31 July 2011

Last session in Washington with eleven players

The players on Saturday did not participate or did so only in the final stretch of the match against Manchester United have exercised this Sunday morning at the RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington. The team started this afternoon for Miami

The only training session on Sunday took place this morning at the stadium where he usually plays DC United at RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington.

In this training, the owners have not participated in the match against Manchester United, who have worked since eleven in the morning in the gym, where, as usual after defeating a game in which they have completed a recovery session.

Guardiola has worked with four first team players (Piqué, Xavi, Pinto and Jeffren) and seven Barca B (Masip, Carmona Espinosa Balliu, Riverola, Muniesa and Armando). The Rondos, some exercise ball possession and a partidillo where they played 5 on 5 and one half, have drawn the content of training an hour.

After the morning training session and a joint press conference Puyol , Busquets and star Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, scheduled for the 13h time (U.S.), the expedition will go to Miami where the team will not train until Monday August 1st. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Afellay, 4 to 5 weeks out

It is confirmed that the midfielder, who was injured during the match against Manchester United, suffered a hamstring tear in the left thigh. The estimated downtime will be between 4 to 5 weeks.

After the ultrasound was performed once at the hotel after the game, the Club Medical Services confirmed that the '20 'Barca suffered a hamstring tear in the left thigh. An injury, it, it will be removed from the pitch during a period of approximately four to five weeks.

Thus, it is confirmed the initial diagnosis of the club's medical services in the first scan that was done to the player in the same stadium. Remember that the '20 'FC Barcelona was injured only when the ball ran to contest in 41 minutes. Then, Afellay put his hand on her left thigh and felt the injury. He was replaced by Isaac Cuenca.

So far this preseason, Ibrahim Afellay has participated in four games. In all cases, the midfielder has played in a centreforward as a winger. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

In Portugal they come the defeat of Sporting before Valencia like the key to sign Jeffren

The Portuguese sports newspaper highlights the disappointment with the presentation of Sporting Lisbon, which won 0-3 at Valencia, noting that helps defeat the negotiations to sign Barcelona's Jeffrén Suarez

The paper 'A Bola' claims that after his showy defeat, the Lions Club wants to "ensure fast," the hiring of Spanish football, a native of Venezuela, to strengthen its defense and could be announced within days.

The three goals for Valencia in a friendly on Saturday were for the press Lusa, a bucket of cold water on Sporting, who wanted to show fans all reinforced that aims to restore old wins after a season more than loose and plagued by internal problems.

But with the third highest box-office history Alvalade Stadium, which filled more than 50,000 spectators, the Lions went "from euphoria to sadness in 90 minutes," as summarized by the daily 'Record'.

"Faced with a lion just beyond recognition, he adds, the Spanish team spoiled the party" with goals from Bernat (min. 5), Soldier (31) and Piatti (42).

Sporting coach, Domingos Paciencia, acknowledged to media that has "much work" ahead.

They were "three punches in the face of people," titled "O Jogo" among the avalanche of press criticism against the club Alvalade, also accused of "letting the lion in the cage" and take "a hard lesson" of Valencia.

One of the team's new signings Lisbon, the Spanish Diego Capel, which premiered at the friendly, took iron defeat and declared that the whole is still in "growth phase" and you better see the problems now and not in official matches. (via SPORT)

Barca and Manchester broke the attendance record for a game of 'soccer' in Washington

The friendly match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United left a record crowd of spectators to the delight of the organizers of the friendly tournament 'World Football Challenge'

No less than 81,807 spectators came to FedEx Field, Landover (Maryland), where the game was played, leaving a box office of more than 10 million.

Attendance is the largest ever recorded in a football match in the Washington area, which until now had been 72,368 spectators, who came to see the friendly played between Real Madrid and the local MLS team, the DC United, in 2009, and also had the same scenario.

The advance by the coaches and players from both teams, the match was not going to fall into the category of revenge, since it was a friendly, though they sought each victory, 2-1 at the end the favorable Manchester United stayed in the background to the success of assistance.

The spectators, who were divided in their preferences, and came to the field wearing all kinds of shirts and caps to make it clear who they were followers, were praised by both Alex Ferguson, Manchester United and by Josep Guardiola, Barcelona .

"Played down the result against Barcelona, ​​it really is I'm very pleased how the team has work to prepare well and the great support we have received from thousands of fans," said Ferguson.

No fewer than 280,730 spectators were distributed to see the five parties that contested the Red Devils, and who were victorious in each, returning to England, unbeaten in the preseason.

The defending champions in the Champions League can not say the same thing at the conclusion of the two friendly matches they still have yet to play against Guadalajara and America, respectively, both from Mexico because they could not start with a win, but if the claim were key of thousands of spectators formed a special atmosphere in the stands from the field.

Like Ferguson, Guardiola stressed the importance of this type of friendship as critical to experiment with different schemes and make the fans have a good spectator sport.

"We played with many young and we have done well all game, the first half we lacked a little more long position and a little more speed, but this heat has to be understood. Ideally, this situation is that we can Use as many changes, "said Guardiola. "This experience has had (younger players) is very important."

Guardiola also acknowledged how excited he was to see Barca jerseys everywhere and impressed by the thousands of fans who came to the camp to watch the game.

"Having a stadium where they have grown to more than 80,000 people to watch the match with Manchester-Barcelona is a gem, a gift to us," said Guardiola. "If you also come with our shirts is that we really really want." (via SPORT)

Dismiss the signing of Andrada and Araujo

FC Barcelona undone the possible signing of goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, Argentine who plays for Lanus, the high amount asked the assembly to the Barcelona club.

Similarly, the entity incorporating parking Blaugrana striker's Boca Juniors, Sergio Araujo, Guardiola's team. And that is the square front needed to cover the FC Barcelona has been occupied by Alexis Sanchez with the priority of bringing a player in that position has already been covered. (via SPORt)

[Youth] La cantera of all

Premier, Calcio and the two teams of Madrid have signed of Barça

More and more and better. And not all fit. Whether they cause low or because they prefer a club that guarantees them more options to reach the first team, many promising young FC Barcelona are a change. The quarry not only nourishes Barca players to Pep , to other greats of the Premier, Calcio and la Liga.

The last European club has 'fish' in Sant Joan Despi is Lazio , which has been Keita Balde (born 1995). The striker will be reunited in Italy with former Pol Garcia (95), central left-hander who has signed for Juventus , and Mauro Icardi (93), center forward who left the Juvenl A last January to go to Sampdoria .

In London match too many Catalans. Cameroon striker Gael Etock (93) has gone to Chelsea , the end Cristian Ceballos (92) signed for Tottenham and the side Bellerín Hector (95) and inside Jon Miquel Toral (95) have staged the escape from summer to accept supply Wenger to join the Arsenal .

The League has also been the fate of many homegrown. Striker Pol Roigé (94), which did not have to Barca will play in Real Madrid , while two of his last year in Juvenil B , goalkeeper Pol Busquets (94) and defender Aitor Ruano (94) , will in the Athletic . The midfielder Pepe Palau (92) and the central Antonio Cristian (95) military in Villarreal , the goalkeeper Toni Casamayor (93) and the winger Mara (95), in Malaga , and defenders Marc Navarro (95) and Pau Belana (95), the medium Roger Canadell (93) and forwards Ramon Saavedra (96) and Sebastian Leguizamon (96), among others, at Espanyol . The market does move promises. A lot. (via MD)

[Former B player] Victor Vázquez: "I would not sign Cesc now

The exazulgrana values ​​its new stage in Bruges, talks about the new talents and his friend Cesc, who does not recommend signing

For technical quality, Víctor Vázquez (Barcelona, ​​1987) was named to succeed at Barca next to his generation Messi and Pique , who now wait for Cesc , another member of a cadete unforgettable. He could be, but in a few weeks and has earned respect in Bruges . Thursday had a big goal in the preview of the Champions League and now debuts in the League with a deserved Belgian label crack.

How are you doing for Halloween?

I'm fine, playing closer to the area in Barca B. Football is easier in the sense that it is so technical and that makes me stand out more. We played a 4-3-3 and put me inside right or left

Say it is the crack team ...

