26 March 2011

Xavi: "We had to put a plus in the second half"

Xavi Hernández was a happy man. And with good reason, because he could celebrate his hundredth match with La Red suffered with a win over the Czech Republic. "We had to overcome a very difficult game and we made a great effort," the midfielder told TVE Calata just after the game.

The Spanish international appreciated the victory, clinching the title of world champions in front of their qualifying group for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. "We have complicated the game with both Czech, but the truth was not in our plans, and we had to put a plus in the second half to turn around the marker," says Xavi.

Finally, the 'brains' of the Red was delighted with his career on the national team. "I am excited and eager to continue here," he said. About David Villa and his goalscoring record, said "it had been deserving."

Afellay, riddled with errors, just 'touched' with the selection of Holland

Strong leader in group E, with a full 15 points in 5 games, Holland yesterday defeated Hungary 0-4 with goals by Van der Vaart , in the absence of injured captain Van Bommel - in minute 8, Afellay (45 ' ), Kuyt (54 ') and Van Persie (62 '). It is recalled that the Oranje again measured Magyar selection next Tuesday in Amsterdam and to emphasize that Afellay and Sneijder were literally riddled with faults.

Ibi , head and shone as far left, was substituted on 63 minutes after tickets harsh trails Elek (59 ') and Vanczak (61 '), sanctioned both the yellow card. Barca player, author of the more beautiful at night, ended up sitting on the bench with ice applied to his leg and now know if the bumps and received patadon let you play on 29 or if Van Marwijk gives break avoid a serious problem. (via MD)

Piqué: "My song, Waka Waka, my singer Shakira"

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in an interview with Four, talked about their music preferences and cultural and stressed the communicative role of social networks Facebook and Twitter.

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, admitted in an interview with journalist Four, Sara Carbonero, that his favorite song is "Waka waka" and his favorite singer is Shakira.

In a series of questions with short answers, the player of Barça and Spanish national team, did not hesitate to reveal their musical preferences to the greening of the reporter.

The footballer also admitted that he likes Alejandro Sanz and Joan Manuel Serrat. He also said that his favorite dish is rice to Cuba and one of his books of reference 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Also took the opportunity to praise the communicative role of social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Barca defender said it was "good ways to communicate." Without doubt, Pique is one of the Spanish sportsmen who knows more and better use Twitter to give. (via SPORT)

Pinto: Only the signature is missing

There were no problems. The footballer Guardiola closed its continuity and solved another front in the dressing room.

Everything has run its normal course and only a small scheduling problems and last-minute setbacks have prevented the Barcelona and José Manuel Pinto has signed the contract renewal of Barca goal. The agreement between both parties is total and absolute. Finally, one day later than planned, the player's advisor, John Maraver, and club sports management, faced a second and final meeting was intended to iron out details and set the final awards based on performance and qualifications achieved by Pinto. Following the usual tug of war was white smoke.

Terms of the deal were preset in advance. The target of 35 years will continue one more season in the blue and white dress. His will was not to move the Camp Nou, a desire he already had the appropriate technical staff approval of Barca. For months he had decided to park at the moment, the option of adding a second goalkeeper younger and future projection. It aims for the continuity of a keeper who has always known how to respond when he has been required on the field and is known for his ability to promote the welfare of the wardrobe. Of course, the option of adding an optional clause to leave the door open for a second season has not been possible. Completed in 2012.

With these assumptions, and taking into account the economic differences were minimal-a emoluments remain similar to those seen today, "Pinto gave the OK without problems. Not to rise to new obligations, it is likely that on Tuesday dramatize the photograph of the target firm formally bound by the commitment to Barca at least one more season.

Slowly, silently, and taking advantage of competitive stoppages given the timing of selections, Pep Guardiola has seen outstanding individual issues have been resolved definitively. The only lunar stars as Eric Abidal, recovered from his illness and the renewal proposal on the table. Is as follows. (via SPORT)

A new setback for Puyol

Following the previous braking, the defense and how they want to ensure his return to the pitch is made with full guarantees.

