30 September 2011

[Barça B] Tello enlarges his contract until 2013

The forward of Barça B has signed a new contract with the Club. Tello ended his relationship with the club in 2012 and today has extended for one more season.


Cristian Tello will play azulgrana, as minimum, until June of 2013. The Sabadell, 20, meets the second season with the reserves until the end of this course its contractual relationship with the club.

Tello, accompanied by his agent and vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu sports and Andoni Zubizarreta, has sealed the offices of the Club a commitment that league with FC Barcelona until the end of next season 2012/13. The new release clause is 10 million euros.

The right winger of the subsidiary, Under-21 international, is grateful for the confidence of the coach of the club, told Barca TV, "I am very happy to renew, to I am proud to trust me, now I will work to match the confidence in the field. "

Tello played in Barca's cantera in its early stages as a juvenil, infant, and a cadet and after a hiatus of three seasons away, he passed the course in Barca B. Signed on Friday, as he says, "the second contract as player B": "I hope in future to sign a new renewal."

The Sabadell is now focusing on contributing to the success of Eusebio of Barça B " This Saturday game against the team from my town, and I'm very motivated sabadell with everyone's work will move forward. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Adriano warns of El Molinón danger

The Brazilian has not forgotten FC Barcelona’s last two games in Gijón, which ended in a one-goal win for FCB and a draw. “We suffered there last year” he remembered.


Two years ago, only a Pedro goal split the sides in Gijón, and last season a late Villa snatched a draw when defeat was looming at El Molinón. These are two good warnings for Sunday’s return to Asturias. Adriano Correia remembered that “we suffered there last year and struggled to win two years ago. It is a key game, because it comes just before the international break”.

Adriano is a versatile player and Josep Guardiola has used him in several different positions. This season, he started at left back to cover for several injuries in defence, and then played on the right of midfield at Mestalla. But “whether we play 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 it makes no difference to me, I can play further back or further forward. We saw that in Valencia”.

The win in Minsk was the first on the road this season, and Adriano feels “winning 5-0 gives us more confidence. We have had some tough away games and have only drawn until now. We created a lot of chances against Real Sociedad but didn’t get goals like we did on Wednesday.” He also added that the team cannot afford to let the intensity drop in any games no matter what the score.

On his team mate Leo Messi, Adriano Correia agrees that he is the best player in the world. “It is a privilege to play alongside him. There is nobody quite like him today. He is above everyone else.” Adriano is convinced that he will beat Cesar’s record this season and become the highest goalscorer in FC Barcelona history, a feat he is now just 41 shy of achieving.

Adriano ended his press conference with some words for Carles Puyol: “He is a captain who has a lot of force in this team. He motivates us and is a great team mate. He gives us life”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection Under-21] Call for the match against Croatia

Now available the list of players summoned by national team coaches to find that the Uunder-21 played against Croatia, referring to the European Championship XIX: 6 October at 20.30 am in the VRT Gradski Stadium of the town of Osijek. (via RFEF)

A proposal for national teams, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for parties of reference, the following players:

ATHLETIC CLUB: Iker Muniain Goñi.
CLUB ATLÉTICO DE MADRID SAD: Joel Robles Blázquez y Jorge Resurrección Merodio “Koke”.
FC BARCELONA: Marc Bartra Aregal, Martín Montoya i Torralba, Carles Planas Antolinez y Sergi Roberto Carnicer.
BENFICA FC: Rodrigo Moreno Machado.
RC CELTA DE VIGO SAD: Hugo Mallo Novegil.
CHELSEA FC: Oriol Romeu Vidal.
RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA SAD: Jordi Amat Maas y Álvaro Vázquez García.
MÁLAGA CF SAD: Francisco Román Alarcón “Isco”.
MANCHESTER UNITED: David De Gea Quintana,
REAL SOCIEDAD DE F. SAD: Asier Illarramendi Andonegui e Iñigo Martinez Berridi.
VALENCIA CF SAD: Sergio Canales Madrazo.
VILLARREAL CF SAD: Diego Mariño Villar.
REAL ZARAGOZA CF SAD: Juan Carlos Pérez López.

[Selection] Squad for matches against the Czech Republic and Scotland

National coach Vicente del Bosque has been featured on the morning of Friday, Villalonga classroom Soccer City, the list of players summoned for the dispute over the next two qualifying matches for Euro 2012 against Czech Republic and Scotland. (via RFEF)

The list of players summoned by national team is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas, José Manuel Reina, Víctor Valdés.
DEFENDERS: Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Raúl Albiol, Jordi Alba.
MIDFIELDERD: Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santiago Cazorla, Thiago Alcántara, Xavi Hernández, Javi Martínez, Cesc Fábregas.
FORWARDS: David Villa, David Silva, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Torres, Pedro Rodríguez, Álvaro Negredo, Juan Mata.

Andrés Iniesta plays some part in training

The 17 fit players trained this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva. Andrés Iniesta, who is still recovering from injury, appeared on the field and joined his team mates for some of the session.


With the Champions League visit to Minsk now behind them, FC Barcelona have their minds firmly set on this weekend’s league trip to Sporting Gijón. At El Molinón on Sunday at 20.00, Guardiola’s side finishes its first marathon of the season before the international break.

The 17 first team players were joined by reserve team youngster Isaac Cuenca. It was also the first time that a training session featured Andrés Iniesta since the midfielder picked up a hamstring injury against Milan.

Carles Puyol trained in isolation after taking a knock to the ribs in the game with BATE Borisov. Meanwhile, Alexis has left the city and is now in Chile where he will continue to receive treatment. Afellay, who was also absent, will undergo surgery next Monday. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex-player] Dani: "Messi already time ago in the best by far"


The ex-footballer Dani Garcia Lara was delighted with the fitness of Lionel Messi and Argentina said the "continually amazed" as has been seen in recent games which makes him "some time ago in the world's best by far ".

"I think Leo continually amazed. The Leo is trying to overcome every day and when it appears that he has already done, and it will be difficult to exceed it, as it continues to outperform," he said.

Therefore considers that the Argentine is incomparable. "What about the other day was another example of the superiority of what is now Leo Messi in the game with respect to any player, even I think even with Cristiano. To Cristiano you can compare it as for results, but as for game already what usually gives you Messi, long ago is the best player in the world by far", he said.

On the other hand, Dani does not think the words of Pep Guardiola in showing their support for the president of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta could bring instability to the club. "Pep it did was say about a person who is affection as Joan Laporta, who believes that has also done well in Barcelona, ​​and I think it was not his intention. It is sometimes the desire to create controversy than anything, "he said.

In addition, former FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, among others, also talked about the good performance of white and Kaka in the Champions League. "I think the party has been more complete. Above all, for me the important thing was to see Kaka at another level, that apart from the goal, also participated in the other two. The first goal I think was a masterpiece of what a well run counter "she explained.

"Madrid has very good footballers and has a great team. The problem is having Real Madrid in the last years is that is having in front to a team as FC Barcelona", he added, in declarations to Europe Press in the mark of the International Ciudad de Madrid Estrella Damm Trofeo Oxidoc de Pádel.

Finally, Catalan is also said that FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will end up distancing themselves from other league teams: "In the end will be the two teams that will be there fighting, so I do not know the difference as last year , but I think so far. "

"That does not detract from the teams like Racing or Levante, who have done very well against Real Madrid, or even the Royal Society against Barcelona. But I think that the two templates, players have, I think that are far superior to other teams, "he said. (via AS)

Preciado (Sporting coach): "Do not let the grass high and long"


Sporting has scored only 15 and comes about Barca. Is the worst opponent you can have?

Depending on how you look. We have not won yet but motivation and concentration, Barça, despite being the most difficult in football terms, it is the best opponents. I'll have my people hipermotivada and there to play.

Do you feel the noose?

I do not spend an ounce of my strength thinking about it. Would do a disservice to my team. Work as if you were in the Sporting life.

Does the reference is the last League 1-1 in the Molinón?

Yes, that boat was like this. He had not yet yielded a single point but we work out together and we get a point. Against large, our experience is good. We won at the Bernabeu, we only lost by 0-1 at the end and against Barca nearly tied there and did Gijón.

What do you prefer: 3-4-3 or 4-3-3?

I will not manifest itself in this regard but Barca played exceptionally in every way. It is the best team of all time and I do not know if there has been any like him.

Unai Emery could give him tracks?

We are not Valencia. No one can accuse me of being 'amarrategui' against Barca but I'm not going to commit suicide. We would be irresponsible.

How then is for this ship?

