04 March 2011

[Former Player] After Laporta and Romario...Stoichkov diplomat in Barcelona


Hristo Stoichkov is not only famous in Bulgaria for his successful career as player and coach for his side but now also will be dedicated to diplomacy.

As confirmed by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, Stoichkov was going to become Honorary Consulate of Bulgaria in Barcelona: "I invited him and he accepted."

Hristo Borisov trusts that continue to bear the name of their country all over the world and you can project the image of Bulgaria in Barcelona Stoichkov Where do you think is a God. "

"I would like to thank you because through their activities gets boost the morale of the nation," Borisov said. (via SPORT)

Guardiola will continue one more day in hospital


In spite of the fact that it was foreseen that Pep Guardiola clinical Dexeus, the technician abandoned it will remain entered one day more.

The Barcelona Clinic physicians have dismissed the option to discharge Guardiola, therefore, should rest on the Dexeus until Saturday, when he is expected to make a new test and undergo a second epidural treatment.

If the pain continues, doctors begin to consider the possibility of surgery. (via SPORT)

Cesc morning trains


Cesc Fabregas will fulfill his dream of playing in the Nou Camp. Regardless of who ends next summer signed for Barca or not, the '4 'of Arsenal may be offered to the spine of last season and play next Tuesday in their first meeting the Stadium in the deciding match of the knockout round of Champions .

Without Walcott and Van Persie , he at first dismissed by Wenger himself to the Nou Camp , though it could have surprise, the technician 'gunner' is coddling to maximize their big star. After the setback on Sunday when it lost Arsenal the final of the Carling Cup against Birmingham (1-2), Arsène has deposited all his hopes on the crack of Arenys to reach the quarter-finals of Champions .

In fact, although the Catalan player is now fully recovered from his hamstring microrrotura in the right leg, Wenger has decided to book it in the game of the Premier tomorrow at the Emirates against Sunderland .

We reserve ago

After the holiday yesterday that the French coach gave his players after beating Leyton Orient 5-0 in the replay of the second round of the FA Cup , Cesc will train today for the first time with their peers since were injured before the Stoke City a week ago.

The enormous anger Cesc -of-MD reported that already with Wenger not be on the team to play the final of the Carling is more than justified. Quoted just after the league clash against Stoke, that of Arenys was put into the hands of his personal physical recovery Joan Ferrando to help beat the Gunners' first title after six years in white, against Birmingham .

After doing double sessions every day, Cesc even forced until 3 am the day before the game to be in the final. Hence the huge disappointment when Wenger was not even included among the substitutes 'gunner', having learned of his absence by the club's website. (via MD)

Pep, the doctors: "I can not miss against Arsenal"


Pep Guardiola wants to be in front of his team next Tuesday against Arsenal , despite the painful hernia that was diagnosed yesterday and kept it low. For now, it would be doubtful for Barcelona - Zaragoza tomorrow, but the coach, who spent the night last night in the USP Clínica Dexeus been entered after the return of Valencia , wants to be on the bench, at all costs, on Tuesday: "I can not fail against Arsenal , "he told the doctors while debating what the best treatment. For now be conservative without being ruled out surgery later. Depends on the patient's pain tolerance.

The Barcelona coach was not about to travel to Valencia yesterday because of back pain attack he suffered on Tuesday and, after she underwent tests over the past day has proven to be caused by a herniated disc. Guardiola announced his immediate environment yesterday that under no circumstances lose such an important game for the league as the Mestalla and yesterday he repeated the story in Tuesday's clash with Arsenal.

Guardiola was admitted to the Dexeus, a few meters from the farmhouse and the Camp Nou , at four o'clock yesterday, Thursday, after the return of Valencia. where Barca won 0-1 and where Pep gave clear signs of pain during the match. He was accompanied by Manel Estiarte and Guardiola , at the express wish, was virtually isolated from the rest of the world with his partner, Cristina , and his inner circle, the Barcelona coach ordered to restrict calls and visits.

The treatment is being given to technical and epidural drug, conservative treatment for now. The doctors have Cáceres (specialist of great prestige, was the one who operated on Yaya Toure and who visited Higuain ), Canal and Ricard Pruna and is not excluded that, depending on how the patient evolve, operated in the long term. Depend on the degree of pain, because it can lead a normal life without surgical solution. (via MD)

[Barça B] Jonathan Soriano makes history


oriano is the top scorer in the history of the branch in a season in Division II. With the two goals he scored against Córdoba, Soriano sum exceeds 17 and Domínguez Martín mark in the 87/88 season.

The name of Jonathan Soriano entered with honor in the history of Barça B. With the two goals he scored against Cordova in the last game of the season, the front of the Pont de Vilomara has become, with 17 goals in Barca's top scorer subsidiary in a single season in the Second Division A , beating Martin Dominguez, who held the current record with 15 goals in season 1987/88.

