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Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona until 2018

Messi follows example of Xavi and Puyol by committing to Barcelona until 2018

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 7 February 2013

Lionel Messi has signed his two-year contract extension with Barcelona.

The Argentina superstar put pen to paper on his new deal at the Nou Camp this afternoon and is now tied to the Catalan giants until June 30, 2018.

Messi follows in the footsteps of fellow club stalwarts Xavi and Carles Puyol, both of whom signed their extensions last month.

Pen to paper: The four-time Ballon d'Or winner signed a new deal with Barcelona this afternoon

Pen to paper: The four-time Ballon d'Or winner signed a new deal with Barcelona this afternoon

Job done: Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell shakes hands with the Argentina international after he pledged his future to the Catalan club until 2018

Job done: Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell shakes hands with the Argentina international after he pledged his future to the Catalan club until 2018

Barca announced in December they had agreed new contracts with the trio.

It's
little wonder Barcelona are keen to tie down Messi's future for as long
as possible – the Argentina international has scored 45 goals in 34
appearances this season so far.

And that comes off the back of an incredible 91 goals during the 2012 calendar year.

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign a new contract lasting until 2018

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign a new contract with Barcelona

Sign on the dotted line: Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium this afternoon to sign a new two-year contract extension with Barcelona, which will see him through until 2018. While Messi may again be surging ahead in the goalscoring charts, he is hardly inspiring many with his choice of jacket.

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign his new two-year contract extension

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign his new two-year contract extension

The news was welcomed by Messi's teammate Jordi Alba, who said: 'I can't imagine what Messi will be like in 2018, but it's great news for Barca fans that he's staying.

'He is the best player in the world and as long as nothing happens, he'll be the best ever. We'll try to make him feel as comfortable here as we can.'

Dotty: Messi wore an eye-catching tuxedo to pick up his latest Ballon D'Or award last month

Dotty: Messi wore an eye-catching tuxedo to pick up his latest Ballon D'Or award last month

Golden balls: Lionel Messi with his FIFA Ballon D'Or collection. He's won the accolade, for the best player in world football, for the last four years

Golden balls: Lionel Messi with his FIFA Ballon D'Or collection. He's won the accolade, for the best player in world football, for the last four years

The former Valencia player added: 'I was once unlucky enough to have to face him as an opponent, but now I'm here I'm delighted to have him as a teammate.

'I have never seen anybody capable of doing the things he can do.'

Messi, 25, came up through the youth ranks at Barca before making his competitive debut against Espanyol in 2004 at the age of 17.

Since then he has established himself as one of the best players in history, breaking numerous records in the process.

Delighted: Messi's teammate Jordi Alba (right) was pleased with news of the new contract

Delighted: Messi's teammate Jordi Alba (right) was pleased with news of the new contract

He won his fourth straight FIFA World Player of the Year award last month following a remarkable 2012 in which he scored 91 goals – smashing the world record of 85 in a calendar year set by Bayern Munich and West Germany striker Gerd Muller in 1972.

While setting that record, Messi became the first man to score five times in a Champions League game as Barca crushed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 last March.

Three weeks after that he became Barca's all-time leading goalscorer after a brace against Granada moved him on to 233 official goals, one more than the previous record set by Cesar Rodriguez during the 1940s and 50s.

Familiar: The sight of Lionel Messi celebrating another goal for Barcelona has become a familiar one - he scored an all-time record 91 goals in the 2012 calendar year

Familiar: The sight of Lionel Messi celebrating another goal for Barcelona has become a familiar one – he scored an all-time record 91 goals in the 2012 calendar year

He has been in similarly stunning form in 2013 and his goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Valencia was a league-record 12th consecutive game in which he found the net.

During his time at the Nou Camp, Messi has also helped Barca win a host of silverware, including five Primera Division titles, three Champions Leagues, two Copa del Rey crowns and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Pep Guardiola agrees Bayern Munich deal

BREAKING NEWS: Pep's back! Guardiola snub for Chelsea as Barca legend agrees three-year deal with Bayern Munich

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:58 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 16 January 2013

Pep Guardiola has snubbed a move to the Premier League and joined German giants Bayern Munich on a three-year deal.