Oh, Mom! How should I know? BATE 0-5 In addition, the present image is 5-0 at Atletico. He came to get us four to us and after they thrashed Barca. Some people may think that now we make nine of us but this is not true. Barca have not won in the league was and that gives us a chance to compete. A party can make a hole.

Messi can exceed 194 Kubala goals in Gijón. Can you think of something that has not been said about him?

It has no roof. When it seems that he has already done, invent new things. Atletico's goals were spectacular. It's the best I saw in my life and I do not think there's anyone who can relieve you now. Maradona and Di Stefano have been very great but to me it seems more complete than they are. And by the way, Messi is still starting. Just 24 years.

February seems to be unstoppable but could not make your game in Gijon. Do you have a secret?

No, try not to let a lot of collective play spaces, but are not limited to: Xavi, Villa, Cesc, Peter ...

What gives Cesc to Barca?

Anarchy football. Someone tell me what to play because I still do not know. It seems that it is and put four goals in four games. It is essentially pure talent. It is an astronomical signing breathing Barça. We thought that the club had reached its limits but do not miss it, have come over Thiago and Alexis.

What would you like Barça coach?

Anyone. Maybe Xavi and Andres, I fell great. I like to make any Rondita with them. And Guaje, which is a benchmark of Asturias and I love him dearly. Perhaps even you can train before he retires.

Have you purchased a good glass of wine to return Guardiola makes him welcome in Barcelona?

This is the land of apples and cider but we will try to receive the best.

Is much in touch with him?

We talk sometimes. I called to congratulate him when he was given the medal in the Parliament. He was immense.

Is Pep a friend and Mourinho a profession colleague?

What happened is over. Dead theme, no more anger. With Pep I have more 'feeling' but I presume to get along with all the coaches and I hope that this is an accident and Mou have a great relationship in the future.

Can Botía end up in Barça?

By quality, yes, but also have Fontàs and Muniesa. If he left, I wanted one to change. He is already in the selection. By age and physique, his potential is enormous. Always yields of 8 in all.

Were you asked advice from the club by Jose Angel?

No, if not, he would be in Barça. His level is very high and will show in Italy. It has something to lack some sides: audacity and impudence, and that he would do very well at Barca.

A curiosity. Will leave as some technical and tall, dry grass at the club?

They will not have that problem. We always try to play the field well. I'm not one who trains a way to get the game and change the items to my players. Winning or losing does not go through the detail

[Former president] Laporta: "There is a narrow relationship between Pla and the current board"

Joan Laporta believes that the partner that presented the demand doesn't go alone" although it spread the hand to Rosell for the peace. He also had words of gratefulness to Guardiola for their words.


Joan Laporta went to 'Els matins de Catalunya Radio' where he left several pills on the latest episodes in the heart of Barcelona with respect to the demand for Vicenç Pla. The president of FC Barcelona is still waiting to know how to solve the "uncomfortable" situation but it is clear that the demands of the partner after a hand is going.

"Vicenç Pla alone and will not trust justice. In 2006 it saw was a group of people who did not like to leave reelected. Clearly some of the current board know Mr. Pla. The sure knowledge "Laporta hinted.

For Laporta this demand "is out of place" and confirmed that "there is a very close relationship between Pla and the current policy" because "their strategies much overlap in both demands."

"It is unnecessary all this. If we attributed these losses for these eight days there were other people on that board that have not been dotted. This guarantee is untimely and unnecessary," he said.


At this point, Laporta thanked "infinitely" words Guardiola support, on the other hand, uncovered some controversy from the perspective of those who wanted to see Pep positioning in favor of some and against others, rather than the technical took care to deny.

"Guardiola has changed everything. I thank Pep what he has done and has shown with this act, speaking from the heart, you do not want these things happen in Barcelona. We all want to enjoy Barcelona but from the way of truth. We do not want forgiveness or mercy, only justice, "he said. He added: "Pep has manifested itself as a person who loves the club and is experiencing a situation that bothers you. Right now we can not fully enjoy what happens in Barcelona because of this. And that is precisely what Guardiola has done. "


Laporta was upset with the whole situation that is being built around him and made public their dissatisfaction with the lack of appreciation for all that its board built in the past.

"I am disappointed because there has not been a gesture of thanks for all you did for the club. We have good management and now take revenge, with a board that helped Barca cionstruir the best ever. We leave the current board an undeniable legacy. They will try to destroy our reputation and heritage, "he said.

It also countered that it is impossible to "make a good sports management without good economic management."


However, Laporta announced his willingness to sit down with Rosell to clarify their different views on the management of the club and invited him to a meeting - public or private - to destensionar the situation.

"I don't have any problem in to do me with Rosell and to talk about our different opinions of why they say that we made it bad and why we believe that we made it well. I put it to disposition to look for a solution", he confirmed. (via SPORT)

Rosell and Guardiola escenificaron the serenity has recovered the institution

On the trip to avoid meeting in public. Yesterday, as in Barcelona, ​​everything returned to normal.


The displacement of Belarus FC Barcelona will always have a prominent place in the history of the president Sandro Rosell and the coach Josep Guardiola. And not just for being the first time they visited this country.

Both started from Barcelona on Monday with all the lights pointing to them. The coach had put his heart voice on Saturday evening after the Barcelona-Atletico, and he showed his suffering for the families that weighed on an embargo as a result of a lawsuit filed by the endorsement by a partner and to be executed today Friday. And the president was expected a reaction, especially since the private conversation that they maintained on Sunday.

For whatever reason the two protagonists did not want any retina senses an encounter. This fueled rumors: that if Rosell is distanced of Guardiola that if Guardiola has put in a corner to the president... Again, that familiar and long shadow that always wanders back to Barcelona environment glimpse at a particularly sweet for the team. Again a dark and unwelcome storm in paradise streamed Barcelona ...

However, after a slight tempesdad, just a few hours, there was calm. There was public staged on Tuesday night with a handshake after Guardiola, at a press conference, again speaking from the heart in hand and make it clear that he did not attack or defend anyone, that people only cared about , people who were struggling. So understood the president, denied that the greeting on the field when coach Guardiola was to meet him.

And the good vibes continued on the return trip. Rosell and Guardiola will definitely have moved on. They have spoken out and positioned without leaving the slightest doubt.

They could see, for example, chatting amiably to his arrival at El Prat, quite naturally, without drama or poses. Hence Rosell show smiling and relaxed. Both of them know that, above them, which are the two leading representatives of institutional and recreational area, is the entity. They know they are passing and that the club will continue to beat when they have no relation with him.

Understand also that energy can not be lost in `¿internal wars, and least at this historical moment being experienced by the club. They have done a clean slate. Each other. Guardiola confirmed in a press conference after the match against BATE Borisov in Minsk, "says it all. That is the best for the club, is a closed issue and that is most important. I've said enough already. "

President also expressed in the same line after the game: "this issue is history. We just want to talk about football because the present and the future looks very good. " And that's the image that staged yesterday at the airport of Barcelona on the 13 hours, when he landed the Pullmantur Air charter that the Barça moved from Minsk.

Incidentally, the output from the capital of Belarus was scheduled for 11 am (Catalan) but had advanced more than 30 minutes. However, due to logistical problems, time lost and won over in the end, broke as reflected in the program. It turns out that the back bar which was dragging the plane, a Boeing 747-400, to the track, brought from Spain, I could not stand in the right way. The commander of the ship informed the passage of events emphasizing the "limited infrastructure" of the local airport. Jumbo departed at 11.05 and landed at 13 hours. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Cuenca provides a spectacular derby

Barca B this Saturday faces the first derby of the season. Sabadell arrives to the Mini like one of the more teams in form of the Second Division A. Cuenca, a former Sabadell, provides a spectacular match.


In the locker room few know Barça B Isaac Cuenca as well as the virtues of Sabadell, the subsidiary's next opponents in the league.

Isaac Cuenca the last season acted in Sabadell in quality of having given by Barça. In the club vallesano, Cuenca exploited the talent that pointed in the youth categories azulgrana and the return was won to the club of its life.

The Reus has not been surprised of the beginning of season of Sabadell that has added 10 points in the first five parties of League: "I trusted my former partners a lot and knew that they would make it very well, they are excellent."

For the playmaker azulgrana the bereavement of Saturday (18 h) can be of a towering level: I "know Luis Careers very well he is a coach of a lot of character that prints competitive spirit and at the same time bet for a style of very similar game to ours, one can see a great party."

