08 December 2011

Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas made their debuts against Real Madrid

FC Barcelona’s two Summer signings will never forget their first games: both made their first team debut against the eternal rivals in the Spanish Super Cup.

The Spanish Super Cup was the showcase for Barça's two new Summer signings. Alexis and Cesc will never forget their debuts in a Barcelona shirt, because few could imagine that they would do it against the Club's great rivals.

Alexis: In the starting line-up in Madrid and played the whole 90 minutes

Having just returned from the Copa America, Alexis played his first game for Barça. It was at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he was in the starting eleven. He was the big surprise in Barca's line-up, and his performance was more than satisfactory. Alexis played the whole game and although he couldn't show all his attacking qualities, his tireless work wore down the Madrid defence. It was a memorable debut.

Cesc: ten crucial minutes in the return leg

If Alexis was an important piece in the 2-2 draw that Barça achieved in the first leg, Cesc was decisive in the 3-2 win which led to the first title of the season. Cesc's signing was announced on the day of the match in the Bernabeu, and with only two training sessions behind him, he made his debut for Barça in the 81st minute of the second leg at the Camp Nou, with the game tied at 2-2 and extra-time looming.

Cesc's presence between midfield and attack unhinged the Madrid defence, and in the 89th minute a move started by Fabregas ended in the Messi goal that won the Super Cup for Barça.

In the midst of Madrid's despair, Cesc was the involuntary protagonist in the event that cost Marcelo a straight red card. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Kaká: "Llegó el momento de pensar en el Barça pero no de hablar"

Kaka avoided talking about el clásico Saturday against Barcelona at the Amsterdam Arena mixed zone after the victory of Real Madrid against Ajax (0-3).

"It's time to think about Barça but not talking," Kaká said after the meeting of the Champions League.

Kaká was reluctant to talk about el clásico but denied that there is a builtin coach Jose Mourinho. "You have to enjoy today's victory first. It's time to think about Barça but not to speak," he said.

"It is a taboo subject. It is a great game but there are other reasons to talk now," he added.

Kaká says he is "available to the mister" fully recovered from the injury that has had a month stopped. "The boss is who will decide what is best for the team." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Dos Santos: "I will fight to be up"

"I know it's hard, but I want more minutes on the first team".

Barca just renewed Jonathan dos Santos until June 30, 2015, but the large number of midfielders with the first team that has made it impossible for anyone to guarantee, at this time, a square next to Pep Guardiola.

This is not a quality problem, you have left, as shown whenever the occasion and has been demonstrated again lead the midfield against BATE Borisov.

It is rather the opposite, an embarrassment of riches among all those who today form the grassroots. But the Mexican is already 21 years old and mature enough as a player to take the plunge.

Therefore, nobody has enough safeguards to ensure that Dos Santos will continue at the club until 2015, but that's the intention. At least, the footballer, who will give everything to fulfill a dream that has been pursuing for many years.

After their demonstration as defensive midfielder, a position that has been used to fill this season with Barça B, said: "I will fight to be in the first team. I know it's difficult, but I want more minutes on the first team. " He passed word when asked about the possibility to spend one more season in the reserves:

"I prefer not to answer," which makes it quite clear the player's intentions towards the year ahead. Or the club gives you the opportunity final and shall seek life away from Camp Nou. (via SPORT)

Santos's president, in Barcelona

Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro , president of Santos , is since last Tuesday in Barcelona. After being reelected as president of the Santos on Saturday, leveled his opponent with 85% of the vote, and before traveling to Japan to be with his team at the World clubs, Oliveira wanted a few days off in the City Condal. The tough negotiations for the renewal of Neymar also left him "exhausted" and that is why we have chosen to relax in Barcelona before continuing their journey to lands Nippon. In fact, after Barcelona, ​​Ribeiro will spend two days in Singapore before joining the expedition of the Santos in Nagoya on Monday December 12, two days before his team debut in the competition.

