03 December 2011

Guardiola to rest 13 first team players against BATE

11 Barça B players plus Pinto, Piqué, Fontàs, Maxwell, Thiago, Pedro and Cuenca may be named to Barça's squad on Tuesday.


Pep Guardiola will rest 13 first team players for the upcoming Champions League match this Tuesday against BATE Borisov (20:45). The Barça manager will rest Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Abidal, Mascherano, Keita, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Messi, Alexis and Villa.

The first team will enjoy a day off this Sunday before they return to training on Monday at 19:00 hrs at the Camp Nou before the Champions League fixture on Tuesday (live on Barça TV). First team players Pinto, Piqué, Fontàs, Maxwell, Thiago and Pedro, plus Cuenca will take part in the session. They will be joined by Barça B’s Oier, Montoya, Bartra, Muniesa, Sergi Gómez, Rafinha, Dos Santos, Deulofeu, Riverola, Sergi Roberto and Kiko Femenía.

The 13 players not named to Barça’s team against BATE will hold a closed door training session on Tuesday at 10:30 hrs at the Ciutat Esportiva. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Kashiwa Reysol closes the list of seven participants

Recently promoted to the first division Japanese, Kashiwa Reysol, lifted the championship title. So, will participate in the competition which begins on December 8, in which Barça's favorite.

The Club World Cup, which begins on December 8 at FC Barcelona as top seed, you know the seven contenders for the title, after the Japanese Kashiwa Reysol have qualified after winning the J-League Nippon.

The Kashiwa Reysol, newly promoted to the first division Japanese, early this morning capped his amazing journey and lifted the championship title after an exciting final round, where he also aspired to the glory of the Nagoya Grampus Eight and Gamba Osaka. The victory at home against Urawa Red Diamonds (1-3) gave the greatest success in its history the team coached by Brazilian Nelsinho Baptista.

Thus, the Kashiwa has earned the right to compete in the inaugural meeting of the Club World Cup, which will play next Thursday against the New Zealanders Auckland City at Toyota Stadium. The winner of that match will face in the quarterfinals at Mexican Monterrey part of the picture that corresponds to Barcelona, ​​already qualified for semifinals waiting to know if Tunisian Espérance will face or the Al-Sadd Catari. (via AS)

The 23 numbers of the Club World Cup, assigned

Barça has facilitated the relationship of 23 players inscribed for the Club World Cup, among those that the footballers of filial Oier, Cuenca and Dos Santos are included.



The dorsal FC Barcelona will wear the Club World Cup are:
1. Víctor Valdés
2. Dani Alves
3. Gerard Piqué
4. Cesc Fàbregas
5. Carles Puyol
6. Xavi Hernández
7. David Villa
8. Andrés Iniesta
9. Alexis Sánchez
10. Leo Messi
11. Thiago Alcántara
13. José Manuel Pinto
14. Javier Mascherano
15. Seydou Keita
16. Sergio Busquets
17. Pedro Rodríguez
18. Jonathan dos Santos
19. Maxwell
21. Adriano
22. Éric Abidal
24. Andreu Fontàs
25. Oier Olazábal
27. Isaac Cuenca

Ramalho: "If there are three European football matches to watch, choose the Barça"

Santos coach lives with the mind set on the Mundialito aware of the great opportunity to make history posed to the Brazilian team.


In the months prior to the event, many have speculated about a possible final between Santos and Barcelona, ​​which is considered the favorites, Muricy Ramalho yet taking no chances and flee triumphalism.

"Outside the impression that only talks about Barcelona, ​​but the team also spoke of the first game," he explains in an interview with FIFA.com

Despite not wanting to think about Barça, the Brazilian coach could not avoid making references to all who showed Guardiola for his special predilection.

"I hear a lot of that here in Brazil, when someone has to pick a game on TV, the days in which several simultaneous, elects the Saints. And with Barcelona is the same. If there are three European football matches to watch, I'm going to choose Barcelona, ​​"he says.

With respect to a hypothetical cross between both teams, Ramalho already thinking how to deal with Barça's style of play that is not intended to fight with his own weapons. "The problem of trying to have more ball possession is that it has done for Real Madrid or Valencia, nor Manchester United ... Nobody. So we must be smart enough to explain to players that this is the strength of the adversary, "he explains. Furthermore, points out: "If we insist on reducing it, not only not going to get, but we will leave much of our game."

It is hence that Ramalho has clear that will combat the possession azulgrana with the patience and the uprightness with players like Ganso or Neymar. "You have to wait for the right time to steal and there they deploy our football, which is not possession. It is precisely the opposite that of Barcelona: speed, direct to its target," he says. (via SPORT)

FC Barcelona-Levante: The granota before thinking of the clásico

Barca faced the final test before the Bernabeu league with no margin to yield points.
Guardiola wants to get the clásico with the least possible disadvantage and the fans must fill Camp Nou today.