Cuenca understands that the four points B has joined the club in five parties do not correspond to the team's game: "We played to add many more points, but we lacked a little dot of fortune or success, just a matter of time to change this dynamic." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Muniesa facing the final stages of recovery and Armando is now ready


Barça B continues to prepare tomorrow's game against Sabadell in seeking the first win of the season.
One of the players who are called to be critical for Eusebio Sacristan, Marc Muniesa, has been able to train this week with their peers the subsidiary, but has yet to discharge. The Lloret is well recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in the preseason with the first team and will be available shortly Valladolid technician.

His next turn will strengthen the defensive line, which may account for the clash against Sabadell with their captain, Armando Lozano. The centre-back could not get the call against Recreativo on a sore muscle that has left behind and tomorrow will again be available in a key game to not run the risk of falling into the relegation zone.

Eusebio also podráía to call to Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos after traveling to Belarus with the first team. (via SPORT)

Cesc confirmed the deal with Puma

Cesc Fabregas confirmed what this wording in advance for several days. Barca midfielder has terminated its former commitment to sports brand and has signed a new contract for the coming years with the multinational Puma.



The player is happy after completing a long journey to defend the colors of Arsenal. The Arenys want to open a new fruitful stage in his return to Camp Nou and it shows in small details such as the surprising announcement of the new brand that you wear on a sporting level. Using the advantages afforded by social networks, Cesc dared to post a video that used a more relaxed tone for what to present to society some of the items that will now accompany him.

As usual, the most coveted garment for media and fans is the boot that will look from now on. In fact, Cesc dared to exercise the day before the Champions League commitment against Bate Borisov. Belarusian ground already held its official opening.

Cesc seems willing to make a fresh start in related sports. After demonstrating his spectacular play on the pitch, now comes the turn to show off their new look. (via SPORT)

Neymar: "Messi is a genius, can not be compared with anyone"

Neymar is very clear. Messi is the best player in the world. The Brazilian footballer said he tries to be like him but still can not ...


Neymar still waiting to clarify his future in Brazil, but wastes no time in demonstrating his absolute admiration for Leo Messi.

"Messi is a genius, can not be compared with anyone. It has a short dribble and dry so you do not have anybody," he said. And displaying said modestly: "I try, but ...".

Brazilian striker conducted a photo shoot for the magazine Weekly XL and joked while posing with the comparisons which was submitted with Cristiano Ronaldo in his role model: "Cristiano has style. Handsome."

Neymar reviewed aspects of his personal life and sports, explaining that the hardest moment so far was when he argued with his coach when he was prevented from launching a penalty. "Sometimes you're wrong. It happens to everyone. But I am ashamed," he recalls.

The Brazilian revealed how it affected the curious episode to go home. "I found my mother crying. I said I was not his son, who was not the guy she had grown up. He said he wanted to return to be Juninho, call me at home," he adds. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Óscar: "Defending the shield of Barça puts under an obligation to aspire everything"

Juvenil A coach recognized that they are required to aspire to all the titles this season and was proud of the work done by his players before a very aggressive Marseille.


Coach Óscar García, head coach of the Juvenil A of Barça, held on Thursday the victory of his team worked at the MiniEstadi against Olympique Marseille by 4 - 1, thanks for the support of the fans gathered at the stadium and was Barca ambitious to win multiple titles this season.

Óscar started the meeting by thanking reviews the support shown by fans who dared to support the team in the MiniEstadi. "I appreciate the support of everyone who has come, it is not easy because of the time," he said, while welcomed the opportunity to play in the Mini. "It was very nice to enjoy playing in the Mini since, for many it was their first time," he said.

Marseille overcame a very aggressive

Barca coach looked at the two parts of the game against the 'OM' and admitted occasional difficulties. "In the first half we had domain stage but we have not had chances. The second time we have had very good 15-20 minutes and then we had some nerves with his goal, but ultimately the decision has come," he said.

Óscar rival acknowledged that "we had a well-studied" and was somewhat concerned about the intensity of some opponents: "I worry more about playing in his field for the hard but that is training and will help us learn."

Talent and commitment in the Juvenil A

The coach of the Junior A celebrated the dedication and commitment of his players and reminded that this must be one of the hallmarks of the team. "No matter the opponent, I always try to finish. The players give everything and that is one of the bases to make a great team," he said.

Óscar acknowledged that "we hope to all" in this season, and recalled proudly that "defend the shield forces you to it." Equally proud and satisfied that he was to remember the balance of players who have risen from youthful branch, a point that felt more special than the fact of winning three titles last year.

High enthusiasm for the Youth Champions League

While attaching importance to the development of youth training, the Barca coach could not suppress his enthusiasm for this new season. "This competition motivates us much at all. Personally, I generate a lot of enthusiasm for the institution of rivals and which is formative for the players."

Óscar did not forget some rivals and their competitive zeal excessive. "Other teams aligned only senior players for their unique desire to win. We also want to win but also give priority to training and opportunities for other players to grow up playing against stronger opponents," he said, while he sent a small dart at clubs like Real Madrid, "have decided not to play the tournament to reserve your strength for the league competition." (via SPORT)

[Youth; Next Gen Series] FCB Juvenil A 4 - 1 Olympique Marseille

The FC Barcelona Juvenil A has established a 4-1 to Olympique Marseille in a match very demanding and great football moments. Dongou, with a hat trick, was the hero of the game.


Two early rising goals in each part have marked the course of a very balanced party decisively and in the one that the Juvenil A of Barça has thoroughly had to be used to overcome Olympique Marseilles in the party of the third day of NexGen Series and that it supposed the premiere of Óscar García's team in Miniestadi. The victory for 4-1 doesn't reflect the difficulty of an encounter where the camerunés Dongou has shone with own light. Before the party has held a minute's silence in memory of former player of FC Barcelona, ​​Chus Pereda.

Óscar García's team has benefited in the first half of the early goal from Ernesto . At 3 min empty goal finished off Alex Grimaldo center taking advantage of a French goalkeeper Fabri indecision. The goal gave Barca the game tranquility that has taken control of the game and possession of the ball but not too deep in their attacking actions.

Olympique Marseille has tried, without much success, on the counterattack but the Barca defense has been very solid. The game is animated in the final minutes of first half when Bañuz has had to intervene in two shots and Diop Abergel. Barca failed to score the second goal in the 40th minute in an action that Ernesto could not finish when he was alone with Fabri.

The second half has begun from an almost identical way to the first part. First approach azulgrana and Dongou used for the first time their pigeonhole scorer finishing off a great one yours-mine with Samper. The goal has left headdress to the French team and Barça has known how to take advantage of it. In the minute 53, Dongou finished off of head a córner rushed by Grimaldo and it signed a 3-0 that it seemed definitive.

The Juvenil A azulgrana has caught some air and Olympique has exploited to cut with a goal difference of Aloe Baptiste. The 3-1 has given wings to the French who have enjoyed any opportunity to score a second goal but had a night Bañuz inspired and prevented greater damage. A one minute from the end of the game has rounded out his Dongou particular festival marking the 4-1 in a personal action in the backlash that has demonstrated its virtues: speed, vertical and top. With the win, the team of Óscar García reaffirmed its lead in Group 1 with nine points. On October 18 will return the visit to Marseille in the fourth round of the NextGen Series. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona: Bañuz, Bako, Grimaldo, Bagnack, Ayala, Patri, Ernesto (Cristian, min.62), Samper, Dongou, Miguel Angel (Pol Calvet, min. 81) y Babunski (Quintillà, min.70).

Olympique de Marsella: Fabri, Abergel, Gael, Aloe, Larry, Bangoura( Jonathan, min.71 ), Florian, Diop (Tangani, min.86), Auram (Abdullah, min. 69), Wesley i Najib.

Gols: 1-0 Ernesto (min.3), 2-0 Dongou (min.46), 3-0 Dongou (min.53), 3-1 Aloe (min.62), 4-1 Dongou (min.88)

Àrbitre: Raúl Calle Martínez.

Barça has landed in Barcelona


FC Barcelona has already landed this afternoon from Minsk, where yesterday the Catalans were imposed at BATE Borisov of 0-5, earning his first win in the group stage of the Champions League.

Even with the bad news of the hassles of Carles Puyol on the right side , FC Barcelona team will train tomorrow at 11 am on the Ciutat Esportiva to prepare for Sunday's game against Sporting Gijon. (via MD)

Alexis to continue recovery work in Chile


Alexis Sanchez will travel to Santiago de Chile in the next few days, where he will continue his recovery programme from the muscle injury he picked up earlier this month.

