09 September 2011

Seven and a half months awaiting return

Carles Puyol was declared fit on Thursday and can finally say goodbye to an injury that has meant only three appearances since January 22.

Captain Carles Puyol is back after a very long wait since January 23, the day after the 3-0 win against Racing Santander that started the second half of last season. Puyol was substituted at half time and shortly after it was revealed that he had suffered tendinopathy in his left knee.

And so began a slow recovery process. His huge commitment to the team meant that he was still there for the big games last season. Against all odds, he was back in time for April 16’s game at the Bernabéu that was so important in Barça’s retention of the Liga title.

He was on the field for 58 minutes. Then an isquiotibial injury meant he missed the Cup Final. But the defender was in the side for the Champions League semi finals on May 3, playing at left back as cover for the absent Abidal, Adriano and Maxwell. The last time we saw Carles Puyol in action was in the Wembley final. In an amazing gesture of companionship, he turned down the honour of lifting the Champions League trophy and asked Éric Abidal to do so instead.

Once the season was over he returned to the operating theatre. On June 1 he was submitted to arthroscopy to remove cartilage from his femoral trochlea. Three months and eight days later and his recovery programme is complete and Puyol is back in the team. The long wait is over. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: “I’m passionate about my job”

Not the titles. Neither the Gold Medal just awarded by the Parliament. Nothing takes Guardiola’s mind off the job. “My passion is for training, for my job. All I’m worried about is doing my work”, he said.

They day after being awarded the maximum accolade from the Parliament of Catalonia, Josep Guardiola has turned his mind fully back to Saturday’s game at Anoeta. He may have won 12 out of 15 titles so far, but all he wants to think about his carrying on his good work.

“I didn’t start my career with those pretensions. I try not to lose my perspective. You can’t predict these things. I don’t worry about these things. I was once passionate about playing football, now I am about coaching. I am passionate about my job, this team, giving pleasure to people that like football in general. I’ll continue to do my job as well as I can. If we hadn’t won the titles I’d still be happy to know that we tried”, said the FC Barcelona manager.

Guardiola disagrees with people that put Barça’s huge success down to him, claiming he is just one of many elements. “The strength of the team is that everybody has an influence in making this work. The club cannot depend on one person. It depends on the management, the Board, the coach, the players, the members … The club will stay strong because it has been for a long time. Yes, we’ve won a lot of titles in two years, but the club is over a hundred years old. As long as we keep making good signings we shall stay at the peak of our competitiveness”.

He also joked about his future in politics. “I’m just a coach. I have no political vocation, there are people who are very prepared for that … All coaches in the world are passionate about their work. Me and some players have won 12 out of 15 titles? I’m proud of being a contemporary of my players … but these questions make me uncomfortable, stop it!” he laughed.

Turning to Saturday’s match at Anoeta, Guardiola said “it is always a bit hard to get back to things after international matches. We have to prepare well and work very hard. Real Sociedad play differently to what they did last season, I’m very impressed with their team and they have some things that have surprised me. They move around in a similar way to us”.

Guardiola added that the hardest challenge this season “is the league as always, you have to be competitive in every game. That’s the big challenge. That’s what’s hardest for us. It clearly gets harder every year”.

Puyol always a guarantee
From Friday, Guardiola has four players back to full fitness in Puyol, Maxwell, Afellay and Adriano. “We will need everybody to fight for every match” he said.

On Puyol, who has been out for the longest, Guardiola said “we’re full of joy that he’s back. He is a basic player for us, he does things that nobody else does, he’s the captain, he has experience in so many different situations … he been though a lot. We are pleased to see him happy and yelling in training. Carles is always a guarantee of effectiveness.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

The referee is already known that the will whistle Barça-Osasuna

They already know each other the collegians that will arbitrate the fourth day of la Liga BBVA.

