31 August 2011

Zubizarreta: "The ongoing challenge is to maintain the excellence"

Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta explained the actions carried out in the sporting area during the summer, and the goals for the future.


A few hours before the end of the summer transfer market, there was time to take stock of events during the preseason. With this in mind, the Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu, and Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta appeared at a press conference. Bartomeu explained that: "We tried to deliver everything the coaching team asked for, but always from an austere standpoint, and defending the interests of the Club".

Together they reviewed market movements, performances on the field in the first months of new season, and changes in the technical organization. "The ongoing challenge is to maintain the excellence in every training session, and every game" Zubizarreta said.

Having said this, Zubi, happy with the winning of the two Super Cups, didn’t want to make the winning of more trophies an obligation: "The goal is to compete at the highest level every day, to be able to compete at our best in every game, and every competition. This is a game where the unexpected can happen, a last minute goal can change everything".

In terms of players leaving and joining, Barça announced the move of Alexander Hleb to Wolfsburg, on a loan basis, "at a cost depending on matches played". On the other hand, Zubizarreta explained the status on the renewal of Abidal’s contract. According to him, "we must show him a lot of respect and he must find time to resume discussions". Regarding the continuity of reserve full-back, Martin Montoya, he said: "We will close the deal, of that I’m sure."

The ex Dream Team keeper also discussed the record of matches played for Barça, that from last Monday he shares with Victor Valdes. "He’s one of the best goalkeepers, and rightfully takes his place in football history. His numbers are the result of his conviction, since childhood, that one day he would be Barça’s goalkeeper. We have insurance in goal" he said.

Finally, asked about the renewal, year by year, of manager Pep Guardiola, Bartomeu replied: "We try to do everything possible to improve the club. The important thing is that we give him the best working tools to do his job, which is spectacular, fantastic. If we do this, then when the day comes to discuss contract renewal, it’ll be difficult for him to say no. He’s the most vital piece in the success of Barça in recent years". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[BarçaB] Albert Dalmau, to Valencia B

The player Albert Dalmau, until last season in the ranks of Juvenil A, B will play in Valencia.


FC Barcelona and Albert Dalmau have reached an agreement for the termination of his contract. The player will play in Valencia B. The club holds the option to buy for the next two seasons.

Hleb to Wolfsburg on loan

Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu has announced the loan of forward Alexander Hleb to Wolfsburg, who play in the Bundesliga. The cost of the operation will depend on the number of games he plays.


The Belarusian player, Alexander Hleb, will play next season, on a loan basis, with the German Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg. The player, currently recovering from injury, will join the German team in October, Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed.

Hleb, who for the last two seasons has been on loan at Stuttgart and Birmingham, played a total of 36 games for Barça in the 2008/2009 season, 19 in the League, 9 in the Champions League, and 8 in the Spanish Cup. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Joint session with the B team

Puyol, Maxwell, Keita, Pinto, and Fontàs trained with the reserves in a session led by Tito Vilanova and Eusebio Sacristán.


The five first team players available, along with Pique, Adriano, and Afellay, (who did some work with the group), doing recovery work away from the main group, trained with the B team, who are preparing for their game on Saturday against Cartagena.

The session, which started at 9.30 at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, was not attended by Josep Guardiola, who is travelling to Nyon today to attend the 13th Managers Forum, organized by UEFA, which will take place on Thursday September 1st.

The first team will return to training on Thursday, also at 9.30, at the Joan Gamper training ground. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Real Sociedad-Barça, family time

FC Barcelona and know what time play their next league match against Real Sociedad ...


The match will take place on Saturday September 10th at 18:00 pm, in San Sebastian Anoeta stadium.

The Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Getafe will play then that same Saturday at 20.00 h.

The Valencia-Atletico Madrid will be televised open at 22.00 the same day. Villarreal-Sevilla will be played at 18.00 h, just like Barca, as confirmed by the LFP.