Carles Puyol will be ready to play Villarreal-Barça if finally not the lockout occurs and is held the 30th day 2 and 3 April. The evolution of the captain is good but the type of injury suffered a left knee tendinitis, invites you to be cautious so that you can successfully tackle the final stretch of the season.

The more recent history are the days before the clash against Real Zaragoza. Puyol wanted to be for that commitment as Gerard Piqué was low due to suspension. Hence, to enhance its recovery but previous training again for the inconvenience and was ruled out for the clash against the Aragonese club and also for the second leg against Arsenal.

Since then the evolution of Barcelona's defense has been good but not great because there are still some residual discomfort. In a meeting this week dismissed press and medical, technical and player opted by the most conservative. Tendinopathy is an injury that is difficult to set limits and decide to infiltrate the knee is dangerous. If the player loses sensitivity and strength over the account may suffer a more serious injury.

The slowdown following the pre-match complaints against Zaragoza is the second since undergoing Puyol was injured on 18 January, the fall in the match against Racing Santander.

Then it was treated with growth factor but not developed positively since the third week in a small nodule appeared on the knee that forced to start from scratch and choose a more conservative approach.

Puyol worked hard to overcome in the vastus lateralis tendinitis in his left knee but then suffered a relapse which prevented him from disputing the return of the tie against Arsenal and returned to postpone the date of his return to the pitch.

Now, the central intention of Barcelona is to increase the workload in the coming days, while the bulk of the staff serving the international commitments of the selections, as guaranteed in the evolution of their discomfort is very positive. The aim is not to bring about a new setback, join the group on Wednesday 30 March, when Josep Guardiola will be available to all players and will hold the first training with all staff.

If all goes as expected by the player, technicians and doctors, Puyol then incorporate the discipline of team training but marked an obligation to play against Villarreal few minutes to be shot in the face of the quarter-final against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Neither the first match against the Ukraine is a must for central La Pobla de Segur unless the feelings were very positive and felt a hundred percent.

The reference is maximum caution, taking small steps forward to prevent further slowdown that can determine the final stretch of the campaign to Puyol. The term is not unreasonable that Carlo may be able to get into the squad against Almeria at the 31 th day of the season, to and themselves be fully available for travel to Ukraine to play the second leg against Shakhtar Donetsk, April 12.

Not being easy to find the balance in this situation. On the one hand, the player wants to be as soon as it is aware that the computer dragged heavy losses on the defensive line. On the other, not to rush and suffer a setback more complicated that buries its competition in the final of the competition, when the club is going to play the titles.

The absence of Puyol has been a significant drop for Guardiola at the time of preparing their defensive line as the casualties pile up in a river that at first seemed to be covered by warranties. But the injury of captain joins the difficulty of Gaby Milito to recover their best level of play, and the blow of the recent illness of Eric Abidal, a defender of similar characteristics (speed and physical power) that was last week removed a tumor in the liver.

The incorporation of Andreu Font has allowed the first team to cover in part the low level at least numerically. But it is clear that the young canterano treasures not yet experienced enough for the most demanding games you will play Barça in the next few weeks.

Vargas placed at Barca

27 year old defender has attracted the interest of big clubs in Europe in recent weeks.

Juan Vargas is called and is on the agenda of Barcelona. So says 'La Gazzetta dello Sport', which reveals that the Catalan club is the best positioned to gain the services of the Peruvian side in June. According to Italian newspaper, Barcelona has advanced to Manchester City in the race for the transfer of Peru.

For the 'Gazzetta', Barcelona Bojan could include in the operation. Guardiola also would have been dazzled by the performance of Vargas, an explosive player, with a goal and lots of character. And the Peruvian side stands out as a versatile, able to play back, but also in offensive positions. Although usually functions to side, has a goal. As Alves is a different side. His shot is also always a threat. Vargas has specialized in spectacular goals from outside the area during his time in Italy and especially during his stay in Argentina.

