30 November 2011

[youth] Ajax, the opponent in the quarterfinals of the Next Generation Series

Juvenil A team will face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the Next Generation Series, in the month of January in the Miniestadi.


Juvenil A of Òscar Garcia already knows who will play in the quarterfinals of the Next Generation Series. It will be Ajax Amsterdam that this Tuesday has lost against Rosenborg (0-2) and has concluded second of the group 3, with two points less than Aston Villa. The match, single match, will be held in January in the Miniestadi with a date to be specified. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Adriano out for a week

Medical tests confirmed that Adriano has pulled a hamstring in his left thigh. Adriano to miss League match against Levante on Saturday, and Tuesday's Champions League game against BATE Borissov.


Adriano was missing from the first team training session this Wednesday. The player, who ended the match against Rayo Vallecano with some discomfort, was subjected to several medical tests this morning. Once completed, it was confirmed that Adriano has pulled a hamstring in his left thigh.

He should be out for five to seven days. If the figures are correct Adriano will miss the League match against Levante on Saturday, and Tuesday's Champions League game against BATE Borissov.

Following the victory over Rayo Vallecano, Guardiola's team trained this morning on pitch number 1 at the training ground. It was a session including 19 first team players and three from the B team, Cuenca, Montoya and Miño, and in which the players who played last night did some light recovery work.

On Thursday the Barça squad will enjoy a day off, and will return to training on Friday at 11:00. Pep Guardiola will attend a press conference after the session. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Villa:"I feel important, and even more so when the manager speaks well of me"

The striker showed himself to be really pleased with the role that he has within the team, secure in the knowledge that he has the support of his manager, his teammates, and fans. He valued the importance of the win against Rayo, following the defeat at Getafe. He regretted that some of his comments about Barça’s possibilities at the Bernabeu were taken out of context.



David Villa was one of the mainstays of Barça's victory against Rayo, with a goal and his usual tireless work up front. At the end of the game Pep Guardiola praised his work, and on Wednesday at noon, at a press conference, Villa expressed his satisfaction. "I feel important, and even more so when the manager speaks well of me" he said.

He lives for goals, like any striker, but Villa said that he doesn't feel a release every time he scores: "I've always had the affection of teammates and especially the public. I noticed it since the day I arrived. So it's not vital that I score.......I don't give any importance to what is said outside the Club. I don't have to be worried about all of this, it's all the same to me. I work so that the manager, my colleagues, the fans, and my family, are happy, and that's the case".

In addition, David Villa said he felt comfortable where he's playing: "I'm playing in the same positions as last season, but sometimes within different systems. I've played on the left, sometimes on the right, and recently down the middle, and I'm happy in all of them ". He also analysed why, despite his constant escaping from defenders, he doesn't always get the ball: "We are a team with lots of players in front of the ball, we have loads of options. There's only one ball and we can't all receive it. When I don't get it, I try to create space for others".

On the other hand, Villa admitted that after a defeat "it's always important to win again". For him, the reason for the better results at home is simple: "Any team, and more so us with the fans that we have, feel more comfortable at home. We need to change the situation away from home, not lose any more points, and continue the brilliant run at the Camp Nou". The next away game will be in Madrid, and Villa is clear about it: "Whoever we play against, we plan just the same. The greatness of this club forces us to go out to win. We're going to the Bernabeu in different circumstances to other years, but with the same idea".

Villa spoke about his recent statements about Barca's possibilities of winning El Clásico. "It's clear that we can win, just like we can draw, or we can lose. I don't understand why everything should be taken out of context "he said. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Dos Santos will be the substitute Keita while in the African Nations Cup

Subsidiary midfielder played in the first team while Mali is contesting the African Nations Cup in January.


Jonathan dos Santos midfielder of FC Barcelona B , it will be the first team after the Christmas holidays as reported in The Contra Miguel Rico editing MundoDeportivo today. The Mexican will substitute Keita while Mali is in the African Cup .

The Barcelona has a strong commitment to Dos Santos . A few days ago was renewed until 2015 and now he got his big break in the first team squad. Guardiola will have it to cover the floor of Seydou Keita , who on 21 January to 12 February, will be contesting the African Nations Cup to be held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The Catalan coach and praised during the press conference after the Getafe match : "It's a player we can not let go so young. you I have very high regard and is a player where I think a lot," he said.

Thus, the Barca confirms its policy again. Pep Guardiola and relied on to supply Cuencca and Afellay will now go for a squad for the low Keita. An award and an opportunity for Jonathan dos Santos. (via MD)

[Former player] Eto'o voted "Messi, Iniesta and Xavi"

In an interview with France Football, Cameroon says "Cristiano Ronaldo is among the favorites to fourth Ballon ".


Two and half years after leaving the Camp Nou, Samuel Eto'o has become one of the best ambassadors that FC Barcelona has spread throughout the world.

In an interview with France Football magazine yesterday offered its readers, the forward current Anzhi Mahachkala reveals his vote as captain of the Cameroon team for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011: "For me, the club must always come to the podium of the Ball Gold and occupy the three drawers. Under these conditions, without any doubt, I put Messi, Iniesta and Xavi. They not only keep winning all the best players are also present " .

And asked about Cristiano Ronaldo , the response of former Barcelona may offend the sensibilities of the crack itself Real Madrid and Portuguese: "It's a super good player, but for me, is still a bit away from the other three. arguably He is one of the favorites in the race for fourth place " .

Eto'o , the highest paid player in the world since leaving Inter to play for Russian Anzhi (20.5 million euros a year), also is back among the 23 nominees for the award, but he qualifies that there are other things After you fill more never to appear among the top three: "To see my father and mother proud of what I have become dearer to me all Ballon d'Ors" .

And he clarifies that family pride has nothing to do with the money they charge: "I have the same passion for football was a child, I'm still a big kid who never stops dreaming. So I think my parents laugh my salary, we do appreciate is that Eto'o's name is known throughout the world. More than the million, which will touch the fiber is also aware that Eto'o is loved in Dagestan and now even the Chinese know who is Eto'o" .

Samuel defends himself against those who criticize him for having gone to the Russian football for money: "Free Ustedcree playing in Barcelona or Inter? In those two clubs I was already one of the highest-paid players in our little world. After 14 years at a high level, was the need to turn 90 degrees to revive and regain the feelings of the child, as when I went to Mallorca " . At the insistence, he notes that "this is a good contract, we play not to be hypocrites quote me someone who has rejected such an opportunity. But I repeat that throughout my career I have never gone for the money, but come to be the best " .

And ominously reveals that Anzhi continue to grow: "Let me dream! This will not be mounted equipment gives millions, that does not work well. Gradually, the goal will be to bring the club more rigor, professionalism and consistency. Naturally we need to get great players. No matter what, but there are many who call me some time. their names would be surprised. Who? I can not speak, but they are great players from big clubs who are willing to participate in the adventure. I was the first, but others will come in winter, sure " .

Asked about the possibility of hiring a Cristiano , replied with another question: "Why do not Messi? Here nothing is impossible. The owner who wants to can sign" . And playing the president of Anzhi, develops an eleven ideal: "Valdés, Geremi, Puyol, Lucio, Evra, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Eto'o, Drogba and Ronaldinho. Does the coach? Mourinho, no doubt" . (via MD)

Alexis-Villa, what marvels!


If there were two players who need a confidence boost after what happened in Getafe these were Alexis Sanchez and David Villa . Both began to be identified by the environment and last night Barcelona seemed at times that the situation could get worse. But through hard work and confidence in their ability both were able to reverse the situation and end up becoming crucial to achieve a victory that seemed to threaten for the first half hour.

Although his coach had warned, the Rayo Vallecano surprised by his courage and tactical. Sandoval did play the forward defense and Madrid with a double line of three that was meant to control the movement of Xavi , Iniesta and Messi . Movilla was very aware of the '6 ', Javi Fuego's '8' and Casado of '10 '. If the three cracks Barca exchange their positions, the trident vallecano switched. For Barca the question was trying to use more bands.

Alexis was found starting very plugged into yours, right, while Villa took advantage of the company left Iniesta to work again and again. Pep ordered a change of positions and that work paid off. Alves joined the midfield, and sometimes the extreme right, to try to achieve superiority in these areas. Villa went into the center, Alexis changed his side and the first ball that came a nice shot placed near the left post that destroyed the fabric tactical Sandoval. It was Chile's second goal with the Barça shirt. The first was scored on his debut at the Stadium against Villarreal and then spend nearly two months in the 'dry dock' because of an injury to Anoeta.

