31 May 2011

Messi: "Now I want holding with my selection"


Leo Messi is already in Argentina, where the next July will play the Copa America with his choice.

The Barcelona striker albiceleste go to the "strong and united" towards their goal of winning the America's Cup, which will host in July.

Messi these days enjoy a short break before joining their team, with which they yearn to win titles.

"Of course we aim to win the cup, we have a very strong team together," the player said on his arrival at Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport. Messi was "very happy" with "going home" and visit relatives.

"I get along with all my colleagues"

Messi said that the season has been very good "for the club and denied any bad relationship with one of his team-mates:" I get along with all my teammates, "he said, after complaining that he has" invented problems " with his colleague Carlos Tevez, Manchester City, who has held a series of injunctions to Argentina coach Sergio Batista, for its refusal to include it in the senior team.

Messi will rest with his family until the 8th of June, when it is scheduled to begin training of the staff of Argentina, whose list of players will be released in the coming hours.

Tevez, who has also returned to the country in the recess of the Premier League, said that Batista came positions, which revived the hopes of the fans for the striker to be included in the roster that will play the Copa America from 1 next July. (via SPORT)

Abidal, 150 games


The French defender’s appearance in the Champions League final was his 150th for the first team. This season he played 41 games and scored one goal.

It was one of the images that summarises to perfection what a wonderful team this is. Abidal with the trophy in his hands and celebrating the title just a matter of weeks after an operation for a liver tumour.

Abidal started the game at Wembley, and it all finished with a fairy tale ending. Nobody had imagined he would be back in time to play in this game. Only him. He knew he always had the will, the energy and the vitality to overcome the most difficult challenge of his life and be back in time for the Champions League final 2011, which also happened to be his 150th game in four seasons at Barça.

Of the 41 games he played this season, 26 were in the league, 8 in the Champions League, 5 in the Copa del Rey and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup.

In fact, since returning from such a serious illness, Abidal has looked, if anything, even better than ever. There has been no doubting that he was ready to play, and this has won the hearts of every Barça fan. This season, he has played more often than not in the unfamiliar position of centre back, where he has proven quick and brave, effective at moving the ball into play and excellent at covering for the full backs. His crowning glory was a goal at San Mamés in the Copa del Rey, which will be remembered as one of the high points of his year.

Abidal played 46 matches in his first season at Barça, 2007/08. In the treble winning year he played 32 matches and last year appeared in 31. Despite his illness, in 2010/11 he played in as many as 41 games. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Álex García of Barca's juvenil to Dinamo Tbilisi

The Spanish Alex Garcia, Juvenile A exentrenador of Barcelona, ​​will be presented on Wednesday as coach of Dinamo Tbilisi, according to club spokesman Georgian Gvenzadze Guiga.

Dinamo Tbilisi, Georgia thirteen times champion and winner in 1981 Cup Winners Cup, finished the season in second place in the Georgian competition, so it will participate in the next edition of the Europa League.

In the Georgian capital club expect the arrival of Spanish coach to help green their laurels, as their last league was won in 2008.

The hiring of Spanish coach was negotiated by the club's sporting director, Zurab Pololikashvili, who was ambassador to Georgia in Spain. (via SPORT)

The president of Real Betis Balompié, Rafael Gordillo, said Tuesday that the dedication of Carles Puyol Miki Roque victory in the final of the Champions League Barcelona defines as "a big club".

Gordillo, who was optimistic about the health status of defender Miki Roque, a malignant tumor surgery last week, stressed the fact that Barcelona has been grateful to the "detail" which was Puyol after the game against Manchester.

The legendary exfutbolista Betis visit in the coming hours Miki Roque, along with the two captains and coach Pepe Mel, for encouragement after "a complicated intervention."

The leader, who has submitted a youth campus that Betis organized with a bank in Armilla (Granada) hopes to "organize something similar in the future, if they ever built sports city that craves" the current management team.

In another vein, Rafael Gordillo confirmed that on June 29, will step down as president: "In front is difficult to follow because they give you all the bullets." (via SPORT)

Barça - masters of the double


There’s no Champions without the League. The four trophies won by Barça have always been accompanied by the League Title in the same season. Barça are already the team who have won more doubles in Europe.

