04 August 2011

Ibrahim Afellay's representative said it will continue in Barcelona

The player's agent, Robert Jansen, says 'Ibi' "is happy in Barcelona and not leave his club".
"There is no doubt" about the future of midfielder "Barça" notes the agent.

The representative of the Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay Barca, Robert Jansen , says the young player next season will remain the team coached by Pep Guardiola and not joining any other team. "My insurance will remain represented in Spain, he is happy in Barcelona and not leave his club, " says agent Afellay, quoted by www.calciomercato.it.

Jansen insists that "no doubt" about the future of midfielder "Barça", thus refuting the information circulating in some Italian media, which placed Afellay in the ranks of Juventus . According to the press, the Italian club's Antonio Conte for an offensive end as Afellay to strengthen its workforce, which have recently joined the veteran Andrea Pirlo , the Chilean Arturo Vidal and Montenegro Mirko Vucinic , who was active in Rome Spanish Luis Enrique , among others. Also, Tottenham has been interested in the player. (via MD)

Agreement between FC Barcelona and Sporting Clube de Portugal on the transfer of Jeffren

FC Barcelona Sporting Clube de Portugal have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jeffren Suarez 3,750,000 euros, 200,000 euros more variables and 20% of the equity in a possible sale of the player by the Sporting of Portugal.

The agreement includes an option to buy the first year of 8 million euros, and the end of the 2012-13 season worth 12 million euros. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Muniesa out for three weeks

The Club’s medical services confirmed today that Marc Muniesa will be out for three weeks after he suffered a tear in his left thigh muscle.

Muniesa picked up the injury in the lead up to Chivas’ third goal in the defeat on Wednesday night. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cesc trains but they suspend the official picture

Cesc continued their assignment with the rest of the staff of the London club Arsenal but avoided making the official photo of the template for the alleged bad weather.

Cesc Fabregas appeared alongside his fellow Arsenal in training open to members of the London side who performed at the Emirates Stadium. The midfielder, who has turned into work orders to Wenger, participated as the rest of the members Gunners raised in all drills during the session.

However, the novelty is that the official photo scheduled for just before starting the workout ended suspended, allegedly because of bad weather. Given the possibility of taking a picture with and one without Cesc seems to portray the Arsenal postponed its workforce for the season pending definitely know what will happen with the midfielder. (via SPORT)

Marco Fabián: "I never imagined that it will mark two goals to Barcelona"

Mexican midfielder Marco Fabián lived an evening of "dream" after being the author of the first two goals that paved the way for his team from Guadalajara Chivas 4-1 loss to FC Barcelona in a friendly game was held in Miami.

Fabian, whose second goal was spectacular with an overhead kick in midair, at the end of the party acknowledged that he never imagined he would score two goals against Barcelona and a time interval of three minutes.

"It was something I could think of, my great dream was to play a good game, enjoy the great players at Barcelona and try to make as a team we could get the win," said Fabian, 22, who along with Omar Arellano Alberto Medina were always a nightmare to defend culé.

Your individual and team goal for the match were overcome and it became part of history in terms of losses suffered by the FC Barcelona by a landslide under the leadership of coach Josep Guardiola.

"The truth is that within the team had discussed the possibility of winning at Barcelona because he would be framed to achieve individual and would be a great happiness, which is now more than anything imagined," admitted Fabian. "It is a dream for me to-night, but now needs to keep working hard in the face of our league," he said. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] ] FC Barcelona and Chelsea have reached agreement for the transfer of Oriol Romeu for five million Euros.

FC Barcelona and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Oriol Romeu five million euros.

The deal includes a buy-back clause of 10 million Euros after a year, rising to 15 after the second year.

Tough tackling midfielder

Oriol Romeu made his name with the Club’s child and youth teams not as a typical Barça midfielder, but rather as a tough tackling stopper.

Barça B drew 2-2 at Betis last season with a goal from Oriol Romeu, which typified his abilities. Romeu pressured for possession and fired home his goal under pressure when it looked impossible.

Romeu’s character, his aggression and his strong physique are the qualities which have distinguished the youngster since he joined the Club in the summer of 2004.


He joined the Club at the Infantil A level in the 2004.05 season and was supported by coach Sergio Lobera, who made him play as a defensive midfielder.

Playing alongside Riverola and Krol the three proved to be an impressive midfield and Romeu’s strength and good defending won over successive coaches at the Club.

Coming from Barça, Romeu is also of course comfortable on the ball, but what marks him as different is his ability in the air and all round strength and stamina.

Stars under Luis Enrique

In Luis Enrique’s first season in charge of the B team, Romeu, then still a Youth Team player, was given his head, starting the first game of the 08-09 season. He combined a successful campaign with the Youth A team and a number of appearances with the B team that year.

He made the move up to the B team squad the following year, whilst still putting in the occasional game for the Youth A team, and was a key part in the promotion winning team that season.

Debut, consolidation and injury

Last season saw Romeu make another big step and he made his first team debut in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in Seville. His importance with the B team grew until he suffered a bad injury at Las Palmas which kept him out for five months. He fought back from that though and was back in the team for the run in to the season’s finale, helping Luis Enrique’s youngsters to the best ever finish for a B team in Segona A. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Piqué: “Guardiola is key to our success”

Speaking at a promotional event in Dallas earlier today, Gerard Piqué claimed that Pep Guardiola is the decisive element to understand Barça’s success over recent years.

Piqué and Pedro visited The Soccer Corner shop in Dallas for an event organised by Nike. Asked what it was that made Barça special, Piqué was clear: “Pep Guardiola is key to the success of the team. He is a great coach and he has an enormous capacity to motivate players”.

Pedro, who has been with Guardiola since his days in the third division with Barça B, echoed his teammate, adding: “he’s one of the best managers in the world and it’s a privilege to have him with us”.

Quality Players

The two, who went straight to the event from Dallas airport after arriving from Miami, also referred to the quality of the squad: “as well as Guardiola, we have players of such quality –like Messi. Pedro. Villa….”, according to Piqué, whose teammate backed him up: “it’s a pleasure to play with these great players”. Pedro also chose the goal he scored in the Champions League final at Wembley in May as the best of his career so far.

