31 January 2011

Abidal: "Seven points are very few"

Éric Abidal urges caution when assessing the seven points clear with respect to Real Madrid. The Frenchman believes that "a defeat can come when you least expect it" and that would make the white set "back to being behind."
The euphoria is installed in the surroundings Barcelona after Madrid defeat that makes the Barco is now seven points behind second. But the dressing room knows that there is still much work to do. Éric Abidal precisely recognized in the press room of the Sports City that "seven points are very few, if we lose two games will again be behind." In this sense, the French player believes that Madrid will not lose many games, "and that is why Abidal has acknowledged that the team should do is keep working to win, there are many games and not have to look to other ".

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26 players to prepare for the cup match against Almería

After a day of rest, the club has returned to training to prepare for Wednesday's cup game, where you can obtain the ticket for the final of the competition. 17 players have exercised the first team, and nine of Barça B.
With Saturday's win against Hercules and after the defeat of Real Madrid Osasuna in the field, the group led by Josep Guardiola has exercised after a holiday in the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper away knowing that the Classification League regarding the white set has risen to seven points .

La Liga, parked until Thursday

Competition, the League, the template must leave parked in the beginning of the week to focus fully on the commitment of the field Wednesday in Almeria, corresponding to the round of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. Barça part with a lead of 5-0 achieved in the first leg, and has access to reach the final of the KO competition.

The first of two planned before traveling

Thus, the club has made the first of two preparatory meetings have provided today and tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11 hours and at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, before undertaking the trip to Andalusia the day of the game.

Iniesta, no prominent

Participated in the preparatory session for a total of 26 players , 17 of the first team and nine of Barça B . As to the first team, in addition to the known casualties of the injured Puyol and limbo, not been exercised on Andres Iniesta . As reported by the Club Medical Services, the Fuentealbilla has a sprained left shoulder. Yes it was, however, Bojan, who had entered the call of the match against Hercules with a relapse in the stomach problems he suffered during the week.

Nine players from Barça B

The team members Luis Enrique who have shared training with the first team are: Planas, Armando, Benja, Nolito, Rafa Alcántara, Thiago, Abraham, Víctor Vázquez y Fontàs. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex-player&coach] Cruyff: "Let no one bury the Madrid"

Johan Cruyff disagree with the majority of football experts who believe that yesterday's defeat of Real Madrid in Pamplona and dismisses him for winning the league title. Former Barça coach said in his weekly column in the newspaper that Mourinho still have options. "The league is not decided. Seven points and goalaverage are many, because this boat is not the work of giving anything. But watch that no one buried at Real Madrid," he says.

The former footballer, also believes that they are breaking records Guardiola, this weekend have been strung winning 15 consecutive games, something that had not happened 50 years ago, is due to the thrust of whites.

"How long can extend its current streak FC Barcelona? Depends on Real Madrid. While whites remain a short distance, the Barça is perfectly capable of not losing a single league game until the day he proclaimed champion ... While the Madrid Stamina, join the club, "he says.

Finally, the former Barça coach applauds the determination of the directive to sell Espanyol Didac Vila and Victor Ruiz Milan and Naples respectively. Cruyff believes the transfer "right decision" by the time they occur and it will help "square numbers." The former considers the entity Periquita "a club trainer and seller. Therein lies its success. Build, sell and replace." (via Marca)

A week with the Copa final at stake

Barca faced a new week full of activity and which has at its disposal, on Wednesday, reaching the final of the Copa del Rey. On Saturday, in addition, host Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in a thrilling league match.

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Bojan trained and will play in Wednesday's Copa

The youth has overcome his physical problems and is now able to provide minutes of rest the trident punished Barca.

The Barça squad enjoyed a well deserved festive day after his triumphant return of the league match against Hercules. However, the facilities of the Ciutat Esportiva were two minor exceptions: Bojan Krkic and Carles Puyol, who retreated to the gym.

The most significant is the Barca striker, and that in recent days has stayed away from the working dynamics of the first team because of gastroenteritis. Recovery and Bojan is a fact and took the time yesterday to conduct a thorough physical work that allows you to recover lost the pitch because of the effects of the virus that has swept away last week.

Passed the physical mishap, everything suggests that Bojan will rejoin practice today with absolute normality. His return is important because the team is expected to enjoy a few minutes in the second leg of the Copa del Rey against Almería. The Linyola not cross its best, has enjoyed little presence in recent League commitments and has reopened the debate about his contribution to the team and the role assigned Guardiola in the Barca dressing room.

King's Cup tournament seems tailored for Bojan Krkic. It is true that the squad has also lost ground in the last heat, but the KO tournament has been the preferred framework for the player has displayed their qualities through several ownerships. Based on the minutes played to date, Guardiola has chosen a butler trident formed by Pedro, Messi and Bojan. Villa have had less presence and has emerged as the main parts of the Catalan footballer. On Wednesday, in Almería, you can repeat history and Linyola has all the numbers to be in the starting lineup. (via SPORT)

Iniesta, with a sprained shoulder, doubtful for Wednesday

The sprained manchego grade one and is doubtful for Wednesday's clash. Puyol and continue their recoveries Jeffren.

Andres Iniesta is doubtful for Wednesday's match return of the King's Cup against Almeria after suffering a grade one sprain in his man in the match against Hercules after a collision with David Cortes. Manchego, with Puyol and Jeffren absences have been training the first week of Pep Guardiola, who had day off yesterday.

The 5-0 first-leg is foreseeable that Iniesta is not traveling with the team for the semifinal round of the hostesses to Almeria. Despite the ailment, the manchego be 100% in the next league clash against Atletico Madrid in the Nou Camp next weekend.

In the session Guardiola Puyol have been low and limbo , to be exercised in the gym to follow the evolution of their respective injuries while nine team players have completed the first team: Armando, Abraham, Carles Planes, Fontás, Thiago, Rafinha, Víctor Vázquez, Benja y Nolito. (via MD)

[Barça B] Steve Kean bit for Rochina

Blackburn Rovers are talking with Barcelona about striker Rochina, 19, who is rated in the £1m bracket. (via The Sun)

[Youth] Poblense 1 - 4 FCB Juvenile A

FC Barcelona Juvenil A tax is Poblense home with goals from Espinosa (2), and Deulofeu Etock, and with nine games left in the Honor Division, seven points ahead at Espanyol in second.

