23 June 2011

"Abidal wants to continue and to retire in Barça"

Eric Abidal will soon 'yes' to the renewal offer from FC Barcelona. Barca waiting for his response for several weeks and his agent sent a reassuring message on Thursday. The defender is happy at the Nou Camp and poses no play anywhere else ...


"Sure. His will is to continue at the club and finish his career with Barça." It's clear David Venditelli was expressed, the representative of Abidal, told TV3.

Abidal, 31, is under contract until June 2012 and the club, at the request of coach Pep Guardiola, offered to extend for two more seasons, through 2014.

Venditelli explained that this week contacted the club to address the issue, and explained that his delay was due to sign the player wanted to wait until he fully recovered from his surgery, after you remove a tumor in the liver.

Abidal, who reappeared in the final stretch of the season after being two months out because of his illness, is these days on vacation. And his desire is clear: to continue at the club until his retirement. (via SPORT)

Barça players at the Olympics

Five members of the first team squad have played in the Olympic Games – Guardiola in 1992, Xavi and Puyol in Sidney in 2000 and the Argentineans Messi and Mascherano in the 2008 games in Beijing.


It’s every sportsman’s dream to play in an Olympic Games, where the best of every discipline come together to compete in a fantastic spectacle that is the focus of the whole world’s attention. Only five of Barça’s first team squad – including the boss -have ever had that wonderful experience.


It was a difficult summer in 2008, but it ended happily with Leo Messi finally returning from the Beijing Olympics with a gold medal after the Argentinean team, which included Javier Mascherano beat Nigeria in the final thanks to a Di Maria goal set up by Messi himself.


After missing out at the 2004 and 2008 games, Spain will again be present in at London 2012. The last time the Spanish team made it through to a Games was at Sidney in 2000, when they lost on penalties to Eto’o’s Cameroon. Xavi and Puyol were both in the young Spanish squad and both played in the final.


In the unforgettable summer of 1992, Pep Guardiola, alongside Chapi Ferrer, Luis Enrique, Abelardo, Kiko and Alfonso, helped Spain win their only gold medal in the competition, beating Poland in the final at the Camp Nou. Can the latest crop of Spanish youngsters repeat that feat next year in London? (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Santos already thinks of Barça

Brazilian Santos that this Wednesday won the final of the Glass Liberators, will participate in the World cup of Clubs of FIFA and he/she already thinks of one of its possible rivals: FC Barcelona.


Muricy Ramalho, coach of the South American, said after the match that his team won by Peñarol in Uruguay "Barcelona is the favorite," although it qualified "But people never give up and we'll try."

Ramalho said: "Barcelona is difficult to study because they are too good" and said: "If we keep the staff, the club is a favorite, but if we keep it and add a piece or two can dream."

In turn, the player claimed by several European clubs Goose said his desire is to "stay in the Santos and play against Barcelona."

Elano, finally, said: "We will face the best team in the world. It is a pleasure."

Barca will be recalled that Santos could only see their faces in a hypothetical final. (via SPORT)

"Jeffren has more attractive offers of Spain and England that that of Udinese"

The father and representative of the end of the ship spoke of her son's future and said his son is as or more bids than the Udinese atravtivas Italian.


The future of Isaac Suárez Bermúdez Jeffren (Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, 01.20.1988) better known as Jeffren promises to become one of the soap operas of the summer. The express winger of Barça could enter in the operation Alexis with Udinese but Efren Suárez, its father and representative, he affirmed this Wednesday for the night that is not that the only offer that they shuffle for the future.

Jeffren's father, who was interviewed in the program Intereconomía 'Punto Pelota', claimed to have on the table "more attractive offers from Spain and England that the Udinese." So much so that even dared to rule Italy as a destination for your child immediately.

Efren was a bit upset with the transferable label you have placed his client. "They have their reasons, people want to sign and go. But neither plan to be so every day," he said. He repeated the message of rejection of the offer of the Italian team that has sounded in recent weeks as a destination for limbo. "The Udinese worthless. There are options in Spain or England more valid than those of Italy."

Finally, the player's father was happy for his performance against Belarus with the U 21 in limbo which scored the 3-1, a goal from outside the area certified to advance to the final of the 'very red' . "I personally needed a performance like today," he said. (via SPORT)

Barça’s preseason rivals (IV): Manchester United

Just two months after meeting in the Champions League final at Wembley, Manchester United and Barça will face each other again –in Washington on July 30th, in the first game of the Club’s US Tour.


Pep Guardiola will take his players to the States after games against Hadjuk Split in Croatia and the Audi Cup in Munich. This first game of the US Tour will be played on the Fedex Field in the American capital.

Sir Alex Fergusson has made it clear that he will be looking to sign new players this summer and he moved fast to snap up the England Under 21 defender Phil Jones from Blackburn and winger Ashley Young from Aston Villa. United have also expressed an interest in Atletico Madrid keeper David de Gea and are expected to move for a creative midfielder in the close season.