Piqué: “I hope to defend these colours for many years to come”

The youngsters attending the event also heard Piqué declare: “I played at the Club when I was just 7 or 8 years old. I’ve been a fan since I was a child. I always went to watch the games at the Camp Nou. This is a team which means so much to me. I am really proud of that and I hope to be defending the team colours for many more years to come”.

After speaking to their young audience, Piqué and Pedro were about a quarter of an hour signing autographs, in an event similar to that held in Miami with Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cesc Fàbregas will arrive on time to Barça to play Supercopa

Barca has not ceased to be optimistic that it will fall next week.
No more bids and the signing key is that the Arsenal accept the last.

Since last Friday, when the concentration Barcelona in Washington very positive news came of the meeting held in London, Cesc Fabregas and his representative with Arsenal , there have been no new movements between the two clubs. The situation is a standoff in which Barcelona has to know how far. Take it or leave it. If between Fabregas and Arsenal , made ​​enough concessions to Arsenal in the transfer pricing, the player in terms of its form-that of Arenys is of Barca . If not, no. The club Barca still believe, like the last days, a happy ending that might occur, according to the realistic impressions, next week, so that Cesc could be because of Barca when they dispute the Supercopa of Spain .

There have been no new offer from Barca . Presented what appeared in his day and there has not been moved. The Barça meant that between Cesc and Arsenal must agree to the resulting figure requested by the Arsenal is viable. Both the player and the London club know where to put the Barca the bar.

The status of the negotiations is not easy to understand, although in the Barca side remains total tranquility, under the player's desire to play in the Nou Camp . The Barca understood to be the player who, having renewed his contract with Arsenal for a year and a half following the examples of Mascherano and Alexis Sanchez , holds the key to the operation. "The lock and key" , commented out micro a person closely linked to the operation.

Cesc and Arsenal has convinced to accept through it. From there, you must find arguments for the Arsenal put the operation in the figures that all parties know that Barca set to gain the services of Cesc . That number has changed or will change or Barca . Climb down as the emoluments of Fabregas , something certainly complicated and damaging to the player, because the tax will be much more burdensome for him in Spain than in the UK . It's the price you will pay to return to Camp Nou .

If there is still no agreement is because there is no new news from the environment of the player. The distance between what calls for Arsenal and what Barca paid - once added the lowering of wages Cesc - still too far. Cesc and Arsenal know where the line and Barça thinks the ball is in English roof. (via MD)

'We love soccer', equally

Barca played locally in the Miami Sun Life, applauded, cheered and admired by thousands of multicolored Barca, even with all the shirts and for having Barca, including replicas and imitations never seen before.

An army that became FC Barcelona Stadium Miami Dauphins a kind of Camp Nou where Chivas, since it went until he left, was consistently booed.

Preferred tier, Piqué ('Shakira' in Miami, as he is affectionately called) and Villa , acclaimed to touch the ball first and immediately elevated to the status of Fame who played the second converting a long pass from defender in attendance to Villa which resulted in a goal the first time available.

The truth is that Chivas started kicking a lot more than the club, surprised by the game of Mexicans live in a counter-strategy identical to that used by Manchester United in Washington. The recital of Pinto did not come initially in the script or the price of admission, but as an extra surprise was very well received. He gave a step predisposed pace that the minute the goal was already doing the 'wave' as a discipline and enviable enthusiasm.

Piqué reappeared after a few minutes to play in Munich and rest before the ManU , his former team again with the T-shirt, leaving behind the beauty with which he was identified. Piqué certainly Shakira's voice in the half an hour warming and must change partners (Fontàs for Sergi Gómez) because of some discomfort suffered by the Banyoles, a companion to add to the list of those who have passed through the area since Puyol injured in Pobla.

The match, due to a strange requirement for local television, started at 20.38 pm in Miami, then it sounded as usual the American anthem and some foreshadowing something festive with music, fireworks and a standing ovation for Barca coach, here presented as 'Joseph' Guardiola.

The other Barca player with the fans was super loving American was Xavi , who made ​​his debut this season after following a detailed training plan preventative pain of the Achilles tendon and soleus he so upset a year ago. Every pass, every touch of Xavi , who was the alleged 'incompatible' Thiago was a display of football that Barca seal which passes through the precise order and rhythm of its own that is capable of printing to the computer, it sometimes seems parsimonious and both electric and groundbreaking.

If Barca a message displayed at Wembley Barça unequivocally: 'We love football', which was played last night on the screens of Sun Life was a faithful adaptation on the same subject, perfectly understandable to the American amateur, 'We love soccer. "

By definition translated or not, the beauty of Barca game, led by the baton of Xavi 's talent Thiago and progression of Carmona , caught itself out 'football' or outside 'soccer' to the club he played divinely in the first half. Then, after the break, scrambled changes prepared by Guardiola , already warned not willing to spend the minutaje provided for each player, left the field at an infinitely less coordinated team with a player of weight per line, Busquets , Iniesta and Pedro , surrounded by a nebula of promising young but certainly with much road still ahead.

The Sun Life 70,080 spectators beat the record of spectators in a game in Florida, something that could only get, of course, FC Barcelona . Were deplored muscle rupture Muniesa , twenty-four hours of receiving a medical discharge, precisely at the play of the third goal, after overcoming a hamstring injury in his right leg. Even with the 1-4 conceded, nothing changed in the spirit of Barca game, just the wrong result, numerically the worst fitted by the Barca of Guardiola . (via MD)

[Youth] The cantera signs 79 more jewels

The exhaustive collection of Barca's scouting organization has resulted in the incorporation of promises from three continents.

"The secret of our game is the recruitment base." This forceful expressed Tito Vilanova , second Guardiola , in a recent interview with MD praising the work of the technical organization 'quarry' and its portfolio of scouts spread across Catalonia , the rest of Spain and the world, led by Pep Boada . In a club that can boast one of the best teams in history and several young men trained to star generational change gradually to have landed 79 players this summer in the lower teams.

