24 May 2011

Ten years without Urruti


Tuesday marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic death in a car accident Urruticoetxea Francisco Javier González, "Urruti" for everyone. The memory of this great Barcelona goalkeeper has endured and will endure forever.

It was in the infamous morning of May 24, 2001 when Urruti killed in a car accident occurred in the Ronda de Dalt in Barcelona. The legendary goalkeeper Barca, which at that time worked for the club as an observer of porters, came home after dinner with friends in Vilanova i la Geltrú, with whom he had followed on television the final of the Champions League disputed between the Valencia and Bayern Munich.

Born in San Sebastian on February 17, 1952, Urrutia was one of the last great goalies who has had the club. From a very young sport divided his affections between handball and football. Determined to make a career in the latter, he played as a junior in Lengo Koak and Sanse, debuting at only 17 years in the First Division, defending the colors of the Royal Society. He played six years in the San Sebastian team (at that time and became interested Barca) and six more at Espanyol. In the 1981-82 season he signed for FC Barcelona, ​​where he met with "Pello" Artola, who had been his companion at the Royal Society. Zamora Trophy winner in 1983-1984 with 26 League goals in 32 games, was a goalkeeper Urruti superlative noted for their agility and safety, as well as its leadership.

Urruti became famous all over when he stopped a penalty in the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, 1-2 on the scoreboard, which gave the League 84/85 Barça four rounds. The famous phrase uttered with all his soul by the radio announcer Joaquim Maria Puyal "Urruti, t'estimo (I love you)!". Worship symbolizes the Catalans felt by goalkeeper Sebastian. I must say that it had earned for its category and also football character, charismatic, outgoing and kind. In fact, Urrutia was always willing to support just causes. Once asked: "What would you do if you had the keys to heaven?" And he answered: "Open the doors to everyone."

In the final of the European Cup in Seville (1986), Urruti saved two penalties to the front of Steaua Bucharest, but unfortunately this did not prevent the defeat of Barca. The arrival of Andoni Zubizarreta in 1986-87 took him to the bench, where he continued to make an invaluable role as leader and spokesman of the outfit. He left the club in 1988 with a record of 220 games played and a track record of a Cup, a League, two King's Cups, two League Cups and a Super Cup in Spain. Urruti always maintained his membership Barcelona.

Urruti's funeral overflowed the capacity of the church of Santa Tecla, where the church service was held. Funeral was attended by numerous personalities from sport, politics and culture. The wore black armbands that the Barcelona players, the flag that flew at half mast in the stadium and the many tributes that over more than a week succeeded in its report, were a sign of respect and whose estimate was Urruti object. Thus, on 4 June 2001 that was held at the Miniestadi a posthumous tribute with a triangular tournament between Barcelona, ​​Real Sociedad and Espanyol under the slogan "Urruti, we love you." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Giggs was not trained with the Manchester for his 'mess skirts'


Ryan Giggs missed Manchester United, a day after he was identified as the athlete who sought an injunction to prevent the dissemination of information on an alleged adulterous affair.

The club had reported that the midfielder was injured and local media said their absence seeks to avoid the distraction of computer-sporting issues just four days after the Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley.

After the training session held open the team, coach, Alex Ferguson, refused to answer questions about Giggs and their importance for the team.

"All players are important to us," coach settled to avoid entering a subject that has become a major media scandal in the United Kingdom.

After days of rumors, Giggs's name was mentioned on Monday by MP John Hemming, who campaigns for freedom of expression and against injunctions that prevent the dissemination of information about the private lives of famous people seeking to protect their privacy.

Hemming Giggs mentioned saying that it is impractical to imprison 75,000 people have already named him to Twitter as the athlete who allegedly had a relationship with the star of the TV show Big Brother Imogen Thomas.

The deputy decided to use his parliamentary immunity to identify the player, minutes after the Supreme Court decided to reject the lifting of the ban on the media to publish what was the last day a secret.

The Supreme Court was responding to a request from the tabloid "The Sun", which requested the lifting of the ban on spreading the name of the athlete involved after a Scottish newspaper Giggs appoint the weekend and that his name circulated widely in internet.

The Welshman Ryan Giggs (37 years) is one of the most respected players of the Premier for his career with Manchester United, team he played since 1990, and to embody the image far away from the world of football gossip.

He is married since 2007 to Stacey Cooke, his partner for years, with whom he has two sons, 8 and 5 years. (via SPORT)

'Chicharito': "Did the other end? The past is past"


Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez wanted to convince the press that his team has as many options as Barcelona won the final of the Champions League on Saturday.

"I saw that final while holidaying in America. The only thing I remember is who won the Barcelona, ​​which won the trophy, but the past is, as they say here in my country," said the Mexican striker, which could win a second title this weekend in his first season as a player of English club.

After completing the training session on Tuesday, Mexico's international left the locker room with his partner and friend, Antonio Valencia and went smiling and relaxed manner to the dozens of reporters waiting for him.

"Now we are one hundred percent focused, we will focus on the present and work hard," said 'Chicharito', 22. The youngster, disclosure of the campaign in the Premier League, dismissed know the key to victory for the Wembley final.

"I do not know where is the key, just know that we will focus a hundred percent with us. We know that (Barcelona) is a great team and playing very well, very flashy, but I also believe that both teams are somewhat there, because they have chance of winning (the championship), "said pretty sure the English template.

As for his relationship with end Antonio Valencia, who has options to play regularly his third final of a tournament in Wembley, Hernandez said he has been very important for him to get to the computer.

"First, it is an extraordinary person, so I've seen in the little I have lived (with him), has an extraordinary family and, well, in Latin America know him pretty well," he told the various means taken from the region.

For 'Chicharito', the emergence of Valencia in soccer class has been through a work that "has done little by little." "He went forward and the club have reached this important is to admire a lot," he said.

As for Valencia, the Mexican acknowledged to play with Manchester United and also contest the final of Europe's top competition is a dream come true. "

"For Antonio also think it is because he was given negative dream last season by losing to Bayern. This is for him like a little revenge for the thorn removed in order to participate," he added.

Both Valencia and Hernandez are two highly rated players by the coach of the "Red Devils, Sir Alex Ferguson, who referred to them in a few hours before his press conference with words of appreciation.

"They've had great seasons, even after his injury Antonio has great freshness to the team to return. As for Javier, he is the revelation of the English championship player. I have sat down at times, but every morning arrived early to training to improve physical strength and was the last, "said Ferguson. (via SPORT)

The beginning of League and the final of Cup already have date


Emez League very soon this year and the Cup final will be played after you've finished the domestic competition.

