27 July 2011

A centreforward and a defense for Barça, only if Cesc doesn't sign


Money, in the form of Cesc or another player will be in the field to improve the team Guardiola. Only in the event that the club could not close the transfer of Arsenal captain reinforcements arise, probably implemented through a defense or a forward. In that case be reopened those options that the technical services players have placed neatly on the list of reinforcements.

So far the club has worked with absolute discretion in strengthening both positions, but without that initial step to enter into talks. What it was clear is that bookings for signings were designed, regardless of the signing of Alexis priority as noted by Pep-the ability to close the Operation Cesc ', also important as it is estimated that between' cash ', assessment of youth football players that Arsenal have to pay and the estimated variables in play would be about 60 million euros.

The club will make all the stops to pay the arrival of Fabregas, but if the operation is finished breaking down again immediately put to work to shore up the outstanding positions back and forth for Guardiola to work with the new effective with the largest margin of time. Although the closing date of the market is still far away, the official season starts on 14 for the club, the Supercopa against Real Madrid. (via MD)

Acosta: "Messi is the same one in Barça and in Argentina"

The Argentine playmaker praised his compatriot and found that the performance difference with Argentina is motivated Barca because he is not as good as in the club surrounded


Lautaro Acosta, Sevilla's Argentine playmaker very close to being on loan to Racing Santander, broke down his impressions of his fellow countryman Leo Messi in an interview with the official means of La Liga.

Acosta got rid of praise for Messi, whom he considered the best footballer on the planet. "It's a great player. In my view, is the best in the world and proves it with a boat where he was also surrounded by the best in the world and that gives shine even more," he said.

Asked about the performance of crack Barca playing with Argentina, Leo Acosta defended the criticism and felt that the problem is based on the players around him do not have the level offered by the shipmates. "It's the same player. The issue is that in Barcelona around him very well and that makes it look much, but the selection is the same as always. The selection I see no great differences in their attitude or the way they play . Simply, those around you are different, "said Sevilla midfielder yet.

Acosta also had words of praise for the club and was hopeful that the Argentina regain a level of play in the future similar to the practice squad. "The work of the boats come in time and the selection is a process of training and one day God will look like the club, which is the best team in the world," he said. (via SPORT)

Robben will not play against Barca

The Dutch winger suffered the injury in Bayern twins in the Audi Cup semifinal against AC Milan and will be out for weeks.

Arjen Robben can not participate in the Audi Cup final on Wednesday against Barca because the injury occurred in the semi-final against Milan on Tuesday.

The winger of Bayern was injured the twins and sprained his right foot after a hard tackle from Taiwan has caused yet another injury of his career.

While waiting for various tests is not yet known the exact extent of his injury but his absence is confirmed for the first official match of Bayern in the new season, scheduled for August 1 in the first leg of the German Cup where Frack Ribery will not be able to participate, which carries an ankle injury. (via SPORT)

Abidal reunited with Ribéry

During this morning’s session at Bayern Munich’s training complex, Eric Abidal coincided with his international teammate, the Bayern player Franck Ribéry.


The 2 players will not come up against each other tonight in the Allianz Arena in Munich, as Ribery has injured his left ankle and will miss much of the preseason with the Jupp Heynckes team.

Abidal and Ribery met at Bayern Munich’s training ground where this Wednesday morning Pep Guardiola's team went to train. The emotional meeting between the two players was not the only one this morning as the sports director of professional football, Andoni Zubizarreta, had the pleasure of greeting Bayern Manager Jupp Heynckes, who he worked with at Athletic Bilbao.

The session helped the players who participated in the match against Internacional of Porto Alegre to recover physically, without forgetting that tonight they’ll be playing the Audi Cup Final, against Bayern Munich, something the team were also being prepared for.

Captain Carles Puyol is still following his recovery plan after his operation, while Xavi carried on doing specific training. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Nasri opens the doors from Barça to Cesc

The latest reports indicate that French midfielder exhausted his last contract year under the command of Wenger, which could facilitate the departure of Cesc refloat negotiations


The arrival of Cesc Barca could become more feasible once in London confirmed the continuity of Samir Nasri, who will continue another season at Arsenal until his contract expires, as revealed on Wednesday the British newspaper 'Daily Star'.

Despite the succulent proposals on the table had two great teams in Manchester, Nasri would have come to accept the position of Arsenal not to facilitate its sale.

Wenger said at the end of the season that Arsenal could not be considered a big club if he allowed the outputs of your most important players, referring to Cesc and Nasri.

The board of the Gunners has unconditionally supported the French coach and agree that Nasri will continue for another year, at the risk of that next season could go free in London, while one euro in the club's coffers .

Attempts to renew the player remain in vain, as Nasri looks set to exhaust their contract to have complete freedom to negotiate in 2012, allowing you to claim a substantial improvement in the annual tab, either Arsenal or another club with a commitment to hire their services. (via SPORT)

Heynckes: "Barça is the most creative team in the world"

Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich Manager, has only praise for Josep Guardiola’s team, both for the success of the current European Champions, and for the way they play.


"I know Spanish football, and Barça’s game, pretty well. Everyone knows they’re the current Champions League holders, but we must also remember that they’re the most creative team in the world". With these words of praise, the German coach, who takes over from Van Gaal as manager of Bayern Munich this season, admitted his admiration for Guardiola’s players.

The Masia stamp

At the press conference after the other semi-final of the Audi Cup, Heynckes also referred to the work of the Barça Academy: "They have lots of players who have grown up together at the club, and this means they understood each other really well on the pitch, but also, and very importantly, off the pitch".

Heynckes, who at times expressed himself in very decent Spanish, has extensive experience in the Spanish League, where he managed Athletic Bilbao twice (1992/94 and 2001/03), CD Tenerife (1995/97) and Real Madrid (1997/98), where he won the Champions League.