With most cracks that remain in the entity and without those who have preferred to try his luck in 'big' Europe and Madrid ( Pol Roigé ), Arsenal ( Bellerín and Toral ), Chelsea ( Etock ) or Juve ( Pol Garcia ), the wide network of 'scouters "Barcelona has tried to further raise the level of the teams from the subsidiary EASYSHOP_LINKNAME. The page 'web' detailing the origin blaugranas.com and demarcation of all the 79 signings made ​​so far. The list could rise as the Barca B and Juvenil A have in mind to run any further addition. In addition, the Juvenil B three tested: the left side Alex ( Villanova ), the inside right Alejandro Rodriguez ( Villanova ) and midfielder Roger Barnils ( Manlleu ). Nor should we forget the Ecuadorian midfielder Joel Valencia Castillo , currently training with the first team of Zaragoza . Who no longer call at the Ciutat Esportiva the midfielder Denis Suarez , who at 17 years left Celtic for Manchester City .

As for the origin of the 79 new faces of the quarry, it is noteworthy to six arrived directly from three different continents. From USA ., the environment Ben Lederman will join the fry from the PB Academy Los Angeles , from South Korea to strengthen Infantil A Lee Seung Woo and Chang Hee Kyul and from Japan will Takefusa who do the same with the Youngsters C or D. Those who saw the two Koreans during his trial in the Ciutat Esportiva say there are two phenomena.

In Europe, Barcelona has fished in quarries recognized as Ajax and Benfica . In Amsterdam was set at the left end Nigerian Adekanye Omobolaji Habeeb and Lisbon tied right into Miguel Filipe Barros Soares , both for Infantil B, who will also Iker , Reus known as the 'new Messi '.

Of the 79 transfers, 58 were active in the Catalan club Espanyol more effective (7), in addition to four players from the FCB Escola who ran Albert Benaiges as the Al Wasl Dubai . Finally, other ' First 'and' Second ', the Barca signed in Sevilla (3) and one in Valencia , Osasuna , Racing , Betis and Hercules , who transferred to the subsidiary Kiko Femenía , with options up to the first team. (via MD)

Kiko Femenía (del)--Hércules
Cristian Lobato (del)--Hospitalet

JUVENIL A (93/94)
Álex Moreno (del)--At. Vilafranca
Miguel Bañuz (por)--Elche
Miguel Ángel Sainz (cen)--Racing

JUVENIL B (94/95)
Joel Huertas (cen)--Lleida
Lucas del Campo (def)--Espanyol
José Aurelio Suarez (por)--Roces
Munir (del)--Rayo Majadahonda

Guillermo Lara (por)--Betis
Rodrigo Tarín (def)--Valencia
Albert Torras (cen)--Espanyol
Juanan Entrena (del)--Sevilla

Anass Serroukh (del)--FPE Mataró
Marc Rio Borruel (del)--Cornellà
Julen Arellano (del)--Osasuna
Joan Inés (cen)--Gavà
Brahima Fati (cen)--Sevilla

Edgar Pocurull (def)--At. Segre
Fran Villalba (del)--Valencia
Ion Perelló (cen)--Tortosa
Hee Kyuol Chang (del)
Seung Woo Lee (del)

Maudo Diallo Ba (def)--Jàbac T.
Edgar Fernández (cen)--Jàbac T.
Valeri Fernández (del)--Girona
Iker Goujon (del)--B. Santes Creus
Alejandro Viedma (cen)--Sevilla
Ricard Puig (del)--Jabac T.
Filipe Miguel (cen)--Benfica
Bobby Adekanye (del)--Ajax

ALEVÍN A-B (2000)
Ruben Acosta (cen)--Baix Ter
B. Lederman (cen)--PB Los Angeles
Imad El Kabbou (cen)--EFB Calafell
Pau Martínez (del)--Damm
Bernat Renom (cen)--Can Rull-RT
Joan Altimira (def)--Espanyol

ALEVÍN C-D (2001)
Marc Carmona (def)--Cornellà
Sergio Paz (def)--Cornellà
Álex Sala (def)--FCB Escola
Marc Fernández (cen)--Calafell
Marc Guerrero (cen)--Cornellà
Takefusa Kubo (cen)
Kenneth Soler (del)--Vilanova

Ramon Vilà (por)--Sallent
Pol Cordero (por)--Vilassar de Mar
Sagar Escoto (cen)--Fund. Calella
Álvaro Garcia (cen)--Fund. Calella
Marc Alegre (del)--B. Santes Creus
Jan Reixach (del)--Masnou
Joel López (del)--Vila Olímpica
Haitam Abaida (del)--Fund. Calella
Biel Farrés (def)--Vic Riuprimer
Iker González (cen)--Mercantil
Martí Riera (cen)--Manlleu
Raúl Martinez (del)--Espanyol
Joan Antoni Calvo (def)--Espanyol
Pol Tristán (por)--Damm
G. Carmona (del)--Sant Gabriel

Pau Sánchez (por)--Gramenet
Arnau Oller (def)--Vilassar
Albert Sánchez (cen)--Sant Cugat
Marc Pelaz (cen)--FCB Escola
Fasika Samelson (cen)--PB Anguera
Arnau Fornós (cen)--Riudoms
Gabriel Martinez (cen)--Martorelles
Álvaro Martí (cen)--EF Gavà
Alejandro Balde (del)--Espanyol
Illaix Mouriba (cen)--Espanyol
Ricard Gisbert (cen)--Rocafonda M.

Marc Olmo (def)--Sant Cugat
Marc Jurado (cen)--Can Rull-RT
Pablo López (cen)--Terrassa
Sergi Oriol (del)--Damm
Diego Almeida (del)--FCB-Escola
Abdoul Mazie (del)--Barri Sda. Fam.
Marc Cabeza (def)--Gramenet
Pol Melet (del)--Horta
Iker Almena (del)--Can Vidalet
Iker Bartolomé (por)--FCB-Escola

Maximum of 43 ° now expect Barca

The heat wave has claimed the death of a coach in Dallas.

Barca lands now Dallas where the heat wave seems to be concentrated and held pending the Barca team. Weather reports announced extreme temperatures exceeding 43 º 41 º, August record for these latitudes.

The alarms are on and the local authorities are providing information on how to beat the heat and avoid, as happened yesterday, situations such as heat stroke death of a football coach in the first training day of the season.

