26 September 2011

20 players to travel to Belarus

Josep Guardiola has named 20 players for the game on Wednesday at BATE Borisov. These are the 18 fit first team players plus Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos from the reserves.

FC Barcelona have their second Champions League fixture this week at BATE Borisov. The players fly to Minsk (Belarus) on Tuesday and the manager has named 20 players to travel after training on Monday, which includes two players from Barça B, Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos.

After a rest day on Sunday, the players got back to work on Monday as they prepare for the return of European competitions. All 18 first team players were involved, along with Muniesa, who is training with the first team as he recovers from injury.

The session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper also featured nine members of the Barça B squad, namely Cristian Lobato, Isaac Cuenca, Javier Espinosa, Gustavo Ledes, Kiko Femenía, Carlos Carmona, Ivan Balliu, Jonathan dos Santos and Gerard Deulofeu.

The squad will be flying to Minsk early on Tuesday morning, They are due to meet at the Camp Nou at 8.15 for a coach transfer to the airport. The flight leaves at 9.00 and should arrive in Minsk at about 13.40. They will then be taken directly to their hotel, and at 18.45, Josep Guardiola and one player will be giving a press conference. At 19.30, the squad will train in the Dynamo Stadium in Minsk. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[The list]
Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Keita, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Maxwell, Adriano, Abidal, Fontàs, Cuenca and Dos Santos.

Barça trains with nine of Barça B

After the rest day after playing this Saturday before the Atlético Madrid, the players of the first team of FC Barcelona trains this Monday, with nine players of Barça B.

Nine players from Barça B: Lobato, Deulofeu, Gustavo Espinosa, Dos Santos, Cuenca, Balliu, Femenia and Carmona, have joined the morning sessions of the first team of FC Barcelona in which took part the 18 players available from Pep Guardiola.

Barça's players enjoyed a day of rest after the victory won against Atletico Madrid in the Nou Camp but have resumed Monday in the face of training to meet this Wednesday against BATE Borisov to be play in Minsk. (via SPORT)

[Youth] FCB Juvenil A 2 - 1 Mallorca

The Juvenil A has been imposed Mallorca in the time added with a great goal of lack of Miguel Ángel Sainz-Maza. Óscar García's team took the lead in solitary after having won the four games of League.

Triumph very experienced and worked for a Junior A has had to wait for the time extension to overcome a lackluster Mallorca but very diligent on the defensive.

Mallorca has hindered at all times the ball clean out the club and has made intense pressure that has made ​​the Catalans were less accurate and more efficient than usual. Dongou has been the key man in the first half. Cameroon has created the best chances and has finally scored the first goal, the product of a first touch shot. The goal, seven minutes before the end of the first domain rewarded Barca in the first period.

Mallorca reacted in the resumption and a good counter-balanced Ripoll meeting with a good goal on 11 minutes. With the passage of minutes in stifling heat and the pace of play was not the ideal for a boat unable to overcome his gambling habit visitor defense system. Where the fluency has not arrived he/she has made it the winning mentality and those of Óscar García has insisted in a constant way until Miguel Ángel Sainz-Maza has overcome Martin with a great lack goal that it arrived seconds before the referee's final hoot. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona: Bañuz, Bako, Bagnack, Ayala, Grimaldo, Samper, Patri, Babunski, Ernesto, Dongou y Miguel Ángel. También han jugado Quintillà, Cristian and Moreno.

Mallorca: Martí, Salcedo, Vicente, Pedro, Pablo, Hervé, Xavi, Sastre, Vidal, Ripoll, Gabri. También han jugado Alex, Jorge, Héctor and Blasco.

Goals: 1-0 Dongou min.38, 1-1 Ripoll min.56, 2-1 Miguel Ángel min.92

Árbitro: Rebollo López.

BATE Borisov, a team of currantes

In the BAT Borisov highlights the goalkeeper Gutor, the 'lung' Olekhnovich, the all-terrain vehicle Baga, Simic and Bressan.

BATE Borisov Viktor Goncharenko is, only 34 years, a whole 'brainy' on the bench. Ex-defense, usually opt for a 4-2-3-1, with a lag that usually does not lose the top but sweat ultrafast ink to front as the club and with a 'heavy artillery' struggle over which predatory.

Eleven with the bat after tomorrow will face Barca in Minsk most likely be composed of the following players:

ALEXANDER GUTOR: Goalkeeper young, but very solid and brimming with confidence. A crack on the line, sometimes poorly measured at the outputs.