2011-2012 La Liga will begin Aug. 21 and ends on May 13 in First division with four games on Wednesday, as approved by the board of this category of the Professional Football League (LFP), which set the date of Friday 25 May for the final of the Copa del Rey.

The dates agreed upon, must be ratified by the Assembly of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in July, provide an exception to the Cup final, because if any Spanish team qualifies for the final of the Champions League is play the May 19 final in Munich copera be advanced to Sunday 20 May.

The conference set for Wednesday in First Division will be the fifth, on September 21, the tenth, on 26 October, 29, to be played on March 21 and 33, which takes place on April 11, according League announced.

The Board of the Second Division of the LFP also explained this morning the dates of the class, beginning on August 21 and conclude on June 3. Promotion playoffs will be played on 6 and June 10 the first round and 13 and June 17 the second.

There will also be workshops on Wednesday, in this case two, which will coincide with two of the First division, day 30, which will be played on March 21 and week 34, which will be held on 11 April. (via SPORT)

Palmeiras already has the money to sign Henrique


After playing two years at Racing Santander on loan from Barcelona, ​​the fate of Henrique may be to return to Brazil.

"Friends palmeirenses on Henrique we have an investor to help your back." If the club releases him! " This is what I have written in your Twitter Marcos Malaquias, representative of the Brazilian player Henrique. The defense, one of the signings of Txiki Beguiristain many Barcelona fans still do not understand, has played on loan at Racing Santander.

As discussed in Brazil, Palmeiras is willing to offer to Barcelona about 4 million euros for the transfer. Henrique, 24, would substitute Danilo Palmeiras, transferred to Italian Udinese. A few days ago, Henrique had acknowledged in an interview that his desire was to return to Palmeiras to work with Scolari. (via SPORT)

Piqué: "Pep and Ferguson are two motivators born"


"Ferguson was a coach who always treated me well. I would have liked to play more, but I was very young and had and have, very good players," said the Barcelona player.

FC Barcelona player Gerard Pique has praised the motivational skills of their current coach, Josep Guardiola, and was coach for three years in its passage through the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who meet on 28 May the final of the Champions League at Wembley.

"Guardiola and Ferguson are two motivators born. Ferguson was a coach who always treated me well. I would have liked to play more, but I was very young and had and have, very good players," he said in an interview with Betfair''' 'gathered by Europa Press.

It also stressed that the central Catalan left many friends in the English club and has "great memories" of his time in the''Red Devils.'' "I have contact with them. Specifically, Rooney congratulated me on Twitter the other day after we removed to Madrid and also praised the play of Xavi and Iniesta," he said.

"I think both we and Manchester have a similar form of work that has been maintained in recent years. There are two clubs that are committed to the quarry and it shows," the Blaugrana player on the football philosophy of the equipment. (via AS)

[Barça B] Sporting Portugal wants to Oriol Romeu


The representative of Romeo and would have traveled to Portugal to negotiate his transfer to Sporting.

Sporting are interested in taking the services of young midfielder in the face Barca next season.

Although Romeu renewed his contract with FC Barcelona earlier this season, the daily 'Record' ensures that the representative of the Blaugrana have traveled to Lisbon, where he reportedly met with Carlos Freitas, manager of the 'Lions'.

Romeru is 19, has been tempted by clubs like Arsenal, and his buyout clause of 30 million euros. (via SPORT)

The dangers of United, as the Barcelona players


Wayne Rooney and 'Chicharito' Hernandez, the two most popular players in United's attack, are a major concern of the players of FC Barcelona, ​​as recognized in the Open Media Day held this Monday.

Barça squad really respects this Manchester United , a team that has been planted in three of the last four Champions League finals and already got many problems to Barca in the first half of the quotation of 2009 in Rome . But two players, mainly occupy the minds of men of Josep Guardiola . They are Wayne Rooney and 'Chicharito' Hernández , both the United offensive references, as well as Berbatov, Pichichi the Premier League , which aims to substitute on Saturday.

Villa, one of the attackers Barca, is best explained the virtues of Rooney and Hernandez: "They are exceptional players, both the one or the other. They are different but very complementary. They had a great season, but we are very confident in our defense" . Javier Mascherano, former Liverpool and connoisseur of United , an effect in this sense: " 'Chicharito' gives them depth. Rooney, possession. "

But in the United there is much more life after Rooney and 'Chicharito' Hernandez. Is a team that for many years playing together and has made ​​many mechanisms. "They have a very strong and play very well in all lines," said Alves . "They have a block that is attached for many years and know what to do by heart," highlights Villa . Iniesta also avoids the names and speaks of the strength of the group of United: "Every player is important in the United . All references are international in their selections. Park is a player most of all a great team. try to minimize their virtues. "

Villa, however, emphasizes its possession game, one of the possible keys of the grand finale: "It's an opponent that likes to have the ball, not try to destroy our game, but to build your own. Who gets to have the ball , will have some final won . " Busquets agrees: "We are two teams that have defined the style that we like to have the ball. Both teams will want to have it. When we have it, both will push for it back." The Badia believes that Alex Ferguson has set "very offensive" that may pose a once more defensive than usual. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Mini will be the 'little Wembley'


Barcelona will install a giant screen in the Miniestadi for members and fans can follow the Catalans final Champions League next Saturday against Manchester United.

As announced by the Catalan club members, with a maximum of two per card, will have priority to pick up the invitations, which may be removed from Wednesday to Friday.

On Friday, May 27, depending on the availability of existing entries, the club made available to the general public invitations remaining.

Barcelona already implemented a similar initiative in the last two finals of the Champions League he played the team in 2006 (Paris) and 2009 (Rome). (via SPORT)

Team travels to London Tuesday


Due to the uncertainty caused by ash from the volcano Grímsvötn, the first team of FC Barcelona will travel to London on Tuesday at 22 am.

To explain the details of movement and to provide all the information service to members and fans of Barca, the Board spokeswoman, Toni Freixa, will appear at a press conference this afternoon, at 17 am in Press Room Ricard Maxenchs the Camp Nou. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Ferguson: "With Messi down to defending Rome confuse us a little"


Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Tuesday that the key to his team win the final of the Champions League against Barcelona at Wembley is the concentration, which they lacked in Rome after conceding the first goal.

That was, as Ferguson said during the press conference at the training ground of Manchester, the lesson learned from the campus last European final against Barca.

"After conceding the first goal I think we missed a short period of concentration. The key this time is the focus on offense and defense. With Messi down to defend us in that game a bit confused," admitted Ferguson.

As for the lineup to be announced soon for the final on Saturday, Ferguson said that "it is the hard part of the trade of a coach."

"It is never easy, but there is a person who has to give the bad news. The players understand it, know they must win one final and we need a starting lineup to win the game," he said.

