25 August 2011

Cesc: "Porto has a similar style to ours"

Pedro and Fabregas have agreed to recognize that they face Porto on Friday in Monaco "is a great team." Catalan game sees similarities between Barca and the Portuguese side.


One was the great hero of the Super Cup final squad. It is Pedro Rodriguez, author of the goal that gave the title to the Club in 2009 against Shakhtar Donetsk (1-0). The other place this Friday, against Porto, his first Super Continental and only his third engagement, the second officer as Barca. It's Cesc Fabregas, who also wants a second title with the club. Both agree that Porto is a "great team with great players" and, ultimately, a group that make things very difficult for Guardiola.

This is the first movement of Cesc with the team. So far, integration is still optimal, as recognized by the player himself: "For me it is the first trip and I am very happy to be part of this great template. The team at the moment is treating me great. I do not know if we'll win or lose, but this team can go all the way. "

About the game of Oporto, Cesc sees many parallels with the club. "I think he has a style similar to ours. They like to have the ball and give up the long ball. They play very well and will be difficult. We know that last year they won it all and he made ​​five goals at Villarreal in 45 minutes" remember the '4 'of the club. Cesc Fabregas has also acknowledged its satisfaction with the classification of Arsenal, who eliminated Udinese on Wednesday, Italian for the group stage of the Champions League is giving away this afternoon in Monaco.

In the press have been inevitable questions about the return of the Supercopa of Spain and the incidents were. Both Pedro and Cesc have closed the subject for and ensured that the party "is history" and now think only of Friday's final against Porto. "We have already said too much of the Supercopa of Spain," Cesc has finished.

One of the morning news was the announcement of Montoya with the senior team. Pedro, unlike Guardiola, has not been so surprised: "It is no surprise, as had been playing very well with the lower grades.'s Very good on the defensive, it makes travel and playing the ball well. It is a joy I know him much, and I'm very happy. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: “It’s an excellent final”

Pep Guardiola has nothing but praise for Porto, Barça’s opponent in the European Supercup, and doesn’t want the shortage of defenders or the poor state of the pitch to serve as excuses.



“It is an excellent final between two teams that deserve it” said Guardiola in his pre-match press conference. “We won the right to be here by winning the Champions League, and that’s what counts. We have had just enough time to prepare. At first we were worried about getting ready for the Spanish Supercup and having this game so soon after”.

Guardiola didn’t want to rue on the absence of his centre backs Puyol and Piqué, nor the state of the pitch in the Louis II. “We are lucky to be here and we have to think of the difficulties as a challenge. We always get through and we have to make sure this time is no exception”.

The Barça manager has also had a good look at Friday’s opponent. “They are a team that comes at you with intensity, they play well up front and all know how to play good football. There is a lot of sense to what they do. We’d love to do the things they do … They change players and managers and keep on winning. Last year they won the league without losing a match. It’s a very strong team, in all senses, they are well put together. We’ll have to perform very well to beat them”.

As for his own team’s approach, he said “we always go out one hundred per cent. When you play in finals you wonder if you’ll ever get the chance again. In part we have to enjoy it and in part we have to suffer.” As for fitness, he said “we are better than we were ten days ago but poorer than we will be ten days from now. You can’t expect to be at your peak at this stage because there’s a lot of competition ahead. If we were able to overcome such a tough test as Madrid then we have to go into tomorrow’s match believing we can win it”.

It was announced today that Martín Montoya has been picked to play for Spain. Said the FCB manager, “I was surprised. For a B team player to be picked for the national team is a very nice surprise. I know they’ll treat him well and he won’t feel alone”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Del Bosque: "I am in disagreement with all that is aggressiveness"

Vicente Del Bosque said after being asked about the incident between Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova in the Supercopa of Spain that is "at odds with everything that is verbal or physical aggression".


Del Bosque was concerned by the latest incident between Real Madrid and Barcelona lived in the Super Cup final in Spain. "I disagree with everything either verbal or physical aggression," said Del Bosque.

"It was hoped that there was some friction, as there will always be in between Real Madrid and Barcelona. I'll take the plus side, two excellent games and a good advertisement of what our football. The poor were those strokes that do not lead anything and that we are disturbing, "he acknowledged.

Although Del Bosque confident that the selection environment is not affected. "We expect business as usual to the last call. Do not expect things to go the other way."

And praised the captain Iker Casillas has called Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol to seal peace. "All the gestures that are to good relations continue to exist in the selection are great."

Finally, would not comment on statements of Gerard Pique, who said that Mourinho is charging Spanish football. "It is the opinion of Pique in the heat of battle. I have nothing to say," he said. (via SPORT)

Carles Puyol ' will lend' the trophy of Champions to Múnich


Carles Puyol as captain of Barça , "borrowed" the trophy of the Champions League the team Barcelona won brilliantly at Wembley , the city of Munich , whose team banner, the Bayern , will host the next final of this competition, 19 May 2012.

Paul Breitner , the final ambassador, who have chosen the Germans, who will receive the trophy. The ' Abyssinian ', as he was known, who played for Real Madrid and Bayern , curiously, is a big fan of the team's playing Pep Guardiola and very critical of José Mourinho , in his regular comments on television and German media.

