13 December 2011

Ramalho: "Neymar withstand the pressure, is used"

"Despite his age (he's 19) I think he has much experience in the world of football and will not be challenged by the game," argued the Brazilian coach.

Brazilian Santos coach Muricy Ramalho said today that you can afford without problem Neymar media attention from tomorrow's game against Kashiwa Reysol despite his youth "because it is accustomed to the pressure."

"Despite his age (he's 19) I think he has much experience in the world of football and I think it will be challenged by the game," the coach said in a press conference held at the Toyota Stadium in the province of Aichi (center). Tomorrow, with all the lights placed on the young star "Peixe", Japanese and Brazilian sides are in the first semifinal of the Club World Cup in Japan at this stage.

Here are today also coached Santos, with a relaxed Neymar seemed to agree with Ramalho about mood to address the meeting. In the few minutes that the session was open to the media, the precocious Brazilian international, who wore eye-catching fluorescent yellow boots, began to test shipments along with another star of the team; Goose.

Then, while the rest of the group followed with rounds, the 'once' of Santos, warm gloves, tights and bandana by low temperatures, tried several penalty shoot-out with the side Danilo as a janitor, then switch roles with him. Ramalho believes the tournament will bring to Neymar "a new international experience," but said that right now it is better to evolve to remain in Brazil until after the World 2014 (the year to who has extended his contract with the Sao Paulo club) that go play in Europe.

The technician said he did not consider an affront to give Barca favorite to win the Club World Cup or European public opinion underestimates the merit of winning the South American Libertadores Cup, now in possession of the Santos. "Barca is the best team in the world and there is no doubt that the Champions League has a higher level and also the European leagues have," he said.

Still, both as captain Ramalho Santos, Edu Dracena, insisting that the team now thinks only of tomorrow's game and not a hypothetical final against the "Catalans". "We have to go every day. Kashiwa plays tomorrow and we think that," said Dracena. "The match tomorrow is extremely important to me and the whole team," said Ramalho, who believes that the Japanese teams "will often complicate life." (via AS)

There is already referee for the Barça-Hospitalet of Copa del Rey

The RFEF has made public the arbitral appointments for the second leg of the knockout phase of the Copa del Rey.

José Luis González González is the referee designated to direct in Camp Nou the game of return-leg of the sixteenth of final of the Copa del Rey among FC Barcelona and CE L'Hospitalet. On the other hand, Velasco Carballo will be the one in charge of dirigr the Espanyol-Celta.

Finally, Ayza Gámez lead at the Bernabeu encounter between Real Madrid and Ponferradina. (via SOPRT)

See all arbitration designations: LEG ARBITRATION DESIGNATIONS 1 / 16 finals of the COPA DEL REY

Valencia-Cádiz ESTRADA FERNÁNDEZ (C. Catalán)
Barcelona-L'Hospitalet GONZÁLEZ GONZÁLEZ (C. Cast.-Leonés)
Real Madrid-Ponferradina AYZA GÁMEZ (C. Valenciano)
Villarreal-Mirandés PÉREZ LASA (C. Vasco)
Sevilla-San Roque F. TEIXEIRA VITIENES (C. Cántabro)
At. Madrid-Albacete ÁLVAREZ IZQUIERDO (C. Catalán)
Athletic-Oviedo J.A. TEIXEIRA VITIENES (C. Cántabro)
Osasuna-Almería DEL CERRO GRANDE (C. Madrileño)
Zaragoza-Alcorcón IGLESIAS VILLANUEVA (C. Gallego)
Espanyol-Celta VELASCO CARBALLO (C. Madrileño)
Betis-Córdoba ITURRALDE GONZÁLEZ (C. Vasco)
Levante-Deportivo PARADAS ROMERO (C. Andaluz)
Sporting-Mallorca FERNÁNDEZ BORBALÁN (C. Andaluz)
Rayo Vallecano-Racing DELGADO FERREIRO (C. Vasco)
Málaga-Getafe CLOS GÓMEZ (C. Aragonés)
Granada-Real Sociedad MATEU LAHOZ (C. Valenciano)

Gerard Piqué: “We can’t miss out on chances like this”

The centre back is keen to win his second Clubs World Cup and feels the team is going the right way about it. Mascherano elegantly accepted being a sub at the Bernabéu.

The team is continuing to prepare for the Clubs World Cup in Japan. On Tuesday evening, local time, Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano spoke to the press after training. “We can’t miss out on chances like this,” said the former.