His great performance in Fiorentina has attracted interest from big European clubs. And according to La Gazzetta dello Sport 'Pep' insistence to the footballer has made the club Catalans move quickly to ensure the side of 27.

With the unknown until Thursday to renew Alves, Barcelona has been reviewing the international market side in recent months. From this search, Barça has fallen in love with Vargas. In fact, the club already had very positive reports of football during his time in Argentina. The Peruvian was on the agenda of the same summer club which signed a Abidal. Barcelona then opted for a less offensive profile, but Abidal at Lyon showed that it could be a danger when he came up the band.


Vargas is these days in Madrid with his selection paving the match between Peru and Ecuador on Tuesday. The 'Loco' Vargas, as he was known in Argentina, he trained yesterday apart "as a precaution," explained the coach Sergio Markarian. The Fiorentina player in the ongoing race held in the afternoon session, but did not participate in a session based at the touch of the ball and test shooting. The Peruvian team will leave tomorrow to the Netherlands. (via SPORT)

Villa y Afellay, golean en la jornada de selecciones

The Catalans have Afellay David Villa and thrashed with their selections in the day on Friday. Has surpassed the historic Villa striker Raul mark the anniversary day of the selection of Xavi.

The Spanish team has been imposed on the Czech Republic 2-1 in a match that will go down in history: On the centenary of the selection Xavi Hernández, David Villa, has finally managed to overcome the record of 45 goals scored Raul with the 'red'. The Barca striker's two goals make the Spaniard, with 46 goals, is the top scorer in the history of the Spanish team.

Unsuccessful domain

Vicente Del Bosque Barça ranked five in the starting lineup with Piqué, Xavi, Sergio, Iniesta and Villa. All of them have played for 90 minutes. The total domination of the Spanish team for the first time has not achieved the success expected. Iniesta was the player with more foresight, but his actions did not bear fruit except finish a shot that goalkeeper Peter Cech stopped.

Villa has been the most capped forward who finished off a door, but without success. Cech has been a nightmare, stopping every shot of the Spaniard. A half turn after 25 minutes and a header in the 42 was their best times. In contrast, the Czechs have brought oil from its single shot into the net. In minute 42, Plasil has scored the 0-1 beating Casillas with a tight shot from outside the area.

Iniesta and Villa, decisive

Seeing that the game still stuck in the second half, Vicente Del Bosque has already ushered in Torres Cazorla and tactical picture has changed to a 3-5-2. The result has been immediate. Spain has become more effective in Czech area and Iniesta and Villa have been much more inspired. In minute 68, the connection worked and Villa La Mancha, Asturias, from the edge of the area connecting a left footed shot that beat Cech and surpasses the record for Raul. Three minutes later, Iniesta personnel move that ends penalty of Rezek. The Guaje has not missed getting to go around the marker. With this victory, the combination of Del Bosque remains undefeated leader of the group I with 12 points.

Afellay Holland brand

Barça Ibrahim Afellay was one of the major players in the game between Hungary and the Netherlands (0-4) marking one of the four goals of your choice. The Dutch midfielder has scored the 0-2 seconds before the break with a powerful shot with his left foot. Earlier in the 8th minute, the Tottenham player Van der Vaart opened the scoring for the selection 'orange'.

In the second half, Holland scored two more goals. Kuyt, 54 minutes and Arsenal striker Van Persie, 62, have put the final 0-4 on the scoreboard. Just after the 0-4, Afellay has been replaced by Elia. Barça has curdled a good game, contributing decisively to the display of Holland continues unbeaten, topping Group E with 15 points. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Euro2012 Qulify] SPAIN 4 - 1 CZECH REPUBLIC

Two goals before Czech Republic were good David Villa to give the victory to the Spanish selection and once beat the record for Raúl González.

[technical Data]
Spain: Iker Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Piqué, Capdevila (Cazorla, m.58); Busquets, Xabi Alonso (Fernando Torres, m.46), Xavi, Iniesta, Navas (Marchena, m.85); y Villa.

