Messi in running to star on ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover | FC Barcelona
For the first time in its history Sports Illustrated, the prestigious American magazine, is holding a Facebook vote for its readers around the world to decide who they would like to appear on the last cover of the year. Readers are being asked to pick their favourite sporting moment of 2011 and one of the options is Messi celebrating his goal in the Champions League final at Wembley.
Barcelona's Andres Iniesta: We all want to win the Club World Cup - Goal.com
The Blaugrana arrived in Japan on Sunday and have since been doing their utmost to adapt to a different time zone, and Iniesta is confident that things will go well for Barca. "We will be ready. It is not easy to adapt to a new schedule. Everything is different to what we are used to in Spain, but we are trying to sleep well and tomorrow [Thursday] will be ready to compete," Iniesta said in a press conference.
Al-Sadd coach Jorge Fossati braced for Barcelona battle - ESPN Soccernet
Al-Sadd coach Jorge Fossati says his players face the "biggest challenge" of their careers when they face Barcelona in the Club World Cup on Thursday but is still dreaming of an upset.Qatari club Al-Sadd tackle Champions League holders Barcelona at International Stadium Yokohama in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup having overcome Esperance ST 2-1 on Saturday.
Barcelona's Pep Guardiola labels David Villa sale reports a 'lie' - ESPN Soccernet
Madrid-based newspaper Marca then ran a story on its front cover on Wednesday morning claiming that he had now been made available for transfer, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa all interested in signing the Spain striker in January. However, when questioned about the report at a press conference, Guardiola replied: "Marca lies."
Cesc Fabregas compares Barcelona and Arsenal: I have to work twice as hard to get into Pep Guardiola's team - Goal.com
The Spain international left the Emirates Stadium in the summer to join the European champions, and is used in a squad rotation system by Pep Guardiola due to the calibre of the attacking players at the coach's disposal. The 24-year-old has no regrets about leaving Arsene Wenger's side, and knows that there is increased competition for places at the Catalan giants.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho targets quick recovery - ESPN Soccernet
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho believes his team can regain top spot in La liga from rivals Barcelona by Christmas. Mourinho said: "If we beat Sevilla we will be leaders at Christmas.'' The Portuguese admitted his side suffered psychologically after Barcelona hit back to take the lead.
Copa del Rey round-up | Sky Sports
Real Madrid began their defence of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable first-leg victory over lower league opposition, but Valencia and Levante both experienced disappointing nights. Elsewhere in the fourth round, Villarreal's underachieving season continued, Real Betis suffered an upset and the pressure continued to mount on Real Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre.
Kanoute rules out January move | Sky Sports
Striker Frederic Kanoute has confirmed Russian giants Anzhi have made a bid for his services but insists he will not be leaving Sevilla in the January transfer window. The experienced ex-Mali international, who has been at the Primera Liga side since 2005, has caught the eye of big-spending Anzhi, prompting them to table an offer.
Dos Santos set for Spurs talks | Sky Sports
Giovani dos Santos' agent claims he will meet Tottenham Hotspur next week to discuss the possibility of a January move to Sevilla. The Mexico international has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and last month expressed his intention to quit Spurs in the New Year.
Jose Caminero says Atletico Madrid will evaluate Gregorio Manzano's situation in the winter break - Goal.com
Atletico Madrid sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero says the club will analyse the work of coach Gregorio Manzano during the winter break. Spanish sources claim that Manzano's job is under threat following Atletico's disappointing start to the Primera Division season.