31 May 2011

Messi: "Now I want holding with my selection"

Leo Messi is already in Argentina, where the next July will play the Copa America with his choice.

The Barcelona striker albiceleste go to the "strong and united" towards their goal of winning the America's Cup, which will host in July.

Messi these days enjoy a short break before joining their team, with which they yearn to win titles.

"Of course we aim to win the cup, we have a very strong team together," the player said on his arrival at Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport. Messi was "very happy" with "going home" and visit relatives.

"I get along with all my colleagues"

Messi said that the season has been very good "for the club and denied any bad relationship with one of his team-mates:" I get along with all my teammates, "he said, after complaining that he has" invented problems " with his colleague Carlos Tevez, Manchester City, who has held a series of injunctions to Argentina coach Sergio Batista, for its refusal to include it in the senior team.

Messi will rest with his family until the 8th of June, when it is scheduled to begin training of the staff of Argentina, whose list of players will be released in the coming hours.

Tevez, who has also returned to the country in the recess of the Premier League, said that Batista came positions, which revived the hopes of the fans for the striker to be included in the roster that will play the Copa America from 1 next July. (via SPORT)

Abidal, 150 games

The French defender’s appearance in the Champions League final was his 150th for the first team. This season he played 41 games and scored one goal.

It was one of the images that summarises to perfection what a wonderful team this is. Abidal with the trophy in his hands and celebrating the title just a matter of weeks after an operation for a liver tumour.

Abidal started the game at Wembley, and it all finished with a fairy tale ending. Nobody had imagined he would be back in time to play in this game. Only him. He knew he always had the will, the energy and the vitality to overcome the most difficult challenge of his life and be back in time for the Champions League final 2011, which also happened to be his 150th game in four seasons at Barça.

Of the 41 games he played this season, 26 were in the league, 8 in the Champions League, 5 in the Copa del Rey and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup.

In fact, since returning from such a serious illness, Abidal has looked, if anything, even better than ever. There has been no doubting that he was ready to play, and this has won the hearts of every Barça fan. This season, he has played more often than not in the unfamiliar position of centre back, where he has proven quick and brave, effective at moving the ball into play and excellent at covering for the full backs. His crowning glory was a goal at San Mamés in the Copa del Rey, which will be remembered as one of the high points of his year.

Abidal played 46 matches in his first season at Barça, 2007/08. In the treble winning year he played 32 matches and last year appeared in 31. Despite his illness, in 2010/11 he played in as many as 41 games. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Álex García of Barca's juvenil to Dinamo Tbilisi

The Spanish Alex Garcia, Juvenile A exentrenador of Barcelona, ​​will be presented on Wednesday as coach of Dinamo Tbilisi, according to club spokesman Georgian Gvenzadze Guiga.

Dinamo Tbilisi, Georgia thirteen times champion and winner in 1981 Cup Winners Cup, finished the season in second place in the Georgian competition, so it will participate in the next edition of the Europa League.

In the Georgian capital club expect the arrival of Spanish coach to help green their laurels, as their last league was won in 2008.

The hiring of Spanish coach was negotiated by the club's sporting director, Zurab Pololikashvili, who was ambassador to Georgia in Spain. (via SPORT)

The president of Real Betis Balompié, Rafael Gordillo, said Tuesday that the dedication of Carles Puyol Miki Roque victory in the final of the Champions League Barcelona defines as "a big club".

Gordillo, who was optimistic about the health status of defender Miki Roque, a malignant tumor surgery last week, stressed the fact that Barcelona has been grateful to the "detail" which was Puyol after the game against Manchester.

The legendary exfutbolista Betis visit in the coming hours Miki Roque, along with the two captains and coach Pepe Mel, for encouragement after "a complicated intervention."

The leader, who has submitted a youth campus that Betis organized with a bank in Armilla (Granada) hopes to "organize something similar in the future, if they ever built sports city that craves" the current management team.

In another vein, Rafael Gordillo confirmed that on June 29, will step down as president: "In front is difficult to follow because they give you all the bullets." (via SPORT)

Barça - masters of the double

There’s no Champions without the League. The four trophies won by Barça have always been accompanied by the League Title in the same season. Barça are already the team who have won more doubles in Europe.

After being proclaimed League Champions, FC Barcelona conquered Europe in London, a feat that Barça have repeated four times. The European Cup at Wembley in 1992, and the Champions League in Paris 2006, Rome 2009, and New Wembley in 2011, all entered the club museum at the same time as the League Trophy.

2009 deserves special mention. In Guardiola's first year in charge of the first team, Barça finished the season with a historic treble. The first trophy was a the Spanish Cup against Athletic Bilbao (4-1), then the League, and finally the Champions League against Manchester United (2-0).

Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Ajax are, with three double triumphs, the teams that come closest to Barca’s record. Only FC Barcelona done it every time, as the rest of these teams have won more Champions than the famous double.

The 2010/11 season has ended with a new treble. In August Barça won the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla, and in May came the League Title, followed by the Champions League. In 2006, the team then managed by Frank Rijkaard also began the season winning the Super Cup, then the League, and closed the season by taking the Champions League Title. The Dream Team was the first Barça team to achieve this, in 1992. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The first pre-season game in Split

FC Barcelona will play a friendly in Split (Croatia) against HNK Hajduk, on Saturday 23rd of July (20.30). It’ll be the first of six pre-season games for Barça.

Within its centenary celebratrions, HNK Hajduk Split will play the new Champions of Europe, FC Barcelona, in the Poljud stadium in Split. Barça will kick-off their 2011 pre-season with this friendly in Croatia. However, none of the players who will be playing in the Copa America or the European Under-21 Championship will be there. The game will also help the manager Krasimir Balakov (well known former 90’s international player who played for Sporting Lisbon and Stuttgart, amongst other teams), who joined Hadjuk this summer, to begin to shape his team.

This season Hajduk Split was runner-up in the Croatian League, just behind Dynamo Zagreb, and hasn’t won the Croatian championship since 2005 (they have won the Croatian League six times). The team last won the Croatian Cup in 2005. Hajduk Split has been part of the Croatian League since the declaration of independence by Croatia in 1991.

It’s been half a century since FC Barcelona last visited Croatia. Specifically, since the 1961/62 season, when Luis Miró managed the team which drew 2-2 at Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split's eternal rival, in the first game of the last 16 of the UEFA Cup. In the return leg Barça won 5-1 and qualified for the quarterfinals.

With this match confirmed, FC Barcelona have their 2011 pre-season completely mapped out. After the match in Split on July 23rd, they’ll travel to Munich, where they’ll dispute the Audi Cup against Internacional from Porto Alegre (July 26th) and Bayern or AC Milan (July 27th). Subsequently, the team will begin their U.S. tour, where they’ll will face Manchester United (July 30th), Chivas from Guadalajara (August 3rd) and Club America (August 6th). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] The successor of Luis Enrique, to point

This week could know the name of the new coach of Barça B: Eusebio and Unzué earn points on Oscar and Agne.

The end of the season near the branch, which only needs a match against Rayo Vallecano to close his successful tour of this season's Second Division to accelerate the search for a replacement for Luis Enrique in the Barca bench. For some time now coach Spaniard announced he will not continue next season in the Mini and have since been several names that have rung. Two appeared to have been placed in the pole position from the beginning, the coach of Junior A Blaugrana, Oscar Garcia Junyent and current coach of Girona, Raul Agne. But they are not alone. In recent times have gained two other possibilities to take over the 'throne'. This is Eusebio, who is currently without a team and commentator work performed matches and Juan Carlos Unzue Numancia coach who announced recently that the season would not come at the bench.

Both Andoni Zubizarreta, sports coach, as Narcís Julià, technical secretary in charge of many of the themes of the subsidiary, and have been meeting with all candidates and is expected this week or later than the next, once Barça B that has played a match against Rayo Vallecano, who is chosen is known. In this selection process the only task that has been involved in Pep Guardiola is to discard any of the names he had proposed Andoni Zubizarreta, but not decide on the four remaining. That decision will be made by the entity's president, Sandro Rosell, and vice sports, Josep Maria Bartomeu, although both have in mind the view Zubizarreta.