After being proclaimed League Champions, FC Barcelona conquered Europe in London, a feat that Barça have repeated four times. The European Cup at Wembley in 1992, and the Champions League in Paris 2006, Rome 2009, and New Wembley in 2011, all entered the club museum at the same time as the League Trophy.

2009 deserves special mention. In Guardiola's first year in charge of the first team, Barça finished the season with a historic treble. The first trophy was a the Spanish Cup against Athletic Bilbao (4-1), then the League, and finally the Champions League against Manchester United (2-0).

Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Ajax are, with three double triumphs, the teams that come closest to Barca’s record. Only FC Barcelona done it every time, as the rest of these teams have won more Champions than the famous double.

The 2010/11 season has ended with a new treble. In August Barça won the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla, and in May came the League Title, followed by the Champions League. In 2006, the team then managed by Frank Rijkaard also began the season winning the Super Cup, then the League, and closed the season by taking the Champions League Title. The Dream Team was the first Barça team to achieve this, in 1992. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The first pre-season game in Split


FC Barcelona will play a friendly in Split (Croatia) against HNK Hajduk, on Saturday 23rd of July (20.30). It’ll be the first of six pre-season games for Barça.

Within its centenary celebratrions, HNK Hajduk Split will play the new Champions of Europe, FC Barcelona, in the Poljud stadium in Split. Barça will kick-off their 2011 pre-season with this friendly in Croatia. However, none of the players who will be playing in the Copa America or the European Under-21 Championship will be there. The game will also help the manager Krasimir Balakov (well known former 90’s international player who played for Sporting Lisbon and Stuttgart, amongst other teams), who joined Hadjuk this summer, to begin to shape his team.

This season Hajduk Split was runner-up in the Croatian League, just behind Dynamo Zagreb, and hasn’t won the Croatian championship since 2005 (they have won the Croatian League six times). The team last won the Croatian Cup in 2005. Hajduk Split has been part of the Croatian League since the declaration of independence by Croatia in 1991.

It’s been half a century since FC Barcelona last visited Croatia. Specifically, since the 1961/62 season, when Luis Miró managed the team which drew 2-2 at Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split's eternal rival, in the first game of the last 16 of the UEFA Cup. In the return leg Barça won 5-1 and qualified for the quarterfinals.

With this match confirmed, FC Barcelona have their 2011 pre-season completely mapped out. After the match in Split on July 23rd, they’ll travel to Munich, where they’ll dispute the Audi Cup against Internacional from Porto Alegre (July 26th) and Bayern or AC Milan (July 27th). Subsequently, the team will begin their U.S. tour, where they’ll will face Manchester United (July 30th), Chivas from Guadalajara (August 3rd) and Club America (August 6th). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] The successor of Luis Enrique, to point


This week could know the name of the new coach of Barça B: Eusebio and Unzué earn points on Oscar and Agne.

The end of the season near the branch, which only needs a match against Rayo Vallecano to close his successful tour of this season's Second Division to accelerate the search for a replacement for Luis Enrique in the Barca bench. For some time now coach Spaniard announced he will not continue next season in the Mini and have since been several names that have rung. Two appeared to have been placed in the pole position from the beginning, the coach of Junior A Blaugrana, Oscar Garcia Junyent and current coach of Girona, Raul Agne. But they are not alone. In recent times have gained two other possibilities to take over the 'throne'. This is Eusebio, who is currently without a team and commentator work performed matches and Juan Carlos Unzue Numancia coach who announced recently that the season would not come at the bench.

Both Andoni Zubizarreta, sports coach, as Narcís Julià, technical secretary in charge of many of the themes of the subsidiary, and have been meeting with all candidates and is expected this week or later than the next, once Barça B that has played a match against Rayo Vallecano, who is chosen is known. In this selection process the only task that has been involved in Pep Guardiola is to discard any of the names he had proposed Andoni Zubizarreta, but not decide on the four remaining. That decision will be made by the entity's president, Sandro Rosell, and vice sports, Josep Maria Bartomeu, although both have in mind the view Zubizarreta.

Whoever finally takes his bench, will have an easy task, as Luis Enrique has raised the bar very high. Currently, the subsidiary is ranked third in the table, a result that is far encimade expectations early season. (via MD)

Messi, now in America


Leo has won with the club all the individual titles and possible club and now going for a trophy that he refuses to Argentina.

