06 May 2011

A derbi that was worth a League

On April 17, 1949, the club was proclaimed league champion after beating Espanyol 2-1 at Les Corts. It was the first and only time a derby decided the championship. This Saturday, you can repeat history.

In the 112-year history of FC Barcelona never a derby against city rival was as decisive as lived in the stage of Les Corts on 17 April 1949. It was the last day of the season and the club received at Espanyol as a leader in the standings with 35 points, two ahead of Valencia and Real Madrid. Barca team, coached by Uruguayan Enrique Fernandez, needed a draw to be crowned champions for the second straight season. In case of a tie on points, the 'goal average' was favorable to Real Madrid but lost to Valencia, while in the case of a three-way tie, the League would be Barca.

With the Les Corts stadium filled to the brim, the club was surprised by Espanyol played only the pleasure of his great rival prevent reissued the league title. Although the Spaniards played with 10 from 6 minutes for the injury-at that time Carner still could not make substitutions, got ahead on the scoreboard on 27 minutes. Bald headed in a corner launching surprising Barca goalkeeper Velasco. Was leaving the League 0-1 at the hands of Valencia, which at that time earned Sevilla 1-0.

The goal sparked a Barça Espanyol excessively cold and confident in their chances of victory. In the second half, Barca started the machine in seven minutes carburizing and turned him over to the marker. Striker Cesar lived up to their status. In minute 63, the Leon finished off an assist from Basra and seven minutes later, Argentine Marcus Aurelius was the one who combined with Caesar, that marked the final 2-1.

Espanyol dropped his arms and the club was able to increase the difference in the scoring with a header from Seguer . Enrique Fernández's struggled to hold the marker. Valencia Sevilla went on to win 2-0, while Real Madrid did not go from a tie to two in the field of Alcoyano. Barca had first with 37 points, followed by Valencia with 35, and Real Madrid, third with 34. For the second consecutive season, the club was proclaimed champion and added the fourth league history. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] Juvenil will also clásico

Barca and Madrid meet on Saturday at the estadio Ciudad de Lepe (Huelva) to stand as the best juvenil team in Spain.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have qualified for the final Cup Juvenile Spain, which since last Monday is held in Lepe (Huelva), after eliminating the UD Las Palmas (1-1) and Racing Santander (1-0), respectively.

The match between Catalans and Canary was very intense and fought and finally won for the FC Barcelona win the first match against Sevilla. Deulofeu tied for the Catalans at the start of the second half. Earlier, Dylan had scored from the penalty spot.

The Union brought many difficulties for Barca, hoping to order and taking advantage of its fast game when Barcelona did not have the ball. Artiles Adrian and nuisance, going diagonally from the band, the core of FC Barcelona. And so came the play of the first goal. In minute 23, a penalty which saw the red card and expulsion Rosell Dylan transformed him to put the first goal on the scoreboard.

The response of the Catalans was already in the second half, in minute 49. Deulofeu an inmate of an auction ended with comfortable from the edge of the area to put the tie on the scoreboard. The goal gave Barca calm but the nerves remained until the end, as the UD Las Palmas had chances but could not overcome a well-replicated Barça.

For his part, has eliminated Real Madrid beat Racing after 1-0, so that will contest the final tomorrow at 20.30 at the stadium Ciudad de Lepe. (via SPORT)

[Youth: A new clásico, in the final of the Champions Cup]

The Juvenil A Barca has qualified for the finals of the Champions Cup after a draw against Las Palmas. Real Madrid has won the Racing and will be the final opponent to be held this Saturday.

If someone has not had enough of the four clásicos emotions played in recent weeks, this Saturday at 20 hours, you can enjoy another Barça-Madrid in this case from the final of the Champions Youth Cup.

By Oscar Garcia Juvenil A he was satisfied with a draw to qualify for the finals after winning the Sevilla (1-0). UD Las Palmas is ahead in the score at minute 12 after a penalty which cost him expulsion Oriol Rossell.

Oscar Garcia has restructured the team with the central entrance on the far Christian Edu. Despite playing with 10 Barça have borne the brunt of the party and Dongou has been close to scoring on 50 minutes.

If only they had played six minutes into the second period, Gerard Deulofeu has scored the goal that needed the Juvenil A Barca to qualify for the final.

