Will Barça style make Spain even stronger? - The Independent
Playing between two wide forwards – Pedro and David Villa – just as Messi does for Barça, Silva proved even more elusive for Scottish defenders than he has been this season for Premier League rearguards and scored twice in Alicante. It was another step towards the Spanish national team becoming an international version of Barcelona.
Iniesta rocket earns Barca advantage - Yahoo! Eurosport
A spectacular strike from Andres Iniesta earned Barcelona a 1-0 win at third tier Hospitalet in a Copa del Rey last 32 first-leg match. The Spain midfielder, scorer of the winning goal in last year's World Cup final, lashed a long-range shot into the top corner just before the break on the Segunda B side's artificial pitch just down the road from the Nou Camp.
Guardiola: "The tie is wide open" | FC Barcelona
Guardiola admitted that he would have liked to have a larger goal margin going into the return leg against Hospitalet seeing that Barça will play in the FIFA Club World Cup just days before the King’s Cup tie. The Barça manager highlighted his player’s intensity and effort on the pitch.
Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas: Hospitalet made life difficult for us - Goal.com
"They made life difficult for us with their approach. It was a very competitive game," Fabregas was quoted as saying on the club's official website. "Our ambitions are pretty clear. What we want is to go far in all competitions. To do that we have to deliver the goods in difficult conditions, too.
Rafinha and Tello, the latest reserves to debut for Barça’s first team | FC Barcelona
In total, counting these two, 21 youth system players have made their debuts under Guardiola. Tello played the entire game against Hospitalet, whilst Thiago’s brother played the final quarter hour
Barcelona chief Valenti sees Bale star for Tottenham at Fulham | Transfers | tribalfootball.com
Cadena Cope says Barca technical chief Albert Valenti took in Bale's performance for victory at Fulham on Sunday. Barca have Bale under consideration as they consider the future of contract rebel Eric Abidal.
Neymar to stay in Brazil until 2014 - Yahoo! Eurosport
Brazil striker Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, the year his country stages the World Cup finals, the teenager said on Wednesday. The gifted 19-year-old has rejected offers from big European clubs, notably Barcelona and Real Madrid, to stay at home and become one of the world's richest footballers.
Eden Hazard tells Lille he only wants Real Madrid move - report - Goal.com
Hazard only wants Real Madrid though as he's determined to make a name for himself at the Bernabeu in the not too distant future. Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane has repeatedly expressed his admiration for Hazard and the Frenchman is reportedly eager to lure the 20-year-old away from his current club.
Kaka says Cristiano Ronaldo is more complete than Lionel Messi - ESPN Soccernet
"He and Cristiano are the best in the world, but in today's game, in the modern game, Cristiano is the most complete player in the world. Cristiano can score goals with his left, with his right, with his head and from set-pieces. Messi is excellent with all the great things he has, but Cristiano is a more complete player than him."
Atletico Madrid's Jose Antonio Reyes in talks about Sevilla return - report - Goal.com
Atletico Madrid winger Jose Antonio Reyes has engaged in talks with Sevilla about a return to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Diario de Sevilla reports.The 28-year-old has been linked with a new challenge after falling out with coach Gregorio Manzano last month.