Barça’s Chilean striker suffered the injury on September 10th during the game against Real Sociedad and after an initial stage of recovery work at the Club, he will travel to Chile in the next few days to continue with his treatment .

Alexis will be accompanied by one of the first team physios who will supervise his recovery work. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Afellay op set for Monday


Ibrahim Afellay will be operated on for his injured anterior left cruciate knee ligament by Dr. Cugat and Dr. Pruna next Monday October 3rd at 14.00.

A week ago today, the Dutch forward picked up his injury in training and next Monday he will be operated on by Doctors Cugat and Pruna, both of whom will speak to the press about the operation at 17.00 on the same day in the Ricahrad Maxenchs Press Room. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

29 September 2011

Berlusconi: "Milan is better than Barça and will win everything"

Silvio Berlusconi is euphoric with the European good march of Milan.


The Milan owner and Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is convinced that the Lombard team is stronger than the Fútbol Club Barcelona" and that it will win everything."

Berlusconi made the remarks before a group of deputies of his party with the in advance celebrating its 75th anniversary to discuss his team's victory against Czech side Viktoria Plzen modest by 2 goals to 0 in the group stage of the League of Champions, as reported by Italian media.

"We will win it all," stressed the Conservative leader, also happy that the striker Antonio Cassano scored the goal of 2,000 of Milan "was Berlusconi".

Milan leads Group H, level on points with Barcelona. Both teams met on Sept. 13 and tied at two goals. (via SPORT)

Carles Puyol with discomfort


The FC Barcelona captain suffered a rib contusion on the right side in the Champions League match against BATE Borisov.

During the match of the Champions League against BATE Borisov yesterday the player had a bruised rib on the right side and this morning he still had discomfort. The player will do specific work and evolution will make his availability for Sunday's game. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] The Mini welcomes European gratuitous youth football

The FC Barcelona Juvenil A debut at home to Olympique Marseille in the Next Gen series. The Óscar García has won the first two games of the competition in the fields of Celtic and Manchester City.


Good football lovers have an appointment on Thursday at the Miniestadi. Barca will face Olympique Marseille (20.15 h, Barça TV) on the third day of the third group of the Next Gen Series, a competition that brings together some of the best European teams at youth level.

Barça would take giant's step to be classified for the final phase of this competition if they are able to add the third serial victory in Next Gene Series. The two exits of the Juvenil A azulgrana have put an end to victory.

Those of Óscar García won Celtic (1-3) and to Manchester City (1-2) with the boys' two exhibitions futbolísticas of the Juvenil A azulgrana.

The reason to go on Thursday at 20.15 in the Miniestadi are manifold. The coach says the major Oscar Garcia: "Anyone who comes will see the best youth football can be seen throughout Europe."

In the dressing room of Junior A look forward to play this kind of game, as explained in Barça TV players once finished Sunday's game against Mallorca.

Sergi Samper midfielder admits: "I've never played in the Miniestadi against Marseille and it motivates me, I encourage people to come and support us." By Cantabrian Miguel Ángel Sainz-Maza, these parties "are very special and if people decide to support us."

Rafinha Alcántara, one of the architects of the treble last season that won the Juvenil A Óscar García, encourages the public to approach the Miniestadi: "I'm going to encourage and urge all fans of good quarry not miss it, it will be a great show." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[The Player Ratings; UCL; Group H] BATE Borisov - FC Barcelona (0-5)

Víctor Valdés 8, Alves 8, Puyol 8, Mascherano 8, Abidal 8, Keita 8, Xavi 8, Thiago 8, Pedro 8, Messi 9, Villa 8, Cesc 7, Adriano 7, Maxwell 7. (via SPORT)

Valdés: "We got a really positive result"

The FC Barcelona goalkeeper highlighted the patience of the team in creating space against BATE’s solid defence, and the great work done in Minsk that helped take 3 important points in the Champions League.



Against BATE Borissov Valdes probably didn’t have too complicated a game, although he never lost concentration. The Barça keeper expressed his surprise at how the Belarusian team played "because they defended so deeply, with 10 men in the area, leaving one forward totally on his own". But Valdes believed that the team "had the patience to keep the ball and create the necessary space to break them down".

After the draw at home to Milan in the first game of the Champions League this season, the Barça keeper sees the win in Minsk as "a very positive result for us".

Valdes also had words for Leo Messi, who with two goals against BATE equalled Kubala as second top scorer in the history of FC Barcelona, with 194 goals. "So many records. Every game is a new one. With the quality he has, and what he’s already won, he’s entered into the history of the club". He added that "collectively we feel that any record or trophy is shared. We all recognise that".


Villa

"Messi is incredible. He keeps beating his own records. We are happy to help him do it".

"We always try to keep possession. BATE defended really deeply, especially in the first half, and left us to carry the burden of the match".

"We were very comfortable and the rain helped because it made the pitch quicker".

"Champions League matches are tricky. It’s to our credit what we did today. We played a very good game".

"I’m happy with the game from both an individual and collective standpoint".


Xavi

"They shut up shop and let us dominate. We played at ease because they didn’t even want to leave their area most of the time".

"We had to open up the pitch as they had ten players defending deeply. We kept them on the back foot, although it's tough when they are so deep, but we did well".

"What Messi does is fantastic, achieving these figures, and playing for the team. Having the best player in the world in our team is priceless". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Rosell and Guardiola give for closed the topic of the guarantees

When concluding the encounter between the BATE and Barça, Sandro Rosell and Pep Guardiola gave 'carpetazo' to the topic of the guarantees that finally Vicenç Pla decided to postpone.


FC Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, has said it is "a closed issue," the latest episode lived in the state following a Barca coach Josep Guardiola statements in which he defended the previous policy and Joan Laporta had to refine later.

"It's an issue that is closed, is history, I have nothing to say. For us everything is fine and that everything would look good. We must not give more laps," Rosell has said in statements to TV3 after the rout of his team against BATE Borisov (0-5).

Rosell has insisted that the leadership of Barcelona just wants to talk football and the future, not past, and would not comment if the team leader has advocated for a partner that Laporta had sued on a matter of guarantees, has decided to seek a postponement.

"Football is what we like to talk. It's nice to see them play with such a high level: thrashings, Xavi, Messi, Puyol's return, well ... It's the first win of the Champions, we will go step by step, "said Barca president.

Rosell has said that Barca players were keen to play a good game to provide it to the memory of Chus Pereda, who died recently. "It was really nice to dedicate the win," he stated.

It has also settled the issue Josep Gaurdiola in the press conference did not want to talk about the controversy over the demand for guarantees of former president Joan Laporta and seven other executives but said: "Everything said. What is best for the club, that's the most important. I've said enough already, "has ruled. (via SPORT)

Leo Messi equals Ladislao Kubala as the second highest scorer ever

This Wednesday, in Minsk, Leo Messi equalled the record of one of the legends of FC Barcelona, Ladislao Kubala. Both have scored 194 goals in official matches.


No one can stop him. Messi is a machine for scoring goals, breaking records and providing happiness. On Wednesday, in Minsk, at 24 years old, he scored another couple of goals, the second one really impressive, and equalled the 194 goals of one of the greatest players in the history of the Club, Ladislao Kubala. The Argentinian is now second in the list headed by César, with 235 goals.

It had to be a very special competition like the Champions League when Messi caught up with the Hungarian superstar. Messi has been the top scorer in the competition for the last three years, and has scored 39 of his 194 goals in European competition. The rest are distributed as follows: 127 in the League, 17 in the Cup, 8 in the Spanish Super Cup (in which he’s now the top scorer ever in the competition), 2 in the World Club Championship, and 1 in the European Super Cup. In total, 194 goals in 280 games, that’s 0.69 goals per game in 7 seasons and the start of this one.

Ladislao Kubala’s goals, scored over his 11 seasons at Barça, were distributed like this: 131 in the league, 49 in the Cup, 7 in the European Cup, 6 in the Fairs Cup, and one in the Latin Cup. Messi, therefore, still has one last challenge with respect to the Hungarian: pass his number of goals in the League. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Important events

The following are some of the previous records beaten by Messi for FC Barcelona:

16/01/2010: Goal number 100 in an official match.

27/02/2010: Overtakes, with 71 goals, the number of goals by Ronaldinho in the League.

01/05/2010: Reaches Kluivert as the tenth leading scorer in club history (122 goals).

21/08/2010: reaches 130 goals, the same as Eto'o and Rivaldo.

19/09/2010: Reaches fifth top scorer for Barça in the League, level with Kluivert (90 goals).

20/10/2010: Messi equals Rivaldo as top international scorer ever (31 goals).

