02 November 2011

"Piqué was a step away from Juventus before joining Barça"

Joan Piqué, father of the centreback azulgrana, revealed that Gerard was "to a step of Juve" before saturating in Barça in the summer of 2008 and it analyzed the pressure to which is subjected its son on the part of the press of the heart for its sentimental relationship with Shakira.

The father of centreback Barcelona Gerard Pique, Joan Piqué, appeared Wednesday before the microphones of the radio program 'El món a RAC1', where surprised by ensuring that his son was" a step away from Juventus' sign just before the Barça.

Joan Piqué, who presented his first novel, entitled "Dues cares' (Two Faces), was blunt in revealing such information. "Gerard was on the verge of Juve before joining the club," he revealed.

The father of central Barca did not hesitate to address other issues relating to your child and not strictly sports and its relationship with the Colombian singer Shakira. "Shakira is amazing as a person and as an artist goes without saying," he said flatly.

Although opinion on the girlfriend of his son, Joan declared his suspicion by the tabloids. "I'm more afraid of the gossip that sport. Half of what is published is a lie and the other half too," he said. (via SPORT)

IFFHS: Barça is the leader, Madrid, the best of the month

Barça lead the classification achieved 38 th time in its history. Meanwhile, Real Madrid is second and has been appointed co Best World Club October.

Barcelona has managed to be the leader for thirty-eighth time club world ranking of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), while Real Madrid has been the best in the world in October.

The figure reached by boat is a record, as it leaves behind AC Milan, who has been leading monthly thirty-seven times. The Manchester United and Inter accumulate 33 23. Table Barca lead the table ahead of Real Madrid and United, while Argentina's Velez Sarsfield has risen to fourth place.

The best Club in the World of October has been Real Madrid for ahead Manchester City. The two games won all national and international competition during the month, but the picture of Jose Mourinho had four points and thus reached the highest global score.

Real Madrid did not get this job for just one year, October 2010. The German Bayern Munich was the best September and Atletico Madrid in August. (via AS)

- Club World Ranking:
01. Barcelona (ESP) 335.0 points
02. Real Madrid (ESP) 309.0
03. Manchester United (ING) 280,0
04. Vélez Sarsfield (ARG) 263.0
05. Porto (POR) 251.0
06. Schalke 04 (GER) 250.0
07. Manchester City (ING) 235,0
08. Bayern München (GER) 233.0
09. Catholic University (CHI) 228.5
10. Santos (BRA) 228.0

Vrba: "Barça is a very strong team and we had punished"

Viktoria Plzen coach, Pavel Vrba, considered crucial to the defeat of his team's chance of scoring for Milan Petrzela, which did not materialize, and the penalty from Lionel Messi.

"The lost opportunity of Petrzela and the penalty was decisive," said "The game had two turning points. Milar Petrzela we could have taken the lead. And then the red card (Marian Cisovsky) and the penalty," said the Czech coach after the meeting.

On the defense ahead of Barcelona, ​​Vrba said: "We're not used to that pressure. It is a very strong team and we have been punished."

After the tie harvested by BATE Borisov against AC Milan, the Czech team has been relegated to last place in the group H.
"If we play like today with eleven important not to lose in Milan," said the Czech coach.

Viktoria captain, Pavel Horvath, said: "So after 20 minutes we were very active, and had a clear opportunity. After the penalty we had to concentrate on defending."

Horvath, whose turnover led to the chance of missing Messi who finished top, believes that "the referee the game is loaded" with the central Cisovsky expulsion.

"I think about how I could have solved it better, but now it's late," said Petrzela, who was in his boots a clear chance of scoring on 14 minutes.

Víctor Valdés "was lucky, but very experienced is a keeper," he added. (via SPORT)

Premiere of Alexis and Cesc

Prague finally saw the first details of Alexis in Europe and one sample of the Catalan player stuck.

The debut of Alexis Sanchez and the premiere scorer Cesc Fabregas in this edition of the Champions League were some positive notes of the visit to Prague. Nearly two months after the injury Anoeta, the Chilean had the opportunity to play 20 minutes and show that the injury seems totally forgotten. The Catalan midfielder took just over a title game in Prague. Ninety minutes and another goal to his credit.