Players missing from the Final

Despite the absence of important players in the Barça first team, the coach from Mönchengladbach believes that the Audi Cup Final "will be a very interesting game....it’s true that Barça without Messi is a different team, but players like Iniesta, Xavi, or Busquets are extraordinary players". One of the Bayern doubtfuls is Arjen Robben, who had to come off in the semifinal against AC Milan due to a heavy kick on his leg. Ribery is a non-starter, as he has an ankle injury. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Tottenham will attempt the signing of Afellay

The chief of scouts from English side would have been good reports of the technical Barca midfielder Harry Redknapp


Ibrahim Afellay is attracting the interest of big teams in Europe. Their increasingly influential role at the club under the command of Guardiola has drawn international media attention and the fact that it is not a permanent fixture supports several teams call Barça doors to inquire about it.

As revealed on Wednesday the British tabloid 'Daily Mirror' , Tottenham would be willing to undertake the signing of Dutch international.

The newspaper reveals that the chief of scouts from the Spurs have spent big Ian Broomfield Afellay reports Harry Redknapp, manager of London side, especially after his performance in the first half of the Audi Cup semi-final he played the club against Inter of Porto Alegre on Tuesday.

The forty-five minutes played by Afellay against the Brazilians would have sufficed, according to 'Daily Mirror', so that the scouts from Tottenham manager has started to pull strings and already has informed his superior potential Barca midfielder, with a view to a hypothetical future negotiations. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Madrid signs to a youth of Barça

It is about the battering ram Pol Roigé, of the generation of Gerard Deulofeu.

A failure to close the contract details, Real Madrid has secured the services of Barcelona's youth until now, Pol Roigé.

Roigé, born in 1994 and has endorsed the youth ranks at Barcelona with Gerard Deulofeu, for example, was part of the last campaign of Juvenil B template of Barca coach Sergio Barjuan.

Seen in the last year did not have too many opportunities, Barcelona gave freedom to locate computers. This was quickly exploited by the technical services of Madrid, who contacted the young striker to offer the possibility of Valdebebas in the preseason with the Juvenil A blank. Apparently Roigé has convinced the technicians and white yesterday in his Twitter account said he was "eager to begin a new stage in Madrid." (via AS)

Xavi: "Mourinho is an advantage because it motivates us"

On the possible signing of Cesc, striker 'Barça' declared: "I hope the saga ends." "It's like a piece that you just inserted. His arrival would close the current cycle."


FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez saw an interview with German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" that the Real coach Jose Mourinho proves a point for the Catalan club, and that "we are very quiet and motivates us."

Striker 'Barça' was asked about the new signings for Real Madrid and said: "It is stronger than last season, no doubt. He joined the likes of Coentrao, Alley or Sahin. The Turk is a great player, he has high quality. " Xavi could then talk about Mourinho: "It's a winner. He gives everything for a win. It's not annoying. For us it is an advantage since the Catalans are often too quiet and motivation comes very well."

On the high-profile signing of Cesc Fabregas possible, the Terrassa was explicit: "I hope the saga ends." "It's like a piece of the puzzle, you only insert. Cesc has just turned 24 and his arrival would ensure that the current cycle of Barcelona continues to perform," he added as he recalled that it is having an age: "I have 31 years, As I retire in two, three or four years. "

Xavi said he did not fear any competition that would exist if in the end the Arsenal still comes to all Guardiola: "I have thirteen years competing with other players. I can not bother looking for successors. It's silly, the more competition in the center the field, the better. "

Regarding the latest addition to FC Barcelona, ​​Cesc said Alexis "is like a torpedo, fast and aggressive." "We now have the advantage that the players have a great motivation for coming" at Barcelona, ​​added the Catalan, while cited as an example to Mascherano and Villa, who arrived 29 years and "the motivation of a young beginner" as jugadroes willing to join the Barça squad.

Finally, Eto'o and Ibrahimovic outputs also were the focus of analysis to Xavi who stressed that the case of Cameroon was related to relationship problems with Messi, while the Swede failed to adapt. "It's a great footballer, blessed with a talent brutal, but surely too static to the way we played," he said about Ibrahimovic. (via AS)

Decisive summit

The signing of Arenys live for Barça before the weekend, the chapter that should speed up the operation


The long negotiation that is taking the club with Arsenal and Cesc Fabregas to consummate his move has reached its decisive stage. All parties have set a deadline this week to advance a definitive meaning and live a day Friday was key. The Gunners' offices are you scheduled a meeting of the four main actors involved in the transaction by the English. Cesc Fabregas and his agent, Darren Dein, will face off with the coach, Arsène Wenger and Arsenal's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis. This meeting will be the key output of the player toward the Camp Nou.

Barca introduced on Friday its latest offer from the club Barca is sufficient to consider the transfer Arsenal. The proposal would be around 27 million euros, accounting for fixed and variable. This is the negotiating framework set by the sports vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who has taken the lead in contacts with the Gunners' ¿. Yes, the offer may be qualified once the basics are accepted. Barca are ready to discuss details, but will not move substantially on the basis set.

Cesc feels supported by this offer and is now strong enough to put Arsene Wenger against the sword and the wall with the only goal of obtaining approval for the operation. The player is very psyched as ever to stand up so that the French have no other choice but to sell. Cesc is aware that may be the last great battle that lies ahead to break the hardness that is showing the Arsenal in the negotiations and is prepared for a tense meeting.

The idea will be forwarded to coach and provide compelling interpretations. Fabregas will tell you firmly that you do not want to play more under his command, which has the personal challenge that has always dreamed of close and do not plan to let him go. Also, Cesc will be remembered the promise he made in May to let him go in case the club to submit a firm offer. The Blaugrana club has taken this step and now Wenger must do their part of the deal.