03/11/2010: Goal number 100 since Josep Guardiola took over as Barça Manager (100 goals in 117 games with Guardiola).

13/11/2010: Scores his 30th two goal haul, and reaches fourth place in the list of top scorers for Barça in the League, with 98 goals, one more than Mariano Martín (97).

20/11/2010: Goal 100 in the league.

24/11/2010: Goal 150 in official matches.

29/01/2011: Becomes the third top scorer for Barça in the League with 109 goals, overtaking Eto'o (108).

28/05/2011: Scores his 53rd goal in a single season, a record in the Spanish League, shared with Cristiano Ronaldo.

24/09/2011: Goal 150 with Josep Guardiola as manager, in 192 matches.

28/09/2011: Reaches Ladislao Kubala, with 194 goals, as the second top scorer in the history of the Club.

Rosell: "Everything is very well, everything paints very well"

FC Barcelona president has been very pleased with the team's resounding victory in Minsk. On the judicial process involving the Board earlier FC Barcelona, Rosell has explained that "everything is very well, everything paints very well."


Sandro Rosell was today a happy man. The team has won 0-5 in Minsk with a new football lesson and already sum four points in the League of Champions after two disputed days. On the judicial process that affects the Directive previous Meeting of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell has explained that "everything is very well, everything paints very well."

And he has added: "For our part anything that to say. For us everything paints very well. It is not necessary to give him more turns. It is a topic that it has passed to the history of the Club. It is a closed topic. We only want to speak of soccer and, for luck, everything is very well and he paints very well for the future."

The president has also wanted to dedicate him the victory in Minsk to Chus Pereda, deceased this Tuesday. "We wanted to win and remember him. We have dedicated the win. I want to thank BATE they are also wearing the bracelet, is a detail," he explained. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: "We have taken a good step"

The coach, very pleased with the 0-5 victory against BATE Borisov, notes that the staff has done a "good step" in their way in the Champions league and with this victory, the club's first group.




The Santpedor has recognized that although the club has done a very good last three Champions League, away from home "we have not been very reliable," so that the party believes that his team played on Wednesday in Minsk was, a priori , "a mystery". Guardiola is why we give "great weight" to victory in the Dinamo Stadium, a win which he described as "vital" and is "a good step" in the face of the objectives of the template. "Now the qualifying round goes by the Czechs," he said.

To achieve victory, the club has had to deal with the solid defense of BATE Borisov: "The truth is that they have been very close behind, and not what I expected. Sometimes if not faster marks this fact makes you lose a little patience. But we were able to control very well, and that has set the pace and quiet to play our game. "He added:" It's never easy to attack to 10. All these teams are very similar. Leave to defend and hope that you lose a little patience. It was very important to control the interior and Kezman, and players have done very well. "

Precisely on their players, Guardiola has expressed aloud his desire not to lose the competitive spirit that have shown this Wednesday and for that characterizes so long. "The spirit I see in years. Already have established. I have very clear that they feel it. No matter whether we win or lose, you always have to keep doing the same.

Despite the win by 0-5, the Santpedor, who dedicated the victory to the family of Chus Pereda, does not consider the match was not easy: "We had to run a lot. Things have much value when you get them, and if we won by 0-5 is because we had to do things better than BATE Borisov. But nothing is simple. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Champions League; Group H] BATE Borisov 0 - 5 FC Barcelona

Barça destroyed BATE Borissov with goals from Messi (2), Pedro, Villa, and an own goal, and came away with their first win in this season’s Champions League. Messi has drawn level with Kubala as the second top scorer in the history of the Club.


Barça didn’t leave any room for surprise in Minsk, where BATE Borissov play their home games in the Champions League. The Belarusian Champion belied their fame as an offensive team, and handed the initiative to Barça from the start. Barça had a lot to play for following the draw against AC Milan at the Camp Nou, and decided the game with 3 goals before the break. In the second half, also totally controlled by Guardiola’s players, Messi equalled Kubala’s record, and Barça equalled their biggest away win in the Competition. It was the best possible tribute to the late 'Chus' Pereda.

BATE showed a lot of respect, and even fear, to the Champions of Europe. They defended really deep, with 10 players practically in their own area, and Kezman as the lone attacker. So, with the exception of the odd counter-attack from the Belarusians, the game became a Barça monologue, similar to the scene when they faced Rubin Kazan. This time, however, Barça were much more vertical, and effective.

Barça had total possession, and tried to pierce the defensive network with long range shots, like the ones from Thiago (min 7) and Messi (min 17). The Barça siege soon found it’s reward: in the 18th minute a cross from Alves was diverted into his own goal by Volodko, under pressure from Messi. Barça followed the same 'modus operandi' to make it 2-0, when Villa crossed the ball for Pedro, who anticipated keeper Gutor’s attempt to catch the ball, and put a glancing header into the net.

Soon after, Gutor did well to save 2 shots from Villa, but messed up again for the 3rd goal, when he dropped a cross from Pedro, and an opportunistic Lionel Messi nipped in to make it 3-0 (min 38).

After the break, BATE tried to push forward a bit more, while Barça stuck to their 4-3-3 formation, brought back for this game. Now there was even more space, and Messi took full advantage. A combination with Alves, and a superb strike into the top corner, enabled Leo to catch Kubala as the second top scorer in Barça history with 194 goals. With the match decided, Guardiola decided to give some rest to players like Abidal and Xavi.

Under heavy rain, Barça retained their high percentage of possession, and intensity, to the end. Pressure by Villa on the Belarusian defense allowed him to recover a ball and beat the keeper to make it 5-0. An undisputed win and another milestone achieved: equalling Barça’s biggest win in the Champions League away from home.


A win for Milan
In the other game in Group H, AC Milan beat FC Viktoria 2-0. The scorers were Ibrahimovic, from a penalty that opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, and Cassano, in the 66th minute. After the second games of the group stage in the Champions League, Barça and Milan share the lead in their group with 4 points. Meanwhile, FC Viktoria and Bate Borissov have one point each. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Technical Data]
BATE Borisov: Gutor; Volodko, Filipenko, Simic, Bordachev; Baga, Olejnovich, Bressan (Kurlovich, m.82), Rudik (Aleksiyan, m.60), Kontsevói and Kezman (Skavysh, m.57)

Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Abidal (Adriano, m.61); Xavi (Cesc, m.59), Keita, Thiago; Pedro (Maxwell, m.69), Messi and Villa.

Goals: 0-1, m.19: Volodzo, own goal. 0-2, m.22: Pedro. 0-3, m.38: Messi. 0-4, m.56: Messi. 0-5, m.90: Villa.

Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER). He showed yellow card to Alves (m.77) and Simic (m.80).

Incindents: 40,000 spectators filled the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk (BLR) in game for the second day of the first phase of the Champions League, Group H Barcelona put on his second gear, black, and the players wore a white armband in tribute to the late Chus Pereda, former footballer of the entity.

Milan joins to the bid for Abidal

The Italians join the bid for PSG in the Gallic defender has not yet renewed with FC Barcelona.


Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan are willing to fight for Abidal in case the French defense decides not to renew for FC Barcelona. As reported by the portal 'footmercato', Milan could make a proposition that only Abidal had the PSG great interest in having their services.

The whole 'Rossoneri' is not satisfied with the performance offered by Taiwo and, together with the age of Nesta veteran, would be to have to bid on a high-level defense.

And that's where it comes Abidal as a reference for the rear. Although the proposals have not yet occurred, and French milanista environment has started to move to probe the intentions of a Abidal has not yet responded to the offer of renewal of FC Barcelona. (via SPORT)

28 September 2011

Vilanova: "For sure the BATE will vary its system"

The second coach of Barça, 'Tito' Vilanova, is convinced that the champion from Belarus will "make something different regarding what we have seen" him/her. They usually play a 4-2-3-1, but usually, before Barça, the teams change the strategy", d.


