08 May 2011

Ready for derby

Barça template completed on Sunday the preparation of tonight's game against Espanyol (19h) with a light training session behind closed doors.

A session in which the only absentee was Gaby Milito, who continues his recovery process outside the group. Yes they were present, as happened in recent days, the team players Thiago and Bartra.

After training, the players have eaten together in the Camp Nou, and retired to their homes, where they will rest until shortly before the game. Must return to the Stadium at 17.15. (via SPORT)

Last session and at home

22 players have exercised this Sunday morning on the lawn of the Camp Nou where he has been the last session before the derby this afternoon. The players will rest at home until game time.

Josep Guardiola has taken the last training before the match with Espanyol for the finishing touches tactical and strategic. It has done so with the same 22 players who exercised on Saturday (20 first team and Thiago and Bartra, Barça B). Gaby Milito, the only missing the first team continued its recovery work.

The coach, therefore, must set, in order to match with Espanyol, a list of 18 players and dismissing four of those who have practiced on Sunday morning.

After the training, the players have eaten in the field, have come home and rest until shortly before the match, played at 19 hours (Gol T, Canal + League and R @ dio Barça). Are quoted at 17.15. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

For pericos Nou Camp is not impregnable

In the last six visits, the scorer four times Espanyol.

The Nou Camp is without doubt one of the most difficult areas of the Spanish League. Without going further in this tournament only two teams have managed to cash in on there: the Hercules won and Mallorca scraped a draw.

Espanyol, meanwhile, does not know how to win at home since Jan. 23 when they beat Getafe (1-3). Bad as visitor numbers, which have been perpetuated throughout the tournament. But recent precedents in the Nou Camp nurture the hope of the fans today perica rated power: the feud is not impregnable Barca for pericos.

In the last six visits to Camp Nou, Espanyol has scored four times: a victory at Espanyol, three draws and two wins Barça have occurred since the 2004-05 season until today.

Undoubtedly, two matches in the Nou Camp remain very much alive in the retina of the parrot aficionado: the 'Tamudazo' and 'Delapeñazo', as they are known colloquially. Two seasons ago in 2008-09 Liga, Espanyol won 1-2 with two goals from 'Lo Pelat', a historic victory as the parrot had not beaten in the house of 'neighbor' had been 27 years. And two years before the deed of De la Peña (in La Liga 2006-07), his friend Tamudo signed two goals (2-2), a tie that marró the Alirón of Barcelona.

They have not been the only times that Espanyol have 'wet' in feud Barca. Two ties have also started in recent years, both with similar score: a 0-0. The first one was in the league in 2004-05, with Miguel Angel Lotina on the bench, and the second in 2007-08, with Ernesto Valverde as 'boss'. (via MD)

FCB-Espanyol. Did you know ...?

The data portal provides Opta curious derby this afternoon at the Camp Nou.

Barca's victory by 1-5 in the first round is the biggest rout of the Catalans in the field of rivals.

The balance of the last six derbies in the Nou Camp is two local wins, three draws and a visitor.

Of the 76 derbies in the history of the league at home, the club has won 58, drawn 9 and lost 9.

Espanyol has six consecutive days without a win away from home this season in the league and in the last five movements have not scored any goals.

Messi has scored in five of their last seven at the Camp Nou.

Barca gets you 40 points to Espanyol (88 by 48).

The Catalans have scored more goals twice (89) that the blue and white (42) in the league.

The parrots are the fourth worst team in the second round, after Almeria, Hercules and Getafe.

Barca are the team that has scored more goals from outside the box in the championship (14), while Espanyol has the least (2).

Guardiola have gone ahead in the scoring in 30 of the 34 rounds played. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The Catalan derby cantera

This afternoon the Nou Camp will live another derby between Barcelona and Espanyol. This year, both teams have followed a clear youth policy. Guardiola has made debuts to six players, Pochettino to ten.

The FC Barcelona soccer training is paying off. The good season Barça B in Second Division and the Juvenil A great time Oscar Garcia makes the wheel does not stop. Six players, five of the subsidiary and one juvenil - have official games played this course with the first team.

In the first official game of Barca in the present course, the first leg of the Super Cup against Sevilla of Spain, Pep Guardiola Rubén Miño debuted sticks, to youth Sergio Gomez in the heart of the defense and put a defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu .

Manuel Agudo, 'Nolito', was next. The Andalusian did in the League at the Camp Nou against Mallorca, participating in the latter part of the game. And in the Cup arrived at the Nou Camp in Ceuta, the first official appearance of Sergi Roberto. The Reus also played a few minutes on the final leg of the match.

The right side of Barça B debuted in the game that the club played against Mallorca Son Moix. With the number 40 on his back, Montoya disposed of the last five minutes of play.