Asked about the role of Ryan Giggs in the final against the doubts of whether the veteran Welshman played as a starter or not after yesterday's revelations about his extramarital affair with a model, Ferguson simply said that "all players are important for Saturday "and do not want to reveal their plans for Giggs. (via SPORT)

Lippi: "The Champions League final is played between the two giants of the past decade"


The Italian coach Marcello Lippi ensures that the final of the Champions League next Saturday, facing the two biggest clubs in the last ten years: Alex Ferguson Manchester United and Barcelona's Pep Guardiola.

"The final (between Manchester and Barcelona) is the one I like because it is disputed between the two giants of the past decade," says exseleccionador in an interview with Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Both teams met in a final and Champions in 2009 in Rome, but Lippi says the Barcelona comes into this game a little less favorite "then and Manchester" a little more. "

The Italian, however, recognizes that the Catalans have their own identity, based on the philosophy of the company, because everyone in the club, from children playing in the quarry to the great players, "know what they have to do. "

"The ship has a total organization, possession, continual sacrifice and three or four players who are always ready to receive the pass," explains Lippi, who insists that "always having the ball, the club made to the contrary run and tired. "

In addition, Lippi recognizes that the Catalans have the decisive player in the world among its ranks: the Argentine striker Lionel Messi.

"Having discussed the technical and tactical quality of the team, saying that there are also the best in the world, Messi, which is increasingly catching the ball dribbles out five and scores a goal.'s A genius, also a simple guy open, who has time for everyone, "Italy coach referred.

"It is the largest of its time and is in the same category (Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento) Pele (the Argentinian Diego Armando) Maradona and (his compatriot Alfredo) Di Stafanos" he adds.

Regarding the Catalan coach, Pep Guardiola, Lippi says he has "extraordinary intelligence" and agrees with the statements that Guardiola has done on several occasions: it will be difficult once you have left Barcelona. "

Lippi also speaks Spanish football, which he says has always been "spectacular and technically."

"Finally now is winning," said the Italian, who says that in recent years, the Spanish model has been the "only" player in football.

Excluding English football because, he says, the way the English play is not as sharp as that of Spain.

"How English football? How the Manchester and Abramovich (Chelsea owner)? As Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) and Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)? As foreign players ? No: the only English football is the selection of Fabio Capello, but has no identity, "Lippi sentence in the newspaper. (via SPORT)

Aguero's rebellion stirred at Madrid and Barca


The player asked to leave Atletico and large come in.

The fire started at 17:30. At this time Kun Calderón arrived driving a BMW M3 with his father, Leo Aguero, and their agents, and is beyond Hernán Gonzalo Reguera. After an hour and a half meeting with Miguel Angel Gil, Atletico's majority shareholder, the player and his companions left the stadium without comment. The content of the meeting did not take long to transcend: Agüero had asked to be traded. He himself later confirmed in Twitter. From this point, different versions. Some points that Kun had requested his transfer to Madrid. Hours later added the name of another interested club FC Barcelona.

Social networks were grown until it became the tsunami wave. The pieces seemed to fit. In January José Ramón de la Morena said that the crossbar Madrid Agüero pay clause in June. Earlier, Atletico had extended the contract two years of crack, but reducing its clause, it went from 60 million to 45.

Statements of Miguel Angel Gil ("In no case will go to Madrid") and the fact recognize three foreign bids (Chelsea, City and Juventus) cooled the matter. The focus changed direction when it emerged that Kun agents had met in Turin with leaders Juventus. At the same time, seemed to tighten the siege of the City, the only club without financial compensation. Even the Liverpool appeared. However, on Saturday, Javier Ares reopened an Onda Cero claiming that Aguero would eventually signed for Madrid and would be announced next Saturday, as counter programming to the Champions League final.

Hit by the rumor, sources in Madrid repeated the president's speech, not sign any player in Spain without the agreement of the club where he plays. Or put another way, there will be no declaration of war for a player, either by Sergio Aguero.

Surcharge. The Madrid are ethical reasons, but could also be economic. Agüero clause is 45 million euros, but without agreement between the clubs, the buyer would have to pay income tax, leaving the operation in 75 million, an amount that does not fit the market. And that would be the price for Real Madrid.

The alleged interest of Barcelona was found on Twitter. Josep Capdevila, editor of Sport, discovered an offer from Barca and RAC1 cited as the source. Despite the denial, the possibility Barcelona ran and did not fall ill: Bojan and 45 million for Aguero. Just imagine a front with Kun and Messi shocked the Catalans. And as the rumors take return ticket, it was not long before the Madrid fans shudder too. One thing is to discard Aguero and another to strengthen the enemy.

Passed the first fervor, the reality turned to cool speculation. Barca have a debt of 489 million and is unable to deal with a signing as well.

By midafternoon, Enrique Cerezo insisted: "No trade or sell, we refer to the clause in Aguero."

Meanwhile, the player will travel tomorrow to Argentina, where he will focus his country, hosting the Copa America (1 to 24 July). His idea is to resolve his future before the tournament. The soap opera has begun. (via AS)

The sale of the new shirt, a success


Several hundred fans of FC Barcelona rallied Monday night outside the store at the Camp Nou FCB Megastore. They had all same objective: to acquire the new Barcelona team kit for next season.

Nike has released a special kit for members and fans of early risers. And he's done with special numbers. It went on sale a total of 1899 units of this new shirt of FC Barcelona. The number of teams is not chosen at random. This is the year of founding of the agency Barcelona. A new good idea to Nike, always related to FC Barcelona. On the left sleeve of the shirt shows the numbering of the edition, which was stamped on garments as these were being sold.