The stadium in Arlington where he will play this Saturday Barca is ventilated but it is possible that the training take place after sunset when the temperature drops a little. The minimum was 29 degrees yesterday, prompting the state of Texas had to order extra supplies of electricity to other states to meet the demand generated by the maximum operating air conditioners. (via MD)

New public success in Miami

View U.S. stadiums full of people is not usual when playing 'soccer'. But the club has again achieved today in Miami, with 70,080 spectators.

With this number of attendees at Sun Life Stadium, FC Barcelona-Chivas de Guadalajara has become the football game with more fans in South Florida. Also in Washington DC, attended by 81,807 people, the game against Manchester United was the one who had to monitor more media throughout the summer and that brought more public in Washington DC. In two games, Barca team draws an average of 75,943 spectators.

This follow-up of the American public is quite common in matches of Barca in the United States. Just take a look at the last edition in 2009, a total of 221,557 spectators in the three games in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. In stage Californian, for example, Barça de Guardiola brought together more than 93,000 spectators, this will then no European team has overcome.

Public's success is another example of the projection spectacular FC Barcelona in the United States. In recent days, the agreements with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , the Fundación Pies Descalzos Shakira and the projection of the party organized by Mia Hamm in the presence of Kobe Bryant dressed as Barca have helped to further boost the image of Barcelona beyond its borders.

Double filled in Munich
Before the U.S. tour the club played two matches of the Audi Cup in both cases against Internacional of Porto Alegre and Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena stadium filled with 66,000 spectators. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Deco thinks about the retreat

The Brazilian-Portuguese could hang up his boots this year because of injuries

The exblaugrana Anderson Luis de Souza 'Deco' meditate in the coming days if he retires from professional football. And is that injuries will not let up ...

This was explained by his current team coach Abel Braga, who laments the many injuries suffered by the player and could cause withdrawal, "Sorry.'s A good person and I would like to help the group."

Deco has now injured his right leg and low for a month will cause a situation begins to repeat and can determine the bitter end. "It was tough news for him. It's hard because he wants to play and can not. Let's wait and see what happens. It's going to think well and make a decision," said the coach of Fluminense.

Notably, Deco played only 30 of the 61 games of his team since he was hired in mid-2010. (via SPORT)

Briseño, the jewel for which Barça and Madrid sigh

FC Barcelona includes the incorporation of the last Mexican sensation.

Antonio Briseño is the latest gem by that sigh FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, among other equipment, to incorporate their discipline as soon as possible. Briseno is a Mexican defender who has entered the fray after his excellent participation in the World Under-17 which champions the Aztec selection.

The footballer, who is currently enrolled in the Atlas, acknowledged in an interview with Univision that echoes some of the big European teams have been interested in his situation to try to do some tests to facilitate their possible landing in Europe. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Villarreal in Spain, Everton and Manchester City in England, are some groups that have knocked on his door.

However, the player does not arise to move from his current club who has taken the steps taken by Chicharito as a role in his decision: "We will follow the example of Chicharito, which was consecrated in Mexico and now is doing great things in abroad, we see that example and want to do what he did, following in his footsteps and be just as successful than him, "he said. (via SPORT)

Chivas coach, moved to Barcelona to win

José Luis Real admirer of Pep Guardiola was declared.

The coach of Chivas de Guadalajara Mexican Jose Luis Real, was thrilled to be thrashed FC Barcelona in a friendly match played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

"I felt an emotion face triple to an idol as Guardiola, for whom I admire as a person, player and coach," Real said in a press conference at the conclusion of the match.

The technician said that the key game was the Guadalajara always tried to put pressure on Barcelona, ​​we cast back to see what the rival. We try to pressure them, which few teams usually do. "

Royal said there is great excitement any player and coach feels to play against Barcelona, ​​"is a dream, but if you play well one on one and then you want it full of pride, joy and satisfaction."

She said she has had to dispense the team with the tournament friendly matches and Mexico, to maintain the high standard displayed.

"We've been good. We played very well against Real Madrid-time, well at Juventus and now the best 90 minutes against Barcelona," he said.

He stressed the significance for him than in the past year has faced Manchester United's Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​coached by Guardiola, in his opinion, the "three coaches in the world."

He stressed that he was missing five players from the Mexican U-20, currently in Colombia are fighting for the World category.

The Mexican coach was pleased with his squad and have a portfolio of young players who are taking advantage to give more minutes to be prepared to participate with the team in the league. (via SPORT)

Santos's president says that he spoke of Neymar with Rosell

President Santos, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira, said he does not sell to Neymar da Silva "at least until next year" in the program 'first touch' from 'Onda Cero'.

He also acknowledged having had "an encounter with (the president of FC Barcelona) Sandro Rosell to discuss Neymar in Brazil, precisely the departure of a great football like Ronaldo."

Oliveira said: "I spoke with Sandro Rosell is a very interesting person, very elegant as Florentino. He worked eight years in Brazil. I had a meeting with him at the bridal Ronaldo. Neymar interest to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. It is a very natural thing. "

Further admitted that has rejected the offer from Real Madrid, "Florentino Perez is a very smart man. He talked to us before talking to the player. The dialogue will always exist, but we intend to Neymar stay at least until next year and if I had my way until the end of his contract with Santos. "

Oliveira wants to keep his star in every way, "Neymar remains in Santos. We have no interest in selling or need to sell."

"The Santos-added-released today is a team that has no cash flow problems.'s A team that has a corporate governance with one of the biggest Brazilian companies that manage the club with us. Today the scenario is different from when Santos Robinho sold by Real Madrid. The direction is different, the country is another. "

Santos president talked about the mood of Neymar after all what happened during these months, "Neymar is very happy. It is a very special person. It has a very strong family formation and has a passion for the team that plays since childhood. "

"He has a great identification with Brazil. Today in this country is not only an idol, is a formation of opinion, an idol of the masses ...", said Oliveira.

Santos president likened his star player with the greatest in football history, "Neymar is a phenomenon seen only once in my life time Pelé. Pelé or Maradona After nor Di Stefano, or Puskas ... great players, but Neymar is incredible, "he said. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “losing 1-4 is a step backwards"

Pep Guardiola is not unhappy with the work his team has been putting in during the pre-season, but is well aware that the first official games are on the horizon and last night’s defeat against Chivas was a backward step.

