03 August 2011

Tito Vilanova: "There is no worthy excuse, we are Barça and our obligation is to win"

In the middle of the U.S. tour, assistant manager Tito Vilanova spoke to Barça TV about what’s going on with the team, and the objectives for the 2011/12 season.


From Miami, Tito Vilanova, the assistant manager, stressed the importance of the pre-season in preparing the team to be in their best shape to start the new season: "We plan the preseason, whichever teams we are playing. We’re aware that Barcelona are always expected to win every game", he said. In addition, Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man recognised that the schedule the team has is "tough, but we’ll do everything possible to win and maintain the level of recent years. There is no worthy excuse, we are Barça and our obligation is to always win" he concluded.

Asked about the playing style of the team, Villanueva said that the way of playing is not always the same and that the evolution of the team, after four years, was also linked to the evolution of the coaching team. “The fact that it’s now the fourth season we are together, in the same game we have played with different styles. We, as coaches, are also developing and we sometimes see things that help us to evolve" he said.

Tito Vilanova praised both Gerard Deulofeu, who has joined the tour after being proclaimed European Champion at U-19 level, and Thiago Alcantara, the only player who is currently scoring goals in the preseason "Deulofeu and Thiago are very good players and with the luck that they are able to cope with the great pressure playing in a team like Barcelona, but we won’t do them any good giving them more protagonism than they deserve, or by adding more pressure. They have to grow alongside the stars that we have, and gradually win their place in the team". In this sense, Villanueva added that "we can’t pretend that they are superstars, in the best Barça team ever”.

The coach also had words for Jeffren, following his signing by Sporting Lisbon: "Jeffren has given us a lot during these years, because he knew really well how we work, but he’s a player who hasn’t had the best of luck, with lots of injuries, and not a lot of continuity, and we believe it’s time he had that" he said.

Before finalizing the interview, there was still time to refer to both Chivas, Barça’s opponents tonight, and Real Madrid, against whom Barça will play in the Super Cup. While he said of the Mexican side that they are a team that haven’t allowed us an easy game in any of the 3 previous games we’ve played, about Madrid, Vilanova said: "I don’t see them being very different. Last season they were very good. They’ve brought in new players; we'll wait and see how they get on, and if they make any last-minute signings. From what I've seen pre-season, Madrid’s style of play is the same as last year. They’re a team that is very good on the counter-attack, they’re a very good team. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Zubizarreta emphasises the commitment to youth

Andoni Zubizarreta reinforced the commitment to players at the club. He seems really satisfied with their contribution during the preseason and made the point that there are reserve team players with a presence in the first team.



As happened last season with Thiago and Fontàs, the first team also has a couple of Barça B players who will have a regular place in the first team, and will give depth to the resources of Pep Guardiola. Although he didn’t want to reveal the names, the director of professional football commented that "some of these players who will form part of the first team are currently playing in the Under-20 World Cup".

Zubizarreta was pleased with the role of the young players this preseason: "Their presence is important for the team but also for their football development. The last 30 minutes against Manchester we ended up with almost the whole eleven brought through the ranks…..they have the ability to understand how we play and lots of expectation", he added. The downside of this situation, according to the technical director, is the lack of resources that Eusebio Sacristan has at his disposal during Barça B’s preseason.

Many of these players will be playing in the forthcoming Catalonia Cup, immediately after getting back from the tour. Zubizarreta, who recalled that on Monday the 8th players will be called up for their national teams, confirmed that none of the first team will play "unless there is a player we would like to have more minutes on the pitch”.

Sergio Gomez and Gerard Deulofeu are the latest players to be added to the preseason first team squad. Regarding Deulofeu, the technical director called for patience: "If in the case of Thiago, Guardiola said he wanted to go 'piano, piano', then with Deulofeu, we’ll have to go 'Pianissimo, pianissimo', with all the calm in the world. We don’t want anybody to compare him with Messi".

In addition to Deulofeu, in the press conference given in Miami, a lot of other names came up. With regard to Jonathan Soriano, he guaranteed that if he stays he’ll be on a Barça B team contract, on Keirrison he explained that he will train with the B team until they find a team to loan him to, and as for Hleb they are also seeking a loan, but the player is still recovering in Munich from a knee injury. He also spoke of Milito and Abidal; on the Argentine he left the door open for his departure, while they’re working to renew Abidal’s contract: "We want to deal directly with him to try to close it".

Asked about the status of negotiations with Arsenal on the signing of Cesc Fabregas, Zubizarreta didn’t want to say too much: "Let’s see what happens. Talking about it doesn’t help or contribute to help things go better". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] Juvenil A begins to the big thing

On Thursday, Holland to compete in the PSV tournament.


Both Barca juvenil teams returned yesterday to the activity with very different agendas. While the A, Oscar Garcia and Quique Alvarez was brought in double session in the Ciutat Esportiva to prepare for the demanding pre-season start (Thursday is going to Holland to compete in the tournament organized by the PSV Eindhoven ), the B García Pimienta and Marc Guitart moved to the quiet town of Tarragona in Prades for a 'stage' of six days.


Juvenil A , which started with the absence of Ernesto , who arrived late for their flight is delayed, have signed goalkeeper Miguel Bañuz ( Elche ), the midfielder Miguel Angel Sainz ( Racing ) and end Alex Moreno ( Vilafranca ), although any more could be added in the coming days. They follow last season Edu Campabadal, Sergio Ayala, Pol Calvet, Ernesto Cornejo, Armand Ella, who is recovering from a serious knee injury, and Jean Marie Dongou, have risen from B Sergi Tienda, Carlos Julio, Bako, Bagnack, Brian Oliván, Patri Gabarrón, Nando Quesada, Jordi Quintillà, David Babunski and Cristian Herrera and Alejandro Grimaldo and Cadete A Sergi Samper.