At eleven o'clock at night the doors opened FCB Shop Megastore, although there were people who were there from early afternoon. One fan began to line up at four in order to be the first to buy the shirt. Nobody wanted to lose the coveted shirt and despite the attempt by the security staff to bring some order, customers came in a rush to the store and emptied the shelves in minutes. Some fans showed up in the box with five or six pieces and there were occasional horse-trading between buyers, despite the continuous replenishment of the genre. With the passage of minutes, and the assurance that they would lose their shirts, the Barca fans were taken more calmly the `assault" on the shelves. The initiative, clearly, was a resounding success. (via SPORT)

[Former B player] Botía: "José Ángel is a fullback that has level Barça"


If somebody is under conditions of discovering José's virtues Angel, that it is not another that their partner Alberto Botía. The central loan at Sporting FC Barcelona says it has not yet spoken with the left-back on joining the Barca dressing room, but warns that his possible move would not be a round for Sporting, Barca and, of course, the player himself. Botía not harbor any doubt that Jose Angel meets the requirements necessary to succeed in the Camp Nou. "It is a magnificent and if Jose Angel takes his chance the club will ensure a left back for years." The defense still broken Barca football qualities of your partner. "José Angel is a side capable of defending well and you do not like to raffle off the ball. A player who goes on the attack with ease and that hits very, very strong on the ball. It has a brutal power. To me, it's a player who can jump, has at Barça. " Botía also warns that the club could bring in one of those building blocks to contribute to the good atmosphere of clothing. "It's a guy that you spend so very well. The truth is that if the end is up, the costumes of Sporting's going to miss you very much. Is that people who call charismatic. "

Botía did confirm that the operation José Angel evolves independently of its future. "Right now, me no one has said anything about assignments or transfers. Barca player and I'm still waiting to know my future. The first thing is to watch Luis Milla list to see if I have to go to Europe. For the rest, no other choice I have to wait. " (via SPORT)

Suspended flights to and from Scotland by the Icelandic volcanic ash


Several airlines suspended flights on Tuesday and from Scotland because of the ash cloud Grímsvötn Icelandic volcano, which erupted on Saturday.

These are the companies British Airways, KLM, Easyjet, Flybe, Aer Lingus, Loganair and Eastern Airways, British broadcaster BBC reported. In addition, there will be some delays on transatlantic flights. British Transport Minister, Philip Hammond, said that on the morning of Tuesday "are suspended most if not all flights to and from Edinburgh, Glasgow and airports to the north."

However, air traffic in Edinburgh and Glasgow could possibly be restored by noon, at other airports on Wednesday morning. The official had previously said the UK is much better prepared than a year ago, when the eruption of Iceland Eyjafjallajökull plunged Europe into a chaos of air travel. (via SPORT)

Barca advance the trip to London


The club were responsible for throughout the day yesterday following the different information and explore possible options.

The preparation of the final of the Champions League 28 at Wembley against Manchester United has been difficult to FC Barcelona in an unexpected way. The eruption of Icelandic volcanic Grímsvötn and cloud formed as a result of their broadcasts put on alert to logistics Blaugrana. "The team` Pep, who was scheduled to travel to London on Thursday at 16.00, advance the trip Wednesday in anticipation that it will close the UK airspace. He even toyed with the possibility of flying hours today, but estimates of Aena and the European Agency for Safety of Navigation (Eurocontrol), the agency responsible for ordering the European airspace, were optimistic and only one situation urgently take to hasten the journey to that point.
The avalanche of information about the possible difficulties in air travel in the coming days and the memory of what happened last year when the team had to travel by road to Milan to play the first leg of the semifinals against Inter by Icelandic eruption of another volcano, the Eyjafjalla, alerted those responsible for the club.

The forecasts by the different agencies were coordinated by the European Union on the evolution of the volcanic cloud showed clearly that in the early hours of Tuesday, the ashes of the volcano come to Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Scandinavia, and about noon could advance to the south of the British Isles.

At the time of closing this issue was impossible to make an accurate prediction of how it was to move the cloud or affect state whether and when to southern Europe, but serve as a reference to the president of the United States, Barak Obama, ahead on a day-Monday-Tuesday-trip from Dublin to London to continue his six-day visit to Europe due to a change in direction of the cloud. Eurocontrol said that "no tag is expected to advance beyond the west coast of Scotland, and both British Airways and KLM canceled several flights to the north of the islands.

José Luis Barrera, vice president of the Bar Association of Geologists and volcanologists, valued at Efe `because what the wind direction" are forecasting that the ash could reach northern Spain on Thursday, but is not expected to occur cancellations flight "as they are particles" thick and heavy "and" fall before the self-gravity without joining both the atmosphere. "

Iceland yesterday partially reopened its airspace, closed since Sunday and the crisis triggered by the European Union considered that the situation will not be as problematic as the one that occurred last year in similar circumstances.

The aeronautical authorities plan to warn airlines about the ash areas to warn of the risk areas in terms of the evolution of the cloud.

There are established three levels of density of ash at the time of consent or not to air traffic. `Low" level is when two grams of ash per ten cubic meters of air or less, the `half", when there are between two and four, and 'higher' when more than four grams. The companies have studied the conditions to operate at densities `media` "low" or ensuring passenger safety.

This whole situation is what remained on alert yesterday that Barca was evaluating all options, both for the first team and their thousands of fans who are pinning their hopes on being present at Wembley on Saturday. Rossich Antoni, director general of the club, was in constant contact with those responsible for Viatges Falcon and the information pending Aena, Eurocontrol and the crisis of the EU were supplied to make the decisions.

Given the logistical difficulties that would entail moving today, the club ruled out this possibility unless the situation becomes so critical. All indications are it will be tomorrow Wednesday when the team Pep `" fly to London to avoid complications that may affect the development of players facing the biggest game of the season. So Josep Guardiola has understood that and told her staff to be prepared for the journey ahead. (via SPORT)

'Corriere': Ibrahimovic expects an offer from Madrid


"If it was an important proposal and pass it wants Milan, Ibrahimovic will think," said the representative of the Swedish footballer, Mino Raiola.

The Italian sports daily "Corriere dello Sport" says today that the Swedish striker Milan , Zlatan Ibrahimovic , be prepared to hear an offer from Real Madrid as long as the club interest was willing to pass it.

The paper includes a statement from the player representative of Sweden, Mino Raiola , which does not deny that Mourinho has been interested in Ibrahimovic, former player of Barcelona, ​​but in ensuring that the Real president, Florentino Perez , is who to contact with his current club, AC Milan, to launch a bid.

"If it was an important proposal and Milan want to pass it, I think (Ibrahimovic). Proposals have already arrived, but he has no intention of leaving or has given his willingness to be traded, "said Raiola.

When asked if it is true that Mourinho has called the player, the representative replied: "That's not important. It is, however, if called Florentino (AC Milan chief executive Adriano) Galliani and presented with a check important. They have to convince but to Milan Zlatan . Ibra will think only if Milan wants to pass it. "

Raiola says that his client, who agreed with the Portuguese coach at Inter Milan is "the strongest player in the world" and that would be a "fascinating challenge" to play for Real Madrid against Barcelona , the club he played for during the 2009-2010 season.

"How much Ibra? If Cristiano (Ronaldo) costs 150 million euros, Zlatan worth as many : perhaps I am not the most objective, but for me it is the world's strongest player, "said the agent, who believes that Milan not be the last team from the Swedish striker.

Raiola also does not rule out the possibility that his client could return one day to play at Inter Milan, the club he played for from 2006 to 2009.