The thing did not stop there. The last five minutes of the half sealed the game. The 'Boy Wonder' pounced on a rebound in the heel of Xavi for, again something difficult angle on the left, marking the second. Soon after, a powerful invasion Piqué in the area of destruction continued with Rayo a pass on Alves. The Brazilian gladly gave it to Villa who, in the center forward position he likes so much, it took a lot of anxiety over it. It was the fifth goal in the league of 'Guaje', ninth in total, and still was able to make some more. It did not. The public already had enough reasons to chant his name and that of Alexis . A wonder. (via MD)

Barça, to three points of Madrid

Los blancos will equal Barça in games in Sevilla, a day after the clásico.


Three days after falling in Getafe, Barca said , following the script to the Lightning and settling a very dangerous game with another win to reduce the disadvantage to three points with Real Madrid . Barca, with a game played more than whites to have advanced the appointment of the 17 th day of the Club World Cup, will again be matched at the meetings on Saturday 17 when you visited Madrid to Sevilla.

Before, there will be two days more, this Saturday with Sporting-Madrid (18 h.)-Levante and Barça (20 h.) and follows in the Bernabeu clásico, issued in open laSexta and some regional channels, at 22 h. Barca could lead to the Christmas break but also to achieve a positive result in Madrid , you should wait another stumbling merengue.

With the 10-D in mind , Barça signed the best start without conceding a goal in the Camp Nou. In 1986-87 was 14-0 in eight games and now adds a brutal 34-0 in the same meetings. (via MD)

Messi hunts CR7 in the 'pichichi' with 16 goals

The great difference is the penalty goals: 6 of CR7 and 1 of Messi.
The effectiveness and the attendances of both are practically identical.


With his goal in the minute 49 Leo Messi has contributed to the victory of his team in the advanced day of la Liga BBVA tonight at Camp Nou. Anteriodad had already tried several times, but with the target materialized early in the second half Messi has hunted Cristinao Ronaldo top scorer in the First Division with 16 goals .

The two leading 16 goals, while Leo adds one more game, that of Ray Vallecano . In this sense the numbers are very similar, as both strikers have left in the starting lineup for his team in all league games, but one.

But where the differences are large it is in the way of achieving the targets. Of the 16 goals leading the Argentine, 15 achieved the foot, no head and only one penalty. The maximum penalties are the big difference with the Portuguese, who of his 16 points, 8 have been kicked, head 2 and 6 penalty. That is 5 more from the spot of the spot.

Looking for fun facts, we say that Messi has done so far in the league, 76 shots on goal: 14 to 54 with right and left, and four who has made ​​his head. And the goal must be added the five goal assists.

The number of auctions of CR7 is very similar. The Real Madrid player has completed 78 shots, 54 on the right foot, 16 with the left and 8 head. He has given more assistance goal that Messi , 6, but the Argentine has fallen three times more in an offside position, 13 by 10.

Surely this rate, the fact is that both could match his numbers from last year, in which CR7 was the top scorer with 41 goals, for the 31 Messi . Who can have many more problems is the sevillista Negredo. Third leading scorer last season, 20 goals so far this season has managed only 4 goals. (via MD)

Zubizarreta: "Alexis is taking the automatic"

Andoni Zubizarreta was pleased by the play of the team and stressed that nothing has been decided in the fight for the league title.


"I do not know if it's a league more competitive. The championship is very long, it was when we went ahead and now. Confidence is high, because the team has managed to compete and always has a high level of play, "said the Blaugrana technical secretary.

"Ray's approach has been very risky, very high pressure. In the first half hour they have done very well, but we have two goals thanks to the individuals that we have and from there we found more spaces. The Barca players have to be different things, "said Zubi.

As for the great protagonist of the game, the technical secretary praised overflow capacity and welcomed two goals. "Alexis is the automatic picking of the team. It's a great player that offers much to the team as its speed, capacity and overflowing good standard. It has high quality individual and we must adapt their performance to the group get the most out of it, "concluded Zubizarreta. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Gustavo, luxury replacement for the pivote

Gustavo Ledes seems destined to be the replacement of Jonathan dos Santos.


Jonathan Dos Santos is being the most regular player in the branch, but before the Celta was low for sanction and Eusebio bet on Gustavo Ledes, almost unpublished so far. And the canterano, 19 years old, responded clotting an excellent encounter.

"I'm very happy. I played ninety minutes and the team has added three points, meaning that everything went perfectly. He had played very little, only four minutes in two different games and I felt very good. Do not expect to be so good physically, "said the midfielder after Saturday's game.

"I think I've done things well and have helped the team to score three very important points," said Gustavo. By the way, he had no time to get nervous. "I found out I was going to play in the team talk before the game and was a surprise, but assimilated very well," he added.

Gustavo reiterated the different thing that is the Second Division to the juvenil, where it played the last season. "Here at the slightest mistake can you score a goal," the Luso-Brazilian. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Bojan: "I was born culé and will die culé"

Linyola player in his autobiographical book reviews throughout his career as blaugrana.


"At the time of the dressing room through the door, I was paralyzed, blank. We were the first to arrive and had not one, but, from one moment to another, begin to march Xavi, Oleguer, Puyol, Iniesta, Valdes ... I did not know where to sit. The locker room is U-shaped Barca and decided to stay in one end, next to the door. The only thing I thought was to show the utmost respect for those players that I idolized. When I sat down I was very thirsty and water bottles were about five meters, but I dared not move to go get one. Suddenly, I saw began to enter the first team players: Deco, Eto'o, Iniesta ... all. I almost got excited thinking he was sharing a dressing room with them. The most exciting moment was when Ronaldinho passed me and greeted me. Some who had come before him had done, but something about Ronaldinho's personality that made him special. One player had joined a ship rotting and had managed to reverse, lifting himself to a club. "

The Camp Nou, a step

"Before traveling to Scotland, Pep Guardiola, who at that time planning his first year as coach at the head of Barça B, he called me. (...). After explaining the project in broad strokes, I suggested that I join the rest of the players he had. The goal was to return to Segunda B that same season and thought that a player like I could do very well to the team. I had no official confirmation that Frank Rijkaard wanted me for the first team that year, but it would go to Scotland for the first part of the preseason. The option to join the first team was very real. Anyway, he wanted to know my point of view, although, of course, a player can not decide what status will never in any club. It was clear at that time I still had everything to prove in the first team, it was impossible to know that my performance the debut would be as good as it was, but my thoughts and my great dream was to try it that way. I could not pass up an opportunity like this. When you open the door to the first team, you must go away before it closed again. He was convinced that if given the opportunity, would know to take advantage. "

Debut goal in Egypt

"From the first moment we got on fine and Saviola His was the passing of my first goal for the first team. When he saw that I unchecked it, put it exactly where I wanted. In my mind there was silence, a feeling of maximum concentration that overwhelms me at important times when I stand before the goalkeeper and at that time there was a field full to overflowing. In my head there was no fans, no parents, no television, no stage, even colleagues. There was absolutely nothing. In my head I had only the goalkeeper, and the path I should take the ball to crack down inside. At the time the ball touched the net on the inside I became receptive and, suddenly, like a whip, the stadium felt like screaming, and I saw came to congratulate the first team players and how my parents jumped joy, crazy in the stands. I also remembered friends who enjoyed that goal at home, out of nowhere, the void.

The hours of the goal lived in a cloud. It was the first that succeeded with the first team, wearing the yellow shirt and stand back fourteen. With sixteen years. Finish the game, Frank Rijkaard and embrace me again in the hotel, the text messages that touched my phone were so many that it was impossible to answer them all at that time. That goal changed my life, which, thereafter, did not return to what it had lived before coming to Egypt. I marked the day with the first team debut and he was only sixteen. Still did not know how different it would be all that would live from then on. But now I know that goal became a reality the dreams that lay deeper in my mind and, thereafter, would see the light. I boarded the plane to Egypt as an anonymous person, and when I set foot in Barcelona and it was not. It's like I made a trip of three days and come back out the other, although, obviously, I was the same. " (via SPORT)

[Former player] Jeffren: "Every time I see the goal, it makes my hair stand on end"

Jeffrén, from Portugal, experienced yesterday a special day celebrating the first anniversary of the day in which he scored the 5-0 to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.


Because nothing will ever be the same on 29 November to Jeffrén Suarez. The player now Portugal Sporting realized, just waking up, that yesterday was just another day.

