24 November 2011

Rosell met with the representative of Leandro Damião

FC Barcelona president visited by Vinicius Prates, representative of Brazilian forward Leandro Damião, who plays for Inter of Porto Alegre.

Sandro Rosell had a "productive meeting" with Vinicius Prates, representative of Leandro Damião, explained in Prates own twitter account, which also enclosed a photograph with the president of FC Barcelona.

Apparently the player's agent was active in the International Porto Alegre, was traveling in Europe and used to go visit Sandro Rosell on the same day that Barça played at San Siro against Milan.

During the meeting discussed the future and possible interest by Brazilian striker Barca 22 years old and 1'87 feet tall. E l max Barca president was interested in the player, but without making a formal proposal .

The clause of the player is around 50 million euros and his team would not let him escape for less than 20 'kilos' , reports 'Globoesporte'.

Other European clubs who may be interested in the player are Tottenham , Rome and Napoli. The rumors have also come from Ukraine, where Shakhtar Donetsk could have it in the spotlight, but the player has no interest landfall in Eastern Europe .

In fact, according to its own Vinicius Prates, the player in no hurry to go to Brazil, as in the South American continent its image is easier to exploit, commercially speaking, than abroad . (via SPORT)

Team back home and will be back in training on Friday

After spending the night in Milan, the squad flew back to Barcelona this lunchtime. With top spot in Group H assured, the players will return to training on Friday

The squad landed at Barcelona Airport at lunchtime after spending Wednesday night in Milan. The players went straight to the Camp Nou to have lunch together.

With top spot in their Champions League group assured, Josep Guardiola will now be asking his players to put their great win in Milan behind them and focus on their domestic campaign. The players will have a rest day today and be back in training at 11 AM on Friday morning to begin preparations for Saturday's visit to Getafe. After the session, which will be held behind closed doors, Josep Guardiola will speak to the press. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Italy eulogizes Milan and raises Barça

Italian media praises considering that Milan played a great game, but could not with a superior Barcelona to whom succumbed to (3-2) in the H group match of the Champions League.

"Great Milan, Barca too," title and summary and shock the newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport", calling them "beautiful encounter", in which Messi and Xavi were "two robots" and Boateng was a "magic" goal .

For the main sports newspaper in the country, Milan came out with "head high" of San Siro, they managed to trace the result twice, but then I could not with Xavi, author of the latter gave the victory while the Catalans.

"La Gazzetta dello Sport" also speaks of a "penalty given to the Catalans' commenting that Aquilani did not foul on Xavi.

"Milan played well, but the club better," are the words of red and black club owner, the former prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, of those that also ec the press is made.

"Corriere della Sera" particularly remarkable "football-show at San Siro" in a game that was spectacular, but "better team won, against an adversary who has learned to be very close to Barcelona."

"Applause for Milan, but Barcelona win" is the title chosen by the newspaper "Corriere dello Sport", which states that for the first time he saw Barcelona suffer a little.

Roman sports daily also gives space to the controversy between the exbarcelonista Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Barca club coach, Pep Guardiola.

"It was important to shake hands with Guardiola?, Said Swedish forward of Milan when asked why Messi and greeted his ex-coach, as recorded in" Corriere dello Sport ". (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Jonathan dos Santos extends contract till 2015

The 21-year-old Mexican midfielder will have a buyout clause of 30 million Euros.

FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Jonathan dos Santos to extend his contract until the 2014/15 season. His buyout clause will be 30 million Euros and the deal will be signed within a few days

The 21-year old Mexican has come up through the youth teams at the Club, after joining the Infantil B team and working his way through the other youth teams before reaching the Barça B squad, where he is currently playing. Pep Guardiola has called him into the first team on few occasions too, most notably in Tuesday night's Champions League game in Milan when he came on as a late substitute.

Dos Santos, who is a full Mexican international, made his first team debut with Barça in the Spanish Cup against Cultural Lleonesa on October 28th 2009. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Del Bosque votes Pep for Ballon d'Or

Also Messi, Cristiano and Muller.

Vicente del Bosque has voted Pep Guardiola as Ballon d'Or coaches. The coach has chosen Barca coach "not only by their titles, but also for his behavior on and off the field, something that must be taken into account under the rules of the FIFA award that sends." Del Bosque has voted Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) and Muller (Bayern) (in that order) for the Ballon d'Or 2012 will be presented on January 9 at the Palace next Cogresos Zurich.

