03 July 2011

Masia shows its worth

The Club’s coaching directorate have always defended the need to prioritise home grown talent and give the youngsters a chance to shine and last week’s contract extension for Thiago Alcántara is the latest example of this policy.


The Club announced last Wednesday that they would be extending the contract of the latest gem to come from La Masia –Thiago Alcántara - a uniquely talented midfielder. Barça have always looked after their young promises, but the arrival of Pep Guardiola and the presence last year of Andoni Zubizarreta, has meant a big increase in the number of La Masia graduates making it through to the first team.

Zubi made it clear when he was named Sporting Director that the first team squad could be “stretched” with the addition of players from the talented B team and last season 11 players under Luis Enrique’s orders figured for the first team: Fontàs, Nolito, Sergi Roberto, Víctor Vázquez, Thiago, Miño, Bartra, Sergi Gómez, Jonathan dos Santos, Oriol Romeu and Montoya. This is the largest number of B team players who’ve been in the first team for many years.

One of the toughest moments of the season for the Club was Eric Abidal’s illness, but the coaches knew that in Andreu Fontàs they had a more than satisfactory replacement whilst the Frenchman made his recovery and the youngster played six league games in all, as well as the Champions League match against Rubin Kazan,when he scored. Once again, the Club showed that instead of searching in the markets, they could choose from their own youngsters and be just as successful. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Souleymane Coulibaly: The new 'elephant' scorer

This son of Ivorian and Italian quarry product of Siena, has caused a sensation at the World Under 17 and already has suitors queue.


No one remembers anything like this in world football in this category. The emergence of Souleymane Coulibaly has been prodigious. His business card was put him four goals in Denmark, but is that the next day, I made a hat trick in Brazil, not to mention the first as Australia at the debut and the last to France. The dozens of experts who have gathered in Mexico to witness in situ U-17 World Cup they asked each other: Where has this guy gone?

To press in Ivory Coast by Souleymane Coulibaly were questioned, the young age of 16 who has 'grown up' in the ranks of Siena Italian city that came in 2009, following his father who had settled there after marrying an Italian.

Souleymane Coulibaly was immediately compared to the great idol of Ivory Coast, Didier Drogba, but the truth is that his physical style of play more closely resembles Gervinho, the Ivory Coast striker who plays for Lille, the reigning champion League and Cup in France. Souleymane measures 1.72 meters, but is physically strong and even uses his speed to get himself a header remarkable. Souleymane is now a new 'elephant' of the pack of Ivory Coast.

Coulibaly is strong and quick and has goals. What he likes most is to catch the defense off balance, lives on the edge of offside, as David Villa and then uses his great speed and mobility.

What is showing at the World Under 17, Mexico is a high ductility in his game, tops in every way possible, is capable of scoring goals of opportunism, shot with both legs or as spectacular as the 'Chilean' which became both with the mighty Brazil.

Meter nine goals in four games (Australia, Denmark, Brazil and France) is not available to everyone. His four goals in Denmark have been compared in Africa with 'poker' legendary Kalusha Bwalya Italy in the 1988 Seoul Games.

Souleymane brings fame with extreme humility and never tires of repeating that would change everything because in their homeland in the Ivory Coast peace prevails permanently. The insecurity of the country has made the under-17 team prepare their participation in the Mexico World Cup in France, in a makeshift 'stage' to the difficulties of doing in your country.

Who rubs his hands is the coach of Siena, Giuseppe Saninno, with Coulibaly for the first team next season. (via MD)

Cesc is wet by Barça

Fabregas will not be joining tomorrow discipline Arsenal
Barca awaiting a response to your last offer and the player presses
The environment Wenger warns that the French would take a wrong plant
The Barcelona club expects the soap into the final


Cesc Fabregas is ready to raise a last pulse of the Arsenal for attaining it be moved to Barcelona and, according to sources close to the player, and has decided not to start working with Arsenal tomorrow, under the command of Arsène Wenger, who in turn is I will take as an aggressive declaration of war by the midfielder Arenys. Barca hopes that the saga is reaching its final stage and the last offer made to have a positive response.