Czech Republic: Cech; Pospech, Sivok, Hubnik, Kadlec; Rosicky, Hübschman, Pudil (Holusek, m.78), Plasil, Nan Rezer (Necid, m.84); y Milan Baros.

Goles: 0-1, m.29: Plasil. 1-1, m.69: Villa. 2-1, m.73: Villa (penalty).

Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN). Admonished Xabi Alonso (39), Arbeloa (84) for Spain, and Pospech (46) and rezer (60) by the Czech Republic.

Incidents: fourth meeting of the Group I qualifying for Euro 2012, played at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes of Granada, packed with 16,200 spectators in the stands.

Xavi: "I have wanted to stay involved with Spain '

"The game has complicated and made a great effort. During the whole game and we dominated the second half we gave a plus. Do not expect a goal from them," he said.

Xavi Hernandez , Team player, was pleased with the victory of Spain to the Czech Republic . The midfielder believes that won a tough match: "I'm happy for the victory. The game has problems and we worked hard. Throughout the match we had the domain and in the second half we gave a plus making and taking chances people drink. It was a tough game and we did not expect a goal from them . We trace a difficult game "-

Xavi Czech Republic held before his 100th game with the national team. The Spanish player hopes to meet many more games: "I am very happy. I have wanted to continue participating here. There is a magnificent role in the team and have to enjoy. " (via AS)

Alves wants to keep collecting titles

The Brazilian has won 15 titles, among clubs and selection-at least five years. Initialed renewal by the club until 2015, wants to keep winning.

"I hope many more successful and if I can retire here. I was born to win and this club has the same idea." These are the revealing words of Dani Alves , moments after signing his continuity with FC Barcelona until 2015 . The Brazilian has been used to win over a the last five years has risen to 15 degrees.

October 8 at Barca

The arrival of Alves at the club coincided with the first draft Pep Guardiola in charge, culminating in a glorious treble. Cup, Champions League and the winners of the lateral extended. The following season, Barça won the Supercopa of Spain, the European Super Cup, World Club Championship and the League , with a starring role of Dani Alves. Its eighth title in Barca (ten possible) would be Super this year against his former club Sevilla.

His stage was equally splendid Nervión. Dani Alves arrived at the Andalusian club in 2002, aged 19, and for six seasons was one of the principal architects of Sevilla's most successful ever. His first title in Europe were two UEFA Cups, a Copa del Rey, one European Super Cup and Super Cup in Spain . In total, accumulated and 13 trophies at club level.

In the case of Alves also has two titles with the Brazilian national team, which has emerged as a fixture. Right back or left midfield or even the right, assisted in the achievement of the 2007 Copa America and Confederations Cup 2009 by the 'canarinhá. Thus, the only official award Dani Alves has not tasted the World Cup, a competition that did win at U-20. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Back to the FCB normal 'school' in Egypt

The two international schools in Egypt FC Barcelona back to work normally. Once social peace restored, the activity in the FCB Escoles of this country back to the previous routine.

"We are delighted that everything returns to normal," the director of international schools Julio Alberto breathing Barça eased after the two branches of the FCB Escola Barca in Egypt have returned to its normal operation.

Both Julio Alberto as the general director of the FCB Escola Xevi Marcé have worked hard to get past routines restore all the social problems experienced in the land of the pyramids: "Right now the situation in our schools is almost the same as before revolt, we have the same kids, coaches and now is as if nothing had happened, "said a delighted in Barça TV Julio Alberto.

L I coaches from both schools Barca in Egypt for over a week working hard to recover academically from a couple of months.

Julio Alberto wanted to highlight the work of Jordi Piñol Gratacós and Ivan "as well as all our staff in all schools, people who have trained and they are very professional and rigorous, they do a great job and they got good players and form benefit people. "

In the FCB Escola de Fukuoka (Japan) has not been any impact from the earthquake that has been Japan. Julio Alberto holds that "we have stopped the activity only a couple of days but nobody has been affected by this natural disaster." In short it is expected that a delegation of Japanese boys of the FCB Escola de Fukuoka visit Barcelona and the club. (via FCBarcelona.cat)