He also said that "we haven’t yet adapted to the time change or recovered from such a long journey … We trained a bit harder today and tomorrow we’ll train even harder.”

On the recent win at the Bernabéu, Piqué said “we are very happy with our play and the result. We left feeling that we’re on the right track and doing things well … The team knew we were able to win there.” On the tactics used, he said "we can change our system as we like, and play with either three or four defenders.”

Javier Mascherano was one of the substitutes against Real Madrid: "I have to accept my place,” he said. “Piqué and Puyol are the first choice centre backs and if they’re fit, they play.” Did he agree with those who reckon Barça were fortunate on Saturday night? “Lucky? I was on the bench, and I saw a very different game, where Barça was the better team and let a goal in after thirty seconds but still played their usual game.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Children affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster visit with FC Barcelona

Before the training session on Tuesday, the Barça first team players and coaches had a short meeting with eleven young people from the area affected by the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power centre.

It happened at the Yokohama Marinos training ground which FC Barcelona are using for the Clubs World Cup. After a day's rest, it was back to work for the players. But first, the earliest part of the session was dedicated to solidarity.

The players met a group of eleven children aged between 9 and 18 years from the Fukushima area. The children were all presented with a Barça shirt with their own name on the back, namely Ryo Takahashi, Syuto Matsuzaki, Kouki Kato, Masatoshi Matsubara, Kazuki Fujita, Hirotaka Kato , Takuya Kato, Kana Ogata, Natsuki Abe, Hikaru Nitsuma and Dai Watanabe.

President Sandro Rosell was also there to present a shirt with the words 'FCB with Japan' to the director of the Tokyo metropolitan government's education programme, Tominari Yamakawa, the government's special delegate to the Fukushima refugees. The institutional representation also involved Spanish ambassador Miguel Ángel Navarro and the director of the Instituto Cervantes, Víctor Ugarte, who had both helped to set up the meeting. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Wolfsburg will not extend the transfer of Hleb

The website of the German team ensures that the physical problems of Belarus, which was knee surgery in May, we are keeping to help the team on the pitch.

German Wolfsburg announced through its website that will not exercise the option to extend the transfer of Alexander Hleb, footballer who still belongs to Barcelona and therefore return in January to Barca. Hleb has a contract with Barcelona until June 2012, so the 'Catalans' should seek a solution in the market for winter or it looks like it will spend six months in white.

The website of the German team ensures that the physical problems of Belarus, which was knee surgery in May, we are preventing the team can help the playing field giving an overview. "It's bad news. I would have liked to have him, but his injury problems do not allow it," said Magath, coach of Wolfsburg. (via AS)

Barcelona trains again after the free day

Barcelona has set to work to prepare for Thursday's game against Al-Saad Catari, corresponding to the semifinals of the Club World Championship in Japan. Guardiola has benefited from the 21 players that has led to land Nippon, after the day off yesterday enjoyed so they could better adapt to jet lag.

Before training the Barcelona players have participated in an act that has been photographed with 11 children who survived the earthquake and subsequent tsunami Fukushima nuclear disaster. The players gave them shirts and signed autographs. After the session appear before the press Pique and Mascherano. (via AS)

[Former B player] Oriol Romeu takes away from Barça

the manager André Villas-Boas, he has affirmed that "The purchase option, Barcelona can only make it if Chelsea agrees on selling".

Oriol Romeu is one of the last rough diamonds mines out of the production of "La Masia" Can Barça. In August this year joined by the mighty Chelsea paid for the young midfielder Barca about 5.1 million euros to take the squad. The leaders of Barça, yes, tried to maintain a relationship with the player setting an option in the contract.

Romeu has only 20 years and has played five games this season's Premier League. Until yesterday, Barça was certain he had taken all necessary precautions to keep losing the great talent of Romeu. It seems clear that the set so tenacious culé urged the London club to include the option to terminate the contract after the squad, with which Barca midfielder could recover in 2013.

But the news has been the claims manager's current coach of Chelsea on Sky Sports where André Villas-Boas, said that "The option to purchase, can effect only if the Chelsea Barcelona agree to sell ' and reiterated that, a priori, Oriol Romeu not return to Barcelona in the short or medium term.

Certainly, and seeing the results they have obtained the Barcelona first team in recent years with the firm commitment by the lower grades, would be a shame that Barça let out this promising player. For now, Chelsea has the floor. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Good participation of the cantera in several tournaments

In one weekend without League, many teams of the categories inferior azulgrana took advantage to dispute friendly tournaments.