The rest of the day will be held Sunday and Monday (see schedule in box below). (via SPORT)


[Times of Day 3 in First division]
Saturday, September 10:
18.00 Real Sociedad-Barcelona
18.00 Villarreal-Sevilla
20.00 Real Madrid-Getafe
22.00 Valencia-Atlético de Madrid
Sunday, September 11:
12.00 Betis-Mallorca
16.00 Racing-Levante
18.00 Osasuna-Sporting
18.00 Rayo Vallecano-Zaragoza
22.00 Espanyol-Athletic
Monday, September 12:
21.00 Málaga-Granada

[Times of Day 4 in the Second Division]
Saturday, September 10:
16.00 Hércules - Recreativo
18.00 Sabadell - Cartagena
18.00 Alcorcón - Villarreal B
18.00 Guadalajara - Huesca
18.00 Alcoyano - Xerez
18.00 Córdoba - Numancia
18.00 Murcia - Almería
Sunday, September 11:
18.00 Celta - Elche
20.00 Barcelona B - Deportivo de La Coruña
20.00 Gimnastic de Tarragona - Las Palmas
20.00 Girona - Valladolid

Super Keita: 102 passes well, 12 turnovers


Thiago Alcántara When dazzled in the European Under-21 and the signing of Cesc Fabregas was assumed sooner or later, Barcelona was licking the best midfield in the world next to Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta with Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano as bodyguard. The indoor pools to play anywhere near Seydou Keita appeared. At that time, the head of Pep Guardiola guessed a new location for the Mali, portentous Monday against Villarreal wiping out a 'player' as Borja Valero and initiating many of the attacking moves of the club. No more balls recovered (12) and Thiago only (108) gave him more good passes (102). Missed only five of the 107 who tried.

The technical decision not to sign another Santpedor central although the general trend of opinion in filling some gaps impinged ago, had much to do figure Keita. Pep was convinced that Mascherano would play more in the heart of the defense and Sergio Busquets could put in at center or released to a defense of three as it did at the Mestalla last league or at home to Athletic.

Guardiola had studied it all with Tito Vilanova: Keita, pivot. And so it was already in the first bolo summer in Split. In the following friendly wager repeated until an injury kept Busquets with selection as a midfielder in the African Super Cup first leg in Madrid. Pressure to the central white Abidal Mascherano and put the Catalans into trouble and was blamed Keita its difficulty to get the ball. On lap came in 85 'ahead of a possible extension but in Monaco after a stellar Gamper at the goal including Napoli, Pep, erre erre that broke all expectations and confirmed its blind faith in Seydou' Busi 'the bench and the Malian pivot in front of' Masche 'and Abidal. After a shaky start, Keita ended up being an insurmountable barrier against Porto.

On Monday, returned on board to be the broom wagon Barça positional astonishing intelligence. He committed five fouls, all tactics, no untimely. Play as the 'minutes away' a final and with that mentality has fallen in love with Guardiola. "Masche and Keita are my girls. Neither the touch me," Pep said after the 5-0 Villarreal. (via MD)

Oriol: "I had not run so much in my life"

Joan Oriol, Villarreal defender, blown away with the Barca, his brother Edu, Zaragoza, Real Madrid suffered a 0-6.


Edu Oriol, former Barça B and now in the ranks of Zaragoza, and his twin brother Joan, the full-back of Villarreal have suffered in their own flesh the might of Barca and Real Madrid in the first day league. Edu took six of the Madrid set on Sunday and a day later, Oriol suffered a hand of Barça in Camp Nou. In total, 11-0. Despite the setback, both showed good yesterday having lost in the program 'Primer Toc' RAC1. "I called him and said, 'will debut' (for the six fitted with Zaragoza Edu) and then I took five. You can never talk about," said Joan Oriol. "I thought it would take not five, but seeing that on 25 minutes and went 2-0 ...", I said Edu, who hid the six goals that put the Madrid" I still hurt me more like culé life I am. "

If Edu Oriol took off his hat to the exhibition of Madrid, directly Joan explained that I had never played against a team beaten. "The 3-4-3 surprised us, but it has been shown to play Barca in the play who is not noticed because everyone has the same level.'s The best team in history and is suffocating pressure you see, they attack you , retrieved the ball and attack you again. I had not raced much in my life, "said Joan Oriol.