The referee referee Muñiz Fernández Alonso Barcelona-Osasuna match to be played on Saturday September 17 at 20.00 in the fourth round of Primera Division, and the Castilian-Leonese Turienzo Alvarez Levante-Real Madrid, which takes place Sunday 18 at the same time.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced the appointments arbitration to the parties of the fourth day of First and Second fifth of which are as follows:

1ª División (4a jornada)
Atlético de Madrid-Racing Iglesias Villanueva (Comité Gallego)
Sporting de Gijón-Valencia Delgado Ferreiro (Comité Vasco)
Barcelona-Osasuna Muñiz Fernández (Comité Asturiano)
Sevilla-Real Sociedad Teixeira Vitienes (Comité Cántabro)
Granada-Villarreal Estrada Fernández (Comité Catalán)
Mallorca-Málaga Pérez Lasa (Comité Vasco)
Athletic-Betis Ayza Gámez (Comité Valenciano)
Zaragoza-Espanyol Paradas Romero (Comité Andaluz)
Getafe-Rayo Vallecano Pérez Montero (Comité Andaluz)
Levante-Real Madrid Turienzo Álvarez (Comité Castellano-Leonés)

2a División (5a jornada)
Hércules-Barcelona "B" Burgos Bengoetxea (Comité Vasco)
Deportivo-Sabadell Gil Manzano (Comité Extremeño)
Cartagena-Alcorcón Arcediano Monescillo (Comité Castellano-Manchego)
Villarreal "B"-Guadalajara Mariscal Sánchez (Comité Andaluz)
Huesca-Alcoyano Melero López (Comité Andaluz)
Xerez-Gimnastic Lesma López (Comité Madrileño)
Las Palmas-Córdoba Arias López (Comité Cántabro)
Numancia-Girona Pino Zamorano (Comité Castellano-Manchego)
Valladolid-Murcia Amoedo Chas (Comité Gallego)
Almería-Celta de Vigo Miranda Torres (Comité Catalán)
Recreativo-Elche Hernández Hernández (Comité Las Palmas). (via SPORT)

Puyol, Maxwell, Afellay and Adriano get medical clearance

Josep Guardiola has all five injured players back in action ahead of Saturday’s league meeting at Anoeta with Real Sociedad.

Good news for FC Barcelona, who have 7 games in 23 days ahead of them, for almost the full squad is now fit. On Friday, all of Puyol, Afellay, Maxwell and Adriano were given medical clearance and are on the list of 20 players that will travel to Sant Sebastian for Saturday’s match at Real Sociedad.

Of the quartet, Carles Puyol has been out for longest. He hasn’t played since the final at Wembley last May. Afellay and Maxwell were injured on the US tour and Adriano is back after leaving the pitch injured in the European Supercup in Monaco.

So the only first team player unavailable for Anoeta is Gerard Piqué, who trained in isolation on Friday. He did recovery exercises in the company of reserve team player Marc Muniesa.

Friday’s session was the last before the second league match of the season, and the first team members were joined by Barça B’s Ivan Balliu and Isaac Cuenca. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Neymar puts nervous to Madrid

Real Madrid has been unnerved by reports linking Neymar da Silva with FC Barcelona, ​​especially following that transcended the Sanllehí Raül recent trip, Barca director of football, Brazil.

So much so that according to 'Estado de Sao Paulo', the same newspaper that uncovered the covenant between Barca and the Santos to make the sale of the player in January 2013, said yesterday that at the Bernabeu would also be willing to await the arrival of crack that date, one of the issues that most interest the Santos, than money to report the operation, of course. The same report said that Real Madrid has made an improvement Neymar reach the tab that had previously offered to achieve incorporation, from five to six million euros per season. According to some sources, the Santos await the arrival of an emissary of the club. The agreement would come Santos Barca future Neymar sales reach 60 million euros, in addition to holding a friendly match.

