting for, again, wonderful:

Messi made his Barcelona debut 15 years ago

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The legend of Lionel Messi became known to the world outside of Rosario and Barcelona 15 years ago today.

In a friendly match on November 16, 2003 inaugurating Porto’s Estadio do Dragao – built for the upcoming Euro 2004 tournament – Frank Rijkaard and Barcelona traveled west with many reserve and youth players, as most of the first team stars were away on international duty.

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Messi, who was just 16-years old at the time and began the season five levels below the first team in Juveniles B, had impressed in a rare chance to play against the first team players and was brought along in the traveling squad. In the 75th minute, Rijkaard brought on Messi to play as a forward, and he created a pair of chances, nearly scoring on a sloppy pitch.

Though it was 11 months before he made his La Liga debut and another year before he became a first team mainstay, the legend of Messi was born in Portugal as the young Argentine finally took the field. Fun fact: Porto’s coach on that day? The one and only Jose Mourinho.

Barcelona released a documentary on Messi’s Barcelona debut, with Messi re-watching his performance and providing his comments and memories. Watch it below:

Barcelona estimates $1.1 billion revenue, plans new emblem

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona has estimated it will generate record revenue of 960 million euros ($1.1 billion) for the 2018-19 season.

The Spanish champion also projected annual revenue to surpass 1 billion euros by 2021.

Barcelona says expenditure will reach 929 million euros this season and expects to generate 11 million euros of profit.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says it plans to redesign the club’s emblem for the start of next season.

The most significant change would be the removal of the letters “FCB,” standing for Futbol Club Barcelona, which have been at the center of the design for more than 100 years.

The current emblem was introduced in 2002.

The updated version must be approved in a membership vote on Oct. 20. It would be the 11th design of the emblem in the 119-year history of the Spanish club.

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