Guardiola has been linked with Manchester rivals United and City as well as European champions Chelsea since taking a break from the game at the end of last season.

Bayern bound: Pep Guardiola is reported to be joining the Bundesliga giants

Bayern bound: Pep Guardiola is reported to be joining the Bundesliga giants

The Spaniard has been spending most of his time in New York since calling time on a trophy-laden spell with Barcelona but will move to Munich to replace Jupp Heynckes, who is set to retire in the summer.

Guardiola was the most wanted coach in the business after creating arguably the best club side in the world in Catalonia.

He came through the ranks at the Nou Camp and served Barca as a player between 1990 and 2001.

What a signing: Bayern Munich confirmed the Guardiola signing on Twitter

What a signing: Bayern Munich confirmed the Guardiola signing on Twitter

Guardiola, who celebrates his 42nd
birthday on Friday, represented Spain 47 times and had brief spells with
Brescia, Roma, Al-Ahli and Dorados.

He took charge of his boyhood club in
2008 and won the Champions League twice, the Primera Division three
times, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Super Cups
and two Club World Cups.

The Adrian Durham column: The next Wayne Rooney? England"s kids can do better and why do Arsenal fans lie down and get ripped off?

The next Rooney England's kids can do better than that… The all-Spain XI is a total joke (so is Chamakh's loan to West Ham)… And why do Arsenal fans lie down and get ripped off

without Ashley Cole is frankly laughable. He’s now up to 99 caps, he’s a European champion and performed at a consistently high level throughout the year. David Silva’s absence is stunning – perhaps the fact that he has had no history with either Barcelona or Real Madrid meant he couldn’t be considered. Maybe those who voted didn’t realise Juan Mata started out at the Bernabeu.

The full cast: FIFA's world XI for 2012 was made up entirely of players from La Liga...

The full cast: FIFA's world XI for 2012 was made up entirely of players from teams in La Liga…

... but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did at the World Cup in 2002

… but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did against Senegal at the World Cup in 2002

... but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did at the World Cup in 2002

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And how about Ramires Voted player of the year by his Chelsea team-mates, a European champion, a regular for Brazil, and scorer of one of the best and most important goals of the year – that stunning chip in the Nou Camp in the Champions League semi final.

Surely Chelsea’s stunning achievement in Munich in May – not to mention the semi – had to be reflected in the FIFA selection

This adulation of all things Spanish is understandable. But it won’t last.

The same happened with France after their international success in 1998 and 2000. They went to the next World Cup and failed to score a goal. I made a bit of money backing Senegal to beat the French in Seoul in 2002 and here’s another prediction – Spain won’t win the World Cup next year.

Loan scattergun is an insult to loyal fans

The loan system is also a total joke. You’ve got players like Marouane Chamakh having a good chunk of his wages paid by Arsenal, while he plays for West Ham. So basically Arsenal are subsidising West Ham. If Chamakh scores the goals (don’t laugh) to take West Ham to eighth, then the prize money (755k per place last season) the Hammers earn would in part be thanks to the Gunners. Ridiculous.

Then you get the clubs who completely lose their identity. Ipswich Town for example. A great club with a rich history who this season have had eight loan players, including Daryl Murphy, now in his THIRD loan spell at Portman Road.

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (centre) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (centre) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (right) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Town now have 10 strikers at the football club. (I’m not making this up). The latest are Aaron McLean, on loan from Hull City, David McGoldrick, on loan from Nottingham Forest, and Frank Nouble, a rare permanent signing from Wolves. Not one of the Ipswich loans is a young player sent out for experience by a Premier League club, which might be a positive. All are experienced pros.

One or two loans are fine, and some are necessary in an emergency. But five to six loans That’s bad management. Ipswich were never going down, and are too far off the play-off chase. So in effect they’ve signed a load of loan players who haven’t joined Ipswich Town, the club the fans love and hold close to their heart. They’ve joined any club that will give them a game.

Why do Arsenal fans lie down and take this rip-off

I can’t let Arsenal get away with it… 62 for Man City fans is cheap compared to what the Gunners robbed me of this season.

I had promised a friend a ticket to the north London derby, and as a man of my word, I followed through on my promise. It cost me 89. Yes almost 1 a minute. Luckily she’s a Gooner and got her money’s worth.

