Putting managers and footballers near journalists is always done with the best of intentions, but in an era where news moves through the cosmos at an unbelievable pace, players and coaches stick to a fairly predictable script when responding to any type of question from the press.
Lionel Messi's Argentina have it much easier than many of his Club colleagues in the Group stage of 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil. The draw which completed tonight threw up some rather interesting groups, also some seriously tough ones. Messi's Spanish friend's could be jealous at his luck after Argentina was paired with Nigeria, Bosnia and Iran in Group F.
Barcelona are hoping to win the race for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin. The in-form Colombia international is also a target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham, but the Catalan giants are keen to ensure he signs for them. Reports in Spain claim Barca boss Gerardo Martino has specifically asked president Sandro Rosell to sign [.
Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Glen Johnson's contract negotiations with Liverpool, the Daily Mail reports. The Spanish giants have been linked with the England international for more than 18 months and could be about to pounce. The 29-year-old's £100,000-a-week deal expires in 2015. As the Reds have demonstrated with their handling over [.
Tenerife hotshot Ayoze Perez is reported to be a transfer target for Swansea, Liverpool and Manchester City. The 20-year-old has seven goals in 15 Segunda Division games so far this season. That return has alerted scouts across Europe. Representatives from the Swans, Reds and City have all been in Tenerife to watch Perez in action.
Dundee United's 'mini Messi' Ryan Gauld has been advised to reject the advances of Europe's top clubs to stay at Tannadice by SFA performance director Mark Wotte. Wotte believes Gauld's talent could be swallowed up by an academy in England or Spain and has urged the youngster to continue his development with his current club [.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke won't be leaving the club in January or next summer, according to his agent. The in-demand youngster is considered to be new Xavi and is wanted by the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona. Some media reports claimed United were closing in on a £16m deal to sign the 21-year-old [.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has said he is happy to stay at Anfield until the end of the season. The Uruguay international tried to force through a move away from the club over the summer, but has since been in excellent form for the Reds, including his four-goal haul against Norwich last night. Judging [.
Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is being tracked by Barcelona. The Daily Mail reports that the Catalan giants have sent scouts to watch the in-form midfielder in action in his last four games for the Gunners and two Wales internationals. Arsene Wenger has been making it clear in recent days that he values Ramsey at well [.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has confirmed he would love to join Barcelona next summer. The Catalan giants are eyeing replacements for long-term number one Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. Reina, currently on loan at Italian side Napoli, has made it clear he is [.
Spanish youngster Joaquin Fernandez has joined Liverpool on trial, according to the Daily Mail. The 17-year-old midfielder currently plays for Almeria. He has reportedly joined the Reds for 10 days while the club's academy staff assess him. Liverpool scouts have already picked him out as a player capable of making the grade at Anfield.
Barcelona have dismissed reports that they are preparing a £50m bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Speculation in the Spanish media claimed that the Catalan giants were ready to swoop for the Argentina international, but club officials have denied they are interested in signing him. Vice-president Josep Bartomeu said: "No we have had no [.
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata will join Arsenal in January on a six-month loan deal. The 21-year-old is keen to secure first-team football as he pushes for a place in Spain's World Cup squad. He had been linked with moves to teams including Tottenham over the summer, but Real kept hold of him in the [.
Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Malaga youth team starlet Brahim Abdelkader Diaz. Reports in the Spanish media suggest that the 14-year-old will finalise his switch to the Etihad this week. City's boss Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga connections appear to have paid dividends after the Moroccan-born youngster opted to join the City academy.
Arsenal have launched an attempt to sign Barcelona youngster Tonny Sanabria, according to reports in the Daily Mail. The Paraguay international striker, aged 17, has been linked with the Gunners for several months. His representatives are said to have held meetings on Wednesday ahead of a January move to the Emirates.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has flown to Barcelona to push through a January deal for defender Martin Montoya, according to reports in the Daily Express. The 22-year-old has long been linked with a move to Anfield. The Reds were expected to open talks with him in January with a view to getting him to [.
Spanish youngster Alvaro Vadillo wants to move to Arsenal, according to his agent. The 19-year-old Real Betis winger has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. His agent Jose Maria Sanchez de Puerta said Vadillo would be interested in a move to the Emirates, but dismissed media reports that the Gunners had already launched a bid.