With the Liga-Champions League double in the suitcases but especially with the unanimous recognition worldwide as the best player of all time, Leo Messi will be incorporated into the June 8 at the concentration of the Argentina team in Listing Ezeiza (Buenos Aires ), the sports city of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in preparation for the Copa America. Insatiably ambitious style and genes, the Barcelona striker has been proposed to lead the conquest of evidence that Argentines are resistant since 1993. "Now I want the America's Cup. It's a dream," confessed a few days ago. Has this issue between the eyes. A stellar performance in this tournament I would silence those who require it in their country to reach the excellence of the Pep Team and, incidentally, to ensure the third consecutive Gold Ball.

Leo knows that all Argentina will be watching him and such a responsibility, for others a heavy slab, not afraid at all. On the contrary. It has many titles and individual awards and club like any player, but the selection is a thorn and it is time to boot. Gives the same fatigue accumulated over the past two years. Since the summer of 2009, Messi has a generous amount of vacation days. In 2010 was the World Cup. In this 2011, the amount of input will be cut to nine days, of which one will invest in travel to Argentina, home of the competition, although the vessel shall not be incorporated until mid-August, according to estimates by Pep. The America's Cup starting on 1 July and the final is scheduled for 23. From being one of the finalists will have played six games more.

Their numbers also make clear that in these two seasons has played a total of 127 games, which means one every five days. Only in the calendar year 2010 was ranked in 67 games. Messi is a unique physical strength. It plays almost all ysiempre under pressure to make a difference, with the addition of the physical which is the endless air travel and the ensuing jet lag in some cases. This year, Leo has been around the world on three occasions. The technician, who is in everything, always about a specific work plan. Best for the world mejordel. (via MD)

Bojan's future in air


Open the door to Maxwell, Jeffren and Milito.

Pep Guardiola is in favor of opening the exit door of the locker room to tighten the rest of the squad. Candidates leave the Camp Nou are Milito, Maxwell, Jeffren and Bojan. To central Argentina, which could leave in winter, but has one more year not insist this time Pep. Maxwell is difficult with Adriano and Jose Angel and versatility makes no sense with the probable arrival of a medium. Jeffren need to gain experience. Bojan is a special case. There are offers and may enter into any transaction. Pep can not guarantee the minutes as accurate. His future is the big question this season. With Rossi or another striker would not be accommodated.

Zaragoza asked for Edu Oriol. Saved at the last day, the team hand seeks a striker with projection. (via MD)

Five homegrown triple Champions of Europe


Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are the five FC Barcelona homegrown players who now have three Champions League winners medals with the club.

Five players from the current Barça squad have won three Champions Leagues with Barça in the last six years. This record, only within reach of the best, has been achieved by Valdes, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, 5 homegrown players.

Victor Valdes, 29, is the only goalkeeper in the history of the club who has participated in three Champions League Finals. In the starting 11, and a winner in all three, Valdes was one of the great protagonists in the Paris Final and was also a key player in Rome. In London he had a much easier match.

Carles Puyol, 33. The captain with most Champions medals in Barça’s history was in the starting 11 in Paris and Rome, where he lifted the trophies. At Wembley he was on the bench, and came on for the last few minutes of the game, making a fantastic gesture in allowing Eric Abidal to climb the Wembley steps to lift the fourth Champions League Trophy in Barça’s history.

Xavi Hernandez, 31. Injured in 2006, decisive in 2009 and brilliant in 2011, Xavi represents better than anyone what the current team is all about. His Finals will be remembered for his assists for Messi, in Rome, and Pedro in London.

Andres Iniesta, 27. In Paris in 2006 he came off the bench and split the Arsenal defense at the start of the move that ended with Eto'o scoring the equaliser. In Rome in 2009 one of his breaks ended with another goal from Eto'o, in this case making the scoreline 1-0. At Wembley 2011, he directed the Barça attacks with unequalled talent.

Leo Messi, 23. Better each time. Messi missed the 2006 Final through injury, amazed the world with his goal in Rome in 2009, and at Wembley became European triple champion thanks to his fantastic goal. Only Eto'o and Messi have scored for Barca in two different Finals. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Robinho: "I imagine Neymar in Barcelona with Messi and Villa"


The former Real Madrid player Robinho, currently in Milan for half Brazilian said he sees Neymar in Pep Guardiola.

