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BARCELONA, Spain - There are some very real problems at Barcelona, and the firing of the clubs sports director this week is the latest signal that the once almighty team has entered into meltdown. Dodgers Sandy Koufax Jersey .While many neutral soccer fans have enjoyed watching Lionel Messi and his teammates win again and again, there are plenty in Barcelona still longing for the days when Pep Guardiola led the team to 14 of a possible 19 titles in a four-year span.Not to mention a good deal of envy for Real Madrids 10th European Cup victory last year and its Spanish record 22-match winning streak to end 2014.The sense of impending doom that has settled over Camp Nou since the firing of Andoni Zubizarreta on Monday had been festering for more than a year, and it finally came to a head last week when the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Barcelonas appeal against FIFAs one-year transfer ban for violating rules regarding the registration of youth players.Until then, the club had insisted — and many of its fans had believed — that they would win their case and the harsh penalty would never be applied.Now the reality of a season with no new players for an aging squad is settling in.Barcelonas faithful will have their chance to express themselves at home matches against Elche in the Copa del Rey on Thursday before Sundays meeting with defending league champion Atletico Madrid. Many disgruntled supporters will have their handkerchiefs handy in case the team loses. They could demand president Josep Bartomeu calls for early elections instead of seeing out his mandate until 2016.Barcelona greats Johan Cruyff and Hristo Stoichkov have already lamented the state of their former club.I believe Barcelona is heading toward chaos, Stoichkov said Tuesday. There are too many controversies. I dont understand it.On the field, the team has continued to churn out wins against minor opponents and can still challenge for titles.That steady stream of lopsided scorelines and Messi goal records — this season he has broken both the Spanish and Champions League scoring marks — covers up the clubs biggest failure: its incapacity to keep top talent both on and off the field.First, Guardiola left the club in 2012. President Sandro Rosell resigned last year, and top players Carles Puyol, Eric Abidal and Cesc Fabregas have not been replaced.The most perplexing part of Barcelonas decline is that most of the blows have been self-inflicted by the myriad of legal cases plaguing the club. Besides the FIFA ban that has damaged the reputation of its once lauded football academy, Rosell left amid a lawsuit into the transfer of Neymar, while Messi is mired in a tax fraud case.Messi, so far, is holding Barcelona together, but there has been a breakout of Messi-mania recently because of reports the clubs all-time leading scorer is not happy with coach Luis Enrique.The arrival of Luis Enrique — the clubs fourth coach in as many seasons — was labeled as a return to the Guardiola model of a player coming home. But his erratic lineup choices, which included resting Messi and Neymar for the first half in Sundays 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad that cost Barcelona the provisional league lead, have erased any comparisons other than unfavourable ones with Guardiola.Now, the transfer ban until 2016 means that the clubs institutional crisis has finally spilled over to become a sporting disaster as well.Zubizarretas latest batch of reinforcements from last year have not panned out. Even if Luis Suarez recovers his scoring prowess after one goal in nine league games, Barcelona has slipped in midfield and defence. Ivan Rakitic and Rafina are no Fabregas; Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen (still to debut because of injuries) are far from the second comings of Puyol and Abidal.Mainstays Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta are showing their age at 34 and 30, respectively. Gerard Pique is not the dominant defender he was, and Dani Alves contract is up at the end of the season, pointing to his exit.As Sergio Busquets has said, football evolves.Its impossible for things to stay the same, the Spain midfielder said in November. We wont see the best Barca again. Dodgers Austin Barnes Jersey .com) - Jahlil Okafor erupted for 25 points and 20 rebounds as No. Dodgers Kyle Farmer Jersey . A quick first step to get to the hoop for a layup. A rousing dunk on the break off a high outlet pass saved by teammate Ramon Sessions. http://www.cheapdodgersjerseysauthentic.com/ . Vargas (8-3) allowed four singles and two walks while striking out five, allowing only two runners from a diluted Twins lineup to reach second base. Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson hit RBI singles in the second inning against Kevin Correia (4-10), and that was all Vargas needed.LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre hopes baseballs expanded instant-replay system will be ready next season. The MLB executive vice-president spoke about replay on Sunday before the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of their NL division series. "Were not totally ready yet. Were getting closer and closer," Torre said. "Im pretty hopeful well have it set for next year." Managers would be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until conclusion. Balls and strikes would not be reviewable, and challenged calls would be settled at MLB headquarters in New York after replays are viewed. The issue of expanded replay came up during this series in the ninth inning of Game 2, which the Braves won 4-3. Dodgers pinch-runner Dee Gordon attempted to stteal second base. Dodgers Babe Herman Jersey. Gordon thought he was successful, but Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons scooped up the ball on a throw from catcher Gerald Laird and made the tag in one motion. "I saw everything they showed me on TV and I know people were back in New York looking at stuff," Torre said. "They were not sure that when he caught the ball the glove didnt graze the uniform and then he reached back for him because he may not have known he tagged him (Gordon)." The retired manager of the Dodgers and Yankees was asked if hed be interested in replacing Bud Selig as baseball commissioner. "If they had asked me to do something for the game I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner," said Torre, who is 73. "Ive got a significant job." 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