Breitner participate in the removal of the balls. The idea of Barcelona is to regain the trophy of Champions League and be the first team ever to win this competition two consecutive years. (via MD)

The team focused on Monaco

Barça has come this afternoon to the Principality. In the afternoon train at the stadium on Friday will play the Super Cup against Porto.


The flight carrying the champion of Europe has come at 10 hours and 70 minutes Prat later landed at the Nice airport. Then was moved to Monaco. Leading the expedition president Sandro Rosell. They also travel the vice president and senior Jordi Cardoner Toni Freixa, Jordi Moix, Pilar Guinovart, Jordi Mestre, Javier Bordas, Silvio Elias, Didac Lee, Ramon Cierco, Joan Blade and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca.

Pep Guardiola was the entire staff . Many relatives of members of the first team did not want to miss the appointment.

Current Barca will go through the Grimaldi Forum, where group stage draw for the Champions League. At the same time, choose the best players in the last edition. Leo Messi and Xavi Hernandez are two of the three nominees for UEFA-ups.

Barca, who are concentrated in the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo, will train this afternoon (20.15 hours) at the Stade Louis II, the scenario on Friday will play the Super Cup against Porto. (via FCbarcelona.cat)

Robben: "I could only move of Bayern to go to Barça"

Robben believes that Barça are the only option that could seduce.


Arjen Robben is very committed to the new project led by Bayern Munich Juup Heynckes. However, the Dutchman said in a statement picked up by the newspaper Bild that only a change of scenery would think that the club should call her door.

"Two or three years there was some interest but when I see my personal situation, I realize that Barçaa is the only club where one can say: If you are interested again would be a great choice. But I will not speculate. Now I can not think of the FC Barcelona because I am very happy here, "he said.

Robben, now under the command of Heynckes, still remembers the passing of Louis Van Gaal for the Bavarian club.

"I'm very grateful. He has made a lot of players and for me remains one of the best coaches in the world. Working with him is exhausting because it asks the player to give it all every minute. It requires discipline, attention. If you disagree with him have it hard, "he said. (via SPORT)

Agreement for the League

LFP and AFE are about to close the deal will become official in the next few hours so it will be held the second game of the season.


It seems that the end of the saga is coming soon. The LFP and the AFE have reached an agreement this weekend and will be linked to the pending official confirmation.

The two sides have agreed to amend the Bankruptcy Act to try to create an action plan to heal the Spanish football.

Both the AFE and the LFP would have agreed to settle claims that some clubs have with the players agreeing also with guarantees for a guarantee that in case of new debt, players can collect the set.

[Selection] Montoya picked for Spain by Del Bosque

20 year old Barça B full back Martín Montoya has been selected by Vicente del Bosque in the squad for the forthcoming Spain matches. As many as nine Barça players have been picked.


FC Barcelona is once against the club providing most of the players to Del Bosque, who on Thursday named the 24 players he’ll be using for the friendly against Chile and the Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein. There are nine Barça players on the list: Valdés, Montoya, Busquets, Xavi, Thiago, Cesc, Iniesta, Pedro and Villa. Puyol and Piqué, who also usually feature in Spanish squads are both out through injury.

Martín Montoya is one of the six players who win the European Under 21 Championship. Another is Barça youth product Alberto Botía, who is now at Sporting Gijón. It is incredible to see how many players from La Masia are making it through to international level. “We are interested in looking at the new lads that have already shown their class in the youth teams”, said Del Bosque.

Luis Milla also named his squad for the Under 21 matches, and FC Barcelona will be supplying Bartra, Planas, Tello and Sergi Roberto, the latter of whom has just renewed his contract with the club until 2015. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The LFP and the AFE are reunited for the seventh time

After a night of intense meetings, representatives of the LFP and AFE see their faces again.


The LFP and the AFE began its seventh meeting in a week to study a draft agreement to end the strike by the players.

This new meeting began just after 10.30 am at the headquarters of the League attended by the presidents of the employers and the AFE, and Luis José Luis Rubiales Astiazarán respectively.

Both sides failed to reach an agreement despite being collected over twelve hours (until 05.00 this morning).

The AFE called the strike in First and Second Division last August 11 to demand, among other things, that the clubs pay the players outstanding debts amounting to EUR 50 million and affect about 200 players. (via SPORT)

[Selection] Squad for matches against Chile and Liechtenstein

National coach Vicente del Bosque has been featured on the morning of Thursday in the classrooms of the Soccer City, the list of players summoned for the dispute over the next two meetings: the friendly match against Chile and for the EURO 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein. (via REFE)

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

GOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas, José Manuel Reina, Víctor Valdés.
DEFENDERS: Álvaro Arbeloa, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Alberto Botia, Álvaro Domínguez, Martín Montoya.
MIDFIELDERS: Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santiago Cazorla, Andrés Iniesta, Thiago Alcántara, Xavi Hernández, Javi Martínez, Cesc Fábregas.
FORWARDS: David Villa, David Silva, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Torres, Pedro Rodríguez, Álvaro Negredo, Juan Mata.

Barça’s 22 possible Champions League rivals defined

Barça could face the champions of Italy, Germany or France in the group stages of the Champions League, the draw for which will be made on Thursday in the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.