Alexis met the predetermined script. After entering the call and receive the medical hours before the game, just missing the crash was sentenced on the scoreboard for Guardiola gave him the opportunity to regain feelings. And it was. The forward enjoyed almost twenty minutes to demonstrate its physical progression and huge desire to fit in the system as soon as the squad's offensive. Was omnipresent and offering every time the ball detected by their surroundings. Overflowed on several occasions, Shots on goal, provided a great assist for Messi and adorned with a pair of spurs. Outstanding performance for a player coming out of an injury and is in the middle phase of adaptation.

In the case of Cesc, the Arenys showed his great versatility. As soon broke inserted in the core area and emerged as the most advanced front of the team. The canterano lived up to his enormous nose for goal in the final meters. Since the stretch contributed to the win with another target itself. None of fortune or chance. Despite occasional accuse physical problem has taken away more regularly, Cesc has already accumulated six goals to his credit. A spectacular background allows erected in the third top scorer of the team, just behind Messi and Villa insatiable. Undoubtedly, two important news for a set attached to recover cash and forced marches. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Cuenca again shows his talent in his third title

The emergence of Isaac Cuenca in the 'Pep team' is it proving so sounded so promising, such as Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Busquets four years ago. Last night, in his third straight game as a starter with the first team, demonstrated both savvy and talent. His technical detail in the center of Cesc Fabregas goal was spectacular and kept in an exceptional streak after his goal against Mallorca.

The emergence of Cuenca in the first team, as confirmation of Thiago Alcántara, yesterday more than solvent, Josep Guardiola is enabling some key players dosed in the template. So, Andres Iniesta completed the second game without playing against Granada and only intervened in the last fifteen minutes. Xavi also but finally was on the bench, he could rest for a second straight game. Pep could even leave the stands to David Villa, who was one of the three dismissed with Fontàs and Oier Olazabal. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Soriano's return opens the possibility of 3-4-3

The subsidiary is the best possible nursery for the first team and could even use the revolutionary system that seeks to establish Pep Guardiola.

The return of Jonathan Soriano, the best striker in the category, open the door to Eusebio design a system with three defenders, four middle and three attackers attempting to implement style this season, Pep Guardiola.

The decision of the first team coach is based on finding new variants and, above all, the need for better players to work together at the same time. And is that the signing of Cesc Fabregas and final hatching Thiago Alcántara allow midfielders to have four bells.

The branch, where things have worked best to date has been with Rafinha as false forward. However, on many occasions the team suffered from punch in attack, so the presence of Jonathan Soriano ram seems essential in the Pont de Vilomara pick up the pace to finish the competition.

That is, that need to be delayed in the small center of the field of Alcantara. In that vein, Jonathan dos Santos is performing at a high level and has the indisputable character, as well as a scoring run Carmona and play. The fourth in discord would Sergi Roberto, one of the great jewels of the quarry Barcelona.

Therefore and especially in home games, would not be ruled out that take advantage of the great Eusebio cast of midfielders available and design a line with four players, with Rafinha bridge occupying a position between the core and the tip that would take Soriano.

As for the defense, Marc Bartra in principle would take charge of the center, with Montoya Muniesa the right and the left, that position should also be taken into account Planas. Anyway, the technician will not use this variant in any case on Friday in Archangel. (via SPORT)

Alves saw the yellow one and will be low in Milan

The Brazilian had two cards and need to wait for the final day duel against BATE.

The only negative factor was the game yesterday received a yellow card and Dani Alves will prevent you from playing the game at San Siro against AC Milan to complete the cycle of three warnings.

It was one of the things that Barça had wanted to look and even warned that Alves could reach the whole game against Lombard in a position to play. However, in the 49th minute, Robert Schörgenhofer punished with a yellow Dani after a foul on Daniel Kolar.

Although Brazil is a fixed part in the scheme of Barca's draw in the Italian side BATE Borisov field becomes less momentous appointment of the fifth round of the Champions and downplays the importance of the 2-2 that occurred in the Camp Nou between the teams.

Alves may reappear in the final game of the group stage, in which Barca clash with BATE Borisov at the Camp Nou and that the set of Josep Guardiola could even top the group depending on the outcome assured in Italy. (via SPORT)

[Player Ratings; UCL; Group H] Viktoria Plzen - FC Barcelona (0-4)

Valdés 8,Alves 7, Piqué 7, Puyol 7, Abidal 7, Busquets 7, Cesc 7, Thiago 7, Adriano 8, Messi 9, Cuenca 8, Keita 6,
Maxwell 6, Alexis 7. (via SPORT)

Messi: “My objective is to help the team, not beat César’s record”

The Argentinian scored his 200th goal plus two more for Barça against Viktoria, but modestly said afterwards that “I am happy to have reached such an important number of goals, but I am here to help my team mates.”