Whoever finally takes his bench, will have an easy task, as Luis Enrique has raised the bar very high. Currently, the subsidiary is ranked third in the table, a result that is far encimade expectations early season. (via MD)

Messi, now in America

Leo has won with the club all the individual titles and possible club and now going for a trophy that he refuses to Argentina.

With the Liga-Champions League double in the suitcases but especially with the unanimous recognition worldwide as the best player of all time, Leo Messi will be incorporated into the June 8 at the concentration of the Argentina team in Listing Ezeiza (Buenos Aires ), the sports city of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in preparation for the Copa America. Insatiably ambitious style and genes, the Barcelona striker has been proposed to lead the conquest of evidence that Argentines are resistant since 1993. "Now I want the America's Cup. It's a dream," confessed a few days ago. Has this issue between the eyes. A stellar performance in this tournament I would silence those who require it in their country to reach the excellence of the Pep Team and, incidentally, to ensure the third consecutive Gold Ball.

Leo knows that all Argentina will be watching him and such a responsibility, for others a heavy slab, not afraid at all. On the contrary. It has many titles and individual awards and club like any player, but the selection is a thorn and it is time to boot. Gives the same fatigue accumulated over the past two years. Since the summer of 2009, Messi has a generous amount of vacation days. In 2010 was the World Cup. In this 2011, the amount of input will be cut to nine days, of which one will invest in travel to Argentina, home of the competition, although the vessel shall not be incorporated until mid-August, according to estimates by Pep. The America's Cup starting on 1 July and the final is scheduled for 23. From being one of the finalists will have played six games more.

Their numbers also make clear that in these two seasons has played a total of 127 games, which means one every five days. Only in the calendar year 2010 was ranked in 67 games. Messi is a unique physical strength. It plays almost all ysiempre under pressure to make a difference, with the addition of the physical which is the endless air travel and the ensuing jet lag in some cases. This year, Leo has been around the world on three occasions. The technician, who is in everything, always about a specific work plan. Best for the world mejordel. (via MD)

Bojan's future in air

Open the door to Maxwell, Jeffren and Milito.

Pep Guardiola is in favor of opening the exit door of the locker room to tighten the rest of the squad. Candidates leave the Camp Nou are Milito, Maxwell, Jeffren and Bojan. To central Argentina, which could leave in winter, but has one more year not insist this time Pep. Maxwell is difficult with Adriano and Jose Angel and versatility makes no sense with the probable arrival of a medium. Jeffren need to gain experience. Bojan is a special case. There are offers and may enter into any transaction. Pep can not guarantee the minutes as accurate. His future is the big question this season. With Rossi or another striker would not be accommodated.

Zaragoza asked for Edu Oriol. Saved at the last day, the team hand seeks a striker with projection. (via MD)

Five homegrown triple Champions of Europe

Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are the five FC Barcelona homegrown players who now have three Champions League winners medals with the club.

Five players from the current Barça squad have won three Champions Leagues with Barça in the last six years. This record, only within reach of the best, has been achieved by Valdes, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, 5 homegrown players.

Victor Valdes, 29, is the only goalkeeper in the history of the club who has participated in three Champions League Finals. In the starting 11, and a winner in all three, Valdes was one of the great protagonists in the Paris Final and was also a key player in Rome. In London he had a much easier match.

Carles Puyol, 33. The captain with most Champions medals in Barça’s history was in the starting 11 in Paris and Rome, where he lifted the trophies. At Wembley he was on the bench, and came on for the last few minutes of the game, making a fantastic gesture in allowing Eric Abidal to climb the Wembley steps to lift the fourth Champions League Trophy in Barça’s history.

Xavi Hernandez, 31. Injured in 2006, decisive in 2009 and brilliant in 2011, Xavi represents better than anyone what the current team is all about. His Finals will be remembered for his assists for Messi, in Rome, and Pedro in London.

Andres Iniesta, 27. In Paris in 2006 he came off the bench and split the Arsenal defense at the start of the move that ended with Eto'o scoring the equaliser. In Rome in 2009 one of his breaks ended with another goal from Eto'o, in this case making the scoreline 1-0. At Wembley 2011, he directed the Barça attacks with unequalled talent.

Leo Messi, 23. Better each time. Messi missed the 2006 Final through injury, amazed the world with his goal in Rome in 2009, and at Wembley became European triple champion thanks to his fantastic goal. Only Eto'o and Messi have scored for Barca in two different Finals. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Robinho: "I imagine Neymar in Barcelona with Messi and Villa"

The former Real Madrid player Robinho, currently in Milan for half Brazilian said he sees Neymar in Pep Guardiola.

Robinho and Neymar coincided in Santos and they keep a great friendship. That is why the Milan striker is qualified to opine on the future of his compatriot. "I imagine Neymar in Barcelona with Messi and Villa", assured the international in an interview to 'Arena Sport TV'.

Ronbinho also acknowledged that Neymar had advised him to go play in Europe. "Neymar has some impressive qualities. Soon leave Brazil," he said. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Alevín D, the last champion of the cantera

Alex Gomez team he was satisfied with a draw on the last day and managed to win the White Subur in Sitges. The Alevín D has become the ninth champions of the cantera.

FC Barcelona D 6 - Blanca Subur 1

After being proclaimed champion of a noted tournament of soccer alevín in Poland (Biale Orly Cup) in that Alevín D azulgrana was imposed in the final one to Sporting of Portugal, the boys of Àlex Gómez conquered the League.
They arrived to the last party with the necessity of adding a point but they conquered with comfort to Blanca Subur of Sitges. The scorers of this party were Oriol Verdaguer, Dani Molina, Alex Calatrava and Cenhya.

FC Barcelona 3 Athletic Club 2

The preliminary round of rooms of final of the King's Cup is very open after the 3 at 2 gotten by the Juvenile A in the Ciudad Deportiva. Dongou provoked a penalti that Etock transformed and it marked the other two goals of the team. Athletic was superior in the strategy plays and it could mark this way two goals.

Lleida 1 FC Barcelona B 1

Sergi Barjuan and Marc Guitart's Juvenil B fell eliminated in the penaltis shift after a very disputed party. Juvenil B azulgrana had good occasions but the success lack and the lottery of the penalties they left him outside of the Copa Catalunya.

FC Barcelona A 2 Gimnàstic Tarragona 0

Nàstic enjoyed some occasion of danger, but the talent from the Cadete A azulgrana it was imposed in this preliminary round of rooms of final. Sandro and Maxi Rolón, of penalty, was the scorers of a team that the expensive on Lleida will be seen to the semifinals.

Cambrils 0 FC Barcelona B 5

The boys of Fran Artiga sealed one of the best performances in the season in home with a great goleada. To the rest you arrived with a 0-3 thanks to Ramón's hat-trick Saavedra. Àlex Corredera and Moha were the scorers of a second serene half. The Cadete B, champion weeks ago, concluded the League in the best way.


Alevín C finished the season with a very interesting party against a level rival. Jordi Font and Francis Pérez's boys went once again faithful to the style Barça and they were imposed in a very amusing party.

Santa Coloma Cervelló 1 FC Barcelona C 11

Benjamin C concluded the season with a collective great performance. Aitor (3), Garrido (2), Jordi (2), Eric Castillo (2), Priego and Kais were the scorers of a party dominated without problems by Jordi and Albert Puig's boys.

FC Barcelona 3 Espanyol C 1

The derby opted for small details. Espanyol advanced the first minute of the encounter but the boys of Cristian Catena and Óscar Hernández they marked three goals. A goal of Johny and two in the players' blue blanquiverdes own door marked the differences. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

"Our story is not over yet"

The coach met for the last time this season to his players and sent them an emotional speech before the holidays.

With faces and signs of sleep the previous night had been held, the players first team met yesterday for the last time this season, with the monkey work, in one more session designed as a farewell as training to use. Pep Guardiola wanted to call one last time to his players for a chance to say goodbye in the privacy and tranquility, for since Eric Abidal looked up Barca's Champions League quarter last Saturday, the Catalans have not had a moment of relaxation.