Fabregas will be in London the next day, but for personal reasons. What they can do the midfielder and his agent, Darren Dein, Wenger is to meet with the CEO of the London club, Ivan Gazidis, to whom Fàbregas reiterate his desire to play in the club and remember the promise that the technician did in the sense that this time would facilitate his departure from the Emirates, but only if their destination was Barcelona or Madrid.

Wenger, however, try to take advantage of the plant midfielder in the public eye, making it look like the bad guy. Sources close to the coach have said they will be enraged if Cesc does not train under him. This is a ploy to try to make things a little harder to Barca in the tug of war for the services of Fabregas. Wenger wants the one hand, expensive operation and the other forcing Cesc to get wet in public.

The club has made to be his last offer, which yesterday reported MD (35 million, meaning that 6 of them Arsenal and they have been charged with Toral and Bellerín), and will not overcome it. For the offer to be effective, the club Barcelona Cesc Fabregas needs to exert that pressure, according to its surroundings, is really determined to do. If so, the club FC Barcelona hopes that tomorrow begins the last chapter of signing.

What is clear is that the Barcelona club will not enter a bid for Fabregas, try the club try the Londoners. Arsenal should understand what are the wishes of his master and, thereafter, the club will not leave in the lurch Cesc, but within reasonable limits, of course.

In the worst cases, the Barcelona club and Cesc Fabregas would still find a last departure: the player to formulate a 'transfer request', a public appeal for transfer, so the Arsenal would be practically forced to listen to your player. Xabi Alonso and used this instrument to change the Liverpool Madrid. The boat would have to gain, but the player is in favor of settling the issue without reaching that point. (via MD)

Rosell, of Leo to Dani without stop in Alexis

He suffered with the debut today of Messi and Alves will see, but not go to the Chile-Mexico.


Sandro Rosell witnessed at the stadium box Single La Plata debut of Leo Messi in the opening match of the Copa America. The president of FC Barcelona, ​​invited by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), occupied a special place in the second row. The first was chaired by Argentina's chief of staff, Aníbal Fernández, the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, the president of the AFA, Julio Grondona, and the governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Daniel Scioli, who attended with his wife Karina Rabolini. Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, excused his absence by his spokesman "for scheduling problems."

Rosell suffered with the difficulties experienced by Messi in the Argentina-Bolivia to the game that you have used in the club, but praised the final 1-1. Laporta hopes to better luck today Dani Alves, as has also been invited by CONMEBOL to see the debut of the Barcelona side against Venezuela, also in Stage One of La Plata (21.00 pm)

We again follow the general manager of FC Barcelona, ​​Antoni Rossich, the area director of football, Raul Sanllehí, and the deputy president, Juan Jose Castillo, who were also in the thick gathering of Leo Messi, but not placed with the president for reasons of protocol.

Although no official statements made in informal conversations Rosell made clear that his presence in the Copa America only obeyed a courtesy reply to the invitation, pointing out that he was not in Argentina to close the signing of Chilean striker Alexis and much least to establish contact with the Brazilian Neymar using their knowledge of the environment 'canarinha' that much known about her past with the sports firm Nike. In fact, it is expected in San Juan in Chile and Mexico which takes place in the early hours of Monday to Tuesday (02.45 hours).

Sandro Rosell, very warm in the cold winter also plaguing Argentina La Plata, was recognized by many fans of the albiceleste. Many of them stopped to talk with him about football and Leo Messi Barca and take pictures with Laporta mobile phones

The Lujan Sandro pleased but still the analysis
As expected, the two parties Messi and Alves in La Plata, the procession moved Barca about 60 miles to visit the schools with the club in San Justo (Buenos Aires) with the name of FC Barcelona Juniors Luján which controls 200 children. 'La Masia Argentina' will not be closed, as feared. Rosell even liked what he saw, but continuity remains analyzed. (via MD)

[Youth] Sergi Gómez: 44 matches and. .. Six days of vacation!

Sergi Gómez prepared from morning European Under-19.


Rarely has a player deserved a good holiday and therefore very few of the same player will have had so short. The defender Sergi Gómez, after record-breaking 44 games played so between the first computer (4), the subsidiary (10), the Juvenil A (24) and U-19 (6), next season will start tomorrow with a focus selection in the City of Las Rozas Football to prepare the European U-19 Romania, only six days after returning from Ceuta to the Cup Juvenile won brilliantly against Espanyol.

