19 April 2011

Xabi Alonso: "In the midst of a helpless feeling Barca rondo"

The lesson learned doniostiarra 5-0 at the Nou Camp and explained how bad it happens when Xavi, Messi and Iniesta are set to create.

In an interview with the Public Journal, Xabi Alonso took stock of recent games played at the club and talk about the remaining season. The former Liverpool, who on Saturday failed to contain what in the Nou Camp could not said how bad it happens when Guardiola get to play and touch the ball. "When you're there in the middle following the ball and you know it is very difficult to catch, what you feel is helplessness. And I suffered. The 5-0 is the worst experience I ever had. You suffer from impotence that because you know it is very difficult to remove the ball, "Be honest. Donostia midfielder said above all to Xavi, which he defines as "probably the player of history, possession, participation and pass loss ratio has improved. Loses very few balls with all involved. I enjoy the selection and when I suffered because you feel that powerlessness. You have to know when to enter, because they boom, boom, boom, "and you create the opportunity," he said.

Xabi Alonso also spoke about Jose Mourinho, who she said is a technical "different in the psychological issue. You can talk a lot with him. If I see something I say quietly because I think it is good, then it is he who makes decisions ". (via SPORT)

Cup: clásicos with happy endings (III)

On April 5, 1990, goals by Amor and Julio Salinas meant FC Barcelona beat Madrid in a cup final for the third time, and Mestalla witnessed the birth of the Dream Team.

Madrid were flying high at the time of the 1989/90 cup final. They had just won the league for the fifth time in a row, while this was the chance for FC Barcelona and new manager Johan Cruyff to salvage something from the season. Goals from Amor and Julio Salinas late in the game did just that.

Guillermo Amor remembered the match on Barça TV’s ‘Històries de la Copa’: “It was a very useful win. We had achieved nothing and they were saying the manager might get sacked. It showed that we were able to beat Madrid after they had won the league five times in a row. After that game, we became the dominant club”. Curiously, the manager was considering substituting Amor shortly before he scored the opening goal.

Rexach confirmed that he and Cruyff came close to closing their jobs: “We were on thin ice and winning was a bonus that meant we went into the next season feeling a bit more confident”. An incredible Barça actually went on to win the next four league titles.

Like the other finals against the old enemy in 1968 and 1983, it was a tough game. “All three finals were really hard”, said Amor, while Andoni Zubizarreta, who started at Mestalla, adds that “in the final, Hugo Sánchez injured Aloisio and he was replaced by Serna while Hierro was sent off for two yellows. It was still a contact sport”.

Like any clásico final, everyone remembers the nerves and tension before and during the game. “They are very special games”, they say. Wednesday will be the same. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pepe Reina: "Many years I passed in Barça and something is"

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina, recalled his past in the Spanish league and said he will forward to the Cup final "I have friends on both teams, so I want the best man win," he said. However, when we thought we would not be surprised wet saying that "logically, I spent many years in Barcelona and there is always something." (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “We’ll try to be brave and daring”

In the cup final, Guardiola is not planning to change the approach he has faithfully stood by since taking over as manager. He considers the opportunity to play the final against Madrid to be “a gift”.

The FC Barcelona manager knows that Real Madrid can play many different ways, and therefore doesn’t think last Saturday’s match will necessarily serve as a guide for Wednesday’s cup final. “We have spoken about what they did and what we suspect they’ll do” he said, adding that he feels the best method for Barça is “to improve in order to generate more play and more goalscoring chances”.

But Pep Guardiola will not be making any major modifications to his plan. “They know who we are, and we might change some small details, but the essence won’t change” he said. “But we will try to be brave and daring and go out there to win”.

Guardiola also noted that “Barcelona have virtues that Madrid do not, but Madrid has others that Barcelona does not. Whoever imposes their game will win … we will be doing what we can by playing football”.

He naturally wants to win in Valencia, but is also delighted just to be there. “It is a gift to have reached the final” he said.

Guardiola has made it patently clear for some time now that it will José Manuel Pinto who plays in goal for his team at Mestalla. “Tomorrow is about Pinto and ten more. He has always played in the cup and he will continue to do so … it would be a lack of respect to him and the other players if he wasn’t to play”.

David Villa has been struggling to score in recent matches, but Guardiola still considers the striker to be a key element of his team. “There are so many intangible things that are hard to see. Details that thanks to him generate so many good things for the team … It is never easy in your first year at Barça, and just after a World Cup … But he has done so with enthusiasm and generosity”.

Guardiola also spoke about Andoni Zubizarreta renewing his contract until 2013. “The club is in very safe hands. It was with Txiki and now it is with Andoni” he said. “He is a hard worker and he doesn’t miss a thing”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cup Final. Did you know…

Barça and Real Madrid meet again, this time in the Copa del Rey final. Such a historic encounter inevitably throws up plenty of juicy trivia.

In 1942, Barça played off to avoid relegation to the second division and seven days later played in the cup final against Athletic Bilbao at Chamartín (4-3, in extra time). In the semi finals, Barça had beaten league champions Valencia 5-0 at Les Corts. In the play off, at the same venue, Barça stayed up by beating Murcia 5-1.

Barça has won more Spanish Cups outright than any other club. They have four. These are won by winning the competition three years in a row or in five non-consecutive seasons. They need to win two more to get to keep another. Athletic Bilbao have three trophies and Madrid have two.

Barça’s top scorer in cup history is Josep Samitier with 65 goals. Leo Messi is fourteenth on the list with 17. Of the current squad, Bojan is the second highest cup goalscorer with nine.

This is the fifth meeting of Barça and Madrid in the cup final. Barça have won three of these games (1968, 1983 and 1990) and Madrid won two (1936 and 1974).

