16 December 2011

[Barça B] Martín Montoya, until 2014

The signing of the renewal of Barca B defender will be signed next Wednesday.

FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with the player Martín Montoya to renew his contract until season 2013/14. His buyout clause is 12 million euros until the end of the season 2011/12 and 20 million euros to the 2013/14 season.

Martin Montoya, who currently plays for Barcelona B and that he has entered into a call for the national team is a player who has spent his entire sports career lower teams FC Barcelona. Viladecans player first-team debut on February 26, 2011, in a league match at home this season RCD Mallorca, also debuted in the Champions League in the comfortable victory against BATE Borisov at the Camp Nou (4-0). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Rosell insists David Villa is not in sale

Sandro Rosell said he saw very whole David Villa and expected to be in the final of the Champions.

Rosell began by explaining that it "plays who plays and has played Leverkusen. All have their pros and cons." Barcelona president admitted that "we were very expectant to see who we played, over the issue of displacement, the climate that we could find and stuff ... But it is clear that when you get to the knockout stage of the Champions League should be prepared to play against anyone. "

But rather than draw, Rosell asked a lot for the injury David Villa. "The impact of morally serious injury always affects the team." Sandro said he had spoken to David. "To Villa I saw him very whole, understanding that these they are occupational hazards of footballer's occupation. It is noticed that he is a player with a lot of experience. He doesn't need to demonstrate anything, he has made everything in his career." In this regard, and as he and Guardiola, wanted to make clear that "a lie that Villa is for sale. Sometimes news media are not true. It is part of this circus ...".

Rosell said he was hopeful that "we have Villa and Afellay in the final. In the case of Villa, would not only mean that we are in the final, but recovered. Since I was hurt, just think back."

Finally, about a possible replacement for the Spaniard, Barca president wanted to make clear that "will always be our first look at our house, the subsidiary. At this point we have no intention of doing anything in the winter market." (via SPORT)

[Former player] Jeffren: "I watch the video many times, motivates me"

The winger was critical to the achievement of the Club World Cup 2009. The Sporting of Portugal player has recalled in a recent interview.

When nearly two years Barça became champion of the Club World Cup, the team was showered with praise. The Barça credited the trophy as the best club in the world, a pride for its fans, and supeuesto, also for all its components. The team coached by Pep Guardiola and a magical season closed, in which they got the Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish League, European Super Cup, Super Cup in Spain and the coveted World Cup.

In pursuing all these titles was a player, like all essential. That's Jeffren Suarez, who played a crucial role in the success of 'World Club Cup' 2009. The game was uphill, Barça lost the final against Estudiantes de Veron and in the absence of 5 minutes to go, Guardiola gave vent to the young players who did not disappoint the technician. Barça tied for 87 minutes and end up turning it over the scoreboard in the 110th minute with a goal from Messi, unforgettable for all culés.

From Lisbon, and now in the ranks of the Portuguese Sporting, Jeffren has recollected those moments in a recent interview with a known half Tenerife. The end, which passes through one of the best moments of his career because of injuries said the memories that brought him victory and historic "The first recollection is that he thought the title escaped us. After being heated and wishing to enter . also the time to step on the field and enjoy a great final. Then, of course, the conclusion of the game. We were all elated and happy. "

Recalling his decisive intervention at the winger, Jeffren said: "It was one of the best games with Barça, because I proved to myself as I am. And I did it with the desire with which any player would do in a final high level ". In addition, the former Barcelona says "watch the video many times. Motivates me." Asked about the level of football that showed at Barcelona and he is prepared to meet said "I showed how I can get to play when I have confidence, but I think if parties continued accumulation necessary, I can show many things in these years I could not have them. "

On the injury which is recovering, the former Barca forward said his recovery state "I feel much better, without any trouble and working hard to return as much as possible. I hope not notice any difference and once again rejoin the team with normalcy. " With respect to its passage through Portugal and his new club, Sporting, the winger expressed his happiness "I am happy to belong to Sporting, although it would be twice as happy if I could enjoy what I love: playing football. I getting tired parties, encouraging the fans feel. It's a great club, inside and out. " (via SPORT)

UEFA Champions League 1/8 finals draw

Olympique Lyonnais v APOEL FC
SSC Napoli v Chelsea FC
AC Milan v Arsenal FC
FC Basel 1893 v FC Bayern München
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Barcelona
PFC CSKA Moskva v Real Madrid CF
FC Zenit St Petersburg v SL Benfica
Olympique de Marseille v FC Internazionale Milano

The first legs on 14/15 and 21/22 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March.