It is Israeli Lior Rafaelov that comes from Maccabi Haifa and it would be as a Nolito. We are the two more technical

So is it true that not everything is just at the club?

I was surprised about all the equipment, rather than football. Brugge works with a style similar to Barcelona, ​​with the same rules and the same seriousness. The philosophy is similar. Which convinced me that this would be so I cheated and this is surprising me a lot. Looks great. Will have to see how it goes in the league opener

I have been told they call 'governor' ...

Governor? No. My friends call me 'Master', I guess at the technique ...

He has scored five goals in seven games. Not bad!

The most important was that I scored Thursday against the Qarabag because it was match of the UEFA. The other four were in pre-season friendlies. When you come Barca beams with confidence

Did you turn down substantial offers to go to Bruges?

Racing, Deportivo, Zaragoza, Espanyol, Osasuna...but any superior offer at club level. I don't speak of money. For me the Brugge is as an Atlético one in Spain, a team with the dream to play in Europe

Will was disappointed in Barcelona?

Disappointed, no. But sad for not coming up. The club has always treated me well, I have no complaints. I would have liked to stay, but I had taken a year ago would not be possible. My chance came when I got injured, the February 8, 2009 in the Mini against Villarreal B. And now there are players with the same quality, but younger and it is normal to trust them. For my part I knew might not give one hundred percent, but insist that what hurt me most were the fourteen months of injury.

What goals does your team?

We intend to win a title, especially the League, who have five years without winning it. But the important thing now is to get into the Champions League. We talked. Here we talk and talk all around. In the club, being in the subsidiary, not professional and I felt even here it.

Do you have a competitive team?

For the level I've seen in Belgium are certainly among the top three.

Would you ask the club?

Yes, it speaks volumes about the club. People are very fanatical about the team and city. They are like mad with my girlfriend and me because we are the only Spanish in the club. They are very grateful. They ask me how the club, they see very far. This failure three passes and nothing happens, do not squeak. If you steal a ball and then give you a pass good God.

Why has the dorsal '13 '?

I would have liked to take the '10 ', but I had the Moroccan Nabil Dirar, a major player here.

You played with Cesc, how does the theme of his move to Barca?

It is a difficult issue. I would sign not now. And not by quality, which is unquestionable, but Thiago is a very high level. It is a good option, but spend so much money for a player who does not need in a position too. Also, I feel bad for Thiago, because he is winning. In any case, if signs him, the club would gain a player who has technical, arrival to the area and knows the house well and his companions.

What has been your best step in his thirteen years at the club?

The promotion to the Segunda B with Pep Guardiola and the juvenil stage because gain everything.

And the worst?

No doubt the injury. (via MD)

Wenger: "Cesc is honest and might like two clubs"

The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger played down the fact that Cesc Fabregas to leave the game between his team and Boca Juniors at half-as-spectator, noting that the Arenys' deeply loves the club "

"Nothing has changed since Friday, there is no specific deadline until 31 August. This is not like throwing a rocket into space," explained the technician on the negotiation with FC Barcelona for the transfer of the Spain international.

"Cesc likes this club deeply and profoundly Barcelona likes too. A player may like honest two clubs. But he cares a lot for Arsenal and that is why I hope we can keep it," he added.

But the English press notes that his move to the middle part of the match between Boca Juniors and Arsenal is not a man who still deeply loves his club and mention a "loss of faith." (via SPORT)

José Ángel: "I'm glad the day that Barcelona is interested in me"

The footballer from Rome recognized for Don Balón that feel happy when Barça is interested in me"

José Ángel sounded for several days for FC Barcelona. Finally it was the Rome of Luis Enrique who moved tab to hire, but the player recognizes that the interests of Barca glad. "The truth is that I lived the talks on the sidelines all. They were my agent and Sporting that led negotiations. I would not speak of disappointment because I did a lot of illusions. I am happy the day that Barcelona is interested in you, as happens to any player. At the end did not work, but not over the world. Barcelona are a great team but there are many sets of high level, "said the magazine 'Don Balón". Although questioned about whether at some point was near the FC Barcelona admits: "No, in no time. The issue of transfer is always very long and I did not saw so much to say about the press."

The former couple took Thanked Sporting Luis Enrique confidence: "I am overjoyed that put the interests Luis Enrique, a very important player at Sporting Gijon and Barcelona. I've always tried a player and coach of his stature is notice me." (via SPORT)

For Manchester, "No Messi, no problem"

Manchester United, who beat Barcelona 2-1 at Washington on their official website includes a friendly match report begins with an expressive "no Messi, no problem"

The absence of the Argentine star of Barcelona, ​​as well as other holders Barça, is considered key in the outcome of the meeting.

"Two months after the headache of the final of the Champions League (where they lost 3-1), United fans have something to celebrate against Barcelona: The Reds defeat the European champions 2-1 in FedEx Field in Washington, "says the chronicle.

But Manchester was recognized that not only the absence of Messi. "Without your brain Argentine (and without Xavi, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol), Barcelona lost a lot of creativity and movement that broke the Red in the final of the Champions."

"Of course, this game does not really matter, despite efforts by local media to consider it a rematch of the final at Wembley (...) It's really just a preseason game for Sir Alex's men but vital, view of the crash eight days with Manchester City in the Community Shield, "he adds.

Manchester United's win against Barcelona "does not erase the memories of the Champions League final is a psychological blow and significant in the battle for the supremacy of European football," admits the writer in the English club page. (via SPORT)

Cesc plans to record a video to say goodbye to the liking of the Arsenal

As reported in 'people.co.uk' midfielder Arenys plans to register his farewell in a video dedicated to the fans of Arsenal

'People' says the president of FC Barcelona has shortened his trip to America, where FC Barcelona made the traditional summer tour to return to Barcelona in the hope that this week there are major changes in bargaining by Cesc Fabregas.

Barca expected to finally accept expects Arsenal Cesc offerings and is optimistic the transfer occur and be dismissed from the fans 'gunner' and appreciate your support and understanding through a video recording. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: "Thiago is in a moment that all that chuta puts it"

Josep Guardiola, despite the defeat, was pleased with the performance of his players and especially the great form of midfielder Thiago Alcántara, who scored the honor.

"Thiago is in those moments everything that puts it shoots, but piano, piano," said Guardiola. "He is very young and still has considerable scope to grow as a footballer." Guardiola said he had to protect the young talent of the team, because that was his family, but understood that should continue to work hard to earn the minutes you can give the team.

"I have no doubt that you will receive playing time, but whenever the win with his effort," said Guardiola. Catalan coach was happy with the performance we had the team, especially in the second half when they dominated the ball more and created more chances.

"I think that overall we played a good game, especially in the second half we did really well," said Guardiola. "Maybe we lacked in the first longer have possession of the ball and a little more intensity," he added.

However, Guardiola said he understood the players for the conditions in which they had played the game with a high temperature and high humidity. "We have also given the opportunity to the young talents of our youth and it is very important because everyone has done a great job," said Guardiola.

"We must not forget that we were missing key players within the team because of injuries and still be on vacation," he said. (via MD)

Nani: "We have played a great football throughout the preseason"

The Portuguese winger Nani, scored the first goal for Manchester United in a friendly match they won 2-1 at Barcelona, ​​said the team had completed a U.S. tour.

"The victory against Barcelona allowed us to close a very positive throughout the season we have done in the United States," said Nani, who after 22 minutes got the 1-0 to Manchester United. "The team played great football in the five games they played."

Nani recognized that the key to the victories had been in good physical condition who had acquired since the beginning of the preseason.

"It's the best way to reach the league competition when they begin within several weeks in England," said Nani.

The Portuguese player also had words of praise for the work done by the Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, who turned out as a starter for Manchester United and was one of the highlights.

"He has proven that despite his youth, has already acquired experience and can play under pressure," said Nani. "Moreover, its adaptation and identification with the team is getting better."

Meanwhile, Michael Owen, who scored the victory, which marked the 76th minute and could have won the third minute off, said the credit had been the whole team and especially his fellow Tom Cleverley, who was the one who recovered the ball in midfield.

