It being an international week there's been very little Barça news of note. Former Barcelona captain and one of my favourite players, Pep Guardiola, has retired at the age of 35. Josep won six La Liga titles in addition to the European Cup in 1992 thanks to *that* freekick. After he left the Camp Nou he had unsuccessful spells with Brescia and AS Roma before playing in Qatar for a little while. Having said that he wants to move into coaching, I think there's no question that he will be in the blaugrana dugout before long.
There have been some wild rumours flying around about possible solutions to Barcelona's current striking problems. Among those mentioned have been Alberto Luque and Henrik Larsson. For what it's worth Helsingborgs have confirmed that they're open to loaning Henrik for three months as the Swedish season doesn't start until April. It's unlikely that Barça will sign anyone as Saviola will be back after the Christmas break but still, who wouldn't want Henrik back, riding in on his white horse (or maybe a blaugrana horse) to save us all from Gudjohnsen.
Tonight Barcelona visit Mallorca, the team who have scored the fewest gols in La Liga. Xavi, Iniesta and Edmilson are all back from injury to shore up the midfield. As Motta's appeal has yet to be heard he'll miss out but otherwise everyone who's fit in in the squad.
Finally, a quick mention of something Dermot sent me during the week. On March 27th 2007 a team of ex-Everton players are taking on a team of ex-Barça players including Luis Enrique and Michael Laudrup. It's been organised by the Everton Collection Charitable Trust. Hardly earth-shattering news but it's would be great to seen Enrique.