ALEXANDER VOLODKO: Although defensive means, is playing at right back. A good vision and a remarkable long-range shot by his virtues, but has problems to endure 90 minutes to go.

MARKO SIMIC: The Serbian has adapted very quickly Belarusian football. Central is a head that goes well, start the game and adds to attack if necessary. He scored both goals in a playoff against Sturm, topping tracks performed by Baga faults.

EGOR FILIPENDKO: High, it shines in the air game. Failing: has phases where it is very slow and unpredictable. His decisions have cost the BATE more than one point, but in the opposite direction can also become a hero: his goal was for Belarus to the Olympics 2012.

MAXIM BORDACHEV: Another physics class player. Lefty and versatile as it is solvent and a left inner side. Dribble it, but makes positional faults.

DMITRY BAGA: The all-terrain vehicle of Goncharenko and a danger for the contrary one in any play to stopped ball. However, his lack of physical Bellows plays tricks on him, as his inexperience.

EDGAR OLEKHNOVICH: Defensive Midfielder cutting, put the team back when things go wrong. A very important element for the group for their positive attitude, his temper, his ability to shoot with both feet and his vision.

ARTEM KONTSEVOI: The experience in person. Curdled with the same reliability as a forward or righside-half. It gives a lost ball, every game is flushed and goes well head. Sometimes seasoned character creates problems because the tickets will not calibrate or exploits it verbally, weighing on his team for the consequences that this entails.

FILIPP RUDIK: Origin Russian and nationalized bielorruso, wastes good humor. He can play in all the positions of the medullary one and it highlights for their creativity. However, no amount in defensive duties.

RENAN BRESSAN: Brazilian with passport Belarussian. He is the most creative man BATE, very technical and lethal actions of strategy.

MATEJA KEZMAN: The Serbian joined in the summer market to cover the drop of long injury of Rodionov. Walk away from your best version and is not yet attuned to his new teammates, but is not seen as lost in the field. (via MD)

A box for Shakira in Camp Nou

The family has hired a box Piqué in the second tier of the grandstand.

Shakira image by carefully following the developments of Gerard Pique to FC Barcelona matches from the Nou Camp Llotja this season will not be an image as often as it was in the closing stages of the last. In fact, it is more than possible that Shakira go unnoticed when you decide to follow a Barca game live from the stadium. Piqué family has acquired a private box at the Segona luxury tier, just to enjoy some privacy, as they already have other families, such as Cesc Fabregas.

The stage acquired by Pique is in the VIP area Llotges second ring, near the boxes of those who enjoy the club's main sponsors: Nike, Damm, Audi, La Caixa, Qatar Foundation, Mediapro ...

Shakira's presence has gone unnoticed by the general public to follow the game from the family's private box Piqué, who want to escape as much as possible of the media attention, but not for the fans who have their place in that area. The singer last saw the Barca game, against Milan in the Champions League, with his brother, parents and Arturo Canales Piqué, representing the defense. No Barca-Atletico attended Saturday's concert because he was in Singapore.

Shakira, who last year focused the attention of the media at the Camp Nou or even in the Cup final, he wants to watch the games with the highest possible normal. (via MD)

Afellay will be operated by Dr. Ramon Cugat

Rosell, Bartomeu and Zubi visited yesterday to the Dutchman.

Dr. Ramon Cugat will be responsible to intervene surgically Ibrahim Afellay. The Dutchman suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in training last Thursday and is waiting for you down the inflammation in the affected area to enter the operating room within days.

Afellay, very happy for the shirt dedicated to his companions jumped lawn on Saturday before the game against Atletico Madrid, yesterday began a recovery in the Ciutat Esportiva club with a physical therapist and received a special visit. The Barça president Sandro Rosell, sports vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Barcelona sports director, Andoni Zubizarreta, passed by the late Sant Joan Despi to give encouragement in the face of a low period that will be around six months. Back in the spring and then the European Championship play is his goal. (via MD)

[Barça B] Tottenham, to for Marc Bartra

There are countless deals that Barça B players received last summer. Oriol Romeu has already debuted in the Premier League with Chelsea, Nolito is left in the Benfica and Victor Vazquez drew a big way in Bruges. Jonathan Soriano had many girlfriends before being injured in Munich and Sergi Roberto, before extending his contract until 2015. MD has been able to know that Tottenham also presented, before he closed the signes market, a very interesting proposal to Barça for Marc Bartra. It was rejected by both sides: the technical trust him and the player wants to continue because he believes success in the Camp Nou.