Real Madrid has set (1-0) Racing with a goal of allowing the whole Nephew Tristan Celador qualify for the finals on Saturday (20h).

The target was the Juvenil A champion of the latest edition of the Champions Cup in Benidorm then disputed.

This season, Barca and Real Madrid will fight for the title two years ago was Barca in the final which was attended among others Mexican Jonathan Dos Santos. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Luis Garcia: "Do not allow the club champion would be special"

Espanyol striker Luis Garcia says the team will seek victory against Barcelona to give joy to the fans but, above all, to reach positions of Europa League.

"Our fans who win in the Nou Camp puts you more than anyone. Prevent they won in the derby is special, but it is very difficult to eventually be. We have to think of our interests in the face at the end season, "he pointed Spaniard footballer.

The striker has admitted that the purpose of clothing is to win the derby but even now he does not sign, he added that a point would be good, "Sum is always positive, but we have to settle for this. In your head only gets win next Sunday at Barcelona. " To do this, Luis García has emphasized that Espanyol will not give up his style. "We must not deviate from our philosophy of an inch. Nobody has more possession that Barca but we have to take care of the ball to hurt. They play the league but we also play a lot," he insisted.

Finally, the Spaniard has valued the European options of the team: "With nine of twelve points I think we'll be in Europe but it's complicated ... but I think the team is able to remove all remaining points. As we have done compromised situations. " (via SPORT)

Third of the UEFA anti-doping control at the Barcelona players

UEFA Commissioners visited the Ciudad Deportiva to make a surprise doping test by ten players of Barcelona.

Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Villa, Iniesta, Bojan, Jeffren, Keita, Adriano and Abidal were the players who have been touched by lot to pass the mandatory urine test.

This is the third time this season UEFA person training Barca by surprise, for a doping control, practice of this organization with teams participating in organized competition. (via SPORT)

Puyol: "We want the league as soon as possible"

Puyol doesn’t want any surprises and would like to win the league title as soon as they can, and if possible on Sunday against Espanyol. The captain also spoke about the Wembley final, Manchester United, and the rumblings after the last clásico.

What you can do today, don’t leave for tomorrow. Carles Puyol subscribes to that saying, and would like win the league title on Sunday, so they’ll have much more time to prepare for the Wembley Champions League Final. "We definitely want to win the league as soon as possible and we’d like to do it this Sunday because a lot of people have already decided that we’ve won it" said Puyol.

This Sunday is the derby at the Camp Nou. Espanyol need the 3 points to keep their options intact of playing in Europe next season. Puyol believes that this doesn’t necessarily make them more dangerous: "They’ll come here as always, with lots of enthusiasm. They have a very good team and they always give us problems. I don’t think it’ll be any different from other seasons”.

Puyol is the first Barça player to talk about the Champions League Final against Manchester United. "The final will be played by 2 great teams, who deserve to be there. Both teams play very good football and it will be a great final" added the Barça captain. About their rival, Puyol talked about the two most dangerous players in attack: Wayne Rooney and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez: "Rooney is a very good player and one of the best strikers in the world. He scores goals, works for the team and knows how to sacrifice himself for his teammates. He’s the complete player. Of the Mexican, he knows about him from the friendly played against Mexico last summer. “He’s very fast, confident, and very dangerous".

The captain wanted to close the book on the the four clásicos that Barça and Real Madrid have played in just 18 days. Puyol is just happy about qualifying for the Final and doesn’t want to think about the controversies coming from Madrid. "I’ve taken it pretty well, and lived it with a lot of intensity. If one clásico is intense, imagine four of them in a row. I’m not interested in the controversy coming from Madrid”.