Robinho and Neymar coincided in Santos and they keep a great friendship. That is why the Milan striker is qualified to opine on the future of his compatriot. "I imagine Neymar in Barcelona with Messi and Villa", assured the international in an interview to 'Arena Sport TV'.

Ronbinho also acknowledged that Neymar had advised him to go play in Europe. "Neymar has some impressive qualities. Soon leave Brazil," he said. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Alevín D, the last champion of the cantera


Alex Gomez team he was satisfied with a draw on the last day and managed to win the White Subur in Sitges. The Alevín D has become the ninth champions of the cantera.


[LIGA 2 ª DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC Barcelona D 6 - Blanca Subur 1

After being proclaimed champion of a noted tournament of soccer alevín in Poland (Biale Orly Cup) in that Alevín D azulgrana was imposed in the final one to Sporting of Portugal, the boys of Àlex Gómez conquered the League.
They arrived to the last party with the necessity of adding a point but they conquered with comfort to Blanca Subur of Sitges. The scorers of this party were Oriol Verdaguer, Dani Molina, Alex Calatrava and Cenhya.



[COPA REY JUVENIL 1 / 4 IDA]
FC Barcelona 3 Athletic Club 2

The preliminary round of rooms of final of the King's Cup is very open after the 3 at 2 gotten by the Juvenile A in the Ciudad Deportiva. Dongou provoked a penalti that Etock transformed and it marked the other two goals of the team. Athletic was superior in the strategy plays and it could mark this way two goals.


[CAMPEONATO CATALUNYA JUVENIL]
Lleida 1 FC Barcelona B 1

Sergi Barjuan and Marc Guitart's Juvenil B fell eliminated in the penaltis shift after a very disputed party. Juvenil B azulgrana had good occasions but the success lack and the lottery of the penalties they left him outside of the Copa Catalunya.


[CAMPEONATO CATALUNYA CADETE]
FC Barcelona A 2 Gimnàstic Tarragona 0

Nàstic enjoyed some occasion of danger, but the talent from the Cadete A azulgrana it was imposed in this preliminary round of rooms of final. Sandro and Maxi Rolón, of penalty, was the scorers of a team that the expensive on Lleida will be seen to the semifinals.



[LIGA PREFERENTE CADETE]
Cambrils 0 FC Barcelona B 5

The boys of Fran Artiga sealed one of the best performances in the season in home with a great goleada. To the rest you arrived with a 0-3 thanks to Ramón's hat-trick Saavedra. Àlex Corredera and Moha were the scorers of a second serene half. The Cadete B, champion weeks ago, concluded the League in the best way.


[LIGA 2 ª DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA C 4 GRAMENET 1

Alevín C finished the season with a very interesting party against a level rival. Jordi Font and Francis Pérez's boys went once again faithful to the style Barça and they were imposed in a very amusing party.


[LIGA 2 ª DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
Santa Coloma Cervelló 1 FC Barcelona C 11

Benjamin C concluded the season with a collective great performance. Aitor (3), Garrido (2), Jordi (2), Eric Castillo (2), Priego and Kais were the scorers of a party dominated without problems by Jordi and Albert Puig's boys.


[LIGA TERCERA DIVISIÓN (prebenjamín)]
FC Barcelona 3 Espanyol C 1

The derby opted for small details. Espanyol advanced the first minute of the encounter but the boys of Cristian Catena and Óscar Hernández they marked three goals. A goal of Johny and two in the players' blue blanquiverdes own door marked the differences. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

"Our story is not over yet"


The coach met for the last time this season to his players and sent them an emotional speech before the holidays.

With faces and signs of sleep the previous night had been held, the players first team met yesterday for the last time this season, with the monkey work, in one more session designed as a farewell as training to use. Pep Guardiola wanted to call one last time to his players for a chance to say goodbye in the privacy and tranquility, for since Eric Abidal looked up Barca's Champions League quarter last Saturday, the Catalans have not had a moment of relaxation.