Despite receiving a 'no' for an answer, the Spurs will not surrender. Bartra renewal signed shortly, agreed verbally, until 2014, with a clause identical to that of Sergi Roberto, 12 million while playing in the reserves and 20 when they take the leap to the first team. If Pep does not Bartra alternative to next summer, the Spurs back to the load. (via MD)

Help Xavi to win the 'Golden Foot!'

He needs on-line votes to be taken this trophy to the best crack bigger than 29 years.

Xavi is a favorite with Buffon (Juventus) and the former Barcelona Eto'o (Anzhi) to the 'Golden Foot', a trophy awarded by popular vote to the player on-line more than 29 years and still active more highlights during the year for football , personality and passion aroused. The 'Golden Foot' comes to be, then, as a 'Golden Ball' for the cracks that have left their mark not only now but they still count as your attendance Xavi and Villa-heeled that pass in the Barca-Atletico Saturdays.

Puyol, Casillas and Raul are among the ten finalists in 2011, but apart in terms of support received. To make Xavi -3 º in the 'Golden Ball' and 'FIFA World Player', 2009 and 3rd in the 'FIFA Golden Ball' in 2010 - winning just have to give the more votes as possible in ENTER HERE AND VOTE FOR XAVI .

The deadline is Oct. 7 and the trophy will be fought on Monday the 10th. Who in turn wish to contribute to 'Puyi' up positions can do so ENTER HERE AND VOTE FOR PUYOL 220,000 Internet users have already voted, a record of the trophy. (via MD)

2010 Francesco Totti (Roma)
2009 Ronaldinho (Milan)
2008 Roberto Carlos (Fenerbahçe)
2007 Alessandro del Piero (Juve)
2006 Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2005 Andriy Shevchenko (Milan)
2004 Pavel Nedved (Juve)
2003 Roberto Baggio (Brescia)

[FINALISTS 2011 (in alphabetical order)]
Beckham (LA Galaxy) --36 years
Buffon (Juve) --33 years
Casillas (Madrid) --30 years
Drogba (Chelsea) --33 years
Eto'o (Anzhi) --30 years
Giggs (ManU) --37 years
Puyol (Barça) --33 years
Raúl (Schalke) --34 years
Xavi (Barça) --31 years
Javier Zanetti (Inter) --38 years

Víktor Goncharenko, the precocious coach

BATE Borisov coach saw his playing career cut short by a knee injury that apart from the field but gave him a fantastic opportunity on the bench.

A injury in the knee impeded that Viktor Goncharenko's career like player of field of the BAT Borisov continued, it played of defense and in five years in the club participated in the attainment of two suspenders on the part of the Belarusian club.

Goncharenko is the son of an engineer, Mikhail, who worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and because of the radiation emitted during the disaster headquarters in 1986, died in 1993. His father soon found good football Viktor developments, and conveyed his love for the sport. From the nine years he was enrolled in a football school, but it was after the death of his father, when he decided to study in the "College Republican Olympic Reserve," in Minsk.

That's where Goncharenko received his first lectures on football, joined the RUOR Minsk and then in 1998, at 21, took the step to BATE, two league titles and four years later, he left to play football injury knee. But Viktor is not wanted to leave the pitch on the bench and saw a new option to stay tied to the sport that his father taught him.

So began in the lower categories of Belarusian club, later gave way to the bench as assistant first team but, first of Yuri and Igor Puntus Kriushenko finally in 2007 he began his successful career at the helm, now as a first coach.

Since the bench commanding figure of the bat, has won the league Belarus in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the year in which he also won the domestic cup His victories led him to contest the Champions League and the Champions League competition Goncharenko which has broken a record by becoming the precocious youngest coach who has managed a team rank in the group stage of the Champions League to face Real Madrid on 17 September 2008 with 31 years. At the same time, also won for the first time a Belarusian team reached the final stage. (via SPORT)

Thiago, the better kept letter of Guardiola

The hispanobrasileño has only taken five days to consolidate in the first team and become a key part of the drawing of Pep.

