06 October 2011

With the Bobby Robson Foundation

Barça and Guardiola get involved in the auction for the benefit of the Bobby Robson Foundation.



Barça and first team manager, Josep Guardiola, are joining the charity auction promoted by the organization Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
These two organizations have launched the Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Auction, an online charity auction to help in the fight against breast cancer, which involves different clubs, institutions, and individuals. Barça have joined the cause promoted by the Foundation of the ex Barça manager (1996/97) Bobby Robson, who died on 31 July 2009, victim of cancer.

In this auction, Barça will provide the possibility of being close to their stars. In fact, the winner will attend a first team training session, acquire a shirt signed by the players, participate in a meeting with some of the players and coach Josep Guardiola, and receive two tickets to attend a game at the Camp Nou.

The first team manager, Josep Guardiola, who spent the 1996/97 season under the guidance of Bobby Robson, is very pleased to participate in this charitable initiative. "For Barça and for me it is a pleasure and an honour to contribute to the Foundation of Sir Bobby Robson, and be a part of this task to fight against cancer. This is a small way to help because every day cancer is something that is better treated over time it will be just another illness" said Guardiola.

Joining the auction that begins this Thursday, 6th of October is a new recognition of the figure of Robson. "I was lucky to be one of his players, and learn from him and his values, how to handle players, how to behave in victory and in defeat, and his fair-play. It was a great lesson for us and for me. As an institution it’s an honour to collaborate in this fight" Guardiola explained.
You can contribute as a donor or participate as a bidder through the following website: www.sirbobbysbreakthroughauction.com

The Sir Bobby Robson Breaktrough Breast Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness on prevention, treatment, and erradication of breast cancer, fighting on three fronts: research, information, and education. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection Under-17] Call for mini-tournament in Montenegro Classification

The national team led by Santi Denia train in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas, 13 to October 16, and later travel to Podgorica (Montenegro) from 17 to 25 October which will play the qualifying round of the UEFA European Under XI -17. (via RFEF)

A proposal for national teams, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for training of the reference to the following players:

ARSENAL FC: Héctor Bellerin Moruno.
ATHLETIC CLUB: Iker Undabarrena Martínez, Óscar Gil Oses.
CLUB ATLÉTICO DE MADRID SAD: Borja Martínez Sánchez.
FC BARCELONA: Rodrigo Tarín Higón, Alejandro Grimaldo García, Sergi Samper Montaña, Sandro Ramírez Castillo.
RC CELTA DE VIGO SAD: Rubén Blanco Veiga.
MÁLAGA CF SAD: Samuel Castillejo Azuaga.
REAL MADRID CF: Iván Sáez Jiménez, Jose Ángel Pozo la Rosa.
CLUB ATLÉTICO OSASUNA: Ander Cantero Armendáriz.
REAL SPORTING DE GIJON SAD: Álvaro Bustos Sandoval, Alejandro Serrano García.
SEVILLA FC SAD: Juan Jesús Arguez Ruiz.
VALENCIA CF SAD: Salvador Ruiz Rodriguez.
VILLARREAL CF SAD: Ramón Bueno Gozalvo.

Pasqual Maragall visits training session

The ex-President of Catalonia, Pasqual Maragall, came along to watch the players in training at Sant Joan Despí this morning, as the 4 first team players worked out with the B team.


Pasqual Maragall, ,who was President of Catalonia between 2003 and 2006 was present at pitch number three of the Ciutat Esportiva this morning, as Guardiola put the remnant s of his first team squad through their paces with the B team players. Sr Maragall spoke after the session with Guardiola, Iniesta Pinto and Maxwell.

As has happened all week, the four members of the squad available –Pinto, Maxwell, Fontàs and Iniesta- trained with the B team, under the instructions of Pep Guardiola and Eusebio Sacristá, who shared the training duties between them.