Yesterday's session featured two very special guests, especially after what happened this season. The two cups that are credited as winners of the Champions League and were waiting on the lawn of the Nou Camp, for players to touch them, kiss, be re-photographed with them as a souvenir for posterity or to teach them through social networks, as did some.

Although the time of the call were 11.30, some of them were taken as a reference when required but the timeliness of the day, when late for a workout is punishable by a fine.

As usual, Pep Guardiola was the first to appear in the Barca stadium to reach the Nou Camp by 9 am, when even tourists were in the stadium. The technician is not granted truce and yesterday also had areas in which to think, for example, in the words that would direct a few hours later to his men before the holidays.
As for the players, Victor Valdes was the first to arrive at the appointment. The goalkeeper came to the 10:45 a.m.. For its part, the last to appear were Jose Manuel Pinto, Eric Abidal who "brought him his wife Hayet" and Gerard Pique. The central face of Catalan, which ended the call at 11.45 am, made clear that the post-concert celebration of Shakira had lengthened the night before.

As they were all dressed in pink tracksuit regular training sessions, Guardiola has gathered around him. It was time to target them and to close the season, officially.

"Liven up the holidays, because the year has been grueling," the coach told his players, aware of the extra pressure that had to endure throughout the year, with constant attacks by the inordinate sectors related to Florentino Perez and Jose Mourinho. If until this year, Guardiola was proud of his players for showing the connection in the field and internal harmony in the locker room this season, the boys have also shown that having a degree of extraordinary maturity, as not being well, could not withstand the barrage of criticism and accusations surreal.

But beyond noting his mental strength, the coach sent them a message for the future, "July 18, I hope to here because our story is not over yet." With this sentence, which will sink deep into the minds of his players, the coach got what now yeah end to a season for framing.

The coach addressed individually did not prevent any of the players in the squad, not those who openly disregard what their future. At the end of the day, all players who make up the first team have a contract in force at least until next season.

Pep Guardiola will now focus on his new challenge when he returns from vacation. And after three seasons after winning players and make history by football titles and philosophy, the coach will have to seek new tools of motivation for his players. We never lose sight that the hunger for titles in the template will be the easy time to motivate his men.

At about 12.40 again began to march all members of staff, after the hugs for a farewell. Some of them must now meet commitments selection began yesterday for many a well deserved holiday. Leo Messi was among the first to go. `The Flea" was to prepare the case, since yesterday took a plane to his native Argentina.

How could it be otherwise, the coach was the last to leave the premises, maintaining the trend of the season. Pep left the stage to the 2:30 p.m., with the mind of the planning for next season, which begins July 18. The challenge of improving their numbers is difficult, but it's just impossible goals that have fed the hunger of the locker room during the past three seasons. (via SPORT)

Messi wants to be to play the Super Cup against Real Madrid

The Argentine summer live a very tight and should make a special season for Barcelona.

Leo Messi awaits a particularly challenging summer, but do not want to miss the clash against Real Madrid twice on 14 and 17 August. Leo holidays started yesterday, but in nine days must be incorporated to the concentration of Argentina to begin the preparation of the Copa America, yet another challenge of 'The Flea'. This even greater, because the tournament is held in his country and that Argentina hopes to see the best version of Leo to lift the championship.

Messi will join Argentina issued on 8 June to 30 participate in the preparation of the team who have these weeks for the team regain the physical tone and absorb the ideas Batista tactics. The 20 is expected to play a friendly against albiceleste Parguay in Buenos Aires, an event that will be used to see at what point is the computer before starting the championship.

Argentina will begin its journey in the Copa America on July 1 to Bolivia. On 6 will face Colombia and 11 is expected to play against Costa Rica. In the event that Batista all go to the next stage play the quarter to 16, the semifinals and the final 19 on 24 this month. In this context "with Argentina reaching the tournament final chapter" Messi could come to play seven games with the albiceleste.

Leo closed his participation in the Copa America on July 24 and enjoy on vacation until Aug. 3, the date on which in principle is expected to join the Barcelona pre-season, namely the U.S. tour. It is also possible that some friendly dispute Messi for their account either by advertising commitments as charities and other summers occurred "during the space between their participation in the Copa America and the start of the season with Barcelona .

The Argentine star these parties "without" and with Argentina reaching as far as possible, you may have a total of only 18 days. For Messi, however, would be much worse to have more vacation days, since that would mean he has not achieved the goals with Argentina. And is that `The Flea" knows what it is to have the press in Argentina nail following the failure of the albiceleste. Messi has always underlined its commitment to Argentina and more than once says his big challenge is to win a World Cup with Argentina. Leo only knows how to win a World Cup and Gold Sub'20 in Beijing with Argentina, so the Copa America as a great opportunity to change his luck with yours.

If finally joins the issue of FC Barcelona on August 3, Leo hopes to be ready for both games against Real Madrid Super Cup in Spain. The meetings are scheduled for 14 and 17 August, but Messi will have a specific physical preparation, and will not stand many days as many of their peers.

Leo does not intend to miss the double confrontation against a set of Mourinho. At just 23 years, 'The Flea will you continue to make history with Barcelona and he also knows that in the summer of 2012 will have enough time to rest, since it has no commitments with the albiceleste. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Soriano, Dos Santos and Romeu, transfer options in subsidiary

Barça B season has appreciated some team players could accept a transfer to play at First Division.

The great season Barça subsidiary can also bring economic benefits to the club if confirmed some of the possible operations to transfer the template directed by Luis Enrique. The top scorer in the category, Jonathan Soriano, have multiple options to leave the club and take a leap in quality.

His agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, planned to meet this week with leaders of the club to set a price for a possible transfer. The striker can choose your destination, you will first division deals and foreign teams with aspirations.

Oriol Romeu, one of the most promising players of Barca B, also could leave the computer for longer in the First Division or abroad. Benfica has been interested in the midfielder Ulldecona and if Barca accepts rid of him, paid an extra amount.

Jonathan dos Santos is another player whose transfer would leave money in the coffers of the club. The Mexican player played the Copa America with his choice and his time in the tournament, to be held in Argentina between 1 and 24 July, could add value to your money.

El Rayo Vallecano has asked Oier Olazabal, which could strengthen the team in Madrid in First.

After Wembley, the challenge now is Munich

Barca will meet on August 25 rivals in the group stage in order to validate title in the Allianz Arena.

With the Champions at Wembley still in the retina, the next edition of the continental showpiece and takes shape. Barça face, of course, as head of series, from Pot 1 the draw for the group stage taking place in Monaco, ready to make history. No team has repeated title since the format was introduced Champions, but the club seems ready to break that statistic. If Wembley was the venue dream to lift the European Cup quarter, the headquarters of the end of 2012 will not fare behind. Be played in Munich's Allianz Arena. The champions begin their title defense on 13 or 14 September in the first round of the group stage.

With 22 teams already qualified for the group stage, the heats of summer will help to elucidate the ten teams which will join the big club competition in the continent.

The draw for the group stage will take place on Thursday 25 August at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo. Barca will start from the first drum, that of the seeded teams, as their European coefficient is the second best in Europe, only surpassed by Manchester United just.

The UEFA calculates the coefficients of the European teams in terms of sport performance for the last five seasons and their country of origin. Each team gets two points if they win and one in case of a tie, and competitive games regardless of previous rounds. Being in the group stage of the Champions says three extra points, and from there, one point per round from the eighth to the final. To that figure must be added the 20 percent coefficient of each country, which is obtained by adding the total points of each team and dividing that figure by the number of teams in the country.

Interestingly, the Manchester United leads the ranking of the season just ended, with 36.6714 points, 36.6428 Barca, precisely because the 'country factor ". In the Champions League, the British team won nine games, drew three and lost one (the final), exactly the same numbers of Barca, so should the added advantage that UEFA made according to the country of origin. England has a rate of 3.67 and Spain, 3.64. (via SPORT)

Puyol to undergo op on Wednesday

Carles Puyol will be operated on at 14.00 on Wednesday, June 1st at the Clínica Quirón to resolve the problems he’s been suffering with his left knee.

Following the operation, Doctors Ricard Pruna and Ramon Cugat will speak to the media at the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room at the Camp Nou.

