21 July 2011

Alone they lack small fringes between Udinese and Alexis

After successful completion of the meeting between the club and the agent of Alexis Sanchez, only the player is to agree on a series of small details with Udinese for the deal official


Alexis Sanchez's agent, Fernando Felicevich, who arrived Wednesday at Barcelona to close the signing of Chilean striker for FC Barcelona, ​​was on Thursday morning at the Hotel Princesa Sofía visited by Andoni Zubizarreta, sporting director, and Raul Sanllehí, director of football, to close the deal with the player. Those who later joined the sports vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The meeting of more than three hours, ending just minutes before four o'clock, when Zubizarreta, Bartomeu Sanllehí left the hotel and having reached a definitive agreement with the player. Now just need to fix a series of small details between Alexis and Udinese so you can make the official announcement of the transfer. (via SPORT)

It finished the meeting between Barça and the agent of Alexis Sánchez

Andoni Zubizarreta and Josep María Bartomeu negotiated in a hotel of the Catalan capital with the agent of Alexis Sánchez the player's recruiting


Alexis Sanchez's agent, Fernando Felicevich, who arrived Wednesday at Barcelona to close the signing of Chilean striker for FC Barcelona, ​​was on Thursday morning at the Hotel Princesa Sofía visited by Andoni Zubizarreta, sporting director, and Raul Sanllehí, director of football, to close the deal with the player. Those who later joined the sports vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The meeting of more than three hours, ending just minutes before four o'clock, when Zubizarreta, Sanllehí Bartomeu and left the hotel without making any statements.

After the meeting between the two sides could be formalized operation operation this Thursday. (via SPORT)


[The late signing of Alexis Sanchez for Barca]
Zubizarreta, Bartomeu and Sanllehí abandon the hotel Princess Sofía without making declarations after meeting with the agent of Alexis Sánchez, Fernando Felicevich.


12.50: Bartholomew joins the meeting

The vice president of FC Barcelona, ​​Josep Maria Bartomeu , has joined the meeting being held Raül Sanllehí Andoni Zubizarreta and Alexis agent, Fernando Felicevich at the Hotel Princesa Sofia in Barcelona. This confirms that the Barca manager in London today was not negotiating for Cesc Fabregas, as inidicaban other information.

Bartholomew, who is in London, deals on Alexis

12.00: Begin negotiations with the player

The signing of Alexis Sanchez for the club comes to an end. The Catalan club and Udinese have reached a definitive agreement for the transfer of the player for 27 million euros and 10 to 12 more variables. Barca hopes to formalize it this afternoon.

What we need to close is the agreement between the player and Barcelona . For this reason, Felicevich is in Barcelona, ​​where he arrived yesterday at this time met with Andoni Zubizarreta and Raül Sanllehí the Princesa Sofia hotel. "I do not speak even if there is little," he said upon arrival.

If everything goes through the channels provided, Alexis Sanchez, the 'niño maravilla', a 22 year old, named player of the 'calcium' last season, signed a contract for the next five seasons. If Barcelona and Felicevich agree, Alexis would travel over the weekend and could be presented next Monday .

At the time that this operation is realized, will also close the pass from Bojan Krkic to Rome . Barcelona does not want to finalize the negotiations with the Italian team, in a deal that will bring ten to twelve million euros to secure the signing of Alexis Sanchez. (via MD)

[Ex player] Vucevic: "I take off the sombrero before Barça of Guardiola

Former Croatian player of FC Barcelona in the nineties and former coach of Hajduk Split, Goran Vucevic, expressed his admiration for the group coached by former teammate Pep Guardiola.



Saturday 23 Barca will play a friendly in Split against Hajduk . It will be the first step Barca Croatian lands. Vucevic, one of only two Croats who has dressed Barca is very excited about the visit "the best team in world football." "What we saw everyone in Wembley football is perfectly done. Unbelievable. I take my hat when I play football," he said in www.fcbarcelona.cat.

The Barça's visit, in the centenary Croatian Club, has raised much excitement in the Balkan region. "It will be a great match-Vucevic says, for days and no tickets on sale. Have been exhausted by a crowd that is always with your team. Hajduk fans expected of the party as a historic event."

"I am very proud to have been part of this club and have worked years later as an observer in my country in the second period of Van Gaal, "he recalls. Barça Vucevic was from 1992 to 1997. The injury did not participate much of Cruyff's Dream Team. "I met some games with Guardiola. He was a player with a strong character and I could see she had a field in the brain. Was he who most clearly saw it realizes the errors and prompted us to correct. I am proud to have shared shirt, equipment and clothing with Guardiola. Thanks to him, the football we can see very differently. "

Goran Vucevic was the coach last season Hajduk Split, but this year he admits: "I am free and waiting receiving an offer of a project that can be good medium to long term. " He continues: "In Croatia football is two teams who aspire to be champions, Dinamo Zagreb and we (Hajduk). But in terms of selection if we are among the global Top 10, but for now we are doing more good players for other countries, such as Premier or the Bundesliga. Hence, Croatia, good players will soon. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Capdevila signed for Benfica

Benfica closed on Thursday the hiring of Joan Capdevila for the next two years ...


The Portuguese club even put a picture on social networking site 'Facebook' in which appears the defense along the entity's president, Luis Filipe Vieira.

Luso team sources confirmed to Efe that the contract has been signed and the official presentation will take place at the Stadium of Light, but did not specify the amount of the transaction.

Rumors about the interest of the Benfica side Villarreal this weekend began and occupied the front pages of newspapers lusos sports in recent days.

