22 December 2011

García: "Neymar will be bought to very good price"

The president of L'Hospitalet, Miguel Garcia, said the Brazilians came to Barcelona in a very profitable operation for Barca.

CE L'Hospitalet President, Miguel Garcia, a few clarifying statements made yesterday in which he pointed out that the future of Brazilian Santos, Neymar is in Barcelona. García made such a statement after the dinner among the directive of FC Barcelona and the club of Baix Llobregat, in which could converse with the president of the club azulgrana, Sandro Rosell. Garcia made the remarks at the ONA FM radio station in which he said without hesitation that the Brazilian star "is one of the future cracks of Barcelona, ​​and bought at a great price."

With this statement, Miguel Garcia has confirmed all the rumors and reports that have emerged in recent weeks in the media around the world in which they were placed at the front of the "canarinha" in the Catalan capital.

Furthermore, on the game facing his team tonight against the current world champion, the president of "L'Hospi" reiterated that "in football you never know. Say what you will still earn no muss. Our team will make a decent game and plays to take the opportunity provided to us playing in a field such as the Camp Nou. " (via SPORT)

Last training session before King's Cup match against L'Hospitalet

Barça held a closed door training session this morning at the Camp Nou to finalize preparations for the return leg of the King’s Cup against L’Hospitalet. Guardiola worked with 18 footballers: 11 first-teamers and 7 Barça B players. Before the match, the manager must exclude two players from his 16-man roster.

It’s been 15 days since the first team walked on the pitch of the Camp Nou. The last time was against BATE Borisov on the 6th of December in the last game of the group stage of the Champions League. This Thursday morning the first team returned to the Camp Nou in a closed door training session to finalize preparations for the return leg of the King’s Cup against L’Hospitalet. Guardiola, in a light training session, worked with 18 footballers; 11 first-teamers and 7 from Barça B. Dani Alves, who has been training with the team this week, was not present. The Brazilian, just like the rest of the South American players, plus Abidal and Keita, are on vacation.

Guardiola will have to exclude 2 footballers from the 18 he has at his disposal to complete his 16-man roster for tonight’s match. The team ate together at the Camp Nou and now they are enjoying some free time before they return to the stadium at 20.30 hrs.

The Barça B players that have been training with the first team are Cuenca, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Muniesa, Tello, Dos Santos and Rafinha. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Messi and Mascherano puncture a wheel in Argentina

The player of Barça Leo Messi, who has returned to Argentina to spend Christmas with his family, went to Rosario with his team-mate Javier Mascherano and his girlfriend Antonella when he suffered a slight mishap at the wheel, according to the portal infozc.com

At kilometer 80 of the Pan American Highway in the car suffered a broken carrying a tire and the vehicle was stranded on the road. The players were aided by the staff of highway (Miguel Sanchez) until it was the brother of Leo Messi who was in charge of collecting the 3 occupants.

The task of helping the two players in the Barça did not hesitate to take pictures with both players were very friendly at all times. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Soriano won't end up in the Red Star

José María Orobitg, the representative of forward Jonathan Soriano has ruled categorically that can pass the Barcelona B to Red Star Belgrade.

Serbian media had recently ensured that Red Star coach Robert Prosinecki, to search for in the ranks of the Barcelona B team braces for Soriano and the name has been mentioned more than once as a possible signing.

"I have seen that the press belgradense writes that Soriano will arrive in Serbia, but be sure that that won't happen. There is not form. Such informations harm to my player's" reputation, Orobitg said to the newspaper 'Press.'

"He is the Barcelona player, and could only pass to some club that plays in the competitions of maximum range. In short, we want him to stay where it is because he deserves it for their quality. There is not anything of that, you don't lose the time", he asserted.

Red Star, European champions 20 years ago, is undergoing a period of few successes, though it is in second place in the league serbia, yes, ten points of their great city rivals Partizan Belgrade. (via SPORT)

Rosell: "La Masia is now a global brand"

Barca president has said he was "proud of Guardiola and the players not only how they play but how are".
Sandro Rosell said it was "incredible" Barca recognition worldwide and stressed that La Masia and is known internationally.

Sandro Rosell has excelled in the ceremony for the Vázquez Montalbán Journalism Award recognition and the Barça Masia is "incredible." "La Masia is now a global brand "has said Rosell.

