26 May 2011

Guardiola and Ferguson show their support to UNICEF

"Off the field, remains the responsibility of helping disadvantaged children through our partnership with UNICEF," says the letter signed by the coaches.

FC Barcelona coach, Josep Guardiola, and Manchester United, Alex Ferguson, have joined forces and feelings in a letter he signed before the end of the Champions League, both teams will play on Saturday at Wembley, in the showing their unconditional support to UNICEF.

"We feel an immense mutual respect, so that Saturday will not find two biggest rivals. We face fierce competition to win this. Off the field, we are united by a common cause: the responsibility to help underprivileged children and more difficult to reach through our partnerships with UNICEF, "the letter states.

Both coaches emphasize their status as "trainers" and "supporting young people", a fact not only confined to sport.

"As joint with fans around the world, we recognize the important responsibility that each has with the children, not just the UK and Spain, but throughout the world. As a child, is entitled to fulfill their dreams," he highlighted.

"Children face daily challenges, challenges and survive, grow and be educated. Every four seconds a child dies from disease or lack of food. During the 90-minute final on Saturday afternoon, an estimated 1,350 children will die, often from preventable diseases, "remember.

That is why they provide unconditional support to UNICEF in its aim to help alleviate the problems that occur when "millions of children who reach school age should drop out. Usually, poverty is the cause."

From the years 1999 and 2066, Manchester United and FC Barcelona, ​​respectively, are contributing to improving the lives of children 2''6 million aid programs.

"Of the 100 million viewers, many will be children and many of these young people have faced enormous challenges in their lives. Apart from these children, who for 90 minutes can take a break from their daily problems, others have also received support from UNICEF through a task in which we also cooperate. So is the power of football, "he underlined.

"There is a famous phrase:''Football is not just a game life and death, is more important than that.''Somehow, we agree. Not find coaches, players and fans more dedicated and passionate , and will do everything we can to win ", have been secured.

"As coaches, we are proud to have so many fans around the world, but we are equally proud that our teams support UNICEF in its work for children around the world. This incredible organization depends on the support and donations from many areas, we would like to thank all our players and fans who have helped us help the children "" they conclude. (via AS)

Abidal returns to the French International


Eric Abidal returned to the list of the French team following a successful surgery for a liver tumor, for meetings that the group coached by Laurent Blanc played against Belarus, Ukraine and Poland.

The presence of the side is one of the major developments of the technical list, which also highlights the presence, for the first time, the Sochaux player Marvin Martin, best passer in the French league this season.

About Abidal, Blanc said to be "important for the player to return to selection" and expressed his satisfaction that the player "is back in form after a difficult past."

"I do not know if it will be incumbent on Saturday" in the final of the Champions League which pits the Barcelona against Manchester United, Blanc said, adding that "it would be good for him."

As for the match against Belarus next day 3, valid for qualification for Euro 2012, Blanc said, "if you are in a" Abidal "can be a starter on the left side."

"I think it's surprising that it has recovered and is a good surprise. Let's see what your feeling. But being in the group will give moral and that's good," said Blanc.

Besides the game against Belarus, France will play two friendlies in a row, against Ukraine on June 6 and against Poland two days later.

For this tour of Eastern Europe, Blanc has summoned 26 players, including three goalkeepers.

In the list, the absence of Yohann Gourcuff, which he said the coach, is injured.

Among those invited include the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. (via SPORT)


[Convocation of France]
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon / FRA), Steve Mandanda (Marseille / FRA), Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux / FRA).
Defenders Eric Abidal (Barcelona / ESP), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal / ENG), Adil Rami (Lille / FRA), Mamadou Sakho (París-SG/FRA), Patrice Evra (Manchester United / ENG), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon / FRA ), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham / ENG).
Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Bordeaux / FRA), Blaise Matuidi (Saint-Etienne/FRA), Yohan Cabaye (Lille / FRA), Yann Mvila (Rennes / FRA), Florent Malouda (Chelsea / ENG), Abou Diaby (Arsenal / ING ), Jérémy Menez (Roma / ITA), Samir Nasri (Arsenal / ENG), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich / ALL), Marvin Martin (Sochaux / FRA), Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan / ENG), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille / FRA).
Forwards: Kevin Gameiro (Lorient / FRA), Guillaume Hoarau (París-SG/FRA), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid / ESP), Loïc Rémy (Marseille / FRA).

Barca are training in the rain


FC Barcelona first team was brought on Thursday morning normally on the second training on English soil.

Pep Guardiola's men, yes, this time set the game on Saturday in the rain.

After the session, the team recaptured the plan of trip initial and moved to the hotel that had reserved, in the neighborhood of Chelsea.

It is recalled that the club had planned to travel to London on Thursday, but the effects of the volcano Grímsvötn caused to advance the trip Tuesday. (via SPORT)


[Rainy training in London]

The team has returned to training this morning at the Sports City Arsenal. It was a closed session passed by water.


All players are normally exercised in the second training on English soil. The club has continued to develop the final of the Champions League on Saturday at Wembley against Manchester United.

During training has been known to call for the Spanish Under-21 selection for Euro which takes place this summer. The Catalans Bojan, Jeffren, Thiago, Miño and Montoya will be in the appointment.

After the session, the team returns to the original travel plan and move to the team hotel he had reserved in the neighborhood of Chelsea. Recall that initially the club had to travel to London on Thursday, but the effects of advanced Grímsvötn displacement volcano Tuesday. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Chicharito: "We must focus on the club as a team, not their individuality"


Chicharito Hernandez, the great surprise of the year for Manchester United, acknowledges that the club has great individuals, but warns it must focus more on the computer block.

He came to Manchester United at first to have a role, but the reality is that ultimately became the great revelation of the season of the English team and probably the same Premier League. Now, Chicharito Hernández has before it the biggest game so far in his life. And before defenses have a more established in Europe, formed by Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.

"These are two central defenders playing a world-class level. But the whole team consists of world class players, and that's what the team and I are aware, we must focus on his team, and not in individuals. This is how you prepare, you focus on the team and how he plays. We also know that we must first focus on ourselves and in our game, and how to succeed, "said a Mexican player statements by the official UEFA website.