The last one, in 1989/90, was also played at Mestalla. It was decided by goals from Guillermo Amor and Julio Salinas.

Barcelona have won four of the five cup finals they have played at Mestalla.

Barça have appeared in a total of 34 finals and have won 25 (74%), while Wednesday’s night’s opponents have lost more (19) than they have won (17).

The two clubs have not met in the Copa del Rey since 1996/97, when FCB put out the all-whites in the round of sixteen by winning 3-2 at the Camp Nou and drawing 1-1 at the Bernabéu.

Pep Guardiola played in three cup finals as a player, and won two of them. This is his second cup final as a coach, after debuting in 2009.

Madrid manager José Mourinho won the Copa del Rey in 1997 and 1998 with Barça, as assistant to Sir Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal, respectively. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Everyone goes to Valencia

Like for all big matches, Josep Guardiola has decided to take all of his players to Valencia for the Copa del Rey final, even the injured ones. He also taking the B team players that have appeared in the competition.

After a day off, the FC Barcelona squad returned to training at 11.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The last session before they travel south to Valencia was held behind closed doors as they finalise preparations for Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey final with Real Madrid at 21.30.

The full squad, including the injured players, are travelling, as are all of the coaching staff. The playing squad currently includes all of the first team players available plus Thiago and Fontàs.

All of the members of Luis Enrique’s reserve team that have appeared in cup matches this season will also travel, namely Nolito, Dos Santos, Miño and Montoya. However, Sergi Roberto and Marc Bartra cannot attend because they are away on international duty with the Spain U20 team.

Carles Puyol did not train today. Although he did train on Sunday despite picking up some trouble in the clásico at the Bernabéu, he missed today’s session because he was being subjected to tests to check whether he is fit to play in the cup final. It was finally decided that he will be able to play, if Josep Guardiola so decides.

Adriano injured his soleus in the game with Madrid, but today was he able to train normally with the rest of the squad. This meant there were a total of 18 first team players involved, everyone part from Bojan, Abidal and Puyol, plus the reserve team’s Thiago, Montoya, Ilie and Jonathan Soriano. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The squad
Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Messi, Jeffren, Keita, Sergio, Pedro, Milito, Maxwell, Afellay, Adriano, Fontàs and Thiago.

The injured Abidal and Bojan will also travel along with all of the coaching staff and the Barça B players that have appeared in the Copa del Rey (Nolito, Montoya, Miño and Jonathan dos Santos). Sergi Roberto and Marc Bartra will not be going because they are away on Spain U20 duty.

Xavi's Cup will be the fiftieth anniversary

The midfielder could play on Wednesday its 50th game in the Copa del Rey. It is the most capped footballer official history of FC Barcelona.

Xavi can continue to grow its legend in the final in Valencia on Wednesday. If you have a minute, is your commitment number 50 in the Copa del Rey. He debuted on January 20, 1999 in the first knockout round in the area of ​​Benidorm (0-1) and a year later, on January 12, 2000, scored his first goal in the competition against Polideportivo Almería, in the Camp Nou.

Since then, Xavi has participated in all editions except KO Tournament 2005/06, which had a serious injury. In total, accumulated seven goals (his best course is both 2006/07). His endless honors only has the Copa del Rey 2009. This Wednesday will have the opportunity to add another, on the day of its fiftieth anniversary.

Day after day, match by match, Xavi Hernandez player extends the record of more official engagements in the history of Barcelona, ​​which recently snatched the mythical Migueli. The de Terrassa, 31, leads 569: 379, League, 114 in the Champions League, 13 of the UEFA Cup, 49 Cup, Super 8, Spain, 2 European Super Cup and World Club 4, . (via FCBarcelona.cat)

SEASON Matches Goals
1998/99 2 0
1999/00 4 1
2000/01 7 0
2001/02 1 0
2002/03 1 0
2003/04 6 0
2004/05 1 0
2005/06 0 0
2006/07 7 2
2007/08 7 1
2008/09 5 1
2009/10 3 2
2010/11 5 0
TOTAL 49 7

Puyol is tested on the last train from Barcelona before the Final of Copa del Rey

The boat's captain, Carles Puyol , has completed the final training set of Pep Guardiola before the final of the Copa del Rey to decide whether it is available in the game of Mestalla against Real Madrid.

The training also helped the team players and Fontàs Thiago. Jonathan Soriano, Ilie and Montoya, also of B, have joined the first team practice. (via MD)

"Gareth Bale would fit perfectly into the club"

Tottenham legend Glenn hoodle, believes that even to stay at White Hart Lane is perfect for Gareth Bale, the player would fit perfectly in the club.

The former player and Totthenham legend, Glenn Hoddle, speaking after the award to Gareth Bale's player of the year of the Premier and said it was "the most improved player this season."

He also commented that White Hart Lane, Tottenham's stadium is a perfect place to Gareth Bale but "fit in Barcelona. The type of game Barça side but that does not play but attacking side."

"It would be ideal, but the young have to work hard on it. He has his feet on the ground, has signed a contract and I think it would be a mistake if you will," he concluded hoodle. (via SPORT)

Barca and Madrid fight to Sandro

According to several British media report the club would be willing to gain the services of Tottenham midfielder Sandro Ranieri, a key player in the success of the British. It is a pearl of the quarry Internacional de Porto Alegre, champion of the Libertadores Cup in 2010. Is a skillful defensive midfielder, 22, who according to several websites and a lot like English Pep Guardiola. However, it seems, Mourinho also would be interested, so the battle, if any, would it seems complicated. (via SPORT)

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Carmona: "There will be three exciting Clásicos"

Besides being the coach of Barça Alusport, Marc Carmona is a specialist in football. For a time he was an analyst of the parties to Barça TV. Authoritative voice, therefore, to discuss el Clásico marathon.

