17 October 2011

Cesc rejoins squad for light training

The first team squad were back in training this morning ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game. Cesc Fàbregas joined the group for part of the session for the first time since his injury.

After a day off following Saturday’s win over Racing, the players were at work this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, as they began preparations for Wednesday’s game against Viktoria Pilsen.

The 19 man squad, the 18 available players plus Fabregas, worked with the Champions League ball on pitch number 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Fabregas made his reappearance in a training session for the first time since his injury in training on October 1st.

Alexis Sánchez is also recovering from injury and worked out apart from the rest of the squad.

Eight players from the B team also joined in the session - Javier Espinosa, Oriol Rosell, Gustavo Ledes, Marc Bartra, Sergi Gómez, Carlos Carmona, Martí Riverola and Carles Planas.

Aleksandar Stavrev the will whistle Barcelona-Viktoria Plzen

The Macedonian official will be responsible for directing the Champions League at the Camp Nou.
The Scot Craig Thomson beep Leverkusen-Valencia.

The Macedonian collegiate Stavrev Aleksandar has been appointed by UEFA to lead the Barcelona-Victoria Plzen, the third round of the Champions League to be played next Wednesday. (via MD)

The referees for the matches in the Champions League next Wednesday, are:

[Grupo E]
B. Leverkusen - Valencia Craig Thomson (SCO)
Chelsea - Genk Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

[Grupo F]
Ol. Marsella - Arsenal Damir Skomina (SVN)
Olympiacos - Borussia Dortmund Bas Nijhuis (NED)

[Grupo G]
Shakhtar Donetsk - Zenit Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
Oporto - APOEL Antony Gautier (FRA)

[Grupo H]
Milan - BATE Borisov Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Barcelona - Victoria Plzen Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Abidal certain of reaching renewal agreement

The French international has said his agent is meeting the club on Thursday and that his intention is to stay at Barça for another two years.

The last time Éric Abidal gave a press conference, he spoke very sincerely about his contract situation. He made it clear that he wanted to get back to the same level of fitness that he showed before his liver tumour operation before negotiating his future at FC Barcelona. On Monday, Abidal was in front of the media again and said “I’m perfectly healthy and I’m trying to show that on the pitch”.

Abidal explained that his agent will be holding talks with the club on Thursday to discuss his renewal. There is no agreement yet, but the Frenchman said that “it is not a problem with money, it’s about seasons”, saying that he would like to sign for two more years. It is his desire to continue defending the Barça jersey and “I am sure that we will reach an agreement”. As Abidal has often said in the past, “my idea is to carry on playing here, because it’s the best club in the world”.

Abidal was injured in Gijón, just before the international break. He went to France regardless and missed the first match because “it was hurting” but did play the second because “I didn’t have any problems.” Abidal insisted that “we are intelligent when we feel pain. We think it is best to rest for a few days and then get back to training. Because if you carry on training then the injury could end up lasting longer … the season is long and we all have to be at our best.”

In the game against Racing Santander, Éric Abidal almost scored a cracking goal from a bicycle kick. “If I’d connected right, it would have gone in”, he said, while a screen in the pressroom showed a replay of the action.

But the Racing Santander game is now history, and the team is preparing for the European fixture with FC Viktoria. Abidal knows that there are no easy games in the Champions League, and that the back-to-back encounters with the Czech outfit are important because “there are six points at stake, and if we get them we are in the last sixteen”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Fontàs signs on till 2015

Barça’s young defender has extended his contract with the Club through to 30th June 2015, with an increased buyout clause of 70 million Euros.

Andreu Fontàs is a central defender with plenty of future ahead of him and the Club has recognised that by extending his contract until 30th June 2015. The new deal, signed this morning at the Club offices, extends his contract from 2013 and the buyout clause from 30 to 70 million Euros.

The Club informed the player on July 4th that he would be part of the first team squad for this season and he has so far featured in just one game so far this campaign –the 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad at Anoeta. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Eusebio: "Overcoming this streak will make us stronger"

The defeat of Barça B to the left Guadalajara branch hit the locker room but convinced that the negative dynamics results will soon be over. Eusebio believes in working every day to overcome the slump suffered by your computer.