Guardiola showed confidence in his players though and in their ability to overcome the shortage of time they have before the Spanish Super Cup kicks off the season, whilst drawing conclusions from the defeat in Miami.

“We didn’t play badly”

The boss reckoned: “we didn’t play badly, but when a team beats you 4-1, there are things that need to be put right. Both teams had chances in the first half tonight and we were in control in the second. We have our game sorted –now what we need is to compete”.

Clock ticking down

In all, Guardiola expressed himself happy with his players’ performance, but warned: “losing 1-4 is a step backwards. We are short of days and we will come into the season with just enough, but that’s the fixture list”. Barça are due at the Bernabeu on August 14th for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, with the return game at the Camp Nou on 17th.

Below are some of the post match comments from the players:

David Villa:

“I felt good - fast and sharp. Though we can take some positives, it’s hard after a defeat. We need to learn from our mistakes”.

“We are working hard to be 100% for 14th and we are confident that we will be in top condition for the game”.


“I spoke with the boss about how I was to play 15 minutes and I felt alright. Despite the defeat, it was good for me to get some game time in”.

“We have to get it into our heads that we have to compete now”.


“Happy with the minutes I played, despite the result”.

“Barça cannot sleep- we have to focus on doing things right”.


“We wanted to win the game whatever happened. Losing cannot be something we can think about”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Preseason Match] Chivas Guadalajara 4 - 1 FC Barcelona

Barça conceded defeat since most trains that Pep Guardiola in a friendly to forget that neither David Villa's goal that ended his drought served to draw any positive conclusion.

With many changes and many people in the subsidiary in its ranks, as Deulofeu, whose debut was a flop, the club featured a picture Barcelona tired and far from a good way, a very different picture from that offered so far. Losing 4-1 to Chivas, even if a friendly is not normal.

An initial both David Villa after a great pass from an outlet in neutralized Piqué tromba Chivas met before the first minute Abidal was forced to save on the goal line after play of Omar Arellano. The subsequent corner kick ended up in goal but the play was nullified by default. Soon after, Villa broke the offside trap, controlled the pass from own field Piqué, Luis Michel drawn at goal and put the 1-0 on the scoreboard. With only three minutes played, the goal was to allow the controlled boat comfortably, quickly move the ball and wait for opportunities.

However, a Chivas knew very disciplined close spaces, push and go faster on the counter, copying the model of Manchester. The Barca had their chances, but the Mexicans. Thus the party, far from being easily controlled was an exchange of blows with two very different styles. Pinto avoided the tie soon after the goal with a penalty shot paradón to direct Cuenca almost inmeditamante sent to the crossbar. A new scare came at twelve minutes, with a play of inaccuracies and reject defective Andalusian goal almost ending in a draw.

Over the minute, Chivas was losing steam, while Barca was machine creating chances. A combination of Xavi, Cuenca and Villa ended with a shot deflected off the asturaino very active yesterday, at twenty minutes. Only a minute later, Carmona (makeshift striker yesterday, with Villa falling to the left) was made ​​a staff jugadón dribbling out two and crossing the ball over the goal before the departure to twenty-seven. Villa sent to the crossbar by a Vaseline pass over the goal after Jonathan dos Santos and control with his chest at thirty-seven.

To end the first half, a beautiful combination between Cuenca and Carmona did not end in goal because Cuenca and happened to finish when he had not seen the strong position of Villa . After an uneven start, the Barça had taken the pulse of the first half and finished with a choice of going into the break with a larger marker, but squandered those opportunities and later regretted it. The successive changes, logical at this point in the season, was decomposed slowly at Barca , who after the match looked a lot more subsidiary team 'A'. Peter was able to make it 2-0, controlling the area after pass lucky Keita (had the help of a rebound), before the equiopo decompose completely.

Marco Fabian , controlling the ball in midfield, sent a missile from thirty meters to beat Pinto , sixty minutes. It was the kick-off a quarter of an hour horror. Only three minutes later, a fumble between Deulofeu and Munisea , both newcomers, led by the Arellano a counter right at home, with center and top of Chile's own Marco Fabian. The horror did not end here and nine minutes later Jesus Sanchez beat sprint Muniesa, which broke on the play, and the newly entered Giovanni Casillas finished off with a goal after controlling all the time in the world without anyone to enter, fail in a and successful first auction end in the second.

With the mess too big, Barca looked for a reaction in the final that never came, despite a shot of a soulless Deulofeu and jet-lag 'that the defense took the posts. Instead, put the lace Vereduzco after blunders of Pinto in the DMZ. Although offside, the goal served to round out the biggest win for Barca embedded Guardiola , to the despair of fans Barca Miami. (via MD)

[Technical Data]
1 - FC Barcelona: Pinto; Fontás (m.33, Sergi Gómez, m.62, Armando), Piqué (m.46, Busquets), Abidal (m.62, Muniesa, m.74, Adriano), Jonathan; Keita (m.81, Balliu), Xavi (m.46, Iniesta), Thiago (m.62, Riverola), Cuenca (m.62, Deulofeu); Carmona (m.62, Espinosa) y Villa (m.46, Pedro).

4 - Chivas: Luis Michel; Esparza (m.90+1, Salazar Castillo), Reynoso (m.70, Ledesma), Mario De Luna (m.83, Ulises Dávila), Ponce (m.86, Julio Nava); Mejía (m.58, Magallón), Araujo (m.83, Tostado), Báez (m.55, Fiero); Marco Fabián (m.73, Mora), Medina (m.70, Giovanny Casillas) y Arellano (m.70, Jesús Sánchez).

Goals: 1-0, m.3: David Villa. 1-1, m.60: Marco Fabián. 1-2, m.63: Marco Fabián. 1-3, m.72: Giovanny Casillas. 1-4, m.90+3: Ulises Dávila.

Referee: Baldomero Toledo (USA): There was reprimanded.

Incidents: Friendly match of the tournament 'Herbalife World Football Challenge, played at Sun Life Stadium, Miami, before 70,080 spectators, a new attendance record for a football game.