Santos's president took the time yesterday to do some sightseeing in Barcelona, ​​the city had not visited since 1968, when he also spent a day in Portlligat and Cadaqués. In addition to the Sagrada Familia, the Paseo de Gracia, Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter, Luis Alvaro did not want to miss the opportunity to see the Camp Nou. The Brazilian was impressed tantodelas stadium facilities, such as the Museum and even shop. Though initially intended to meet Sandro Rosell has finally rejected this option, first because Laporta doing very busy these days the classic Saturday and second, because he believes that any appointment with Sandro could be linked to Neymar something that does not fit into your plans now. (via MD)

Barça, a team with height of aims

Piqué paints to regular from face to el clásico again.

It will be tomorrow afternoon at the Camp Nou and behind closed doors, when Pep Guardiola outlines of the costumes in the interim alignment Barca will present a day later at the Bernabeu with the mission of achieving a win to halt Real Madrid and give also the virtual lead in the league. The idea is always sent on the court and on the ball. What are some actors dance. Choose whom you choose, Guardiola will have a team with lofty goals. After the photo on the bench for the match against BATE holiday, something that gathers strength seemed very difficult few days ago the possible ownership of Gerard Piqué in a back four, with Dani Alves and Eric Abidal on the sides and Javier Mascherano or central Carles Puyol as 'small'. With the rapidly secured, the air power of Real Madrid invited to think about not giving centimeters.

The likes of Barca football players will then be provided, the reasonably fit. Match is likely that Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, who is in a sweet spot in the area, which is key in these games. Naturally be Leo Messi. The wider range of candidates is in the making 'once' in the lineup. The hierarchy of David Villa would give advantage to Alexis Sanchez, Isaac Cuenca and Pedro Rodriguez is regaining his best form.

Adriano, with high and Afellay goes well
They are two good news from the nursing club. Adriano was discharged from hospital yesterday after the morning training, so be on the list to Pep for el clásico on Saturday. The Brazilian has passed a stretch in the left thigh semitendinosus left him KO against Levante and BATE. A Afellay still has a recovery time ahead but its evolution "very good", according to recent medical tests. The media will treat Dutch in the Netherlands until January 10, coinciding with the Club World Cup. On December 22 will travel to Barcelona to undergo a medical examination, after which they return home until the end of Christmas. After that fieldwork will. (via MD)

The "Baby Barça" no doubt of victory in Madrid

After exhibited against BATE, Montoya, Bartra, Dos Santos and company are betting on the first team.

They ask who you ask, no one has the slightest doubt. Have the least connection with the eleven players who skipped the turf of the Bernabeu on Saturday, those who have coached, played or shared a moment with the cracks of Barca know that this team is capable of anything. And betting on a sure victory for Barca against Real Madrid.

The players 'Baby Barça', which on Tuesday delighted fans at 4-0 at BATE Borisov and showed that there is relief secured for years, expressed confidence in the face over the shock of Chamartín. The first to demonstrate that security was Martin Montoya. The right side, who scored and shined, said that "Barça will win the best team secure because it has" and commented that "would give anything to play that game, against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. It would be the best." Marc Bartra, who amazed everyone with that hat on his back he made in his own defensive zone to get a ball, said, "will be a tough match, but hopefully with no problems. First team players have already shown several times that as you know are playing some cracks. " The center added that "I am not much given to make forecasts, but it sure will win. Any result that is a victory for Barca is my bet."

Another who also is clear is Jonathan dos Santos, who will travel to Madrid and it is one of the squad for the Club World Cup. For the Mexican, Barça needs at the Bernabeu "character and doing things as you always have. If they play like they know will win for sure." Two of the first team to be at the Bernabeu are Fontàs and Pedro Andreu. The first has very few options to play, but where is encouraged. The center said the costumes are "prepared, well, quiet. It is a game to enjoy, going out to attack and have fun." Fontàs not pose a possible farewell to the League in case of defeat they "do not contemplate that it can give a bad result." His companion Peter, who reiterated that it is ready to play but there are colleagues in better shape than him, said "we are focused, motivated, we know what we face and we believe we will draw a good result." The canary does not believe that a defeat for the League would rule them. "Clearly this is an important game, but would be many points. Also, do not think about losing," he concluded. The morale of Barcelona Next to playing in Madrid is soaring.

