02 December 2011

Guardiola: "The most important game is against Levante"

Just one week before they face Madrid, the manager refused to discuss the clásico and instead preferred to focus on the game at the Camp Nou against a solid and physical team.


Josep Guardiola likes to take each game as it comes and is making no exception this time. "The most important match is always the next one, against Levante." He wants his team "to stay as consistent as possible ... it all comes down to one thing, playing your game and trying to win ... I don't want to waste my time talking about things that don't depend on us," he added.

Neither is the manager too concerned that the team are currently second in the table. "You can always get behind in sport," he said. "When you are behind, you must have the ambition of trying to catch the leader. It's normal. Sometimes you can't do it, but if we weren't trying, we'd be doing wrong. However, that is not the case. There is nothing odd about being behind such a strong team." He pointed out that FC Barcelona have often being in positions other than first, as is the case right now.

His main concern, however, is Levante, who are fourth and just two points behind Barça. "They were a strong, physical side last year," he said. "They started the season well and that's taken off some of the pressure. But this is a good chance for us to build a gap between us and them." He also likes the way that Levante have so many players that have been in the Spanish championship for so long.

He was also asked to comment on the yellow card that Gerard Piqué got against Rayo, which means he will be suspended against Levante, but will be able to play at the Santiago Bernabéu. "If the Competition Committee had decided he should get two games, then he would have been rested for two. If they said three, it would be three. We go by whatever the Committee decides. We always have," he insisted. Guardiola also said that in training sessions they never talk about getting yellow cards deliberately or resting players in case they get them. "If we did that, then I would never have played Alves in the Champions League when we still hadn't secured top spot," he observed. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Luis Suárez: "I have no doubt Messi will win, it is so good..."

The Uruguayan Luis Suarez is clear that Lionel Messi will win the Ballon d'Or this year.


The Uruguayan Luis Suarez is clear that Lionel Messi will win the Ballon d'Or this year and, although it is among the 23 finalists, is satisfied with finishing in the top ten. "I have no doubt that Messi will win is as good ,...", said in an interview published today in the magazine" France Football ".

The Liverpool player for 24 years, says "never imagined" being in the final of the prestigious award that next Monday will announce the final three candidates, before January 9 the winner is known. "As a recognition of my work," the Uruguayan, who believes that "top ten finish would already be a nice reward." Suarez said that the successes won by Uruguay in recent years have much to do with the good atmosphere in the locker room. "When you get along off the field, and that is our case, the natural solidarity that emerges from this harmony reappears during the games," he said.

"The difference between Uruguay and other national teams in our case is that no one is considered better others, "he said. The striker said he has more attuned with Forlan Cavani, which he considers "more a reference." "With Cavani played U-20 World Cup in Canada in 2007. We know each other well because we are of the same city (Skip) and we took only two months," he said. "Forlan is more a reference for me. I look with great admiration. When I was fifteen I saw him on TV and wanted to imitate him, playing alongside him," he said. Suarez said he prefers the victory achieved by the selection in the Copa America last year to the semi finals in South Africa.

"We had not won for 16 years. We are a small country on the map. And the boys of ten or fifteen years had never seen a victory for Uruguay. It was something formidable, "he said. The attacker refused reputation for toughness that is in the Uruguayan football, but admitted that there are small teams "who have no other thing" that physical force to deal with the parties. He noted that South American football is living with an "obsessive passion" and that "we must constantly strive to reach the top." "If you get to emerge out of the jungle of Uruguayan football are mentally and physically ready to play in Europe," he said. (via SPORT)

Piqué to miss Levante clash at the Camp Nou

The Competition Committee has confirmed that FC Barcelona centre back Gerard Piqué will be suspended for one game after receiving his fifth yellow card.


Piqué will be suspended for Saturday's game at the Camp Nou after the Competition Committee confirmed his accumulation of five yellows. The fifth came on Tuesday away to Rayo, which now means he will have to sit out the game with Levante. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Fully focused on Saturday’s game with Levante at the Camp Nou

The 19 first team members worked out today at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for the second to last time before Saturday’s game at the Camp Nou. They were joined by Barça B’s Cuenca, Rosell and Rodri.


