13 January 2011

Xavi, best game maker for the third time

Has been chosen ahead of Iniesta and Sneijder. Two other Spanish appear in the classification of the IFFHS: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, 9 th) and Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid, 11 º).

Xavi Hernandez , midfielder of FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team , has been declared for the third time best game maker in the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

Xavi has passed in the election, which took part media and experts from 85 countries from all continents, his teammate Andres Iniesta , Dutchman Wesley Sneijder , Inter Milan and Barcelona to another, Argentina's Lionel Messi , who won on Monday for the second time the Ballon d'Or. (via AS)


1. Xavi Hernandez (ESP / Barcelona) 223

2. Andrés Iniesta (ESP / Barcelona) 148

3. Wesley Sneijder (NED / Inter Milan) 128

4. Lionel Messi (ARG / Barcelona) 111

5. Mesut Özil (GER / Real Madrid) 47

6. Diego Forlan (URU / Atletico Madrid) 30

7. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR / Real Madrid) 27

8. Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER / Bayern Munich) 22

9. Francesc Fabregas (ESP / Arsenal) 13

10. Arjen Robben (NED / Bayern Munich) 12

11. Frank Lampard (ENG / Chelsea) 11

+. Xabi Alonso (ESP / Real Madrid) 11

13. Steven Gerrard (ENG / Liverpool) 10

Batista says he will even play little Milito

Sergio Batista, Argentina coach, Gabi Milito reassured to note that he will have to play the Copa America but little in the club. Despite his words, the central farewell in sight.

"I've known Jamie for some time and can give good start to the team. Order in the court. One wishes he had the pace of the parties that is needed but talking about the Copa America, we have time to give training and grasp the pace. Let him find what he likes best, but I know him as a player and know what it can deliver, "said 'grandstand' by Ona FM.

Batista held the Ballon d'Or Messi: "I had two outstanding players at hand, as Xavi and Iniesta, but he merits to win the Golden Ball did a great year."

And he was surprised because neither vows nor Mascherano appeared on the list: "I voted Xavi, Iniesta and Forlan, but do not know what happened.'ll Ask to find out why not come. As coaches because, in this order, Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Vicente Del Bosque " (via MD)

Iniesta: "We must dream of another treble"

"Piqué thought I protested to peers and was the referee," said Alves

Andrés Iniesta declared maximum uninhibited ambition to cap another season Barça history. "Dreaming with another triplet is free but, however difficult, must be done because we are doing things and a desire not to us to remove anybody," recalled the Fuentealbilla, which welcomed because the team gave another great night the Catalans football: "There is no secret that take seriously each workout and make people feel proud of us." Don Andrés joked with those who claim interest from the capital to be bad scene with Leo and Xavi: "We were fatal." The de Terrassa also torpedoed the debate without foundation drawing another smile: "Neither we speak." Like Iniesta, who appreciated the fact of being in the Golden Gala Ball, Harvey said, "is a historical fact and can not ask for more."

On the other hand, Dani Alves Pique said the scuffle with during the game: "He was wrong because I thought that I complained to colleagues and was with the referee. It was a heater but we hugged and all is quiet" (via MD)

[Pictures] FC Barcelona - Real Betis

[Copa del Rey] Guardiola: "Betis is one of the best teams that have been here"

The coach of Barcelona, Josep Guardiola , has ensured that Betis is one of the best teams that have gone "by the Camp Nou and stressed that despite the 5-0 , "the tie is not resolved" and his team I have to take "very calm" before the second leg. Guardiola insisted that the meeting was "fantastic" in the same "has been many times" and that Betis has played "very strongly" and forced to maximize your computer.

Barcelona coach insisted that his players have to take the party back with great caution. "It's not settled the tie. I have great respect for Betis to think about that and what we have to take it easy, are 90 minutes and we had better take it to us very seriously, although the result is fantastic "he said. Guardiola has stated that games like this "dignify the Cup" and applauded the boldness of Betis. "He's had many chances and has caused me more than a good impression," he insisted.

Due to the quality of rival leader of the Second Division and has eliminated a couple of teams in the First in the World Cup, Guardiola has been aligned almost justified his starting lineup. "And we were very unusual in a week, very confused with the Ballon d'Or and with little training. In any case, I have a team to the league and one for the Cup," he clarified. Guardiola has congratulated Messi - "so it has worked, for the three goals he has scored and it expresses his talent" - but in general the entire team: "Today's players have dignified what the club."

Discarding Bojan

On the absence in the call for Bojan Krkic , the coach of Barcelona has indicated that part of his job as coach focuses on the management of the group and did not want to leave out the call to other players, like Jeffren, which had not recently been summoned.

Satisfied with the Dutch premiere of Ibrahim Afellay in the Camp Nou, "I wanted to play, very involved and daring" - Guardiola has downplayed the scuffle which starred Gerard Pique and Dani Alves in the match. "It's good that these things happen. I know how they are and those things happen," stated Guardiola, who downplayed the issue, as well as the record that holds the club, unbeaten in the last twenty seven games (twenty-two wins and five draws). "When you get a run so there is work behind. Do not play to break records, but to win games. We try to play well, the data are the result of what we do," he said.

Unbeaten record equalled

FC Barcelona's win against Real Betis on Wednesday evening took their run to 27 matches without defeat and that equalled the club record held by the side in the 1973/74 campaign. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Copa del Rey 1/4final Leg1] FC Barcelona 5 - 0 Real Betis

Barca held on Wednesday their success in the Ballon d'Or gala with a 'little hand' Betis leaves virtually sentenced her semi-finals. Messi, with a hat-trick, Peter and Keita were the scorers of the night.

Technical data:
Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Maxwell; Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro (Afellay, m.79), Messi (Jeffren, m.86) y Villa (Keita, m.74)

Betis: Casto; Isidoro, Miqui Roqué, Arzu, Nacho; Beñat (Juande, m.57), Iriney (Juanma, m.63), Israel (Jonathan Pereira, m.77), Salva Sevilla; Rubén Castro y Jorge Molina.

Goals: 1-0, m.44: Messi. 2-0, m.62: Messi. 3-0, m.73: Messi. 4-0, m.76: Pedro. 5-0, m.83: Keita.

Referee:: Velasco Carballo (C. Madrileño). Mostró cartulina amarilla a Iriney (m.20), Miqui Roqué (m.39), Busquets (m.57) y a Isidoro (m.60).

Incidents: 59,498 spectators attended the match in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey match at the Camp Nou.

Before kickoff, Leo Messi, recent winner of the Ballon d'Or, accompanied by Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez gave the award to viewers. Observed a minute's silence in memory of Angel Pedraza, the former Barcelona player, who died last Saturday.