19 May 2011

Wembley Memories (II): Albert Ferrer


Although he was a doubt for the game up until the last moment, Albert Ferrer was one of the 11 players who ran onto the Wembley pitch on May 20th 1992 and he was tasked with: “man marking Manicini all over the pitch”.

In 1992 Ferrer won the European Cup, the League and an Olympic gold medal, but it was a difficult season for him too: “I think it was the season when I played the fewest minutes”, after a six month injury lay off: “I remember that 10 days before the final I came back and played my first game after the injury - at home against Cadiz”. However, even though he went with the squad fully fit for the London game, he then suffered a bout of gastroenteritis that made him a doubt till the last moment.

‘Chapi’ Ferrer explains: “I was a doubt virtually up to kick off time – I’d worked so hard to make a recovery after being out for 6 months and now a stupid thing like a bad stomach was going to rule me out of the final”. However, “once I walked out onto the Wembley turf all my pain disappeared”.

Ferrer, who was still not yet 22, was also nervous about the mission he had been handed for the final against Sampdoria : “it was my job to man mark one of their best players –Mancini. I man marked him all over the pitch . It was a continual responsibility and very stressful, which turned out fine in the end. I’d been told ‘you’ll not play, but neither will he’. It was a tough job, virtually giving up any contact with the ball for 120 minutes, whilst I concentrated on just one player”

Before he sent his players out, coach Joahn Cruyff uttered his famous phrase : “go out and enjoy it” and Ferrer remembers: “we’d had the team talk and there was a moment when the manager wants to say something that will stick in the players’ heads. In the end we suffered a lot, but we did try to enjoy it!”.

For Albert Ferrer, Wembley was the ideal place to win Barça’s first ever European Cup: “Wembley has a special atmosphere – walking up those stairs to collect the trophy is very exciting”. The pre-match atmosphere also left its mark on him: “going out and warming up for a final and then hearing the Barça song done by Freddy Mercury and Montserrat Caballé was a very emotional moment. The problem was, we got there two hours before kick off and it was a bit tense –I remember Julio Salinas pacing up and down like a madman, because he didn’t know what to do. We were all so keen just to get out and get started”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Wembley shirt presented


Barça’s shirt for the Wembley final will bear a commemorative inscription across the chest – “Final London 2011. 28 de maig-Wembley Stadium. FC Barcelona vs Manchester United FC”.

The shirt will also have the traditional Champions League logo on the right sleeve and the UEFA logo and the word “respect” on the left – the place where Barça wore the inscription as World Club Cup champions during the first half of the season.

This is the second commemorative shirt the team have worn this season, following the special shirt for the Spanish Cup Final on April. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection Under-19] Call for mini-tournaments Switzerland Classification

The National Selectors have announced the list of players who made the concentration phase and played the mini-tournament qualifying for the UEFA European Under X-19. The merger will take place at Soccer City of Las Rozas from 22 to 28 May and the Elite round in Switzerland, from 29 May to 6 June. (via RFEF)

A proposal for the national team, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for the Tournament of the reference to the following players:

[The List]
CLUB ATLÉTICO DE DE MADRID SAD: Jorge Resurección Merodio “Koke”
ARSENAL FC: Ignasi Miquel Pons
FC BARCELONA: Sergi Gómez Sola, Marc Muniesa Martínez, Rafael Alcántara Do Nascimento, Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro y Sergi Roberto Carnicer
REAL MADRID CF: Daniel Carvajal Ramos, Pablo Sarabia García, Álvaro Morata Martín y Fernando Pacheco Flores
RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA SAD: Edgar Badia Guardiola, Albert Blázquez Robles y Jordi Amat Maas
SEVILLA FC SAD: Luis Alberto Romero Alconchel
REAL SOCIEDAD DE FÚTBOL SAD: Rubén Pardo Gutiérrez
VALENCIA CF SAD: Francisco Alcacer García “Paco” y Francisco Alarcón Suárez “Isco”

A commitment to knowledge society


Qatar Foundation focuses its programs in education, research and community development to turn Qatar into a country based on human capital. Barca will also be your traveling companion in social projects.

A few months ago held its fifteenth anniversary, but despite his youth Qatar Foundation is a social institution with ambitious projects to transform their country starting with the social changes. It is implemented through three basic pillars: education, research and community development. "We want to diversify our economy, we do not always live fuel and our change is based on human knowledge," says Hague, Nasr, Head of Communications at Qatar Foudation.

According to Al Nassr synergies between Barca and Qatar Foundation are "natural because we share values ​​and we have many social projects addressed in the future." The agreement, which is valid for five seasons, was presented publicly at the Camp Nou last December, before a large media buzz.

Qatar Foundation considers essential education to transform their country. For this reason education has built a campus which accommodates about 4,000 students from 90 different nationalities ranging from the elementary to university studies, with the presence of eight internationally renowned centers, including University College London and the Weill Cornell Medical School. "So the youth have more opportunities in life and help them open more doors," confirms Al Nassr.

Another pillar in which Qatar Foundation bases its potential is the science and research. Its promoters seek solutions to local problems while attempting to develop new technologies in areas of health, energy, computing and environmental sciences. Have created the Qatar Science and Technology Park with an investment of $ 300 million Sidra Medical and Research Center will open its doors in 2012 and have a staff of 4,500 physicians.