The squad will be back at the Ciutat Esportiva on Friday morning at 10.00 for the final session of a week that has seen 14 Barça players away with their national teams. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Henry 'resurrected' in MLS

Henry now totals 14 goals so far this season, the last of them achieved this Wednesday after a well attended also exazulgrana Rafa Márquez. With French's goal and the previous of Rodgers, New York Red Bulls defeated Los Angeles Galaxy of David Beckham and rooms are located in its conference, what allows them to have within its reach the classification for the playoff that give access to the fight for the title.

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[Former player] For Eto'o, at the present time Mourinho is the best

Samuel Eto'o talks Guardiola, Mourinho, the rivalry Barça-Madrid and why his departure to the Russian football.


Samuel Eto'o, told sports daily AS, reviewed several issues of the day football in Spain, through its relationship with Guardiola, the figure of Mourinho or lived in the classic tension between Barcelona and Madrid. He also spoke about his move to Anzhi.

Asked about the coach of FC Barcelona, ​​the Cameroonian said: "I ended up well with him. In football decisions are his and he took me. That's it. This is part of football and with time I have been learning. I can have an opinion and I assume. Luck is that today that I am the only player who has made two triples in two years in a row with two different teams. I try to stay with that part of this whole story. But we're still the same family and Most importantly, the club will continue to provide a feeling and giving the possibility to dream and to see good football. "

Later asked if Pep and Mourinho are the face and the cross, what Eto'o said that "I will not compare, but I can say that for me Luis Aragones is the best coach of all time and Mourinho, the best in the world today. I have been fortunate to have also Pep, which is one of a kind, but I've learned a lot working under Mou, both as a coach and person. " And to which of the two would take to train Anzhi, Cameroon was politically correct: "If I have to try to bring one out the best in the world. Mourinho and Guardiola are among them, so I would be happy with anybody."

"In the Camp Nou lived my best times as a player. I was a good footballer, but when I got to Barcelona I got better still. Play with pressure and do well at the club it is different from anywhere else," said Eto'o in reference to his past FC Barcelona.

In relation to the tension generated by the Rua classics, Samuel was clear: "The rivalry between them has to stay in the camps and that is what will make us enjoy. The Madrid-Barça are unique matches. I told my Inter fellow I've been fortunate to play many derbies, including Italy, but the Classic of Spain is the best in the world. When I got that week you could not sleep. "

Eto'o currently charges net 20 million per season, making him the highest paid footballer in the world. When asked if money was the reason to move to Russia, Cameroon said, "Why do we work in life? You to work? Anyone who says otherwise is a hypocrite. Kerimov's dream-owner Russian club have a club is concerned. From there trying to bring players to go with that idea or that can help make this happen. He thought of me and I reciprocate. " (via SPORT)

[Former player] Sevilla, Villarreal and Espanyol are disputed Saviola

The current situation of 'Conejo', substitute the usual start to the season with Benfica, has rekindled the interest of several teams to gain the services of Argentine art, especially in Spain and England.


So on Thursday aimed at sports newspapers lusos "A Bola" and "O Jogo", which stand on their front pages the "siege" and "mad race" involving several clubs to hire that out Barca and Real Player Madrid, among others.

The Portuguese press echoes the interest of Sevilla, Villarreal and Espanyol on getting his transfer, which also yearn Queen Park Rangers in English, Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, or even River Plate in Argentina, where the player began his career.

Saviola, who turns 30 in December, is in his final year of his contract with Benfica, but its relationship with the people of Lisbon can be automatically extended for another year if he deems the club incarnate.

"A Bola" says Benfica do not want to let go of the Argentine player said that his coach, Jorge Jesus, they still considered a cornerstone of its workforce.

Saviola has been the main victim of changing technical scheme of this campaign, which has become a classic 4-4-2, with whom he played alongside the Paraguayan Oscar Cardozo, Aimar to a 4-2-3-1 with the Belgian playmaker and as the second midfielder Witsel. (via SPORT)

Roberto Carlos: "Xavi is the number one of the world"

The former Real Madrid side was full of praise to the figure of Xavi, but also recognized the merits of Messi, and Guardiola on a ship that is above its exequipo.

