Spanish Prime Minister José Luís Rodriguez Zapatero would neither confirm nor deny yesterday that a reshuffle of his cabinet was imminent, but Spanish newspapers today are full of articles saying that he will soon announce a new Finance Minister, Elena Salgado, to take over from Pedro Solbes, who has indicated for some time that he would be happier without the portfolio. It is predicted that along with other changes, this switch is part of Zapatero's new approach to dealing with the financial crisis in Spain and implementing policy faster. Suggestions about other new ministers include: Manuel Chaves (president of Andalucia) to be 'vicepresidente territorial' and José Blanco to take over at the Public Works ministry (Fomento), to replace the embattled Magdalena Álvarez.
Football team Espanyol celebrated their first home win since November on Sunday evening, when they beat Deportivo 3-1 at the Montjuïc stadium. It was a crucial victory for the Barcelona side, which is threatened with relegation this season - although they are still at the bottom of the premier league, this win means that the distance between the side and the possibility of staying up remains at six points.
The Catalan Futbol Sala (indoor football) team was declared the victor (article in Catalan) of the sport's Copa de Nacions on Sunday after their opponents, Peru, withdrew from the match in protest at a refereeing decision to award Catalunya a double penalty just two seconds from the end, when Peru were winning 2-3. The match was played in the Costa Brava town of Platja d'Aro, and the Peruvians were clearly outraged by the last-minute penalty award; the team's goalkeeper threw a punch at the referee, which saw him fall to the ground. When the Catalans converted their penalty, bringing the score to three-all, the Peru team decided to withdraw from the game - however, the referee played on and the Catalans were able to score the winning goal from the centre of the pitch.