After a day off on Thursday, Josep Guardiola's charges were back at it on Friday as they get ready for the next league match at the Camp Nou against Levante, the surprise package of the season with 26 points and currently in fourth place in the table after 14 games. Cuenca, Rosell and Rodri of the reserves joined the 19 first team members for the session.

Adriano was also there, but worked out in isolation after it was confirmed that he had pulled a thigh muscle in the game with Rayo Vallecano. He is expected to be out for 5 to 7 days.

The first teamers were joined by three members of Eusebio Sacristán's B team in Cuenca, Rosell and Rodri. On Saturday, and as usual on the days of home league matches, the squad will train in the morning at 11.30 behind closed doors. They will then be free until they are due back at the stadium at 18.15. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex-player] Maradona: 'Neymar better than Messi? Pelé made a mistake of pill'

Pelé had said that "an individual comparison Neymar is much better, more complete. Hit it with both legs in any direction can dribble and score goals."

It cann't avoid it. Diego Armando Maradona has returned to make a statement that will bring tail to respond to the words of Pelé on Neymar and Messi. 'O Rei' said the other day that his compatriot was already a better player than that of 'Pelusa', something that has not sat well with the coach of Al Wasl.

"It's the wrong pill," said Maradona. "Instead of taking the sleeping pill took morning. I was confused and did not know what to say. I suggest that next time take the proper medication before starting to speak. And to change doctors," he said in a statement full of sarcasm that surely raised hackles in Brazil.

Pelé had said that "an individual comparison Neymar is much better, more complete. Hit it with both legs in any direction can dribble and score goals. Messi is very good, but much of the equipment Depnd he plays. He's doing very well in Barcelona, ​​but Argentina is struggling. Neymar does well both with Santos like with Brazil. " (via AS)

Holiday shopping and business at the premiere of the wives of Maxwell and Adriano

The wives of Maxwell and Adriano opened business.


Much of the Barça squad was quoted yesterday at the opening of the store Monnalisa, a children's fashion boutique. The reason is that the Regent Giulia, wife of Maxwell, and Manuelli, wife of Hadrian, and wanted to support their partners in this new project from their partners. To celebrate the opening of the store, located in one of the most exclusive areas of Barcelona, ​​got a private party in a tent across the street. Pinto, Dani Alves, David Villa and Abidal caused excitement among those who at the time walking down the street.

The players came with their children, having games and inflatables for children. Barca signed autographs and pictures with the fans who asked for it, but declined to comment. (via MD)

[Barça B] The sheik from Málaga, to for Deulofeu, jewel culé

The Andalusian club considering a transfer request in January.


Malaga wants to crown his ambitious project with Gerard Deulofeu, one of the jewels of La Masia. The club of Sheikh Al-Thani studies Barca in January asking the release of this talented winger who Guardiola has already made his debut in the official game.

A month ago, with just 17 years, promising Barca player premiered at the Camp Nou in a league match against Mallorca, after entering the field in 63 minutes. Even in youth and international youth level in Spain, the quality of Deulofeu has attracted the interest of Malaga. Although the team coached by Manuel Pellegrini walks on the wingers, the possibility of having to end the season with Deulofeu mean an extraordinary gain reinforcement.

Remains to be seen if Barca considered beneficial that the blanks in Girona is a top team with aspirations or follow the 'coat' of Pep Guardiola, who is taking care of the progression of this Barca B player. The Santpedor will ultimately decide whether to or not the transfer of the winger for sports training and personnel, the latter aspect that is considered very important in the club azulgrana.

Are to be seen how well the relationship between Malaga and Barcelona, ​​particularly after the 'war' buried by a little kid named Brahim 11 years, the jewel of the cantera malacitana,, whom the Andalusian club offered a fortune to keep finished at La Masia. (via MD)

[Barça B] Ilie will cover Jonathan Dos Santos's drop

The midfielder worked in the gym yesterday after undergoing surgery in August and again in January.