Friedrichshafen (Alemania)

This weekend the Cadete B participated in the tournament Futsal MTU Hallen Cup in Germany. The boys of Fran Artiga and Andrés Martin offered a good game and they were able to be taken the sixth and the seventh game of the tournament. The azulgranas was divided in two teams, the blue and the seed that both were eliminated in the rooms of final. Barça, however, was very happy with the result, mainly keeping in mind the high level of the competition, where teams like Bayern of Múnich, Basilea and Dortmund participated.

Poznań (Polonia)

The boys of Marcel Sans and Isaac García champions of the VII Tournament F-5 Lech Cup was proclaimed that was disputed in Poland this weekend. Alevín A was adapting, little by little, the soccer system 5 until getting the victory against Sporting Lisbon for 5-3 in the final one. The azulgranas was shown very proud of the result, because the level of the rivals of the competition was very high, and there were teams of Primera Division of different countries. The team played very well and acquired a lot of experience in the tournament, of which an important recognition is taken to its game of high school.

IV TORNEO DE NAVIDAD Can Rull Rómulo Tronchoni

Benjamin B was third in the IV Tournament of Navidad Can Rull Rómulo Tronchoni that took place this weekend in Sabadell. Sergi Milà and Óscar Jorquera did a wonderful tournament, which offered a good example of combining and his football team. Although they could not be imposed Cornellà in the semifinals, the azulgranas could have won the championship for the great level that they showed in all their parties. In fact, they were imposed by enough difference to some of their rivals, as the 3-0 that got against Barberà in the rooms of final, or the 5-0 that signed against the Mercantile one in the fight for the third position. Barça made an exhibition of its associative game and combinativo of which all the players participated. In spite of not having to be in the first place, they are very satisfied with the result. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Podolski vibrated as a more culé with the victory of Barça in the Clásico

The Cologne's star Lukas Podolski the great star of the festival that mounted the penya renana was. The international, declared culé, he spent it in big. The atmosphere, in Joe Champ's Sports Bar was inanarrable; he took place the 1-3 until very entrance the dawn. (via SPORT)

Abidal, a favorite for the Oscars del Deporte

Éric Abidal is one from the favorite ones to the Prize Laureus to the 'Comeback' of 2011, to the one that also aspires the Spanish golfistsa Sergio García that put an end in October passed to a three year-old drought without winning a tournament being proclaimed winner of Castelló Masters.

Along with Barca defender's candidacy highlights another golfer Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, British Open winner at 42 years and in his 20th attempt. 'Abi' meanwhile back at the highest level after surgery for a tumor in the liver in March, after playing a few minutes in the 'semis' against Madrid, the French international turned in a big way in the Champions League final between Barca and Man-U May 28 and lifted the trophy wearing the captain's armband had given him in a gesture Carles Puyol moving.

The 6 finalists for the Laureus Awards will be announced the next day 15 and the depositary of the award will be decided by voting of media around the world, including MD. It is worth to recall that Leo Messi is one of the candidates' World Athlete "of 2011 and FC Barcelona aims Laureus Award for 'Best Team' in 2011, the Gala considered the Oscars del Deporte will be held in London next February 6. (via MD)

The last marvel of the 'Pep Team'

The staff of the blaugrana showed that pitch and the bench is still well above the Madrid sports project.

Guardiola did not release garment during the days against el clásico. Not to mention, not even hinted at costume design details of the tactical use or the possible side that align at the Santiago Bernabeu. Hermeticism total before the big crash, although it is true that in the week before the party if there were leaks. For example, the insole transferred the desire of Pep to take a risk to the maximum or what is the same thing, to play with three defenses and a sentence ran as the gunpowder attributed to the own trainer of Santpedor: "In Bernabéu we will return them crazy." It was not so bad, the Pepe, Marcelo, Lass and company did not complete el clásico straitjacket, but certainly more than one went home completely unhinged by what we saw and experienced, especially in the second half.

Guardiola will again win the game Mourinho fledged. And this time, nor the generous Portuguese chorus of sycophants demurred to admit it. With white cast and 1-0 before the first minute of the game, no one could imagine a scenario so ripe for Real Madrid could make up for the reviews, with the occasional humiliation included in recent seasons. But there came back into the magic of Pep game, the gall of his football philosophy and talent of its players. It was an overwhelming cocktail allowed to attend another unforgettable night. Comeback in style, occasional exhibitions in the second forty minutes and that special feeling so completely silence the majestic Bernabeu. That silence only broken by chants culés of a small group of followers alone. Show highborn.

