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Txiki Begiristain

Aitor 'Txiki' Begiristain Mújica (born 12 August 1964 in Olaberria, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country) is a retired Spanish footballer who played professionally during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Of course, Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano are both close to the Guardiola br…
Txiki Begiristain on Ederson: "He's young, has all the qualities you could want as a top-class goalkeeper & he’ll f…
FACT: Txiki Begiristain (DoF - Man City) attends matches across Europe to *** targets. Meanwhile Rudkin pops out for a take away in Leics
Txiki Begiristain (Sporting Director): "We have to congratulate Girona because they have done something incre…
La Real had to wait until minute 75 when Loren opened the scoring. Moments later Txiki Begiristain made it 0-2.
Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain are among the Barcelona legends at the Johan Cruyff Golf Memorial today.
Txiki Begiristain: "Messi looks happy at Barcelona and I don't see him playing anywhere else."
Benitez has £100m to spend this summer and has already held talks with Txiki Begiristain over deals for Mangala and Fernand…
Pep Guardiola is a victim of Txiki Begiristain's failures in transfer market. Two of our fullbacks played for Arsenal a dec…
is not my mate but. Happy New Year to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain.
Apparently MCFC's Txiki Begiristain was at the Bernabeu to see Aubameyang in action vs Real Madrid.
Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has played down talk of signing new defenders in the January tra…
Amongst friends… Gabriel Jesus dining with Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain, and in Manchester to…
Pep Guardiola has been in a physical confrontation with Txiki Begiristain as he feels the club have overpaid for Leroy Sa…
Roman Abramovich was even willing to sign Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano for Guardiola to convince him to sign.
Lionel Messi has scored seven goals in Joan Gamper Trophy history, the most alongside Asensi, Txiki Begiristain and Hristo Stoichkov. [OPTA]
I don't want Pellegrini but he doesn't make the signings Txiki Begiristain does
Txiki Begiristain has already held talks with the Gundogan’s agent ahead of a deal worth around £20m. [MEN]
City will not move for N’Golo Kante this summer, with Guardiola still focusing on the targets drawn up with Txiki Begiristain. [MEN]
Farhad Moshiri (left) opt for a sporting director such as Marc Overmars or Txiki Begiristain ?
If Ferran Soriano, Txiki Begiristain, and Khaldoon Al Mubarak had chosen to look, the warning signs were ther...
Txiki Begiristain said: "I hope Maradona can forgive me, but I think Messi's goal is even better."
Txiki Begiristain is doing a great job at
Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain was pictured with Ilhan Gundogan, Ilkay's uncle and agent, at a hotel i…
Man City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain has been spotted with Ilkay Gundogan's agent. [De Telegraaf] http…
Pep Guardiola met with Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam on Monday [De Telegraaf] https:/…
According to De , Pep met Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam on Monday to discuss possible transfers for City h…
Secret Meeting between Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam on Monday morning. Full Story:
Picture: Txiki Begiristain with Ilhan Gundogan (Uncle and agent of Ilkay Gundogan). [De Telegraaf]
Further to those RTs, I wrote this about Begiristain after City lost at Arsenal in December. Pep key
hi can you tell Txiki Begiristain to buy Oscar Romero from racing ,he da real
If he does go to the Rags then I do expect the day that is announced the resignations of Txiki Begiristain & Ferran Soriano put it??
FS: Txiki Begiristain convinced me on Pep Guardiola, and he did so again on Vieira.
Open Letter to Txiki Begiristain . Il keep it short. . Sign KDB 26/08/15 or if not MOVE ON! . Isco. Pogba. Barkley. 6 days left!
£56 mil for KdB, man like Txiki Begiristain
Boss Man Txiki Begiristain gets them signed up 📝
Thank you Txiki Begiristain for 's signing we tha best
Two weeks ago, Txiki Begiristain and Pep Guardiola met in a hotel...
Khaldoon Al Mubarak will be looking at the positions of Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano closely.
Man City are set to sack boss Manuel Pellegrini, chief exec Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain.…
The Sun are reporting that Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano will have their positions reviewed as well as Manuel Pellegri…
but assuming Kries bid for Uribe maybe he isnt all impressed. unless it was txiki begiristain who bid & not kreis
Manchester City CEO Txiki Begiristain had a meeting with Mino Raiola (Pogba agent). Both pictured waiting for a train
HLN: City director of football Txiki Begiristain has met with the entourage of Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne (23) for a second time.
City are already looking to transition into a new team. Txiki Begiristain is doing a wonderful job over there!
Man City’s Txiki Begiristain has met the entourage of ex-Chelsea man De Bruyne for a 2nd time
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director of football Txiki Begiristain has met with €60m star & Louis Van Gaal £14.5m BID to sign
"The Daily Mail" claim that Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain has met with De Bruyne's representatives. .
Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has met with Kevin De Bruyne’s representatives ahead of...
Man City's Txiki Begiristain has met De Bruyne's entourage for a 2nd time [HLN]
Two names from Manchester City's past who could end Txiki Begiristain's reign -
Txiki Begiristain, Man City's director of football, has met Kevin De Bruyne's entourage for the second time. (via …
Reaction from the clubs involved in Monday's Champions League last 16 draw: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Chelsea (ENG) PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi: "Last year was an apprenticeship which must not be repeated. Chelsea are a good draw for us. I am very confident. I've got confidence in my manager and in my players that they'll show on the pitch the best of PSG." Chelsea secretary David Barnard: "PSG are known to us as we played them in the quarters last year and they've got David Luiz playing for them too. It's a good draw logistically too for our supporters. Both sides have very different squads from last year, so if it was PSG or anyone else, it would've been the same situation." Manchester City (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP) City's director of football Txiki Begiristain: "We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for those games. We have improved our squad from last season and we ...
plus Guardiola's probably more likely to join city as he's close to txiki begiristain and a few others at the club
Is Martinez purposefully shielding Barkley from the hungry eyes of Txiki Begiristain?
Everton starlet Barkley set for Manchester City audition: The 20-year-old made a fan of Txiki Begiristain with...
"It was May 4, and the pair sat together in the stands of Old Trafford watching Sir Alex Ferguson's team beat Schalke 4-1. Pep turned to his friend and said: 'I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.' "Guardiola has always felt a deep admiration, almost veneration, for the legendary teams and players of Europe." Current United boss Louis Van Gaal was Guardiola's manager when the two were at Barcelona as player and coach. Guardiola went on to replace Van Gaal at Barca. The former Spanish midfielder then met with Ferguson in New York City at the halfway point of the 2013-14 campaign, after Guardiola had moved on from Barcelona. At the time, there was speculation that Ferguson told Guardiola of his plans to leave Manchester United at the end of the season, but that was never confirmed. "During his sabbatical year in New York, the job offers poured in," Perarnau wrote. "His ex-colleague, Txiki Begiristain, the director of football at Manchester City, was very insistent. "He also met u ...