The following commitment to the Catalans will be next Saturday at home against Juventut Sallista (16 hours), struggling against relegation. A party for that Oscar Garcia will be without defender Edu Campabadal, convened with the Spanish U-18 Tournament contest for the XXXVII International Atlantic Cup, a home where the combined state will face the choice of the Canaries (the host), Switzerland and Mexico. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Technical Data:

UD Poblense: Molondro, Cánovas, Vicenç, Maçià, Santi (Morei, min 73), Pallarès, Dani (Miki, min 68), One (Reinés, min 62), Kiko (Abel, min 70), Ripoll, Morrula.

FCB Juvenil A: Carlos, Dalmau, Rosell, Edu Campabadal, Balliu (Ayala, min 76), Gustavo, Ernesto (Ella, min 59), Masó, Etock, Espinosa (Palau, min 68), Deulofeu.

Goals: 0-1, Espinosa (min 28); 0-2, Espinosa (min 36); 1-2, Kiko (min 49); 1-3, Etock (min 59); 1-4, Deulofeu (min 65).

Referee: John Alberti.

Jonathan Soriano, injured

Barça B striker Jonathan Soriano, was substituted at halftime of the game against Celtic by a strong blow to the quadriceps. The various tests that were carried out in Monday's trading will determine the extent of his injury. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Luis Enrique: "The result is a victory"

Barça B coach, Luis Enrique Martínez, greatly appreciates the tie against Celta achieved by the "great sacrifice" by his players to "a rival to a very high level."
"He's been through the Mini the best team so far along," said Luis Enrique, the coach of Barça B, after his team managed a draw against Celta Vigo (1-1) . He added: "The Celtic is one of the rivals aimed mainly at up to First." For all these reasons, the technician Spaniard admitted: "For us, the result is like a victory."

"We have not carried the burden of the party"

On Barca B play against Galicia, Luis Enrique analyzed: "Although the party has been facing since the beginning [the 1-0], we have borne the brunt of the party. We've thrown a little behind, Celta has tightened and has created many occasions. And we've tried to change during the game, during the second half, but it has cost us. "

"We've grown"

In this regard, Luis Enrique drew a positive conclusion: "Today we have grown because we have suffered," since, as Barca coach subsidiary, Celta, who had "numerous occasions" deserved "to win the game." It is for this reason the Spaniard explained that, after a game so intense against "an opponent of a very high level", was "especially pleased for the players" who got "a prize [a point] after a great sacrifice ".

Much room for improvement ahead

Still, the coach of Barça B is aware that the team has to "improve a lot if you really want to end up in the category in the posts above [now seventh, after the triumph of Granada in the field of Betis, the leader, by 3 to 0]. " And Luis Enrique pointed as the first objective "to retrieve the ball in the attacking, pressing up and not let the opponent quit playing."

Rochina continuity

One of the names of the press conference after the Celtic game was the Barca striker Ruben Rocha. Barça B coach confirmed: "It is valuing its people an offer that is very interesting [the Blackburn English]." In this regard, Luis Enrique revealed: "I have told him that I would like to continue, is projecting a player, the club has offered a two-year renovation, but he has very clear he wants to leave." And the Spaniard summed up: "If the clubs reach an agreement, he will leave and if not agree, will be helping us until June."

Rafinha performance

Asked by Rafa Alcantara action 'Rafinha' with the subsidiary Barca, Luis Enrique stated: "He's a player, young sophomore, who is able to go out and play a fake field '9 ', a position that is not yours, and create a hazard simply because of their arguments, with an attitude on a personal level of growth and improvement only. And in the words of technical Spaniard, Rafa Alcantara is "a different player, a wonder." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Tuesday: Board Tàrrega

On Tuesday 1 February, the board of FC Barcelona holds a meeting in the capital roaming Urgell.
The day will begin with the official visit to the City of Tarrega , at half past three o'clock. The policy will be received in the municipality by the mayor of Tarrega, Joan Amezaga , as well as by Council members and City Council members. As usual in these meetings, the president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, sign the guest book of the Consistory.

Visit the Cambra

Subsequently, the policy is transferred to the headquarters of the Official Cambra of Commerce and Industry of the population . It is in this space will be a reception with the heads of this institution, headed by President of the Cambra, Dolphin Rubinat , and various representatives of the municipality and the region.

Institutional parliaments

After this reception will be the parliamentary protocol , which will be led by the president of FC Barcelona, as well as the mayor of the municipality and the president of the Chamber.

From 16.30 pm, work session

The Board meeting will be after 16.30 pm . And the appearance will be next day, February 2, in the Press Room Maxenchs Ricard.

Presence of peñas

The chairmen of some clubs in the area also participate in the official reception at the Chamber. In this case, will the presidents of the rocks Tarrega, Bellpuig, Vilanova de Bellpuig, Agrawal, Anglesola and Advisory Board member Peñas this area, Lluis Perez. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

30 January 2011

Piqué provides the soundtrack to the trip back from Barça

The victory over Hércules was a plus for the staff morale of the club. The Catalans were eager to avenge the defeat they suffered against the set of Alicante in the first round of the League, so the return trip to Barcelona was spent in a great atmosphere.

How could it be otherwise Gerard Piqué was responsible for encouraging the evening with a new demonstration of their art as 'showman'. Barca took advantage of the central Emily Ricard meets this Sunday 50 years to take over the microphone to congratulate the aircraft and technical staff member.

A greeting that started as expected applause from the entire team and ended with the dedication from the center of a song that served as the soundtrack for the aircraft. (via SPORT)

[Youth] La Masia welcomes the appointment of former leaders of the quarry

La Masia del FC Barcelona will open its doors to host a meal that will bring the former leaders and guardians of the quarry Barca. All have contributed their bit for today The Farmhouse is a globally successful model.
On Monday the home of youth soccer players training Barca, La Masia, welcomed the meeting organized by the "Colla dels esmorzars", a group of former aides and former Barca training soccer officials to maintain contact after working together in creating and structuring the operation of the farmhouse for 30 years.
The purpose of the meeting is to celebrate the current success of La Masia , and where in this group are also participating. Among the attendees will Mussons Josep, Josep Maria Miralles , Amador Bernabeu or Carles Naval . All these people have worked for the same model of Barca football that began in 1980 and today is represented in the success of FC Barcelona.

In this encounter with "the spirit of La Masia", will also be the president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell , sports vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu , or manager responsible for the Formative Football, Jordi Mestre . President Rosell have a word of thanks to all those who have built this model of football today is a globally successful brand.

This group of former employees of La Masia have shared several meetings over the past 10 years to maintain the spirit of La Masia and friendship born in the task of training young talents Barça.

Gareth Bale, the Barça goal for this summer

After renovations in recent days, the club may have started to consider how to strengthen the squad for next season. Reinforcements, which the English press, are starting to take names.