With Guardiola in command and staff keeping faith in his coach, the minute 2 started a dance piece that collapsed Mourinho on the bench and handcuffed the White Army in the field of play. Barca restructured lines, initial parried the meeting was taking over gradually. Everyone saw it coming, except the Portuguese. The Blaugrana rotated the attack on countless occasions, Alves won the band depth with breathtaking ease, Busquets unfolded work impeccably in defensive midfield and made an appearance Messi, as usual, enjoyed absolute freedom . A recipe that was the calm before the break thanks to the arrival of Alexis.

But the second part was even more brutal. With rest in between, the board of the Portuguese and his assistants made waters. The Luso or read the game well in the field or understood anything at all in the locker room. Detected the bleeding and was not able to find the antidote, let alone deal with what was to come. And that is doing nothing special balance restored Barca and Real ended up bleeding.

Guardiola was slowly turning pieces to fit the entire puzzle. That happened in the second half. With the bands under control and rear center line marking, there was still some magic in attack off balance, some spark, some of that quality and imagination that suffers the mother, something of Do Andrés Iniesta. Pep saw what perfection, the band started, was inserted near Xavi and Messi and Barca came the storm. All under the watchful eye of Mourinho stunned and gestures of hardness of several white players.

It is not the first time that Pep Guardiola and his Team will 'wet ear' Mourinho and seen on Saturday, we sense that not be the last . Among the many abilities of Pep and 'pie' of Portuguese every time Barca is measured only hope that the spectacular run of Guardiola Are four seasons without losing at the Bernabeu, is prolonged in time. Always leave room for the inspiration of the great cracks, these players decide for themselves any party, but this comparison does not go well stop the 'bodyguard' of Portuguese. The curriculum in showdowns CR7 is to mourn as long as Leo Messi broke the story. The Sabbath is not marked but the photographs celebrating the different goals on the backs of his fellow contrast with reproachful gesture Cristiano Ronaldo and other players. By the way, to the parish Madrid runs out of patience and whistles were heard on Saturday. The goals and dances are deferred until future thrashings With permission Guardiola and his 'Pep Team', of course. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Eto'o donates 122.000 euros to build a hospital in Cameroon

The player Samuel Eto'o donated 122,000 euros to build a hospital in Cameroon.

The cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o, former player of Barcelona and Inter Milan, today offered a donation of 80 million francs Cameroon (more than 122,000 euros) to build a hospital in his country.

The money will build the hospital of the town of Ngambé, sixty miles north of Douala, Cameroon's economic capital.
"It is we who must participate in the development of our country," the attacker told Efe that the current military Anzhi Makhachkala Russian team, which is the highest paid footballer in the world.

"In this town is far from a hospital, it is necessary that people have a hospital. I invite the elite of this town to help develop this area of ​​Cameroon," said Eto'o.

According to Mayor Antoine Logman Ngamba, the construction of this hospital will begin next January. The gesture of solidarity of the striker, who has participated in recent years in social work at home, help to Cameroon, where there is only one doctor for every 5,000 inhabitants, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

Anzhi Makhachkala The player also promised to offer 480 million francs (about 732,825 euros) over the next six months for the construction of other infrastructure and development projects in the area.

Eto'o is in Cameroon to attend a convocation of the disciplinary committee Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafút).

The captain of the "Indomitable Lions", also known as the Cameroon national team, must respond to the accusations that he was the source of the strike that led to the cancellation of the friendly match had to face Cameroon and Algeria last November. (via SPORT)

Alexis is pleasing to the culés

Again it was fulfilled the desire of the readers of SPORT with the goal of Alexis Sánchez against Real Madrid.

Once again, the desire was fulfilled Barca of actively participating in the SPORT website.

In the survey can be found at this link , the fans were asked what was the favorite player of Barça fans to score a goal against Real Madrid.

The options were: Leo Messi, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Isaac Cuenca (the one from the list that did not play a single minute on the pitch because it was not called). In addition, proposed a sixth option "Other".

With nearly 1900 votes, Alexis Sanchez was proclaimed as the favortie to mark the fans at the Bernabeu. What I meant, with 35% of the vote, ahead of Messi (22%), Cesc (15%), Cuenca (13%) and Villa (10%).

Interestingly it is not the first time are fulfilled the wishes of the fans this season. As we gathered last week in Sport , also David Villa scored (against Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano) when Barca chose him as the most enthusiasm I made ​​brands.