Barca president has revealed that the renewal of Abida l is imminent, " only a few details missing tax , "and he was" proud of Guardiola and the players not only how they play but how they are . " " We want to continue making history "has continued to Sandro Rosell has acknowledged that relations with the Real Madrid are " normal institutional level . "

" To Reyes ask the Guardiola renewal " Rosell said that he recalled that" the club is above anyone at any time in its history, Pep day decide to stop coaching or hang up the boots Messi clear that it is a sad but fear or panic, no . " In any case, on the deadline to renew Guardiola said that " if to say yes, you can renew whenever he wants, if not, even when I have time to schedule Zubizarreta "

Rosell has insisted, to the " recurring "question on the renewal of Pep Guardiola, who" can renew whenever he wants "and offering to renew the policy" to the end of the mandate . "

Rosell recalled that Neymar " is Santos player until 2014 "but has declined to disclose whether it has paid anything or not to tie the player as, unveiled Mundo Deportivo. (via MD)

Without Villa, the casting begins with the branch

Cuenca will start but Rafinha and Tello can play.

Isaac Cuenca is shaping up as a starter in a front that could complement Pedro Rodriguez and Cesc Fàbregas in a game against L'Hospitalet to serve as a testbed for the future, after the serious injury to David Villa . The end, already installed in the first team since Ibrahim Afellay was 'broke' in October, will return to the starting lineup after performing in the second half of the Club World Cup semi-final against Al-Sadd.

Cristian Tello , another specialist in the Dodge, and Rafinha, alternating the position of false '9 'with the interior, may also have his minutes tonight. Both debuted as the highest in the first leg of the November 9 copera.

All of them exercised yesterday in the second session since the return of Japan along with four kids over subsidiary the defenders Martin Montoya , who was congratulated by Pep Guardiola after yesterday renewed until 2014, and Marc Muniesa and midfielders Jonathan dos Santos and Sergi Roberto. The first three numbers occupying the four places for players with tab B. Dani Alves , he will not play, returned to work with the group although it could go on holiday on Monday afternoon with Messi, Mascherano, Adriano, Maxwell and Keita. Abidal joined them on Tuesday. (via MD)

Keita now aspires African Ballon d'Or

The winner will succeed another former set of Pep Guardiola, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o.

Tonight you know the name of 'African Player of 2011', the African Ballon d'Or, which the player chooses Barca Seydou Keita , who has managed five titles in this 2011.

The Mali is nominated for this prestigious award with former Barca player and current Manchester City, Touré Yayá, and Olympique Marseille player, André Ayew. The winner will succeed another former set of Pep Guardiola, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o (via MD)

Van Persie: "On TV I see only Arsenal and Barça"

Arsenal's Dutch forward praised the FC Barcelona.

The Arsenal player Robin van Persie admitted that on TV "sees only Arsenal matches and Barça." He also says that for him, FC Barcelona is the only team that "can win games by playing nice."

It is not the first time that Arsenal's Dutch forward speaks well of FC Barcelona and even sometimes sounded as futuristic to play for Barça. But this time, in which Van Persie says that "I'm still a lover of the beautiful game and always will but I have become more realistic," he also recognizes that you can not always play nice and pretty, but stands as Barca exception. (via SPORT)

Guardiola doesn't want Hleb neither in painting

The Belarusian disappointed in the season 08/09 and the technician was very unhappy with his lack of involvement.

Aleksandr Hleb is again at a crossroads after the Wolfsburg are not interested in keeping their end of season sale, although the club is still awaiting an official communication about it.

At Arsenal in the summer of 2008 with star band, the fact is that midfielder never responded to Pep Guardiola expectations and was very unhappy with the lack of involvement he showed in his first and only season at Barça. In fact, went on record their performance in the celebration of the title of Copa against Athletic, when walked through the grass of Mestalla next to Icelandic Eidur Gudjohnsen in plan tourist, completely far from the rest of their partners.

Pending the Wolfsburg exercise the clause allows you to interrupt the transfer, the club is already working to keep Hleb is incorporated into training after the Christmas holidays. In this sense, the last legal reform requires all clubs to train players for the first team if they have no contract in force and fate have been found.

Barça has no clear intentions of the German club. It is possible that they don't want to continue having Hleb (only played one game as a starter and three off the bench), but may also be stubborn for more favorable conditions in the assignment.

Anyway, both Andoni Zubizarreta as Pep Guardiola himself are clear that the goal is to solve the problem as soon as possible to prevent the landing of Belarus at Barça after their assignments in Stuttgart, Birmingham and now in Wolfsburg.

In this sense, the Queens Park Rangers seem interested in Hleb for the market's winter signings. Case of not being able to 'place', the club does not exclude him as a free agent in exchange for a portion of salary should be charged within six months of his contract with the entity remaining Blaugrana. (via SPORT)

Barca will face L'Hospitalet, with Pinto and ten homegrown

Barca wants to win the final go round pulling the value of the future safer, the cantera.

Barca has committed to José Manuel Pinto and a host of homegrown players to try to close the year 2011 as best as possible, confirming their place in the knockout stages of the Copa del Rey against L'Hospitalet. The team arrives at the Camp Nou river to enjoy the game as a historical event, but also with the effrontery of those who managed a decent 0-1 in the first leg. Jordi Vinyals football players want to give the pleasure of playing in the Nou Camp and, if the giant falls asleep, give the bell.