The Club captain was nearly three months out injured with tendon trouble in his left knee after he was taken off on January 22nd against Racing at the Camp Nou and didn’t return until his inclusion in the squad for the League game at the Bernabeu on April 15th.

Since the game against Madrid, Puyol has been used sparingly by Guardiola –he took part in both the Champions League semi-finals, but only came on for the final three minutes against United at Wembley. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Champions League 2010/11: Did you know...?

The 2011 European Champions scored the most goals in the Tournament and had the leading goalscorer during a fantastic campaign that reached a fitting conclusion at Wembley on Saturday night. Below are some facts and figures from the campaign:

Of their 13 Champions League games this season, Barça won 9, drew 3 (away to Copenhagen and Rubin Kazan as well as at home to Real Madrid) and lost just once –away to Arsenal.

The Camp Nou has been a fortress this season, with five wins and just the one draw in the semis against Madrid.

Barça were the leading goal scorers with 30 goals(18 at home, 9 away and 3 at Wembley) and conceded just 9 (4 at home, 4 away and 1 in the final).

The Champions also had most shots on goal -7.54 a game, ahead of second placed Bayern, who averaged 7,38.

Only two teams committed less fouls per game than Barça(10,92) -Rangers (9,83) and Inter (10,7) and only two teams received more fouls - Braga (17,33) and Partizan (16,5), compared to Barça’s 16,23.

Guardiola used a total of 26 players in the competition – one more than in the Spanish Cup and two less than in La Liga.

Sergio Busquets has played most minutes for the team in this campaign – 1129, just five more than Dani Alves.

Gerard Piqué is the player who has made most tackles -122 in the 11 games he played.

Messi was the competition’s leading scorer – as he has been for the last three seasons now with 12 goals. Pedro (5) and Villa (4) were the team’s next leading scorers.

This year’s Champions League title means that Guardiola has now lifted 10 trophies in his three years in charge. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Silvestre, new target of Barca

Although his natural position is the center can also act in the right-back, and lacking in goal to be a defender (6 goals this season in league).

Barcelona seems to have a new goal to strengthen its defense next season. According to the website ' Calciomercato 'it would be the Matías Silvestre , Argentine footballer of Catania .

Sylvester was one of the key pieces of the great season by the team coached by Diego Simeone , getting permanenciua in Serie A and into the agenda of several great Italians such as Lazio, Roma and Fiorentina . Although his natural position is the center can also act in the band right hand, and lacking in goal to be a defender (6 goals this season in league).

He is 26 years old, it measures 184 centimeters and their professional career began in Boca Juniors in 2003. The Argentine club remained until 2008, when he signed the Catania, with whom he played 118 official matches and, although confrimación has come this season. Market price is around 2.5 million euros. (via AS)

Sporting expects to close the transfer of José Ángel to Barcelona

The Asturian club paid 4.5 million euros from the fullback.

Sporting the coaching staff faces a week that can be resolved some of the future negotiations remains open at present, especially the progress of the lateral José Ángel Barcelona and know the intentions of the central Catalan club Alberto Botia , over which it has an option to purchase.

Barcelona disputed delayed until after the end of the Champions League on completion of negotiations for the signing of Jose Angel by the Sporting hopes to enter around 4.5 million euros , and at first not interested in reduce the amount in exchange for the transfer of a player.

The coach of Sporting, Manolo Preciado, he already manifested their rejection to incorporate given players, especially in defense, mainly if Botía continues in the team gijonés, he/she doubts that they also hope to clear this week in the conversations that maintain those responsible for both clubs.

Armenteros, Nino, Ricardo Damián Suárez León and reinforcements are being sought across the Sporting next season, although in cases of Child and Ricardo León must first make its low in Tenerife, and Damian Smith to Uruguayan League finish, as if there is agreement between the clubs.

Armenteros belongs to Sevilla and is pending whether the future coach of the Andalusian team is going to have him. Otherwise your choice would be the Sporting despite his current team, Rayo Vallecano, is also interested in its continuity.

In addition to inclusion in the first team this preseason young Nacho Cases will join four other players from the subsidiary, Sergio Alvares, Juan Muniz, Pedro and Alain Orfila . The four have worked with Preciado last summer but this time have many choices, especially the first two, to become incorporated into the first team.

The club also works gijonés the departure of some players that do not account for the next season, such as striker Mate Bilic , who in the absence of minutes this season is also keen to leave Sporting and looking to play for to be part of the selection of Croatia in the next European Championship. (via Marca.com)

30 May 2011

Del Bosque: "It was a shame not to see a final between Real Madrid and Barcelona"

Vicente del Bosque, national football coach, said Monday that it was a "punishment" to the final of the Champions Laliga played on Saturday Barcelona and Manchester United not playing Barça to Real Madrid.

Salamanca coach at the opening of a football field in the School of Forestry, University Complutense, recognized the merit and the superiority of Josep Guardiola's team and regretted that they had not played the last game against Real Madrid.

"They are the European champions have made a great match, were higher in the end, removing the first few minutes in which it seemed that Manchester could something. But little by little the team was dominating the situation and ended up being a clear winner. It seems it was a penalty that was not a final Real Madrid-Barcelona, ​​who were the two best teams in Europe, "he said.

However, he stressed that despite the domain having the Barcelona European football, believes that there are teams that have "great strength" to stand up to the Blaugrana. "The moment in which they can be overcome. In football and in sport, there is a guarantee to always win," he said. (via SPORT)

First team back at work on July 18

Barca deserved holiday begins after holding the three titles of the season. Champions Achieving possible dispute between two facing competitions next year, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

It has been an intense season. But with the satisfaction of work well done, the players of the first team go on vacation. All no. The dispute over the America's Cup and the UEFA European Under-21 international forces some to lengthen the course to within a few weeks. But the bulk of the workforce now has a date for return to work: will be 18 July. The other players named to your selections will be added depending on the success in the Copa America and Europe. Then start the 2011/12 campaign. And on the horizon, 6 exciting challenges: the two Super Cups, Club World Cup, the League Cup and Champions League.

Love football. And they are the best. The whole world will admire and want to watch them closely. In France, charmed by the soccer of Barça and for the wonderful expression of Puyol giving the Cup to Abidal, they already know that at the end of the month of August they enjoy the presence of those of Guardiola in Monaco again. In this case to face Porto de André Villas-Boas, who has won league, League Cup Europe and the dispute Portuguese Super Cup.

And in Japan also celebrate the fourth European Cup club. In Asia there are thousands and thousands of Barca fans are already excited because from 8 to December 18 will closely Messi, Xavi and company. 5 years after the club returns to Japan to compete in the World Cup.

And it is to win the Champions League means more parties and thus to qualify for more titles. In August it will be busy. Euro causes the advance teams of different leagues and the weekend of 20 to 21 August will host the first day. Earlier, on 14 and 17 of the same month, Barca and Madrid will fight for the Spanish Supercopa. And well-deserved vacation in five months Guardiola's team will choose three titles before the end of the year. Barca is building up the work. Blessed problem. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The champions, immortalized with the three cups

The members of the first team have been photographed on the lawn of the Camp Nou with trophies given credit as the Super Cup champions Spain, the Liga and the Champions of the 2010/2011 season.

After the cavalcade of celebration and the subsequent celebration held Sunday at the Camp Nou, the group led by Josep Guardiola was quoted on Monday at 11.30 hours to leave just before the holidays. Before that, however, all members of staff have jumped Barcelona stadium's turf to take an unforgettable: the photograph with the three cups achieved this course.

Thus, they spent about ten minutes of noon, the champions have begun to leave the pitch at the Nou Camp dressed in workout clothes. Just in the area south of the stadium Gol , were waiting for the trophies of the Supercopa of Spain , the League and top European competition , with which they have done a photo shoot to remember. No one was missing.

The first of the many photos that have made ​​the team on Monday was the entire group. From here, there have been pictures of players posing one by one to three glasses, some of the players with Josep Guardiola , who has been wanted to share space with other colleagues or members of technical staff ... all these with a common element: the satisfaction and joy of work well done. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Hitzfeld: "Barca is the most intelligent of the story"

"It's a golden generation that will continue to make the competition in the coming years. I do not know when it will be a team and with the technical perfection," said the coach.