Barca still working to find a way out Milito

Although he still has a year contract, the future seems far Gaby Milito FC Barcelona and Andoni Zubizarreta acknowledged yesterday that they are working to find a solution that satisfies all parties. The player is not in Guardiola's plans for this campaign. "I welcome the First Amendment now that we are in America. In any case, we are looking for possibilities in your case, "admitted Barca sports director always tight. His future could be Independiente de Avellaneda. (via SPORT)

The club will negotiate directly with Abidal renewal

Barca wants to renew the Frenchman Eric Abidal and craves the same, so that the parties are bound to be understood.

However, problems have arisen with the defender's agent, David Venditelli, so Zubizarreta says the club intends to agree with himself Abi `¿. "We want to address the issue directly with the player to try to close before the end of the month," he said Zubi. Abidal contract ends in June 2012 and the intention is to extend at least another season. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Juvenil, Jordi Quintillà signed a double

Barça B follows the table due to preparation calls for the Under 20 and the absence of players who are on the stage in the United Kingdom. Eusebio yesterday broke the routine and informal organized a party for your pupils do not miss a beat.

The Valladolid mixed to the seven players who are available-Oier, Miño, Dalmau, Gustavo, Lobato, Rosell and Saul, with other players in the Juvenil A, who faced just the other players in the set of Oscar Garcia. The game ended in victory for Barça B 2-1 with a double of the 'reinforcements', Jordi Quintillà.

The young midfielder, 17, was one of the highlights, although it was a three parts of fifteen minutes with the primary objective to acquire match fitness. Juvenil A was both the work of David Babunski.

Jordi is the biggest saga of Quintillà, whose younger brother, Xavier, 15, is one of the cadetes with the greatest of Barca and has already attracted attention in the Premier League, with Arsenal the lead. Xavier acts in defense, while Jordi is an attack-minded midfielder, as evidenced yesterday with two goals. (via SPORT)

Piqué: "Every time I am prouder of being of Barça"

Barca holds the central joint cooperation agreement between the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Fundación Pies Descalzos.

Gerard Pique now lives happily in Barcelona. Culé from tiny, is delighted to be part of a club which is a reference in the fields of football and social level. The agreement made between the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Pies Descalzos Foundation is another example of the Catalan club's social commitment to children.

Piqué highlights the importance that sport is committed to values ​​such as education. "Where we can help children through sport, through football, I think we have to lend a hand, and now with the alliance that has existed between the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Fundación Pies Descalzos. Coming here to help, be a little children, who certainly are happy ... and promote some values ​​of sport, in this case, the football, "he said.

The center explained the importance Barca had football in his training as a person. Moreover, in a club like Barcelona, ​​very sensitive on the pedagogy of children. "Football has given me everything. Since childhood, the fact of playing on a computer makes you a series of values, to have and know that there are rules within the game, and solidarity with your colleagues, be a team ... and promote it. I believe that sport and football are a lot. "

Beyond the social aspect, the U.S. tour is helping the club to grow the brand club. Barcelona has a large market in cities like Miami and Los Angeles, where the Latino community continues to football with the same passion in Europe and now Barcelona is the fashion club.

The good news for Barca is that has had much media figures do the cases of Kobe Bryant and Bill Gates are good examples of what have been with the team in a smaller market cities like Washington, where football remains a minority sport . "Barca is becoming increasingly important throughout the world, including here in the U.S., which seems to be where it is much more complicated, because the` soccer is not as famous, but more and more impact. " (via SPORT)

[Former player] Ronaldinho will get paid of a French model

Ronaldinho will receive 100,000 euros for damage to his honor by the French model Alexandra Paressant, who released information in 2006 about an alleged affair with the player that the Court of Barcelona has been considered false.
Morocco recruit players from emigrants. (via SPORT)

Andreu Subies:"Copa Catalunya never disappear, it is our trophy"

The newly appointed president of the FCF is confident that the competition will have a good start despite the absence of great figures Barca.

only takes four months ahead of the Catalan Football. Andreu Subies (Benavent, 1970) is lining up a change to the FCF, with a deficit more than considerable, was crying. However, it is still early to make judgments. 8 and August 9 will be held in Tarragona the 22nd edition of the Copa Catalunya between Girona and Barcelona-Espanyol-Nastic.

Why should the change of dates of the Copa Catalunya?
Basically the commitments of the clubs, especially the club. It is not an official competition, is not in the schedules of clubs and teams than as stages in the different competitions, it is more difficult to find a date. Teams must point in the future the Copa Catalunya in their schedules and calendars.

Does a good entry?
Yes, it's summer, the four most senior Catalan teams return from their pre-season training has been organized in time ...

Do not think you have lost the essence of the first editions of the competition?
Yes, mainly because of the commitments of the clubs. For four years the club made ​​tours. In addition there are games every day of the week and there is no date range, so the prestige is lost, because there is football all the time.

Are you afraid of the Copa Catalunya to disappear?
would find an alternative. Never disappear, it's our trophy and no matter how small people are involved.

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[Former B player] Nolito fired the dreams of Benfica

If the way opened the difficult win against Trabzonspor yesterday closed the tie with another goal.

Twenty minutes, not more, to trace dreamed Trabzonspor 2-0 with Benfica coming from Lisbon. And if the going was Nolito who began to color the tie Luso, yesterday was the same exdelantero Barca who was responsible for sentencing, with an extraordinary target pass from Saviola.

Benfica, was supposed to be tomorrow's draw play-off 'The End of the Champions League as Zurich, which left on the street suffering to Standard Liege in a game high risk or Cyprus APOEL, who rounded out the coup in Bratislava.

Who let the miracle was the Rangers, convicted of a late goal in Sweden, and Dynamo Kiev, who never dreamed traced in Kazan. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Oriol Romeu is already player of Chelsea

The youth signed for four years after his return from World U-20 Colombia.

Oriol Romeu is officially player of Chelsea . The ship, the London club and his agent, Màgic Diaz sealed the definitive agreement for the transfer of five million euros. The youth signed for four years after his return from World U-20 Colombia, where yesterday the press time, was facing Ecuador.

The holder until yesterday Barcelona B midfielder is a player who has much to Pep Guardiola, but now he closed the door of the first team by the presence of Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano.