The new signings are all the more necessary as two of the veterans of the squad –Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, who played his last few minutes for the club against Barça at Wembley, have both retired and defender Wes Brown looks likely to leave when his contract runs out.

The game comes just 15 days before United kick off their Premier League title defence, with their first game of the season away to West Bromwich Albion on August 13th. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The 32 goals of Soriano or to go to for a tip 'I am used Larsson'

I always ended up doing what they said. Jonathan Soriano (Pont de Vilomara, 9/24/1985) makes as few best given, score goals. Despite being offered a few days ago to be a bargaining chip in an operation (one year left on his contract with Barca), the player waits patiently to be told what happens to their future. If realized exits Bojan and Jeffren artillery group Guardiola would still brutal, but the coach will want an attacker who can finish a game refloat if necessary. And that can get its endorsement of 32 goals scored this season that just ended, but should not rule out a possible search for a striker style Larsson (Sweden who played for Barcelona from 2004 to 2006).

This profile players fit Güiza names (Pep their ways appeal to you on the field) or Diego Forlan, the Uruguayan striker of Atletico Madrid that if anything is left over seniority, goal and knowledge of Spanish football. It was close to fi and char for the club long ago (I was home in Castelldefels) and in a few days should announce his future at the Vicente Calderon after a campaign that could have complicated somewhat devalued its cache. (via AS)

Guardiola will push for signings

Guardiola wants a competitive workforce in all fronts during 2011-12 but the club does not want to fall victim to market.


Reinforce the squad, yes. At any rate, no. This is the message he conveyed to those responsible Josep Guardiola's Barca sports area first team before leaving on vacation. The first team needs three or four signings of first-rate guarantees to meet all fronts competitive the 2011-12 season and has very defined Pep why players would be ideal for reinforcing positions and offer more tactical variants. But that does not say that the club has to enter an auction with other clubs or ending each recruitment should become a soap opera without a solution. The technician again has ratified which is in absolute keeping with club policy and decisions taken thereon and Josep Maria Bartomeu Andoni Zubizarreta, aimed at a price set by the star players and an auction.


So far, all the negotiating process has been slowed by the high financial claims of all clubs. If in the event of future signings, as Andrada, Jose Angel or Araujo, the club has had to stop negotiations on the reinforcements first-order situation is no different.

Thus, hiring Alexis Sanchez, who seemed the most advanced, has been held to combine the demands of Udinese (50 million euros) with the offer from Manchester City, just over the Blaugrana. Barca put on the table 28 million, which would join other concepts such as five million more in performance-related variables of the player if blaugrana dresses, four more which have been estimated transfer value of a young squad, participation in the Joan Gamper Trophy and a second friendly dispute.

The situation is very similar in the case of Giuseppe Rossi, another player who was seen as an excellent reinforcement for the front Catalans but has met with the obstacle of the economic requirements of Villarreal. While Villarreal asks 30 million euro for the pass of Italian-American front, without any conditions, the club brings to the table to 17 million that could add up to ten million more, depending on different concepts such as objectives and titles. The differences are so pronounced in this case that the negotiations have been stalled for the moment absolutely even though the player wanted to jump into the Camp Nou.

And then there is Cesc Fabregas for a player who is regarded as essential for the future in the medium term as determined by its characteristics. The problem is again the same, the captain of Arsenal and Barcelona want to return to London from the entity has ensured Arsene Wenger is willing to accept his departure. However, the 40 million claimed by the gunner `Is view from the offices of Aristides Maillol as barbaric.

Zubizarreta and Bartholomew are aware of all developments Guardiola is aware that the economy of the club is not able to withstand heavy shaking. Moreover, neither the coach nor the club want to enter a transfer policy that involves an absurd waste considering that the staff talk about European champions, even though all recognize that it is too short.

Therefore, the slogan they have made everyone in 'Barça' is patience and work but only put added pressures would play for clubs sellers. The fact that players want to dress Barca is a factor that could eventually play for Guardiola. (via SPORT)

Juan Carlos Unzué, returns to Club as goalkeeping coach

FC Barcelona wish to communicate that they have reached an agreement with Juan Carlos Unzué to become goalkeeping coach for next season, with an option of a further year.


Carles Busquets, who has filled the post this season, will move to take on the same role with the B team.

Unzué, who played at Osasuna, Barça, Tenerife and Oviedo, re-joined the Club at the start of the 2003/04 season as goalkeeping coach with Frank Rijkaard and after five years working with the Dutch manager, he was kept on when Pep Guardiola took over as boss.

However, Unzue decided to then move into management himself and took the post at Numancia and in his first season he took them to tenth spot, clear of relegation and nearly making the play off positions. After last year’s single season in Soria, Unzué has now returned to the back room staff at the Club and will begin work when the squad return on July 18th. (via FCBarcelona.cat)



Santos, won the Copa Libertadores

Santos was proclaimed champion of the Copa Libertadores after winning Peñarol Montevideo 2-1 in the second leg played in Sao Paulo. The Brazilian team will be one of the rivals Barcelona at the Club World Cup.


