European Match of the Weekend: Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Athletic Bilbao host Barcelona at their new San Mames stadium on Sunday sniffing an upset after the La Liga leaders suffered their first defeat of the season at Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday. Unbeaten in domestic competition and three points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top after 14 matches, Barca have lost several key players, including Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes, to injury.
The new San Mamés still unconquered | FC Barcelona
In six games, the ‘Lions’ have recorded four wins and two draws. Note that Athletic played their first home match of the season at Anoeta, because work had not yet been completed on San Mamés, although they also won that match, 2-0 against Osasuna.
Neymar Jr hoping for rapid Messi recovery | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr is sorry that Leo Messi is side-lined through injury until early 2014. The Brazilian was speaking in an interview with ‘Mundo Leo’ on the Argentine DXTV network, and sent a message of support to his Barça team-mate. "The team is sad because Leo is one of the basic parts of this team. We know that he can change a game in our favour at any moment", he said.
999 goals in international competitions | FC Barcelona
The game against Glasgow Celtic is the last in the group stage and gives Barça the chance to mark two important milestones. A draw will be enough to finish top of the group while a single goal will be enough to reach 1,000 in international competitions. Who will score it?
Liverpool eye deal for Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya - ESPN FC
Liverpool are in talks to sign Martin Montoya from Barcelona in January as manager Brendan Rodgers seeks to strengthen his defence, a source told ESPN FC. The former Spain under-21 international, who can play in either full-back role, is out of contract at the Nou Camp next summer.
Atletico in De Bruyne talks | Football Espana
Los Rojiblancos were linked with a move for the Belgian international last week and negotiations are understood to be at an advanced stage, although Atleti still believe there is a lot of work to do as the player is not convinced he will cement a regular place in Diego Simeone’s starting line-up.
Sergio Ramos talks up Real Madrid amid talk of Florentino Perez bust-up - ESPN FC
The Spain international’s current contract, which runs until 2017, is worth 5.5 million euros a year according to Marca and contains a release clause of 150 million euros. AS added to the claims that there are problems between the pair, publishing a video of Ramos turning his head when Perez approached as the players were presented with new cars by a club sponsor on Thursday.
Swansea beaten 1-0 at home by Valencia in Group A | Sky Sports Football
Swansea missed the chance to seal their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a game to spare as they lost 1-0 at home to Valencia. A draw would have been enough to take Swansea through from Group A with a game to spare, but they fell behind to Daniel Parejo's 20th-minute strike and then lost striker Wilfried Bony to a worrying hamstring injury.
Draw enough for Sevilla | Sky Sports Football
Kevin Gameiro's early goal looked to have set Sevilla on their way to victory, but they were hit with a sucker-punch in stoppage time when Estoril, who had threatened only sporadically during the match, snatched an equaliser through Ruben Fernandes.
Bafetimbi Gomis earns Lyon a 1-0 win over Real Betis in the Europa League | Sky Sports Football
Real Betis saw Lyon leapfrog them to the top of Group I with a 1-0 win at Stade Gerland on Thursday, but both teams were able to celebrate a place in the last 32 of the Europa League at the final whistle. Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis finished off a good move to net the only goal of the game in the 66th minute as Lyon inflicted a first group defeat on Betis and moved into first place.
La Liga president Javier Tebas highlights Atletico Madrid and other Spanish clubs' money issues - ESPN FC
"Atletico Madrid must pay 17 million euros each year to a bank," Tebas said. "This is nearly enough money to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo’s new contract. We must look for a solution so that clubs have an alternative, do not have to pay this interest.
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