Speaking after Barcelona's penalty victory over PSG, Eric Abidal delivered quite possibly the best news of quite some time as he stated that he wishes to be back PLAYING by the end of the year and I think I speak for everyone when I say that December now cannot come soon enough!
Barça won the Paris Trophy tonight, beating PSG on penalties after Messi and Rafinha had scored to make it 2-2 at full time. The penalty shootout saw Messi, Xavi, Cesc and Piqué on target, whilst Pinto stopped PSG’s first two attempts which meant that the fifth penalty wasn’t needed, and Abidal handed Xavi the trophy. Barça’s next game is on Wednesday against Manchester United in Gothenburg.
Tito Vilanova was positive after the game and with one eye on Wednesday’s game he explained: "I prefer a tough pre-season, so that we quickly get up to the level we need to be at". The boss explained: "what we wanted from this game was that the players get get back up to match fitness and I gave them time on the pitch according to how much time they’d got in in training. Messi played the whole game because he felt good – our aim had been to give him as long as possible and he felt good and wanted to finish the game".
And he told the club's official website: "I have started working in the gym and I feel fine. I will keep progressing and see if I can play before December. "I'm better than three months ago. I am following the guidelines that the doctors have given me and the truth is I feel fine.
"The atmosphere of confrontation, both between the two broadcasters and the clubs, may not only bring about the breakup of the league but also the bankruptcy of the clubs," Gil said. "Because there is no ordered economic model for exploiting TV rights the clubs have to wait until just before the championship begins to see if the broadcasters can agree. The uncertainty, right up to the last minute, means it's impossible to set out any social, sporting, commercial or economic strategy for the club."
"The kick-off times were conditioned by an agreement between the LFP and the AFE (the players' union) that the Spanish league season should start on the same weekend as the rest of the leagues in Europe, on August 18," the statement reads. "The players need to be protected from the high temperatures of mid August and so the AFE asked us to make sure that no games started before 19:00CET.
The Venezuela striker, 22, skipped Malaga's pre-season trip to Italy to complete a move that is believed to have cost in the region of 10 million euros. "He has signed a four-year contract with Rubin," the Russian club said on its website. Rondon, who has also played for Las Palmas, had been linked with Italian giants Juventus and Premier League side Tottenham.
Newly appointed Spurs boss Andres Vilas-Boas has kept mum on the possibility of retaining Modric's services for the upcoming season, but Redknapp told The Sun that he believed the midfielder will soon be making the switch to Real, provided Levy keeps his word. "I would not be sure Luka would start the season at Tottenham. The club would be happy to sell if they get the right money," he said. "The chairman said to him last year ‘Give us one more season and if Real come in I won’t stand in your way."
Villarreal rules out Giuseppe Rossi transfer to AC Milan - Yahoo! Sports
Villarreal denied any suggestion that Giuseppe Rossi is on the verge of a move to AC Milan. "There is nothing to say about Rossi to Milan," vice president Jose Manuel Llaneza reportedly told Milannews. "This is the first time I've heard of it. Obviously, there is nothing that can be said about such rumors."