German coach Ottmar Hitzfeld Swiss coach, FC Barcelona qualify as "the smartest team of all time" after their 3-1 win in the final of the Champions League against Manchester United, match that showed " other soccer star. "

"This is for me Barcelona is the smartest team of all time, a golden generation that will continue to make the competition in the coming years. I do not know when it will be a team and with the technical perfection," said Hitzfeld, who won Champions League with Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, in his weekly column in the magazine Kicker. "

Pep Guardiola Hitzfeld qualifies as "the architect of success." The Bayern exentrenador begins his article lamenting the end it lasted only ninety minutes because, he says, he would have liked to have an extension or a game of repeating only to see more time in Barcelona.

Hitzfeld stresses that Manchester United's Alex Ferguson belongs to the top of Europe's elite but adds that "Barcelona is still a class above." (via AS)

It doesn't lack a lot to reach the level of Barça

"In the Champions League we lost by a red card that my view was wrong. If we had played eleven against eleven would not have lost the game," said Khedira in 'Kicker'.

The German international Sami Khedira maintains that his team, Real Madrid , is not far to reach the level that currently has the Barcelona which he describes as a worthy winner of the Champions League .

"Everyone agrees that Barcelona won just the Champions League . But we do not take much to reach the level of Barcelona, ​​"Khedira said in an interview published today in the journal ' Kicker '.

Khedira , moreover, makes a positive balance of the season, both personally and in regard to Real Madrid , despite not achieving all the objectives.

The international fair regrets being injured in the final of the Copa del Rey when he says, he and the team had reached its peak.

"Being cut off from that high level and was not able to continue helping the saddest thing of a season that was actually very positive," said Khedira .

With regard to the semifinals of the Champions League , in which Madrid was eliminated before the Barcelona , Khedira was convinced that the white team had not lost the first two games if Pepe had not been expelled.

"In the Champions League we lost by a red card that my view was wrong. If we had played eleven against eleven would not have lost the game, "said Khedira .

In the league, Khedira argues that Madrid lost the match distance against Barcelona leaving points in away games against teams supposedly small. (via AS)

Willian Borges, the one covered of Barça

The season is over and the offices of FC Barcelona are already working hard to prepare for next season. You have to sign and it is time for negotiations.

"The midfield Shakhtar have to keep five or six Brazilian players that could play real good in any team." This sentence was pronounced Pep Guardiola day before the FC Barcelona will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season. The next day, Barca won 5-1 and as many people thought that Guardiola had happened to their statements.

But Pep already took time noticing those players. And especially in one of them. Willian Borges da Silva, a young color player. And something has been. Because it is one of the players that Barcelona coach wants to incorporate in the forthcoming season. This was explained and the Ukrainian press last week. And it's no rumor. Sport.es has been told, the representative of Brazil was last week and in Barcelona in talks with the club Barcelona and this week he is expected back in the offices of the club.

The player, as always, says he knew nothing but lies when he says "give me a pen and sign now." And, like many others, Willian Borges is very clear that the club is. "The best team in the world. Do not lose the ball. And if you lose, you recover quickly. And you instead run a lot and can not recover."

Willian Borges is 22 years. He was born on August 9, 1988 in the Brazilian city of Ribeirao Pires and professional debut for Corinthians in 2005, with only 17. In the 2007-2008 season he signed for Shakhtar. Sub'20 is international with Brazil and plays as a striker. (via SPORT)

Sevilla exercise option to purchase Cáceres

Sevilla CF have confirmed to FC Barcelona that they will be exercising their right to purchase included in the loan agreement for Martín Cáceres.

The Club could make as much as 4.5 million euros from the deal, made up of 3 million fixed euros and 1.5 that are variable depending on how Sevilla CF fare in the next four editions of the Champions League.

The central defender arrived from FC Barcelona in 2008 from Recreativo Huelva, on loan at the time from Villarreal. After playing in the treble winning Barça team, the defender went on loan in 2009 to Juventus. After a year on loan he returned to Italy. In August 2010, Martín Cáceres went out on loan again, this time to Sevilla, who had the option to buy, an option that they have ultimately decided to exercise. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Nolito explains the reasons for his move from Barcelona

The Barcelona striker Nolito unveiled on Monday why she decided to leave the Catalan club and signing for Benfica ...

The scorer of the subsidiary was a proposal to renew for two years with the club. And even though the offer was included in his rise to first team, rejected because he saw virtually impossible to get minutes.

"Barça is the best team in the world, but be here and not play ... And I understand that is so, because the club already has the best forwards," he said in remarks to the program 'grandstand' by Ona FM.

Nolito Pep Guardiola said that both as the club wanted to continue, but in life you have to make tough decisions. And I think I am right. I thought for many months with my family, my friends ... If I had gone with 20 or 21 years would have thought, but I have 24 and want to play and enjoy. "

"With Messi, Pedro and Villa, and Bojan, who is very good player, more Afellay, Jeffren or Iniesta, who can act in the winger, it is very difficult to play in the first team. And if they come one or two signings, even worse. They are the best in the world, is very complicated. And if you do not play, you lose confidence. Being on the bench one day, one in the stands, another play ten minutes ... Yes, fifteen minutes to play in Barca is a privilege. I am and always will be Barca, but I want minutes, "he added. Now his future is in the Portuguese Benfica. (via SPORT)

Kiko shows his willingness to go to Barcelona

Kiko Femenia, who plays Hercules , has expressed his "willingness" to sign for Barcelona if a concrete offer from the institution headed by Sandro Rosell , but said that has not seen his contract would be recalled that there must be agreement between clubs for the transfer.

Kiko today met with his representative Vicente Fores in a hotel in Alicante and there have had a conversation in which the agent has updated the young midfielder Hercules on some of the options for the future. Alicante The player has admitted that it would "illusion" might call at a club like Barcelona, ​​but has not wanted to launch the rooftops, knowing that even did not clarify what would be his contract and there must be also an agreement between the clubs.

Kiko has three seasons left on his contract with Hercules and a buyout clause of ten million euros, why, if Barcelona wants to gain the services of the player, must reach an early agreement with the entity Alicante. Although not officially known figures in which they could close the deal in recent days on reports have emerged suggesting that Barcelona could pay around five million for the Spanish international's transfer at lower levels.

It has also toyed with the possibility that Kiko would sign a contract for four years, the former with tab-sister team, although these conditions have not been confirmed by either party.

More than 7 million watched the triumph of Barcelona

The victory over Manchester United (3-1) had an audience share of 47%. About 13 million watched some point in the final minute of gold and brought together to 8,408,000 viewers.

More than seven million spectators attended last Saturday to win the FC Barcelona in the Champions League, which was shown on Spanish TV's 1. His victory against Manchester United (3-1) and its proclamation as champions of Europe's top competition added more than 7 million viewers, 7,005,000, a 47% share.

This victory, which gave the Catalans a fourth title of Champions, was seen in some time by about 13 million viewers. It also marked the "golden minute" of the day, which was at 22.11 hours, with 8,408,000 and 50.8% share.

Almost half of the spectators who watched television on Saturday chose La 1 TVE to follow the grand final of the Champions League held at the legendary Wembley Stadium. With over 7 million average audience, 47% audience share, and 12,942,000 viewers who watched a minute of intense match, the match between Barcelona and Manchester United was the most watched space on Saturday.

The 1 was leading to the issuance of the party in all regions except in Catalonia. In total, the meeting issued by The 1 and Forta, added 9,903,000 viewers, 66.5% share. Viewers also followed closely the victory celebration after the Catalans, with 6,196,000 viewers and 37.1% share.

In total, the program "Champions Challenge" issued by La 1 TVE during the evening of Saturday and was very aware of the previous grand final, the match and the subsequent conclusion registered an average of 4,213. 000 spectators, 31.2% share, and was seen by 17,411,000 viewers sometime.