Txiki Begiristain has approved an offer from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund by its star Marco Reus. Do not want to wait
say Dani Alves is keen on a reunion with Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano.
Txiki Begiristain says are ready for an 'amazing' Champions League group as he targets improvement.
3/3 - Txiki Begiristain is apparently already working on the deal. Dortmund would prefer him to move to Premier League than Bayern Munich.
Daily Star: City's Txiki Begiristain is already working on the deal to bring in Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus next Summer.
Bringing in Txiki Begiristain was a master stroke by City the man's a genius. Great signings and ties major player,s to the club
“A piece for heaping praise on Txiki Begiristain. brilliant read for any fans
Don't normally write about the blue half of Manchester but this is my new article on Txiki Begiristain...
A piece for heaping praise on Txiki Begiristain.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs could benefit from Man City’s transfer dilemma.Could Liverpool, Arsenal or Tottenham benefit from Man City's transfer dilemma? Manchester City have a dilemma on their hands. Txiki Begiristain is on the verge of tying up a deal for Porto and France centre back Eliaquim Mangala, and that should be good news for the Manchester side considering his big reputation. Mangala also brings a problem however: if City want to register him to play in the Premier League, they will need to offset his arrival by demoting another player, with the English top flight’s quota of 17 overseas players already met before adding the Frenchman to the ranks. In the Champions League, things are even worse, with City’s reduced 21-man squad only allowing 16 overseas players after their trouble with Financial Fair Play, so they may even need to sell two of their foreign stars ahead of the European season. With City’s hand forced, other clubs – including English rivals – could benefit from their ...
"He is priceless. Right now, in Messi, Barcelona has the best football player on planet Earth." ~ Txiki Begiristain
BREAKING: Txiki Begiristain is reported to have met with Radamel Falcao and his agent ahead of a summer move. http:/…
i don't ever I REPEAT ever want PEPE at Manchester City Txiki begiristain u better not sign that animal..
Served Txiki Begiristain at work today and forgot to ask about who City are going to sign 😫
So this is the Cuadrado kid that Barca are constantly linked with. Smh. Txiki Begiristain & Ferran Soriano must be having laughing AF.
Premier League champions Manchester City are likely to make only three new signings this summer, reports James Cooper. The club's key priority is strengthening their defensive options with winter target, Porto's Elaquim Mangala, at the top of their shopping list. But with City aiming to do their business quickly, as they did last summer, and Mangala keen to keep his options open until after the World Cup, Manuel Pellegrini may swoop for Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia instead. Benatia sparkled in Serie A last season and although he still has four years remaining on his deal, a fee of around £30m may be enough to tempt Roma to part with one of their prized assets. Jamie Redknapp and Matt Le Tissier give their thoughts on Yaya Toure's situation at Manchester City. City are also close to sealing a deal for one of his Porto team-mates, defensive midfielder Fernando. The Brazilian, who was another of Pellegrini's winter targets, would cost an initial fee of around £16m. While his arrival would add to the numb ...
Manchester City Transfer Round-Up: Citizens Sign Bacary Sagna and Release Eight Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Txiki Begiristain are looking to make swift changes to strengthen their side before the World Cup commences this summer. Last summer, City was fast and furious with their dealings, securing Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and The Beast, Alvaro Negredo, very early in the summer window. This proved successful, as other teams struggled to secure signings at the final stages prior to the windows closing, City had a squad ready for months. This strategy led to a City double, winning the Premiership title and League Cup. City have again made early changes to their side, releasing eight players from their side, most notably; Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott and Costel Pantilimon. It should come to no surprise that former English internationals Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott leave the club. Barry had a very good year with Everton, but as City look to climb the rungs in Europ ...
Today's Transfer talk: Director Of Football Txiki Begiristain is planning on holding 'peace talks' with Yaya Toure before the World Cup. Ashley Cole is reportedly a target for City if he fails to get a move to Real Madrid. Cole wants to prove he is still amongst the best in the world by playing at the highest level and winning more trophies. James Milner will hold talks with City over a new deal, Arsenal, Liverpool and more Premier League clubs are looking at the England International as contract negotiations have stalled. Cesc Fabregas has been offered to City for around £40m, and could be involved in a deal which includes Yaya Toure. Valencia are interested in bringing in Edin Dzeko and are ready to offer around £25m for the Bosnian. Bacary Sagna is set to sign for City on a deal worth around £100k a week. This would confirm that Micah Richards would be on his way out of City. 'Money is not an option' for City as they plan on keeping Yaya Toure until the end of his career and won't be tempted by the ...
Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano hope yu guys are watching Godin too.. I can't shout
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City to hold Yaya peace talks: Manchester City chief Txiki Begiristain is to hold talks with Yaya Toure ahead ...
is defining his personality at . He's telling Txiki Begiristain and Soriano that he has come of age since
Yaya Toure set for peace talks with Man City chief Txiki Begiristain before the World Cup
How do you build a Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain discusses this at a recent event ht…
Manuel Pellegrini has made Manchester City a 'happy' club again, claims Txiki Begiristain as director...
Zubizarreta finding Barça struggles tough (PA) Monday 14 April 2014 Share Andoni Zubizarreta has acknowledged Barcelona's recent results have left him experiencing his "worst moment as sporting director", but backed coach Gerardo Martino to see out his contract. Saturday's shock 1-0 Spanish La Liga defeat at Granada meant the reigning champions finished the weekend third in the standings - four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid - with five games remaining. The loss in Andalusia came hot on the heels of the midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Los Rojiblancos, and Zubizarreta admitted it was a tough time. "If we talk about results, it's my worst moment as sporting director," he told Catalan television channel TV3. "We played so well (at Granada), with 80 per cent of possession. (But) we lacked tranquility in the final pass." The 52-year-old, who took over his role from Txiki Begiristain in July 2010 and oversaw unprecedented success on the pitch in his first two years with Pep Guardiola as co ...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be forced to sell wingers Oscar, 22, or Eden Hazard, 23, to fund summer bids for his top striker targets - Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, 25, and Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic, 27. Chelsea and Liverpool are set to join Manchester United and Tottenham in the battle for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 25. Manchester United are plotting a £50m double move on Southampton for Lallana and left-back Luke Shaw, 18. Manchester City have entered the frame for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao - with director of football Txiki Begiristain believed to have met the 28-year-old and his agent. And they are closing in on a deal for £20m-rated Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23. Yevhen Konoplyanka's English representative has fuelled speculation that Liverpool have renewed their interest in the 24-year-old Ukraine winger. Swansea boss Garry Monk insists he has no intention of selling striker Wilfried Bony, 25, in the face of reported interest from Everton. Wolfsburg hope to persuade ...
