Squad named to face Villarreal | FC Barcelona
For Saturday’s match with Villarreal at the Camp Nou (20.00) Tata Martino has named a list of 18 players, including Cesc Fàbregas, who missed the midweek Champions League fixture through suspension. But Adriano sits this game out after collecting his fifth yellow card against Athletic Bilbao.
FC Barcelona v Villarreal. Did you know? | FC Barcelona
Villarreal’s most unexpected win at the Camp Nou came in the 1998/99 season. They had only just been promoted and nobody expected them to win 3-.1. The crowd vented their anger against manager Louis van Gaal.
Rosell: "whilst I am President, we'll do everything possible - and the impossible - to keep Messi at the Club" | FC Barcelona
During the presentation of the new deal with Intel this lunchtime, FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell made it clear that Leo Messi is set to stay at the Club long-term, explaining: "whilst I am President, we'll do everything possible - and the impossible - to keep Messi at the Club. We'll do it intelligently and it really would be very difficult for Messi to leave for another team - really impossible".
FC Barcelona and Intel sign innovative sponsorship deal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Intel for the globally prestigious multinational computing company to become a worldwide sponsor of the Club. Thanks to this agreement, Intel will become an official technological sponsor, which will help FC Barcelona to become one of the most technologically advanced clubs in the world.
FC Barcelona first team players with Intel | FC Barcelona
The computers were Ultrabook 2 in 1 models - a laptop which can convert into a tablet. The players were presented with thier machines in a box which also contained the new Barça shirt, which will now feature the Intel Inside logo on the inside.The coaching staff also recieved their specially customised Ultrabooks
Dani Alves starts to work on the pitch during training | FC Barcelona
At training on Thursday morning Dani Alves started to do some exercising on the pitch, but not with his teammates. The Brazilian has begun a new phase in his recovery. It’s worth remembering that Alves came back from the Brazilian national team tour, in November, with a calf muscle tear.
Zubizarreta to join Messi in Argentina | FC Barcelona
Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta will fly out to Argentina on Tuesday, together with Dr Ricard Pruna and Pepe Costa from the technical staff, in order to get a first hand view of Leo Messi’s progress. Messi picked up his injury against Sevilla on 10th November and has been undergoing the second phase of his treatment in his home country since the end of last month.
UEFA president Michel Platini - La Liga's 'socio' ownership system is ideal - ESPN FC
UEFA president Michel Platini has said he favours the Spanish ‘socio’ ownership model for European clubs. Four La Liga clubs -- Barcelona, Real Madrid, Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao -- are socio-owned, with presidents elected by members and policies theoretically decided democratically.
David Villa - Barcelona blocked Arsenal move - ESPN FC
"I was not playing so I let the club know that the best would be to leave," Villa said. "There was an important offer from an English club. You all know that it was Arsenal. The offer was very good for the club, very good for me. But they did not think it was right for me to leave at that moment, they needed me."
Champions League 2013-14: The best and worst bits from the group stage | theguardian.com
Atlético Madrid may have had one of the easier draws of the competition – Porto, Zenit and the debutants Austria Vienna – but the old adage of only having to beat the team in front of you holds true. And Atlético did that with aplomb. At home they won all three of their matches and away they only dropped points at Zenit, who were the eventual runners-up in the group.
Angel Di Maria's agent claims Real Madrid president Perez wants to sell him to Monaco - ESPN FC
The winger’s Argentine agent Eugenio Lopez [renowned 'super-agent' Jorge Mendes handles his European rights] suggested to Radio La Red in Argentina that Florentino Perez held the key to this apparent change of heart. "[Di Maria] has a contract which runs until 2018," Lopez said. "Many clubs want him. There is a presidential issue there. But I do not want to talk about it."
Liga - Hitzfeld slams Madrid transfer spending - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Either way, to have money owed and be able to sign the likes of Gareth Bale, Isco and Asier Illarramendi in the summer has former Bayern Munich manager Hitzfeld unhappy. "It is incomprehensible. I do not understand how they can with so much debt," the current Swiss head coach has mused to Futbol Tactico Magazine this week. "It seems unfair that Madrid can buy those players with the amount of debt that they have at the moment. It is not fair.