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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says La Liga matches in U.S. seem 'strange'

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says La Liga's plan to take one fixture per season to the United States or Canada strikes him as "strange."

La Liga announced on Thursday that an agreement with Relevant, the organisers of the International Champions Cup, would see one game played in North America each year to promote the game in the continent.

However, the plans have been met with a mixed response, with the Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) among those complaining that the...


Transfer Tracker: Signings, departures for Europe's largest clubs

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.

With the transfer window open across Europe, clubs are now able to finalise the signings of players they have monitored and negotiated with for months.

The transfer window is shorter this summer but that does not mean it will be any less busy. Check out when all the major windows will close here and view all completed transfers.

See who has left which club, where they are headed and the terms of the moves with our transfer tracker below:



In: Bernd Leno (from Bayer Leverkusen),...

La Liga in North America: How NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and Rugby fared overseas

Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano explains his vision to build and promote the La Liga brand through games played in the U.S.
With La Liga agreeing a 15-year joint venture to bring games to the U.S., FC's Craig Burley explains the benefits he sees for all parties involved.

La Liga is coming to the U.S.! Thursday's announcement of a 15-year partnership with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment company, means Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates could line up for a league game in America. 

While such an occurrence would be a first for a European football league, other sports have been playing games overseas for years, as our ESPN colleagues explain.

American Football

What is the history of playing overseas?

The NFL began staging...

Barcelona's best XI picks itself: Ousmane Dembele wide and Philippe Coutinho deeper

A World Cup-disrupted preseason has not been ideal preparation for Barcelona's defence of La Liga, but coach Ernesto Valverde has everything he needs going into Saturday's opener against Alaves at Camp Nou.

The tour of the United States featured a mix of players on the fringes of the first team and youngsters from Barca B. The only players that took part in the International Champions Cup who look set to start the season as regulars in Valverde's side are goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and right-back...

Real Madrid complain to FIFA over Inter Milan's Luka Modric pursuit

FC's Paul Mariner sifts through all the latest rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Luka Modric, Ousmane Dembele and many more in Rumour Rater.
The FC panel answer your tweets on Real Madrid's needs, Bayern Munich's UCL expectations and whether Higuain or Ronaldo will score more this season.

Real Madrid made an official complaint to FIFA over what they consider an illegal approach by Inter Milan for Luka Modric, world football's governing body has confirmed to ESPN FC.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said earlier this month that the Croatia midfielder has a €750 million release clause in his contract, which still has two years left to run.

However, a FIFA spokesperson has confirmed to ESPN FC that the European champions have reported Serie A side Inter over an alleged approach...