FC Barcelona News: 6 September 2012; Xavi, Casillas Win Award, Tito Vilanova Attends Elite Club Coaches Forum

Yesterday they won another award they can now share.

Casillas, Xavi win prestigious award - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas, 31, and Barcelona playmaker Xavi, 32, have helped Spain to consecutive European Championship triumphs with a World Cup in between, the country's first, and were put forward for the award by FIFA president Sepp Blatter. They have been friends since they competed together at the Under-20 World Cup in 1999 despite playing for bitter club rivals Real and Barca and the jury said that was one of the reasons they had been selected.

Tito Vilanova debuts in UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum | FC Barcelona
According to UEFA, the Forum gives managers the opportunity to discuss the latest trends in club football and give their views on major issues affecting the sport at the club level. At the Forum, the managers will discuss the technical improvements seen throughout the 2011/12 season, referees and rules, and the challenges that come with being an elite manager.

Puyol trains with protective mask | FC Barcelona
The second training session of the week without the Club’s internationals took place this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, with the few players left -Puyol, Thiago, Fontàs, Pinto and Dos Santos - again joining in with the B team .

Fabregas: I want to retire at Barcelona - Goal.com
"I came here to have a long career," Fabregas was quoted as saying by Diari ARA. "People ask a lot from me because I cost a lot. I won't give up, I want to retire at Barca. "I knew I came here to compete with the best in the world. I will work hard to make things difficult for the coach," he added.

Barça B's captain, Ilie Sánchez | FC Barcelona
Ilie Sánchez missed most of last year due to injury, but he made his return to competitive football at the end of the season. This year, however, the Azulgrana has turned into a permanent fixture in Eusebio Sacristán’s starting line-ups.

Time for Madrid to love or lose Ronaldo | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Spain has very little sympathy with Ronaldo. With over five million unemployed, people have more serious issues to be sad about. Former Barca legend Carles Rexach said: "If Cristiano is sad, then normal people should be crying in the street. Cristiano Ronaldo cannot ask for any more from life. He has everything. It's a sacrilege for him to say he's sad."

Ronaldo sympathy in short supply | Jim White - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Poor Cristiano Ronaldo. We can only sympathise with the miserable position he finds himself in. No wonder he's sad. No wonder he needs to go public with his unhappiness. No wonder he refuses to celebrate scoring. Even when the landmark he notched up with his latest effort (150 goals in 149 games for Madrid) would send lesser mortals into ecstasy.

Viggo Mortensen labels Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho a 'coward' - Goal.com
"It is little comfort to me that Mourinho's behaviour goes against the tradition of Real Madrid," he added. "I would like him to be educated, not going to the locker room while playing to spite others, and not sticking his finger in peoples' eyes. "It is cowardly to make that offensive gesture towards Tito Vilanova, a polite guy, and not towards Simeone, who would have kicked his a**e."

Falcao hits back at father's claims | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid player, nicknamed El Tigre, moved quickly just hours later to distance himself from the remarks and pledge loyalty to his current employers. "To make it clear to everyone, my dream is to continue winning titles with Atletico Madrid and qualifying for the World Cup with Colombia," wrote the 26-year-old on his official Twitter account.

Malaga deny sale claims | Sky Sports
Having sold Santi Cazorla and Jose Rondon there were reports that owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani was ready to sell a club he bought for 120million euros in 2011. But with the team third in the table and set to open their Champions League campaign against Zenit St Petersburg on September 18, Sheikh Al-Thani and vice-president Abdullah Ghubn are keen to hang on to their investment.

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