Del Bosque, who yesterday was honored at the prestigious wineries Valduero also said in the town of Aranda de Duero, "The draw for the Euro will be hard to touch one to play, because they are the 16 best teams in Europe and 15 are going to delete. Only one can be champion. Spain will go with the good intention of retaining his current title and with the hope of closing a cycle Euro-World Cup-Euro that no one has been able to win so far. " (via AS)

[Former player] Remove the card again lead to Bojan Krkic

'Il Messaggero' reports that ahead of a stationary vehicle at a zebra crossing. The municipal police fined him 600 euros and withdrawal of license for a while yet to be defined.

Rome's Spanish forward Bojan Krkic , former player of Barcelona , has become to be without a driving license for the second time since arriving in Rome, passing a car that had stopped at a zebra crossing to let a pedestrian.

This was published today by the Roman newspaper 'Il Messaggero' , which reports that the episode happened yesterday when city police stopped Bojan, who was driving his BMW 330, and fined for breaching Article 148 of the highway code which carries a fine of 600 euros and the withdrawal of driving license for a period to be established later.

The police, the newspaper adds Roman, the player agreed to come home driving his car, but you can not drive again until you determine the months that he removed the card. Last September, the player of Rome was withdrawn for two months, the license to be circulated in the emergency lane.

Bojan acknowledged in a press conference that had circulated in the emergency lane because he was late to the exit to travel to Milan on the occasion of the match against Inter and coach Luis Enrique aims punctuality. The Spanish also was involved in September in a car accident while traveling with his teammate also Spanish Jose Angel in a vehicle that drove the latter's girlfriend. The vehicle crashed into an electric car that drove a young woman who ran a yield sign, but had no consequences. (via AS)

[Former B player] Gai Assulin, given Burnsley

The player doesn't have opportunities in Manchester City and he has left given Burnsley of the English second division.

After leaving FC Barcelona in July 2010, the Israeli player Gai Assulin signed for Manchester City, the player, who still has two and half years on his contract with English club, which is not having many opportunities.

Therefore, Assulin has accepted an assignment to the Burnsley, Team Championship, the second division of English football, reports the BBC.

The transfer of the player is for a short period of time and only time will become effective until January 3, 2012. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Juvenil A - Celtic live on Barça TV, web and Youtube

From 19.00, the last game of the regular phase of the Next Gen series through official club channels Oscar Garcia warns that "Celtic is the best of the other three rivals who've had" The coach notes that the team's goal is "to be first in the group".

The FC Barcelona Live offers the advantage of the Next Gen series between Juvenil A and the Celtic FC starting at 19.00 hours through Barça TV , Web www.fcbarcelona.cat and Club YouTube channel . This is the third streaming live via video social network, after the inauguration of the new farmhouse and interview the president of the Club, Sandro Rosell , television Al Jazeera Sports News.

As the game of Juvenil A with the Celtic FC , ​​the team led by Oscar Garcia faces this commitment to the goal of being first in the group. And is that the coach explains, "If we succeed, and if it looks like finally the rooms will be a single game, we want to play at home." Achieving this aim, however, will not be easy.

"For me, Celtic is set at the best of the other three rivals we have had. They are very well organized, it gives me respect, and has three or four players at many levels. We must take into that you have two parties, and if the gain qualifies for the next phase. "

As noted by Barca coach, the team has "some players suspect that, despite having recovered from injury, has been little training, pel reason that tomorrow will decide whether to play or not."

This is the case of Ella, Quesada, Carlos Julio and Bako. The game against Celtic is the last of the regular season, once the Barça managed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the NextGen Series beating people to Manchester City for 4 -1. To cope, the coach is very clear that players will only Juvenil A : "If we are enough people in the Youth prefer to give the prize to play this competition to which they are training with me every day. "

In the case of being first in the group, it seems that the next opponent could be the Aston Villa . For Oscar , however, the priority is the formation of the players: "Playing in historic areas like these is a very nice experience for players.'ll play against the opponent that we play. What we want is to continue building these good players parties. The training is very good and very positive. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Ibra: "The celebration of the goal was for our tifosi"

The 'Pep Team' was true to his style and tried to Zlatan, who also fled tension, normally. In contrast, there was no meeting Guardiola Ibrahimovic.