The Montoya last weekend returned to play, as well as a starter at right wing, but shortly after starting the match against Real Sociedad, Tamudo input from behind and the bad fall caused Barca had to leave the pitch and I had to have surgery.

In the same match was called the juvenil Gerard Deulofeu. When it seemed he was about to debut, Milito's injury and the comeback of the Basques caused his debut was postponed.

For its part, injuries and transfers made at midseason have made Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino made his debut with the first Spanish team to ten players: Thievi, Álvaro Vázquez, Galán, Isaiah, Raúl Rodríguez, Víctor Álvarez, Rui Fonte, Manuel Molina, Eric Lopez and Didac Lopez. Moreover, as in the case of Gerard Deulofeu, Albert Canal has been called in four league games, but has not yet had the opportunity to debut a Primera.
So do Barça and Espanyol cantera and also rely on the players made both in Sant Joan Despi and Sant Adria del Besos, site of the respective cities of Barcelona and Espanyol sports. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça to play Internacional de Porto Alegre in the Audi Cup semi finals

Barça will face Internacional de Porto Alegre in the semi finals of the Audi Cup in July, with the other semi between Bayern Munich and AC Milan, after fans voted on the internet for their preferred pairings.

More than 40.000 votes were cast at the competition website - www.audicup.com - over the last six days. Fans could vote for which team Barça and Bayern would play in the semi final of the competition on July 27th –AC Milan or Internacional de Porto Alegre, with the winners of the two games meeting in the final and the losers fighting it out for the third and fourth place the day after. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The canteras will be the stars of grief

Catalan football will be in luck today at the Camp Nou, where 23 players can match the quarry.

Many youth players, as many as 23 (12 in the ranks of FC Barcelona and 11 in RCD Espanyol) can match today at the Camp Nou. We say can because, while the blue and white team has announced the players summoned for the derby, the Blaugrana's will be released this afternoon. However, taking into account the Barca players yesterday exercised in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, presumably all of them, except possibly Carlos Puyol, who may be booked by the technician, will be today at the Coliseum to face Barcelona derby.

The 12 youth players from FC Barcelona are Valdés, Piqué, Font, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Puyol, Jeffren, Thiago and Bartra. The 11 players came out of the lower teams are Girl RCD Espanyol, Javi Márquez, Amat, Javier López, Álvaro Vázquez, Raúl Rodríguez, David Lopez, Rui Fonte, Canal, Thievy and Isaiah. Six of them still have information about the subsidiary, if Raúl Rodríguez, David Lopez, Rui Fonte, Canal, Thievy and Isaiah. In the case of FC Barcelona, ​​only three: Thiago, Font and Bartra.

While all of the FC Barcelona youth players have already played in the Nou Camp in competition, either League, Cup or Champions League, Espanyol presented today with eleven players who have never stepped on the lawn of the coliseum Barcelona: Amat, Javi Lopez Álvaro Vázquez, Raúl Rodríguez, David Lopez, Rui Fonte, Canal, Thievy and Isaiah (homegrown) and Osvaldo y Galán not have.

And the homegrown called by either team, three from FC Barcelona has never played a derby: Font, Bartra and Thiago. In the ranks of Espanyol have not lived eight of the eleven: Javi López, Álvaro Vázquez, Raúl Rodríguez, David Lopez, Rui Fonte, Canal, Thievy and Isaiah. Neither played any derby Galán.

The quarry and was featured in the game of the first round, held on Saturday December 18, 2010 in Cornella-El Prat (1-5). That day, for example, three of the six goals led the signing of players from the quarry, in this case the Blaugrana: Pedro (2) and Xavi. The remaining gains were de Villa (2) and Osvaldo.

Showdown canteranos also dominates the FC Barcelona is to the bench, where it has Guardiola, a man of the house that leads the technical targets of the club since the summer of 2008. Pochettino, Argentina, was also runner up parakeet, but not out of the quarry. (via SPORT)

Guardiola played with the best

He has asked his men one last effort to finish a league that every day is closer.

The declaration of intent by Pep Guardiola at the press conference yesterday making it clear that has not yet time to dispense with people leaving little room for the rotation and face the experiments derby this afternoon at the Camp Nou. The only question is whether the captain Carles Puyol eventually will or not in the starting lineup, but the fact that all week has not trained with the group invited to think that is the only reserved for Blaugrana coach not being the one hundred percent behind the effort you made, playing in three of the four games against Real Madrid after having been nearly three months in dry dock.

A major absence in any case because the computer is in a precarious situation as left side, as both Adriano and Maxwell are injured while Abidal is still not able to play full partyidio n oerado after being less than two onths a tumor in the liver. Puyol had occupied this position in the Champions League games against Real Madrid, with Pique and Mascherano in the heart of the defense, but now Pep will have to find another alternative to play on the left.