Cesc will be supported at the meeting by Darren Dein, whose affinity Wenger should help. The midfielder scored his representative as "the best friend of my coach," so his presence should help end the resistance that the French can still show.

The conversation will be based largely on personal appearance. Cesc has a lot to Arsenal and it's time to be rewarded for the club. Signed with 16 years to virtually zero cost and the club `gunner can get 27 million euros in profit, plus have amply repaid the last eight years with his great performance. Wenger is committed to helping Fàbregas for having given to their cause, even risking the physical, as happened in the match at Camp Nou in the second round of the Champions League last season.

Cesc tighten their best to achieve your goal. Do not leave nothing out. The player will burn its last round indoors. To date not made any public statement that could damage the image of Arsenal or damage the authority of his coach. His way to show Wenger that he no longer feels a player has been `GUNN refusing to train in the preseason. It has not participated in the meetings with the group and has not been moved with their peers in Asia and Germany, where the English have completed their initial preparation. The team returns today and tomorrow in Cologne face a day of rest before you put the batteries again on Friday to play on Saturday the first game of the Emirates Cup to his home crowd against Boca Juniors.

Wenger is also interested in clarifying the status of Cesc since Friday, when the meeting is over, will face the press conference presenting the tournament. The technician can continue to give the excuse that the player has had physical problems, but this justification has been no basis in reality. Fabregas has been trained on his own and is well positioned to immediately begin the preseason. His desire is to do with his shipmates in the United States. This planning is also of interest to the player Guardiola to be integrated as soon as possible and, above all, get the match fitness after many months without play a game. Cesc's future must go through the club and on Friday will play his first final as the Blaugrana. (via SPORT)

Bolton retires of the bid for Jeffren

The coach Owen Coyle assures that alone committed footballers want with the project of the club


Jeffren Suarez's future remains unclear. Barcelona has communicated to the extent that it is best to look team to have the minutes that are missing in Barça. And Jeffren insists that his dream still succeed in Barcelona. The player's position is greatly complicating the output of the player, who has several interesting offers for Barca.

The last club that has sretirado the bid is the English Bolton, who was willing to offer three million euros for the player. The English team has decided not to insist upon more for the player to know the position of Jeffren. Owen Coyle, the coach of English club was referring to yesterday's sharp interest in the extreme: "We only want players committed to the project," he said.

Jeffren, for now, remains concentrated in the preseason and only Barca rate your departure if any interesting offer comes in Spanish football. The under-21 international already ruled out the possibility of participating in the operation Alexis because he understood that Italian football hurts your game. Liverpool also showed interest in time for football. But even the mystical Anfield Jeffren seems enough to abandon her dream of triumph over Barca. (via SPORT)

Araujo: "I celebrated the goals of Barça in Wembley"

Boca striker claimed by the club has become the new record time in Argentine soccer sensation


Sergio Araujo (28-01-1992, Buenos Aires) lives 100 meters from La Bombonera. At the Casa Amarilla, La Masia xeneize. Small was paddock in the suburbs. Turned 19 a few times in First and details of different, have earned the highest praise. Up close looks like a child. Trendy hairstyle looks untidy crest ¿but is he a shy. During the interview he often shrugs. A few meters away in the lobby of the hotel Hesperia, Riquelme attends the scene and throws a spear "is the baby, secure the journalists give the sides." Both smile. There is harmony.

At just 19 years and he is the great promise of Argentina and is on the agenda of the club. Is it easy to lose your head?
I am calm. I am very happy that a club as big is fixing me with this young age I have. It's an honor, something barbaric.

Barcelona, ​​however, has just signed as a striker Alexis Sanchez ...

It's a great player ¿a phenomenon! Do you play well. Will Leo mezaclar phenomenon. I followed with Chile and will be outrageous. Alexis is good to come to Barcelona. I have to have patience. My agent told me the interest of Barcelona and he told me to wait, nothing more. "

But you've just played some games in Primera. Does it look ready?
I have many desire to take this step. I am prepared. And I would at least have the opportunity to prove myself at a club like this. I think I can. "

Explain to the fans of Barcelona what kind of player you will find if you just wearing Barca.
I am a fast forward. I like to fall on the left and I have no problem again. I love scoring goals and my idol is Kun Aguero has to play anywhere!

In Barcelona Messi would meet ...
My favorite Barcelona! Here he plays very different from what we can play with Argentina because it has bright fellow and Xavi. As Iniesta, of course. I think he had a good showing at the Copa America. When scores a goal in Argentina people are going to love as he does here. A Leo is to make him feel loved, the Argentines have to treat it like you do here.

Your sympathy for Barcelona only due to the presence of Leo?
When I was a kid I always noticed the big league: Barcelona, ​​Atletico ... last season saw the Champions League final in my house with my two friends and I celebrated the goals of the Barcelona jumped off the couch with a goal from Leo! Madrid's not like any player, nor Christian. I do not look.

Are there hidden in the league Messi Argentina?
Some are very good at Boca as Fragapane and training Orfano but football is in crisis in Argentina. Are given few opportunities and a higher value on physical talent. (via SPORT)

Cesc, imminent

ULTIMATUM: The Catalan club has decided to settle the case this week Cesc
SUMMIT: The player meets with Wenger today or tomorrow to hear the final answer
OPERATION: Barca believe the final offer is ideal for both clubs


The limit is 48 hours. Cesc soap opera, with a happy ending for the club and the player if all goes as expected the club and the player will be resolved before the weekend in one way or another. If finally the pressure of the last three years and the strong commitment of Arenys midfielder to return to pay off your home is only a matter of hours the Arsenal decide whether or not to sell their captain and star.