When predicting how will the Cup final on Wednesday, Carmona is cautious: "It's difficult and daring attempt to advance what will happen. I think Mourinho was himself in the match at the Bernabeu, basically tried to keep the Barça play. Do not know if I will repeat, that only he knows it, but at least showed their cards as he had done with Inter or Chelsea. The priority is that the club can not develop their game. "

Remember a Madrid alike, so defensive? "I just remember the Madrid Juande Ramos when he came to Camp Nou, a very aggressive team, stopping the game with constant failures." In that duel, remember "sticks Juande received by that approach," without forgetting that "treatment is now different from the Madrid press."

A coach should give back to the philosophy of a club or have to impose their ideas over a style marking? According to Carmona, this is a question "difficult to answer and should answer Pardeza, Florentino and Valdano." "They," he adds coach who signed him to believe the best to win, and the coach does what he sees fit. We should not make judgments about what decides a technician. It is true that in another bid valued the club, another style of play . But the last six Clásicos this was the first not to lose. So not fared badly. "

Four Barça-Madrid in 18 days is a game of chess between two technical details that change but Carmona does not want to compare with a play-off. "There are three different competitions and this is an important nuance. This is a league game which is given an advantage, a final where you play it all at a party, and then a playoff round. Barça no change We know the philosophy of Pep. did see a change in Madrid, with two closely spaced lines and advanced playing Pepe. "

The trivote of Madrid Carmona did not go unnoticed. Is this the best way to stop the combination of the Barca game? Barca coach believes that Saturday was "the game that the club has created fewer chances to Madrid" and Mourinho could possibly repeat this approach.

Carmona is a lover of anything technical topics and they recalls when asked if he believes, like many people, two games that Madrid has fewer options to win Barca: "The first thing I say is that Real Madrid plays very different but not inferior and that of course he can win. It has an extraordinary staff and should be respected. Secondly, in a final can go all the Champions League but we know that a bad day you can leave out. And we must remember that Madrid might have won on Saturday with that system so defensive, with this web with Pepe and Khedira. "

Before European duel for a place in the final in London gets the Cup final, which according to Carmona, rather affect the outcome of this marathon of Clásicos. "I always say that the best way to prepare is to win a game before. It makes you feel better, strengthens you. How to manage each other the victory and defeat at the Mestalla will be key matches in the Champions League."

Carmona said that "the big question is whether the repeated Madrid system or not, and also see if Guardiola, as they have done before, it can find which pieces move to counter what makes Mourinho." For Barca coach Alusport, Madrid Barça could harm in three areas: the counter, free kicks Cristiano Ronaldo and aerial moves.

Deliberate and thoughtful conversation, Carmona shows he has not lost his taste for football analysis. "The technicians we love these contests, and in this sense now come three exciting games."

R.Sociedad-FCB, Saturday 30 at 20 h

The match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona, ​​for the 34th game of the season, was held at the Anoeta Stadium on Saturday April 30 to 20 hours.

The match between Basques and Catalans will take place in clashes between the two semi-final of Champions League between the Madrid and Barca.

In the first round, Barça beat Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp 5-0.

So will the rest of the 34 th day:

Saturday, April 30

18:00 R. Madrid-Zaragoza
22:00 Atletico Madrid Deportivo

Sunday, May 1

17:00 Almería-Sevilla
17:00 Lift-Sporting
Malaga-Hercules 17:00
Racing-Mallorca 17:00
Villarreal-Getafe 19:00
Osasuna-Valencia 21:00

Monday, May 2

21:00 Espanyol-Athletic Club

Barça B, Friday

Moreover, the Barça B visit to Valladolid on April 29 to 21 hours (36th day of the second division). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The 'aggressive' Pepe has prize

The footballer has been included in the 'Best XI' of 'L'Equipe'.

The Portuguese central Real Madrid, Pepe, French midfielder Antoine Griezmann the Real Sociedad and the left side Deportivo La Coruna Manuel Pablo, were selected in the starting ideal of the week "L'Equipe."

Pepe played in midfield in the Bernabeu against FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi managed to stop the match in which whites reaped a draw against the Catalans (1-1) in the first of the four parties that they face a month (one of the league, one of King's Cup and two Champions League).

Griezmann also went to the cast of players that the newspaper reference Gallo said this week by his two goals that gave his team victory against Sporting de Gijón (2-1), stopping the run of visitors, who had three consecutive victories.

Manuel Pablo, meanwhile, took a pass from one of two goals with his team sentenced to Valladolid.

Along with them, "L'Equipe" completed the eleven with Coupet (Paris SG) in goal, defenders flanked by Uchida (Schalke 04), Goian (Palermo) and Sakho (Paris SG).

In midfield, the paper highlights Müller (Bayern Munich), Giovinco (Parma) and Mounier (Nice), while in the lead, with Griezmann, the two German goals from Mario Gomez was placed Bayern also among best in Europe this week. (via SPORT)

[Youth] The celebrations in the cantera don't stop

League title Infantil A is the fourth of the season for Barca quarry equipment. Besides the victory of the team of Fran Sánchez is necessary to highlight the great state in way of the Cadete B of Fran Artiga.


The team of Fran Sánchez champion was proclaimed with a great performance throughout the four periods. Rafa Mir (2), Ayoub (2), Canós, Iván Rodríguez, Sanz and Alexis Meva marked the differences. Sant Cugat went faithful to its style and, although it could not mark, he/she had a proposal very valiant futbolística. The party in the wardrobes was very beautiful, since all the players and technicians celebrated the title together and with great harmony.


The team of Fran Artiga one of the best performances in the season completed. Nàstic only collapsed in the last twenty minutes of the encounter, but before it had planted face. Sergio Buenacasa, with five goals in the second half, was the player more resolutory azulgrana. Enguene, Sliding Alex and Moha also marked.