Puyol doesn’t expect all the noise generated by the four clásicos to change the relationships between players in the national team: "On the pitch each player defends his own team and that is what we’ve all done. With the national team we’ll do the same. If all that has happened affects the relationships, that’s to be seen. I think everything should be left on the pitch". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection Under-21] Spain and Russia played on June 5 in Aranda de Duero

The international friendly match in preparation for the European Championship in Denmark, including the U-21 Spain and Russia, will be held on Sunday June 5 at Municipal Stadium El Montecillo de Aranda de Duero (Burgos).
The municipal stadium Montecillo de Aranda de Duero will host on Sunday, June 5, the friendly meeting that will compete in the Under-21 national teams of Spain and Russia. This meeting will prepare for the final phase of the XVIII Championship Team Europe led by Luis Milla played in Denmark, from 12 to 25 June 2011. The opponent this time, Russia will not be in the finals of Denmark. (RFEF)

Game Schedule U-21 finals in European Denmark:
June 12: Spain - UK 20.45 hours
June 15: Czech Republic - Spain 18.00 hours
June 19: Ukraine - Spain 20.45 hours

[Barça B] Appeal allowed the appeal of Granada by improper alignment of Barca B

The Appellate Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation has accepted the appeal of Granada CF against the decision of the Competition Committee rejecting the claim for improper alignment Jonathan Dos Santos and has four days to FC Barcelona to present the arguments.

The appeal of the Andalusian intended to appeal against the ruling resolved Competition and grant him victory in the league match he played on April 8 against Barcelona B. El Granada CF insists on its claim that the subsidiary incurred improper alignment Barca to play the game the young Mexican midfielder Dos Santos, who was suspended for accumulation of cautions, so requests being granted shock victory in the 0 - 3. Although the Andalusian has few hopes that the reason given appeal, the agency has accepted the claim and awarded Atleti Barcelona within four days to present the arguments he deems appropriate. The chairman of Granada CF, Quique Pina has said about it is "convinced" that the club is right and pointed out that "competition based its decision on a precedent of 97 years and the federal rule has changed." While waiting to meet next week to appeal the ruling, Pina has warned that Iran "to the end in this case" because "the Sports Council can verify that the current standard on the" Granada "is right." (via SPORT)

Porto due in August

Europe will have a new Super Cup Champions on August 26th this year, when Barça and Porto meet in Monaco. This will be the seventh meeting between the two clubs.

The Stade Louis II is the traditional venue for the kick off to the European season, hosting the game between the winners of the Champions League and Europa Cup competitions and this year it will see the seventh game between the Barça and Porto, with Barça having won four and the Portuguese team three of their meetings so far.

Barça on top in Champions League

In the Champions League, Barça have always come out on top when the two have played. The first time, in the old European Cup, was in the 85/86 season, when Terry Venables’ team made it to the quarter finals on the away goal rule having won 2-0 in the Camp Nou and lost 3-1 in Portugal.

A screamer from 40 yards out by Koeman is the abiding memory of the teams’ match up in the 1994 semi final - a one off game that Johan Cruyff’s Barça won 3-0 to make them through to the final in Athens.

Fellow Dutch boss Louis van Gaal oversaw the next Barça win over the Portuguese team in the 1999/00 group stage: Barça won 4-2 at the Camp Nou – with goals from Frank De Boer, Kluivert and Rivaldo(2) and Rivaldo was again on the mark in the return game when Abelardo was the other scorer in a 0-2 win.

UEFA Cup defeats

The only tine that Porto have knocked Barça out of Europe was the first time that the two met, in the first round of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup. Porto won 0-1 in Barcelona and took the second leg 3-1. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] By Jonathan Soriano rain brides

Barca striker subsidiary will deals come in pairs. A representative, Josep Maria Orobitg, will arrive in pairs. The Ghent and Bruges have tried, but the latter have come from Dynamo Kiev, who offer the player a yearly contract of 1.5 million euros and Ukraine's Dnipro (Juande Ramos is a manager) and give 1.2 million annually. (via SPORT)

The partners will have to pay to watch the SuperCopa

The FC Barcelona is not included in the fertilizer Supercopa de España from next season as announced by Toni Frixa, secretary of the board.