The area of ​​community development will be at the Qatar Foundation to work more closely with FC Barcelona. "Our goal is to Asia, Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries affected by conflict to offer support in terms of education, health, nutrition, etc.," said the spokesman of this institution. Some of these projects will be done in collaboration with the FC Barcelona and are currently under study. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Unzué want to train to Barcelona B next season


Juan Carlos Unzue said Thursday that it will not continue next season as the coach of Numancia, the club has appreciated the opportunity to "meet" their "dream" of being coach.

Unzué appeared at a news conference, accompanied by team manager Cesar Palacios and club vice president, Eduardo Rubio, to explain his departure, which had been meditating for three months and decided after the sensations detected in this conference.

"Next year everyone will come their way," said Unzue, who acknowledged that there may be Numancia fans think the team has been below expectations.

As for his future, said he has no bids, and the only certainty is that you will return to his home in Barcelona and see if they re-training options, and otherwise, will take a "sabbatical" after 25 years without stopping.

Unzué acknowledged that his first year as coach was not easy, personally, for not having the family at his side, but has been "fantastic" as professional experience.

He also assured that "hopefully" will meet the comments place him next season at the head of a subsidiary of Barcelona, ​​a position that has many candidates.

Navarre coach, who wanted the return in the future Numancia back to First Division, said that the team that led this season he has missed being "a little stronger" in the movement to achieve results and get one of the posts eligible to play the promotion.

"It was not an easy experience the bench, but the nicest thing in life is to fulfill dreams," he said.

Finally, said he has failed to engage more stand with the team, to make everything easier from the start in the implementation of a new style of game which, she said, will continue to pursue.

"There are good coaches in Spain and defensive concepts have to try to remove the fear of players because they have more potential of offering," he said. (via SPORT)

2011-2012 Champions League kicks off June 20 with the first draw


UEFA raffle on Monday June 20 at its headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland) the first two qualifying rounds of the Champions League from 2011 to 2012, culminating in the final at the Arena stadium in Munich on May 19 next year.

The initial phase of qualifying and will start in June with the first leg scheduled for 28 to 29 and back on 5 and 6 July, a month which will also solve the second qualifying round, which The first leg will be played on 12-13 and back on 19 and 20.

The draw for the third qualifying round will take place in Nyon July 15 and will be played from July 26-27 the 2nd round and round on August 3.

After the last heat, which will come into play the first Spanish team, Villarreal, will be drawn on August 5 and will be held on August 16-17 and 23-24 leg of the same month back.

UEFA held the draw for the group stage, which will enter Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Valencia, on 25 August in Monaco, on the eve of the Super Cup, and it will run from 13 September to 7 December.

The second round will be defined in the draw on 16 December and will be resolved between 14 February and 14 March and the UEFA raffle the rest of the fighting in the competition on 16 March.

The quarterfinals will be played on March 27-28 the outward and return April 3-4, the semifinals on April 17-18 and 24-25 the way around and the final on May 19 in the German Arena stadium in Munich. (via SPORT)

Vampires back to Sant Joan Despi


FC Barcelona first team was brought on Thursday in the Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Joan Despí.

Captain Carles Puyol and defender Milito of the work performed with the group, while Jonathan Dos Santos, Thiago, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Oier y Miño, B, completed the session with the 'major'.

On the other hand, the 'vampires' in the UEFA revisited FC Barcelona. Soon for further information. (via SPORT)

[Puyol trains for a while with squad]
Carles Puyol worked for a while with the rest of the squad this morning, as did Milito. Before the session, a number of the players were subjected to a UEFA drug test control.

After a few days working apart from the rest of the group, the club captain trained with the rest of the squad for a while this morning, as the players had their second session of the week at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, ahead of Saturday’s final league game in Malaga and the following weekend’s Champions League final.

All the first team squad came out for training with Gaby Milito and Carles Puyol joining in for a part of the session and youngsters Thiago, Bartra, Jonathan dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Miño and Oier also joining in.

The session was open to the media for the first 15 minutes and was also visited by Barça legend Luis Suárez and the coaches Claudio Ranieri and Ernesto Valverde.

Ten of the players -Maxwell, Thiago, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Milito, Pinto, Afellay, Abidal, Bojan and Iniesta - were subjected to a routine UEFA drug test after training. The squad last had a drug test visit from UEFA on May 6th and, although it is not obligatory, they also took voluntary drug tests in 5 of the 6 Champions League group games, as well as the obligatory tests in the knock out rounds –all of which were negative. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Leandro Damiao, the striker who likes to Zubizarreta


Footballer of International has dazzled this year and his club and the rate of 20 million euros.

Barca have hinted for weeks that manages a list of canditatos to strengthen one or two places "according to the exit-on the point of attack. To date they have transcended four candidates: Rossi, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar and Forlan. Players with a contrasting profile and with different market prices. However, from the beginning, the sports management warned that there was an option that went for a young striker, not exorbitant price and corrected deficiencies identified in the template. That's Leandro Damiao. International striker Porto Alegre has been one of the sensations of last season in Brazil. At 22 years has seen a brutal leap in performance that has led directly to the senior team. A few months ago, Mano Menezes gave him the chance to play some minutes in the friendly win over Scotland.