"I woke up, looked at my Twitter account and started seeing a lot of messages congratulating me for a year because he had scored the 5-0 against Real Madrid," he recalled yesterday from Lisbon. Jeffrén congratulations explains about the "do not know if it will be well every year, but if it is, is always a pleasure to receive so many messages because it was a beautiful day. This shows how big the club and the people you miss. " Acknowledge that you have seen many times repeated goal confesses that "I remember that day very clearly, I will not ever forget the goal and especially liked how the people. Every time I see it makes my hair stand on end. "

Despite the special moment and the feelings that lived that day is not far to that magical moment of his time as Barca: "No, for me, I'll take the day Guardiola told me that belonged to the first team. This is the first and only day I can say I was completely happy. Madrid's game was something special, but also because I did not expect much less play and score. " The way we defined the ball came from the band was not entirely orthodox "Bojan had the ball, Pepe was trying to get it, but ended up focusing on. Iniesta did not and went ahead of Sergio Ramos and gave the interior a little chopped ... It went well ...".

Only two players in the history of Barça have the honor of having achieved the fifth goal of a hand at the Nou Camp against Real Madrid. The first was Ivan Iglesias, while Jeffrén, play where you play will always be the second.

Talk often with Xavi, Puyol and Alves

Jeffrén lives his first season at Sporting Lisbon, where he arrived after playing two seasons at Barca's first team. Currently still ailing from a hamstring injury, adapted to their new life, although do not forget the club blaugrana, "I'm talking to Xavi, Puyi, with Dani ... They are people who have not been forgotten and the truth is one that is appreciated, "said the player. (via SPORT)

[Player Ratings; Liga BBVA; week17] FC Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano (4-0)

Average 6.4. VICTOR VALDES 6, ALVES 6, PIQUE 6, MASCHERANO 7, ABIDAL 6, KEITA 7, XAVI 6, INIESTA 7, ALEXIS 8 (MOM), MESSI 6, VILLA 6, THIAGO 6, CESC 6, ADRIANO 6. (via SPORT)

Iniesta: "In the stage we're having a good line"

'8 ' was satisfied with the win against the Lightning and the team said the numbers at the Camp Nou in an interview with Barça TV.

FC Barcelona has won a landslide victory at the Rayo Vallecano (4-0). Alexis Sanchez has managed to make a double, followed by goals from David Villa and Leo Messi. With this result the first team to get some very good records in games played at the Camp Nou, with 34 goals for and none against. Andres Iniesta, who after the game has been interviewed on Barça TV has explained that: "These are very significant numbers. In stage we're having a good line" and added that: "Outside it costs us a bit more, but we are working to improve this situation. "

FC Barcelona technicians are using different systems of play in every game and first-team midfielder has explained that: "We studied the rivals, but sometimes, when they play against us change the way you play. The coaching staff is responsible for tell us how your opponent moves and apply variations on the game system to meet the parties. " Regarding this game the player has shown his joy at the goals that have made Alexis Sanchez and David Villa: "This is great news, we all know that living on the goals front and both they and the team is going great."

With the three points scored on Tuesday, FC Barcelona cut the gap to the leader of the League. Iniesta explained that in this league there is very little margin for error and added that: "Soon we will have the match against Madrid, this is the League, the requirement of each year, playing with the club and always fighting for all competitions ". The midfielder said that the work team is doing is "good", but need more because "that required the leader" and added that it should continue "as confident as ever."

Below are the reactions of the players after the game:

David Villa:

"For us the important thing is to keep adding points. We won by a wide result and again we played well."

"You always need a goal, when there is not doing other things, I'm happy to have scored but had it not also be marked."

Dani Alves:

"It was a tough game with a team with personality, but we found the goal, we have been very successful."

(With respect to Alexis): "I am very happy for him, it works well, has been quite successful in the face of goal and ultimately was able to score two goals."

Victor Valdes:

"We have achieved a great victory over Rayo Vallecano one that has made us a great time. Three important points." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Bartomeu: “The team works very hard”

The vice-president said that against Rayo Vallecano “the team showed once again that they play as well as they possibly can, they work very hard, and they are very committed with the athletic project.” Josep Maria Bartomeu was visibly satisfied because “people that saw the game had a good time.” The vice-president praised Rayo Vallecano saying, “of the teams that have played here, they have been one of the best.” With this victory, Josep Guardiola’s team provisionally trails Real Madrid by three points. With this in mind, Bartomeu said, “the Liga is very long, there are a lot of minutes yet to be played. It’s better to think about the next match, and then the next.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Sandoval: "The one that doesn't trust Barça don't understand"


Coach Rayo has decladrado at a press conference that "after the effort was important to Valencia to see where we stand, but it was the only way we could play, to make it clear that" I am proud of my players . They have shredded perfectly, and we played against the best team in the world, which has a partial from 30 to 0 at home. "

Sandoval has made ​​no secret that, despite playing against the best team in the world, has lacked the luck has been "the first Barca goal and any further action. We have had no luck, but I think this game ern we have won more than we lost. "

Sandoval has been asked about the game system at the Camp Nou drawn, for being brave and cheerful, and go play. In line with these words, Lightning coach has said that "no guarantee I take all three points would have played the other way," moreover, "if we come to the first division is playing this game . Why give it up? ".

The Lightning, which has caused a great sensation, has moved well in front of the chosen Guardiola. Sandoval did not want to point out any particular player, but all their players in line. "The credit goes to the block. He has done very well what we had planned on video and on the board. This team will give much joy to his fans," and referring to the fans who had the Lightning tonight the Camp Nou, commented: "I knew I was coming here to see a brave team . "

And so the game was Barca mobility Guardiola's men , and the quality once again drawn on the canvas Sandoval Barca failed to be and finished his press conference with this statement, "He who does not trust in Barça do not understand. " Quite a statement with intentions. (via MD)

Josep Guardiola highlights Rayo Vallecano's courage at the Camp Nou

The Barça manager said he had a very good impression of Rayo after tonight’s game, especially because of the visiting side’s courage and their approach to the match. “I’ve always said that there is no such thing as a good or bad manager, there are managers with courage and managers without courage,” said Guardiola while praising José Ramón Sandoval.



Josep Guardiola qualified tonight’s match at the Camp Nou as “a bit strange and different,” highlighting Rayo Vallecano’s courageous approach to the game. The Santpedor native said that José Ramón Sandoval’s side “isn’t a surprise. You can tell they have a great manager, and that they are doing things well. I have to congratulate Rayo’s courage.”

Along the same lines, when the Barça manager was asked if Rayo would have any problems staying in Spain’s top flight, he was very clear: “You can count on it. It’s impossible that a team with this ambition would not stay in Primera. Rayo has very good players, they’re courageous and they want to play. I’ve always said that there is no such thing as a good or bad manager, there are managers with courage and managers without courage.”

Alexis Sánchez, who scored a brace for Barça, was one of the stars of the night, not only for his offensive work but for his diligent defence. Guardiola said, “we knew that was one of his talents, and that he wasn’t only an attacking player. The lad was doing well when he picked up his injury. It’s obvious that he lacks the continuity. Today people saw what he’s capable of, and I want to congratulate him on his good game.”

On Gerard Piqué’s play where he received a yellow cared, the Barça manager said, “the images are what they are, the whole world saw it.” At the same time, Guardiola said that Valdés was also booked during a similar play and he wasn’t on suspension notice. Guardiola said that “in four years I’ve never given my opinion on referees. The referee made his statements in the post-game report.”

Finally, Guardiola talked about David Villa’s importance to the team’s play: “He’s a player that constantly looks for space, a player that his teammates should find. You already know what he means to us. He doesn’t stop moving to make space. Doing this, sometimes the ball gets to him sometimes it doesn’t. But he never gets tired of doing it. He knows his value to the team.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Piqué is the fifth yellow and will play el Clásico


The Barca centre-back Gerard Piqué today has forced yellow card in the match against Rayo Vallecano and comply penalty next game against Levante , just before the day he faces Real Madrid.

Piqué has waited 84 minute party to force the card to unreasonably delay the launch of a free kick in Barca, and the referee Perez Lasa has warned.

The collegiate Basque Miguel Angel Perez Lasa reflected in the arbitration record the card shown yellow Gerard Piqué has produced "by delaying the restart of play." (via MD)

Arbeloa: "Never mind the points, puts out on the Barça"

Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa said on Tuesday that "no matter the points he puts out on the Barcelona", because there are "many days to play" league and the situation could "give a lot of laps."


"To analyze our situation right now is too early, but the team is responding every day, whether the opponent is," he said Arbeloa on the momentum of the white team in the league, which remains at the top with six points ahead of Barcelona and Valencia.

The defender spoke during a publicity event, the euphoria of Madrid fans with respect to distance his pursuers.

"It's normal for Real Madrid fans rejoice when Barcelona lost because they are our direct competitors," said Arbeloa, but added: "There is much in May and be patient."

On the run of thirteen wins in a row, the player said the key is to "go game by game."

On Saturday, Real Madrid will face Sporting Gijon and Arbeloa said: "We also can safely make," referring to statements by the Barcelona player David Villa, who used these words to refer to the next derby between the top two .