The FC Barcelona is not included in the Supercopa compost from Spain next season, ahead of Toni Freixa, secretary of the board of the entity Barca. Freixa recalled that "the economic situation of the club is not the most favorable at this time"-is expected to close this year with a deficit of 21 million euros and it is one of the reasons that led to the policy to exclude this subscriber card game. The secretary of the board also argued that this decision will "meet the demand for non-subscription members, who may attend the stadium, a game where an official dispute." In addition, Freixa said that it is a competition held at the height of summer, the atmosphere of Camp Nou used to be the big occasions, as many members unable to attend the stadium to be on vacation. The club is convinced that with this measure, the Supercopa match next season will be against Real Madrid, not only generate great revenue to the club, but managed to fill the Nou Camp in the middle of August. (via SPORT)

André Ayew sounds for Barca

The Ghanaian midfielder of Olympique Marseille will be one of the reinforcements of Barça for next season, according to Italian daily 'La Gazzetta dello Sport'

The young André Ayew, Olympique Marseille midfielder, could be one of the reinforcements of the FC Barcelona for the next season as reported in its online edition the Italian daily 'La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Ghanaian, 21, had an outstanding performance in the 2010 World Cup with your choice and this year, has scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 with Marseille and is without doubt one of the most emergent League French.

It seems that Barça is not the only one interested in hiring Ayew, as top teams like Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Liverpool have already asked for him to French side. (via SPORT)

Bojan started working with the group

The first team has returned to training on Friday with the aim of preparing the derby on Sunday. The novelty of the day was seen as Bojan has begun to work with the rest of his teammates.

Having achieved the Tuesday , the classification for the final Champions League May 28 at Wembley have enjoyed two holidays, the club has returned to training on Friday. Which was held at Sports City from the 11 hours is the first of three preparatory meetings that the coaching staff before the scheduled League game Sunday at the Camp Nou against Espanyol . The training has had a very special visit, the Wembley hero Ronald Koeman .

Without a doubt, and what has been seen over fifteen minutes at the beginning of training, which are open to the media, the good news of the day was to see Bojan Krkic participating with rest of the group . Recall that the Linyola fell April 9 during the course of the game against Almeria at the stadium. Striker was diagnosed with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and a downtime of approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

On the other hand, both Puyol and the injured Adriano , with a hamstring injury right thigh adductor, and Maxwell , who is recovering from a groin problem, "have been on the pitch doing specific work of recovery outside the group and accompanied by a recuperators Barcelona first team. The only absence on the pitch, then, of Milito , who has been doing specific work in the gym to recover from a torn hamstring muscle in the left thigh.

At the very beginning of the preparatory session, the 20 first team players also Barça B player Thiago , and members of the coaching staff, have met in the middle of the field to cheer on Dani Alves on his birthday, which Friday met 28 years . (via FCbarcelona.cat)

This cemented the claim to the COPE

On the night of March 13 a bomb that has splashed who blew ... and Real Madrid.

FC Barcelona reported last Thursday, April 14, he would sue the Cadena COPE (Radio Popular SA) for a "trespass on the right of honor."

Concerned of the information in the radio program 'The party of 12 "of that station, where its director, journalist Juan Antonio Alcalá, said that Real Madrid literally going to ask the RFEF stricter doping controls "because they believe that doctors working in the club of dubious reputation." The reporter got into the same bag at Valencia CF

After the media frenzy that was organized, with the consequent indignation of FC Barcelona, ​​Juan Antonio Alcalá again publicly assert that their information "came from senior members of the Real Madrid" and admitting he is sincere sin "nerd."

Which is historical entity, chaired by Florentino Pérez, kept a stony silence about it, did not issue any statement and closed the issue with a phone call from Real Madrid president Sandro Rosell. In that conversation, Perez told his namesake the Madrid Barca had nothing to do with this information, the FC Barcelona called insulting.

Rosell ordered the club's legal services to study the case and within days it was reported that FC Barcelona would sue the radio station COPE. A month later, the club's spokesman, Antoni Freixa, appeared at a news conference to announce that "this information has damaged the image, prestige and reputation of the club and are a clear violation of a constitutionally protected right and that this suit seeks redress" .

Freixa himself then explained that "according to the evaluation criteria used to quantify the damage, the amount claimed as compensation is 6,190,090 euros."

FC Barcelona took exactly one month to present this case because during that time, a multinational media and communication of great prestige, was literally `combing" all areas of radio, television and newspapers in which they speak or refer the information contained in the COPE.

Havas multinational with presence in many countries and extensive experience in market research and media, presented his report to FC Barcelona, ​​which had access SPORT part.

To calculate the damage and the huge moral stain on the image of FC Barcelona, ​​Havas was a comprehensive compilation of all the minutes that were issued on television about this, as in radio and in newspapers.

