18 December 2011

Rosell: "We can already say that we are the best team in the world"

Rosell expressed his desire to renew whenever Guardiola.


Sandro Rosell did not hide his satisfaction after witnessing 'in situ' as FC Barcelona was proclaimed world champion for the second time in its history.

"Now we can say we're the best club in the world," he said flatly.

Rosell revealed that even members of FIFA were amazed with the display Barca and did not hesitate to congratulate you on the actions of the men of Pep. "They told me they had never seen such a good team in the history of football," he said.

The president also wanted to remind Villa, Vilanova and Afellay stating that they "would have loved that they were in Japan" to celebrate the title.

Rosell highlighted the mentality and history of this group of players that is making history at Barça and encouraged the fans to enjoy a unique moment.

"We have to enjoy this moment because it will be very difficult to repeat such a group. We have to endure until we can. Getting here is difficult but more so to keep these players and coach and they're getting," he said.

Not in a moment of extreme happiness like this, you could escape the renewal of which Rosell Guardiola: "Know that since we have on the table to renew the contract cuandol want."

He added: "I think it's the best coach in the history of Barca and I hope that within several years, one can susperarle." (via SPORT)

Iniesta: "We must seize every opportunity that gives us football"

A happy Andres Iniesta was proud of the great Barca team match made before the Santos in the Club World Cup final.


"The game was very complete. The strength of this team is to have the ball and is what we have done," Iniesta said, making clear that the aim of this team has no limits: "We try to seize the opportunities Football gives us to continue growing. This group is very good and try to get to where we can with our style, "he added.

Despite the broad result, Iniesta said that the victory has been the result of working and studying in detail the South American champion. "The result is what it is, but behind the rival estudiio there and see how we could hurt them intentanto make the best of our features," Barca argued that perfectly defined the philosophy of Barca Guardiola: "In the Football can be won and lost, but this team will fight forever. " (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “Winning 13 out of 16 titles is only possible when you have a competitive mentality"

The manager, after winning the second Club World Cup in FC Barcelona’s history, highlighted the team’s consistency throughout the past three years, something that “you can only achieve with the competitive mentality that these players have”.

Guardiola also highlighted the fact that 9 of his starting 11 players come from FC Barcelona’s youth ranks.



Josep Guardiola, visibly satisfied with winning his thirteenth title as FC Barcelona’s manager, emphasized the importance of his players. For the Barça manager, the team’s value comes from the competitive mentality of the squad.

Guardiola talked about the transcendence of what his players have done: “What one most admires is the continuity, the fact that we’ve been so competitive for so long. 13 out of 16 titles are stats that speak for themselves, you can only achieve them with a strong competitive mentality. It comes from that urge to go on, to play well. If you’re here this long it’s because they are fantastic players. I’m not sure if they are aware of what they have accomplished, but in time they will be.”

The manager said that the atmosphere in the dressing room is complete happiness, because of winning the second Club World Cup but also for breaking “the bad luck and winning it in Japan.” He added: “We are very content with the great game we played. We played a fantastic football game, and the whole world saw it. The truth is that we minimized Santos’ great football. To win two titles like this in three years is reason enough to be satisfied. I can only congratulate these extraordinary players.”

Guardiola attributed the merit of beating Santos to the team’s collective play: “We’re satisfied with the overall performance of the group. This team has very good players, that’s key. We studied our opponent and designed a game plan that would allow us to hurt them. It’s true that the players move around a lot, but they move the ball around more. In the end their talent wins out and we try to associate each player through the ball.” The manager shied away from talking about individual performances, but he did say: “Messi played another great game. We already know he’s a different, special type of player. Andres, Thiago, Sergio, Xavi, Víctor... they all played really well today.”

When asked about how he thinks the future will go for his team, Guardiola said: “Everything is too fresh. When one thinks about everything that has been won you think the end is near, it’s unavoidable. The merit is what comes after, if we continue to win titles. But at the same time, if they’ve done so well up until now, why would they stop here? We must continue this desire to keep on winning things. It will depend on our ability to find that demand. Now we return to Catalonia and we have to prepare the Cup tie. It’s a privilege to manage this group of people.”

Guardiola was asked if his team had played better in the final of the Champions League or if they had played better against Santos: “The team played at the required level at Wembley. In all aspects, we played a fantastic first half. When Santos was able to string three or four passes together, they managed to get in front of Víctor. We saw five or six of their games, and believe me when I say that when Neymar gets the ball, you better be ready.”

