Montoya called up for Spain friendly | FC Barcelona
Martín Montoya has been called up into Spain’s squad for next Wednesday’s friendly against Panama by Vicente del Bosque. Montoya is one of eight Barça players in the squad, alongside Valdés, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro and Villa, whilst Xavi and Piqué, who has recently returned from injury, and Carles Puyol, have been omitted.
Alves: "We don’t need a Plan B here" | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves spoke freely to the media at today’s press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva and started with the defeat against Celtic, insisting: "whenever we fail to win, the debate starts about whether we need a Plan B, but that makes no sense here, because we have our philosophy and our way of playing the game".
Andreu Fontàs: "it’ll be special to face Barça – they were my team for five years" | FC Barcelona
After more than five years with Barça and just a month after signing on loan to Mallorca, Andreu Fontàs will be facing his ex- teammates again this weekend when the two teams meet this Sunday. Talking to the Barça TV programme 'ADN Barça', Fontàs explained: "this will be a special game for me, having shared five years with different members of the squad and had many experiences with them".
Spotlight on Iberostar Estadi of Mallorca | FC Barcelona
Mallorca have nearly a hundred years of history behind them– they’ll be celebrating their centenary in 2016- and they are currently enjoying their longest period in the top flight, having won promotion back to La Liga in 1997. It’s also been their most successful period as a Club, with third place finishes in 1999 and 2001.
Higuain, Benzema doubts for Levante trip - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
France striker Benzema missed the visit of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday with a thigh muscle problem and Argentina's Higuain was forced out at halftime in the same match with what looked like a hamstring injury. "I don't think Benzema or Higuain will be available this weekend," Mourinho said after the 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.
Higuain renewal official ‘soon’ | Football Espana
Talks over a new deal first began in May, following on from the player being convinced to stay at the club. It was expected that his extension of a year or two to his June 2016 deal would be announced in December, alongside a pay rise from €3.8m a season to €4.5m.
Zenit chase Real Madrid youngster Cheryshev - Goal.com
"We will wait and see what happens next. If talks between the clubs progress and we receive a contract offer, we will have to look at it before deciding what to do," Dmitri Cheryshev told Izvestia. "Of course, it is a great honour to be linked with Zenit. All I have heard is that Zenit are very interested in Denis.
Granada stun in-form Real Betis - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Pepe Mel's side dominated with their high-tempo attacking football but were sloppy in defence and gifted struggling Granada a victory that dragged them out of the bottom three and up to 15th. The visitors led after eight minutes when Betis failed to deal with a low centre and Gabriel Torje pounced on a loose ball to score.
Sid Lowe: SOS Real Oviedo | TheInsideLeft
They have had a succession of bad owners, as well as political battles over the club and they were chasing a dream that they weren’t equipped to chase, a problem which goes back to the late 90s. Spanish football, in general, doesn’t really generate cash beyond the "big two" and that has been a problem going back a long time. Several factors make the Oviedo situation different.