Puyol, Cesc and Fontàs, shopping in Tokyo

Barca relaxed after the morning workout and went for a walk in the afternoon for a district of Tokyo where there are many department stores and boutiques.

Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Andreu Fontàs took the afternoon of Friday, Japan time, to relax with a stroll through Tokyo.

Barca had fun in Ginza, a district of Chuo ward in Tokyo, known by the proliferation of stores, boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Puyol himself posted a photo on his Twitter account along with his two companions in the Japanese subway and revealing the destination of your trip. The 'anonymous' they enjoy, remains a bonanza for the cracks of Barça. (via SPORT)

Dr. Cugat warns of the danger of injury to Villa

Dr. Cugat, orthopedist who will speak to David Villa this weekend, has warned that caution should be exercised with Barcelona striker injury.

"The important thing is how are the soft tissue surrounding the Villa warm," said the renowned physician in the program 'Las Mañanas de Televisión Espñola'. And is that according Cugat, Villa suffered the injury may be hazardous to your leg muscles, because these fractures tend to bleed a lot and this can affect muscle tissue.

For this reason Dr. Cugat refused to make any forecast recovery period Barça. "Now it is important to heal well because if he does can not play or Euro, or anything," he said. (via SPORT)

Alexis doubtful for final with muscle injury

It is not clear whether the Chilean will be fit in time for the final against Santos on Sunday (11.30, GMT+1).

Al-Sadd beaten in the semi finals of the Clubs World Cup, FC Barcelona got back to work today. As usual, the players that started the game worked out in the gym, while the others had a full session on the Yokohama Marinos training ground on a warm December morning in Japan.

One of yesterday's substitutes, Alexis Sánchez, was also missing after tests revealed that he has slightly strained the abductor in his left leg, making him doubtful for Sunday's final against Santos. Yesterday he came on as a replacement for David Villa, but later had to leave the field again, to be replaced by Cuenca.

Without David Villa, who has returned to Barcelona, Josep Guardiola decided the players can now rest until Saturday at 13.30, when they will have a training session at the same as they did the day before facing Al-Sadd. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola prepares a training session in groups

Pep Guardiola prepares a meeting in Yokohama in groups while Alexis simply confirms that an overload in the left adductor. The coach gives the afternoon and evening free to the template.

This morning the Barça has worked for groups: owners against Al Sadd , more Alexis, stayed in the gym and in the water area of the hotel, making recovery. Those who did not act holders exercised behind closed doors, in the sports city of Yokohama Marinos , preparing and the World Cup final against Santos .

As for Alexis , it is confirmed that no serious injury and the club has reported that the player has only an overload in the left adductor. Meanwhile, Mascherano is in pristine condition and just finished the game with a concussion.

Moreover, Pep Guardiola gave you free this afternoon so as night as he did on arrival after lunch Nippon land together in the team hotel. This could have trips like the other day, considering that many relatives of the players are on a trip to Mt. Fuji. (via MD)

Pedro: “We want to dedicate the title to Villa and Tito”

The Canary Islander, one of the heroes of the Clubs World Cup of 2009, knows that the team has overcome many hurdles over the years, and expects a good game against Santos.

Pedro Rodríguez wants to dedicate the Clubs World Cup to David Villa, who was seriously injured against Al-Sadd in the semi finals. And also Tito Vilanova, the assistant manager who had a parotid gland operation recently and couldn't travel to Japan. "We want to dedicate this title to David and also Tito Vilanova, who is a very important person for us and who has such good relations with everybody".

So rather than let the news get them down, the team wants Villa's injury to inspire them. "It was the worst news in the world, but his injury motivates us more, because he really wanted to win this title for the first time. We have overcome many things in recent years, and it has always because of the unity in the group", he told a press conference at the team hotel. He added that "Villa is optimistic, cheerful, and hoping to be fit and able to play in the final in Munich and the European Championship".

