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".
BARCELONA -- The football season finally came to an end in Barcelona on Sunday when the B team clinched promotion to the second tier of Spanish football. Gerard Lopez's young side sealed their place in Segunda A with a 4-1 aggregate win against Racing Santander. Does this mean we have a new generation of La Masia talent? Not necessarily. There was a lot of debate last season when a number of players who had come through the academy were allowed to leave to facilitate the arrival of players who the club felt were better equipped (if not necessarily Barca-style players) to help them achieve promotion into the second division. For example, the scorers against Racing -- Marc Cardona and Dani Romera
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.