Speaking to Barça TV , assistant Pep Guardiola has affected the tactical to the coaching staff expected tonight at the Dinamo stadium in Minsk: "We have seen some part of the bat, both of their league, as the first game Champions. They play a 4-2-3-1, but as usually happens when we play against teams lower theoretically, they always do something different, and today it probably will happen again to us. "

For Villanova, the tie against Milan at the Nou Camp "is a situation that forces us to make urgently." "The league is short and therefore the three points in the next few games before playing at San Siro is critical," he adds. The coach reiterated the great difficulty presented by these teams, who await the arrival of Barcelona to make a name in Europe. "We already know that can happen if we do things very well. We already have the experience of Shakhtar, Rubin and Copenhagen, we made ​​things very complicated." He continued: "Without going any further yesterday was about Manchester United losing at Old Trafford against Basel. You can not always brilliantly winning the Champions League. If we look at our record on the road in the Champions League, the results are better. "

Asked if the game system with three defenders is possible to see him again tonight in Minsk, Vilanova said: "If we did at the Mestalla, I think we can continue everywhere. What I have to say is that a decision is not trivial, and if we do so because we believe that we have reason to apply this system football. "

To Tito Vilanova, the two central "are able to play 90 minutes, but it is also true that out of the injuries they have suffered, it would be better them play in a progressive way to go slowly with them. " As for the state of the game box says that the grass is fine. "We were lucky to play here now, and do so in November or December, as we might have found a situation quite different from now on." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Iniesta and Alexis recover running for the mountain

The Fuentealbilla midfielder and the forward tocopillano were shown optimists on their recovery when posing smiling in one of their incursions for the mountain to train.


Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez go forward with the recovery from injury and Wednesday showed the fans how to retrieve running down the mountain.

Fuentealbilla midfielder hung a picture on his Facebook account on the next to Alexis Sanchez and Barca in which he stated that his recovery continues on Wednesday and he did run down the mountain.

The good news is that 'Don Andres' said "I feel better every day," while not hesitate to thank all the fans for their support. (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Sylvinho debuts as coach in the Cruzeiro

The full- back exazulgrana incorporates to the technical staff of the Brazilian group to exercise the works of the assistant coach Vágner Mancini and to help to that the team recovers its best version.


The ex Brazilian full-back Sylvinho, of pleasing memory in Can Barça, was presented this week as assistant coach of the Cruzeiro.

Sylvinho he joined the technical staff of the Brazilian team, which will act as assistant coach Vagner Mancini, new signing and specifically requested the inclusion of ex azulgrana.

The former defender of Barça, Celtic, Arsenal and Manchester City, among others, had a curious debut in training, having participated in exercises with the first team to complete the group.

Sylvinho, as friendly as usual, he acknowledged that he could not keep up with the players and complained of pains in his legs. "I have no intention of working out with players, but to teach and direct them," he said.

The ex azulgrana full-back said to want to help to "improve self-esteem" of the group and make them feel "happy every day" to "improve their performance" in order to pull the team difficult situation because accumulates seven games without a win and is flirting with relegation. (via SPORT)

Goncharenko, Guardiola of Minsk, promises battle to Barça

"There are not invincible" teams, Goncharenko warned.


"Barca is one of the favorites to win the Champions League. But in football there are no invincible teams. Especially in single matches," warned Viktor Goncharenko. BATE Borisov coach is 34 and was a good defense team until a knee injury ended his career at 25. He is the son of an engineer who worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and because of the radiation during the devastating accident in 1986 died in 1993. At home he set out for football. Olympic studied at a college in Minsk, where he received his first lectures. He played RUOR and then in 1998 and signed for 21 years BATE, winning two league titles in four years.

Tactically very disciplined, he began coaching football at the club and attended Yuri Puntus the first team until he took over in 2007. He won the League in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the year in which he also won the Cup and had the honor of carrying the club of his life to the group stages of the Champions 2008-09, losing to Juventus, Madrid and Zenit. (via MD)

It BEATS Borisov-Barça: Barcelona, to encarrilar their pass and to dedicate the victory to Chus Pereda

The team wants to dedicate the victory against the BATE to missing Pereda.
The draw against Milan forces to win so that the first position is not in danger.


For misery of BATE Borisov , rival today in the second group match of the Champions League , Barca back to channel all their energy in sports. Yesterday, in the previous one European, Pep Guardiola extinguished the institutional fire that him same he lit behind days in its unexpected defense of Joan Laporta. "I did not mean to disturb," coach reconciled. Minutes after shaking hands with Sandro Rosell in the same stadium in Minsk . Here peace and then Europe. No one symbolized as moods Pep Barca and in these last hours had declined. For the stir caused by his views but also by the death of Chus Pereda , a myth of FC Barcelona and a great friend, "an extraordinary guy." "It's going for you, Chus", dedicated. A whole cracking.

At the end of their feelings, Guardiola seemed relieved. It was logical. The clash against BATE Borisov had passed a dangerous background, to be vital to a process, and had managed to stress again the mood turning around the situation. The colon volatilized at the last minute against Milan urgently need to recover the treasure of the playoffs is in Minsk. A victory would give luster to a party that will become the Barca coach with more games in the Champions League.

His head is now focused as a defense if you align three or four. Kezman minimize the discomfort of the offensive potential of BATE but wary. The central tandem of defensive reliability that are recovered Puyol and Pique gives muscle to the team, if only for hierarchy and gallons. The defense of three, sometimes swells and tonight nothing can go wrong gear. If Pep returning to its origins, the defensive line holder, with Alves and Abidal in the bands, now would be eight months and a half after that game against Malaga in January. The rest of the eleven would depend on the artists, but with Xavi and Cesc is guaranteed game architecture. The goals would run on account of a state of grace Messi, on the track to beat all records. Two goals will catch more and Kubala (194), three will get over it and will approach you and Cesar (235). As catch the ball, do not remove anyone. Pedro and Villa, again, be their squires. An MVP who could give Barca the lead in a group unexpectedly matched. Winning takes a giant step and not winning be damned to fight to the last day to qualify.

Barca know what teams are rocky eastern and northern Europe. Rubin, Shakhtar and Copenhagen were bones. A Pep give you more afraid of these parties that the crossings of eighths, quarters and semis because it is assumed they will win without breaking a sweat.

Opposite is the champion of Belarus in the last five years. A team drawn with lines similar to those of Barcelona, ​​a firm commitment by the quarry, but far from his genius. Go saddened by the injuries of four of his props. Kuntsevich Rodionov and have been the worse off the knee injury. A low that they have hurt their morale. They have 16 matches unbeaten in 26 league and have left the score at zero. Of course, in Belarus is Messi. Barca stunned by a controversy that did not understand, Belarusian journalists not even once asked by Leo. Only externalized their anger about not seeing the cracks. Today I will. (via MD)

Rosell, "Chus Pereda was a very dear culé"

Rosell fondly recalled the figure of Chus.


Barca president, Sandro Rosell, joined the many expressions of remembrance of the figure of Chus Pereda from the city of Minsk. Rosell praised the charismatic player and revealed the relationship he had with his family. "For Barcelona is a pity. A very sweet memory for Chus. He was a football man, a Barça, a person loved by everyone: the Association of Veterans in the club and personally I have to say also that he had a family relationship with my father in particular, for many years, "said Barca president in the most official club channels.

Looking to tonight's clash against BATE Borisov in the second game of the Champions league, Rosell hoped to dedicate the victory. "To me what I want is to make a very good match and dedicate it, be a victory, a draw or a defeat, but the dedication it with attitude. The same as he had. Attitude of doing things well, struggle and defend our shield. So the Catalans will remember him forever, "said. (via MD)

Alexis accelerates recovery and could be ready in three weeks

From Chile they assure that the forward azulgrana has burned stages in its recovery thanks to a special treatment and that it could return to the game lands before that foreseen.


Chilean Alexis Sanchez could return to be made ​​available to Pep Guardiola ahead of schedule, according to reports from Chile media as 'La Tercera' , ensuring that the 'Niño Maravilla' might be back in just three weeks.

The publication says that the rehabilitation Chilean Alexis is unbeatable and that time has advanced so it might be available to play again Oct. 15 against Racing Santander.

The initial forecast was that the front tocopillano a call back in late October, so that met the latest estimates, ten days earlier return than expected, great news for Barca's technical staff.

According says 'La Tercera', the work of Alexis, so well that you are giving in their recovery, is to combine massage, electrotherapy and ultrasound with pool and gym exercises for, then light jogging exercises. (via SPORT)

Hidden in the airplane...hugged in the field

Guardiola and Rosell they resumed talks on Sunday and offered a conciliatory image and institutional normality.


In the privacy of the public image plane. In private conversation gestural representation before the cameras. Guardiola and Rosell final yesterday staged an open wound after the technician's nod to the old board. The technical talks between the president and does the Sunday and matured a truce yesterday did you have a new chapter. There was no public staging before catching the plane. Both kept the distances, probably because they had already agreed to address the issue later.

A Sandro saw you smiling and Pep tried to address displacement to Minsk as usual 'focused on football' though do be aware of the sound of their words. On the plane both had time to share impressions. Moreover, the extended one hour and twenty minutes a planned trip of just over three hours. The technician sat in row 1 and the president left the hall in between. Among the displaced managers feel is the best thing for the club is to move on quickly to an incident that threatens to reopen the `isms what historically have plagued the club.

