Tito Vilanova will be FC Barcelona's head manager through 2014 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have come to an agreement with Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova. This season's first team assistant manager will be the head coach of FC Barcelona for two seasons, through June 30, 2014. Vilanova will sign his new contract this Friday on June 15 at 12:00.
Cesc Fábregas hoping he has finally found a role for Spain | guardian.co.uk
There were two Cesc Fábregases at the World Cup in South Africa: the one his team-mates could see and the one they could not. Every night when he closed the door to his hotel room, the smile slipped. On his own, there was sadness and soul searching. In the 116th minute of the final he provided the assist for the most important goal in Spanish football history, playing the ball into the path of Andrés Iniesta.
You win a Ballon d'Or on the pitch, not in an advert, says Messi's father - Goal.com
"Comparisons [between Messi and Ronaldo] look bad, and certain people discussing it in the press is bad because it has a negative affect. "You don't win the Ballon d'Or for advertising, but for what is done on the pitch. Whoever deserves it will win it, whether it's Leo, Cristiano, or anyone else."
Mario Gómez sinks Afellay's Holland (1-2) | FC Barcelona
The Dutch national team, with Ibrahim Afellay featuring in the starting line-up against Germany, are in danger of crashing out of the Poland and Ukraine EURO. The finalist of the last World Cup seriously jeopardized their aspirations of a quarter-final berth as they fell to Germany by 1-2 in the second match of Group B [yesterday].
No Barcelona bid for Tottenham's Gareth Bale - agent - ESPN Soccernet
"I think it's too expensive for Barca," Barnett told Catalan-based newspaper Sport. "To my knowledge, Barca have not made any offer for him. "If interested, they would have to put money on the table and then start talking. But it seems that Barca are working on the signing of Jordi Alba, a cheaper option."
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo aims dig at Lionel Messi | guardian.co.uk
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a dig at Lionel Messi after the Portugal international was mocked by Denmark supporters during the 3-2 victory in Lviv on Wednesday night, when the Real Madrid forward once again failed to deliver for his country. The Denmark fans chanted Messi's name whenever Ronaldo was on the ball.
Athletic Bilbao's Llorente plays down transfer talk: I'm already at a great club - Goal.com
It has also been reported that Barcelona are keen on the forward, but Llorente claims he has no great desire to leave San Mames this summer. "It's always nice to have teams interested in you, as it means that you have had a good season," he told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. "But I am happy because I am already at a great club in Athletic."
Valladolid take advantage in promotion play-off - Yahoo! Sport UK
Javi Guerra scored the only goal of the game to give the visitors the edge heading back to their Jose Zorilla stadium for the season finale on Saturday. Guerra broke the deadlock on 29 minutes after taking Nauzet's cross from the right on his chest and dispatching the ball past keeper Manu Herrera.
The miracle of Alcorcon | Andy Mitten - Yahoo! Sport UK
Alcorcón are different. Going up is a dream for the yellows who finished fourth, despite having a team made up of free signings and a playing budget one tenth of champions Deportivo. The team from a Madrid dormitory town which had seen its population rise from 3,000 to 50,000 in the 60s were only formed in 1971.