Tito Vilanova's men are poised to equal the Club's best-ever start in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Last week Tito Vilanova’s Barça became the first team in Club history to win its first nine matches out of the opening ten in La Liga. Now another record is within the team’s grasp: Equalling the Club’s best-ever start in the Champions League. The record was set in 2002/03 by Louis van Gaal’s FC Barcelona.
Song: “The atmosphere at Celtic Park is fantastic” | FC Barcelona
“We’re very lucky that we get to play here, a place that has such a good atmosphere. That’s why we have to play a good game and make sure that the fans enjoy our football.” Alex Song knows what it’s like to feature in a match at Celtic Park, a stadium where the fans play a decisive role in outcome of matches.
Vilanova: “This is possibly the most important game that we have left this year" | FC Barcelona
“This is possibly the most important game that we have left in 2012,” said Tito Vilanova in today’s pre-match press conference. “We can finish first, and if we do it will allow us to rest first-teamers and give time to Barça B players,” he added.
Barça train at Celtic Park | FC Barcelona
It’s worth noting that Tito Vilanova will have to rule out two players before Wednesday’s game. The biggest question is whether or not Gerard Piqué, who’s been sidelined for two months due to injury, will be fit enough to play. The defender was able to complete today’s session without any problems.
Ozil rescues a point for Real Madrid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A Mesut Ozil free-kick salvaged a dramatic 2-2 draw for Real Madrid in the final minute of their Champions League Group D clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu. Marco Reus stunned the hosts with a clinical finish in the 28th minute, before Pepe equalised with a powerful header to the relief of Jose Mourinho’s side just after the half-hour mark.
La Decima dream a long way away as Madrid avoid double Dortmund defeat - Goal.com
Mixed feelings for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid. Another night of drama at the Santiago Bernabeu saw the Spanish side avoid a double Dortmund defeat, following their 2-1 loss in Germany late last month, but left doubts over the team's ability to fulfil their Decima dream under the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho: Dortmund draw 'no drama' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"The two times I won the Champions League I finished second in the group," he told a news conference."With Porto we were second and Real Madrid were first and we went on to play Manchester United and we got through," added the Portuguese, who also had a successful spell at Chelsea.
Eliseu pinching himself after helping Malaga qualify - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Eliseu's clinical strike in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at seven-times winners AC Milan, his third goal of the competition, was the latest step in a remarkable journey that began in Spain's second division. After joining from Portugal's Belenenses, Eliseu helped Malaga win promotion back to the Spanish top flight and an injection of Qatari cash in 2010 has seen them reach heights he could never have imagined.
Guiza joins mega-rich Malaysian Premier League club Johor - Goal.com
"I'm really happy to come here as this will be a new and great experience for me," announced Guiza, speaking to reporters. "To be honest, I don't know much about Malaysian football, but I watched videos of the local matches on the internet before coming down here and what I observed was Malaysians appear very passionate about their football.
Zaragoza to renew Victor | Football Espana
Victor Rodriguez is set for yet another new contract at Real Zaragoza, this time to boost his pay into a higher bracket. The B team youngster signed a deal with the club in July 2012 stipulating that after five appearances for the first team of 45 minutes or longer, that it would automatically extend to June 2016.