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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 5/19/14: Luis Enrique, Ter Stegen, Signal New Era Already For Barcelona (Final Version)

The Main Story: New, Quick Changes in Catalan Country  


Hoping that they get a "Pep Guardiola 2" with their choice, Barcelona have moved swiftly on replacing Tata Martino with Celta Vigo coach Luis Enrique becoming their new manager. The former Barcelona class midfielder returns to the Nou Camp, looking to be the man to return the club back to their trophy earning ways after its worst campaign in years.

The moves comes hours after Louis van Gaal became officially Manchester United's new manager. Van Gaal will take over the team after his World Cup duty with Holland. The Dutchman's arrival signals Ryan Giggs to his new assistance role after being the interim manager following David Moyes' exit, spelling the end of the legendary Welch winger's 24 year career.  In fact, Giggs wrote a emotional letter to United fans about the close of his playing days.

Back to Barcelona as another official signing has happened for the Catalan giants. Marc Andre ter Stegen completes his long rumored move away from his boyhood club Borussia Monchenglabach to become Victor Valdes' likely replacement. The German goalkeeper has been apart of the amazing golden generation of German shot stoppers and will be counted on to provide the stability in net that Valdes has given throughout the years.

The Other Soccer Related Links:

Portugal head coach Paulo Bento has narrowed his squad form last week's provisional 30 to his final 23, as Ricardo Quaresma likely will never play in a World Cup now as he is left off. William Carvalho and Rafa are the long up and comers who will being going to Brazil instead of prolific U-21 striker Ivan Cavaleiro.

In true moronic fashion, it seems the official La Liga BBVA makers of their Best XI this season thought Lionel Messi did not deserve to be in that team.

And World Cup 2014 non-participant Carlos Vela sees himself going back to Arsenal instead of staying at Real Sociedad.

Other Links: 

All that weight loss in the offseason has not improved CC Sabathia's luck this season. After another poor, early season start, Sabathia now will be out until July at the earliest because of an inflamed right knee.

Carey Price is out for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals, making Chris Kreider even more hated in Montreal.

And the Kevin Love saga seems like it will edge out the Carmelo Anthony pending one as the most annoying NBA on-court story after the season ends.

And that is your Sports Thread for this segment.

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