The matches in the Champions League season 2010/11 have been reported in La 1 TVE an average of 37.7% share, 2.8 points above last season's data. (via AS)

Hernán Crespo: "No team has dominated both the field and Guardiola's Barca"

Argentine striker Hernan Crespo believes that Barcelona's Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, who on Saturday won his fourth Champions League, second in the last three editions, is the best football team of all time.

Crespo, Parma current player participates in a short survey on the Barcelona soccer experts and professionals published on Monday the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport '

The Argentine, the only one of the eight experts asked not hesitate to answer yes to the question of whether this boat is the best team in history, states that "no team has dominated both the field and Guardiola's Barcelona."

For his part, exentrenador and Chelsea, the Italian Carlo Ancelotti says that Barcelona is not the best team in history because in the past there have also been other big, but it is the best at this time.

The exinternacional Italian Paolo Rossi, world champion with Italy in the 1982 World Cup in Spain, believes that we should not forget the Ajax of the 70 Dutch, Arrigo Sacchi's Milan, Real Madrid and Alfredo di Stefano. (via SPORT)

Carles Vilarrubí: "A team like Barca always needs reinforcements

The vice president of Barcelona, ​​Carles Vilarrubí, said Monday in remarks to 'Els Matins de Catalunya Radio "that the technical secretary of the club and works to strengthen the squad for next season.

"A team like Barca always need reinforcements," said Barca vice-president of the entity that, while not giving clues, recognized that the technical secretary of the club and has been part of the job. "They have done their homework and now the technical secretary of the club begins a job for which they have been working all these months."

And as for the Barca manager, after this great season, the team challenge Guardiola should aim to "maintain excellence". "This team has written a page in the history of football, just look at the international press," he said Vilarrubí.

A success that staff outside the Barca vice-president also attributed to the management board of Sandro Rosell: "We have been fortunate to inherit a consolidated sports project, led by Pep Guardiola, but something we have done well to let them work" . "With the stretch of the season so difficult that we have made clear harmony between management and the first team, and the willingness of both to work together," he added Vilarrubí.

Asked about the state of relations between Barca and Real Madrid, Barca vice president felt that finished the season the next must open a period for reflection and taking stock of all that has passed both sports and non-sporting. "

Finally, Vilarrubí also said the lack of rest some players because of commitments such as the World Cup or America is "an endemic problem that has the club for having the best players in the world." (via SPORT)

Lippi: "Barça is the strongest team of all time"

Italian coach Marcello Lippi believes that Pep Guardiola's Barcelona is the best football team that has existed in the history of the sport and ensure that a group is "unique and difficult to repeat" in the future.

"There is no team to play well in the past, this Barcelona has all the characteristics to be the strongest team of all time," Lippi said in an interview published Monday in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera

Tuscan coach recognizes that throughout the history of football has been set "exceptional" as the Argentine Helenio Herrera's Inter or Milan of Arrigo Sacchi, but insists that the game FC Barcelona is "a unique phenomenon, not can be compared with other teams.

In fact, Lippi said that the performance of Guardiola's game last Saturday against Manchester United 28, which ended in victory for Barça (3-1) and gave the fourth Spanish club's Champions League was "fantastic "and even led to" a revolution "in football.

"Manchester United Barca could stop for fifteen minutes, when maintained at half field Guardiola. But, obviously, was not enough," said Lippi in the interview with the newspaper.

The key to success Catalan, according to the Italian coach, is based on the organization of the game, which "is always superior" to that of its rivals. Especially since the Barcelona not only committed to maintain possession in attack, but the whole team is willing to work hard to retrieve the ball when needed, says Lippi.

"At the time that the club lost the ball, players will look to exert great pressure on the opposite. The phase transition between offense and defense is immediate and this is crucial" to explain the superiority of football Barca referred to in Italian. "They make you run to steal anything and lucidity," he adds.

Lippi did acknowledge the technical issues and tactics, another advantage is that Barca has three 'outstanding' as the Spanish Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, and Argentina's Leo Messi. In addition, the Italian recalled that the most important players for the team have grown together and shared a common education.

"The joint training and growing up together on a daily basis, sharing the technical and tactical philosophy of the club, is the real value differentiator of Barcelona," Lippi sentence. (via SPORT)

[Ex player&coach] Cruyff sends a 'message' to Rosell: "A winning cycle doesn't finish for blame of the wardrobe"

The exmanager of Barça, Johan Cruyff, was happy for the victory achieved by the club in the Champions League while the policy warned Sandro Rosell of the need not to intervene in matters of dress.

"Lost Manchester, Barca won, but won the game," said the Dutchman in his weekly article in 'El Periodico de Catalunya', where Saturday's final qualifying "as one of the best" he has seen.

For the coach it was 'Dream Team' victory in the Champions League final is forged on the basis of details such as the gesture of a Puyol to Abidal, ownership of Mascherano or the minutes played by Affellay. In the latter two cases Cruyff believes it is a prize to the "performance and the effort to adapt to a language of football great to watch but difficult to implement."

But the Dutch coach will not forget the future and re-emphasized the possibility that Pep Guardiola will soon leave the bench for Barca: "Only he knows the extent of erosion, beyond the incredible number of titles and records," "Yes that I have clear that when you go there to look elsewhere, "the pour in Barcelona, ​​which ensures that" decisions will be central to this cycle of 20 years (...) be continued or not. "

"A cycle is not just winning almost never because of the costumes, but for reasons outside of it," says Cruyff in his column, which sends a clear message to the Catalan club's current board. "This dress has plenty of elements to keep fighting for everything, but it appears people outside wanting to intervene where problems should not arise," he says.

Finally, Johan obscure the fact that Madrid could be strengthened again in the winter market: "As much as fiche, will play only once". "If the World Champion team as now, there will be no problem," he concludes. (via AS)

FULL ARTICLE: www.elperiodico.com

Just Fontaine: "Technically Barça is perfect"

The French exfootballer Just Fontaine believes that Barcelona, ​​who on Saturday became champions of Europe, is the best team ever and that Lionel Messi is above Pele and Alfredo di Stefano.

"In the game" is the best team, "in the possession of the ball does not get any better. Brazil, 1958 or 1970 was immense, the Ajax of Cruyff and the Madrid of the five drinks too. But, technically, what Barca has done is perfect, "Fontaine said in an interview published today in the newspaper 'L'Equipe'.

For exfutbolista, "the only way to prevent errors is to make them play." "Real Madrid got a little, but paid dearly. The cards in the European Cup, lost too early and there was suspended. When you are dealing with players like Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets, who find the good passes, good spaces, you can not press the entire game. A game when Manchester was exhausted, "he said.

Fontaine compared with Raymond Kopa Messi for his "extraordinary acceleration," but said that the Argentine is superior to all. "I thought it was the best Pele, who shone for club and won World Cups. It also refers to Di Stefano. But I think Messi is better. With his speed and dribbling, reminds me of Garrincha. When you win a World Cup, all world will think the same, "he said. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Luis Enrique: "I had contacts with Roma"

He still Barça B coach, Luis Enrique, confessed on Monday in remarks to the chambers of the Italian channel 'Sky Sport' that has been in discussions to become the new coach of the Rome.

"There have been contacts with the leaders of the Roma, is an attractive possibility because it is one of the best Italian teams," the Spaniard said on Sunday that he directed his last game at the Mini Stadium. But the Italian is not the only option: "I have other options, we will evaluate everything in stride."

Finally, the possibility of exporting the model of Barcelona in Italy, Luis Enrique said: "Yes, you can do, just have suitable profile players." (via SPORT)

Do the dance of the players of Barça with Shakira

Barça players were on Sunday a very special party to the Shakira concert, where the Colombian made them move their hips.

As announced the singer Through Twitter social network, the Barcelona players were the special guests gave Shakira's concert on Sunday in Barcelona. And is that the Colombian was moving her hips Pique, Xavi, Villa, Pedro, Busquets and Bojan on stage at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium. Want to see how they defend the Catalans with the famous dance of the hips? Do not miss the following video:

[Youth; Copa del Rey semifinal] FCB Juvenil A 3 - 2 Athletic

Juvenil A suffer in Bilbao to qualify for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey juvenil.