Barça will find out who they are playing in the Champions League groups tonight. The draw begins in Monaco at 17.45, with Guardiola’s side seeded and therefore going into Pot 1 with the other seven seeds. Although Barça won’t meet the theoretically strongest sides in the competition, they could still face such difficult rivals as AC Milan, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.

The 32 teams taking part in the Champions League 2011/12 have been arranged as follows:

POT 1: FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, R. Madrid, Porto and Inter.

POT 2: Milan, O. Lyon, Shakhtar, Valencia, Villarreal, CSKA Moscow, O. Marseille, Benfica.

POT 3: Manchester City, Zenit, Ajax, B. Leverkusen, Olympiakos, Lille, Basel and Bate Borisov.

POT 4: B. Dortmund, Napoli, Dynamo Zagreb, Apoel, Racing Genk, Otelul Galati, Victoria Pilsen and Trabzonspor.

The same method will be used as in previous years, so Barça cannot meet any of the other teams in Pot 1, or any teams that play in the Spanish Liga, namely Real Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal. Barça will play one team from each of Pots 1, 2 and 3.

The 32 clubs include 11 current national champions, while there are also five debutants in the competition since it adopted its new format: Victoria Pilsen, Manchester City, Napoli, Trabzonspor and Otelulul Galati.

The draw ceremony will also include the presentations of the awards for the best players in last edition of the competition. Barça has four nominees: Valdés, for best goalkeeper, Piqué, for best defender, Xavi, for best midfielder and Messi, for best forward. Xavi and Messi are also up for the best player award along with Cristiano Ronaldo. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Kuipers, referee under suspicion

Erred in its previous two with the club and the shadow of bribery for the FC Porto.


UEFA, which will keep the judges area but in the last Champions League was not the alleged decline of controversial refereeing has appointed Björn Kuipers Dutch College for Barca-Porto tomorrow.

Kuipers, branded as "arrogant" in an internal report produced in their country and in 2010-11 only 3 shocks whistled the Champions League and led the Barcelona-Dinamo Kiev (2-0), his debut in the group stages of Champions-and Stuttgart-Barça (1-1), both in 2009-10 and both controversy.

In the Camp Nou swallowed a grab Iniesta in the area and in Germany, Molinaro hands on the goal line, separate the 'dairy' reproached him have sanctioned violations not Valdés and Pique and Marquez. (via MD)

FC Barcelona, ​​Monaco to Munich

Barca, who followed for the second Champions, now know their opponents in the league.
Former merengue Breitner draw the ball and could lead to a deadly group Milan, Dortmund and City.


Barça took the stage as Bayern's Allianz Arena this summer in the Audi Cup, won with Milan, the club itself in Munich and Internacional de Porto Alegre. The Pep Guardiola want to return to the Bavarian capital on 19 May, when the finals of Europe. Your challenge is legendary: be the first club to win two Champions consecutively. Today (17:45) starts at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco his way to Munich with the draw for the Liguilla'2011-12.

Interestingly, the fate of the ship will be in the hands of a former 'merengue': Paul Breitner, the legendary former German defense draw the ball in their capacity as ambassador for the Munich final.

As champions, the club will be top seed despite having the second highest ratio (141 465) after the Manchester United (151 157). Thus, in one go will get rid of the other seeded teams: their own ManU, Chelsea, Bayern, Arsenal, Porto-rival in the European Super Cup and Inter-morning, as well as Real Madrid, who have not could be matched by the geographical criterion, the same goes for Villarreal and Valencia (top 2).

The great danger is in the top 3, where wait 'ambush' Manchester City Toure Yaya, Aguero, Nasri and David Silva. Along with the 'Citizens' will be Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen and Zenit St Petersburg more complicated equipment.

Note that the UEFA replaced yesterday by Trabzonspor Fenerbahçe following the match-fixing scandal that has been involved first. Trabzonspor, Turkish runner, should play in Europe prior to the Athletic League, which enters directly into the hype of it.

Lille will also Eden Hazard, followed by the club, and already in the top 4 should be noted Dortmund, a football club as well trained and led by Jürgen Klopp German international youth Götze and Grosskreutz and the new Gündogan signing, Madrid substitute Nuri Sahin now deserved to be in a 'pot' superior.

At the top 4 also shows the Naples, recent rival FC Barcelona at the Gamper. The club was Maradona would be much more dangerous in San Paolo in the Nou Camp, where they fitted a 'little hand'.

A bad day in the draw could result in a group of iron with the City, Dortmund and a member of the drum 2, which include Milan Ibra and Van Bommel, Lyon, Shakhtar Chygrynskiy the injured, Benfica Nolito, CSKA Moscow and Marseille. It would be the worst alternative, no doubt. Milan, with the best coefficient his glass, had to wait for the outcome of Udinese-Arsenal (1-2) to see where it was framed in the end.

As has happened in recent times, no great wish to Barca as a rival. Everyone respects greatly Guardiola, who have added their first game of the season beating Real Madrid in the Super Cup of Spain.