Reports in Spanish newspaper Marca suggest that Luis Suarez has agreed a deal to sign for Manchester City in the summer. The reports claim that Liverpool’s superstar striker, who has been in incredible form this season, met with City’s sporting director, Txiki Begiristain, and agreed a deal to leave Liverpool in the summer and move down the East Lancs to Manchester. The Uruguayan pushed for a move away last summer but the club stood tall and refused to let him go. It was an inspired decision as Suarez has gone on to score 25 goals in the Premier League to lead the scoring charts in England and Europe while also agreeing a new long-term contract halfway through the season. The reports in Spain also claim that due to Suarez’s arrival, one of City’s own superstar strikers, Sergio Aguero or Alvaro Negredo, will leave in the summer. He has been linked with a return to Spain for quite some time with Real Madrid and Barcelona, apparently, both keen on the forward. Aguero has been in fine form this season ...
Hart set for Man City exit as Blues close in on Barcelona goalkeeper? Manchester City are close to reaching an agreement to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the summer, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. The highly decorated 32-year-old, who has won a string of major honours at Barca, will leave the Catalan club when his contract expires in June. And it seems as though he is edging closer to the Etihad, where he will link up with international team-mates David Silva, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo. The goalkeeper will also reunite with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain, who previously held a senior role at the Nou Camp. It was reported earlier this season that he had agreed to join Monaco, although it is claimed he can break that agreement to sign for another club if they pay a compensation fee to the Ligue 1 side. Joe Hart came under fire earlier in the season but has bounced back well and is now considered one of Manuel Pellegrini's senior squad members. But he could be on ...
The two clubs have smoothed over relations since the resignation of Barca president Sandro Rosell, plus Spurs' Livermore ploy and a potential new deal for Costel Pantilimon Feb 23, 2014 9:42:00 AM Man City AND BARCA BURY THE HATCHET Manchester City and Barcelona officials are back on cordial terms after both clubs went out of their way to smooth things over after a two-year spat. Something of a non-aggression pact has been put in place following recent meetings between top officials, with the clubs now set to steer clear of signing key players from each other. Midfielder Denis Suarez was recently allowed to join Barca but City continue to be fleetingly linked with a world-record bid for Lionel Messi at some stage in the future, and there have been rumours of a move to Camp Nou for Sergio Aguero. City CEO Ferran Soriano and technical director Txiki Begiristain were told to stay clear of poaching staff and players from Barcelona after they moved to Eastlands in 2012. Relations between the clubs soured furth ...
Big Match Feature: Man City v Barca Manchester City and Barcelona's Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg will be their first competitive encounter, but there are unlikely to be too many surprises for either side given the hosts' Spanish connections. Watch the action live on SS3, SS3HD and live streaming on from 9pm (CAT, GMT +2). City's squad features four Spaniards – Javi García, Jesús Navas, Álvaro Negredo and David Silva – along with four more players also signed from Spain's top flight including Yaya Touré, who joined from Barcelona in 2010. Additionally they have in Manuel Pellegrini a coach well acquainted with the Spanish game, and in director of football Txiki Begiristain a man who knows Barcelona better than most. Pellegrini's City reached this stage by finishing second in Group A where they took 15 points – two more than Gerardo Martino's Barcelona managed in winning Group H. Previous meetings The clubs have met six times in friendly matches: 1952 Barcelona 5-1 Ma ...
2013 Was the Year of Txiki Begiristain at Manchester City - "Bringing in Txiki was the best decision I ever made."...
Manchester City striker John Guidetti is set to leave the Etihad on loan in January and could be poised to join Malaga in La Liga. City youngster linked with La Liga switch Reports in Spain say Guidetti is set to make the switch when the New Year transfer window opens as City look to give the youngster some first-team experience. Guidetti remains behind Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic in the pecking order, and Manuel Pellegrini is open to letting the 21-year-old leave next month. Several clubs, including Wigan Athletic, Real Betis, Feyenoord and even Liverpool, are believed to be interested in taking the youngster on loan but a deal with City manager Pellegrini's former club Malaga looks the most likely. The Andalusian club's sporting director Mario Husillos met with his City counterpart Txiki Begiristain during Christmas and it was believed a deal was discussed. Guidetti has previously been sent on loan to Burnley and Feyenoord, with the latter spell being particularly benefi ...
HAND OF FATE in ManCity-Barca Tie--ESPN If anyone recalls "Dallas" or "Dynasty," this tie has all the pot-boiling, infighting and loyalty-swapping that J.R. or Blake Carrington ever had to endure. The Barcelona draw was made by its modern Judas figure, Luis Figo. Camp Nou sports director Andoni Zubizarreta was stuck in traffic and heard the news in a taxi en route to UEFA HQ. It pits him against his opposite number and ex-Dream Team teammate, City football director Txiki Begiristain, who most of the English media insist on fumblingly calling "Trixi." Barca, under President Sandro Rosell, have tried to take legal action against Ferran Soriano, current Manchester City chief executive and former Camp Nou vice president. But what could be more uncomfortable than midfielder Yaya Toure returning to Barcelona, the city he never wished to leave but was forced out of, and bossing the crucial tie for the City he's helped make great? Although there's meat -- substantial meat -- on his bones, he's the skeleton in Gua ...
Barcelona is not happy: " But they will probably not play against us ' Monday , December 16, 2013 at 13:49 Manchester City vs. Barcelona is probably one of the best games in the eighth finals of the Champions League. Both clubs one is probably not happy with the draw , all speak Manchester City director Txiki Begiristain spite of a 'fun' draw. Begiristain has a past with Barcelona . " The clubs can get along with each other and it's a nice draw for both parties ," let Begiristain recorded in the Spanish media . The director also know it's a tough draw . "It's hard , Barcelona has a very strong team , but you have to play with confidence . We do well , have a balanced and strong team. We always score in every game and that gives us a lot of confidence . " Andoni Zubizarreta colleague joins the words Begiristain . " It's a great match and a strong opponent , with players who have proven themselves in our league ," referring to the driver of Barcelona among others Yaya Toure ( ex - Barcelona ) and Sergio Agu ...