"The great merit was Tom (Cleverley), who recovered the ball and surprised the Barcelona defender with a perfect pass that I addressed only the doorman (Victor Valdes) and easy mark," said Owen, former Real Madrid. (via SPORT)

Ferguson: "The result doesn't have importance, yes the form that we have achieved"

The veteran Scottish manager Alex Ferguson was delighted with how his team, Manchester United, won 2-1 against Barcelona in a friendly match of the tournament "Herbalife World Football Challenge" played at FedEx Field, Washington

"Of course we're happy to have gotten the win, but it is most important, but they can go home with good form after the work in the U.S. tour," said Ferguson. "All the players have done a great job,"
Manchester United returned home unbeaten after five victories in the games against the New England Revolution (4-1), Seattle Sounders (7-0), Party MLS All-Star (4-0) and 2-1 win against FC Barcelona, ​​his executioner in the last final of the Champions League by UEFA.

"It's a rewarding dose of moral returning home to begin in two weeks, the competition for the Premier with a win against FC Barcelona," said Ferguson. "No doubt we have a good shape and the objectives we set at the start of the tour."

As for the game against Barcelona, ​​Ferguson said the team had played smart and came to praise the work done by the Spanish goalkeeper, the former Atletico Madrid, David De Gea, when removed from the holder.

"It turned to be very safe in the decisive moments and has imposed its presence between the sticks," said Ferguson. "The goal by Thiago could do nothing."

The veteran coach admitted that the Red Devils made winning the game did not mean that they could draw broad conclusions.

"To be honest, both teams did a lot of changes and this is very difficult for you to give importance to a result," said Ferguson, who admitted he had seen Barcelona in the same line of great team. "Especially in the second half when they had more ball control and made more pressure." (via SPORT)

Stretch to the signing of Cesc

Barca prepare a final offer for Cesc to contribute the sum of Arenys
Arsenal seems resigned to losing his captain

Arsenal will make the idea of ​​inevitable farewell and Cesc Fabregas and assumes that the transfer of his captain be rushed at any time. The player dealt the final blow on Friday informing them, accompanied by his representative, Darren Dein, who gave up part of their salary to the club so that the supply would fit their economic needs. The presence at the top of Arsene Wenger and CEO Ivan Gazidis certified not think backing up, and afterwards admitted chairman Peter Hill-Wood.

In Washington, the president Sandro Rosell, Josep Maria Bartomeu vice president and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta not hide their satisfaction with the huge gesture than Arenys starred on Friday, similar to that of Javier Mascherano almost a year ago when I wanted to change Liverpool Barcelona . Now, club executives, led by Antoni Rossich CEO, have received specific instructions to make numbers and produce the final offer. According to unofficial sources, Cesc give up a million for each of the five seasons he signed. Five 'kilos' which would complete the 40 Arsenal claim again and again. The only differences arise from the valuation of the two homegrown Barca Miquel Toral Jon Bellerín and Hector, who have gone to Arsenal.

The president of the Arsenal set Monday morning as the day for the deal, while Wenger handed the negotiations until 5 August, a week before they start the Premier. Barca settle the saga concluded during the week. Santpedor coach sighs have Cesc for Spain Super Cup against Real Madrid to be played on 14, the first leg at the Bernabeu, and 17, the return of Camp Nou.

Wenger, however, yesterday made a last desperate attempt for attention to Cesc, but sinresultado one. Aware that his tab at the club will be greatly shortened, the French gave him a blank check to the completion of the friendly match against Boca Juniors for the Emirates Cup stressed once again that does not want to do without. "If it is demonstrated that Cesc is committed to this club and wants to stay, there will be money that makes you leave Arsenal because we are not in a position to sell our players," he said. Find something that has not and is not money, but the commitment that the player has given the club.

The coach admitted again that the player "deeply loves Arsenal," but also passionate about the club. "It's an honest player, able to love two clubs at the same time. He cares about Arsenal and I hope I can maintain this position," he said. When some media try to turn the page challenged by a new captain, Wenger grimaced set apart from the inevitable.

Fabregas did not hide from the fans 'gunner'
Yesterday the fans of Arsenal. The Catalan midfielder took a seat in the stands at the Emirates Stadium to witness the first match of the tournament team presentation 'gunner', which ended in a draw (2-2) at Boca Juniors. The theory is still not recovered from a sore muscle. The practice, however, maintains that the player is closer to say goodbye. The captain did not want to risk an injury that spoiled his move and has decided not forced, without ceasing to be politically correct. Friendly games and pass when just two weeks left for the start of the Premier League, on day 13 at Newcastle, Cesc still not having played a single minute. For now, he is content with doing your homework alone and in the gym waiting to catch the plane to the Nou Camp. (via MD)

Thiago: "I am having face fortune to door"

Spanish-Brazilian midfielder, scorer of the season with four goals, believes the team has played "to win" and that the team should be picking up the pace of competition gradually

Thiago Alcántara do not stop smiling. In addition to the passes usually impossible to do and leave the technical details on the field, has now added another facet: the goal.And is that Thiago has four goals of the five that has marked the club during the preseason. Saturday's goal against Manchester United has been, however, one of the most beautiful.

"We played to win despite being a friendly," said a satisfied Thiago for their work and team play. But the Spaniard has missed "a bit of arrival" in attacking zone and added that the priority of the team during this preparation is to "pick up the pace." As for his good sweet time in front of goal explained "I am fortunate to have" and one of the keys is "keep trying" and not stop trying.

Here are some of the statements of other players in the game:


"We're in good line. Overall the game was good for us. I'll take the team's work."

"We dominated and we have borne the brunt of party. Almost always we have controlled. "

"The pitch was slow and heavy and the heat has not helped."

"Thiago is a good form and also combined with goals, but must keep working."


"I'll take the role of youth players. "

"We played well, with some occasional errors, but the work has generally been very good."


"The field was slow and very hot. It has served to continue to evolve and taking minutes."

"I keep working and prove in every game if the coach wants to trust me to do."

"Thiago has been a goal. Is a sweet moment. He is scoring goals and I am very happy for him. It's a great player and a very great person. Is demonstrating the great player he is." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Independiente expects the charter of freedom of Milito

The Argentine club craves the arrival of Barcelona Milito while not rule out ending his football career in which his birth club

Gaby Milito wants to end his career at Independiente Argentine club where he started as a player and where he played from 1997 until 2003. Barcelona are aware that Barca will not have the continuity you want as a player and both military and crave the Argentine club to reach an agreement.

However, the main problem is the economic difficulties facing the club interested in the squad. Despite the four and a half million Argentines who receive from the sale of Kun Aguero with Manchester City, Independiente can not take care of 90 million buyout clause of Barcelona with the rest waiting for the representative of player, Eduardo Gamarnik, get a free agent to sign Milito and finally fulfill the illusion of two parts.

And the Argentine club, in addition to signing Ernesto Farias has to fix the stadium Libertadores de America, which Independiente is not too full coffers to sign the player.

And that despite the desire of the central part more minutes for FC Barcelona, ​​Pep Guardiola is difficult to tell with him in a more sustained since the Barca defense is well established as long as no heavy casualties on the computer. In addition, the player still has two or three years at the highest level with what you would like to continue his career at a club that has a chance to prove themselves over a longer football.

The Atletico Madrid, Diego Forlan, confirms the opportunity for the signing for Barcelona's Argentine team. "Milito told me something about the possibility of return to Independiente. I know the affection that is red and swollen it is, so I'm sure that must have really wanted, "he told Radio Rivadavia '¿.

"I would love to Independiente would be nice, and if Gaby is a great friend, but you want to be in Europe as long as possible," stressed the Uruguayan aware of the superiority of the European league against the other. (via SPORT)

Cesc pay 5 'kilos'

The framework agreement is outlined, and next week will discuss the details in new contacts between Arsenal and Barcelona

The signing of Cesc Fabregas for Barca is poised to become a reality next week. Friday's meeting with the top player of Arsenal, Arsène Wenger and led by Ivan Gazidis, helped the club 'gunner' is resigned to run out his captain. The gate, therefore, is open and must now outline the final details for Cesc definitely bound to cross the Camp Nou. The basis of the negotiations are on and the player will have a role as it has decided to put his own money to fulfill the dream of playing again as Barca.