There are four Spanish clubs in the draw is an important fact, which must be added the presence of possible joint largest contingent in the Spanish League Europe to maintain and expand the coefficient of Federation, which is now the second best (65 543) behind England and maintains the distance to the third party, Germany. That allows to keep these four La Liga clubs in the Champions League.

The fact that Barca and Madrid are seeded and that is including the Inter increases the chances of the other two Spanish representatives, Valencia and Villarreal look to face with an English rival, in this case Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal, and that will ensure not come across one, on paper, imposing Manchester City. And if the rival fuerael Naples, that would deliver them from Inter. Would then Porto and Bayern Munich, whose field is contested final, they would not be easy.

Naughty by Ibrahimovic
One of the attractions of the draw is whether Ibrahimovic will return to Camp Nou with the Milan shirt. In Barça would prefer not to play to save noisy Swedish restatements, faced with Guardiola. (via MD)

Futre: "Care with Hulk"

Porto leader who lifted the European Cup in 87 alerts the Barca who their "enemy" in Monaco.

It is recognized athletic. Formed in a Sporting of Portugal who ran as a responsible sporting a recent presidential elections. Played for Benfica. He played for Marseille and Milan. And now hearing bat now records in Portugal as an actor in soap operas. But above all, the story of Paulo Futre will always be linked to the European Cup in 1987 rose to Porto. Tomorrow will be a 'dragon' more.

"Barca favorite? In a final anything is possible." So, with that sentence, he begins his talk on the Super Cup with MD. A clarification seconds after taking down access to the latest milestones Pep: "But it's true that if the club continues for 70% of the party in possession of the ball will be difficult for someone to snatch the title."

When talking about the parts of either team, Futre, despite its status as a follower Portuguese, bend the knee, "any player in the club decide. Therefore, I think the end is 55% for Blaugrana and 45% for Porto. " And the squad Vitor Pereira has also been recently affected by the departure of striker who sponsored Futre during his presentation as Atletico, Falcao. "It is true that the output of Colombia has hurt, but still a player for me is a phenomenon, Hulk. Beware of him," he warns.

Futre highlights in Monaco will be two teams that have been keeping their block and the idea of ​​playing for the last time. And, despite the fact that Porto have lost the technical and striker, the striker is betting that its low so the game does not resent the Luso box: "They still maintain their identity. Villas-Boas was gone but still his coach respecting their philosophy. " And in determining what weapons you can use the Porto to Barca away from winning their fourth Super Cup, Futre responds within seconds. "I think certainly in the plays of strategy is where most of the club may suffer . Insurance also pushing hard for them not to play easy, "looks like a close one Futre before it fires off the phone as it began, with a warning. "Okay, the club is a favorite, but it will not be far from easy to lift the title." Word of crack. (via MD)

Florentino could avoid Rosell

Both turns in meetings of UEFA and ECA.

Barca president, Sandro Rosell, Barca chair the embassy will attend the draw for the Champions League vice president, accompanied by Josep Maria Bartomeu, Andoni Zubizarreta and Raül Sanllehí. The morbidity is to coincide with the envoys of Real Madrid, Emilio Butragueño and Michelangelo Pardeza the head, because it is not yet confirmed if it will be attended by president Florentino Perez that also has a couple of meetings of the UEFA. Otherwise, as always, his place will be covered by the trust manager Pedro Lopez Jimenez.

Rosell and Perez should also attend the meeting of the ECA (European clubs) in Monaco has planned to prepare for the General Assembly in Geneva (5 and 6 September), where agreements are expected hard to the intransigence of FIFA. The relationship between Barcelona and Madrid, following the notes released by the entity Madrid, brush broken relationships. Whites have made a series of hallucinatory accusations that clash with the request 'seny' did Rosell Penyes in Congres. The accusation that the RFEF has come to investigate the action of Mourinho on Tito Vilanova after the Barca president's words, are simply delusional. (via MD)

Del Bosque adviced Cesc

Fabregas showed his willingness to play against Italy but the coach told you to wait.
The coach showed him that if he summoned might harm his move to Barca.


Cesc Fabregas will return today to a call for the Spanish team on the occasion of the upcoming friendly against Chile on September 2 in Switzerland and the official meeting, the European Championship qualifier, day 6 Liechtenstein in Logroño. The new Barca player was a major absence in the latest list of Vicente del Bosque on the occasion of the red friendly played in Bari against Italy (2-1) last August 10.

Although officially, according to the version of Arsène Wenger, Arsenal, Cesc was then injured midfielder made contact with the second Del Bosque, Toni Grande, to show their willingness to the friendly in Italy. Grande Fabregas explained that, although not exercised with Arsenal was a month training on his own and was in perfect condition to play some minutes in Bari.

Big Toni moved him offering Cesc Del Bosque and after refelexionarlo, agreed with the national team Fàbregas was not a good time to summon it. Vincent thanked the Arenys detail of wanting to defend the selection in a friendly, but explained that if he was very angry to be Arsenal and Wenger, who had publicly repeated a thousand times that Cesc was injured and why had not come or the Asian tour and a friendly in Cologne, and therefore that it could negatively affect his move to Barca.