Too much time ago Pep Guardiola claimed to go 'piano, piano' with Thiago Alcántara, after the magnificent preseason of the hispanobrasileño. However, after thrashing Atletico Madrid, Barca coach could give vent to their assessment of the performance of Thiago, "a reality, a more mature player that brings a lot to team play." The section that goes from one statement to another portrays the explosive progression Mazinho son, in a very short time has gone from being a subsidiary promise of sporadic appearances in the first team to a world-class footballer.

In each match, Thiago is a step closer to its definitive consolidation as a basic element in the drawing of Guardiola. "With him, it is easier to play with this set of three back," admitted the coach, an endorsement of the recent trajectory Thiago, a player always under scrutiny of the environment and the fans constantly subjected to a trial in every game player by reputation irregular, sometimes brilliant and sometimes erratic.

But Thiago has matured as a footballer has improved the reading of the play, in decision-making and defensive side, to the point that Guardiola has been used in some games right side theorist, as in the premiere league with the Villarreal. "No problem, it is to keep learning," said the player after that meeting. Against Atletico Madrid finished playing `4 ¿, carrying the weight of the equipment when Busquets Guardiola replaced by Cesc and Pique by Keita.

After a summer of discussion chaired by the (fictional) between Thiago and Cesc, both have shown their full support: in fact, have shared the starting lineup in four of the five games of the season and both have been released already as scorers, neither the Cesc signing Thiago slows the progression has not forced the Bari-born player to seek refuge in any other team.

Thiago is putting gold brocade an unforgettable year, winning the UEFA European Under-21 and was named player of the finals after scoring a goal layer, renewed his contract until 2015 with a clause of 90 million euros, debuted the Spanish team in a competitive match and has only needed a month of competition to prove he is a player perfectly suited to the first team. (via SPORT)

Kezman, a 'tourist' that collects clubs and countries

The Serbian forward, who has played in twelve clubs from nine different countries, could be Barca player in 2003.

Mateja Kezman played four seasons at PSV Eindhoven and managed 129 goals. Along with Robben trained a couple named as' Batman and Robben what became two of the most wanted players in Europe. They ran well for the Serbian striker, who came to him daily specials from the big leagues. The bench was occupied by PSV coach Guus Hiddink, the only coach who has managed to squeeze their potential.

At the end of the 2002-2003 season, after scoring 35 goals in 33 games in the Eredivisie, Kezman could be the club.

One of the presidential candidates Barca, Jordi Majo, reached an agreement with Guus Hiddink, who had become coach of FC Barcelona. The Dutch striker had arrived under his arm. Both had signed a preliminary contract, but Joan Laporta swept the elections and both the coach and the player stayed in Eindhoven. "Life is so, it was a shame, but hey, then I had the opportunity to play in big clubs like Chelsea and Atletico," says the Serb. Kezman is the only player in the Dutch league history has scored more goals than games played in consecutive seasons. "It was a great team for someone young like me, a very familiar with a real crack in the dock, Guus Hiddink. With him I spent two fantastic years, with Robben and Van Bommel, among others. "

What happened to a forward who had broken all records scorers in the PSV and the Netherlands did not make a name in European football? "I have no idea, not only depends on one factor. The Chelsea was a little weird, I did not trust the coach, was a different football and went to Atletico. " Before traveling to Madrid, he had time to remove Barca in the Champions League. It was in the second round in a match that at twenty minutes and won the London 3-0. "It was one of the best matches of my life, I gave two assists. After that day expecting something more from the Mr. (Mourinho), but did not change anything. "

In the club Atletico Madrid met, fell in love with the city and the club: "I used to like Madrid, but when you play for Atletico Atletico you become." And he again met with the club: "I scored one of the goals of the victory at the Calderon, it was a bad season, but left Fenerbahçe," payment of 15 million euros. They played 46 games, scored 20 goals and won the Turkish league's centenary year of the club, but it was his last great year. Thereafter, he wandered through Paris (PSG), St. Petersburg (Zenit) and Hong Kong (South China). In Asian lands was four months before accepting an offer from Bate Borisov rival Barcelona in the Champions League. Viktoria Plzen marked before, but the goal did not come up to the scoreboard for offside. "I have signed until December, I hope to do well in Europe and to sign for another team in December," he explains. At 32 years old still dreams of finishing his career in a big team, but assumes that there will be the club: "It's great to watch them play, the best team in football history will not be easy playing against them, but everyone has a bad day. " When you say the name of Leo Messi does so with a different tone: "All ages have a baseline player, but this is better than any of them," he declares.

