09 November 2011

Víctor Valdés to miss Copa match due to injury, Oier Olazábal called up

The first team keeper sustained an injury, bone contusion on his right elbow, and will miss the match against Hospitalet. Guardiola names Oier Olazábal, along with 17 others, to the Barça squad for tonight’s Cup match against Hospitalet.


Víctor Valdés will not be in Guardiola’s squad for tonight’s Copa del Rey game (22 hours) against Hospitalet. The Barça manager decided to err on the side of caution and not call up the keeper because of a bone contusion on his right elbow. Valdés, who was named by Vicente del Bosque to the Spain national side, will join his fellow national teammates on Thursday, where he will continue his recovery process.

Valdés’ injury has forced Guardiola to call up the reserve keeper, Oier Olazábal. The Barça B keeper took part in FC Barcelona’s last training session before the team opens its Cup bid against Hospitalet. A total of 18 players trained on field number 1 of the Ciutat Esportiva: Pinto, Puyol, Piqué, Fontàs, Maxwell, Abidal, Xavi, Iniesta, Keita, Busquets, Cesc and Villa, from the first team; Oier, Deulofeu, Rafinha, Dos Santos, Tello and Sergi Roberto from the reserves.

The following players will not feature in tonight’s match: Valdés, Pedro, and Afellay, all injured; Messi, Mascherano, Alexis, Alves, and Adriano on international duty.

Even though the team trained at the Ciutat Esportiva instead of the Camp Nou, Pep Guardiola followed his usual routine for home games. After training and eating together at the Club’s facilities, the players are due at the Camp Nou at 19.30 hours for their departure, one hour later, by coach to Hospitalet de Llobregat’s Nuevo Municipal. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The list:
Pinto, Piqué, Cesc, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Keita, Sergio, Maxwell, Abidal, Fontàs, Oier, Deulofeu, Rafinha, Dos Santos, Tello, and Sergi Roberto.

L'Hospitalet-FC Barcelona: Premiere with attention

Barça debut in the Copa del Rey tonight in the area of L'Hospitalet in the first leg of the knockout Guardiola has 13 first team players and five subsidiary.


Benidorm (08/09), Cultural Leonesa (09/10) and Ceuta (10/11). There are precedents for the knockout phase of Barca Guardiola era. In all three cases, the team took the commitment to the respective rival Segunda B with the utmost seriousness, winning the first leg and sentencing at the Camp Nou. Tonight, 2011/12 Cup debut in the area of L'Hospitalet, in a duel in advance of the first round because the Catalans will play the Club World Cup in December.

Being a date prior to the FIFA commitments, Barça will be without six members to use the first team. They Messi, Mascherano, Alves, Adriano, Alexis and Thiago, and concentrated with your selection. The eight invited by Spain, Abidal (France) and Keita (Mali) will be added after the meeting in their respective Cup selections. Pinto (the goalkeeper in the tournament's knockout in the last three editions), Fontàs and Maxwell are the only ones that have not been cited by federations and, therefore, can play.

In this way, taking into account the injury casualties Peter and Afellay, the coaching staff has thirteen players from the first team to face the opening in the Cup the past two days have worked with five young Guardiola subsidiary Deulofeu, Rafinha, Dos Santos, Tello and Sergi Roberto. On Wednesday, the goalkeeper Oier Olazabal has also been trained at the Ciudad Deportiva.

Barca start its way into the Cup after the draw at San Mamés epic, which was a huge physical effort for the players. Now, the Catalans parked Champions League and to play the last game before the break for international commitments. Will be against a L'Hospitalet-pointer of his group in Segunda B, which has seven grown players Barca youth level. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pelé dreams of giving Neymar the prize FIFA 2011

"I had the happiness to be present when Ronaldo won it, when Kaka won it and also when Messi earned it. I would give the prize to Neymar, but the dispute is hard," he said.

Former Brazilian star Edson Arantes do Nascimento 'Pelé' said today in Sao Paulo, during the launch of a book that collects images of the beginning of his career, he would like to give the prize of the 2010 FIFA Neymar the young talent, one of candidates for the award.