Del Bosque Cesc reassured and explained that when he was settled back their professional status to a call, it is an important man in their plans within the selection. Said and done. Once Cesc has signed for the club and played his first minutes as Barca, despite being only 60 has shown enough to be at a high level, Del Bosque will fulfill his word and today included in the squad for measured Chile and Liechtenstein

Today, seven Catalans list more
Cesc addition, Del Bosque will call seven Barca players for the friendly against Chile on Friday September 2 in St. Gallen and qualifying for Euro-2012 Tuesday 6 to Liechtenstein. Along with Cesc, the call Valdes, Xavi, Pedro, Villa, Busquets, Iniesta and Thiago will repeat call after debuting last August 10 in Bari. The list could have had up to 10 Catalans, but the injury will prevent it Puyol and Pique. (via MD)

Teach a portrait of Alexis in two minutes!

The initiative to create a portrait of the face of players like Alexis Sanchez, Messi and Pique in just two minutes.

The passion for Alexis Sanchez in Chile since coming to FC Barcelona is a reality. So much so that you can network and learn how to draw a portrait of the Chilean striker in two minutes of the easiest.

The author, who invites people to try, has the luxury of doing the same job with other Barca players like Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fabregas and Pep Guardiola. Even with some players of Real Madrid and Casillas and Jose Mourinho himself. (via SPORT)

Another KO of Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo

Messi will be chosen this afternoon as the best player in Europe by UEFA, the Portuguese defeated again.

It's the best player in the world. No one dares to question that status. Even his detractors agree that it can turn into the best of all time. Even Cristiano Ronaldo has changed his expression proud and cocky when he has to be measured Leo Messi. In recent years, the Portuguese are used to Barca I ran my hand over his face so often that even he has learned to moderate their speech when it is compared to the '10 '.

True to its low profile, 'La Pulga (The Flea)' lives outside the gossip, pick up titles and awards with the same normal with the rest of humanity is going to buy bread. Today, the small 'giant' Barca will receive a new recognition. Again the front merengue will witness it. The tables have changed since that 2008 Cristiano was the Ballon d'Or winner at that time, who came crowned champions of Europe barely deigned to greet his opponents, Leo Messi and Xavi. But since 2009, the crack Barca has imposed its hierarchy, and she has proved that the stars can also live with success with humility.

In recent years, Ronaldo has had to swallow your pride and cheer to Barca as he picked up awards like the FIFA World Player of the Ballon d'or 2009, while he was in second place. This afternoon, one week after Leo Messi will win another title to his opponent to defeat in the Super Cup in Spain, Argentina will receive a new award for their outstanding quality individual, especially in the big races.

Messi will be chosen as best player in Europe by UEFA for his performance in competitions both home and in the Champions League during the 2010-11 season. The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco will host the voting of the 53 journalists who decide who was the best last season. A few weeks ago there was a preliminary vote to choose the top ten, but only the first three awards aim this afternoon. Within the Top 10 there were others blaugrana like Andres Iniesta (4th) and Gerard Pique (8th). Today, in a poll conducted live on the same period only aspire to award, Messi, Xavi and Ronaldo. As a novelty, this time no vote shall be a player by position.

Leo's merits speak for themselves, top scorer in the last Champions (12 goals that also meant a career) best player in the Champions League final at Wembley, his team leading scorer (53 goals in total) and assistant luxury for your team. In addition, the squad has shown that just 23 years is able to reinvent himself and overcome. "Whoever is portrayed compared Messi is the best in the world," he once told his teammate Xavi Hernandez, tired of being adversaries who were not seek to match. Time and reality have proved right. (via SPORT)

Landing FC Barcelona in Monaco

Given the complexity of moving from Porto, everything points to the blue and scarlet flood Monaco.


FC Barcelona will be accompanied tomorrow at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, a total of 4,675 members and club members who will travel today and tomorrow to live in the principality for the final straight of the European Super Cup. A negligible amount considering that the stadium capacity of AS Monaco is only for 18,523 spectators. The field got a full house at the end of 2004 between Monaco and Chelsea, for obvious reasons, and is expected to occur again tomorrow the same input.

Barcelona fans after seeing their team lift the Super Cup of Spain to the eternal rival, did not want to miss a golden opportunity to enjoy the best of a new Barça victory. The fact that the final will be held on Friday August 26 has encouraged followers to seek mass localities to go to Monaco. And is that the fans are still on holiday or those who want to enjoy a different weekend, the Catalan club had to make a lottery to distribute tickets in the most equitable among its fans.

At 5.00 am the morning of tomorrow will leave the Nou Camp 10 coaches to Monaco, another coming out from Girona and another from Tarragona. As far as air travel is concerned, the official agency of the Catalan club, Falcon Travel, has offered the package to the fans without much success because only twenty of them have moved this morning with the team plane with all the 'staff' technical, families, executives and guests of the entity Barcelona.

The rest of Barca fans will choose other means of transport to get to the Principality of Monaco may be the train, private car or other flights, because charter has not been needed more aircraft to meet the needs of Fans who have requested official travel agency staff.