Guardiola wanted to talk about those that couldn’t make it to the final: David Villa, Afellay and Tito Vilanova, people that “the team missed.” Lastly, the manager was satisfied with the comparison of his team to the legendary ‘Mechnical Ojange’ side, the Dutch national side of the 70s. “It’s an honour,” he said, just before stating that FC Barcelona had “nine players from the Masía” in the starting lineup. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Brazil admits that Barça "squashed" Santos

The sporty Lance said on its website that "Barcelona destroys dream of the Santos" and analyzed that Messi had a "gala performance" while the Neymar was "very discreet."

Brazilian media acknowledged that Barcelona "crushed" Santos today in Club World Cup final, which ended 4-0 to the club catalán.

"In another world. The dream of the third world is crushed by Santos football Barca alien," summarized the Globoesporte sports portal.

The Globe noted in his website that "Barcelona of Messi is the best team in the world", while Folha de São Paulo was more sober at the owner "does not stand Santos and Barcelona wins 4-0 and win the Club World Cup ".

The sporty Lance said on its website that "Barcelona destroys dream of the Santos" and analyzed that Messi had a "gala performance" while the Neymar was "very discreet."

Lance said that disappointment led many Santos fans at half time to leave Vila Belmiro stadium, the city of Santos, where the game was projected on giant screens.

The newspaper O Estado de São Paulo said on its website that the 4-0 was the biggest win of the story of a Club World Cup final or Intercontinental Cup since 1961.

Puyol: "Neymar scared, but have not kept pace"

The captain was "very happy" after the resounding victory over Santos and said they played the full game and was "a fair result".


Barca captain Carles Puyol, showed his best side deserved after winning the Club World Cup final, obviously overwhelmed after the success.

Puyol, who was awarded the FIFA 'Fair Play' noted that "we are very happy, has been a fair result, but has not been easy, we come up with a lot of intensity."

The ship's captain made it clear that "we have never doubted the team" in reference to questions about the speculation that arose before the match against Madrid.

But he would not divert attention and quickly became the final of the World Club Cup: "We played at a high rate, they are not used in your league football is played slower."

The Popula We emphasize that the team made "a very complete match" with pride and satisfaction of belonging to which is now officially the best team in the world, explaining that they were very alert to Neymar because it looked before the crash and was a rival very dangerous.

Puyol said that "we must give the value of" this important and prestigious title.

Subsequently he explained that he changed the shirt to Neymar during the break, which was suspected after a statement hiciese Neymar especially appreciative towards the centre-back azulgrana in the final preview.

To conclude, the captain of the world's best team reiterated that played "a very complete game." (via SPORT)

[CWC 2011; Final] Santos FC 0 - 4 FC Barcelona

Barça proclaimed world champions after an historic four goal victory over Santos in Japan. The Catalans were three up at half time after goals from Messi, Xavi and Cesc, with the Argentinean rounding the game off with a fourth after the break.


Legendary status is ever closer for this Barça team, who brilliantly saw off the threat from a Santos team led by Neymar and themselves aiming to emulate Pele's great team of the 60s. Goals from Messi (2), Xavi and Cesc gave Guradiola his 13th title in charge of a team which was packed with graduates from La Masia and gave yet another masterful performance in its own unique style.

With nine home grown players in the team, Guardiola again started with a back three, packing the midfield and using Alves as an auxiliary winger. The team dominated from the start with Messi, who inspired the attack, seeing an early effort stopped by Cabral(who also saved the follow up from Thiago), before opening the scoring on 17 minutes after a magic piece of control from Xavi set up the world's best player to stroke home with a beautiful touch.

Barça were purring now and their quick passing and movement left Santos helpless as they continued to create chances almost at will. Xavi got the second with another piece of spectacular control after a pass from Alves and the Catalan midfielder, who seemed to be in complete control of the game, then set up Cesc, whose shot came back off the woodwork. Santos were then forced into a change in tactics as they tried to halt the waves of attack from Guardiola's men.

However, no change in their opponents' tactics was going to stop this Barça and Guardiola's side continued to find space easily, rounding off the half with a third from Cesc. Barça had had a total of 74% of possession in the first magnificent 45 minutes and at the start of the second half, they showed there was not likely to be too much of a let up, with Cesc coming close to making it four, only being denied by another fine stop by Cabral. Santos showed some signs of life though, with Borges and Neymar getting through and forcing Valdes into two good one on one saves.

