Cristiano Ronaldo retains Salon d'Or award
The Real Madrid star has once again claimed Goal's prize to recognise outstanding hair in the football world, as voted for by readers
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2015 Salon d'Or for the best hairstyle in football after claiming 25 per cent of the vote, with over 7,000 Goal readers selecting the Real Madrid forward.

The Portugal star was picked by around a quarter of participating Goal readers from around the world for his fashionable shaved sides and quiff look. Ronaldo is seen as one of the more conventionally stylish men in football and takes great pride in his appearance on and off the pitch.

Neymar’s short-back-and-sides and mop combination finished second with 13% of the vote. The Barcelona and Brazil forward has since cut it all off but we asked readers to vote on his ‘classic’ hairstyle from earlier in the year.

Graziano Pelle’s immaculately constructed, rockabilly quiff came third with 11%. The Southampton striker is widely regarded as having the finest haircut in English football but was perhaps hindered by a lack of name recognition among fans outside the United Kingdom, Italy and Netherlands. Still, a place on the podium is no mean feat for the Azzurri attacker.

Ronaldo won last year's inaugural Salon d’Or with roughly a third of the vote. He finished ahead of Andrea Pirlo and Neymar
Diouf labels Carragher 'the biggest turkey he's seen play football' 
The former Senegal striker was far from complimentary when it came to describing the defender turned pundit and also branded Steven Gerrard as "selfish"
El Hadji Diouf is not known for mincing his words, and the former Liverpool star has again not held back in his criticism of those he shared a dressing room with.

The ex-Senegal international has previously been critical of both Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, and his latest jibes against the pair suggest the hatchet is yet to be buried.

In an interview with SoFoot, Diouf claims Carragher is the person he would least like to spend Christmas with before claiming the defender was the biggest turkey he had ever seen on a football field.

"Jamie Carragher. I found him very bad," he said when asked to name the biggest turkey he had seen.

Diouf was then asked to act as Santa Claus and offer a gift to Steven Gerrard, but the former Blackburn Rovers forward instead slammed the Liverpool legend for only caring about himself.

He added: "A great club player, but selfish. He did not care if Liverpool won, all that mattered was his own brand.

"And I would offer him a stay in Senegal so he can see that I am the king at home."
Wenger confident Arsenal can win the Premier League 
The Gunners boss feels his side are in a good position to win their first Premier League crown since 2004, but is not taking Newcastle United for granted on Saturday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is optimistic his side can lift the league title this season, but has warned his players and the club's supporters that they have won nothing yet.

The Gunners are top of the Premier League with 39 points from 19 games, level with Leicester City, but three points clear of Manchester City and four ahead of Tottenham.

Wenger is not getting carried away by the first half of their season, but knows Arsenal are in a good position to win their first Premier League title since 2003-04.

"I'm confident [about our title chances]. There is still a long way to go, though. We're only half-way. Everyone wants to predict who can win it, but it's only half-way," the Frenchman told a news conference.

"We have to rise above that and show we can deal with all that [pressure].  But you cannot rule us out. We are first after 19 games. We are fighting hard to stay there. We have a chance and want to fight for it.

"We have matured and the most important thing is that we know we gave everything at the end of the season. If a team is better than us, fair enough. But we must give everything.

Ronaldo is the best of all time, he'll still be playing at 40, says Mendes 
The Ballon d'Or winner has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, but his agent insists he will remain in the Spanish capital.