After two months of negotiations, Barca has decided to stand on a fixed 29 million euros. This amount was no longer move more. Arsenal, meanwhile, insists the 40 million. All parties have already found a solution to iron out these eleven million difference. Through variables and the possible incorporation of sponsors, Barca would pay six million, which would reach 35 million and five to reach 40, would leave the player himself.

The variables in this case will not be as exaggerated as in the case of Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal prefer to receive the money without conditions, so Barca could use different resources to achieve the six million variants with the entry into a game sponsor. The renewal of Dani Alves was able to close due to the presence of a sponsor and it is possible to be a way to exploit. The Blaugrana club is considering all the ways to reach 35 million euros.

Since then another five million would cover the 40 sought by the Arsenal player's salary would come out. Cesc had a done deal since the last stage of Joan Laporta five-year contract at a rate of six million euros per season. Barca will keep the length, but the player will no longer enter a million per season. Therefore, the waiver of the one million for each of the five years resulting in five "kilos" which will go to Arsenal to complete the transfer.

The formula is identical to that followed by the season Javier Mascherano going to leave Liverpool. The vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that Argentina had been reduced by 20 percent the salary to play for Barca and Cesc will be discounted a similar figure. It's the price you will pay, as long as Arsenal finally decided not to give in and accept the sale for less than the 40 million that has always requested.
Fàbregas pay five million for playing in Barca and its cache may also suffer.

The player has a huge Asian market acceptance, as was proven in his last trip to Indonesia to promote a signature cookie. The Premier League is the championship that has more fans in Asia and advertising revenue could suffer player, but his dream of playing in the Nou Camp is above everything.

His arrival at Barcelona can also benefit other economic facets. For example, is negotiating the renewal Cesc with Nike, the sportswear firm that serves the boots, and their presence in the world's best team can help you get a contract to increase either the U.S. multinational or another Many brands to look interested in their products.

In any event, Cesc will stop to make a lot of money to play in Barça. In the Arsenal it charges the six million euros for season that Laporta had guaranteed him/her and that it will reduce up to the five annual. For not speaking of the offers that it has underrated in England. Especially, that of Manchester City that put him on the table a contract of 12 millions for season that rejected when prevailing the sport interest.

In total, the amount of the operation of his move to Barca will amount to 60 million euros: the 35 which puts the club Catalans by transfer, in addition to the 25 million tab for the five-year contract. Barcelona entity will save 30 million over the initial operation he planned to Arsenal. The Gunners sought input transfer 60 million and the club the player would have paid 30 million for five years. In total, 90 million that the club has reduced to 60. (via SPORT)

Barça, in favor of an European new League

European Club Association proposes to distance themselves from UEFA itself and create a tournament from 2014

Barca supports the intent of the ECA, the European Club Association, formed after the split of the G-14, forcing both UEFA and FIFA to radically change their relationship with the football bodies. The president of the ECA, the former German footballer Karl-Heinz Rummenige and Sandro Rosell himself, Vice President, consider that the current Champions League should generate far more income for European clubs that participate in it and take seriously, along with the other teams in Europe (Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Milan, Inter, Arsenal, etc.) to create a European league to replace the Champions League.

This is a proposal that has always been on the minds of the major players in European football, but UEFA, in turn, satisfied the clubs distribute more pieces of the pie. Now, back to the big clubs think that those revenues would be larger if the rights of the competition have their own clubs. The ECA will organize the tournament, drafted the regulations, hire the referees and cede the rights to a company for distribution internationally.

However, ACE maintains his great battle with FIFA. Rummenige recently labeled this body, quote, "corrupt." Barca also denounces the abuse that make the FIFA and their associations, as RFEF or CBF, in international matches. A study of ACE shows that the average number of days that international players spend with their teams went from 107 days per year before the World Cup to 137 days after the World Cup tournament. That is, each time, players of the major clubs spend more time with your selections, almost the same with their clubs.

ACE wants to put an end to these abuses because they are the clubs who pay the players cards and received a paltry consideration in return. They want the international calendar is reduced to a minimum, the selections pay the proportional part of the form players in terms of days outside of their clubs and, above all, the FIFA and national team insurance pay to cover any injury.

The key to the success of this revolution, which will be launched in late August at the meeting with UEFA and FIFA soon to is the fifteen large are united.

The UEFA ECA did explain that a pact for Brazil could just play a friendly in their territory with the international play abroad and surprisingly, has enabled Spain to play two out of Europe in 2010 and two in 2011, United States and Venezuela. The tax collection effort of the selections is what unnerves the members of ACE and that makes the calendar each year is more compressed with the damage caused to the clubs. (via SPORT)

Barca are looking for a friendly date in Qatar

The month of December, which was the initial choice, has been dismissed by the Barca calendar saturation

The first team has yet to play a friendly match Qataris land as part of the contract for sponsorship of Qatar Foundation. However, finding a date that will go well with the Catalans will be difficult, because if the season goes well and make it to the finals of the Champions League and Cup, the Pep Guardiola will have played 74 games, making the calendar in a madness.

After discarding the initial date of December when the club will have a schedule saturated by the World Club is looking for a new alternative in terms of date and also a rival. The contract between the club and founding Barca Qatari forces to play a friendly season, but from 2012 will no longer be necessary to play in Qatar. Another condition is that they must be catarís who choose the opponent, being forced to accept Barca.

[Barça B] Isaac Cuenca, sidelined one of the revelations

The Reus has earned its U.S. presence. He had to travel a hard road to convince Guardiola

Barca started the American tour without signing, but the attraction of seeing the evolution of the young branch. One that has surprised most pleasant was Isaac Cuenca. The striker has had to tan more than anyone before to convince Pep Guardiola to take this into account for the 'U.S. tour and why, for now, is responding.

Basin experienced a bitter experience last summer when he was the only outfield player Guardiola was the Asian tour. The Reus and goalkeeper Jordi Masip, which is also this time with the first team, were discarded, while the other components of the Barcelona B left for Asia. Isaac did not give up, but spent all of August on edge. Luis Enrique considered it desirable to be fogueara assignment after completing his time as a youth. Barca wanted to control closely and he intended military for a year in a Catalan team Second Division B. Badalona and Sabadell were interested in him, but the decision was delayed too. Finally, the set Harlequins, with the endorsement of Lluís Carreras and style of play good ball, took the cat to water ... but it was not until August 31.

Cuenca missed the first league match against the Lleida having no proper documentation yet, but on the second day left before the break to replace Eneko at Camp Centennial Badalona and dribbles left the audience open-mouthed .

Thereafter it became a key piece band playing both and occasionally half a point in the rise of Sabadell. An injury will not show in the final, although the club had already decided to repechage. Around the United States, Eusebio counting on him to give fresh air to the subsidiary. (via SPORT)

Abidal begins Ramadan

French is the Bull of Imam of his mosque not to follow the precept strictly and make it more bearable Muslim month of fasting

France's Eric Abidal, a devout Muslim fasting starts tomorrow requiring daily Ramadan and will run until August 29. That means the player will have to lift at dawn on the edge of five in the morning to perform the prayers and ablutions relevant, eating and drinking properly, so then keep the fast until sunset, approximately ten night.

During those hours of fasting, is strictly prohibited to eat or drink any liquid. Obviously this situation is completely untenable for an elite athlete and even more in the conditions is the issue in the US-Blaugrana in stifling heat of around forty degrees-what should be added that Abidal was operated a few months ago a tumor in the liver, so your body is not ready for this type of metabolic sacrifices.

Hence, Abidal has requested a bull imam of his mosque, to make more bearable the month of Ramadan which begins on August 1. The Frenchman has hosted a series of observations that includes the Koran and the ability to retrieve daily breakfast throughout the year. That is, during this month can break the fast in a way, as long as those days eventually recovered throughout the year. Have time until July 2012 METER to fulfill their vows with Ramadan.

Also contemplated is the exceptional cases of Muslims who are traveling and situations require them to change their schedule, as is the case with Abidal. In addition, compliance of Ramadan becomes more intense the last ten days, ie in this case we are talking between 19 and 29 August, when the player is already in Barcelona, ​​so that compliance be fasting much stricter.

