05 August 2011

Messi is already in Barcelona

Although it will join the team on day 8, Barca is already in town for holiday rush.


No more speculation and the longing to see again the best player in the world ... Leo Messi is Barcelona! Barca Crack landed Wednesday at El Prat airport and was' caught Catalans why some fans, like the one pictured in the car park at Terminal 1.

And is that the Argentine, who will join the Barca team along with his teammates on Monday August 8, wanted to spend his last days of vacation in Barcelona in Argentina after performing a maintenance plan with the physical recovery FC Barcelona, ​​Juanjo Brau. The physio `have you been accompanied over the dispute of the Copa America and the days off after the competition has to help you maintain good form.

"I am eager to start training with my teammates," said Barca to SPORT from his home in Rosario. "I did well rest with the family but I have the head in Barcelona. We have the same desire to win things in previous seasons because it comes with nice campaign challenges ahead, "said Messi.

After the drubbing received by the elimination of the selection albiceleste America's Cup, and the barrage of criticism about 'The Flea why his countrymen, he fled his home located in Rosario with his family to recharge batteries and disconnect everything that has happened in the competition held on their land. But the best player in the world did not stop mulling over the possibility of shortening his vacation to join the expedition Barca in the American tour. Luckily, got the call from Pep Guardiola, who asked him to fulfill his rest period not suffer the wear of the tour.

As goes the shirt of the Argentine newcomer to Catalonia, his own "is a mental issue." Few players show the commitment of Barcelona's arch with the club that has given so much joy and which has achieved so many victories that will remain forever in the memory of the Catalans.

Thanks to this commitment and maturity he has shown throughout his holiday in which is dedicated to rest, take care, play friendly matches and training charity to start officially the new season with his team well physically, Barça can now rest easy: Leo Messi has returned home with the hope of providing well enough to stand up to the first opponent that put him ahead. This time will be, nothing more and nothing less than Real Madrid. (via SPORT)

[Selection ] Del Bosque: "Thiago has roots in Spanish football"

"It's the best time in our history. We rely on clubs who are working very well in the lower grades," praised the coach on the titles achieved.

The national coach, Vicente del Bosque, today offered a list of players summoned for the friendly against Spain in a press conference.

Thiago, the big news

"Come on sporting merit. We can not do many watermarks. Some are very good. You will find very few that are left. There are players who for his career and his current level should be on the list but can not do watermarks."

"A player who has grown up in Spain, you can choose to Brazil. But it has roots in Spanish football and this is the last step. For sporting merit has to be here."

If you play on Wednesday with Spain, can no longer be called by Brazil?

"I think that would be binding the first official match."

For Reyes

"We do not call it convenient, in comparison with other players. We do not look where it comes from each player."

"We chose our discretion. This list does not remove players who are not coming. We make a list and then we realize that no one Villarreal, for example."

"Everyone will have made merits in their clubs, but I have more confidence in Reyes Thiago."

Are you are storing Capdevila made?

"We brought to those who have believed appropriate. We fear that comes with some discomfort. As there was no need to bring 22 players but we wanted to watch your back. We have enough with which we have called."

Valuation of securities of the Sub-21 and U-19

"Like everyone, I am very happy with the current state of our football.'s The best time in our history. We rely on clubs who are working very well in the lower grades."

Will the Super Cup in mind?

"Inevitably, someone will have to play 90 minutes. We can not do anything else. Let's see how. Respecting all clubs and tried to make this match will not be unwelcome, conversely, they serve ahead of their preparation ".

Does not calling Reyes due more to a renewal of the team?

"I do not think Reyes for years to have. It is a question of age. We chose the players for quality. We try to be as fair as possible. We may like one more than another, but none since bad faith."

De Gea's departure to Manchester, Complicity the decision of the goal?

"We got complicated because you look. There are very good players in every position."

There are eight players from Barcelona, ​​that supremacy does it reflect?

"It's more the number of foreigners who have clubs. Barcelona brings eight because they are the best players, but try to look to other clubs. They can not ever come about. When the season started, we consider the to choose from. But it is clear that we do not eliminate anyone. "

The absence of Cesc

"I have not spoken to him. But there is more to do the press.'s Training but has not played any game and we opted not to bring." (via AS)

[Selection ] Thiago, new to the list of Del Bosque

Thiago Alcantara has been convened for the first time the national team for the friendly against Italy next August 10. Seven other Barca players have also been summoned by Del Bosque.