Cristiano Ronaldo will still be playing for Real Madrid when he is 40-years-old, according to the Portuguese star's agent, who hailed him as the best player of all time.
A three-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo, 30, has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain or former club Manchester United before the end of his career.
The Portuguese international is contracted to Madrid until June 2018, but Jorge Mendes insists his client is fully focused on the club and believes he could remain at the Santiago Bernabeu for another decade.
 “He’s the best player of all time,” Mendes is quoted as telling Sky Sport. 
“I am sure that he will play the next four, five, six or seven years at Real Madrid. He will end his career there.
"He's happy with Los Blancos. He'll hang up his boots when he’s 40."
The Nigerian was on parade on Saturday, and became the club’s third-highest overseas appearance maker
John Mikel Obi became the 21st player to make 350 appearances for Chelsea in the Blues’ 2-2 draw against Watford in Saturday’s English Premier League fixture.
The Nigerian was a 46th minute substitute for Cesc Fabregas as Guus Hiddink’s team failed to subdue the Hornets at the Stamford Bridge.
Also, the feat makes him become the club’s third-highest overseas appearance maker since his move from Lyn Oslo in 2006.
“Personally it is going to be great for me if I can achieve that number,’ Mikel told Chelsea website before the game against Quique Sanchez Flores’ team.
“I also want to push on and see how many more appearances I can get. For me it has been a great time here, I still enjoy it and ever since I walked into this football club I knew this was the place for me.
“I am so happy and so proud of the amount of games I have played for this club and at the same time using these games to win trophies and medals. This is the most important thing.
“For the past 10 years we have helped build the reputation of this club and Chelsea is up there in world football. I am so proud of what I have achieved and I still want to keep going.”
The Nigerian eclipsed Troy Deeney’s record to become the first Hornets player to score in five successive English topflight games
Odion Ighalo has set history as the first Watford player to score in five consecutive in the English Premier League.
The Super Eagles forward was on target against Chelsea in Saturday’s English topflight encounter.
Ighalo was not closed down as he dribbled into the box and his left-footed strike deflected off Cahill, wrong-footing Courtois and sneaking inside the near post.
“We fought to the end. We knew we would get something from the game if we kept on like that,” he said after the game.
His brace against Liverpool last week saw him equal Deeney’s record few days after becoming the Hornets’ highest goalscorer ever in the English Premier League.
The 26-year-old now boasts of 13 goals in 18 appearances for his side this season has weighed in with two assists.
The Nigerian has a record of 115.5 minutes per goal in the English top-flight this term.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has made $1 billion at a light speed pace.

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Disney (DIS) said Sunday that its blockbuster broke the $1 billion mark around the world faster than any other film in history.
The sci-fi adventure movie reached the milestone 12 days after its global release. That is one day earlier than the previous record holder -- Universal's "Jurassic World," which was released earlier this year.
The seventh film in the "Star Wars" saga has made $544.5 million in the U.S.
After only 10 days, it is the fifth biggest film in U.S. box office history.
"The Force Awakens" made $1 billion in half the time it took another Disney hit franchise, Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," to do so this summer.
The film also just had the best Christmas day at the box office, and it captured the biggest second weekend, raking in $153.5 million.
"The Force Awakens" has also won accolades with fans and critics. It holds a 94% score on review site and has even garnered some Oscar buzz.
The world domination of "The Force Awakens" is far from over, however.
The film has yet to open in China, the second biggest film market in the world. It will open there on January 9.
Xavi: Jose Mourinho is not true to his own playing style
The former Barcelona midfielder insists he respects the 52-year-old's style - but claims winning at all costs is not the same mentality he adopts
Xavi admits he doesn’t not agree with Jose Mourinho’s style of football and suggests that the former Chelsea manager is not true to his philosophy.

Mourinho has won multiple league titles in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal, while he has also guided Porto and Inter to success in the Champions League.

The former Barcelona midfielder insists he respects the 52-year-old’s approach to football but would not use the same methods if he were a manager."He always wanted to win at any price and that shows in the way he goes about things,” Xavi told Record.

“I respect that philosophy but winning at any cost means you can't stay true to a playing style.

“For me, the means don't always justify the ends.
Mourinho's three biggest headaches as Chelsea squeeze past Dynamo Kyiv 
The Blues ended a run of defeats against the Ukrainian side, but there are continued worries for the Portuguese manager, as the team lacked an attacking spark

Chants in support of Jose Mourinho rang around Stamford Bridge throughout the 2-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv but, despite ending a barren run of three consecutive defeats, the victory left as many questions as it gave answers.

A Willian free-kick gave the Stamford Bridge club the win in the second half, following Aleksandar Dragovic netting both an own goal to put Chelsea 1-0 up and then scoring the equaliser to peg them back.

And after the Blues managed just their second win in nine games, Goal takes a look at the three main headaches continuing to trouble manager Mourinho...