The Spanish international set arrives at Lisbon with the difficult task of supplying the low Fábio Coentrao, transferred to Real Madrid this summer for 30 million euros.

The Catalan player in the back will be "embodied" an acquaintance of the Spanish League, Argentine Ezequiel Garay and exmadridista, who was one of the most applauded during the team's official presentation, held yesterday before more than 30,000 fans.

Benfica are the fifth team Capdevila, after passage by Espanyol, Deportivo, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal.

The left, 33, has been capped 57 times with Spain, and started the "Red" in both the victory of the Euro in Switzerland and Austria (2008) as the achievement of the World Cup (2010) .

Besides these two titles with the team, also won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics (2000), while at the club was champion of the Supercopa of Spain (2000) and the Copa del Rey (2001) with Deportivo.

Were also presented yesterday Lille exlateral Emerson, a Brazilian national, and with that Spanish will be competing for a spot in the starting lineup, and the Luso goalkeeper Eduardo, who arrives on loan from Genoa.

Capdevila will be Benfica in the template with four Spanish: Javi García, Nolita, the Hispanic Brazilian Rodrigo Moreno and goalkeeper Roberto, although the latter could come soon transferred to Zaragoza. (via SPORT)

28 players in Thursday’s only session

With 14 members of the first team squad and 14 more from the B team, Pep Guardiola led Thursday morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva, which was open to the media and broadcast live by Barça TV and will be the only session today.



At 9.30 on the dot, Josep Guardiola and Eusebio Sacristán came out onto the Ciutat Esportiva pitch to lead this morning’s 90 minute session –the third time this week that the B team players have worked out with the first team squad. During the second part of training, the players took part in a practice game across the width of the practice pitch and then finished off with some stretching exercises and a team talk from the boss.

Xavi admitted in his press conference on Wednesday that he is still suffering from a niggle in his foot and today he again trained apart from the rest of the group, as did Puyol who continues with his recovery programme from his knee operation.

Gerard Piqué also worked out away from the main group, as he is suffering from a strain in his left calf which is not expected to keep him away from normal training for very long.

After an intensive first week of training, the players have been given Thursday afternoon and Friday morning off to rest ahead of Saturday’s first friendly of the pre-season against Hadjuk Split and will not report back to the Ciutat Esportiva till Friday evening. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Gerard Itched, image of winter of Mango

FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique will remain the image of men's fashion brand Mango for Autumn-Winter 2011, as reported by the firm in a statement


With the permanence of Pique, this brand of menswear, which until now had only counted with professional models for their campaigns, are getting closer to the strategy of Mango woman, from the beginning has always been committed to star in their familiar faces campaigns.

The photographs of football this season have been made in the study Rouchon Paris, where Piqué has posed before the camera again Carrozzini Francesco.

"Since I have 15 or 16 years follow fashion. I like and I trust my opinion, but when I do a campaign like this I let the experts advise," he assured Piqué in the statement. (via SPORT)

Zubizarreta, Bartomeu and Sanllehí negotiate with the Alexis Sanchez agent

The sport director and the director of soccer of FC Barcelona negotiates in a hotel of Barcelona with the agent of Alexis Sánchez the player's recruiting.


Alexis Sanchez's agent, Fernando Felicevich, who arrived Wednesday to Barcelona to close the Alexis Sanchez signing with FC Barcelona, ​​has received a visit Thursday morning at the Hotel Princess Sofia of Andoni Zubizarreta, manager and Raul Sanllehí, director of football to finish closing the deal with the player. Those who later joined the sports vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

It is the last step to close the operation after confirmation by Gino Pozzo, the son of the owner of Udinese, Giampaolo Pozzo, the agreement with the club is total.

So, with this latest agreement to close the player's contract in place, the operation could be made official this Thursday. (via SPORT)

Pedro: “we want another season full of success”

Pedro Rodríguez spoke to reporters after training this morning and explained that the squad is excited about the season ahead and already working hard to ensure another successful campaign.


The Spanish World Cup winner reckons the squad have made a good start to their pre-season training “the sessions we’ve had have been hard, but we are getting into shape and working really well”.

Pedro believes that the maximum motivation for the team is their desire to continue winning titles: “we’ve got a tough season ahead of us with 6 titles to play for. We’re starting with plenty of enthusiasm and it’d be great if we could put in another season full of success”.

With expectation rising about new signings at the Club, Pedro was naturally quizzed about Alexis Sanchez and Cesc, both of whom he reckons will fit perfectly into the team, and after praising the South American’s speed and ability to pressurise, he explained: “we have a special thing with Cesc because of our experiences for Spain. If he comes he’ll be very welcome here”.

Barça’s first official game of the season will be in Madrid for the Spanish Super Cup, but Pedro insisted the squad weren’t looking that far ahead just yet: “we’ve got a tough pre-season schedule and we’ll be playing against some really good teams. I don’t know how Madrid will go into the game, but we will be playing with the same philosophy of the game as always”.

Pedro wants to continue working hard and learning this season, but he knows that whether he plays or not is down to the manager: “I’m here to do what the coaches tell me to . It’s not up to me whether I start or not – all I can do is to work hard, as always, and I’ll continue to do that to try and improve and learn”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barca in London to negotiate for Cesc

FC Barcelona continues to take steps to close the signing of Cesc Fabregas. The sports club vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is this Thursday in London to negotiate his transfer to Arsenal, according to TV3 ...


The Catalan club has been over a month trying to mend fences with the entity 'gunner' and this will be the fourth summit meeting between emissaries of both teams in London.