For the second consecutive season, a Brazilian team became champion of the Copa Libertadores and participate in the Club World Cup to be held in Japan next December. The Saints will be one of the rivals FC Barcelona in the competition after crowned champion Libertadores Cup by beating Peñarol Montevideo 2-1 in the return match played at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo.

Santos worth only the 0-0 victory after the first leg in Montenvideo and came out determined to score as soon as possible aware that Peñarol base its strength in the defensive solidity and exits on the counterattack. For the first time, Uruguayan champion controlled the situation by preventing attacks fruition Brazilians come to rest with the initial 0.0. But once started the second half, the young star of Santos, Neymar marked the 1-0 advantage with a low shot in attendance Arouca.

Neymar's goal broke schemes Peñarol was forced to take risks . Santos not missed and when pressed more insistently Uruguayan goal of Raphael, the side made ​​it 2-0 Danilo with a tight shot to stick in 68 minutes. Penarol needed two goals to change the situation and visiting technical Diego Aguirre Estoyanoff ushered to the front. His presence was the desired result since in his first action, his center caused the own goal by Durval. was 2-1 and the game went crazy. The Saints enjoyed some more time to round off the victory two shots and Zé Eduardo Neymar that crashed into the pole. The Saints get their third Copa Libertadores which has been repeating the end of 1962 with the legendary Pele in the ranks of the Brazilian team.

Four teams qualified for the Club World Cup.
After the victory of the Saints in the final of the Copa Libertadores, the eighth edition of the Club World Cup 2001 and has four ranked teams. This is the FC Barcelona, ​​as a champion of the Champions League, Monterrey Mexico, as the CONCACAF champion, and champion of the Confederation of Oceania, Auckland, New Zealand. It remains to define the champions of the CAF (African Federation), the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and the champions of Japan as host country.

Eto'o-Ibrahimovic-Bojan: The curse of the '9' of Barça

In three years, the 'feeling' led to the departure of Samuel Eto'o, the philosophy of Ibrahimovic and ostracism of Bojan.


For the third consecutive year, Barcelona will send one of their forwards centers to Italian football. In the 2009-10 season at Inter was sent to Samuel Eto'o in 2010-11 had to "shake off" to Zlatan Ibrahimovic with another ticket to Milan, according to Sandro Rosell revelation of the president, and in order to campaign 2011-12 Bojan Krkic Rome, attempting to take the minutes that have not enjoyed in the Camp Nou.

Like a relay race, all of them have been collecting the baton to the number of the scorer, '9 ', a ridge that usually means an endorsement but who exhibited recently at the club, is the first step to pack.

There are several explanations for area man run out of luck. The first, obviously, is purely football: the Barça most triumphant history plays no man area, meaning the end of life prowling the penalty spot to hunt for a ball. Since a while before the 2-6 in the Bernabeu coach Pep Guardiola had the brilliant idea of inventing for Leo Messi the demarcation of "false 9," according to its own nomenclature, have no lack of "authentic '9 '." Although it has cost so assimilated David Villa , his entire career in front of the goalie until he came to Barca . The Guaje , which certainly looks savior '7 ', has tried breaking goal, not being. Live it more naturally Pedro Rodriguez , the invisible man to whom we can see, usually to make goal. Who did not understand well, who preferred his style at all costs was Ibra . It lasted one season. And it was sarcastically calling "philosopher" to Guardiola , when it was actually the philosophy of his game and his behavior that he was convicted, despite his 21 goals.

You can not say the same of Eto'o , '9 'most profitable European football in the XXI century, also in Barcelona . You can not explain the triplet-2009 without the Cameroonian author of 36 points. Theirs was "a matter of feeling," as admitted Guardiola . Bojan will go to fight ostracism: 20 years, makes no sense to be as alternate as it has been. There is also an economic background, beginning in the ruinous exchange of Ibra by Eto'o . The conclusion is that, if it comes Giuseppe Rossi , better not ask '9 '. (via MD)

Bojan Krkic-Ricky Rubio: Parallel lives

Bojan and Ricky became known as cadets in 2006, staged the first cover of MD in 2008 and have seen '9 'Barca the same day.


They agreed on shooting a Nike spot, but where you really know where they exchanged their mobile numbers was the drafting of Mundo Deportivo. On December 21, 2007, Bojan Krkic (Linyola, August 28, 1990) and Ricky Rubio (El Masnou, October 21, 1990), two promising young 17 years of FC Barcelona and DKV Joventut that pointed stars, underwent a fun photo shoot with our friend Pere Puntí from which he was the first cover of 2008, which was to be his confirmation in the elite, having become known in 2006 and explode in 2007. On Tuesday, three and a half years later, they compat cover, this time after hanging up the '9 'of Barcelona , Bojan agreeing his move to Rome and Ricky performing with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At the last second

Far as those months are May and June 2006, in which Bojan , age cadet scored the goal that gave the league the discount at Junior A and then won the Copa del Rey. In August, Ricky , who had his debut in the ACB with 14 years, 11 months and 24 days, stunned in the final of the European cadet, first forcing overtime with a triple release from midfield and after signing the victory with a stratospheric statistics: 51 points, 24 rebounds, 13 assists and 7 recoveries.