Pinto is self-censorship

The only player who took to the mixed area which declined to comment on the classic was Jose Manuel Pinto. Asked if it was some luggage, as has happened on other occasions by order of Pep Guardiola, Cadiz said the goalkeeper was not directed but simply preferred to speak just played the match against BATE Borisov. (via MD)

In the spirit of Tito Vilanova

The clothing received a boost yesterday with the presence of Tito Vilanova and optimistic message conveyed.

The preparation of Saturday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu yesterday lived a day filled with emotion in the presence of Tito Vilanova in the morning workout. Pep Guardiola's assistant returned to the Ciutat Esportiva after successfully completing the operation in parotid gland who underwent emergency on 22 November. The return of Titus came as a surprise to the staff, who lived with excitement and joy as one of yours again joined the group before facing the decisive date against Real Madrid.

Clásico Week is marked by a very positive atmosphere and a spirit of union which will further strengthen the Guardiola. The line shown between the owners and the youngest in the Champions League match against BATE Borisov left a very good feeling the coaching staff and the atmosphere of happiness soared yesterday with the return of Vilanova.

The coach came not only to continue their planning work practices and games, but took the floor to send a message to the template. The second captain Xavi Hernandez said later in the press the content of the talk: "His speech has been spectacular, excellent. We have discussed the fear that has passed and we have to assess where we are. We take it with joy because you never know when you can get far. " Xavi scored Villanova's return as "the best news of the season. This is wonderful news that gives us extra motivation and a great thing for all Barcelona and all you want. "

Although the dress was a day of good recovery, the players did not expect that yesterday was the day chosen for Titus was with them again. Xavi said, "It was a pleasant surprise, the best for the costumes, not just thinking of el clásico, but for life. After the scare, has encouraged us all to appreciate things. " The Terrassa told the technician that he had seen "very good looking, as before the operation. The character has been very helpful, as we happened to Abidal. It is poor people, but with a strong character. "

Abidal strengthened the spirit of the group in the final of last season and Titus has found another great example.

Mourinho will meet four months after being assaulted

Fate would have it return to a bench Tito Vilanova match the match at the Bernabeu. This is the first time Guardiola's assistant and Jose Mourinho after the unpleasant incident match in the finals of the Supercup of Spain when Madrid coach stuck his finger in the eye of Vilanova and despised llamándolole 'Pito'. Under Mourinho's words when Titus was involved, the Luso could be a gesture to the technician. "I want to be here on December 10 on the bench full health. We are pleased to welcome you all, "said. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Riverola debut thanks to a gift from his father

Fifteen years after arriving at the club, fulfilled a dream for which had been under preparation for "life".

Marti Riverola is Barcelona, ​​Sarria, but from a very small always had to cross the Diagonal pulled over to go to Camp Nou to dress of blanquiazul.

Such was his passion for the club that, for five years, in 1996, his father made him a very special gift: to train a day in the School Blaugrana.

That gesture led him, fifteen years later, at Camp Nou debut as a member of the first team in a Champions League match. Albert saw in that child Benaiges footballer ways and decided to have him.

It was the only youth football coach who said so, since Martí Riverola is the only squad, the first in history, which opens with the first team jersey having started his career at the School and after having gone through all and each of the computers that are the cantera (a total of eleven).

Both Montoya and Planas, who has not yet debuted, began its history in the benjamín A, but only Riverola has done so from the lowest rung.

It has only been a break in her career, which resulted in the passage from juvenil to Barça B, he decided to go on loan to Dutch Vitesse, an experience that enriched him as a player in every sense.