Following the 4-1 win at the Cordoba , the satisfaction of Jonathan Soriano was twofold: " I am very pleased to enter into the history of Barça B and do it with goals , that's what he wants any striker. now I'm very satisfied both for the victory to help the team with my goals. "

Barca striker 26 years has scored five goals in the last two games, a hat-trick in the field of Numancia and two more goals before the Córdoba. And a total of 17 and is just two of the top scorer in the category, Granada striker Geijo. "I feel very good physically and now I do not put any limits, as the team is playing very well and I hope it continues for the rest of the season."


Topic: If the next Monday marks in the field of Tenerife, Jonathan Soriano will have equaled the number who got 18 goals last season in League Two regular B. In the play-off scored four more, making a total of 22 goals on the season overall. In the 15 days remaining of the season, is more than likely that the striker can overcome this record. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Chamberlain, another 'child' in the orbit of Barça


FC Barcelona seems to have set their sights on the lookout for new talent. If for days talking about his interest in the last 'pearl' of Chilean football, Alexis Sanchez, now it's the turn of a young Englishman: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chamberlain, with only 17 years, has established itself as one of the leaders of the club all his life, Southampton, and according to British media point, the Barcelona football team manager, Andoni Zubizarreta, he would be thinking of him as a possible signing for next summer.

The midfielder is also on the agenda of several major Premiership like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

The cost of the transfer of Chamberlain, who say in their country with a talent larger than your old Theo Walcott, it would rate around 12 million euros. (via SPORT)

Pinto, with discomfort, do not train with the rest of his fellow


The second goalkeeper of FC Barcelona , José Manuel Pinto , has not practiced on Thursday with the rest of their peers because of a sore right leg. Pinto noticed the first symptoms on Wednesday in mid-match against Valencia at Mestalla but was thought it was a bump.

Al persisitir this morning the pain, doctors have preferred them to rest but it appears that the injury, muscular nature, would not be too serious. Still, the player needs to rest, a difficult aspect to the game schedule awaits Barca in the coming weeks

The injury Pinto , is a major setback for Barca that within two days must face the league match at Zaragoza. With Victor Valdes injured, could turn the third choice goalkeeper subsidiary Rubén Miño , who has traveled with the first team in recent games as second.

Along the goalkeeper have worked in the gym Abidal , Pique , Adriano and Iniesta . All recovery exercises after the match at the Mestalla on Wednesday. Puyol and Valdes continue his recovery at the margin but the defense has started some field exercises. The group has trained with the presence of up to 11 team players.

Although new players of Barcelona are falling injured, others recover according to schedule. One of them, Jeffren , today received a medical discharge and could travel to Zaragoza after almost a month and a half injured. (via MD)

Pérez Lasa the will whistle Seville-Barça


The Basque collegiate Miguel Angel Perez Lasa lead on Sunday 13 March at 21.00, the Sevilla-Barcelona match, for Week 28 First Division, in which the Basque also Carlos Delgado Ferreiro beep the Real Madrid-Hercules , on Saturday 12 at 20.00. (via MD)

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) today confirmed the appointments arbitration for the twenty-eighth day of First and Second twenty-ninth of which are as follows:

- First division (day 28)

Gonzalez-Valencia Zaragoza (C.Castellano-Leon)

Sevilla-Barcelona Pérez Lasa (C. Basque)

Getafe-Athletic Club Ayza Gamez (C. Valenciano)

Fernandez Villarreal Sporting Borbalán (C. Andaluz)

Almeria Atletico Madrid Churches Villanueva (C. Gallego)

Real Madrid-Hercules Delgado Ferreiro (C. Basque)

Osasuna-Racing Clos Gómez (C. Aragonés)

Malaga Real Sociedad-Velasco Carballo (C. Madrid)

Espanyol-Deportivo Stops Romero (C. Andaluz)

Levante-Mallorca Estrada Fernández (C. Catalan)



- Second Division (Week 29)

Jaime Córdoba Elche Latre (C. Aragonés)

Numancia López Melero-Tenerife (C. Andaluz)

Barcelona "B" Sanchez-Mariscal Gimnastic (C. Andaluz)

Cartagena Hernández Hernández-Huesca (C. Las Palmas)

Alcorcón Ontanaya Xerez-López (C. Castilian-Manchego)

Celtic-Villarreal "B" Pino Zamorano (C. Castilian-Manchego)

Rayo Vallecano-Granada Valdés Aller (C. Castilian-Leonese)

Salamanca-Basin Recreation Sureda (C. Balear)

Iglesias Prieto Girona-Betis (C. Navarro)

Las Palmas Valladolid Bernabé García (C. Murciano)

Arráiz Ocón Ponferradina-Albacete (C. La Rioja)

Piqué: "We are in a very good position"


Although it’s not final, defender Gerard Pique knows that the win in Valencia is "key" in the chase for the third consecutive league title. He is aware that: "The lead we have is important."