Exploded in 2007. Bojan took the subsidiary, debuted with Rijkaard in Egypt became champion of Europe and runner-up with the U-17 and ended the year consolidated into the first team with three goals already to his credit. Meanwhile, Ricky was an idol in Badalona and the fifth highest-rated player in the ACB.

In 2008 continued to grow, as a lion's tail and another as head of a mouse. While Bojan took advantage of his minutes off the bench, February 10 Ricky led a Rudy Fernández immense triumph of Penya in the final of the Copa del Rey, with the TAU and Vitoria. While Bojan finished the season in black, Ricky added a second title, the ULEB Cup . And while Bojan renounced the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, which ended the winning team, Ricky hung the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

In recent years, Bojan it has won trophies with Barca , but without the confidence of Guardiola , who only rely on him when he got tired of Ibra. The last four league games of 2009/2010, with stellar performances in El Madrigal and Pizjuán , Linyola invited to dream of a better future, but the 2010/2011 has been a nightmare. Ricky earned a berth in the NBA , followed by hanging medals with the selection and signed two years as Barca sensational, with six titles, including Liga ACB and Euroleague .

Yes we have kept pace in character. Are identical. In 2007 they were kids and now they are stars, but still characterized by its simplicity, naturalness, their sympathy, to maintain the friendships of a lifetime. In large part, largely thanks to his parents, Bojan , former footballer and Maria Lluis, and Esteve, former basketball player, and Tona, who now will be living in airports. "They are healthy people and those who live with them put the hand in the fire that never change," he wrote in January 2008. No wrong.

Bojan and Ricky are separated. He will be missed as people. And as professionals. Because they enjoyed seeing. Bojan at the Palau Blaugrana, where he was often to encourage the Regal FC Barcelona , as it did in the final of the Euroleague Paris to Olympiacos . And Ricky , who played football until he was ten years in the Camp Nou. Now continue on TV. And on the phone, they were exchanged that December 21, 2007 in MD. Luck. (via MD)

'Hunted' for Johan of Crackòvia

MD saw except for two of the 18 holes.


Imagine the scene: Santi Malia, MD, plays a game of tournament reporters in Montanyà. Among others, one of his colleagues called Jordi Ríos. This way, you may not say anything. But if Rivers is clear that the actor who plays the great Johan Cruyff in imitation of 'Crackòvia', the comedy show on TV3, is another matter. And look where, between Malia and Rivers sighted at a distance of a couple who reminds someone: "Hey, Are not those Pep and Johan?" "You think so?". "Yes, they are!".

The sequence continues and will match hardly the writers 'Crackòvia': the other greets Johan authentic and even taking a picture with him and soon, the image browsing twitter. Malia, a professional, manages the Web MD is the first report of the famous game of golf having a sequence atypical begins in the hole 10 and goes until 18 and then 1 to 9. Always great.

A server only photographer except on days like yesterday, asking permission to collect Pep exclusive images. "You yourself, but tell it to Johan." And Johan, after thinking, go and grab the stick. First shot, 'rabazo' equivalent to 'mister' soccer. Pep, attentive, release: "Quiet Johan, I give you a Mulligan." 'Mulligan' is, in the jargon delgolf, a shot of gift. Other 'rabazo' Johan. Another 'Mulligan' Pep. And Johan turns to the photographer and said smiling: "'Well, you already have enough photos ...". And to Pep jokes: "They put the photo when I am wrong, see." For once Johan is wrong: here are the photos, just good. (via MD)

Bartomeu went to London for Cesc Fàbregas

Vice President moved last week an offer to Arsenal, which has not responded so far.


The FC Barcelona is moving their chips to achieve the signing of Cesc Fabregas , one of the priorities of Pep Guardiola , while Arsenal maintained without giving the OK to pass for now. MD has been told, the sports vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu took the initiative to meet the requests of the coach and traveled to London last week to present an offer to the club 'gunner', represented at the summit by its chief executive Ivan Gazidis .

The Arsenal , which priced to Cesc in 55 million as reported two weeks ago this newspaper, listened to Bartomeu , who offered between 30 and 35 'kilos' in line with the declaration of intent to Sandro Rosell. The London club, which has the Barca offer on the table, has not yet responded but the club in any case reach 40 million.

Pending the talks continue, Fabregas yesterday sent a wink to Barcelona from Djakarta. "My biggest idol is Pep Guardiola," he said yesterday before a crowd of Indonesian children during a promotional event for a brand of cookies. Accompanied by his agent, Darren Dein, son of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, the Catalan midfielder distanced himself from a possible landing at the Nou Camp but reiterated his devotion to Santpedor, which aims to have at your disposal at the club.