Mercantil A, 2 - FC BARCELONA B, 2

Infantil B didn't pass of the tie in the party against the Mercantile one, in a disputed encounter but difficult to control for those of Denis Silva and Carlos López. The azulgranas was ahead with Carlos' goal Aleñá, but the locals tied. The dynamics throughout the party was the same one: again, to be ahead Barça, with the second so much of Aleñá, but the Mercantile one equaled the result in the twilights of the encounter. At the end, because, 2-2 in the marker.


I triumph unquestionable of Andrés' boys Carrasco and Sergi Milà that have won in Sant Andreu for 3-12. The control, the possession and the total face definition to goal during the first two rooms, they made them to leave to the rest with a result 1 at 7. The scorers of this first part were: Juan Cruz (2), Juan Fernández (2), Guillem Jaime (2) and Juli Berenguer (1). This way, with a 1-7 to favor and a Sant Andreu that lowered the arms, the goals were arriving. Camera (1), Juli Berenger (1) and Oriol Busquests (3) was the authors of the goals azulgranas.


The boys of Brave Xavi and Rafa Rodríguez has been redone of the defeat of the previous week against Espanyol with an overwhelming victory in the field of Sant Andreu. Jordi Mboula (3) was very well the most decisive player in a party worked by the boys of Alevín B culé.


JordiFont and Francis Pérez's boys' scandalous Goleada. The boys of Unificació Llefià didn't know as stopping the triangulations and quick plays of the azulgranas. Demba (6), Mamadou (5), Pedro (3), Solina, Medina, Alejandro and Sergio Gómez marked the differences in the field 8 of the Ciudad Deportiva.

FC BARCELONA D, 2 - Vilanova i la Geltrú, 4

Intense Party the one that one lived among Alevín D and Vilanova i Geltrú, the first and the classified second of the chart. Although the two teams had several occasions at the beginning of the party, Barça was not comfortable on the game land to the second room. After the rest, the third room the boys of Àlex Gómez and of Alexis I Paint they were able to tie the encounter. However, the last period, in a córner and in a defensive error, the rival was able to mark the third and quarter goal that gave the victory to Vilanova for 2-4.


Soccer exhibition in the party among Benjamin A of Barça and Castelldefels (5-0). The front azulgranas shone with spectacular goals. Gerard López of direct lack, Sergi heel Rosanas, Roger head Vegas, Marc Tenas and Guillermo Love were the scorers of the encounter. It is necessary to highlight the performance of the porter of Castelldefels, Pablo López that stopped up to 10 clear occasions of goal.

Gavà, 0 - FC Barcelona B, 6

Benjamin B was taken the points of the field from Gavà when being imposed by an overwhelming one 0-6. After a first complicated room, the first goal, of Guille, arrived the second period. Julian, with two goals, Nil, Mika and another reveille of Guille sentenced the party after the rest, when the team had more domain of the ball and, therefore, more occasions than those of Marcel Sans and Isaac Garcia didn't waste.

FC Barcelona C, 2 - Sant Ildefons, 2

Benjamin C took out a tie of the party against Sant Ildefons. Jordi's boys Puig and Albert Puig was ahead in the first two rooms with two reveilles, one of Aitor López and another that Good-looking Albert signed. But the azulgranas was not fine, they didn't reach the precision and the necessary speed to develop the game of Barça. This was patent in the renewal, when Sant Ildefons got the tie. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pinto "Doesn't only win the one that plays"

It is unusual that two goalkeepers respect both to the point that the theoretical owner just see the alternate theoretical final play again. Pinto is open to us before the Cup final.

It is unusual that two goalkeepers respect both to the point that the theoretical owner just see the alternate theory again play Cup final

If the final game, I'll be happy, but just wait until game time arrives. It is true that I have very good relationship with Victor. I do not know if it is rare. I do not think I've always had very good relationship with all my teammates. Do not confuse healthy competition we have for a position with the friendly relationship that may exist. We have a healthy and competitive rivalry that allows us to both improve and this improvement will benefit the team. It all adds up and goes to the same point.

-How was the relationship with Victor Mestalla at the end of 2009?

It was very good, as always, we know that to win we all win. And we feel like in the final of the Champions League. Not only wins gambling. Earn all staff and all the people who have been working all year round. Everyone must know and feel important because it is the reality: if you do not you contribute your bit, maybe things would not have succeeded. Visibly may seem not important, but here we all know that every little detail is important.

-Was very top of him before that final?

As always, as in a game. In a final emotions are higher, but nothing changes.

-Since the Cup semifinal to the final has been two months. Were you able to use that time to further study the closing of Christian and company?

With matches as important as those who have played, had to go step by step. It's what we've done from the start, going day by day and game by game. The best thing you can do is always take the short steps because they give a stride length can be false.

-In the previous at Mestalla, did a ritual different from other games?

None. I was with the family in the room. Whenever the family travels I like being with them and chat in the short time I have free before or after eating. I refer to my parents and my sister, that I have away, in Cadiz. My wife did I see every day. When I have an opportunity to try to enjoy them, is what I did before the end of Mestalla. And now again be, God willing ...

-What conclusions drew from the other end that could serve now?

I have not thought, but many conclusions you can draw every game is so different, a world, I do not know if a conclusion drawn from the previous final to be worth it.

-In that game against Athletic highlighted its tranquility playing with the foot when the opposition pulled high up .. .

It's what you work every day in practice and in the end leaves you naturally. When you get if you think a radical change, it is unusual for a goalkeeper to play with both feet, but it will facilitate co because they all offer is open to receive ...

-Is it better this Madrid the previous years?