Before the match, the Portuguese coach insisted he has years ahead of him at the club, with captain John Terry concurring. Doubts persist about the manager’s continued employment but there are now also questions about the future of Eden Hazard, 2014-15’s player of the season, after the Belgian was once again left out of the starting line-up.

The win may have given Mourinho some added time, yet his already strained relationship with the club’s star player looks increasingly close to its nadir.

Following the heights of last season, Hazard’s drop off so far this campaign has been one of the more worrying aspects of Chelsea’s fall from grace. Without a goal so far and with just two assists in the Premier League, the forward is, on current form, failing to justify a continued place in the team, despite his undoubted quality.

Mourinho, who has recently criticised Hazard’s failure to track back, looks befuddled, not knowing whether to use the carrot or the stick with the Belgian as the relationship between manager and player deteriorates.

Chelsea managed to overcome Dynamo on Wednesday, but it took an own goal from Aleksandar Dragovic and another Willian free-kick, rather than any particularly inspired creative play from the hosts. In Hazard, though, Chelsea have a player with the ability to turn a game and if the Portuguese manager can no longer coach the blistering performances of last season out of the Belgian, the player’s time at Stamford Bridge may be drawing to a close.


Elsewhere, the worries persist for Mourinho and Chelsea. Diego Costa, who at his assertive and dominating best toyed with defenders last season, looks to have lost his spark. This was another ineffective performance from the Spain international.

Further north, Louis van Gaal has been criticised for his continued selection of the previously misfiring Wayne Rooney, but Costa’s drop in form has been just as pronounced, though his place in the Chelsea starting line-up looks secure.

His main contribution to the victory over Dynamo was a meek fall to the ground in the first-half, following the most minor of touches from Dragovic. Costa was adamant that he should have been awarded a penalty but his appeals were turned down by referee Pavel Kralovec.

With a competent if unspectacular back-up on the bench in the form of Loic Remy, Mourinho may have to act sooner rather than later. His side are misfiring, no more than their first-choice striker and with goals in short supply, Chelsea are desperate for some flashes of life from Costa. They cannot rely on Willian’s free-kick prowess for much longer.


The third of Chelsea’s prominent trio of reliable performers to look bereft of confidence this season is Branislav Ivanovic, who is nearing a return to fitness, following a hamstring injury. The Serbian defender, his robust and imperious self last season, has looked worryingly shaky and dangerously susceptible to pace in his appearances this season.

Ivanovic’s form and injuries have caused numerous reshuffles of the Chelsea back-line, with Kurt Zouma at right-back for the defeat to Liverpool. Against Dynamo, though, Zouma returned to the centre, with Gary Cahill dropped, Cesar Azpilicueta moving to right-back and summer signing Baba Rahman entering the fray on the left.

Mourinho now finds himself with a quandary, with Rahman solid against the talented Andriy Yarmolenko but Ivanovic known as one of the manager’s biggest supporters and most loyal charges. Prolonging the Serbs absence may cause another rift in the squad but selecting an out of form defender could have disastrous consequences.

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Boss Jose Mourinho says he “cannot promise” that Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season.

The defending Premier League champions sit 15th in the table after winning three league games this season.

Reports have suggested the 52-year-old could lose his job if the Blues are beaten by Liverpool on Saturday.

But Mourinho refused to comment on whether he has received reassurances from Chelsea’s board and owner Roman Abramovich about his future.

Asked if he had been given a guarantee, Mourinho replied: “I don’t have to tell you.”

In August, Mourinho signed a four-year contract extension until June 2019, but Chelsea have suffered the worst title defence since the Premier League began and have lost half of their 10 league games this season.

Abramovich has previously axed managers when Chelsea’s place in the Premier League’s top four and qualification for the Champions League the following season had been in doubt.

But Mourinho pointed to the failure of Manchester United and Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons
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Egyptian emergency workers unload bodies of victims from the crash of a Russian aircraft carrying 217 passengers and 7 crew members over the Sinai peninsula from a police helicopter to ambulances at Kabrit airport in Suez, some 20 miles north of Suez, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 31. A Russian Metrojet plane crashed Saturday morning in a mountainous region in the Sinai after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all 224 people aboard. Officials said the pilot had reported a technical problem and was looking to make an emergency landing before radio contact with air traffic controllers went dead.
The cause of Saturday's Russian jetliner crash in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula still is unknown, but it is most likely due to a technical failure and there is no evidence of any terrorist action, Egyptian Airports Co. chief Adel Al-Mahjoob said on Saturday. The Airbus A321 had a routine check before flight, showing everything was OK to proceed, Al-Mahjoob said.