"The truth is I would have preferred to have more days. It is not only a physical aspect, above all it is mental," said the center, who has started a commitment Narcís Andoni Zubizarreta and Julia to have other mini-vacation when European ends on 2 August, before joining the discipline of Barça B Eusebio Sacristan. In the same situation are Rafinha, Espinosa and Deulofeu, also cited for the final phase of Romania.

Last summer was short and Sergi Gómez. As a young sophomore, Luis Enrique took the branch to contest the 'play off' promotion. He played six games and ended the season on June 20. A few days later, playing friendlies Guardiola's orders. His 45 minutes against Valerenga (2-4) and the Beijing Gouan (0-3) in the Asian tour Pep convinced that ranked him in the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain against Sevilla (3-1). Only played one more game with the first team in the Copa Catalunya, and has alternated throughout the season Barca B and Juvenil A, being a complementary part in the historic third place in the subsidiary and decisive, as he admitted in an Oscar Garcia interview with MD in the treble on your computer.

After this successful campaign has rested Sergi these six days on the Costa Brava, Llafranc, with his rival but especially close friend Gabi, RCD Espanyol's youth. Today enjoy the Mediterranean last morning before suffering the heat of Las Rozas. Start another very long season

U-19 participated in Easter in a friendly tournament in Portugal, with three games played in early June and three other qualifiers for the European Championship in Switzerland. They are conjoined. And physically stop. Six finished the season last week with the Youth Cup final and the rest earlier. It makes no sense to concentrate on 4 championship which starts on 20. The 11 was more than enough. (via MD)

Premier would pay for Jeffren and Soriano

Fulham could pay 7 'kilos' and Swansea confirmed its interest for Jonathan.


As tomorrow will start a week, this time, presumably realizing the first final to Barca signings with Cesc Fabregas 2011-12, Alexis Sanchez and Kiko Femenía as names on the table, the club could accelerate further chapter of casualties. Get the most money to boost the number of 45 million euros in principle for the additions is the goal of a ship that could box with Jeffren Suarez and Jonathan Soriano if they are not in operations to lower their price.

Do not forget that Barca and Sevilla rights sold to Martin Caceres 3.5 "kilos" and Bojan Krkic should only realize its transfer to the Rome of Luis Enrique 10 to 12 million euros. They could add Jeffren and Soriano, courted in the last hours in the Premier League. According to British press assures, Fulham still willing to pay eight million euros for the first brand champion Under-21 Championship and author of a goal in the semifinal against Belarus. The London club, who on Thursday officially began the season winning the NSI Runavik Faroe Islands in the first leg of the first preview of the Champions League, would suit the wishes of limbo. The canary-Venezuelan and refused to go to Udinese and be a bargaining chip in a pass from Alexis Sanchez Barca but welcomes anchor in English football. The coming days will be decisive in this respect.

Another Barca could land on the Premier's Jonathan Soriano. The Pichichi Second A with 32 goals on the agenda of the newly promoted Swansea. Huw Jenkins, chairman of the Welsh club, confirmed to the BBC: "I will fly to meet with representative (Josep Maria Orobitg) and hopefully we can reach an agreement in the coming days." It is speculated with a move for about three million. However, do not rule out that the Catalan striker ended up staying in the first team depending on how the market evolves as Pep Guardiola could keep a few tips if, after Bojan's farewell, it ends up as another striker Giuseppe Rossi, whose representative has ruled to end playing at Camp Nou. (via MD)

Udinese will not support Barca bid for Alexis

Pozzo believe too that 30% of the transfer is conditioned by Alexis.


Alexis Sanchez's signing for the club is not endangered, but the leaders Barca still have to make one last effort to convince the Udinese to accept the transfer with conditions. Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona sports vice president, and Gino Pozzo, Udinese owner's son, have agreed these days in Formentera, where both were spending a few days of vacation with their families. Bartholomew, in the afternoon he returned to Barcelona, ​​exposed him to Gino Pozzo's final offer yesterday and Barca ahead MD: EUR 26 million fixed plus 11 variables, ranging conditional on the club win league and Champions Alexis plays more than 50% of the games.