Leandro Damiao striker is just lacking Guardiola. Input, its size ensures the physical resource and air of one who has suffered the template. Brazilian reports stand out among its virtues that has progressed a lot in technical and has learned to cope with some ease from the area. Two virtues essential to match the style Barca. By the way, how Barca have evaluated the main point default player a certain sluggishness in their movements. It is not surprising if we consider the physical front.

Damiao progression has mirrored the emergence of the first offerings from European football. During the winter market, Mallorca tried in vain to join. Weeks later confirmed that Mourinho fondly analyzed several videos on the new international. In recent days, Juventus, Benfica and Tottenham have confirmed that they would be willing to contribute between 10 and 15 million euros to clinch the signing.

The first declarations have confirmed that Damiao is one of those young cracks his head well furnished and Pep dazzle. "I have to think about signings and stuff. It's time to enjoy the present. " It is not the case of Vice President of International Porto Alegre, Robert Siegman, who has stated that striker worth a minimum of 20 million euros. (via SPORT)

Guardiola have them first


The entire staff at Pep will be available at the end: Milito, one injured, also will arrive on time.

All will be at Wembley, everyone will play the game options dreamed for the first time this season, Pep Guardiola will have your template to complete a game of the significance of the final of the Champions League. It will be the culmination of a tough season, also from the point of view of injuries: staff and was short at the start of the season and injuries have depleted more than expected, but hopefully all will come in time to compete in London.

Two cases stand out above the rest: the first and most special is that of Eric Abidal, operated from a liver tumor in mid-March and back to the team. Carles Puyol will also time to play in London, after half a season out through injury.

Officially, the only violation of the workforce is Gabi Milito, who was injured against Real Sociedad in Anoeta, but could be fit for London. Adriano, who lost injured in the Cup final, was discharged from hospital Thursday, nearly a month after injury. Puyol is still in discomfort, exercising outside the group, with the aim of reaching top to London, after being emptied in the classic series against Real Madrid.

Guardiola is already practically decided the starting lineup against United, exactly the same as Real Madrid thrashed (5-0) in the Camp Nou at the end of November. Only the physical state of Abidal can create some doubt. If French is not prepared to play the whole game. Mascherano would happen to the central and left-back Puyol.

Thus, the club will travel to London with two players per position: on the right side, Alves and Adriano. Fontàs and Milito would be the theoretical reserves in the central defense, with Maxwell ready if you need him in the left-back. The station would cover Sergio Busquets Mascherano, while Thiago and Keita could play as domestic. Bojan, Afellay and Jeffren will be the alternate front of Villa, Messi and Pedro. Of course, all members of staff will travel to London. Marc Bartra also has many options to be part of the expedition.

The physical preparation of the equipment is specially designed for the Wembley final, during this week will intensify the physical in training, seeking to strengthen the resilience and strength, that speed is to shoot for next week, in which training will be much milder.

This week, trainers Guardiola and explosive strength work with very specific training, focusing on players who have had more prominence in recent weeks, if Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Villa . `The rest did enjoy personalized workouts based on their physical condition, because there are players just out of injury, as Adriano, Bojan or Maxwell. (via SPORT)

Welcome to Wembley


The new stadium has lost charm but has gained in comfort.

The metro station is the same as in 1992, because still in Wembley Wembley. Exactly the same location, but the pitch is three feet sunk. And yet, who like the traditional and old, all those who like to go to London black cabs to get on with the high ceilings-designed high for a hundred years ago would fit top hats-will be a little disappointed. Wembley Stadium is, yes, but not the magical place where the club lifted their first European Cup 19 years ago.

Wembley is a modern, functional and it is great. Ninety thousand seats, which UEFA has only 24,000 a Barça for distribution among its members. It also is aseptic, too. "It looks like a hospital," said one veteran journalist, obviously nostalgic, the Catalan media who traveled here to attend the Wembley Cup he played Barca in the summer of 2010.

Carles Puyol, if Barca win the final and will not have to climb the thirty-nine steps to the old box to collect the trophy, but will have to enter the stadium and climb to the top tier. Things of modernity, which reached Wembley for the hand of Sir Norman Foster. Others, like the Nou Camp itself, have been spared this scourge.

Instead of the old twin towers that they welcomed visitors by 2003, when it was demolished the old Wembley since 2007 a bronze statue of Sir Bobby Moore, captain of the England team world champion in 1966, welcomed the new arrived on the main facade.

Inside the stadium, though, is luxurious. Yes there is out ahead. Those conducting the tour enjoy an audiovisual presentation that is offered in the press room where the talk Pep Guardiola and incorporates the highlights of Wembley since the construction of the old, in 1923. One of the highlights is the goal of Ronald Koeman on May 20, 1992 which marked the Pirma victory for Barca. It also outlines the most important trophies in English football. The FA Cup is a replica, since the original was stolen in 1910 and was never found. Jules Rimet Cup, meanwhile, is a replica supplied by FIFA. The dressing rooms are spacious and luxuriously comfortable, with no difference between local and visitors, not English as in other fields.