I do not know, nor do I have to do to Madrid. I care more about the club, if it is stronger than last year. Not a matter of comparison, but trying to overcome and we are doing a lot of things, records, and I hope it stays that way. We should all look at ourselves before looking inside out. If all we care about ourselves instead of being aware of what the neighbor, we would all be happier.

-72,000 people applied to Barca a ticket to the Cup final holds responsible "more?

Whether you want to see it directly in the field. Many others can not attend and will be supporting you from home. Mestalla has a capacity, some people may see it live, but there will be millions and millions of people who will enjoy in their homes so the responsibility is the same. For the whole family playing Barça.

-But it is a sign of confidence in the team ...

Of course, if people are going to overturn the final is an example of unconditional support, but there are many people who fully supported from home because they can not afford to travel. Have equal merit that support from home than travel.

-What would you say the fans on the street on the final?

They always give you encouragement, but not only for the Cup, also for your everyday work. "Good luck for Sunday and such." People always supports you and wishes you the best.

-What do you think Iker Casillas?

A porterazo, I've always said. It has some incredible conditions as very few goalkeepers can and everything that is admirable is getting. It's an image to go because he is a hard working person with many qualities.

-And Mourinho's statements?

'm Not reading a lot of press.

-When his family goodbye and heads for the field, what music do you listen?

Put music on the bus and I like to be calm, focused in the game, relaxed, talking with peers. Sometimes on a particular player, but often spirited discussions that help us relax. Others caught the helmets, but not me.

-Do you promise for the final?

No special, I'm not much of them.

-Can you imagine another triplet?

Well I have not guessed, I hope we get it, but to win a hat-trick first you have to get a degree, must be added one at a time, rather slowly and with good lyrics.

-Will agree that this club has gone down in history ...

When time passes we realize really what has been achieved and that we were the great team at this time, for me the best team in history.

-What held the title of 2009?

When the game ended, I met with the family, talking, enjoying ... It's what fills me, be with my people. More beautiful than that nothing. (via MD)

The jinx of Abidal in the finals

The French already lost two years ago against Athletic and Champions.

Eric Abidal will, with Bojan, the only Barça player can not play tomorrow's final. The French defender, still recovering from the operation, you must settle for watching the game from the stands of Mestalla, which unfortunately for him has become commonplace whenever a dispute Barca final.

Having that of tomorrow, the 'Pep-Team' it will have played five ends (the other ones four are that of Cup before Athletic, that of Champions in front of United, SuperCup of Europe in front of Shakthar and that of the Clubs World Cup in Abu-Dhabi). In all, despite being an indisputable fixed Pep, Abidal could only play two: the final of the UEFA Super Cup and earned him Barca to score his first world championship title. Against Athletic was unable to play due to suspension. For the same reason he stayed in Rome's Olympic tier and tomorrow his illness deprived of another final. Yes, push as if you were on the pitch. (via MD)

[Former player] Rivaldo: "Barça, the world's best"

"What we see on television and enjoyed it, but in a final anything can happen".

Vitor Borba Ferreira Gomez (Brazil, April 19, 1972), much better known as Rivaldo, had ever enjoyed playing on a boat like the present. Especially in his last season, had to do it in far harsher conditions than today. Today, the day he turns 39, it "goes well" in Sao Paulo after spending 12 years out of this country. " However, sticking to the TV when they play Barca. "Playing at the club was a dream. I arrived in 1997 and stayed there until 2002. I am privileged to have spent five years in this club, in which officers got 130 goals." Of these, undoubtedly the most memorable is that of Chilean endorsed Santi Cañizares at Valencia in the final minute of the League 2000-2001. "It was very large, pretty well, I remember all the amateurs in the field because that goal would take us to the Champions League."

During his time at the club in the locker room agreed with Pep Guardiola. "Even then, as a player, was a leader of costumes and a great footballer. It will be the best coach in the world." Brazilian striker shows the clásico continuous session between Barca and Real Madrid as "an opportunity to enjoy el clásico, the best in the world." "I enjoyed the 5-0, Barca played well and deserved this result," he said. Rivaldo, who could play 12 clásicos and score five goals against Real Madrid, knows that kind of party is a special nature: "Barça is, right now, the best team in the world and all that we have the opportunity to see the I enjoy television. However, for example, in the Cup final anything can happen. So I do not like making predictions, because it is a clásico and it's a final. There are no favorites. "

Rivaldo lights when MD reminds him that a means related Barça with the doping. "I spent five years there and I know how it works. When a team is doing is making you look foulbrood things. People invent to divert attention. What is said is a lie. The difference is quality: the club is best team in the world. "

So is, to Rivaldo, Messi. "It will be at least three or four years. Cristiano is also very good, but Messi is the best and also very humble. And I say that I'm Brazilian and he, Argentina." Rivaldo signs off with "a salute to the fans of Barça Mundo Deportivo." (via MD)

Messi, the goal king goes Cups

The best player in the world is never enough and now has five senses in take home his fourteenth title.

"We want to win this Cup." So of course we were presented with Leo Messi on the verge of winning the second title of the season, "the first was won in the last throes of summer by beating Sevilla in the Super King. To illustrate this second end, as Leo is very reluctant to touch the Cup before winning it, we decided to take a special flag.

And is that 21 years ago that played the last Cup final between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Curiously, the party also took place in Valencia did the stadium formerly known as Luis Casanovas and now Mestalla ". Leo Messi, the best player in the world, had not yet three years old when Zubizarreta, Koeman, Amor, Laudrup, Julio Salinas and Txiki prevailed 2-0 to Buyo, Fernando Hierro, Schuster, Martín Vázquez, Hugo Butragueño and Sánchez. The authors of the goals were Love and Julio Salinas and the consolidated Cup base which is then sustained the `Dream Team", who managed to impress during almost five years the Spanish and international football.