For the Catalan club there will be no waiting period or other negotiations, only the final if the team agrees to close the deal Emirates as the Catalan club has raised in its last offer. Not go beyond nor want this theme will last beyond this week since the Arsenal and Barca have to move on, close your templates and start the season. Nor is it good for the professional future of Cesc and his own physical condition this situation so stressful especially for Fabregas.

The decision will be announced after a meeting, it appears that the last player, perhaps accompanied by his agent, with Arsène Wenger was already scheduled to return to Arsenal in a friendly played in Cologne as part of their preseason, the time without the player in question. Cesc know what this summit is the position of the club that the club understood as definitva them, thus it has to know and to all parties.

In other words, today or tomorrow when the meeting will be held all the cards are on the table, no tricks up his sleeve or any other strategy other than to decide whether Cesc still 'gunner' one more season or completed the signing longest in the history of the club.

Beyond this limit, each move on. It has transcended what could be the outcome, the English club does not seem to move from its refusal, unless the club put on the table a lot more money, a position which however did not pursue the negotiations haimpedido. If 'bomb' in the final price will also be known within hours, but of course the Catalan club believes that the terms offered are good for both parties. There seems to be a final formula, at least in the Barca directors, it seems appropriate for the amount and funding, it is also important given the current state of the treasury Barca.

The watch case Cesc, extended over three long, hot summers, has begun its final countdown to the end announces imminent. The trophy that Arsenal Emirates Stadium will play 30 (Boca Juniors) and July 31 (Red Bull New York) can make the top of this final sprint. Or Cesc still planted in the tournament presentation to your hobby or play in order, allowing a longer stretch this saga. (via MD)

Thiago Alcántara: The summer of the other '4'

Thiago out the high season, led the U-21, renewed and scored the first goal of Barcelona 2012


It is too soon to raise the ultimate praise and the player is still too young to give gallons and excessive responsibilities. In its day, like today with Thiago Alcántara, identical inputs Xavi sent a young and, when given the chance years later, Iniesta, with whom he formed an excellent duo yesterday at the Allianz Arena.

Without ceasing to be so, indications, Thiago parties show a progression that has made him the player this summer. In his dark side, because they kept saying what he said a strategy to improve his contract with Chelsea OFERTON that left him shaken, but in football, what is really important because it ended the season on top, was the crack of the European U -21 to the same fan with a goal in the final and scored the first goal of Barca this season, which should confirm today the best-placed to inherit honor and responsibility of the post-like when it's time Xavi .

Starting young it was not bad to Xavi, who was the same as today Thiago sponsors, Guardiola, Xavi predicted that he would withdraw him and Xavi Iniesta himself, fortunately forecast error is solely due to the talent of both and the clairvoyance of Pep himself, who combined the perfect blend of the best boat ever.

If this was the summer of Cesc, who has starred in the third chapter of its endless return to Camp Nou, has also been the Indian summer of Thiago, the star of a boat that has brought the serene assurance of continuity of the model and Barca's style.

Such is the greatness of this unique team, which aesthetics can even beyond the vertical, 1-0 yesterday in the afternoon was able to transform a foul on one play to score. He played for Busquets Iniesta crossed the aparecieseThiago where nobody expected, very similar to that almost leaves Peter in Wembley. Awesome coolness with which solved the greatest Alcantara then had the heart to embrace Jonathan, coming off the bench after the 2-1.

When Thiago scored his first goal for the club over a year ago, Pep scolded him to run the bench to celebrate with his friend Jonathan, he seemed to age too much paraphernalia. Yesterday was a gesture reverse companion, maturity and generosity. They learn and Pep will continue giving lessons.


Wear green today
It is expected that FC Barcelona today its third uniform view, the 'green', the same as last season in the final of the Audi Cup, perfectly compatible with the other finalist. The release of the black shirt, the away kit this season, also a new design by the sponsor on the front of the dress has been designed for the tour. A replay of the final against Manchester United in Washington seems ideal.

A flawless event
Three of the big European teams to sponsors such as Audi Barca, Bayern and Milan, participating in this tournament the first edition and can be described as unequivocally successful, both by the response of the fans Bavarian with a brimming and the organization, immaculate, a very attractive event. Not one minute of boredom or drop during the more than four hours of a first perfect day.

[Former player] Ibrahimovic keeps the desires

Ibra promised to retaliate of Pep, but he stayed to 8 meters of him and its goal was not worth to play the final one


Exactly one year ago, when the club informed Ibrahimovic would not continue at the club, showed that Swedish-type reverse his quarrelsome, selfish and arrogant. Chulo, in short, followed by another adjective.

Provided that look mean and menacing, with two vice presidents as witnesses, promised to "hit a wafer to Guardiola, be careful and not cross my path," he said then. His friend the pizza, an agent distorted by greed, it was signing the settlement but also transmitting a message aggressive and disrespectful final against whom saw their worst enemy: "The philosopher".

Yesterday was to cross in the Allianz Arena but did not. Were only eight meters apart from each other. It happened after the game, while airing penalties and on the other side of the field heat out of Bayern and Milan. The immortal Seedorf was the first to embrace affectionately Pep, as well as others.

Synchronously, such as sensing another's presence, while Ibra approached the group of Barca, Guardiola was gaining distance across the group, where the Swede began by joking with Gerard Pique, of similar size and quality but with a personality performance and humanity so radically opposed. Played with a ponytail, Ibra made the 'joke of the picture', that so famous, and after crossing a cold cordially greet with some of his former teammates left with the rest of Milan to be heated.

He then would now be known if the faces in the final, but the truth is that not even ten minutes had elapsed and Zlatan had already marked for the Italian champions making it clear that, in turn, and its interpretation, he loved her return to Barca and his special training. In the end, however, also on penalties, was left with the desire to be with Barca and Guardiola inthe final. Another time. Or not.