For this reason, the club agreed to negotiate with Chelsea when he showed interest in acquiring his services. The Catalan club, however, has secured an option to repurchase at the end of each of the first two seasons. Also during the third and fourth, the club has a right of first refusal. If Chelsea want to sell Romeu, the right of first refusal allows the boat to retrieve matching the club can offer the buyer.

André Villas-Boas and does away with it and incorporate a Barca player, after the first negative Villa , for whom Chelsea offered 30 million, and after Thiago , by whom they were willing to pay 10 'kilos' that marked his buyout before June 30.

Villas-Boas and wanted to sign Romeu last summer while training at Porto and has now returned to the fray with him, this time successfully. Chelsea's interest is long, but worsened after the serious knee injury suffered a month ago Mickael Essien, which was tapped in Barcelona. At the end of World U-20, Oriol Romeu be incorporated directly into the first team and you have already been reported to be a major player in the midfield.

Oriol Romeu (Ulldecona, September 24, 1991) joined the club in 2004, infant, from Espanyol. After climbing categories always be important piece of their equipment, August 14, 2010 was released on the orders of Guardiola in the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain against Sevilla in the Pizjuán (3-1).

Permanent fixture in the youth throughout the first round earlier this year suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee that kept him low four months. Physically powerful, has improved its handling of the ball in recent games, for the low, Luis Enrique put him as central, where he also performed at a very high level. (via MD)

[Selection Under-20 World Cup] Ecuador 0-2 Spain

U-20 cost to a very tough Ecuador. Scored in 67 channels, and Alvaro Certified passes round in 85.

Great players need great challenges and it reaffirmed yesterday channels. His entry after overcoming an injury clears the U-20 World Cup in their second match and the result can be more rewarding: qualifying round victory. A role his own, but even their breakthrough the party had been unmanageable. Spain did not find the fluent enough to dominate the midfield and he came around the problems. Koke was overshadowed by Oriol Romeu, able to cut moves with the ease with which wolves chase away the sheep.

But there was a creator. Someone who put in operation the machinery of this team. In the midst of it all, Ecuador was losing respect for La Roja. Its end came fast in the back of defenders and got troubles. De Jesus, and above all, Caicedo cherished goal, but the lack of marksmanship were condemned. Like Rodrigo. The Spanish-Brazilian was an island at the tip of Spanish attack, and despite that, they spent to return to live with the opposite goal as usual. He had no fortune at an auction in singleton or another cross, but for the last few minutes was a somewhat more thorough in Spain, founded in improving Isco and engraved in an excellent opportunity to Tello that grazed the post.

Still, the turnaround that saw the team needed to input channels. The Cantabrian gave more dynamism to the game of attack and the balance will finally drop the expulsion of Ona. Shortly afterwards, a large move Tello was used by the Madrid still to score the goal that paved the road. The hardest part was already done, what he had cost the Red, and since the objective was to find a second goal to settle the clash. Almost reached the end, when Alvaro Vazquez took a pass from Canales, who else. (via AS)

[Technical Data]
Ecuador: Jaramillo; Pineida, Narváez, Quiñónez, Fuertes; Govea, Gaibor, Oña, Caicedo; De Jesús y Montaño.

Spain: Pacheco; Hugo Mallo, Bartra, Amat, Planas; Oriol, Koke, Isco, Pacheco; Tello y Rodrigo.

Goals: 0-1 (66') Canales. 0-2 (85'): Álvaro Vázquez.

Referee: Peter O'Leary, New Zealand. Admonished Rodrigo, Amat, expelled Oña for double yellow (65').

Incidents: Palogrande. 12,000 spectators.

Jeffrén signed for five years and has 30 million clause

Sporting has confirmed the Commission placing furniture Securities Market Commission (CMVM) Jeffrén hiring. The Lions paid 3.75 million euros for 80 percent of the pass from the far Spaniard, who signed for five years and has 30 million clause. Read the full statement sent by the Sporting CMVM: Pursuant to and for the fulfillment the information requirements arising from Article 248, paragraph 1 al. a) of the Securities Code, the Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol, SAD, hereby announces to have reached an agreement with Futbol Club Barcelona, ​​for the acquisition of sports rights and economic player Suarez Jeffrén the amount of € 3,750,000 ( three million, seven hundred and fifty thousand euros), leaving the Spanish club with the right to receive 20% of the gain on this value it is found in a future release of the player for a third club. The Sporting Clube de Portugal, SAD and the player Jeffrén Suarez celebrated sports employment contract valid until June 30, 2016, and was set termination clause of € 30 million.

["I promise to work, illusion and greed" - Jeffrén]

work and ambition. Jeffrén, the 14. Sporting strengthening for next season, seems happy to have signed for Sporting. "Sporting is a great team. I am very proud to represent this club can. I am very happy for the trust they placed in me. " "I promise to work, illusion and ambition. My goal is to grow this team. I can grow and evolve, to become a better player, "said the extreme, at a press conference. "I want to win more titles here. Can I get it, "he concluded. (via A Bola)

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[Former player] Bojan Krkic made his debut for Roma

The former FC Barcelona Bojan Krkic has played his first game as a new player of the Roma in a friendly against FC Vasas Budapest. The Luis Enrique took the victory 1-0 with a goal by Viviani. (via MD)

Iniesta: "We would be delighted with the arrival of Cesc"

Barca midfielder returned to show his enthusiasm for playing alongside Cesc and used to analyze the upcoming matches against Real Madrid and the new season.

Andres Iniesta on Wednesday discussed the possible signing of Cesc for Barca in an interview with ESPN, which again showed his desire to see the Arenys dress Barca.

"We have said many times, we would be happy with their arrival. This is one of the best players. From now everything depends on what clubs and discuss what the player wants, all those things you can not decide "he said.

Iniesta also rated their personal level of sporting options to re-sign a major campaign leaving parked injuries. "Hopefully I can be healthy in order to train and play safely without a hitch, but within a season is always difficult because there is so much demand, many hits and many circumstances that sometimes prevent you from being good," said Iniesta, sighing as having a injury-free season that allows you to maintain an optimal level. "Hopefully I can repeat this regularly, it is most important," he said.