In any case, remember that Ibrahimovic is still owned by FC Barcelona and the Catalan club still has an option to buy back 24 million euros by the Swedish player, clause expires on June 30. (via AS)

[Youth] The cantera doesn't loosen neither with the resolved championships


While most leagues are met, the teams of the ranks of Barça have returned to offer a great day of quality attacking football and with excellent results.



[Liga Nacional Juvenil]
REUS, 2 - FC BARCELONA B, 3

Neither Lleida, ascended, neither Juvenil B azulgrana, champion, they were played anything but they offered a good show. Mamadou Sylla and Àlex López marked the first two goals of Sergi Barjuan's team. Reus shortened the differences with a goal, but before the rest Bacary Mendes signed the third. The reusenses marked very well in the second half in a party again played by Sergi Barjuan and Marc Guitart's pupils. The players with less minutes throughout the season disputed at a great level the last party of the League. On Sunday in Lleida, against the team of Terra Fema, will begin the Glass Catalunya.


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[Liga Preferente Cadete]
FC BARCELONA B, 4 - CORNELLÀ, 2

The boys of Francesc Artiga and Andrés Martin was imposed Cornellà by a 4-2. The team visitor was the first one in opening the marker few minutes d espués that encounter had begun. But the Cadets didn't stop to generate occasions for the right of the field. Carlos Blanco signed the tie with a direct shot of lack and Enguene he made the reveille that left the marker with a 2-1, result with which you arrived to the rest.
The entrance in Soto's second part, Toni, Zalzman, Kaptoum, Sebas, Adama and Andrei made that the party was revolutionized and he/she caught run. The good approach of the players made Zalzman and Toni to sentence the party with two more goals.


[Primera División Alevín]
CORNELLÀ, 3 - FC BARCELONA, 8

Spectacular overcome the one that Andrés' boys played Carrasco and Sergi Milà. Alevín A of Barça it began bad, slack and not very convinced of their game. Before this Cornellà reacted and, in the first two rooms, the locals made the three goals that seemingly sentenced the encounter. The small azulgrana, nevertheless, they were plugged in the last two rooms, and they played as them they know, and in ten minutes Camera signed six goals. Already in the last room, Juan Fernández and Juli participated with a goal each one in the goleada azulgrana.



[Primera División Benjamín]
FC BARCELONA, 6 - GRAMENET, 0

Marc Serra and David Sánchez's boys overcame Gamanet for a 6-0. In the first room the team rival planted face to Barça and it left very well placed, but the frantic rhythm of the azulgranas drowned to Gramenet, although the first two rooms were not very fruitful for Marc's boys Serra that you/they left to the rest with a 0 at 0. In the renewal, however, Barça made the six followed goals, work of Ivan (3), Nil (1), Adrià (1) and Guillermo Amor (1).


[Segunda División Benjamín]
FC BARCELONA C, 9 - FC SANTBOIÀ, 0

Jordi Puig's boys marked up to 9 goals in the party against Santboià. The domain of the encounter was totally of Barça. In the first room the team rival didn't know how to read the game azulgrana and Benjamin C made six goals in the first room. In the second time, Jordi Puig requested more tranquility to the boys and a more elaborated game. In the last two rooms the team azulgrana enlarged the goleada with three more goals.


[Tercera División Benjamín]
ESCUELA PERFORMANCE, 3 - FC BARCELONA, 1

Overwhelming Victoria of the Escuela Performance before Prebenjamín A of Barça. The boys of Cristian Catena and Óscar Hernández played well, but they could not make in front of a very strong team in his field. Eric Ambrosio was the first one in opening the can, and the only azulgrana went to find goal. The first minutes of party, therefore, favored the azulgranas, but this goal spurred the boys of the Escuela Performance and with three reveilles they got the three points of the encounter. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

A mess of skirts sprinkles Giggs before the final one


The 'red devil' has lost the image of 'gentleman' that has followed him throughout his career.

Ryan Giggs played the finals of the Champions League under the pressure of being at war with England for a whole mess of skirts that have tried to hide from the courts. A month ago it was known that a player had claimed to 'Twitter' and requested an injunction to prevent the dissemination of information on alleged infidelity. Yesterday, the Supreme Court had confirmed his prohición, rejecting a petition from `The Sun" based on information published in a Welsh newspaper which quoted the United Front and the many messages of 'twitter "pointing in the same direction . Minutes later, however, a Liberal Democrat MP, John Hemming, used his parliamentary immunity to identify with Giggs and put at the feet of horses.

"When 75,000 people have been appointed Tiwtter Ryan Giggs is obviously impracticable to imprison them all," snapped Hemming, who later refused to recant. Indeed, before the cameras of the BBC responded to the Attorney General, John Bercow, who reminded him of the parliamentary right to comply with the law: "What is against the law is that powerful people can pay teams of lawyers will threatening people with two years in prison for publishing information already known around the world. "

The 'if Giggs' has shaken the United Kingdom which has led to a new 'privacy law' imposed by the courts. To the extent that the very first minister, David Cameron, has had to promise a review of the whole affair. "Ban told reporters famous name seeking judicial protection for matters related to their privacy when the information is general internet domain is unsustainable and unfair," said Cameron, who admitted knowing the identity of the player "like everybody else" .

Giggs had a relationship with a star of Big Brother UK, Imogen Thomas, famous for being 'Miss Wales' in 2003. It is the first player from the Premier that is immersed in a mess of skirts, but the first that has tried to block the information through a court battle, an attitude that has run backfire. Not surprisingly, in the closed meeting that the League last weekend, the United midfielder had to listen to the boos of the fans of Blackpool moved to Old Trafford.

Giggs had earned a reputation for 'gentleman' and that at 37, had been long away from the tabloids. Stacey Cooke married with two children of eight and five years. The issue has sprung up in all noses just five days to contest the Champions League final against Barca and media pressure can be terrible about it and Manchester United. (via SPORT)

"You have to go flat, is a match just to elect"


Barca will play the final with a high ambition: the team wants to make history in London.

Some, like David Villa, signed to the club for live matches as well. Others, like Alves, will leave with a remarkable ambition, among other reasons because he could not play the final in Rome. Barca will be a hungry team in London, ready to continue making history. "This title is highly desired by all," said Dani Alves, "and one of the things we can say is that we will give everything in our power to win the final."

The Brazilian said that Manchester will play "a thorn stuck" for losing the 2009 final, "and so we must be even more prepared. And in my case, I will try to convey in the field, if I have to play, all the strength that conveyed in 2009 from the stands. "

The 'Guaje', meanwhile, acknowledged that after enjoying the party and makes him "very happy", an environment very similar to that experienced in the days before the World Cup final. "We will try to have the ball and play our football," said the Spaniard striker.