Although the economic offer Barca still far from arriving at the offices of Udinese Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, the leaders of the Italian team considered that the figures raised the club and is more suited to their claims. However, Gino Pozzo Bartomeu made it clear to that for accepting the transfer Udinese Alexis Sanchez Barça these figures should rethink the amount is subject to variables or at least remove some conditions. From Udinese considered excessive by 30% of the transfer is conditional upon the variables. It also does not approve of one of the clauses of conditionals is subject to Alexis should play more than 50% of matches with the club.

Consequently, the two sides have a few more days to reconvene and try to shut down and definitively the signing at the next meeting. No deadline, but indications are that as the club look for another imaginative ways to accommodate the desires of Udinese, the two sides close the transfer of Alexis Sanchez. Meanwhile, the Chilean striker awaits news from Argentina, where tomorrow will debut in the Copa America against Mexico. (via MD)

Bravo believes that Alexis needs help for his possible move to Barcelona

Claudio Bravo, Chilean goalkeeper in the Copa America, said that he favors talking with fellow Alexis Sanchez to the twists and turns presenting his possible move to Barcelona.


"We need to talk. The Alexis takes a month. It is a complex issue and we need the help or the words of a colleague. I understand that he may need because the issue is complicated," Mendoza said the goal where Chile is concentrated awaiting the debut on Monday against Mexico at the continental tournament.

Sanchez is claimed by the Spanish giants but the talks were extended in time, which could alter the concentration Cup Udinese.Sobre end of Chile's participation in the Copa America, Bravo said the face with the same attitude offensive of the team showed off the 2010 World Cup

". We face every game the same way we have been doing all along: our ideas, our clarity, our football and like going on an equal footing. We do not save anything."

Bravo tried to calm the ambitions that are in his country face the tournament and put "reach the semifinals as a picture" of success. "Within everyone is the idea of ​​looking for the title and came up with this idea, but you have to go step by step and not create false expectations," he said. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Swansea City will travel to for Jonathan Soriano


Swansea City, newly promoted team to the Premier League, launched an offensive to gain the services of Jonathan Soriano, who has one season left on his contract signed with Barca B. Its chairman, Huw Jenkins, confirmed that in the coming days "will hold a meeting with the player's agent and tell you that for us would be a perfect signing."

As the leader of the Welsh assembly, Soriano is a player "a lot of talent, which would fit the style you're looking for. We are hopeful he can come. " Jenkins confirmed that the next day trip to Barcelona and he hopes to "reach an agreement in the coming days. We will explain the objectives of the club and sign players who want to build our new project. " (via SPORT)

[Ex player] Belletti: "Thanks to Barca I became a hero"

At 35, after 16 active campaigns, the centerpiece of the Champions League final in Paris retires from football.


Juliano Belletti leaves. This week announced to more than 210,000 fans hanging Twitter definitely boots. In December Brasileirao was champion with Fluminense, had offers to go play in U.S. Major League Soccer (MSL), and had begun recently, a new adventure in the modest Ceará. At 35, closes a 16-year career in service, three of which were spent running around dressed in the right side of Camp Nou.

What happened?

He had a serious injury in both Achilles tendons. It started in October last year when I was at Fluminense. I visited many doctors and nobody could solve. The pain remained.

Is that why you did not debut in Ceará?

Yes I thought everything was resolved. I trained for a week. In the first four or five days all went well, but then the pain returned. I realized it was an injury more serious than I thought and decided to quit, that would not have even worse consequences.

Were you prepared for such a time?

I had to stop because my body could not stand. Was likely to continue at a high level yet, but my body was very long demanded, because it was lateral and, especially, by the way I play. This is normal.

It seems that takes relatively good does

There is no denying it's a sad feeling. I'm better now, but when it came time to make the decision was not easy. It is now five or six days and I am raising awareness that begins a new life.

What do you see when you look back?

I am very proud of everything I did and what I conquered. Were 22 titles throughout my career. I came to the Seleção which is the maximum for a Brazilian. I got things I never dreamed, nor expecting. This comforted me greatly.

And there is the goal of Paris, a May 17, 2006.

Yeah, right. It was great. Going to stay for the story, is something for my children if one day decide to become footballers. Barca is made of cracks. Join the gallery of those names is a professional feel eternal incredible.

Was the best moment of your career?