Legal Information In addition to coming from Brazil and FC Barcelona confirmed the movements, the most uneasy at Real Madrid is the lack of passion that has proven so Neymar merengue. Everything has gone so far out of his mouth are words of praise for the club, which he said is the best team in the world, and even wished him luck Dani Alves before the Cup. That, to a club Real Madrid's pride is much more than they would be willing to bear if it were not seen in Neymar a 'global top'. Just remember how bad they feel before closing his return to Barcelona Cesc Fabregas, after all a Catalan player Barca raised in the quarry, I wish luck to their friends Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol in the face of the classics of the past season . If that's almost dismounted Cesc 'casting' Transfer targets, only the conviction that Neymar may be an anti-Messi can get that frog to swallow. Do not forget either that the Madrid press has become clear that Jose Mourinho is very pissed off with the 'matter Neymar'.

To close the circle there are those who see in the resurrection of Kun Aguero signing ahead of next season as a clear sign that Real Madrid are beginning to have nothing unclear what will happen with Neymar. (via MD)

[Barça B] Deportivo takes the First Division to Miniestadi

This Sunday at the Miniestadi live 20 hours a very special game. Deportivo La Coruña with First Division level will put a major challenge for the young promises of the quarry.

Guardiola has shortened the journey between the Miniestadi and the Camp Nou, and Sunday the youth of the subsidiary will be a good test to show that they level against a team of first peak.

After 20 years in the First Division, a title and four runners-up, the Depor back to the Second Division and does so with the sole purpose of raising immediately. The team base is the same as last season, which fell by one point on the final day. Aranzubia, Manuel Pablo, Colotto, Guardado, Pablo Alvarez, Valeron, Bodipo and Riki are very well known names in Spanish football with Deportivo following to return to First Division.

Deportivo's visit is an incentive that deserves a good input and enjoyed last year Miniestadi with Betis. That day, more than 11,000 spectators watched the match from the Mini and made ​​it the best entry of the season. This course against Deportivo could repeat the same fact and facilitate economic conditions. For members admission is free for non-members and there are entries from 15 euros (children between 8 and 12 years admitted free with an adult entry).

Since the 90 sports history is full of successes in the First Division and even with good performances in European competitions, but he had lived more in the second division in First. Hence, Deportivo and Barcelona B have been found more than one hit on the pitch. Specifically, since the 70's, the Miniestadi has been a duel between Catalan and Galician in 9 seasons: 74/75, 76/77 and the 82/83 to 88/89. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The first 'marathon' arrives: seven matches in just three weeks

Like last season, Barca's league start will be much more demanding than that of Real Madrid.

Pep Guardiola repeated that the real season starts after the first break and not without reason. To date, including strikes, selections and other bagpipes, played only a day, that of 5-0 at Villarreal. To reinforce the technician's opinion, the calendar already 'threatens' with seven bereavements in the next three weeks (five of League and two of Champions), the same ones that Real Madrid. However, the drummer has been benevolent again with those of Mourinho that will have much easier crashes 'a priori.'

The first challenge comes tomorrow at 18.00 Anoeta against Real Sociedad who won last season 2-1, going up the initial Thiago both. Just three days later, this time at the Camp Nou, Barca begin their title defense in the Champions League against Milan (8:45 p.m.), the return of the bipolar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who in recent díoas has softened his crusade against Pep Guardiola.

Therefore, two games in the next three days, which together with the break for the parties of the selections require Pep Guardiola to do rotations in the midfield and attack (not so much defense, and not on precisely the effective ).

For once, the LFP announced more regular schedules and Barca already know the host to Osasuna on Saturday 17 at 20.00h, to continue the 'MARATHON' on Wednesday 21 at ten at night at the Mestalla. The box has lost this summer ché Juan Mata, as did the past Silva and Villa, but it is always a tough opponent, especially on home soil.