I had reason to regret the bad luck that his team again suffered at the Guadalajara , but did not. Eusebius assumes that the Barça B is undergoing a phase it calls "hard learning" in which "the results do not confirm the delivery, work and good team play. "

"The game in the first half was not what we wanted, we lacked more speed and ball movement," he acknowledged Eusebio about the defeat at Guadalajara.

In the second period the subsidiary's football has come, however, the wishes of the coaching staff: "We have found interior corridors, we moved the ball quickly and we created chances to win."

However, a new goal in added time left Barça B unrewarded, according to Eusebius, "will be very strong when we break this streak, which are now suffering the players will serve them for their future."

Angry and hurt by the defeat, but optimistic when assess the future. Barça B players do not want the negative dynamics of drag, as explained to Barça TV Martín Montoya : "The game is good, the results come with patience." Muniesa not explained "we suffer bad luck in every game but I'm sure this will change when we win one. "

One of the best players the game against Guadalajara was Sergi Roberto . The Reus scored a goal and after scoring a penalty, the referee made ​​him repeat a shot saved by the keeper now: "I never in this position and did not know whether to repeat the shot or change." The '10 'of the subsidiary believes that playing so go "up for sure."

Winning this Saturday in the field of Alcoyano is the next target for the second team squad. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Thiago has already played six positions with Barça

While the beginning pointed replacement part and future, has performed in 8 of the 12 games, 7 of title, and in 6 different positions.

At the beginning of the season all agreed analysis noted that in a team with Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and Cesc, Thiago Alcantara had all the numbers become a luxury on the bench. Even the arrival of Fabregas threatened to take away the minutes that initially could aspire to. At the moment, neither one thing nor the other. In his first season with the first team sheet, and after correcting a statement unpopular, Thiago assumed his role and went to work to stop during the preseason. The first opportunity came sooner than he imagined: in the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain at the Bernabeu and as a starter. After that encounter, and after two games without participation, Thiago became an indisputable fixed Guardiola . The use of 3-4-3, first, and Iniesta and Cesc low, then provided that the 'once' was the son of Mazinho, which always yielded a high level.

Thiago has played eight of the twelve matches, including seven starts, has scored a goal and has three assists. In his exceptional records, other information is added no less remarkable. Although it has always stood out as an offensive midfielder, Thiago has also shown its solidarity to accommodate up to six different positions on the field. Although downward Iniesta, most parties agreed that acted as inside left, Thiago has also played inside right and false full-back (against Villarreal), false '9 '(Osasuna) right-wing (Sporting) and midfielder (Racing). (via MD)

Messi leads the list of top scorers in Europe

Messi leads the list of scorers of the European big suspenders with 10 in 7 days.
Mario Gómez takes the same ones in 9 games but Leo's 1,4 average is superior.

Ten goals in seven matches Liga , a brutal average of 1.4. One more season, Leo Messi in Europe imposed a reign and authority that will take you to its third straight Gold Ball and tenor of this greed, his second Golden Boot . No one in the big European leagues are able to hold their offensive rhythm in league competition. Only Mario Gomez , the Bayern Munich , has raised the bar to the dozen of so many but the Bundesliga has consumed nine days, while in Spain are seven.

The progression of Messi is unlimited. One of the great merits of Pep was renovated into a center forward and their numbers are staggering. He went from 38 goals in the 2008-2009 season, the 47 of the 2009-2010 and the record of 53 of the last, 2010-2011. Focusing only on league records are even more majestic. At this point, having played only seven games, never so much overflowed their booty. Three goals in the first year of Pep, five in the second and three in the third. Nothing to do with the current league. He endorsed a couple Villarreal, a hat trick to Osasuna against Atletico repeated three times and the last double to Racing. Almost nothing. Could reach 54 points, would exceed the record 40 that Cristiano Ronaldo snatched Hugo Sanchez last season.