In those minutes and those pages were given a publicity value, taking into account what they cost 30 seconds of a espot advertising on the small screen, a wedge on a radio program or a prime-page advertising in major Spanish newspapers.

Parallel to this research, another study was done for social networks, under which the advertising is very difficult to quantify. Even so, references in Google, for example, were hundreds of thousands of references. And the comments on Facebook, taking into account that FC Barcelona has more than ten million followers, was invaluable.

Havas report was the basis for the claim that FC Barcelona had on 15 April before the Court of First Instance number 34 of Barcelona. It will take perhaps up to a year to see the journalist of the COPE report to the judge. The damage is done. Now it is paying for it. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Rafinha prefer 'canarinhá according Mazinho

Brazilian environmental explains 'GloboEsporte', Rafael Alcantara, better known as 'Rafinha', the player's father said his son would prefer the Brazilian team to the Spanish.

Thiago's brother, 18 years and would not take the path of the first, which plays with the U-21 Red. Rafinha was born in Sao Paulo, but has Spanish nationality. Apparently prefer to play in the 'canarinhá, which may still be eligible. We'll have to see if it is in the plans of coach Mano Menezes. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Benjamin A champions

FC Barcelona Benjamin A, ​​after 28 days of the season, won the championship by winning by a convincing 6 to 0 to Sant Cugat. The team coached by Marc Serra has had a great season, which has lost only one game.

Can the smaller boats have gone all out on Wednesday. And is that Benjamin could claim to be champions and did not want to miss this opportunity. The group trained by Marc Serra has rolled the ball on the grass of the Ciudad Deportiva at breakneck speed. The game against Sant Cugat correspond to a postponed match. And 5-minute match, Sergi made up the first goal in the score and put to work to win Barça.

The victory to achieve further entrains League again when Sergi, after a great assistance Adrià, marked the second goal. With a distance of two goals on the scoreboard, the youngest and snapped up the game. Before the break, Ivan was up 3 to 0.

The second part of the party has served to consummate this victory and the championship. Ivan has made the second goal for his private account. The Barca game was freehold. And this control has allowed the Barca team out more. Adrià has made the fifth goal of the team to define perfectly with Carlos, the doorman of Sant Cugat. Before reaching the end of the third period, Sergi made his third goal, which closed the scoring.

The last quarter has served for the Barca players had possession and were enjoying the end of the match and therefore the achievement of the League. The referee's whistle has sparked joy and small have been held with their families and the coaching staff the championship.

It has since given way to more intimate celebration in the locker room. Neither the coach nor the coaching staff have been able to avoid ending up well soaked in the shower.

Again, this victory is a reflection of the success of FC Barcelona football training. "It's a great success that we are proud. In addition, all teams have been champions doing it our way, with our style. It is a joy for everyone," explained Marc Serra, the coach of the Benjamin A. A Benjamin to close a great season with the league championship. The smile of the young players draw the little dream that everyone has to come someday to play the best. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Montoya, successfully operated

Martin Montoya has had surgery for a broken left collarbone that took place against Real Sociedad. Downtime will be between four and six weeks.

Martin Montoya has spent Monday at noon for surgery to treat fractured left collarbone he suffered in Anoeta.

Following a successful intervention medical diagnosis determines a low period of approximately four to six weeks.

The side of Viladecans had to be replaced in the field of Real Sociedad after a bad fall back to an input of Raul Tamudo.

After having debuted in the field of Mallorca, Saturday was his first game with the first team owner, but could only add 13 minutes before being replaced by Dani Alves.

Given that the Barça B will end the season on June 6 and the first team will, at most, 28 May, Montoya will be difficult to play more matches, Barca, in the current season. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Abidal will renew until 2014

Eric The latest renewal is pending which the club had set as a priority this season. It is now about to be resolved.

The renewal of Eric Abidal is sealed by the club in the coming days. Once the player returns to feel player, the acute phase of their illness, the negotiators of the club, Andoni Zubizarreta and Raul Sanllehí, and the player's representative, David Venditelli resume negotiations already well under way and that will certify lateral continuity of the French in the Nou Camp for two more than his current contract which states: 2014.