In addition to the rival, Chicharito appreciates playing in a stadium like Wembley. "It's a very important stage, everyone knows Wembley. When it comes to Wembley, we talk about football," d "the country, the Premier League, and the history and legends that are connected to the stadium. It is a very important place. The most overwhelming thing is that in my first year in my new club I can play the final of the Champions League at this stage. It's just unbelievable. "

And yet again, explains why they call him Chicharito. "I always like to say why. It comes from my father. They called him because she had green eyes at birth. They looked like peas, and so called 'Chicharo' (pea). Everyone, starting with the press, we so called since then. He was also a great player. When I was born the son of 'Chicharo' and not Javier Hernández, so they called me 'Chicharito' meaning 'little pea. "I have just inherited the nickname ". (via SPORT)

[Former player] Rafa Márquez: "That Chicharito mark two goals, but that the club win the final"


As Mexican Rafa Marquez would like his compatriot Chicharito Hernandez scored two goals Saturday in the final of the Champions League. But, that if the game is to drive the club.

Rafa Marquez knows what he is crowned champions of Europe in Barcelona. I lived on the pitch in Paris in 2006 and from the stands, injured in Rome in 2009. On Saturday you'll experience from much farther away, but it is very clear what their wishes.


"As a Mexican desire" Chicharito "list, which target two goals, but ultimately win the Barcelona, ​​an institution in which I played for seven years," says the current player for the Red Bulls. From here, Marquez remembers what it means to play that game. "These are unforgettable experiences that make you grow professionally, as they say in football parlance, it has gained court." Therefore, his advice to Chicharito is that "make the most of this game." (via SPORT)

Alejandro Blanco: "I hope that Barca win"

"Whenever there is a Spanish team in any competition not that it is our duty to support him, but it is our obligation and our devotion support," said the president of the COE.


The Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco, commitment to FC Barcelona on Saturday as winner of the Champions League, and made clear that is his "duty" and "devotion" to support the Catalan side against Manchester United English.

"I hope the Barcelona win, I hope and desire to win, whenever there is a Spanish team in any competition not that it is our duty to support him, but it is our obligation and our devotion to support you. I hope you win, I honestly think it is because today These days the club is above the other teams, "said White to Europa Press the end of his presentation at the VII International Forum CSBM''The Future of Sport in Spain.'' (via AS)

[Youth] Arsenal ready to swoop for another Barca starlet

Arsene Wenger is risking another bust-up with Barcelona as Arsenal prepare to snap up another one of their best youngsters.

Arsenal are ready to beat off competition from Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa to sign 16-year-old Barcelona striker Hector Bellerin.

Bellerin has been at Barca for eight years but has rejected a contract, and that has opened the door for Arsenal to sign him up this summer - although they will have to pay around £400,000 in compensation under FIFA rules.

Arsenal are also set to sign Jon Toral, 16, this summer from the Barcelona academy and have a history of snapping up youngsters, including Cesc Fabregas, who defected to join the Gunners when he was 16, from Spain.

Barcelona were unhappy at losing Toral, but Arsenal and Wenger have insisted they have done nothing wrong and that the youngster also has an English background.

Bellerin first caught the eye while playing for Barca in a youth tournament at Old Trafford, where he was presented with a medal by Rio Ferdinand and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

Spaniard Bellerin has been lured to Arsenal after watching Fabregas’ progression and Barcelona have now frozen the player out at the Nou Camp after indicating he will leave this summer.

Meanwhile, Fabregas has told Spanish FA chiefs that he is set to be out for a month and will miss his country’s end-of-season games after aggravating his thigh injury in training.

Fabregas has also told Arsenal that he will not go to the Champions League final to support Barcelona in their showdown with Manchester United - he has given them pre-warning to avoid any controversy.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has yet to declare publicly whether he will try to sign Fabregas this summer and has insisted they will only concentrate on the transfer targets on June 1 after the Champions League final is over. (via MirrorFootball)

[Selection Under-21] Call for the European Championships in Denmark

Now available the list of players summoned for the preparation of the Soccer City of Las Rozas from 31 May to 8 June and the final phase of the European Championship in Denmark, to play from 8 to June 25 .

A proposal for the national team, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for the Preparation Phase, and Final Phase of the UEFA European Under-21, the following players:

ATHLETIC CLUB: Mikel San José Domínguez, Iker Muniain Goñi y Javier Martinez Aguinaga
CLUB ATLÉTICO DE MADRID SAD: David De Gea Quintana y Álvaro Domínguez Soto
FC BARCELONA: Bojan Krkic Pérez, Thiago Alcántara Do Nascimento, Rubén Miño Peralta, Martín Montoya i Torralbo y Jeffren Suarez Bermúdez.
RC DEPORTIVO DE LA CORUÑA SAD: Adrián López Álvarez y Rubén Pérez del Mármol
SSC NAPOLI: Víctor Ruiz Torre
GETAFE CF SAD: Daniel Parejo Muñoz
AC MILAN: Didac Vila Roselló
RCD MALLORCA SAD: Emilio Nsue López
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSELLA: Cesar Azpilicueta Tanco
SEVILLA FC SAD: Diego Capel Trinidad
REAL SPORTING DE GIJÓN SAD: Alberto Botia Rabasco y Jose Ángel Valdés Díaz
VALENCIA CF SAD: Juan Mata García
VILLARREAL CF SAD: Diego Mariño Villar
REAL ZARAGOZA SAD: Ander Herrera Agüera.


The above players will focus on Tuesday 31 May at 19.00 am in the Hotel Tryp Alameda Aeropuerto, Avenida de Logroño, 100 (telephone 91. 747.. 48 00. Fax 91 747.89.28) Barajas (Madrid).

On 1 June in the afternoon, will focus on Private City Football
C / Ramón y Cajal s / n, phone 91 495 98 50, fax 91 495 98 57, Las Rozas (Madrid).

On Saturday June 4 Team will travel to Soria, during the party to be held against the U-21 Russia. The Spanish team will stay at the Hotel Villa de Almazán, Soria Avd 29, phone 975 300 611, fax: 975 318 072, Almazán.