"For three or four years Xavi is living a very great time and it depends a lot on Barcelona.'s A genius, the reference of this team and for me to be recognized as the world number one. The pity is that people not valued as it deserves, "said Roberto Carlos in an interview with Ligabbva.com.

The former Real Madrid left-back, 'now acts as player-coach in the Russian Anzhi, did not leave Barca then praise and stands out above the rest Messi and Pep Guardiola. Argentina's called it a "decisive player," even over Cristiano Ronaldo. "Cristiano is a phenomenon, but Messi is ahead of others and is fortunate to play with two cracks such as Xavi and Iniesta," he said.

The flatteries to Pep Guardiola was further on and Roberto Carlos highlighted the difficult thing that it is to be good in two so complicated facets as that of player and coach. "For me he has done in recent years, Pep is crack. Has shown that in addition to being a great player, is also a great coach," said the Brazilian who, however, believes that Jose Mourinho is over Catalan. "It's the best coach in the world, but you have to make your computer be as well. Today Barcelona is a little ahead of Madrid, but give it time Mourinho am convinced that this season will do something good," concluded. (via SPORT)

Committees of long tradition pro-meringue

A recent study pointed to the CN of Arbitrators and the courts of the Federation partners have tried Madrid.


The story is there, despite the propaganda efforts involved to change it. Reality says that Real Madrid and the established power of football have been always good. Recently demonstrated a complete research of journalist Ruben Uria, that under the headline "Caretas was' dismantled the theory of 'Villarato' on Eurosport's website in January. Uría detailed one on one resume of the 26 presidents of the National Association of Referees in 1993 until the arrival of Victoriano Sánchez Arminio. And the study confirms that an overwhelming majority of those presidents of the ANC to decide who arbitrated in Spain came to office after being players, partners or directors of Real Madrid.

The relationship is very long, from the pioneer, Alfonso Albéniz Jordana (player, partner and director merengue) to more career, Jose Plaza, who played for Real Madrid branch of the Plus Ultra.

The various sports committees have not been impervious to this trend either. In 1981, an article in El Pais revealing that members of the Sports Discipline Committee were members of Real Madrid.

More recently, the Competition Committee, among other things, entered by the court to punish Giovanni Barca in 1997 and Patrick Kluivert in 2000, was formed by former members of Real Madrid, as its president Fernando Sequeira. (via MD)

Multazo for Alexis

Chilean forward will have to pay 6,000 euros to skip a session of his recovery from injury.


One of the keys to success is that its staff Guardiola lives centradísima seasons in the competition and the five senses at work. And if any player deviates from this path right on time, there's the coaching staff to redirect with an iron fist in velvet glove. In most cases it works. This is what has happened to one of the signings this season, Alexis Sanchez. After being injured in Anoeta, Chilean missed a rehabilitation sessions had to do in the Ciutat Esportiva with the 'physios' club. It was specifically on 14 September, the day the staff met in a farmhouse in Sant Cugat to pineapple.

Before going to the food, the Chilean, like other injured, was placed in the hands of the salvors to undertake a rehabilitation session. It was presented and, obviously, with that absence had to follow the code of procedure. That failure involved a financial penalty for a high amount, about 6,000 euros. The player explained his reasons, but complied with the sanction.

It so happens that yesterday, during the match against Milan, Andres Iniesta fell injured. The manchego itself went through the Ciutat Esportiva to pass through the hands of physiotherapists and even went to Sant Cugat food accompanied by one of them, Emili Ricart.

With this penalty, they were informed of the team captains, which is intended from the coaching staff is not going to Alexis to portray in front of their peers. The intention is that the Chilean, who is new to the team understand that in this locker room is the highest level of professionalism and there is a marked protocols anyone can jump in any way. Alexis, big bet sports management and coaching staff, has positivized this episode and has realized that to reach the top and can not keep our guard down one iota.

From the coaching staff confidence in the player's total. The best proof is that you have given permission to go to their country to follow aa tuning with a recovery of the club. (via MD)

The unique judge justifies why it applies such a benevolent sanction

Flórez lowers the penalty from three to two games appealing to the "no injury" and said that Mourinho had no "intention of hurting" Vilanova.