According to British newspaper 'The Mirror', Barça would be preparing an offensive left-back Gareth Bale Tottenham. An offer that could rise to 40 million pounds (45 million euros) and that could rethink the whole sale English player. And is that Harry Redknapp, Tottenham has already made clear on several occasions that the English player is not for sale.

But Barca is not the only team interested in taking the services of Bale, whose contract with the English club until June 2014. Manchester United have already tried unsuccessfully to sign him last summer, while Milan also remains close to the player.

Barca, meanwhile, has not hidden his interest. The club's sporting director himself, Andoni Zubizarreta, has said in statements to 'COM Radio "Bale" is an interesting player, with a different style that would be good for the league. " (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Rafa Márquez feted in Mexico

Mexican international Rafael Márquez, Spanish former Barcelona defender, received a tribute on Sunday Atlas Mexican soccer team where he was born in his football career.

Minutes before the game against America Atlas, in the fourth round of the Torneo Clausura 2011, the directors of Atlas headed by President Carlos Martin del Campo and the manager, Rafael Lebrija, a recognition given to who they described as one of " atlista symbols of the quarry. "

Márquez is in Guadalajara (Mexico) and trains with the Atlas while resumes operations with your team the New York Red Bulls of MLS in the United States on 3 February. "It's a pleasure to be here remembering old times and greeting old friends. Thanks to the policy and to you for the support I have received because without that I had not done what I've achieved so far," said the Mexican defense.

Márquez ended his brief speech with a "Arriba el Atlas!" and then went into the stands to celebrate with fans of the red and black bar 51.

The defender made his debut in the Atlas of Guadalajara in 1997 where he stayed only two years when he left for Europe signed for Monaco in the league of France and several years later was transferred to Barcelona in Spain. (via SPORT)

Xavi also awake furor in China.

If yesterday was Iniesta, Xavi now stars in a video dedicated to the Chinese Internet where they welcomed the new year.Barça have ambassadors all over the world.

The Barca game, but also their attitude and character, passions rise worldwide. That's why this web china, Xavi is asked to record a congratulatory message to the Chinese New Year usually falls between 21 January and 21 February.

For 2011, the FIFA finalist for the Ballon d'Or has been chosen to send the message to the fans in a video china in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and where you can see by the Castilian-speaking Terrassa and subtitling - but then dares to Chinese. (via MD)

[Pictures] Hércules – Barça (0-3)

Alves: "I felt great"

Dani Alves:
"I made too long,I felt phenomenal. Being without playing it made me weird."

"Back with a victory is always important. I am happy with the win and go picking up the physical tone you had before getting hurt."

"We had this thorn and knew it would be difficult because much pressure and are organized, but we won, which was what we wanted." "To change now would be a mistake, we must continue in our line."

Andrés Iniesta:
"We knew it would be difficult because they are doing things right at home. We were patient and we have learned to attack the 0-1 well and we made good use of space back and we scored."

"It happens very rarely [ fifteen consecutive victories in the League ] and the team has this record is a stimulus." "We thought to win, follow up and keep their distance from the second [the Madrid]."

"I appreciate [the ovation on leaving the pitch at the Rico Perez] because people with this particular show you many things and is very special." "Hopefully yes, we are in the final [Cup]."

Víctor Valdés:
"The first half was more even and the second we have continued to control, but with more chances. It was an important game, like the others, but it is a super important win. "

"It is an honor and a pride match this number of matches [fifteen consecutive victories in the League] is very important for this team and to continue the streak."

Pedro Rodriguez:

"I'm happy [by scoring six straight games] and the team has been very good." "We dominated the game, playing with our style and the expulsion we have had more control."

"Winning here gives you confidence." "We want to win every game and we're happy because it is difficult to win here."

"Now we have to think about the Almeria [in the semifinal round of the Copa del Rey], not out confident." (via FCbarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: "We are honored to have achieved this record"

With the win against Hercules, the club record-tying winning streak in the league, a total of 15 so far in the hands of Real Madrid during 1960-61. Guardiola, have been "a huge honor."

Besides winning a negative scenario as José Rico Pérez stadium and before the only team that had overcome in the competition (0-2), FC Barcelona has reached fifteen consecutive wins in the league. A figure, this, that has allowed equal the record that until recently was the Real Madrid in the 1960-61 season , then led by Miguel Muñoz.

"Share the fifteen consecutive victories for Real Madrid of Di Stefano's something we are very proud. If fifty years ago could not be a test that indicates the difficulty, but certainly in the future someone will equal or exceed" he said.

Assessed the control of the game that made his team before a Hercules, beyond the first round match, he recalled that a whole "strong" at home and "save a shot from Trezeguet and a Valdez" it was "controlled" . "We control also the strategy and cons," he said. Acknowledged that much of Peter before the break "very helpful" and stressed the contribution that the team always makes the player canary. "When you have players band with a sense of goal is something that helps a lot. We are very happy with it and hope to continue with this sense of goal that has and is taking advantage," he said.

Similarly, praised Leo Messi, who scored two goals for Barcelona. "Leo has a lot of games and minutes in his legs but is a competitive animal. With 23 years has 164 goals and is the third top scorer in the club, just as Caesar and Kubala players are ahead.'s Going to break all the statistics," said . In addition, it also highlighted the work of Messi when no mark. "Being right or wrong helps us to work and solidarity, is more ball players who steals per game," he said.

Finally, he noted that in the months of February and March will decrease the number of parties that will have to face Barcelona and felt that the tie against Arsenal in the Champions League can make the future of the team. (via SPORT, FCbarcelona.cat)

[La Liga -Liga BBVA - 21] Hércules 0 - 0 FC Barcelona

Barça returned the coin to Hercules and showed that the defeat in the Camp Nou was only a 'slut' summer. However, Guardiola sweated a great time to win a game whose score did not reflect the battle that was in the Rico Pérez.

Barça beat Hercules 0-3 tonight to record their 15th La Liga win on the trot. Pedro opened the scoring in the first half and two late strikes from Messi sealed the win and the points.

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Technical data:
0 - Hércules: Calatayud; Cortés, Sarr, Rodríguez, Peña, Fritzler (Farinós, m.67), Abel Aguilar, Tote, Valdez (Portillo, m.80), Kiko (Cristian, m.63) y Trezeguet.

3 - Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Abidal, Maxwell, Busquets, Xavi (Keita, m.88), Iniesta (Afellay, m.89), Pedro, Villa (Nolito, m.88) y Messi.

Goals: 0-1. Min.43: Pedro. 0-2. Min.86: Messi. 0-3. Min.89: Messi.