The more than likely jump Jonathan Dos Santos in January to the first team will leave an important vacancy in midfield Barca B will cover Ilie Sanchez, who will return in the best competition time in about a month and a half after five months in the dry dock.

Yesterday, the Poble Sec midfielder was brought in the gym for the first time since undergoing surgery in August to resolve some unbearable discomfort in the heel of left foot. It was very well received by his peers and Eusebio Sacristan, who was glad to return the squad to the group: "Welcome. We are very pleased to have him among us again. It's a unique guy and will be an important reinforcement for us ". Ilie, who out of contract in June, expects to reach an agreement with the club to renew for another season.

Eusebio assured yesterday that I don't know anything" about the players that Pep will be taken to the Club World . "I have not been communicated anything, but in any case is good news because although we have deprived of them, others will have new opportunities." It is assumed that Cuenca is one of them, while the goal Oier and Jonathan Dos Santos would be the other. (via MD)

[youth] The 'big' in the Premier insist Òscar García

Manchester City, United and Chelsea returned to the charge to lead their teams affiliates.


Òscar García has become one of the coaches with the best reputation in Europe in the direction of quarry equipment thanks to its excellent track record in the Juvenil A of Barça. In summer and had great deals for a change of scenery and in the last few days returned to the charge of `large businesses in the Premier League for the de Sabadell is put in front of its subsidiaries, known as` reserves Does England.

Manchester City, United and Chelsea have the name Òscar in a place high on their agenda, while the coaches is very focused on his work with young people and Barca last week and informed the director of the professional area, Andoni Zubizarreta, who continue until end of season.

Òscar's name has also sounded like one of the possible replacements for Hector Cuper at Racing de Santander, Cantabria, although the club is going through a delicate economic and so far, has opted for three coaches from the house, Juanjo González, Pablo Pinillos and Fede Castaños, to take the reins. In any event, teams of First Division closely follow technical developments for the high capacity shown in the lower categories Blaugrana. (via SPORT)

Barca a transfer deck in the winter market

The technical secretariat of club has a list of requests by some players and not ruled out any.


Sports management board and must solve a dilemma in the coming weeks. For some time, Andoni Zubizarreta and company do not stop to receive requests and offers of all kinds. The list of possible transfers and assignments is endless and it affects nearly all the first team and the reserves. Faced with this avalanche, the club raises a possible operation in January market advantage that allows ease the Camp Nou dressing room and do some 'box' additional.

Of course, the agreed departure would affect a player who was not qualified as a 'must have' for Pep Guardiola. Technical area sources have confirmed this hypothesis and also ensured that it would be shuffling a couple of names referring to the first team.

For days, rumors of the ever-intensive 'Mercato' Italian relate directly to Milan with two Blaugrana players. First, Maxwell. Brazilian contract ends at the end of the season, his role in the staffing is limited and an alleged transfer does not create holes impossible to correct. Matches the ideal profile to be part of the winter market. Indeed, in the club would be more than pleased at the prospect of shaking off the figure of consultant Mino Raiola.

The second case is more delicate since it is the figure of Seydou Keita. The Malian itself is a key player for Guardiola. The midfielder has always been supported explítico Pep, who has spent years and millions of slowing the multiple offers that appear regularly around the figure of Keita. The transfer seems almost impossible, but the Italian press said that Milan does not cease in its intentions to force a transfer.

The final decision is taken. Barca is always open to unexpected revenue, but under no circumstances will alter the internal order of the first team dressing room. (via SPORT)

[Ex-player&coach] Cruyff: "That of Piqué could have avoided"

The Dutch coach regrets the action of Gerard Pique to see the fifth yellow against Getafe.


Johan Cruyff spoke yesterday during a break from filming the promotional spot Catalunya disputing parties and Tunisia on December 30, the yellow card by Gerard Pique. The former Barca coach lamented the way the central forced the fifth yellow against Getafe to reach 'clean' to the Bernabeu.

"Nor can you say that all the time was looking for because there were enough opportunities to do different was playing as Lightning. These things always have to avoid, "he said.

