LFP give four Barça players awards | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has repeated his feats of the 2008/09 season under Guardiola and taken the awards for best player and best striker after once again topping the La Liga goal scorer table with 50 goals. Andrés Iniesta also won the award for the best midfielder for the third time, having previously taken it last season and in the 2008/09 season.
Iniesta: "Messi is the number one" | FC Barcelona
"Messi is the number one" footballer in the world, declared Andrés Iniesta this morning. "He’s unique and decisive and that’s why he breaks records. What makes people happy at Barça is that he still has a long career in front of him," said the Barça midfielder on the Argentine, who, thanks to his brace away to Mallorca, surpassed the mark set by Pelé for goals scored in a calendar year.
Xavi: A specialist on the road | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández scored his 76th goal for Barcelona in Mallorca (2-4) last weekend, his fourth this term and his tenth ever from a direct free kick. The curious thing is that only one of the ten free kicks was scored at the Camp Nou. It seems he’s a free kick specialist on the road!
The Dossier: How Argentina finally cracked Barcelona's Messi code - Goal.com
The scene in Santa Fe would be forged into the minds of Argentine football fans across the globe. The hosts crashed out of the Copa America at the quarter-final stage, eliminated by bitter rivals Uruguay by way of a penalty shoot-out after an uninspiring 1-1 draw. Question marks were once again building over the head of Lionel Messi.
Schalke loanee Ibrahim Afellay eyes eventual return to Barcelona | Sky Sports
Dutch forward Ibrahim Afellay is determined to prove himself on loan at Schalke as he targets an eventual Barcelona return. Afellay has put his injury nightmare behind him after suffering cruciate ligament damage in September last year and spending seven months on the sidelines.
Teams need '22 men' to take on Spain - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"The best thing to take on Spain would be to allow us to play with 22 players instead of 11," Valdes said in Spanish sports daily Marca."Against Spain it is absurd to think of it as just another day and just another team. "You can't take them head on. Everything we try to do in games will have to doubled. Twice the attention, the concentration, the effort, helping each other out and so on."
Real Madrid deny claims Pepe taunted Levante players - ESPN FC
The statement read: "Our players and technical staff showed exemplary behaviour during the game, which was played in difficult conditions for football. Our team overcame these with professionalism, dedication and sporting spirit. At the end of the game, the attitude and behaviour of the players, technical staff and travelling party were correct.
Levante mock Real Madrid with identical statement after defeat - Goal.com
Levante have published an ironic statement on their official website hailing their players' exemplary behaviour during and after the Liga match against Real Madrid, using almost the exact same wording as los Blancos in a similar declaration on Monday.
Levante rage at referee, Real Madrid anger over Ballesteros elbow - ESPN FC
"The referee was a disgrace," Juanlu said. "He put down the Levante players a lot, warning us not to talk, while he clapped the Madrid players on the back and winked at them. The penalty was not a penalty, and the last free kick [from which Morata scored] was not a free-kick.
Navarro: Ronaldo elbow was unintentional - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"It was an accident, at no time did I try to cause harm to Cristiano Ronaldo," Navarro, who has a history of violent conduct, said on Levante's website. "These are things that happen during a game and I regret having wounded him, but I repeat that it was something completely involuntary," the 32-year-old added.
Espanyol, Valencia want Chelsea man | Football Espana
Both Espanyol and Valencia are attempting to take Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu back to Spain. A report in the Daily Mail claims the Spanish duo are eyeing the 21-year-old’s situation at Stamford Bridge as he has struggled to hold down a regular place in boss Roberto di Matteo’s starting line-up this term.