"I had the happiness to be present when Ronaldo won it, when Kaka won it and also when (Lionel) Messi won for the first time. I would give the prize to Neymar, but the dispute is hard," said Pelé in the the book "Primeiro tempo".

For Pelé, Neymar was "more decisive" in the season for the Santos, who won the regional title of the Campeonato Paulista and the Copa Libertadores, which Messi for Barcelona. "Neymar is starting, there is a player in Latin America the same level as him, but in choosing what is the experience can weigh. Messi has almost fifteen years (sic) and Neymar career started now," said Pelé, who confused and doubled the time it is the Argentine as a professional.

The book has a first part written by Benedito Ruy Barbosa, entitled "Eu sou Pelé", followed by a first-person narrative of one's former player and character comments that accompanied him in the race, former players such as Carlos Alberto Torres, Clodoaldo Coutinho, Zito and Franz Beckenbauer, among others. "This is the fourth generation that is accompanying me. I hope this book will go good things to children with these stories," he said. (via AS)

The time of Fontàs

Renewed until 2015, has played only 79 minutes.


Tomorrow will be two months exactly the only game he has played since the 18 played in total for the club in official competition. Andreu Fontàs return tonight ownership in the stronghold of L'Hospitalet after being bench and discarded meat four times since it appeared 79 minutes on 10 September in the league visit to the Royal Society (2-2).

Tabbed first team since the start of the course, the confidence that Pep Guardiola said he did not take their presence has resulted in the field. Fontàs, October 17 affixed his signature on a new contract that binds him to the club until 2015 with a high provision of 70 million euros, has seen injuries Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique also have helped boost its presence in the plans of coach. The common commitment to a line with only three defenders (seven times in) and the continuity of Javier Mascherano and Eric Abidal, center, left-handed like him, deprived of enjoying more opportunities to demonstrate that it is just the latest of the row of clothing.

Fontàs, who received some criticism for being slow in the first goal conceded in Anoeta, will today claimed to silence those voices and to run for Pep just when all defenses available workforce. Discarded in the last three games, has not played or the minutes of garbage sentenced to win matches

Rafinha and Tello, more to debut
If Rafa Alcantara and Cristian Tello play tonight, Pep Guardiola will have debuted on official party and 21 players from the quarry in the three peak seasons and leading the first team. Dos Santos, Sergi Robert and Deulofeu, also cited, as we have done. The latter was Cuenca. (via MD)

Barça, of espionage in Valencia

Barça technical secretary, Narcis Julia, went live last Saturday Jordi Alba and Victor Ruiz. The left full-back and centre-back of Valencia, they are two of the objectives of Zubizarreta to reinforce the defense.


Although the 2011-2012 season is still in its first stage of the race, the FC Barcelona already has activated all face mechanisms to define their new signings for next year. In Barca entity is continuing its assessment work and therefore do not rest players reports. Without going any further, last weekend, the technical secretary, Narcis Julia , went to the stadium to witness live Levante derby Valencia. A Lift-Valencia where he had, MD has been told, several of the objectives Zubizarreta of July and for the next campaign. These players are primarily defense, the line of Pep Guardiola template that requires a more serious tinkering. In short, Barça follows Jordi Alba closely, left-handed winger that militated in the inferior of Barça, and Victor Ruiz, a central one with last espanyolista.

In any case, the names of the Catalan Jordi Alba and Victor Ruiz occupy a special place in the list of future possibilities for the rear. Abidal's future remains uncertain to this day. At 32 years, and after passing through a serious illness, the French have questions about your renewal. Considers that it may happen that, in short, the very high level is not required by Barca and in that sense would not want to burden Guardiola just after renewed. This circumstance, and the fiscal problems that would bring him to sign a new contract (would see the Treasury retained by almost 50% of their income to take more than five years in Spain), do not despise him for now as PSG offers and Milan. As if Abidal is going, or even stay but already thinking about the future, the Barça has in the bedroom to Jordi Alba by young (22 years), fast, offensive and versatile. Has a contract with Valencia until 2013 and unacláusula 20 million. His club offers renewed, but for now is not the work. Know your internationalism, with the recent European Championship on the horizon and the interest of Barcelona give strength to negotiate later and asking for more. In any case, the great illusion of Jordi, hospitalense of birth, would return to Barcelona, ​​where it formed Barça and came out being a cadete.