The truth is that had shown no sign of belligerence, the 28 players the team had jumped without hesitation to defend the leader.

The directive, which in turn did not hesitate a second when he decided to cast Pep, was on the subject, they knew how bad style and worst intentions had left the club when it closed the deal with Milan. Everyone was a little outstanding, but certainly convinced that Zlatan would not think the awkwardness of 'attack', at least not strictly out of football. (via MD)

[Rating; Preseason Match] FC Barcelona - Internacional (2-2, PK4-2)

Víctor Valdés 7, Marti Riverola 7, Sergio Busquets 8, Andreu Fontàs 7, Maxwell 7, Seydou Keita 7, Thiago Alcántara 8, Andrés Iniesta 9, Isaac Cuenca 7, Jonathan Soriano 7, Ibrahim Afellay 7.

José Manuel Pinto 7, Iván Balliu 7, Eric Abidal 7, Jonathan Dos Santos 7, Pedro Rodríguez 6, David Villa 6, Jeffren Suárez 6, Armando 7, Carmona 6, Espinosa 6, Oriol Rosell 6. (via SPORT)

Alexis won't be done with Messi tomorrow

The Chilean was one of the players invited to the friendly match organized by Marcelo Salas in Santiago


After the turmoil experienced during his first days as Barca, Alexis Sanchez had a break in the morning yesterday. The player, who will continue his vacation until the first team to return the American tour, he had time to relax in the hotel I have stayed in recent days and even start looking for a flat where they installed during new stage as Barca.


A day after its official launch, the Chilean took the morning to do paperwork and start thinking about where to live during the next five years. Not really had time for much, since after lunch packed up and went to the airport El Prat. Alexis yesterday returned to Chile, where it will remain until returning to activity.


Anyway, the Chilean could haheber done a little high on your break and go to the call of his friend and compatriot, Marcelo Salas. The former is the organizer of a charity match pitting Marcelo Salas 'friends' friends then against Leo Messi ¿.


Alexis will not be finally at the National Stadium in Santiago de Chile to contribute their presence to raise funds. This was confirmed yesterday his agent Fernando Felicevich in twitter. "Alexis will not play the friendly match on Thursday at the National. Tomorrow begins his holiday with his family, "he added. Thus, the match as Barca striker with three of his new teammates, Javier Mascherano, Milito and Leo Messi himself, who, like him, will return to the activity on 8 August. "It would be great to coincide the two first," Salas said before the announcement. In the friendly, the profits will go to Unicef, if you are Diego Forlan, Javier Zanetti and Falcao.


For his part, who already know Alexis is his other companions except computer Do Brazilians Dani Alves and Adriano also have permission ¿. The player was on Monday at the premises of Sant Joan Despi and greeted everyone. In the press conference, Alexis made clear that their concerns and priorities was fit again as soon as possible to your new wardrobe. In this regard, Chile will have no problem, since his affable and humble will open all doors. (via SPORT)

Nike thinks of Alexis like mark image


The addition of Alexis Sanchez FC Barcelona has gladdened especially the multinational sportswear Nike.

The player is sponsored by the brand Oregon, and think about the boy wonder 'How brand image worldwide. "If he does well in a year or less to do with it consider global campaigns," said yesterday the head of advertising and brand communication, Jorge Jaqueih.

From Nike are even raising the possibility that Sanchez relieved Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now the leading brand image worldwide, "carry the same shoes, maybe some action Sanchez could do to that shoe in the world depend on their performance. "

Jaqueih Barca said the player has a contract over five years with the sports brand and noted that "news so, is a move to Barca do they make you want to keep him longer." (via SPORT)

The first final of the season for Barça

European champions showed that young people today also works and will have an even tougher test against the Bavarians


The fourth draft Pep Guardiola has been launched with great feeling and now have the chance to lift the first trophy of the year.

The Audi Cup each summer brings the best teams in the world today will have an ultimate luxury with the presence of the ship before the home side, Bayern Munich. The Bavarians defeated Milan in the shootout and the game will have a special interest to the local public to measure the country's most successful team against the best team in the world. The only negative note for Bayern was the injury to Robben, who had to be replaced and now can not play with a sprained ankle.

In the first game of the Joranda and despite the casualties, the club won the Porto Alegre International also from the penalty spot. Despite the low and high motivation of the Brazilian team was noticeable blaugrana its particular stamp. Piqué, Puyol and Xavi followed the match from the stands, while Messi and Alves still regaining strength after defeating America's Cup.

The absence of these four pillars, as well as the star signing Alexis Sanchez, did not prevent the team offered the same style of play that marvel of the world. Absolute control of the ball, first touch and movement to overflow on the wings. Some ingredients that allowed the vessel to be totally superior to the International, but could not translate on the scoreboard for a specific fault, especially an unfortunate Pinto.

Barça de Guardiola has managed to perpetuate a philosophy regardless of the parts you add. Young built the subsidiary and Riverola, Isaac Cuenca Espinosa, Oriol Rosell or have perfectly assimilated Balliu automation and costs them little to adapt.

The veterans' ¿of the second team also play almost by heart. Jonathan Soriano Jonathan dos Santos or interpret the movements of their peers with normal, while the players who look and gallons of the first team, Thiago and Font, perform with an outrageous impudence.

Guardiola returns to first team players mix with youngsters, despite being a rival like Bayern much more body than the International. This formula was used to make a good picture in yesterday's friendly in Split and crush the Brazilians in the shootout.

The first team players are just ten days of advantage, but men have a week of Eusebio advantage and this backlog, with two more friendly matches accumulated helps the team's overall tone is enough to stand up to rivals.