Referee: Fernández Borbalán (Andalusian School). Admonished and Abel Aguilar Peña, for the Hercules and Dani Alves, at Barcelona. He drove for two bookings in Farinós (m.84), the Hercules.

Incident: Party for the week 21 in the First Division League held at the Rico Perez Stadium in Alicante with 29,500 spectators.

[2-Div - LIGA ADELANTE- 22] FC Barcelona B 1 - 1 Celta

Barça B has a tie with Celta, third place, a game in which the Galician have a great time working with the Catalans, especially in the second half and a goal from Edu Oriol (min 8) has countered Alex Lopez (min.62).

Techncal Data;
Barça B, 1
Celta, 1

Barça B: Miño, Montoya, Sergi Gómez, Bartra, Muniesa, Ilie, Dos Santos, Thiago, Edu Oriol (Víctor Vázquez, min 72), Tello (Rafinha, min 61), Jonathan Soriano (Saúl, min 46).

RC Celta de Vigo: Falcón, Mallo, Lago, Jonathan Vila, López Garai, Trashorras (Joan Tomás, min 86), Bustos, David Rodríguez (Iago Aspas, min 81), De Lucas (Jota, min 92), Catalá, Álex López.

Goals: 1-0 Edu Oriol, min 8; 1-1 Álex López, min 62.

Referee: Melero López.

29 January 2011

[Ex-player] Saviola, best player in Portugal in 2009/2010

Argentine striker Javier Saviola was appointed by the sports newspaper Luso 'A Bola' as the best player in Portugal for the 2009/2010 season , an award in which case his compatriot Lucho Gonzalez .

The arrival in summer 2009 the 'Conejo' Saviola was crucial for Benfica , whose goals and good game, became the second top scorer in League team with 11 goals, helped get the league title.

Already in this campaign, Argentina has regained his scoring in recent games after initially not very lucky in front of goal, thanks to his six goals in the last six league games, and continues to play a key role in the scheme his coach, Jorge Jesus.

Become one of the stalwarts of the team "incarnate," Saviola said he was confident that the league is not decided yet lusa, despite the eight-point lead that leads to the first qualified Benfica, Porto.

"We know we face a tough opponent and difficult it has lost very few points so far this tournament, but we also have a competitive team and we will try by all means to approach," he said in remarks to 'A Bola'.

The player, formerly of River, Barcelona, Monaco, Sevilla and Real Madrid, welcomed the granting of the award in his first year in football Luso and said he still has "a lot more football to teach.

"I think one must always move forward and not dwell on the past, as in football is living the present. I'm at a big club and there are calls for titles to be a hundred percent," he said.

The Argentine said he was "very happy both in football and personally" since his arrival in Lisbon, where he shares a dressing room with several of his compatriots, including Aimar, another star of the team, and thanked the club "embodied" the treatment he and his family. (via AS)

[Barça B] Montoya, a Catalan-Alves

The youth is a fixed Luis Enrique and, with the Frenchman Nyom (Granada), is the only outfield player not to have lost no time in 2 ª A.

Since coming to bench three years ago subsidiary, Luis Enrique has always been known to rotate his players, in part because many of them have been called to train sporadically with the first team and also for the many alternatives that offer a template rich in quality and number of players. This makes it very difficult to get a place in the Barca starting line B and further enjoy the status of a permanent fixture.

With these premises, this season the figure of Martin excels Montoya (Barcelona, April 14, 1991). The Blaugrana right side is the only player to have played a subsidiary of 90 minutes in the 21 rounds played (total amount 1890), an honor shared only with the promising French-Roméo Nyom Allan, one of nine players assigned to Granada by Udinese in Serie A. Barcelona defender occupies the only position that has no specific substitute, the opposite of what happens both in the two central positions on the left side.

Although only 19 years old, Montoya dispute its twelfth season at the club and has gone through all possible rosters. Since his arrival in 1999, Barcelona has played in the youngest B and A, in the juvenile B and A, in child B and A, B and A cadet and youth B and A. In fact, last season alternated Youth A and Barca B, in which he played the first leg of the first round of promotion in Santo Domingo to the Poli Ejido.

In addition, in September 2008 with the first team debut in the Copa Catalunya and Pep Guardiola wanted to have him on the Asian tour last summer, but the squad had to participate in European and won the runner sub'19 mainland orders Luis Milla.

The right side of the branch joined the call of the first team in the crash last Wednesday's cup-bearer against Almeria and, relatively speaking, his game has many similarities with that of Dani Alves. This is a very powerful player in the physical aspect able to traverse the right flank throughout the game and quickly retrieve the position to also meet with excellent notes on the defensive. Answers, in short, to what is classified today as a modern side.

So now that the renewal of Dani Alves has become little more than a matter of State for the Blaugrana entity, the figure of Martin Montoya becomes important and could soon stand as a good option to consider for Guardiola. In fact, given Santpedor and repeatedly demonstrated that it follows very closely the evolution of the right side of the subsidiary and, if you continue working with the same intensity, will certainly have opportunities y. .. perhaps sooner rather than later.

Barça B faces the form team in the present, a second-place Celtic with six wins and three draws in the last nine games. The goal of the subsidiary is to return to winning ways on Saturday after falling to the Lightning (1-2). Luis Enrique will be without the suspended Fontàs nor Nolito, who trains with the first team by Bojan stomach problems. The danger celtiña is striker David Rodriguez (11 goals). (via SPORT)

La Masia will become an institutional headquarters.

The full transfer to Barca quarry facilities Ciutat Esportiva cause a change of uses in the precinct annex to the Camp Nou.

The club works in the future redevelopment of the 600 square meters at present they constitute the La Masia. The full transfer to the Ciutat Esportiva is only a matter of months and have already made various proposals to provide social use to the units since its foundation have hosted much of the quarry Barca.

Barca aim to La Masia the future becomes a branch of the Barcelona capable of representing the entity and hold meetings of an institutional nature. The interior will undergo a major refurbishment that will include the creation of different meeting rooms and a spacious dining room designed to accommodate the traditional lunch clubs.

It is estimated that any better than La Masia to promote and export the image and philosophy of a club like Barcelona has become a global football reference. In return it will also reduce activity in the current offices. In any case the remodeling project of La Masia is still open to suggestions. (via SPORT)

That would be the new Camp Nou grass

The club is considering injecting 20 million artificial grass fibers to improve the stability of the pitch at the Camp Nou.