Yesterday's session featured two very special guests, especially after what happened this season. The two cups that are credited as winners of the Champions League and were waiting on the lawn of the Nou Camp, for players to touch them, kiss, be re-photographed with them as a souvenir for posterity or to teach them through social networks, as did some.

Although the time of the call were 11.30, some of them were taken as a reference when required but the timeliness of the day, when late for a workout is punishable by a fine.

As usual, Pep Guardiola was the first to appear in the Barca stadium to reach the Nou Camp by 9 am, when even tourists were in the stadium. The technician is not granted truce and yesterday also had areas in which to think, for example, in the words that would direct a few hours later to his men before the holidays.
As for the players, Victor Valdes was the first to arrive at the appointment. The goalkeeper came to the 10:45 a.m.. For its part, the last to appear were Jose Manuel Pinto, Eric Abidal who "brought him his wife Hayet" and Gerard Pique. The central face of Catalan, which ended the call at 11.45 am, made clear that the post-concert celebration of Shakira had lengthened the night before.

As they were all dressed in pink tracksuit regular training sessions, Guardiola has gathered around him. It was time to target them and to close the season, officially.

"Liven up the holidays, because the year has been grueling," the coach told his players, aware of the extra pressure that had to endure throughout the year, with constant attacks by the inordinate sectors related to Florentino Perez and Jose Mourinho. If until this year, Guardiola was proud of his players for showing the connection in the field and internal harmony in the locker room this season, the boys have also shown that having a degree of extraordinary maturity, as not being well, could not withstand the barrage of criticism and accusations surreal.

But beyond noting his mental strength, the coach sent them a message for the future, "July 18, I hope to here because our story is not over yet." With this sentence, which will sink deep into the minds of his players, the coach got what now yeah end to a season for framing.

The coach addressed individually did not prevent any of the players in the squad, not those who openly disregard what their future. At the end of the day, all players who make up the first team have a contract in force at least until next season.

Pep Guardiola will now focus on his new challenge when he returns from vacation. And after three seasons after winning players and make history by football titles and philosophy, the coach will have to seek new tools of motivation for his players. We never lose sight that the hunger for titles in the template will be the easy time to motivate his men.

At about 12.40 again began to march all members of staff, after the hugs for a farewell. Some of them must now meet commitments selection began yesterday for many a well deserved holiday. Leo Messi was among the first to go. `The Flea" was to prepare the case, since yesterday took a plane to his native Argentina.

How could it be otherwise, the coach was the last to leave the premises, maintaining the trend of the season. Pep left the stage to the 2:30 p.m., with the mind of the planning for next season, which begins July 18. The challenge of improving their numbers is difficult, but it's just impossible goals that have fed the hunger of the locker room during the past three seasons. (via SPORT)

Messi wants to be to play the Super Cup against Real Madrid

The Argentine summer live a very tight and should make a special season for Barcelona.

Leo Messi awaits a particularly challenging summer, but do not want to miss the clash against Real Madrid twice on 14 and 17 August. Leo holidays started yesterday, but in nine days must be incorporated to the concentration of Argentina to begin the preparation of the Copa America, yet another challenge of 'The Flea'. This even greater, because the tournament is held in his country and that Argentina hopes to see the best version of Leo to lift the championship.

Messi will join Argentina issued on 8 June to 30 participate in the preparation of the team who have these weeks for the team regain the physical tone and absorb the ideas Batista tactics. The 20 is expected to play a friendly against albiceleste Parguay in Buenos Aires, an event that will be used to see at what point is the computer before starting the championship.

Argentina will begin its journey in the Copa America on July 1 to Bolivia. On 6 will face Colombia and 11 is expected to play against Costa Rica. In the event that Batista all go to the next stage play the quarter to 16, the semifinals and the final 19 on 24 this month. In this context "with Argentina reaching the tournament final chapter" Messi could come to play seven games with the albiceleste.

Leo closed his participation in the Copa America on July 24 and enjoy on vacation until Aug. 3, the date on which in principle is expected to join the Barcelona pre-season, namely the U.S. tour. It is also possible that some friendly dispute Messi for their account either by advertising commitments as charities and other summers occurred "during the space between their participation in the Copa America and the start of the season with Barcelona .