Before arriving at the stadium, the 'Wembley Way', the visitor will breathe football atmosphere of truth and find positions where they buy food and drink (no alcohol, of course). During the game, good follower will be a great show from any position, since the field is comfortable in all locations. Retractable roof in case you need cover, the luminosity of the stadium is also very similar to the old Wembley. The terrain is slightly narrower than the old and there is no track, also used for greyhound racing. (via MD)

Cesc Wembley


A week after landing in London, the club is one hundred percent focused on Wembley final next Saturday 28 May. Guardiola's team can make history by winning his second Champions in just three years, the fourth in the nearly 112-year history of the club, and that is reason enough for coaches and players not even a second or tilting. However, sports management, as well as keep an eye on Wembley, also has an obligation to work thinking about the future. And is that despite whatever the outcome of the final against Manchester United this season will be excellent, from the club know that to maintain this level of excellence and competitiveness next season can not rest on our laurels in terms of area signings .

In addition to Rossi, the bet number one returns to Cesc Fabregas. Barca sports management and has defined the strategy for making the very day after the Wembley final, can activate the signing of Arsenal captain. The club 'gunner' plans to call out 50 million euros, a figure that Barca will never arrive. Moreover, the Catalan club is very clear that a year later, the midfielder 'gunner' worth less than the 45 million with which it was speculated that he was asking for Arsenal last summer. The fact that for the sixth consecutive year, all Wenger has been left blank, if securities held, plus the fact that Cesc has not been able to have continuity in the season with various injuries, the club will negotiate downward.

Has been told Mundo Deportivo, Barca strategy to sign Cesc depend on the outcome in the final at Wembley. If you lose, the very day after the final Barça representatives would meet in London with Darren Dein and Wenger, Cesc agent. At that meeting representatives pose Barca bid Wenger DE30 million euros, plus two players to choose from four, all newcomers. Another non-negotiable condition that would place the club in the transfer of these two players would include a repurchase clause. Not transferred, but not without giving them no possibility of amendment.

In contrast, if Barca win the Champions at Wembley, Cesc will remain a priority or yes, but the Catalan club, involved in the celebrations logical, then knows that time is on their behalf and will play the cards at your convenience. Off the choice of Madrid for Cesc himself, Barça is aware that much money to put Chelsea and Manchester City, other bidders clubs, their fans would never forgive him pass to his captain to a direct rival. Barca also no plans to increase its offer or enter into auctions more expensive operation.

In spite of the fact that as much Bojan as Thiago have sounded in many quinielas like possible pieces of change when negotiating for Cesc, this newspaper has also been able to know that none of both would enter in the operation of the captain of the Arsenal. Wenger wanted to Thiago, but Pep Guardiola has already made clear that the Hispanic-Brazilian midfielder comes into their plans for the next season and therefore not touched. Unlike the case of Bojan. With Rossi in the other focus, and knowing that the Villarreal asked a lot of money, the club intends to lower the transaction with Bojan, a player who also likes a lot in Villarreal. Be seen whether the striker will accept a change of scenery. Although if there will be possibility of return. (via MD)

Barca are looking for friendly alternatives to Sao Paulo


Barca are looking for alternatives for the friendly match that was scheduled to play beginning in Sao Paulo on June 1 against Corinthians. Josep Guardiola forward in a press conference the existence of this meeting, but some problems have emerged from the organization.

Now, the policy seeks alternatives to agree a 'bolus' that allows you to enter a lot and at the same time, the clothing brand of the 2011-12 season.

At first it had considered the option that the team sported the new uniform on Saturday against Malaga. However, it was felt that it had been hasty and wait for a more festive occasion.

The initial approach was that the team be moved to land in Brazil to face the Corinthians with all the figures after playing the final of the Champions at Wembley and take a day of celebration and rest. After the friendly South American players already have been, while the Spanish international travel to Boston, via Washingont, to join the selection that June 4 will face the United States in a friendly. Moreover, the Catalan Federation confirmed the dates of holding the finals of the Copa Catalunya for the 2009-10 season. The semifinals will be played on August 8 and end the next day in the City of Tarragona. (via SPORT)

The pound was imposed on the euro in the battle for talent in the quarry


Barca's desperate struggle to stop the relentless drain of talent heading to the Premier.

Cesc Fabregas was the first to leave La Masia to enroll in English football. Wenger's Arsenal welcomed him with open arms. A year later, Gerard Piqué followed its lead, though in his case was Ferguson who opened the doors of Manchester United. Since then, the list of homegrown players who have left the quarry Barca to try his luck in the big clubs of the Premier has not stopped growing. Point have been startled, even some of them allowed. But what happened this year has triggered the alarm. Cadet A, the jewel of the quarry, has suffered harassment and total demolition. Barca has reacted and has slowed some leaks, but along the way have lost two players weight: Jon Toral, signed for Arsenal, and Hector Bellerín, most likely follow suit.

From a distance it seems incomprehensible attitude of those players, parents and counselors who decide to leave the quarry best time for an adventure in England, far from home and in a totally opposite to Spanish football. Undeniable risk, but under no circumstances is crazy.

When Francis Cagigao, Arsenal scout Juan Cruz Sol, Chelsea, or Martin Ferguson, an adviser to Manchester United stroll at ease taking notes in youth football matches, Barca know very well what they are doing. The great English clubs to play strong and hurry up the legislation. All players are free to the end of the season to end his time as cadets. That's where the offense occurs.

Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United "Liverpool, City and Aston Villa to a lesser degree" sweep in their proposals. "When a child 16 years or a lowly father put them on the table an offer of more than 200,000 euros a year, what can you do? Is it crazy to go? Is it a sin to fix the lives of your family? "Said a representative who has closed more than one operation with Arsenal and Chelsea. Rights training pay is 'small change'.