Cesc dreams of returning to the Camp Nou, but Londoners are not willing to pass it for less than 40 million euros. An amount to which the club does not think coming.

The Catalan midfielder has not made the pre-season tour of Asia and his team have trained these days because of a thigh injury.

[Former player] Zambrotta: "Alexis is a great signing"


Gianluca Zambrotta, a former Barca player and now in the ranks of Milan, supports the arrival of Alexis Sanchez at Camp Nou. The Italian international is an authoritative voice not only because he knows what it means to dress Barca because he has suffered in their own flesh to Milan and Udinese Alexis when they have faced. "Alexis is a great signing for Barca," Zambrotta said in an interview with MD.

At Milan he has not gone wrong, but since he left the club, his former team has won almost everything. Have you pulled the hair for it?

No, the two years I spent in Barcelona was incredible, but it was a decision I made and I'm not looking back. Now I know that Barca is the greatest team of Spain and the world.

How have you seen from a distance?

A team of cracks, unbelievable. You can not say anything more about this team. I can only do reverence to this club.

Next week in the Audi Cup for the first time may face his former team. Any special feeling?

Sure, even a friendly, if agreed, will be a pleasure to play against Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Valdes ...

Have you amaze the evolution of some of these former colleagues since he left?

Barca have good quality players like Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro, and surrounded by these players is normal growth.

One that is very close to get there is Alexis Sanchez, whom you know well. What is your opinion of it?

I've played against him and I think the club makes him a great signing. I think he's able to do a great job there.

Alexis What would you highlight?

Especially the speed. In addition to fast, has great quality to play with the ball glued to his feet.

You see, adapting quickly to the boat?

As the club is playing I think anyone who comes here can be highlighted. Have these companions at your side you things much easier.

Back to you, what happened to not succeed at Barca?

Two years were very important to me, both professionally and in my personal life. The latter particularly was a year a little difficult, but I am very proud to have played there. The first year I think I had a good season, the second was more loose and I finally decided, according to the club, returning to Italy.

After winning two of the last three Champions, do you think Barca are the team to beat in Europe?

Yes, I think it's the great candidate to win the Champions League. We are now the second, but we will fight to win. Barca are now one step above Milan, Madrid and Inter.

Did Guardiola has surprised you?

Absolutely. I take my hat off to Guardiola. Never would have said after training at the club B would win all the titles he has achieved with the first team.

Ibrahimovic followed suit. What you see in Milan?

Well, it's a super athlete and a very important player for the team.

Anything you would like to say to the people of Barca?

Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya. (via MD)

Sergio Araujo, the crack of Boca, near Barça


While busy doing the operations of Cesc and Alexis, Barca sports management has not neglected the reserves for a second. Called a striker Eusebio Sacristan and the club is working to please you with the hiring of Sergio Araujo, Boca Juniors, just 19 years and rising star of Argentine football. Come to occupy the huge void that will Jonathan Soriano, the Second Division top scorer last season with 32 goals. Al Pont de Vilomara has one year left on his contract and is working out with B but its future is far from the Mini. There is sufficient supply and juicier economically to change of scenery.

Albert Valentine, coordinator of the technical secretariat, traveled to Argentina a few weeks ago to meet with leaders of Boca, confirming the interest and negotiating contracts. It was during the Copa America, coinciding with the stay of President Sandro Rosell, who was to accompany a few days.

The problem was not only the price-demand reached 10 million euros, but also the preferential option held by the Real Madrid match and keep the player, something not currently contemplated. However, talks are well underway and near completion. (via MD)

It finishes the wait of Bojan Krkic

Linyola forward receive green light on Thursday the club and in a few hours travel to Rome to join the staff of Luis Enrique.

The signing of the Rome Bojan is now official. It is finished in a day, but the club has not allowed out the boarding pass to close the transfer of Alexis Sanchez. It was agreed from the beginning. A forward on the other and Chile, at last, is already underway. In the coming hours, the squad will join the training Luis Enrique. It goes for 12 million euros, a five-year contract and Barca play-off option in the first two by 11 and 15 'kilos'.

With the approval of all parties, Bojan puts an end to a transfer that has forced him to exercise on your own in Bellpuig, where he began to take their first flying balls and where his father had a football school. He accompanied his uncle Xavier. Catalan striker and has avoided the uncomfortable paradox of exercise in the Ciutat Esportiva with colleagues, the Barça, which will not.

Pep Guardiola, in his first press conference of the preseason, openly confessed that he can not guarantee the minutes asking the Linyola. And fourth season with the above numbers would be unbearable for the player. Bojan has been losing weight gradually template. In the first season of Pep on the bench, in 2008-2009, participation endured a good percentage, 67% for 42 games of 62 played. In the following, in 2009-2010, down 61%, 36 59. And the year before was even worse, 59%, with 37 games of the 62 possible. A drop too palpable.