"We're not even close to winning titles and all we want to win rivals," said Arbeloa. (via SPORT)

Tito, we'll beat this one too

Barça’s players came out onto Camp Nou's pitch wearing navy blue T-shirts that read ‘Tito, d’aquesta també ens en sortirem’ (Tito, we’ll beat this one too). The assistant coach was discharged from hospital yesterday morning after surgery this past Tuesday.


Even though Tito Vilanova wasn’t at tonight’s game to help Pep Guardiola on Barça’s bench, he was very present at the Camp Nou. Before kickoff Barça’s starting lineup trotted out onto the pitch wearing navy blue T-shirts that read ‘Tito, d’aquesta també ens en sortirem’ (Tito, we’ll beat this one too), the Camp Nou greeted its players with applause.

Last Tuesday, Tito Vilanova was operated on for a problem with his parotid gland at the Hospital de la Vall d'Hebron. After a satisfactory post operation period, Vilanova was discharged from hospital yesterday morning. The assistant coach is expected to be back to full health within three or four weeks. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Liga BBVA; Week17] FC Barcelona 4 - 0 Rayo Vallecano

FC Barcelona stormed to victory against Rayo Vallecano with goals from Alexis (2), Villa and Messi, and have now scored 34 goals to no reply in home fixtures.


FC Barcelona responded in perfect fashion to defeat at Getafe, by tearing Rayo Vallecano apart at the Camp Nou to keep their Liga campaign very much alive. Guardiola's side only needed 50 minutes to have the tie sewn up, in which time Alexis had scored a brace and Villa and Messi had added goals of their own. Barça are simply untouchable at the Camp Nou, where they were able to celebrate the stadium's 122nd anniversary with yet another win.

The victory against Rayo, in a game brought forward due to FCB's forthcoming trip to Japan, puts FC Barcelona back within three points of Real Madrid, who do have a game in hand.

Barça struggled to get into the game. The ball wasn't flowing as they would have liked, while Rayo were solid at the back and had a tough keeper to beat in Cobeño. The visitors also managed to create chances of their own on the counter attack, with Lass especially dangerous on the end of some rapid Rayo moves. Mascherano can in particular be thanked for some crucial interventions. But the whole panorama changed when Alexis, in one of his first interventions in the play, finally put the Catalans ahead with a pinpoint effort that bounced in off the crossbar.

With a one goal lead, Barcelona managed to settle into their usual style, and the passing was far more accurate and effective than before. In one of these delightful combination moves, Messi threaded a through ball to Xavi, who following an unusual piece of ball control, laid the ball on a plate to Alexis, who scored his second. Rayo were clearly stunned by this further setback, and practically straight from the restart, in which Alves was allowed a ridiculous amount of space in which to manoeuvre, Villa was supplied with the ball and converted with ease. It was not half time, but it looked like this game was already over.

But Barça were in no mood to rest on their laurels, and the second half was barely under way before Messi and Alves set off a powerful run down the right, with the former finishing the blistering move with his side's fourth goal of the night, finding his way past Javi Fuego with an amazing piece of skill. At 4-0, and with the home win now a certainty, the game lost in intensity and saw few chances created by either side

Guardiola made use of the final half hour to give some rest to Alexis, Xavi and Iniesta, who was fresh back from injury, to give a run out to three other key players in Cesc, Thiago and Adriano. Towards the end, Piqué was shown a yellow card, which means he will be suspended for the Levante game on Saturday. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona Valdés; Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Abidal; Keita, Xavi (Thiago, m.54), Iniesta (Cesc Fàbregas, m.56); Alexis (Adriano, m.71), Messi and Villa
Rayo Cobeño; Arribas, Labaka, Jordi Figueras; Casado, Movilla, Javi Fuego (Rafa García, m.54), Botelho, Míchel (Tamudo, m.46); Michu and Lass (Piti, m.69)

Goals: 1-0, m.29: Alexis. 2-0, m.41: Alexis. 3-0, m.43: Villa. 4-0, m.49: Messi.

Referee: Miguel Ángel Pérez Lasa (C. Basque). He showed yellow card to Lass (M.39), Jordi Figueras (M.45), Arribas (M.60), Valdés (m.80) and Piqué (m.84).

Iincidents: 53,775 spectators attended the meeting in advance party of the seventeenth day of First Division.

Satisfaction with China visit

Sandro Rosell back in Barcelona in time to attend Rayo Vallecano match. President interviewed on Chinese state television’s sports channel, CCTV5.



President Sandro Rosell, along with vice president Javier Faus and director Dídac Lee, returned to Barcelona today after their institutional and commercial trip to China. The Barça party were highly pleased with what they had achieved, having extended the ties between the club and the Asian country.

President Rosell's visit ended with a meeting with the president of CCTV5, the state television's sports channel. He was interviewed at 7.00 pm, a prime time slot, to speak about his visit and to look at the latest situation of his team following the defeat in Getafe.

Sandro Rosell reiterated his support for Guardiola, who he hopes "can stay at Barça all his life", and also praised Leo Messi, a player he believes is like no other and who deserves all the recognition he's getting. "If the world is fair, Leo Messi should win the Balon d'Or," he said. The president also spoke about the success of the Masia system, which represents values that Pep Guardiola "transmits perfectly".

Apart from the interview on CCTV5, the final day in Beijing also included a meeting with Tencent, the main provider of Internet services in China. FC Barcelona and the Chinese company reached an agreement to develop the Barça name in the country, which not only implies an enormous audience, but also considerable income.

There was also an appointment with the general management of the Chinese Ministry of Education, who are also in charge of sports. Director general Antoni Rossich and commercial director, Laurent Colette attended to complete the agenda, which was slightly altered due to the change of date for the Rayo Vallecano fixture. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

29 November 2011

The fight back starts here

Barça and Rayo Vallecano face each other at the Camp Nou tonight in a game brought forward from week 17 because of Barça's World Club Cup commitments. The game gives the reigning league champions an early chance to cut the six point lead which Madrid hold over them following the defeat to Getafe on Saturday.


Barça face three home games before they travel to the Bernabeu, with the first of those three tonight, on the occasion of the Club's 112th anniversary, against Rayo, the second on Saturday against Llevant and the the third next Tuesday against BATE, with the Champions League Group already decided. There's little room for error, but the prize is immense.

The players are confident that they will make up the six points Madrid currently lead them by and at this evening's training session they received some great news, with Andres Iniesta, who's missed the last two games with a left thigh injury, passed fit to play. Cesc, who was rested as a precaution against Getafe, also trained fully with the group and Guardiola can call on an almost complete squad which is only missing the injured Ibrahim Afellay.

The visitors tonight, Rayo Vallecano, are back in the top flight this season for the first time since 2003, when they lost 3-0 at the Camp Nou. They are potentially a tough test, having won more points away from home than at Vallecas so far this season and currently sitting in a comfortable tenth spot. José Ramón Sandoval's only doubt is at right back, where Tito is waiting to find out if the Spanish disciplinary committee allow him to play. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Nano: "Barcelona would score on a complete history of early season"

Nano gave as an example to get scoring against Barcelona who completed the match against Getafe last weekend and that was the first League defeat at Barça.


Victoriano Rivas 'Nano', Levante defender, said today that if your computer is capable of scoring at the Camp Nou against Barcelona next Saturday would auction for "historic start to the season" that starred in the team.
"There forget that Barcelona is the best team in the world recently. If we can get something out there in the historical Barcelona would finish being the start of the season, but it will be difficult, "he said.

The Levante player was speaking during a visit to made by the former footballer Fernando Giner, current chief of Valencia, Valencia to a school in a talk sponsored by UNICEF and the Association of Spanish Footballers.

"Come in a position that allows us to approach the game differently, with 26 points . It is a complex field but with the intent and we want to put it very difficult, "he said.

Nano gave as an example to get scoring against Barcelona who completed the match against Getafe last weekend and that was the first League defeat at Catalans .

"It's the only way to get something positive, being close together eleven players, making a huge effort to multiply. And they do not have their day and we're successful in one against and hook," he said.

In addition, the player Levante recalled last year's match at the Camp Nou, who lost the Levante 2-1, and noted that they "took" a penalty.

"Hold on until the break scoreless. They took a pretty clear penalty and I think Juanlu who ended up asking the time, "he said.

Nano confirmed that improved ankle sprain that forced him to withdraw from the last league match and explained that trusts get to the game although he has "quite swollen". (via SPORT)

[Former player] Eto'o: "Even the Chinese know who Eto'o"

The Cameroon forward said that money is not their primary motivation and that what he is proud to know that their parents are excited because he has carried his name throughout the world.

Samuel Eto'o, who signed this summer with the Anzhi of Makhachkala, and became the highest paid footballer in the world, ensures that the money is not their primary motivation and that what he is proud that their parents excited that has bears his name all over the world.

