Civil War? How Neymar risks splitting Barca dressing room in two

first_imgEven though Barcelona failed to capture Neymar over the summer, his spectre lives on in the Camp Nou dressing room.The Brazilian’s much-debated possible return dominated the transfer talk in Catalunya and, now that the window has shut, the aftermath of months of rumours, speculation and failed negotiations will be long felt. All other subjects of conversation at Barca took secondary status to the hope – or fear – that Neymar would be rejoining the Blaugrana ranks. That feeling was stoked by the club itself.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Barca made every single move public in their pursuit of the Paris Saint-Germain forward. The press also gleefully dissected the comings and goings from Barcelona to Paris and back again, to varying degrees of accuracy. A few prestigious market specialists went as far as to say the deal was closed, an assertion eventually proved false by the facts themselves.But until the smoke cleared and deadline day passed, tensions within the club continued to grow and, now, one must ask whether Barca’s failed chase was worth all the trouble. Unless, of course, the objective was never to sign Neymar – but rather to be seen to be trying to sign Neymar.Whatever the truth, all eyes are now on Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic.If the pair really did hold the key to Neymar’s return as transfer makeweights, then their refusal to leave will not sit easily with those who wanted Neymar back, chief among them Lionel Messi. Dembele, in particular, remains on shaky ground after allegedly hiding the full extent of the injury he suffered in the season-opener against Athletic Club, but Rakitic is a standard-bearer for the club thanks to his six years of sterling service. The Croat has every right to be furious with Barca’s hierarchy.Ivan Rakitc Ousmane Dembele Barcelona PSDistracted from footballing matters, Rakitic has dropped out of the Blaugrana first team and also missed out on a call for the latest international games.Philippe Coutinho’s agent had an identical complaint when he was told his client still had a place at Camp Nou at the very moment he was being used as a bargaining chip with PSG. Without Jordi Mestre or Pep Segura – both of whom have left the Barca staff – president Josep Maria Bartomeu took the lead in negotiations. But the club chief has racked up more mistakes than successes in his bid to take the Champions League back to Catalunya before his term ends in two years. He seems not to have grasped the consequences of his actions. If the intention was to bring Neymar back at any cost, he has failed, and damaged relations with the dressing room by trying to offload players that did not want to leave.Bartomeu stressed over the weekend that his intention really was to try and sign Neymar, denying claims that he offered players in part-exchange.”An ‘extra’ became available at one moment of the summer,” the president told Barcelona’s official club website. “We heard Neymar wanted to leave PSG and there was a moment when Leonardo opened the door to negotiations – for other clubs too. We didn’t arrive at a deal because we could not match PSG’s demands.”Barca never put names on the table, they are players that PSG put there. We could not match their demands.”Whatever Bartomeu’s intentions and actions, he certainly comes out of this messy episode looking very weak.Neymar Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Barcelona PSPSG are living proof that it takes much more than money to win a Champions League; you also need a plan, but did Barcelona have one?They are the club that all others aspire to be, but right now the Catalans are divided at every level, from the dressing room to the boardroom – not to mention amongst a restive support. While it may be true that coach Ernesto Valverde has a better squad than one year ago, the team’s prospects are much reduced.Neymar has risked splitting Barcelona in two, a poor omen for a team that only triumphs in Europe when everything goes their way. Only time will tell if Valverde has room to manoeuvre and take Barca out of this pickle. He’s done it before, of course.Valverde’s first days as Barca coach were overshadowed by the sudden and surprising loss of Neymar to PSG. He went on to lead the Blaugrana to a domestic double.Back then, though, the dressing room was united in shock at Neymar’s departure. Now, they risk being divided over his failed return.last_img read more

Morgan out for the rest of the NWSL season

first_imgAlex Morgan will miss the rest of the Orlando Pride’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season after suffering a patella stress reaction in her right knee.The 30-year-old picked up the injury while playing for the U.S. Women’s national team during their triumphant summer, but it has flared up during the back end of the Pride’s domestic campaign.Morgan spoke of her rollercoaster season, which included a World Cup victory for her nation in France, and she promised to return next season after beginning her rehabilitation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “This year has had the highest of highs but along with that comes challenges and sometimes even falling short of my goals I set for myself in 2019,” Morgan wrote on Instagram.”I’m disappointed I won’t be able to compete with the Pride for the remainder of 2019 due to a knee injury I’ve been managing since the World Cup, and that I can’t be there to help my teammates and my club have more success.”Thank you fans, friends, teammates, and teams for all your support. I have already started physical therapy in LA and am eager to get back on the field doing what I love.”Morgan will miss the Pride’s final three matches against Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit and Seattle Reign, with her team unable to qualify for the postseason as they are rooted to the bottom of the league table – two points adrift of Sky Blue in eighth.Pride GM Erik Ustruck admitted his disappointment at losing Morgan, but insisted the extra time for her rehabilitation will ultimately in her best interests.”It’s obviously difficult to lose a player of Alex’s caliber due to injury,” Ustruck said in a statement.”However, after consulting with the Club’s medical team at Orlando Health and U.S. Soccer, we felt it was in the best interest of Alex’s long-term health to shut her down for the season to focus on the rehabilitation process and take the appropriate time to recover from the lingering knee injury.”Morgan’s six goals during the World Cup saw her share the tournament’s Silver Boot award with teammate Megan Rapinoe and England’s Ellen While.Five of her strikes came in a stunning performance as the U.S. destroyed Thailand 13-0 in the group stage.last_img read more