The competition is tough , very tough this time. Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, appears in the top-five for Europe has 7 goals . And yet, are two more of those listed last year. Higuain consummate itself out after his third triple in the last three matches. Of those who are, Mario Gomez will recoil of Leo with that achieved many dozen in 9 games, just under half of those achieved by FC Bayern Munich. The percentage of Rooney (1.21 per game) is very similar because marked 9 points in 8 games. 'Kun' Agüero follows the trail but has lost some of the excitement of the start of the season through injury. It takes them many who Huntelaar .

No player who play in the leagues of Italy or Portugal maintains the pace of Messi. In the Portuguese Superliga, Cardozo (Benfica), Nolito (Benfica) and Baba (Maritimo) are leading the table but with five goals. In Serie A, Giovinco and Rodrigo Palacio are back with a 'little hand' each. The only distance that some of Messi 's Mertens, PSV , who has 11 goals in nine games but the coefficient scorer in the Eredivisie is much lower. And yet, out to 1.2 per game. All Leo van in tow. They have the Argentine as a reference point.

With penalties could lead swiped 14 goals
Messi officially added 10 goals but it could take 14 in the league if the referees that have led to Barca in these first seven days had identified the four clear penalty committed against the Argentine finally ignored to the amazement of the entire environment culé. Two at Valencia, in a match that ended in a draw (2-2), another against Sporting Gijon and the last Saturday against Racing. If they had whistled all, Messi is significantly distanced from their European opponents and sign an average of two per game. But it does not crack and has drilled the goal Barca opponent cleanly, in play and all possible ways, making it even more exceptional. Mario Gomez, who alone is holding his scoring pace, has labeled three maximum penalties, Bayern Munich, while Huntelaar, FC Schalke 04, accounted for two. Wayne Rooney also marked in one. (via MD)

[Former player] Gudjohnsen, eight months KO

The Icelandic left fibula against Olympiakos and not play again until next year.

When looked set to regain the prominence it once had in Chelsea, fate came to him. Eidur Gudjohnsen suffered a serious injury on Saturday in the fibula and will be sidelined until next season, AEK medical confirmed.

The Icelander, 33, who came to the Greek club last summer after two seasons to forget (played 38 official matches spread between Monaco, Tottenham, Stoke City and Fulham), had become imperative in the ranks of the 'Kitrinomavri', offering excellent performance both Manolo Jimenez and his successor Nikos Kostenoglou.

On Saturday, before Valverde Olympiakos, fortune would turn his back to break the fibula. And do not play again until next year. (via SPORT)

Piqué has played more with Spain than with Barça

With 'La Roja', the centre-back one already accumulates this season 225 minutes for 202 with the T-shirt blaugrana.

Pep Guardiola would not draw on Saturday after the game against Racing, at least publicly, the two games he played Gerard Piqué with the Spanish as' guilty did could only play five minutes in Barcelona prior to the injury but what is a central fact is that Barca has been seen more minutes in the beginning of this season playing in the shirt of 'La Roja' what to Barcelona.

In fact, the numbers here are relentless and categorical. With the team blaugrana he has played a total of 202 minutes, distributed in 83 of League and 119 in Spanish Supercup, while with the selection it has disputed a total of 225 minutes: 45 in front of Italy, 90 against Czech Republic and other 90 more against Scotland.

There is no doubt that this is a totally abnormal situation that shows how unfair it is sometimes the sport. (via SPORT)

Cesc will return on Saturday after discharge

Strictly comply with the three weeks of recovery. Between today and tomorrow and will train with the group some.

Troubling news is not all about hamstring injuries plaguing the costumes Blaugrana. And this week is that there will be a tenant unless the infirmary Blaugrana, as it is expected that next Friday Cesc Fabregas received a medical discharge and enter the squad for Saturday's match against Sevilla at the Camp Nou.

The Arenys and trains between today or tomorrow with the group, at least in part, after having spent the last seven days real sticking beatings by the mountains of La Mola and Emili Montserrat Ricart in recovery.