The pound weight, and much, but conditions are also sporting spectacular. "They are welcomed by a family or in a flat with expenses paid. His life revolves around football and the family has unlimited credit in the first year to go to see her son many times as desired. And all this considering that they open the doors of 'reserve team "that would be our affiliate, and even occasionally train with the first team," notes the agent.

Barca acting on the defensive and says he can not do crazy things. "We can not compete with English financial offers. Our proposal is formative. We have a pool of luxury, reaching the first team and that's the great asset that we present. " (via SPORT)

Rosell met with the Senate Blaugrana


He insisted on austerity and effort as hallmarks of its board.

Barca president, Sandro Rosell, reviewed the status of the club's 1,000 members with more veterans, who make up the Senate Blaugrana in Room Paris, where he moved to the partners intend the Board to recover the active role of members and club members "so that you feel that this is your house, thinking of the needs of different groups."

Rosell also asked the most senior partners "put together so that the club remains the best club in the world" and encouraged those present to dream of Champions. "We have an excellent season, we won the league and we only have ten days to try to achieve the dream. But above all, it's how we did it, with values ​​such as Catalan, austerity, a job well done and people from home. "

The meeting of its executives Rosell and Senate members also served to deliver the cards and certificates to the senators newcomers to this club advisory body consisting of members who have completed at least 65 years as such.

Also given a badge of recognition for Maria Rojas Alsina partner for its 75 years of loyalty to the club as a member of the entity. (via SPORT)

Walking through the bowels of Wembley


The 'home' in England will be 'can Barça' day 28, as the Catalans occupy the local costume. The tour through the bowels of Wembley worth.

some amateur Blaugrana have the time and money to travel to London a few days before May 28 will still be time to learn the guts of the new Wembley Stadium will host the final of the Champions League and in which Barça Manchester United will struggle to lift their fourth title in the competition. In a way, step by which trample Pep Guardiola and his men that day.

First, several tips. If traveling by subway, get off at Wembley Park station and not in Wembley Central. `From the bowels of the Tube" will go a long avenue and a complex of facilities that, when not develop any event, has an air a bit lonely. Nothing to do with the days when scrum roars, on the eve of an FA Cup final or a game of the England selection. The federation of the three lions' Is the owner of the brand new stadium crowned with the arc of 315 meters long.
The schedule for the guided tour, about 90 minutes long, is 10:00 to 16:00. The price, 15 pounds (17 euros). From there, he begins a journey in which the guide combines a flood of trivia "30,000 soft drinks can be served in ten minutes" "We are building more toilets in the world, 2618", "rows of seats ( 90,000) in line, occupy a distance of 54 miles ... "with gossip vip. "Roman Abramovich and David Beckham have boxes for life ...".

The visitor can see the bleachers, benches for technical individuals and alternates, with the appearance of two separate boxes, or stairway that leads to the Royal Box, where he delivered the trophies, and has passed the 39 steps of the old Wembley to 107 of the modern building, opened in 2007.

Then magic moment: a walk through the locker room, with the added attraction that the club will take the local machine, ie which change Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand on June 5 when disputing the England-Switzerland. In contrast, day 28, will occupy the booth visitor. A giant-size photographs of him alongside the other members of the `pross what the shield of the 'three lions adorning the hall" that leads to the access corridor to the field.

As for clothing, is remarkably spartan despite the quality of materials and clean appearance. The first thing is the visitor is a small kitchen oficce. Then on the right, three beds for massage. On the left, the water area with showers and three whirlpool spas. Next door, the locker area. No television, but if the aerial socket mandatory. Hang from pegs on the England shirt. Easily imagine that same site the Valdes, Puyol, Messi, Xavi or Iniesta. (via SPORT)

The regulation does not preclude that can be read Unicef ​​in Barcelona shirt


Both the LFP and UEFA will not impede the beneficial organism has its role.

Unicef's new location in Barcelona shirt for next season will not prevent your name can be seen most clearly. The arrival of the main sponsor Qatar Foundation led the club to have to find another space for beneficial organisms. The election was in the back, just below the dorsal, and regulations shall not prevent the name is read so clear.

From next season, players will wear the shirt over pants, so it will be seen in its entirety. This includes the back, where it will appear Unicef. To date, the regulation required the players to wear the elastic on the inside, but from next season and this detail is not taken into account.

Both in the Spanish league and the Champions League, players will not have to be aware of how to place the sheepskin. In this way, the pants do not cover the name of Unicef ​​... unless a player feel more comfortable with the camista good holster. In this case it is not expected that there are problems in advertising to the charity because the name will be very close to the dorsal.

Thus, UNICEF will continue connected directly to the Blaugrana colors, although from now displayed in a different and very common in other clubs. Barca will not be far from the first bank to take advantage of the back of the dress to make it look a name, usually a sponsor, but in the case of the FC Barcelona is charity.

FC Barcelona join the Qatar Foundation, but he would not lose its link with one organization that enjoys greater prestige in the world as Unicef. (via SPORT)

Azulgrana Fan approves the new equipaciones of Barça 2011-12


The fans of FC Barcelona approved the new uniforms for the 2011-2012 season. 64% of the readers of MundoDeportivo.com likes as minimum one of the two T-shirt.

37% gives the OK to two teams, a 20% stake for black only, which seems to be the best received has been between barcelonsitas, while 7% only likes Barca. It seems that the followers will cost culés adapt to the new thin line. Time to time.