Victor Ruiz (22 years) is what is valued as central to their large sign and huge future. He is quick to cut and anticipation, and ensures a clean output of the ball and a remarkable long journeys, with the bonus that is left handed and right-handers would be complemented by Pique and Mascherano. Victor is on the agenda taking into account the 32-year-Puyol. Former 'parrot' has a contract until 2016, the clause is 20 'kilos' and his agent is 'Magic' Diaz, who also represents homegrown 'Catalans' as Bartra, Planas, Riverola and former Oriol Romeu. Guardiola and he liked Barca while training Victor B.

Narcis Julia, the discrete right hand Zubi
Narcis Julia (Girona, May 24, 1963) is one of the 'heavyweights' of scouting FC Barcelona. After a career as a footballer in Girona and Real Zaragoza, hung up his boots once started as a technician in the club acting as a second tilefish Luis Costa, Red and Juanma Lillo Txetxu. In 2001 he returned to his Girona, with which he rose to Segunda B. In 2004, Victor Fernandez was called to form tandem with Porto, who won the Club World Cup. After landfall again in Zaragoza with Victor (2008), returned to Girona to serve as athletic director. To his credit stands promotion to Segunda A and also the salvation of the team the following season, when he went down to the bench after he was fired Christopher Parral. In Barça it always exercises of qualified assistant of Zubizarreta in a second plan, far from the focus mediático and making a silent work but very of the pleasure of Andoni. (via MD)

The clubs will ask for more money to FIFA

No turning back. The association brings together over 200 European clubs is going to stand up to the international organization and also the UEFA.


Times ahead of changes in the relationship between the two main football bodies FIFA and UEFA, the European association that brings together the leading football teams of the continent, the ECA, agency and recognized by those who are condemned to understand if they want Revolution breaks out.

All day yesterday, ECA held a working meeting in Zurich which served to make it very unclear what will be its demands in the next appointments with FIFA and UEFA, which will occur before end of this year. ECA and FIFA and UEFA got to pay a fee to clubs who give to their players for the World Cup and Euro, but this achievement is not enough. The body chaired by former German player Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of Bayern Munich, UEFA and FIFA require that national federations also pay by the call of his players for 'bowling ¿, friendly matches are a veritable mine gold for the federations. The RFEF, for example, will charge two and half million euros for the meeting that next week will play Spain in Costa Rica. The Federation of Villar full current account at the expense of clubs who do not see a single euro to surrender to the artists. These, of course, yes, so I never put the sky in the cry for this continued abuse.

Another major battleground is the reduction of so-called 'FIFA dates' international friendlies in two years has risen from number and unilaterally by the FIFA. The ECA wants to decrease the weeks only, a single party, and are merged week with two games.

But not all end here the requirements of the ECA, which is considering not give permission for their players if the federations do not hire a insurance to cover the risk of injury. They're tired of being the only ones who pay the conseciencias. Rummenigge also caused a fire yesterday in declaring the British newspaper 'The Guardian', which is unacceptable that the international football is guided by FIFA, who is accused of corruption by controversy Tasting designation as an organizer of the World 2022. (via SPORT)

Cup of Pinto begins

Eleven of Barca will be conditioned by the need to align seven first team players.


Barca opens tonight at the King's Cup competition in which the goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto has the limelight in recent seasons. The Cadiz will occupy the Barca goal against L'Hospitalet, in a game marked by the absence of the five South American international. The title-the first official from the last game of the 2010-11 League on 21 May from Malaga will be the best way to celebrate the 36 years that met yesterday.

Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, with the help of the delegate of the team, Carles Naval-must be warily when the alignment and make substitutions throughout the game, since the regulation requires that during the meeting there, at least seven players tabbed first team on the pitch. One of the most recurrent questions referring to yesterday, what if the referee ejects a player with first team sheet, having exhausted the three changes. In this case, with ten players on the field, would have allowed only six first team players on the field.

With the premise always present, the coach will give some young people entering the branch to which he has given input to complete the call. The absence s of Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez, Dani Alves and Adriano Correia added to the casualties of Peter and Afellay injury, so the coach has seven effective starting with less. In addition, Barcelona has the handicap of great players wear suffered last Sunday in Bilbao, in a physically tough game.