The Argentine star these parties "without" and with Argentina reaching as far as possible, you may have a total of only 18 days. For Messi, however, would be much worse to have more vacation days, since that would mean he has not achieved the goals with Argentina. And is that `The Flea" knows what it is to have the press in Argentina nail following the failure of the albiceleste. Messi has always underlined its commitment to Argentina and more than once says his big challenge is to win a World Cup with Argentina. Leo only knows how to win a World Cup and Gold Sub'20 in Beijing with Argentina, so the Copa America as a great opportunity to change his luck with yours.

If finally joins the issue of FC Barcelona on August 3, Leo hopes to be ready for both games against Real Madrid Super Cup in Spain. The meetings are scheduled for 14 and 17 August, but Messi will have a specific physical preparation, and will not stand many days as many of their peers.

Leo does not intend to miss the double confrontation against a set of Mourinho. At just 23 years, 'The Flea will you continue to make history with Barcelona and he also knows that in the summer of 2012 will have enough time to rest, since it has no commitments with the albiceleste. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Soriano, Dos Santos and Romeu, transfer options in subsidiary


Barça B season has appreciated some team players could accept a transfer to play at First Division.

The great season Barça subsidiary can also bring economic benefits to the club if confirmed some of the possible operations to transfer the template directed by Luis Enrique. The top scorer in the category, Jonathan Soriano, have multiple options to leave the club and take a leap in quality.

His agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, planned to meet this week with leaders of the club to set a price for a possible transfer. The striker can choose your destination, you will first division deals and foreign teams with aspirations.

Oriol Romeu, one of the most promising players of Barca B, also could leave the computer for longer in the First Division or abroad. Benfica has been interested in the midfielder Ulldecona and if Barca accepts rid of him, paid an extra amount.

Jonathan dos Santos is another player whose transfer would leave money in the coffers of the club. The Mexican player played the Copa America with his choice and his time in the tournament, to be held in Argentina between 1 and 24 July, could add value to your money.

El Rayo Vallecano has asked Oier Olazabal, which could strengthen the team in Madrid in First.

After Wembley, the challenge now is Munich


Barca will meet on August 25 rivals in the group stage in order to validate title in the Allianz Arena.

With the Champions at Wembley still in the retina, the next edition of the continental showpiece and takes shape. Barça face, of course, as head of series, from Pot 1 the draw for the group stage taking place in Monaco, ready to make history. No team has repeated title since the format was introduced Champions, but the club seems ready to break that statistic. If Wembley was the venue dream to lift the European Cup quarter, the headquarters of the end of 2012 will not fare behind. Be played in Munich's Allianz Arena. The champions begin their title defense on 13 or 14 September in the first round of the group stage.

With 22 teams already qualified for the group stage, the heats of summer will help to elucidate the ten teams which will join the big club competition in the continent.

The draw for the group stage will take place on Thursday 25 August at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo. Barca will start from the first drum, that of the seeded teams, as their European coefficient is the second best in Europe, only surpassed by Manchester United just.

The UEFA calculates the coefficients of the European teams in terms of sport performance for the last five seasons and their country of origin. Each team gets two points if they win and one in case of a tie, and competitive games regardless of previous rounds. Being in the group stage of the Champions says three extra points, and from there, one point per round from the eighth to the final. To that figure must be added the 20 percent coefficient of each country, which is obtained by adding the total points of each team and dividing that figure by the number of teams in the country.

Interestingly, the Manchester United leads the ranking of the season just ended, with 36.6714 points, 36.6428 Barca, precisely because the 'country factor ". In the Champions League, the British team won nine games, drew three and lost one (the final), exactly the same numbers of Barca, so should the added advantage that UEFA made according to the country of origin. England has a rate of 3.67 and Spain, 3.64. (via SPORT)

Puyol to undergo op on Wednesday


Carles Puyol will be operated on at 14.00 on Wednesday, June 1st at the Clínica Quirón to resolve the problems he’s been suffering with his left knee.

Following the operation, Doctors Ricard Pruna and Ramon Cugat will speak to the media at the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room at the Camp Nou.

The Club captain was nearly three months out injured with tendon trouble in his left knee after he was taken off on January 22nd against Racing at the Camp Nou and didn’t return until his inclusion in the squad for the League game at the Bernabeu on April 15th.