Weather apparently no factor

Among the significant, if very preliminary, pieces of information to emerge Saturday were these:
• The plane was flying at 31,000 feet when it disappeared from radar screens, the Egyptian civil aviation ministry said.
• Russia 24, a state-owned news channel, and other Russian media outlets are saying the pilot reported technical problems and requested a landing at the nearest airport before the plane went missing. Officials have not corroborated those reports.
• Russia 24 also quotes the FlightRadar 24 website as saying the plane was descending at a rate of 1,800 meters per minute, or 67 mph, before radar contact was lost.
• Weather in the area was clear.
• The plane, Kogalymavia Flight 9268, was an Airbus 321, Russian state media reported. The airline is commonly known as Metrojet.
The site of the crash is reported to be mountainous. Still, Egyptian rescue crews made their way there, and officials said 15 bodies were being flown to Cairo, the Egyptian capital.

Putin orders investigation

And the Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail, met with ministers and security officials as the cause of the remained a mystery. The most dangerous parts of any flight are the takeoff and landing; it is unusual for a plane to fall from the sky at cruising altitude.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to open an investigation into the crash, the Kremlin said. And the president declared an official day of mourning Sunday for the victims.
The Russian emergency ministry said it was sending five planes to the area to help with possible rescues and the investigation. And Russia opened a hotline for relatives, many of whom gathered at the airport in St. Petersburg, where they had expected their loved ones to arrive.
The crash site is in the northern part of Sinai, near a town called Housna -- 300 kilometers (185 miles) from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Egyptian Prime Minister's office says Egyptian air force planes have spotted the crash site from the air, officials say.

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The Barcelona and Argentina superstar sustained a tear in a ligament in his left knee during the clash with Las Palmas but the national team medic is unworried by the setback
Argentina team doctor Donato Villani is confident injured Barcelona star Lionel Messi will return to action in less than two months.

Messi is set to miss the next seven-to-eight weeks after suffering a tear in the internal collateral ligament of his left knee in Barcelona's 2-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday.

The 28-year-old's injury is a blow for both Barca and Argentina, but Villani believes the national team captain will return quicker than expected.

"For years I've known Leo and I have no doubt that he will be ready in the shortest possible time of the injury, perhaps before that period of six-to-eight weeks," Villani told Ole.

"He gets mad when he cannot play, when he's not with the ball. Because of that I know that he's going to recover quickly and in the best way because he's very professional.

"The desire to play again and the will to heal can influence."
Messi injury is rotten luck for Barcelona - Busquets
The central midfielder said he knew the Argentine was crocked in their defeat of Las Palmas on Saturday as he never complains