It was a record breaking night for Barça. Guardiola enjoyed his 200th game as manager, in which time the team has scored 500 goals. Valdés broke Miguel Reina’s record and has now not picked the ball out of the net for 877 minutes. And Leo Messi has set his umpteenth record, having made it to 200 goals for the club and scored two consecutive hat tricks for the first time ever.

The Argentinian said “we knew the Milan score and we wanted to win, but it was a very difficult game because of the pressure created by Viktoria. They are not such a famous team, but all the teams in the Champions league are very strong”.

Piqué, Cesc and Messi, all members of the famous generation of 87, had only played 23 minutes together for the first team, but finally shared the field for 90 minutes in the Czech Republic, and the connection between Messi and Cesc was once again plain to see. The players made 40 passes between each other, 17 from Leo to Cesc and 23 the other way.

Messi also mentioned the B team’s Isaac Cuenca. “He is a different player to what we’ve got. He contributes many things, he loses his man, he’s good in the one-on-one and he also provides great crosses”.

“I am very happy with the record, which I dedicate to my parents”.
“We have already qualified, not the aim is to finish top”.

Dani Alves
“I am really happy for Víctor, he has won it through hard work and doing things well”.
(On his suspension) "They’re refereeing decisions, there’s no going back, you have to take it on the chest. Guardiola already told me to go carefully".
(On Messi’s records) “It looks like this kid shows promise” (laughs).

Group leaders
The 1-1 draw between Milan and BATE means FC Barcelona are mathematically through to the next round of the Champions League, as are the Italians. Ibrahimovic put Milan in front, but Bressan equalised from the penalty spot. BATE Borisov and Viktoria Plzen are therefore knocked out, and will fight out a place in the Europa League. Barça have a day off on Wednesday and will return to training on Thursday. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Thiago 'run to the strips'

The Barca player was the Spanish club that traveled more miles in the day of Champions on Tuesday, with 11,645 km.

The young talent from FC Barcelona, ​​Thiago Alcantara, with 11.645 and Pablo Hernandez, Valencia CF, with 11.479, were the players of the two Spanish clubs most miles traveled in Prague tonight Mestalla respectively in their matches in the Champions League , according to UEFA.

Thiago participated actively in the resounding victory of FC Barcelona against Victoria Pilzen in Prague (0-4), with three goals from Leo Messi -8.385 km-and a good squad game Basin Isaac -10.726 km.

Leo Messi and Isaac Basin, players of FC Barcelona, ​​and Roberto Soldado, CF Valencia Spanish international, were the heroes of the fourth round of the Champions League which helped their clubs to meet their commitments.

Soldado, author of one of the most beautiful goals of the night in Europe, was 9.715 miles. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “Qualification gives us plenty of peace and tranquillity”

The manager has spoken about how important it is to have qualification for the second round secured, and also about going to Milan to ensure his team finishes top of the group.

Having won 4-0 against Viktoria, FC Barcelona are sure of a place in the last sixteen of the Champions League. Josep Guardiola said that “the players are thrilled to have qualified out of the group with two games in hand … knowing that we will still be in the Champions League in February gives us lots of peace and tranquillity.” All that remains to be done, he says, is to go to Milan and win the right to top the group.

Among the many positives to be taken out of tonight’s performance, Víctor Valdés broke a record dating back to 1972/73, namely Miguel Reina’s 824 minutes without conceding a goal for Barça. “He does a great job. He won the record thanks to the save he made [off Ptrzela]. I am sure he’s excited to have surpassed the legendary Reina. I congratulate him and all his colleagues”.

Also, Leo Messi claimed his second consecutive hat-trick, and also scored goals 200, 201 and 202 of his Barça career. “Messi will overtake César as the top the scorer in club history, that’s a fact, and I wouldn’t count out that happening this season. And he’s only 24 … that says everything” he said. The Argentinian only has 33 goals to score in order to meet that target.

Asked about the game this evening at the Eden Stadium, the FCB manager said “when it was 0-0 the game was still alive, until the penalty and red card. It is always hard to play against ten, because they still didn’t stop playing on the counter attack. Viktoria impressed me, and I wish them luck in the future … I am satisfied to have beaten this team, who showed in the first few minutes that they are intense and strong”.
Guardiola also explained that Villa was dropped so that he could get some rest after playing in a lot of games, because “we have Sunday on the horizon. Now we have to think about the next game, which is at San Mamés. It’ll be another good test.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Rosell: “You couldn’t ask for more”

Messi scoring his 200th goal for Barça, Guardiola managing the team for the 200th time, Valdés breaking the record for not conceding a goal and mathematical qualification for the next round of the Champions League... It has been an amazing night for Barça in Europe, and Sandro Rosell says “you couldn’t ask for more” adding that he and his board feel proud to be in charge of such a club. “It’s incredible, it is like asking for everything at Christmas and getting it” he added.