The presence of Barca Thiago Alcántara is the main novelty of the squad of the Spanish team for the friendly against Italy next Wednesday August 10. Barca midfielder debuts with the senior team after having proclaimed European Champion with the U-21. Eight in the call Barca Barca is the club that brings more players to call a total of eight. Thiago addition, the other is called: Valdés, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Villa. Puyol, one of the regulars, has not been called as he continues recovering from his injury. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection ] Squad for the match against Italy

The national coach, Vicente del Bosque has been featured in the Friday morning in the lounge of José Villalonga de la Ciudad del Fútbol, the list of players summoned for the next international dispute friendly, to contest the August 10. (via RFEF)

The list of players summoned by national team is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Jose Manuel Reina, Víctor Valdés.
Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa, Albiol Raul, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Andoni Iraola.
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santiago Cazorla, Andrés Iniesta, Thiago Alcantara, Xavi Hernandez, Javi Martinez.
Forwards: David Villa, David Silva, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Torres, Pedro Rodriguez, Alvaro Negredo, Juan Mata.

Arsenal chiefs meet Barcelona over Fabregas deal


Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will meet Barcelona officials on Friday over the future of Cesc Fabregas.

BBC Sport has learned that the Gunners are yet to receive a second bid beyond the £27m Barca offered last month.

But the club are prepared to sell their 24-year-old skipper if the Spanish giants meet their £40m valuation.

Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will not take part in the talks having flown home to the US after a visit to the Emirates on Thursday.

Fabregas has been linked with a move back to the Nou Camp, where he started his career as a 10-year-old in the academy, for the past two summers.

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We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad
Pep Guardiola
Barcelona coach
The Spanish international was even forced to wear a Barca shirt by his team-mates as the country celebrated winning the World Cup last year.

Fabregas did not take part in Arsenal's pre-season tours to Germany and Asia, and he was not among the squad of 19 that flew to Portugal on Friday for their pre-season friendly against Benfica on Saturday.

The transfer window does not close until the end of this month, but Barca will be keen to complete a deal before Tuesday 16 August when Arsenal face Udinese in a Champions League play-off.

If Fabregas lines up against the Italian side he will be cup-tied in the competition.

Last month Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola revealed his desire to sign the Arsenal star.

"We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad," he said. (viaa BBC)

Dallas receives Barça with enthusiasm

A large group of Barca fans received the team in his first practice. Although it was a closed session, the session has had very public at Southern Methodist University (SMU).


Despite the heat he did, with more than 40 degrees, the public looked forward to the arrival of the Barcelona players who made ​​the first training session in Dallas, in the field of the SMU Wescott Field. The vast majority have been able to continue for nearly an hour, the meeting of Barcelona, ​​from outside the fences of the stadium or from a building adjacent to the camp.

After a long day (the players have risen at six o'clock in Miami) and a flight of about an hour and a half including the session has been relatively smooth, round and a year of passing and ball control. Despite the defeat in the Sun Life Stadium, good environment has been the standard pattern.

The training has had a different approach for some players, such as Carmona, who has worked individually by a bruised right foot received against Chivas. As happened in Miami, Maxwell and Puyol have also exercises on their own, while Muniesa, with a muscle injury that will have you sidelined for three weeks, watching from the sidelines. Afellay, also injured, has been in the hotel.

The players had more minutes in Wednesday's game, like Keita, Abidal, Jonathan, Thiago and Cuenca have the end of the session with less intensity than the rest of peers.

Afternoon started training at eight, when the sun had set. But the heat was considerable, with more than 40 degrees Celsius, and the players have had to continuously hydrate. Anyway, the atmosphere was less humid than in Miami, where the feeling of embarrassment was high. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cesc Fàbregas will arrive in form to Barça

Barca do not see a problem on the contrary, it is applauded in the face to the Bernabeu.
Cesc worked for a third day with Arsenal and their set-up accelerates.


For the third consecutive day Cesc Fabregas returned to training with Arsenal and seems to have left behind such alleged nuisance from the English club were said to be the cause of the player does not work with the rest of their classmates and travel to play friendlies. The interest of FC Barcelona and the player's desire to anchor in the entity that was formed led to an uncomfortable situation in which Cesc did not show up for training camp and the Arsenal are still talking about the recovery of an old disease muscle suffered last season.

The fact is that the presence of Arenys this week has changed the landscape. You may even be included in the list of explorers of the ' Gunners 'to Lisbon , now go to play a friendly match tomorrow at the stadium Da Luz before the Benfica (20:45 hours), corresponding to the ' Eusebio Cup ' .