"My parents are given fully equal my salary. But I think what we are proud is that Eto'o's name is known throughout the world. That Eto'o like in Dagestan or even the Chinese know who is Eto'o. That will come more to know who won millions from the Anzhi "says Cameroon in an interview published today by 'France Football'.

The exdelantero of Mallorca, Barcelona and Inter Milan, said his main motivation for leaving the calcium and from a Russian lands were not the 20 million per year that is bagged at his new club, but the "adventure" his new team trying to win a Champions League day.

"The easiest solution for me would have been continuing at Inter or leave for England, as they offered me. But I went for the Anzhi as one that is going away. I played back out on the adventure," says Eto'o, born Douala in Cameroon.

His new challenge, he says, goes through growing up with his new team into a champion set, while recovering the "hunger" for titles that begin to lose thirty years and with a track record which includes four league titles Champions league championships in Spain and Italy, the African Cup of Nations and the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000.

"Little by little, we will become a new landmark in football. I am convinced it will work," says the partner of the Brazilian Roberto Carlos, who draws a parallel between Anzhi and Chelsea but clarifies that the Russian club not be "based mounted equipment of millions."

"Years ago, when there was a good player with difficulties in their club, sending it to Chelsea. Currently, it is sent to all the Anzhi" said Eto'o, who confesses that many great players call to inquire about the Russian club project , but gives no names.

So the player protest when insists that sports arguments seem a smokescreen to mask the economic motivation as the main reason for his move. "I'm a little tired of listening to those who give lessons and accuse me of having accepted the salary without thinking," said the striker, especially annoyed with the French exinternacional Bixente Lizarazu.

"And he, when he became Athletic Bilbao to Bayern Munich, it was just because he liked Germany to Spain?" Asks Eto'o. After a spell at Athletic Bilbao (1996-97), Lizarazu played for Bayern Munich until 2004 team that won the Champions League, six Bundesliga titles, six German Cups, five Cups League and Intercontinental Cup.

"Do you think that in my years at Barcelona or Inter played unselfishly? In these two clubs, he was one of the highest-paid players in the world," insists Eto'o, who defends the project of his new club as if it were athletic director himself. In that sense also points out that Inter and Barca were based on his "experience" and his "charisma" but acknowledges that the Russian club has "the feeling more involved in building the team."

"I do not like it all. No doubt, I like to stand out. It is perhaps the first great player to me risky to play in the Russian league, but others will follow me, I'm sure," said the Cameroonian, who jokes with the possibility that Lionel Messi finished calling in your computer.

"Here, nothing is impossible. The owner (Suleyman Kerimov) can buy what you want. But there are also to be willing to come. That's one of my missions. But I do not call the players, only reply to those who ask for details and, from time to time, give clues to the leaders of the club, "said Eto'o. (via AS)

Guti: "Messi or Cristiano? Without a doubt Messi"

The exmadridista, Guti, participates as a guest on the show 'Crackòvia' and openly acknowledges that the Argentine is above the Portuguese.

Jose Maria Gutierrez "Guti", participated on Monday in the "Crackòvia" of TV3, in imitation that make it one of the most popular Catalan issue.

In the "Cara a cara", the fictional Guti shared with the real plane, answering questions both at various humorous always.

He particularly stressed that when asked whether he preferred a white former player Leo Messi or his former teammate at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo. Guti's response was blunt: "No doubt Messi". The fictional Guti could not but be applauded. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Ilie's nightmare come to an end earlier this year

At the height of the course, Barca B is about to be big news with the return of Barcelona.


On June 6, just at the conclusion of last season, Ilie Sanchez went under the knife to smooth the bone in the heel of his left foot that was causing problems. After fifteen days off, due to arrive in time to start the season on the orders of Eusebio Sacristan ... but things got complicated.

An unexpected infection in the affected area involved a new operation that marked the beginning of a nightmare. Therefore, that the problem is not solved until recently, when he received the results after its fourth and final surgery. Finally, the Barcelona midfielder's heel is completely clean, with no trace of infection, so it already has a free hand to start doing again what he likes best: play football.

In fact, Ilie Sanchez is scheduled to start this Thursday the process of rehabilitation. After spending five months away from the pitch, the first thing will be walking to get progressively introduced new efforts. Continuous running start with very gentle at first.

The midfielder, with recuperators Barca must be gradually appreciating its physical evolution, but the goal is to start playing ball in January. For more than a month will have to recover the tone and the beginning of the year, is expected to perform exercises with the ball.

From there, will face the final stages of recovery and can return to work with their peers, which is only since the beginning of the process as it has had to remain at rest. During this whole ordeal has focused on his studies, which found a break. If all goes as expected, mid or late January at the latest, Ilie could resurface with Barça B player and go back to being at full capacity, a profession that he even ask if they would enjoy.

Ilie Sanchez out of contract with the club at the end of this season, June 30, 2012. Last season ended up paying a high level in the team of Luis Enrique and the current was meant to be an important piece to the orders of Eusebio Sacristan.

However, the injury has kept him on the sidelines for too many months and therefore the club has been put to work on their own initiative to renew the player for the season 2012-2013. (via SPORT)

1899-1909 birth and survival

Gamper, the founder, and the Catalan and foreign willingness to build a sports club in Barcelona.


The adventure of the creation of FC Barcelona in 1899 by a group of young foreigners living in Barcelona was the result of an expansion of the practice of football and other sports of British origin in Europe. Hence the intercultural nature of the Club, his vocation and will multisport roots in a city and a country. The foundation of the Club coincided with the years of starting the sport in Catalonia, in the context of their own cultural and social climate, prone to adapt a model of modern leisure. Joan Gamper, founder of the Club, was the soul and drive the process during the first 25 years. His commitment to the FC Barcelona goes beyond its aspects as a player, manager and president. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Today is completed a year of the 5-0

The same eleven that legendary match could be aligned tonight.


Exactly one year ago the Barca gave birth to the parties match, ran over Real Madrid with a landslide and football led the scoring with a 5-0 superiority and legendary round. The impact of corduroy to Madrid transcended the domestic sphere, not only Barça was proud of the deployment, the beauty of the show crossed seas, seduced beyond the Pyrenees and caused such a newspaper L'Equipe and market the full game for French readers. Barça not only won a match, he won the world.

In football live scores of unearned income, so the more you remember that show a spirit of nostalgia, of what should serve as motivation remember it is now that team azulgrana living under the Madrid in the standings and some culés easy to wander pensive defeatism after the defeat in Madrid, the first after 27 games by the way.

Although obvious, it is worth remembering that the eleven who starred in unforgettable gaming festival that could be aligned with the beam tonight if he wants Pep Guardiola , ie that Barca has not changed as much as for his players be able to reverse the situation that now traverse. They played Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi and Villa.

Before a Real Madrid which ended battered but became a classic about a mood similar to the present. Leader in the standings and with spectacular numbers that led to the communication medioos related to baptize his best eleven, who went from scoring in rout, as the 'once of joy'. After November 29, 2010, the eleventh of joy never to be heard. There is no question of any to Real Madrid . Is strong and hungry for the lack of titles. But go to the archive on this day is healthy. (via MD)

Barca started the comeback in the Camp Nou against Rayo

Barça begins the hunt of Madrid in protective Camp Nou before the Rayo.
Iniesta and Cesc return in an ideal game to rearm psychically.


Today begins a different league for Barca . For the first time since Pep Guardiola took the reins of the first team to ever more distant the summer of 2008, you climb a distance of six points at Real Madrid, which also receives the Catalan side on Saturday December 10th in the classic of Santiago Bernabéu.

That is the punishment for losing on Saturday 1-0 in Getafe , a result that confirms controversial refereeing decisions aside, the loss of effectiveness of Barca at home, where as mentioned previously has won three draws defeat (2-2 against Real Society, Valencia and Athletic) and has only two victories pyrrhic (0-1 against Sporting and Grenada).

Pending the visit to Chamartín, the goal is to rearm mentally under the protective shelter of Camp Nou, the scene of a spectacular 30-0 league. Overcoming the stadium Rayo Vallecano , party tonight in advance of the day for the World Cup 17 clubs, and Levante on Saturday, is a must before the classic.

Andres Iniesta , low in Milan and Getafe as a precaution against a muscular contusion suffered against Zaragoza, and is able to help the team regain their best image. Also Cesc Fabregas, who was in the stands of the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez Muñoz for some discomfort, may return on a computer that only has Afellay in nursing.