Being part of history, a club with four European Cups, is a sufficient motivation for some players "happy to play games like this, because they are parties to choose and have to live the fullest."

It is, in short, "the top game of the season, in the words of Andres Iniesta. The Manchego recalled that London would win the prize "to the effort of the year" and that the work of the season should be reflected in Wembley. "

In the same vein said Xavi. "We want to show we follow up, we're still the best. These games are liked by all players. "

Mascherano, who also noted that "this team will be remembered for the way they play football," he promised maximum effort in the final. "It is worth giving everything because you never know when you will be able to enjoy games like that again," reflected the Argentine. Front, yes, the boat was a formidable rival, "able to play in several ways, with the depth of` Chicharito "the long game or possession, and that is perhaps its greatest virtue, the ability to learn to play various ways in the same game. "

The toxic cloud caused a 'mini-summit' in the Nou Camp


The coaching staff discussed the best solution after the preparatory meeting.

Pep Guardiola wants no last minute surprises as two seasons ago because of the eruption of another volcano in Iceland, the Eyjafjallajökull, forcing the team to travel to Milan by bus. Or this season because of the wildcat strike of the drivers that ended the Spanish expedition traveling by road to Pamplona on plan 'A-Team "and arriving at the Reyno de Navarra after the starting time for kickoff.

Therefore, the coach wants to be informed of everything that happens around the whimsical Grímsvötn volcano whose eruption has caused another cloud of toxic particles that threatens to alter the schedule of a team and the thousands of Barcelona fans who plan to fly to London between Friday and Saturday.

After training, the coaching staff headed by Pep Guardiola had a conversation on the lawn at Camp Nou with Carles Naval officer and director of external relations of the club, Manel Estiarte. The most important part of the dialogue was about the possibility of altering the initial plan your trip to the English capital and all indications are that eventually the team will fly Wednesday at London and not land on Thursday at four in the afternoon, as it was expected. (via SPORT)

Wembley stadium is great, but how much it cost!


The new Wembley stadium was expensive and controversial, but now is the pride of English football.

The name is legendary for FC Barcelona after the free-kick from Ronald Koeman, but the Barcelona fans should remember that Wembley is English, belongs to English football and will always be the home of your choice and legendary parties such as the FA Cup final and this year's Champions. Wembley to be returned in Barcelona on 28 May is not the same as 1992. It's a brand new stadium, made to play and to enjoy football. That does not mean that everything the new Wembley is perfect: it is not. His birth was expensive and controversial, with delays and with a dose of tragedy.

The old Wembley was opened in 1923 with an English cup final. Wembley in 2000 was 77 years and, unfortunately, looked like a field of 77. Had already reduced its capacity, but could not hide that he took no more than yes. Needed a new home for English football.

The new Wembley was designed by architect Foster Normal. This is an area of ​​90,000 squares "just has more capacity Nou Camp", all indoors. It also contains 2,618 toilets and 56 km of electric cable. It has an arch so high that has lights to prevent aircraft collisions at night. That is, an immense work. And the immense works sometimes bring immense problems that can be summed up late talking and price.

The first idea was to open the stadium in 2003, but did not happen, partly because of problems with the local council of Brent, who saw the field as the axis of a plan to regenerate the area and because the old Wembley was not brought down to 2003, three years later than planned. And the delays mean more money. The constructor Multiplex rejected some changes in the design and the project was delayed another year because of problems with the steel. In addition, there were failures in job security and a worker died. Result, delays and a heavy fine.

In October 2005, the Sports Minister said that "if no two feet of snow, the final of the 2006 Cup will be played at Wembley." No snow fell, but not the final held at Wembley. And thank goodness, because in March 2006 a steel bar fell from the roof and knew he had problems with the sewers. So forget everything until 2007. Between one thing and another, the price had increased to 1,150 million euros.

The first match at the new Wembley was the Cup final of 2007 and a goal from Drogba gave Chelsea the win against Manchester United Mourinho.

On May 28 fans Barca and United are going to the football field more modern world, where it looks good from anywhere. A field that maintains ties with the past thanks to the statue of Bobby Moore. It is a magnificent country and will mark time. But how much it cost!. (via SPORT)

24.000 fans pending of the volcano Grimsvötn


Barca and Halcon Viatges explore alternatives to original travel plan in case they end up canceling flights to London.

The eruption of the volcano has been filled with questions Grímsvötn plans to travel to London. 24,000 fans are awaiting news from the Islands. On edge against the threat of an unexpected setback. With the memory of what happened very present eleven months ago when Barcelona also affected his trip to Milan for another volcano in Iceland.

From Falcon Viatges are already considering alternatives if the volcanic ash prevents finally able to fly to the British capital the same day of the meeting on 28 May, as planned from the outset.

The initial plan for moving the club had 35 aircraft to 8,000 spaces. These partners already had the idea that they would spend a few hours after the British capital to attend the meeting at Wembley in a round trip. Back in Barcelona the same night after the meeting. Viatges Hawk had also coordinated with the club the use of 12 coaches with 600 seats, whose output was predicted for the first hour of the night before the game against Manchester.

In this second set of partners, the movement tore a day earlier because the bus ride can be extended to more than 16 hours.

In the event that finally close the air space and are working overtime to find partners that are viable solutions and ultimately in Wembley Stadium. So far the only alternative that seems possible is to increase the number of coaches to more than 160. In this scenario, the output will occur on Friday, 27, a day before the meeting, between 20 am and 22.00 pm. The time of arrival in the British capital would occur between 14.00 and 16.00 of the same Saturday. Beyond the issue of achieving this number of coaches in the coming hours, the club will also meet with the difficulty of finding venues available to sleep.

It is recalled that is expected to receive capital London a large number of fans in the coming hours, plus some that are already installed, so it is very difficult to find places to stay.

To all this, there is a third group of members of Barcelona are scheduled to travel on their own. It is envisaged that up to 15,000 Catalans move to London with individuals, not to mention the services offered by the club to travel. The potential move to passed by plane, bus, car or even train. Those who had planned to travel by plane would also be affected by the volcano Grímsvötn in the case of confirming the closure of airspace as a result of volcanic ash. (via SPORT)

Barcelona will decide today if it advances its flight to London


Barca do not want to repeat mistakes. The volcanic eruption in Iceland Grímsvötn threatens to close part of the airspace of the United Kingdom and the club does not want to sin of unpredictability. According as today's report by Eurocontrol, Guardiola could travel this afternoon.