The possible bereavement extradeportivo among Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the 'Pep team' was diluted finally in the magnificent show that supposed the Milan-Barça disputed on the grass of San Siro. Zlatan was the protagonist, but his football and his goal, and the sparks jumped when he collided with Puyol, Abidal and Keita in the dispute of the ball. But both Barca as Milan held so exquisite forms before, during and at the end. Of course, that was not shake hands with Josep Guardiola, because it happened. "We have not seen," he said after Pep.

"I'm happy with how we played against the best team in the world but sad because we could not win," explained a dejected 'Ibra' Before threading the tunnel. "We played as we know but has not been enough. It was a great game, rhythm, intense, "insisted the 'cazagoles how far the interviewer asked if in celebration of his goal, that of 1-1, had sent a message for Guardiola and his 'students'. "No, I celebrated the goal for my team and for our fans, as in other games," settled the Swedish international.

Soon you will have to reproach Massimiliano Allegri to Zlatan who threw all his usual repertoire. I knew that all eyes would be awaiting him, as he likes to 'Ibra', and he was in his role. In the run joked heartily Juanjo Brau physiotherapist, crossed some imaginary shots with the assistant Pep Costa and greeted the doctor Ricard Pruna. All players and technical staff, he was treated quite normally, as if there had been no biography of the Swedish debate.

Already in the field, Ibrahimovic showed his ability in the air and as a reference point when you have space-traveled 9147 meters. He fell to the left again and again, creating many problems for the defense, and caught it 1-1 twenty minutes on their only shot on goal. In his due, the usual shortcomings: the seven offenses he committed with his great body of 1.94 meters and 94 kilos, and the three offsides in which incurred. Insufficient to impose on Barça again a team, a group of good college. The brightest. (via SPORT)

Tito Vilanova is in good hands

Dr. Bescós, Bachelor of Medicine and Dentistry, is one of the references on the subject.

Maria Socorro Bescós Atin is responsible for monitoring the processing and recovery of Tito Vilanova: Dr. Bescós Atin is a state of the references in the studies of maxillofacial surgery. Be responsible for the recovery process that should lead to Barca coach to return to the team within two or three weeks.

Tito Vilanova will be in the best hands. Dr. Bescós, Bachelor of Medicine and Dentistry, is one of the most respected medical field: it takes several years from a query in Barcelona, ​​first in your query Muntaner and for some months, Pillar Clinic the Catalan capital, while continuing to lead the maxillofacial surgery department of Hospital Vall d'Hebron.

Maria Socorro Bescós is first vice president of the Catalan-Balearic `Societat Catalano-Balear de Cirurgia Maxil.lo facial i oral', which is arranging the date up to twelve editions of the congress on the Handling of oral and maxillofacial cancer, as well as collaborators in the good part Existing literature on the matter.

He has also served on various courts call for medical practitioners in various hospitals of Catalonia, the last, the Josep Trueta of Girona.

His patients speak of a particular doctor involved in the patient's mood, concerned that the person who has just been tapped to assume his illness as a challenge to overcome, devoting much time to take care of the patient's psychological aspect. (via SPORT)

[Player ratings; UCL; Group H] AC Milan - FC Barcelona (2-3)


Guardiola overtakes Van Gaal in Champions League victories

With the victory at the San Siro, Guardiola won his 27th match in the top European competition, one more than the Dutchman achieved. Guardiola has only lost five Champions League matches as Barça manager.

Josep Guardiola has required only three and a half seasons to become the manager with most wins in the Champions League in the history of FC Barcelona. This Wednesday at the San Siro, he secured his 27th victory in the top European competition, and overtook Louis van Gaal, who won 26 matches in his eight seasons as manager of the first team.

In the 45 games in charge of the first team in the Champions League, Josep Guardiola has lost only 5 matches and drawn 13. In all, that's 89% of matches without losing. Only Wisla Krakow, Shakhtar Donetsk, Rubin Kazan, Arsenal, and Inter Milan have been capable of defeating Barça, and this season they are undefeated. Comparing these stats with previous managers, Rijkaard had 85% of games without losing, whilst Van Gaal had 83%.

