Members of the Qatar bid committee engaging in commercial dealings with LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid did not influence how votes were cast in the country's successful pitch for the 2022 World Cup, according to the Garcia Report. On Tuesday, FIFA released the full report from former New York attorney Michael Garcia into the controversial concurrent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar. Garcia submitted his report to FIFA in September 2014 but said a summary published by the organisation two months later was "erroneous and incomplete".
NEW YORK – Jordi Roura, director and head of youth football at FC Barcelona, sits inside the team’s U.S. offices in midtown Manhattan and attempts to explain the club’s philosophy in one sentence. “The Barcelona way is, ultimately, all about possession. Attacking with possession and defending with possession,” he says, surrounded by members of his coaching staff and 15 youth players who participated in La Liga Promises third annual tournament in New Jersey this past weekend. “So it’s more than just the physical aspect of a player, where–thanks to the foundations implemented by Johan Cruyff–ball possession is the ultimate protagonist.” But for Barcelona, Roura’s visit to the U.S. is not just about
As we approach July the transfer mill is in full swing with Barcelona linked with players left, right and centre. Marco Verratti remains the club's top target, however, there are a number of other deals and decisions that are needed soon, if some of the other reported targets are to indeed be signed. Mundo Deportivo is getting in on the act too, today’s lead claims Barcelona have 10 days to sign Hector Bellerin, and if they do not, they will look elsewhere. Ten days to sign Bellerin? The full-back is still on Under-21 duty with Spain and Arsenal remain determined to keep hold of him. Let's also not forget the small fact he signed a new long-term deal at the end of last year. Gerard Deulofeu is