It seems a lot of Gooners are happy to be exploited by their club. Do they realise this money goes towards the wages of the aforementioned Chamakh, now at West Ham And the fans part-fund the astonishing 7million-a-year wages of Arsene Wenger, who used to be brilliant but isn’t now.

Arsenal’s big 'trophy' is meeting financial fair play rules. I’m not surprised they meet the rules when they rip the fans off and those fans lie down and take it.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Marouane Chamakh

What a waste of money: Arsenal are still paying for Arsene Wenger's mistake in signing Marouane Chamakh

ADRIAN DURHAM

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Upsetting the Apple-cart

Michael Appleton hasn’t had to do very much to be wanted has he Plenty of managers have improved their clubs – Kenny Jackett at Millwall, Mark Robins at Coventry, and Paolo Di Canio at Swindon are three examples. Appleton isn’t in that list with either of his clubs. But some influential people said he was good. So he must be.

Greek children score amazing team goal

VIDEO: Greek children score an amazing goal that looks like it came straight from the Nou Camp

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

Could this team be the next Barcelona Judging by this effort, they could well be.

These Greek children score a goal as good as any team effort in years gone by.

In Argentina v Serbia World Cup 2006 style, the ball gets played from one side of the pitch to the other, back to the goalkeeper and then ends with a composed finish into the bottom corner.

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greek boys goal

greek boys goal

Most goalkeepers of that age in that position would have panicked and tried to clear their lines as quick as poosible, yet this ‘keeper has the confidence to take on two players.

It is a goal that wouldn’t be out of place in the Nou Camp or the Bernebau.

If you’re a fan of ‘putting the ball in the box’ then maybe this goal is not for you. But you can’t help but admire the confidence of these kids.

Tyson Fury to return to ring at Madison Square Garden, New York

Fury puts Price clash on ice as heavyweight announces New York return to ring in March

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20:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tyson Fury will return to the ring on March 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fury’s uncle and trainer Peter Fury took to Twitter tonight to confirm the date and claimed world-ranked heavyweights Tomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola, Bermane Stiverne and Johnathon Banks were possible opponents, as well as former WBO champion Shannon Briggs.

Peter Fury tweeted: ‘Tyson next out Madison square Garden march 17th. Training camp Canada starts jan 14th. Poss opponents Adamek” Arriola Stiverne Banks. Briggs.’

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

Fury maintained his unbeaten record with a straightforward points win over Kevin Johnson in a WBC eliminator last Friday and has since resumed hostilities with British and Commonwealth champion David Price.

Price’s manager Frank Maloney offered 650,000 to make the fight, but Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy described the bid as a ‘joke’.

Fury’s Madison Square Garden date will come exactly a year after his proposed debut at the ionic venue fell through.

How Tom Youngs "transformed" from a centre into an England hooker

How Leicester's Youngs 'transformed' from a struggling centre into an England hooker

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 7 November 2012

Tom Youngs had just finished displaying his fighting qualities – quite literally – when Heyneke Meyer, now coach of the Springboks, made the radical suggestion which would change his career.

The 25-year-old will be included in the England team to face Fiji in the opening QBE International at Twickenham on Saturday.

His name will appear at hooker, but three years ago he was a centre trying to break into the Leicester first team.

Fledgling: Tom Youngs has transformed from a struggling centre to an England hooker

Fledgling: Tom Youngs has transformed from a struggling centre to an England hooker

Meyer had taken charge of the Tigers and the sight of Youngs trading blows with an opposition prop convinced the South African that his future lay in the front row, not in midfield.

'Heyneke was the one who suggested the change,' said Tom, whose brother, scrum-half Ben, will be among the England replacements on Saturday.

'I captained the second team against Saracens and got in a massive brawl. He came up to me and said, “I think you've got what it takes to play in the front row. I want to make you a hooker”.

'He told me to have a think about it, but I had already made my decision and I told him that I wouldn't mind giving it a go.'

And so began what Youngs refers to as the 'transformation'.

He went on a crash course of heavy weight training in the gym, while hurriedly learning about throwing in at lineouts and the murky world of the scrum.

'It was a culture shock,' he said, at the launch of O2 Inside Line, the behind-the-scenes show from inside the England camp.

