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4 hours ago

Mario Balotelli shirt storm, Neymar case dropped before Clasico

ESPN's Fernando Palomo highlights the advantages and disadvantages of each side ahead of El Clasico.

TOP FIVE STORIES

1. Neymar case dropped (Monday, Oct. 21)

In between all the post-weekend analysis, previews of a Champions League week and pre-Clasico build-up, the news that the Barcelona member who brought legal proceedings against the club for allegedly concealing the true cost of signing Neymar had dropped his case was buried somewhat. Jordi Cases' accusation -- that Barca hid payments over and above the official 57.1 million-euro fee -- led to an unprecedented opening up of the books on the...

By ESPN Staff
5 hours ago

Enrique: Barca plan to dominate Madrid

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique confirms that the returning Luis Suarez is set to play some part in El Clasico.

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5 hours ago

Barcelona's Luis Suarez on 'right path' after ban ends ahead of clasico debut

The ESPN FC panel debate who may have the edge ahead of this season's first Clasico between bitter rivals, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Luis Suarez has told The Guardian that he is on the "right path" to redemption as he prepares to make his Barcelona debut in Saturday's clash against Real Madrid -- although he cut the interview short after growing frustrated with questions over biting.

SUAREZ'S HISTORY OF CONTROVERSIES

June 2014 - Bites Giorgio Chiellini - 4-month ban.
April 2013Bites Branislav Ivanovic - 10-game ban.
Dec. 2011 - "Offensive gesture" at Fulham fans - 1-game ban.
Dec. 2011 - Found guilty of racially abusing Evra - 8-game ban.
Nov. 2010Bites Otman Bakkal - 7-game ban.
July 2010Red card in World Cup for handball vs. Ghana.
Nov. 2007Altercation with teammate - suspended by Ajax.
Feb. 2007Sent off on Uruguay debut for dissent.

Suarez, 27, has been restricted to friendly matches for Uruguay and reserve appearances for Barca since making his 80 million-euro move from Liverpool this summer after receiving a four-month FIFA ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the...

5 hours ago

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona is the richest football game in the world

The ESPN FC crew and Santi Solari give their predictions for El Clasico.

On Saturday, Real Madrid will host Barcelona in the 229th edition of el Clasico -- a rivalry that has become the biggest-money clash in world football.

Players with a total value of almost 1.3 billion euros will take the field at the Bernabeu in front of a global audience of more than 400 million viewers.

In every direction, the clasico numbers keep on growing. No other game comes close.

1. The two clubs own the five most expensive players in football history

Madrid's XI won't include the...

By ESPN Staff
5 hours ago

Ancelotti: Suarez doesn't change our game plan

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti contends that Gareth Bale will need at least another week of rest and that Luis Suarez will not change Real's tactics.

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