Following the 'MARATHON' on Saturday, visit the Camp Nou 24 new athletes, Agüero (City) and Forlan (Inter), but the brilliant Radamel Falcao, Porto arrived just before the Super Cup final. The sixth match will have a certain exotic character, and that the club will visit BATE Wednesday 28 at 20.45 hours, although the meeting will be held in Minsk did not meet the requirements the stadium in Borisov.

The series will conclude the first weekend of October, just before another international break ... nth. Barca will play against Sporting in El Molinón (in principle on Sunday) and visit the white box Cornella-El Prat.

It is striking, especially in the league, how the club will face against two teams like Valencia and Atletico tronío addition to the always complicated Osasuna and Sporting, and the stunning Royal Society. And while Real Madrid has the same placid start in the year with visits to Levante, Espanyol and Racing (the series) to receive the Bernabeu Getafe and Rayo Vallecano. The situation is not too different in the Champions League, as Real Madrid visit the Dinamo Zagreb next Wednesday and get the once powerful Ajax on Tuesday 27. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Barça B celebrated a barbecue in La Masia

The staff of Barça B and his staff met yesterday around a barbecue, which is installed on the exterior of the new farmhouse in the Ciutat Esportiva.

After the morning practice, players Eusebio wanted to celebrate the victory won in Cartagena with a good dose of protein as meat.

The footballers had a great time eating and chatting as well as using new technologies to record the moment. Jonathan dos Santos, Sergi Roberto and Montoya hung pictures on their Twitter accounts, but others like Marc Bartra also commented on the meeting.

While most players are known perfectly, it's a good way for new ones they are associated to the group. The atmosphere in the branch is very good and if the results as the Cartagena are repeated, the season will be very positive. (via SPORT)

Barca and Madrid exceeds already the club with more income

The report produced by Prime Time Sport notes the rise of Barca and confirms the 'gap football'.

Football Transfer The 2012 Review was born. In its third year, the company Prime Time Sport published a comprehensive study that shows the evolution of European football market inciendo in the five major league-Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France. A generic level, the report finds the economic crisis, although the chapter justifies the increase of transfers based on the appearance of many investors millionaires. In the middle of chaos, the market has moved this summer to EUR 1.721 million, nearly a third more than last season. A situation which pays the football gap thesis' Between a select group of clubs and minority and majority.

The comprehensive document providing all kinds of numerical data used to perform a detailed X-ray on the actual situation of the major leagues and investments for the chapter of ups and downs in the templates.

One of the confirmations that expected for a couple of years is the official coronation of Barcelona as the leading club in the revenue. Barca entered entity 473 million euros, with a significant increase based on the title and the Champions League sponsorship deal with Qatar Foundation. Real Madrid is relegated to second place.

The polarization of the La Liga is there. It is true that Atletico Madrid is the club has invested more signings (71 million), but we must not forget that generated 85 kilos in transfers. When the truth, Barca and Real Madrid offer another shocking fact: both clubs represent 52% of revenues. And both Cesc and Alexis are among the list of the ten most expensive signings concretized in the preseason.

The big of the League have reduced their operations in this last campaign, although Real Madrid 'ballasted by Cristiano Ronaldo's operation' it continues sending in the chart of the expenses if we compute the last three campaigns. Right now, nobody can overshadow the emergence of Manchester City and installed in the race for the Premiership and the Champions League.

The analysis not only focuses on macrocifras. The crisis and the different sports styles are also changing trends. And one of them has found this summer at the club. The Barca sports management has broken records in the chapter on transfers of home-grown, in part because of the strange operation Bojan to Rome.

Esteve Calzada, in front of Prime Time Sport, ahead of some guidelines that can make the immediate future of the market. In the first instance, recalled that the Spanish league is the only major competition that does not sell TV rights collectively. Furthermore, as new competition formats, Calzada was not in favor of changing the Champions League. "I do not go in line with a European super league."

The Financial Fair Play comes in.