Barca is considering next summer to install a system of mixed turf at Camp Nou to avoid the pitch again suffer the irregularities that are being repeated this season. But what is it? How much investment is required? What advantages does this model? It is injected into the natural grass (20 cm below ground) 20 million artificial grass fibers that allow the root of which is sewn to the root of the natural herb for increasing the consistency and density of the lawn.

The system has several advantages over the traditional herb: grass ensures that no 'bald' or areas with earth or clay, has greater durability and strength three times that of a natural herb. The model 'GrassMaster', the more contrasted, and would use the club if finally committed to this model, he says, as the company that patented, better drainage and reduces the influence of moisture and cold, why usual in the Premiership and northern European countries.

Since artificial fibers, not need natural light and better withstand the effect of low temperatures. If launched, the Nou Camp turf would have a 3 per cent of artificial grass. "It is a tool to improve the appearance and stability we are looking lawn awaiting the decision of the club," Royal sources confirmed Verd, the lawn care company Camp Nou.

Putting it into practice would involve investment of 300,000 euros (to rent the machine that implements and 'sew' the artificial grass fibers) and a similar maintenance of natural grass but with two qualifications: after each party has to use the 'loop ', the machine that flattens the field, and when painting the lines is to use a special paint, quick drying.

Chapter of drawbacks should be borne in mind that the ball bounce slightly change: the grass would have greater density, and the ball will absorb more and reduce your boat. (via SPORT)

The team, to Alicante

The team travels to Alicante, where, after 20 hours, will face the Hercules in the game in the 21 th day of the season. The plane should be moved to the template are taken off at 10.50 hours.

The group led by Josep Guardiola undertook the trip at 10 h, while leaving the Nou Camp esplanade bound for the airport of El Prat. Once there, the plane took off Alicante should be moved to just before eleven o'clock. For this displacement, the team has launched a new travel kit: a black tracksuit trousers and dark pink shirt and a striped polo black and green.

The estimated time of arrival at Alicante is at 11.55. Once they arrived, the group will go directly to the team hotel, where lunch and stay until it was time to move to the stadium of his rival in this event number 21 in the league. After the match, the club will embark on the journey back to Barcelona at 23.30, which is scheduled to arrive at 00.35 hours.

As usual, the specific directives of Hercules and FC Barcelona will meet to eat. On this occasion, comídale lunch will be held at the Tower restaurant Gates, after 14 hours.

Pere Gratacos, "Do not lose the essence of La Masia"

He was appointed a few days ago responsible for the facilities of the Joan Gamper Esportiva Ciutat de Sant Joan Despi.Good knowledge of the quarry Barca player to have been a subsidiary for three seasons and coach for another two.

Pere Gratacós Boix (Besalú, 14 February 1958) was appointed a few days ago responsible for the facilities of the Joan Gamper Esportiva Ciutat de Sant Joan Despi. Good knowledge of the quarry Barca player to have been a subsidiary for three seasons (where he was captain) and coach for another two (with the arrival of Joan Laporta's presidency) now former Catalan coach puts his football knowledge in the service of Barca modern complex.

-What is your job?

From day to day in the Ciutat Esportiva, is trying to see what needs and what new things you can do to make the performance of athletes, football or sections, is suitable.

-Is it a gateway to the football elite training?

For the grassroots will be its center, residence, place of training. Our task is not lack anything, they are at home. The idea is to be a training center for new talent in all sports.

-Training is a key principle in this club ...

Barça is the model. Pep Guardiola is its head visible. Everything has to be coordinated by the sports that carries Andoni Zubizarreta and training area, which is Guillermo Amor and to receive good training facilities have to be consistent.

-What is different from the club?

That is very clear about the model. Has not happen overnight, is clearly defined and everyone else follows. The main part is technique, tactics, and then the physical preparation. Others begin with the physical, then the tactics and finally, the art.

-In this model, the immediate result is not so important.

No. And the proof is that it takes several years to concentrate so many players in the first team.

-Do not feel pressure about having to take someone out every year?

There will be years in which no such good players, but luck is that young people continues to rise, as Bojan, Busquets and Pedro.

-But the bar Masia concept is put on high ...

You can always improve, even a little. We believe that this Ciutat Esportiva and the introduction of new technologies, there will be a leap in quality. But that does not mean that more players are to leave will depend on many factors.

-Do you intend to generate revenue from the Ciutat Esportiva?

For now, we have to finish the projects started. Masia finish. At the end of May comes the work and people can come in July. Also planned is the integration of medical services. For anything that might happen, it is important to be here. If then you can get some money, we must look at it, it does not affect daily routines.

-What about your relationship with Pep Guardiola?

Okay. I've played both as Vilanova Pep Altimira and I have a relationship for many years. I am delighted to collaborate with them as they need. La Ciutat Esportiva is important because the first team is here and others can see the players, be with them ... The view that the base can become like them. Are models.

-And with Sandro Rosell?

My relationship with him goes way back. I worked on the project 'Football Dreams', has been working and I think is the ideal position for me.

-Are you concerned that that feeling is lost Masia endearing?

-Do not lose the essence. Here are to be privileged, they will have it but most of them will require more work and involvement, sports and human. Clearly this is a sports model, but also human. Valdes, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Piqué ... They are not deified. They are humble, self-sacrificing, have struggled and are friends. Examples of values. And that is such an athlete is very important. There is greatness. Sporting excellence but also human.

-"It gives you a chance to pull out a thorn in the club?

No. It's a new challenge. Always address them with a lot of positivity. I believe in lifelong learning. I do not think a cap is reached.

-Do you miss the bench?

No, because I see football. I walk out there to train cadets juveniles. In the morning, I will see Luis Enrique. I love it.

-You have no release profile.

When you have to be there to be, but I like the first line.

-Do you plan to train here?

Never close doors. I try to keep them open

Gratacós his position stems in part following the first visit made to Sandro Rosell Ciutat Esportiva, just taking office. Sandro asked by the head of the enclosure. To his surprise, there was a head of that plot itself, but it was people who are dedicated to sport, those who tried the rest will work also. It was a problem that once was generated with the departure of William Love in its first stage, and Joan Laporta did not solve. Coincidentally, the day of the visit of Sandro had leaks in the flag and Rosell decided that create the figure of a coordinator who will manage issues related to facilities and labor to unload those who were in charge of sports issues, already had enough with his own.