Andoni Zubizarreta (Barcelona director): "Going up against Yaya Toure again and Txiki Begiristain means the game has absolu…
"He will work closely with Head Coach Manuel Pellegrini, World Cup winner Patrick Vieira and Txiki Begiristain, the club’s Dir of Football."
In 1988, Johan Cruyff returned to the club as manager and he assembled the so-called Dream Team. He used a mix of Spanish players like Pep Guardiola, José Mari Bakero, and Txiki Begiristain while signing international stars such as Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, Romário, and Hristo Stoichkov.[46] Under his guidance, Barcelona won four consecutive La Liga titles from 1991 to 1994. They beat Sampdoria in both the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley. They also won a Copa del Rey in 1990, the European Super Cup in 1992, and three Supercopa de España. With 11 trophies, Cruyff became the club's most successful manager, until being overtaken by Guardiola in 2011.[47] He also became the club's longest consecutive serving manager, serving 8 years.[48] Cruyff's fortune changed in his final two seasons, when he failed to win any trophies and fell out with president Núñez, resulting in his departure.[43] Cruyff was briefly replaced by Bobby Robson, who took charge of the club ...
Daily Mail: Txiki Begiristain will open talks with Joleon Lescott's representatives in the next 48 hours over a 1-year contract extension.
Seems like Txiki Begiristain isnt quite as good as we have heard about him. Awful business figures by City this summer. Dosent look good.
Barca need a better sporting director, Zubizareta isn't good enof. txiki begiristain signed us more quality players during his tenure
A in-depth look at Txiki Begiristain's level of success in the transfer market during his time at Barcelona.
"I don't worry about it, here I will be assisted by great people like Ferran, Txiki Begiristain, and Patrick Vieira.
I think I prefer the txiki begiristain era to zubbi's
According to my source from England, chief Txiki Begiristain will be working on attacking transfers this weekend.
Wayne rooney's representatives are meeting with txiki begiristain at 10am tomorrow. I know where but Like Others Won't Really Yell about it.
Jovetic and Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo, Goal understands. Sporting director Txiki Begiristain has not travelled with the squad
As Carlos Tevez closes in a move to Juventus , the Italian club's sporting director, Beppe Marotta, may well take a moment to congratulate himself on a job well done. Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano will be inclined to do the same. It is a move which suits all parties. Juventus, seemingly trumped by Arsenal in the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain, finally have acquired a marquee striker versatile enough to partner with Fernando Llorente or Mirko Vucinic as they look to mount an earnest challenge for the Champions League. Should they make it to the semi-finals, Tevez's fee will rise to around €17.5 million. For Tevez, Turin presents the fresh start that he has been craving since that first transfer request in December 2010. He may be taking a significant cut to his gargantuan €,000-a-week wages and it may not be his beloved Buenos Aires but it is a city and culture which should prove not quite so alien or apparently repugnant as Manchester. Yet in spite of all this, it is City who will be most satisfi ...
Tevez in Turin for medical Carlos Tevez: Set for Juventus switch Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will undergo a medical at Juventus later on Wednesday ahead of a £13.5million transfer to the Turin club. The Argentine is also set to agree personal terms as he brings the curtain down on a tumultuous four-year spell at the Etihad Stadium. The move was sanctioned by new manager Manuel Pellegrini and City director of football Txiki Begiristain was in Turin on Tuesday to thrash out the deal with his Juventus counterparts. The Serie A side will pay an initial £7.6m with the remainder of the fee dependent on various clauses being met during what is believed to be a three-year deal for the 29-year-old. However, the deal is worth considerably more in real terms for the Premier League club, with Tevez one of the highest earners at the Etihad on a reported £196,000-a-week. The Argentina international has spent an eventful seven years in England, beginning with his move to West Ham in 2006 which was dogged wit ...
Money to spend? Despite the club's stated adherence to Financial Fair Play there would be no surprise if £100m in transfer fees alone is in the budget Who's spending it? The fact that Manuel Pellegrini or AN Other is yet to be confirmed as Roberto Mancini's successor is immaterial as Txiki Begiristain, the director of football, is the driver of all football strategy, including recruitment Ins? A keeper to provide competition for Joe Hart, with Reading's Alex McCarthy the required calibre of candidate. One, maybe two, central defenders – Liverpool's Martin Skrtel would be ideal – and a host of forward operators: Málaga's Isco, a playmaker, Sevilla winger Jesús Navas, and in the striker department, Napoli's Edinson Cavani, Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina and Liverpool's Luis Suárez Outs? Up to a full XI of players could be shown the door. In addition to Kolo Touré, who should join Liverpool, Costel Pantilimon, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz, Scott Sinclair, John Guidetti, ...
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*Monaco to make record-breaking Ronaldo bid Big-spending Ligue 1 club Monaco are set to make an €100 million (£85m) bid for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is yet to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu. Source: The Independent *Man Utd ready €17m Thiago Alcantara swoop Manchester United have shown strong interest Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantaraand are ready to pay €17 million for the Spain international who is becoming frustrated witha lack of playing time at Camp Nou. Source: Daily Mirror *Aston Villa want to sign Diego Lopez Although he had a great season with Real Madrid, Diego Lopez's future remains uncertain and Premier League side Aston Villa are ready to make a move. Source: AS *Barton faces QPR return Joey Barton could return to QPR under Harry Redknapp, with Marseille yet to agree to a permanent move for the midfielder. Source: Guardian *Pellegrini already talking Man City strategy Manuel Pellegrini has already held meetings on transfer strategy with Txiki Begiristain andFerran S ...
Back to Txiki Begiristain, he was photographed (that's him sat alone) at Seville's San Pablo airport on Friday
Txiki Begiristain at Sevilla's San Pablo Airport with Ferran Soriano to seal that deal with Jesus Navas
At last someone telling it like it is about Roberto Mancini's sacking. My favourite sport journalist, Oliver Holt nails it again! Worth a read for every football fan. Spin City: Roberto Mancini's strengths as Man City manager became weaknesses when it suited those who sacked him. None of the allegedly surly, unsmiling Italian's flaws stopped the Blues handing him a five-year deal after he won the title, writes Oliver Holt So it turns out that, behind the suave ­exterior, Roberto Mancini was a nasty piece of work. He sulked through a meeting once, apparently. He was nasty to his players. Nobody liked him. They say he was insubordinate towards chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain. He was not keen on being told who his transfer targets should be. He stamped his feet when City missed out on Robin van Persie, who went on to win the title for Manchester United. The former kit-man has complained he could barely get a ‘hello’ out of him. The Italian didn’t smile much, eith ...