UEFA is working to prevent the polarization of the major championships take its course. The implementation of the Financial Fair Play enter into force and will force the clubs to abandon the losses in three years. And not only based on input from owners, but with the balance of income. An essential challenge to reduce the 'gap football'. (via SPORT)

AC Milan debut before Lazio without forgetting Barça

The Lombard group is the great one favorite of a Calcio that starts up today with delay after the strike of the footballers.

"About to explode." Gennaro Gattuso felt well yesterday within hours of the start of Calcio 2011-12. Hardly surprising, considering that Italian blood is hot and the start of the Serie A was delayed because of a strike led by the players to mark the renewal of the collective agreement.

Today the scene before Milan return to Lazio, with the best feelings and expectations of the 'tifosi ¿. "We are prepared to win," Allegri said yesterday, yet also dropped the team reaches the game without the best physical condition. "Finally we started. The last game was in the Berlusconi trophy and twenty days without football are many. It was time, "he said. And there are many fans who were restless without football. "Children could not go on," joked the coach.

For the encounter, the technician has low sensitive as that of Robinho, injured, and some players 'headdresses.' "The guys are good in general. I'm not worried but we have to assess the state of Seedorf, Zambrotta, Van Bommel. Clarence will be difficult to recover in time. " Yes is safe exazulgrana Ibrahimovic.

Swedish is a basic element in the whole set `rossonero what has already been recovered from a sore ankle that have bothered throughout the preseason. Along with Cassano and Boateng will play Sweden, two players who have gained prominence in the team lately.

One of the great attractions of the event will see in action midfielder Aquilani, the star signing of the set `rossonero is this campaign.

The former Liverpool midfielder has this course the difficult mission to forget Pirlo, a player who has been a reference Taiwo, another of the reinforcements, not the game through injury, while Nocerino, also signed this season, ripped the meeting at the bench.

Opposite Milan Lazio will be presented as an obstacle uncomfortable. For many, the whole Roman may be one of the big surprises of the season. Alegria prsent a team to score the first points, but not be ruled out that book one piece for the Camp Nou dueldo next Tuesday. (via SPORT)

[Inzaghi, deluxe absence]
Allegri also said that "the face of the club will meet two or three changes to the formation of San Siro," but gave no details. Whoever does not come up in the list is the flagship European Pippo Inzaghi, who has not been registered by the club to the Champions League. According Allegri, "still belongs to the history of Milan and is likely to be released in January," when UEFA tweaks authorizes the initial lists.

On the other hand, Ibra pointed out in 'La Gazzetta' that am "well of the ankle .arrastraba nuisances. and I will be able to play without problems." He noted that "Milan is favorite to scudetto, with the reinforcements will be stronger than last season" and chose 'park' at the club. "Right now I think of them, but only a good start against Lazio," said. (via MD)

Guardiola: "The only thing I make is to work with passion

Barca coach Pep Guardiola on Thursday received the Medal of Honor of the Catalan Parliament in an emotional ceremony, which spared no praise for the Barca coach.

Humble, courageous, demanding, committed are they just a few of the adjectives attributed Thursday to the figure of Pep Guardiola. Values ​​that could emerge from the speeches of Evarist Murtra, friend and supporter of the technician at the club, and Monica Terribas, Director of Television de Catalunya. Both were ordered to open a tribute to Rijkaard and both moved by his words to the technician, who had to make a real effort not to let his tears run while listening.

"Guardiola has earned the will of everyone from the first day I became a coach," said Murtra in his speech, which went over especially early in the entity Pep squad. "From the first time I met him I found a very educated," he added.

Terribas Mònica also decided to review the history of Pep Guardiola, although the Catalan journalist chose not to ignore the darkest days of his past, as positive for nandrolone in Italy. "His farewell to Barca did justice to his great career as a footballer," he said. "For Pep how things are done is as important as what you get," said Terribas also, who finished his speech, very excited and looking forward to a "long way" to Rijkaard.