These past three seasons by the scanner allow us to discover other aspects much more compelling. The Pep stage, the club has played 183 games. Bojan has appeared in only 115 and they only came in 51 starts. A scrawny 27% who has not been sufficient for him. And yet, Bojan was the center forward of the Copa del Rey. The shock was nine the first year that led Barca to win the title against Athletic. So was the second year, but the early exit against Sevilla was prevented from accumulating more presence in the team. In the latter, in which he played the final against Real Madrid and Valencia lost, intervened in the first five games but then bet half Pep competition for attacking trident always, formed by Pedro, Messi and Villa . How hard I also lived in the Champions League. In the last two finals in Rome 2009 and Wembley 2011, did not appear even one minute. And even with all this, having signed Bojan will leave with 29 goals and 41 Pep counting 12 with Rijkaard. (via MD)

Alexis, finally azulgrana

Barca, convinced that today the hiring of striker close
FC Barcelona Club disburse 26 million euros plus 11 or 12 fixed variables


After a summer full of days when it seemed that the agreement for Alexis Sanchez became FC Barcelona was going to close today, July 21, does seem to be chosen for Chilean striker finally becomes Barca player again unless there is a twist completely unexpected and unlikely by the point at which negotiations are. Officials of the Barca first recognized that they are convinced that today will be the final day for the final step and expect everything to come to fruition.

All parties are now in Barcelona. Barca sporting makers course, the son of the owner of Udinese, Gino Pozzo, landed in El Prat in the early hours of Tuesday to Wednesday, saying that "the deal is complete," while the player's representative, Fernando Felicevich, arrived yesterday afternoon. Today all three bands will be when negotiators sit down to iron out the last remaining items to sign the contract. The transfer will close at 26 million euros plus fixed 11 or 12 variables. It is in the million difference where they have been difficulties in recent days. If the end is included, Barca will always be is that the amount in the variable and never fixed. Perhaps there is also a friendly match.

Once the clubs reach an agreement, Alexis will engage with the club for the next four seasons plus an option, ie until June 2015 with possibility to extend it until 2016. It will also be known today when the buyout will have the player.


The closing will cause a domino effect in the person of Bojan Krkic, who continues to await the call of the club allowing it to be permanently transferred to AS Roma for 12 million euros. Barca did not want to break away from the front until we got Linyola have 'tied' permanently Alexis. Bojan's departure will free the shirt number '9 'that seems to be cursed in recent seasons and will have to see if the Chilean striker dare to bear.

Zamorano: "They adapt quickly,"
Ivan Zamorano again yesterday praised Alexis. "It's a guy who listens and who will give everything to adapt quickly," he said. He added: "Pep is intelligent and knows how to profit our players and Alexis has huge potential. There is no ceiling".

Hugo: "A great signing Barca"
Hugo Sanchez, another former Real Madrid and Zamorano also full of praise to the Chilean "Alexis already attracted attention in the last World Cup for their quality and talent. The club has made a great signing," he told RAC1. And the arguments listed features: "It's fast, very skilful and destabilizing. It will bring a lot because it has a huge illusion of playing in Spanish football". (via MD)

[Barça B] Preseason end with the fulfilled objectives

nd of 'stage' preseason Barça B. Eusebio The return on Monday in Barcelona with the satisfaction of having done a good job. The practice match on Sunday afternoon, the Navata thrashed by Barca 0-10.


The branch dominated the match from the first minute. Jonathan Soriano was the top scorer with 5 goals, followed by Marti Basin Riverola and Isaac, who scored 2 goals each. Saul completed the ranking of goals with a target.

In a training match in two parts of 30 minutes each, the club B had the opportunity to finish to get in shape, and out the front door of TorreMirona. With an atmosphere of great expectation, and a public that did not hesitate to ask for autographs and take pictures with the players.

To stay in TorreMirona Eusebio was his first contact with the team and is pleased with the work: "These games have supplemented the work of preseason. We have been very good to complete the physical work and to assimilate concepts I want to convey to the team. "

Despite the good results, Eusebio insists the desire to continue working. "The conclusion is that we keep working. Players concepts have been assimilated and are in good physical condition."

In this sense, Eusebio is very pleased with your performance " This team already has a job for many years and is easy. " The team has returned to Barcelona this morning, following a last training TorreMirona. All ready to think about the league. "We are in preparation, excited and very happy. Now we have to work hard and go about picking the ideal way of thinking already in league opener," said Eusebio.

A lovely surroundings Finally, Eusebio also had words for excellent stay at TorreMirona: "We have been in perfect working conditions, we are very happy with the environment, the treatment and temperature, which has been very nice to work." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Copa América semi-finals] Paraguay gets through to the finals without winning a single game

PAGUAY 0 - VENEZUELA 0. Paraguay Venezuela broke the dream of playing in the final of the Copa America, achieving a 5-3 victory in a penalty shootout of a game in which the 'Vinotinto' deserved a better fate in the nineties officers and overtime , which ended goalless.

In a party that alone it will spend to the history for the first time that Venezuela disputes a semifinal, it was Paraguay the one that had the fortune in the roulette of the penaltis, after a game of very low level.

Venezuela was, however, which sought to have more options on offense and there was even a note head Vizcarrondo was annulled for an alleged offside, and a shot against the crossbar from Moreno.

Paraguay Venezuela put enthusiasm and strength to seek the backlash as a weapon as early as 3 minutes Haedo Valdez allowed to launch a coming deep from the right, he did not find a receiver end to its center.

Cichero responded to 6, with a shot from the edge of the area had little power and was well stopped by keeper Villar always safe.

A minute later, Dario Veron header at goal but his shot was blocked by Vega, who at that time had to face some hot flashes at the vagueness of its defensive zone.

Not many lights, but the office of the experience, skill Barreto was again at 15 to Venezuelan trouble goalkeeper with a shot from the edge of the box but his shot went high.

It happened then and Haedo Barrios actions, but without more until, at 34, Cichero return visit again to connect downtown with the head to the formula for the second auction of Vizcarrondo, who managed to beat Villa, but the score was nullified by offside Rondon.

