Imminent return of internationals and La Liga | FCBarcelona.cat
The team returned to work on Tuesday morning. As has been the case for the last few days, they have done so with limited resources. The situation will change on Wednesday when the international stars are due back and there will be the first full training session for several days in the early evening at the Ciutat Esportiva.
Pep Guardiola will sign a new deal with Barcelona, claims Gerard Pique - Goal.com
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is confident that head coach Pep Guardiola will sign a new contract with the Champions League holders.Guardiola's current deal expires at the end of the 2011-12 campaign and Inter are thought to be closely monitoring the 40-year-old's situation at Camp Nou.
Brilliant in Barcelona, Javier Mascherano is the man to shore up Argentina's less than convincing backline - Goal.com
Stripped of the Argentina captaincy following the appointment of Alejandro Sabella, Javier Mascherano's place in the Seleccion midfield no longer looks untouchable. As a shaky defence remains a weak point in the otherwise well-oiled machine, however, it is time to consider the Barcelona man as an option at the back, where he has impressed so much in Catalunya.
Joan Laporta going public with Barcelona's dirty linen - The National
To some Barcelona socios, or members, Joan Laporta is the greatest president in the club's history and indisputably the most successful.To others, Laporta is an egotist corrupted by power. Barca's socios last year voted to take legal action against him for misappropriation of club funds when he was in charge. The evidence is piling up, but Laporta maintains his innocence.
Barcelona extend Audi deal - SportsPro Media
The agreement, which began in 2006, sees Audi become a premium partner of the Catalan club and its official car worldwide. Under the terms of the deal, Audi will continue to receive hospitality services at the club’s Camp Nou, and retains the right to use the Barcelona brand, including player images, for promotional and marketing purposes.
Spain ends Scotland hopes - Yahoo! Eurosport
Spain moved 3-0 clear on 54 minutes courtesy of David Villa's 50th goal in 80 appearances for his country before Scotland rallied in the final 35 minutes as substitute David Goodwillie tucked away a penalty on 65 minutes after Victor Valdes had fouled the tireless Craig Mackail-Smith.
France sneak into Euros - Yahoo! Eurosport
The visitors had led since the 40th minute thanks to a wonderful goal by Edin Dzeko and were on the brink of a historic first qualification for a major tournament. But, with 12 minutes remaining, Samir Nasri won and converted a penalty that gave Les Bleus the point they needed to top the group.
Match Report: Venezuela 1-0 Argentina - Goal.com
A close to capacity crowd attended the Estadio Anzoategui to witness history as Venezuela collected their maiden win against Argentina on Tuesday evening. A stalwart defensive display frustrated the visitors and enabled the hosts to control the game in the second half, in which Fernando Amorebieta’s goal provided the difference in a 1-0 victory.
Mourinho justifies eye poke - Yahoo! Eurosport
Jose Mourinho continued his war of words with Barcelona by claiming that he was "provoked" into poking Tito Vilanova in the eye during the Supercopa defeat at the start of the season. Mourinho belatedly received a two-match ban for his part in the incident - applicable only to Supercopa matches, and effectively amounting to a let off for a clear jab that was caught on camera.
Goetze on Madrid link; likes Barca and Arsenal - Yahoo! Eurosport
Borussia Dortmund sensation Mario Goetze hinted his long-term future may lie with former team-mate Nuri Sahin at Real Madrid - but he also admitted that his favourite teams are Arsenal and Barcelona. Goetze, 19, is widely regarded as the best German player in his age group and has already scored twice in nine matches for the senior national team.
Maduro under the knife | LFP
Valencia centre-back Hedwiges Maduro underwent an operation on Tuesday to repair torn shin ligaments and a damaged ligament affecting his left ankle. The player's return to first team action will depend on how he progresses but medical staff estimate that he will be sidelined for approximately four months.
Kameni set to leave Espanyol | Sky Sports
Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni is set to leave the Spanish club during the January transfer window and would accept an offer from an English club. Kameni has dropped down in the pecking order at the Catalan side under coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has made it clear terms that he will choose his players, regardless of reputation.