On Sunday 5 June at 20.00 pm in the Municipal Stadium "The Birdies" Soria, will be held the match against Russian Under-21 selection. The meeting will be led by Said ENNJIMI (referee), Eric Laurent DANSAULT and Stien (assistant referee), all French nationals. Act as fourth official Daniel Ocon Arráiz, Spain.

After the game the Spanish return to the Residence of the City of Football.

On June 8, the Spanish team will travel to Denmark. Is scheduled to depart from Barajas Airport, at 11.25 am in the JK flight 025, arriving in Copenhagen at 14.35. Continuing journey at 17.05, arriving in Aarhus, at 17.40 hours. (via RFEF)

FC Barcelona - A les portes de Wembley 2011

Lobo Carrasco: "Wembley is a field where you can not hide"


The former Barcelona player José Francisco 'Lobo' Carrasco said in an interview with EFE, the Wembley Stadium in London, where he will meet Manchester United and Barcelona in the final of the Champions League, so it represents , "is a field where you can not hide".

"Wembley is where we both got there first Champions League and they both go to the fourth. It appears that you have great affection for this area and that gives you a psychological plus. And the good feelings are vital for everything," said one of the protagonists of the 'Football Cracks'.

"Wembley, its size and what it represents, is a perfect course to move the ball and you can not hide. As the grass is well cut and are made to play the two teams going to be amazing, because both encourage you to applaud . I think there is no advantage for one or for another, only, perhaps, that the final is on British territory, which it does add a bit of an advantage to United, "he said.

'Lobo' also said that in this scenario is going to face the two teams that "regularly are the best." "Since 2000 so far are the best and no discussion. They always up there a decade, playing finals, winning leagues and especially in football they do."

"To me, Manchester is one of the teams that attract me most. They are chameleons in the tactical system because it has players with a great personal distinction," he warned.

"We will see who is able to impose his style, who is able in a final get this job that gives you room to maneuver the situations that give or optimize to score first. Whether you win as Manchester wins Barcelona's triumph is going to carry the football. It is the perfect setting and perfect for both teams spread the football around the world, "the former Spanish international.

As the approach to take Alex Ferguson and Josep Guardiola for this commitment, the end of Barcelona do not think the England coach "it raises all in terms of Barcelona."

"In Rome had a very important outlet where Barcelona had to contain about fifteen minutes, he wanted to get a goal quickly and then play some more on the counter. I believe that this time, seek to enhance their qualities and I do not adapt football that is Barcelona, ​​"he analyzed.

"Another thing is to be challenging for the ball to Barcelona, ​​for those who have the ball means many things. I honestly do not think I can do. Moreover, Barcelona is better, fresher physically. I think it comes perfectly recovered after all the Real Madrid-Barca, "said the former Blaugrana recalling that Guardiola has not given in any game of ball possession to the opponent," something comparable to Brazil's 70. "

"The final pose more conservatively because that marks the first goal has long won. But, of course, that the club will not go back, will die as well as winning, playing football," he said.

"Barcelona will play according to the Barcelona. And the Manchester, I suppose, to be learned from what he did in Rome. So I wish both teams go to impose their style. It would be a cataclysmic end," he predicted.

"Therefore, it is vital to take the field with a sense of saying, dominate the situation. It's a final, do not have to go with your legs tight and bet each other to the ultimate consequences for the kidnapping of the ball," he advised 'Lobo' stated that "if the club manages to win at Manchester will become the most complete team of all time."

In view of 'Lobo', the 'Achilles heel' Barca is "possession." Manchester will "steal the possession of the ball at Barcelona and take advantage of open spaces, since the Barcelona meeting are always risks and to push the lines" and sure to leave space at the back, "he said siding English.

Must be at Barcelona always face as if to defend him facing Barcelona Van der Sar will mean that you have broken the entire defensive system and that the ball is coming too fast, "he predicted.

Personally, the former striker has since said he was "winning eleven meters."

"We stayed eleven meters against Steaua Bucharest. I have this mental, that will stay with me a lifetime of not winning the final two but of course in this life can not always win. Because when you have a level Barça, not winning European Cup hurts a lot, "he said.

But the important thing here is to grow, failure can take from several perspectives. He who has pride and self overcomes many adversities.

Carrasco admitted being "a proud, who was twenty years old and thought he was king of the world" when he was at Barca, "until he came Maradona."

"Then I went to the cloud. I admire that Barcelona have three 'great player', plus a" great team "and be so humble to have so much praise and greatness about him and there is a parallel in relation to good manners and details both finalists, "he said.

Another player who is expected to be veteran players Ryan Giggs who he said "is the quintessential" on side of building football.

"I give tremendous value to Giggs, because many people can defend defend but being able to what the Welsh ... I being in the box gave him a cup to the winner and another only for Giggs," he concluded. (via SPORT)

Hungarian Viktor Kassai Champions final beep


Hungary's Viktor Kassai will be responsible for leading the final of the Champions League to be played for Barcelona and Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London, released today by the Referee Committee of UEFA.

Kassai, 35, has directed five games this season's Champions League. (via AS)

Terry Venables: "This Barça makes a five-star football"


The former Barcelona coach and former England hopes with emotion the final at the new Wembley where they live "a duel." Style fan and supporter of Barca, Guardiola described as a technician of 360 degrees.


Terry Venables has hours to reach the final at Wembley. Believed that more than one final will be an exhibition of the best football of the time and transmits it in an interview with Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat. "If anyone can stand up to the current Barça, it is Manchester United." Based on this premise Venables says the Wembley turf will be more than the outcome at stake: "Neither shall comply with winning teams will want to demonstrate the potential and quality they have." "Manchester United have regained the form but if the club is done with the ball, the Fergusson not see it happen," he predicts.


FC Barcelona and Manchester United won their first European Cup at Wembley and none of them had returned to play a new European final. The scenario has changed since then. Now the summit climb is the new Wembley and both teams want to crown her. "The Wembley regain pride, the desire for revenge from the British for his defeat in Rome in 2009 and become a better ship this end in an explosion of unprecedented football talent." Without wishing to disparage the European wins Manchester United and FC Barcelona in the home of football in 1968 and 1992 respectively, Venables believes that this year "will be a final extra special." The stage, the anticipation rivals so they do predict.