Today's quote can be used to add one of the most prestigious summer trophies. This would be the second time the club won the tournament that serves as an introduction for Bayern at the Allianz Arena. On August 15, 2007, Frank Rijkaard's team took the trophy was then called Franz Beckenbauer Bayern by winning a single match with a goal from Lionel Messi in the 84th minute thanks to a dry shot from the edge of the area. (via SPORT)

[Selection Under-19 Euro] Turkey 3 - 0 Spain

Spain is already thinking about the Republic of Ireland, his rival in semifinals.

Completed the group stage of the European Romania. The Spanish team, which was listed did not exceed the last game to fall (0-3) against Turkey. Now we can think and in the semi-final opponent will be the Republic of Ireland and the game will be played next Friday.

They had no fortune today players Ginés Meléndez. The last match of the group stage of the European Championship team they faced the Turkish, needed the victory, and a miracle to gain access to the semifinals. They had to win to Spain but had to wait for Serbia will not win the other Group B match will pit him against Belgium.

Therefore, the Ottomans left players eager but not yet proved to be superior in quality and play the Spanish. His fortune and victory obtained by the failures of the Spanish players. Ramahlo Jonas Young felt the world was falling over when trying to clear a ball-perfectly introduced him head-on the goal of teammate Adrian Ortolá, both beginners in this tournament. The second of Turkey was the work of the Spanish goalkeeper indecision.

Ortolá, still 17 years old, doubted the possibility or not catching the ball with his hands in the area for possible assignment. He chose to take it and release it quickly. That helped the Turkish Çörekçi, more savvy, took advantage of the situation and score.

The third came another unfortunate move to Spain. In the keeper with a shot inside the area, the ball touches Sergi Gómez and puts it into his own. He did not deserve to end this way Spain the third European party. His performances in previous meetings should reflect what you can afford to own this team and will be in the semifinals to the Republic of Ireland, on Friday, when they show. (via RFEF)

The results of the third day of the European are as follows:
GROUP A: Czech Republic, 1 - Greece 0 Rep. Ireland 0 - Romania 0
GROUP B: Belgium, 1 - Serbia, Turkey 1, 3 - Spain, 0

Pairings for semifinals (Friday, July 29. 17.45 and 19.45 hours) Rep. Czech - Serbia and Spain - Rep. Ireland


[Technical Data]
Turkey: Kahveci, Çörekçi, Seker, Sezer Özmen, Basibüyük, Orhan Gülle, Ali Sahiner (Ciftci min.78), Iravul (Tastán min.72), Bekdemir, Ali Dere y Muhammet Demir (Oztuvan min.83).

Spain: Ortolá, Jonas Ramahlo, Sergi Gómez, Ignasi Miquel, Blázquez, Muñiz, Alex (Rubén Pardo min.71), Juanmi (Sarabia min.46), Campaña, Paco Alcácer (Deulofeu min.46) y Borja.

Referee: Bognar Tamás (Hungary). Admonished Turkish Seker (min.38) and Bekdemir (min.84 and to Spanish Sarabia (min.90)

Goals: 1-0 Jonas Ramahlo (OG) (min.31); 2-0 Çörekçi (min.51); 3-0 Sergi Gómez (OG) (min.56)

Stadium: Concordia Chiajna

[Former player] Riquelme: "Messi will play every better time"

Boca Juniors midfielder praised his compatriot defending it from criticism, praised the Barca game and announced he would return to play for their country


Midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme was surprised by the dismissal as national coach Sergio Batista and Barcelona said Tuesday that if Argentina needs you will return to combined albiceleste.

"If they need me for the playoffs again, if not, Argentina has great players," said Boca today and former player of FC Barcelona, ​​who has criticized that Argentina has not been continued the coach.

"Let's see who get. It is not good eight or nine months are changing coach. I hope they bring in a long time to leave," he said, after Sergio Batista was dismissed from the position he held for eight months and which had a contract until 2014.

On the other hand, has applauded former player Barca football that made the club. "Barcelona played the best football of the world. All agree that," he underlined in a statement made to the station "Cadena Cope."

From football displayed by the club and its star, the Argentinean Lionel Messi, Riquelme has a specific idea of ​​what has happened in recent weeks in the Copa America: "The Argentines are a bit special. We have the best on the planet and Instead of enjoying what we are always looking for does not play like in Barcelona. America's Cup has been the best of our team. If we do not win they grab him and that is not no good, "said.

"Messi has achieved everything and ever going to play better. I enjoyed as a companion and I enjoy as a fan. It's wonderful to be Argentine," he stressed. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: "Play who plays we are a recognizable team"

Guardiola is very pleased by the fact that, despite the party faced with so many youth players, the club has been a recognizable team in style. "We came to play football and we succeeded," he says.


FC Barcelona have qualified for the final of the Audi Cup after beating Porto Alegre's Internacional in the shootout. Just after the match, Barcelona coach has said he was "happy" because its workforce, with many youth players, has been a "recognizable team." "I'm proud of how we've done with so many team players. We came to play football and we succeeded," he stated.

Guardiola has made ​​it clear that a coach never loses confidence in any of his players: " Confidence is because they are all good.'s just put them in the best position to play. Young people should have this patience to prove their worth that much. "In this line, referred to as Thiago" a different player, "and commented that Jonathan Dos Santos" always does well. "

on the fact that Sergio Busquets played as central, the Santpedor stressed that this is a player "that gives the team a lot of reliability "and noted that with many casualties in that position." I need Mascherano, Milito, Puyol, Piqué, Muniesa, Bartra, Sergi Gomez ... "he added.

Regard to how you will get Super Barca to face Real Madrid, Barcelona coach has merely commenting that "it is important to do well with the players available." "This competition is usually less time is always right" has also highlighted in this line.