Mateja Kezman is a lover of tattoos, which looks in almost all parts of your body in an almost obsessive: "I like, is a vice. There who likes alcohol, women, snuff, I like my tattoos. " Another Serbian passion is God, who professes a faith without compromise, even though he lost the desire to become a monk: "That happened, but I admire his way of life." After twelve teams in eight different countries has not lost his enthusiasm for football and meeting new cultures to follow: "All my life I have been a tourist. The money is very well and always paid me well wherever I went, but I was interested to know different cultures, different lives, different languages. " Perhaps its special way of being deprived him of becoming the legendary footballer aimed at Eindhoven, but the strikers are above the goals. (via SPORT)

Ribeiro: "To retain Neymar is of national interest"

Santos's president denies an agreement with Madrid and it highlights the necessity to maintain the player.

Santos president Luis Álvaro Ribeiro, says Neymar keep the club "is of national interest." In fact, even advanced that the leader is looking for new sponsors to be able to count on the player, at least until 2013.

The head of Santos denied that Neymar is already playing for Real Madrid. However, he confessed that "there are indications that the Spanish club made a nice play." The play nice agreement refers to white club would have ended with the environment to sport player at the Bernabeu after the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and after the club's centenary peixe `¿:" The party is zero to zero did not finish because Neymar still the team, "said club president. The effort to keep the player is such that Ribeiro has already spoken with Dilma Roussef, president of Brazil, for help in order to retain the player and not have to sell him to Real Madrid or any other European club. "If 19 years old and worth millions, soon after the World Cup and Olympics Clus, the price increase," admits Ribeiro, whose interest seems cheaper than no football. (via SPORT)

Abidal doubts between Barça and Paris Saint-Germain

FC Barcelona, ​​which offers two more seasons one, wait until end of season to determine the final response of the French side.

Eric Abidal's future is not clear because the French footballer own has neither solved. The left-back has been mentioned in more than one occasion that he intended to end his career at the club and stay and live in Barcelona. The problem is that the Paris Saint-Germain has a very strong commitment to seize their services.

On the part of Barca's position is that, in principle, not set in stone: an optional two more seasons. Abidal club appreciates the effort and the way he handled his illness. Also takes into account what you are happy and adjusted in the dressing room and words always devotes Pep Guardiola given the chance. The titles, the football team practices and feelings each time living in the country joins his teammates are other factors to consider. It also appreciates that his family is very suited to the city.

But since France tightened a lot. Alain Roche, executive director of the French club, met with David Benditelli, representing the left-back during the last break of your selections. It is the only time I have met to discuss possible incorporation. The stance by the PSV is clear: he will contract to suit the economic conditions will be no problem, nor the duration of the contract. Despite his life in Barcelona, ​​the player also takes into account your age and the fact of returning to his native country. The Frenchman wants to incorporate a club renowned French players ahead of next season and Eric Abidal is the first in the list. (via SPORT)

Guardiola reopens the 'case Laporta'

His passionate defense of the expresidente revives the crossing of accusations between the directive last meeting and the current one.

Barca coach surprised much of barcelonismo minutes after the win against Atletico Madrid. In his press conference after the match, and after answering a question on purely footballing development of the game, Guardiola held a passionate defense of the board of Joan Laporta, in response to a question by Albert Solé, the Daily 'Ara', which appeared by surprise in the press conference. "I have great affection for the old board," Pep began, "they chose me and in any case, the merit is yours, and it took him deep inside and I am very sad about this." Guardiola no secret that the situation faced Laporta and their managers (who must face a civil liability action driven by the current board) is sad. "I understand the law and understand many things, but the junta took over the club in a more precarious situation than it is now and did extraordinary things for this club, not to sign Pep, but bring in Rijkaard, to revive the team and many normal things. "

Guardiola, who acknowledged he was getting into difficult terrain, expressed his wish that "all ends well" for previous management. "They are suffering a lot and do not deserve all this, because everybody did a lot for this club. I know them personally, they all did a lot for this institution. "

The coach, who tried to contextualize his speech in favor of Laporta, the club stressed that "the whole world, both managers and coaches and players, do good things and bad" and that "a part of this big club belongs all former presidents, like Nunez, who was a long time or Laporta, who would match many of the virtues of this team. "

"The president Laporta," he explained Guardiola, "I played a lot of this team and what this club is today." The technician, in fact, it was clear at the time to ask the current board a step back in action against Laporta. "I hope this does not reach the end, the whole world to reflect, to end the best way possible, that everyone is aware that if we are here is thanks to many people and sometimes the nuances make us go to sites not belong to us "and recalled his gratitude to Laporta and his is great. "My esteem for them is infinite. I hope everything will end soon because this is hurting the club. "

Guardiola's speech, stuck in the middle of the press conference was a bombshell in the box at the Camp Nou. Rosell and their managers, who had reached the stage of the stadium just in time to see to start the match after an assembly of more than six hours, they knew the words of Pep still in the public area of ​​the field, before leaving the stadium, almost one in the morning.