"For reasons of pure hermeneutics". The phrase does not belong to any philosophical treatise, but for the reasons stated by the Competition sole judge of the Spanish Football Federation, Alfredo Florez, to impose a penalty of only two games Jose Mourinho for his assault on Tito Vilanova leg of the Supercopa of Spain.

The letter in which Alfredo Florez explains the reasons for their decision is a justification of five pages in which attempts to provide a 'light version does the attitude of Mourinho at the Nou Camp.

Flórez himself recalls in his writing that the judge in the case, Rafael Alonso, proposed a three-match ban for Mourinho, but the judge only clarifies that there are extenuating circumstances, such as "the absence of injury or lack of conclusive evidence the intention of wounding by Mr Mourinho. " Florez adds that "not enough to appreciate pure conjecture."

The judge also dismissed the three-match ban for other reasons: "No application is allowed a maximum level (of punishment) or the entity of the club where they perform their professional duties, nor by the fact behavior that produces more media coverage. " And that's when Florez says that "for reasons of pure hermeneutics," ie, due to its power to interpret the facts, the proposal reduces the examining magistrate "maximum grade average." That is, from three to two-match ban for the Portuguese.

In the case of Tito Vilanova, the judge admits that his blow to Mourinho responded to a previous attack of Luso and therefore must be considered mitigating. But Flórez grabs Article 12.3 of the Disciplinary Code RFEF to keep Vilanova match ban. (via SPORT)

Madrid media are too lenient a sanction

The readers of the kindred means criticized the ridiculous sanction.


Even the faithful squires of Real Madrid have been hand-to-head at the permissiveness of the single judge of the Competition Committee of the RFEF. Two games with a clear aggression, intentional and totally out of the canons of sportsmanship is too poor a penance. Yesterday, the main standards of the Madrid press threw the question among all readers and listeners. 'Is the punishment fair Mourinho? They asked. The response was massive and forceful, as the followers of these meringues Flu C almost entirely to do you were against the white coach Pyrrhic penalty.

La Cadena Cope, a media that has always defended tooth and nail the Luso project using even his trickery to discredit the club, threw the air the question with an amazing result for some, given that 69% of participants ensured that very few games against such an atrocity to the world of sport. The question in `The World of the XXI century was it identical, whereas in this case was 82% of the readers who see little punishment. The sport newspaper 'As' received the same answer on the part of 53%. In the case of `The question mark was formulated with a twist. Still, bet readers for criticizing the ridiculous penalty imposed on the Portuguese. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Total agreement for the renewal of Montoya with Barça


Finally resolved the doubts, the fringes or those aspects that prevented the final agreement on the renovation of Martin Montoya. This time, the defender and the club have closed the continuity of football two seasons. The player's advisor, Josep Maria Orobitg, and executives of the sports area have finalized a draft final contract is pending only balance the agendas for the official photograph of rigor.

The renewal of Montoya had led to uncertainty in recent weeks. The jingle from this past summer has been delayed more than necessary, while the club was almost stalling time that the player received juicy offers. While both sides insisted that the differences were minimal, the fact is that until a few hours ago it was impossible to finalize the renewal.

Montoya is one of the team players with more projection. Its evolution has led even to enter the call for Vicente del Bosque. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Keirrison debut as the Cruzeiro striker

The forward given by Barça to the Cruzeiro opened this Wednesday like scorer in the Brazilian league when marking the first goal of his team before Sao Paulo.


In his second game as a regular for Cruzeiro, has hardly played five games since returning to Brazil, the other three as deputy-Keirrison scored the first goal for his team to take an assist from Argentine Walter Montillo. After the Sao Paulo would give back the party and would Anselmo Ramon would put the final 3-3 leaving the club in Belo Horizonte a little further from relegation.

The goal scored against moral Sao Paulo could give a player who pointed long before joining Barça and the numerous unsuccessful assignments have left in the background.

"There is not test that Mou has spirit of hurting Tito"


The sanction of two games to José Mourinho for the famous one 'dedazo'a Tito Vilanova has given place to a great polemic regarding if it is fair or it should have been bigger.