Another novelty is the trainer, Edu Pons, replacing Marc Huguet, who went with Alex Garcia Dinamo Tbilisi. Although Deulofeu and Rafinha will tab youth, it appears that very little will fall, if ever, the subsidiary that manages Eusebio Sacristan .

Juvenil B technical premieres after Sergi Barjuan announced his farewell on Friday. García Pimienta , who was champion last year with the Cadete A and two years ago with the Junior A, took the reins yesterday. They have come to the club goalkeeper José Aurelio Suárez (Roces), the left fullback Lucas del Campo (Espanyol), midfielder Joel Huertas (Lleida) and striker Mounir (Rayo Majadahonda). Álex and Alejandror, of Villanova, and Barnils of Manlleu, pass a test these days in Prades. (via MD)

Barça players meet dolphins

Five FC Barcelona players have visited the Miami Seaquarium, where they have enjoyed an activity with dolphins on a fun, relaxed afternoon.



The Miami Seaquarium is one of the biggest tourist attractions in South Florida, where children get to see whales and dolphins. This Tuesday, five FC Barcelona players (Valdés, Pedro, Xavi, Villa and Busquets) went there for a great day out in the company of dolphins.

After the morning training session at the University of Miami, the players travelled to the Seaquarium and donned specially prepared neoprene with the FC Barcelona crest on the front.

In a shallow pool in Dolphin Harbor, the players enjoyed an unusual experience. It started with a short explanation of things to be considered when relating to this intelligent, fun-loving animals. During the 20 minute visit, the players were able to touch and feed the dolphins.

There was also a football feel to the day. The dolphins were given Barça coloured balls, which they were able to hurl at Víctor Valdés, who stood in goal, gloves and all, to try to stop the aquatic mammals from scoring. There was also time for each player to swim with the animals, grabbing hold of their fins. It all ended with a photo of the players and the monitors, with the players being given a show of affection from the dolphins.

Víctor Valdés, who had one something similar before, said “the best thing was being able to come here with my team mates. It was really nice. The idea was to have a good time.” He added that “they are fun but trusting animals.”

Before the visit ended, vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu and director of professional football, Andoni Zubizarreta, presented the General Manager of the Miami Seaquarium with a Barça shirt as a token of gratitude. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Proving Sun Life Stadium

One day before the game against Chivas Guadalajara, FC Barcelona players were trained in Sun Life Stadium, scene of Wednesday's friendly.


As in Washington, the day's workout before the game has had a large group of fans. In total, about 2,500 people in the stands at Sun Life Stadium, among guests of FC Barcelona, ​​Miami Dolphins (owner of the stadium) and the organizers of World Football Challenge 2011, a tournament which is part of the game Wednesday.


Among those was a familiar face in the world of football: Paolo Maldini. Former Italian player has seen all of the training session and was able to talk to Pep Guardiola has welcomed players to the club. Who has been more time, however, has been the captain Carles Puyol, who idolizes the former AC Milan player. The ship's captain, who is still recovering from injury, has been able to share thoughts with the most capped player has defended the shirt 'Rossoneri'.

In the strictly sporting, the main novelty of the afternoon Gerard was the presence of Deulfeu and Sergio Gomez, who arrived in Miami from the European Under-19, who have won the Spanish national team. In addition, Deulofeu has been chosen from the members of the best team in the championship.

The two young men from the quarry have been involved in training as normal, except in the final matches. Adriano Neither has, at its second working session with colleagues. Meanwhile, Maxwell and Fontàs have separate work: the Brazilian has made ​​recovery of suffering abdominal discomfort and Catalan specific job. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pozzo urges calm the fans of Udinese after the departure of Alexis

Udinese facing the new season in a rarefied atmosphere. Despite his participation in the Champions League, the progress of some of its stars, including Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, among other reasons, has sown confusion in the environment of the entity.


"I do not understand, and I accept this general climate of suspicion that hangs over the computer reading the articles in recent days," says Gianpaolo Pozzo, Udinese shareholder, told the club website friuliano.

"Every year we repeated the same story. During the summer, the media paint a mood of pessimism that we do not provide any benefit. I ask the 'tifosi' to trust us. We have 25 years managing the club with the same philosophy and the results are there, "the leader.

Pozzo complains of the criticisms of the concept of a template in less than two weeks, played the previous phase of the Champions "I've read some articles and it seems that we have dismantled the team. And if anyone has been no been replaced by someone true. Instead, the defense is stronger than last year, and have strengthened the midfield with players like Badu. "

Regarding the progress of Alexis Sanchez, Pozzo assumes that "there is a clone" like Chile, but noted as a possible successor to Barreto, who last season played in Bari. "We believe in it blindly, is a great player." (via SPORT)

Abidal, mentions to renew in September

The Frenchman asks for two years and the club offers 1 +1.
However, there is no cause for alarm. Both Barca and the player and his agent are convinced that reach agreement.


Although it looked to be the first to go through the offices of Barcelona to renew, Éric Abidal still realize its future as a squad. Renewed Pedro , so did Thiago and has even signed Alexis Sanchez and French defender has not yet extended his current contract, which ends June 30, 2012. However, there is no cause for alarm. Both Barca as a player and his agent believe that will come to an agreement for Abidal to fulfill his dream to retire from football wearing a Barca shirt.

The main point of contention between both parties was the length of the contract. The Barcelona offers a year, plus another that was optional in terms of games played while the player wants to direct two. Without mortgages. Agent Abidal , David Venditelli plans to meet again face to face with Barca's sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta , next September in Barcelona . Aware that they will find the formula to renew Abidal , Barca leaders invited him to postpone the meeting for when the deadline for signings, now a priority for P ep Guardiola and sports management, concentrating all efforts on the Operation Cesc Fabregas '.

Despite initial differences, and has been told by MD , the Overall total environment is optimistic about the summit to be held in September. Interestingly, the next September 11 the French international turns 33 and, if the willingness of both parties is expressed on paper, French defender could celebrate their renewal for Barca until June 2014. (via MD)

Real Madrid - Barça. Time and butterflies

Barca's visit to the Bernabeu on 14 directors will include a meal already planned tense and complicated protocol..