The Fuentealbilla also discussed the strong start to the season that will live Barca but recalled that the season is very long. "We know that the start will be hard because we will face Real Madrid and we will fight for a title. Our only goal is best to these parties and from there continue to improve because it is the beginning of everything and the titles are played end of the season. Throughout this track we go to learn and improve. "

Questioned by the requirement to be submitted to the club for Real Madrid, Iniesta recalled that many other teams will test the reign of the Catalan side in the domestic championship. "The league is very demanding, not only because it is Real Madrid but because there are more teams that force you to give the maximum. If all parties are one hundred percent, not win. It does not matter whether the third bottom club classified. All games are of huge demand. parties must be posed like a final because throughout the season, when you're leaving points at the end you can afford, "he warned.

Iniesta also had some words of remembrance to the first anniversary of the World won a little over a year with the Spanish national team in South Africa. "It was nice to go back a year ago, to imagine all the feelings lived and what we did that day. Regardless of whether you agree or not, such an important date evokes feelings that you were very special for everyone," recalled excited. (via SPORT)

Xavi: "Cesc is a footballer that comes to add"

FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, reaffirmed Pep Guardiola's words regarding the possible signing of Cesc Fabregas and said: " Cesc is a player that comes to add. Our strength is in midfield and we need many players in that area, "so no fears concerning their participation in the team.

"I already said at a news conference Mister and I share. Cesc is a player that comes to add. Our strength is in midfield and we need many players in that area. Therefore it is a player who, in If he comes, we will provide second-line play has a goal, has the final pass, a player raised in Barça. is perfectly adapted to our style of play. Therefore it is evident that in the case of sign , would add more to the team, "said Xavi in ​​an interview with ESPN.

The egarense does not believe that the continuation of Thiago will subtract options of ownership and is delighted by the young: "Thiago is a very talented footballer. It gave us a lot last year. He is a player who has that ability to overflow in the center field, giving us much in the attacking play. Works well on defense, is very complete and compatible with any other player. " "His confirmation or prolongs or prevents me anything. Just for me is a pleasure to have players like that. I've said plenty of times I depend on the partner. The more partners you have as much talent around better," he added.

On the current season, Xavi said this year "I started quieter. Last year we had a Super Spain just after the break, took a trip to Argentina and Mexico in 15-20 days. This year I can start more relaxed, I made an injury prevention in terms of Achilles, calves, soleus. I've started quieter than the rest of the group. I'm fine, I'm in tune. I have done well to rest nearly a month and a half this year. "

Finally, valued the environment expected in the Supercopa of Spain, Barca played this August against Real Madrid: "It depends, and the statements of each team. It's the same competition last year. Everyone wants to win , Madrid and Barcelona, ​​but I hope the show will only see the field any more, that compete well. Real Madrid is strong again, has signed, it is a historically competitive team, it will be again this year. I hope to see a good show and the best man win. " (via SPORT)

[Youth] Barça and the Foundation of Eto'o renovate their agreement

Barca will still have young Cameroonians values ​​that nourish your quarry by the agreement reached with the Foundation Eto'o.

The FC Barcelona Foundation and Eto'o have been renewed for another season its partnership. As advances in his blog Perarnau Marti , contributor to the SPORT, the agreement is formally oficilizará semptiembre next month. It will be the third time renewing the contract and the seventh year that takes this collaboration.

After fixing some fringe as the model of recruitment and selection of players or take responsibility for kids who do not want to prolong the club in its ranks, the agreement will last until July 2012.
Currently, the Foundation provides Eto'o 12 players to the quarry with prominent names like Barca striker Jean Marie Dongou (Junior A) or Armand Ella (Junior B). It is quite likely that in the coming months to incorporate two other players, following selection process conducted by the club. (via SPORT)

Jeffren: "I don't harbor resentment to anyone"

Barca forward Jeffren Suarez , in the next few hours to sign for Sporting in Portugal , has said that leaves the Barca "no grudge to anyone."

Speaking to the radio show 'Esports COPE' Jeffren recognized him feel bad that the club will try to include, without their consent, in the purchase of Chilean Alexis Sanchez at Udinese , but eventually everything is resolved in accordance with their interests. "I found the press that I wanted to use currency exchange and sat me down pretty bad, but ultimately did not happen and not hold a grudge against anybody," he said.

The end canary from Venezuela explained that he spoke to Barça coach, Pep Guardiola : "He said he would not have so many minutes so I decided with my family to go to another computer that can play more" . A Guardiola thank you "sincerity" and gave him the opportunity to play "the best team in the world" and believes that now is the time to start a new stage.

"I'm sad because I did not want to leave this club which is what I want, but also an enormous enthusiasm for this new challenge at Sporting," said Jeffren , whose goal is to "return (Barca) in two years as a player elite and much more mature. " (via MD)

Botia and Thiago are ready to list Del Bosque

The selector will throw of the quarry Sub-21 in Italy.

Del Bosque intends to include in the list for tomorrow's friendly against Italy in Bari (Wednesday 10) at several of the champions of European Under-21. Thiago and Botía are likely to enter the call, although the coach has also managed the names of Ander Herrera, Didac and Muniain.

The selection will initiate a soft refurbishment ahead of the tournament. In the coming months will be added progressively better than the Under-21. Thiago will be the first. Not because there is a risk that it may meet Brazil, which the coaching staff considered a "political issue" but for sporting reasons, because it is a great player who fits perfectly into a position for which you need a drink now and Xavi in few years with rennet substitute. The choice is Thiago, unless Del Bosque wants to give more suspense and kickback at the last minute. In this case, we call for September 6.

Botia, with Puyol limped also have options. More Dominguez, although Atletico has going for it is left-handed and can also play on the side.

The ETF has no match for Spain in September
The Spanish Football Federation (FEF) has not yet rival field or the date of the next FIFA and Spain September 2 could miss that day to prepare the qualifying match for Euro 2012 in Logroño must play four days later, on Tuesday 6, against Liechtenstein. In principle, the FEF negotiated to play against Ukraine, but received no payment the bank guarantee required. Later efforts were made to play against Indonesia in Gijón, in the Molinón, but not congealed. In Switzerland also spoke, but no time. Less than a month, Spain is without rival and the coach will have to decide whether to give permission to international at that time and reduces the concentration of an expected week to get to Liechtenstein. (via AS)