A list of 10 players from Spanish football club FC Barcelona including Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez underwent drug tests on Friday conducted by European football's governing body, the UEFA, the club said.
Luis Suarez`s sweetly struck winner to down Barcelona`s eternal rivals Real Madrid was hailed as taking the Catalans to the brink of the La Liga title on Monday as they moved four points clear with 10 games to go.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is confident that despite their transfer ban the team has the depth to win trophies as they start the new year with a trip to face Real Sociedad on Sunday hoping to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
After spending a whooping GBP 150m in the 2014 summer transfer window, English giants Manchester United are set for a similar splurge next season. Reports suggest that United will hand manager Louis van Gaal a war chest in excess of GBP 150m for the next season.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is renowned for keeping faith in the tried and tested. His preferred starting eleven during the World Cup has largely mirrored that of the team that won the Confederations Cup last year.
Brazil’s players have Sunday off after an exhausting win over Chile but they will be back at work early on Monday when coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will start preparing for the World Cup quarter-final showdown with Colombia.
Brazil are desperate to make a powerful statement of intent in Friday’s World Cup opener against Croatia as they seek to relieve the suffocating pressure that has engulfed the team in the build-up to the tournament.
Brazil turned on an impressive second half performance in their drubbing of Panama on Tuesday but have a ways to go before they are ready for their World Cup opener, according to manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.