After this first day, and after they have had to suffer before the two, both Joan and Edu Oriol agree that the League "is just a matter of two." "The money they charge each other is showing. There are two leagues. One of two and an 18," said Zaragoza midfielder. "The league does not have much incentive. It is a league of two, they can sign and the rest. The other play another championship," said Villarreal defender.

About Madrid, Edu said that "this year touches the ball more and have more possession in the transition, but if the club says 'we are here', or the Madrid slows it down". (via MD)

Barca 'spy' to Neymar in Brazil

Brazilian forward is one of the objectives of Madrid, but from the Nou Camp will remain very attentive.


The Brazilian international Neymar is one of the priority objectives of Real Madrid for next season but the club is aware of all movements. In fact, one of the scouts that are part of the technical secretariat will be led by Julia Narcís today live football in Brazil.

Melero Jordi has participated for three days at a conference organized by the Gremio dedicated to grassroots football. The scout has given several talks Blaugrana in which she talked about funcionalmiento the youth ranks at Barcelona, ​​a model of interest worldwide.

In addition, Melero wasted no time and use the trip to southern Brazil to witness the now-Santos International is held in Porto Alegre from the 21.50 hours. This is a meeting for the day number 20 of the Brazilian league.

Although Neymar not seem to be a priority for the coaching staff, is one of the players with the greatest of the Brazilian market and the club prefers to stay informed and alert to any possibility.

The player has publicly opted for any of the clubs that claim. Indeed, it has always been ambiguous in his answers about the interest of Barcelona or Real Madrid. (via SPORT)

Rotations to maintain the excellence and the successes

Guardiola will bet by alternating so that all men come to May at their best.


From his first day in the locker room Barca manager Pep Guardiola has a message for heating deep into his men, no one has the job secured. It's their way of involving all staff and make no guard down and smacking into complacency.

The coach himself warned after the game against Villarreal, "If all accept and understand the competition, get away, if we understand that we all win, we do a very good season." His speech is totally faithful to reality, since in the four official matches this season, Guardiola has ushered in all players has been called, except the two goalkeepers José Manuel Pinto and Oier Olazabal and Andreu Fontàs and the team players and Sergi Roberto Marc Bartra.

As happened in previous seasons with Santpedor on the bench, the rotations will be the tonic, so that everyone can reach the month of May at the peak of form. So far, Victor Valdes, Javier Mascherano, Eric Abidal and Leo Messi have been the four untouchable the coach, the ones who have played 90 minutes in the four official games, but when the club are returning to normal after the break for selections Guardiola will not hesitate to start rotating his players, a practice that has such good results given so far. (via SPORT)

Mascherano, how good you came!

Twelve months later, last-minute strengthening and is one of the most profitable club operations.


Yesterday marked one year since it became official the signing of Javier Mascherano for FC Barcelona. The 'little chief ¿(San Lorenzo, June 8, 1984) came hoping to break into the team, but knowing that it would not be easy given the reputed quality of his new teammates. However, injuries, Pep Guardiola's confidence in their qualities and quality midfielder appears to have served, over last season, has grown into a mainstay of the team. "From the first moment that came the interest of FC Barcelona was clear he wanted to come here." And he did.

Mascherano evaluated first season as Barca player and you could say that grazed the outstanding. "At the group level, last season was a spectacular year that I will not forget. I got a team that knew what it was, but I reconfirmed by the titles and so enjoyed working with everyone, with peers, staff and all who are part of this team, "said visibly happy. "Individually I'm very happy, I came to Europe and had not yet achieved any degree, and thanks to Barca, the club and colleagues, I had the chance," said grateful for the successes.