The board was surprised that the coach had fanned a fire that was, if not off, then at least become embers: indeed, in the Assembly before the match against Atletico barely mentioned the liability action against Laporta, the issue Star of the Assembly last year. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Dos Santos, self-critical with the team

Jonathan is one of the leaders of the branch and it recognized that they are failing when leaving with life to the rivals.

The start of season Barça B has not been the expected and the costumes are the first to admit that should raise the piston. One of their referents, Jonathan dos Santos, described the high standards between players and regretted not knowing how close the game when the Blaugrana superiority is clear.

The crash before Recerativo sounded to previous games. Many approaches against an opponent who could only defend, but in the locker Barça B just went up a point. Dos Santos explained that "we again have occasion to kill the game and we did not. We make mistakes, quotes, juveniles. Last week we passed the same in Alicante and in the end we lost. " The Mexican was upset 2-2 by the end because "we controlled the match was a shame, but this category is."

The poor result contrasts with the footballer's personal progression. It has been consolidated with Barça B acting as a pivot, and makes a difference, as in the second goal against the Huelva with a large attendance at Tello. Jonahtan attributed its strong performance to "the boss is giving me confidence. He had played in this position once and I feel comfortable. " In the preseason was surprised by the adaptation of Pep Guardiola's hand on the right side. Jonathan is a born midfielder, but stressed that "put where they put me I will give everything. I am aware that the midfield is packed first team and is difficult to find a space. "

A personal performance must add the good understanding with Rafa Alcantara, who commented that "we played last season and it shows that you have the same blood as Thiago. Rafa has a lot to receive, distribute well and also has a lot of goal. " (via SPORT)

Toni Freixa: "I didn't wait for me the words of Guardiola but we respect them"

The secretary and spokesman of the Directive Meeting of Barça has declared that it respects the coach's azulgrana declarations although it recognizes that "non m.
He adds that "it is understood by the care that we have," referring to the relationship between coach and former President.

The secretary and spokesman of the Directive Meeting of FC Barcelona, Toni Freixa, it has been interviewed in the program 'Tu Diràs' of RAC1, among other topics, to comment the declarations of support of Pep Guardiola toward the previous Meeting of the Club.

Freixa has said that "I did not expect yesterday's words Guardiola, but respect. It is understood by the care that we have," referring to the relationship of the technical and the former president.

The Catalan lawyer, added that "do not understand the words of Guardiola as a position in favor of Laporta. Do not withdraw the complaint because the member's vote." (via MD)

Pep Guardiola had dinner last Thursday with Joan Laporta and Johan Cruyff

Pep Guardiola surprised everyone in the press conference after the Barcelona-Atletico Madrid to ensure that "the board of Laporta suffers a lot and deserves it." As has been learned, the Barca coach last Thursday lunch with Joan Laporta and Johan Cruyff in a table on which were also, among others, Ferran Adrià and Manel Estiarte .

This Sunday, Laporta thanked Guardiola his words on Saturday in which he praised his work at the club. "My esteem for Pep is also infinite. He and his aides have made ​​a great decision to trust him as Barca coach," wrote the former president Barca in their Twitter accounts and Facebook. (via MD)

[Former player] Litmanen continues marking golazos at 40 years

The exazulgrana Jari Litmanen won the Finnish Cup with his current team, HJK Helsinki, even scoring a goal in overtime decisive.

Despite having 40 years and has over 24 years of playing professional football (debuted in 1987), Litmanen still leaves drops of incredible quality. This Saturday, it was for two seasons Barça won the Finnish Cup, beating HJK Helsinki 1-2 in overtime to KuPS Kuopio.