Since the game against Madrid, Puyol has been used sparingly by Guardiola –he took part in both the Champions League semi-finals, but only came on for the final three minutes against United at Wembley. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Champions League 2010/11: Did you know...?


The 2011 European Champions scored the most goals in the Tournament and had the leading goalscorer during a fantastic campaign that reached a fitting conclusion at Wembley on Saturday night. Below are some facts and figures from the campaign:

Of their 13 Champions League games this season, Barça won 9, drew 3 (away to Copenhagen and Rubin Kazan as well as at home to Real Madrid) and lost just once –away to Arsenal.

The Camp Nou has been a fortress this season, with five wins and just the one draw in the semis against Madrid.

Barça were the leading goal scorers with 30 goals(18 at home, 9 away and 3 at Wembley) and conceded just 9 (4 at home, 4 away and 1 in the final).

The Champions also had most shots on goal -7.54 a game, ahead of second placed Bayern, who averaged 7,38.

Only two teams committed less fouls per game than Barça(10,92) -Rangers (9,83) and Inter (10,7) and only two teams received more fouls - Braga (17,33) and Partizan (16,5), compared to Barça’s 16,23.

Guardiola used a total of 26 players in the competition – one more than in the Spanish Cup and two less than in La Liga.

Sergio Busquets has played most minutes for the team in this campaign – 1129, just five more than Dani Alves.

Gerard Piqué is the player who has made most tackles -122 in the 11 games he played.

Messi was the competition’s leading scorer – as he has been for the last three seasons now with 12 goals. Pedro (5) and Villa (4) were the team’s next leading scorers.

This year’s Champions League title means that Guardiola has now lifted 10 trophies in his three years in charge. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Silvestre, new target of Barca


Although his natural position is the center can also act in the right-back, and lacking in goal to be a defender (6 goals this season in league).

Barcelona seems to have a new goal to strengthen its defense next season. According to the website ' Calciomercato 'it would be the Matías Silvestre , Argentine footballer of Catania .

Sylvester was one of the key pieces of the great season by the team coached by Diego Simeone , getting permanenciua in Serie A and into the agenda of several great Italians such as Lazio, Roma and Fiorentina . Although his natural position is the center can also act in the band right hand, and lacking in goal to be a defender (6 goals this season in league).

He is 26 years old, it measures 184 centimeters and their professional career began in Boca Juniors in 2003. The Argentine club remained until 2008, when he signed the Catania, with whom he played 118 official matches and, although confrimación has come this season. Market price is around 2.5 million euros. (via AS)

Sporting expects to close the transfer of José Ángel to Barcelona


The Asturian club paid 4.5 million euros from the fullback.

Sporting the coaching staff faces a week that can be resolved some of the future negotiations remains open at present, especially the progress of the lateral José Ángel Barcelona and know the intentions of the central Catalan club Alberto Botia , over which it has an option to purchase.

Barcelona disputed delayed until after the end of the Champions League on completion of negotiations for the signing of Jose Angel by the Sporting hopes to enter around 4.5 million euros , and at first not interested in reduce the amount in exchange for the transfer of a player.

The coach of Sporting, Manolo Preciado, he already manifested their rejection to incorporate given players, especially in defense, mainly if Botía continues in the team gijonés, he/she doubts that they also hope to clear this week in the conversations that maintain those responsible for both clubs.

Armenteros, Nino, Ricardo Damián Suárez León and reinforcements are being sought across the Sporting next season, although in cases of Child and Ricardo León must first make its low in Tenerife, and Damian Smith to Uruguayan League finish, as if there is agreement between the clubs.

Armenteros belongs to Sevilla and is pending whether the future coach of the Andalusian team is going to have him. Otherwise your choice would be the Sporting despite his current team, Rayo Vallecano, is also interested in its continuity.

In addition to inclusion in the first team this preseason young Nacho Cases will join four other players from the subsidiary, Sergio Alvares, Juan Muniz, Pedro and Alain Orfila . The four have worked with Preciado last summer but this time have many choices, especially the first two, to become incorporated into the first team.

The club also works gijonés the departure of some players that do not account for the next season, such as striker Mate Bilic , who in the absence of minutes this season is also keen to leave Sporting and looking to play for to be part of the selection of Croatia in the next European Championship. (via Marca.com)