In statements to EFE, the rule of Arenys news about his future in the coming days. Cesc today will move to the island of Bali to participate in another publicity event, sponsor a tournament final and child rest in a resort before Sunday to travel back to Barcelona to monitor your Campus. (via MD)

Barça is planted before Udinese by Alexis Sánchez

Presented its latest offer and Alexis now must convince his club that 'pass' the City.


"The ball is on the roof of Udinese." That is the reflection that make today on the signing of Alexis Sanchez , at the offices of FC Barcelona , where no relies too heavily on the outcome of this 'saga' is imminent. The Barça has been repeatedly close the deal, but Udinese have been delaying and delaying negotiations with the intention of more expensive and more of their 'product'. Now, the Catalan club has already been planted. He has presented his final proposal, which is more than substantial, and will now wait patiently to see what the club decides del Friuli.

The Udinese 's crazy for accepting the proposal of Manchester City , which is more juicy than the Barcelona economic level and also guarantees the payment in cash, while Barca would meet the payments by installments in the seasons that lasted the contract Alexis Sanchez in Barcelona . Come on, for Udinese much better those offered by Manchester City : more pasta and also to tocateja.

El Barça , meanwhile, knows that now more than ever, which holds the key to negotiation is Alexis Sanchez . That is, the player who can swing the balance towards Barca since no one can force you to sign for City . What fills you is signing for FC Barcelona to play with the best in the world and have the highest chances of winning titles with Messi , Xavi , Iniesta and co.

In fact, the player has also been planted at his club. Those who know him say he is literally "haunted" by Barça , who knows all the Catalan club, and however much he may try to 'eat the coconut' in your club can not bend. In addition, it has maintained some contact with Barca has reassured because they have said is the first choice for the front and have asked him to hold the type for the Catalan club.

Branca loose tongue

On the other hand, yesterday Marco Branca , the man 'mercato' of Inter Milan , spoke about the interest of the club 'Nerazzurri' on Alexis Sanchez . Branca was blunt in his statements: "He is a player we liked, but the Manchester City increased its offer for him to 35 million euros, plus a few extras (on purpose), so we ruled out the race for his signature ".

Branca continued to give cause for hope to FC Barcelona . "The player has chosen to go to Barcelona, ​​which has offered 28 million euros, more than 10 million more goals. Not many clubs can afford it," he revealed. These figures, up one million below one million, in line with actual supply Barca

New buzz: yesterday left the concentration
Alexis Sanchez is the most wanted man in Chile. Yesterday, he watched his team-mates were going to Paraguay, where they play a friendly today. Dispensing act on their coach to avoid injury, Alexis was concentrated in Santiago, but left after an unknown destination. Rumors that could have left for the airport to fly to Barcelona resurfaced. The day before he left and concentration as well. MD was told that he was to testify in a trial by a dispute between two former representatives in 2005, they sold their rights Udinese $ 2.5 million. (via MD)

Barça is interested in Rossi before the march of Bojan again

Barca does not preclude the operation of the Villarreal striker after take time to cool
The Italian-American is a signing that will not preclude Alexis, where on reasonable terms


Although there have appeared, the Barca has not ruled out signing Giuseppe Rossi , far from it. Chronologically, the operation by the Villarreal striker was the first that fired the Catalan club. However, parked a few weeks left to understand that in the course of the negotiation could be more helpful to cool the case, giving no impression of anxiety. The Villarreal put the bar out of his scoring by 30 million euros, an amount that the Barcelona has always understood as excessive. As there was no movement in any way from the Camp Nou triggered another "front operation", that of the dribbler, with Alexis Sanchez target. With respect to Chile's Udinese has gone much further, although his arrival is not yet closed.

Mundo Deportivo has learned that the Barca , if you close the signing of Alexis does not rule on Rossi . That is, not the arrival of Chilean would plug the Italian-American, provided it is done within certain parameters financially bearable for the club's coffers. Moreover, the president Sandro Rosell and warned that this season, if the technicians deemed necessary, it can take account of the budget and transfer budget for next season, especially considering that remains to address the desired hiring Pep Guardiola , of Cesc Fabregas . There are also ten million euros will leave Rome on hand for the imminent transfer of Bojan Krkic , who added to the 45 that are initially budgeted for the team high.

In sports, the output of Bojan can join very soon in limbo . Occur, Guardiola would stay in your wardrobe with three pure strikers, Messi , Villa and Peter . They could be attached Afellay , who has acted in the extreme, but then, from a technical standpoint, are considered necessary additions of two more attackers. The top of the list, as reported promptly MD are Alexis and Rossi , who last night coincided with Steve Nash at a ceremony in New York.