The rotations are insured and preventive measures for Piqué and Busquets , a yellow penalty and Alves and Mascherano , to be ready against, can play at the Bernabeu. How to manage Guardiola the presence of four players in both games against Ray and Levante will determine the starting lineup and even the system of choice, always with the possibility of turning the 4-3-3 into a 3-4-3. Puyol ruled against Getafe despite his great form, could return to the lineup out.

Iniesta and Cesc , longed in Getafe, can bring their art to the defenses off balance closed, although that is not a feature of Rayo , a team with a bold approach in his brilliant return to First hand Jose Ramon Sandoval , a technician determined to tutear the champion. "We did not change at the Santiago Bernabeu and neither will the Camp Nou. But Barca win is a matter that they do not have a good day and we're at 120 percent," said the coach of the squad Vallecana that gave a good image against Madrid, despite the exaggerated final 6-2. The down side is Tito penalty, but went forward to the Committee's decision.

Sandoval will play the 'letter Tamudo', who dosed at 34 years although it is the 2nd league's leading scorer Ray (4) Michu behind (5). His presence is always morbid after being the executioner culé with Espanyol in La Liga 2006-07. But this ship is not to think gafes. You should only focus on overcoming Rayo to pull out the spine of Getafe and start the comeback. (via MD)

Forcing the cards?

Guardiola hopes to have all his men to prepare the meeting in Madrid, although it should resort to the strategy.


Sergio Busquets and Gerard Piqué already accumulated four yellow each for what they are to meet cycle and be sanctioned with a match. The proximity of the classic, to be played on December 10, requires that we manage well both. The choices are many.

The first, which was officially and publicly taken as valid, is not to speculate and compete without resorting to strategies that sometimes do not give the expected result. You can also book the players until the day of the classic, although it is vital to both parties which can not escape the most points. Another possibility is to try to force the fifth yellow to miss the match against Levante. The Competition Committee is meeting tomorrow morning, so a card can in both cases would be punished to the Valencians. Real Madrid has already begun to play the classic and, in fact, Xabi Alonso was fifth yellow card in the derby against Atletico Madrid. The midfielder will miss next weekend against Sporting Gijon and come clean before Barça.

The first league match key is provided for development and, though speculation is sometimes sanctions counterproductive, both teams know they must bring their best weapons to duel. To not give an advantage to rival, Pep Guardiola should be able to choose between full strength and Pique and Busquets are two of the most recent seasons have helped that the classics are Blaugrana. (via SPORT)


[Piqué and Busquets, to a card of the suspension]
Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets are one yellow suspension for accumulation of cautions. Before you face to face with Madrid, the classical turning Dec. 10 at the Santiago Bernabeu, the club must play two league games (Rayo Vallecano and Levante) and to be seen what decision making about Pep Guardiola. Remember also that with three yellow are Mascherano and Alves. (via MD)

Rosell: "We want to Guardiola for many years"

Sandro doesn't understand a Barça without the Argentinean and assured that if it was for him Messi would be "never in sale."


Barca president Sandro Rosell, on his last day of his trip to China to find new business opportunities for the club in the Asian giant's market, he reiterated his desire that Josep Guardiola and Messi still in the club for many years as the main pillars of sport project.

When asked about the future of coach of Barca, Blaugrana leader said he hoped "to have Pep for many years" in front of the first team. The phrase is linked to the sentence in a few weeks ago who claimed that his door is always open for Guardiola to renew its contract with Barça. Both Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu, sports club vice president, has said on several occasions that the bet of the current policy is to maintain the structure of sport to coach Guardiola and technical staff in charge of the Barcelona first team.

A desire to spread to the main figure of the team, Argentine Leo Messi. "In Barça there are many things unsaleable and unmarketable a person who is for us is Messi," he said. The leader was limitation when stating that "while I am the president of Barça, unless he wants to go, Leo will be Barca player." Rosell went beyond what his mandate and came to consider that "if up to me, Leo would never be for sale."

The current Barca is built around the Argentine forward, who is the main star and its youth still faces a long sporting career. Leo also has said many times that they wish to develop their career at Barça and if the club bet he will not leave the Camp Nou.

It was also inevitable that asked for a routine matter at this time and are the pools for allocating major individual awards as the Ballon d'Or that FIFA gives. Messi once again appears as the favorite in front and ahead of his team mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez or Real Madrid's Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.

For Sandro Rosell still be room for debate about the path of the Argentine given throughout the year 2011. "There is no doubt that, of course, Messi is the best player today. If football is right, it is he who should win the Ballon d'Or. " THarvested titles with Barça 'League, Champions and two Supercopas' are such an important guarantee as spectacular game level.

Even China also came the echoes of the first defeat of Barcelona in the championship against Getafe. The president downplayed the importance of the trip, but all distances clearly marked on its role as a manager, that has nothing to do with technical decisions. "After each game, the coaching staff gathers and analyzes the parties, whether you win like misses," Rosell recalled, "but not at board level or the presidency because he never went into the technical side."

Becomes the best version of Barca

The local statistics as perfect contrast to the problems at home, where they joined the same success that Rayo, Betis and Granada.


Barça lost to Getafe and put the team cabals coming to the Bernabeu with six points behind Madrid. But that provision is not entirely true. To do that, whites should win in Gijon and Barca lose one of the meetings I have with Rayo and Levante. If both win their commitments, Pep Guardiola will visit the manor three points behind Real Madrid. The Mourinho, though, will be pending deal with the Sevilla. A party whose points at stake, it is known, has not yet added anyone.

What is clear is that the club, before playing the classic-third of the season, faces two matches at the Camp Nou, where this year has offered its best and has not given respite to its rivals. Rayo Vallecano winning today and doing the same on Saturday against Levante, the Blaugrana will ensure that the maximum distance to arrive at Santiago Bernabeu is three points. The statistics also allow positive thinking, as football and track results support the men of Guardiola. The most spectacular is the fact of the goals scored (30) and goals against (0). Victor Valdes in the seven rounds played at the Camp Nou has not had to pick up even once the ball inside the goal. In fact, the goalkeeper and chains, added the last three days at home in the league last ten matches without conceding a single goal. It's a record that had been anyone in the history of the club. Corona, on April 8 was the last player in the visitor tournament marked regularity in the Camp Nou (3-1 against Almeria). Beyond the goals, Sevilla have only been able this year to be a positive outcome from Barcelona. The Andalusians managed a goalless draw in the ninth day.

Not only to defend the team is superb. In attack numbers are spectacular. And much of the blame is almost always that of Leo Messi. The '10 ' has Barça half of the 30 goals he has scored Barca at Camp Nou, a total of 15. The problem is that, despite being a single goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, who leads the scorer of all the goals he has scored in the league has made in the home or, what is, Messi has not been released yet at home. It is far from Barcelona where problems arise this season. Barca sum was only two wins, the same, for example, who have achieved the same equipment as Rayo, Betis and Granada. (via SPORT)

Alejandro Sanz gave a guitar to Dani Alves

Dani Alves showed through his Twitter account a photograph showing a very special gift for him.


"Regalito one of the greatest singers and composers in the world, Alejandro Sanz. Thank you, master! "And read the tweet from Dani Alves.

It was a dedicated guitar by Spanish artist in the Brazil international that read: "Dear Dani Alves, congratulations champions. A hug. Football and music ... and love and health. " (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Masip met in his first game notes

"The coach told me on Friday but Busi had told me before he was ready," said.


Jordi Masip was big news of the subsidiary against Celta and had a great performance in his first game of the season. "The coach told me he was going to play the day before the game and Busi had told me during the week he was ready. I found out on Friday, but I could guess, "said goalkeeper subsidiary after the win over blue box.

"There is no secret that the maximum train during all those weeks when not played. You have to work to death and be prepared if the opportunity comes. I do not know if I'll keep playing. I have tried to restore the confidence that has given me and now has to decide it, but I have not said anything about it, "said a delighted Masip. (via SPORT)

Start the comeback!

Madrid opens gap at the head of the table with six points, a distance marked by the next face to face.


There is no time to lose. Barca was left in the Coliseum Alfonso Perez little margin for error still remained. The six points that differ in the table to Real Madrid regarding the Blaugrana require immediate dramatic effect, a result can heal the wounds and help to launch a clear message to those who begin to rub their hands with a cycle possible change in Spanish football. The staff has come his way to warn that no one throws in the towel here, the League continues to throw and Rayo Vallecano must be the first to see this in their own flesh. It is the first step to start the road to climb.

Barcelona has more than reasonable objective evidence to rely on a comeback in the standings. The picture is complex and difficult task, but includes three scenarios that nurture the hope Barça. First, because no one can question the soundness of the current squad. He has earned all the credit in the world ... and more. But it is also fair to note that the Real Madrid faces a stretch of fairly demanding schedule that played so far. In the next few weeks, Mourinho will all pay a visit to two of the most awkward opponents. And the third point plan on the horizon immediately notice that the moment of truth has become increasingly close. The big match is coming face to face and December 10 will help to clear most of the questions. The classic will be momentous as rarely.