After two separate parliaments and the stalls with goose bumps, the president of the Catalan Parliament, Núria de Gispert, gave Pep Guardiola Medal of the Catalan camera and Barca coach spoke. Especially moving was the image of parents Guardiola and Dolors Valenti, who was shown very excited throughout the event.

With serenity and humility that characterized the Barca coach thanked the distinction, but attributed much of its merits "to which I have chosen." "What I've done what I learned from my coaches, my teammates and the players I have," also stressed Guardiola, who wanted to make clear that its only merit is "doing my job with passion."

And is that the Barca coach did not hesitate to extol the values ​​of sport, of football as a way of life: "My parents have raised, the school has helped, but it has taught me that microclimate is a football team , a lot. " "I will not be such a thing. I was born in Santpedor and just want to do my job as best as possible, "continued Guardiola, who ended his speech by encouraging everyone to work hard.

After his speech as always did not leave anyone indifferent, the president of Parliament, Núria de Gispert, and the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, closed the ceremony with their respective parliaments. "Pep was a bet of risk in a time of crisis," recalled the president of the chamber maximum Catalan that put Rijkaard as "an example of 'what courage seny much needed in these times." "We ask you to follow not only winning, but you remain as you are", he dared to ask the president of the Generalitat. (via SPORT)

In Brazil they assure that the agreement for Neymar will arrive soon

Upon learning of the agreement reached between the Santos and Barcelona, ​​the Primera Liga club made a counteroffer that Barca has halted plans.

FC Barcelona's envoys landed in Brazil on Saturday to reach an agreement with Santos on the signing of Neymar, notes the Brazilian newspaper Estado `¿.

The same paper says that Barca emissaries arrived with the intention to talk personally with the president of Santos, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro to seal the contract. As agreed, the signing would be realized in January 2013. However, the agreement between the two clubs has not been made official before for one simple reason: Real Madrid. The white club, learning of the proposal of Barcelona sent a counteroffer that exceeds the amount offered by the Catalan club, as long as the newspaper of Brazil, and accepts the arrival of Brazilian star team in 2013 after the centenary of his Current club.

Real Madrid goes further five to six million annual salary Neymar, which is why the Santos, which would send all documents relating to the entity subject to Barcelona, ​​has decided to stop shipment. And the Brazilian club decided to wait to have a conversation with the player. Again according to the Estado `¿, the desire of the player is still to come some day to Barcelona with the agreement, to continue forward, his greatest illusion become reality.

The operation would be around 60 million euros, in addition to the club's commitment to play a friendly in Brazil next year.

All that remains to be specified is the wage that would receive the Barcelona striker in a deal that was made, according 'Journal to News What, behind the authorized representative of the Brazilian, Wagner Ribeiro, closely linked to Florentino Perez. The same paper notes that despite the jealousy towards Madrid wins the Catalans, Neymar played at the Nou Camp with Messi and company.

"The supply of ships is the most advantageous"

Santos's president, Álvaro Ribeira, maintains that negotiation doesn't exist some between its club and Barça or Real Madrid for the exit of Neymar of the Brazilian group. However, members of the leadership say the opposite. Apparently agree that the proposal implemented by the FC Barcelona is the most advantageous over that made by the Madrid willing to pay more money than the Blaugrana. (via SPORT)

Rosell: "Guardiola personalizes the essence of Barça"

Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell , believes that Pep Guardiola, who today will receive the gold medal of the Catalan Parliament, "personalized the essence of the boat" and is "a mirror that reflects athletes, coaches, businessmen, politicians, educators or managers. "

In a letter made ​​public , Sandro Rosell has stated that "a prophet in your hometown is not available to everyone," and that "loved, recognized, admired and respected such as Josep Guardiola at home and worldwide is a privilege only reserved for the elect. "

Barca president believes that the gold medal of the Parliament will receive Guardiola is an acknowledgment that brought pride to his family, but also "all Barça, the millions of Catalans and those who regard the sport as a great tool for transmission of values. "

"Values ​​that Pep is like no other, inside and outside the pitch, values ​​that the club feels like its own and that our country has managed to become an asset and an example for all," said Rosell.