24 years ago that Terry Venables left the Barca bench to return to England. The distance has not prevented the British technical follow in the footsteps of FC Barcelona. In fact proclaimed devout follower of this team: "The Barça is a five-star football. Not just score goals, they also have a great defensive strength. It's like the boxer who destroys the opponent with small and constant blows and when the opponent is tired gives the coup de grace. Barça not only seeks to give a final blow, a contrast, is gradually eroding the patience of a rival. They know what they are and know what they do, and that's not very common among teams football today. "


The former Barcelona shares the position of defending the club in the discussion of the quarry from the signings. Guardiola is, for him, the Rosetta stone of a philosophy and a way to make effective and exemplary: "Guardiola is back in the beginning, has sought and relied on players from home. He says that signing players but not do so unless he has the need. It encourages young people to work and gives them a chance. This is the most difficult to achieve success, the easier it is to shell out millions and millions to sign players. "


Venables preferred pride in work well done that the results at any cost: "Guardiola is an experienced 360 degrees, perfectly represents both sides of the coin is both teacher and obtained successful results." "It has always been that way but now when I see how this team plays and showing loyalty to their identity, I am especially proud and privileged to have been part of the history of this club," admits British coach smiling.


Wembley '92 barcelonismo explosion:
"Barca had been very close to winning the European Cup but they were at the gates did not fully complete the feat. It was very frustrating. I was in Sevilla, when we play against Steaua Bucharest was a game that came loose penalties and we lost. Barça much wanted that title and the big moment came in 1992 when he won the Sampdoria. That was the big moment was when they thought: we have succeeded. Since then, the mentality was forgotten the frustrations and move forward. assumed the explosion of Barcelona feeling of a team that since then has continued to improve. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Start the 'Kunlebrón'


Aguero said yesterday in Buenos Aires that there are "several" clubs seeking to sign him and confesses that Ujfalusi Argentine wants to join Real ".

Sergio Aguero insisted yesterday, on his arrival in Buenos Aires , where his decision to leave the Athletic meets their intention to "change of scenery" and said there are "several" teams trying to sign him. The ' Kunlebrón 'is served.

Nothing more land in Argentina's Ezeiza airport, from Spain, the Kun reaffirmed that it "decided not to return" to Atletico and stressed that the leaders of the club mattress has respected his decision. "All I want is to leave the team, but go well. Since my decision, to respect it and hope that continue to respect" he said.

Asked if his future was linked to Madrid , the Kun said: "I can not say which club is, only that I want out of Atletico and do well, the club will understand. I know nothing, is what you say.'s clear that all I want is to leave the club and do it the right way, "he reiterated.

Aguero is happy for the money said that after being traded to another team would enter into the coffers of Argentina Independiente, in which all debuted in the First Division when he was 15 years.

"Hopefully, enough money left over to Independent , because that's where I was born and where I'm going back someday, "said the Argentinian star, who will" two weeks with the family, waiting to know if it is in the final list of Argentina for be in the Copa America .

Moreover, the Czech defense Athletic , Tomas Ujfalusi , 'discovered' yesterday Kun , to ensure that your teammate has even decided he wants to go to Real Madrid .

Speaking to Italian Radio Sportiva , Ujfalusi , who played from 2004 to 2008 at Fiorentina before joining the Athletic , said that Argentina's claim is to go to a club even bigger. " "We understood that he would leave Madrid for three or four months, wanted an even bigger club. There is much talk of Real Madrid ... he has decided to stay in Madrid , but part of the Real , "said the Czech.

The threat that Madrid is the next destination of Kun has turned to the Atletico fans. 'Outraged by the Athletic 'spontaneous mobilization of Atletico fans in protest events affecting Athletic yesterday brought together about 50 fans, who settled at the gates of Calderón shouting " Kun , mercenary. (via MD)

The eleven of Wembley


These are chosen by Guardiola to continue making history.
Repeated seven owners who raised the 'Romaine' in Rome in 2009.

Unless last-minute setback, Pep Guardiola has decided on the 'once' to jump to the grass stadium Wembley to face Manchester United in the final of the Champions . The miraculous recovery of Eric Abidal , who in the past 15 days has put everything in their power to reach this important meeting, raised the only question to punt. Finally, after checking in the last league engagement in Málaga that French has not yet reached their peak, Guardiola has tended to keep Javier Mascherano in the team. The 'jefecito', who has completed an outstanding final campaign, will remain central with Pique , and the captain Puyol who will operate as a left-back instead of Abidal .

Of the eleven elected by Guardiola to continue making history and emulate what 19 years ago he made ​​the Dream Team at the same stage, seven of them ( Valdés , Piqué , Xavi , Puyol , Busquets , Messi and Iniesta ), and played as full members the end of Rome in 2009. Alves , then suspended, and Peter , who replaced Iniesta in the discount, it will come this time in the starting lineup. (via MD)

[Former player] Giovani dos Santos: "I want to stay in Spain"


Racing Santander striker Spanish and Mexican national team, Giovani Dos Santos, relied on Wednesday to continue his career in Spanish football since it does not fit into the plans of the English Tottenham.

"I want to stay in Spain, Spanish football is fine, I trained there as a player in Spain, I feel very happy and I hope to stay there," said Dos Santos at the rally of the Mexican team with a view to the Gold Cup to begin June 5 in the U.S..

Dos Santos hoped to reach "the elite, a higher level team, but what comes and what is good. I hope comes soon." "My letter still belongs to Tottenham, but England coach had no activity. Spain is a place where I'm fine," said the striker.

English Spurs announced late on your list of transferable, including Dos Santos, who played on loan in recent months in Santander. (via SPORT)

Roma are interested in Luis Enrique


The policy of Rome has been interested in the signing of Luis Enrique Martinez Spanish exinternacional hitherto Barcelona B coach, to coach the team next season, said in an almost unanimous in the Italian press.