Since then, Venezuelans risked going to the front, with the same enthusiasm from the opening minutes, which was enough for Moreno managed to connect at 42, to head a center that hit the crossbar, and loose ball was fired at close range by Rondon, but blocked with great quality Villar.

The second half was even more lackluster and vague than the first, interspersed with both teams in the mistakes and the defense dominated on the offensive attempts pale.

Noticeable at this stage was the presence in only ten minutes from Roque Santa Cruz, who had entered by Valdez, but had to give way to Martinez for an injury.

Both teams did their best to go to the extension, which showed greater intention to attack Venezuela, to the point that an auction of the 93 left without options Miku Villar, but ended up taking on a stick and almost immediately, John Arango sent a free kick that went to shake the stick.

Paraguay was left with ten men after 12 minutes of the first overtime, when Santana sent off for a second yellow card.

And Venezuelans fought for the goal that did not come with a Fedor sought by all means, but ran into a village that knew how to respond to danger.


[Technical Data]
0. Paraguay: Villar; Cáceres, Da Silva, Verón, Piris; Santana, Riveros, Ortigoza, Edgar Barreto (Estigarribia, m.70); Barrios y Haedo Valdez (Santa Cruz, m.73) (Martínez, m.80).

0. Venezuela: Vega; Vizcarrondo, Di Giorgio, Cichero, González (Maldonado, m.84); Lucena, Moreno (Fédor, m.71), Rosales, Arango; Perozo (Rey, m.46) y Rondón.

Penalty shootout: 1-0: Ortigoza, goal, 1-1: Maldonado, goal, 2-1: Barrios, goal, 2-2: King, goal, 3-2: Riveros, gol, Lucena, to Villar, 4 -2: Martinez, goal, 4-3: Fedor, goal, 5-3: Veron goal.

Referee: Francisco Chacón (MEX). He showed yellow card to Rosales, Santana, Veron. Santana was ejected after receiving a second yellow at 102.

Incidents: second game of the semifinals of the Copa America 2011, played at the stadium Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, before some 8,000 spectators. After the meeting a fight broke out between the seats generalized for both teams.

Barca make official today the signing of Alexis

The three parties have managed to find out of the maze which was locked for months. "There is little," his manager said yesterday


All solved, but all pending the official announcement. The club has found the way out the intricate labyrinth that has become the signing of Alexis Sanchez yesterday afternoon after landing in Barcelona the representative of Chilean player Fernando Felicevich. Closed the deal with Udinese, only that the documents remained collect requests for Alexis to communicate their employment, the first of Barça 2011-12.

"I do not speak even if there is little," he said simply when he set foot on Felicevich Barcelona. After solving the passing of Arturo Vidal Leverkusen Juventus, Alexis's manager flew to Barcelona knowing that Gino Pozzo, general manager of Udinese, and was here to take a last look at the happy fringes `¿.

A fringe 'what have delayed for several days an agreement had been sealed with a handshake waiting for the drafting of the contract. Preclude the inclusion of a player to the negative Barca Bojan Krkic and Jeffren Suarez entered the operation, the fine print about 11 million in variables (rather than the fixed 27 million euro) were extra work that executives Blaugrana went over to pat the small print of the document.

Barca player and had drawn the outline of the agreement, and indeed the willingness of Alexis was definitely to get Giampaolo Pozzo and Gino dismiss offers of Manchester City or Chelsea and focus on putting them on the table Josep Maria Bartomeu. The persistence and the ability to wear down the other party leaders who have demonstrated Blaugrana have weighed as much as the determination of Sanchez to be part of best team in the world today.

The Boy Wonder '¿, signing for five seasons, he showed them from the start to Pozzo that although they and he credited the money they would have received if the transaction had closed with a team from the Premier League, their prioritized target was not negotiable because the sporty look. Italian leaders had to accept that the only way to negotiate. This is not to say that Alexis will not sign a good contract with the club, which as always will be divided into a fixed amount and subject to other objectives and performance. In principle, nothing complicated that it can take much longer officially announced its entry into the Team Pep `¿.

In Tocopilla, outstanding travel
Alexis Sanchez is on vacation with the family in Tocopilla, but not yet travel to Barcelona as his manager will confirm that everything is solved. Although Udinese is back to work, the Chilean is waived by both the fact that their future is in Barcelona to have played in the Copa America.
In any case, interrupt your rest a few days to sign the discipline joining Barcelona and leverage to settle in what will be his city during the coming years. (via SPORT)

Jeffren, sought by several teams in the Premier League

The Spanish-Venezuelan Jeffren Suarez, defoliating Daisy continues on its future


Aware that does not fit into the plans of Guardiola, the player has many options end up playing next season in the Premier League. Barca has received offers from several English clubs like Bolton or Liverpool. However, most of the offers have not yet reached the offices of FC Barcelona since the intention of her suitors is to ensure the agreement with the player before negotiating with the club. In this sense, know beforehand that the Catalans do not have the extreme, could even reduce the price of the transaction. The case of the squad that waiting to resolve his future training normally with the first team, is another `hot issues Where the offices of the club, who will try to resolve in the coming days. (via SPORT)

Gervinho think they do not need Cesc

Arsenal star's signing is not at all concerned about the possible departure of Captain 'gunner'


As if there was not enough actors around the soap opera that has been generated around the transfer of Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal's new striker, Gervinho, wanted to put the spoon on the plate.

"That's football, everything changes very quickly," he told Radio Monte Carlo Sport striker from Ivory Coast on the possible departure of Samir Nasri and Cesc. "If the club fails to stay Cesc or Nasri will know how to replace them."