In fact, a case similar to that of Isaac Cuenca, who played this season in the Sabadelll, although its role at the moment is not the same. Aureli Altimira When the band called him and asked him if he was ready, the answer was more than justified: "I've prepared for this moment all life." (via SPORT)

Alexis is grown in the clásicos

The player has not yet reached 23 years, but his resume shows a degree of experience and maturity unusual.

Alexis Sanchez made his debut for Barcelona against Real Madrid, and at the Bernabeu. It was a coming-in style that allowed him to see first hand the hardships of all hostilities and white meringue tier. In his day and left more than graceful in his duel with Marcelo.

His alineción next Saturday is a mystery, a question that Guardiola will explode until minutes before the start of the meeting. Pep should fit all the pieces according to their game plan, the crossing time by the players, the rival, intuition, and so on. A long series of factors that influence the final decision of the technical Blaugrana.
Alexis has shown that the heated atmosphere will not weigh the least.

It is not surprising when you consider your professional background. In spite of his young age, the Chilean forward has been erected in specialist in the big ones 'clásicos'. A small glimpse into their past perfectly describes the character of an ambitious guy who thrives on adversity and who is not impressed in the least measure of any rival.

The first big test of Alexis goes back to October 29, 2006. With only 17 years and defending the Chilean Colo Colo, faced the University of Chile at Estadio Monumental. A party in style in which the then young talent dazzled everyone. Colo Colo won 4-2 in a duel in which Alexis scored the 2-1 in 68 minutes. The Catalans now not cut hair and held her hands to her ears.

The funny thing in that game is that the star is a known fan of University of Chile. In this equipment, the current coach was a coach Borghi and he shared with Humberto Suazo attack. Opposite was one of his biggest idols: Marcelo Salas.

Alexis grew and under the control of the family Pozzo - majority shareholders of Udinese - docked on loan at River Plate. Its adaptation to Argentine football was more complicated and somewhat irregular, but it also reminds you of a special game, a friendly between River Plate and Boca Juniors. Passed in 2008 and directed the destinies Diego Simeone 'millionaires'. Certain doubts existed on the yield of Alexis and the demanding liking of River marked him closely.

The Chilean won the admiration of all the fans after the victory against Boca River (3-2). The Blaugrana trace was to be decisive with the assistance ended in a 1-0 Falcao. But the site collapsed in the 40th minute after Alexis swept out six before being subject to a penalty that clamorous prevented a goal. Ariel Ortega ruled from the penalty spot. The 'Cholo' Simeone Alexis wanted to lead a standing ovation and was replaced in injury time.

And finally landed in Italy. Udinese lacks such direct rival, an enemy 'traditional' able to unleash all the passions of an entity. However, the Milan-Udinese is always a special match, the match against one of the cockerels' what does not raise excessive admiration. Alexis went off at San Siro in January this year and grabbed center stage with another old friend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Chilean scored the 2-1 after an appropriate header and disrupted the Milan veteran behind. It was a stellar game in which no Udinese took the three points because of an Ibrahimovic goal in minute 82.

Three details, three samples of the huge personality of Alexis. Guardiola aligned or leave it on the bench, the Chilean perform better or worse, but what is certain is that the Blaugrana striker nor weigh nor responsibility Bernabeu frighten a crowded and eager to get rid of the humiliation he has endured over the past few seasons. (via SPORT)

Champions League: the seven possible rivals in the last 16

Bayer Leverkusen, Olympique Marseille, Zenit, Naples, Basel, CSKA Moscow and Olympique Lyon, all second in their groups, could face Barça in the next phase.

On December 16 the mystery will be solved. That's the day when the UEFA draw will be held, and when FC Barcelona will know who their rivals are in the last 16 of the Champions League, following the group stages that ended on Wednesday. The possible rivals are: Bayer Leverkusen, Olympique Marseille, Zenit, Naples, Basel, CSKA Moscow and Olympique Lyon. They all finished second in their group.

