Real Madrid not behind Bartomeu’s “mano negra” claims

Barcelona’s president Josep María Bartomeu has claimed that there is a “hidden hand” or “mano negra” behind the FIFA enquiry into Barcelona’s repeated breach of regulations regarding the signing of young talent. Bartomeu claims that an anonymous source is behind it all. More on this story

Real Madrid drop 3 points in race for La Liga crown

Real Madrid have gone from the darlings of La Liga to the ugly sister in one fell swoop. Sevilla was in charge of executing the death blow to the “Merengues” last night at the Estadio Sánchez Pizjuán in Sevilla. More on this story

Has Barca manager Gerardo Martino lost his squad?

It appears that Barcelona manager Tata Martino’s relationship with his squad has broken down. The Argentine is under fire at the moment with fears and doubts creeping in as to his survival even though president Bartomeu has stated that he would like Martino to continue until 2015. more on this

Gerardo Martino slams Gareth Bale deal as disrespectful

It hasn’t taken too long for Gerardo Martino to fire off a few shots in Real Madrid’s general direction. The new coach was speaking at a press conference ahead of today’s match against Malaga and mentioned that the Gareth Bale deal is ‘disrespectful’ given the world’s financial climate.

The world’s media have picked up on this, quickly pointing out the £50m Barca paid for Neymar.More on Martino’s statements

Pinto injured due to state of pitch

Barcelona number 2 keeper José Manuel Pinto had to leave yesterday’s training session after he picked up an injury due to the poor state of the pitch. It’s the same pitch that the Catalan club will be using today in their final match as part of their Asia Tour pre-season and the club are asking for guarantees otherwise they won’t play. More on Pinto’s injury

Barca’s last training session before showdown with PSG

Barca will be just finishing up their last training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper before heading off to have lunch. This training session will be vital in order to know the condition of Leo Messi along with Pedro and Adriano. Then it’s off to the W Hotel in the city of Barcelona to come together and discuss final tactics with Tito Vilanova. Read more about Barca’s training session here

Dani Alves is getting his mojo back

Brazilian Dani Alves is starting to feel his old self again, and not before time. Alves made a poor start to the season and never really found his groove. The fans were even surprised and there was a lot of speculation about his personal life. One of the reasons that Alves is finding his best form has to do with Barca captain Xavi Hernandez . Read what Xavi said…

Barca to complain to UEFA about refereeing incidents in Paris

Before anyone could reply to Dani Alves’ petition for someone to act on behalf of the club regarding the poor refereeing decisions in Paris, the club is already in the process of elaborating a complaint outlining the failures of both the referee Wolfgang Stark and the UEFA anti doping officials. Read the rest….