And the signing of jefecito `Was not easy. He landed the day before the market closed. It was the third reinforcement Blaugrana after the additions of Villa and Adriano, and his arrival was marked by the economic effort that made the player to become one of the signings most profitable resigned to twenty percent of their salary to help his move from Liverpool to Barcelona will be implemented without further delay. "As a person and as a player, each must decide to leave some things out and stick with what you want. I fought for my signing was resolved, he, and the year that I lived, last season ended up giving me the reason I took the right step. "

The adaptation of `Masche was it progressive. It came from the Premier, Messi and Milito know, friends in the selection, and other colleagues received him "with open arms. It is a spectacular group. I got started the league and I adapted well. " At first, their performances do not quite convince. Partners Mascherano saw a player too hard and strong for a team like Barcelona. However, as we got more minutes, he assimilated the style of play, touch and possession, and became one more for Pep.

Technical and versatile, a year, alternating with the midfield behind. Mascherano is a key wins, alignments and strategies Guardiola. "A gem of a guy." A leader in power continue to grow.

Javier now has four titles ... Liverpool and rubs his hands
To Javier he has changed his life after move for Barça. Their adaptation to the club and the city has been total, but more importantly, it has begun its unique collection of titles. In twelve months, the Argentine government has lifted four trophies, something unheard of throughout his football career.
Mascherano is not the only happy with the outcome of the transfer. His former club, Liverpool, also enjoys the title squad. And the transfer was accompanied by Argentine juicy variables depending on the sporting successes. The Champions League and continue to haunt you at Barça.

A rhombus of five stars

Guardiola had spent days preparing the revolutionary scheme 'cruyffista', with which swept Villarreal.


The deployment of tactical resources Pep Guardiola has amazed fans of the ball. The last show on Monday against Villarreal, has knocked out even those who had come to criticize the touch football squad. The Santpedor pull back a scheme to raise unprecedented brilliance for years on a field, for players with a diamond in midfield, the style of `cruyffista ¿, leaving no options to Juan Carlos Garrido. A brilliant resource, with jugadorescinco stars.

Barca coach surprised almost everyone except the players. The team had spent days secretly preparing the new drawing, but in reality, homegrown years the scheme had been well internalized, as in the youth ranks of Barça is not strange to use the 3-4-3. "We were psyched to play like this for days," admitted Sergio Busquets in the mixed zone after the game in the Camp Nou, "is good to have alternatives and fortunately everything went well with a very complicated, very goal. The way in which Villarreal won says a lot about this barca. " Guardiola was not the only one who ended the game fully satisfied with the work. Busquets himself insisted that "this system forces you to be especially attentive, very top of the front, not letting them think. You can not make mistakes on defense. " The boss risked the time to bet on the diamond, but the heavy casualties in defense forced him to take the risk, "is a system we have to consider, especially against teams like Villarreal can play."

Meanwhile, Pedro also analyzed the success of the Barca bid, "we managed to have a player in midfield and has agreed that our players have done a great building work. Thiago, Cesc and Iniesta from midfield, and Messi receive the ball down. The key game was that it allowed us to make big plays in combination. " And is that throughout the game was the largest repertoire of theoretical manual resources of football. After the good result is not unreasonable to think that Guardiola can reuse the same system from now on, "the system will change depending on the opponents and the players that we have."

The newly reinstated, Cesc Fabregas, remembered seeing from London part of a barca with an identical pattern in the stage of Frank Rijkaard, "even with Guardiola and Barça had also played some time, is a style that we have adapted very young our style ", in fact pointed out that during its passage through the Barca youth teams" with this system had played virtually all season that had been in the lower grades. "

Precisely why the players recognized that the house had been much easier to adapt the scheme, "we played a little different and for those of us from the house is easier to internalize these schemes, Alexis is going to catch on anything because it is proving to be a great player, "he said, showing his full confidence in the Chilean. (via SPORT)

[Youth] The tricampeón opens in Celtic Park

The guys of Oscar Garcia on Wednesday disputed the first match of 'Next Gen Tournament' against Celtic Glasgow. Barca TV will provide live debut of Juvenil A from 20.30.