The different interpretations of the issue spread like wildfire as the hours pass, just consider it excessive, many believe it should be larger and have doubts about the criteria that the committee has continued to impose the sanction.

Next, the detailed history of the evolution of the sentence and the elements that have been taken into account, and not to evaluate the event and to impose 'justice'.

On August 23 the competition committee, knowing through various media, agrees to investigate whether the events in the game SuperCup between Mourinho and Vilanova , must involve the initiation of a sanction or to be filed.

After analyzing the images the competition judge, Alfredo Florez , agrees to initiate a disciplinary procedure to both technical for serious (4 to 12 games) into Portuguese and minor violations (up to 4 games) into Catalan, in both cases only as evidence.

Two days later, on August 25, the Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho suggested as a party in the process (a process that until then had been initiated by the court concurred so the absence of parties), to which Judge access competition.

A day before the Madrid had filed an appeal against the decision to open the file saying that the lack of Mourinho should be as mild as was the case of Tito Vilanova , but the August 31 Judge not support the resource competition and opened the instructor, Rafael Alonso Martínez , to practice the necessary evidence and propose the appropriate penalty,

On 19 September, the instructor of the case dictates a proposal to resolve the case with a penalty (minor - evidence against the Judge-) of 1-3 game suspension for violation of Article 123 of the Disciplinary Code RFEF .

Once the judge to the parties the proposed penalty, the Madrid presents arguments reiterating that Mourinho "had previously supported a series of provocations" and describes the incident as "safe and without violence , and that, at most, could earn the disregard qualification regarded as conduct contrary to good order in section 122 sports "that would result in a penalty of 0 to 4 games, a framed article in the chapter on minor offenses against serious than initially suspected the judge himself.

At this point, which is accepted as mild punishment, the judge must opt to accept the argument of Madrid (conduct contrary to sports, from 0 to 4 games) or benefit from the proposed instructor (violence in the game , 1 to 3 games) to issue its final ruling, to which the court considers that, taking into account that there are no harmful consequences, the article that sets the violence in the game (1 to 3 games) is set higher so the fact its "defining wide range of possibilities," meaning it is more open to interpretation and therefore to place on it the action being analyzed.

It then comes into play the role of "modifying circumstances of responsibility" laid down in Article 12 of the Disciplinary Code, a judge has the power of competition to assess mitigating or aggravating elements that allow modifying the classification of the sanction and increase accountability .

The judge, having the power to raise the level of serious penalty, rejected that option on the grounds that "responsibility modifying circumstances there are both ways" , and gives as an example of mitigation for the Portuguese "the absence of injury and the lack of conclusive evidence in the mood to hurt by the Sr.Mourinho " .

He adds that Article 12, which gives the power to change the category of the penalty, at any time does not specify the possible aggravating as the "technical condition of the accused, the entity of the club where they perform their professional duties and the impact media of behavior "as such circumstances, thus reaffirming the decision to apply to Jose Mourinho a penalty of 1 to 3 games for violence in the game, and concludes "for reasons of pure hermeneutics" to reduce the proposed instructor (1 to 3 games) to the medium degree (2 games).

This was the "history of dedazo ', with these data that gives us better acquainted with the resolution and the elements that have entered the fray, interpretations of the appropriateness of the penalty shall have more weight and be more aligned with reality. (via MD)

Carles Puyol: "It went throuth my head having to leave the football"


The centreback of Barcelona, ​​Carles Puyol , has confessed that after he suffered numerous injuries throughout last season and kept him away from the pitch, he thought about hanging up his boots.

"It's been eight months of suffering. I had a hard because he saw no solution, lost his leg strength and could not play. Even went through my head having to leave football."

Puyol was speaking to the microphone of Antena 3 in an interview which just released an advance and which can be seen in full on Monday.

Barca advance in this speech about the virtues and defects of Real Madrid and the whole of Pep Guardiola : "The virtue of Madrid is that they never surrender, with few defects. A fault of ours, against Madrid, is that when things go wrong as soon throw in the towel and virtue, we are a pineapple ".