The judicial embargo of the former junta members disenchanted technician. And Guardiola interventionism upset the Board. But both the president and coach have tried to disable a particularly sensitive issue. The message is to downplay the issue. That was from Andoni Zubizarreta: "Relationships are very fluid and based on mutual trust. I have a feeling not to be concerned about. I do not think that affects the costume because it is very mature. "

The expedition was received Barca Airport Minsk.por an enthusiastic audience, knowing even some local songs that surprised the Barça squad. In the afternoon came the big moment. The press conference of course. Pep was expected to clarify his last words and the technician did not disappoint. Addressed the issue head and kept equidistance; praised Rosell but lamented the situation of some of the former junta leaders. After the press conference, new meeting with Sandro. This time in the field. The president came to greet Pep, both departing and hugged. The picture played out the unraveling of a conflict that has shaken the club in recent days. (via SPORT)

Alves, from beginning to end

Goncharenko has a new headache to brake Barça: to sense which the outline will be for the one that Guardiola will bet.


If it was difficult to guess a lineup of Barca, Guardiola has now added another layer of difficulty to the puzzle, and know what the club will face drawing the match.

The 4-3-3 with usually drawn to the 'Pep Team' and was a starting point rather than flexible, it would vary during the course of the game in terms of mobility and versatility of most of Barca players .

The arrival of Cesc Fabregas and his brilliant entry into the starting lineup has been perhaps the most eye-catching result. But undoubtedly, the key is in the framework position of Dani Alves. Nor is it something really new. Brazilian football is a long haul, giving supply to the entire right wing. In attack and was transformed almost at one end, and the defense forced to Xavi, Puyol and Pique Busquets and multiply in the right coverage. Now, when it has established itself as extreme in the absence of Pedro and Villa, Alves has shown he can perform at the tip. And above all, to sow doubt in Victor Goncharenko: Barca will play the 4-3-3 or 3-4-3? (via SPORT)

Vicenç Pla: "If they're friends... Guardiola pays!"

The partner that activated the 'case of the guarantees' he won't give it goes behind, in spite of the desire of the coach of Barça.


Friday is the deadline for each of the eight former executives sued by partner Vicenç Pla deposited with the Professional Football League (LFP) the guarantee of 2.9 million euros, issued by the Court of First Instance, 24 Barcelona. Pep Guardiola expressed his wish not to be reached this point by the injury which meant for the former leaders, but the plaintiff does not intend to back down.

Vicenç Pla, a neighbor of Premia de Mar, not to prominence, but is at the epicenter of the media. Since Guardiola raise his voice was once again overwhelmed by the interest from the press. The Catalan media calls has been steady and has also received visits at home, like the SPORT or 'Ball Point'. Pla try to enjoy the tranquility of your home, but this week it will be impossible. Despite the uproar, the partner stands by its position and the microphone of the football program and the presence of Sport, said "will not withdraw the demand for sure."

Guardiola's words caused him no pity. Quite the contrary. Pla understands that the previous board must comply with the mandate of the court for the alleged irregularities committed during his tenure. "To pay Guardiola, if they are such good friends with Laporta," said tired of being considered the bad guy. The member was upset that try to give moral lessons from the press room at the Camp Nou and stressed that "what you say Guardiola me indifferent. He has a lot of money and a lot of people going hungry. " Vicenç Pla believes "is a topic that does not belong to the coach, its role is in the sporting arena."

Pep Guardiola has made him reconsider and not feel any sympathy for Joan Laporta. Referring to the president was very explicit in stating that during his tenure "is taking great delicacies. If you do not pay, you can take a vermouth with seafood and I just I can take one with potatoes once a month. " Pla did not want to extend and made clear before going back to his home that "I do not care what you say Guardiola."

This partner has gotten away with it in its application on the grounds that the board of FC Barcelona who was in the club in 2006 should submit a bank guarantee of 60 million euros, of which about 42 are equal to 15 percent of the 2006/07 budget and the rest losses for the year 2002-03.

The eight exdirectivos to be submitted by the endorsement of 2.9 million before Friday are Joan Laporta, Alfons Godall, Joan Boix, Rafael Yuste, Josep Cubells, Alfons Castro, Albert Perrin and Jaume Ferrer.

The plaintiffs have to face a delicate situation and to cope with a very high and severely affects their personal assets. Failure to comply with the requirement of the judge, would be automatically seized. (via SPORT)

More united than ever

The trip to Belarus was good to return the institutional calm to Barça and to recover the speech futbolístico.


Peace took less than three days to get it signed and sealed. All the controversy it had generated support from Joan Laporta Pep Guardiola after the match against Atletico Madrid was virtually reduced to the level of anecdote after a long day in which the ship returned to the helm to return the ball.

He made it taking advantage of the trip to Minsk to play tonight before the BATE Borisov, a party that had been completely eclipsed by the fracture that seemed to confront the barcelonismo again: of a side, those 'laportistas'; of other, those 'rosellistas', faced soon after the words of the míster.. But the figure rose again Pep Guardiola over the sides, the likes and phobias, to remember that the club is so great precisely because it encourages discussions of this kind, which is very close to the philosophy of the club and forms the institution, both for good and for bad.

"Maybe all the fuss is armed because I knew to express it," mused the coach in a press conference that served more than to talk about the Champions League game tonight, probably for something far more important: institutional restore calm a club that had entered a dangerous and self-destructive dynamics in the last hours.

Guardiola lowered the tension that had been installed in the club environment with a deliberate and coherent speech. He took his time, lingering on the answers, trying to contextualize his words, giving them an air of normalcy, reminding families of the directors of the Laporta era '¿, and stressed the obvious, remember that Laporta and their managers are having Possible bad for embargoes related to the guarantees of 2003, when the club took a loss, does not mean Sandro Rosell attack or its board. "People, at last, after all he wants is that Barca wins," said Pep, reducing stress and trying to turn the discourse toward the grass, the ball and players, to full normalcy enjoyed by the better team the world.

What passed his words during the press conference he also reported some images acquired enormous symbolic value before training at the stadium where Barça will play today, Guardiola and cordially greeted Rosell. It was an embrace in the strict sense of the word, but close.

The image was strong and left a clear message: there is no problem in the relationship between the coach and the president. Both spoke with proximity, in the presence of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, in a fun and relaxed, a few meters of lawn, Guardiola already wearing the tracksuit training, probably joking about the dust that had generated his words.

Seconds later also joined Manel Estiarte. Rosell Guardiola had a mutual gesture natural and spontaneous approach that offered an easy read: institutional calm and go back to talking football. (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] 1960s legend ‘Chus’ Pereda dies

Former FCB player Jesús Pereda has died today at the age of 73. He represented the club from 1961 to 1969, playing 316 games and scoring 110 goals.



Today is a sad day for FC Barcelona. The legendary ‘Chus’ Pereda has died at the age of 73 in Barcelona. The midfielder will never be forgotten at the Camp Nou, where he played for eight seasons.

Jesús “Chus” Pereda was an amazing player. He was the central playmaker at the club throughout the sixties, forming an extraordinary midfield along with Josep Maria Fusté. He combined skills, strength and excellent shooting to become not just a great player, but also a great person, famous for his happy, open character.

Pereda was born in Medina de Pomar (Burgos) on June 15, 1938. When he was a child, his family moved to the Basque Country, where he started playing football for Indautxu(1955-57). He was later at Real Madrid (1957-58); Valladolid (1958-59) and Sevilla (1959-61). In 1961 he signed for FC Barcelona, and was there for eight seasons, scoring 110 goals in 316 matches. He won one Fairs Cup (1965-66) and two Spanish Cups (1962-63 and 1967-68) before ending his career at Sabadell (1969-70) and Mallorca (1970-72). He later went into management and coached the Spanish national side at various youth levels.

He won 15 caps for Spain, and appeared at the 1964 European Championship, where he scored the first goal in the final against the USSR and also laid on the famous winner for Marcelino. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Bojan suffers a car accident when returning from training

The former azulgrana returned by lorry home after training with his partners when the vehicle in which colisionó traveled with that of a youth that you jumped an it gives the step.


The Roma forward Bojan Krkic on Tuesday suffered a car accident while returning home after training with the rest of the first team.

Bojan traveling in a vehicle with his compatriot Jose Angel, which was led by Sara -side the Spanish girlfriend-, when suddenly hit with a vehicle driven by a young man who had missed a yield sign. Fortunately, the incident had no serious consequences but the angry reaction of those present did not wait.