There could be no better debut. The team opens the season's treble against one of the largest in Europe, Glasgow Celtic, one of the best venues, Celtic Park, and one of the most prestigious competitions of the category, Next Gen Tournament. The icing on the cake puts Barça TV that will offer the game live on Wednesday at 20.30.

After taking over the treble last term, The Juvenil A of Barca can only be among the teams largest in Europe. If the early month of Oscar Garcia proclaimed champions PSV Tournament on Wednesday at the Next Gen Debut Tournament against Celtic Glasgow. The Scots, who will be the first team to beat in a group which also are Manchester City and Olympique Marseille, and premiered in competition with a defeat (0-1) to the French team.

Both Barca as Scots are keen to be on the lawn of Celtic Park. When they have sold over 30,000 tickets to enjoy the show, Oscar Garcia explained to Barça TV that the team is excited and looking forward to the tournament: " We look forward to starting this new competition. For several reasons: because it is the first game of the season, the competition is very excited because we play against the best teams in Europe and because we play Celtic in the field . "

The requirement of the competition, the result of the high level of the teams is also a motivation for the team, as coach says, " because we want to show the club and the philosophy we have . " When the Catalans play at home, they will in the Miniestadi. There will be three games in which the stage is also very important for the players: " Very few players have played in the Mini. There you can see everything much closer than in the Sports City. We hope that many people also come because it will be broken very attractive , "said Oscar García. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola-Wenger, face to face in the summit of coachs of UEFA


Pep Guardiola Wednesday travels to Geneva to participate in the technical elite summit of UEFA . The coach of Barça , current coach of the winner of the Champions League will be the real protagonist of this peak to that already went last season. And the Barca coach will make a record hard to beat, with 12 titles on a possible 15, has been at the forefront of Barca since he arrived three seasons ago.

In the absence of Jose Mourinho , the curiosity is that it will be the first time the coach of Barca match the manager of Arsenal , Arsène Wenger , who has maintained the pulse erio uns in the last three years to reach finally the signing Cesc Fabregas .

Definitely, Jose Mourinho will not attend the meeting celebrating the UEFA in Nyon on upcoming August 31 and September 1. The UEFA tried to convince Mou , until the last minute to attend, but in the end, it was considered that it was not so bad not to attend because his presence would have drifted far from the sense of the meeting. The incidents involving Mourinho in the last Supercopa of Spain have been around the world and have damaged its image. So there will be morbidity in Nyon to cross for the first time after the brawl, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola . Mou has excused his presence, because not in vain maintains an excellent relationship with and UEFA president, Michel Platini , although the latter been criticized after 'show the finger' at the Nou Camp, and especially after the press conference.

In the list of technicians, headed by Pep Guardiola ( FC Barcelona ), are given Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC), André Villas-Boas (Chelsea FC), Arsène Wenger (Arsenal FC), Roy Hodgson (West Bromwich Albion FC), Rémi Garde (Olympique Lyonnais), Didier Deschamps (Olympique de Marseille), Massimiliano Allegri (AC Milan), Ralf Rangnick (FC Schalke 04), Thomas Schaaf (SV Werder Bremen), Frank de Boer (AFC Ajax), Jorge Jesus (SL Benfica), Felix Magath (VfL Wolfsburg), Vítor Pereira (FC Porto), Mircea Lucescu (FC Shakhtar Donetsk), Unai Emery (Valencia CF), Thorsten Fink (FC Basel 1893) y Rudi Garcia (LOSC Lille Métropole).

The day that Guardiola fell in love with the 3-4-3 again

Pep Guardiola wrote in 'El País' in 2007, the first time that Rijkaard used the 3-4-3 and showed his admiration for the use of the outline and the intention of the game.