To Gervinho, "Arsenal will always remain a great club. Nobody knows what will happen in the future, perhaps in a year or two the club win titles, "he predicted. (via SPORT)

Socio will be able to say if he wants that there is a President of Honor

Those responsible for the social area working on a project that has just developed during the 2011


Barca should recover the figure of the President of Honour of Johan Cruyff exercised fleetingly? Does it deserve review and reform the system of election commissioners of the partners? Is it positive reinforce the new position of Ombudsman of the rocks included in the new constitution?

The statutory reform commission, chaired by Joan Manuel Trayter and is composed of ten members of recognized professional standing in the fields of law and economics, and held six meetings since it was formed in the presence of the president Sandro Rosell Jan. 17.

Your task in this study phase is to establish what aspects of the laws deserve to be modified to suit the current rules, in line with the electoral project that drove in his day and his board Sandro Rosell.

The mandate of the joint commission was of particular relevance in a second phase which could collect the largest possible number of sensitivities within the Barcelona on several key issues. The goal, set to establish a charter right, but also bring the maximum consensus before making a final draft.

Barca, knowing that you have to put the technology base to promote the involvement of the partner, is working to develop a platform through the Internet.

The project is being developed by the manager responsible for the area of new technologies, Didac Lee, in line with the economic, while Jordi Cardona is Vice President who serves as liaison with the Commission statutes. "One of the bases when developing our project was to talk for months with partners, with the rocks, listening to people and gather ideas and wills that we believed that provided actionable ideas and positive," explains Cardoner. "This is the way to get a project alive and dynamic."
generate dialogue

Hence the policy to ask "before moving to partner with issues that are likely to generate a dialogue, a 'feedback how often they". Do you also an issue that has generated debate, as the figure of Honorary Chairman who served for a while Johan Cruyff? "It's an issue that still has not addressed the Commission, but if there is sensitivity about it, of course it is a topic we are interested in the opinion of the partner," concludes Cardoner.

The intention of the board of the boat is that this form of communication and participation with his associates put up the remainder of 2011, within a more ambitious project which will attempt to exploit the possibilities offered by new technologies .

In regard to the social and issues relating to the rights of members and institutions, the club would establish a dual-channel dialogue, suggestions and opinions, but also conducting polls and surveys. They would not have a binding "because the board manages and legitimate government by the electoral mandate he recalls Vice Blaugrana," but we would be permanently connected to what you think Barça on these issues. " (via SPORT)

[Youth] High level players FCB-Campus

With an edition and is already the seventh, will close on Friday morning FCB Campus: The director said that the seventh edition was a great success


The director of the VII edition of the Campus, Iñaki Andreu is a responsible and professional satisfaction with a job well done during these four weeks of Campus, responsible and always surrounded by the coaches FCBEscola have been more than 600 children and girls who have enjoyed without the ball at his feet.

Iñaki, which has been in the 'staff' Barca nine years, is currently the technical director of the category of initiation FCBEscola working daily in the facilities of FC Barcelona, ​​with hundreds of small players, with an extensive track record harvested during these recent years.

No doubt when it comes to campus: "It was a fantastic issue, both the technical quality of the kids as human quality," also said: "The kids have learned the technical and tactical taught at the club. In addition, we instilled the basic values ​​in world football such as fair play and fellowship, we work all year with the smallest of the School. "

It also underlines the publicity of the event which welcomes participants from all over Catalonia, Spain and much of the planet. "About 28% of boys were not in our country, had Italians, Swedes, Norwegians, French, American, Mexican, Dutch, etc". The coach added that "year after year, the level is getting higher."

Iñaki also says that aid to make a quality campus like this, are the facilities of the ineffable in an enviable frame as the Mountain of Montjuïc, also notes the importance and dedication of staff INEFC as the dining room staff, maintenance, cleaning, etc. .. at all times have been serving the campus and the small players who enjoy playing sports. (via SPORT)

The 'case Cesc' exposed

Guardiola was involved in the operation since the spring of 2010 when he had lunch with the player in the Maresme and remains confident in its arrival


Barca are taking their movements with maximum discretion to Cesc Fabregas to become new player Blaugrana. As the days progress, some details of the negotiations are coming to light and SPORT can detail some of the steps have been taken to the Arenys can be incorporated into the template of the world's best team.

For starters, the first contacts between Barca and Arsenal were hard. The club called `GUNN 60 million euros. The English took as reference the transfer of Fernando Torres at Chelsea, even a figure out of the market and only available to a club run by a billionaire like Roman Abramovich.

Blaugrana leaders understood that Arsenal put the bar high, because some negotiators are demanding and would not facilitate the departure of captain.

In the club no one nervous. The contacts were maintained and, thanks to the constant movements of the player himself, were reducing the claims of the English. The club has sent to date, emissaries on three occasions, including in some of these trips to Josep Maria Bartomeu to bring positions closer to Arsenal.

The negotiation has been successful and the entity Barcelona has reduced the originally 60 million euros, or the Gunners' own leaders were ¿feasible, to 40 million. The deal has come, therefore, limits and reasonable. Now it is bridging differences to reach a meeting point among the 35 million offered by the Blaugrana and 40 requested from the Emirates.

The progress continues every day, with some back as when Arsenal was angered by the attempt of Barca to include cadets and Bellerín Toral, but the tension has never been high to think about a breakup. On the contrary, since the club continues to reign optimism and understand that signing can be a reality next week.