Sergio Busquets was left ruing Barcelona's "bad luck" after Lionel Messi sustained a knee injury against Las Palmas.
Messi was withdrawn in the 10th minute with the club later revealing he has a tear in his internal collateral ligament.
The Argentine superstar is set to be sidelined for up to two months, which represents a significant blow to a Barca side who are second in the Liga table behind Villarreal.
Busquets told Canal Plus: "You know that if Messi complains, then something's wrong.
"He's the best player in the world, our best player. We're having some bad luck with injuries, and not being able to register new players makes things worse."
Supporter of secessionist group Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes) react after polls closed in a regional parliamentary election in Barcelona (September 27, 2015)
Pro-independence parties in Spain's Catalonia region have won an absolute majority in regional elections, near complete results show.
With more than 90% of the votes counted, the main separatist alliance and a smaller party won 72 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament.
They said earlier a majority would allow them to declare independence from Spain unilaterally within 18 months.
The central government in Madrid has pledged to block such moves in court.
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With nearly 94% of the votes counted, the "Junts per Si" ("Together for Yes") won 62 seats, while the far-left separatist CUP party is expected to secure 10 mandates.
"We have won," Catalan regional President Artus Mas told his cheering supporters late on Sunday.
After a celebration rally, the pro-independence camp's leaders told the BBC's Tom Burridge that they would now proceed towards the creation of an independent Catalan state.
But the road ahead is controversial and anything but clear, our correspondent adds.
The pro-independence parties said ahead of the vote that they considered it a de facto referendum on independence from Spain.
They argue that the Spanish government has consistently refused to allow a legally recognised referendum to take place, ignoring an unofficial vote backing independence in November 2014.
Opinion polls suggest a majority of Catalans favour a referendum on independence but are evenly divided over whether they want to secede.
 Robert Lewandowski of Muenchen celebrates with team mate Thomas Mueller during the Bundesliga match between Mainz and FC Bayern Munich at the Coface Arena.
Robert Lewandowski was breaking records again Saturday as he reached a tally of 100 German top flight goals quicker than any foreign player.
The Pole notched the fastest ever hat-trick in Bundesliga history when scoring all five of Bayern Munich's goals in Wednesday's 5-1 drubbing of Wolfsburg.
And two more Lewandowski goals in Bayern's comfortable 3-0 win away to Mainz Saturday ensured he achieved a century of Bundesliga goals in just 168 appearances.
Lewandowski arrived in Munich on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2014 after scoring 74 goals in three years at the Westfalonstadion.
Saturday's strikes take him to 27 goals for Bayern. They also helped extend the Bavarian's 100% start to the season.
    Pep Guardiola's side have now won seven league matches on the bounce and are five points clear of closest rivals Dortmund who play newly promoted Darmstadt on Sunday.
    Elsewhere in Germany Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen picked up a valuable 3-1 win away to Werder Bremen to move into fifth position in the Bundesliga table.
    Fourth placed Wolfsburg continued to struggle after Wednesday's defeat away to Bayern with a 1-1 draw at home with Hannover.
    Hoffenheim won 3-1 away to Augsburg while Borussia Monchengladbach triumphed by the same score line at Stuttgart.
    Lionel Messi lays injured on the pitch during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Las Palmas at the Nou Camp.
    Hearts were in mouths at the Nou Camp Saturday as a knee injury sustained after just three minutes forced Lionel Messi out of Barcelona's La Liga fixture with Las Palmas.
    Messi collided with opposing defender Pedro Bigas as he tried to shoot in the Las Palmas penalty area only to be left writhing in agony.
    The Argentine received treatment and briefly returned to the field of play but was visibly struggling. Barca coach Luis Enrique subbed the four-time world player of the year shortly after.
    Barcelona's Twitter feed later confirmed that Messi had torn the internal collateral ligament of his left knee.
    The injury will see him side-lined for between seven and eight weeks."Firstly, it is always sad when a player gets injured. It is without doubt the worst thing in football for the players," said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique in quotes carried by the AFP news agency.
    "Obviously, when it is Leo Messi even more so for the weight he carries amongst our group."
    Depending on the speed of his recovery, Messi's participation in the first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid could now be in doubt.
    Spain's two biggest sides are due to clash on November 21 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.
    Barca will of course hope its star player will be able to return to action before then.
    Neymar celebrates scoring the third goal in the 2015 Champions League final.   
    A Brazilian court has accused Neymar of evading taxes and on Friday froze assets worth 188.8 million reais ($47.6 million) belonging to the Barcelona striker, his family and related businesses.
    Neymar, 23, is being investigated on suspicion of evading 63 million reais ($16 million) worth of taxes between 2011 and 2013, when he transferred from the Santos football club to Barcelona, according to the Santos prosecutor's office for Brazilian tax authorities.
    A federal judge in Sao Paulo froze three times the amount allegedly owed as a security measure to prevent Neymar -- whose full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. -- from selling the assets before the case has been resolved and to cover eventual fines and interest payments.
    The judge said the superstar "failed to report income coming from abroad" and "failed to report payments" from Barcelona. The athlete declared $19.6 million reais, according to officials.
    The assets under question belong to Neymar, his father and businesses allegedly owned by the two.
      The Brazilian court estimated the value of Neymar's assets was at 224.2 million reais ($57 million) at the end of 2013.Neymar's parents told the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo that Neymar had not evaded taxes and was not a partner in the businesses named in the court decision.
      The money involved in Neymar's transfer from Santos to Barcelona is a focal point of the investigation.
      Last year, Barcelona released figures that showed that the club paid 86.2 million euros for Neymar, rather than the 57.1 million euros originally reported. The team had to pay 13.5 million euros ($18.5 million) in additional taxes but denied any fiscal "irregularities."
      Neymar's former club Santos was unhappy with how the transfer fee was divided up. A large chunk was paid to a company controlled by the player's father, Neymar Sr.
      In most transfers the biggest payments go to the old club. Agents and other intermediaries also get a cut. Players sometimes get bonuses from their new and old clubs, depending on stipulations in their contracts.
      Neymar, one of the best players in the world and a star on his national team, reportedly makes about 275,000 euros per week. Forbes magazine estimated his 2015 earnings from salary and endorsement deals at $31 million per year.
      Rooney: Barcelona back to their brilliant best
      The Manchester United ace has hailed Luis Enrique's men as a "fantastic" team, arguing they're on the same level as Pep Guardiola's all-conquering outfit
      Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes that the current Barcelona side are as good as anything to have come out of Catalunya during the last decade.
      The Blaugrana had been crowned champions of Europe on just one previous occasion, in 1992, before beating Arsenal in the Champions League final in 2006.
      Pep Guardiola replaced Frank Rijkaard at the helm two years later, heralding an unprecedented era of success at Camp Nou, with the then-rookie Catalan coach leading Barca to two European titles in his four seasons in charge.
      Guardiola's side have been lauded as one of the finest the game has ever seen but Rooney feels that the team that won the treble last season, under new boss Luis Enrique, are just as good.
      "Barcelona are a fantastic team," the Manchester United striker told ESPN. "After Real Madrid winning the Champions League [in 2014], [Barca] wouldn't have liked that and they've come out again and been incredible really.
      "I believe they've probably been as good as they ever have been over the last 10 years.
      "It's a different way of playing [under Luis Enrique]. They're defending a little bit deeper and not going and closing down teams the way they did and they're hurting teams on the counter-attack.
      "You can see there's a change in the way they play but, with the players they have got, obviously [Lionel] Messi, Neymar and [Luis] Suarez, they are a massive threat to anyone."
      Rooney, of course, is only too familiar with Barca's brilliance, having been part of the United sides beaten by the Blaugrana in the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011.
      "You're so close to winning it and to lose twice to Barcelona is hard to take really.
      "I think you sometimes have to hold your hands up and say they were the better team - the best team in Europe - and it was going to be difficult for us to win the game.
      "I'd say probably the game at Wembley [in 2011], being there, it would have been nice to have won the Champions League there."