The signing key signing As for Alexis Sanchez, Santpedor pointed out that it is a player that "everybody wanted." "The fundamental reason that is because he has wanted, the desire and will of the player himself, and because the club has negotiated very well. "

Finally, and being able to return Allianz Arena to play the final of the Champions League Guardiola has been very clear: "It is too fancy to think about it. There are many good teams that are willing and able to be in the final. Wishing is not enough." Villa also has referred to the proper role of the quarry.

These were some of his statements:

Villa: "It's wonderful to see the guys from the quarry. It represents the work of many years of the quarry Barça." "The International is a good team and has a great track record. We are beginning and we have other goals, not just win. " "The moves tested are important in our game, and has given us a good result in the first goal." "When the competition starts we will be prepared in all facets." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Bayern Múnich, rival in the final of Audi Cup

FC Barcelona will play the title of the Audi Cup against Bayern Munich and AC Milan has overtaken on penalties after drawing one. On Wednesday at 20.30 am at the Allianz Arena will host the first highlight of the preseason asshole.


Summer brings a match that is more than a quarter or semifinals of the Champions League in a preseason game. But the Audi Cup cartel is luxurious and Wednesday, from 20.30, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich will face in the final tournament to be played at the Allianz Arena.

The second knockout Audi Cup semi-final she faced Bayern Munich with AC Milan has opted into the German team. But as 'semis' of Barcelona-International has also been completed to determine from the penalty spot. And the Bayern Jupp Heynckes has been supported by a full Allianz Arena which has encouraged at all times to theirs.

Who has taken the lead in the first moments of the match was Milan who has seen the earliest opened the scoring. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in the fourth minute, when exceeded the goal for Bayern. But the Germans were able to trace the own goal and 34 Kroos has a tie to one. Enl a second part the intensity has dropped and so the runner was decided on penalties. It was the Milan, the fourth release, which has failed and has served to advance to the final to Bayern.

The last preceding between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich is the 2008/09 season. The Bavarians were crossed in the quarterfinals of the Champions League with Guardiola's team. The tie was resolved in favor of Barca I went ahead in the Champions League thanks to 4 to 0 from the first leg at the Nou Camp and tie one around. That year the club lifted their third Champions League in Rome. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Preseason Match; Audi Cup] FC Barcelona 2 - 2 Internacional

Barça needed a penalty shootout to beat Inter of Porto Alegre after the 90 minutes of their Audi Cup semi final ended 2-2. On the basis of chances and control of play, Guardiola’s side deserved to win by a large margin.


A great first half, along with the intense discipline of the B team players and a bit of luck in the shootout, were enough to ensure the first win of the preseason. Barça were up against a Brazilian side that is more into the rhythm of playing matches, which added additional virtue to the impressive image offered in the Allianz Arena, the same venue that will be used for the next Champions League final. In the end, poor shooting from the Brazilians in the penalties, with Zé Maria and Leandro both missing the target, handed Barça a victory in the Audi Cup that really should have been settled far earlier.

Only three members of the team that won the Champions League title at Wembley (Valdés, Busquets and Iniesta) started the game, but the Barça game was the same as ever. Thiago showed that he is quite capable of leading the midfield and also revealed his skill in front of goal when the opener came from a brilliantly rehearsed set piece. Iniesta took a free kick on the edge of the area, which he passed short to Busquets who then slipped the ball through to Thiago, who appeared from nowhere to be one-on-one on goalkeeper Muriel. The midfielder scored Barça’s first goal of the preseason with a precision finish to be proud of.

The goal was just what Barça deserved after playing the kind of beautiful football that went unrewarded in Split. But today they seemed to have stepped up a gear, and their possession play meant Inter barely got a look in in the first half. At times it looked like Inter was the team in its preseason and Barça was the side that had been together for six months. Frankly, the Catalans had their South American opponents outclassed both physically and tactically.

They were attacking down the wings and down the middle. Iniesta and Thiago produced some delightful combination plays, with Afellay also getting very involved with some long range shots on goal, including one that struck the post after 17 minutes.

The second half wasn’t quite as intense. Guardiola opted to change the forward line completely by sending on Villa, Jeffren and Pedro. Jonathan Dos Santos was sent on in midfield, and he also changed the full backs (Balliu and Abidal) and goalkeeper (Pinto). So many changes caused a certain imbalance and Inter pounced on the chance to exploit a Barcelona side that was still readjusting to tie the game after Nei latched onto the end of a Pinto clearance. That had been the first real chance of the match for the side from Porto Alegre, and they had found the net.

The first team players started leaving the pitch (Thiago, Busquets and Keita), but Barça never lost control of the game and continued looking for the win. The second finally came thanks to Jonathan Dos Santos in the 63rd minute, with a great finish from the edge of the area following a Carmona assist. It looked like it was all going to end 2-1.

There were six Barça B players on the field by this point, and Inter weren’t going to lie down and be beaten quite so easily and managed to equalise the game from a corner. Leandro was waiting at the far post to convert an 85th minute goal that meant we were heading for penalties.

Luck was on the Catalans’ side in the shootout. Leandro and Andrezinho both missed the target. Although Jeffren also missed his spot kick, Armando scored Barça’s fourth which was enough to secure passage to the final, although this was not a game that they should have allowed to be decided this way. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona: (Firsthalf)Valdés; Riverola, Busquets, Fontàs, Maxwell; Keita, Thiago, Iniesta, Afellay, Cuenca y Jonathan Soriano. Pinto; Abidal, Jeffren, Villa, Balliu, Dos Santos, Pedro, Carmona, Armando, Rosell y Espinosa.

Internacional de Porto Alegre: Muriel; Nei, Bolívar, Rodrigo Moledo, Kléber; Bolatti, Tinga, Elton, Andrezinho, D'Alessandro; y Leandro Damiao. Ricardo Goulart, Wilson Matías, Glaydson, Joao Paulo, Ze Maria y Lucas Roggia.