The visit of Barca at Bernabeu day 14 of managers will include a meal already planned to be tense and complicated protocol. In fact, the last two because of the semifinals of the Champions took place almost by force and in a tense environment that both delegations tried to hide as they could. Nearly three months later nothing has changed.

Real Madrid and Barcelona , at the policy, are clear that it is up to save the forms to the gallery, aware that opening a new front in hostilities would help to further excite the fans of both teams. Have the responsibility, at least I understand the Barca directors of Sandro Rosell , not to add fuel to the fire and not turn as far as possible other means of conflict.

Remain open those arising from the complaint of Cope, who is in court awaiting the first steps of the administration of justice, a theme that Real Madrid has played shamelessly to shed all possible shadows, per share, which is to clarify, and by default. It hurt at the time, at the institutional level and apparel, which accounted for the mouth of Gerard Pique in the last speech of the celebration of the Champions . This has been the most taboo topic of last meals, which both have tried to talk about the weather and butterflies before an address other sensitive topic.

Besides, the rebounds are the order of the day between two policies that try not to delve into the wounds, or in the surface or in deeper, because three days later have to see the faces in the food back in Barcelona . In the last, Florentino Perez was pestering him obsessively to delegate UEFA sanction for Figo , warm, and have rejected appeals from the comic and pathetic Real Madrid against Barcelona . Then, too, the Madrid stressed to the European Agency for Busquets could not play the final in Wembley .

The food on the chair 14, as they say, a bad feeling it will be difficult to avoid, much less diluted in such a short time and with a schedule of classic and never before seen, as there are uninsured four between Supercup and League and possibly four more if they are paired in a knockout Cup or Champions League . In total, the directives could see their faces up to eight lunches. To be bored.

Visit the FCB Miami campus, with 1,200 children
Josep Maria Bartomeu, Andoni Zubizarreta and Raul visited the exceptional Sanllehí Kendall Soccer Park, which developed one of the most important Campus FCB Escola U.S.. These Campus, business area of ​​marketing of the club while scouts are consolidated. Barca Ambassador, Mia Hamm, participated in the visit. It is the fourth edition of the Campus of Miami, for which 2,500 children have passed, 1,200 this year. (via MD)

Independiente expects the 'OK' Gabi Milito


"I hope he comes". With this sentence confessed Mohamed , Independiente coach , his desire to sign the Barcelona Gabi Milito . The center, with a one year contract yet in force, has rejected a major economic proposal of Turkish football. You can leave the Barça free (excuse the roster signed through 2012 in exchange for freedom) to know what will be the last option on defense and his dilemma is between the two clubs in his heart: Independiente or Zaragoza.

On the other hand, Luis Enrique, who knows the house well and has already shown interest in several players Barça may also be interested in the player. The rumor placed him in the whole Roman with Heinze has already been fulfilled as regards the Argentine and ' Lucho 'continues to call for more signings.

Messi will stop

The 'crack' Barca is more than two weeks working physically to get to the first commitment of the season in top form.


It is true that there are still more than ten days for the first game of the season did the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain to be played at the Bernabeu on August 14 ?, but that does not preclude that Guardiola is already planning to detail the first wager against arch-rivals looking to lift the first title of season six that are at stake.

Guardiola, unlike last summer that started the season low ebb because of the World has been able to work almost from the first day does the 18th July ? A good portion of his spine. In fact, only have failed in their international cites American Alves, Messi, Mascherano and Milito, as the Brazilian Adriano in almost a week ahead of his return to the block to be fully able to the first big date season.

In any case, three of those four players who have not been reinstated despite already working to enjoy a well deserved holiday. Players who participated in the Copa America have to reinstate on Monday August 8, but both Messi and Mascherano Alves and are charging the batteries this past week.

The most obvious case is that of Leo, who claimed the presence of Juanjo Brau recovery to work with him for the last three weeks of vacation. Barcelona are in daily contact with the therapist to know in detail how crack is working `Is Argentina. Reports coming from Rosario is that his form is more remarkable when it is incorporated and next Monday will need a few days to work smoothly at the same rate group.

As well as Dani Alves. The coaches have explained to him that the Blaugrana technical side takes much less time to catch the tone and pace than any other companion thanks to its extraordinary physical abilities so we have developed a plan of work the last week of vacation to be incorporated on Monday, almost 85% of its level. The rest of the tank would fill in the week would have until the first leg at the Bernabeu.

Argentina's Javier Mascherano for the work would also be conscious that you can not get behind the rest of colleagues before the meeting of the Super Cup against Real Madrid and the needs that the team because of injury to Carles Puyol, who will still be prevented in two games of the Super Cup, and the state of Abidal, should still recover more weight and muscle and unfortunately its present obligation as a Muslim when required to observe the fast of Ramadan ¿of 1 to 29 August exceedingly difficult do you reach your fitness prior to surgery.

Hence the presence of Adriano is seen as crucial. The player is fresh and rested after not having participated only in the Copa America and have had two weeks vacation. Pep bet on him to play down the left, and Maxwell are having this spring many abdominal overload problems.

The team will skip the August 14 draw at the Bernabeu was virtually alone. Valdés under the posts, a defense made up of Alves, Piqué, Abidal and Adriano. In this case, could jump into French and Mascherano, but had to wait until August 8th to see how it gets the 'little chief ¿. On the other hand, Pique seems to have finally overcome their discomfort in the soleus and play a few minutes today against Chivas. Another name that could have his minutes would Andreu Fontàs, although obviously not in the starting lineup as well put a match to the first change would be doing a disservice.

In midfield seems all but decided last minute surprises, Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta. Remember that the Terrassa will premiere Wednesday at the Chivas after spending nearly fifteen days doing prevention work in their Achilles' heels and a little discomfort in the soleus. It is clear that the momentum of Thiago Alcántara also give options to be an important piece to make some spare time, like Keita if you opt for a more physical game and containment.

