Alavés starters in recovery session | FC Barcelona
It has been raining heavily in Barcelona, and the cold wind has also contributed to some uncharacteristically gloomy weather in the Catalan capital, so although the sun did pop out for a moment, it was a generally damp morning for the FC Barcelona players.
The cup debut in numbers | FC Barcelona
Clean sheets are becoming a common sight in Barcelona’s opening cup ties. That is now six times running that the Catalans have not leaked a single goal, after 2007 (0-3 at Alocoyano), 2008 (0-1 at Benidorm), 2009 (0-2 at Cultural Leonesa), 2010 (0-2 at Ceuta), 2011 (0-1 at L’Hospitalet) and now 2012 (0-3 at Alavés).
Messi: My team-mates know I am not a little dictator - Goal.com
"A little dictator? I don't care what people say. My team-mates all know that I'm not like that," Messi was quoted as saying by Sport. "It is a privilege to be part of the best Barcelona ever. Not just for what we have achieved, but also because of the way we play."
Vilanova: Sergi Roberto one for the future - Goal.com
"It's good to know that Barca have a player [Sergi Roberto] for the long term," he stated at a press conference. "He's in a position to play more games with Barca now. He could possibly play more for the first team, but there are very good players in his position."
From Messi’s team-mate to political candidate | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A former team-mate of both cannot say the same. The vast majority of youth players fail to make the professional grade, yet Oleguer Presas did. The 32-year-old Catalan from the same town as Sergio Busquets and the neighbouring town as Xavi played 127 times for Barcelona's first XI. He started in the final of the 2006 Champions League against Arsenal in Paris.
La Liga bosses plead with refs | Football Espana
This season has seen seven Coaches dismissed so far in La Primera, the same number as in the whole of last season. Tito Vilanova, Mauricio Pochettino, Paco Herrera, Miroslav Djukic, Michel, Manolo Jimenez and Paco Jemez have all been sent to the stands, while assistants Toni and Michel Troin from Espanyol and Real Sociedad respectively have also been dismissed.
Benzema and Kaka steer Real to Copa win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The hosts survived until the 20th-minute when Benzema headed the opener and the France striker set up Brazil midfielder and captain for the day Kaka to score the second with a low shot across the goal. Real youth team player Jose Rodriguez curled in the third in the 66th minute, and after Alcoyano's Javi Lara had beaten Antonio Adan at his near post with a free kick, Kaka set up Benzema for the fourth near the end.
Paris St Germain distance themselves from link to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo | Sky Sports
Paris St Germain chairman Nasser el-Khelaifi has sought to play down rumours linking his club with a record-breaking approach for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Speculation in Italy, which has since been repeated in France, has suggested that PSG see Ronaldo as the next part of their ambitious project - with a €100million (£80.3m) package being pieced together.
Atletico chasing club record - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Europa League winners are level on points with Barcelona at the top of the standings, but second on goal difference, after a run of eight straight victories from nine games this season. One more, and they will better their previous best start to a campaign, when they went on to win a league and Copa del Rey double back in 1996.
Financial problems resurface at Malaga - ESPN FC
The money problems that have plagued Malaga surfaced again in the wake of Wednesday night's 4-3 Copa del Rey last 32 first leg win at Cacereno, with coach Manuel Pellegrini and his players saying they would meet on Thursday to discuss their options after wages again went unpaid.