[Barça B] Barbara: "You will see a great game

The coaching staff of the subsidiary claims that the match against Celtic will appeal to fans who want to bring to Miniestadi . "There will be goals, Celta have much punch. Hope it is not a game as crazy as the first round, which is more controlled in the defensive and offensive looks crazy, "said Luis Enrique in the press conference after the match against Rayo Vallecano. And both the technical Spaniard's second subsidiary Barca coach, Joan Barbarà, point: "You will see a great game." In addition, Luis Enrique stated: "The Celtic is another rival that motivates us a lot, which is already in positions of promotion." In this sense, Barbara pointed out on Friday at the press conference before the game: "The Celtic are doing a lot of merit to be next year in a higher category." And the coach of Barça B has analyzed: "It's a great rival which dominates the backlash has quick transitions, and is also capable of playing the ball with discretion because it has very good players, so we only lost two games throughout the first lap. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Without Fontàs or Nolito to receive Celta

Barça B Galician side will face in the first game of the second round of league, with the absence of Fontàs and Nolito, convened for the first team, but with Montoya on Wednesday, Guardiola's orders, was a reserve Cup
The subsidiary has coached Barca this Friday at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper in a session that have not been present or Fontàs or N wavelet, both convened by Josep Guardiola to travel on Saturday to face the Hercules Alicante. Fontàs saw fifth yellow card in the last game against Rayo Vallecano (1-2) and to be a penalty for fulfilling cycle of warnings , not a straight red, the middle of Banyoles can compete with the first team.

Montoya and Bartra, available

Yes they have participated in training and are available to the coaching staff of the subsidiary Barca to welcome Celta Vigo this Saturday (18 pm, C33) in the Miniestadi, Montoya and Bartra . The two defenders, along with Nolito , were cited Wednesday for the Copa del Rey match against Almeria with the first team (5-0) , although Montoya finally just sat on the bench.

Two juveniles

Juveniles Sergi Gómez and Rafael Alcantara 'Rafinha' , which this week have been concentrated in Las Rozas (Madrid) to train with the Spanish U-19 , have also exercised command of Luis Enrique on Friday.

Three absences due to injury

For his part, Sergio Roberto , who is recovering from a hamstring injury in the second degree rectus left quadriceps, worked outside the group. And Romeo and Carmona , the two underwent surgery for injuries to the meniscus of the knee , also continue their recovery process .

Begins the second round

Thus, Luis Enrique and Joan Barbarà , the technicians of Barça B, will be available for 21 players to face the first game of the second round in the second division . The rival, Celta de Vigo, is second in the standings (43 points) to just three points behind leader Real Betis . In the first round match, however, the Barça B, which is seventh in the standings with 31 points , won the group led by Paco Herrera Balaídos by 1-2 . (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Mascherano: "I'm not stupid, I know I can not always be the holder at the club"

Javier Mascherano humbly take his substitution at FC Barcelona. The Argentine is the usual replacement Sergio Busquets in midfield and has played in Barca's half minutes possible since he came to Camp Nou last summer.

Mascherano struggle to have more minutes with Barça.

"In a team like this one can not be so foolish as to think that the owner can always play, but it is who has not played, I had many opportunities and I will continue to work toward the same or more," said '14 ' Barcelona told the agency that collects Argentina 'Télam. "

"I have no statistics of minutes, but I think I was in 50 percent of the matches, and most importantly, when I get to play can do well," he said.

"I'ma professional, I owe the club, and train every day to be good for when I need to coach and when not, I'm on the bench supporting my teammates," he said.

Mascherano said his replacement in the club will not hurt to Argentina: "My lack of continuity is a relative thing." And welcomes the fact that new coach, Sergio Batista, his team wants to play as the Catalans, but warns that "This calls for the players." (via SPORT)

A Japanese for Barça 2011-2012?

Although it has not closed the winter market, names begin to sound for Barca next season. One of them is a footballer who currently plays for Cesena and shining with Japan in Asia Cup.

Yuto Nagatomo called. Is 24, plays left back and although it belongs to FC Tokyo, currently defending Italian Cesena T given condition. Insidefutbol.com portal reported, the Japanese player is on the agenda of great Europeans, including FC Barcelona, ahead of next season.

Nagatomo is a high profile offensive side of being one of the major players in the Asia Cup, whose final dispute on Saturday Japan and Australia. Barça addition, other clubs such as Juventus, Villarreal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are also behind the last bead soccer arising Japan.

However, the representative of Nagatomo, Roberto Tukuda, made clear that the player would never go in this winter market but would keep his period of assignment in Cesena. "Yuto is very comfortable in Cesena and we have very good relationship with management and the coach. If anyone is interested, you value it, but the first word has the Cesena," he said to 'calciomercato.it'.

If Yuto Nagatomo landed in the club next season, became the first Japanese player to reach the Barcelona first team. For now, the interest is there. (via SPORT)

Xavi on the Ballon d'Or: "Leo is above"

The FC Barcelona Xavi Hernández has exhausted every possible type of controversy around the Ballon d'Or, where he finished third behind fellow Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi, and has ensured that the Argentine star is "above" the two world champions.

"I am happy to belong to the trio candidate for the Ballon d'Or Ten years ago, tell me and I do not think so. And Leo is above Andrew and me. It is the best in the world and possibly one of the top five football history, "he said in an interview to the magazine''Emotions''DiR gathered by Europa Press.

It revealed that said "Congratulations, machine!" Leo Messi at the time of his coach, Josep Guardiola, read his name to give the second Ballon d'Or "And he laughed. It's a helluva kind. Leo is so great ...", added Terrassa.

On the other hand, said work "instead of society" and football being football fan at a time. "People switched to football and I do not. In Spain is the number one leisure. I am a football fan and player. I try to talk about other things, but it is inevitable. I try not to watch certain programs or read certain newspapers, but what my colleagues explain everything, "he said.

"I know I'm a hundred percent privileged doubled. I paid a fortune for doing what I like, something that 80 percent of the population can not say, and I'm in my club because I'm culé to death. * What else I can ask? would be abused.'m so culé I see the club as a family business. I want to do well and suffer a lot, "he said in this regard.

As the pressure of the media, especially the authors of Villarato'',''said it was the famous "environment" that surrounds the Blaugrana. "Some added and others not. This club is united. Although he weighs. And besides, not only to win, but the way we do. We find it ironic that attempt to destabilize us with issues that are awesome" snapped.

Does not want political controversy to play with Spain or Catalunya, and equally enjoyed by both teams defending. "Pardon the expression, winning the World Cup is the host and to play for Catalan pride. At two o'clock I will always call me," he said.

"The experience of South Africa was a master in every way. For the living, by time, by early poor results, for the final triumph ... many feelings are mixed, many emotional ups and downs. After the first loss we conjure but had to be very strong mentally. Mucho "he said in memory of the last World Cup, first won by Spain. (via AS)

28 January 2011

Guardiola: "The image of Barcelona's Keita, with the minutes that his rude coach makes you play!"