The attack does not expect major developments. After confirmation that Messi arrives, the presence of Villa and Peter, who are participating at a high level, it seems almost certain. And if we consider Afellay's injury and progress of the attack Jeffren leave very little room to maneuver. Not rule out that the only signing so far this season, Alexis Sanchez, had his minutes in the first game of the season.

Intensify work these next few days
The trainer Juanjo Brau stressed that this last week plan to increase working hours for the adaptation process, when re-entering Leo group is almost immediate. Moreover, Messi has been involved for these dates in two friendlies also have served to go taking minutes and freshness in his legs.

There will be financial penalties for absences
FC Barcelona will not see their salaries reduced in this American tour, despite having the absence of South American players who participated in the Copa America. After the experience last year, Barca wanted to ensure that charge a fixed amount, regardless of the players participate in matches. Remember that last year, the Barca team was forced to make Leo Messi play in a friendly in South Korea, after organizers threatened the club with a 20% pay less than 2 million euros agreed by bolus of Seoul, if not lined Messi, if only a few minutes. At that time, there was a risk of injury since the player came with a month's vacation. Moreover, the friendly was facing Argentina and Romania, the next day 10, was canceled. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Barça is interested in Rodri

In the search of a striker for Barça B, has appeared on the scene a new name: Sevilla striker Rodri.


According to published Wednesday as "ABC of Sevilla" and "Sports Arena", the club would be interested in recruiting young Sevilla striker to strengthen the front of the subsidiary.

The Seville club would be willing to sell to the squad for an amount close to a million and a half euros, a figure that could reach the club with an offer that includes a fixed part and a variable based on performance in the future Rodri ,-would, therefore, an operation similar to that made by the Catalan club with Kiko Femenía this summer.

Rodri had no plans of Marcelino going into this next season and his departure from the club it was assumed for weeks. (via SPORT)

Six 'kilos' separate Cesc of Barça


The agreement between Barcelona and Arsenal to sign Cesc begins to take shape, although the differences are large enough yet. In fact, right now is 6 million euros but the Catalan club is looking for ways to reach those 40 million sought by the English club to sell their captain.

The Catalans are intended to pay those 6 million in variables, like they are doing with the latest additions. It is a disguised form of deferred payment, which will eventually carried out. The amount of the transaction amount to 40 million sought by the Arsenal. Barca will pay a fixed amount of 34 million euros, the club's cash distributed as follows: 29 million of the club box plus another 5 to leave the player's salary.

Do not forget that Cesc is ready to get out and collect a salary less than the agreed one million per season. As concluded for five years, these 5 million would accrue to the offer to make his move. (via Marca)

[Barça B] Bayern yes bet for the 'pichichi' of Segunda A

Petersen's example 'encouraged' to Jonathan Soriano.
In Italy also be appreciated Piovaccari Federico.


Expert says Jupp Heynckes , coach of Bayern , "he who scores a lot of goals in second , also achieved in first . " Refers to Nils Petersen , 22-year German striker who last season was the top scorer in the Second Division to add Germanic 25 goals in 33 games with the shirt of Energie Cottbus . That's why we signed him and even lined up to headline a week ago at the Allianz Arena against Barca . Interestingly, the hammer that day rival Petersen was also the 'top scorer 'of the Spanish Second Division. This is Jonathan Soriano , who managed 32 goals, but unlike the German Under 21 international, who has signed until 2014 with Bayern , Catalan does not yet know his immediate future.

Although included in the starting lineup for the final of the Audi Cup seven days ago, Petersen does not start as a forward holder. The departure of Miroslav Klose has opened the doors of a team that keeps Mario Gomez , Müller and Olic as the main offensive references in the penalty area. But he is already there waiting their turn. The Bayern be paid three million for his services. "He's young, smart and hungry," argues Heynckes .

Jonathan Soriano has three years to Petersen (25) and Barcelona comes out free, it has a contract until 2012. Faced with Bayern was making a great game as false '9 ', the usual demarcation Messi. It gave the 0-1 to Thiago before to fall injured after a blow in the knee that will maintain him two months in the infirmary, a setback that should not influence in what Guardiola had in mind for him: the first insole, the filial one or maybe a transfer.

The top scorer in Serie B Italian Piovaccari Federico in the image below in a report by MD with Soriano , also used his 23 goals with the modest Cittadella to jump to Sampdoria , which, although low, has been strengthened to return to Serie A. (via MD)

Jeffren, in Barcelona on the way to Lisbon

Sporting intends to submit today to the winger.


Sporting Lisbon plans today to introduce to limbo after the Barcelona player happened yesterday to join his father and actor Efren Suarez . Sources assured MD azulgana club that the player did not go to office and had not scheduled a summit, just gave him permission to negotiate his transfer to finish, with no obligation or need to go in person ' Barça '.

Jeffren was captured by the Sixth arrival yesterday morning at El Prat airport, from Miami . "Are you going from Barcelona ? "I asked some fans and answered" yes, I signed for Sporting . " Also yesterday told the newspaper Luso 'A Bola' that "I will give everything for the Sporting , where I can play with the regularity that I have not had in Barcelona and also where I can fight for titles. "

The Sporting , Team Europa League , scheduled for today's medical check-signing for 5 years with an option to repurchase and a news conference. Between Saturday morning and played the Trofeo Carranza , but initially the coach Domingos Paciencia summon Jeffren training for the next week, facing the league debut against Olhanense .

Efren Suarez reiterated in various radio interviews that "limbo is not hurt, but a little annoyed that the club wanted to use as currency without consulting him. The summer has been difficult for him and he is credited with having held up well. Pep Guardiola? "The coachs have always been with him." (via MD)

Sandro Rosell sends a SMS: "Quiet, Cesc"

Sandro Rosell, president azulgrana, a SMS sent to the even player of Arsenal.