The freezing of the Operation Rossi 'troubled player and their environment. His agent, Federico Pastorello , came to take for "deleted" the option of going to Barca . "At the moment, the situation is closed now need to see what will happen," Pastorello said just two days. Better not turn off the phone Pastorello

Figures from the transfer of Bojan, uncovered
Gradually transcending some data the agreement with FC Barcelona and AS Roma are being finalized for the transfer of Bojan Krkic is a fact. Yesterday, explained Rome, Barcelona repurchase option was almost set. The amounts involved in Italy, filtered through the capital club, is to recover the Barca striker should pay 11 million at the end of the first season, and 15 at the end of the second. They also explain the Italian capital from the deal could be closed for ten million (crabber to be more) and, finally, the commitment of the Roma Bojan could finally be not four but five seasons. (via MD)

A day of golf in Montanyà

Josep Guardiola one of their days of rest took advantage to meet with Johan Cruyff in the Club Golf Montanyà and to dispute a departure.


The easy solution would be to talk of a meeting between teacher and student at The Golf Club The Montanyà. However, use of fireworks this year would be a mistake for two reasons. To begin with, because despite the respect Josep Guardiola continues as a legend Johan Cruyff, the excellent record of technical Santpedor on the bench makes the episode a 'peer appointment ¿. And second, because after so many years between the Dutch and Catalan there is a relationship of deep friendship beyond that will always Cruyff Cruyff Pep and many of the Barca.

So yesterday, the great green club El Brull was the place chosen by Johan and Pep to enjoy a day morning around one of his passions, golf. Barca coach, who in recent weeks has been doing office work to plan next season and putting together the staff, toured around seventy kilometers from Barcelona Montanyà CG facilities to meet the exentrenador and to practice a bit sport. As Johan said, it was not to win one another, but to win the field. Also, relax in the Parc Natural del Montseny as a framework and, sure, talk football and soccer are men, but in an informal way. It was not a meeting or anything resembling it, but it is impossible to imagine that two patients' ¿of football no comment today, both as a general Blaugrana, especially when Guardiola has always recognized that takes into account the views of Cruyff.

They were only let out a small detail: during his tour coincided with the members of the Golf Association of Journalists of Catalonia, which unfortunately for him yesterday disputed a tournament in the same club. Therefore, the factor was removed from the discretion the first blow. Pep and Johan moved by the golf course in an electric car and completed nine holes of the first half of the trail before stopping a moment to relax and take refreshments in the bar area. Continued after a while but not completed eighteen years of travel. Perhaps influenced by the fact that the other golfers who were in the club to take advantage of the encontradizos and greet and be photographed with two figures identified as the FC Barcelona and Cruyff and Guardiola. One was George Rios, the actor of the `Crakòvia did TV3 and plays as well as himself Cruyff, Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos.

In any case, the time to verify that he has left behind Pep disc herniation how bad it did happen during the months of March and even forced him to be in for a few days. Yesterday could safely play golf, a sport that tests the musculature and bone structure of the back.

Then shared a table and tablecloth with Johan and a mutual friend in an atmosphere of cordiality and good humor. Luckily for him, the stresses of the bench and toss duels have been parked for a few weeks and will soon be off, almost entirely for a few days.

Pep rest for a couple of weeks with the family

Barca coach plans to relax with his partner Christine and their children for about two weeks before returning to concentrate fully on board for the preparation of the next season. Once you have completed the school term Pep devoted this period to spend more time with his family, because when the season is underway the many club commitments forced him to travel regularly.
The members of the Barca first team had no choice this summer games return to training on Monday 18 July.
Guardiola returning to work several days in advance, just to tie up the details that may be pending before the players return to activity. (via SPORT)

Valdes, Pedro and Busquets, heroes of late juveniles


Before the likes of Deulofeu, Rafinha and Sergi Gómez highlight the youth, other players, now consolidated into the first team, reached the Copa del Rey at that age. On Sunday the whole Oscar Garcia will have the opportunity to win back the trophy, this time to the highest city rivals, Espanyol. At the time, Valdes, Pedro and Busquets and savor the title. In the case of goal came in the 2001/02 season with old acquaintances from the Barca fans as Arteta, Fernando Navarro, Trashorras. Valdés took decisive action in Barcelona winning 2-0 at Mallorca. Peter took the trophy in 2005 after the triumph of youth at Sporting FC Barcelona (2-0). The victory, with a goal of the canary also marked the `triplet ¿of the large body of Red. Busquets, meanwhile, participated in the latest title in the 2005/06 Achievement ¿after passing the final against Zaragoza. (via SPORT)

Cesc doesn't forget Pep in Indonesia

"My biggest idol is Guardiola," was his response when asked about his football references.


Cesc Fabregas in Jakarta yesterday declined to make more impact on their future and who said he did not believe there are new highlights in the coming days. In fact, even Arsenal have ruled out significant progress in negotiations between Barcelona and Arsenal as he is in Indonesia.

Speaking to EFE, Fàbregas denied that there were "important news" in the coming days. His agent, Darren Dein, who accompanies the player on his tour of Asian lands, refused to make any statement about how they are negotiating with his client.

During the promotional event that Fabregas made a cookie brand held in the capital of Indonesia, and he dared to say a few words in Bahasa, the local language, the midfielder completed a questionnaire before hundreds of fans wearing the shirt of Arsenal of the Spanish selecccionada and one with Barcelona.