      Manchester United take on Barcelona in California in a friendly clash on Saturday at 22:00CET.
      Posters with the image of Barack Obama are offered for sale to motorists in Nairobi, ahead of the U.S. president's visit to Kenya.
      Obama's visit to his father's homeland might be a short one, but Kenyan entrepreneurs are hoping that it will have long lasting benefits on the country's economic development.
      Preparations have been in full swing for weeks, with Nairobi abuzz with excitement and anticipation.
      The U.S. president will travel to the Kenyan capital later this week to address the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The immediate consequences of the visit will be clearly felt in the city, with airways and roads gearing up for a complete lockdown.
      Barcelona could challenge Uefa fine over Catalan flags 
      The Blaugrana say that while they respect the decision, they do not agree with it and are mulling over launching an appeal
      Barcelona are considering challenging Uefa's decision to fine them €30,000 for their fans displaying Catalan flags during last month's Champions League final win over Juventus in Berlin.
      The sanction was announced on Thursday, with the European game's governing body punishing the Blaugrana for "the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature".
      "FC Barcelona respects Uefa’s decision that was relayed to the Club on Thursday in relation to the Champions League final in Berlin," read a statement released on the Catalans' official website.
      "However, it does not agree with that decision, especially in the light of the Uefa delegate’s description of the Barca members and fans’ behaviour as excellent, both before, during and after the game, as stated in their report.
      "With the aim of defending the rights of the Club and its members and while respecting current legislation, the Club’s legal services will consider the possibility of questioning the fine announced today, Thursday.
      "Our conviction is that the rights of the Club and members are not incompatible with current legislation."
      While Barcelona play in Spain's Primera Division, the club is fully supportive of the pro-independence movement within Catalunya and has long been a key component in the region's cultural identity.

