Friday, May 9, 2008

Which Players Follow Rijkaard Out Barcelona Door?

Frank Rijkaard's dismissal/departure from Barcelona, announced yesterday, is the most anticlimactic news of the 2007-2008 football season.

Rijkaard spent five years at Camp Nou, won two league titles and the Champions League, yet the last two years, Real Madrid overtook Barca for the LaLiga crown and the team dissolved into an expensive, bickering mass of crybabies. That was enough for Juan Laporta. The Barca president, however, didn't go for a high-profile replacement, instead looked within and hired Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola won't likely inherit the star-studded team Rijkaard assembled; whither Deco, Ronaldino, E'to?

Spanish Football and Sports looks at the lengthy list of players who may be following Rijkaard out the door.
Footy Boots has comment from Laporta and additional insight on Guardiola.
Sportsnob takes a look at Rijkaard's legacy and accomplishments.

And for sentimental Barca fans:

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