This important number of wins explains in part the great trajectory in Europe of Guardiola's team: two titles and a semi-final in three years. This season, Barça have already secured their spot in the last 16, and once again as group leaders, with the return leg at home. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça players dedicate victory to Tito Vilanova

“It was an attractive game against an Italian team that wanted to attack. In general we played well, the victory gives us prestige," said Xavi.

“We feel good, we played well, we had a very good opponent in front of us. Victory has more value this way," said captain Carles Puyol.

The FC Barcelona players knew that beating Milan was very important because it would mathematically secure the top spot in their Champions League group. The team dedicated the victory to Barça’s assistant coach, Tito Vilanova, who underwent surgery on Tuesday.

Xavi Hernández, one of the goalscorers along with Messi, explained that it wasn’t an easy game: “We had a bit of a hard time, it was an attacking game with goals.” He emphasized that “it was an attractive game against an Italian team that wanted to attack. In general we played well, the victory gives us prestige.” Xavi also talked about the goals he’s scored since the beginning of the season, “I play on the inside and I try to get deep, we have to take advantage of centre defenders moving up to mark Leo Messi.” The midfielder places great value on the victory and securing top spot in the group, further adding that mathematically securing first place will allow Barça to “rest” and concentrate on the League.

Javier Mascherano:

Javier Mascherano, who played at centre back once again, said, “the manager chose to play with three defenders once against because it allows us to attack better, more players are able to get to the opponent’s area and you could see that during the game, especially in the first half.” He added, “if this team has anything it’s courage, taking risks is part of the history of this Club.”

Carles Puyol:

“We feel good, we played well, we had a very good opponent in front of us. Victory has more value this way.”

“When we played with three defenders in the first half, they opened the field up and it was difficult to get to their players on the wings, but we solved the problem when Busquets was added to the mix.”

“It was an open game, they opened up the field, and we took risks. If we had scored all of our chances, the goal difference would have been bigger.”

David Villa:

“We were brave to start out with three defenders, everything worked out. We had a lot of chances to score during the first half.”

“We were looking to secure top spot and qualification, it was very important because we have a tight schedule coming up with the Clásico and the Club World Cup.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Allegri: "Barça and Madrid are favorites to win the Champions"

The coach of Milan , Massimiliano Allegri , acknowledged after the defeat against Barcelona (2-3) that Barca and Real Madrid are "the favorites to win the Champions League," as they are "well above" the rest of team. "During the first half and the Barca game was much higher, I think we had to make a good game and we did. We had good chances and they, too," said Rossoneri coach in the press conference after the meeting.

"I think Barça is currently the strongest team, perhaps next to Madrid, so I think these teams are favorites because they are so superior to all others," he explained.

In any case, Allegri says his team out of the game "with higher self-esteem and knowing we can compete in these games." "If we play like we can go all the way," he añadido.Y is that, in his opinion, his men "have played really well," and while "have made ​​some mistakes have been worse play like Barcelona", where managed to level the match on the final play.

In this regard, he acknowledged that these errors have been "some solutions that should have taken offense better, play no hurry to reach the final pass in and out without hurry." "We played this game as we do, we are on the right track and we have a good performance. It is a good place to meet the second round, "he opined. (via MD)

Puyol and Xavi was dedicated to Tito

Carles Puyol hung a picture of him with Xavi in ​​the San Siro locker room making the sign of victory and the following message: "Hello everyone! Great victory against AC Milan in a very intense match that serves to pass as early group. The victory is dedicated to Tito Vilanova." (via MD)

Xavi: "It's a very prestigious victory"

The egarense highlighted the great game of Barça: "At times it seemed a taquigol". Devoted to Tito Vilanova 2-3 and their families and stressed that now will better prepare el clásico.

Speaking on TV3, Xavi Hernández has highlighted the importance of the victory at San Siro . "It was a great game, very colorful, against an Italian opponent also wants to play the attack. At times, it seemed a taquigol. It is a very important victory, very prestigious," said the midfielder.

Barca has remembered Tito Vilanova . "For him and his family will this victory. He is a very important and very dear, we've missed you so much and I hope he recovers as soon as possible."

Xavi has pulled modesty to minimize their good record in front of goal. "Messi, playing nine false creates a lot of interior space and we are obliged to use them. We have places to go and that is surprising and make it easier."

