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Will Barcelona Have to Sell Euro 2020 Stars?



Spain was not fancied at Euro 2020, but they went to the semi-finals despite their billing as outsiders.

Only a missed penalty kick cost them a place opposite England in the final, but as the dust settled and players returned to their clubs, the nation was braced for a bigger problem: is one of their two biggest clubs on the brink of collapse?

NBC reports that the La Liga giants will have to reduce wages by around 40% this season, putting them in a complicated position. Lionel Messi’s contract has expired, and they are not able to offer him a new one. After 672 goals in 778 appearances for Blaugrana he appears to be on his way out of the club. With the debt problem rising, he might not be the only one.

Several Barcelona stars impressed at Euro 2020, and there might now have to be a fire sale of some of those stars. Already, manager Ronald Koeman has added Sergio Agüero, Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal. The most recent of those additions, the former Manchester United man Depay, cannot currently be registered due to the financial situation the club is in. The likes of Agüero, thought to be earning $317,000 per week, have no resale value and seem indicative of the club’s problems. Between them, the four new signings are thought to command wages of more than $800,000 per week, proving that lessons are not being learned.

Instead, the club relies on the sale of players such as Neto ($89,000 per week) and Miralem Pjanic ($289,000 per week). They have already moved on Junior and dismissed Matheus for poor performance, which could yet end up seeing them sued. They are also keen on shifting big earners such as Samuel Umtiti ($286,000 per week) and Phillipe Coutinho ($201,000 per week) from the wage bill. Whilst that might seem a sound plan, moving players on in bulk is not an easy thing to do. An infographic on rebuilding a football dynasty by Bwin, shows that the Barcelona side has been undergoing a steady rebuild for the last seven years. Still, they’re no closer to finding a golden generation as they did with Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol and of course, Messi. The current high turnover will do little to help them achieve success.

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They do have saleable assets though, courtesy of Euro 2020. One of those is forward Martin Braithwaite. His career trajectory is an odd one – two years ago, he couldn’t get into the Middlesbrough team in England’s second-tier, but this month he helped Denmark to the Euro 2020 semi-finals. He will be sure to attract suitors, especially as he is likely to come at a knockdown fee and won’t command megastar wages.

Barcelona and Real Madrid’s influence on the team has been minimal in terms of the Spanish national team. There were no Madrid players in the Euro 2020 squad, but we did see Pedri and Jordi Alba impressing for Spain. Neither is expected to leave the club, but both would free up money. Alba is on around $206,000 per week and combined with the wages of Coutinho and Umtiti, which is around $486,000 per week, it would make a severe dent in the wage cap. It probably is not enough: some reports suggesting they need a $230m saving. Pedri’s value is not in the wage saving; instead, he could generate a considerable transfer fee after becoming the youngest player ever to represent Spain at the finals of the European Championships.

The other big name who could well be on the move is Antoine Griezmann, part of a disappointing France team at the European Championships. He scored for Les Bleus in the group stages, but with Agüero and Depay arriving, his first-team chances may be limited at the Nou Camp. With 22 goals in 71 La Liga appearances, he has barely justified his $142m transfer fee, nor his eye-watering wages thought to be $475,000 per week.

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The future is certainly not clear for the Catalan giants. At Euro 2020, Spain’s young guns outperformed expectation and raised hope for the future, but the most prominent club side in the country are not so fortunate. Barcelona has not finished outside the top three in La Liga since 2003, but a fire sale might mean they are playing catch up on better run clubs if the situation is not resolved.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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