In fact, the club itself has been told that in its present state, recovering from a tumor that has lost many pounds, it is totally unwise to make such sacrifices in one way it can end up paying strict health.

Abidal has already announced that all the laws that will mark Ramadan comes to where your body does it rise to 4.45 hours to start praying to Mecca ¿, but obviously ingest fluid during training and before and after games. In this case there will be no exception, as all games end later than ten o'clock at night, so you can eat copiously if desired.

The start of Ramadan coincides each year with the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar. "In summer it is very difficult because the sun rises early and later hiding," said the French side itself last year. The player has their own tricks to combat the worst times of the day, like making a long nap at lunchtime. And since in the fast should make exceptions, the defense will seek not to miss one of the prayers, as it did last year "there are seven daily prayers, five mandatory and two optional depending on if you can make at least with two other people. Also during this time there is also an optional prayer, which takes place about fifteen minutes after they finish eating. "

In the same case that the Blaugrana are Abidal Seydou Keita and Ibrahim Afellay, but within the club believe that these last two players can make quite bearable Ramadan as far as it goes, provided they comply with some exceptions such as drinking beverages isotonic during training or during the day. It is in the case of the French side, the club is particularly outstanding because their health is priority. (via SPORT)

Guardiola, satisfied

Despite the defeat against United, Guardiola expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance and praised the efforts of the youngsters from Barça B.

“It’s a pity we didn’t have all the players available”, commented Guardiola after the game on Saturday night , though he refused to look for excuses and claimed he was “satisfied” with his team’s performance, adding: “I’m very pleased with how we played. We found it hard in the first half, but we improved in the second”.

One of the aims of the Tour is to make the American public appreciate Barça’s style of play: “one of my objectives was that you people all enjoy the way we play and that you can see us do just that”.

Returning to the game, Guardiola reckoned: “in general, we played very well, though we didn’t have enough possession in the first half”. Guardiola also believed that the hot and humid conditions didn’t help: “the players wanted to do the job, but they couldn’t quite manage it”.

Finally, the boss had words of praise for his youngsters and for the injured Afellay. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Preseason Match] Manchester United 2 - 1 FC Barcelona

Thiago is reaffirmed but cannot win the United. Barcelona came to play up to nine homegrown. Thiago scored a goal. Nani and Owen scored for United. Six Barça players repeat of the Wembley final.

Two contras (one in each part) was good Manchester United to conquer Barcelona in Washington. The Catalans, who left with six players who played the final at Wembley (only three of the English) finished with seven players with information about the subsidiary and Youth. The findings were contradictory. Barca dominated but lacked the punch enough to be imposed on the British team.

The first part was a suckling pig. No more. Barca came just before Nani just initialed a border against the law. His position, winning back the defense was more than doubtful. The Portuguese planted in the area of ​​Valdés in two strides and although the goalkeeper came to touch the ball, the shot ended up slipping under his legs. It was a goal, right, and United fans celebrated with the exhilaration of seeing your team win. But it did not fall in the mockery of the Catalans: the goal came two months and two days after the Wembley final, when what was at stake was too important: the Champions League.

Afellay, who had been the highlight of Barcelona, ​​as he heard the burst of the leg isquiotibialies izquieda. The Dutch contacted with Iniesta and Thiago too intermittent (so far). The two creators did not create a lucid, never saw the space necessary to be able to find Villa, who was drowned at the couple's central Manchester. Vidic and Evans were not, as a quiet De Gea, who spotted the shirt and even though the club tried it five times, but not necessary as the aim to guide them into the net.

A shot of Peter saved by the Atletico goal seemed to change the view needed after shower. The canary Iniesta took advantage of a ball that was meant for Villa, but eventually the attacker's feet often. The shot was blocked down and seemed to relaunch the Catalans in the friendly. United were stepping back, giving the ball club. So Iniesta and Thiago, supported by a prodigy named Keita controlled, but lacked depth.

Before Thiago equalized the game with a bang from beyond the front, the squad had learned from wonder to Don Andres, but ended his attempt to balloon over the net. With the 1-1, gave the impression that the club grew and could try to trace, but an error Busquets a wide delivery area struck against one who was executed for beating Owen smoothly Valdés. (via AS)

[Technical Data]
Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young; Rooney, Wallback. Also played: Fabio, Owen, Samlling, Giggs, Obertan, Jones, Diouf.

Barcelona: Valdés; Jonathan, Busquets, Fontàs, Abidal; Thiago, Keita, Iniesta; Pedro, Villa, Afellay. Also played: Cuenca, Carmona, Balliu, Armando; Riverola, Espinos.

Stadium: FedEx Field Stadium. 81,807 spectators.

Referee: Ricardo Salazar. Jonathan admonished (29')

Goals: 1-0, Nani (21') 1-1, Thiago (71') 2-1, Owen (75')

Ibrahim Afellay suffers thigh injury

Barça’s young Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay suffered a small muscle tear in his left thigh during Saturday’s friendly against Manchester United.

The injury came on 40 minutes, when the Barça number 20 pulled up holding his left leg as he felt his muscle go. He was then replaced by Isaac Cuenca.

The Club’s Medical services examined Afellay at the stadium where they made their first diagnosis and he will be given further tests at the team hotel, at which point the doctors will be able to determine exactly how long he will be out for.

Ibrahim Afellay has taken part in all four of the team’s pre-season games so far, playing out wide in all the games. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

A cartoon of Messi of three meters!

Leo Messi is a global character, and received countless honors, the last of them was a huge caricature held in Barcelona by the artist Joan Vizcarra, the largest that has ever been painted on the Argentine footballer

"When we think of the exhibition said to offer something more conventional. We wanted to offer something different audience, and I thought to paint live. When thinking about a character was clear: The most rabid media and now Leo Messi" said after the last stroke Catalan cartoonist.

This last stroke has led to the closure of the exhibition 'With a V-Vizcarra, "a retrospective of the artist with more than 300 cartoons, which has been seen during the month of July in the Illa Diagonal.

The huge and fun Messi -3 meters high by 2 wide, appears drawn with Barca shirt, crown, and a gold ball feet.

"I wanted to take a sympathetic view of the character. A somewhat more extroverted Messi, a trust point in watching it, winking. And with the Barça shirt, not Argentina. Is the king of Barça" , said Vizcarra, best known for his work in the satirical magazine 'El Jueves'.

This part of the exhibition will be sold for charity for the Alex Foundation and the Foundation encourages, but before made a tour of Spain with the rest of the exhibition. (via SPORT)

Wenger passes the 'hot potato' to Cesc

The Frenchman Arsène Wenger, Arsenal, has said after the game presentation team to Boca Juniors in the Emirates (2-2) from their point of view, "nothing has changed since yesterday," referring to whether they have negotiations with Barcelona produced on Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas has not played in the first match of the Gunners to their hobby. The captain of the London has seen the evolution from the stands. Wenger, who yesterday called on "fix soon," the future of the midfielder, now insisted that "has not moved anything, one way or the other."

Wenger has spoken about Cesc and Samir Nasri, sought by Manchester City, and insisted that his idea is that both can continue at Arsenal.

"If it is demonstrated that Cesc is committed to this club and wants to stay, there will be money that makes you leave Arsenal because we are not in a position to sell our players," he recalled.

Arsenal coach has said he wants to keep the players he has on staff, beyond economic issues. "We want players to stay, that is very clear on our part," he said.

Cesc has explained that "cares deeply" at Arsenal, but also to Barcelona. "It shows that a player is honest, which is capable of loving two clubs at the same time. He cares about this club (Arsenal) and hopefully I can maintain this position," he insisted.

That is why Wenger has refused to answer the question of whether it is time to appoint new captain at Arsenal. "That's not my problem, but tomorrow we can play a good game. Fàbregas is not in my head now because tomorrow will not play, I see now why I have to worry about this," he assured.