Finally, key league has spoken. "This win will allow us to better prepare for the match against Madrid. The coach may reserve players at the bat and get more fresh to a meeting that will be vital." (via MD)

Abidal: "I just need to renew the firm"

The 2-3 is not the only good news this evening in Milan. After the match, Eric Abidal has confirmed that renewed for the Barcelona.

Once finished the match against Milan, Eric Abidal has appeared in the mixed area of ​​San Siro. There has responded to questions from journalists from Canal + France. And he has given very good news for all Barca fans.

"We agree with the club. We are a 90 out of 100. I only need to sign my renewal. I am happy. The adventure will continue in Barcelona," said the French player, who, however, has not given more details on the renewal, even for how old it is.

Eric Abidal, 32, this contract ends next June and for several months was negotiating its renewal with Barcelona. The player had admitted he wanted to retire at Barcelona and from Barcelona has also insisted that they wanted to renew. In the end, both sides seem to have reached an agreement. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “It's not easy to win at the San Siro, it's an honour to have done it”

The manager was pleased because Barça have guaranteed top spot in the group, and above all, that people watching the match “had fun”. Guardiola said that his team’s priority until the end of the year is to win the Club World Cup in Japan.

Josep Guardiola expressed his joy after securing the top spot in Group H. He said that it was a “true honour” to have beaten a such a prestigious team like Milan at the historic San Siro. The manager was also pleased that the people who had watched the game “had fun.” He continued, “We played a good away game, and now to come here and generate so many chances against such a big team, with such history and tradition... it gives us pride. It’s an honour to beat Milan at the San Siro.”

With tonight’s victory, Josep Guardiola is the FC Barcelona manager with the most wins in the Champions League, totalling 27. The Barça boss attributes his record to the European titles won by his players: “these stats are the consequence of having won two European titles . . . we have been lucky enough to win 12 of 15 titles. With different players I wouldn’t have been able to do it. If they had another manager, perhaps they would have done it anyway. I only try to get them to run.”

After being asked if the victory over Milan was a warning to onlooking teams, Guardiola said, “we don’t play to demonstrate our authority to other teams or to correct people's opinions about us. It’s about playing the game and trying to be better than your opponent . . . the most important thing is that the team is in the round of 16 and that we get to play the return leg at home. Now we have to prepare for the Club World Cup in Japan, this is our priority until the end of the year.”

Barça came out onto the San Siro pitch with a three-man defence, which at first glance might seem risky, but in the end it worked out. “Because of our opponent I decided to play with three [defenders], fast players, players with legs,” the manager said. After watching his footballers’ performance, Guardiola highlighted that they “competed to win” and that he saw details that make him “optimisitc about the future . . . once again, I can say that we will compete until the end and try and win something.”

Guardiola had words of praise for Thiago, who played in a position that he’s not used to, and for Busquets' brilliant tactical performance. “When we play with three defenders 'Busi’s' position isn’t easy at all. It was a risk, but I weighed my options, and playing this way gives us more more options to play. Thiago, he’s the boldest player we have in the squad. He's confident in himself, he’s strong, he thinks he's good looking, he's good... it doesn’t matter if he plays on a small or large field. He can adapt and that can only be done if you have good self esteem.”

“Tito, content and happy”

Guardiola talked about Tito Vilanova, who underwent surgery this Tuesday: “I know he listened to the game over the radio. I know that he’s well, that he’s content and happy.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Champions League; Group H] AC Milan 2 - 3 FC Barcelona

Van Bommel (o.g.), Messi (pen), and Xavi put Barça ahead 3 times. Ibrahimovic and Boateng twice leveled the score, which could have been greater in Barça’s favour.

A historic meeting between two giants of European football promised thrills, but perhaps not so many. FC Barcelona overcame AC Milan 3-2 in a really attacking, and thrilling, match that was resolved thanks to goals from Van Bommel (o.g.), Messi (pen) and Xavi, which meant that Guardiola's team were never behind in the game. Mentally, it wasn't easy for Barça, who saw Ibrahimovic and Boateng equalise twice in a game that, regarding shots on goal, 3 for AC Milan against Barca's 8, could have ended with a much wider margin in favour of the away team.

So, FC Barcelona come away from the San Siro with the group leadership mathematically assured, and with BATE Borisov still to visit the Camp Nou, in the week that Barça have to go and play the Classic, against Real Madrid, in the Santiago Bernabeu.

