Laporta: Barcelona must become 'more than a club' again, and La Masia is the way forward


 

Just over a month ago, former Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced his intention to stand for the top job once again.
Since the video message which opened his 'Pel Barca' (for Barca) campaign, Laporta and his team have been steadily increasing the pressure and upping the ante on the other presidential candidates, most notably the outgoing unelected Josep Maria Bartomeu.

‘Eventually, you tread your own path’ - Jordi Cruyff has no problems in growing up with the famous surname

Following in the footsteps of your father is hard enough in any profession, let alone one where your dad is considered one of the most gifted footballers of all time.

Alex Aranzabal: Eibar’s reign in Spain’s La Liga is a remarkable football tale

It was raining in Eibar when football club president Alex Aranzabal afforded Gulf News the courtesy of a one-to-one interview.

Phil Neville: I want to go it alone

When the announcement was made that Phil Neville was to be appointed as Nuno Santo's assistant coach at Valencia questions were asked, but the ex-Manchester United, Everton and England international has answered them so emphatically that he's at the point where he now feels ready to go it alone as a coach.

Del Bosque: I'm not nostalgic about the past

As the era of Julen Lopetegui begins with the Spanish national team, Vicente del Bosque can look back on a job very well done indeed, despite the ignominious way in which his eight-year tenure ended.

A few minutes with……Carlos Alberto

All of my work for Bein Sports has been removed by their content manager but i am particularly proud of the interview i did for them with Carlos Alberto, brazil 1970 world cup winning captain, just before world cup 2014

A few minutes with……Nando Parrado

When it became clear that I could start making a living as a journalist, there were a handful of people that were on my wish list to interview. Nando Parrado was one.

A few minutes with……Laureano Ruiz

When I got the go-ahead to send a few questions to Laureano Ruiz, it’s fair to say I was just a little bit excited. After all here is the man that brought the footballing philosophy to Barca that we see today.

A few minutes with…..Scott Minto

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Mention the name Scott Minto and most football fans will identify him from his time at Chelsea Football Club. However Scott began his career at London rivals Charlton Athletic and he also plied his trade in the east end of London with West Ham United.

A few minutes with……Gerry Armstrong

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Most people will know Gerry Armstrong either as the Northern Irishman that scored ‘that goal’ against Spain in the 1982 World Cup, (probably the defining moment of Gerry’s football career), or as one of the voices of Sky Sports’ Spanish football commentary.

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