Rather than worry that the midfielder into the dynamics of training and matches for Arsenal from the FC Barcelona is welcomed that you have returned to activity. It is known that the intention of technicians Barça is that Cesc will soon be the Barca and may be available to compete in the Supercopa of Spain. Working and playing with the Gunners, in top form to reach that first meeting with the Real Madrid next August 14 at the stadium Santiago Bernabeu.

But while that happens, the negotiations continue as they were. That is, FC Barcelona and a few days ago presented its final offer at the English club and continue as they were. According to some sources, yesterday would have been a meeting between senior management of the Arsenal to assess the issue. Time passes and it's not just the boat that interests you definitely know what will happen with Cesc , but the very Arsène Wenger expects to know whether you can definitely count on him or not onyour project.

If today there are no developments in this area, which is most likely, will have to wait next week to continue tying up loose ends. Then be returned and the tour of United States Vice sporting Barcelona , Josep Maria Bartomeu , Sports and Technical Director, Andoni Zubizarreta, which may intensify contacts if they deem necessary.

The expedition Barca back on Sunday from Dallas , where disputes last Saturday morning of the tour match against America in Mexico . Subsequently, on 8 and 9 August, Monday and Tuesday, the club will play the Copa Catalunya Tarragona, although it has been announced that will be team players.

Then begin the preparation of the crash on Saturday 14 at the Real Madrid and desire is that Cesc could be the last preparatory phase to see if it arrives in the right conditions to play the game. It is clear that the work being done at Arsenal last few days helps to have a better chance to jump into lawn Santiago Bernabeu.

The official photo was suspended
Other events planned for yesterday was that before the Arsenal training to complete the template would be the official photograph of the 2011-2012 season, Cesc included. However, it was postponed because of bad weather made yesterday in London and that prevented the morbidity. (via MD)

[Former player] Jeffren debuts today against Málaga

Sporting transferred to 3.75 million plus 0.2 for variables, the canary has the best of his way to Barca.


The man who won the role in one of the most indelible nights in the history of Barcelona yesterday said goodbye to the fans Barca in an open letter before signing the Sporting Club of Portugal until 2016. Jeffren Suarez , who scored that certified the final 5-0 to Real Madrid , leaves behind a seven-year stay at the club two seasons marked by injuries most glorious moments.

As reported yesterday, Barca and Sporting , the transfer will eventually figure at 3.75 billion euros in more than 200,000 variables. In addition, the entity Barcelona ensures 20% of the surplus in the case of a possible sale of the canary for Lisbon. His buyout clause is 30 "kilos" but the agreement provides that the Barcelona has an option to buy 8 million euros at the end of this season and 12 'kilos' at the end of 2012-13.

Jeffren , 23, was presented yesterday at the Jose Alvalade with the number 17 on his back, began to train under the command of Domingos Paciencia and today live a busy day. At 13.30 h. know your opponent in the fourth qualifying round of the Champions League and 22.00 h. is scheduled to debut for the club Betis in the second 'half' of Ramon de Carranza Trophy in Cadiz to the powerful Malaga . Jeffren may well happen first-hand reports Barca ahead of the first day of league .

In his letter addressed to FC Barcelona, ​​the end says it has given "every day all I had in this club" and is proud of having "come up with the subsidiary to third division , won titles and been part of for many is the best team in football history. "

Jeffren , which made ​​landfall in the Junior B on arrival for 16 years, wanted to thank the support provided in La Masia . Under its roof slept for the first time August 4, 2004 to be signed in a deal that also brought Peter, who shared an apartment near the Stadium the players leave the residence of the November 5, 2006.

Three days later, Frank Rijkaard gave him the choice in a game of Cup against Badalona in the Nou Camp replacing Javier Saviola in the 85th minute. Pep Guardiola took advantage of their insolence by the band Third Division and became one of the pillars of the rise of B in the 2007-2008 season.

The next course followed in the Mini with Luis Enrique and only played two little while at first until the 2009-2010 rose definitely be decisive in the final of Club World . It was the turning point to meet with Henry when he won Students but was injured two days in a bolo in Kuwait .

In the last ten days of the League was four times holder and scored against Athletic and Xerez but the bad luck of injuries to prime it again last season. Yes, the goal of 5-0 and is forever. (via MD)

No alarm for the defeat, they concern

The veterans showed serious faces on the trip to Dallas and young people did not speak.


The alarm has not been deployed on the expedition, but a disappointment and very seriously. Went as far as possible a stumbling block before the Chivas , especially the lack of shooting and the massive presence of team players absent because of injury or because they are still on holiday. The good level exhibited in Munich and even before the ManU despite the defeat, led to a cautious optimism that has been cut in the bud now.