Once closed the addition of Alexis Sanchez, the boat capsized in Cesc. Arsenal want everything is resolved by the end of the month and Guardiola would be interested in having the player for the U.S. tour.

Indeed, the coach's role is becoming key. Pep who else has been posted by Cesc since the spring of 2010 he had lunch with him at a restaurant of Maresme and sports enthusiasm with your project. The telephone contacts between the two have been constant and the last of which occurred after the Santpedor had given his first press conference of the season to address his case.

Guardiola wanted to speak personally with Cesc in a conversation focused mainly on football issues. The technician went to the player in terms similar to those expressed in the media. Pep he argued that the priority of bringing a striker Alexis Sanchez and was due to the need for a piece of imbalance in attack.

A variant, in his view, basic to surprise opponents who have already studied the system very Blaugrana. Once this signing, Guardiola told him they would seek to strengthen the midfield. The team already has many players in this demarcation, but want a different variant Pep. The vertical and easy to see Arenys door coming from the second line are excited. Weapon would be a second novel, after Alexis, to confuse opponents.

The tech asked for patience and at the same time, freed him from having to keep hitting the Arsenal refusing to train. Guardiola was assured that negotiations would continue its course regardless of re-training with the group or keep doing it alone. Cesc is now to decide, although it seems difficult to integrate the discipline of Wenger, at least this week.

However, Fabregas wants to leave his confinement `What costumes. For a player who enjoys both the ball at his feet as Cesc, stay in the gym every day with the only company veteran Sol Campbell is a martyrdom.

The defense is without a contract and Arsenal allows you to use their facilities to get in shape. Fabregas is doubtful, but fears that if returned to training, Wenger will want to use in the previous leg of the Champions League on 16-17 August, and his dream is broken. (via SPORT)

Puyol and runs in the Ciutat Esportiva

The captain of FC Barcelona makes continuous career training camps while still working outside the team


Carles Puyol continues to advance the recovery process in his left knee since he was operated on 1 June. Right now, you need to strengthen the muscles in the area to be definitely in tune.

And, after a month and a half to make every effort to cut recovery times, the improvement can not move faster. The captain trained yesterday in Field 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva accompanied by a trainer and already performs continuous run. A point in favor of La Pobla that despite the progress in their physical state, continues to train outside the group.

Coach Pep Guardiola announced in a press conference that Puyol "trotting" down the field and that "goes like a shot" in the process of recovery, good news. In about 15 days, Barca may be incorporated permanently to the team and is expected to participate in the Super Cup against Real Madrid Spain.Carles Puyol continues to advance the recovery process in his left knee since he was operated on 1 June. Right now, you need to strengthen the muscles in the area to be definitely in tune.

And, after a month and a half to make every effort to cut recovery times, the improvement can not move faster. The captain trained yesterday in Field 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva accompanied by a trainer and already performs continuous run. A point in favor of La Pobla that despite the progress in their physical state, continues to train outside the group.

Coach Pep Guardiola announced in a press conference that Puyol "trotting" down the field and that "goes like a shot" in the process of recovery, good news. In about 15 days, Barca may be incorporated permanently to the team and is expected to participate in the Super Cup against Real Madrid Spain. (via SPORT)

Barça starts up with thirteen parties in month and half

The Catalans will play a game every three days for the next six weeks


Barca started a new course with well-filled schedule of games. The Pep Guardiola will soon put the batteries as next month and a half they expect between 13 and 14 commitments What role do play the final of the Copa Catalunya ¿, ie a game every three days, including friendly and officers, all televised live.

Barca back to the activity on Monday, already aware of the schedule that awaits them in the coming weeks. The team has just under a month to prepare the first official title of the season, the Supercopa of Spain, who will play against Madrid in mid-August. Until then, the team sprint in for a `does-up matches, culminating in the dispute of the Copa Catalunya, 8 and 9 August, when played with Espanyol, Girona Nastic and proclaim the honor of best team in the country country. However, the Catalans will attend the tournament Catalan depleted, as they played less than 24 hours after landing in the summer tour, so that players of Barça B will take the leading role in the appointment.

The team will hold its first shift on Saturday, to Split. Two days later, the Catalans will land in Munich to compete in the Audi Cup against Porto Allegre International and rival out of the Bayern-Milan. And without going through Barcelona, ​​the template will head to the United States, with three scheduled stops, Washington, Miami and Dallas. Guardiola himself forward as the first press conference of the season, it is expected that participants in the Copa America will be incorporated into the Barca starting August 1.

The highlight will come from 14 August, when Barcelona and Madrid again face to face for the first time after the marathon of classic stretch last season, when the atmosphere warmed over. By then, the coach and his staff have all the first official title of the season, topped 17 in the Nou Camp in a match early in the morning.

Only three days later will begin the season with a move to Malaga, and the official schedule at full capacity, Barcelona at the Nou Camp will to Naples, to challenge the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy. Before the end of August, the club will play their second title of the season, the European Super Cup in Monaco against the winner of the Champions League, Porto.

The marathon party will end on Monday 29 What prompted the club to play in the finals since Monday falls on a Friday ', with the club Villarreal in the second game of the season. The competition will then make a break for the disputed commitments selections.

Split makes a killing with Barcelona
The Croatian city of Split has turned to receive this Saturday at the Catalans. In fact, the club has received such an avalanche of requests from media who wanted to be accredited, it has had to close the tap. According to the club, the press department received 460 applications, when the Split Poljud only about 130 media. Moreover, the Croatian fans who want to buy tickets and have no partner Hajduk manure must pay prohibitive prices, ranging from 200 to 750 euros. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] The development of the five injured in squad

Five team players recovering from various physical ailments. Muniesa Montoya and have lost the World Under-20 and both Rafa Espinosa have been out of the World U-19 due to injuries of varying importance.