In the various forums that have opened in MD.com fans see the new kit as "innovative, modern, different, but on the other hand, some assume that" not quite like, but like everything when something new. We just accustomed. "

We found a comment that qualifies as "cool" and others not directly look at the kit. "What matters are the leading players." Some fans believe that more traditional "first do not really like so many rays, but a matter of getting used, I love the black, gives a more formal style."

In contrast, for like the colors, there are those who say otherwise: "I like the local, but the visitor's black ... I am not convinced that color because it reminds me to the second of Madrid." (via MD)

Karthikeyan and Liuzzi, the Hispania Racing F1 Team, visit the Barça


Hispania pilots Formula 1 Racing Team, Karthikeyan and Liuzzi , have been photographed with several players of FC Barcelona who has returned to training on Wednesday after the league celebrations. The Blaugrana have begun preparing the final league match against Malaga. The main novelty is the return of Milito, who despite being injured, was able to complete part of their training with their peers. (via MD)

[Youth & Barça B] Barca renews Sergi Gómez, Tello and Rosell


Catalan club has reached an agreement for the renewal of Sergio Gomez, Taylor and Oriol Rosell. The Sergi Roberto and Martin Montoya are well on track.

Pep explained Setvalls, former player and current sports agent advisor Josep M ª Orobitg players, the club has reached an agreement with the homegrown Sergi Gómez, Cristian Tello and Oriol Rosell to extend their contracts. For Rosell, the youth will be incorporated in addition to the discipline of Barcelona B next season.

In addition to these three players, renewals Sergi Roberto and Martin Montoya are also well advanced. SPORT reported two cases a few days ago and the same Setvalls via Twitter confirmed that the firm can be reached soon. "Sergi Roberto is on track. We could say the same soon with Montoya," he said. (via SPORT)

Barca, leader of fair play in the first and second division


According to the ranking prepared by the Spanish Football Federation, the club leads the Fair Play in the first and second division.

The Barcelona and his team lead the ratings subsidiary of First and Second Division Fair Play, which draws the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

After 37 days of first disputed, and when there is only one for the championship final, Barcelona is located in the first place with 98 points. It is followed by Mallorca, 100, and Racing, 103.

In the Second Division, and after 39 days, the first position is for the Barcelona B, with 102 points, ahead of Numancia (116) and Gimnastic Tarragona (117). (via SPORT)

Standings
- First Division
.1. Barcelona 98 points
.2. Mallorca 100
.3. Racing 103
.4. Hercules 108
.5. Royal Society 111
. 111 Sports
. Villarreal 111
.8. Real Madrid 115
.9. 124 Almeria
10. 125 Athletic
11. 131 Malaga
. 131 Getafe
. At. Madrid 131
14. 132 Espanyol
15. 133 Sporting
16. Osasuna 135
17. 140 Lift
18. Sevilla 141
19. 147 Valencia
20. Zaragoza 149
- Second Division
.1. Barcelona B 102 points
.2. 116 Numancia
.3. Gimnastic 117
.4. Villarrreal B 130
.5. Celtic 139
.6. Albacete 141
.7. Córdoba 142
.8. Girona 147
.9. Salamanca 148
. 148 Ponferradina
11. Valladolid 150
12. 158 Recreation
13. Cartagena 160
. 160 Alcorcón
15. 161 Huesca
16. Betis 162
17. Granada 163
18. Xerez 167
19. 169 Las Palmas
20. Tenerife 170
21. Rayo Vallecano 174
22. Elche 207.

[Youth] Rafa Alcantara, drawn by a car after the card


Juvenil A midfielder said on his Twitter, hours after announcing he had taken a driver's license, he was headed to the Motor Show.

Rafa Alcantara and is looking vehicle. Or at least that's the implication of its contributions on Wednesday on Twitter. The subsidiary player Barca nervous the day began typing the following tweet: "Today DGT ufffff!".

And only two hours later, around 10 am, announced the good news euphoric: "Important notice carefully in the street is a new driver fit! Vamossssssss."

Well now it seems that the young player of 18 years do not want to wait to buy a car, and has approached the Barcelona Motor Show along with Gomez and Ivan Sergi Balliu to start looking at what will be its first acquisition.

Just Gomez also shared in the network a photo with his two companions, posing with an Audi badge designed with the club. (via SPORT)

[Former players] Henry and Márquez, the couple lethal

Two old acquaintances from the Barca fans such as France's Thierry Henry and Mexico's Rafael Marquez are making war on the Major League Soccer.

The exazulgrana Rafa Marquez and Thierry Henry, found in the ranks of New York Red Bull, United States, recalled old building connections between the goal to achieve a draw against Chivas USA.

A long ball from the center of its own central field, followed by a subtle touch of French control and in the area became the match at 1-1.

In the end to no avail that goal, as the Red Bulls fell to 3-2 on home soil and with this defeat, are complicated life in the American League. (via SPORT)

Pedro: "Hopefully I can score at Wembley


Barça Pedro Rodriguez is looking forward to the Champions League final at Wembley where dreams mark and able to dedicate the win to Eric Abidal.

In an interview with the program 'The First Toc' RAC1, Pedro's looking forward to what may be his first Champions League final. "I do not know if I'll play as a starter, but hopefully I can play and score in the final at Wembley. We are excited and look forward to the title and to dedicate it to Abidal," said the canary.