The concern and the state of tension experienced was clearly reflected in the faces of the players, both veterans and youth. The older of the expedition did not hide some discomfort, while among the younger one spoke during the trip. Guardiola was not expecting the earful and hinted some concern. For yesterday afternoon was scheduled a little chat before the afternoon workout at press time had not yet taken place. Guardiola wants to fix mistakes and, above all, put the batteries of the players.

In any case, authoritative sources close to the dressing room indicated as optimistic counterpoint to the situation of latent tension, there is time to get to the Super able to compete well and that such setbacks, if they should happen, better now than later in the preseason or in competition.

The positive circumstances to which technicians can stick the good news from Argentina on the state of Messi , who has been working under the supervision of cacaciones Juanjo Brau and good level already accredited Busquets , Iniesta , Keita or Thiago . Even Villa , who has been denied before the goal, come either way. Are further behind Xavi , Pedro , Piqué or Abidal , but technicians rely on to reach a good level in a week. (via MD)

[Selection] The 'roja' and the dream of Thiago

After winning the under-21 European Championship this summer with.
He transmitted to his friends his enthusiasm for his debut in Bari, where he was born near.


The Spanish coach, Vicente del Bosque , will today's squad for the friendly match between Italy and Spain scheduled for next August 10 in Bari and will start at 20.45. The announcement of who will travel to the town will transalpina from 12:30 at the Soccer City of Royal Spanish Football Federation based in Las Rozas. If someone will be outstanding (although he was caught sleeping by the time difference with the U.S. ) will be Thiago Alcántara .

Midfielder FC Barcelona , which is dazzling this season, has transmitted his enthusiasm for the environment with the Spanish team debut for two reasons. First, the logical premiere sporting prestige which gives the current world champion and second, because the match is played at the Stadium San Nicola Bari and there is curiosity that Thiago was born very close to it, particularly in the town of San Pietro Vernotico , located between Bari and Lecce . His father was when I joined the club of the latter town in 1990.

The possibility that Thiago convened by Vicente del Bosque is not just about the preseason being done with FC Barcelona or the great European who played recently with the Spanish national team and which champion and was voted best player the tournament. It is also based on the desire of the Spanish team coaches to try to prevent the selection of Brazil will debut to go ahead and make the player to also have that nationality. If that happens, Thiago could no longer wear the 'roja' in Spain . Therefore, the intention is to make debut soon.

The list will now Del Bosque has even more morbid curiosity to know how many will be called the Barcelona and Madrid on the eve of the first leg is played in the Super Spain scheduled for day 14. Also need to see what happens with Cesc Fabregas , whom Arsenal could give the medical this week and could go to Spain. (via MD)

[Barça B] Jonathan Soriano: "It hurted me more to return home"


Jonathan Soriano, top scorer last season's Second Division with 32 goals, was injured in the Allianz Arena in Munich last week while trying to earn a place in the workforce of Pep Guardiola. A further elongation of the right knee and anterior cruciate ligament after a collision with Tymoschuk (Bayern) will turn away from the U.S. and keep him sidelined six to eight weeks. After the sadness of the early days, the striker, 25, and has only one thought: to recover to enjoy again. Staying in the first team is a real possibility, but prefers not wishful thinking. If you do not get serious offers, happy fulfilled the remaining year contract in B.

Is the injury more inappropriate?

An injury like never, but my knee hurt to hear that he should return home. I was thrilled to do the tour. Going back bothers you, but these things happen and you have to assimilate.

Do you feel that you miss something?

Whenever Guardiola gives you the opportunity must be seized. He can see something in you that you like in a friendly in training ... We must take advantage of everything.

He looked in good shape.

I was fine physically, with the team ... I'm home and at the end of last season and had now also become eager and strength. I was short of goal, but the important thing now was to get the physical tone.

What did Pep's farewell?

Encouraged me, as everyone in the locker room. It always helps. When a coach like Pep appreciate you effort, is to take into account.

Many colleagues showed her support in person and on Twitter.

Puyol, Piqué, Iniesta ... They are world stars, players who know they have great quality players, then so do you see as people. So the club is what it is.

How was it living?

Sharing hotel, meals, training, everything, with the first team is a luxury. These things do not know if you come back to life. It is very rewarding. These are experiences in life that are not going to forget.

Everything after a summer of rumors ...