Tonight against the Lightning, Guardiola should make their first duties. Only worth a victory to reduce differences, put back to a single party and wait for the day of the weekend. That the level of demand will be greater. Of course, the Camp Nou can not miss even one of the three points that will play against Levante. But Barcelona has its eyes on the Molinón. The Sporting already knows what it is to give a scare to Real Madrid and it is hoped that Preciado and his players are able to squeeze a little more the top of the standings.
It will be great appetizer before the Real Madrid-Barcelona to be held at the Santiago Bernabeu. In recent days it has insistently reminded that all Guardiola has taken the measure to the merengue squad on home soil. Finally, the balance in the schedule will resume when Barça faces the Club World Cup in Japan. At that time, Real Madrid will play their league commitments with absolute normality and will face Sevilla in the Sanchez Pizjuan. Another test of those who test the fitness of any rival.

The schedule in these final weeks before the 2011 fire seems most conducive to attack the leadership of Real Madrid. However, what happens to recover primordial tone of the game that Barça has shown in recent years. The equipment is used to switch large more than recitals with discrete events that have wiped out the small disaster against Getafe. Now they must pay the consequences of such error. They are six points of difference that must be solved based on the direct duel and a stumbling Madrid. Much work remains ahead championship and it's time to show that the alleged change in the cycle will have to wait until further notice. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Good day at the cantera azulgrana

The teams of formative soccer have offered a collective beautiful game and they have been imposed to their rivals' good part. The azulgranas has only suffered two defeats in the field of Badalona and a tie against Sant Andreu.


[LIGA NACIONAL JUVENIL]
FC BARCELONA A 4 - MERCANTIL A 0
Unquestionable domain of Juvenile B in a party marked by the good game collective azulgrana. Mercantil closed very to the beginning, but as he/she went advancing the encounter the visitors they opened up more and that allowed García Pimienta's boys to find the holes to mark. The scorers of the game were Sandro (2) and Munir, since the fourth goal of Barça was a point in the rival's own goal.

[LIGA DIVISIÓN DE HONOR CADETE]
FC BARCELONA 3 - GIMNÀSTIC DE TARRAGONA 1
Worked Match of Quique Álvarez's team against the third classified of the League. Moha opened the marker in the minute 35 of the first part after a good center of Adama Traoré and, five minutes later, Sergio Buenacasa signed the 2-0 in an individual great action in which overcame the goalkeeper. The second part continued with domain azulgrana, although the expulsion of Musta in the minute 10 for yellow double card Nàstic favored that marked the 2-1, although, in the last minutes of game, Juanan made the third goal of Barça and had just sentenced the game.

[LIGA PREFERENTE CADETE]
CAMBRILS UNIÓN A 2 - FC BARCELONA B 5
Alexis Meva was the can opener of a party with clear domain azulgrana. The Cadete B went out with a lot of intensity to the game field and it controlled the encounter from the first minutes until the end. The boys of Fran Artiga and Andrés Martín had the possession of the ball and many arrivals to the contrary goal, and they left to the rest with a 1-2 with Sergi Canós's reveille in the minute 15. The second part continued with the same tonic and Paik, with an olympic goal of direct córner, Roger Figueras and Enrique Franqueses marked the other goals azulgranas.

[LIGA 1 ª DIVISIÓN INFANTIL]
FC BARCELONA 10 - MANRESA 0
Exhibition of effectiveness goleadora of the Infantil A against a Manresa that didn't almost have any occasion. The game became very quick of face for the azulgranas, since Lee marked the first goal to the 20 seconds of being had initiate the game. The first part put an end to 4-0 thanks to the reveilles of Dani Morer, another of Lee and Jang. In the renewal, the tonic continued being the same one and the boys of Fran Sánchez they had just signed an authentic goleada with three goals more than Lee, one of Georgios, another of Carlos Puig and the last of Javi Ruiz in the last minutes of the encounter.

[LIGA 1 ª DIVISIÓN INFANTIL]
BADALONA 3 - FC BARCELONA B 1
Difficult game of Denis Silva's boys that faced the leader of the classification. In spite of the result, Infantil B offered a good game and fought throughout the game, but they could not make against Badalona, a very physical rival that controlled the encounter. The azulgranas left to the rest with a 1-0, but they could overcome the marker in the minute 6 of the second part with a goal of penalti of Oriol. In the second time, Barça had some occasion of putting on before in the marker and made a defensive great game until the last minutes of the encounter, when Badalona marked the two goals that gave them the victory.

[LIGA 1 ª DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA 10 - MERCANTIL 1
Crushing superiority of Alevín A before a rival that has not had opportunities to counteract the marker. The boys of Marcel Sans controlled the encounter from the first room and they offered a great soccer that left Mercantil without any option. The goals of the day made them Sergio (3), Pablo (3), Dani (2), Alejandro and Mamadou.

[LIGA 1 ª DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA B 3 - SANT ANDREU 3
Tie worked Jordi Font's boys against a very strong rival that knew how to take advantage of the counterattacks very well. The azulgranas dominated the encounter but they could not materialize the numerous occasions that they had throughout the game, since they shattered up to four balls to the stick. The first part put an end to a 0-3 that it didn't reflect the superiority of Barça. In the renewal, however, Alevín B controlled the game and it achieved the tie with the goals of Labinot, Lucas of Vega and Rubén.

[LIGA 2 ª DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
SANTOS 1 - FC BARCELONA C 6
Alevín C one of the best games in this season disputed against Santos. In the first room the rival put on before in the marker, but the boys of Àlex Gómez they didn't lower the arms and in the second room they offered a game of high school that he left without option to the locals. Adrià Altimira (2), Iván Bravo, Marc Carmona, Marc Guerrero and Guillermo Amor signed the goleada.

[LIGA 2 ª DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
BLANCA SUBUR A 4 - FC BARCELONA DE 8
Blanca Subur planted face to Alevín D in a very complicated and small field. The boys of Xavi Bravo and Óscar Hernández left very competitive to the the game land, although they had difficulties to generate game in a very physical encounter. In spite of it, the azulgranas went very superior to their rival, a team a bigger year that fought until the end. The second room was decisive for Barça, since they marked four goals. The success annotator of Dani Morillas (2), Kenneth, Julian, Gerard, José David, Marc Domínguez and Nil gave the victory to the azulgranas.

[LIGA 1 ª DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
FC BARCELONA 13 - MANRESA 0
Marc Serra and David Sánchez's boys' unanswerable goleada against a Manresa that was left without arguments to make in front of the superiority azulgrana. During the first room the rival closed a lot and he made a very defensive game, what hindered to the azulgranas to find spaces. Starting from the second time, the collective beautiful game of Benjamin A allowed that the goleada arrived. Kais made a brilliant party and 4 goals, and Raúl (2), Marc (2), marked Ilias, Álvaro, José, Aitor and Haitam marked the other reveilles azulgranas.

[LIGA 1 ª DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
DAMM A 1 - FC BARCELONA B 9
Benjamin B goleó to Damm in a very complicated field for their reduced size. Sergi Milài's boys was the game very of face from the beginning, since in the minute 2 Oscar Romero opened the can in favor of the azulgranas with a lack goal. Starting from there, Barça demonstrated its superiority with a good game and left to the rest with a 0-4. In the renewal, the rival lowered the arms and the azulgranas a little they continued with his domain. The scorers of the encounter were Jan Reixach (3), Oscar Romero (2), Iker González (2), Martí Laughed and Eric Iglesias.

[LIGA 2 ª DIVISIÓN]
FC BARCELONA C 12 - Pa AZULGRANA VALLIRANA 0
The azulgranas offered an exhibition of good soccer in one of the best games in the season before the last one classified of the chart. Vallirana came out to press very up, but the boys of Cristian Catena knew how to find the holes thanks to its intensity and the splendid one play combinativo that left without arguments to the team visitor. Benjamin C maintained the level throughout the encounter and signed a goleada with reveilles of Alejandro Balde (3), Xavi Simons (2), Arnau Martínez (2), Arnau Farnós, Toni Gómez, Johnny, Álvaro and Fasica.

[LIGA 3 ª DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
CIUTAT MERIDIANA B 3 - FC BARCELONA DE 8
Jordi Pérez's boys' great superiority against Ciutat Meridiana in a very small field. The azulgranas went out with a lot of intensity in the two parts and they knew how to move the ball very well. Benjamin D offered a splendid game in the center of the field that allowed to go increasing the difference in the marker. The goals of the day marked them Marc Pelaz (3), Jonathan (2), Sicu, Gabi and Eric.