Silversea Cruises Unveils Inaugural Voyages For Silver Dawn

first_img(Monaco — October 15, 2019) Silversea Cruises unveils five new itineraries for Silver Dawn—the 10th ship in the cruise line’s ultra-luxury fleet. The Fincantieri-built, 596-guest vessel will depart Civitavecchia (Rome) on September 22, 2021, spending her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before crossing to Fort Lauderdale.  Part of Silversea’s new collection of voyages for summer 2021 & winter 2021/2022, Silver Dawn’s inaugural season will include the following itineraries: Civitavecchia (Rome) to Venice – September 22-October 1, 2021 Guests sailing aboard Silver Dawn’s inaugural voyage will spend 9 nights travelling deeper into Italy, Greece, Montenegro and Croatia from September 22, 2021. Departing from Civitavecchia (Rome), travellers will enjoy an overnight in Sorrento, before setting sail for Siracusa in Sicily. Next, Silver Dawn will journey to Corfu for an overnight call, ahead of Kotor, Dubrovnik and Split, before arriving in Venice on October 1. Fares start from CAD $7,470 per person, based on two sharing. Venice – Piraeus (Athens) – October 1-October 13, 2021 Over 12 nights between Venice and Piraeus (Athens), Silversea’s guests will enjoy immersive experiences in the Adriatic and the Eastern Mediterranean. Departing Venice on October 1, Silver Dawn will set sail for Split, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Argostoli on Cephalonia, Souda Bay in Crete, and Rhodes, before spending an overnight in Istanbul. Calls in Dikili and Kusadasi precede guests’ arrival in Piraeus (Athens) on October 13, 2021. Fares start from CAD $9,450 per person, based on two sharing. Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona – October 13-October 23, 2021 From October 13, 2021, guests travelling aboard Silver Dawn will venture deep into the remarkable cultures and spectacular beauty of Greece, Malta, Italy, Monaco, and Spain over 10 nights. From Piraeus (Athens), Silversea’s new ship will call in Santorini, Valletta, Giardini Naxos (Taormina) in Sicily, Sorrento, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Livorno, before an overnight call in Monte Carlo. Silver Dawn will arrive in Barcelona on October 23, 2021. Fares start from CAD $7,920 per person, based on two sharing. Barcelona to Lisbon – October 23-November 2, 2021 Departing Barcelona on October 23, Silver Dawn’s guests will spend 10 nights discovering the authentic beauty of Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Calls in Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, and Cadiz precede guests’ arrival in Casablanca, Tangier, and Lisbon. Fares start from CAD $7,470 per person, based on two sharing. Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale – November 2-November 15, 2021 Over 13 nights, Silversea’s guests will experience Silver Dawn’s inaugural crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, journeying from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale. As well as offering guests the chance to enjoy the ship’s luxurious onboard amenities with an extended period at sea, the voyage will include an overnight call in San Juan. Fares start from CAD $6,480 per person, based on two sharing. Currently being built by Fincantieri in Ancona, Silver Dawn will be a sister ship to Silver Muse and Silver Moon, taking influence from the most successful features of each, while incorporating many unique enhancements. In addition to offering guests the choice of eight distinct culinary venues, Silver Dawn will feature Silversea’s pioneering new S.A.L.T. program, which will unlock immersive travel experiences for guests through culinary discovery. Aboard the new ship, guests will enjoy Silversea’s characteristic level of comfort, including spacious accommodations and the best service at sea, thanks in part to a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.45 and the personalized service of butlers. “Inspired by the incredibly successful design of Silversea’s Silver Muse, our new Silver Dawn will bring innovation to ultra-luxury travel when she launches in September 2021,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Guests have shared exceptional feedback on our beloved flagship. With the launch of Silver Dawn’s new itineraries, and with such an immersive array of experiences to be enjoyed across the Mediterranean on our pioneering new ship, we are sure our guests will love the chance to experience the new standard in ultra-luxury cruising.”last_img read more