In the words of a TV3, Cruyff also referred to the future of Guardiola on the bench of Barcelona, ​​an issue again in the media spotlight. The Dutch coach Pep stressed the importance of the project but did not want to get wet on whether to continue with Barcelona in the coming years. "For the club is important. Pep has already shown his quality, his manner, his honesty ... But as I said several times, depends on the happiness, which is that makes you decide. "

In this sense, the Dutchman again referred indirectly to the famous surroundings, as one of the reasons that may disturb Guardiola. "Football will never bother you but around him I think so. I can understand perfectly, "said the Dutchman. (via SPORT)

Juan Ignacio: "Perhaps we puncture the bus and we stay in Hospitalet"


Juan Ignacio Martinez , Levante coach, joked today to ensure that their president was in "negotiations" to see if they would play or not this Saturday's match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou and noted that "maybe the bus punctured "and stay in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. "I do not know if the president has already completed negotiations to go or not go to the Camp Nou. Let's see if the president has done and perhaps prick the bus and stayed in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat," said coach laughing, after enumerating the virtues of Barcelona and its overwhelming record at home this season.

Valencia coach admitted that the only remedy to win at Barcelona is "praying a lot." "If you stop to Messi , free leave to another. We must be together, be supportive and pray a lot, "said Juan Ignacio , who lauded and recognized Barcelona scorer who does not know which system is best to stop offensive potential of the team led by Pep Guardiola .

"Without realizing it you put two goals. The other day you said how great match of Rayo (Vallecano) and took four. In the video and the Board no one beats me, but in the field the ball and runs very fast in the Camp Nou, "he said. "If you long for a side covers, you uncover the other, what we do is buy a rug that is too long and we cover the best chance," he said.

It recognized that if Levante punctuates we stick a homage all" in reference to the journalists that covered the press conference. In a very kind tone and asked he resembled Pep Guardiola in what, Juan Ignacio joked: "In the hair? fucked to walk here", did he say being pointed out the hair. (via MD)

Jorge Messi: "In the school they laughed at Leo"

The father of the Argentine star confesses in the book 'Educados para ganar', written by journalist Sique Rodriguez.
The work also includes the confessions of the parents of Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué, Cesc, Pedro, Thiago and Fontàs.


"I looked like another bug pit" . So remember Jorge Messi , Barca star's father, the first few days in Barcelona after arriving in Argentina in the book 'Educados para ganar' , written by journalist Gairí Sique Rodriguez , director and host of 'Fora de Joc' ( Ona FM), and edited by Ara Llibres. The father of Messi abounds even in the difficulties that happened I read in school: "At first I suffered because kids were cruel. It is normal. I looked different. came out, had different customs and, besides, he had growth problems. They laughed at him and went wrong, but Fortunately, it was beating " .

The story of Jorge Messi is one of the many secrets to discover the book released today by even Rodriguez, who, with the invaluable assistance of Albetsen Adrià, has also spoken with the parents of Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas Pedro Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara and Andreu Fontàs. Carles Folguera, director of La Masia, has written the foreword and has attended this morning's presentation of the work by recalling that "if behind every great man is a great woman behind great athletes must have great parents" .

Among the many priceless anecdotes in the book stands and professed humility that small Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas. Both played on the football at Barcelona this weekend but preferred not to go with the club tracksuit and Arenys Terrassa, respectively, not to boast about it to friends. The work also explores how Piqué brings fame for his relationship with singer Shakira, how he lived his pressure Cesc back to Barca and what Iniesta told his father after he insisted he for four months to accept the offer Barca. All that and more, pictures of family albums including, ' Educados para ganar '. (via MD)

36.000 euros for a study on the Mini Estadi that didn't serve as anything

The bankrupt recalificación of the lands of the Mini Estadi still wags the tail. In the City council of Barcelona the carried out expense is questioned.


The studies to modify the General Metropolitan Plan and recalificar the lands of Miniestadi of FC Barcelona, favored under Joan Laporta's command, ascended to more than 36.000 euros for a project with few slips of throwing ahead with the arrival to the presidency of Sandro Rosell.

He recalls the municipal president of PPC, Alberto Fernandez, his party voted against this plan and fifteen days before the election to the presidency of Barcelona, ​​in June 2010, asked to postpone decisions on the future of those lands Miniestadi the possible change to the president in the club.