In fact, one of the boys who wore the Blaugrana elastic asked about his idol as a player. In this case, Cesc was clear in his answer: "My biggest idol has always been Guardiola." This was the only nod `What did Cesc Barca, all the time trying to launch balls out to the questions involved.

When asked about his passion for football player Arenys de Mar said that "the motivation comes from within me, I love the ball." Also said he was a privileged person "being able to play with some of the best footballers in the world," a clear reference to the Spanish team.

Indeed, in Jakarta coincided with a former partner of Arsenal, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who played several seasons with Barcelona. (via SPORT)

'The rise of Luis Enrique' in Barça TV

Barça TV premieres this Thursday at 23 pm a new report, this time with Luis Enrique to star. The former coach of Barça B takes stock of his three years at the club and reflects on his philosophy and success of Guardiola.



"The road we have traveled all components of the Barça B during these three years keeps special moments that have reminded these weeks. When the referee beeps the end of the last game, I expect to win, it's time to pack and know that I will not enter further into the Mini. But I'm emotionally attached to the Mini for life, "said Luis Enrique before the last game of the season, when the cameras widely attended Barça TV .

Luis Enrique has its usual candor how he lived three years and its evolution as a coach: "When there are group dynamics in which everyone feels important I have no doubt that numbers more than 1 + 1 + 1. And I think what happened here three years, especially last season. I am pleased and proud that it was me because a small part of the blame can be mine I think. "

Barca B Luis Enrique after being trained in 124 league games. The balance is 60 wins, 39 draws and 25 defeats. But beyond the numbers, his personality has made ​​these three years. In addition, the technician Spaniard won the last season promotion to Second Division A and this year achieved the best classification of the club's history. Some successes have led him to make the leap to Rome.

The story of 13 minutes, also features the reflections of people who have shared every day with Luis Enrique, as Joan Barbarà, the coach, Joaquin Valdes, the team psychologist, and Jaume Langa recovered. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barca, a team of 500 million

Economic experts and representatives agree that the club is the most valued around the world.


The club has come to the market this summer seeking reinforcements and has met with prohibitive prices that force you to cool many operations. ¿Valen really asking price for them? The required starting Udinese Alexis Sanchez 50 million euros, is asking Villarreal Giuseppe Rossi by 40 and even has priced Sporting Gijón José Angel 4.5. If none of them has won the Champions League and is world champion and if Chelsea came to pay 59 kilos by Fernando Torres, how really worth holding Barca players both marvel at his game?

In just three years since the arrival of Pep, the price has skyrocketed Barca to become the world's most expensive staff. Its value has been multiplied title after title (10 of 13) and players with zero cost for leaving the quarry are worth a fortune today. It is the mark Barça. At the beginning of this past season, according to a study by consultancy Frontier Economics, to Barca's starting line gave a value of 446.6 million. A survey of professional footballers from all fields (FIFA agents, marketing experts, former professors in economics and technical) notes that the price of eleven Barca is now about 500 million thanks to double-League Champions. Given that the cost was of 90.3 because eight players came from the quarry, goodwill is outstanding. Clauses, designed to avoid the temptations of other clubs, quadruple its value. If someone wanted to buy eleven Wembley should pay 2,000 million.

Prestigious Orobitg agents such as Josep Maria, Arturo Canales (IMG) and Gines Carvajal, and Josep Maria Minguella former collaborator MD, agree in their assessment. Age, games, goals, progression, the cost of transfer or the termination clause are some arguments, as well as intangibles such as the degree of rapport with peers or their acceptance with the fans. Esteve Calzada, Former Chief Marketing Barca and CEO of Prime Time Sport and today also represents, and Francesc Pujol, Cienc Dean of Economics and Business, University of Navarra and one of the most prestigious scholars in the assessment of the players also agree in their assessments. Messi, the best in the world, takes the cake. If someone wanted to hire you, its market price would be 131 million, according to the average of our six experts. Following a large cache would be world champions. Iniesta would be around 60, Xavi 42 cost, Piqué, 45 and Villa, 42. A Puyol puts him above 10, despite a clause that is down to 60% of games.


Josep Maria Gay, a Professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at the UB, says another theory. Not only must compute the value of the player but also the availability of the club as a buyer and no money, notes that the transfer of Messi would be 60 'kilos'. Indeed, he argues that the valuation of Madrid would be 500 'kilos', although his day Florentino Perez for them pagóen 1040. (via MD)

The relaxation of two champions


Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola's glorious past and present that is making a time. Both 'stars' agreed the golf club where he entertained Montanyà playing a little golf. The former Dutch coach, who, like Charly Rexach has a residence near the golf course is a big fan of the sport for years. In the case of Pep Guardiola, his fans came from when he played was playing in Qatar, where he "caught the bug 'for the sport. The picture you see the Twitter rose to the popular actor of comedy show 'Crackovia' Jordi Ríos . (via SPORT)

Bartomeu was the one who traded in London for Cesc

It was known that the club had already contacted with Arsenal for Cesc. Now, SPORT is able to give more details of the operation.


