BARCELONA NEWS

Thiago Alcantara has admitted that no-one at Barcelona could have imagined the start to the Spanish League season that has occurred.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Radamel Falcao have been nominated for the 2012 FIFA FIFPro World XI.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been announced as the final three who will compete for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Spain are thinking only of qualifying for the next World Cup and winning the Confederations Cup, says Vicente del Bosque, who lists La Roja’s anticipated rivals.
Barcelona are back in training after last night’s Cup win, but may be without Adriano for the weekend visit of Athletic Bilbao.
Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic is reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona, as he struggles for playing time this season.
David Villa celebrated his first 90 minutes of the season for Barcelona and also for reaching 300 goals in his professional career.
Tito Vilanova praised David Villa’s performance in the Cup and remarked that he continues to improve his fitness at Barcelona.
Vagner Love has full respect for Pep Guardiola’s credentials as a Coach, but does not see him as the wisest appointment for the Brazil national team.
David Villa has been given the all clear by medical staff at Barcelona to feature in tonight’s Copa del Rey match.
Michel Platini has admitted that UEFA are currently considering reformatting the structure of the Champions League.
Fabio Cannavaro would not vote for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in this year’s Ballon d’Or, instead opting for Andres Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo.
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has chatted Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo and advised Neymar on why Europe is in his future.
Jose Mourinho is the highest paid Coach in world football today, pulling in almost €2m a year more than his nearest rival, but only before tax.
Tito Vilanova has admitted that there is likely more value placed on teams winning competitions with home-grown stars, than with bought talent.
Barcelona have rested Lionel Messi and a number of other first team stars for their second leg Copa del Rey clash with Alaves this week.
Claudio Caniggia believes there is no looking past his compatriot Lionel Messi when it comes to this current period in the game.
Johan Cruyff has spoken of his ‘non-existent’ relationship with the current Barcelona board and his belief that they do not need to sign Neymar.
Levante defender Juanfran has defended his side from accusations that they didn’t try hard enough against Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has claimed that colleague Radamel Falcao is a better player than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Midfielder Xabi Alonso says Real Madrid must keep believing despite the 11 point gap between them and title rivals Barcelona.
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has said that the club pay no attention to Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho’s jibes.
Barcelona youngster Isaac Cuenca has returned to training after six months out with a knee injury.
Lionel Messi’s 19 goals scored in the opening 13 rounds of Spanish League action is the best return of anyone for almost 70 years.
Dani Alves is facing another spell on the sidelines this season for Barcelona, with the club confirming that he has again damaged his hamstring.
Xavi Hernandez expressed his pride in seeing Barcelona play a majority of their weekend win at Levante with 11 home-grown players.
Jose Mourinho complained that Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat to Real Betis this weekend was the consequence of the fixture list. AS say he is incorrect.
Juan Ignacio Martinez praised his side’s first-half display against Barcelona, but admitted that Levante ‘went into shock’ in conceding early in the second half.
Tito Vilanova has downplayed Barcelona’s 11-point advantage over Real Madrid, pointing to recent history and rivals Atletico Madrid as crucial factors.
Former Valencia boss Unai Emery has been removed from his position as Spartak Moscow Coach.
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