Three for Messi as Barca rout Atletico - Yahoo! Eurosport
Barcelona produced another masterclass as they beat Atletico Madrid 5-0 at the Camp Nou to move up to second in La Liga. Goals from David Villa and Lionel Messi came in the first half either side of an own goal from Joao Miranda. Messi then added a sublime second and third in the final 10 minutes to take his total to eight goals in five league games this season.
Barca vote for sponsorship - Yahoo! Eurosport
Members gathered at the Spanish and European champions' general assembly voted 697 in favour of the record five-year deal, the biggest for any club, with 76 against and 36 blank votes, the club said on their website.gathered at the Spanish and European champions
Atletico Madrid's Gregorio Manzano: It is physically impossible to outplay Barcelona - Goal.com
"We faced a team in Barcelona that is currently settling into a rhythm," he said during the post-match press conference . "They have great players that offer tactical variety. "It is unlikely that any team in the world would be able to win the majority of possession, it is physically impossible. To win here on those conditions, you'd have to have the performance of the century."
The Zlatan Ibrahimovic deal was the worst in the history of Barcelona - Sandro Rosell - Goal.com
Rosell was speaking at the team's general assembly vote on their Qatari shirt deal and, referring to the Ibrahimovic transfer, he told reporters: "It was the worst transaction in the history of Barcelona." The 47-year-old was also keen to defend the decision to sell Dmytro Chygrynskiy back to Shakthar Donetsk in 2010 because of Barcelona's financial problems at the time.
The Barca conundrum | Sky Sports
Gaizka Mendieta says there's no secret formula to stop Barcelona, but believes his former side Valencia may have stumbled across the right tactics to compete with them. "They're one of the teams that certainly knows how to stop Barcelona. They've done it in the past season at the Camp Nou as well..
Pride comes before a fall - why Barcelona & Real Madrid have themselves to blame for their stuttering start to the 'two-horse race' - Goal.com
It wasn't supposed to be like this. The 'two-horse race' began in predictable fashion as both of the favourites galloped out of the blocks; Real Madrid raced to 6-0 win at Zaragoza, while Barcelona stormed to victory in a 5-0 success over Villarreal. Since then, however, it has looked more like a handicap, with Spain's big two hitting unexpected obstacles along the course, their stealthy stride reduced to a tentative trot.
European giants to join pursuit of Bolton ace | The Transfer Tavern
European giants Barcelona and Juventus are both keen to sign Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill , according to various sources today. The 25-year-old was the subject of failed bids from both Tottenham and Arsenal in the late stages of the summer window, though his desire to leave Bolton is likely to be fulfilled in January, with the club desperate to cash in on the defender before the end of his contract at the end of the season.
Mancini Gets €35M Ultimatum But The Target Is Unquestionably World Class | The Transfer Tavern | Where football transfer rumours fly or die!
With Roberto Mancini having almost incredulously declared that he still needs more midfielders, it seems as if he and Machester City have set their sights on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets . As if the task of being able to prise one of Barcelona’s home-grown talents away from the Catalan giants wasn’t hard enough, they also face competition from Serie A side Juventus.
Neymar has not signed a contract with anybody - Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro - Goal.com
Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has ensured supporters that star striker Neymar has not signed a contract with another club. The 19-year-old has been heavily linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the latter reported to have already come to an agreement for the transfer of the player.
Valencia to make €8 million bid for Fenerbahce's Gokhan Gonul - report - Goal.com
Valencia are reportedly interested in Fenerbahce defender Gokhan Gonul, with the Spanish club set to make a €8 million bid for him come January, according to Fanatik. The Turkey international right back has been a mainstay in the Turkish champions' first team since 2007, and has made 24 appearances for his nation.
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