Barça were playing without any recognised out and out strikers, but were enjoying themselves with some emblematic passing and control and that nearly converted into another goal on 79 minutes when Alves rattled the woodwork and the Brazilian, who was very active throughout the game, set up the fourth goal, winning the ball back before slipping it to Man of the Match Messi to round the keeper and slot home. That was a fitting end to a great performance that saw Barça take their second Club World Cup and, amazingly, their 13th title in just three and a half years, stats that merely confirm their legendary status. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[technical Data]
Santos: Rafael; Danilo (Elano, min. 30), Edu Drácena, Bruno Rodrigo, Durval, Leo; Henrique, Arouca, Ganso (Ibson, min.83); Borges (Kardec, min.78) and Neymar.

FC Barcelona: Valdés; Puyol (Fontas, min.85), Piqué (Mascherano, min.56), Abidal; Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Thiago (Pedro, min 78); Iniesta, Cesc; and Messi.

Goals: 0-1. Min.17: Messi; 0-2. Min. 24: Xavi; 0-3. Min. 45: Cesc; 0-4. Min. 82: Messi.

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB). HE showed yellow card to Piqué (min.38), Mascherano (min.70), Ganso (min.72) and Edu Drácena (min.73).

Incidents: International Stadium Yokohama. Full house: 68,166 spectators. Temperature: 9 degrees, 42 percent humidity. Before the game offered a fireworks display with the sacred volcano Fuji Nippon protagonist.

Neymar: "Today we learned to play football"

Neymar commends to Barça, "the best team in the world," citing Pep Guardiola optimistic to ensure that "we lost a lot to learn how to win".


Neymar said after losing the final of the 2011 Club World Cup against Barcelona to Barça " is the best in the world ". "Today we learned to play football. Barça is the best playing football , "he asserted the crack of Santos.

" The important thing is we got here and got the second best team in the world. With that we are already winners "said Neymar who wanted to get something positive from defeat.

Finally, the phrase has been used Neymar Pep Guardiola who said in the preview that " we lost a lot to learn how to win "to sentence waiting to come back and win the title. (via MD)

"Mucha fuerza Guaje"

FC Barcelona's players jumped on the lawn of the Yokohama International with a shirt to support David Villa, seriously injured last Thursday in the semifinals of the Club World Cup.


FC Barcelona wanted to send a message of encouragement to David Villa, who will have surgery next Monday afternoon break in the left tibia that occurred at the Al Sadd last Thursday.

The Blaugrana players jumped into the field at the end of Mundialito wearing a blue shirt on that read 'Mucha fuerza Guaje'.

The Asturian is in Barcelona, ​​waiting to be operated on by the team of the famous Doctor Cugat. (via SPORT)

Rosell participated in the dinner of elegance of FIFA with Santos

The president met with recent commitments in Japan and also had a meeting with local Penya Blaugrana.


The delegation moved to Barcelona was intensely Tokyo the day before the final of Club World Cup. The president, Sandro Rosell, was the top representative of Barca in the gala dinner and before FIFA had agreed to the Penya Blaugrana local. A reception marked by the good atmosphere and warmth that surrounded barcelonisat stay in Japan.

FIFA summoned at night to leaders Barcelona and Santos in the Intercontinental Hotel in Tokyo. Representatives from both clubs talked with the president of FIFA, Joseph Blatter, and expressed confidence that today can be a great meeting in Yokohama. In addition to Sandro Rosell, also attended the reception Josep Maria Bartomeu vice president and director Jordi Moix.

Earlier, Rosell had received the representatives of the Penya Blaugrana Naixent Sol. Its president, Hiroki Nakano, spoke with Rosell and gave him a gift. The director of the Social Commission Pau Vilanova said the impact of land grabs at Nippon. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Barca opened the first school in Brazil

The project leader praised the Brazilian football and states that this objective is to reveal players as well as perform basic categories in Spain.


Barca Salvador opened in its first football school in Brazil. This is the method bear 'Masia' the Latin American country.

"We know that Brazil is a country that has always históricamentte great players. It is also a place where soccer lives with joy," said a leader of Barça.

The school of Salvador is temporary, since the goal is to make an office in Rio de Janeiro and one in Sao Paulo in 2012.

The project aims to expand the pool of small schools that already exist on four continents. The Club has offices in Peru, South Korea, Japan, UAE, Kuwait, Egypt and Poland.