It seems an eternity has passed since the March 15 Abidal was diagnosed with a tumor in the liver. Similarly, almost impossible to believe that an athlete in a state full of fitness and technique as Eric might be suffering from a similar ailment. Fortunately, the detection is carried out in a very primary stage. The rapid medical intervention, through a laparoscopy, and the player's mental strength did the rest. Last Tuesday, its entry into the field at the end of Barça-Madrid, certifying his return to the pitch.

Before everything happened, the renewal of the Barcelona Abidal was almost a given. Eric's desire to extend until 2015 had been adjusted its attachment to the idea of ​​offering club until 2013, improving economic conditions as of June 30, plus an automatic extension for another year if you play 60% of the matches of the season 2012-13.

Barcelona's bid held at the worst times for Abidal and his family, when Eric was operated on and was watching Barnaclínic the results of the operation and testing tumor. At the same time, the whole football world, but especially Barcelona, ​​turned with their show of support towards the player. From the Real Madrid-Olympique Lyon to Barcelona-Getafe became homage to the French international, who nevertheless declined by Venditelli sign a new contract to know the course of their illness. "Clearly, Eric is happy with how the club has responded and the whole football world has come to the heart. Zubizarreta and Sanllehí have behaved like gentlemen and always says he's pleased to know that Barca are interested in it and to negotiate the extension, but the first thing is your health. Then discuss your renewal. "

Although the club wanted to settle the negotiations immediately as a gesture to the player, Eric made a show of honesty and professionalism. I was not willing to sign a contract for a fixed period if it was not physically able to perform. I did not want his signature on a document before returning to football feel so full.

All these conditions have been fulfilled in a gradual way after increasingly incorporated into the training of staff and their feelings are increasingly positive. The support that he and his family have received from Josep Guardiola, the technical staff and staff and the applause that gave him the Nou Camp on Tuesday have done the rest. Therefore, the renewal of Abidal can be sealed soon. (via SPORT)

Barca will experience a relentlessly August

Munich, Washington, Miami, Dallas, Madrid and, if lucky, Monaco will visit the cities Blaugrana.

When the assembly of the Spanish Federation approves the August 21 date for the first game of the season, the club should be prepared for a month of August without truce begins, to be exact, in late July. The successes of Pep Guardiola's team are always accompanied by more commitments. Spain Super Cup is one of them and so may be to Europe if the adventure ends well in London. Before that, however, the template will meet in Munich on 26 and 27 July the Audi Tournament celebration, which will face Bayern, Milan and America of Mexico will the fans are those who choose rival in the semis. The next stop is the United States, a country that returns the club after a year visiting the Asian continent.

They play three friendlies against Manchester United, Milan and America in three different cities before returning to Barcelona. The last one I played on 6 August, and will need a week to prepare the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu on August 14, date not confirmed, but likely to encounter. The return will play in the Nou Camp three days later, 17 since the weekend of 20 and 21 August the League should start with the proposed timetable for LFP. The club has left few dates for the Joan Gamper Trophy dispute and what seems impossible is to be held before the start of the league. The date depends on whether the club win the Champions League and must play the Super Cup, scheduled for Aug. 26. In that case, the Tuesday before, on 23, has many possibilities. Furthermore, the second day of the season, the 27 and 28, the club should play the Blaugrana on Monday 29. Barca could play eleven games in a month.

The pre-season stage will be completed in the Ciutat Esportiva

Will be the second consecutive year the Pep Guardiola template do not perform the traditional pre-season stage. During last season there were few possibilities for this. Most of the players left for South Africa to play the World Cup and many of them, the Spanish, won it, so the phased return to Barcelona no options left. Next summer, no world, but America's Cup in Argentina or European under-21 in Denmark, competitions in which they participate or might do several Blaugrana as Messi, Mascherano, Busquets, Bojan, Thiago or Fontàs. Pep has decided not to take the team to tour and perform on stage pre-season training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. (via SPORT)

Chilean Alexis Sanchez will be the signing star of FC Barcelona

He is considered one of the biggest stars of world football and has driven Rossi.