Several of these seven teams have recently come up against Guardiola's Barça. Like Naples, the only Italian team who Barça might face, seeing as they can't play AC Milan because they were in the same group. Naples were the last team to play in the Joan Gamper Cup, a few months ago. That day the result was very favorable for Barça: 5-0.

Olympique Lyon is another club that Guardiola knows well. The two teams faced each other, also in the second round, in the 2008/09 season, when Barça came out on top with a global 6-3 result over the two legs. That same season, Barça also came up against Basel, in the group stage (winning in Switzerland 5-0 and drawing 1-1 at the Camp Nou), and they could be another possible rival in the last 16.

The other teams have never played against Barça with Guardiola in charge. Bayer Leverkusen, runner-up in the German League, last played FC Barcelona in the Champions League group stage of the 2002/03 season (Barça won 2-1 in Germany and 2-0 at the Camp Nou). Ten years earlier, during the 1992/93 season, Barça played CSKA Moscow in the last 16, the only time they have come up against the Russian team. CSKA knocked Barça out of the competition, with a global 4-3 result.

There are two teams that have never faced Barça in an official match. They are Zenit and Olympique Marseille, who both sealed their qualification for the knockout phase with a lot of suspense on the final day of the group stage. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Del Bosque: "I hope el Clásico will serve to advertise in Spanish football"

Vicente del Bosque said he expects "el clásico" that played on Saturday, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will serve to make "the best advertisement possible Spanish football".

In a chat with web portal "yahoo! Eurosport", the coach emphasizes the importance of the game the top two teams in the league played on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium is a showcase where you can offer a good image Spanish football, to which he added: "Both teams have their way to watch football. This shows that there is no football or a single system for gain."

Del Bosque, who confirmed his presence in the box at the stadium in Madrid to attend the meeting, declared his intention to see live on several national team players, while described as "something personal" problems with Real Madrid.

Salamanca coach also referred to the forthcoming European Championships in Ukraine and Poland, which it considers must be addressed "with humility", while adding that he hopes the players "arrive in the best possible conditions." "We always try to be fair, but sometimes we are confused. We have no preferences or hobbies with any player," said regarding the absence of calls from players like Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Marc Bartra, renewed 2014

His buyout clause is 12 million euros until the end of this season and 30 million to 2013/14 season.

FC Barcelona announces that it has reached an agreement with the player Marc Bartra to renew his contract until season 2013/14. His buyout clause is 12 million euros until the end of this season and 30 million to the 2013/14 season. The signing of the new contract will take place on Friday December 9. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Afellay is doing well after his injury and will continue his recovery in the Netherlands

Coinciding with the first team’s trip to Japan for the World Club Championship, it has been decided that Afellay will continue his recovery process in his native country.

After two months of his recovery process, a medical evaluation was carried out on the player's right knee. It is all going very well. Coinciding with the first team's trip to Japan for the World Club Championship, it has been decided that Afellay will continue his recovery process in the Netherlands under the supervision of Barça's medical team.

Afellay is expected to return to Barcelona on 22nd of December, for a medical check, and then he'll return to the Netherlands until 10th of January. It's then when he'll begin physical training on the pitch in Barcelona. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça's first team players support the Japanese people

Messi, Alves, Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc send a message of support to the Japanese people affected by the earthquake in March.

Barça will arrive in Japan next week to play for the FIFA Club World Cup. Even though the team will be vying for the title, Barça will also bring a message of support to the Japanese people. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc and Dani Alves recorded a video to support the people affected by the earthquake that devastated Japan in March. In the video, recorded in Japanese, the players show their solidarity with the Asian country and explain that Barça “supports all the Japanese people.”

FC Barcelona, with a FCB Escola in Fukuola and a total of 1,470 Japanese socios (Club members) - the second country with the most socios-, showed its sensitivity to the Japanese people when the country suffered the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that tragically left many wounded and dead in its wake.