Competition: David Paice (left) is keeping a close eye on fellow hooker Youngs (right) in training on Wednesday

Competition: David Paice (left) is keeping a close eye on fellow hooker Youngs (right) in training on Wednesday

Join me: Tom's brother, Ben, had already broken into the England setup

Join me: Tom's brother, Ben, had already broken into the England setup

'I remember my first scrum – it was in a second-team game against Gloucester at Welford Road. I ran on and Coley (Dan Cole) was there to talk me through it.

'I just fired in and pushed as hard as I could. Then I gradually learned the technical bits after that.'

Youngs needed somewhere away from the Premiership to hone his new craft and bang on cue, Nottingham called the Tigers to ask if they could borrow a hooker.

Richard Cockerill sent him off as a raw apprentice and he returned as a promising front-row forward.

But it was a painful education.

'My first 80 minutes at hooker was for Nottingham, against Leicester,' said Youngs.

'Their front row was Castro (Martin Castrogiovanni), Mefin Davies and Marcos Ayerza.

'The Leicester conditioner said to me after the game that I looked like I fatigued really badly and was not running nicely. I said, “I can hardly hold my neck up, that's why!”.

'I took painkillers for the rest of the week. I was in agony! But slowly I got used to it.'

Historic: Tom (left) and Ben (right) will be only the third brothers to play for England together since the war

Historic: Tom (left) and Ben (right) will be only the third brothers to play for England together since the war

During that period, when he was finding his feet in a new position in the Championship, Ben had surged into the England team.

'I was immensely proud when Ben started playing for England,' he said. 'I would come down on a Saturday to see him play at Twickenham, then play for Nottingham on the Sunday.

'Now my family are really excited at the prospect of us playing together at Twickenham.

'We played together in the back garden, with all my cousins and they are over the moon for me.'

One of the reasons Tom has made it this far is that he has learned – with help from RFU psychologist Matt Thombs – how to cope with the inevitability of making mistakes.

'I was a bit like a headless chicken,' he said. 'If I threw a “not straight” I would run into a ruck from the side and give away a penalty.

'I didn't know how to control those emotions, but Matt has helped.

'Everyone misses a lineout, everyone misses a kick. It just happens.'

What doesn't just happen is a transformation from centre to hooker, a remarkable triumph of dedication.

The reward comes at Twickenham on Saturday.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini talked with seven or eight teams last season

Monaco I was close to seven or eight clubs last season, says Mancini… but I'm staying at Man City to see out my five-year contract

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UPDATED:

14:09 GMT, 2 November 2012

Roberto Mancini has vowed to see out his new five-year contract at Manchester City despite renewed speculation over his future with the Premier League champions.

It has been revealed that Mancini was close to agreeing to take over as Monaco manager last season before guiding City to the Premier League title and signing a long-term contract at the Etihad.

Mancini did not deny the links with Monaco but insisted that he has been linked to a number of clubs in the past.

One-on-one: Mancini appeared to have a heated conversation with defender Kolo Toure after training on Friday

One-on-one: Mancini appeared to have a heated conversation with defender Kolo Toure after training on Friday

One-on-one: Mancini appeared to have a heated conversation with defender Kolo Toure after training on Friday

He added: ‘Last year I was close with
seven or eight teams but I preferred to stay here because I worked well
here for three years.’

The appointment of former Barcelona duo
Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain as CEO and director of football has
also led to talk of City bringing in Pep Guardiola, who has been out of
football since leaving the Nou Camp six months ago.

Back at work: Roberto Mancini arrives at Carrington on Friday morning ahead of Manchester City training

Back at work: Mancini arrives at Carrington (above) ahead of City training (below) on Friday morning

Full blooded: Mario Balotelli training on Friday

The Italian is determined to see it
through, however, and insists that he is looking forward to working with
Begiristain following an uneasy relationship with Brian Marwood.

‘If you write that Txiki is here and next year they’ll bring in Guardiola it’s not my problem,’ said Mancini.

Let me explain: The team circle for a talk from Mancini

Let me explain: The City squad circle their boss for a talk from Mancini during training

‘I’ve always thought my future was
here. I’ve signed a contract for the next five years because I believe
in this squad and because I work with serious people like the owner and
the chairman.