If your name is Txiki Begiristain slap yourself silly cause Cavani isnt worth £50M & Mario Gomez is on the market. SIGN GOMEZ UP
Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain will resist former club Barcelona's attempts to sign Vincent Kompany.
I know Txiki Begiristain is at City now. I've not seen him rule out Mou.
City's squad is too unbalanced, but they will change with Txiki Begiristain from next season onwards.
Txiki Begiristain, director of football ManCity, reportedly began exploring the possibility of swapping Edin Dzeko with Mario Goetze,
Txiki' Begiristain is the man Barca misses most. underrated yet important role he had during his time with Barca.
Mirror: Txiki Begiristain is ready to raid his former club Barcelona with a move for City's top target of two summers ago, Alexis Sanchez.
Here are some details of how Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano are transforming Manchester City
Daily Mail: youth coaches are being ordered by Txiki Begiristain to produce detailed reports of every training session from U15s-U21s.
Want to watch Swansea's Michael Laudrup alongside Ronald Koeman and Txiki Begiristain doing the Barca Rap? Thought so
Michael Laudrup and Txiki Begiristain take part in the Barcelona Dream Team rap
The video Michael Laudrup and Txiki Begiristain hoped you would never see: the Barcelona Dream Team rap
Man City lead Maher race Manchester City are in pole position to sign playmaker Adam Maher from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, amid much Premier League interest. The 19-year-old has also attracted attention from Arsenal and Chelsea with his eye-catching performances in the Eredivisie in the past two seasons. City director of football Txiki Begiristain has held talks over a move for Maher and the Netherlands international has been invited to attend a game at the Etihad Stadium. He is seen as a potential replacement for Samir Nasri, who revealed last week could be sold by the Premier League champions if they receive a bid in the region of 18 million pounds. Maher, who supported Ajax in his childhood, turned down a move to City when they tried to sign him as a youth player. He is under contract until 2015 and was rewarded for his impressive form with a substantial pay rise in October, as AZ looked to fend off interest from around Europe. Dutch rivals Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are also battling for Maher’s si ...
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Daily Mail: do not think Rooney fits their needs and Txiki Begiristain remains focused on signing a target man like Falcao or Cavani.
City could renew their interest in Rooney, having failed to sign him during the 2010-11 season, but uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Roberto Mancini and this season’s arrival of sporting director Txiki Begiristain ensure that an Abu Dhabi-funded move for the striker is by no means guaranteed, even if Carlos Tévez and Edin Dzeko leave.
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Manchester United ready to seek £20m summer deal for out-of-favour striker Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney’s fractured relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson could mean the Manchester United forward is sold for as little as £20million this summer. Waiting game: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney comes on as a substitute against Real Madrid Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Mark Ogden11:59PM GMT 06 Mar 2013253 Comments Ferguson’s decision to drop Rooney from his starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid has placed the 27-year-old’s Old Trafford future in sharp focus. But it is understood that Ferguson and United have already started to plan for life without the England striker next season. Rooney has left the manager exasperated with his ongoing failure to overcome concerns relating to his match fitness. Those issues, combined with the perception that Rooney’s mobility and energy have been compromised, have accelerated his fall from grace at Old Trafford. United have no plans to open neg ...
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City’s top two executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are said to have held initial talks with Neymar’s family and his representatives in a box at Wembley on the night of England’s friendly against Brazil on February 6. - MK
Manchester City's Barcelona influence seems to be paying dividends, with Alexis Sanchez set to consider a move to Eastlands next season. According to the Mirror, City are weighing up a move for the 24-year-old and the club's director of football Txiki Begiristain could play an important role in making the deal happen. Sanchez is reportedly unhappy at Barca, having only made nine starts in La Liga this season and being further hampered by the return of David Villa from injury. Liverpool have also expressed interest in Sanchez, but City appear to be in a stronger position with the prospect of Champions League football more alluring for the Chilean. Sanchez joined Barca for £22 million in 2011, but City would be expected to offer below £20 million for his services.
Transfer Rumours...will they actually happen?? Cristiano Ronaldo has told friends he is keen to leave Real Madrid and rejoin Manchester United this summer. (The Sun on Sunday) Newcastle's star striker Demba Ba has rejected a deal worth £80,000 per week to join QPR. (Mail on Sunday) Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is already dreaming of quitting Stamford Bridge and moving to Real Madrid, according to Aston Villa striker and Belgium teammate Christian Benteke. (The Sun on Sunday) Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain is eyeing a possible move for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott. (Daily Star Sunday) Manchester City's former Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is the reported subject of a planned £20m bid from AC Milan. (Mail on Sunday) Arsenal are reportedly interested in Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet. (Metro)
Man City move to beat Chelsea with opening £40M Falcao offer Manchester City have made an opening move for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. The People says City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has made the opening move in a £40million bid to land Atletico Madrid’s hot-shot striker Falcao. The Former Barcelona Mr Fix-it has begun negotiations in a move to get ahead of Chelsea in the race for the Colombian. Begiristain is determined they won’t lag behind their rivals when the window opens on July 1.
How Cristiano Ronaldo could have ended up at Barcelona, and Messi at Real Madrid The Portuguese was considered by the Catalan club and was wanted by Sandro Rosell in 2008, while the Argentine could have made a controversial switch to the capital in 2005. It may seem unthinkable now, but had things turned out differently, Cristiano Ronaldo couldhave been turning out in Barcelona Blaugrana in Tuesday's Copa del Rey Clasico clash, with Lionel Messi in the white of Real Madrid. Cristiano has always maintained that his dream as a youngster was to play for Madrid, yet when he was asked about the possibility of moving to Barcelona in 2010, his answer left many in shock. "You can never say you won't drink from that glass; you never know what can happen in future," he said. Ronaldo signed up at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009, joining the capital club in a world-record €94 million deal. In the two previous summers, however, Manchester United grew angry at Madrid's heavy-handed tactics in their pursuit of the Portu ...
Laporta (ex-president): "Txiki [Begiristain, director City] presented me Neymar's father in London. I told him his son should join Barça."
after dining with Txiki Begiristain and Neymar's father in London. [
Barcelona target Neymar opens door to Man City move Santos star Neymar admits Spain is not anailed on destination for him. Real Madrid and Barcelona are regarded as favourites for the Brazilian. But he told Kicker : "It doesn't only needto be Barca or Madrid. It could be anyother club where I feel good and I get along with the other players. But that will be decided in time." Neymar's father, along with super agentPini Zahavi, met with Manchester City chief Txiki Begiristain in London last week.