It will be attempted that in the international schools, the style Barça is developed. To guarantee it, there will be several coaches of the Club displaced Brazil. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Sevilla ties Giovani

Last Friday signed a preliminary agreement with Tottenham for just under 4 million.
The operation is the absence of a final agreement between the club and the Mexican.


All indications are that the signing of Giovani is rushing his final chapters. It's been a long saga, but it is nearing the end. In fact, the Seville and is tied to the player and is practically in their hands to close the transaction as it deems appropriate. There is an agreement in principle with Tottenham and some fringes resolved only missing player's contract with the entity of Sevilla, which in principle is scheduled for next week.

The key meeting took place last Friday in London. The player's lawyer sat with the leaders of Tottenham and closed an initial agreement for the transfer of the Mexican. After much negotiation and many pressures from the skilled player the Spurs, the club has agreed to British claims of Sevilla. He knows he can not go longer against the wishes of the player and decided to open my hand in bargaining. So, the operation could eventually closed in less than 4 million euros, including bonuses and possible targets.

The agreement between clubs is a fact and just need to close definitively the player's contract with Sevilla. It is true that negotiations between the entity and footballer Seville were quite advanced in a while, but in the last hour nervionenses club has changed and there are some conditions to keep talking.

In fact, can not yet completed the signing of precisely these small fringes between the club and the player, we'll see how they are small. The contract offer that was put on the table of football in the first negotiation was five seasons.

In this regard, counsel for Giovani plans to travel to Sevilla next week to try to close definitively the signing. If everything goes smoothly and as planned, the Mexican could become the next hours in nervionenses player, so that would satisfy the primary desire Marcelino since he took the bench nervionenses.

If completed the operation, management would be a big part of Sevilla. Do not forget that Tottenham player was priced last summer to 11 million euros. The pressure exerted Giovani has been fundamental. (via Marca.com)

[Ex-players] "It will be a great game, stand with the Santos"

"I hope one day be illuminated Neymar," the 'Phenomenon'.


Two of the great idols of Barcelona in the 90's, former Brazilian stars Romario and Ronaldo, said today that encourage the Santos in the final of Club World Cup against Barca team, to be played on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan, DPA said.

"I have great affection for Barcelona, ​​but for Brazil it would be important to win the Santos. Hincharé for Santos, but honestly, if Barcelona wins, I will be sad," said the former striker Romario and now a federal deputy in Rio where he participated in a meeting with the organizing committee for World Cup Brazil 2014.

The "Shorty" warned, however, by no means follow the game, by the time of transmission in Brazil: "At that time I will not be watching television, I'll be asleep," he joked.

In turn, Ronaldo, who accepted the invitation to join the board of the local organizing committee of Brazil 2014, was less diplomatic and said it covered by a Santos victory and that the young Brazilian striker Neymar prevails in his "personal duel "against the star of Barca, Argentina's Lionel Messi.

"It will be a great game. All of us stand with the Santos, and I hope that Neymar is illuminated in a day," the "Phenomenon". (via Marca.com)

A final nine players of the homegrown

Busquets, Xavi and Cesc will return the team to form a starting lineup with denomination of origin of La Masia in universal stage.


In his day, Louis van Gaal anticipated that Barça could dream of playing in the final of the European Cup with eleven homegrown. Today in Yokohama, Guardiola's team will play the world champion title with nine players trained at La Masia in the starting line: only the two sides of the team that presumably will bring Barça today, Dani Alves and Eric Abidal, have not been reared in the school's football club.

The question of Alexis Sanchez, who finished the semifinal with molesitas muscle Pedro allow hold back, accompanied by attack Messi and Cesc Fabregas and striker false.

In the defensive line, Pep Guardiola will go for a couple of plants of the Bernabeu, Puyol and Pique, despite the good form of Javier Mascherano.

Unless there are doubts in midfield: Xavi and Busquets, who did not play the semis, will hold in midfield along with Andres Iniesta. (via SPORT)

David Villa to undergo surgery on Monday afternoon

The Asturian will undergo surgery on Monday afternoon to correct the fractured tibia in his left leg, an injury sustained during the semifinal match against Al-Sadd in the Club World Cup.


David Villa will undergo surgery this Monday afternoon to correct the fractured tibia in his left leg. The surgical team will be led by Dr. Ramon Cugat and Dr. Ricard Pruna.