The president was also happy that his team has made it into the next round. “The sooner the better, for everybody, without a doubt. Now it will be easier to go to Milan, where a draw would be a good result.”
Leo Messi’s hat-trick was decisive in the win over Viktoria. Rosell described the player as “amazing. There are no adjectives to describe him. He’s the best in the world. I don’t know what his limits are.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Valdés breaks Miguel Reina’s record

In Prague, the goalkeeper has broken the club record for going unbeaten that dated back to the 1972/73 season, 824 minutes. Pep Guardiola, Leo Messi and Alexis Sánchez were also protagonists tonight.

Víctor Valdés is now the FC Barcelona goalkeeper who has gone the most games without conceding a goal. Following nine clean sheets, he has now gone unbeaten for 877 minutes, more than the 824 minutes established by Miguel Reina in the 1972/73 season. As the game ended 4-0, Valdés can still extend his incredible record.

He had to work to earn that record though. In the 16th minute Viktoria’s Petrzela was through on goal and Valdés came out better in a one-on-one situation. That save could have changed the course of the match, for shortly after Cisovsky was sent off for a penalty offence.

Not since Pablo Hernández scored against him at Mestalla in the 23rd minute of the Valencia v Barça match has Valdés been beaten, and he has since kept clean sheets against all of Atlético Madrid, Sporting, Racing, Sevilla, Granada and Mallorca in the League and BATE and Viktoria (twice) in the Champions League.

Other names involved in the win in Prague were Pep Guardiola, Leo Messi and Alexis Sánchez. The coach was in charge for his 200th match, where he was able to enjoy the 144th win and 500th goal. The Argentinian scored goals 200, 201 and 202 of his Barça career in his second consecutive hat-trick. And the Chilean was back in action after an absence of a month and a half through injury. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] "Few have the football and the sacrifice of Cuenca"

Coaches of the cantera azulgrana that have worked with Cuenca in the inferior categories endorse the qualities futbolísticas and human of the forward reuses him.

"I am particularly by Isaac why he has gone wrong and deserves to succeed." Thus says Xavier Garcia Pimienta, current coach of the Juvenil B, a player who had his orders in the Juvenil A of club in the 2009-10 season.

García Pimienta was the coach that Isaac located Cuenca of left winger, a position in which shone in the two parties as regular with the first equips azulgrana against Granada and Mallorca.

'Pimi' directed to a footballer that arrived after three years of dark work and maturation in Reus and Damm and at once its coach's trust was won: he was "the first one when to train and to work and in all the games he gave everything, Isaac is very good in the one against one and it is very intelligent playing among lines ".

In that season (2009-00) Cuenca could transform into resident of La Masia but as García Pimienta admits he didn't make it: "he preferred to be with their family in Reus and to make the round trip itinerary of one hour in car or train every day and east sacrifice doesn't make it anyone ".

Cuenca formed with Dalmau and Rochina a forward that was key to win la Liga en la División de Honor Juvenil. In that course, the reuses you, besides gorging to give attendances, marked 8 goals and transformed into the third maximum annotator of the team only overcome by Rochina and Riverola.

The human quality of Cuenca becomes evident in its beginnings in the cantera. Fran Sánchez, current technician of the Infantil A, directed him with Infantil B in the season 2003-04

Fran remembers that "Isaac was a player with a lot of talent and class but his physical development was not to the height of its partners, a fact that provoked its march to Reus."

Cuenca acted then of '10 'in a team that had players like Montoya, Planas, Bartra, Pacheco or Gai. As mediapunta, Cuenca was a specialist in making passes in depth to the forward but its physical scarce level made it not very competitive.

Contrary to the rest of players that Barça changes for another entity, the decision in that case belonged to the player and not of the club: to "return to Reus and to mature at home helped him to be more competitive and it exploded in Damm", affirms proud Fran Sánchez" of seeing how it has arrived to the first team a player that has not had it easy and he has had to fight a lot to reach his dreams ".