Different media have reported that Barcelona Barcelona is not willing to increase its offer for the player (about 37 million euros), while Cesc Fabregas has decided to waive a portion of their salary to expedite the negotiations, something you've done in the past Argentina's Javier Mascherano for Liverpool to ensure their arrival at Camp Nou. (via SPORT)

[Selection; World Cup 2014 qualification] France, Finland, Belarus and Georgia, Spain's rivals in the qualifying

The selection of the world champion, who started as head of the Cup series 1 has been drawn in Group I with Finland, Georgia, Belarus and France, following the draw made from 20.00 hours in the Park Marina da Gloria Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

The last ball to leave was the world champion, which is framed by the only group of five teams.
The draws are unpredictable by nature and give way to all sorts of unexpected events. Before the meeting, and after pre-sorting by FIFA, Spain ranked as one of nine seeded and France, in a second group as annoying companion for anyone. The Gauls were the strongest in this package, so its inclusion in any of them involved one of the most awkward fall where he fell. Fifty-three European teams will have to fight after their classification into nine groups. A Ronaldo played the ball to draw the stronger teams. The first, of Croatia, the last of Spain. Before you came out of England as a murmur around the room because that would send Spain with France. Ronaldo pulled the ball that sends us to group I, consists of only five teams and the already framed in order of appearance Finland, Georgia, Belarus and the tricolor gala. The winners of the nine groups will qualify directly, while the eight best runners-up will contest a playoff to qualify four of them to close the quota of 13 classified over 53 European countries. (via REFE)

    The draw in full
  • GROUP A: Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland, FYR Macedonia, Wales.
  • GROUP B: Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia, Malta.
  • GROUP C: Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan.
  • GROUP D: Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Andorra.
  • GROUP E: Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Albania, Cyprus, Iceland.
  • GROUP F: Portugal, Russia ,Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg.
  • GROUP G: Greece, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania, Latvia, Liechtenstein.
  • GROUP H: England, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, San Marino.
  • GROUP I: Spain, France, Belarus, Georgia, Finland.

Working with IDB

The FC Barcelona Foundation has strengthened its links with the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) following a meeting held in Washington.

Although the presentation of the agreement between the Fundació and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation captured most attention, the Club’s Foundation has also been busy on other fronts during the Tour so far and part of that work was the meeting held with the President of the Inter American Development Bank Luis Alberto Moreno and members of his team.

The meeting served as a chance to check the progress made since the two organisations signed an agreement earlier this year, which focussed principally on the project for building sporting facilities in 12 of the poorest areas of Rio de Janeiro, a commitment undertaken together with the NBA and the city’s council.

Luis Alberto Moreno expressed his satisfaction with the co-operation so far and also explained: “I have been surprised at the relevance that this Club has. I was recently in Egypt and Haiti and you could see Barça shirts everywhere”. He also referred to his visit to the Club earlier this year: “I went and saw them explaining that the hardest game to win was to beat poverty. From that moment I understood what was in their hearts”.

The Bank’s President reckons the Club can bring plenty to his own organisation: “we can teach in poor areas through sport -a thing as simple as the rules of building citizenship and that then helps us reduce violence which is a big problem in our countries”.

The Vice President of the Fundació, Ramon Pont also explained: “the Club has known how to exploit this successful period in our history to project our values”, insisting that although the Club is rooted within its own community “we have to be global, because we can offer a lot”. Club President Sandro Rosell, director general, Antoni Rossich and the director general of the Fundació, Josep Cortada, were also present at the meeting. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

30 July 2011

Cesc will pay the difference

Wenger told the player that is willing to relinquish part of their salary to expedite the negotiations and to play for Barça

Cesc Fabregas The meeting held yesterday in London with Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal chief executive) and Darren Dein, its representative, was a decisive step on the road Arenys Player to Barca. Everything went as expected by the player: the atmosphere of the meeting was cordial, Wenger began to assume that it will not at Arsenal and Cesc officially conveyed its willingness to significantly reduce his salary for that to wear the Barça shirt. Mascherano will be the formula `¿, similar to that used by the Argentine to leave Liverpool for the club: clubs make up the difference between getting off the tab. In the case of Cesc, the five million separate Arsenal and Barca will be balanced because the player will give up a portion of the chip that would offer the club. Thus, the ship reached almost 40 million claiming Arsenal Cesc thanks to the commitment, willing to lose money by playing in the Nou Camp. There is scarcely room for the operation include the concept of income variables (amounts paid by the number of games or titles Cesc I get) because the British club has been adamant on the issue and want an absolute guarantee of payment .

During the meeting with Cesc, Arsene Wenger was sympathetic, paternalistic, but hastened to maximize their options to keep him at the Emirates Stadium. He admitted that he has a soft spot and assured him that the club should increase its offer as proof that he really valued as a global crack. It was a last attempt by the French coach to change the position of Cesc: try to convey the idea that the club was not enough because no value has reached 40 million euros. Wenger's strategy, however, does not alter the picture. Cesc is more optimistic than ever and the top management of Barca also supports the negotiations run through the best possible way, thanks largely to the gesture of the player, will resign for substantial amounts of money to return to his club life . Cesc Wenger confirmed that the club will not raise its offer and that the negotiation will succeed because their desire is to play for Barca club. In his press conference after the French coach was assumed that the captain of his team and not play with Arsenal, a very telling detail in a club is always tight when reporting on the movement of players.

Barca will not increase its offer of 37 million euros, but will get a shot from Cesc decisive. Upon receiving a salary lower than it had been stipulated in each of the five seasons for the card, the club has a much wider margin to appear at the offices of Arsenal and put on the table a lot to convince Arsène Wenger and Co. .

Since the new turn of the negotiations, the board of the vessel must take a step forward. The president, Sandro Rosell, continues in the U.S., but tomorrow will undertake journey back to Barcelona. From the Catalan capital could help make a definite contribution to the signing, although it seems clear that a manager of Barca must travel to London to negotiate in person and, now, a definitive settlement agreement by which thousands of Barcelona fans sigh and especially one: Cesc Fabregas himself, nor today will play Arsenal in the Emirates Cup against Boca Juniors in the first match of the Gunners before his audience. (via SPORT)

Kobe Bryant attended the party Mia Hamm

The Los Angeles Lakers star will participate, together with Josep Guardiola and Andoni Zubizarreta in the fourth game in solidarity with the friends of Mia Hamm, ambassador of FC Barcelona and sponsored by Turkish Airlines.

The party for Mia Hamm organized four years will have a guest: Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers guard will be present at the game and play alongside the first team coach Josep Guardiola and Barça's technical secretary, Andoni Zubizarreta. The game will be this Sunday, July 30, at 17 pm (Catalan).

And it is that the player of Lakers is a fervent admirer of the game of Barça and it has never hidden his colors as for football. Barcelona visited several seasons ago and chatted with the first team players. The morning of Saturday to Sunday (the game is at 01:00 hours) Kobe Bryant will be present at the match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United at FedEx Stadium in Washington DC.

Also, Kobe will give the trophy to the winning team match between the last two finalists in the Champions League.

At this meeting will also take part, the Boston Celtics player Jeff Green and two players from the U.S. national team, Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Seeking repeat of Wembley success

Two months after the Champions League Final at Wembley, the same two teams meet again. The Red Devils would like to make amends for losing in May while Barça will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run in preseason games.

The FedEx Field in the capital of the United States (01.00 CET) will be the venue for one of the most attractive games in world football today. It’s a repeat of last season European final.

Barça face Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in their first game on American soil after playing away to Hajduk Split, and then facing Internacional Porto Alegre and Bayern Munich in the second edition of the Audi Cup. But for Manchester United, this game marks the end of their tour of the USA.

United have won all four of their games against New England Revolution (Foxborough), Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire and an MLS All Star team in Houston.

The main attraction in the FCB team is the possibility of Xavi Hernández appearing for the first time in the preseason. He has been sidelined through injury ever since missing the end-of-season friendly internationals for Spain and has been taking things carefully over the last few weeks.

Xavi may well be back against the Premier League champions in Washington. Apart from the players that travelled to the Copa America, only Xavi and Puyol have yet to play, but it looks like being a few more days before the latter is back on the field. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça players meet up with US fans

The Barça players were greeted by thousands of fans at Friday evening’s training, who enjoyed seeing the stars work out up close and were then treated to a long session of autograph signing.

After nearly half an hour signing autographs for the fans after the training session proper had finished, the players left the FedEx pitch to chants of “The best team in the world”, as the US supporters and the players shared some quality time together at the gigantic Washington stadium.

