The contract signed by Qatar Sports Investment and FC Barcelona foresaw the possibility of including a new sponsor on the team shirt from the third season of the agreement. Sandro Rosell has welcomed Qatar Airways, "an ambitious brand with global aspirations, always commitment to the utmost excellence in its field"
Barcelona forward Pedro talks to R-Sport in an exclusive interview about next Tuesday's Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow, delves into how new coach Tito Vilanova differs from the great Pep Guardiola, and gives an unequivocal answer when asked if he would ever don the famous white shirt of Real Madrid.
"The only problem is the goals we're conceding. The opponents push us back a lot as well and it's hard for us," the holding midfielder told Cadena Cope. "It's a shame because you don't enjoy it. We all like to pass the ball around, for there to be spaces. You're left without many options. We have to try and make the most of the chances we get.
The Portuguese trainer won the Spanish Primera Division with his side last season but the boss' right-hand man - who was filling in for him at the press conference ahead of the match against Athletic Bilbao - said there is no disappointment in falling short to Barcelona's Pep Guardiola. "We spoke about it and Mourinho is very happy not to have won that award," the 39-year-old told the attending reporters.
However, having seen his side lose out to arch-rivals Real Madrid in the league last season, the 41-year-old decided it was time to call it a day at the club, and Alves believes it was because he felt he could no longer motivate the players. "Pep said that he would only leave when we were no longer responding to him," he told Le Buteur. "We did not respond to him on the field as he would have liked and this is why the players feel responsible for his departure."
Llorente has been linked with a move to the Italian champions over the summer, but Urratia insists the striker will remain with Athletic until his contract runs out in 2013. Llorente has yet to start a game for Athletic this term. "I have read and heard a lot of things about the future of Fernando Llorente," said Urrutia. "But none of them are true.
Real Madrid hope Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Saturday's visit of Athletic Bilbao, which follows Barcelona's clash with Real Zaragoza. Prolific Portuguese forward Ronaldo, who has already scored 19 goals in all competitions for Real this season, suffered a nasty eye injury against Levante in the Primera Division last week.
The goalkeeper is delighted to announce the birth of his second child, Kai, born on Friday at midday. "My wife Yolanda and I are delighted with the birth of our son Kai Valdés Cardona" announced Víctor Valdés on the social networks after the good news this Friday.