For now, the syntony between the preferences of the readers of SPORT and the scorers of Barça is almost absolute. (via SPORT)

[Ex-player&coach] Cruyff: "Barca continued far from Madrid"

Johan Cruyff discussed in 'The Newspaper' Everything in el clásico against Real Madrid with the future of the League on the horizon.

Johan Cruyff analyzed his usual clásico collaboration in 'The Journal' in which he made clear his feeling that Barça is still, today, over Real Madrid.

The extécnico welcomed although Barca's victory qualified the exhibition game since found that "more time Barca played less well than good."

"Barca missed more passes than usual. It was an opportunity to increase their advantage Madrid and having to play a game more complicated," he says.

Cruyff also refers to the failure of Valdes as something transcendental in the course and outcome of el clásico. "The goal after 20 seconds it helped a lot to Barca players had to demonstrate his strength," he says.

The Dutch concluded that Barca's victory was founded on his ability to play "20 or 25 minutes to their true level," although they showed they are still a step above that of whites.

"Barca is over and Madrid is not just for what it does but for all football doubts that Mourinho's team creates" he says.

Still, the result is not definite clásico for the final attainment of the title. According to Cruyff, "This championship is not decided by an outright victory, but the ability to make the smallest possible number of failures in other parties to go to 100% is very complicated."

While noting that "this victory is important but it is also true that Madrid is as title contender like Barca."

And finally concludes: "The mother knows that her League is against Barca but with the other teams. For it is still the worst of enemies. (via SPORT)

The faces of the Clásico in one minute

An overjoyed Alexis after scoring the equaliser, Xavi’s goal celebration on his 600th game as an Azulgrana, Casillas’ reaction after the third goal and many more. It’s a good way to relive Saturday’s Clásico at the Bernabéu.

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Freixa: “The Assembly of 2010 followed all the statutes and the law”

The secretary and spokesman of the board of directors is satisfied with the court’s decision to entirely dismiss Mr. Laporta’s challenge of the Assemblea General Ordinaria of October 16th 2010. Toni Freixa also explained the judicial decision to dismiss the challenge.

The secretary and spokesman for the current board of directors said the Club is “satisfied” with the judicial decision to dismiss the challenge of the Assemblea General Ordinaria of October 16th 2010 by Joan Laporta and members of his board of directors. “The Assembly that took place on October 16th 2010 rigorously followed both the law and the statutes. Participation was exemplary, and what the Assembly decided must be fully carried out,” said Freixa. “We always understood that our thesis was the one that needed to prosper,” he concluded.

Along the same lines, Freixa explained the reasons behind the judge’s dismissal of the challenge brought forth by Joan Laporta and members of his board of directors: “the judiciary decision understood that all commissioners were given informational rights by statutory notice, that Mr. Laporta had every opportunity to consult the ‘Due Diligence’ process and he didn’t come, also that Mr. Laporta was invited to the Assembly to defend his financial records in accordance with article 50.”

In short, according to Freixa the court decision expects the “liquidation of the economic term must accurately reflect what’s on the books, the economy of the entity, and the agreement of responsible action that was adopted by the majority as established by the statutes and the law.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Judge dismisses attempt to challenge 2010 Assembly

ElFutbol Club Barcelona expresses satisfaction with legal decision.

The Jutjat de Primera Instància number 30 of Barcelona today published its decision 1533/2010, in which it dismissed the challenge by Sr. Joan Laporta and members of his board of directors to challenge the legitimacy of the Assemblea General Ordinària of October 16th 2010.

The sentence also awarded costs against Sr Laporta and the judge based his decision on the strict right to information, the non-influence of the revelation of the ‘due diligence’ in the voting, the fact that the presentation of the 2009/10 accounts to the Assembly was in line with the statutory demand for showing a true image of the Club’s economic situation, on not having impeded the attendance of Sr Laporta at the Assembly and on the agreement adopted to exercise the action of responsibility in accordance with the legal and statuary requirements.

As a consequence, Futbol Club Barcelona has expressed its satisfaction with the legal decision upholding the agreements made in the Assembly on October 16th 2010. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Sandro Rosell meets with Seiko President Shinji Hattori

Sandro Rosell, the President of FC Barcelona, met in Tokyo with Shinji Hattori, the President Seiko, in the context of the contractual agreement between the two entities.

The meeting took place as part of the ongoing monitoring of the agreement between Barça and the Club’s official watch partner Seiko.

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