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Barcelona midfielder Iniesta insists Spain don't lack motivation | Spanish Football News | Tribal Football

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says Spain won’t lack motivation in their quest to defend the World Cup in 2014. Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says Spain won’t lack motivation in their quest to defend the World Cup in 2014.Spain made it three major tournament wins in a row at Euro 2012 and Iniesta is already getting excited about the challenge of trying to win the World Cup on Brazilian soil in two years’ time.He said: “The secret of sustained success is that there is always something new. In Poland and Ukraine it was doing what nobody had done before.”Now there is the chance to win the World Cup in Brazil: what more of a challenge could there be? A Brazil finals is unique; it is a massive extra in terms of motivation.”Maybe after winning two Euros and a World Cup you would think there would be nothing else to strive for; then this comes along. It’s a gift.”

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Real Madrid, Barcelona watching Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour | Transfers | Tribal Football

Real Madrid and Barcelona are watching Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour.France Football says the 23 year-old is being watched by both Spanish giants this season. Real Madrid and Barcelona are watching Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour.France Football says the 23 year-old is being watched by both Spanish giants this season.Tunisia international Abdennour can play at centre-half and fullback.

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Alvaro Morata proves matchwinner for Real Madrid | Spanish Football News | Tribal Football

Alvaro Morata was the hero as Real Madrid managed to see off Levante 2-1 last night.Morata earned Real Madrid a near-farcical 2-1 win at a waterlogged Estadi Ciutat de Valencia. Alvaro Morata was the hero as Real Madrid managed to see off Levante 2-1 last night.Morata earned Real Madrid a near-farcical 2-1 win at a waterlogged Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.The match was contested in almost unplayable conditions, with the ball barely bouncing or rolling on the sodden surface.Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real into a first-half lead but Angel Rodriguez, on as a substitute early in the second half, equalised in the 62nd minute.Xabi Alonso missed a penalty but then delivered the free-kick for Morata, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes after replacing Mesut Ozil, to head the winner.

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Barcelona president Rosell launches plan to fund Neymar signing | Transfers | Tribal Football

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell plans to fund the signing of Santos star Neymar with the sale of two players. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell plans to fund the signing of Santos star Neymar with the sale of two players.El Mundo Deportivo says Barca have already agreed a €40 million fee with Santos for Neymar and have forwarded a down payment of €10 million.To cover the remaining €30 million, Rosell plans to sell Bojan Krkic, currently on-loan at AC Milan, for €15 million and Ibrahim Afellay, now with Schalke, for €10 million.Barca also did not spend €7 million of their budgeted €40 million for the last summer market, so giving Rosell plenty of room to close the deal for Neymar in 2013.

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Roma chief Baldini denies Pjanic, Zeman bust-up | Serie A News | Tribal Football

AS Roma chief Franco Baldini denies claims of a bust-up between coach Zdenek Zeman and Miralem Pjanic during their defeat to Lazio. AS Roma chief Franco Baldini denies claims of a bust-up between coach Zdenek Zeman and Miralem Pjanic during their defeat to Lazio.There were rumours that Pjanic had shouted insults at Zeman after scoring a goal, as he has so often been dropped this season.Baldini said: “Pjanic was not angry at Zeman. This squad is made up of over 22 players and everyone has to compete for a place. The lad clarified the situation and there is nothing to discuss.“It is normal that someone has to be left out and that they will react to it, as they care about the cause. Pjanic is an exemplary professional.”

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Vilanova relieved as Messi inspires Barcelona victory | Spanish Football News | Tribal Football

Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona defeated Real Mallorca 4-2 yesterday.Barcelona were cruising at 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Xavi, Messi and Cristian Tello. Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona defeated Real Mallorca 4-2 yesterday.Barcelona were cruising at 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Xavi, Messi and Cristian Tello.However, Mallorca scored twice in four second-half minutes through Michael Pereira and a Victor Casadesus penalty but Messi struck to bring the hosts’ comeback to a halt.Barca coach Tito Vilanova said of Mallorca’s comeback: “The players were a bit cold when they came out onto the pitch.”We are going through a moment where the smallest errors lead to conceding a goal.”

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Fiorentina coach Montella delighted with victory over AC Milan | Serie A News | Tribal Football

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was delighted with victory over AC Milan. Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was delighted with victory over AC Milan.Montella feels Fiorentina are “invaded by enthusiasm” from the fans after they consolidated fourth place by beating Milan.“I am satisfied, as this was a great day for us and the supporters considering the way it developed and the responses given by the team,” he said of their 3-1 result at San Siro.It was a particularly impressive victory considering star striker Stevan Jovetic was out injured.“These are three deserved points, even if we were a little lucky in the final minutes. I really liked the way we played, because the team showed it understood each moment of the match.“We might’ve been a little less spectacular and a little more clinical compared to the start of the season, but still could have finished it off earlier.”

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