Summers are not easy. One week I put on one side, another in another. This summer I traveled a lot! When I was in Ukraine, was in Belgium. And if not, in Austria or Italy ... There are moments that you know they carry with ease. The good fortune is that I have a contract with the club and it always calms me down because I have the option to stay.

But it was close to Salzburg ...

Torremirona I was in the B and told me I was almost done with Salzburg. Then they called me and said no. Serio has not been anything else. I, quiet and recover well.

Any priority?

First I have to do is the best possible recovery and would like to make it where I begin. The doctors here already know what I have, have a plan.

If you are offered to be the first team as a fifth or sixth option attack, would you accept?

Nobody can reject the first team, that can not be doubted. And unless I come Barca I B! These are opportunities we never know if you are going to happen again and to be seized. If I could stay, do not hesitate. It is very difficult, would be the fifth or it was, but you never know what can happen, there are many combinations and you have to keep fighting every day.

He sees the illusion of a child.

Of course I would look forward to. These are big words. All players are world class and share experiences with them, even just a season would be nice. You have to live to say the most you've been in the first team.

Will it help your ability to play false '9 ', as Messi?

Last year we talked a lot with Luis Enrique. He wanted me to feel comfortable. I like being in the area, but my conditions I am not strong and fast, I like the combinations, be active, do not go five minutes without touching the ball. I asked him some freedom and he said he wanted to do (get off at midfield, down to the bands) when the area was when there was a center. And then we hit the nail. I felt more comfortable, happier. You feel part of the game. Barca with Messi got that and I also have adapted. Guardiola told me to play as in the subsidiary, which lowered the average, and I have met very well with Thiago, Iniesta ... They are players that make you grow. All in this boat are helpful and supportive.

You repeat another year in B?

Would have no problem staying. It is not the time to go on an adventure. Spain? The market is very stationary, but to no time August 31.

Eusebio Have you talked to?

Yes I said I would have no problem in staying in B if not out anything serious. And he told me he loved me to stay. That gives you peace of mind because if it does not something I like or Barca will not let me out, I stay in the subsidiary.

Would it be a step backward?

Continue at the club is not a step backwards.

It is understood that the second top scorer with 32 goals, do not get more offers from Spanish clubs.

They say my clause is three million and maybe the clubs do not want to pay that as the world is. I know the problem. I hope it's not! Perhaps it is fate says I have to stay at Barca, the first team or B. (via MD)

Guardiola gives a warning to his staff

The coach stressed that the team is not competing well in recent games and expects more of their own.


Pep Guardiola sent a clear message to boaters, aware that the team did not just find himself and that time is against him since the first game of the season is practically around the corner. The loss to Chivas Mexican bulging forehead has only to turn still further alarms in the dressing room. "We have to change its mind as soon as possible," so clearly Pep Guardiola began his press conference after the game.

The coach was forceful in ensuring that this defeat is "a clear wake up call", because "we need to compete a little better." Although he wanted to downplay the result itself, "the fact is that we did not play badly and they had chances," admitted four goals to fit dish is not pleasant for anyone: "Clearly things have been done wrong, we have to talk about it and fix it. "

And Guardiola is that you can not afford many more setbacks for the Super Cup against Real Madrid is already almost at the door calling: "Clearly we are lagging behind, but last year we more delay and the Super Cup and seen what a wonderful time it was the season. " And the solution to this mess, as Pep, is based more on mental than physical issue or tactic: "In the last Super play eight or nine who had hardly trained. My turn to convince these he said, pointing to Iniesta, they realize they can re-do. " Guardiola, who at no time tried to pronounce the word upset, yes he admitted he feels his team has to take a 'plus' if you want to be in good condition at the beginning of the season: "When you score four goals you can not be satisfied, there are things we need to improve urgently. "

Not wanting to give more details Blaugrana coach stressed that "we must continue working to get well at the right time," then adding that "we must be more attentive on the counterattack because we are dominating in these actions and for us it is vital to avoid this type of plays. " And that time is so quick and Barcelona against the stepson said that "on August 8 we have a match in the Copa Catalunya and we can not get any first team."

Anyway, also wanted to see the positive side the game against Chivas, including emphasis was on assessing the performance of David Villa: "Under United's match where he was a little tired, the rest of David has been very active and fitter than ever. Villa for us is a vital player. "

He also noted the return of Xavi Hernandez: "It's very good news for us. You should go play slowly making to get to point at the beginning of the season. " Guardiola also referred to Alexis and Alves, two players who will join the group later for their commitments to the selections. "It's a losing battle. Again on day 11. We must learn to live with these things because they rule. "

The Santpedor furrowed brow visibly when he hinted that his immersion in some players in the world of show business, clearly related to Pique and Shakira, may be negatively influencing the rest of the squad: "The first time I hear that My players are affected by the world of entertainment. Everyone can do what he wants in his personal life and have the partner you want. Is the private life of one. These players have won a World Cup, Champions League and one with what you say in show business. " (via SPORT)

Iniesta says the team must find motivation to excel

The '8 'Barca is very clear that in order to deal the season is about to start will be very important fact "finding motivations" for the team than himself and the work done in the past.