Aguirretxea, at 2 min, kick a dangerous failure. And the first approximation Barca came in minute 12, with an attempt from outside the area of ​​Cristian Herrera.

Although the Juvenil A convenient way Barca dominated the ball, no Athletic suffered in its defensive zone. And so, the Basques have gone ahead in the scoring with a headed goal after a foul Bustinza side.

Entry Gael Etock for Cristian has been given more offensive force to a set that ended the first period elated to trace the Athletic goal. Dongou has been subject to a penalty on 37 minutes that has transformed Gael Etock. And just before the break, Dongou has invented a goal with a fantastic control and unstoppable shot,

In the renewal Espinosa has warned with a dangerous shot in the minute 10, but who has seen goal again he is Jean Marie Dongou. The Cameroonian has surprised us again with a great shot. The '9 'Juvenil A Barca is a prodigious striker with physical and technical conditions in an amazing old Cadete player.

With the 3-1 against Athletic lines and has moved closer to the goal sought by Unzué. And the best times have been from set pieces. After Unzué was brilliant with four consecutive stops amazing action, Athletic shortened with a new goal difference resulting from a header by William. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
Barcelona: Unzué, Carlos Julio (Bako, 85’), Rosell, Ayala, Balliu, Gustavo, Masó (Dalmau, 82’), Espinosa, Ernesto (Patri, 75’), Dongou y Cristian (Etock, 32’).

Athletic: Aitor, Iñaki, Ruiz, Bustinza, Saborit, Aguirretxea, Ramalho (Guillermo, 60’), Laporte, Txema, Jon e Iñigo.

Goals: 0-1, Bustinza (27’). 1-1, Etock (P) (39’). 2-1, Dongou (45’). 3-1, Dongou (57’). 3-2, Guillermo (84’).

Referee: Guardiola Rotger. Admonished the Basque team player, Ramalho.

Stadium: Ciutat Esportiva. 500 espectadores.

Raiola recriminated an executive of Barça Maxwell's absence

Ibra's agent rolled out to Wembley to take on members of the club face to the absence of the ward.

something stands out Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, is by its verbiage and its ability to step in all the puddles. The representative, who attended the Wembley final invited by Maxwell, one of his constituents, he returned to make their own just after the final. Visibly upset by the disposal of the ward in the end, Raiola met with club executive, Raul Sanllehí, and some executives who accompanied him at the exit of the stadium.

Ibra's agent, impetuous as his own, he went so heated the representatives of Barcelona, ​​recriminations and cries that Guardiola had left off the team at Maxwell and I had not even placed on the bench.
The water did not reach the river because all of the agent managed to admonish Ibrahimovic, but clearly still not learn the lesson after the unfortunate chapter that was experienced last summer with the Swedish striker.

The incident, coupled with the brides have come to Maxwell from Italy, to its small presence in the team competition which is in the template (there are three left side) and a history of Mino Raiola could trigger a departure left side in the coming days.

AC Milan, club with which Raiola has a close relationship after the transfer of Robinho Ibrahimovic is one of the entities concerned in taking the left side for next season. It would be a chance for Barcelona could collect some of their transfer without losing quality in the template.

Raiola is a person who does not mince his words when criticizing and getting destabilizing in part to their constituents because in the end they end up paying the bill. When it began to speculate in the media the possible departure of Zlatan, the agent was enraged to the point of publicly insulting ensuring that Guardiola would have to go to a "mental asylum".

Such words reached the ears of not only coach but also the policy that is openly raised the possibility Raiola sue for slander and lack of honor.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent quickly corrected to avoid the snowball continued to grow, but the damage had been done because his image had been badly damaged. In any event, the Swede does not mince words in his farewell and went to Guardiola calling him a "philosopher", among other occurrences. (via SPORT)

[2-Div - LIGA ADELANTE- 41] FC Barcelona B 1 - 2 Salamanca

Barça B has left the grass ready to stay with a good taste in the final game of the season in the Mini. Luis Enrique guys have gone all out and have had numerous occasions to reach the break with a lead consistent. Abraham, Batra and Dos Santos have had the goal in their boots, but the lack of marksmanship, added to the good performance of goalkeeper Biel Ribas Salamanca, have delayed the goal.

In any case, however, has ended up coming on 37 minutes when Benjamin, which also marked in Girona last week, has inaugurated a marker of the Catalans with a header that has ripped the applause in the stadium.

After the break, the Salamanca has come to prove that he was willing to let the skin on the playing field and that with the situation he had at halftime, the Spaniards were to Segunda B mathematically.

The Baltasar Sánchez have had two clear chances in 4 minutes, but it was Jonathan Soriano has finally finished sending the ball into the back of the goal of Ribas. The scorer has shown how the figures reached infarction who have top scorer in the league and has not missed a counter to make it 2-0.

The Salamanca was reluctant to fall and Edu Bedia has encouraged the team and the fans with the first and only goal visitor. Biel Ribas has kept alive his team until Soriano finished off the game late in the game. Still remaining minutes, but for Nolito, who had recently left for Saul, join the party marking the fourth goal of the evening. A few seconds to the final whistle, with a disconsolate Salamanca, Soriano scored his hat trick that gave the mannitol group.

The players have Luis Enrique hallway after the game and have 'blanketed' Vazquez and Nolita. In the press conference post-match "Lucho" grateful to Barça "magnificent three years has been a nice day" and added that the Roma "is a good choice, I have spoken with them but not the only possibility I have. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
Barcelona B: Masip; Edu Oriol, Bartra, Planas (Víctor Vázquez, min.66), Abraham; Dos Santos, Ilie (Palau, min.76), Oriol Romeu; Saúl (Nolito, min.66), Benja y Jonathan Soriano.

Salamanca: Biel Ribas; Juanpa, Moratón, Goikoetxea, Sito Castro; Héctor Yuste, Edu Bedia (Rico, min.70); Kike, Juanjo (Galindo, min.87), Toti y M.Márquez.

Goals: 1-0, min.37: Benja, 2-0, min. 56: Jonathan Soriano, 2-1, min.63: Bedia, 3-1, min.85: Jonathan Soriano, 4-1, min.87: Nolito, 5-1, min.90: Jonathan Soriano.

Referee: Del Cerro Grande (Madrid Committee). Toti admonished (min.59) and Bartra (min.65).

Incidents: game for the 41 st day of the Liga Adelante held at the Mini Stadium before 1,300 spectators.

The day that Shakira made move the hips to mediun Barça

With almost an hour and a half late, She played at the Olympic Stadium of Montjuic in Barcelona accent concert.

Nerves, whistles and cries Why, Why, Why. But this time it was Mourinho who asked the question. Were the thousands of fans from 10 pm expecting Shakira began her concert in the Olympic Stadium of Montjuic, but that will spend a quarter past eleven, still waiting. Meanwhile, Shakira was in his dressing room, where after 10 minutes appeared Gerard Piqué. For about 40 minutes they were both in the dressing room by themselves.

And at a quarter past eleven out Shakira. Tight pants and a "Bona nit, Barcelona." It was the first Colombian nod to his new city. From there it followed the details. As the second song he sang was "There I leave Madrid." Was with ulterior motives? Who knows. Had not yet seen the Barca players but the references were constant. And, always, in a Catalan almost perfect. "On a day like today, there is much to celebrate, this is my home."

Reached the peak. 23 hours and 33 minutes. Piqué leave the stage, Xavi, Villa, Pedro, Busquets and Bojan. Shakira is presented one by one. Other players such as Valdes and Abidal, remain in the background. Same with Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova or Manel Estiarte. A six others will play "work." "We will move those hips," says the Colombian. And there you have six dancing as they can. The best saving furniture is Piqué. Normal. Have you had a teacher who has taught expert. And what you see, he also has taught her things. "With the number 3 now understand more about football."

A bit of flamenco, a bit of "torture", "blind and deaf" and will lapsing the concert crowds and has already forgotten the 80 minutes that have been waiting for the Colombian singer. And spontaneous changes of the lyrics in songs like "I'm crazy for my Piqué" instead of "I'm crazy for my tiger."