Finally, almost strictly comply with the three weeks that doctors predicted, noting that this injury could be considered minor, so that recovery would be more positive and finally it has.

With Cesc already recovered, Guardiola will only have to miss Afellay, has already said goodbye to the season, Alexis Sanchez, who could receive the discharge from here 21 days aproximadamante and Pique, who was injured last Saturday but in any case will take about two weeks at most to recover.

Good news, no doubt, facing the demanding schedule that will be coming. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] The renewal of Montoya and Bartra, in neutral

Defenders hesitate between offers much higher economic level or continue to dream of making the leap.

Barca will wait before officially announcing the renewal of two of its homegrown more progression: Martin Montoya and Marc Bartra. Although from the club and the environment of both players has repeatedly confirmed that the agreement between all parties was only a matter of small details, the months have passed and the signing of new contracts still dragging its feet.

The passage of time has taken its toll on the proposals and commitments. The negotiation scenario today is markedly different from last summer. From the outset, the economic proposal Barca ¿unchanged under all concepts, is much lower than the offers coming from England. The non-renewal has fueled speculation in the market and the great caution that the Premier would be willing to open their doors offering a Bartra and Montoya emoluments achieved only in the case of consolidation as the first team players. And therein lies the real problem of renewal.

In summer, Montoya was seen as a natural relief and Bartra Alves aiming to cover the weakened culé central defense. Both assumed a secondary role but imagine entering calls regularly and play some minutes. Neither one nor the other. Pep's bet with three defenders and Mascherano consolidation provides an important barrier to the rise of more homegrown.

The picture is no longer clear. The negotiations are deadlocked, but the contacts are periodic. The passes will finalize the renewal, but the market tightens and everyone can do box.

Malaga, attentive to a possible bid
Malaga has already positioned on the assumption that both players if negotiations break and jump into the market. The Andalusian club has conveyed his desire to make a firm offer based on a juicy economic proposal. Such is the interest of Pellegrini's squad would be studied even negotiate with the club a transfer even if affordable renovation. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Juvenile A it will be low in the party of La Masia

Balancing the agendas in a club like FC Barcelona is complicated. Especially if they affect all levels-presidents, directors, executives, players and even politicians. Unfortunately, on Thursday, during the big opening ceremony of the Training Centre Oriol Tort will not be present all those who contribute to every day of the new Masia. Juvenile A is a low tender. The team led by Oscar Garcia that day played a crucial Champions League game in Marseille youth. A duel in style has rescheduled a couple of occasions and that will prevent you from going to the Olympics. An absence is not attributable to the planning of Barça.

In the middle of the quarry commemorative week, tomorrow is anticipated that a large delegation of grassroots football Barca visit the Abbey of Montserrat. (via SPORT)

Valdés unbeaten in 427 minutes

From the 23rd minute against Valencia, when Pablo scored, Barça have not conceded a single goal, which all goes to show how defensively solid the side is.

It is almost a month since the FC Barcelona first team last let in a goal. On September 21, Barça drew 2-2 at Mestalla and Víctor Valdés has not picked a single ball out of the net since.

Barça have kept four consecutive clean sheets in Europe and Spain, which is the ideal reflection of the way that it is not just stunning attacking football, but also tight defending that have made the team so effective under Pep Guardiola.

The first team has yet to concede a goal at home in the league this season. Added to the last three games of the previous season at home to Deportivo, Espanyol and Osasuna, that makes for an impressive run of seven league matches in which Barcelonan have not leaked a single goal.

Great defensive teams are usually less adept when it comes to scoring goals, but that is far from the case where Guardiola and Barcelona are concerned. In league games at the Camp Nou this season, Barça have scored an amazing 21 goals, an average of 5.25 a game, statistical evidence that the team is working to perfection in every department. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B; Liga Adelante; Week22] FC Barcelona B 1 - 2 Guadalajara

Javi Soria's goal in minute 92, sentenced Barça B after the break has been the clear dominator of the game and has seen Sergi Roberto missed a penalty in the second attempt after the referee made him repeat the launch .