The Barcelona player said that the workforce, once held the league title as he deserved, has begun work in earnest to get in better physical condition to the final. "This league we have celebrated more than the treble, but the focus now ahead of the Champions League final. We started with hard workouts to get the best possible," said Pedro, knowing that rival on 28, Manchester United, is a hard nut to crack: "I think Manchester is better than in 2009. Christian brought them a number of things, but now are more compact equipment."

Asked about the consequences of the four classic between Barça and Madrid, Pedro believes the team, despite all the noise generated around the game, went very strengthened. "We have tried to destabilize, but we've overcome," said Pedro, who wanted to downplay to some actions that have as their action colean Arbeloa or alleged insults Busquets Marcelo. "I think the play with Arbeloa was missing. They were very tense matches, but in no case are 'theater people,'" said the Blaugrana striker, who did not hesitate to defend also Busquets: "I believe him and he was calm because I knew that at no time had been disrespectful to Marcelo. "

Finally, Pedro confessed that the new shirts Boat to their liking, while downplaying the advertising of Qatar Foundation that will look next year. "It's a benefit to the club and the players do not give greater importance," he said. (via SPORT)

Wembley is live on Barça TV: a schedule of Champions

Wednesday, Barça TV launches a special program focused on the final of the Champions League. In-house productions, exclusive interviews and special editions of 'The Score' fill a grid of Champions.

'Wembley Heroes'
In this program, Stoichkov, Julio Salinas and Eusebio, three players in the Wembley final of 1992, explain their experiences 19 years after the first European Cup in the history of the Club.
Release: Wednesday 18, at 23 h.

Interview with Iniesta
Sandra Sarmiento interview first team midfielder Andres Iniesta, who faces his third final of the Champions League.
Release: Friday 20, at 22:45 pm

'Memories of Champions'
Journalists 'Pitu' Abril, Joan Maria Pou and Ricard Torquemada the best moments of the finals in London, Paris and Rome, respectively.
Premiere: Sunday 22 at 21.30 h.

'Wembley 92 between scenes'
The delegate of the first team, Carlos Naval, Angel Mur, and physical therapist responsible for material, Chema Corbella, unpublished reveal vivid moments before, during and after the Wembley final of 1992.
Premiere: Monday 23 at 20.30 h.

'Play Time': The three Champions Barca
Barca TV will live the end of London 1992, Paris 2006, Rome 2009.
Tuesday 24 at 21.15 h. London 1992: FC Barcelona-Sampdoria
Wednesday 25, at 21.15 h. Paris 2006: FC Barcelona-Arsenal
Thursday 26, at 21.15 h. Rome 09: FC Barcelona-Manchester United

Special Marker 'Open Media Day'
On Monday May 23, Barça TV will offer a special edition of the 'Dialer', which will include live broadcast of the first press conference by Josep Guardiola talking about the Wembley final, full training and direct the first team and statements of the players in the mixed zone of the Camp Nou.
Hours: 17.30 h.

Porta 104. 'Wembley, home of football'
The coach Terry Venables will reveal details and anecdotes from a legendary European soccer stadium. British journalists and speak Catalan also the charm of the old stadium and the characteristics of the new enclosure.
Release: Thursday 26, at 23 h.

special marker 'Training in Wembley'
On Friday May 27 another special edition of The Marker, which will offer live from Wembley press conferences of the coaches of FC Barcelona and Manchester United, a player of the finalists and the first 15 minutes of training both teams.
Hours: 17.30 h.

Special programming "Final Wembley 2011 '
On Saturday 28 May, the day of the final, Barca TV will broadcast a special program where they promptly inform all present of the hours before the party with direct connections with Barça TV special envoys posted to London. Des in the British capital, all developments will be issued schedules (12 and 13 h) and a special News Barça (14 hours), one hour presented by Laura Aparicio. After 18 hours, the Dialer program, led from London by Xavier Roca and Sandra Sarmiento, analyze the countdown to the end and all the details of childbirth.
14 h. 'Barca News' for one hour
18 h. 'The Marker' Pre-and Post- (via FCBarcelona.cat)

'Let's send hunger to hell' ends with more than 200,000 kilos of food collected


FC Barcelona Foundation and the Foundation Food Bank collected more than 200,000 kilos of food with "Let's send hunger to hell." The allocation to social entities benefiting will be finalized during the coming weeks.

"Let's send the club hunger" campaign to collect food that FC Barcelona Foundation in collaboration with the Food Bank has carried out during the month of April ended with a final figure very positive . In total we have collected 201,804 kilos of food, thanks to the sensitivity of Catalan society with a problem that hits close to many families in our country.

Members and fans of FC Barcelona have turned to the campaign, both face the three collections in April as the donations made on the official website www.enviemlafamalaporra.org. They have also participated in the campaign fifteen schools in Catalonia, several clubs Barcelona and five corporate sponsors: Montsià Rice, Pastas Gallo, Llet Nostra, Borges and Sorli Discau. The campaign has also benefited from collaboration with the Foundation The Love Comes, Petit and Vallès Cartonajes Services.

Foods currently found in different stores territorial delegations of the Food Bank Foundation and will be spread over the next few weeks among the more than 300 organizations that work regularly with Catalan Foundation. Once the classification, food is distributed according to demand and its fate will be, primarily, soup kitchens, churches, associations, etc.

