Bayern played the long game to get Guardiola

“Pep is already learning German,” said FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as he gave the story behind Josep Guardiola’s appointment as their next coach. “Pep has an unbelievable aura and charisma,” said FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the aftermath of Josep Guardiola’s appointment as the club’s next coach. “Although he’s only 41, […]

Season over for United’s Fletcher after surgery

Manchester United FC will be without Darren Fletcher until the summer after he had surgery to cure the chronic bowel condition that caused him to miss a large part of last season. Manchester United FC’s Scottish international midfielder Darren Fletcher has had surgery to resolve his ulcerative colitis condition and will miss the remainder of […]

The weekend’s top games

A top-of-the-table clash in Portugal takes centre stage this weekend alongside tough tests for Premier League leaders Manchester United FC and Liga pacesetters FC Barcelona. France: Stade Rennais FC v FC Girondins de Bordeaux (Saturday 20.00) UEFA Europa League contenders Bordeaux could leapfrog Rennes into fourth place with victory. However, Francis Gillot’s side’s seven-game unbeaten […]

Barcelona breeze into last eight

David Villa and Alexis Sánchez both scored twice as FC Barcelona beat Córdoba CF 5-0, while Real Betis Balompié and Club Atlético de Madrid also progressed to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.   FC Barcelona booked a Copa del Rey quarter-final meeting with fellow UEFA Champions League contenders Málaga CF by cruising past Córdoba CF 5-0. […]

‘Messi has made the Ballon d’Or his own’

The Spanish press heaped praise on Lionel Messi after the 25-year-old became the first man to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times. “He is”, said El Mundo, “beyond classification.”   In his native Argentina, it has been suggested that Lionel Messi’s winning of a record fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or is almost not newsworthy, […]