There is no denying that the goal of Paris, along with the title 2002 World Cup with Brazil were my two main achievements. There are great players who have been world champions and I got it.

Was there a before and after that much?

I think so. Football is devoid of heroes that become unforgettable, thanks to Barcelona I was one of them.

Are you aware that title reign began the European Barça?

It was a turning point for the entity. Only once he had won the European Cup and that was already 14 years. We had an opportunity that we missed. It was vital for the club to the board for the sports project.

And, from now, what?

First thing is to deal with reality. Is thinking that if I used to play before, now I have to work, study and prepare for other challenges.

Would you like to be the coach?

The idea of ​​directing a first team is out. I'm attracted more to be the second technician or assistant to learn, to be on the other side. It also motivates me to train in basic categories or do some other work over management.

Barca comes into your future plans?

My goal while playing for the club was, once removed, to settle in Barcelona and work on the basic categories of the club. There has been no invitation. Now my attention to working differently ¿

In what sense?

There is an interesting topic. Milan, for example, has been the first European club that has taken the figure to have a representative in Brazil, working for the entity.

Has there been contact with the ship?

No. There was never anything, never gave me anything, but it is true that long ago I had a first contact with Chelsea, to perform a similar function. They were interested in working with them from here Brazil. (via SPORT)

Bronzetti confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez

The renowned FIFA agent in Italy said that the club has closed the transfer of Alexis Rossi instead of.


The reputable intermediary Ernesto Bronzetti made his particular commitment to the future in terms of `mercato ¿of the club. The consultant has no doubt that Alexis Sanchez will be presented later in the day as a new player squad. "Barcelona has chosen instead to sign Sánchez de Rossi. Rossi looks set to return to Italian football, "he said.

Bronzetti, who has a deserved reputation for good control of the football movements generated in Italy, still dared to make more data and came to justify the cause of the delay in signing a statement to Radio Centro Suono Sport. "They are delaying because you should first close any sale."

Whether or not Jeffren in the operation, has anticipated Bronzetti Barca and Udinese to proclaim to the four winds Alexis Sanchez will wear a Barca shirt next season. Rossi, at best, will be in Italy. (via SPORT)

Escudero orbit reappears in Barca

The technical secretariat returns to market for a defender for Barca B occasionally alternating with the first team.


The imminent signing of Spaniard Jose Angel by Roma had to change the focus of the technical secretariat for Barca. The sport needs are maintained, the short side branch goes left-handed and left the market will not effective. In these cases, nothing beats an old seeking a safe bet. This seems to be the case of Sergio Escudero.

At 21, for the second consecutive season, Escudero name has been linked to Barca. Just a few months, yet the Murcia left-back was on the payroll of aspiring anchor in Barca B. The option was rejected and his adviser, Joseba Diaz, eventually closing the transfer with Schalke 04 German payment of an amount just under 2.5 million euros.

In the Bundesliga, with Raul and Jurado, has not enjoyed the expected and continued intermittently in the first team have been constant. Just a few weeks, Escudero confirmed his interest in ending the German tour and return to the Spanish League. From that moment, his name has been associated with several side-looking sets.

Villarreal was the first major Spanish league who tested the market. Garrido's team emerges from Joan Capdevila and an alternative would be looking much younger and be economically feasible to fill in the template. Now is the turn of Barça. José Angel has failed to convince the Sporting to accept the most economically lower Barca. The more generous proposal of Rome and the seductiveness of coach Luis Enrique did the rest. The Spanish international sub ¿21 played in the Italian capital.

Sergio Escudero's name would be first in a list of applicants to call at Barca B with a commitment to switch from time to time with the first team. This relationship also highlight the name of Gongora. This is the lefty side of Murcia has been instrumental in the great season of his team. A player noted for his exquisite technique and spectacular hit pieces. (via SPORT)

Cesc has already told three times 'no' to Madrid and two to Mourinho

The white club is behind the midfielder Arenys since 2006, when Ramon Calderon included his name among the election promises.


Cesc Fabregas has never hidden his heart is Barca. The player has ever publicly acknowledged that it has been asked and away from media attention, has been consistent with his feelings. In this regard, in recent years, Arenys jilted him to Real Madrid in more than one occasion and has made quite clear that "the day I leave Arsenal, I would go to Barca."