According to several newspapers, Josep Guardiola has recommended the signing of his former teammate and friend team on the board of the Rome club in which the current coach of Barça played several months during his Italian tour.

The daily sports 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' assumes the signing of Spaniard coach, former player of Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​and ensures that the new director general of Rome, Franco Baldini, met a couple of months with Luis Enrique and the last meeting was Tuesday in Barcelona.

"It's a phenomenon. In the coming years will become a great coach," Guardiola said Baldini during a conversation, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

For his part, "Corriere dello Sport said it's likely that in the coming days the new Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini, travel to Barcelona to advance negotiations for the signing of Spanish coach.

All the press, the general also coincides in the interest of the Roma in hiring a coach and friend not only Guardiola, but work is an approach very similar to the first team of Barcelona, ​​who has meant that the Catalan club alive one of his best sport.

Although from the options pack Rome to elect the replacement for the current technical, Italian Vincenzo Montella, is also, according to the press, the French exinternacional Didier Deschamps, who since 2009 is the coach of Olympique Marseille.

Luis Enrique, who took charge of Barcelona B in June 2008 to replace Guardiola announced in March its intention not to continue leading the Catalan club's subsidiary, with whom he is contracted until June 2012 but may be terminated unilaterally. (via SPORT)

UEFA applauds the Barça plan

Its secretary general, Gianni Infantino, expressed his satisfaction that the team decided to travel before and the forecast for the fans.

Neither the presence of U.S. President, Barak Obama, has taken prominence to the final of the Champions on Saturday between Barcelona and Manchester United . London is taken by police and secret service. The streets are cut, according to the travel needs of 'Yankee boss', but the colors are blue and claret everywhere, especially at airports and in tourist areas. Yesterday Obama went to Westminster Hall, the oldest building in the British Parliament, usually reserved for the speeches of the Queen. There the head of state delivered a historic speech Democrat on the ties that bind Washington to London . The chaos was the notorious traffic.

The organization and, above all, the UEFA , they start to breathe easy with the weather news that speak of the volcanic cloud from the crater of Grimsvöth Iceland is on track to disappear because the eruption has stopped. However, yesterday nearly 700 flights were affected, mainly from Germany (north), Scandinavia (all Denmark) and Scotland . The skies of London were free for Barca fans arrived early already swarming around the capital.

The general secretary of UEFA , Gianni Infantino , confirmed that "we are in constant contact with the club and I told them that we looked like a great decision to bring forward its journey to London for what might happen."

The UEFA confirmed by MD on the front, under any circumstances, the final was going to stay as long as you can play as is the case, with both teams on British territory. Infantino it does in the case said that there had been a force majeure, the UEFA had considered how to compensate those who were in possession of a ticket and had not been able to travel. Therefore, it has run a mini cabinet crisis UEFA is following all the developments in lasúltimas hours.

The UEFA has been assessed as "positive" the whole apparatus set up by FC Barcelona to guarantee the presence of his followers in London on Saturday to attend the final in Wembley .

President Barak Obama is staying in the United States Embassy , so the police control near Hyde Park is historic, with the story that the UEFA has established its headquarters at the Grosvenor Hotel, near neighbors to the building U.S. diplomatic representation.

The added concern of the organizers and their own UEFA is that they have detected a multitude of fake tickets being sold under the 'framework' of a travel package, hotel and access to the final. The UEFA and British police have established a serious control and remember that only Barcelona and Manchester United can legally sell tickets, but there are many sponsors of the Champions League that treats its customers with invitations to the final control is much more complicated.

In fact, in London , there is a real fever to get tickets for the final and are being offered through brokers and resellers (are legal in Britain ) a fortune. Every follower Barça walk around London is assaulted in search of knowing if you have 'tickets', if you can get or want to sell. In hotel lobbies, taxis, everyone tries to negotiate a final tickets Wembley is going to hang full house sign. (via MD)

The volcano makes good news for fans


Yesterday morning stopped spitting ash and it is expected that all fans can fly to London.

Yesterday morning news began to arrive on the Icelandic volcano Grímsvötn had stopped ejecting ash, which the European airspace back to normal. "The European airspace is completely open," said spokeswoman afternoon European Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), Kyla Evans .

All this means that the forecast does not vary significantly over the next few hours, all the fans who were planning to travel by plane to London will not have problems doing that. The bulk of these fans will travel and return the same day of the match on Saturday, but there are others who will travel tomorrow but today is scheduled to depart the plane of Turkish Airlines , in principle, should be transported to the players and coaching technical. It will move managers, family and representatives of the media and will be with the whole issue that should have been in the return leg on Sunday, the day after the dispute of the final. Finally, if all goes as planned, 'Travel Falcon' no need to activate your emergency plan. (via MD)

Pastore and Rossi, 'hot'


The president of Palermo sees the Argentinean "playing in Barça because Messi" wants it; while, Italian returned to 'sell' to the club culé.

A few days before the season officially comes to an end with the dispute of the final of the Champions League between FC Barcelona and United , the players and the clubs begin to move to plan the next campaign. El Barça , for now, works behind the scenes because they do not want to disturb the air with news of signings and transfers, and deferred any formal decision until after Wembley . However, it can not control the Catalan club is to talk about it and that managers or players will relate to market operations. Yesterday, without going any further, the name of Barca was again linked to that of two cracks: Javier Pastore ( Palermo ) and Giuseppe Rossi ( Villarreal ).

Pastore is a striker Palermo 21 years this year has been uncovered as a good scorer in Serie A . Tall and thin, features a technique for driving the ball and dodges to get around opponents with stylist. It also defines classy and cool-and thanks to his height (1.87) is quite good in the air.

