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Reports: Barca Want South African Born Star

Reports: Barcelona Want South African Born Star

By Kurt Buckerfield - Feb 02, 2018 10:28 AM @KurtLaduma

Spanish giants FC Barcelona are reportedly considering a move for a South African-born star playing in Europe.

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According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan club have shown interest in Bayer Leverkusen defender Panagiotis Retsos.

The defender, who was born in Johannesburg in 1998, has been in fantastic form for Leverkusen following his arrival from Olympiacos at the start of the season.

Retsos was available to play for Bafana Bafana before making his international debut for Greece’s senior team in August last year.

Barca might be looking at the 19-year-old as one for the future, considering the fact that defenders Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen are both in their 30s.

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Retsos has played 22 times for Leverkusen in this campaign, assisting in three strikes, and helping the German side to climb into second place in the Bundesliga.

Would you like to see a South African born player represent Barca? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Four -Fourty Joined: 06 Feb 2018
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Four -Fourty Feb 06, 2018 09:00 AM
I would also reject playing for Bafana
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murendeni joe Feb 03, 2018 07:49 AM
@SL_hated_donkey It make sense
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Lometu-T Feb 02, 2018 05:55 PM
Who cares about this boy coz he rejected us.
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scoreman99 Feb 02, 2018 05:05 PM
@SL_hated_donkey hahaha lol
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27822533213 Feb 02, 2018 04:17 PM
if we care
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emilem442 Feb 02, 2018 03:52 PM
Next issue
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tebogo gm mahlaba Feb 02, 2018 03:34 PM
Good luck to him
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Wgaelesiwe Feb 02, 2018 03:07 PM
so what if he was born in SA, branding him with SA has got nothing with us
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Matayitayi Feb 02, 2018 02:39 PM
I don't care cause he rejected our national team
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TBS Feb 02, 2018 02:30 PM
With all due respect, we hardly know this player. Whether or not he plays for Barca is neither here nor there for SA. :))
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In all honesty allow me to say that SAFA and Bafana r going nowhere interms of major tournaments and world/African football ratings.Do you wanna tell me this boy was not good enough for Bafana last year so he became good overnight that's y Barca has spotted him and r interested in his services? Who r SAFA's football scouts that r assisting Baxter with information on S.A players in other countries that hold citizenship of other European /African countries and have yet to represent niether country in an official match?I put the blame so let on them and SAFA management they r not helping the Coach as his got a whole lot already on his plate.We have one of the best coaches in the world in Baxter,commitment,knowledgeabl e,a complete astute coach but SAFA is laying foundation for Baxter to fail.My suggestions r that get two player scouts for Bafana-Bafana...namely-Benni McCarthy(also make him a strikers coach) and Jomo Sono(Knowing that Jomo is as tough as they come sometimes and may not take the job) take the second option for a scout in Eric Tinkler(Let alone his relationship with Benni,He should also be the 1st Assistant to Baxter) let's keep Thabo Senong and make him S.A's under 23's Coach assisted by Quinton Fortune lastly bring Arthur Zwane to the fray to be a S.A's U/19-20 Coach assisted by Bradley Carnell/Lucky Lekgwathi.Topping it all should be the appointment of Lucas Redeve as a SAFA Football Manager from Bafana to the U/19-20's.Danny Jordan can stay put and only focus on football matters no more politics.release Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane from football,then I promise u,u will c alot of progress in our National team....I'm open to corrections/suggestions.
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SL_hated_donkey Feb 02, 2018 12:49 PM
You'll find out that the player was born in Mzansi when his parents were in holidays. I mean....take a look at his name and surname!
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The truth teller Feb 02, 2018 12:40 PM
Big Yes
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Pirates_999 Feb 02, 2018 12:14 PM
He will just be adding numbers that's all
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Golden Boots Feb 02, 2018 11:45 AM
If he's good enough, why not?
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Michaeltshigama Feb 02, 2018 11:39 AM
Always speculating
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 02, 2018 11:27 AM
if he's gud y i dnt knw him?y baxter ignored him?hope dat deal go well b4 cr7 return to mancity
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