Middlesbrough youngster Bilal Brahimi is being watched by several high-profile clubs, according to reports. France Football suggest that the 18-year-old is being watched by Newcastle United, RB Leipzig and Rennes after impressing in Boro's academy sides.Newcastle were linked with a move for the youngster earlier this summer and are now thought to have been joined in their pursuit of the Middlesbrough man.Brahimi, an attacking midfielder who usually plays as a left winger, was handed a first team debut by Tony Pulis earlier this season as he came off the bench in the Carabao Cup win over Rochdale.He has not made a first team appearance since, but is thought to be on the radar of the European trio as his long-term future on Teesside remains uncertain.The teenager's current deal at the Riverside Stadium expires in the summer of 2019 and, while Boro are thought to be keen on offering him professional terms, Brahimi may decide to look elsewhere.But speaking to Foot Mercato earlier this … [Read more...] about Middlesbrough attacker attracting interest from Newcastle United and RB Leipzig
Successes and failures in a decade Where are those players who the staff at La Masia had high hopes for at the beginning of the decade? Some have triumphed at the elite level, others are without a team and many survive in a modest football environment, between the Segunda, Segunda B and Tercera Division's. We have taken the list of 50 players that Marti Perarnau chose in his book 'Senda de Campeones,' which was published in early 2011 RUBEN MINO (Without a team, 29, goalkeeper) Without a team after finishing his contract with Albacete in June, whom he'd signed for in December and didn't play any matches. After leaving Barcelona B, he played for Mallorca, Oviedo and AEK Larnaca. For Barcelona's first-team, he played the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in 2010, losing 3-1 to Sevilla. In the return, with Valdes in goal, Barcelona won 4-0 and took the trophy. An U21 European Champion in 2011 with the Spanish national team although he didn't play a match. He was the substitute for … [Read more...] about The 50 most promising players at La Masia at the beginning of the decade: Where are they now?
Holidays are all about rest and relaxation, but one cruise line is upping the stakes with a new itinerary that's worthy of a luxury wellness retreat. Saga's all-inclusive Volcanic Isles Cruise on board Saga Sapphire has it all; beautiful hikes where you can get a great workout, a lush on-board spa to rejuvenate, and even an on-board lifestyle expert and a fitness expert to help coach passengers. And of course, there's ample opportunity for a spot of indulgence too if you're looking for some fine dining, not to mention excursions including brilliant food markets, Casablanca cocktails and a Madeira winery lunch and tasting. The 15-night cruise will sail to the likes of Funchal, La Palma, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Agadir and Casablanca in Morocco, and Leixoes, Portugal - so there's plenty to explore and see throughout the trip. There'll be a few fitness challenges too including a pedometer challenge, as well as plenty of chances to head to the Canaries and enjoy the walking and cycling … [Read more...] about We’re loving the new cruise holiday that’s basically a wellness retreat
With 12 million adults living by themselves - close to one in four of the UK population - it is no surprise that we are witnessing a surge in solo cruising. Passion for Cruises - Cardiff’s award winning travel agency - has long been a pioneer in obtaining low and no solo supplements for its local and national clients. Whatever type of solo holidaymaker you are, be it a free spirit, divorced, widowed or simply leaving your partner behind, there is a cruise for you. Solo cruising is the new black, with more and more single travellers choosing to take a cruise, tempted by increasingly attractive offers. Incredible value offers are ready to be snapped up Passion for Cruises managing director Steve Cartwright said: "Finding a solo offer has been a little like looking for a needle in a haystack. Here at Passion, due to our understanding of the complexities of the cruising market, we make it easier to find your solo cruise. We have a solo database we speak to on average three times a … [Read more...] about Solo cruises are getting more popular and here are 5 to book now
Barcelona win their second UEFA Youth League Five rising stars to restore La Masia's reputation Four years after Barcelona's first victory in the UEFA Youth League, they have repeated the feat. A star-studded team with players like Munir, Adama Traore, Ondoa and Rodrigo Tarin cruised past Benfica with a 3-0 win in Lyon four years ago, but of that side overseen by Jordi Vinyals only Munir is currently plying his trade in LaLiga. We take a look at the career trajectories of the players who were part of that promising Blaugrana side. Fabrice Ondoa (Sevilla Atletico, Goalkeeper, 22) He went to Barcelona B, but only played in one game before leaving for Gimnastic to play in their youth system. Now, he is at Sevilla's second-string side, but has only played five games in Andalusia, although they were enough to start for Cameroon in the most recent Confederations Cup. Goodwill Ekpolo (Merida, Right-back, 22) After reaching the second-string side and playing 27 Segunda B games, the … [Read more...] about Where are Barcelona’s 2014 UEFA Youth League champions now?