After completing the ninety minutes scoreless, Litmanen put the 0-1 on the scoreboard with a shot from distance which took placed at the bottom right of the goalkeeper. Soon after, midfielder Alexander Ring, 20 and therefore 20 years younger than Litmanen scored the 0-2, leaving the game completely doomed. The KuPS reduced distances in the last minute of the game, but the title went to the hands of capital equipment, which is also a way to win the Finnish League.

There will be two more titles for Litmanen totaling more than twenty in his career and still wants to continue making war on a football field. (via SPORT)

Telemadrid calls "Míster Liver" to Abidal in an unfortunate comment

Without bad intention, but the certain thing is that the exazulgrana Quique Estebaranz carried out an inadequate comment on Abidal in the retransfer of the Barça-Atlético one in Telemadrid.

"There Maxwell leaves and Míster Liver" enters, Quique Estebaranz affirmed, analyst of the autonomous channel from Madrid, while lateral French abandoned the field. The comment was not intended to offend, as shortly afterwards praised the great state of form in which it was Abidal after illness and self Estebaranz said "there is no way to realize what you need to know to appreciate more ".

In the end, all was a comment without malice, but which could and should be avoided given that the disease suffered by reason Abidal deserves no joke.

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[Former president] Laporta: "My appreciation for Guardiola is infinite”

On Saturday, after the win over Atletico, Pep Guardiola made a passionate defense of Joan Laporta and the previous board. And now is the former president who returned the compliments.

Joan Laporta used social networking site Facebook to thank for his words of Barça last Saturday night. Remember that Guardiola said he felt a great affection for Guardiola and former directors and regretted the confrontation with the current board. Laporta said: "My appreciation for Pep is also infinite. He and his aides have made a great decision to trust him as coach of Barça".

This same Sunday, in the "Supplement" of Catalunya Radio, the spokesman of the board Blaugrana, Toni Freixa and made clear he would not withdraw the lawsuit filed against the former directors Laporta, because it was a decision supported by the assembly of delegates last year. (via SPORT)

Rosell, Bartomeu and Zubizarreta give encouragement to Afellay

The president and top sports officials of FC Barcelona wanted to support personally Ibrahim Afellay at an awkward time after the player has made an injury that will be a long downtime.

The Dutch player has been the City Athletic Club with a physical therapist to begin the long recovery process ahead. A while later, at six o'clock, Sandro Rosell, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Andoni Zubizarreta have come to visit sports facilities for Afellay. The president and the leaders wanted to give personal encouragement to the player, who was injured last Thursday in a workout. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Travelling, the order of the week for the first team

Barça face a week full of activity and travelling is the order of the week. On Tuesday the team will travel to Belarus to play the next game in the Champions League, and Sunday they’ll travel to Gijón, for the next Spanish League match.

Following the 5-0 win against Athletico Madrid , and having enjoyed a rest day, the group led by Josep Guardiola will start a week in which the scheduled training sessions will be planned around the travelling that the team will have to do in the Champions League and League.

The First Team will be back at training on Monday in a session scheduled to start at 11.00 at the Joan Gamper training ground. Activity on Tuesday will begin very early in the morning The Barça expedition is expected to leave the Camp Nou at 8.15 to start the journey to Minsk (Belarus), where on Wednesday (20.45) they’ll face Bate Borisov in the second round of the group stage of the top European competition.

On Tuesday, the squad will train at the Dynamo stadium from 19.30, and the corresponding press conferences will take place. After the game on Wednesday the squad won’t travel back to Barcelona until Thursday, when they’re scheduled to set off at 11.00.

On Friday and Saturday, the weekly planning will include training each day, scheduled for 11.00, to be held at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. As usual, the day before a match, Guardiola will appear before the media at the press conference prior to Sunday’s match against Sporting Gijon. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Messi: "I want to continue breaking records"

Once again another Leo Messi exhibition. With the three goals he scored against Athletico Madrid, the Argentine star has now scored 192 goals for Barça, just two behind the legendary Hungarian striker Laszi Kubala, who scored 194 in total.

He’s only 24, but Messi’s are the stats of a veteran. He’s about to catch Kubala and is increasingly closer to reaching the top scorer in the history of the Club, Cesar Rodriguez (235). In an exclusive interview on Barça TV’s “El Marcador”, Messi expressed his desire to continue making history at Barça: "I’m pretty calm about it. I just take it a game at a time, but obviously I'm very excited about becoming top scorer. Many years have gone by and it’s still the same player [referring to Kubala]. Hopefully I can beat his stats. I want to continue breaking records here".

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