Robert Kraft could be looking to extend his support of soccer on a global scale in the near future.
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A number of reports suggest that Kraft and his ownership group are seeking a 40 percent stake in La Liga club Sevilla.
The Spanish side has finished inside the top half of the La Liga table in each of the last 17 seasons, including three consecutive UEFA Europa League titles from 2014 to 2016.
The Boston business mogul currently owns both the New England Patriots and New England Revolution.
Kraft was believed to have had interest in purchasing stake in Premier League giants Liverpool back in November 2005, however, a deal never materialized and opened the door for American John Henry to take over the side.
Barcelona has confirmed the signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla for $42 million.
That was the value of the defender’s release clause, and his new one has jumped up a bit.
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Barca is slapping a $350 million release clause on the 23-year-old French center back, who spent a year-and-a-half with Sevilla after moving from Nancy.
Lenglet has been capped by France at every level from U-16 to U-21, and played the most amount of minutes (3002) in league play for Sevilla last season.
It’s Barcelona’s second $40-million plus move this week, as its capture of Gremio’s Arthur could reach as high as $47 million.
Lenglet joins a Barca corps of backs which includes countryman Samuel Umtiti as well as Gerard Pique, Yerry Mina, and Marlon Santos.
MADRID (AP) Barcelona became the first team in 85 years to win four straight Copa del Rey titles after blowing away Sevilla 5-0 in the final on Saturday.
Luis Suarez scored twice, and Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Philippe Coutinho also made the scoresheet for Barcelona’s record-extending 30th Copa triumph, and sixth in the last decade.
Sevilla was trying to win a sixth Copa and save a season which will end without any trophies and maybe not even a place in the Europa League next season.
The final took place at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the capital amid the ongoing political turmoil involving Catalonia’s bid for independence.
There were jeers by part of the Barcelona crowd when the national anthem was played, but the boos were largely subdued by the reaction of the numerous Sevilla fans in the crowd. Spain’s King Felipe VI smiled and saluted the fans after the anthem.
No other team had won four Copa titles in a row since Athletic Bilbao from 1930-33. The only other team to do it was Real Madrid from 1905-08.
Barcelona lost a chance to win the treble when it was eliminated by Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, but it is three points away from winning the Spanish league.
Maybe the Allianz Arena video board was streaming the thriller between Juventus and Real Madrid, because a whole lot of nothing happened in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg between Bayern Munich and Sevilla on Wednesday.
A scoreless draw propelled Bayern into the semis via their 2-1 win at Sevilla last week.
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Bayern out shot Sevilla, 17-9.
The early threats came from the visitors, who knew they needed goals, but Bayern eased into control by the time the match was a half-hour old. Sevilla backstop David Soria was busy.
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The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League wraps up on Wednesday as Real Madrid look to finish off Juventus and Bayern Munich looks to do the same to Sevilla.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a Goal of the Year candidate in the first leg, perfectly connecting on an audacious bicycle kick to give Real Madrid its 3-0 advantage heading into the Bernabeu. Ronaldo starts again in the second leg while Gareth Bale comes off the bench to start up top with the Portuguese international.
Juventus meanwhile have a huge hole to dig out of and ultimately need a minimum of three goals and a clean sheet to force extra time. This could be the final Champions League game for Gianluigi Buffon, and what a place to make your final appearance.
Bayern meanwhile picked up a 2-1 win on the road at Sevilla, and could cruise into the semifinals with a goal at the Allianz Arena. Both Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery start, with younger players such as Corentin Tolisso available off the bench. Sevilla has a big job to do, and its fans will be hoping Wissam Ben Yedder can come up with another couple of big goals in Germany.
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Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinals second leg
Real Madrid v. Juventus- 2:45 p.m. ET (3-1 aggregate)
Bayern Munich v. Sevilla- 2:45 p.m. ET (2-1 aggregate)