Well, he gave the `SPORT crack" original Argentine commemorative pennant that last final to keep it as a treasure in his mausoleum full of memories and football titles. Leo was very interested in all the details of that final, especially when we detail the alignment Johan Cruyff put this April 5, 1990, as much of the equipment "Zubi, Txiki, Amor, Eusebio or are they people Alexanko very close and known to the Argentine.

Messi also asked the scorers and the Madrid at that time coached the Welsh John Benjamin Toshack, who won this season's record of goals in the league with a total of 107.

A record that Leo is indeed very present. Two seasons ago the team was already very nearly beat him to reach 105 league goals this year and accumulated 86 goals at just six days, so there is still room to get beat, while scoring 21 goals in six games does not seem either not easy.

Messi But nothing is impossible. As demonstrated by the fact that it has become the best striker in the history of Spanish football in a season by adding 49 goals by now, when the record was held by the lemon, Puskas and Zarra, 48. What's more, Argentina is the current top scorer in all competitions, including the Copa del Rey, which has seven goals in six games, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

In fact, his struggle with the Portuguese star is still very favorable for the Blaugrana crack because not only is' food does the moral in their private grief, but also in groups. Since target Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Real still does not know how to win at Barcelona "has five losses and one draw what one has achieved so much.

Leo numbers are overwhelming in any competition and you look where you look. Sum 17 goals in 25 matches in Cup and obviously contributed somewhat to his defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the cup final which was played in 2009 at the Mestalla.

Now he presents a new end. A new record for history. And he, himself paraphrasing Pep Guardiola, "never fails." Not fail in the last cup final, nor in the last Champions League final, or in the last World Cup final clubs, or the last of the Super Cup, and ... FC Barcelona would be his fourteenth title. (via SPORT)

The Cup is already in Valencia

The Trophy of Copa del Rey is already in Valencia, where FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will play the title this Wednesday ...

Cup returns to the capital city of Turia and is preparing for this new edition.

The final will be played at the stadium of Valencia, Mestalla, where Pep Guardiola's team won Athletic in the issue two years ago. (via SPORT)

Mourinho is still pondering his farewell

Madrid coach maintains a plan B in England or Italy if he leaves Barca hegemony of evidence.

In the world of football as a faint line between success and failure. The results decide cases and Jose Mourinho knows. The Portuguese coach is today the idol of the fans of Real Madrid, but can go from hero to villain with little time, exactly where you need to complete the season.

Since the whimsical timetable clashes determinants led Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the Portuguese coach is afraid because he knows that if it fails on all fronts, the balance of their season on the bench at the Santiago Bernabeu will be utter failure precisely because he signed to end with the abusive hegemony Blaugrana.
Mourinho is aware that the play is all or nothing, keeps alternative plans that would justify a departure hypothetical Real Madrid earlier than expected. England or Italy would be their fate. Setúbal coach has said repeatedly that he ever return to the Premier. Brides 'is not missing from the Manchester United as' heir does Alex Ferguson to Manchester City, passing through Liverpool in search of lost glory. As regards Italy, the Inter doors will always open, as well as the more powerful clubs.

The pulse course Mourinho has recently opened with the media, including more akin to Real Madrid, it is part of the strategy designed by the Portuguese coach if soon has to justify his farewell to the White House. Closing the season without a title and feels that his team is and will light years away from Barca, Mourinho will accelerate its departure on the grounds that certain aspects of Spanish football have been insurmountable obstacles to its work. Luso can not be guilty of anything but a victim of the environment.

The Real Madrid president Florentino Perez knows he has created a monster that can devour. In the eyes of the fans, the Portuguese coach is the great idol and his possible departure would leave Florentino in a difficult situation. Mou `do you know but also knows the tremendous power of a president who can bring about a dramatic shift in the views than the usual Madrid fans poured commentators in their midst.

Just as Mourinho's image was the subject of a spectacular image cleaning, erasing the memory of fans meringues that Portuguese teams were defensive and given little to show, Florentino is that certain media can only blame the coach possible failure of the season and now we will end justifies taking its toll. The same media that now thank mister laugh can last a week to consider impresentable Real Madrid coach his continued whining about the calendar, arbitrations, Committees ...

Almost lost the League Cup final tomorrow, Wednesday and the outcome of the semifinal of the Champions League sentencing. Mourinho will be angel or domain in terms of results and the same media have deified him criticize his team play against Barca as would the very bottom club despite the millions that was spent on signings president.

Mourinho's immediate future hangs by a thread and sources familiar with the intricacies of the club suggest that the coach has a strange ambiguity in meetings in which they should outline the next season, a clear sign that still pondering a possible march Real Madrid on 30 June. The Portuguese coach is aware that it has a serious chance of crashing due to the potential of Barca and it seems to have already exhausted the list of excuses, who believe only the most faithful. (via SPORT)

Iniesta, to win their first Cup final

The Fuentealbilla has a new challenge in his career he wants to settle with the same success as previous.

Andres Iniesta is a specialist in finals. Manchego is usually decisive dispute whenever a decisive game and now wants to enjoy the same feeling tomorrow at the Mestalla. Andrew could not participate in the 2009 final because of the hamstring injury that threatened his contest in Rome and is looking forward to the new target is presented.

Their line is a guarantee for Pep Guardiola. The midfielder was the turning point in the final in Paris in 2006 of Champions when he entered the second-half goal gave over to Eto Or that broke the final in Paris in 2009, not to mention the World Cup final in Johannesburg with the golden goal in overtime against the Netherlands.

Iniesta wants to be decisive in a game that motivates him greatly, as he confessed in an interview to SPORT on the eve of the semifinal against Almeria. "I would have liked to enjoy the end of 2009, but could not be. I felt like a champion all other colleagues and most importantly, get the title, "he said.