While the sporting future of Cesc Fabregas pointed to that outcome would have immediate, on progress and the player still does not see clearly a move to Barca . The proposal presented Monday by the Catalan club to Arsenal still convince leaders Gunners, whose economic aspirations for their franchise player still 40 million euros at least. Today, the difference between the two clubs is still considerable, but Cesc has received signals from the Camp Nou still invite you to continue believing in his return.

The president of FC Barcelona , Sandro Rosell , has been responsible for personally reassure the captain of Arsenal , aware of the situation that the player is going through is not pleasant. Through SMS, Sandro has been forwarded to Fabregas who has a little more patience, everything will be fine, while he thanked the gestures he has in favor of Barcelona . Cesc confident that everything would be solved last Monday, but two days later as usual. Hence I needed a positive sign from Barcelona .

Same as Arsenal are looking to take the biggest slice possible by the transfer of your crack, Barca try scratching the maximum price for a player who grew up in La Masia . From the Camp Nou are convinced that time is on their behalf in negotiations with Arsenal , and with the explosion of Thiago in this preseason. Hence, attempts to delay the most of the negotiations, something that costs a lot to digest by Cesc , considering that it is he who every day must face to face with Wenger and his colleagues in the sports' gunner '. Although on paper there is time until August 31 to close the signing, as he recalled the vice Bartholomew , to be seen if Cesc can hold out until then. (via MD)

Cesc trained with Arsenal but not in the picture will

The '4' worked next to their partners for preparation, but he won't pose with the group.


Seeing that time is against him, and after having followed all the steps required by the situation to put pressure on Arsenal at the interests of the club, Cesc Fabregas was trained yesterday for the first time so far this preseason with peers first team 'gunner'.

Since July 4, when the Arsenal returned to work, Cesc had remained outside the group dynamics. First alternative training in the gym of the sports 'gunner' with the working sessions with his recovery personnel and veteran defender Sol Campbell , who is without a team. Subsequently decided not to travel to the Asian tour as Arsène Wenger justified the absence of his captain in a nonexistent injury.

Then Cesc not moved with their colleagues in Cologne last weekend was in the stands at the first meeting of the team 'gunner' against Boca Juniors in the Emirates Cup . In the second, on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls , failed to attend. Made all the gestures to force Arsenal to pierce him to Barcelona , Cesc started thinking on his personal preparation and taking into account the season, whatever their final destination, is just around the corner.

Hence, the past week and will train with the team B of Arsenal -what would be the subsidiary in Barcelona - and yesterday decided to raise the piston intensity exercising with their comrades. In his mind, one goal: take only race pace, not to rejoin the group to stay in Arsenal .

In fact, tomorrow the Arsenal will be the official photo of the season Cesc has no intention of appearing in it. Only a 'No' outright his current club Barcelona he would reconsider its position of strength, but by the time you want to work with everyone thinking about getting good at the start of the season and a possible call to the Spanish team for the friendly next 10 days against Italy in Bari. (via MD)

Xavi Hernandez finally play in a friendly this morning

It will be the big news at the Chivas, who sees the party as a matter of honor.
The egarense have minutes to take the form of face to the Bernabeu.


Chivas of Guadalajara , an old acquaintance of Barcelona in recent years, will be the second American tour team you face the Barca after the defeat in Maryland against Manchester United . Although the priority is the development of the workforce, nobody wants to suffer a second straight loss in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami , which as with the FedEx Field will be filled to the brim.

The Chivas takes the game as if it were a final, which increases the difficulty of the undertaking. Gerard Piqué and Xavi Hernandez have a few minutes and will be the two main novelties of the set of Pep Guardiola . Also Maxwell Scherrer reappear. The central defender played the last fifteen minutes before the Bayern Munich and then face an overload to prevent him from Manchester United . Also Maxwell was low at the United for a contracture.

Xavi , meanwhile, still has not played a single minute of the friendly held to date, although the team's arrival in Washington adjourned personalized preparation and joined the normal activity of the entire workforce. Ready and before the Chivas have minutes. The shooting of the chief operating officer of the best midfield in the world come to marvel at his face right set-up for the first major engagement of the season, the Supercopa of Spain against Real Madrid , with the leg in the Bernabeu only eleven days to view.

Golden opportunity to Deulofeu

On the other hand, will be the first no Jeffren Suarez on the bench after the departure end to Lisbon to sign for Sporting Clube . The circumstances are conducive to the Barça fan can see in action another pushing hard from below. Could have a few minutes Gerard Deulofeu , recently joined the tour after winning the Under-19 Championship on Monday.

The pearl that comes from the quarry is in great shape and lows of Jonathan Soriano and Ibrahim Afellay injury and Jeffren transfer fee will open the possibility of playing even a few minutes with the first team, which has only David Villa and Peter Rodriguez , with the reinforcement of Isaac Basin as pure front for the game against the Mexicans. Occasions like that, paint them bald.

In the remaining lines, Guardiola will continue its dynamic allocate minutes among the players available, they are all, and probably align a book eleven in which some of his best tricks for the second time. Back Maxwell , and fortunately, no new injuries in the expedition.

As for the Mexican side, is in Miami on Monday, the day served upon arrival at a nearby gym to their concentration in Coral Gables . For fans of Guadalajara is almost a matter of honor defeat to Barca, direct competitor in terms of attracting a following among fans of Mexican soccer.

A win against the European champions of Guadalajara would very prestigious road to the 'Chivas' or' the 'Herd' (names that are known to this machine). Guardiola defined the Mexican soccer "passionate." And the step of Chivas is.