At the end of the game against Valencia the team got together on the pitch to celebrate the win that gave them three important points in the title race. Gerard Pique, who attended a press conference this lunchtime, knows that Valencia has been a difficult ground to go to in recent years and hence the reaction of the team "at the way we did it, on the pitch in the state it was in". The Barcelona central defender added that "it was very important to win there and strike a blow, we are in a very good position in the league."

Now it’s time to think about the next game, Zaragoza, who visit the Camp Nou on Saturday. They play against Barca after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1. Piqué warned that "they’ll be highly motivated in the Camp Nou…. We have to concentrate on this match to carry on the good work". He knows that a win would be "a step towards the league title."

Piqué didn’t want to think about the game against Arsenal next Tuesday, and didn’t want to downplay the confrontation with Zaragoza: "We have to think first about Saturday's match, with 3 important points at stake, it won’t be easy."

MORE: www.fcbarcelona.com

The Club announced an agreement with Falcon Travel


From the 2011/2012 season Falcon Travel is the official travel agency for FC Barcelona. The contract is for one year and will represent a 50% savings on travel of members, club members and fans.

Social Area Vice President, Jordi Cardoner, , and the secretary and spokesman of the Board, Toni Freixa, have appeared Thursday afternoon before the media to announce that Falcon Travel is the official supplier of the Club from the next season in place of RACC travel.

Savings for all segments

"The choice of Falcon Travel has been the result of a competition where they have participated the best travel agents," said Freixa, which has confirmed: "It will be a significant savings in travel for members, clubs and fans, up to 50% on prices for the 2009/2010 season. "

Under the directive, the choice has been made following a thorough analysis approach, taking into account among others, territorial coverage, creditworthiness, reliability and guaranteed future of the agency.

More than 800,000 euros in savings

With this agreement, the Club also cut spending in this area. "It has eliminated the management fee was 7.5% now and from now will be nonexistent. This most other items will save more than 800,000 euros in the club's operating account," says Freixa.

More presence in the movement

The will of this agreement is that the members, supporters and club members have more presence in the fields to visit the team. "The goal is to provide our fans is in the opposing camp. Now that presence was only determined by our position in the territory," said Cardoner.

Falcon Travel start operating next year, provided that there is an agreement with the current supplier for deployment before. Also, by contract, the company won the competition will be based in the clubhouse to serve all Barça. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Puyol joins the group


Barca captain Carles Puyol has trained with the group at the end of the session on Thursday, where the absence has been the main coach Josep Guardiola, hospitalized for a herniated disc.

Up to 25 players have jumped on the grass of the field number two in the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper in training the first team on Thursday. Among them was Carles Puyol , who despite working outside the group in the first part of the session, the final installment has joined his teammates for the first time since being injured in late January.

The sitting was eminently recovery after Wednesday's league match against Valencia (0-1) , has served to stop Barca win in Mestalla behind and focus on the league next game against Zaragoza at the Nou Camp (Saturday , 20 h).

Coach Josep Guardiola has been the absence of the session because of back pain because it dragged on for two weeks has had to be admitted to a hospital in Barcelona this last night and was finally diagnosed with a herniated disc . For this reason, the second first-team coach, Tito Vilanova , has been responsible for leading the session.

Of the 25 players present on the pitch, 14 were the first team and 11 of the subsidiary . Among the first-team players had Jeffren, who has worked with the group who received the medical discharge after he was injured on 20 January and be away from the pitch almost a month and a half.

Barça B players Miño, Masi, Armando, Benja, Nolito, Ilie, Saúl, Sergio Gomez (youth), Sergi Roberto, Planas and Victor Vasquez completed the first team training session.

José Manuel Pinto, Iniesta, Abidal, Adriano and Piqué , all five starters against Valencia , they have not jumped on the lawn of the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper and made up work in the gym. For his part, Victor Valdes is still recovering from his injury.

Valdés: "Barça’s fans have made me stronger"


Speaking sincerely on the Barça TV program 'Estació Camp Nou', Victor Valdés acknowledged that the fans demands have made him "a stronger player in every sense."

Being the club’s goalkeeper is not easy, and it’s a position subject to a lot of criticism. At 29, Victor Valdes can speak from maturity and experience gained over the eight years he’s been connected to the first team. He’s had good times and bad, and above all in the 2005/06 season, with Frank Rijkaard in charge, Valdés had his worst moments between the posts: "Nobody likes to be whistled at, even less so on your own ground. The whistles were for things that I didn’t do well, and over the years you realize that it’s fairly normal. If I had to thank the fans for anything, who’ve been pretty demanding with me, is that they’ve helped me to become a stronger player in every sense. They’ve made me a better goalkeeper over the years due to the pressure they’ve put me under”.

Juan Carlos Unzue, former Barça goalkeeping coach, taught him to learn from the criticism. With Unzue, he had to go over the mistakes: "The truth is that I didn’t really like doing it. I used to be a person who didn’t take criticism very well, but now I try to see the positive side".

MORE: www.fcbarcelona.com