The player explained that at that time "had hurt me and it was impossible to be in Valencia for the short space he had for recovery. We focus on what best to reach the Rome final. " The midfielder had to follow the game on television at home is not moved to continue his recovery "double sessions with many nerves and the satisfaction of victory. Iniesta can dismiss this little thorn and had also counted in the stands with the support of much of his family from Fuentealbilla. which is just 125 kilometers from Valencia.

From the comments of colleagues who enjoyed in 2009 and the other end of the Copa del Rey has followed on television, Andrew is aware that "the end is a special moment, with two passions spread across the stadium, people moves to the city and a great atmosphere. " The player is waiting and gives great value to the tournament butler, although a priori it may seem a minor title: "Playing a final is not a joke. We play to win titles. "

Since the draw was made, everything pointed to a final between Barcelona and Madrid. Therefore, Andrew knew that if the Real Madrid defeat in the decisive game will be a well-remembered title. Cup would be to add more to the many of the club. It's a very nice trophy. "

Iniesta wants to complete an extraordinary season. It was the toughest player of staff and has contributed decisively to the excellent record of the team. His seven goals in the league and managed in the Champions League against Shakhtar are the best example of his great year. The Cup final is the next target wants to complete successfully. (via SPORT)

RFEF mounts for the end a massive meal

Angel Villar, Rita Barbera and Manuel Llorente exercise of hosts in a restaurant near Mestalla.

Policies Barça and Madrid live the first pulse in Valencia around 14 hours, the expected time to start the lunch organized by the Spanish Federation, the body responsible for the cup final, and with the participation of nearly 300 people, according to forecasts by the protocol responsible for the RFEF.

The guests are listed on the Alameda restaurant, a few meters from the Mestalla stadium.

A food are invited policies Barça, Madrid and Valencia, the host club (depending on the exact number of displaced managers, Barcelona and Madrid would have 20 representatives each), plus the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, the Secretary of State for Sports, Albert Soler, president of the Federation, Angel Maria Villar, and the Professional Football League, Jose Luis Astiazaran, but at the last minute could be confirmed the incorpoación of a political leader. Also attend the presidents of the regional federations RFEF dependent.

The directors of the ship moves mostly morning, although the vice president responsible for the social area, Jordi Cardoner, today will participate in an event organized by the rocks of Valencia. (via SPORT)

The Madrid can play without nine

To defend and go to the counter. Mou trivote maintain, but it is clear to play with three players up to fast on the counterattack.

The last Saturday may be just a joke with what Jose Mourinho prepares for tomorrow at the Mestalla. Encouraged by a crowd that pull your defensive approach against Barca and he fired the team as if he had proclaimed champion of Europe, the Portuguese coach is willing to take a walk over his racanería nut.

The penalty asusencia bound by Raul Albiol could suggest a more offensive scheme, especially considering the good minutes played by Mesut Özil when he left his 'kidnapping' in the dock. Logic dictates that Pepe delay his position to return to his natural position, the center back, along with Carvalho, and again the German eleven. Yes, Özil retrieve the title, but Mourinho will not give up the bus, as it believes that the only way to cope with the might of Barcelona.

On the contrary, Setubal sharpen their ultra-defensive approach to ushering Arbeloa and sacrificing Benzema. That is, shall authorize the loop and will be without nine. Arbeloa will be installed at right-back Sergio Ramos will move to the central position and Cristiano Ronaldo will play nine false, a position that it is not unknown as Alex Ferguson used many times when there was a footballer of Manchester United.
The goal is to continue delivering 'wood' to everything that goes from Barça, as he did last Saturday Muñiz Fernández gratification, but to a better start the ball on the contras, which failed at any time in the shock league. That's where Özil, who placed ahead of two greyhounds as Di Maria and Ronaldo himself.

Nothing new on the horizon. Mourinho repeated antifútbol with which alighted from the Champions League to Barcelona, ​​the season 04-05 in front of Chelsea, and last season heading to Inter. The same antifúbol applauded the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

What you may forget about the white fans is that this scheme did not help the campaign 05-06, in which the team led at the time by Frank Rijkaard gave a good account of Mourinho's Chelsea and European Champion finished. It also obviates the meringue is spread out to tow may result in you stay outnumbered. Mourinho has seen players ejected him against Barca is not an arbitral persecution as convincing finished your hobby, but is the logical consequence of chaining a foul after another.

In this sense, the Madrid fans are not blinded by fanaticism will realize that Real Madrid was lucky to finish with ten on Saturday, as Pepe, Xabi Alonso and Marcelo, especially, punished over and over ankles what ankles not only did Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. Mourinho knows that this is the only way to turn off the game 'playstation' Barca and try to behave like a 'big' and go out to win only leads to fit a hand like that Pep Guardiola's team endorsed him in the Camp Nou.

The goal is clear, to intimidate the strip blaugrana aggressiveness that allows Undiano Mallenco, as he did on Saturday, in which his players committed to five consecutive fouls in the first moments of the match. From there, waiting for a turnover or an opponent's error to find the net. Or take advantage of game pieces, the only arguments that Real Madrid can now face Barcelona. So real, so sad.

Not the first time that Mourinho playing without striker this season. The Portuguese took the injury to unleash Higuain football that truly believes until he pulled three times Cristiano Ronaldo as 'nine' and relegated to the bench to Benzema. And the summary is that it has not gone too well. True beat Valencia in the league and Atletico in Copa del Rey, but before the picture had to pull che Benzema was not to escape two points. Points which escaped into the Mediterranean Games Almería front, the other meeting in which was disguised as 'inventor'.