Nearly 5,000 people watched United and then Barça train ahead of Saturday’s game, with the Barça fans certainly outnumbering the United followers and plenty of Barça flags and scarves in the crowd.

The Barça players put in a physically taxing session, which was also very spectacular for the fans, with the ball control exercises moving from one side of the pitch to the other to give them a clearer view and the ball always present in every exercise.

As with the morning session, Gerard Piqué and Maxwell worked apart after their muscle strains, as did Carles Puyol, who continued his recovery from his knee operation. Those three were the first to leave the session and begin signing autographs for the fans and despite the humid conditions and the effort they had just put into training, the rest of the squad soon joined them, as did Pep Guardiola – the last man off the pitch - for autographs and photos. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Arsenal surrenders to Cesc

Hill-Wood, and Wenger Gazidis Arenys agree that the move to FC Barcelona
The player told that relinquishes part of its tab to close the deal

For the first time gave Arsenal public signs of surrender. For the first time, coach Arsene Wenger admitted the difficulty of recovering the involvement and complicity of Cesc Fabregas. For the first time, the chairman Peter Hill-Wood Barca urged to accelerate and close the deal. Even dared to put a deadline on Monday. To complete every indication that the signing is very close, this weekend the captain 'gunner' will not be before their fans in the Emirates Cup trophy in the summer gives the starting signal for a new season. Wenger did not conceal even the injury that led to the Asian tour of Cologne and the friendly is more than just a public justification.

Yes, French is loosening. Yesterday, in the previous tournament, opened the door to Cesc. A lot had to do face to face with Arenys maintained. At the meeting with Ivan Gazidis. executive director, and the very Wenger, Fabregas, who came along with his manager, Darren Dein, explained that, as Mascherano did last year, the salary will be reduced at the club to supply meets demand and what makes no sense to continue with their stance of not selling. MD has learned that if the transaction closes, collect Cesc four million per season.

Then, before the media, the technical discourse was much deeper. It assumed that the Catalan wants to return home to the Camp Nou, and will not give this possibility for the third time. "Today I can not say that will stay in Arsenal. Cesc is torn between two loves," and distinguished "Barca, the club that raised him as a child and Arsenal, who raised him from the 16".

Wenger understand the attitude of midfielder, "but he's our captain and we want to be sure of their commitment, that is really focused on us." And Wenger is no longer clear. He hesitated in private and in front of cameras now. Against this background, the coach 'gunner' had no choice but to urge everyone to find a quick solution. "His future is unresolved and should be soon. Sooner than later," he said. On 6 against Benfica in Portugal, a friendly dispute Arsenal awaiting the start of the Premier on 13. It only requires that the price is right. "Our idea is to get time with the players who are committed to the club," he said.

Meanwhile, the chairman Peter Hill-Wood was open to a deal with Barca always to increase the offer. "The ball is in your court. They made an offer of 30 million and an upper," revealed, stressing that the Arsenal has called for "a reasonable amount." Also claimed to accelerate the negotiations and put forth the saga: "They've been wasting time over the past year and a half and have to be decided at a time. Or pay what it Cesc or be without it." (via MD)

Cardoner: "We want partners it stops a lifetime"

No other member of the current board may have a track record of experience and proximity to the club Barca as he, the grandson of Nicolau Casaus, the vice that marked a before and after in the club in the same field, and socially. The circumstances, certainly not by dynastic right, but through elections, legitimate and democratic, it led to his grandson, Jordi Cardoner, heir to the same office, responsible for the area of ​​social and also leading a revolution to it takes the decision and energy. As a good Casaus, however, performed in that spirit of seny Barcelona, ​​reasonableness and proximity to the partner.

Have you given a bang quietly?

It refers, of course, the regulation on access to the membership. Most importantly, the goal is to identify the partner, who understand what it's like Barca does not want to rationalize the price of the card, that you do not confuse value and price. The value of belonging to the biggest club in the world is to have a certain exclusivity and must be rooted, we think, in the differential based on territoriality, prioritize one group of people from Barcelona, ​​and the rest Catalunta identified and always identified with the club, and regardless of the results.

And the balance?

Vegetative growth is expected. On the one hand we have about 200 people have opted for the Commitment Card, understanding that are so Barca as partners and will therefore be worthwhile to obtain membership. What is worrying is the average of 15,000 members have been discharged from the last three years. This shows that the systematic acquisition of membership was not correct.

Certainly Rosell promised to be a partner with Bill Gates the other day. That is impossible .

No, not impossible, is the way of the Commitment Card. But in this case there are no exceptions, not covered by statute that the board has the privilege of an extraordinary partner to people like Bill Gates notoriety. But Mr. Gates, as cualuquier other citizen of the world can be a partner in three years with the Commitment Card. We want to give high who is a partner the rest of his life.


To the reconquest of Asia in 2012

It points to that Barça will play next summer two parties in China and a third maybe in India

For the next summer, FC Barcelona is already working on the hypothesis of returning to Asia, specifically China, where an estimated potential growth of football and Barca still has a long way. The other major emerging market, because at no time will the American side, is indeed the Asian and especially a country like China is discovering the game and strengthen. A unique opportunity for the Catalan club, wanting to make the appeal of your team, your brand and the label of 'more than a club' to become the first team, if possible, of thousands of Chinese.

The competition, however, is tough. English teams have been working and himself has not hesitated to Real Madrid this summer to fly to the U.S. first and then to Asia, something that the club considered counterproductive for the team and their own plans for sport and commercial expansion.

Those responsible for the marketing Barca prefer to work very deeply this tour, attention to detail and promote the brand seriously, rather than spend the sites in haste. So now, in compliance on this tour the last friendly at the time signed with MLS, a partner please the club, very powerful and professional, has already put to work in preparing the 2012 tour of Asia with intend to contest at least two games in China, probably one in Beijing and one in Shanghai and another in a third country, perhaps India, where it is judged successful and timely to promote the brand and color Barca.

As always, however, dispute the condition Eurocopa'2012 the poster of the team and player availability.

The last experience was not, in this sense, especially positive, as the Asia 2010 tour was marked by disappointment and frustration. The previous board had left Messi signed the presence of international and World Cup Barca despite the apparent incompatibility of the dates, which produced some tension and a bad image Barca completely avoidable.

The pause American country that the club has visited three of the preseason Josep Guardiola (2008, 2009 and 2011) under an agreement signed in 2008 for the disputed time of six friendly matches for the two sides will discuss the balance of your agreement and feel, if necessary, to negotiate a new partnership. Since then, the club insist, because the figures confirm the growth of Barcelona and the brand in the U.S. in the hand is back in MLS or other partner, as it has on the table offers and attractive projects in the face the future. (via MD)

Henry encourages Wenger to sell

"Arsenal can survive without Cesc, a club is bigger than a player"

Thierry Henry, former Arsenal and Barcelona striker, helped to unblock the situation of Cesc Fabregas in the Guardian. "Arsenal can survive without Cesc Fabregas, a club is always bigger than one player," said French, undramatic the possible transfer of midfielder Arenys and encouraging his former manager Arsène Wenger to sell.

Present in London to play this weekend's Emirates Cup in his current team, the New York Red Bulls, with PSG (today) and Arsenal (tomorrow), Henry recalled that "in my time at Arsenal we had a great team. No was a matter of one, two, three, four, five, six or seven players. It was a whole team effort. " 'Titi' was a teammate Cesc four seasons between 2003 and 2007.

In Rio de Janeiro, England coach Fabio Capello praised the operation: "Cesc has been born to play this boat and has the advantage that could be used tomorrow and not be out of football because he has sucked blaugrana a child". (via MD)

Wenger: "Cesc is debated feelings between two"

Coach 'gunner', Arsène Wenger, confirmed Friday that the Arenys not participate this weekend with his team in the Emirates Cup ..

The Arsenal midfielder's absence blamed for the club claimed that "not yet recovered" from the muscle injury that prevented him from playing all summer.

Wenger Arenys assumes that you want to sign for Barca, the club was formed as a child: "Cesc is torn between two feelings." And those "two loves" are, according to the coach, the club, "the club where he was educated as a young man," and the Arsenal, "which has raised from the age of 16."