Athletic Mexico goes with everything
Chivas-Barcelona is on track to become a classic based on preseason games. They have already faced three times in the past six years, with a win Barca (2008, in Chicago) and two draws to a goal (2006, Los Angeles, 2009, San Francisco). This last game, in fact, should have been suspended, to be played hours after the tragic death of Espanyol captain Dani Jarque, an event that shook the concentration Barcelona in San Francisco. Barca players, especially the homegrown and particularly Andres Iniesta, played almost in a state of shock. This time the game comes with no conditions to those of a pre-season friendly.

Pep Guardiola as well defined, Chivas is the Mexican Athletic Bilbao: For players playing with patriotic tradition and even goes rojiblanco. The Guadalajara face their final friendly of the World Football Challenge with the seriousness of a large official party. The 'pastor' of the 'Flock' is José Luis Real. He worked with the team might offer entry to the ship and that, except for a name or two, is that which has been taking place in the Mexican League. The team leader, the central Hector Reynoso, is ready, but not defender Jonny Magallon, who suffers from muscle overload. So, would play Louis Michel, Omar Esparza, Hector Reynoso, Mario de Luna, Miguel Ponce, Edgar Mejía, Patricio Araujo, Xavier Baez, Marco Fabián, Omar Arellano and 'Deer' Medina. (via MD)

Cesc and the two versions of picture

On Thursday, Arsenal players will be the usual photo opportunities. Cesc Will there be in it?


Explains the 'Daily Star' on Wednesday, the answer to this question is "yes" and "no" to the time since the club idea 'gunner' is doing two official photographs, one with Cesc Fabregas with the cuff captain and as a member of the team and one without midfielder Catalan, if the term chip for the club. In the second snapshot would be Van Persie who pose with the bracelet.

The decision was taken to avoid the ridicule that would sell the official photo with a player who could soon leave the club. Last year at this stage of the season Cesc and publicly announced that he would stay another year at Arsenal. Now the situation is totally different and it seems that the future of midfielder Arenys Barça is nearer than ever. (via SPORT)

Puyol: "I've been training with my idol Maldini, what a phenomenon!"

The afternoon session of training on Tuesday in the U.S. Barca had a viewer exception: the former footballer of Milan Paolo Maldini, who is these days on vacation in Miami ...

One of the most enjoyed with the assistance of legendary Italian side was Carles Puyol. The ship's captain, who continues to recover from specific work injury, was witnessing the session with him on the field.

"Today I have been training with the best defense in history, my idol Paolo Maldini. What a phenomenon!" Wrote the Barca defense in your Twitter account. At the end of the session, greeted the Italian one by one the players of FC Barcelona.

The training took place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, the same stage where the club will meet tonight (2:30 pm) at Chivas de Guadalajara. About 2,500 fans followed him from the stands. Xavi and Piqué, recovered from their ailments, they are ready to play. (via SPORT)

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Manel Estiarte: "Pep will never make anything him to harm to the entity"

Intimate friend of Guardiola, Estiarte perfectly embodies the commitment to the organization Barca.


As part of this winning team, this family, Manel Estiarte also faces his fourth season at FC Barcelona. Miami, with the majestic marine background invites dialogue and reflection.

Have not been off the echoes of the great last season and the fans and asks: Is this team still can do better?
We are facing an exceptional team, at the height of the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan, Cruyff and Ajax Brazil's Pele. With one difference, that has not yet reached the end of its cycle. He still has room for improvement and we do not know for a while, two, three, does the time will tell.

Every day you are inside, why is it so good this barca?
is the sum of so many things Is the best player in the world and then the rest of the world's best. Cruyff's Heritage, the contribution of Pep, all his staff, the quality of the costumes and, above all, a heart that beats strong and that is the core of everything: 'The people of home Is .

Xavi, Puyol, Iniesta, Pedro, is Valdés This way?
Right. Formerly in the Barca dressing room dominated by a nationality: Dutch, Brazilian Now the kernel is La Masia. That responsibility, that feeling, that love the club pass it in the locker room stays there and coming out soaked, they are spread. Guardiola gave the baton to Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, so that, from humility, they take control and that, coupled with the high quality they have, has made ​​them the best in the world.

Not forgetting factor Pep?
He has taken the culture of life to sport and sport culture to life. He is a man traveled, curious and not something for show, it is natural to him. His father said: "A job well done and little by little." And so is he. It is the first example to others because we are next to see the passion and responsibility that does everything.

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The time of Xavi and Piqué

Pep Guardiola will be given minutes in the second friendly of the tour tonight in Miami against Chivas.


Time for Xavi and Gerard Pique in the preseason. Terrassa midfielder was released today (02/30, TV3 and Gol T) in the 2012 Barcelona against Chivas Guadalajara of Mexico in the second friendly of the American tour of the Blaugrana, which played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, the usual site party for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. The player was on the point of having minutes against Manchester United, after starting the summer job at a lower rate than their peers due to prevention sessions for the problems crept in last year's Achilles heel and a slight overload in the soleus. Xavi and could take minutes against Manchester United, but in the case of a friendly, we opted for prudence. Xavi addition, the club will present another novelty, Gerard Piqué. Although the central and played 15 minutes against Bayern Munich, his muscle problems prevented him from playing against Manchester United. The center has already exceeded the overhead dragging the left leg calf and tonight will participate in the game against Chivas.


On defense, you can also align Guardiola Marc Muniesa, which has already received a medical discharge after the hamstring injury that prevented him from participating in the U 20, but not Carles Puyol or Maxwell, who continue to work outside their recovery group.

Afellay and Jonathan Soriano injured, Guardiola will be without the latest additions to the tour: the Under 19 European central arrived Sergi Gomez and striker Gerard Deulofeu, one of the greatest feelings of the Spanish team that won the tournament in Romania.

Adriano side also is now under the command of Pep, although fresh from vacation, will still not have minutes against Chivas de Guadalajara. The side participated in a workout that ended with a partidillo but Guardiola gave finishing ahead of schedule due to the heat and humidity in the premises of the University of Miami.

