Pinto, Dos Santos and Abidal train with the reserve side | FC Barcelona
The few FC Barcelona players who were not called up to their respective international sides took to Barça's training grounds this Tuesday afternoon. Three available first team players (Pinto, Dos Santos and Abidal) joined Eusebio Sacristán’s men in Barça B's daily session, while Adriano and Puyol continued their recovery work.
Who's the greatest? Messi or Maradona - Goal.com
Both played for Barcelona but then they were two very different Barcelonas. "Without Messi, [Barcelona] are still the best but with him they are from another galaxy," said Germany sporting director Robin Dutt. The same cannot be said for the Barcelona side during Maradona’s short stay in Catalunya.
Town in Argentina to build Lionel Messi museum | Yahoo! Eurosport UK
An area of 80 acres - that was formally an army base - in the south of the city has already been purchased for the museum. Other buildings will also be built in the area thanks to a mixture of public and private funding.
Messi reveals new Thiago tattoo - Goal.com
Lionel Messi has revealed a brand new tattoo on his left calf, which has been created as a tribute to his young son. The bodyart, which depicts a small pair of hands and the name Thiago in simple black ink, was photographed by the Barcelona star's brother Matias before being uploaded to Twitter.
Iniesta: "If I played futsal I wouldn’t stop trying to do what I do" | FC Barcelona
He changed studs for training shoes before speaking in detail about the futsal world. In an interview with www.fcbarcelona.com and Barça TV, Iniesta says that the two sports "have a lot in common … There are different tactics and moves, but there the same essence of mastering the ball, combining and making quick decisions". But he still doesn’t think it would be easy to switch from grass to court or vice versa.
Iniesta and Barça Alusport in new Nike advert | FC Barcelona
Futsal played a very important role in Andrés Iniesta’s early years as a footballer. The midfielder from la Mancha says that "futsal helped with my ball control in small spaces … If I had more free time, I’d like to train with my colleagues in the futsal team."
FC Barcelona Legends: Thierry Henry | FC Barcelona
Thierry Henry signed for FC Barcelona from Arsenal in the 2007/08 season. He played for the Blaugrana for three seasons, through 2009/10. He won two Liga titles, one Champions League, one Club World Cup, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, and one European Super Cup with FC Barcelona.
Fifa hits back in Mourinho fix row - Goal.com
Fifa has responded by claiming Mourinho is wide of the mark in his assessment votes were altered. A spokesperson for the world game's governing body told Goal.com: "We can confirm that the list of votes published on Fifa.com is accurate."
Mourinho picks Drogba as his finest ever player - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I have had a lot of truly special players, but if I had to choose one I might go for Didier," the Portuguese boss said. Mourinho was talking to Real Madrid TV at the time, a fact which either makes his judgement all the more uncomfortable for Ronaldo or all the more understandable from a coach who has been dogged by rumours of dressing room unrest all season.
Paper Round: Chelsea hold secret talks over Falcao - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Daily Express claims the club are "inching closer" to landing "one of the most feared strikers in Europe". That "inching" apparently consists of a clandestine meeting between the clubs in Madrid on Sunday, something that the Express picked up from a Spanish TV station.
Miranda back in Atletico training - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Brazilian had been out for a few days after turning his right ankle, and it had been feared he suffered ligament damage. But he has been cleared more quickly than anticipated, and will participate in light training with a view to a full return after the international break.
Jemez closer to Rayo renewal | Football Espana
Paco Jemez yesterday moved even closer to committing himself and his backroom technical staff to new contracts at Rayo Vallecano. The 42-year-old has impressed during his debut season in La Liga with the Madrid minnows, taking them to the edge of the European qualification spots in the table, and away from the regular threat of relegation.
Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas banned for four games for headbutt - ESPN FC
Iago Aspas has been banned for four games after being sent off for his headbutt on Deportivo's Carlos Marchena during Celta Vigo's 3-1 away defeat in the Galician derby last Friday. Aspas, 25, is now set to miss his relegation-threatened side's vital upcoming Primera Division clashes with Barcelona (home), Rayo Vallecano (home), Real Mallorca (away) and Real Zaragoza (home). He was also fined €3,005.