      Caption:A Solo Turk F-16 of the Turkish Air Force performs during the Motril International Air Festival in Motril, near Granada, on June 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
      Turkish warplanes bombed ISIS positions in Syria for the first time early Friday, escalating the conflict in the region a day after members of the terrorist group killed a Turkish soldier in a border clash.
      Three F-16s took off from an air base in southeastern Turkey and struck three ISIS targets just inside Syria, Turkish authorities said.
      Turkey's decision to attack ISIS positions was taken during a national security meeting Thursday headed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
      It followed the firefight earlier Thursday in which at least five ISIS militants in northern Syria approached the border and fired on a Turkish border unit, killing one of the soldiers and wounding two others, according to the Turkish military.
      Turkey initially responded to the clash by firing artillery into Syria.
        The Turkish military has targeted positions in Syria before but only as a response to incoming fire from the Syrian side of the border. This is the first time Turkey has used its warplanes to attack ISIS positions.
        Striker Lukas Podolski has joined Galatasaray from Arsenal on a three-year deal.
        Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski
        The Germany international, 30, has signed for the Turkish champions for a reported fee of £2.8m.
        Podolski moved to Arsenal from German side FC Koln in 2012 for a reported £11m and scored 31 goals in 82 appearances for the Gunners.
        He helped Arsenal win the FA Cup in 2013 but spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan.
        His chances became limited as Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger added the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to his forward options.
        Wenger also has Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at his disposal.
        Argentina's Lionel Messi says his team of celebrated talents are "desperate" to match their status by winning the Copa America final against hosts Chile.
        Angel Di Maria (left), Lionel Messi (centre) and Sergio Aguero
        The 2014 beaten World Cup finalists have not won a major trophy in 22 years.
        "This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team," said 28-year-old Barcelona forward Messi.
        "As a team, we deserve to win something and it would mean so much after the World Cup where we came so close."
        Argentina's squad includes Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain.
        "If this generation of players don't win anything we're going to regret it for the rest of our lives," said Aguero of Manchester City.
        La Albiceleste will join Uruguay as the most successful side in the tournament's history if they win a 14th Copa America title.
        In contrast, Chile, whose line-up includes Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, are aiming to win the tournament for the first time having finished as runners-up four times.
        The hosts have also never beaten Argentina at the Copa America in 24 attempts, but some tickets are being sold for nearly £15,000 for the game at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.
        "For a lot of people, it would be enough to have reached the final," said Chile's Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo. "What could be better than winning the Copa America playing at home?"
        Tunisia has declared a state of emergency, just over a week after 38 tourists, mainly Britons, died in an attack in the resort city of Sousse.
        Tunisian security forces on the beach at Sousse, one week after deadly attack (3 July)
        The state of emergency gives security forces more powers and limits the right of public assembly.
        Authorities had already tightened security in the wake of the attack on 26 June, deploying armed officers at hotels and beaches.
        Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is due to address the nation later.
        Security forces were criticised for not responding more quickly to the attack in Sousse, when a gunman opened fire on tourists on a beach before entering a hotel.
        Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attack, the most deadly in Tunisia's recent history. Those killed included 30 Britons.
        In March, two gunmen killed 22 people at the renowned Bardo museum in Tunisia's capital, Tunis.
        Analysts say Tunisia has been put at risk by the chaotic situation in neighbouring Libya, and by the threat posed by Tunisians who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq returning home.
        The last time Tunisia declared a state of emergency was in 2011, in the uprising which overthrew President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
        Senior ISIS leader Tariq al-Harzi -- a man known as the "emir of suicide bombers" -- was killed by a coalition airstrike in Syria last month, a U.S. official said Thursday.An English-speaking ISIS fighter orchestrates the mass execution of a group of men in an ISIS recruitment video called "Flames of War."