"It's something I can understand, but he's our captain and we want to be sure of their commitment. We must be sure that is really focused on being with us," he added in his press conference Friday.

Coach 'gunner' urged that the situation is resolved sooner Cesc: "His future is unresolved and should be soon. Sooner than later," he said.

Wenger, unlike Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who had given as a day limit to the closing with the club next Monday, said that the date for resolving the situation on 31 August: "Our installment buyings notion is reached then the players who are really committed to the club, "insisted Wenger.

In any case, the Arsenal coach has admitted responsibility for Arsenal and if you decide to sell a player must be at the right price. According to various reports, Barca's offer would not exceed 30 million pounds, while Arsenal sought 40 million pounds.

Cesc Fabregas was not involved in the tour of Asia, was not present on the stage of the team in Germany and now will miss the team's presentation, the Emirates Cup to be played this weekend. (via SPORT)

Valdés: "Although it is a friendly match yes it is important for us"

FC Barcelona's players completed two practice sessions in Washington with a view to a friendly match on Saturday, they played against Manchester United

No one within the template Barcelona wants to talk about revenge, but if they are aware that it is an important part of preparation for next season and the Super Cup duel against Real Madrid.

The Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes were fully recognized up phrase and not at all come to duel with Manchester United with the mentality of revenge.

"Nobody thinks that within the computer, just work hard to make good homes," said Valdes. "Ultimately we realize that although it is a friendly if it is important to us."

Meanwhile, fellow striker David Villa said he felt very at home in Barcelona, ​​the team that last season demonstrated his status as champion and winning team.
"I think the success we showed we are a top team by both our game as the results we achieve, "said Villa.

The Spaniard said he was fortunate to have a companion to a star player Lionel Messi, which he defined as the best in the world.

Villa also said he was "happy" and "delighted" to have as a coach Josep Guardiola, which he described as very good and his desire was to be with him for many years.
"Hopefully we can work with him for long and keep doing things right, "said Villa.

In both trainings the news was the return to work by Xavi Hernandez, while for the match against Manchester United are low secure the central Gerard Piqué, with an overload in the left calf, and the Brazilian Maxwell, who suffers the same ailment in the abdominal area.

He also trained separately in recovery efforts veteran defender Carles Pujols.

Before the second training at FedEx Field, Landover (Maryland), which will play the game, the directors of Barcelona, ​​led by the president, Sandro Rosell, met with reporters today to talk about the team.
But the focus was on the issue of possible move to Arsenal Catalan player, Cesc Fabregas, and which offered no novelty, just simply say they are "moderately" optimistic, but still nothing is resolved.

The team has done the last financial offer, which is lower than the 40 million euros demanded by the Arsenal, and expect it to be the English club with the player to reach an agreement that these numbers add up.

Meanwhile, Manchester United also trained with the only absence of Mexican striker Javier Chicharito Hernandez, who will miss at least two weeks due to mild concussion he suffered last Tuesday as he prepared for the game against the Stars MLS.

Scottish coach of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson, reiterated that all was well with Mexican international and his recovery was normal.

While again reiterated the great team that was the Barcelona and how interesting it was to be the game for all fans. (via SPORT)

Locate Jeffren in Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon for a right winger and Jeffren, 23, would be a step away from signing with 'lion'

The process, according to data compiled by the newspaper 'A Bola', is well underway and its transfer could close next week.

The paper does not mention figures luso but anticipates that it is not a negotiation "plump" and stresses that limbo is a year to finish his contract with FC Barcelona and is not in Pep Guardiola's plans.

The terms of the contract between the Sporting and the player would still argue, but we talk four or five seasons, just like Diego Capel, the same age and newly signed for Portuguese club. (via SPORT)

[Selection Under-19 Euro Semifinals] Spain 5 - 0 Ireland

A goal by Deulofeu get back on track through to the final of the Under 19

he Spanish team will play the European final on Monday against the Czech Republic after thrashing to Ireland with a superb performance by Gerard Deulofeu

The Spanish team was ranked on Friday brilliantly for the final of the European Under 19 Championship after winning by 5-0 to Ireland could not do anything to stop the guys from Ginés Meléndez.

The Blaugrana Gerard Deulofeu was the big star of the victory to open the scoring on 26 minutes with a truly great goal and put on a silver platter to Juanmi it 3-0, ending with the hopes of the Irish at the very beginning the second period. Sarabia (39 ') and Morata (78' and 90 'by penalty) rounded out the scoring.

The Spanish team will contest the final next Monday (19.00 hours) in Chiajna against the Czech Republic, in the other semifinal won by 4-2 to Serbia. Spain will seek his fifth title of the category, having lost the final in the latest edition against France. (via SPORT)

[Technical Data]
5-Spain: Badía, Carvajal (Bázquez, 82’), Sergi Gómez, Ignasi Miquel, Aurtenetxe, Pardo, Alex, Deulofeu (Alcácer, 80’), Sarabia (Gallego, 66’), Juanmi y Morata.

0-Rep. Ireland: McCarey, Shaughnessy, Egan, O'Connor, Williams, Hendrick, O'Sullivan, Murray (Knight, 71'), Carruthers (Wearen, 62'), Forde y Murphy (Smith, 46').

Referee: Clément Turpin (France). Hendrick admonished, Murray, McCarey and Carvajal.

Goals: 1-0, Deulofeu (26 ') 2-0, Sarabia (39') 3-0, Juanmi (46 ') 4-0, Morata (78') 5-0, Morata, penalty (90 ').

Stadium: Concordia Stadium. 2,000 spectators.

Rosell is moderately optimistic 'case Cesc'

Those responsible for the Barca displaced the United States talked about current Blaugrana

President Sandro Rosell and executives accompanying him on this tour of the U.S. held an informal meeting with representatives of the media to accompany Barca displaced during the U.S. tour after visiting the White House. Blaugrana makers feel cautiously optimistic about the chances of getting the signing of Cesc Fabregas.

Rosell, who was accompanied by its directors moved to the North American tour, including Josep Maria Bartomeu, responsible for keeping the negotiations with Arsenal took the appointment to talk about different aspects of the present Blaugrana.

Within the entity Blaugrana are satisfied with the attitude of Cesc, who is proving to Barcelona, ​​but also are determined to keep the business plan established in chapter reinforcements. If you can finally complete the recruitment of `player still GUNN, perfect. Otherwise, no more signings. From there, the club is in no hurry. If the agreement crystallizes, can be closed today, tomorrow or 31 August. They are aware that other teams have expressed interest in hiring Fabregas and this is the trick you try to play Arsenal. But we also have offices of Aristides Maillol with the firm decision to play Cesc at Barca.

In this sense, only expect to be able to maintain until the end of the pulse, training outside the template while expected to close agreement between the clubs. In the club yesterday were not aware of how he had been a meeting between Cesc, his manager Darren Dein, Arsene Wenger and CEO Ivan Gazidis. In any case, from the standpoint of the Catalan club little can be done because they have submitted an offer that is immovable, and consider it the Arsenal, with their chairman Peter Hill Wood to the front, you can do the operation.

In fact, the offer of Barcelona has always been the same, a total amount including the amount to be received and the Arsenal player's salary. While maintaining the utmost discretion, has not liked nothing happened with the two football players and Bellerín Toral base.

In any case, the president Rosell, who is now the party will return on Monday morning to be in Barcelona. Bartholomew, Zubizarreta and Sanllehí, negotiators Blaugrana will continue on the tour, hoping that Arsenal move tab. (via SPORT)

Lee: "We have grown to a superior rhythm to Facebook and Twitter"

Didac Lee fondly remembers moments like the final at Wembley on match day or the USAP in the Lluís Companys

How was the FC Barcelona in July 2010 and how it is now from the standpoint of social networks?

We have grown at a rate between 3 and 4 times the very growth of Facebook and Twitter over the same period. The first social network our increase in a year, was 700% and the second, up 800%

Is there a profile of the user who is interested in the club?

It's so diverse, inclusive and broad as the fact that we have visitors from all world countries and five continents. A lot it helps to get the public in six languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.

Can we say that the club is a global phenomenon?

Absolutely. Proof of this is that 74% of the Barca fans that come into our social networks are the rest of the planet.

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