From the start at the San Siro the fans witnessed a vibrating match. Crazy stuff. Barça went into the game very boldly, starting with a 3-4-3 formation that in attack looked more like 3-3-4 with Cesc and Thiago driving down the middle, and Messi and Villa opening up the wings. The Italians, sitting deep at the back, threatened on the counter-attack, and Prince, Robinho, and Seedorf, always looked for the same player to finish off their good work: Ibrahimovic. No quarter was given, and in the first move of real danger, Barça made it 1-0, when Van Bommel scored an own goal after great ball winning by Thiago, and a Keita cross which Xavi was waiting for.

After the first goal, the match went crazy. Robinho missed a clear chance from three metres, very similar to the chance that Messi missed at the other end, moments later. Before Messi's chance, however, Milan had already equalised with a goal from former Barcelona player, Ibrahimovic, from a Seedorf pass. The match was not much like Barça usually play, somewhat fragile at the back and repeatedly with numerical superiority at the other end, where each attack created a clear scoring opportunity on Abbiati's goal, one of the best players in the first half.

In one of Barça's many chances, Aquilani brought down Xavi, inside the area. Penalty. Aquilani, who had already received a yellow card, escaped being sent off, as the referee showed the yellow card to Nesta. Messi had to score his penalty twice, as the referee deemed that the first time Leo had stopped his forward movement. As if they were the last minutes of the game, Milan poured forward towards Valdes goal in the final stretch of the first half, in which Puyol and Abidal also received yellow cards. At the break, an electric 2-1 lead for Barça at the San Siro.

There was certainly no relaxation after the break. Villa and Messi had good chances to score the third, but AC Milan again equalised, following brilliant individual play from Boateng. Barça didn't collapse after this second blow against them. With more control than in the first half, a long period of Barça possession ended with a brilliant Messi through ball to Xavi, who made no mistake, to make it 3-1. Justice was done in Milan, where Guardiola's team take away a valuable prize: first place in Group H. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
AC Milan Abbiati; Abate, Nesta (Bonera, min. 65), Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Van Bommel (Nocerino, min. 72), Aquilani, Seedorf, Boateng; Robinho (Pato, min. 46) and Ibrahimovic.

FC Barcelona Víctor Valdés; Puyol, Mascherano, Abidal; Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Thiago (Jonathan dos Santos, min. 91); Messi, Cesc (Pedro, min. 79) and Villa (Alexis, min. 67).

Goals: 0-1, min. 14 . Messi Keita sees the inmate of the left, it sends the ball to the far post and Van Bommel an own goal in his attempted clearance before Xavi. 1-1 , min. 20. Assists Robinho Ibrahimovic and this, his first touch, surprise Valdés. 1-2, min. 31 . Aquilani penalty from Xavi. Messi mark in the first instance but Stark does not give the goal a 'paradinha' illegal. In the second, beat Abbiati again. 2-2, min. May 4. Ball hanging from the Barcelona area, Mascherano rejects evil and Boateng , winning the game to Abidal, Valdes surprised by his club. 2-3, min. 62 . Excellent service Messi Xavi , who bat without reference to Abbiati.

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany). Showed yellow cards to the kites Aquilani, Nesta, Zambrotta and Van Bommel and Barça Messi, Puyol, Abidal and Mascherano.

Incidents: Grand entry at San Siro. 78,927 spectators. 7 of temperature. Barca wore their third kit.

The Madrid-Barça already has official

David Fernandez Borbalán be the arbiter of the Real Madrid-Barcelona on Saturday, December 10 (22:00 h) at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The referee whistled around Andalusia and the Super Cup in Camp Nou on 17 August. Barcelona won 3-2.

Borbalán was the fifth best referee in the previous season punctuated by the Referees Technical Committee (TAC), with 11.32 points. The number one was Velasco Carballo, Madrid Committee, with 11.52.

The Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) revealed referees all day. They are:

Athletic - Rácing Del Cerro Grande
Real Zaragoza - Mallorca Teixeira Vitienes F.
Getafe - Granada González González
Levante - Sevilla FC Alvarez Izquierdo
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona Fernández Borbalán
Rayo Vallecano - Sporting Mateu Lahoz
Espanyol - At.Madrid Paradas Romero
Betis - Valencia Pérez Lasa
Málaga - Osasuna Estrada Fernández
Villarreal - Real Sociedad Undiano Mallenco

Messi contends for FIFA Puskás Award

Messi's goal against Arsenal in the Champions League makes the FIFA Puskás Award shortlist, to contend with nine others for best goal of the year. Messi was nominated for the award last year but the prize went to Hamit Altintop.

