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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Bullfighting banned in Catalonia — So how will David Villa celebrate now?

SOCCER-WORLD/Now that the Spanish region of Catalonia has banned bullfighting, what will happen to striker David's Villa goal-scoring celebrations?

Villa struck a matador's pose after he scored in Spain's World Cup games in South Africa -- you can see an example on FIFA's official site here -- raising eyebrows by some in Catalonia who viewed it as a gesture of support for the "fiesta nacional".

He's now moving from Valencia to Barcelona but the Catalonian regional parliament this week voted to ban bullfighting, raising an interesting, if not entirely serious question: Will Villa continue his homage to la corrida at the Nou Camp and risk upsetting Catalans?

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos got into trouble last year for leaving a Real Madrid match to go and watch his matador friend Alejandro Talavante at a bullfight, still wearing his Real suit.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Why Henry’s move might not kickstart transfer window


Barcelona's Thierry Henry is heading to New York Red Bulls in a widely expected move but don't think the first big post-World Cup transfer means the window will suddenly be awash with deals.

An event before the World Cup is a major reason why Henry has decided to follow David Beckham's lead and try out MLS. David Villa's early move to Barca from Valencia meant there was no room for Henry at the Nou Camp and after France's flop in South Africa there were few other interested parties.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Thinking the unthinkable: should Liverpool sell Torres?

It is a little glib to suggest that Liverpool have a one-man strike force in Fernando Torres.

It seems almost beyond dispute, though, that whenever the Spaniard is unavailable Liverpool look ill equipped to challenge for the title, a situation hardly helped by the sales of Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane and Alvaro Arbeloa in the past year.