Champions League

Dest (20) Scores, Konrad (19) Makes Debut As Americans Headline Barcelona’s UCL Win

KYIV — An inexperienced Barcelona side missing Lionel Messi and many other first-team regulars eventually cruised to a 4-0 win away to Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday to reach the Champions League knockout stages for the 17th consecutive season.

After a sluggish first half, the Catalans took the lead early in the second half as U.S international Sergino Dest completed a flowing move with a near-post finish, scoring his first goal for the club since joining from Ajax Amsterdam.

Sergiño Dest’s First Barcelona Goal Showcases His Quality, Desire

Sergiño Dest’s first Barcelona goal will immediately make him a favorite of culés everywhere as the 20-year-old American took matters into his own hands to end 52 minutes of futility against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League.

With Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong left in Barcelona to rest, manager Ronald Koeman elected to field a young starting 11 against Dynamo with Dest joined by Óscar Mingueza (21), Francisco Trincão (20) and Pedri (17). Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba and Ousmane Dembélé were left on the bench.

Ferencváros Player Scores On Juventus, Pulls Out Ronaldo Celly — You Can Guess What Happened Next

Hungarian club Ferencváros took a surprise lead over Italian giant Juventus 20 minutes into their Champions League Group G match. The goal scorer, Myrto Uzuni, celebrated by pulling out Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic Sii celebration. You can probably guess what happened next.

Werner’s Miss From 6 Yards Bailed Out By Last-Minute Giroud Header; Chelsea Advances To Knockout Stages

Chelsea became the first team to officially book a ticket for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after a dramatic 2-1 victory against Rennes.

After defeating Rennes handily 20 days ago, the Blues looked to pick up right where they left off against the French underdogs. Chelsea should have taken the lead in the opening five minutes after Timo Werner had a golden opportunity. Chelsea’s $60 million man instead decided to generously give the International Space Station a souvenir.

Player Dropped From UCL Game After Tantrum When Told He Couldn’t Sit In His Favorite Bus Seat

A squabble over seating arrangements on the team bus cost Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis a place in the squad for Tuesday's Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported.

The 23-year-old Nigerian stormed off the bus after being told he was not allowed to sit in his preferred seat due to social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the report said, and he did not make the trip to Germany.

Lionel Messi And Frenkie De Jong Dropped From Barça Squad To Face Dynamo Kyiv

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has joined other managers in lashing out at the packed European football calendar after deciding to rest Lionel Messi for Tuesday's Champions League trip to Dynamo Kyiv.

Barca lost Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto to serious injuries in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in LaLiga, leaving them with only three defenders in the first team squad for the trip to Ukraine.

Marcos Llorente Explains How One Night At Anfield Changed His Life

MADRID — The last time Atletico Madrid hosted Barcelona, Marcos Llorente spent the whole game sitting on the bench.

But in Saturday's match between the two La Liga rivals he will be one of his side's main goal threats after making an remarkable transformation from a little-used holding midfielder to a deadly forward, capable of turning big matches on his own.

Llorente truly announced himself as an unlikely hitman with two stunning extra-time goals in Atletico's 4-2 win over then Champions League holders Liverpool at Anfield in March.

Why You Should Watch Spain’s Women’s League

Spain’s LaLiga has some of the biggest names in football like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Sergio Ramos. But Spain’s other league you may not be watching is certainly worth your time. 

The Primera Division is Spain’s highest level of competition for women’s football. It consists of 18 teams who all compete for the league title, as well as for two spots in the UEFA Women’s Champion League. 

Top 20 Most Expensive Transfers Of All Time

As the summer transfer market ended this past October, even amid a worldwide pandemic, still as always, teams spent gazillions. But this has always been the case; throughout the years, we have seen crazy high fees to sign a player. Here's the list of most expensive transfers.

We can tell you that 10 out of 20 went to Spain and that Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar made the list twice.

Most Expensive Transfers Of All Time

1. Neymar – 17/18 – PSG - $261.5 million

2. Phillip Coutinho –  17/18 – FC Barcelona - $170.8 m

Despite High-Profile Positives, UEFA Claims Its Testing Makes Environment Among Safest In World

BERN — UEFA has overseen 61,859 COVID-19 tests since August, allowing more than 500 European matches to be played and making soccer one of the safest environments in the world, it said on Thursday.

The European soccer body, which has been criticised by some media for pressing ahead with international football during the pandemic, said that only 340 of those tests had been positive — 0.55 percent of the total — and only 3 percent of matches had been canceled.