The start of preseason has not been dreamed of five-team players who could not participate in two renowned international competitions (World and European U-20 U-19) or even start training under the command of Eusebio.

Montoya: sprain Ankle Martin Montoya has not been able to travel with the Spanish U-20 to play the World Cup in Colombia with a sprained ankle that kept him sidelined four to five weeks. Montoya had been injured in Anoeta in a match where he started with the first team but arrived in time to play European Under-21 champion where being a starter in every game. 'Monti' had to 'double' now playing with the under-20 but a new injury, now in his ankle, he has left out of this competition.

Muniesa: final stage in a match with the U-20 was injured Muniesa in the hamstrings and this made ​​him miss the chance to play with the combined Lopetegi in Colombia the World Under-20. The Lloret was replaced by Barca also Carles Planas. 'Muni' is in the final phase of his recovery and in a few days God would receive the discharge.

Rafa: muscle injury Rafa Alcantara began preparing for the European Under-19 but within days he returned to Barcelona to recover from injury in the quadriceps muscle. The Brazilian playmaker is in the final phase of recovery and the evolution of your discomfort will make your recovery period.

Espinosa drag a groin injury

midfielder Talavera de la Reina finished last season with the Juvenil A with a groin injury that has not yet been solved. Although Espinosa is in the final phase of his recovery has not arrived in time to play European U-19 Romania.

Ilie: postoperative complication Ilie Sanchez midfielder had surgery the end of last season to overcome a small problem in the finger one foot but the recovery of this intervention was not expected and should be about four weeks low. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Arsenal fans, angry at Barca

There are several forms of showing dissatisfaction for something or with somebody, but of there to burn T-shirt...


Burn shirts. So too have many Arsenal fans in China who wanted to express their disagreement with the club in a rather disrespectful. The expected progress of Cesc Barca has enraged many fans and some have not hesitated twice when Barça shirt to catch and burn. The picture that we show below was uploaded to Twitter by Arsenal China , has fan club 'gunner' in China. The comments came quickly, and among several messages in Chinese, can read some in English that condemn unfortunate action. (via SPORT)

Agent Alexis lands in Barcelona completed the signing with the Barca


Fernando Felicevich agent, Alexis Sanchez , was installed in the Hotel Princesa Sofia with the intention to meet Thursday with the directive of Barcelona and close down the signing of Chilean player for Barça, as reported RAC1.

The player's agent was the last missing piece of the puzzle to realize all the intricacies of the contract, so it is anticipated that the announcement of the signing of Alexis Sanchez is imminent.

With the advent of Felicevich and the presence and in Barcelona Gino Pozzo, son of the owner of Udinese, given all the ingredients to close the section. Everything seems to indicate, as anticipated MD, the figures of the transfer will move around 26 million euros of fixed plus 11 or 12 variables. (via MD)


[The representative of Alexis Sanchez arrived in Barcelona]
Felicevich Fernando arrived in Barcelona to close the deal by Alexis Sanchez.


Alexis Sanchez's signing for the club enters its final stretch. The Chilean striker's transfer to Barca is pending to resolve their past fringes and the last land to Barcelona was the player's agent, Fernando Felicevich. Their arrival portends that the deal will close soon.

Felicevich declined to comment but said "there is little" to make Barca finish Alexis Sanchez.

It is recalled that Gino Pozzo, son of the owner of Udinese, also in Barcelona since early this morning to try to seal the quicker the sale of the player to Barca.

With the entry of Felicevich action, the three parties involved - Barça, Udinese and representative, are prepared to meet face to face the last details of an operation that aims to bring about the first ADDITIONS Barca 2011-2012. (via SPORT)

[Selection Under-19 Euro] Spain vs Belgium rescheduled for Thursday

Spain and Belgium will be replayed in full on Thursday 21 July having been abandoned by the referee due to adverse weather conditions. (via UEFA.com)

Piqué: "We want that the culés is proud"

Gerard Chopped només pensa in the pròxima season. In a promotional acte of the mark Nike, the blaugrana has assegurat that the 'model Barça' fagaudir the públic i també els futbolistes. The defense is mostra disposat to continue fent història.


Gerard Pique has already dusted boots. '3 'Barca says the team is prepared for the new season. The goal is to continue filling the windows of the museum titles Barca.

Piqué also had words for Guardiola and ensures that the technician knows how far they can get the players: "When we participate and enter the field each of us tried to help the team as much as we can and that's what we Pep guide, each asks us what he knows he can do. "

Piqué knows to expect a very tough season and complicated, in which all the opposing teams will be aimed to win the European champions. "This year will be very difficult and long. First dispute the two Super Cups, very complicated, one against Madrid and the other with Porto and we won, are two titles that should be in the museum," he says.

Nor will you escape the other titles, is that despite having won everything, Barça de Guardiola knows no bounds. "We deal with the League Cup, the Champions League and then the Euro at the highest level, trying to win and that the Catalans are still proud of the team," said Barca.

Barca's style has crossed borders and has gained fans worldwide. There has been far from work one day to another. "From the first day I arrived here, the model has been the same: keep the ball, enjoying football and controlling games. This is the requirement for a big club like Barca," said the defender.

Surely this season both Piqué as the rest of the team will still be up and showing on the pitch football model with guaranteed success. (via FCBarcelona.cat)