[LIGA 3 ª DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
GPa Espanyolista Manigua B 4 - FC BARCELONA E 12
Prebenjamín offered a spectacular first part, in which showed its superiority and collective beautiful game. The rival could not make anything to counteract the intensity with which the azulgranas came out to the game field and they lowered quick the arms before the level difference between both teams. Pol (4), Jurado (3), Ilias (3) and Sergi (2) were the scorers of the game. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Víctor Valdés responds to Yannick Noah


What if all this is orchestrated in Spain? asked Yannick Noah in reference to an alleged plot orchestrated Spanish doping . The former champion of Roland Garros said that "of course not all Spanish athletes dope," but pointed to bullet saying "the cyclist who eat meat that has enabled faster cycling and was acquitted by the federation, that middle distance specialist arrested by the police and exonerated ...".

Facing a series of charges, direct and indirect, Victor Valdes has been the gloves and decided to perform again a brilliant performance. He has dressed as a tennis player, although this is hidden behind a beard, glasses and a coat of paste-like doctor, and instead of a racket, holding a paddle blade. We do not know if this last detail is irony or not. The picture has been posted on his Twitter and Facebook. (via MD)

Josep Guardiola: “We're willing to keep trying”

After the defeat to Getafe and before playing against Rayo, Pep Guardiola relayed a message of confidence and calmness to his men. The Barça manager believes that the challenge is to maintain continuity and to up the level of play if Barça are to take top spot.



Content with what the team has done up until this point and confident with what it will do, Pep Guardiola downplayed the loss to Getafe, that left Barça six points adrift of Madrid, in the pre-game press conference ahead of the clash with Rayo. “The players are well, they’re people that are calm when things are going well, and when there’s a scare along the way or a loss they deal with it well. Yes, it’s the first time we’re at this kind of disadvantage this far into the season, although I thought this would happen in the second or third year, but we’re willing to keep on trying,” said Guardiola.

The Barcelona manager hasn’t deviated from the message he gave on day one of his tenure as coach: “We’re going to work hard until the end, we’ll try and make the people that love this Club proud. The only thing I ask of the players is their effort.” With this in mind, Guardiola has a clear objective, “the challenge must be to behave like a Barça player should everyday, our challenge is continuity.” He added, “I don’t know if we’ll be champions. Will we try? I’m convinced we will.”

Guardiola, while admitting that the team is having difficulties winning away games, stressed that his team’s trajectory in the League has been good. “There have been moments where we have played much better than last year. We’ve won two titles against two strong teams, we’ve qualified as group winners in the Champions League with two games to go and we’re second in the League.” According to Guardiola, “we know that we’re at a good level but it’s not good enough to be first, up until now Madrid has been better by six points.”

Despite his team being down six points to the current League leaders, Pep Guardiola was both optimistic and realistic at the same time: “There’s a lot of the League still yet to be played and if Madrid maintains their form it will be much more complicated. They haven’t won in a while, it’s normal that every game is important to them.” Even with the Clásico looming, the Barça boss prefers to focus on the game at hand. “There are very few teams as bold [as Rayo], let’s see if we are capable of playing better than them,” concluded Guardiola. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Andrés Iniesta gets medical all-clear, fit to play against Rayo Vallecano

The Barça midfielder, recovered from the contusion on his left foot, has been declared fit ahead of tomorrow’s game against Rayo Vallecano. The player trained without problems during today’s training session at the the Ciutat Esportiva.


This Monday, Andrés Iniesta was declared fit by Barça's medical staff. After missing the AC Milan (2-3) and Getafe (1-0) games because of a contusion on his left foot, Iniesta is back with the squad for tomorrow’s game against Rayo Vallecano, the first of three consecutive games at the Camp Nou.

The 20 first team players available to Josep Guardiola, including Iniesta who got the medical all-clear after the session, and 3 Barça B players, Cuenca, Tello and Carmona took part in this afternoon’s training session. The only absentee was the injured Ibrahim Afellay. The team trained on Field 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva, they will train one last time tomorrow, at the Camp Nou, before the match against Rayo Vallecano.

Several members of FIFA’s Medical Services were present at today’s training session. FIFA personnel performed urine-based anti-doping tests on the Barça players ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. Unlike in 2009, FIFA regulations call for anti-doping controls, the organisation warned all teams involved that they would conduct anti-doping controls before the end of year competition. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça closes deal with Chinese Internet giant Tencent

FC Barcelona and Tencent have agreed to develop Barça’s brand China, the deal will allow the Club to reach a massive audience as well as generate revenue.


Barça consolidates its online leadership in the Chinese market thanks to Tencent, the principal Internet service provider in China. FC Barcelona and the Chinese company have agreed to work together to develop Barça’s brand in the Asian country, which will allow the Club to reach a massive audience and increase revenue. Dídac Lee, director of new technology, was “very satisfied” with the agreement and Antoni Rossich, general director, said, “they are industry leaders in China, and they fit perfectly with our strategy.” Lee added, “on a personal level I’m doubly satisfied, because of my origins and beacuse this is in my field of work.”

Tencent has agreed to develop a new website for FC Barcelona in Chinese and to commercialise applications and mobile games using Barça’s brand. All content created by Tencent will be subject to Club approval.

The agreement also opens up Chinese social media sites to FC Barcelona. Tencent owns several social media sites that boast millions of users: QQ, with 900 million users, is the country's largest instant messaging platform; Qzone, has 500 million users; and Pengyou has 130 million users. In the short term, FC Barcelona will open a verified account on Tencent Weibo, known as the Chinese Twitter, this Tuesday. Tencent Wiebo has 300 million users.

Dídac Lee is convinced that the Internet is the ideal platform for Barça to expand throughout the world: “I believe that the best way for FC Barcelona to reach its fans globally is online, especially in China, where we are the preferred Club.”

Tencent (www.tencent.com), besides providing technology services, also adds online value with web portals, social media (leaders in China), online games, mobile applications, e-commerce and web advertising. Dídac Lee explained that this is the first time Tencent has signed “an agreement with global reach. . . Their directors have told us how satisfied they are, not only because we are a great Club, but because we also share common values.”

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[Ex-player&coach] Cruyff: "Xavi deserves the Ballon d'Or"

It has described as "exaggerated" to consider that the defeat of Barça in Getafe takes away from the title.
"They have proven to win at the Bernabeu, but you have respect for Madrid".


The former footballer and current coach Catalan , Johan Cruyff, acknowledged today that Lionel Messi "is exceptional in every way", but his favorite to win the Ballon d'Or is the midfielder Xavi Hernandez , and has described as "exaggerated" that considered that the defeat of Barcelona in Getafe away from him the title.

"Choosing the best player goes by taste, not positions. Messi in its category and the things he does is exceptional in every way, has won a couple of times and have options. But if Messi has won twice, Xavi deserve it now, "he asegurado.Durante friendly presentation that will face the Catalan against Tunisia on 30 December at the Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys in Barcelona, ​​Cruyff Xavi recalled that" runs a computer where others can exhibit "

. In his view, the brain of Terrassa deserves the award, but "not because it is better, that is absurd, since it would be the same comparison between Cristiano and Messi, you can not compare." "It depends on how you look at football because you can also add to Iniesta. They are different players with different roles who are entitled to win, "said, joking about it:" I have the luck of not having to vote. "

"Losing a game does not mean you're wrong"

The Ballon d'Or was not the only aspect of the present Barca which has referred the Dutchman, but also considered "exaggerated" to say that Barça has lost a chance of winning the league after losing to the Getafe (1-0) , which leaves them six points behind leaders Real Madrid.

"It has been exaggerated. It seems that most people do not see the games, do not know what is the quality of Barcelona and, therefore, if you lose a game, does not mean it's wrong. It is very typical here, you have to do it but better fold candles and home, "he lamented Cruyff." One thing I can assure is that the league championship is not finished on 30 December until late May. There are five titles that Barça can win and is on five, "he recalled.

And, in his view, the Barça "is playing a fantastic season, every year trying to bring out the most, with a party in Milan that was an example of football but three days later, some faces that I can not believe, "he admitted." It's not just a matter of degree, "he reiterated. "This year there are five, are there yet and have not lost any. So I do not understand why some people become so obsessed with you."

The Mundialito more important than el clásico

In this sense, considered to be much more substantial in the first meeting of the Club World Cup in December, a title decided by just two games, el clásico of the Santiago Bernabeu to play a few days before and they just be " maximum a rivalry game, like all life. "

"He has proven to win at the Bernabeu, but you have respect for Madrid," said, noting that both teams are subjected to great pressure, as "start losing every match, because if you tie you lose two points. But there to give confidence in this club, deserve. " (via MD)