FCB Supporters Clubs in Japan

There are two active FCB supporters clubs in Japan, Sol Naciente and Peña Japan. Both of them are based in the capital, Tokyo. Josep Barnils, head director for the Comisión Social, wrote the leaders of the supporters clubs in Japan to show them that FC Barcelona supports them and their clubs during these difficult times. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The clásico could be Xavi's 600th game for Barça

The midfielder made his debut for the first team and scored his first goal on August 18, 1998, during the the Spanish Super Cup in Mallorca. Since then he’s played in 397 League matches, 121 Champions League matches, 13 UEFA Cup matches, 10 Spanish Super Cups matches, 3 European Super Cups matches, and 4 Club World Cup matches Xavi holds the record for most games played for the Club and most titles won (18).

During the post-training press conference Xavi Hernández said that “going to Madrid and winning is a pleasure.” Beyond the “footballing pleasure” that is winning at the Bernabéu, Barça’s master midfielder is about to cross an important threshold in this career: if he plays in what would be his 13th clásico, he will reach 600 official games with FC Barcelona.

This is Xavi’s 14th season with Barça. He made his debut in the Spanish Super Cup in 1998 thanks to Louis van Gaal, since then he’s been a permanent fixture in Barça’s midfield with Serra Ferrer, Antic, Rexach, Rijkaard and Guardiola. Barça’s vice-captain reached 300 official games as an Azulgrana player when he was 25 years old. Now, at 31, he’s about to reach 600.

In Xavi’s 599 official games for the team he has scored a total of 63 goals. 42 of which came in the League, 10 in the Champions League, 7 in the King’s Cup, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup and 1 in the UEFA Cup. The only competitions that Xavi has not scored in are the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

Xavi Hernández, who started playing for the Club in 1991, is one of the team's active players that holds most of the Club’s individual records. Since January 2nd, 2011, after beating Migueli’s long-standing record, Xavi is the player with the most games for FC Barcelona. He's also won the most League titles (6), tied with Ramallets and Guardiola. But now Xavi stands alone at the top of a long list of fantastic players that have donned the Barça shirt as the player with the most titles won for his Club, 18. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Titles and honours

With FC Barcelona:
3 Champions Leagues
6 Ligas
1 Cipa del Rey
2 European Super Cups
5 Spanish Super Cups
1 Club World Cup

With Spain's National Team:
1 World Cup
1 Euro Cup

Individual honours:
Best player of the Euro Cup 2008
Third consecutive year as finalist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Thiago and Rafinha Alcántara: “Football is always present in our lives"

The Alcántara brothers are very pleased to have played for the first time together for Guardiola's Barça.

Thiago and Rafinha Alcántara visited El Marcador’s studio after Barça’s final Champions League group stage match. It was a dream come true for Rafinha and Thiago to play on the Camp Nou’s pitch together.

Rafinha's joy, who can now say he played a Champions League game for Barça at the tender age of 18, comes as no surprise: “to make your debut in for the team in the Champions League, at the Camp Nou with my brother is something I could never have imagined. The fact that it came true is fantastic, we’re both very happy.”

“Football has always been present in our lives. Since we were little, he would play keeper and I would take shots at him. Then we would switch. Playing together for the first team is something we never imagined would happen, but it finally came true,” said Thiago.

The brothers thanked the Club for the hard work it does with youngsters at the lower levels and the confidence shown by Gaurdiola to the reserve players. “We have a manager that’s daring enough to give youngsters, 18 and 20-year-olds, a chance on a big stage. The fact that we play the way we do shows the confidence that he instills in us,” said Thiago.

Rafinha also said it was a “joy” to have a manager like Guardiola: “he gives us opportunities like today’s and we have to make sure we take advantage of them.”

The Alcántara brothers are committed to continuing their hard work so that they can share more minutes on the pitch together. “I hope this isn’t the last time, we will continue to dream and work hard so that this can happen again,” said Rafinha. (via FCBarcelona.cat)