Monday, January 31, 2011

Rovers snap up Rochina from Barcelona

Blackburn Rovers signed Ruben Rochina from Barcelona's B side for an undisclosed fee on Monday.

The 19-year-old has signed a contract that will keep him at Elland Road until 2015.

'Ruben is a genuine addition to our senior squad, a young player with great ability who can play in a number of attacking positions,' said manager Steve Kean.

Rochina has scored twice in 13 appearances this season for Barcelona's B team.

'He joins our elite development group alongside the likes of Phil Jones and Junior Hoilett and will compete for a place in the team from the word go,' Kean added.

'The fact we are able to sign young players from the likes of Barcelona is further evidence of the owners' intention to push the club forward.

'They told me they were keen to add to our youth development group and this is a significant and exciting signing for us.'

Ridiculous Real Madrid in Pamplona

Real Madrid loses matchday 21 against Osasuna by one goal. Real Madrid could not get its game going and, as a result, Javier Camuñas was able to score a goal after 62 minutes of gameplay. This was enough to take the Osasuna team to win the match. FC Barcelona is now 7 points ahead of Real Madrid CF; C. Ronaldo, having scored no goals, is now just 1 goal ahead of L. Messi.

Dos Santos loaned from Spurs to Racing Santander

Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos has been loaned from Tottenham to Spain's Racing Santander until the end of the season.

The loan deal Monday includes an option for Racing to buy his rights.

The signing is the first for Racing's new owner Ahsan Ali Syed since the Indian businessman acquired the club on Friday.

The 21-year-old Dos Santos, who played for Mexico at last year's World Cup, came up through Barcelona's youth system before joining the English club in 2008.

This is Dos Santos third loan stint after moving to Tottenham. He appeared in five games for Spurs this season but none since Sept. 25.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Barcelona equals record with 15th straight league wins

On Saturday leaders Barcelona won 3-0 away to Hercules, making their 15th consecutive victory and matching the La Liga record set by Real Madrid in the 1960-61 season.