I just do NOT see Jose at City. Txiki Begiristain is on the City board, and Begiristain rejected Jose when he interviewed him for Barca job.
It will mate. Yous or City and Txiki Begiristain doesn't get on with him.
Txiki urged Man City boss Mancini to check on Sampdoria's Icardi Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is keen on Sampdoria star Mauro Icardi. Samp legend Mancini was in the stands on the weekend to see his old club defeat AS Roma, with Icardi again catching the eye. "Icardi made a beautiful goal, he moves well. I liked him," said Mancini. It's understood Mancini made a check on the Argie after recommendation from sports chief Txiki Begiristain, who first signed Icardi while in charge of Barcelona.
City's new Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain was a winger who won 8 major titles with Barcelona as a player. He won 22 caps for Spain.
Man City want to bring Falcao and Ronaldo in the summer. Manchester City plan to make a marquee summer acquisition to initiate their first full season under the joint stewardship of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain. The club's recently appointed chief executive officer and director of football regard City's 2013-14 campaign as fundamental to ambitions to establish City as genuine contenders on the Champions League stage. Alongside a potential change of manager Roberto Mancini – now regarded in football circles as “a dead man walking” - Soriano and Begiristain are working on adding an elite player to City's first team and strengthening it in two further positions. Scouting staff have been instructed to focus on strikers, wingers and central defenders. Discussions have already taken place about signing Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid. The Colombia international has been a prodigious scorer throughout his four seasons in European football, already claiming 22 goals from 21 appearances in the cu ...
Transfer talkare interested in Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca with the Spanish club willing to loan him out this month. The 21-year-old has not played this season after suffering a knee injury Schalke have rejected another bid to bring forwards Lewis Holtby's move to Tottenham with sporting director Horst Heldt saying Spurs's offer was "not acceptable". The 22-year-old has already agreed to move to White Hart Lane when his contract expires in the summer Spanish striker Fernando Llorente will join Juventus in the summer on a four-year deal the plyer called the tiger will join the italian champions on a free transfer Liverpool winger Stewart Downing, 28, has revealed how his recent run of good form was inspired by being told he could leave by manager Brendan Rodgers Manchester City's new director football Txiki Begiristain wants to play a new 4-3-3 system next season and wants future signings to be tailored to it with transfer targets edison cavani, gareth bale, willian expected to arrive. Manchester United ...
Roberto Mancini has expressed his surprise at reports that Manchester City football director Txiki Begiristain wants the Blues to play a fluid 4-3-3 formation next season.
Mario Balotelli appears to have said goodbye to Man City after he held an apparent farewell meal ahead of his proposed £25m move to AC Milan. The controversial striker has alrdy given notice on his rented house in Cheshire & also flown a number of belongings back to Milan ahead of a potential return to San Siro. And the Italian was spotted with a number Odemwingie close friends at Chinese restaurant Wings in Manchester on Saturday night in what an eye-witness told looked very much like the final goodbye" He continued; Mario often dines there but he wasn't his usual jocular self, certainly the mood seemed a sombre one, as if he was on his way. City director of football Txiki Begiristain & manager Roberto Mancini re both understood to be ready to sell Balotelli following a string of controversies surrounding the former Inter star, The champions re in no rush to sell Mario in the winter transfer window bt re aware that the player is homesick in the north west & eager to return to Italy following th ...
BARCELONA have slammed Manchester City for attempting to poach their staff. Nou Camp president Sandro Rosell claims the Premier League champions have tried to lure his employees to the Etihad. Former Barca directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have already joined City as chief executive and director of football respectively. And Rosell said: “There have been some offensive approaches from City, at all levels of the structure of the club, but no one wants to go. “They wanted to fish here but there were no fish left.”
Rosell: Manchester City are trying to poach Barcelona's talent The Premier League champions are not only interested in signing a number of Blaugrana players, but have attempted to lure away employees at other levels, too The Premier League champions already have former Barca directors such as Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano under contract, and they are evidently keen to add to their Barcelona contingent. "Manchester City have indeed launched an offensive to lure a number of people away from Barcelona,"
In a discussions with many Barcelona fans, there were two reasons why the cules would hate a move for Pep Guardiola to Manchester City. 1-Manchester City is a club that mainly uses money to run the club. This just is not the style of Guardiola.The move to a cash-rich club would go against everything Cules know about Guardiola. 2-Former Barcelona executive Txiki Begiristain is now on staff for City.If the duo were to run things at City, City could begin to attempt to lure the young Barcelona talent to England, which would highly anger the Barcelona faithful
Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov is convinced Pep Guardiola will end up at Manchester City. With Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano now running things at City, Stoichkov believes they're favourites for the ex-Barca coach, despite talk of Manchester United and Chelsea also being keen. "I see Guardiola going to Manchester City. Txiki and Pep. That combination has made history at Barca,".
'we contacted him,but then came the club that hires his friends (Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain)'. 2/2
2) Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have joined the clubs higher ranks and they could form a formidable team.
Marwood to Arsenal? The board are convinced the former Gunners winger can be the man to work alongside Wenger to attract the world’s top players to north London and take the club back to the big time. Wenger is ­desperate for a link man with the Arsenal board over transfer strategy, a role that’s been vacant since the ­departure nearly six years ago of vice-chairman David Dein. And the board believe Marwood – who won the title with Arsenal as a flying winger in 1989 – is the perfect choice to help the Frenchman end seven-and-a-half years of hurt. Marwood, 52, is thought to be keen on a switch after being marginalised at Manchester City. He joined the club in 2009 as football administrator but was downgraded to running City’s Academy after losing a power struggle with manager Roberto Mancini. His duties in charge of player purchases and contracts were taken over by Txiki Begiristain who was appointed sporting director. Wenger, meanwhile, has been increasingly isolated at Arsenal since powerful ...