As part of the press conference of presentation of the game against Club America will take place this Saturday at the Cowboys stadium, Andres Iniesta has been suggested that the results fit to Chivas de Guadalajara (1-4) is for the template "a warning."

In this sense, the Fuentealbilla acknowledges that the team did things "very well" but at the same time points, for the players, the intention is "always trying to improve but sometimes things just right. " In turn, expressed aloud their desire to improve the face of Saturday's commitment "to bring us the bad taste we have."

Looking ahead to the start of the season, Iniesta warns that "every year the teams prepare more," and is convinced that this course 2011-12 "will be more complicated" than the last. For this reason, in his opinion, players should be able to find motivation: "We have to find motivation to improve ourselves and to everything we have done earlier in the shortest possible time, and we are working on this point. "

The motivation that will have to make clear in what will be the first official season, the Supercopa of Spain: "What we play is now ready to compete well. The Supercopa of Spain is very close. This title is important and what is clear is that we can not allow the result to Chivas is a slab. The thing to do is focus on improving. "

Finally, after this Thursday has announced the march Milito of Barca after receiving the letter of freedom, Iniesta has relied to his former teammate and "As a fellow professional is an example for all. What has gone wrong with the theme injuries and has always shown strength and poise. As a friend I wish him well and that everything will go well."

Two very special cups
The joint press conference by Josep Guardiola and Andres Iniesta that took place Thursday in Dallas has had two exceptional players. On the one hand, the cup that proves to FC Barcelona as champions of the Champions League and, secondly, it recognizes the Dallas Mavericks 2011 NBA champions. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Andrada excited about his possible move to Barca


The Argentine goalkeeper Esteban Andrada has recognized that, in this order, admires Victor Valdes and Iker Casillas . The player claimed by the Barca is still key in the U20 World of Colombia , where he has kept alive the 'albiceleste' not having conceded a goal yet.

In an interview with 'FIFA.com' Andrada stands on the eve of facing Korea , that '"our defense is tight because it is composed of very good players, who have long played together. And that is a guarantee of soundness. "

The porter of 1.93 meters, is about to sign for FC Barcelona despite being the third goalkeeper Lanús and yet his debut in a first division match. "My agent told me before the South American U-20 that there were emissaries from Barcelona who were there for me. Then he began to be published in newspapers, and everyone began to talk about that in Argentina, "says Andrade, who says he admires, in that order, to Victor Valdes and Iker Casillas, "although I always liked Chilavert" . Continuing with the interest of Barcelona says that "at first I could not believe it, but when it was confirmed, I was overjoyed," recognizes.

The goalkeeper has no problem to leave Argentina in spite of that "when you're a kid, the first objective is to play in the top of your country. On the other hand, there are opportunities that make you grow even faster. If you leave the train to escape, it is not safe to go back. " " If Barca do not have to think twice. Directly, you go to the airport to await your flight "decision.

"So far we have played two tough matches, especially against Mexico , because of clashes between our respective teams are always at odds games, and because I had high expectations for being the first game of a World Cup before a packed house. But personally, these things motivate me. "

"We and several games without conceding a goal, and I remain focused on that goal until the last minute" is Andrada who acknowledges that "an archer party always ends up much happier when he has not gotten any goals mess. It's a personal goal, but is achieved collectively. And for that, I have the luck to have a great team in front of me. " (via MD)

Barça is in Dallas

Barça expedition arrived in Dallas after a flight of about two hours. At the third stop of the American tour Barca team will face Mexico's America.


Barça is in Dallas, where you will put an end to an American tour marked by high temperatures, in Texas is expected to reach 45 º C-, and poor performance sports team will try to correct against America Mexico next Saturday the 22:00 (Spanish time).

Previously, the team will continue with his training schedule and events. Upon arrival in Dallas, is scheduled to visit the Nike Store in Dallas by Pique and Pedro. Shortly after Iniesta Guardiola and talk to the media at the Ritz-Carlton, where they will present the game against Club America on Saturday, a meeting to be held in the stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. On Friday, also planned the Barça squad held an event with UNICEF. (via SPORT)

[Former player] See the great performance of Bojan in his debut

The forward of Linyola dazzles in his first party as new forward from Rome before Hungarian Vasas.