As usual in his press conferences, today reviewed Pep Guardiola FC Barcelona through several names.

Barça coach congratulated by Sergio Busquets renewal - "a very important player in the dressing room" - and underlined the performance of Hadrian, "it is not easy, when you have little continuity, replace Alves."

The best compliments were, once again, to an alternate team, midfielder Seydou Keita: "The image of this team is Keita. His rude coach does play ten or fifteen minutes, but he always shows his generosity. Hope he is the image that we can look here at the end of season, "he said.

Guardiola also spoke of the campaign that orchestrated the club to better assist the parties Miniestadi in contesting the Barcelona B.

"When I coached we were in third and no one was coming. But now a second team and play against good opponents. I would ask the fans to go to the field, not by the campaign, but because the good players and there are subsidiary the team plays very good football, "he said. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: "Madrid is going to fail very little"

FC Barcelona will face this Saturday the only team that has been able to win in the league. Pep Guardiola is assumed that the visit to Hercules "is one of the most difficult exits ahead, there is still a lot of league and the distance from Madrid is very short."

Guardiola said he has no thorn in the loss to the Alicante in the first round.

Barca coach takes the game with the utmost caution and with the same caution as always. His stumbling block before the Alicante in the first round does not mean an extra motivation: "I have very few thorns. And it is not a defeat."

"We have not talked about that loss in the locker room. With only three days between games should be disturbing to some players and give them rest.'ve Trained well," he added.

Guardiola, yes, it is clear that one can not lower our guard because, among other things, his main challenger on the League is only four points: "We know that Madrid will miss very little. It is a very strong team and leads three years doing a lot of points. We have to do the same. " (via SPORT)

Alves is discharged and will fly to Alicante

Dani Alves, recovered from the hamstring injury, is the main novelty of the call to play Barca in the field of Hercules. Bojan, to the stomach, is low. Rounding out the top Nolito and Font.
The coaching staff has announced the list of 19 players who will travel to Alicante to face Hercules on Saturday at 20 hours. Highlights the presence of Dani Alves , once recovered from the hamstring injury that occurred against Malaga. By contrast , Bojan still having stomach problems and joins Puyol and limbo in the lower section .

Complete the call and Font Nolito of B . The expedition will leave Barca on the Saturday at 10.50 hours from the airport of El Prat. Before beginning the meeting, Pep Guardiola will have to dismiss a player.

The team has trained on Friday morning behind closed doors at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. Have jumped on the grass the 19 players summoned against Hercules. Bojan failed to exercise due to upset stomach to prevent him from traveling to Alicante and Jeffren Puyol and have continued doing specific work on the sidelines.

Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Adriano, Piqué, Milito, Fontàs, Abidal, Maxwell, Mascherano, Busquets, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Afellay, Messi, Villa, Pedro y Nolito. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Bojan, low in training ... and Alves recovered

Bojan Krkic missed practice Friday for FC Barcelona due to some stomach problems.

Daniel Alves side, out injured for the last two weeks, was brought to normal and could be ready for the meeting this Saturday against Hercules.

Pep Guardiola was also in the preparatory session with the youth squad and Fontàs Nolito. (via SPORT)

400,000 more for the Camp Nou grass

Concerned about its condition and the club has bought four machines to heat, is expected to improve in February.

After the game against Almeria , Pep Guardiola again complained of the grass. It was evident that the grass was not right and the ball was strange. Just after the meeting, Andoni Zubizarreta became interested in the subject and yesterday there were talks with Royal Verd, the company responsible, to draw conclusions. The main one is that, according to Royal Verd, in February, the grass can be much better than now.

The accumulation of matches (4 in last 14 days), severe weather and the fact that the grass is replanted only three months ago have taken their toll. But now they are 25 days in which there are only two home games, the club expects an improvement. To achieve this, have brought four more heat lamps, for rent, in addition to the four already there to help the warming and improving the grass. These machines will become the property of Barcelona from July and will cost 400,000 euros and will be charged to the expense of next season. With those eight lamps, and can cover half the field.

On the other hand, Zubizarreta RKB was yesterday and spoke of the present Barca. On Guardiola and renewal, said "we have no concern that it will go anywhere. There is no sound of offers for him. And I go every year worked. With him there is no timetable, the timetable is to renew. " Praised Cesc ("is a great player, special, different"), said that Mourinho "does not fit today in Barcelona , "talked about Alves ("we want to continue and he wants to continue"), interest cooled somewhat Van der Wiel and pulled chest Abidal : "We are working on its renovation. At the beginning of the season many did not believe in it as central and look at the performance. It will be a quick negotiation." (via MD)

Dani Alves, ready to receive the medical

The side overcomes his hamstring and could return tomorrow against the Hercules after twelve days' absence.

End of road for Dani Alves, the Brazilian side, injured during the match against Malaga, is about to receive a medical discharge after having chained for several consecutive workouts at the same rate as the rest of the squad.

The Brazilian has almost overcome the hamstring injury that prevented him playing against Racing in the league and against Betis and Almeria Cup and getting into the squad to travel tomorrow to Alicante. The other two injured staff, Carles Puyol and Jeffren Suárez, met the reclamation work planned by the trainers.

After the Cup match against Almeria, the staff made the traditional recovery session, especially the headlines, but Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Pinto and Pedro did not jump to the lawn of the Ciutat Esportiva and worked in the gym. Bojan Krkic, who had suffered from stomach problems and could not enjoy any minute to Almeria, was brought to normal.

Pep Guardiola only quoted a subsidiary player to complete the session, the goalkeeper Jordi Masip. Neither Martín Montoya nor Marc Bartra low, who had tried to technical orders in the days before, worked with the first team. The good performance of Alves and the strong commitment of the subsidiary, which receives morning Celta Vigo in the Mini Stadium, they chose not to leave Guardiola Luis Enrique, coach of Barça B, without two of its most important defense.

Barca will train today at eleven o'clock, the first day that Pep Guardiola will have all their players at the same time to prepare for the clash against Hercules, the only team to have beaten Barca in the league.
The staff prepared a special game thoroughly so you have proof of revenge and personal to all members of the Blaugrana after the defeat in the Camp Nou (0-2). (via SPORT)

Barça and Real Madrid could face four times in April

In the 2001-02 season, Barcelona and Madrid were the faces four times in official matches, two in league and two in the semis of the Champions League - with three of these free in the space of 54 days spread between March, April and May. Now there may even be five classics in total, a record, let alone, four of them could be played in a single month, April, never seen.