The white club has tried to flirt with the Catalan midfielder at least three occasions in recent years but always found a negative response from Fabregas. The first time his name appeared on the merengue orbit was in 2006 on the campaign trail. The candidate Ramon Calderon spoke of a draft agreement for five seasons with the player of 19 years, if they win the election. Palencia finally defeated at the polls, but had to swallow their false campaign promise, since the player told him 'no' and stayed at Arsenal.

With the return of president Florentino Perez to White in 2009, the meringues again both the Player, a season before had renewed its contract with the Gunners until 2015. Cesc returned to 'plant' to whites. Despite his youth, Arenys had become a cornerstone for Arsene Wenger. In fact, next to the offer from Real Madrid midfielder came to him many others, chief among them the Inter. Jose Mourinho was obsessed with getting a creative midfielder for his team, but he received the pumpkins of Catalan. However, that summer something that would happen to rethink its future. And in August he received the first call of FC Barcelona.

But Madrid and Mourinho have persisted this summer in their attempts to lure Cesc millionaire with an offer. For the third time at Madrid, and second to Portuguese, the player has returned to say 'no'. (via SPORT)

Zamorano: "Barça is the ideal club for Alexis, I already see there him"

The Chilean Ivan Zamorano, formerly of Sevilla and Real Madrid, highlights the qualities of Alexis and I imagine him playing alongside Messi and Villa.


The former captain of the Chilean Ivan Zamorano, plus player of Sevilla, Real Madrid and Inter Milan among others, says that Alexis is a perfect player for Barcelona. "It's the ideal club for him because he plays the best football in the world. Fit perfectly, and I see him playing up with Villa and Messi a little late, "he said in remarks to the COPE.

And is that the 'Great Captain ¿, the young Chilean has enormous strengths to succeed in the team coached by Pep Guardiola. "It has always stood out for its speed and its one on one, is invincible. It is also very supportive of his colleagues, has no problems running 30 meters and defend a ball for the benefit of their own. "

As recognized by Zamorano, the 'Wonder Boy are you living the high point of his career. "It has succeeded in Italian football, the world's most demanding. Is in full swing and his 22 years in a position to succeed in any team, "he said.

The former player of the Chilean national now part of Alexis, to debut in early Tuesday against Mexico, it also highlights some of the personality characteristics of the young star of Udinese. "It's super humble and simple, it has become what it is at the expense of effort and simplicity. Everything he has achieved he has earned it on merit. "

However, as recognized by Zamorano, players are born with something else inside that makes them stand out above the rest and be decisive. "It's one of those players touched by a magic wand, with a special star, is different, you can define a match at any time," outlined the former Real Madrid.

However, Alexis is now concentrated with its selection so that, despite having the opportunity to consider "clear goals in big teams," Zamorano says the player is very quiet and very involved in the preparation of the America's Cup . That's why the player does not think right now in your immediate future but is "aware of the situation alive."

For Ivan Zamorano, the player is "worth what you have to assert", neither more nor less. That's why, for exfutbolista, the club is interested in signing Alexis must pay what you ask for the Udinese but high numbers are handled. And according to the 'Great Captain', "at the end pay a high price for Alexis can be up cheap." However, FC Barcelona's offer is clear and can hardly be changed in the coming days. (via SPORT)

Barca want to pay the signing of Cesc in 3 years

Now would pay 25 percent of the transfer, it says 'Mirror'.


New twist to a summer soap opera. According to Daily Mirror revealed yesterday, Barcelona would have proposed to pay the signing of Arsenal Cesc in three years, now paying 25 percent of the transfer. Still according to the aforementioned publication, the offer amount to FC Barcelona 37.5 million euros, of which only 9.5 now pay, and the rest (28 kilos) over the next three years.

The proposal, however, does not seem to have convinced Wenger, not so much by way of payment but by the numbers. The French continue to provide nearly 44 million of his captain. And as in any negotiation there are always two conflicting versions, Barca would be the following. FC Barcelona's latest proposal would be 29 million fixed plus six which would already be 'paid'. That is the amount by which the policy rate at Barca and Bellerín Toral-two cadets Wenger was La Masia without paying a euro.

