Final session of the week, with just 10 players | FC Barcelona
Barça's internationals will be playing today, whilst the players left behind -Pinto, Oier, Piqué, Montoya, Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Dos Santos and Tello- had their final training session of the week at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper under assistant coach Jorge Pautasso and physio Elvio Paolorosso.
68% of Barça 2013/14 comes from the youth system | FC Barcelona
No fewer than 17 of the 25 members of the Barça first team previously played for the club’s lower level teams. That means that 68% of the players working under orders of Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino are locally groomed, the highest percentage of recent years, and a clear reflection of Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova’s preference for producing talent from within.
Xavi Hernández praises Valdés and Cesc | FC Barcelona
"Víctor Valdés has patiently waited for his chance to come to the national team, but I’m not sure if he’ll play. But I’m sure that he’ll react well [if he does]. I’m not surprised by Víctor’s behaviour. I’m not objective when I talk about him because I’m friends with outside of football but he’s an example on the pitch and he’s an exemplary team-mate."
Neymar: "I'm thrilled with everything at Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
Barça's Dani Alves and Neymar will both be involved and this summer's signing held a press conference today and spoke about his experience in Barcelona: "I have a relaxed and quiet life there and I am thrilled with everything. I love the city, the Club and the people I am working with. Everything is in place to be perfect".
Investment fund to sue over Neymar deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"We are preparing the documentation to sue," Barral told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser this week. "Our group had 40 per cent of Neymar’s rights, but we have not received an amount from €57m but only 40 per cent of €17m (£14.3m). We have earned €6.8m (£5.7m) with€16m (£13.4m) more owed to us. This is why we are denouncing them."
Positive starts for Bojan, Deulofeu and Rafinha | FC Barcelona
Bjoan Krkic, Gerard Deulofeu and Rafa Alcántara were loaned out to different teams this summer with the objective of getting the youngsters top flight football experience. After nearly a month since the start of the season, the performance of the three players has been fairly positive. Playing for Ajax, Everton and Celta, the three footballers are starting to become important players for their respective managers.
Barca incentivise over player loans | Football Espana
Barcelona have reportedly set it up to financially incentivise Everton and Celta Vigo respectively to play Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha this season. AS report that Barca have set it so both teams are financially rewarded for the more time they play each player they have from La Blaugrana - the more minutes the players get, the more the loan fee for the campaign decreases.
Primera Liga: Real Madrid announce 1.3 per cent increase in turnover | Football News | Sky Sports
Real Madrid have announced healthy financial figures for 2012/13, including a 1.3 per cent increase in turnover. The Primera Division outfit's revenue totalled 520.9million euros (£438.5m) with a net profit of 36.9million euros (£31.1m), while the club's net debt was down 27.4 per cent - all despite the team's failure to land a major trophy last term.
Adan launches Mourinho tirade - Goal.com
He told la Sexta: "When Iker got injured, I was deprived of the right to play for Real Madrid. The press disrespected me. "I trained normally, without knowing anything about Diego Lopez. I learned of his signing through the media. "I would have loved for [Jose] Mourinho to have explained that signing. When Iker was injured, I could have come in as I had already proven myself.
Del Bosque: Casillas axed for easing Real-Barca tension - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"It's true that in difficult moments for the national team, when the Real-Barca matches got a little strange, he (Casillas) helped the team to move on and continue winning things like the (2012) European Championship," Del Bosque told radio station Onda Cero. "This did not go down well and perhaps had a detrimental effect also on Iker," added the former Real coach. "He was a key figure in fostering harmony in the national team."