Grímsvötn Icelandic volcano has alerted the club. Its eruption has created a cloud of ash into the skies of northern Europe that threatens the possibility of the Barcelona and their fans to move by air to Britain, which is waiting to see if she is forced to close soon airspace as recently happened over a year in half of Europe with the eruption of Eyjafjallaloekul, forcing the team to move to Milan Blaugrana coach to play against Inter.

Under this circumstance, the Barcelona decided Tuesday to follow the plan. For now, the idea is to maintain the expected travel plan. That is, starting in London on Thursday at four in the afternoon after the morning training in Sant Joan Despi. But at the same time is activated and a 'Plan B' that, according to news arriving today from Eurocontrol, could advance out of the Barca players even this afternoon.

"We will do what we advise from the European authority. We hope to release tomorrow and we will do what we say. If anything is wrong, we leave on Wednesday and if not, keep its plan," said Pep Guardiola.

The Barcelona coach was more concerned about the displacement of fans for the team. "We're going to get well, the way it is, but it would be meaningless without people to reach. At present, our major concern facing the end is how going to get our people."

In the event that the news about the ash cloud were worse, the tactic is planned for Barcelona is twofold. For one thing, is that of their leave to London and, secondly, is to "go by plane as far away from here and around London as possible and take a train to London, we do not risk at all but we are concerned about the fans. We know that UEFA does not postpone anything "

Forecasts. Until Eurocontrol, the agency that regulates air traffic in the continent does not make its report public tomorrow, does not have a clear scenario of the situation. For now, geologists and meteorologists do not agree on the scope and impact of the cloud.

Some say the situation is completely different to that experienced last year and that Thursday will be able to fly normally. However, news from the aviation authority of the United Kingdom are completely opposite. Today speak of the six will close the airspace of Scotland and the cloud will arrive on Thursday in southern Europe.

Barca and Liverpool were the:
The eruption forced Eyjafjallaloekul Barca and Liverpool to change their travel plans last season. The Catalans had to move to Milan to play against Inter coach with a night in Cannes. Liverpool traveled to Madrid to play against Atletico train to Paris, Bordeaux and another took a plane there. (via AS)

Puyol won't go to U.S. and Busquets will go to the Euro


European Under-21 will mark the change in La Roja.

Del Bosque will tomorrow squad for the friendlies against the United States and Venezuela (4 and 7 June), which is preponderant presence of world champions. In the relationship, regardless of who plays the Champions League final on Saturday will not be Puyol. The coach wants to rest the captain, which he hopes to have by next summer's European Championship. Yes that is Busquets, who also go with the selection to defend the title won in Vienna in 2008, and therefore can not go to the next U-21 European.

Indeed, Del Bosque will wait to see what the team of Luis Milla before undertaking the renovation of the Absolute, which mainly affects four positions: the left, center right, center half and a wide player.

It had been speculated that Del Bosque did the first tests in the next two friendlies. But the criterion of the coach is waiting to see the performance of youth players before recruiting other players. That does not mean that the call can not be some news, but more than anything required by the losses of the injured (Cesc and Navas) and transferred to the Sub-21 (Javi Martinez and Mata). At the head of the technician are several players who have completed a good season, including Cani, Valero, José Enrique and Gabi, who the coach agreed yesterday at a ceremony in Zaragoza.

The coach will use the next friendly to add another striker to the trio formed by Villa, Torres and Llorente. Negredo compete for the position and soldiers who have finished the season scoring goals, which is what we are asked to area players. The Valencia, which Del Bosque knows it was he who signed for Real, has closed the championship with 18 goals, two less than that marked Negredo has completed the National League as first scorer. (via AS)

Barca, the focus of international media


The proximity of the final of the Champions League and sporting success of FC Barcelona again put the club in the center of analysis of the international press, which meets Monday in Barcelona.

Before each European final, UEFA organizes an open day for the media (who called Open Media Day ) in the city of each finalist. On Monday, it was the turn for the FC Barcelona , which hosted the Nou Camp over 250 journalists from around the world. Tuesday, the interest will go to Manchester.

Apart from the Barcelona media, the presence of large agencies (AP, AFP, Reuters and Xinhua) and television channels such as BBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox Sports, Fuji TV, Canal + France, Al Jazeera or ITV Sport. How could it be otherwise, the British media has turned on the event, media professionals as 'The Guardian', 'The Times', 'Daily Mail', 'Daily Express' or 'The Independent', and as the European trade press 'L'Equipe', 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' or 'France Football'.

This massive presence of foreign journalists coincided with a weekend that the club has been present in two prestigious international media. The first is the British 'The Economist', which, in an article entitled 'The Catalan kings' , lauds Barça management model and its commitment to the quarry , ahead of models such as Arsenal and Real Madrid. It also highlights the close connection of FC Barcelona with their partners.

The words of praise also come from the United States. In this case was the 'New York Times, who has focused his article on the figure of Leo Messi, "one of the biggest players" in football. The reporter Jere Longman spared no adjectives to describe the second goal he scored against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions, "a masterpiece of acceleration, power, balance, agility, vision and virtuosity."

Of an extensive article asks whether, when there are few days to do 24 years, we can consider that Messi is the best footballer in history.

Messi: "It will be a different ending to that of Rome"


Leo Messi anticipated Champions League final even more disputed than that of Rome 2009. The Argentine did not think there is a clear favorite, but says he and the team face the final at Wembley with the greatest illusion.

"The good memories of Rome left behind. The Wembley final will be totally different." The past is history for Leo Messi, a beautiful and moving story but do nothing to win at Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

The Argentinian star has inaugurated the open day with the media to a press conference in which he wanted to point out that Saturday will be a different story two years ago in the Italian capital: "We face a great team in a match that will be very different. I do not know if United is stronger or less than two years ago. What is clear is that I have a very close final. "

Messi praised the rival and has called it "a team that, like us, likes to play the ball, going to attack and create chances." He highlighted his defense "hard, with players large and experienced and who have many years of playing together. They have many virtues, and this week will try to find its faults, if they have, and study how to counter them."

Contrary to those who think that ManU is weaker that of Rome, Messi does not trust the British champion: " I do not see it weaker. He has won the Premier League and reached the final of the Champions. They have an attack high quality with Rooney, Chicharito and Valencia . I see a very tough team, if you know more or less weak, but very difficult. "

Messi, who has acknowledged he would have liked to participate in recent league games, waiting for the final eager: "I will go out like I always do, like the last game, as it is final. I always feel that we will all win parties. I trust my teammates. We are very excited and if we play as long as we do things right, will win. "


Congratulates the top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo:
Messi has been fighting side by side with the Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo to get the Pichichi Trophy as top scorer in the league. Finally, Portugal has taken the trophy and wanted to congratulate Messi: "It is true that I prefer the collective title, but do not hide that being so close to the scorer would have liked to win. Congratulations to Christian for many marked goals in recent games. " (via FCBarcelona)

Guardiola: "Desire is what makes you champions of Europe"


Josep Guardiola has recognized that hunger to win titles and the Barcelona players will be key in Saturday's final at Wembley. "I want to be aware of what is at stake," he said.