Interviewed yesterday by Corriere dello Sport ', the president of Palermo , Maurizio Zamparini , said yesterday that it has all of them in terms of continuity of Javier Pastore . " Javier has a fifty percent chance of leaving, but I hope to stay, "he said. He added: "I only called a club: the Milan , the Inter or Juve , I will not say which of them has been, but others have been in contact with the player's agent. "

Zamparini , perhaps to urge the 'product', went further saying that "it is no secret that Pastore is a player who interests Milan , Inter , Juventus , Barcelona , Real Madrid , City and Chelsea . " At this point was when the president of Palermo was more explicit, and also getting through to FC Barcelona and its superstar, "But if Pastore leaves the Palermo I see in Barcelona , for me is where will leave. It seems that Messi wants him there, and together they form a fantastic couple. "

On the other hand, Giuseppe Rossi (24 years) returned to rave about Barca , this time in an interview on Catalunya Radio. The tip of Villarreal said from Italy , "Barça is the best in the world and all the world's football players want to play with the best. "

Rossi , in a few days will be incorporated into the discipline of choice 'Azzurri', also clarified the reasons why Barca would like to dress: "We all know that Barça win big, and the end is what all players want to do, win trophies. I hope one day I too may be in the final games of the Champions . I'm working hard and preparing for that day to come. "

Javier match in the Copa America with Leo
Although there is no official list of Argentina for the Copa America to be hosted, it appears that "Cheche" Batista or include Javier Pastore. Thus, the crack of the Palermo match with Leo Messi Barca, who has said Zamparini is who has asked for Barca. The Copa America begins on July 1 and ends on July 24. (via MD)

The strength of Carrington


On the outskirts of the city of Manchester, Barça's rival has his own bunker, away from everything and a unique peace.

It's like the war room of Winston Churchill, "says a British journalist. It's bunker Alex Ferguson, a sports town on the outskirts of Manchester by the United paid in 2000 a whopping 22 million pounds. A huge plot of 108 acres (0.44 square kilometers) in the county of Carrington.

Not a single sign tells how to get or where it is, but everyone knows it. A long, narrow road that passes beside fields and a power station just a fence and security personnel. That was just your luck to enter the United Sports City player or if you're not a member of staff.

Ferguson, master of the club from the sporting point of view, undertook to be built under its rules. Carrington wanted to be a veritable fortress, that nobody can see anything from the outside and no expense was spared to be so. The site has 2.4 miles of fencing, with the help of more than 30,000 trees census makes it impossible for any curious could penetrate the compound.

Of the 108 acres of property, just 71, took the city of Manchester. The rest has been leased to farmers and landowners for their crops or livestock of sheep. We are in the middle of the countryside, but within touches and Carrington sees modernity and technology in the service of Manchester United.

Fourteen football pitches natural grass, one artificial turf, a regulation size indoor fields, gyms, spas and spa room, swimming pool, sports hall, restaurants, television studio room with modern rehabilitation equipment "and a medical center to meet world-class players not only to the United first team, also football players.

'The Academy', which in Barcelona would be The Farm has also been installed at Carrington, where every day, especially weekends, the struggles of children with their parents is constant. From age eight to 16, all working in the enclave away from the noise and pollution. Of course, you have to go by car, because public transportation does not exist in this corner.

This year, Manchester United will invest another 11 million pounds to improve facilities, especially in the medical center. A sports town that abastace water from two lakes on his property and that Ferguson has become their main home, such as Pep Guardiola Esportiva Joan Gamper Ciutat de Sant Joan Despi. The two coaches who will meet on Saturday at Wembley bet for a working model almost identical. The only difference is the size of the installation. La Ciutat Esportiva Barca would not be a quarter of what the United. (via SPORT)

Valencia: "Was it worth so much effort and suffering"


Valencia faces Wembley final after overcoming a serious injury that had stopped six months.

Antonio Valencia (4-08-1985, Lago Agrio, Ecuador) is dying to step on the Wembley turf. Ecuadorians believe that football will be one. There have been many difficult times in the morning that would not warm up because we crunched the mood. There were reasons to think it would be hard to live these moments. But it's always been you. Things were never easy.

"In life there are many paths to success and not always through the shorter," he recalls. The `Toño Valencia", as currently known in the world of football, he played in Segunda. In Recreativo. There coincided with Caceres, an old acquaintance of the Barca fans. Like the Uruguayan was transferred to Villarreal where he played just two games.

In Huelva won promotion, highlighted as one of the best, but Villarreal accepted an offer from Wigan. And then fixed in Barcelona Rijkaard. "In Spain I fell in love with Barcelona Rijkaard and Ronaldinho, and then made the best football in Europe. Now a computer is still nice to see play. It has come to Wembley on merit. " Valencia was quick to adapt to Premiership football. In the Wigan game were delighted with their swift and clapped his admitted English football for the band. Ferguson also gave orders to sign the Ecuadorian Christian 23 kilos when he packed his bags in 2009.

Fitting to the ManU was cut short by a serious injury that he had six months out. Facing the Rangers, at a meeting of the Champions League, Valencia stuck the boot into the turf and broke his tibia and fibula.

They were difficult months, but Ferguson will hope. Also the fans. "So much effort and suffering have been worth it to live moments like on Saturday. Last season was tough. I am very grateful to Ferguson and Manchester for the support they gave me in difficult moments."

Valencia now savor the hours before the Wembley final. For many, the party of the century. The most anticipated event. "The best ending you can see," the end. "It bothers me that Barcelona is the favorite. I am confident with the team. We had a great season and we're a solvent; sure will be a great show. "

For the Ecuadorian Barcelona will be a formidable rival. A computer requires to be plugged in all the game. "To beat the Barcelona we have to stay focused one hundred percent."

Valencia Barcelona awaits better, a computer key to the success of Spanish football. "Spanish football is above all because it has eight of the club. Then there is that we all know Messi. But Manchester is also a very complete team. "

Ferguson has not given many clues about the starting line Saturday, but Valencia is ready to be the protagonist. With all the enthusiasm in the world. "I feel good, if I have to try to play my best. It would be a lot for me to win the Champions League. " (via SPORT)

More than two hundred aircraft will link Barcelona to London


The fleet scheduled and 'charter' will begin tomorrow to leave El Prat, Girona and Reus bound for London airports.

The tide will move to London blaugrana mostly by plane, after the volcano Grímsvötn has given a respite. In total, over the weekend, will operate more than 200 flights between Barcelona and London, as confirmed by Aena, and of those, 156 are cheap 'charter', specially prepared for the occasion.