Guardiola has called on his players this morning at the Camp Nou, around 12 to make the final finish training and go for an eleven. Yesterday, we already have the team players Cristian Tello, Gerard Deulofeu, Sergi Roberto, Jonathan Dos Santos and Rafa Alcantara, who today are also cited along with the 13 first team players.

At least there will be a player in online gambling affiliate, except in attack, where David Villa does the lone striker born available the first team could be accompanied by Cristian Tello and Gerard Deulofeu, an existing quarry beads which accounts for more expectations and hopes. (via SPORT)

L'Hospitalet won't be made of gold with Barça

Miguel Garcia said the cameras will come to no harm to members of the entity riparian.


L'Hospitalet enjoy this night of a historic match against Barca, but not a collection of history making. The demands of television condition the box. "By imposing (Jaume) Roures be played at ten o'clock at night," lamented yesterday, once again, the president of 'Hospi' Miguel Garcia. "If not for the members (about 1,400) were not in the" television operators. "What they do is outrageous platforms." The calculation is that the Municipal Olympic Stadium, with capacity for 6294 people, about half a record entry.

Meanwhile, in the sports section, coach Jordi Vinyals burst into praise for Barça and coach. "Options when you play a game there always is, but clearly it is minimal. It is also true that a party is always more options than when it is a double elimination. " Vinyals, who prepared the meeting with a closed session, explained that in this case "we will bring twenty percent more than illusion." Also, with the illusion that they have won their last six games in Group 3 of the Second B. In principle, the L'Hospitalet not be a better 'once' and Vinyals said about it: "Pep can rest assured, promised the players that if a team playing Champions all have ninety minutes, and that those who are veterans, that just does not have more options to play at the Camp Nou, play there. " Guardiola asked return put your best team. "I do not have to prove anything and we can learn from them."

Still, he wanted to "win the game with great enthusiasm and eager to win, not in the sense of result, but in the personal improvement of the team and individual improvement of the players. Learn many things that Barça will teach us safe. " (via SPORT)

Pinto intends to continue and retire at Barcelona

The goalkeeper's agent announced that they agreed with the club negotiate its renewal from December.


Agent Jose Manuel Pinto, Juan Maraver, made clear yesterday that the greatest desire of his client, contract ending next June 30, 2012, would continue in Barcelona. "Clearly, I paint what I want and want to retire at Barcelona. It was very good at Barça since joining in January will now four years, "said the representative of the microphones of Cope.

Maraver said to be a little apart from all the rumors that sound on possible substitutes to cover the square as substitute goalkeeper Pinto: "We have always lived with the rumor that Barcelona was looking to strengthen the goal keeper ... We have always been focused on our own and we believed what we were told the technicians, who have invested since the first time for him. " In fact, Guardiola publicly announced less than a month ago his desire to continue the goalkeeper Andalusian least a year in the template Blaugrana.

In fact, Pinto's agent announced that if no change of plans in the next month will begin to lay the foundations for the renewal of Cadiz goalkeeper: "We were with the club in December to discuss your situation and here we are and with the confidence necessary for him to play and be well. " (via SPORT)

Liverpool think Villa to strengthen their forward

The English club will attempt to make a major effort to sign the Blaugrana ahead of next season.


Liverpool since the departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea are tracking the global market desperately looking for a front guarantees to cover the gap left by former athletic. Among the candidates of the Technical Secretariat is a strong sounding name: the Blaugrana David Villa.

And is that the English club wants a striker Luis Suarez accompanying attacker as a couple, according to the SER reported yesterday. It appears that the Uruguayan is a man who moves better from a band and getting to the area so you do not like to play as the last man and less like man referenced above. Furthermore, the performance of Dutch Dirk Kuyt has dropped alarmingly and this season's star signing of the 'reds', Andy Carroll, brought to book Newcastle coup, it is not adapted to the game of Liverpool.

Faced with this panorama, the owners of one of the most historic clubs have decided to take the bull by the horns and bet heavily on luxury reinforcement that will grow the team. And as they say from England, chosen among all candidates NLOS is David Villa.