And near the end, the clearest reference to the club. "Congratulations Barcelona, ​​the best team in the world", before closing his concert, could not be otherwise, with his famous "Waka Waka." (via SPORT)

Delirium culé in Camp Nou

The celebration of the achievement of the fourth Champions League has seen its peak with the release of the Barça squad on the pitch.

With the arrival of the fourth Champions at Camp Nou has been the apotheosis. The stadium was full for several hours, with tens of thousands of fans outside, no room. Fans waiting for the European champions enjoying the musical performances on the pitch until he has lived the big time: at 20.30 the team made entry after the massive cavalcade.

It was a very similar conclusion to that of the League. First appeared the members of technical staff and then the players in order of dorsal (in decreasing). Seen since a Busquets doing flips up to Alves disguise with glasses and hat. Would be the last to leave the four captains, with the League, and the two coaches, with the Champion's arms. The Nou Camp exploded.

Captain Carles Puyol parliaments began with a t-shirt supporting Miki Roque. The eight players who have grabbed the microphone have agreed to acknowledge the support of the fans throughout the season . All have been photographed together in midfield with two trophies and have given the victory lap, wrapped in explosions of confetti.

Spectacular fireworks and the traditional circle in the center circle have put end to the great festival of Barcelona, ​​the celebration of the fourth Champions. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The staff thanked the fans for their support throughout the season

The speeches of the players on the pitch at the Camp Nou and after having walked the streets of Barcelona are all gone in one direction: that of gratitude towards fans who have been with the team until the last minute.

It is said that the fans of a football team is the player number 12. And for the Barca players, this saying makes more sense than ever. That is why the focus of their parliaments has been precisely this, the public support, without which certainly would have been more difficult to get the title and the Champions League.

So players have led the first team to an overflow crowd that filled the stands of Camp Nou with a desire to hold a double for the story.

Carles Puyol

"Thanks for being here. I said we would return. Celebrate it because it cost a lot to win. Visca Visca Barca and the Population."

Josep Guardiola

"Welcome. Thanks to everyone who has been with us, those who came to London because they were lucky to get tickets, which are here ... and also those who have accompanied us throughout the year. We have been felt very close to you. repeat next year through the effort. "

Lionel Messi

"I said I would talk and here I am. But I have nothing to say.'s Celebrate this. Hopefully we can repeat it many years. Visca Visca Barça and Catalonia."

Xavi Hernández

"To me I have run out of words. Thank you. This team is fucking great. I have always been proud to be FC Barcelona and Catalan, and now more than ever."

Éric Abidal

"Good evening, everyone. Thanks for your support throughout the season. Thanks to the team, especially the captains yesterday I made an important gesture, give me the bracelet. It was the best day of my football career. Lift This was impressive Champions. Visca Visca Barça and Catalonia. "

Andrés Iniesta

"Good afternoon. I want to thank you for your support. Without you these cups are impossible. Thanks for being next to the computer. My heart tells me that the biggest thing is to be FC Barcelona, ​​and I'm very proud of it. Visca el Barça Visca Catalunya. "

Víctor Valdés

"If I may, one little detail to complete the party (he put the flag in the league). Now if you are good. That they may know. I we had one, and here we have, from Wembley to you all. Enjoy it . Visca Barca and, above all, Visca Catalunya. "

Gerard Piqué

"Today I will be very brief. A friend of mine told me to say a phrase and I will do, nor do we take drugs, nor do we throw away, or buy the referees. Just play football. Visca el Barça Visca Catalunya. I hope everyone in the Olympic Stadium, the concert of Shakira. "

Pedro Rodriguez

"We had this party forward. We wanted to celebrate this title with the fans. Always stressed the team's work. Without the fellow could not make those goals. The most important thing was to get the title and devote to this hobby that is wonderful. we have gradually been improving. We had a major challenge to the classic against Madrid. Too bad the final of the Copa del Rey. I dedicate all my family and followers. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

29 May 2011

More figures of record for Messi

Lionel Messi's game has no limits. Once again, the Argentine star shone with a particularly strong performance by the 2-1, which opened the way to victory. A goal that will close the season with 53 goals, its highest ever.

With only 23, Messi , this Saturday night, returned to show the great player he is on the pitch of Wembley Stadium, as stated by Josep Guardiola at the press conference after the match, in which said a player is "unique and unrepeatable." Action, that of this 28 May, which led to UEFA to choose as MVP of the game . With that achieved in London, the '10 'Barcelona and adds three Champions League titles under his belt and continues to mount spectacular figures are the best examples of his footballing ambitions.

Accident of fate. The goal that Messi got against Manchester United on 54 minutes the game was his 100th goal since the final of the Champions League held in Rome in 2009 , which curiously also beat Van der Sar. A goal, this one, which is the twelfth that marks this season's Champions , and it becomes the leading scorer in the top European competition for the third consecutive year . He had already been the season 2008/09 , with nine goals , and 2009/10 , with eight . A fact, he, who had only previously managed to Müller and Papin.

But his records do not stop there. With these 12 goals which marked the 2010/11 academic year on the Champions, FC Barcelona's Argentine international has also managed to match the historic figure of the tournament , which until this year belonged to Ruud van Nistelrooy, since the 2002/03 season .

On the other hand, note that the goal from outside the area that scored against the team coached by Alex Ferguson allowed to become the second player in the history of FC Barcelona who sees the end goal in two Champions League , Roma 2009 and 2011 Wembley -. Previously it had Samuel Eto'o - the final in Paris in 2006 and in Rome, 2009 -. In this same vein, the Barcelona striker is the fourth player to score in two European finals. They share this honor Di Stefano , Rial and own Eto'o. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Data from the fourth

FC Barcelona is champion of Europe in London, the same city where he became the first European Cup in 1992. Only four teams have repeated in the same place title. Here we review this and other data of the fourth.

Barca (in London), then added to a list that was only the Madrid (in Paris and Glasgow), AC Milan (in Athens) and Liverpool (in Rome).

Up to six players in the Barça squad and have won three Champions. They Valdés, Piqué (one with the United), Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi.

The first team, Villa, Jeffren, Mascherano, Maxwell, Afellay, Adriano and Fontàs up his first Champions League.

The United finished off a one-time-to-door. Rooney was the shot that led to the tie. Barca capped eleven times.

Piqué was the player who recovered from the final ball (13). Xavi, who made good more passes (148).

As in the Rome final, went home to seven players from the youth (Valdés, Piqué, Xavi, Sergio, Iniesta, Messi and Pedro).

Puyol, along with Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich), the only captain who has proclaimed three times European champions.

Among Messi, Pedro and Villa have scored a total of 98 goals this season.

Pedro scored the 900 th goal of the club's history in international competition. Barca is the first set to arrive at this figure.

All previous Champions League finals that went 1-1 the rest were decided in extra time or penalties. Goals from Messi and Villa changed history.

Josep Guardiola (40 years and 130 days) and is twice the youngest European champion in the history of the competition. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The Israeli press reflects their adulation for the team Guardiola

The Israeli press yesterday collected the win for FC Barcelona against Manchester United in the Champions League without restrictions flattering to Barça.

"It is impossible not to love (Barca)," the paper entitled 'Yediot Aharonot', the most widespread of the country on its Web site. The newspaper understands that "one can be indignant with the blind admiration Barcelona" that exists in the country, but believes that "after his victory last night, it is impossible not to say that this is a real phenomenon." A poll published Friday in the newspaper claimed that almost half of Israelis are Barca unconditional.

The 'Maariv' titles his match report "is just pray," and that "the world football is captivated by all Pep Guardiola, who does not give opportunity to any rival that wants to play open football."

"As all the fantastic pieces of lego Catalan coach came into play, the English began to plead for mercy to the God of football that made them a descuentillo until late in the game" and do not remain goleados, says the note.

The game was "something exceptional" for the sports journalists of the newspaper "Haaretz", who claim that "the current Barcelona is not content with having reinvented the game ... a challenge to any artist." "The word 'perfection' is an understatement to Barca," he says.

Israeli commentators on radio and television commenting on the match highlighted the "majesty" Guardiola team to move the ball and said bluntly "the best team in the world, a team that" stands as the rule of the beauty of football game ". (via SPORT)