An estimated 100,000 people will benefit from food collected in "Let's send hunger to hell."

The food donation was an opportunity to participate in a club for the final of the Copa del Rey. Ten people matched the result (0-1) and, therefore, will be awarded with a lunch at the farmhouse with former players of FC Barcelona to be held next June. In addition, the winners will enjoy the same food day, a tour of the Nou Camp Experience.

This campaign has come from the sensitivity of the FC Barcelona Foundation with the problems that touch closer to Catalan society. In Catalonia there are 1,325,000 people living below the poverty line. The Food Bank, which in 2008 helped 50,000 people, serves more than 100,000 people. This evolution demonstrates the need to strengthen collection capabilities and collaboration with this entity so that you can keep doing their important social work. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Del Bosque: "It unites us all to Manchester, I hope Barca win"


"The behavior that have not buildable but I do not moves the selection. There will be respect for one another" · "Raul is potentially a team player, of course you can come back.'s In the situation of all others "

Vicente Del Bosque admitted during his visit to the World Cup to the prison of Alcala-Meco II Madrid Raul Gonzalez is potentially a team player. " In the conference room at the jail and 150 inmates who never stopped chanting the name of Vicente, the Spanish coach was concerned about the embers that can leave personal confrontations of the classics and did not close the doors of the selection Raúl .

Were the first two questions in a forum that enjoyed a morning with Del Bosque and photographed with the cup won world championship last summer in the World Cup. "At this moment I am with the same uncertainty to see your brushes. Do not know more than you," answered Daniel's question, a Colombian inmate. "The behavior that have not buildable but I do not moves the selection. There will be respect for each other because they are united not only by winning the World Cup, but there are deeper roots, family relationships and experiences at lower levels, "he added.

Despite the time that Raul does not go to the selection, the second question of prisoners, curiously made by an Ecuadorian, Luis Miguel, who was wearing the Barcelona shirt, was about a possible return of former Real Madrid striker and current German Schalke player . "Sure you can come back.'s In the situation of all others. Raul is potentially a team player. Playing outside is an asset to our football. It is a good time of Spanish football and is reflected in them. It was an example of football, a neighborhood kid who has always had exemplary behavior, "he said.

No coach wanted to choose between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world, but wished good luck to Barcelona in the Champions League final to Wembley dispute with the Manchester United. "It's hard to know who will win. I want to do with Barcelona. We have many players who have helped us to become world champions and we must be grateful. It unites us all to Manchester. I hope Barca win," he said.

Before answering the questions, Del Bosque gave a word of encouragement to the inmates. "You are in a transitional situation. The sooner you come out the better." "Here you have free time to finish your daily tasks and it is important to good use to come up with more proactive approach and be happy. Make physical activity, play football because you will feel better. In life there are always examples. A model for society are world champion players, normal kids with your same interests. They are good examples. In the field and off with intelligence and effort, "he said. (via Marca.com)

Abidal: "Now I see life differently"


The disease has changed her life. Abidal has changed its priorities and maintains that we must think positive and always fight to the end. Abi has insisted he will stay to live in Barcelona when he hangs up his boots.

"I see life differently. Many things I thought were useful, now they are not. So I sold all my cars." Words of Éric Abidal during the press conference prior to training on Wednesday in which makes it clear how life has changed after more than a tumor in the liver. "When you suffer a problem like mine, the cars that you are useless. That's why I sold it and destine the money to fight diseases with some associations with whom I have contact."

Values ​​such as effort, the spirit of perseverance and optimism in adversity Abidal has been acquired for all its meaning in a month and a half you'll never forget: "I never play again. It was during a short period of time, because when detect a tumor you think the worst and was the first thing I asked the doctors. There are many people who fight against disease. When we go to hospitals to visit children, the speech that we say is the same as I have repeated to myself, the most important thing is family and fight to the end . "

Abidal did not play the final in Rome through suspension and an illusion that would make him special to jump into the lawn Wembey on 28 May: "I work to get ready. I do not know if I'll be ready to play 90 minutes or less. it will be very difficult to regain the form he had before the illness, but with the desire that I have and the work of the collectors and the coaches try to do my best. "

Abidal and knows what it is to play Wembley Stadium. Did for France and there made the promise in writing that he would return to play the Champions League final with Barcelona: "It's an awesome stadium, great. It marked the history of FC Barcelona and I hope that we write another line of this history. There I have written a note saying that the club would play the final. I hope that the note is still there. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Adriano is discharged in the return to work


Barça back to business Wednesday afternoon after two and half days of rest. Milito has done some work with the group and Puyol has made specific job, while Adriano has been discharged at the end of the session.

The shutdown lasted two days and a half since the game against Deportivo on Sunday until Wednesday evening, when the team has trained at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. The league champion has started to prepare the next game on Saturday in the area of ​​Malaga, although the main objective is that players get the best physical tone to the Wembley final.

And you have returned with good news. All members of the first team, in addition to Thiago, have jumped on the lawn of Sant Joan Despi. The main novelty was the fact that Gaby Milito has completed some training with the group. The other injured, Adriano has been exercised at the same pace as their peers and at the end of the session receive the discharge. Carles Puyol, meanwhile, has continued to do specific work.

The next meeting of the first team will be this Thursday from 11 am. (via FCBarcelona.cat)