Barcelona’s future continues to look bright thanks to their world-famous academy – and here we present to you the latest exhibit of evidence. Barca’s Juvenil B side’s comfortable 3-1 Campionat Catalunya over Damm was highlighted by a fantastic goal from the halfway line by defender Carlos Blanco.
While Japan has never beaten Brazil at the full international level, with seven defeats from nine past meetings, the current Selecao is ranked 22nd — the lowest Brazil has ever been ranked by FIFA. Under former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who guided Brazil to its fifth World Cup in 2002, the Confederations Cup holders have just two wins and four draws from seven matches since November.
Malaga have confirmed they will appoint former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster as their new coach. It will be Schuster's first coaching role since quitting Turkish club Besiktas in March 2011. Former West Germany midfielder Schuster spent most of his playing career in La Liga with Barcelona, Real and then Atletico Madrid.
Edinson Cavani would turn down a move to the Premier League this summer in favour of joining Real Madrid, the Napoli striker's father has revealed. "Cavani's intention is to play for Madrid," Luis Cavani told Futboleros, part of Marca TV in Spain. "He is excited about it and is very willing to see it through. He has told the family in private that he wants to join Real Madrid but if he declares it publicly it will annoy Napoli."
Manchester City are close to making their third signing of the summer with Malaga’s Isco reportedly ready to follow Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad. Real Madrid – another club without a current manager – were also keen on the talented youngster’s signature, but City seem to have leaped ahead of the Spanish giants in the race for his services.
Las Palmas were held to a 1-1 draw by Almeria in the first leg on Wednesday, and a win on Saturday means that Palmas will play their final game against either Girona or Alcorcon for the final play-off round to decide the promotion ticket. "Well, the battle just began after our home draw against Almeria, and I think we still have unfinished business, but we will have to be at our best to get a better result on Saturday." Chrisantus said. "I have friends playing in La Liga, and it will be sweet playing there with Las Palmas next season. "