Barca B is another day without getting the win in the Miniestadi, which means it has got only 1 of 15 possible points played at home.

Unlike other games, in possession of the ball by Barça B resulted in scoring chances, this time it has been. And is that Guadalajara has raised a first part that has been planted very well defensively and has continued to Eusebius spaces to generate arrivals of danger. However, until the 15th minute Isaac Cuenca, Lobato Rodri or have had several opportunities to open the scoring, but have not obtained the expected result.

On the other hand, Guadalajara has not reached the goal of much Barca has defended tonight Oier Olazabal, but when it has been created danger. And it was on 36 minutes when Hannibal opened the can with a goal. The player has cut Armando Guadalajara, and from the left-center made ​​a shot that has crept to the back of the net. Before the break, however, Isaac Basin has had a draw in their boots, but has avoided Saizar.

In the first part if the club has struggled to create chances and generate a smooth ball movement, after the break the film has completely changed. Deulofeu input and Espinosa has made ​​a point of rhythm to the game, which has resulted in more chances, not to mention the big game that have made ​​Isaac and Sergi Roberto Cuenca. Precisely the latter has been the protagonist of the second part, and has won the tie on 67 minutes after the rebound Saizar goalkeeper in the firing of a fault.

When they were 15 minutes left Moreno has made ​​a foul inside the area to Rafinha. Sergi Roberto has been commissioned to shoot a penalty that had to throw twice. The first, which has transformed the referee has canceled because several players have entered the area, and in the second attempt, he hit the goalkeeper Saizar the path and stopped the death penalty. The bad luck of the Barca has not ended here, as in injury time, and the only arrival of Guadalajara in the second half, Javi Soria has set the goal of the away win. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
Barcelona B: Oier; Montoya, Armando, Muniesa, Lobato; Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto (Carmona, m.80), Rafinha; Femenía (Deulofeu, m.56), Cuenca and Rodri (Espinosa, m.56)

Guadalajara: Saizar; Antonio Moreno, Gaffoor (David Fernández, m.64), Soria, Barral; Jony; Iván Moreno (Cristian, m.87), Rodri (Badía, m.56), Jonan, Ernesto and Aníbal.

Goales: 0-1, min. 36: Aníbal. 1-1, min. 67: Sergi Roberto. 1-2, min. 92: Soria.

Referee: Hernandez Hernandez (college canary). Admonished Cuenca (M.22) and Dos Santos (m.86) for the Barcelona "B" and Rodri (M.12), Soria (m.20), Gaffoor (m.64), Hannibal (m.67) Antonio Moreno (m.74) and Jonan (m.86) for Guadalajara.

Incidents: Party for the ninth day of Second Division, played at Barcelona Miniestadi to 3414 spectators.

Bartomeu: "We don't worry about the renovation of Guardiola"

Now do not touch. The board does not want the noise to return the renewal of Guardiola. There will be time to convince Pep do not get tired of your boat. "We are not concerned with the renewal of Guardiola. Pep can be renewed at any time. When the time comes, tell us, "said Josep Maria Bartomeu after the meeting.

The vice president also mentioned the team's performance. "It was not noticed because they are ambitious fatigue" Andoni Zubizarreta, meanwhile, was very pleased with the performance of the team on an auspicious day for forgetfulness. A day after the break, which invited the dispersion, which ran the team in the first moments, but Zubi attributed more to the determination of Racing. "It has taken us into the game, because the racing has not left us play our game the first few minutes. They knew how close the spaces and no space. They have pushed up and cost us. "

Barca sports director for the team also annealed these first moments with Piqué injury, one of the most active players in the first minutes with Racing pressure above. "Pique's injury has cut the pace of play. Then after the ball we had more opportunities and the team has found the way to goal. " Zubizarreta said the level of possession of equipment does the higher this course during the first half, and tried to downplay the FIFA Virus, an issue that Barcelona has learned to live for years. "We can not think how it would be if there were days how are you, with team matches. This is a reality and have to play under the conditions they touch. " (via SPORT)