Other than Villa's injury, the team is now fully focused on the game on Sunday against Santos. "They have some solid players at the back and up front there are very good players like Neymar and Ganso", said Pedro, who predicts a great match. The Brazilian side beat Japan's Kashiwa 3-1 in the semi finals, and will have had one more day of rest than Barça.

The club has the historic opportunity to repeat the triumph in this competition of 2009, and also beat a Brazilian club for the first time in an official match. It is impossible to forget the final of two years ago, when Pedro was one of the stars. "I hope we can have more great moments like that. Not just me, but the whole team. I remember everything from 2009, and the final was vibrant." Sunday's game may well be just as good. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Valdés reach 100 international caps with Barça

The goalkeeper has reached the hundred caps in a Barca shirt in the match against Al Sadd.
'VV' and has three Champions, two European Super Cups and World Club.

FC Barcelona goalkeeper, Víctor Valdés has played his 100th international competitions wearing the shirt of Barca .

The semifinal on Thursday at the Al-Sadd has been the number 100 for Valdes . During the game has not had much work has gone unnoticed without any stopping of merit. Surely, at 101, if there is no injury will be on Sunday against the Saints, have a little more work. Since 2004 he became the Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes has already won three Champions, two European Super Cups and a Club World Cup.

The second most caps goalie wearing the shirt of FC Barcelona is the current athletic director, Andoni Zubizarreta , who was the keeper of the Dream Team at the Intercontinental in 1992. Zubi left the club with 69 commitments. (via MD)

[Former player; Selection] Riquelme wants to play with Messi in Argentina

The exazulgrana Juan Roman Riquelme confessed that he wants "to play with Messi and help classify the selection" albiceleste the World Cup Brazil 2014.

In televised statements, Boca #10, compared to Messi and Maradona: "When I was little, I wanted to see Maradona play and today my son Augustine wants you to pass the ball to Messi because he knows that something will happen." "I know that I depend on the performance of my club, my colleagues and I have no doubt that if things go well I will wear the shirt of my country. I have that illusion," said Riquelme, who has not been called on any occasion by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella. (via SPORT)

[Selection] Del Bosque: "Villa's injury is a fatality"

Vicente del Bosque, Spanish coach lamented the serious injury of Barcelona striker David Villa, who could miss the European Championship in June.

"It's inevitable. Some heal sooner and some take longer. The news is very bad, bad luck, by the principal, who is harmed and who is injured. And with the Euro put into perspective, of course is also a very bad news, "Del Bosque admitted to 'Cadena COPE'.

Villa broke the tibia in his left leg in the Club World Cup and there is speculation that the worst might be about six months without playing, so that virtually be dismissed the next tournament.

The Spanish coach is due to give his squad for the tournament on May 15. (via SPORT)

Fossati: "It is a normal result to be the Barça"

Uruguayan coach Al Sadd of Qatar, Jorge Fossati said after losing 0-4 against Barca in the Club World Cup that it was "a normal" category confrme to rival.

Fossati said in a press conference after the game that it was "a defeat with dignity" and that should be "happy" for having the "rich experience" of having faced that in his opinion, is "the best team world ".

Uruguayan coach felt that, "recognizing the enormous differences" between the two teams, and assuming that "no one likes to lose," the team "paid according to their possibilities."

"The first two goals were almost two goals our own," said Fossati, who was pleased with the offensive and defensive work of his team as Barca "I had great difficulty finding spaces" do find "against other great teams in the world ".

In his view, Guardiola's team is "a step above everyone else" and that for the final against Santos is "the logical favorite for" although the Brazilian team has "descent" and is used to this type of contests, he confirmed.

El Al Sadd played the game on Sunday to finalize the third and fourth in the tournament against Japan Kashiwa. "It would be great to get it (the third in the Club World Cup)," said Fossati, who confirmed that they will play "making every effort, and knowing that it is within our possibilities." (via SPORT)

Carles Puyol: "Santos is not only Neymar"

Carles Puyol said that the injury suffered by striker David Villa during the Club World Cup final in Yokohama (Japan) is "a hard blow for him and for the whole team".