MOVIE: www.elmundodeportivo.com

Barca continued to lead the world rankings IFFHS


The FC Barcelona continues to lead the club's annual world rankings drawn up by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

The Catalan side, with 331 points, repeat the position achieved in 2010 as well as Real Madrid in second place. Manchester United , in third place, Porto and Schalke 04 completed the top5.

To find other Spanish teams have come down to position number 11, where the Villarreal , while Atletico Madrid is situated more behind at number 24. (via MD)

Classification (in brackets, its position in 2010):

1. (1.) FC Barcelona
2. (2.) Real Madrid CF
3. (3.) Manchester United FC
4. (4.) FC do Porto
5. (6.) FC Schalke 04
6. (8.) CA Vélez Sarsfield
7. (9.) FC Bayern München
8. (5.) FC Internazionale Milano
9. (9.) Manchester City FC
10. (14.) CD Universidad Católica Santiago

[Selection] Villa left the train because of some muscular problems

David Villa trained less than the rest of his team-mates because of some problems in the hamstring of the left leg.


Barca striker struck a deal with the doctors of the selection train less time than expected because of some discomfort dragged from the last league match. Concretely, as the doctors pointed, it is about some light nuisances in the isquiotibiales of the left thigh that don't have bigger graveness and that they should not prevent him to participate in the next games with the selection. (via SPORT)

[Selection] Dani Alves: "It would be a dream to play the Olympics"

The right full-back of Barcelona Spanish, Brazilian Dani Alves, Costa Rica declared that his selection for the consolidation of staff turnover, and therefore needs good results in friendly matches.


Dani Alves said that "it would contest the Olympic dream" but acknowledged that "there is an obsession." "I put at the disposal of Mano Menezes, it is he who decides," añdadió the Brazilian player.

"We're at that stage of going through a process of changing the group to incorporate a fairly young players with a promising future and the results will give us peace of mind to continue this work," Alves told a news conference.

The right side explained that the command of coach Mano Menezes, Brazil is seeking to "build a large group" will be based on experienced players like Ronaldinho and younger as Neymar.

Alves said he was positive the return of Ronaldinho to the team because with Neymar "bring the joy characteristic of the Brazilian national team" that makes them enjoy "a little more" being in the group.

"Aside from playing nice, Brazil has always had to win because it makes no sense to play nice and not win," said Alves, who said that Brazil will be taken seriously on Friday's friendly against Costa Rica.

On the friendly at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Alves said that although he knows little of Costa Rica, "the Brazilian team always has a responsibility to do well and get results."

Alves said the Brazilian players are serious about these types of games because they are "fundamental and important" to fight for a spot for the World Cup 2014, of which Brazil will host.

"Every call is an opportunity for the future. Brazil has a very high level and earn a place costs a lot so we can not throw us off and we must seize every opportunity," he said.

On the rival, Alves reiterated that knows little, but provides a team 'tico' with "the motivation to cap" and eager to give his "best performance" to face Brazil.

The Brazilian team was trained for the first time in Costa Rica in the facilities of the Project Goal Football Federation and tomorrow will recognize the National Stadium court.

On Thursday, 'the Canarinha' training behind closed doors to finish refining the approach presented against Costa Rica in Friday's game to be played at 20.00 local time (02.00 GMT). (via SPORT)

[Selection] "Abidal's injury is worrying"

Fabrice Bryand, French team doctor, advised not to run risks with Eric Abidal but does not rule you can play against Bosnia on Tuesday.


"We found that Abidal injury is worrying, but we also know that their resilience is exceptional," said Bryand to 'Eurosport.fr', taking for granted that there "are going to take risks with Abidal," but that " fingers crossed "if the time comes to Barça player to play for his country next week to Bosnia.

Abidal suffered a muscle spasm in the hamstring during the match with Sporting Gijon and the period of initial low estimate was between seven and ten days. After review by the medical Gauls, the player will stay focused with his selection. (via SPORT)