Pep Guardiola on Monday told a news conference a lot about the game system that used against Villarreal, the famous '3 -4 to 3 ', which he drank in its youth football at the hands of Johan Cruyff. But Pep Guardiola made ​​a plea for good arts system on the day that Frank Rijkaard used him against Zaragoza in the Copa del Rey. Guardiola wrote an article in El Pais in which glossed the virtues of the game system that Frank Rijkaard used days: "It seems they say that the dream team back in Zaragoza, I think the dream team has not gone before, "wrote Guardiola.


Guardiola has also learns that Frank Rijkaard will use this game system, it was through Andrés Iniesta' SMS to his representative, Pep's brother, Pere Guardiola: "Iniesta sent a message to my brother. My brother forwarded it. He said: "Go back the dream team . Game. "Do you feel or how they play this wonderful profession that is playing football?".

The article also discusses how to play football by taking control of the party and Marcelo Bielsa quotes talking about the "role" in the party. Pep glossed with beautiful words after the match against Zaragoza on Monday after more than three years of the project at the Camp Nou the system again brought to light. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Milito: "Guardiola is an innovator, the best coach that I had"

The defense of Independiente praise for what has been his coach the last three seasons at FC Barcelona, ​​Pep Guardiola.


"Guardiola is an innovative, the best coach I ever had. It is the key to the success of Barcelona," said Gabriel Milito in the Argentine media.

Marshal also mentioned the custom of comparing the FC Barcelona with Argentina: "We fall into the mistake of trying to compare two different teams, Leo plays 60 games with the same classmates."

"Playing well is how does Barcelona, ​​at all times know what to do on the court and try it," he added.

Finally, asked about why he changed his shirt blaugrana for the one of Independiente, the defender said: "I felt it was time to return (...) In Barcelona he would not play every weekend."

Özil: "We've shown that we are at to the height of Barça"

Özil think this season will face FC Barcelona in all competitions.


Mesut Özil said his team, Real Madrid, has shown that it is up to the Barcelona, ​​despite having lost in an "unfortunate" the Super Cup.

"We lost the Super unfortunate way. But in the two games showed that we are at the height of Barcelona," he said in an interview Özil published today by the German newspaper "Bild".

Özil also said in the interview were satisfied with the start of the league season, which began for whites with a resounding win against Zaragoza.

"I am completely satisfied, was a wonderful victory and also important. Started the season well is something that gives confidence," said the player. (via SPORT)

New exodus of international

Fourteen first-team players as well as the lateral branch of Montoya, played commitments with their national teams between 2 and 6 September. Seven Barca remain at the Sports City (five of them low).


The international matches that the club will stay with the family the next day. Fourteen of the first team and one subsidiary (Martin Montoya) have been summoned by national team. Thus, from Wednesday the coaching staff may have only Barca and Fontes Pinto, plus the injured Puyol, Piqué, Maxwell, Adriano and Afellay.

Éric Abidal, France, will face two games classification for Euro 2012. Will be in Albania (September 2) and Romania (September 6). It is not the only one who played matches. Valdes, Montoya, Busquets, Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Villa and Thiago, all summoned by Spain, first play a friendly match in Switzerland against Chile's Alexis Sanchez and then another officer with Liechtenstein, day 6, Logroño. Chile, meanwhile, will act on 4 against Mexico at the stadium in Cornella-El Prat.

On the other hand, Seydou Keita Mali reappear after a year's absence. Their combination will face Cape Verde to qualify for the next African Nations Cup at stake. Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano should also carry out long journeys, and that Argentina will face Venezuela on September 2 in Calcutta (India), and four days later, with Nigeria in Dhaka (Bangladesh). Finally, the Brazilian Alves in London will play Ghana on day 5. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[BarçaB] Saúl Berjón, on loan to Alcorcón

Barça B forward will play on loan at Alcorcón, Second Division A, until June 30, 2012.


Saul Berjón, 25, will act as loan at Alcorcón this course after coming to Barça B last summer from Las Palmas. The Spaniard played 26 games (10 starts) in the 2010/11 season in second with the reserves squad. He showed his versatility on offense and scored two goals. In this exercise, as owner Berjón participated in the two matches of the Copa Catalunya. (via FCBarcelona.cat)