The visit of Levante ( Camp Nou, 20.00 ) is for Barca Guardiola league the last test before the trip to the Bernabeu, become almost a first end for the league title. The Barça score three points need not proceed more than the leader, Madrid Mourinho, who will have completed its commitment to the Molinón immediately before the match at Camp Nou.

While Pep Guardiola refuses to get lost in thoughts and speculations about the clash at the Bernabeu, it is unquestionable that the closeness of the classic raised about the alignment of today, as well as that presented to the BATE Tuesday. The classic and the World Club management have determined effort over the last few weeks and will not stop now.

Apart from Afellay , long-term injury, and Piqué , sanctioned and criticized yesterday by Guardiola himself in the way that forced the card to the Lightning, Adriano is the only casualty for the match tonight. The lesion of the Brazilian full-back could not be more inopportune, since he reduces the coach's possibilities to distribute minutes in the next two games considerably. In any case, with nineteen players available (counting Isaac Cuencca , and heavily involved in the dynamics of the first team), Guardiola has sufficient margin to provide a competitive team against the surprise team of the league today, and in an inconsequential match Champions League on Tuesday and have the team fresh for the derby.

The coach, who yesterday made it surprisingly classical references to what was expected given that there are still two games, he knows that today's meeting is very important and will not be easy to overcome the obstacle of Levante, a team on a roll and powered by its own unexpected success. He goes around the face, and was surprised to Real Madrid in the first days and comes with the peace of mind too addressed the duties in the league.

Prudence, then, in a game for which the Barça needs support from the stands after the cold atmosphere of the past Tuesday against the Lightning. Camp Nou should present a good entry today to avoid unnecessary speculation about a hypothetical crisis assistance.

Guardiola will pose a very competitive team, bearing in mind however that Sergio Busquets is a yellow suspension at the Bernabeu, which can not be ruled to return to rest. Barca will come out with a once very offensive in search of early goals to open the can of Levante. (via MD)

A win at the Camp Nou fortress

In the midst of counting down the great Bernabeu clásico, one contemplates another result that is not adding another victory in the feud blaugrana.


The revelation of the League will test the solvency of Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The presence of Levante is not visiting anyone. Although the squad arrives quietly Levantine media, to date no one can argue that the whole of Juan Ignacio Martinez is a tough nut to crack under any circumstances. Guardiola must use one of his best versions if you want to win with solvency and not suffer more than necessary before the expected arrival of clásico.

It is evident that the Catalans do not go on. The team has alternated great exhibits, such as San Siro, with other meetings-gray light of the recent defeat at Getafe, but there is a coincidence: Barça when step on the Camp Nou is transformed into a solid block later early or later commitment takes all.

The feud has emerged as blaugrana a fort and not long remembered. And not only for the balance of points accumulated to date, the most surprising is that Victor Valdes is still unknown what concede a goal so far this championship. Nobody has been able to beat the framework of L'Hospitalet goal before their fans. Only in this way means that Sevilla have been the only team to have scratched a point. No need to remember the heroic action in excess of the target Javi Varas. Of course, the final tie went to zero.

Guardiola has tried every means to abstract the team of all that goes beyond mourning tonight. Nor should it matter what happens in the Molinón let alone everything that begins to surround the great classic next weekend. The first is Levante, the rest depends on the Barça dressing room. Pep requires maximum concentration against a team that boasts the most uncomfortable. Strong case to be sensed a rare alignment with rotations. This is no time to dawdle or to remove wandering the test tubes.

The Nou Camp invites a cautious optimism. Good play on some occasions and the lethal punch Messi others have solved the problems have arisen periodically. Another spectacular detail refers to the effectiveness of the Argentina star. The crack is that the breaks at home, where has scored fifteen goals.

Because Barca respect, but Levante has been shown not frightened by anyone. After what happened last week and taking into account the fitness of Real Madrid, Camp Nou should add another victory in the league. And if Valdes increases his legend, much better. (via SPORT)

Barça continues Íñigo Martínez for four years

FC Barcelona has four years on the trail of one of the most promising defenders in the Spanish league: the centre-back of the Royal Sociedad, Iñigo Martínez.


Martínez, 20, has erupted with force in his first season on the team in San Sebastian, and has become one of the players championship fashion, thanks to two goals he has scored from the midfield.

But Barca's interest comes from afar. As revealed on Friday "El Diario Vasco' , the Catalans have it on their agenda since 2007, when Martínez was active in the youth of the Real, and later in the Sansa.

