FC Barcelona players set sights on international fixtures | FC Barcelona
It goes without saying that Barça’s internationals get very little rest. The Confederations Cup, World Cup qualifiers and the youth European Championships have quickly filled up this summer’s schedule. Up to 20 footballers from the first team have been officially named to their respective national teams.
Five FC Barcelona players pay tribute to Dani Jarque | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández and Cesc Fàbregas commemorated Dani Jarque on Monday as they participated in a tribute match to the late footballer. The match, which was held at Cornellà-El Prat, saw a team made up of Jarque’s ex-team-mates and Espanyol players face off against a team made of players from La Liga and foreign leagues.
Neymar: "It has always been my dream to sign for FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
"I’m very happy to be here. This has always been my dream, both when I was a child and now that I’m an adult," said a very happy Neymar, who was very close to tears. "I’m very emotional to have a the chance to play alongside players who I have admired since I was a kid, like Messi, Xavi and Iniesta," said the 21-year-old.
Global interest in presentation of Neymar as an FC Barcelona player | FC Barcelona
The whole world was watching as Neymar da Silva arrived at Barça, with his presentation being a top news story in the international press. Images of the Brazilian striker wearing his new jersey have appeared on the covers of a number of newspapers and websites.
Messi, three-time winner of the Pichichi Trophy and Golden Shoe award | FC Barcelona
The injury Leo Messi picked up at the end of the season didn’t stop the player from putting up exceptional numbers for FC Barcelona this year. The Argentinian claimed the Pichichi trophy after scoring a total of 46 goals in the league, and he also won the coveted European Golden Shoe, an award given to the top goalscorer out of all the domestic European leagues.
Barcelona: End of season review - ESPN FC
Despite some less-than-optimistic preseason predictions, former assistant manager Vilanova led the Blaugranas to an impressive start which, ultimately, the team was able to build on and maintain in order to bring the club's 22nd La Liga trophy to the Camp Nou museum.
Mourinho: Ronaldo thought he knew it all - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Asked in an interview with Spanish television show Punto Pelota why his relationship with Ronaldo had broken down towards the end of last season, Mourinho said the player had not taken criticism well. "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved," he added.
Valencia hire Djukic to replace Valverde as coach - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A former Yugoslavia international, Djukic spent six seasons at Valencia as a player and also had stints at Deportivo La Coruna and Tenerife. As a coach, he helped Real Valladolid win promotion back to the Spanish top flight in the 2011-12 season. They finished in 14th place last term and he announced at the end of the season he was moving on.
Financially troubled Valencia appoint new president - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Salvo, a local businessman backed by the club's foundation and major shareholder, pledged "democratisation, union and excitement" after winning more than 90 percent of the votes at a meeting late on Tuesday. "If there is no union we will not be able to refinance our debts, we will not finish building the new stadium and we won't be able to bring players from the academy into the first team," Salvo said.
Malaga confident European ban will be overturned - ESPN FC
"It has been a very hard process but the club are satisfied," the Boquerones executive said. "We consider that we were able to demonstrate our fulfillment [of the regulations]." A binding decision on whether Malaga can play in Europe next season is not expected to be made public until later in the week, and may take up to a fortnight.
Sevilla 'reject West Ham bid for Negredo' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"He is at home here. He has scored a lot of goals and delighted us with his football. The summer will tell us in due course if he will still be with us, but if you ask my opinion I'd rather there were no bids. West Ham offered 17million (£14.5million) in cash with more in incentives but we do not value the offer and the player refused."
Levante release Juan Ignacio Martinez | Football Espana
Levante sporting director Manolo Salvador has confirmed that the club are not handing Coach Juan Ignacio Martinez a new contract beyond this summer. Martinez, who took Los Granotes to a sixth place finish in La Liga in 2011-12 and a first ever campaign in Europe, will be released at the end of his contract after two years at the Ciutat de Valencia.
Osasuna renew coach Mendilibar's deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Mendilibar was out of contract this summer after two-and-a-half years with the Pamplona outfit and it was speculated that following on from the club’s relegation battle this term, he would be leaving. However, the club have announced that he is staying for 2013-14.
Granada take up Brahimi option | Football Espana
Granada have confirmed that they have picked up Yacine Brahimi on a permanent deal this summer from Rennes. The Andalucians initially signed the 23-year-old from the Ligue 1 side last summer on loan, but this week have exercised a right to purchase his rights outright.