Mexican team coach, Jose Luis Real, has moved to 24 players to face Barca. Chivas, already become a classic of rivals Barcelona in their U.S. tours landed in Miami yesterday convinced of its potential to cause an upset at "the best team in the world", an idea underscored by several players of all Guadalajara , eighth-ranked Mexican regular season last eliminated in the semifinal play-off why the UNAM, eventual champion. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Keirrison start the preseason with the subsidiary

The representative of the Brazilian and Zubizarreta reached an agreement so that the forward plays, as minimum, the pretemporada with B.


Two years after joining the club as the league top scorer Brazilian Keirrison return to Barca. However, as it will strengthen the first team, but will join the affiliate Eusebio discipline, at least during the preseason. Keirrison, who yesterday spent his last day as a Santos player, will travel between this week and next to Barcelona to start training with the reserves.

After two years circling between Palmeiras, Benfica, Fiorentina and Santos, the player's agent, Mark Malachi, reached an agreement with Andoni Zubizarreta for the player to start the season at Barca B.

The player would welcome the subsidiary and consolidated into a new Jonathan Soriano. In fact, officials of the sports area are looking for a `9 What guarantees for the team Eusebio. With the future of Soriano in the air ¿especially now that injured ¿, the intention was to find a striker to close the template.

The dream was Araujo (Boca Juniors), but high claims his club have made his move is practically ruled out. Another objective is Paco Alcacer (Valencia), the main protagonist in the European Under 19 with two goals in the final against the Czech Republic. But his buyout clause is 10 million euros. While other names being considered, Colombia dispute the World Under 20. Barcelona has there Albert Valentin, responsible for managing the technical secretary and Pep Boada, coordinator of the observers of the club. Both have a list of potential targets and are taking note to pass the relevant reports to makers of the club. (via SPORT)

Barca will play the Copa Catalunya with B

Copa Catalunya yesterday presented its 22nd edition, the Museum of Modern Art in Tarragona, with representatives of the four teams semifinalists, Barça, Espanyol, Nastic and Girona, and the president of the Catalan Football, Andreu Subías, among other personalities.


Under the commitment to start a new stage in the competition, which recovers the prestige of the trophy and set a fixed calendar date, set the fans to turn the current edition a success, the next 8 and August 9 at the Nou Stadium in Tarragona.

Barca spokesman, Toni Freixa, confirmed that the Barca team will play the Copa Catalunya with the kids from the reserves and youth team since the first will be returned from the U.S. tour just a day before the Copa Catalunya. "We will come with the younger but with the same chance of winning last season and showed how good they are, running from second to third," says Freixa. Espanyol, meanwhile, will try to match the list of winners Barcelona in the Cup, with 6 titles, while Gimnastic try to hold its 125 th anniversary in style and Girona strive to put his name first in the competition. (via SPORT)

Sold tickets for the Malaga-Barcelona

Malaga-Barcelona in the first game of the season has generated a huge buzz. Tanta, already sold out to see the duel of La Rosaleda.


The match will be played on Saturday 20 or Sunday August 21, the exact date yet to be determined, and in the absence of three weeks and has hung the sign "No tickets".

In just eight days to exhaust all entries. Right after that there are no confirmed, in the VIP area were five seats Primeraclase available. (via SPORT)

The Arsenal parks the offer for Mata, at least until the end of 'case Cesc'


Arsenal came within a step of incorporating the Valencia striker Juan Mata, in an operation that might have helped to refloat the 'case Cesc', but the terms are reversed: the club 'gunner' had parked his bid for Mata, the least until you close the signing of Fabregas for the club, so the Catalans club and knows he can not wait for the parallel operation of Mata to launch definitely for Cesc. Arsenal have clearly not going to sign the substitute midfielder Cesc until officially leave the club.

Arsenal also plans to change his position: not accept cuts in the negotiations and will maintain its requirement to enter at least 40 million euros for their franchise player. The four million euros to the club entered by Jeffren Barca could help achieve the figure that calls for Arsenal. (via SPORT)

Barca is not worried by lack of pace from Cesc

The club takes a positive-measure of strength not to train with the team and does not think his body has returned as acknowledgment.


Cesc Fabregas takes a month and only moves the locker room and gym facilities Arsenal London Colney. This has been their measure of force so that Arsène Wenger realized that he/she wants to leave of the group 'gunner' to register for Barça. However, the start of the season is over and the player might have trouble acquiring the pace of competition, although this does not worry for now at Barcelona's coaching staff in the event that its incorporation is delayed until late August.

Fàbregas's desperation comes from the fact of being physically fit, to be responding strongly to the training to submit their own every night and not have the opportunity to make contact with the ball. The Arenys want to feel again player after three and half months without participating in a game. The last time I dressed up short for an official engagement was on 24 April against Bolton. In the final of the Premier stood in the stands for a sore muscle and could not be called by Vicente del Bosque for friendlies in the U.S. and Venezuela.
Arsenal returned July 4 to training and that was when Cesc started to put pressure on Wenger staying in the gym. The coach has always justified its lack of training and friendly matches through injury, but this excuse has lost all basis.

Fabregas believes that the club is doing the right thing for the sake of keeping a pulse negotiating with the coach. It's a good way to keep the price of the transaction will not shoot and Guardiola is quiet around the physical state in which the player is in case of call at the club to the competition has already started. The season is very long and individual workouts serve to maintain the tone. The pace of games arriving soon and with the special plan that would remain in the Ciutat Esportiva would soon catch up with their peers.

Barca continue to prefer the outside player because if he is wearing the Arsenal shirt could be considered a gesture of approach to the Gunners' ¿, but Arsène Wenger's tired of hiding behind an injury for not calling in the different friendly commitments. The technician will try to persuade him to play the next game for Arsenal against Benfica in Lisbon on Saturday. Wenger knows that Cesc wants to play as soon as possible and seek an approximation.