Liverpool wants to 'fishing' in troubled waters, taking advantage of the rumors that have come out in recent days about a bad relationship between `Guaje what the star of the team, Leo Messi.

The English club have begun to take the first steps to inform the player's agent a possible interest from the 'reds' to learn how to breathe the Spanish international.

In any case, it seems that the British company owners are going to get into a real quagmire because the intent of Villa or medium or long term is to abandon the discipline of Barcelona.

And is that the former Valencia is aware that no other club in the world that can provide both individual and collective successes or outright bet and winning more offensive than the Barcelona Guardiola.

Furthermore, its adaptation has been simply spectacular costumes do you have Xavi Hernandez and his close friend what his generosity both within and outside the pitch is impressive. (via SPORT)

Rafinha, other nine 'false'

Rafinha has become the great revelation of the subsidiary and could make its official debut today with the first team.


Rafael Alcántara do Nascimento (12-03 - 1993, Sao Paulo) dominates the two areas, then started playing as a 'goalkeeper' in Brazil but has been uncovered as a splendid front in Barcelona. Perhaps this is why he knows the loneliness of '1 ', try to avoid shocks to Oier and leave the soul every time he loses a ball in the subsidiary.

"Work," answers when asked to define. Technical and Victor Sanchez, the coach who You say Need more marked his game, attest to this. Rafinha has always lived in the shadow of his brother Thiago since he arrived with 13 years at Barça, but he never had doubts about its potential. "I do not know who is better of the two, but my brother is one of the best in the world." Mazinho son, a father shares with his prodigious physical and a sense of the game worked. Also his passion for Brazil, as is a fan of Flamengo and dreams of playing with the 'In the future canarinha. Every summer escapes to Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona is easy to see in the restaurant of your father `Campechano Do you enjoy live concerts samba.

In the field the game is a delight short periods, has a prodigious stride and is more aggressive than his brother. Characteristics that made Oscar Garcia gave him minutes as "new lie" (as referred Messi false position nine) and offered his best version. There away from the area, and appears disordered defenses by surprise. Its impact on the category was so great that Luis Enrique did not hesitate to make his debut in the Second, where it premiered as a scorer, and shared equipment with Thiago some days. A dream fulfilled.

This course had no doubts. Your site was the subsidiary Barca and Eusebio has not hesitated to give prominence both as indoor and nine false. At the moment, and has five goals. "The work of Oscar with Rafinha was very good. The truth is that they are noticing the change of category. Keep playing up there, is enjoying with Eusebio. It is an important piece, "recalls Mazinho. Rafa assures his father that he did not succeed fellow eager to see of Cuenca in the first team. "No hurry. The objective of this course was to find his place in the subsidiary. " Rafinha contract ends in June but Mazinho emphasizes that "we are negotiating and there will be problems." Guardiola has already taken note and could make his debut today in the official party, to l Hospitalet "It looks good. Because her father is very strong physically and lives for football like his brother. There are good prespective. " (via SPORT)

Illusion in the Hospi during the visit of Barca

The players of L'Hospitalet have expressed their maximum illusion to be able to dispute before "the best team in the world", Barcelona of Pep Guardiola, the preliminary round of Copa del Rey of 1/16 final.


Midfielder 'Pitu', formed during 9 years in the cantera azulgrana and reached the first team debut in the hands of Frank Rijkaard, has highlighted told Efe that the motivation with coastal live this game.

"It's a game to enjoy, play against the best team in the world, but the face looking forward and looking forward and see if we can spring a surprise," said 'Pitu'.

The exazulgrana commented much interest you play against Xavi Hernandez, whom he admires, and revealed that his philosophy can play with the characteristics of the opponent before them.

"We really like having the ball, and against Barca is almost impossible to have because it's just removing. From here we have to try to do a good job defensively and when we recover the ball, try not to lose it and if we have 2 or 3 make the most of occasions, "he said.

Meanwhile, midfielder Ruben Garcia has said he will compete at "300%", although to get a good result in Barcelona should have "a bad day."

"For that we are older we used to have a memory when we retire. Let's try to do the best we can and enjoy this opportunity that we have won," said Ruben, who was pleased to play in the game stadium turned into a "mythical" as the Camp Nou.