In a response to a question raised by the Municipal Group of the PPC, the City Council stated in its response that the analysis for urban modification of Miniestadi reached 15,996 euros, while the work of documentation and proposals in the area of ​​influence area accounted for an outlay of 20,880 euros.

Alberto Fernandez recalled that the PPC requested before investing in these studies was to await the outcome of the election of Barca.

The club azulgrana, under the command of Laporta, requested the reclassification of those areas in which the club sought to build houses to finance the remodeling of the Camp Nou designed by architect Norman Foster.

However, with the advent to the presidency of Rosell, Barcelona buried Miniestadi requalification plan due to lack of viability of the project and because it is an election commitment. (via SPORT)

Zamorano: "Alexis Sanchez can throw the team on his shoulder"

Ivan Zamorano has been one of the best players that has given Chile. Now looks like Alexis Sanchez has taken over.


Iván Zamorano, Chilean and ex player of Real Madrid, saw on Tuesday the Barça-Rayo Vallecano for television and was amazed with the game of Alexis Sánchez. So much that it gives an important role in the Barcelona, ​​even in the face of momentous match day 10 in the Bernabeu. "I think Alexis will start. The level was on Tuesday given the opportunity to play that game. Was instrumental in taking the initiative and I think it took a very important step. It is able to throw the team on his shoulder, despite playing with a constellation of stars, "he said in a statement to" La Tercera ".

Zamorano added: "I saw him very well. Is playing at a high level. It looks more comfortable throwing to the left. It can be an important contribution to Barcelona, ​​because he knows where to be at the right times." Despite these accolades, Zamorano expected that this time victory is for Real Madrid, a team that believes it has developed more than Barcelona. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Rivaldo leaves Sao Paulo

The former FC Barcelona forward Vitor Borba 'Rivaldo' announced in his account of 'Twitter' on Saturday will be his last day in Sao Paulo.


"I would like to inform everyone that on Saturday will be my last training in Sao Paulo," said the Brazilian player.

"This afternoon, the board informed me officially that I will not continue at the club next year," he said in his brief explanation.

Rivaldo is grateful to the fans on "great affection" that showed him "without doubt the best" of the season, and also the support and criticism from the press, "and that somehow helped me."

The striker made it clear that his move from Sao Paulo "is not my farewell to football" as it plans to continue playing "until the end of 2012." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Jonathan Dos Santos: "I am a born fighter, I never wanted to leave here"

The Mexican midfielder from the Barça B team is very happy after renewing his contract with the Club until 2015.
He says he is working very hard and has taken a step forward to becoming a leader in Eusebio’s team.


Jonathan dos Santos signed, this Thursday, the renewal of his contract that links him to FC Barcelona until 2015. The event was attended by, apart from Dos Santos, President Sandro Rosell, Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Director Jordi Mestre, the Sports Director Andoni Zubizarreta, and Director of Football Raul Sanllehí.

Speaking to Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat, Dos Santos recalled how he had to strive to get where he is, "I have gone through all the categories, I fought hard, I had some difficult years ... I was ready to leave the Club, not everything always goes well. I am a born fighter, and I never wanted to leave here. I'm very happy."

On a special day for him, the midfielder, 21, had words of thanks for the Club: "In the ten years I've been here I've always been treated very well. I've grown as a person and as a player. I'm happy that the boss, Pep, the coaches, and the Directors, have had faith in me, and now I hope to carry on working like I always have".

In this regard, he remembered various conversations with the manager about his options: "I've talked to him many times, and I know there are lots of players in the midfield. I'll keep working every day and I know my chance will come. I hope to make the most of it."

One of the 'leaders' of the B Team

Jonathan dos Santos is one of the key players in the Barça B team. He recognises that he feels important to Eusebio Sacristan: "The boss is giving me a lot of confidence. I knew it was a stage in my life where I had to make the leap. I have to be 'the leader' of the team as I've been with the B team for three years, and I'm one of the most experienced players". (via FCBarcelona.cat)