The French could exploit the doubts of the player and get incorporated back into the discipline of team work and have a few minutes on Saturday in Da Luz stadium. Of course, this step will only Fabregas if Barcelona get confirmation of that negotiation will not be paralyzed by returning to wear the Arsenal shirt in order to gain match fitness.

His return would also give high official automatically and, therefore, be available to Vicente del Bosque for next Wednesday's friendly against Italy in Bari. The Salamanca on Friday provided the list and if Wenger maintains that he is injured, it will be impossible to enter the list. Anyway, your options are minimal being summoned after being so long without playing. Del Bosque seems determined to bet on this occasion by Thiago Alcantara, who is in a very sweet and still form after the European Under-21.

Deulofeu, a shameless one that already dared with Puyol and Alves

The Riudarenes will jump to professional football after winning European Champion U-19.


La Masia is about to serve the boat to a new player with wood crack. At 17 years, Gerard Deulofeu will jump with the still youthful age Barça B and is now on the verge of first team. His meteoric progression is followed closely by Pep Guardiola, who has taken it to the second part of the American tour after being impressed by some details shown by the player during training in the last season with the professionals involved.

If for some characteristic stands out above the rest is for your impudence. The quality and the change of pace to the output of the Dodge has exhibited since the age of nine he joined Barça, but has the added merit of daring against any opponent and circumstance. Even in front of their idols the first team. In a session in which Guardiola wanted to see youth did not hesitate to deal Deulofeu Puyol and Alves also managed to haggle general astonishment.

His daring is maximum, but Oscar Garcia, Junior A coach, was well above it all season to qualify when to exploit the conditions and, above all, to choose correctly on the field. Deulofeu overflowing with ease in the historic treble season of `what Oscar has stressed the importance of making good decisions and know when to give a pass to teammate or movement off the ball.

The application of the video was one of the new coaching staff consists of Junior A and Quique Alvarez Oscar Garcia and has helped greatly to progress to the players. In the case of Gerard has served greatly to also see the flaws. The virtues stand alone and technicians felt that it was essential that analyzed the failures.

Likewise, his manners have improved. Deulofeu has a great personality and this leads him to act decisively when rivals are baited with him, though on occasion it has gone too far. In the Damm, for example, after a tough match, he challenged the rival were on the bench when it happened in front of him to be replaced and later told them that they would sign an autograph. The next day, at the direction of Oscar, called the coach to apologize Damm and that extended to the players. An act of rebellion was understood by stress, since another of its virtues is its fellowship.

Barca relies heavily on Gerard and the best example is that it has signed a contract until 2014, more than any other youth, with a term of ten million.

He traveled to Miami with stops in London and will have holiday from Monday
Deulofeu Gerard could not taste the title of European Champion U-19. The Riudarenes early, with teammate Sergi Gómez, to fly directly from Romania to London, where they both called at the direction of Miami. Today it will be available for the game against Chivas and Saturday will also be against the American presence in Dallas.
Pep Guardiola moved at a news conference that at the end of the tour, Sergi Gómez Deulofeu and enjoy a two week vacation, so it seems unlikely that available to the Santpedor for the Supercopa of Spain. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Inter is ahead to Barça for juvenil Alejandro Rodríguez

Alejandro Rodriguez, juvenil of Las Palmas and went through the youth ranks at Barcelona, ​​is a step of signing for Inter Milan despite Barca interest to recover.


Alejandro Rodriguez spent the quarry Barca cadete age, but unable to adapt to life in Barcelona and returned to his home computer, where it has been growing as a player to become the star of the Juvenil A Union Deportiva Las Palmas and one of the most promising players of the generation of 94.

His brilliant performances led to interest from several European clubs such as Fulham and Inter Milan as well as Barca ready to retrieve it. However, the 120,000 euros that he is willing to pay Inter Milan, and could reach 160,000 in a future-are much more than it gives the Catalan club, who has been told SPORT, has only posed a contract objectives in terms of the evolution of the player.

While Alejandro Rodriguez has hinted through his twitter your choice personal favorite was the Barca-conversations with the Catalans Gerard Deulofeu homegrown or Carlos Martinez, the agreement between Inter and Las Palmas is complete and the transaction would only pending approval of the player, in the coming days could travel to Milan with his family to study the conditions of the contract. (via SPORT)

Andrés Iniesta' cellar will sponsor Albacete the season 2011-2012


Iniesta Winery , owned by the Barcelona player Andres Iniesta , will sponsor the Albacete Balompié during the 2011-12 campaign, as have been reported this morning the club president Rafael Candel and the father of the famous player from La Mancha, José Antonio Iniesta .

The leader of the white club has stressed "the values ​​of a player like Andrew, human, simple, professional, which is applauded in all areas of Spain, regardless of the opponent in front of me" and stressed the "generosity" of a countryman to have "used" just when they needed it. "We have supported wholeheartedly, one of those decisions which I have prided themselves as president," he said.

He thanked his father and announced, "I will call your child when he returns from the U.S. tour he's doing with FC Barcelona to thank you for your support."

José Antonio Iniesta , father natural Fuentealbilla player, added that they had "a debt to the Albacete" and recalled that his son "is always outstanding sporting events related to your province."

Has justified the presence of the cellar of her offspring as a sponsor on the grounds that "life is about being with people when you need it most" and pointed out that if "can do more for the club" will be "next to ". (via MD)

"Cesc has to already leave the Arsenal"

Stewart Robson, former player of Arsenal in the mid-80 makes it clear that Cesc Fabregas to leave the London club this summer.


"I think we should leave and Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal," flatly declared Robson told Sky Sports News. "Arsene Wenger has made it clear that Cesc is not centered now at Arsenal and if you coach a team can not have any player who does not think to give the best for the team," added the player he was 'gunner' from 1978 1986.

For Robson, it is normal that the fans were disappointed with their attitude Cesc. "He always said he wanted to play at Arsenal and he loved the club, but it is becoming clear that his love for the club is higher. This year we are seeing that just wants to sign for Barcelona," he said. (via SPORT)