Since 2009 the city of Monaco is not tinged with Barca. Tomorrow the whole country will vibrate with the encounter of Barça before the Porto; however, due to the complexity of the displacement from the Portuguese city, everything points to that a tide blaugrana will cover between today and tomorrow the streets of Monaco. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Juvenil A will dispute Next Gene Tournament

Oscar Garcia's team have been drawn in Group 1 with Celtic, Manchester City and Olympique Marseille. The Next Gen Series kicks off August 31 with a Celtic-Barça.


The Champions League will feature youth of the club. Juvenil A coaching Oscar Garcia is one of sixteen teams participating in this competition consists of 4 groups. Barca debut on August 30 at Celtic Park against Celtic in Glasgow, and will play three games at home in the Miniestadi and three on the road. Manchester City and Olympique Marseille are the other rivals Barca. Liverpool's youth teams, Wolfsburg, Tottenham, Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Aston Villa dispute this competition. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Valdés signs for Penalty

Barcelona goalkeeper has signed a five-year, will wear the boots and gloves of the new brand.


Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes has signed a new sponsorship deal with sportswear firm Penalty. On June 30, 2010 ended its relationship with Nike, and throughout this time, has been testing sports equipment brands to test them to opt for the Brazilian firm. Thus Valdés announced it yesterday in his Facebook profile: "Today I have signed a sponsorship contract with Penalty for the next five seasons. It makes me special pleasure to start this new project in my career at the hands of this Brazilian brand. "

The goalkeeper will wear boots and gloves Penalty for the next five courses, becoming the first player from the Spanish League in the Brazilian firm look in his sporting goods unrelated to the Catalan club.

The brand, which acts as official sponsor of Fernandao, Alusport Barca player, and the entire National Football League Hall (LNFS), is focused at the moment to sponsor teams and players from Argentina and Brazil. The hiring of Valdés is one more step for expansion.

Barca goalkeeper thus becomes the new brand image does the most prominent of the peninsula what is headquartered in a more than appropriate for the occasion near the Ciutat de Sant Joan Despi Esportiva.

Although it already has a store through the creation of Penalty Iberia, the firm intends to expand in a more widespread throughout the country also aspire to become leader of the Spanish football. (via SPORT)

Another time with Abidal and Mascherano

Guardiola returns to 'recycle' the French and Argentine to occupy the center of defense against Porto.


Neither began his career as a central, but both have proven they are amply prepared to occupy the center of the defense: Abidal and Mascherano central point to hold in the European Super Cup which the club will play tomorrow against Porto in Monaco, the alternative most likely to cover the absence through injury of Pique and Puyol.

Guardiola opted for Abidal and Mascherano in the axis of the rear in the first game of the season, the first leg of the Supercup against Real Madrid. Barca suffered, especially in the first half, but ended up saving the result. The team lacked ball out (a cost Keita also play midfield), but Pep believes that such an important game with a title at stake, seniority and ability to read the game make them Mascherano and Abidal the best option.

The technician also has always believed that players defending a title right to play next. Is the case in the European Super Cup, which the club attends as European champions after winning the final at Wembley in a game that Mascherano and Abidal and were headlines, one as central and the other as left-back.

There are, however, the only options that handles Pep. Fontàs Andreu, already well established in the first team, ensuring excellent ball out, although the speed of the front of Oporto, especially the spark of Hulk, you could do suffer. Sergio Busquets has also played several times central.

The quarry also offers alternatives. Is the case of Marc Bartra, a versatile defense, capable of acting on the side or center of the defense and knows what it is to play official matches with the first team. A Marc Muniesa, however, injured during the U.S. tour, will not give you time to get on the list of alternatives.

The club has also shown that knows how to win without Puyol and Pique: in fact, last year only lost one game without them in the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain to Sevilla. (via SPORT)

The amazing story of Cesc and frankfurters Camp Nou

The midfielder of Arenys is minority partner of Serhs, the supplying company of the restoration services to FC Barcelona.


Cesc Fabregas has his head very well furnished. It showed in his press conference presentation. With a promising future ahead as a player, the Arenys know that someday, many years from now, hang up the boots. But even that distant stage is also controlled.

As reported yesterday 'Expansion' Cesc has been for years one of the members of the tour group Serhs. The oddest thing about the news is that the company is the exclusive supplier of restoration products that are served in facilities Catalans, including the Camp Nou. That is, Cesc is one of the partners of the company in charge of serving frankfurters, sandwiches, pipes and refreshments to all members and fans who come each week to the stadium.

Also his mother, Núria Soler, exdirectiva company, is a member of the group. Fabregas's family belongs to the 1,500 members of the corporation, which has interests in hospitality and tourism sector. Fabregas, who officials said Serhs has a minority stake, said in 2006 in the Company's corporate publication that his intention was "saving for the future and gives me Serhs group guarantees. It is also a Catalan company. " (via SPORT)

It is credible Hulk

Porto forward, great danger of Luso team comes to the elite of European football after a rare start in Japan.


Circulated several versions as to why the shirt Givanildo Vieira de Souza, above the dorsal '12 ', the name of Hulk: its huge like Lou Ferrigno, the actor who plays the Hulk, or his devotion to the character Marvel, which imitation and three years in his town in the state of Paraíba, northeastern Brazil. But what is no doubt that the name fits you perfectly. Hard to find in European football as a striker so powerful and physical capacity as the attacker of Oporto, the great danger of rival Barcelona in the final of the European Super Cup.

