Squad back in training with 12 available players | FC Barcelona
After the cancellation of the game in Poland following the announcement that Tito Vilanova would be stepping down and Sunday’s rest day, the squad were back in training this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. In all, 12 first team players and 11 from the B team trained behind closed doors under the orders of Roura i Rubi.
FC Barcelona's first week of the season in 12 stories | FC Barcelona
The opening week of the 2013/14 season has been one of the most intense and busiest in recent memory. Here’s a chronological look at Barça’s opening seven days of the season through the 12 most impactful stories of the week.
Munich and Oslo, first destinations of the preseason | FC Barcelona
Barça’s first two games of the preseason will be in Munich and Oslo. On Monday and Tuesday, the Blaugrana will preparer for the match on Wednesday, which is scheduled for 20.45, against Bayern Munich. The Blaugrana will travel to Germany on Wednesday morning. After the match in Munich, the team will travel to Oslo, where they will train on Thursday and Friday.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi speaks glowingly about Gerardo Martino | Sky Sports
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has spoken glowingly about Gerardo Martino following the emergence of his fellow Argentinian as the favourite to succeed Tito Vilanova in the Nou Camp hot-seat. Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is reportedly in Buenos Aires today for talks with Martino, who led Newell's Old Boys to the Argentinian Clausura title last season but recently severed ties with the club.
The Joan Gamper Trophy, a duel between "two great powers in the world of football" | FC Barcelona
The Joan Gamper Trophy will pit FC Barcelona against Santos FC on 2 August this summer. It will be the second time the Brazilian team participate in Barça’s summer tournament. The first time was in 1998, when the Blaugrana defeated Santos FC in penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Sergi Roberto, the patient midfielder | FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto was 14 years old when he left his hometown of Reus to join La Masia at FC Barcelona. Now 21, he has spent a third of his life at Barça, having made his first team debut it 2010 and now in 2013/2014 he has finally been made an official member of the first team squad and is closer than ever to a regular spot in the first eleven.
Moyes reveals second Manchester United bid for Fabregas - Goal.com
Last week United revealed an opening offer for the playmaker of €30 million had been made to Barca on Monday. However, Barca vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Friday that the 26-year-old is not for sale. The latest offer is reported to consist of €35m plus add-ons, while the former Arsenal midfielder is contracted to the Blaugrana until 2016.
Malaga want Afellay on loan | Football Espana
Malaga are interested in signing Barcelona forward Ibrahim Afellay, reports in the Spanish Press have suggested. Mundo Deportivo believe that Bernd Schuster’s men are keen on bringing the Netherlands international to La Rosaleda, and will hope to do so by offering the player a one-year loan deal.
Ronaldo brace in Ancelotti's debut - ESPN FC
Carlo Ancelotti's first match in charge of Real Madrid saw them stroll to a stylish 6-0 win over Championship Bournemouth at Dean Court. Cristiano Ronaldo netted the first goal of the Italian's reign and added another before Sami Khedira scored on the stroke of half-time.
Napoli sign Spain defender Raul Albiol from Madrid - ESPN FC
A statement on the Italian side’s official website read: "Napoli have formally completed the purchase of Raul Albiol. The 27-year-old Spanish defender arrives from Real Madrid and signed a four-year contract."
Ancelotti denies deal agreed to sell Higuain to Napoli - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Not true, I don't have any news about this," he said at the press conference when asked to confirm whether a deal had been agreed with the Italian club. "I think that now we have to speak about Higuain as a Real Madrid player. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic striker who took one minute to score tonight.