Tito Vilanova, Guardiola's right hand, is one of the technicians who know their qualities, and would have alerted the Barça to notice him. Pep took careful note of their qualities in action watching several videos before the game against Real Sociedad in Anoeta.

According to the newspaper, the club has sent its scouts this season to see play live Biscayan defender. And in their reports highlight their versatility, their passing game, their ball movement and long advance.

Real Madrid tried to sign Martínez this summer, and the Real flatly refused to negotiate for him. The present is his first Premiership season, and his buyout clause is 30 million euros. His contract expires in June 2015.

Barça coaching staff from the vessel referred to Martínez as a bet for the future, although the potential interest of the Madrid could accelerate events. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Marc Bartra and Barca reach a renewal agreement


FC Barcelona have reached an agreement to renew the subsidiary player Marc Bartra that contract ended in June 2012.

The agreement, which will be announced in a few hours, ended the player's agent, Magic Diaz, while the very Bartra was with his fellow subsidiary in the bus on the way to Elche, where he received the news.

Mundo Deportivo has not been confirmed, but in principle be renewed until 2015 with a clause of 30 million.

Since the summer and are 5 players who have stretched their commitment to the Catalan club, Thiago , Sergi Roberto , Tello , Rafinha and Jonhatan Dos Santos. In the coming days, the following will do Marc Bartra and Montoya . The only thing that remains is Isaac Basin just contract in June next year. (via MD)

[Barça B] Camino de Elche and to continue the streak

Barca B plays this Saturday, beginning at 16 hours, Alicante land in order to add the eighth game of the season without losing Rodri, sanctioned, Ilie, injured, and Sergi Gómez, Espinosa, Rosell, Lobato and Miño, by technical decision, not part of the squad.


This afternoon the Barça B has caught the bus to Alicante, where on Saturday beginning at 16 hours faces the Elche . The party will not be easy because a rival will face who is third in the ranking of the Second Division and at home have added four wins, one draw and two defeats.

Those of Eusebius , but traveling with the hope of continuing the upward trend of the last duels chain has led to seven consecutive games without losing. And is that since mid-October, when they fell to the Guadalajara , the subsidiary has not suffered Barca defeat and that has allowed to climb up to the tenth position.

For the game the coach Barca will be without Rodri , to be met by accumulation of penalty cards. Nor with Ilie , who is still recovering from the injury that kept him away from the pitch for months. In the list of 18-man squad were left out by technical decision Sergi Gomez Espinosa, Rosell, Lobato and his afternoon the Barça B has caught the bus to Alicante, where on Saturday beginning at 16 hours faces the Elche . The party will not be easy because a rival will face who is third in the ranking of the Second Division and at home have added four wins, one draw and two defeats.

Those of Eusebius , but traveling with the hope of continuing the upward trend of the last duels chain has led to seven consecutive games without losing. And is that since mid-October, when they fell to the Guadalajara , the subsidiary has not suffered Barca defeat and that has allowed to climb up to the tenth position.

For the game the coach Barca will be without Rodri , to be met by accumulation of penalty cards. Nor with Ilie , who is still recovering from the injury that kept him away from the pitch for months. In the list of 18-man squad were left out by technical decision Sergi Gomez Espinosa, Rosell, Lobato and Minho . (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The List:
Oier, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Muniesa, Carmona, Tello, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Soriano, Femenía, Lozano, Gustavo, Riverola, Planas, Balliu, Deulofeu y Rafinha.

[Selection; EURO 2012] Spain to face Republic of Ireland, Italy and Croatia

Spain, with a high probability of having a large Azulgrana representation in the squad, will face Italy, Republic of Ireland and Croatia. Abidal’s France will play against Ukriane, Sweden and England, while Afellay, if he’s fit on time, could play for Holland. The Dutch will play against Denmark, Germany and Portugal.


The group stage draw for the Euro 2012 Poland-Ukraine took place at the National Palace of the Arts in Kiev. The Spanish national team, which could be made up by a majority of FC Barcelona players, drew Group C with Italy, the Republic of Ireland and Croatia. Spain will make its Euro 2012 debut on June 10th against Italy.

Another FC Barcelona player that could take part in this summer’s Euro competition is Abidal, who would play for France. ‘Les Bleus’ have been paired with Ukraine, Sweden and England in Group C. The Dutchman, Ibrahim Afellay, could also defend his country’s colours if he is able to recover from his injury before June. His national side, Netherlands, was handed a tough group - the group of death - Group B, with Denmark, Germany and Portugal.

The last group to be drawn was Group A, consisting of Poland, Greece and Russia. Poland, one of the host nations, will open the competition in the inaugural match on the 8th of June. The final will be played on the first of July. (via FCBarcelona.cat)