Of the qualities futbolísticas of Cuenca, Sánchez keeps "the easiness that has to unbalance on the outside and inside and the taking of decisions that he makes it always choose the best option."

Report in 2004
Isaac Cuenca was main character in March of 2004 of a report in the program Promeses of Barça TV where the young mediapunta showed up to the fond azulgranas. Cuenca affirmed to "be an in love with the soccer, sport that allows me to make what I like."

Isaac assured that the trainers asked him to "make of link between the center of the field and the leading and to press when we lose the ball."

The reuses you, then, with 13 years, he affirmed that their referents were Zidane, Ronaldinho and Valerón and admitted that their dream was "to arrive to the first team of Barça, to win many titles and to be able to play a World cup." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Champions League; Group H] Viktoria Plzen 0 - 4 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona have beaten Viktoria Plzen thanks to a Messi hat-trick and another from Cesc, and also made it to 500 goals in the Guardiola era and qualified for the second round of the Champions League.

FC Barcelona have broken plenty of records in a splendid victory at the Eden Stadium in Prague, and have also ensured passage to the last sixteen of the Champions League. The 4-0 win started with Cisovsky being sent off after committing a penalty that was subsequently converted by hat-trick hero Leo Messi, with Cesc Fábregas grabbing the other. Everything worked out right in the 200th game of the Guardiola era, with Messi scoring his 200th goal for the club and also the 500th since Guardiola became manager. Not only that, but Valdés broke the club record for not conceding a goal, young Cuenca was superb and laid on one of the goals and Alexis Sánchez finally appeared on the pitch once again.

The win means Barça are mathematically through to the last sixteen of the competition, and following AC Milan’s 1-1 draw in Minsk they are well on course for topping the group.

Like against Mallorca, Guardiola played with two wingers, Adriano and Cuenca, in order to break down the tight Czech defence. With Iniesta and Xavi on the bench, Cesc, Thiago and Messi played in the middle, but struggled to find their game in the early minutes, with Viktoria Plzen playing very orderly football and almost going into the lead following a speedy Ptrzela counter attack. But Valdés produced a wonder-save that meant he was able to go on and beat Miguel Reina’s legendary record. It was a stuttering start by a Barça team that wasn’t producing its characteristic combination plays.

A brilliant run by Messi undid all the good work by the home side at one stroke. The Argentinian was brought down in the area by Cisovsky, who was sent off for a tackle on the last man. Messi took the ensuring penalty, and with an extra man, Barcelona found themselves handsomely in command for the rest of the game. All Viktoria Pilsen could produce in return was foul after foul and they found it harder and harder to get the ball out of their half. As the half drew to a close, Messi added his second of the night to make it 2-0.

The second half started with a delightful move involving Messi and Cesc that ended with the latter’s shot skimming just wide of the post. Barça clearly weren’t satisfied with what they had achieved in the first half. Messi then brought out the best in Pavlik with a perfectly executed free kick, and as the win didn’t look to be in any doubt, the visitors were able to rest some players (Sergio, Alves and Abidal) and send on Keita, Maxwell and also Alexis, who was declared fit just moments before kick off. A brilliant assist by Messi was almost headed home by Thiago, but there would still be more chances.

Barça really wanted a third goal to make sure of the three points and finally got it following the umpteenth run down the wing by Barça B’s Cuenca, who delivered the perfect cross into the area, which was headed goalward by Cesc Fàbregas. And with the win settled, there was still time for some more magic with as Piqué backheeled the ball for Messi to score his second hat-trick in a row and the 500th of the Guardiola era. It was the perfect end to a perfect game that ensured Barcelona go into the next round with two games in hand. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
Viktoria Pilzen Pavlik; Limberský, Bystron, Cisovsky, Pilar, Horvath (Reznic, min.78), Petrzela, Jiracek, Kolar (Duris, min.67), Rajtoral and Bakos (Sevinsky, min.25).

FC Barcelona Valdés, Alves (Maxwell, min.71), Piqué, Puyol, Abidal (Alexis Sánchez, min.73), Sergio (Keita, min.65), Thiago, Cesc, Adriano, Cuenca and Messi.

Goals: 0-1, min.24 Messi. 0-2, min.45+: Messi. 0-3, min.72: Fàbregas. 0-4, min.90+: Messi.

Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT). Mostró cart relieve Amar difficulty Pilar (min.16), Alves (min.49), Limbersky (min.60), Jiracek (min.75) y Horvath (min.76). Expulsó Cisovsky a direct con Roja (min.23).