Against Real Sociedad in Anoeta in the last game of the season used to young center Andrew Fontàs in the band, with a resuoltado more than acceptable, it would be quite logical to repeat the experience again, this time against Espanyol.

The rest of the team will be to the great times with Messi, Xavi and Iniesta as great hosts. Up front it looks they will also Villa and Peter, while in midfield Sergio Busquets would be Alves' stopper again what do theirs by right wing. (via SPORT)

[Youth;Juvenil A; Copa de Campeones final] FC Barcelona Juvenil A 3 - 1 Real Madrid

Juvenil A Barca won the Copa de Campeones after beating Real Madrid 3-1 in the final played in San Roque de Lepe. Rafinha, with two goals and an assist was the hero of Barça impeccable.

The fifth clásico has also had color azulgrana. After two seasons of drought, Juvenil A club has returned to win the Copa de Campeones and has done to the defending champions Real Madrid exhibiting superiority throughout the game.

Oscar García's team has shown much higher than Celador Tristan in the first half. Barca's first notice came in the sixth minute when Deulofeu planted Pacheco only the goalkeeper to beat but when I went to finish off Ivan Saez has been crossed to prevent the goal. This has come a minute later. Combined with Ernesto Espinosa, this makes a perfect cross from the right to Rafinha shot the back of the net.

With the 1-0, Barca continued to dominate Real Madrid to a vague and harmless in attack. In minute 22, a shot of Ernesto has been on the verge of becoming the 2-0 but the ball has gone out for very little. Two minutes later, Rafinha has again demonstrated its quality scoring a great goal. Control of the smallest of the Alcantara in the area, trim and top with the right foot. It was 2-0, with the result that has come to rest

Real Madrid has tried to pressure the defense timidly Barca in the second half but without success. Rafinha, playing between the lines, is mad at the Madrid defense. Defensively, the club has shown impeccable and midfielders have always known how to control the pace of the game. In minute 50, Derik Rafinha has toppled into the area and the referee sanctioned the penalty action. Could have been 3-0 but the launch has gone off target Espinosa.

Barca has not accused the coup and ten minutes later, a new genius of Alcántara Rafinha finished with a goal after beating two opponents and make the killer pass to Ernest who has scored a empty net.

Barca's third goal did much damage to targets that have hardly endangered the goal of Carlos. Oscar García's team controlled the match without too many problems. The white star Jesse has just appeared and the Catalans have enjoyed some more time to make more painful the rout. The consolation goal was set by Fran Madrid Sol 89 minutes to convert a free kick that led to the expulsion of Gustavo. Juvenil A sum the second title of the season after a few weeks ago proclaimed champions. Next week will begin to fight for third title, the Copa del Rey. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona: Carlos, Edu, S. Gómez, Ayala, Balliu, Gustavo, Ernesto, Massó, Rafinha, Espinosa y Deulofeu. También han jugado Christian, Pol Calvet y Dongou.

Real Madrid: Pacheco, Alex Díaz, Derik, Edu Payá, Iván Sáez, Kamal, Barril, Omar, Rubén Sobrino, Jesé y Aguza.

Goals: Rafinha 1-0, min. 8, Rafinha 2-0, min. 24, Ernesto 3-0, min. 60, Fran Sol 3-1, min. 89.

Barça registers Andrada, goalkeeper of Lanús, for the branch

Barcelona and Lanús are a step of closing the transfer of Argentine goalkeeper Esteban Andrada. The agreement is almost complete absence of the formalization of the commitment in the coming days. Barca will pay 4 million to Lanus.

The intention of Barcelona is that it becomes part Andrada template branch. There will fogueando and knowing how to play Barcelona with the idea to jump into the first team.

Pinto few weeks ago renewed his contract with Barcelona for a season. Contract ends in June 2012 and Andrada could become its replacement. From there, fight for a job with Valdes.

Keep in mind that Andrade made his debut in the Primera Division Argentina, but is the keeper of the sub 20 of the country. Several European teams were interested in him. (MARCA.com)

[2-Div - LIGA ADELANTE- 37] FC Barcelona B 2 - 1 Albacete

Achieved for the remaining days, little by little in order to become the best subsidiary in the second division is approaching. Without the benefit of youth players participating in the Champions Cup, and Bartra and Thiago, with the first team, Luis Enrique has made the starting lineup in which he emphasized the presence of Oriol Romeu returning to play after injury earlier this year.

Who does not want to miss this party has been Andrés Iniesta, the Barcelona player born in Fuentealbilla, which has seen the victory of the subsidiary from the rostrum of Miniestadi.

The first time the Barca game was not smooth. And is that the cost of Luis Enrique will overcome the defense of Albacete, who despite reaching the Mini with a team of circumstances and be a strong candidate for downgrading has stood up to Barça. With everything but the branch, through combinations driven triangulations and Nolita, have created more of a chance of danger to the goal of Keylor Navas.