‘This is the best place for me at the moment for a lot of reasons. For the next five years my job will be here.

‘I’m very happy. I have my job, Txiki has his job, Ferran has his job but together we can work very well.

‘I played against Txiki many years ago
and I’m very happy because he has a lot of experience with a top club
like Barca. We’ve done well in the last two years but we can do better
in the future.

‘He worked with Barca and won everything there and built a fantastic team there. He will be important for us.

‘Now with Ferran and Begiristain we can work very well and improve our team.’

City face a difficult trip to West Ham on Saturday followed by a crucial Champions League tie at home to Ajax next week.

Mancini confirmed that David Silva,
Maicon and Jack Rodwell will miss the games, but expects Micah Richards
to be back a lot sooner than expected following knee surgery.

Although Richards was initially been ruled out for up to 16 weeks, his manager believes it will be closer to a month.

‘The injury isn’t bad,’ said Mancini.
‘I read three months but I don’t know why. In my opinion maybe three or
four weeks – one month maximum.’

Stop the strops, warns Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

Stop the strops, Mourinho orders Real Madrid stars to focus on Barcelona

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UPDATED:

21:28 GMT, 6 October 2012

Jose Mourinho has urged his players to
stop complaining about team selection and focus on closing the gap by
beating La Liga leaders Barcelona at Camp Nou.

'Now is not the time for dramas if a certain player is left on the bench,' he said.

Warning: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

Warning: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

'I am paid to pick the team. Some players don't make the first team and that is the end of it. I pick the team on form.'

Madrid have already lost twice in the league and will be 11 points behind Barcelona if they lose.

Defeat would also hand Mourinho's rival Tito Vilanova a seventh victory and the record for the most consecutive wins at the start of a season for any Barcelona coach.

Xavi ready to finish career at Barcelona after veteran midfielder opens contract talks

Xavi ready to finish career at Barcelona after veteran midfielder opens contract talks

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13:10 GMT, 25 September 2012

Barcelona are looking to tie up veteran midfielder Xavi to a new contract which could see him finish his career at the Nou Camp.

The 32-year-old, whose existing deal still has two years remaining, remains an integral part of both the Barca and Spain sides.

Pass master: Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez (right)

Pass master: Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez (right)

He is the most decorated Spanish player in history, having won the Primera Division, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish and the UEFA Super Cup on multiple occasions with the Catalan club and also lifted the European Championship (twice) and the World Cup in 2010 with Spain.

Xavi continues to flourish in midfield alongside Andres Iniesta so it is little wonder his representative Ivan Corretja hinted Barcelona want to extend his deal.

'Last Friday the club sent us its intention to renew the contract because they want Xavi to sign a new deal, given that the current one ends in 2014,' Corretja was quoted as saying in Marca.

Legend: Xavi is the most decorated Spanish player in history

Legend: Xavi is the most decorated Spanish player in history

'Therefore it is normal that we begin to talk about these issues because in June it would be too late.'

While Corretja did not elaborate on the length of the deal, he does not foresee too many complications.

'We have always agreed in previous talks and there have never been problems of any kind. For the player it is very important to know that the club remains confident in him. Therefore I do not think there is any problem,' he added.

Alex Song off to Barcelona for 15m, official

Song's gone! Arsenal and Barca confirm Cameroon ace on his way to Spain for 15m

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 18 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Arsenal have agreed terms with Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Alex Song to the Spanish side.

The 24-year-old Cameroon international will now travel to the Nou Camp to agree personal terms and undergo a medical, Arsenal announced in a statement on their website.

Barcelona confirmed in a statement the fee for Song will be 15million.

On his way: Arsenal's Alex Song will join Barcelona for 15m

On his way: Arsenal's Alex Song will join Barcelona for 15m

The Barcelona statement read: 'Barcelona have agreed a deal with Arsenal for the transfer of Alex Song to the Nou Camp. The fee is €19m (15m).

'The Cameroon international midfielder will sign for the next five seasons with a release clause of €80m (63m).

'On Monday he'll have a medical and then join the rest of the squad for the official team presentation at the Joan Gamper Trophy.'

Barca, who begin their La Liga campaign against Real Sociedad on Sunday, face Sampdoria in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday evening at the Nou Camp.