"El Guaje" suffered a broken left tibia during the first part of the game against Qatar's Al Sadd in a random play where I intended to control a long ball between two defenders. "Clearly the downside (this game) are injuries, especially that of Villa, a serious injury," Puyol told Reuters after the meeting, in which Barca beat Al Sadd 4-0.

On the final Barca team held next Sunday against Santos Brazil, Barcelona is considered a "big" event, in which "played by two great teams with great players." "Theirs is much talk of Neymar, but we can only fix it, they have more players, we must make a complete game if we win," he said.

In this regard, he stressed that the team from São Paulo is "very strong": "Top players have marked differences, which play very well. We must be vigilant," he added. He also referred to the star of Santos, Neymar, which he considered a "great player" with "an impressive future." In your game, Barca captain highlighted the difficulties to mark because "when he hides the ball is, you never know where you're going out." "It will not work a single player but the entire defense," he said, warning that can not lower our guard with the rest of the Brazilian team.

Javier Mascherano also said after the meeting today, the quality of Santos: "It's a team that has very good players, young but very good, you got here about something." The Argentine, who during the match was "a stomp on the tendon, but nothing major," he said to turn their sorrow for the injury "difficult" Villa. "Now we must support it, trying everything goes well and wish him a speedy recovery," he said. (via SPORT)

Seven possible rivals for Barça in the Champions League Last 16 draw

Of these seven teams, Bayern Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit, Napoli, Basel, CSKA Moscow and Lyon, one will be paired up with Barça in the knockout round of the Champions League in tomorrow’s draw in Nyon. FC Barcelona, as group winners, will play the return leg at the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona will find out who they will face in the next round of the Champions League tomorrow as the team prepares for the Club World Cup final in Japan. After qualifying first in their group, one of the following seven teams (below) will be Barça’s rival in the UCL knockout round after tomorrow’s draw in Nyon (Switzerland) at noon. Barça is guaranteed to play the return leg at the Camp Nou.

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The team encourages Villa

The squad that travelled to Japan met with David Villa after his stay at hospital to show him their support.

Barça’s number 7 was encouraged and is in good spirits.

David Villa felt the affection that his teammates have for him after he returned to the hotel from his hospital visit. In a wheelchair and with a heavily bandaged left leg, El Guaje was encouraged while he received the support from his team. The Director of the Sport Area, Andoni Zubizarreta and Pep Guardiola made it a point to stay and chat with the striker.

Villa will be out of action for four to five months because of a fractured tibia sustained in the game against Al-Sadd. In the coming hours he will return to Barcelona, via Frankfurt, to undergo surgery. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Víctor Valdés: “It will be a thrilling final”

The Barça keeper expects an entertaining game in the final against el Santos because “the teams have very similar qualities”.

Valdés said Villa’s injury “was the negative side to a day that should have been special and historic”.

"It is the finally everybody expected" said Víctor Valdés after playing his 100th international match for Barça against Al-Sadd, and he is very much looking forward to Sunday's Club World Cup final against Santos. He believes that "the teams have very similar qualities, and styles as well. They like to keep the ball and create chances ... It will be a thrilling final, with lots of goalscoring chances for both teams." He will have a special eye on Neymar, one of the biggest dangers in the Santos team. "He is an important player. He has so much talent, so it will be important to analyse him and be careful with their attacking moves."

As for the game with Al-Sadd, the keeper said "it was bit cold because of the atmosphere. We tried to impose our intensity, our rhythm. And they gave us the ball and it was a lot more placid than we expected."

Bad news about Villa

Valdés said that the injury to Villa "is the bad news on a day that should have been special and historic ... I dedicate the win to him and we'll try to dedicate a win in the final to him as well."


"We wish Villa all the very best and we'll be there to support him."

"He has to think about getting fit again as soon as possible."

"I have never seen anything bad about the team. We are holding ourselves, growing year by year and we never lose our ambition."


"Villa is very upset about the injury. With luck it'll all work out well and he'll be back with us soon."

"There are no favourites in finals. They have a very good team. We'll have to be 100% in order not to be surprised." (via FCBarcelona.cat)