Across Adrià has been a team player Manchego has done more damage to Barca in the first part.

The second half was very different from the first 45 minutes. Albacete is the first to open the scoring with a penalty from goal on 50 minutes Tato. The referee has blown for the maximum penalty for hands in the area of ​​Oriol Romeu.

But it seems that the goal has sparked the team of Luis Enrique that since that time has gone for broke. There had been five minutes from Albacete goal Barca B has a tie on the scoreboard. It was in 55 when Nolito, from the left wing, sent a ball to stick. Rejection has gone into the boots of Jonathan Soriano finished beating the goal of Albacete.

Barça B has been growing and growing for the victory. Sergi Roberto and Ilie have been able to do the second but the goalkeeper and the crossbar have been avoided. The game was broken in favor of FC Barcelona and only had to wait to reach the winning goal. And it was in minute 82 when Jonathan Soriano has become a penalty for hands in Tortosa Kike has meant expulsion Albacete player for a second yellow.

The party has left us a treat Edu Oriol, who has entered the second half, when facing goal and has only made a jelly that came out just barely.

[Techniccal Data]
FC Barcelona: Oier, O.Romeu, Nolito (Tello, 90’), V.Vázquez (Edu Oriol, 70’), J.Soriano, Saúl (Benja, 72’), Ilie, Planas, Sergi Roberto, J.Dos Santos y Muniesa.

Albacete: Keylor Navas, Adrià, Alan Baro, Tato, Kike Tortosa, Miguel Núñez, De Lerma, Ramon, Cristian (Tarantino, 83’), Gonzalo (Alfredo, 88’) y J.Guti (Roberto Sánchez, 58’).

Goals: 1-0, m.50: Tato, 1-1, min. 55: Soriano. 2-1, min.82: Soriano.

Referee: Bernabé García (Murcia College). He showed yellow card to Romeu (min.50) and Soriano (min.75) and drove for two bookings Kike Tortosa (m.27 and 80)

Incidents: meeting attended by about 2,300 spectators in game for the thirty-seventh day of the Second Division match at the Miniestadi of FC Barcelona. Before the start of the meeting observed a minute's silence in memory of the late Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros.

Guardiola: “we’ll not be saving ourselves”

Pep Guardiola will not let Madrid’s result in Seville tonight affect the way his team go into Sunday’s game against Espanyol and again insisted: “we just have to take four more points" to win the league.

Sunday’s game could be Barça’s first opportunity to claim the title, should Real Madrid fail to beat Seville at the Sanchez Pijuan on Saturday night. Although Pep is aware that his team would then need a draw or a win to claim their third successive league title, but is adamant that right now he is focussed: “on taking four points to win it and tomorrow we have to take the first three”.

Guardiola also believes that Madrid will win tonight and that his team need to concentrate on the fact that over the next seven days they face three games, against Espanyol, Llevant and Deportivo: “and we need to wrap up the league in those matches”.

The boss is also certain that his players won’t be distracted by their upcoming Champions League final: “they know how important this is. It would be a pity if we lost our focus and forget the importance of this game. We will compete well in all the games that are left to play. We’ll not be saving ourselves for anything – nothing has been won yet”.

It’s another big game at the Nou Camp on Sunday as Barcelona’s two top teams meet and Guardiola is cautious about Pochetinno’s team’s danger: “it’ll be a tough match, of the last four games, we’ve only beaten them once”.

Bojan was back training with the squad on Friday and Saturday and Guardiola commented: “that’s great news for us – he’s better”.

Guardiola also insisted that all the controversy that surrounded the Madrid games is finished for him: “the Madrid thing is over”, though he hoped: “the legal department will be doing their job” for Pinto’s appeal against his three game ban.

The Barça fans are used to celebrating the team’s successes at the Canalates in Barcelona, but Guardiola asked them to show restraint if they are out there this weekend: “a celebration should be about joy and happiness, but showing civic responsibility and behaving well –that’s the last thing we should forget”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barca have already spoken with the agent Alexis Sanchez

The possibility that Alexis Sanchez to become one of the reinforcements of the FC Barcelona for next season seems to take more shape at a time. To the extent that the club would have already moved.

It's the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport "who explains in its edition on Saturday that the club has already met with the representative of Alexis Sanchez. According to the newspaper, Felicevic, the Chilean player's agent, met with officials of FC Barcelona at the Princesa Sofia hotel, close to Camp Nou. The meeting took place last Tuesday, hours before the Champions League match between Barca and Real Madrid.

The starting price that puts Udinese your player would be 30 million euros and the club will have serious competition if you want to sign Alexis Sanchez. Among others, Manchester City and Inter Milan also want to incorporate into their ranks. (via SPORT)