As in many other stories, the Hulk crossed chance to make you a top player. Hardly had news of him until mid-2008, when a trip to Japan Antero Henrique, Oporto sports director and right hand of President Pinto da Costa, changed his life. Henrique had traveled to Asia to perform other actions related to the international expansion of the port and watch it live a couple of players. And by chance saw a party of the second division may Hulk Japanese as a center forward for Tokyo Verdy (the team wearing green, perfectly matching his nickname). 37 goals in 42 games in his final season in Japan finished persuading leaders Porto, who paid 5.5 million euros for 50 percent of their rights. The other half was a modest club Uruguayan Rentistas, participated by the agent Juan Figger, but at the end of last season, Porto took 85 percent of their rights and put a clause of 100 million euros.

Hulk's trip to Porto in 2008 was something of poetic justice. He had come to Portugal 16 years to play in the Vilanovense, a team of outside Oporto longer be only dedicated to kids. Hulk had legal problems, but nothing to do with the crime: he had a guardian and could not even play. It ended in Japan, where he gave the Kawasaki Frontale Consadole Sapporo. And then to Tokyo Verdy, where he saw, by chance, the envoy of Oporto.

Since making his debut in the Portuguese team, the progression of the Hulk has been spectacular. Accused of individualistic, cost the game design as a collective. But he learned to combine and did not lose capacity auction. Being a stranger came among the concerns of the fans, and now fights to become the '9 'holder of the Brazilian team. (via SPORT)

Dutch Bjorn Kuipers will arbitrate the Barcelona-Porto

The Super Cup is already referee after that UEFA has appointed the Dutch College Bjorn Kuipers.


The Dutch Bjorn Kuipers referee on Friday UEFA Super Cup to be played in Monaco FC Barcelona and Porto , UEFA said today.

Kuipers, 38, is an international referee since 2006 and has managed 43 games in European competition. Last season, among others, whistled Porto Villarreal (5-1) semi-final of the Europa League. (via MD)

FC Barcelona might be interested in Guilherme (Braga) and Zuñiga (Napoli)


As well Andoni Zubizarreta said, the market "never closes" for teams like FC Barcelona. With the injury Piqué and without Puyol ready, raise doubts about the behind Barca and their ability to cope with a demanding competitive schedule.

That's why sports management from some incorporation could be evaluated if you are a player profile of quality and good price. With many names on the agenda, would be several future but Guilherme and Zuñiga have been the last sound.

The latest rumors come from Portugal where the newspaper A Bola echoes a possible interest by the young midfielder Braga, Guilherme (20 years) . Along the Brazilian also suggests the name of Zuñiga, right side of Napoli.

Barca will be playing AC Milan, City and Borussia

Barça leaves as series head in a raffle that hides potent rivals in the drummers of the modest ones.


Barca will meet Thursday at their first opponents in his new European adventure, to try to revalidate the Champions Wembley. European Cup Defender, an unattainable challenge since 1990, passes beyond a group stage will be drawn this afternoon (17.45) in the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and you can put the team in a scenario feared Guardiola: if the balls are capricious, the club would be in the strongest group in the history of the Champions League with Milan, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. A landmark, a team called to achieve great heights and the German champions. Impossible to devise a more robust appetizer.

But it is only one possibility among the many options offered by the lottery. The dynamics are similar to previous seasons: four pots each with eight groups, divided according to the coefficient for each club, according to its European performance in the last five seasons. The ship was paired with a rival of the drum 2, another drum of the drum 3 and a 4, which groups the lowliest teams in the competition. In favor of Barca play that in Pot 2, which theoretically brings together the strongest potential opponents, and there are two Spanish teams, Villareal and Valencia, against those who may face.

The six remaining options provide opportunities for everyone: AC Milan, who won the scudetto with Zlatan Ibrahimovic what the players as a reference (the Swede has not faced since he left Barca Camp Nou from blame), the Olympique Lyon (who yesterday suffered prior to leaving out a classic of recent seasons, Rubin Kazan), Shakhtar, another old acquaintance, Benfica Nolito, Capdevila and Saviola, CSKA Moscow and Olympique Marseille.

Passed the second urn 2, the path becomes smoother, although with some differences: in the third step appears Manchester City, FA Cup champion. His performance in the last European campaigns relegated him to the third step of the draw, but budget and staffing could occur without too many problems in the seeded group. 'Kun Agüero ¿, Silva, Tevez, Nasri and Touré brighten a team that aspires to go far. Next to the City, the historic live drum 3 are trying to recover his best days (Bayer Leverskusen, Ajax) with teams like the Swiss or the Basel BATE Borisov of Belarus, which rose a notch late in the UEFA ballot.

It also appears the French champions, Lille, although it has lost one of their best players, Gervinho, further strengthening of Arsenal.