Anyway, Arsenal are sentenced to terms with Barcelona, ​​as Cesc believes that his time at the Emirates is already exhausted. Wenger must decide whether to give up their claims or having an unhappy player in their squad.

Cesc, no signs of the Asian tour of Arsenal
All in all, Cesc hurry holiday in Ibiza, as every year, while Take a look at what happens between Arsenal and Barcelona. According to the Mirror, the midfielder has no intention of Arenys presented Tuesday in London to start the preseason with the gunner set. This timming so marked, both the player and Barca executives expect everything to be closed between tomorrow and Tuesday. Another significant detail that nurtures the hope Barca on this subject: Cesc is not in any of the official posters that promote the tour of Arsenal Asian lands. A symptom rather than evidence that in the Emirates not have all that with his captain and watchword still in London next season. (via AS)

Dani Alves "Neymar would sign on for Barça "

The Brazilian Daniel Alves said "if I had money, would sign a Neymar for Barcelona," but noted he has not spoken to him about his future.


"I have the honor of playing one day with him on my team. I am a fan. I think it would fit nicely on our team," said Alves in a press conference at the team hotel in Brazil, in the town of Campana Argentina .

Alves said he has not spoken to Neymar about their future, contrary to what some media have published and stated that while they are concentrated with the selection, do not talk about clubs.

"My friends always like to have them around, I have a special relationship with him (Neymar) and is a person who could advise you if you say you are by my side and not against," he reiterated.

The Barcelona player Neymar considered "quite conscious in spite of the age," so said it has sufficient capacity to decide their future themselves.

Alves also praised the Chilean Alexis Sanchez, whom he considers a "great player" and "a great signing for Barca" in the event that the Catalan club chooses to.

The Brazil captain Lucio, found that the speculation will not affect Neymar and said he will know how to handle the pressure falls on him while he does not define its possible transfer to a European team Santos.

"Neymar is a great player. (Speculation) is not affected. Inside the selection and we will do our best to wrap so that nothing bothers him," added the experienced Brazilian defender. (via SPORT)

Ferrando: "Not necessary to fear lesions of Cesc"

The trainer Arenys player ensures that their physical problems should not be a concern
Believes that "win at Camp Nou"


The trainer of Cesc Fabregas , Joan Ferrando , has analyzed the situation of his pupil told the program the station esportiva Ona Onda Cero.

Ferrando , since arriving in London at the express request of Cesc to lead the player's specific preparation is one of those longer shared with the crack Catalan in recent times and he knows best physical condition.

A state that has created some doubt the result of muscle injuries suffered by the player over recent seasons and especially the status of your hamstrings, which have caused a problem in recent months.

Peace of Mind

However , Ferrando says, "need not fear injury Cesc . The technical-physical Barca is the best in the world. "

He adds that "the provision of Cesc work is complete, even on holidays. "

Some statements speculate that Barça can rest assured about the future medical Arenys player.

Succeed in 'Barça'

The coach also assessed the possible return of Cesc to be his house, which is sure that "football will win and personally Camp Nou . A crack very close. "

Regarding his move from Barca to fly to London to live the adventure in the Arsenal , Ferrando said, "When Cesc became the club's situation was very different. With 15 years playing top-level ambition. " (via MD)

The liking culé almost has an appointment all the dawns

C+ Liga and Youtube són the roads to follow Messi, Alves, Alexis and company.


While the club still does not close any signing once it has been over a month since the unforgettable Wembley final against Manchester United, kick-off that occurred last night at the Copa America will be an irresistible reason to hook into the TV and open mouth face to another exciting season. The participation of five players Barca (the Argentine Messi, Mascherano, Milito and Brazilian Dani Alves and Adriano Correia) together with the presence of Alexis Sánchez than the Chilean standard of force late nights over the next three weeks as the already on vacation and those who want to stand every morning at work in some cases having tasted a football triple session middle of the night.

However, who do not want to miss any of the meetings of Argentina, Brazil and Chile should not be charged for coffee as the first phase will not match day.

Canal Plus League, including its HD channel, delivered every game of the tournament live, like youtube.com Internet portal for Spain and 53 countries. With 15,000 accredited journalists to report on the 43 th edition of the Copa America, Canal Plus and Canal Plus also offer the HD games on Sundays at 21.00 pm, including the grand finale of the 24th at the Monumental in Buenos Aires.