For the leader Barca, Guardiola is a "role model" and "a mirror that reflects the athletes, coaches, entrepreneurs, politicians, educators, managers ... and anyone who, like he takes his responsibility principles, honesty and passion. "

In short, Rosell Guardiola believes that customizes the essence of Barcelona. "Is the child who have been trained at La Masia, the youth of the quarry becomes the first team and just wearing the captain's armband, and the coach house that runs the best ship in history, " he stressed.

In addition, Rosell said the open letter that Guardiola is "the person who led the construction of a team that fills all in all happy."

"His commitment and their fidelity to the club and Catalunya have transformed him into a barcelonista and in an universal Catalan. He contributes to the projection of Barça and of the country, aware of the great responsibility that that behaves", Rosell remembers.

To the Board of Barca, Guardiola "is much more" than the best coach in the history of the club : "It is the guarantor of a way to make unique. As president of the club of his life, I can only thank all that we da and express our desire and all 'Catalans': Pep, I hope you continue listening to your heart for many years. " (via MD)

Barça and Real Madrid give OK to a bigger help to the descended clubs

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, members of the Control Body of the 32 clubs that distribute SAD media rights, they approved the distribution and compensation of 27 million euros to the club relegated to Liga Aderante.

At a meeting in Madrid, the group of 32 clubs and SAD who signed the 'Agreement on the adjustments to the division of revenues from broadcasting rights SAD and sports clubs' of November 16, 2010, brought together Thursday to its controlling body, composed of Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Valencia, Osasuna, Sporting and Numancia at the headquarters of the LFP.

According to Efe could find sources of clubs, this compensation is a substantial increase since last year distributed 6.6 million euros to the clubs concerned by the decline.

The amount will be distributed between clubs belonging to the group descended, in proportion to overall revenue, audiovisual and seasons spent in the La Liga season since 84-85.

In this group of First Division, who agreed to this deal, do not participate as members Sevilla, Betis, Villarreal, Athletic Club, Real Sociedad, Zaragoza, Espanyol and Malaga. (via SPORT)

Fernando Torres: "I don't know Guardiola how ago to have to all contentments"

Fernando Torres, Chelsea's Spanish international striker, said on the website of the Liga credit for Pep Guardiola to maintain the level of FC Barcelona and especially "to keep all players happy".

"It is difficult to maintain the ambition of Barcelona. It is not easy to win every year, the third, fourth, Guardiola does not know what you have all the players happy. Find room for all, also manages the quarry," said Fernando admiration for the Barca coach.

Torres was pleased to have Juan Mata in the new Chelsea. "Mata is going to grow, gives a different speed to the game, we will help a lot," said Torres, who when asked by players to those included in the Dream Team, named two: "Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta ". (via SPORT)

FCB Escola agreement in Warsaw

On Thursday a public agreement was signed for 3 years to permit the creation of the first FCB Escola on the European continent. There shall be 4 centres in Warsaw where a total of 1000 children will learn in accordance with the Barça methodology.

The FCB Escola in Warsaw is a reality. On Thursday morning in the Polish capital an agreement was signed by which 12000 children will learn the Barça methods in the four centres to be opened in the city. The three-year agreement is supported by the Polish Olympic Committee, where the deal was signed, and also the Polish Government and the Polish Football Federation.

The director general of the FCB Escola, Xevi Marcé, and former player Julio Alberto represented the club at an event attended by some 400 people.

Marcé told fcbarcelona.cat that the agreement was first mooted in October when the Warsaw city council approached the club. FCB Escola, through a technical director, will oversee the Barça methodology that is already being applied to other schools and campuses around the world. The city of Warsaw will be providing more than 100 artificial pitches and all other facilities required for these four centres to be used by some 1,000 children aged between 6 and 14 years. There will be some 250 children in each centre.