From tomorrow until Saturday will leave the airport El Prat 72 aircraft with Barcelona fans will see Guardiola's team at Wembley, the displacement will be gradual, because tomorrow they will leave 28 flights to London airports (Stansted, in Most of the cases, almost an hour's drive from central London, northeast of London), with 4,486 seats.

On Saturday, the final day will result in the large landing. Is expected to leave the airport of El Prat 44 flights 'charter', with 7,128 places available. In addition, there will be 59 scheduled flights between both cities, 22 and 37 way to London back in the British capital.

After the game start getting return flights: between Saturday night and Sunday for return to Barcelona 84 flights, which will accommodate a total of 15,528 fans.
Girona airport also will increase its activity in connection with the final between Barcelona and Manchester United. The presence of Ryanair has made many fans in the area Catalans opt for exit from Girona on a direct flight.

The British airline increased 14 frequencies to Stansted over the weekend to cover the demand of the fans Blaugrana. The airline Monarch Airlines has also planned a 'charter "bound for Gatwick Airport to be released on Saturday at seven o'clock and return at dawn on Sunday.

Six flights depart from Reus 'charter' to London, departing on Friday and return on Sunday, also operated by Ryanair and Stansted destination.

Barring a last-minute change in the weather, all aircraft will depart without inconvenience to the appointed times, though Aena recommended that users arriving at the airport in good time and to report on the evolution of the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano. The latest claim that the 'tide blaugrana can he travel without problems.

Most fans will travel by plane, but some would move by road, whether in buses chartered by the club or clubs, private car or train. In total, it is estimated that about 24,000 Barca fans traveling to London to experience live the Champions League final against Ferguson's team.

It will be the second final of the European Cup to be played on Saturday, which has increased demand for travel to watch the game and also spend a weekend touring the English city. (via SPORT)

The plane of the players now move to the great family Blaugrana


Today, at the 16.30 hours, it will leave toward London the airship of Barcelona that had to take to the men of Pep.

Early in the afternoon will be released on Turkish Airlines chartered flight that was to have led the players to London. These fifty people that were left vacant have been filled quickly by the relatives and guests of the players and members of the executive vice president only "Jordi Cardona will be another day in Barcelona and is scheduled to leave tomorrow, in the case of that there is no impact to the traveling supporters to London "as well as representatives of the media. In total, almost 300 lucky can travel to London on the official plane of FC Barcelona for the Champions League final.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300 ER, courtesy of the Turkish company, has just over four months and has been decorated for the occasion with a giant adhesive that occupy 40 of the 70-meter length of the machine where they will show the faces of all players in the squad.

A plane has all the luxuries we have or have, with 28 seats and 63 business class comfort over class. In these places will now go family managers and players. Indeed, among these there will be no outstanding family Pep Guardiola Cristina "his wife and children what is scheduled to leave morning to the capital.

The remaining seats, 248 are for economy class where they will be putting the rest of the lucky ones who have managed to place on this plane to have two chefs and a special catering.

By the way, back to Barcelona will be a reallocation of seats because 1A is designed to Guardiola, Tito Vilanova 2A and 3A to Sandro Rosell. (via SPORT)

Vidic attacks the barça with the same tactics of Mourinho


Serbian defender imitated the Portuguese coach's speech, accusing the Blaugrana to use trickery.

The chorus of the sublime illuminated despises and blames Barça game successes unsportsmanlike maneuvers Blaugrana have since yesterday a new member. Is a Serb, plays defense and responds to the name of Nemanja Vidic.

The Manchester United captain was disguised as José Mourinho and the Portuguese coach paraphrased to detract from the successes of the set of Pep Guardiola. Vidic took the open house of the entire Old Trafford to launch a speech as pathetic as false and that clashes with the 'fair play' which is often brag on the islands.

"The usual tricks of the Barca players not influence us," said the defense in some British media, adding that "the United know any trick to deal with Barca, we are ready for it." Vidic knows how to counter what it sees as tricks of the rival: "We must be very concentrated and then there will be no problem to handle things we know we will." For the master network, "the Barca players have a mentality different from ours, but that is no problem."

Vidic continued with his speech 'Mourinha "noting that" they can use tricks and discuss more than they should, but that is not problem. " To entangle a little more, Serbian him the ball to the referee, all merit taking into account that did not yet know who will lead the final at Wembley: "The referee will be the best referee and you can withstand everything that happens, you know stratagems to deal with Barca. "

Vidic also referred to the mental strength of the players of Manchester United to overcome adversity: "I have no doubt my team's ability to handle such situations. We know, we are united and have the mentality. "

The final Manchester United and Barcelona played two years in Rome as part of the past, as Vidic, who believes it will have no influence on the next Saturday, "This time is different, we're a different team play at Wembley and We can do better. " The player, at least, recognizes that Blaugrana and network "are the strongest teams, so it forecast a very balanced final. We have our stand up serious options with the trophy. " (via SPORT)

Lucescu doubts of Barça


Shakhtar Donetsk coach, Romanian Mircea Lucescu, 'victim' of Barca in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, believes that, despite the quality and talent of Barça, Manchester United lies a great power and should not be underestimated.

"It built a better team physically, with fast players who can play direct football. They are very dangerous when they enter the fast attack and counter. That power could be decisive in the final and also the Manchester has the advantage of playing in England, "he told UEFA.com.

Lucescu also praised Barca, which he said "have skilled players and good organization. Its strength lies in the possession of the ball. Controls the direction and pace of the games. His players know exactly what to do. "

Messi said he "was the star player during the tournament. It has been fantastic, unbelievable. The same could be said about Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. There are three attacking players who have left a very good feeling. "

And the coach of FC Copenhagen, Stale Solbakken, another 'victim "of Barca in the Champions League, said that" Barça will have a 65 or 70% of possession ", that" the United play a 4-5-1 "and Messi said he "always ready to do something unpredictable. Seems to rest while others work, but then kicks in and then it is difficult to stop him. " (via SPORT)

The players believe that it will be different from Rome


A few days before repeating the Champions League final against Manchester United, the Barça squad believes that Saturday's game is "not comparable" with that of Rome, 2009. Also agrees that early goal from Eto'o was key.