Beyond tactics, absence or precedents, Guardiola has been the key to dealing with all the guarantees the final of the Champions League this Saturday. It may win or lose, but the coach wants his players know the stakes. As do a few days, when told that might be the last final in 20 years, has affected the same message. "I have the interest to be aware of what is at stake. Many players have won many things and to win will have to make many things right. Desire is what makes you champions of Europe. It is what makes the final " he pointed out.

In this sense, as an example one of the first moves of the end of 2009 in which Piqué comes before Park to a rejection of Valdés . "We must be able to get that point of desire in the minds of each of the players, " he added.

Asked if he feels favorite, Guardiola has been clear: "I would be presumptuous if I felt favorite against a team like Manchester United , who has played three of the last four finals of the Champions League in a match played in London ... If our players are favorites, I would say they are more wrong than ever. " However, it believes that the Barça players will "perfect" to the appointment on Saturday.

The coach believes that Wembley will host a "good end", appealing to the spectators. "I think you'll see a good end, but you never know. The fear of losing it that sometimes do not let go , "he explained. Subsequently, he has repeatedly praised the United: "We have to guess what will the United. Park, Nani, Chicharito, Valencia ... all have a lot of pressure intensity. It is a very dangerous team into space. They can do four or five different alignments and all are competitive. They are one of the best teams in the world. "

Guardiola has admitted he has displayed twice in the Champions League final 2009. Has been more than honest: "We have never seen the end of two years ago United were much better than us in the first half when only generate one occasion Eto'o's goal and only had two possessions and a half long. In the second half we had more control. The level is similar, they are competitive and a strong team. "

Finally, the coach also gave his opinion about the eruption of the volcano Grímsvötn , which threatens the displacement of both the first team as all the fans to London. "On Tuesday there will be a statement and decide. We can not risk it and if necessary go Tuesday or Wednesday, we will. When we communicate it, we will decide," he said, before adding: "I hope that the volcano did not affect the people Barcelona. I hope you not only get us, but also reach people. It would make no sense a final midfield void. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

First session to focus on Wembley


Barça had their first training session to prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final on Monday evening. Puyol and Milito worked normally with the rest of the squad.

Today’s Open Media Day meant that the training session at the Camp Nou was open to the media and they were able to see both Puyol and Milito training at virtually 100%

The players who started Saturday night’s game against Malaga had a more gentle session after Sunday’s day off and Guardiola was able to work with his complete first team squad plus B team keeper Oier Olazábal and midfielder Thiago Alcántara. Reserve keeper Manuel Pinto will not be able to make the final as he is suspended.

Carles Puyol and Gaby Milito both missed the trip to Malaga and stayed behind to train as they worked on their recovery from injury, but tonight they trained virtually normally with the rest of the squad, doing the same exercises and taking part in the final practice match. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

To scorers vs top defence


The Wembley final pits the competitions leading scorers –FC Barcelona -against the the team who’ve conceded least –Manchester United.

The game will see two different philosophies of the game come up against each other, with Barça imbued with their manager’s favourite verb –attack!- whilst Manchester United, though certainly not abandoning a positive approach, are more dependent on their defence and are the team who’ve conceded least goals so far in this year’s competition.

Guardiola’s team have scored 27 times in the 12 games played in this year’s competition, averaging 2.25 goals a game. Of those 27, Messi has scored 11 to become the competition’s highest scorer ahead of Mario Gómez (Bayern M.) and Samuel Eto’o (Inter) with 8 each.

Real Madrid are the second highest scorers with 25 goals, whilst United average just 1.5 goals a game and are only ninth.

There is only one United player in the top 20 scorers in the competition - ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, who is tenth with 4 goals, whilst Rooney has just three to his name. The two of them, together with the veteran Ryan Giggs are the attacking reference points for United, a team with a much more direct route to the opponents’ goal than Barça do. United count on two top goalscorers, whilst Barça take a much more elaborated route through their skilful ball playing midfielders. Two contrasting styles that will come together on Saturday night in London.

The table of teams who have conceded least goals turns the story on its head, with United having conceded just four times, averaging 0.33 a game. Only Rubin Kazan, who were knocked out of the competition at the group stage, have conceded fewer games, Barça for their part are eighth on that list, having let in 8 goals –averaging 0.67 goals a game.

Van der Sar is well protected by a typical back line of Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra and in his last year in goal for the team he has not had to pick up many balls from the back of his net as part of an exemplary defensive unit.

A comparison of the two defences, reveals that Fabio is less of an attacking force than Alves, Fernando and Vidic are better known for their strength and tackling rather than their distribution –something which Puyol, Pique and Busquets are famous for, whilst Evra, like Maxwell or Adriano, is indeed an attacking full back. The Barça back line takes more risks and attacks more and not surprisingly therefore, concedes more goals. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection] Muniesa: "We work with humility to achieve the objective"

The defender serves the RFEF Web after the first hours of concentration in Las Rozas, which prepares the Elite round selection that will face starting next week in Switzerland (hosts), Montenegro and England welcomes the attitude and conditions of the group, which will go to the Swiss country in order to obtain a place in European Romania.


First training, reuniting with classmates and group all very aware of the importance of the Elite round, what are the initial impressions?

Today is the first contact, it is always nice to come here and meet again with colleagues from all categories. We mentalizing about the importance of this tournament, after the U-17 have not gone to try to do our best to enter Eastern Europe. We have very tough rivals such as Switzerland, host and U17 World Champion, England, who always seems to be a tough opponent, and Montenegro, to be physically very strong.


Speaking of awareness, opening words what you have transmitted the coach?

We commented that we are a team, to come together and mix them all, one must be very strong, more than ever play like we know and go for training and taking the unity of this team.


What aspects should be stressed to arrive in the best conditions for the Elite round?

Above all, keep playing like we do, we play football here in the national team, know what to do each, and as a team get where we need to go.


You said some details of the three rivals, "I have said more about them?

Switzerland was the world champion, plays at home and is the first match is always very important and if you win gives you the courage to keep fighting, and I suppose it's a very difficult game. We are going with the mentality to win the first game, which is the most important and then we'll see what happens.


After several hours and concentrated the group What do you think?

We come to look forward, we have very good team, and above all, must go with humility and hard work because it will be very difficult, and hopefully this week coupled with all partners, make a good team and go. (RFEF)