Training with Mallorca on the horizon | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde’s team returned to training on Wednesday with the La Liga fixture at the weekend in mind and the available first team players worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva along with Iñaki Peña, R. Araujo, Riqui Puig, Collado, Saverio, C. Pérez and Ansu Fati from Barça B. Ter Stegen, Arthur, Lenglet and Griezmann were not present at the session with the coach’s permission.
Five players miss Barcelona training with club’s permission | Marca
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Arthur Melo, Clement Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong missed Barcelona training on Wednesday with permission from the club. These five players were absent as Ernesto Valverde and his squad prepared for the visit of Real Mallorca to the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Spanish Super Cup kick off times confirmed | FC Barcelona
The Spanish Super Cup kick off times have been announced for the games to be played in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia between 8 and 12 January 2020. Barça, Atlético Madrid, Valencia and Real Madrid will compete in a new tournament format with the semi-finals on Wednesday 8 January and Thursday 9 January, both kicking off at 8.00pm CET.
Messi, Suárez and Arturo Vidal to share Copa America group | FC Barcelona
Group A, features Argentina, Uruguay and Chile all together in the South Zone, where all matches in the six-team group will be played in Messi’s native Argentina. The trio will be joined by Paraguay and Bolivia, as well as guest nation Australia, with the top four sides progressing to the quarter finals.
Messi’s mum surprised by Ballon d’Or award: We thought the fifth would be his last | Goal
Lionel Messi’s mother, Celia Cuccittini, has admitted that she did not see her son winning another Ballon d’Or during his career after picking up his fifth in 2015. The Barcelona ace, however, beat Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane to the coveted individual prize on Monday, setting a new record for winning the trophy ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who remains on five.
Sources: Spanish FA report Griezmann ‘die’ chants to government commission | ESPN
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has notified the government’s Anti-Violence Commission and its own competition committee about the hostile chants directed at Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann in Sunday’s La Liga game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, a source confirmed on Tuesday to ESPN FC.
Lionel Messi charity fraud charges: Spanish court reopens case | ESPN
Fraud charges against Lionel Messi’s charity have been reopened by a Spanish court. A Barcelona judge dismissed a complaint filed by Federico Rettori, a former employee of Messi’s foundation who had accused the non-profit organisation of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering, in September due to a lack of evidence.
Guardiola’s father: He could return to Barcelona, but it would be to coach | Marca
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was awarded the coach of the year prize by the Catalan FA on Tuesday night, with his father accepting the award on his behalf and discussing his future. Guardiola sent a recording to accept the award, though he was unable to attend due to his commitments with the Citizens.