Chelsea and Manchester United will both move for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno in January, according to the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old is also a target for Real Madrid, but the Premier League sides are both confident they can get their man. The Blues reportedly see Moreno as Ashley Cole's successor and have sent European scout [.
Liverpool and Manchester United will both activate a £33m release clause in Arda Turan's Atletico Madrid contract in January. According to reports in the Turkish schemer's homeland, both Premier League sides want to sign him when the transfer window reopens. Both sides are said to have scouted the 26-year-old who can play on the [.
Thibaut Courtois's lengthy loan spells at Atletico Madrid have largely been defined by excellent goalkeeping performances, but this evening he found himself caught up in a comedy own goal. The Chelsea youngster fell victim to an awkward, high, looping header from team-mate Toby Alderweireld. The ball dipped over the Belgian keeper's head and he was [.
Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata is being lined up as the answer to Tottenham's goalscoring problems. Spurs have struggled to find the net this season, scoring just nine goals so far, and Andre Villas Boas is said to have set his sights on a loan move for Morata. The 21-year-old was touted as a possible [.
Tottenham could move for Diego Perotti in January after the Sevilla winger expressed an interest in moving to the Premier League. The Argentina international is a long-term Spurs target and reportedly came close to joining the north London club last summer. He opted to stay in Seville at that time, but has indicated that he [.
We suspect these are not an officially licensed Real Madrid product, but they are available nonetheless: your very own set of Gareth Bale ears. Real fans wanting to demonstrate on alternative display of support for the world's most expensive footballer can don plastic ears modelled on the Welshman's own sizeable lugs.
Arsenal are considering a move for Getafe forward Ciprian Marica as they seek to bolster their strikeforce in January. Manager Arsene Wenger has voiced his concerns about the lack of cover for first-choice striker Olivier Giroud. But he also played down suggestions of a big money move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla says he first heard that Mesut Ozil was joining the club from Real Madrid players. The Spain international's friends in the Bernabeu dressing room told him that the Germany international was in talks with the Gunners and was keen to make the move. But he didn't believe it could possibly be [.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires is a target for Barcelona if they fail to land Atletico Madrid youngster Koke. If they cannot sign their top target, they will move for the Blues' Brazil international. Ramires is already rumoured to be wanted by Real Madrid, so Jose Mourinho could find both of the El Clasico clubs tracking [.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all watching Barcelona wonderkid Toni Sanabria's contract talks closely. The Catalan giants reportedly fear that the Premier League clubs could offer the 17-year-old a professional contract, which he cannot sign in Spain until he turns 18. The Paraguay international's current deal includes a €3m release clause, and Barca boss [.
Barcelona are weighing up a surprise transfer move for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian star has been far from his best for the Cottagers so far this season. But Barca boss Gerardo Martino believes Berbatov can add some guile and goals to his team while Lionel Messi is out of the team. The Daily [.
Spanish side Atletico Madrid are planning an audacious double swoop on Chelsea to sign Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne, according to reports in the Daily Star. Diego Simeone's side are currently flying high in La Liga and want to strengthen in January amid fears that midfielder Koke will leave for Manchester United or Barcelona.
Chelsea and Manchester United will move to sign Xabi Alonso on a pre-contract agreement in January. The Daily Star reports that both clubs will aim to secure the Real Madrid's signing ahead of next season. The former Liverpool star is out of contract at the end of the season and is wanted by clubs across [.
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There was a time in which he was hailed as the golden boy of Spanish football, but since then many names have passed him by.
Isco arose from the shadows of Valencia's 'B' team to make his way to the heights of Real Madrid, Thiago dazzled at Barcelona and outgrew his status as bit-part player there while a new batch of youngsters including Gerard Deulofeu will threaten to surpass him in a year or so.
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South Africa vs Spain 2013 Friendly Highlights Bafana 1-0 Parker Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter South Africa vs Spain 2013 ( Bafana Espana Friendly VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- South Africa vs Spain 1-0 ( Parker) FNB Stadium, Johannesburg- 19 November, 2013- 19.