Goals: 1-0, m.15: Thiago Alcántara. 1-1, m.55: Nei. 2-1, m.63: Jonathan dos Santos. 2-2, m.85: Leandro Damiao.

Penalties: 1-0 Villa, 1-1 Kleber, 2-1 Dos Santos, 2-1 Leandro (wide), 3-1 Carmona, 3-2 Andrezinho, 3-2 Jeffren (saved Muriel), 3-2 Zé Maria (wide), 4-2 Armando

Referee: Felix Brych (ALE). He showed yellow card to Rodrigo Moledo (m.32), Busquets (m.45), Tinga (m.68).

Incidents: almost 69,000 spectators filled the stands of the Allianz Arena in Munich in the first semifinal of the Audi Cup. Before the match we observed a minute's silence in memory of victims of the attacks in Norway.

Barça closes the exercise with 9.3 million euros of losses


FC Barcelona closed the 2010-11 season with a loss of 9.3 billion euros , according to recently reported the Catalan, after carrying out the board meeting to sign the settlement of the past fiscal year.

Barca regrets that missing some of their players ( Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Martin Caceres ) Catalan club has generated losses of 44'2 million , in addition to "1.7 million to adjust to the low value Brazilian player Adriano Buss Henrique "(provided by the fourth time, the Brazilian Palmeiras).

Thus, the Barcelona board understands that without these losses the year 2010-11 the club "would be closed at 33.5 million euros in profit before taxes." Stresses that the club was able to reduce the expected losses, which were quantified 21.4 million euros, the partners presented to commissioners last year. This was possible because the club closed the year with 473.4 million euros in revenues (53'2 million above budget), which in turn means an increase of 14% for the year 2009-10, thanks the revenue from the UEFA international sponsorship and ticket sales at the Camp Nou.

Operating expenses have reached 472.6 million, an increase of 44.5 million over the budgeted amount. This increase was due in part to pay the players for the variable degrees obtained . Barca have also reported that the club has had financial expenses covered by a total of 13.2 million euros, while revenue from company tax amounted to 3'1 million. Finally, stresses that the club has fallen by 15.5% debt of the entity, and that goes from 430.6 to 363.7 million. (via MD)

Xavi: "With the arrival of Cesc would make sure the current cycle"

Barca midfielder today reviewed the club in the German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung, where he discussed the possible arrival of Cesc, the signing of Alexis and other key issues in Barca


Xavi Hernandez leaves no one indifferent when granted an interview. On Tuesday he returned to meet expectations in the interview with German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung", which reviewed the current boat, its methods, its history, the Cesc case, the arrival of Alexis and even allowed himself the luxury of censoring criticism years ago.

On the possible arrival of Cesc was blunt: "I hope the saga ends." Xavi also found that the fellow would adapt very rapidly and ensure the future success of the first team. "It's like a piece of the puzzle, you only insert. Cesc has just turned 24 and his arrival would ensure that the current cycle of Barca still working," he said, noting that he already is having an age: "I have 31 years, as I retire in two, three or four years. "

Xavi also declined to possible competition problems with the hypothetical arrival of Cesc. "I have thirteen years competing with other players. I can not bother looking for successors. It's silly, the more competition in midfield better," he said, predicting that Cesc would improve their level in Barcelona. "I hope he comes. This will be even better, the hand of the best club in the world," he said.


Xavi Cesc but also spoke of Alexis, the other big name summer Barca: "It's like a torpedo, fast and aggressive." The Terrassa recalled the great time running through the club allows players to bet the big blind to come to Barcelona: "Alexis turned down other offers to come here or yes. Now we have the advantage that the players have a great motivation come. We saw it with Mascherano, the captain of Argentina! Even Villa, who arrived 29 years and with the motivation of a young beginner, "he said.

Alexis and Cesc are two exciting names that aim to spread enthusiasm to the parish Barca, while there are other illustrious names that gradually fell into oblivion. Eto'o is the case or Ibrahimovic, whose output analyzed Xavi, declining to have problems with Messi. "Leo was great with Eto'o. His departure was a decision of Guardiola. Ibrahimovic failed to adapt. Is a great footballer, blessed with a talent brutal, but surely too static for the way we play," he said.


Xavi spoke exclusively to specific names in Germany if they reviewed some of the keys to the vessel's current good game. "We train with dedication but the talent is not trained," he said, adding that the club knows what to play, thanks largely to hand Guardiola: "We know what we play. Pep is very didactic in his instructions and we teaches a lot. "

Barca vice-captain was asked about the height of his career as a squad. It was assumed that the roof would be the end of Wembley, but Xavi recalled another very special game of last season. "The Wembley final against United was wonderful. They never had options, even pressing. Dominates it completely. Even Rooney approached me and said, 'We can do nothing'". Regarding the 5-0 derby felt they played "at a level unimaginable," agreeing that both parties was "spectacular" scratching at that level before the watchful eyes of half the planet.

The Terrassa defended the game of touch that characterizes the boat and the Spanish national team, and claimed that in today's soccer "is more important to think faster than the physical speed," but his virtues were not always recognized by critics and by sport the general public. "Some years ago it seemed that the midfielder could only be big and strong, and there were even people who are not compatible Iniesta saw us and me and we are now considered key to the latest hits," he said, ruling that "fortunately the talent is still prioritizing above the physical world of football. "


As expected, Xavi was also questioned about the eternal rival, and had no hesitation in praising the potential of Madrid Mourinho after the last backup. "It's stronger than last season, no doubt. It has built-in players as Coentrao, Alley or Sahin. The Turk is a great player, has great quality," he said. On Mourinho, Xavi declined any controversy and even considered to Madrid coach as a plus for the club. "It's a winner. He gives everything for a win. It's not annoying. For us it is an advantage since the Catalans are often too quiet and motivation comes very well," he said. (via SPORT)