This talent development programme initiated by the Polish government will enable young Polish children to get firsthand knowledge of the training models and philosophy used by the current European champions. This training also deals with aspects off the field of play, for an important part of these schools is to teach children about the values of tolerance, respect, solidarity and education.

This is just the latest episode in FCB Escola’s ongoing expansion around the world. The Warsaw school is the first in Europe, and follows on from others in Fukuoka (Japan), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Egypt, Kuwait and Lima (Peru). “It is good for us because Poland is the European country with the most Barça supporters”, said Xevi Marcé.

Josep Guardiola: An award for values

Josep Guardiola’s tenure as first team manager is making history, and the universal values he personifies and transmits to his players have merited the Golden Medal of the Parliament of Catalonia.

Honesty, effort, commitment, teamwork, respect and personal improvement are just a few of the values that the Parliament of Catalonia has highlighted of Josep Guardiola, which they have honoured by presenting him with the Gold Medal on Thursday. His amazing career as both a player and manager have made him one of the outstanding names in football of recent decades.

“I believe a lot in work, effort and talent” said Guardiola when he was presented as the new Barça manager on June 17, 2008, defining to perfection the same values that had led him to so much success as a player. Guardiola does not believe talent can flourish without effort, and doesn’t understand how talent is being so undervalued these days in a game that is more and more about getting results. He has won more titles than any other FCB manager before him and has also produced a team that has enchanted the world.

There can be no questioning a player that won five leagues, one Cup Winners Cup, one European Cup, two Copas del Rey and two European Supercups, but as a coach he has done even better, with a total of 12 titles, even more than the man who until now has always been the yardstick for success at FC Barcelona, Johan Cruyff.

Guardiola has a tremendous footballing mind and also an incredible capacity for transmitting that knowledge to his players. His ideas are all about holding onto the ball, and combining attacking flair with defensive duties. “I forgive those that don’t do it, but not those that don’t try to do it”, said Guardiola on his first day as manager of the first team.

Another commendable aspect is the way he has always managed to ensure a terrific atmosphere among his squad, which is one of the main reasons why his team has caused such admiration around the footballing planet. Supporters, players, coaches and officials in all corners of the globe have nothing but praise for what Guardiola has done at Barça, which many consider the perfection of the ‘total football’ created by the Dutch in the 1970s and introduced to Barcelona by Johan Cruyff in the early 1990s. Guardiola has clearly been influenced by his different managers from his playing days and has applied that knowledge to a totally new interpretation of what football means. The results speak for themselves, and are now being honoured by the biggest institution in his country, the Parliament of Catalonia.

As a player, Josep Guardiola won the Bravo Trophy for the best young footballer of 1992, but it is as a manager that he has really started collecting awards. He has twice been winner of the Miguel Muñoz Trophy for the best coach in the league (2009 and 2010), and also the Don Balón Award (2009), the Onze d’Or (2009), the IFFHS Award (2009) and the LFP Award for best coach (2009).

But there are two awards of particularly special significance to Guardiola. In 2009, he was honoured in his hometown as a ‘Fill Predilecte de Santpedor’ and in 2010 readers of ‘El Periódico de Catalunya’ and viewers of ‘Els Matins’ on TV3 decided he should win the prestigious Catalan of the Year Award.

What they have said about Guardiola
Josep Guardiola has been praised by people from all walks of life, and here are just a few examples:

- Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United: “He is young and has changed the way of playing” (27-5-11)
- Bill Gates, president of Microsoft: “He is a genius” (29-07-11)
- Vicente del Bosque, Spanish national team manager: “He is doing an extraordinary job” (08-05-11)
- Leo Messi, “He is very close to us and has a special chemistry with the team” (19-02-11)
- Xavi Hernàndez, “Guardiola has revolutionised football and is a master at what he does” (25-01-11) (via FCBarcelona.cat)