As was the case early this morning with the release of Messi and company against Bolivia, four of eight games remaining in the presence of players and Alexis Catalans closed the day at 02.45 h. Argentina will not move from the fringe on the first phase. Luckier you who want to see Alves Neymar playing with the 'Seleção'. His first two commitments will take place at 21.00 Spanish time. The debut of the reigning champions will be tomorrow against Venezuela. The two 'semis' will be played also at 02.45 hours.

In addition to C + League + Soccer C will focus its daytime programming with delayed coverage of matches each day. The Argentina-Bolivia early this morning will be today at 12.00 and 18.00 h. C + League and 15.00 h. C + Fútbol. (via MD)

Madrid gets in the signing of Cesc Fabregas to Barça

According to the news portal 'Sky Sports', Jose Mourinho wants to gain the services of the player Arenys de Mar and Real Madrid to Arsenal will give more money than you are willing to pay the FC Barcelona.


According to the website 'Sky Sports', the Real Madrid Florentino Perez would be revalued at international player at 50 million euros, about 20 more than they would pay the club.

However, Cesc has already ruled on more than one occasion in favor of 'coming home' and his transfer to Real Madrid would be very complicated. But 'Mou' admires the qualities of Cesc and throws in the towel ... (via SPORT)

Carles Puyol runs one month after the operation again

The captain, who underwent arthroscopic surgery last June 1, returned to run without feeling discomfort on Friday accompanied by Club Retriever Juanjo Brau.


The captain, who underwent arthroscopic surgery last June 1, returned to run without feeling discomfort on Friday accompanied by Retriever of Club Juanjo Brau.

Carles Puyol in his recovery progresses. A month ago the La Pobla de Segur was involved with the forecast that would be two to three months away from the pitch.

On Friday, accompanied by Juanjo Brau, Puyol returned to running, as explained in his personal Twitter "without noticing any discomfort." Puyol is now doing fieldwork in a smooth and progressive. In addition, the master has already passed the first phase of recovery, where the objective was injured leg muscle.

Six months of ordeal Remember that Puyol had to undergo surgery after three months off due to tendinitis in vastus lateralis of the left knee that was detected after the match against Racing Santander at the Camp Nou on 22 January. Since that confrontation, the central Barca could not play again until April 15 in the league match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Since that day, Guardiola was dosed and as a result was able to participate in the two games the semifinal of the Champions League and play the final three minutes of the Wembley final. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Zubi celebrates successful first 12 months

The Club’s Sporting Director of Professional Football, Andoni Zubzarreta can look back on his first year in the post with great satisfaction , with the 3 titles for the 1st team, a 3rd spot for the B team and a treble for the Youth team.


One of new President Sandro Rosell’s first decisions was to replace Txiki Begiristain with Andoni Zubizarreta and divide the football section into two parts: professional and academy. Zubi was to be the man in charge of the first team, B team and Youth teams, working hand in hand with Narcís Julià and Albert Valentín. The ex-Barça keeper, who recently renewed his contract until 2013 has worked with enthusiasm, commitment and discretion and enjoyed a year of great success.

Guardiola’s team had finished the 2009/10 season with four titles and really set the bar high. Small changes were needed and the squad remodelling was to be carried out with two main ideas: the economic conditions and the need for any new signings to easily adapt to Barça’s style of play.

Andoni Zubizarreta made his first move by bringing in two players - Adriano and Mascherano. Two versatile players who fit into the Barça philosophy, whilst Chygrinski , Ibrahimovic, Touré, Marquez and Henry all moved on.

Once the season had begun, it was time to renew the contracts of the backbone of the team which was making history and one by one, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves, Seidou Keita, José Manuel Pinto and the two masterminds behind the team Guardiola and Tito Vilanova passed through the President’s office to sign up for their contract renewals. The sporting directors and Club Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu were also quick to snap up Ibrahim Afellay in the winter transfer window.

All that work has brought the Club plenty of titles this season: the first team taking the Spanish Super Cup, La Liga and in brilliant style the Champions League, the B team coming third in the Second Division and the Youth A team also winning a treble. Zubi has put in a great first season and continues to work for new success in the future. (via FCBarcelona.cat)