Do not know if Cesc Fabregas will eventually be before August 31 Barcelona player or not. What is certain is that things are much better than last year and there are more reasons for hope than ever.

Last Sunday Peter Hill-Wood, Arsenal chairman, confirmed that the club had already taken a first step to negotiate for Cesc, news, on the other hand SPORT had also last week in advance. But no details of what had happened. In fact, Hill-Wood spoke only telephone contact and that there was no offer. But now Sport has more details of what happened and, again, without putting the rooftops, there is reason for optimism.

Thursday June 16. Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice president of FC Barcelona, ​​take a flight from Barcelona to London. In the English capital, the manager waits Ivan Gazidis Blaugrana. It is the executive director of Arsenal. The English club, unlike last year, this time accepted to sit down with the club. And Bartomeu came with an offer that was not bad, around 35 million euros. Both the operation dirigintes thoroughly studied. So thoroughly that Bartomeu remained in London until Friday to keep talking to Gazidis.

The bad news is that the manager returned to Barcelona Barcelona without the acquiescence of the Arsenal. But the good news is that neither one was not. Just Gazidis told him that they wanted to study carefully the offer they had presented. They did not want to rush. So much so do not set any deadline for a response.

And these are a week later. In Barça still awaiting a response from Arsenal, but they are aware they have not received a resounding no by now is good news. We will have to have some more patience, but at first, everything suggests that things are on track. Or at least, much better way than wearing a year ago. (via SPORT)

Barça will also display UNICEF in the Champions League

UEFA will allow FC Barcelona to display the UNICEF logo on the back of the shirt during Champions League matches in the 2011/12 season.


The Board spokesman, Toni Freixa, announced at a news conference this Wednesday: "As a result of our active action with UEFA, and their willingness, it will be possible that in next season’s Champions League matches we can display the UNICEF logo on the back of our shirt, and we’re just waiting for the final design".

Toni Freixa wanted to thank, on behalf of Barça, "the willingness of UEFA", the result of which will allow the image of FC Barcelona in the Champions League to continue to be associated with UNICEF.

So, Barça will have 2 sponsors names on the shirt in all three competitions: Qatar Foundation on the front of the shirt and UNICEF on the back. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection Under-21 Euro Semifinal] Spain 3 - 1 Belarus

Recovered the ball at three quarters of the field, walked a few meters and, without thinking twice, hit a left-footed shot that slipped through the square. This was the goal from Jeffren that sealed the 3-1 final victory of the Spanish Under-21 against Belarus


The Barcelona striker, who could be traded to another club this summer, capped off the victory with his goal that gave the ticket to the 'very red' to the end of the '21 European sub in a match which had as its protagonist scorer Deportivo La Coruna Adrian, author of two goals.

The combined win against Belarus, also gave Luis Milla ticket for the next Olympics in 2012.

He also assisted the 1-1

Spain went from less to more. Adrian, scorer of the tournament with five goals, led Spain in the 88th minute of game into overtime with a goal of genuine nine, Jeffren pass (1-1).

Belarus had gone ahead on 38 minutes with a goal from Yoronkov, but the selection of Luis Milla's face never lost the game. He had a ball possession and came fairly overwhelming to the extension, even in the last minute.

In overtime there was no color. Spain sent with authority in that half hour. Adrian also became the second and closed the account Jeffrén (3-1) with a superb shot from outside the area. Barca had a very fruitful contribution in the 50 minutes he was on the lawn.

Bojan came after the break

Eleven of the 'very red' was, in addition to limbo, with other members of staff Barcelona, ​​Thiago, who served as organizer in the middle and Bojan, who entered the 77 'to replace Dominguez.

MOVIE: uefa.com


[Technical Data]
Spain: De Gea; Montoya, Botía, Domínguez (Bojan, m. 77), Didac Vila; Javi Martínez, Ander Herrera (Capel, min. 58), Thiago, Mata, Muniaín (Jeffren, m. 70) y Adrián.

Belarus: Gutor; Veretilo, Filipenko, Politevich, Polyakov; Perepechko (Baga, m. 60), Dragun, Sivakov, Nekhaychik; Voronkov (Bukatkin, m.68; Skavysh (Rekish, m. 83).

Goals: 0-1, min. 38, Voronkov, 1-1, min. 89, Adrian, 2-1, m. 105, Adrian, 3-1, m. 113, Jeffrén.

Referee: Markus Strombergson (SUE). Adrian admonished (m. 36) and Botía (m. 80) and Javi Martínez (m. 115) by Spain and Nekhaychik (m. 17), Skavysh (m. 37), Sivakov (m. 67) and Veretilo ( m. 90) Belarus.

Incedents: Subs: match at Viborg Stadion before 7529 spectators. Presidio party Michel Platini, UEFA President, accompanied by Angel Maria Villar, president of the RFEF.