The defense has said that Daniel Guillen certainly feel "a little nervous" before the game started, but left behind when you start the match because his side will "professional".

So, Guillen does not rule out a surprise to Barça because they carry 6 consecutive wins in Group 3 of the Second Division B, and sometimes small teams have been the greatest distress.

The players have taken place on Tuesday last training session, where he highlighted the incipient mustache begins to grow in members of the workforce.

L'Hospitalet football players have joined a worthy cause that aims to raise public awareness about prostate cancer, and the claim is mustache throughout the month of November. (via SPORT)

With Guardiola, unpleasant surprises against Second Division B sides are not frequent

Benidorm, Cultural Leonesa, and Ceuta, in the two-game playoff system, were not able to beat Barça. The games against Figueres (01/02), Novelda (02/03), and Gramenet (04/05) are always remembered when Barça faces off against a Second Division B side. Hospitalet will be Guardiola’s first Catalan opponent in the Cup.


Some members of the Barça squad know what it feels like to be eliminated in the first round of the Copa del Rey by Second Division B side. Over the past decade Barça was made to drink from the poisoned ‘Cup’ of elimination by Gramenet, Novelda, and Figueres. It’s been three seasons without any Copa surprises for Barça and the memories of previous frustrated runs ending at the hands of a Second Division B side have faded into distant history.

2008/09 the treble season, Barça started its Copa del Rey run away to Benidorm in Les Foietes. The first Barça goal in the Cup under Guardiola was a beautiful long range goal by Bojan. The return leg proved to be more difficult than anticipated. Messi, off a penalty, scored the go-ahead goal. Atlético Madrid was to be Barça’s next opponent.

In Guardiola’s second season as head coach, Barça had to travel to León to play against the historic Cultural side in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. The team was up to the task and Pedro’s two goals all but certified Barça’s progress to the next round. Guardiola’s men thumped Cultural 5-1 in the return leg. Seville would be Barça’s opponent in the next round.

The North African team was Barça’s first obstacle to the Cup final in Mestalla. Getting to Ceuta was complicated as the small town doesn’t boast an airport. But Guardiola and his coaching staff decided, like always, to travel on game day; the team first took an airplane to Málaga and then traversed the Mediterranean by helicopter. Once again, Pedro scored the first and Maxwell rounded off Barça’s tally, as the Catalans took their victory.

In 1993, a Betis side coached by Sergio Kresic, was the last team from a lower division to eliminate Barça in a two-game playoff. The Andalusians were in Second Division that season and Barça’s coach was Johan Cruyff. The away game ended in a draw and Betis managed a 0-1 win at the Camp Nou in the return leg. Despite losing out to Betis that year, Barça went on to win its fourth consecutive League title under Johan Cruyff and reach the final of the Champions League. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection] Alexis Sánchez: "I'm ready to play 90 minutes"

Chilean forward, recently recovered for Guardiola made available after a hamstring injury, said in Santiago that is capable of playing "90 minutes" against Uruguay, who visited Chile on Friday.


"I am for 90 minutes, I feel with the ability to do so, since I'm not in pain," said the forward on his arrival in Santiago to join the selection of Chile that will receive in Santiago to Paraguay after visiting Uruguay, in games of the classificatory South American for the World cup of Brazil 2014.

Sanchez, after recovery, he played 15 minutes in the match with Mallorca and Barcelona on Sunday, 30 against Athletic Bilbao.

"I'm happy to be back playing and coaching, which is what makes me happy", commented the player, who was applauded and cheered by the people who were in Santiago International Airport upon arrival.

On the game with Athletic Bilbao (2-2), which is led by former coach of Chile, Marcelo Bielsa, Alexis said, "It was very intense." "People were very glad we did, like my teammates," he said.

For his reunion with Bielsa, said he welcomed. "We wish you good luck, just hope you do very well," he added.

The forward was optimistic about Friday's game at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo. "We can break the story, as we did before, in the last qualifying process and if we play like we have been doing," he said.

In the World Cup qualifier in South Africa 2010, the two matches between Chile and Uruguay finished tied, 2-2 and 0-0 in Montevideo in Santiago. (via SPORT)