ManCity sporting director Txiki Begiristain has flown to Brazil for talks to sign Neymar next season (Telegraph)
Laporta: PSG could become the next Barcelona Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta thinks French side Paris Saint Germain could become as good as his former club if they adopt the same philosophy. Laporta arrived at Barcelona in 2003 and oversaw a victorious spell with the Catalans that saw them develop into one of the greatest club side’s ever and he believes PSG can do the same. “Barcelona and Paris are alike. These cities are characterised by their love of beauty,” he said in an interview with Eurosport. “PSG must adopt the philosophy of Barcelona. I respect the investments of PSG but, in my opinion, it should be done with a single idea in mind: the spectacle. “When we arrived [at Barcelona in 2003], the situation was catastrophic. Txiki Begiristain, the sporting director, decided in collaboration with Johan Cruyff to have [Frank] Rijkaard installed on the bench, then bring in Ronaldinho. ‘Ronnie’ changed everything. He has been a dream for all lovers of football. “The philosophy was ...
Manchester City's new sporting director Txiki Begiristain is urging his club to make Arsenal's Theo Walcott a priority target. [Daily Star]
Manchester City are considering a bid for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Star. The Premier League champions' bid is reportedly being led by the club's sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini remains at odds with the club's new front office. The Mail on Sunday says although Mancini is happy to have seen Brian Marwood lose control of transfers as technical director, he is aware that Marwood’s replacement, Txiki Begiristain, and new chief executive Ferran Soriano aim to overhaul training methods. They want to prioritise signing the best 12-and 13-year-olds in Europe and coach them to play Barcelona-style football while the manager wants ready-made players so City can challenge in Europe immediately. A compromise could be reached, with Begiristain now in South America trying to sign Paulinho from Corinthians. They also have ambitions of signing Neymar, of Santos.
According to rumours reported by El Mundo Deportivo, Manchester City team manager Txiki Begiristain has landed to Brazil for ... (1)
Manchester City sent director of football Txiki Begiristain to Santos earlier this week in an attempt to sign Neymar (El Mundo Deportivo)
Txiki Begiristain visited Brazil this week with the aim of convincing football's hottest property Neymar to join [Mundo Deportivo]
Good chance of Pep being there next season, good mates with their new DOF Txiki Begiristain.
I think he will if we don't win anything this season. Especially now we've hired Txiki Begiristain and
Some news for City, I'd be interested in getting your views on this. I heard that Mancini said Mario Balotelli is NOT for sale. Hm. - JL
Yeah exactly, newspapers feed off the gullibility of certain fans. I can see him at City, Txiki Begiristain n all that but
Manchester City management face a split over their pursuit of Malaga winger Isco. The Daily Star says City chief Txiki Begiristain is thought to be the driving force behind City’s move for Malaga’s Spanish attacking midfielder Isco, 20. While there are concerns among some at City that Isco is too similar to David Silva and Samir Nasri, Begiristain is a huge fan. City have already held preliminary talks with Isco’s representatives and are prepared to meet his £17m release fee.
I think with Txiki Begiristain & Ferran Soriano being at Manchester City, that would be the ideal place for Pep.
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director of football Txiki Begiristain is planning a massive clearout as he believes the squad is unbalanced and overloaded. [SPORT]
FOOTBALL:- [EPL] Mario Balotelli has just three weeks to save his Manchester City career as Italian giants AC Milan prepare a move in the January transfer window. Milan are reluctant to meet City’s £20 million asking price for Balotelli but will prepare a bumper loan bid for the 22-year-old, who they will offer around £4m (€5m) per year to play at San Siro. City manager Roberto Mancini is due to meet director of football Txiki Begiristain this week to finalise the club’s plans for the window, with Balotelli’s future top of the agenda after his poor performance in Sunday’s Manchester derby
yeah txiki begiristain and Ferran Soriano, they were they ones that made guardiola barça manager
Roberto Mancini will consider strengthening Manchester City in January, with the manager discussing potential buys with Txiki Begiristain.
F.soriano & txiki begiristain rule out mourinho 2 city cos of his aggressv/combatv attit2d,same reason they dropped him 4 barca role in '08
Agent: Guardiola has Man City deal - and is gunning for Hart Pep Guardiola has agreed terms with Manchester City, claims one agent. The Former Barcelona coach has held talks with City sports chief Txiki Begiristain. FIFA agent Francois Gallardo has told a Spanish radio station that City are already plotting to replace manager Roberto Mancini. "Guardiola has a pre-deal to be the next manager of Manchester City," he claimed. "No matter if Milan or whoever make offers to him." In what will no doubt be surprising news to City's England No.1 Joe Hart, Gallardo claimed City will also try to sign Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes. "It will be an offer to stun your mind," he added. "If I were Barcelona, I would be very concerned." tribal football
THIS IS INTERESTING : "it may be apocryphal but the story is told of Abramovich speaking to Txiki Begiristain, who was director of football at Barcelona until June 2010 and has since taken up a similar role at Manchester City, last year. What would he need, Abramovich asked, to turn Chelsea into Barcelona? £100m? £200m? £500m? To which Begiristain is said to have replied, 10 years. Barcelona's success is not the result of a great coach or great players, or rather not just of a great coach and great players, but of consistency of philosophy that began in the seventies and has been followed fairly rigorously since Johan Cruyff took over in 1989."
Manchester United, City, Arsenalor Chelsea for Pep Guardiola? One club stands out Pep Guardiola is the most in-demand coach in football, even thought the former Barca coach has made it clear that he won't return to work any time before next year. In England,Manchester City, Arsenal , Chelsea and Manchester United have all been. regularly linked with an attempt to. convince the Catalan to come out of his New York exile, but which club is. likely to be successful? There is a clear favourite. Read on to find out which club it is... Manchester City are the side that appear to be most keen on courting Guardiola, having brought in Former Barcelona vice-president Ferran. Soriano as chief executive, a well as Pep's former director of football and friend Txiki Begiristain. Yet filling the club with various names associated with Barcelona's past glories doesn't guarantee Guardiola will head to the Etihad, too. After all, laying the foundations doesn't necessarily mean you'll end up with the Sagrada Familia. Guardio ...
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will ask director of football Txiki Begiristain to sign 29-year-o...
Man City manager Roberto Mancini is unsure of Neymar's situation as he prepares to hold talks with Txiki Begiristain.
City's best signing bar none Txiki Begiristain!
Roberto Mancini claims he is prepared for the shadow of Pep Guardiola to loom over him at Manchester City following the appointment of Txiki Begiristain, the Former Barcelona technical director, as director of football at the Etihad Stadium.
'The next Eto'o' - Manchester City eye move for Barcelona wonderkid Jean Marie Dongou. •New director of football Txiki Begiristain has identified the 17-year-old striker as a future star and wants him to swap Camp Nou for the Etihad Stadium
Pep Guardiola tipped to take over from Mancini at Man City: The arrival of Txiki Begiristain at the Etihad gets ...
