Sport Koke' of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Zenit

David Moyes could face struggle to land Atletico Madrid midfielder

We'll put on show for the world, says Guardiola

The Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola last night declared an intent to show the world, at the end of his first season as coach, how good his side are. "I want the players to feel good and to feel they are playing in front of the whole world; to be daring and show why we've been so successful this season," he said of his side, who have won the Spanish league and cup double and have played some dazzling football on route.

Why Iniesta and Xavi are Barça's real danger men

Behind the brilliant strikers, two diminutive midfielders hold the key to the Catalans' success. Pete Jenson pinpoints their genius

Manchester United against Barcelona is the dream final

Chelsea's players will furiously disagree and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might take some persuading, but Barcelona against Manchester United is a Champions League final that all soccer fans should welcome.

Barcelona eye treble success

Barcelona's assistant coach Tito Vilanova is expecting a tough test against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League, after seeing his side ease past Bayern Munich.

Guardiola cools title talk

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has warned his players not to be distracted by premature talk that they are favourites to win the La Liga title this season.

Wenger upbeat on Henry future

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains convinced Thierry Henry is not finished and can still have an impact as a central striker.

Ronaldinho set for Barcelona showdown

Brazil forward Ronaldinho and/or his representative were expected in Barcelona on Monday to hold talks over the player's future, the Primera Liga club said.

Barcelona to play hard ball over Messi's role in Olympics

Lionel Messi will join Argentina at the Beijing Olympics only if Barcelona are legally required to release the player, the La Liga club said yesterday.

Transfer news and speculation, 27 May

According to Milan general manager Ariedo Braida, the club would rather sign the Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o than his teammate Ronaldinho. With Barcelona expected to offload both players as part of a revamp under their new coach Pep Guardiola, Braida said the Cameroon international's characteristics would be more suitable for his team. "We need Ronnie less than Eto'o," he said. "Eto'o is a great player, but it won't be easy because I suspect we'll have to pay a lot of money." Barcelona would reportedly seek €40m (£31.8m) for the 27-year-old Eto'o. Ronaldinho, whose star has fallen this season amid doubts about his temperament, would probably command a lesser fee. Milan have offered £6.3m for the defender Gianluca Zambrotta but Barcelona want £9.5m.

Guardiola takes Rijkaard's job at Barça

Frank Rijkaard will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, as revealed in Tuesday's Independent, leaving a former club captain, Pep Guardiola, to take over as coach, the club president Joan Laporta announced yesterday. The former Netherlands international, whose contract was due to run for another year, took charge of Barça in 2003 and led them to consecutive titles and victory in the Champions League in 2006. However, his side has failed to win any silverware for the past two seasons and suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat by their arch-rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Football: Rivaldo is dropped following row with Van Gaal

THE FUTURE of Rivaldo, the European Footballer of the Year, was thrown into doubt yesterday when he was dropped from the Barcelona first team following a row with his coach, Louis van Gaal.

Football: Draw leaves Fiorentina one point clear of United


Football: Atkinson profits from Arabian adventure

DALIAN ATKINSON is ready to end his self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia and return to Europe - but says his time in the Middle East may well have saved his career.

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