Against Valencia, the 0-0 was maintained until 72 minutes and then it was Benzema on the pitch. Almeria also had to resort to French to unclog the game and it was not enough. Against Atletico in the first leg of the Cup, was the exception. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal before the half hour. On Wednesday, the only objective is that the club does not win. If then sounds the flute ... (via SPORT)

Mario Götze, born for Barca

Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga champions virtual, is also known as the German Barça's football combinative, accurate and precious. Saving all distances, some players have a distinctive style that would fit in the Nou Camp.

Above all, stresses the young Mario Götze who, at 18, stands out above all others.

Jurgen Low, the Germany coach and has his eyes on what is considered the most emerging talent from a country that in recent times is astounding the world by prolific quarry. Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Marko Marin and Toni Kroos leading a list devoted to pearls and Götze which is doing well more than enough to join.

A few months ago I wrote about it in this section and the time has confirmed that this is a born player for Barca. Mario has an amazing technique with both feet and his unusual versatility allows him to play in any position to attack or attacking midfielder. It has a good eye for goal (he has scored six goals in the championship), but stands out as assistant.

In any case, their status as 'miracle', as it is known in Germany as we have done in your curriculum with two medals Fritz Walter granted to the Federation with the greatest young player. Captain of the German U-17 last year won the European category, has a contract with Dotmund until June 2014. Zubi should take good note and keep it from escaping the promise and reality would fit perfectly in the Camp Nou. In particular, I would not like him the same thing happened with Luis Suarez Ozil or, in my humble opinion, also cut by the pattern estabn Barca. (via SPORT)

Guardiola will not change its plan and Pinto is the starter

The Andalusian has played all Cup matches

Guardiola If anything has convinced his players in three years at the wardrobe is always fulfill his word from day to day. Convinced of the potential of staff and knowing that all will respond when required, the Catalan coach has no intention of changing for the Cup goalkeeper Thus, the Andalusian Pinto donning the gloves again, two and a half weeks after playing his last game with the team (against Almeria in the league, 2-1, by the accumulation of yellow Valdés).

"We provide many great and interesting things," Xavi said a few days ago, after the team overcome Almeria. Print verbalized similar to that Dani Alves: "Luck is that the club has two security goals."

Despite being injured before the Shakhtar measured in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League (5-1), Pinto solved forward to the opportunity to play the second final in three seasons the club. Moreover, the achieved in 2009, their participation was crucial. In the semifinals, against Mallorca, cleared a penalty shot executed by Pep Marti. Launched on the left and hit, and opened the door to computer to play the decisive match of the competition (also at the Mestalla and Athletic).

This season, Pinto has played 14 games (1,299 minutes in eight games in Cup, four and two Champions League), using the knee injury that kept the Catalan Valdés four weeks away from the pitch. (via AS)

Club to appeal Iniesta ban

FC Barcelona have this evening submitted an appeal to UEFA against the proposed imposition of an additional game suspension for Andrés Iniesta following the yellow card he picked up against Shaktar at the Camp Nou on April 6th.

The proposed sanction comes as a result of a report from UEFA match officials at the game, who have alleged that the yellow card was deliberately incurred so that the player would be suspended for the return leg. The UEFA disciplinary committee will make a decision on the case on Wednesday.

FC Barcelona believe that the arguments outlined in their appeal, based on the good faith of the player and the disproportionate nature of the proposed sanction will be sufficient to rebut these allegations.

Zubi, renews contract till 2013

FC Barcelona have taken the option of automatic renewal on the contract of the Club’s Sporting Director of Professional Football, Andoni Zubizarreta for a further two seasons until 30th June 2013.

The current contract stipulates that the contract renewal could be taken by the Club at any time before June 15th 2011.

Following the news, Andoni Zubizarreta spoke to Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona about the new deal and expressed his satisfaction with the contract extension: “it’s not easy to make a valuation of a new contract extension when it is for you yourself. I have been very lucky to have been here since last July doing the job that Txiki did. I’m thrilled to be here and happy with what the future holds, knowing that the challenge is demanding, but very attractive”. As for the best and worst of the job so far, Zubi explained that “the injuries, especially Abidal’s illness have been tough and the good times are just too many to mention”.

Zubi went on to explain what his job will involve over the next two seasons: “in professional football, the aim has to be to remain competitive, stay loyal to our style and evolve our way of playing, giving the professional teams all the resources they need. Next season we will have the new Masia and with the facilities we have, (Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper), we have to be capable of creating synergies together to help make the project grow”.

Andoni Zubizarreta also commented on Saturday’s game in Madrid.: “I’m very happy with the impression we gave because we stuck to our own style in a game that was very tight and full of fouls. From the moment they went 0-1 down, Madrid needed to call on all their history and tradition, but the draw leaves us closer to the title’.

As to Wednesday’s Cup Final. Zubi reckons: “ a final is a one off game and it all comes down to little details. We have to be capable of creating situations so that those little things happen. The two teams know each other well and whoever can keep to their game plan will have the upper hand”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] Wenger wants to 'snitch' to Barca Rafinha

Arsène Wenger remains determined to snatch the best homegrown Barça. Arsenal coach would be moving now to sign Rafinha thread ..

Rafinha, Barca youth midfielder, is the younger brother of Thiago Alcantara and son of former Brazilian international Mazinho.

According to the 'Daily Mirror', Wenger has long been closely following Rafinha, for whom would also have interested other Premiership clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Arsenal would be the club with more options and technical 'gunner' would be to carry out the operation this summer, even knowing that it would cause huge upset at the club.

It is recalled that Wenger has already 'swiped' this year, another Barca player, the young Toral, who will leave for London in terms of runs this season.

The Wenger's tactics and devices for 'fish' in the quarry Barca clash with their complaints and attacks cyclical Barca want the signing of Cesc Fàbregas. Another player who, incidentally, also led to 'La Masia' ... (via SPORT)