The worse off was Jose Angel, which was a strong rebuke of the young, when asked repeatedly to be quiet. Bojan asked for explanations from the young to gamble despite the dialogue, it does not attend the meeting prevented a municipal police patrol in the Italian capital to write the relevant part.

None of those involved in the accident had to mourn for major damage and if the vehicle he was traveling Bojan There was little damage to the underside of the car in front. (via SPORT)

Piqué: "I allow myself to guide for Shakira when dressing"

The centreback azulgrana granted an interview it has more than enough fashion and estilismo in which admitted its sentimental couple's influence when choosing garments of dressing and affirmed that takes the topic of the personal estilismo as a "hobby."


FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted that leaves advised by his girlfriend, Colombian singer Shakira, when choosing the clothing, in an interview with the magazine 'FHM'.

Pique had no qualms in admitting the councils and declared that "all men are guided always by our partners. Women have always had more style than men or at least have understood more clothes, but lately people are better at it worse a good opinion of your partner always good. "

The center also acknowledged that the Barca players, media in scope, trend easily generated when dressing and recalled the examples of Real Madrid's David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite being linked to the vogue for some advertising work, Pique downplayed importance. "The facet model is simply a hobby that I like fashion and feel good but football comes first and what I like to stay focused. Fashion is always in the background." (via SPORT)

Mascherano: "Don't necessary to trust theoretically of the teams inferior"

In views to tomorrow's game in Minsk before the BATE, the Argentinean has it clear: It would "be an error to think that we will win the party without fighting. The last year was these teams - Rubin and Copenhagen .los that put us in more difficulties."



or Mascherano, the fact that the club is, on paper, than the champion of Belarus, to cause the computer to be more alert than ever: "We have to approach the game with the utmost seriousness. It is a mistake to believe that we will in trouble. We can not underestimate any opponent. We can not have any confidence in them. begin to be common in the Champions League is the best team in Belarus and have as much respect Kezman. "

After the draw the first day at the Camp Nou, three points is very important: "It's all very balanced, the four with a point. not win the first game forces us to win tomorrow. It is very important to win to start seeing a bit closer classification. The league is short, so errors should be overcome as soon as possible. "

Regarding the tactical awareness of these recent games, playing with three defenders instead of the usual four, "Masche" believes "this year's results show that the two systems things have gone pretty well." "In the three games of the two SuperCup play with the system before and after, in the league, we played defense 3. The results have been pretty good. Anyway if there is a negative result would be to play the blame to three defenses. " On this point he added: "We are ready to play with both systems and I've been comfortable in all situations."

Return to calls for Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique make the choice of Argentina to continue being entitled "to be lower because - he said - the headlines of the rear axle they are. I've played in recent games, both this year and last year for injuries and other circumstances. The logic is that, from Now, play them. In any case, the technician who will ultimately decide. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Sandro Rosell, on Chus Pereda: "A very dear"

Sandro Rosell and Pep Guardiola, from Bielorusia, and Zaldúa, Alfonseda and Fusté, the missing person's three former partners 'Chus' Pereda in Barça, they have regretted the death of a very dear person.



The reactions to the news of the death of Jesus Pereda not long in coming. The president Sandro Rosell and coach Pep Guardiola has spoken from Minsk, where on Wednesday the first team will play against BATE Borisov in the Champions League. In addition, Barça TV has captured the impressions of three of the companions of a person always linked to the veterans of the Club.

Sandro Rosell. Barca president

"for Barcelona is a pity. A very sweet memory for Chus. He was a football man, a Barça, a person loved by everyone: the Association of Veterans in the club and personally I have to say as well , who had a family relationship with my father in particular, for many years. To me what I want is to make a very good game tomorrow and spend it, is a victory, a draw or a defeat, but the dedication that is attitude. The same as he had. attitude of doing things well, attitude and attitude control to defend our shield. So the Catalans will remember him forever. "

Pep Guardiola. Barca coach

"try to make the best use for him and his family: his wife Teresa and his son Chus, that we agree on the grassroots. I'll take your joy and enthusiasm. I want to emphasize how good a player he was and that was a Televisive pioneer in a game that at lower levels, as a Spanish coach. We let the memory of an extraordinary person. "

José Antonio Zaldúa. Player of Barça 1961-1971

"I always said I was his little brother, when we arrived at Barcelona 50 years ago we began to live together. We were, of bachelors, living together. Then we had a very narrow, very endearing because he was an amazing, it was a very good person and we wanted a lot. "

Ramón Alfonseda. Player of Barça 1970-1973

"If we say that Barça is 'more than a club', this is more than one partner. has always been with us, always encouraged us ... We want to be remembered because here in the field of Barca have loved much. We want that history will render the homage he deserves. "

Josep María Fusté. Player of Barça 1962-1972

"A different person to what we are Catalans. He was always humorous, never had one not for anyone, even playing football had so soon was given the nickname of 'Tinderbox'. Outside the field was an extraordinary person and very well identify the vessel and in Catalonia. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

First contact with Dynamo Stadium

The 20 first team players that have travelled to Minsk have trained in the same Dynamo Stadium where they will play their second Champions League fixture on Wednesday night.


FC Barcelona are about to play in Belarus for the very first time in their history. To prepare, they trained today in the Dynamo Stadium, Minsk with all 20 of the players named by Josep Guardiola (which include 18 first team players and Dos Santos and Cuenca of Barça B). Two of these players will have to be struck off the list for the definitive squad that faces BATE.

The squad was greeted by pleasant temperatures of around 15ºC and began the session with usual pre-match warm-up drills. It was announced the players will wear their black change strip on Wednesday, and today’s session was observed by some special guests, including President Rosell and several members of the Board who have travelled to Minsk to enjoy the historic occasion of FCB’s first ever trip to this country.

Afterwards, the Barça directors went off to join the BATE Borisov officials for a pre-match supper.

The venue for the game is the Dynamo Stadium, which is normally the home of Dynamo Minsk, and not the Horodskiy where BATE Borisov usually play because the latter fails to meet the minimum UEFA requirements. So, this is not strictly speaking a home fixture for BATE either, although they are used to playing European fixtures in this facility, which holds more than 40,000 spectators. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: “We have to realise what we’re playing for”

The manager has warned that BATE Borisov could be a difficult opponent, and that after the draw with Milan at the Camp Nou, “if we don’t win here we will have to wait till the last day to guarantee qualification”.



Josep Guardiola was speaking to the press ahead of the Champions League encounter on Wednesday night with BATE Borisov. He said he has much respect for the early rounds of Europe’s premier club competition, because “in this group they are making a lot of assumptions … but my experience reminds me of the shocks we’ve had at these stages … If we are shocked now, then we’ll have to suffer right through to the end”.

The 2-2 draw with Milan at the Camp Nou has no doubt conditioned the urgency with which FC Barcelona are approaching the match. “If we don’t win here we will have to wait until the last game to see if we qualify. We have to realise what we are playing for tomorrow, because it will be a big step forward if we win.”

Asked about BATE Borisov, Guardiola said he has much respect for the Belarusian side, and “it is not the first time they have played in the Champions League … They have experience of competitions like this. They are a team that is used to winning, they are well prepared, they have potential and last year caused some surprises. They are very strong physically, strong in the air and we will have to be orderly in attack, that’s always our objective … we have to know where our spaces are, to be patient, and to realise what we are playing for.”

Asked to clarify his words after the Atlético Madrid match, where he said he was sorry that members of the previous Board of Directors are facing a legal issue with the club, Guardiola said that his concern is entirely focused on the “eight families that have been suffering a delicate situation because of 15 days that have nothing to do with them” in reference to the final days of the 2002/03 season. Guardiola said “I have always been able to work in total freedom with both Laporta’s Board and also Rosell’s”.

Guardiola also said that he often speaks to Sandro Rosell, and that they did so for quite some time on Sunday. “I didn’t intend to upset anybody” he said in reference to what he said on Saturday, and on his relations with the current board, he said “I always felt supported at all times, and I still do now … Everything being done now and everything we did before is purely to make the club better and better. It may not seem so, but the two presidents are much more similar than people think. Sometimes I think that they are both the same side of the same coin.”

The Barça manager thinks that what really matters is for “people who run the club at any time to do what they think the people who love this club want. Ever since I’ve been here I’ve sensed that they are working to make this work. We all want Barça to win, the presidents the players and the coaches. Ultimately the aim is for Barça supporters to enjoy the way their team plays.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)