The German champions, Borussia Dortmund is without doubt the greatest danger of the drum 4. The group trained by Jürgen Klopp has lost one of its values, Sahin, but keeps the war and promises to block in a competition and won against all expectations in 1997. Also, Naples, thrashed in the Gamper on Monday (5-0) starts from Group 4. The other teams that make up the final ballot, the club should not worry too much, are the champion of Romania (Otelul Galati, a stranger with an almost unprecedented track record), Belgium (Racing Genk) and Croatia (Dinamo Zagreb, Champions return to twelve years). The most curious team of 32 in contention is without doubt the Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic, surprising champion of his country, a club that has changed its name seven times since its founding in 1911, playing for the first time and Champions is formed exclusively by Czech and Slovak players.

Barca is still the most formidable team of the draw. The 24 potential opponents are crossing their fingers, like yesterday said Luciano Spalletti, coach of Zenit St Petersburg. "I pray to God that we do not touch the club," he said yesterday. (via SPORT)

Alexis already has high

Alexis Sanchez has recovered from his hamstring injury. The new reinforcement Blaugrana will be able to play Friday against Porto in the European Super Cup ...


Alexis received a medical discharge on Wednesday night, a week after being injured in the warm Barca-Madrid at the Camp Nou.

Chilean striker suffered a muscle lengthening in the left gracilis. With his return, Pep Guardiola will have more options for attacking the face of Friday's clash with Porto. (via SPORT)

Man City wants Keita

The 'pair' that formed with Yaya Toure in midfield Seydou Keita of Barca could be repeated now at Manchester City ...


According to the British press, the 'Citizens' are willing to offer 13 million euros to the Catalan club to gain the services of Keita. An amount that also would pay cash.

The signing would be a request of the City's coach, Roberto Mancini, who considers an ideal complement to Keita Toure to shore up the midfield.

The transfer, however, it is presumed complicated because Keita falls squarely within Pep Guardiola's plans for this season. Barca coach greatly appreciates your dedication, sacrifice and humility with which he assumes his substitution. The player also is happy in Barcelona and not considering a switch of scenery. (via SPORT)

Menotti: "It is difficult to watching football after watching Barça"

César Luis Menotti has been playing throughout his life to many great teams. From Pele's Brazil in Mexico '70, the Netherlands Johan Cruyff 1974. The veteran Argentine coach believes, however, that the club today, "surpasses all" ...


"This Barcelona is the best team I saw in my life. A group of friends who get along and enjoy what you do, always in a good mood.'s Why they're always kisses to all and when they lose, as happened with Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, stay to congratulate their rivals without any problems, "Menotti said in an interview on 'Sports Télam'.

A trial of the former Barca coach in the early 80's, "a compelling showing why (the club) is better given when you beat Real Madrid 5-0. That was the result on the scoreboard, but won the game 10 to 0. I saw such classics as Boca-River, Peñarol-Nacional, Rosario Central-Newell's, but never saw such a difference in a game like this, "he said.

For Menotti, one of the keys to the success of his former team lies in its capacity as collective, and not rely on one player: "The Barça wins when he wants, and not only highlights the first violin, but the second, third and fourth. "

Menotti enjoys seeing both in action Guardiola, for him, it is "difficult to continue watching football after watching a match of Barcelona. But this team has a superior merit, which is naturally coexist with the glory. Because the success you always gets the edge, but that does not give them dizzy. "

Argentina coach considered essential leadership figure and Barca coach: "Barcelona have the luxury coach Josep Guardiola. A guy who always had a game idea and tried to enrich it with more information. When I was about to begin his career as a technical I came to inquire about various situations and then I realized I was going to be fine, "he said.

"Guardiola was prepared to stay put. And that was wise, because not only was fed into the world of football, but also outside it. So approached, for example, theater directors, with which trained in leadership, primarily in borderline situations, "he said.

"Therefore, because nothing is casual, from outside to inside and vice versa, is that Barcelona is the best team in the world, that logic is also the world's best player: Lionel Messi," he said. (via SPORT)

All to Monaco

Dos Santos, Cuenca, Bartra and Oier Olazabal are the major developments facing the game against Porto on Friday. In addition, Alexis Sanchez has been discharged.


Pep Guardiola has decided to take all the available players, including injured, Monaco. In addition, travel four Barça B: Dos Santos, Cuenca, Bartra and Oier Olazabal. The latter makes it down due to the passage of José Manuel Pinto, who will be their third and final match ban. Remember that the goalie was penalized Cadiz 3 games in the first leg of the semifinal last season's Champions League. Moreover, the Chilean Alexis Sanchez has been discharged from hospital and will be in Pep Guardiola's orders this Friday. Maxwell, who had also worked with the group, has yet to be discharged. Puyol and Afellay, who make up work will also be in the Principality.

this Wednesday afternoon, have exercised a total of 23 players, 18 with the first-team all but the injured Puyol and Pique Afellay, and five players from Barça B (Oier, Montoya, Bartra, Two Santos and Cuenca). It was the first time, too, has been seen on the lawn Puyol and Afellay, who continue to make up work and will not play on Friday. The other star of the training in the Nou Camp has been the ball. It was the same that will run on Friday night on the turf of Monaco. The ball of the UEFA Super Cup. The team will leave for Monaco on Thursday at 9 pm, with arrival scheduled for 11 hours. The template will train at 20.15 pm on Thursday at the final stage of the Louis II stadium, when they know their opponents in the group stage of Champions League. (via FCBarcelona.cat)