Many are the names that have been considered as further reinforces the FC Barcelona for next season, all real cracks, but in the end only one star will shine above the other reinforcements, as in the case no money for Barca Tie a "poker" aces. It has been assumed the signing of Cesc Fabregas to midfield or Gareth Bale for the defense and Rossi, Villarreal's Italian forward for the attack and has even hinted that the favorite was the Brazilian Neymar, but ' Pearl has in mind what the Catalan club is 22 years old Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez.

We know that the Catalan club's technical secretary takes time looking at the young player, who plays now in the ranks of Italian Udinese, and even more are the times that have gone to see in action. The 'Boy Wonder how he is known in Italy for his technical skills could come to Camp Nou, after paying 40 million euros. The reality is that she has a crack because the big European clubs like Inter Milan, Manchester United and Chelsea have been interested by it. Marcelo Bielsa (great friend of Guardiola) has given the best references. Of course, Giampaolo Pozzo, president of Udinese has been valued at above, but the player is keen on a change of scenery and, of course, get to the club.

The club's intention is to strengthen the Barcelona full team, but this club will use the 50 million that is budgeted and throw money on any of the transfers planned for end of season.

Barca, already casting their for months, quietly, with clubs and representatives of the players mentioned or others that may be cheaper, but, yes, nothing is yet decided. What matters now is to conquer the league, possibly next Sunday, and the Champions League on 28 May. (via SPORT)

[Ex player] Laurent Blanc: On the edge of a precipice by his racist accusations

His words were recorded by a member of the FFF, tired of hearing this kind of argument.

Laurent Blanc meditate in the mountains of northern Italy, his future as France coach. The coach, who has been accused of uttering racist remarks at a technical meeting, would step down in the coming days, either through a dismissal or a resignation, the newspaper said yesterday `L" Equipe ".

For now, no top sports representative has spoken out in favor of White, who also has the support of French President Nicolas Sakozy, but are increasingly regarded as unacceptable voices his words. The coach is accused of having uttered racist remarks at a workshop in which they spoke of the increasing weight of players with dual nationality and the necessity of putting the art of physical force, in a clear message to the players discrimintario race black.

"Today's large and powerful the black. So. It is a fact. God knows that in the training centers, schools football, there are many (black). I think we should look for other criteria, modified with our own culture, "Blanc said during that meeting. During the investigation, the national technical director, François Blanquart, opened the possibility to limit the number of players with dual nationality in the training centers.

The words spoken Blanc were revealed by the Mediapart website last Friday and corroborated later by Mohammed Belkacemi, a member of the FFF of origin recorded the meeting Kabila tired of hearing this kind of argument.

Blanc environment defends coach, ensuring that it was a technical argument in favor of enhancing the 'bleu "a type of player like Xavi and Iniesta, who set an example. Those same employees say the standard of player you are looking for answers to the profile Blanc Nasri, a player of Moroccan origin, a small and technical. But criticism of the coach not long in coming and even his former colleagues Boumsong Thuram and have joined them.

Record appearances as European finalists

On May 28th, Barça will play in a record 17th European final – more than any other team – and their 6th European Cup final.

Two of the giants of the European game will come together at the end of this month at Wembley, as Barça, finalists three times in the last six seasons and semi finalists five times during that period, face Manchester United who go into their third final in four years. For Barça, the final also represents another record; their 17th in all European competition, more than any other club has managed, having already won 10 of them.

Barça won on their first ever European Final appearance in the 57/58 season, winning the Fairs Cup –the precursor to the UEFA Cup and Europa League. Coached by Domènech Balmanya, Barça beat a London XI team with goals from the legendary players Evaristo and Vergés. The Club also won the trophy in 1960 and in 1966.

In the European Cup, it was third time lucky for Barça in 1992, winning at Wembley after disappointments in Berne and Seville. Paris and Rome then saw Barça wins after the harrowing 1994 defeat in Athens. That means the Club at the moment are even stevens in the finals of Europe’s biggest competition, with three wins and three defeats.

The Cup Winners Cup was played for the last time in 1999. Barça won four of the six finals they took part in, the last one in Rotterdam in the 1996/97 season, when Ronaldo was the star figure.

Real Madrid have reached 16 European finals and won 11 of them: 9 European Cups and 2 UEFA Cups. AC Milan and Juventus have both reached 14 European finals. (via FCBarcelona.cat)