Andres Iniesta was one of the names of the party two years ago in the Italian capital. An own goal Barca had qualified for the final and was doubtful until the last minute. "Every moment has its situation. That ultimately had to be, got to win and all work was done before reward. That season was special. But it is always better to be some mild," he says.


The '8 'Barca expect a different story: "It's not comparable. You may have some similarities in style and way of doing things. And that is final. I do not think there are more similarities." From that day, recalls: "The United came out better than us. From the goal we have more control." To Iniesta, now that the rival does not have Cristiano Ronaldo does not take away potential: "To have it always better, but other players have joined and continue to have a great team."


Dani Alves believes in the same line as Iniesta: "One can never be final to beat. It is always a different game, especially with different players and illusions." The side explained that the two teams will face otherwise. "We had a week off and we could better prepare our party, but that does not mean they do not. They will arrive with the thorn stuck in Rome."

Also Sergio Busquets admits: "There will be remembered that game, like us, but it sure will be a different ending." And Pedro again: "Have courage for revenge. They will thirst for victory because of that end."


Canary winger is another difference: day 28, United will play in his country. "They play at home, this will benefit a little." Moreover, a rookie in Champions League finals, David Villa , said: "In Rome Eto'o's goal made ​​things very favorable to Barca, who controlled the game well." Despite the last 2-0 above, the Guaje not be trusted: "There are many players who repeat end, but every game is different." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Playing at "home" a Champions League final is no guarantee


Throughout the history of Europe's top competition, there are ten teams that have played the final in his country, as will the Manchester United against Barcelona. On three occasions, all playing at "home" could not claim victory.

For the eleventh time in the 55-year life of the European Cup, Champions League today, one of the two finalists will play in his country. In this case is an English team, Manchester United, who face London against Barca. Although the statistics given as a favorite to all who play at home, there are instances where this has not happened.

One of the saddest days in the history of FC Barcelona wrote on May 7, 1986 in Seville. The Barça fans were mostly in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and all Barcelona fans thought that this time the final escape. A tie to 0 after extra time led to a fatal shootout that left without a prize of Venables.

The first final was played in Paris in 1956. The Stade de Reims French managed to reach the top rung of the competition, but were overtaken by Real Madrid (4-3). In the 1984 edition, the Rome not only played in his country, Italy, but also did so in the same stadium, the Olympic Stadium in Rome. So was Liverpool who took the long-eared by winning on penalties. The match had finished tied at 1.

In seven other cases were the locals who celebrated the victory. Two of these, the Real Madrid in 1957 against Fiorentina (2-0) Inter Milan in 1965 against Benfica (1-0), lifted the title in their stadium. The rest: Manchester United, Ajax, Liverpool, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund were crowned champions in their country but not in your city. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


Ten end with a team of "home"
1956 - R. Madrid, 4 – Stade Reims, 3 (Paris)
1957 – R. Madrid, 2 Fiorentina, 0 (Madrid)
1965 – Inter, 1 – Benfica, 0 (Milan)
1968 – Manchester United, 4 – Benfica, 1 (Londres)
1972 – Ajax, 2 – Inter, 0 (Rotterdam)
1978 – Liverpool, 1 – Bruges, 0 (Londres)
1984 – Liverpool, 1 – Roma, 1 (4-2) (Roma)
1986 – FCB, 0 – Steaua B, 0 (2-0) (Sevilla)
1996 – Juventus, 1 – Ajax, 1 (4-2) (Roma)
1997 – Borussia D, 3 – Juventus, 1 (Múnic)

First session in London


Barcelona players have done this Wednesday the first British land training. After enjoying a relaxing morning, the team has gone to Arsenal Sports City to proceed with the preparation of the final of the Champions.

With the equipment already in London , after moving the trip because of the uncertainty generated by the ashes of the volcano Grímsvötn , the activity of the staff of FC Barcelona has resumed for the sole purpose of preparing one hundred percent the final of the Champions League on Saturday against Manchester United .

It was not until this afternoon, at 18 am (local time), players do not have shoes football boots for the first training session in London . And after arriving early this morning to the capital of Great Britain , the team has been this morning the team hotel The Grove resting.

In the afternoon, the Catalans have moved to Arsenal Sports City , London-Colney , located about 58 miles from London. There, all the players, the 24 called , worked normally. The president Sandro Rosell and sporting director of professional football, Andoni Zubizarreta , have seen this preparatory meeting.

Arsenal have given way to the Sports City FC Barcelona to prepare the final of the Champions League against Manchester United. London-Colney was opened on October 11, 1999 and has 10 soccer fields and one natural grass covered with artificial grass where the women's team usually plays for Arsenal. English club facilities are home to the training of the first and second team, in addition to sub-18 and U-16.

Barca return to the Arsenal Sports City on Thursday morning to make a new training behind closed doors to begin at 11 am (local time). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] Collet: "I hope that the signings of home-grown end up between Barca and Espanyol"


RCD Espanyol this morning expressed their displeasure and concern about the six basic football players, three cadets, two prebenjamines and a baby, that FC Barcelona would bespeak, said Wednesday RAC1 and RKB.

"First, we confirm that it is, but we are very surprised because we thought that this issue would change with the arrival of the new leadership of Barcelona. Is an issue that presidents should talk and be good for all signings are completed youth players between Barcelona and Espanyol ", assured the club's CEO, Joan Collet.

The CEO reiterated the attitude of the Catalan club when he joined with Jon Toral Arsenal, FC Barcelona cadet 16 years: "Then it seemed that the world ended, it was a robbery. Rosell even complained in the food policy of Champions. I hope all those who denounced the situation then do so now. "

The Espanyol president recalled that in recent years the club have signed "30 or 40" homegrown Espanyol. He has also suggested that the Espanyol may reconsider removing the younger categories of football training, "Maybe we have to consider whether it is worth continuing with it as it comes one after and take advantage of your work."

Ramón Planes, Espanyol sporting director, pointed out that the entity responsible perica have detected the "follow" several players from the quarry. On the other hand, has been reluctant to think, as some media say that some of these players have offered to Barcelona. (via SPORT)