The new Roma striker, Bojan Krkic, showed in his first game with the Italian side that holds the huge talent despite failing to score his first goal for the Roman spring.

The party faced the Hungarian Roma to the Vasas and ended with victory by the minimum for all Romans.

But undoubtedly the highlight was the excellent contribution of the young striker Linyola in the frontcourt. Had several occasions to get his first goal as a player of Rome and even crashed a shot into the wood. (via SPORT)

Bartra, "have been hard moments, but with our game we have harmed"

The captain, Marc Bartra has acknowledged that in the two games he has played so far Under-20 World Cup, Spain has gone through "tough times" but said that his "game" has "hurt "rivals.


Spain has defeated Costa Rica and Ecuador, and secured the pass to the second round and almost lead the group.

"We are very happy about the way things are going. In the first game went well, the second was more complicated and still take it out later and we win, "he noted the Barcelona centreback.

"We had moments of suffering and hard times, but also others that have had the ball a lot, we made ​​our game and there we have done enough damage "warmly welcomed.

In so far this first phase, Bartra is "with the issue is overcoming physical well" and that "tactically, as advised by the coach gives us, among us and that really helped in the field shows. "

In the immediate future, rather than thinking in the second round opponent would correspond as top of Group C, which is virtually tied, Spain wants to think about Australia, the last rival, on Saturday Palogrande Stadium in Manizales.

"We do not think Korea or England or anybody else because there is an opponent we have to respect. Do not think about the next opponent, we're all thinking about Australia," said Ezequiel Calvente mate, already He made ​​his debut in the championship and is hoping to play starting on Saturday.

"All the players are here to try to be owners. For this work, to have a place in the team and, if so, then to provide all possible within and outside the field, "stressed the Betis player.

In that last game of the first phase, expected to rival Bartra "too hard" and that "costs a lot to overcome." "Although we are already qualified, to have if we can beat our game and play a good game," he desired. (via SPORT)

Gabriel Milito returned to Independiente

Gabriel Milito returned to Independiente. One of the biggest defenders in the history of la Rojo one another time among us.


Marshal signed a three-year contract with the club they love. While signing his contract, it could do with a terrible desire and told the press conference: "I am to play on Wednesday in the Cup Winners' Cup final."

"It's an emotional day for me. I have many fond memories of Independiente," said Gaby thrilled with the shirt 18 between his hands, the number that debuted in la Rojo back in 1997.

So many want to have Milito starting this Friday morning will be presented in the complex of Villa Dominico start your engines while the rest of the squad comes from Japan. Gaby will train with the reserve, run by an old friend of his: Cristian Diaz. Sunday will join with the First when it resume the practice of face to another final.

Gabriel Alejandro Milito Bernal was born in the September 7, 1980. He made his first steps with the ball club Quilmes called "Old Well" and then came to Independiente to play in the lower divisions and in 1997 debuted in Primera.

Was always characterized as the team leader, coupled with his great technique and delivery that made him a champion always difficult to overcome. He took the captain's armband for Independiente for many years and in 2002 (the year he won the Olimpia de Plata Argentina as the best play of the year) reached the Apertura with a high level that put him forever to the Argentina are already contributing of juveniles from the '99.

123 are the games he played with the King of Cups, scoring 3 goals. In 2003 he went to Europe where he played in Zaragoza until 2007 and then moved on to Barcelona. In the powerful Spanish club played 59 league games and scored 6 and 4 international cups.

"The goals are always the same. Today, thanks to what he could get the equipment we have the chance to play many finals. Hopefully we can win them, that's the goal. Or at least compete and represent the club in the best way."

Thanks for getting back Mariscal, thanks so much love to Independiente! (via www.caindependiente.com)

Milito: "I felt a need to return"

Gabriel Milito was presented at Independiente. And he made it clear he wants to be in Wednesday's first leg of the Cup Winners Cup against Inter, after the coup in Japan. In addition, he confessed that fulfilled his dream and recalled his days of swelling.

Clean slate. After a Wednesday disappointment at the decline in Japan, for the chance to add another glass truncated in the windows, a mime for a fan of Independiente. The announcement of Olé fulfilled and Gabriel Milito already introduced as a new player Red, returning to his first love, the club where he appeared before the leap to Spain. "I had a desire to return to my country and my house was very large. I felt a need to return to Independiente. We were able to gather and talk about this opportunity and thank God it could achieve. It is a very special day, I always dreamed to go back and live this moment. It's a dream come true. Hopefully this new stage is as good as the first, "said Gaby (31 years), who could untie Barcelona (he had one more year of contract), where it was going to be taken into account with Guardiola.

