Sport Andres Iniesta trains with the Spain squad

The playmaker came through the ranks at Barcelona while van Gaal was manager at the Camp Nou and reserved praise of the highest order for the Dutch coach

Barcelona dismiss Guardiola link to Manchester United

Barcelona president Joan Laporta today shrugged off speculation linking coach Pep Guardiola with a move to Manchester United and insisted he is "convinced" the Spaniard will sign a new deal to stay at the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi named World Player of the Year

Barcelona’s Argentinian ace Lionel Messi has been named as FIFA's World Player of the Year for 2009.

Football in brief: Striker Benjani to stay and fight for first-team place at Eastlands

Out-of-favour striker Benjani insists he has no desire to leave Manchester City, despite being a long way down Mark Hughes's selection list.

Guardiola calm after Barcelona draw

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admits only time will tell how good a result their goalless Champions League draw with Rubin Kazan was.

Iniesta to sign new Barcelona deal

Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has revealed he could sign an improved deal with the Catalan giants within the fortnight.

Clubs and FA failing the next generation

Talking point

Fabregas hails 'incredible' Spain

Cesc Fabregas hailed Spain's strength in depth after helping the European champions clinch their spot in next year's World Cup finals.

Coyle hopes to kick-start season against United

Sir Alex Ferguson is almost known as much for his love of fine wine as winning trophies but while Jose Mourinho gave him a bottle of Sassicaia worth £300 last season, he may have to settle for an Irn Bru at Turf Moor tomorrow night.

Barcelona to test Liverpool's Mascherano resolve

Barcelona are set to launch a £25m bid for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, according to reports today.

Chelsea appeal against Uefa punishments

Chelsea have appealed against the punishments handed out by Uefa following the club's Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona, the governing body confirmed today.

Barcelona refuse to follow Real's transfer policy

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is confident that his club will not be forced into paying excessive fees to try and emulate Real Madrid’s expected transfer activity.

Capello admits he can't rival Spain's flair

England are plotting a route to the World Cup based on substance not style. Sam Wallace reports from Almaty

'Coaching is key to creating our own Iniesta or Xavi'

Brooking says lessons must be learnt in order to develop young players

Liverpool fall behind in race for Tevez

Liverpool's negotiating position has placed them behind Manchester City in the pursuit of Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez. Rafael Benitez does not appear to be willing to match the £25.5m the Argentinian's representatives are seeking from United for the settlement of the loan of the player, under a deal which expires at the end of this month.

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