At 19.00 hrs on Monday, Dr. Cugat and Dr. Pruna will hold a post-surgery press conference at the Camp Nou’s press room. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

FIFA has allowed Barça players to wear a T-shirt in support of Villa in tomorrow's final against Santos

The Asturian, in Barcelona since Friday, thanked fans on his Facebook page for all the support he’s received. FIFA has allowed FC Barcelona to wear a T-shirt before tomorrow’s final in support of the injured forward.


FIFA has granted the Club’s petition to allow the FC Barcelona players to wear a shirt before tomorrow's final in support of David Villa, who is in Barcelona awaiting surgery. The FC Barcelona players will wear the T-shirt worn by Carles Puyol (above) before the match against Santos FC.

Villa showed his appreciation for the show of support by the team and his fans via a public message on his Facebook page:

“Hello friends! I’m moved by all the messages you have sent me! Thank you so much! Don’t worry, I’ve rested well tonight and I’m feeling a lot better. I’m happy that I’m back home with my family. And, furthermore, I know I’m in good hands. I want to thank Doctor Pruna and, above all, Manel Estiarte. Without them, I don’t know what I would have done on the journey home! Now there’s less time to wait for me to recover! More to come." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça completed their final training session before tomorrow's Club World Cup final

The last training session before the final took place this afternoon in Yokohama. Alexis Sánchez, with a niggling injury, worked apart from the group and he’s doubtful for tomorrow’s match.


FC Barcelona returned to work this Saturday at 18.00 hrs at the sport city of the Yokohama Marinos. The team is making final preparations for tomorrow’s final against Santos. Guardiola worked with the 18 available first team players and the Barça B youngsters: Isaac Cuenca, Oier Olazábal and Jonathan dos Santos.

Alexis Sánchez, with a slight muscle injury in the adductor of his left leg, worked apart from the group and is doubtful for the final against Santos. Guardiola will decide whether or not Sanchez will play pending further pre-match fitness tests tomorrow.

The first 15 minutes of practice were open to the media, who flocked to see the first team in their last training session before tomorrow’s match. It’s worth mentioning that the team trained on Friday and Guardiola gave the players time off until 13.30 hrs on Saturday, at which time they ate together before their final training session.

Santos trained at the same time

Santos, FC Barcelona’s rival tomorrow, also finalised their last training session this afternoon before tomorrow’s match. The Brazilians practiced at Yokohama’s International Stadium, where the final will be played, at the same time as FC Barcelona (18.00 hrs, Japanese time). Santos played their semifinal match at Toyota Stadium, therefore this is their first time on the pitch where the final will be played. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B; Liga Adelante; Week18] Real Valladolid 1 - 0 FC Barcelona B

Oscar's goal in minute 56, sentenced to a subsidiary that has been presented at the Nuevo Zorrilla without complexes and that has received most.


Barça B has stood up this afternoon to Valladolid that strives to be one of the teams next season is in the First Division. No complex, Eusebio Sacristan of the compass have been the game for much of the first half but the ball was not materialized at times. And that at 1 minute Barça have already had the first opportunity that has come from the boots of Tello. With Barça B have the ball, Valladolid has used the counter to endanger the azulgranas. Masip, keeper this afternoon, has had to send for a corner in the 16th minute, a shot Jofre, and before the break, Tello was able to score again after the first center of Montoya, but the shot has gone out .

The start of the second half continued with the same script that the first time. The azulgranas dominated the 'tempo' of the game and had chances to score, such as fire Soriano and Sergi Roberto. In minute 55, but Oscar has probably had the clearest arrival of the match after missing a shot on goal empty, and, a minute later the same player took advantage of a split ball inside the area after a corner to mark the first and only goal. This goal has taken its toll to the subsidiary, which has seen the Valladolid grew and enjoyed the best times of danger, while Eusebio have been losing steam. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Technical Data]
Real Valladolid: Jaime; Balenziaga, Rueda, Valiente, Peña; Nafti (Rubio, min. 84), Víctor Pérez, Sisi, Jofre; Óscar (Baraja, min. 76) and Guerra (Manucho, min. 63)

Barcelona B: Masip; Montoya, Muniesa, Bartra, Lobato; Sergi Roberto; Rafinha, Riverola (Espinosa, min. 78); Tello, Deulofeu (Rodri, min. 65) and Soriano.

Goal: 1-0 Min. 56, Óscar.

Referee: Arias López (C. Cantabria). Admonished Victor Perez, Rodri and Soriano

Incidents: Estadio Jose Zorrilla. 8600 spectators.