Sitting with these rollers always, your little kid time, but much more mature than in the previous stage to receive applause Milito returning to the club. "Mainly I was seduced back to where I started. I feel I owe so much. I made a great career with this club. I trained here. I've always said if I ever became was because I really felt good," he said. And true. I had other offers but chose to settle in Europe the country with his family, refusing to better economic proposals of Europe. "It was the most important monetary aspect. I might want to return. Was a possibility that was driving and finally made the decision. Luckily they could give. We quickly understood with the people of the club. I appreciate the effort you have made. "

I expected Mohamed, also compared. And that's the Marshal, the centrality was champion in 2002 with the Red. The center comes to play the Copa America, which is practicing alone these days in Buenos Aires and said "I am to play for the Cup Winners Cup on Wednesday. We have a week ahead and the first thing I do is get in touch with the group and coach. I get to train and be available to the Turkish. I have not stopped since the Copa America, I stood still, I kept training. "So it seems that has been the debut in the new stadium against the Brazilian team , Inter, in the first leg on Wednesday night.

Measured happy Gaby said that "the objectives are always the same. Today, thanks to what he could get the equipment we have the chance to play many finals. Hopefully we can win them, that's the goal. Or at least compete and represent the club the best. "He said he hopes one day to Forlan and Cambiasso, others in Europe and identify with the club:" They are very personal decisions, decisions that everyone must take. I was convinced to return and cost me anything. That's my situation, the other maybe it's the same. I know the feeling you have in the club and they feel like. "

And Gaby, who, of course, suffered the fall on Wednesday, but tried to look positive: "The feelings, despite the defeat, are good. It's not easy playing against a Japanese team with these temperatures and weather. The say this because I spent in the selection. The team, nevertheless, endured the game well. He had options on penalties to win and can win anybody. "arrives to address the Cup Winners Cup and the tournament with the club of his love, until recalled with melancholy moments linked with the old colors. "I honestly do not come with the goal of being a leader. Hopefully we can win everything Students Veron won. We want to bring to the group and add. I have many fond memories. I have spent many years in the club. From an early age, my grandfather took me to court. As a fan, when we came to celebrate the team titles at the venue. We'll see what the welcome of the people, I hope it's good. " (via Ole)

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Guardiola will cover the drop of Milito with the branch

Pep Guardiola has explained that Milito will cover the lower house with the players. The coach had words of praise for the Argentine defender and competitiveness.


"With more than enough going affiliate." With this sentence, the coach of FC Barcelona has expressed confidence in the players home to fill the vacancy left by the march of Milito , but has not materialized names. In any case, players like Marc Bartra, Sergi Gómez or Marc Muniesa are defenses that have already participated in a match with the first team and could have opportunities in this position.

Before explaining how to solve the lack of Milito, who has got 10 titles with Barca , Guardiola has devoted praise: "I know of few players with a competitive level as yours.'s always been a very important player on their computers and needed to play. is a privilege to have had." "He was injured and many players his age, had left, he did, "recalled Guardiola.

During the press conference, journalists Guardiola recalled that on August 8 will also be without Dani Alves and Alexis Sanchez, who are committed to their choices and still have not trained with the club: "This is a losing battle. The selections in charge and continue sending. We must live with it." "With the players we have we play well and compete better," said in reference to the proximity of this date and the Supercopa of Spain.

On the team's situation after the loss to Chivas (4-1 ), Guardiola insisted that we must "cut time": "The preparation work is not just physical or tactical. Last year also reached the Super late, 8 or 9 without international players. Only the head can win this time and do we are well in those games. "On this topic, recalled that last year the club only played 3 games before the Super Cup against Sevilla, a figure that this summer will increase to 6.


In remembrance of Jesús Farga
During the press conference held in Dallas, Pep Guardiola has lamented the death of former Jesús Farga: "I want to send a very loud embrace of family and children, whom I know personally. It was a great employer for the country and around the world. also always had a great relationship with the world of sport. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Milito gets a free agent


The Centreback of 30 years, left the Barca after four seasons in the first team.

FC Barcelona and Gabriel Alejandro Milito have agreed to release the Argentine player, who had a contract until June 30, 2012. Milito had played a total of 75 games for Barça and has recently played in the Copa America with Argentina. (via FCBarcelona.cat)