At the moment it is safe to Madrid - FC Barcelona League, initially scheduled for 16 January. And after the results of the semis round of Copa -5 to 0 from Barcelona to Almería and 0-1 of the Real in the Sánchez Pizjuán - everything points to the 20 th and white Barca will also face the copera final. That is, a classic is safe and a second, very likely.

Could there be a third or a third and a fourth Champions testing it with Barca and Madrid should be overcome first round of the tournament and then be matched in the quarter and semi finals draw on 18 March.

If there were crossing in the quarter, the sum of classicos in April could be three (if they frustrate the final match in the cup-bearer) or four, if both 'big' yes you can see the faces in the finals of the knockout tournament.

Meanwhile, if the hype holds a clash for semis, there would be a classic in April (the way) and another in May (the return). And April can host a total of three clashes between the archrivals.

As regards the overall 2010-11 season, may be the usual two classico suspenders, these plus one in the final of Copa or one in the final of Champions (3 in total), these plus one in the final Cup plus one final Champions in May (4), these plus one in the final Cup and two in the semis of the Champions (5) and these and two more in the semis of the Champions (4). The picture is huge: imagine a classico April with four against Madrid of ' Mou ', two of them in just 5days (League and Cup) and poker full two weeks? Posts to dream, and if there were a 4 / 4 Barça?

The confrontation between Barcelona and Madrid will surely continue in the next season, it seems clear that both shared League and Cup , which in August will be Supercopa with Classico (s). (via MD)

Carles Puyol is optimistic about his own injury

Carles Puyol says on its website that his injury is progressing well and that your feelings are increasingly good. "With respect to my injury, every day is better, we marked a week of rest and feelings are getting better." Tendinopathy Barca captain away from the pitch awaiting the evolution of the lesion. (via MD)

Drenthe: "I want to rock the Barça"

leaders.Royston Ricky Drenthe (April 8, 1987, Rotterdam) is a nice mug. It looks like a gangsta, rasta, but speaks Spanish rascal from the streets of Madrid.

-Always mention the desire you have to Barcelona Why is it so special for you to face the team Guardiola?

It's special because I am a Real Madrid. I know the rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid. I grew up with Feyenoord and Real Madrid in the heart. Many Dutch were set in Barcelona, because there were players from my country playing there, but my first shirt was Madrid. My father gave me and was Ronaldo.

-The Real Madrid remembers the play he had with Valdés at the Camp Nou. How have marked its history would have been different?

I remember the life of the play "Who would not like to score a goal against Barcelona? I'm young and I will have more opportunities tomorrow, for example. I'm ready to play, the knee is better and motivates me to mark Valdes. It is a great keeper but I want to rock it to Barca.

-Front will not only Valdés, is facing a team in a state of grace ...

Did you see Iniesta against Racing? Not the guy misses a ball, has great quality. Messi also, I like your roll in the field. They are two different players Xavi. Barcelona's midfield is fantastic. And then there Alves, running without stopping.

-How do you beat Barça?

Playing as Hercules (laughs). And we beat them in the Nou Camp, so we have to repeat the same again.

-You have experienced the best costume and shared Messi Cristiano Are comparable?

For me they are not comparable, the two put a lot of goals but they are very different players. I stay with them. People have a wrong picture of Ronaldo. In the dressing room is a man: It's very nice to everyone. People see arrogant, but has to because the whole Christian world is watching.

-Mou also need an image consultant ...

Mourinho is different from the press that the players. There will always fire. It is a great coach with experience. There is a current technician.

-Next season may coincide again Do you think he can hurt refusing to train with Hercules?

I do not regret what I said or did because I had a reason. I think the same at 100%. (via SPORT)

New attempt to fill the Mini

Subsidiary matches have an average attendance of around 2,000 fans per game, a figure expected to increase.

Barca has to work to try to solve an endemic problem: the lack of public attendance at the Mini Estadi. Neither the Second Division, or have to la Masia the quarry in world football and footballers have extreme quality has served to increase an amount that the club considered poor. Average attendance at the Mini Estadi is around 2,000 spectators.

The intention is to link the image of Barça B to the club in general. Hence the theme chosen: "When you go to the Mini you will see the club," reads the campaign launched yesterday by the media of the entity. Includes TV, radio sills, advertisements in print media and social networking presence. All seasoned with the presence of three heavyweights in the club in the quarry, Carles Rexach, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, who has lent his image to promote the affiliate parties blaugrana and lower grades. All three have past or present ties to Barca B. Rexach played for FC Barcelona, predecessor of today's second team, Guardiola has been a player and coach, while Luis Enrique is the current coach. The end of the campaign slogan is clear and conclusive. Effective it will be decided by the audience: "We have a glorious past, present and future legend that is beginning to make history in the Mini."

Barça also notes that prices for access to the stadium Blaugrana are very popular. In fact, members should not pay anything to enter the Mini Estadi and also can buy three tickets priced at 5 euros. On the other hand, under 7 are admitted free until 12 years also enter freely, provided they are accompanied by an adult. The rest of the public can buy tickets from 7 euros. The goal would be, in addition to advertising, the club did everything possible for players to grant interviews, something that Luis Enrique will not allow. In fact, the coach himself does not give press conferences after the games, which makes them less promotion. (via SPORT)

Operation Abidal

Eric Abidal might hang up his boots at FC Barcelona. The French defender, 31, is in negotiations to extend his contract ...

The Catalan club announced on Thursday will offer to its Gallic player representative, who is free in 2012.

The ship offers Abidal expand its relationship through 2013 with an option for a further year depending on the matches.

Matendría defender salary conditions similar to those you have now. Abidal belongs to the fourth level of the staff salary.

The deal could close in the coming days. If finally comes to fruition, all that remains the goal of Pinto, just contract in June, and Daniel Alves, who is freed in 2012 and who have been interested in Manchester City. (via SPORT)

Rochina: "It's an irresistible offer"

Rubén Rochina pending an agreement between Barcelona and Blackburn Rovers to go to the Premier League during the winter market.

A failure to close the operation permanently, the Valencia striker, who stayed out of the squad before the Rayo Vallecano, does not hide his desire to leave: "It's an irresistible offer and I did not think, here I have many opportunities and I can continue to grow as a footballer in England. " The art recognizes that "I'm on the sidelines and is a matter for the clubs. If you do not agree I will stay here until June, but is an opportunity that I can not pass because I was just within the team. " The presence of Reuben Rochina the Blaugrana subsidiary has been very uneven throughout the season, which helped him decide to leave the club Catalans to try his luck in British football. (via SPORT)