The new manager himself hinted he thought the world's best player had an influence
The former Paraguay coach replaces Tito Vilanova
A fact-file of the Argentinian head coach known as 'Tata' that has taken over at the Nou Camp
Andre Villas-Boas and Michael Laudrup have been linked with the vacancy
The Paraguay defender suffered a hamstring strain at the weekend
He has been called many things during his extraordinary life, and he could soon add a new title
Two injury time goals saw the German side progress
Krul has missed the past seven matches after sustaining an ankle injury
Lino Oviedo, who died in a helicopter crash on 2 February at the age of 69, was a Paraguayan presidential candidate who helped the lead the 1989 coup that overthrew the former dictator Alfredo Stroessner. A retired general known as a dynamic public speaker – and the country's most controversial politician – Oviedo was running in the April presidential election in the impoverished and politically unstable South American country.
According to a new study, of the 193 countries in the world, Britain has invaded all but 22. The figures come from a new book by Stuart Laycock called All the Countries We've Ever Invaded and counts everything from full-scale invasions – Afghanistan – to piratical expeditions backed by the government – Ecuador.
Wigan could be without winger Ryo Miyaichi for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash against West Ham at the DW Stadium.
A referee in South America has achieved the remarkable feat of sending off more people than there are players on a pitch when he brandished 36 red cards in a junior league match.
Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City beat Limerick 4-0 at Thomond Park in their final friendly ahead of next weekend's Community Shield encounter with Chelsea.
Welcome to The South American Football Show in association with The Independent.
Diego Forlan scored twice after Luis Suarez's opening goal as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 to win the Copa America last night and be crowned South American champions for a record 15th time.
A new order in South American football? Perhaps not, but there is something to savour in the fact that, despite the best efforts of the organisers, tomorrow's Copa America final will be between Uruguay and Paraguay and not, for the third time running, feature Brazil and Argentina.