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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Zubi' Against Ronaldo, Klinnsmann to Resign?

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BARCELONA -- After spending more than half of his life in the star-studded Spanish league, Valencia's international goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta could have been forgiven for thinking he'd seen it all.


But Saturday's game at leaders Barcelona puts the veteran "Zubi" up against his former club and an opponent who promises to be tougher than Maradona, Butragueno, Hugo Sanchez and everyone else the '80s and '90s could offer.


In Barcelona, as the Spanish papers say, "goal" is pronounced "Ronaldo."


The 20-year-old Brazilian has exhausted the superlatives of even the most garrulous Spanish commentators with a string of amazing performances in which he has averaged a goal a game.


While Ronaldo has been in outstanding form, there will be no confrontation with his compatriot Romario, who has walked out on Valencia, gone home and will miss the game against his former club. Romario's future was still in the balance Friday after Brazilians Flamengo broke off negotiations to take the striker back on loan.


Gabriel Moya has blossomed in Romario's absence, leading Valencia to three wins in a row.


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Bayern Munich are prepared to offer Juergen Klinsmann a contract for the rest of his playing career even though his scoring touch has vanished.


As second-placed Bayern prepare for a clash at middle-of-the-table Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday, it has emerged that the Bundesliga's richest club are ready to renew the Germany captain's contract when it ends in June 1998.


Klinsmann needs a goal at Fortuna to boost his confidence. After last weekend's two top-of-the-table clashes, this is a Friday and Saturday when most of the leading clubs must pick up points against less glamorous opposition.


Leaders VfB Stuttgart play out-of-form Borussia Moenchengladbach at home Saturday while fourth-placed Dortmund host bottom club Arminia Bielefeld, the same day. Third-placed Bayer Leverkusen have a tougher task at fifth-placed Werder Bremen.


Bayern are still without the injured Thomas Helmer and Christian Ziege.


Fortuna should be there for the taking. They have won only one game at home this season. (Reuters, AFP)


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After spending more than half of his life in the star-studded Spanish league, Valencia's international goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta could have been forgiven for thinking he'd seen it all.


But Saturday's game at leaders Barcelona puts the veteran "Zubi" up against his former club and an opponent who promises to be tougher than Maradona, Butragueno, Hugo Sanchez and everyone else the '80s and '90s could offer.


In Barcelona, as the Spanish papers say, "goal" is pronounced "Ronaldo."


The 20-year-old Brazilian has exhausted the superlatives of even the most garrulous Spanish commentators with a string of amazing performances in which he has averaged a goal a game.


While Ronaldo has been in outstanding form, there will be no confrontation with his compatriot Romario, who has walked out on Valencia, gone home and will miss the game against his former club. Romario's future was still in the balance Friday after Brazilians Flamengo broke off negotiations to take the striker back on loan.


Gabriel Moya has blossomed in Romario's absence, leading Valencia to three wins in a row. ()


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