        Al-Harzi played a key logistical role for ISIS, overseeing efforts to get jihadists and weapons into Iraq and Syria to fuel the militant organization's war machine, according to U.S. authorities.
        The Tunisian, believed to be one of the first foreign fighters to join ISIS, also helped organize the Sunni extremist group's devastating use of suicide and vehicle-borne bombs in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
        "This was a big get," said Mike Rogers, a CNN national security commentator and former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. "It will be very disruptive to their operation for at least some period of time."

        $3 million reward

          Al-Harzi was killed in Shaddadi, Syria, on June 16, said Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Department of Defense.
          The ISIS leader had been on the U.S. Designated Terrorist List since last year and the State Department had offered a $3 million reward for information on him.
          The Pentagon said last month that al-Harzi's brother, who was also an ISIS operative, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, on June 15.
          The brother, Ali Awni al-Harzi, was seen as an intermediary between ISIS and jihadists in North Africa. The U.S. government labeled him "a person of interest" in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept 11, 2012.

          Role beyond Iraq and Syria

          But Tariq al-Harzi was a more prominent figure in ISIS.
          He was believed to be in charge of the terrorist group's operations beyond Iraq and Syria -- operations that have become much more significant in recent months as ISIS has established a foothold in Libya and gained affiliates in Nigeria and Egypt, among other places.
          He organized the procurement and shipping of weapons to Syria from Libya, the Pentagon said.
          According to a jihadist profile, Tariq al-Harzi was freed from Abu Ghraib prison during an ISIS raid in July 2013.
          The United States has targeted other senior ISIS leaders. In May, an Army Delta Force raid in eastern Syria killed Abu Sayyaf, who U.S. officials said was in charge of oil and gas financing for the militant group, as well as other operations.
          Back in January, few gave Barca a prayer following Leo's falling-out with his coach - but they have enjoyed an incredible 2015 to claim the title again

          Congratulations to Barcelona. They are the best side in Spain for the fifth time in the last seven seasons and their victory is all the more impressive given that their campaign was teetering on the brink of disaster just five months ago. 

          Post-Christmas break, Lionel Messi returned to the camp late and was promptly dropped to the bench by Luis Enrique. Barca subsequently lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad and Real Madrid simultaneously moved into pole position to clinch the title. Meetings were held and Luis Enrique’s position was discussed, not only because of the poor form but because he had alienated Lionel Messi, a thoroughly dangerous stance to take.

          All the more risky given this came on the back of a series of less-than-stellar results. A surprising home defeat to Celta Vigo, a miserable 0-0 draw in Getafe and a Clasico loss that could have been much worse than the final 3-1 score - these results did nothing to ingratiate the coach to the Catalan support. 

          Amid the multitude of embarrassments suffered by the club in the 12 months previous – President Sandro Rosell’s resignation, the Neymar transfer scandal and the confirmation of the transfer ban imposed by FIFA – yet more upheaval merely added to Luis Enrique’s woes. Andoni Zubizarretta was sacked from his post as sporting director, followed quickly by his assistant Carles Puyol, who stated that he hoped to see things ‘from another perspective’. The latter’s departure, a figure synonymous with the club’s recent return to greatness, suggested that key players were keen to extricate themselves from the chaotic situation.

          Credit, then, to Luis Enrique for reversing fortunes to such a degree that this Barca side are being 
          considered among the very best of the modern era. He still may not be the favourite of a section of the support and there will be some that will point to the incredible form of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as making his job straightforward. But from that night in the Basque country, he’s worked as hard as anyone towards reparation. 

          Firstly, he massaged the ego of Messi, who, like any genius, tends to need reminding of his importance on a regular basis. 

          “Of course life is easier with Messi,” he told the media. “He does all sorts of things. We see that every day. He is from another planet.” It was one of the many occasions in 2015 he has gone on the charm offensive and while his relationship with the Argentine isn’t unbreakable, it is certainly manageable. 

          Then, he had to work Luis Suarez through a difficult start. The Uruguayan scored just once in his first eight games following his World Cup ban but his revitalisation has been instrumental. Luis Enrique even admitted having to work through ‘doubts’ about him, but added: "The uncertainty you have when you sign a player is just that, even if he is world-class. You have to get used to a team, your team-mates, the city. It can be difficult. His [Suarez’s] adaptation has been meteoric."