ManCity have brought in forma Barca director of futball Txiki Begiristain to take over same role at Etihad Stadium as club luk to boost their youth progres.wat do u think about dis?
Confirmation by on Txiki Begiristain's arrival and Marwood's new role. The future is bright and very blue :).
hey Sheikh Mansour please call Txiki Begiristain and Pep Guardiola quick because we wants lots of trophies.
Rumours that are trying to sign Txiki Begiristain as Sporting Director. Already have Ferran Soriano as Chief Exec. So, should they...
Spanish media says Txiki Begiristain will be joined by another former Barca man Joan Patsy,as well as Marc Boixassa and Esteve Calzada
City closing in on deal with Former Barcelona director Begiristain as Chelsea ... -
City is close to sign Txiki Begiristain, since they already got Ferran Soriano. Txiki's role is going to make success with City in CL
Txiki Begiristain heading to City? Ferran Soriano already there. There's a point in time where Pep is going to fit into this. Right?
How Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta could have ended up in Glasgow This extract from Graham Hunter's book, Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, looks at how the two Camp Nou heroes nearly spent a season on loan at Ibrox Alex McLeish has always had an adventurous outlook on how to add quality to his squads. He has always loved European football and his early managerial success, at Hibernian in Scotland, centred around his imaginative recruitment of the former France defender Franck Sauzee and Russell Latapy, a magical midfielder from Porto – this when Hibs had been relegated from the Scottish Premier League. As Rangers manager, he succeeded with Mikel Arteta, a La Masia graduate, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Dado Prso. However, during the 2003-04 season he came closest to the greatest coup of his career. McLeish recalled: “Jan Wouters was my assistant at Ibrox at the time and I asked him whether or not he knew Frank Rijkaard and if he’d be willing to get in touch to check if there were som ...
Former Barcelona director of football Txiki Begiristain is close to reuniting with old friend Ferran Soriano at [Mundo Deportivo]
Former Barcelona player (1988-1995) and sports director (2003-2010) Txiki Begiristain (48) is expected to join Manchester City shortly. [md]
Surpassing Txiki Begiristain, Xavi has become the player who won most Spanish Super Cup games in history: 8 [via
The briefings of the imminent appointment of Van Gaal or Txiki Begiristain before Rodgers appointment?
I hope to see txiki begiristain try to implement the model/Philosophy in an EPL football to see the vast rewards it can bring to a club
Chelsea have held talks with txiki begiristain before about implanting the model/Philosophy but nothing came of the talks with Chelsea...
implemented and followed by everyone at the club the rewards would be huge, txiki begiristain is regarded as 1 of the best around Europe..
i would really like to see txiki begiristain take director football at an EPL club. to see if the Model/Philosophy he wants to Implement...
Good point. Although I'm certain AVB would have had an input. The best man available is Txiki Begiristain was Barca DOF from 2003-10.
Txiki Begiristain as Director of Football looking possible, with AVB as Head Coach and Tim Sherwood as his Assistant.
Reports say Former Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain is seeking talks with Tottenham, Txiki has been linked with
If Levy really has to appoint a DoF then I think Txiki Begiristain would be the one I'd prefer. Although I would rather no DoF at all TBH!
i think AVB with Txiki Begiristain would work really well
Ignore Comolli, but if we are able to get Txiki Begiristain as DoF along with the right manager that would massive
Txiki begiristain as DOF and AVB as manager is what I hear is doing the rounds are doing. Just getting back room staff in
I wouldn't mind seeing Martinez or AVB along side Txiki Begiristain as DOF!
what do you think now redknapp is gone ? txiki little bid for begiristain in a DOF role under a young manager?
Dear Daniel, i know you like your DOF's, how about Txiki Begiristain working with Rafa Benitez. You better have something big up your sleeve
Zubizarreta, who was capped 126 times by Spain, succeeded Txiki Begiristain as the Blaugrana's sporting director in 2010.
Mirror: The plan put Former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain off the idea of joining the new ­Liverpool set-up
Txiki Begiristain seems to be wanting the at Van Gaal is a better option in my pov. more to provide for the club
Hope the club appoint somebody like Txiki Begiristain to work alongside him in technical role, doesn't sound like Van Gaal is happening.
Rumours that Txiki Begiristain is in talks with role working with Rodgers. Confirmed by Guillem Balague amongst others.
talk with Txiki Begiristain according to
Txiki Begiristain pending. Its peak for everyone :)
Hey Ben is there any contact with Txiki Begiristain from
Txiki Begiristain will most probably be the Technical Director of Liverpool Football Club.
If the Txiki Begiristain rumours are true, then he'd be ace for The man responsible for eto'o, villa, alves and ronaldinho to barca
I would support if the take Txiki Begiristain as Sporting Director..what he done at previously at Barcelona is incredible...
Txiki Begiristain is still in the picture according to Guillem Balague and Duncan Jenkins
wait. LFC have been talking with txiki begiristain recently?
Looks like we wont be going in for Van Gaal. I'm not too worried, he is a bit of a *** Any chance for a move for Txiki Begiristain?
Txiki Begiristain, formerly Director of Football at Barcelona, is one name that has been linked with a senior role
Txiki Begiristain remains in the sights of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Ex-Barcelona sports chief Begiristain back on Chelsea agenda.Txiki Begiristain remains in the sights of Chelseaowner Roman Abramovich.
are u comparing Dennis wise to potentially Louis Van Gaal or Txiki Begiristain? Cliff weeny kettle of fish
Disappointed that Louis Van Gaal is unlikely to join. Txiki Begiristain would be my second choice, Pep Segura also in frame for promotion.
Daniel Sturridge Lovers wrote:Abramovich is prepared to bring former FCB sports director Txiki Begiristain to hasten negotiations with Guardiola
if Van Gaal is looking unlikely, have we renewed our interest in Txiki Begiristain? Or another candidate?
ah ok, so do you have any idea who the new DoF might be? Txiki Begiristain perhaps?
Txiki Begiristain as Dof would be great!
Who would you prefer? Louis Van Gaal or Txiki Begiristain? I would prefer Txiki.
So if apparently Rodgers did not want LVG then welcome Txiki Begiristain!?
I was hoping for Txiki Begiristain younger and not as overpowering as LVG.
Brendan Rodgers is fluent in Spanish. Txiki Begiristain will get director on football job over Van Gaal
If it's not Van Gaal then perhaps Txiki Begiristain might be approached? Friday could be the day we find out.
Wonder if BR would prefer a more behind the scenes DoF like Txiki Begiristain than a massive figure like LVG?
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