Leo Messi is once again a contender for the FIFA Puskás Award, an award given to the player judged to have scored the most beautiful goal of the year. The Argentinian was up for the prize in 2010 as well. This year, his goal against Arsenal in the return leg of the Champions League knock-out round has been nominated.

The goal was a masterpiece: Iniesta found Messi, who, when confronted by an encroaching Almunia, gently chipped the ball over the sprawled the keeper. Messi, not letting the ball touch the ground, finished off the play with a volley.

The other contenders are Wayne Rooney, Dejan Stankovic, Benjamin de Ceulaer, Julio Gómez, Lisandro López, Neymar, Heather O'Reilly, and the two ex-Barça players, Giovani dos Santos and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This is the third year FIFA has awarded the Puskás Award, previous winners are Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and Hamit Altintop in 2010.

The award is decided by public vote, the goal that receives the most votes on FIFA’s official webpage wins the FIFA Puskás Award. Voting closes on December 5th.

The winner will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala, January 9th, 2012. Click here to vote for Leo Messi’s goal. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[youth] Take: Japan to Camp Nou

Takefusa Kubo, 11 years forward, dreams of being the first Nippon reaching the first team of FC Barcelona.
FCB started school in Fukuoka, C Youngsters shine in his country and known as 'The Japanese Messi'.

You know him as the Japanese Messi . Play the same team as the Argentine, Barça, and in the same position, that of 'false 9' Pep Guardiola has popularized. It's called Kubo Takefusa , Take to your fellow Alevín C Barca, and his dream is to become the first step Nippon in one day the Camp Nou.

Take, for 11 years, began at the Barcelona School of Fukuoka (Tokyo) , in which he excelled from day one. Coach Ivan Palanco, recommended his signing for its quality but also because other big European clubs had already gone to their parents. Last season was on trial Take a few weeks in the Ciutat Esportiva and Guillermo Amor, head of football training, ended up giving the nod to its incorporation.

The Japanese promising young acts in front in the 3-2 - 1 that Barca have teams in the Football category 7, but may also delay the midfield position. He is intelligent, well understood the concepts of the game, combined with ease and has a good eye for goal. In the team he coaches Alex Gomez shared a dressing room with love and Adrià Altimira Guille, son and nephew respectively of William Love and Aureli Altimira, trainer of the first team.

Take has adapted perfectly to Barcelona and Barcelona, ​​where he resides with his parents. In a speech two months and more than fair Castilian . And at La Masia , where you eat and rest before the afternoon workout, and is one of the most beloved players. There are lining up to face him in the ping-pong . See you take the racket is a spectacle. (via MD)

Albertini: "Ibrahimovic is a problem for Barça, is among the best five in the world"

Demetrio Albertini, formerly of Milan and Barcelona, ​​spoke before the game tonight and discussed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Played for 14 seasons Demetrio Albertini in Milan and only played half a year for FC Barcelona, ​​but despite this the memory of your stay at the club in the old city can not be better.

In an interview concecida daily Marca, Albertini was questioned especially by the Swedish striker set wayward 'Rossoneri', Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

When asked if 'Ibra' seemed a problem for Barca, Italian cntestó flatly: "Of course. For me it is among the five best in the world. Ibra I've met here is impressive." While on bereavement noted that "I do not see this as a Ibra against Barca."

Swedish on the recruitment of the FC Barcelona two seasons ago, Albertini said, "I think both were wrong. Barça for thinking of him and the player to go."

Former Milan and Barca explained why the failure of the combined Barca Zlatan: "Barça players play with a very specific profile with a philosophy of play did not fit in Ibra, he needs to play alone, with more spaces, as in Milan. "

With respect to tonight's match at San Siro, Albertini did not want to wet the time to say whether he preferred to win the Milan or Barca.

"I have many friends on both teams. I have a special love him to Barça fan, but I love the tifossi of Milan. Win or that I rejoice," said the Italian, who also share a great friendship with Carles Puyol.

Finally, with respect to its Milan, Albertini confessed that "to me there is still no Pirlo. (The team) has not found a substitute." (via SPORT)