It seems unlikely that there will be a radical lowering of tension in the Barca ranks. To begin with, because Josep Guardiola is always careful to keep their players with feet on the ground. Yesterday, without going any further, he reminded them that have never been able to now how long did win the first match after the Club World Cup.

Second, because the players who actually make the first team have always shown a professionalism to the test of any rival. Last of the subsidiary because the kids face the duel with the hope of demonstrating that one day may follow the path of Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi.

In any case, it is difficult to hazard a lineup that for sure will be a combination of first team players that have not been excused by Pep Guardiola and young talents.

Guardiola has called for a final training session this morning at 12.30 with 11 first team players and seven of the subsidiary, which will discard two. Missing Brazilians, Argentines, Seydou Keita and Eric Abidal, it's time for Fontàs, Montoya, Muniesa or Cuenca. All showed as they can rely on your ability and tonight will be able to help Barça is in the hype when they decide Friday morning pairings of eighths, quarters and semifinals of the Cup, the only title he could not conquer in 2011. (via SPORT)

Messi and Xavi also visited Villa in hospital

The barcelonistas Leo Messi and Xavi Hernandez also visited David Villa in the hospital where Asturian forward is entered since last Monday was operated from a fractured left tibia.

This has been reflected in an image released by David Villa from its page on 'facebook'. In the same you can see Leo Messi and Xavi Hernandez , Barcelona accompanied by Alejandro Echevarria exdirectivo and physiotherapist Emili Ricart .

Were at the hospital today Carles Puyol , Cesc Fabregas , Andreu Fontàs and Gerard Piqué , who were photographed with Villa and Club World Cup recently conquered.

Almost all of the staff has visited the Spaniard, as well as the president of the organization, Sandro Rosell , and coach Pep Guardiola .

In the last photo released by Villa since its 'facebook', the Barcelona striker said that between yesterday and today have passed through the hospital virtually all team players.

"I had a great time with everyone. You guys are monsters! Thank you all !!!", said Villa , who will remain joined until the end of weeks in that hospital. (via MD)

Messi opens the doors from Barça to Neymar

Messi opens the doors from Barça to Neymar.
They are always welcome in Barcelona. I am thanked by all that said of me" it has assured the crack of Barça.

Lionel Messi has acknowledged that " Neymar is a great player "and added that" these players are always welcome in the club . "

Messi, speaking on his arrival in Argentina has said it is " very happy to have been world champion for the club. finished spectacular year . " " Unfortunately with the national team I was not given yet but we are working with all the enthusiasm , "said Barca crack. Mundo Deportivo has unveiled the agreement with Santos FC Barcelona for the player.

On 10 Barca reaches your country " quiet, to enjoy my holidays with family and friends . " " I am very proud and happy to win the Olimpia de Oro "has secured the award for best athlete of 2011 Argentina received. Finally, the crack has opened the doors Neymar Barca. " Neymar is a great player but not if it comes up to me. You are always welcome in Barcelona. I am grateful for all he said to me, "he stressed. (via MD)

Alexis Sanchez, voted best player outside Chile

The Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has been chosen Best Player Chileans abroad by the Association of Sports Journalists of País.com local player was elected striker Eduardo Vargas Universidad de Chile, top scorer in the Copa Sudamericana, tantos.El eleven Argentine coach at the University of Chile, Jorge Sampaoli, was awarded as the best coach and the president of the team, Federico Valdes as the best handball dirigente.En the prize went to Marco Onetto, head and figure Barcelona, ​​with whom he has won numerous titles in Spain and will Europa.Denisse Lamoen, world champion in archery, was awarded the "Best of the Best" Chilean athletes during 2011. (via MD)

Alexis Sanchez: "I don't plan to stop of winning and the team neither"

Alexis Sánchez expressed in Santiago his desire to continue winning holding with FC Barcelona, ​​which he joined this season and with the sum already three championships.

"I'm very happy with the three titles, but you have to keep adding. I don't plan to stop neither the team neither", said Alexis at the airport in Santiago, Chile on arrival with his family to spend Christmas.

Barcelona's shirt, the Chilean striker has already concluded the acquisition of Spain Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup in Japan last week, although at the tournament saw little action due to a muscular disease.

"Unfortunately I could not play the final, but it is an honor and at least I was there," he said.

He also reiterated his joy for the Catalan team's recent victory over Real Madrid in the Spanish league, "Glad to have won and I hope that people are happy with the goal that did," he said.

Sanchez, who before coming to Barcelona played with Italian Udinese also wished good luck to his compatriot Eduardo Vargas, front of the University of Chile and top scorer in the Copa Sudamericana, with 11 goals, whose departure to Naples is considered imminent.

"I wish to continue leaving it as the name of Chile in Europe," said Alexis, who shared with the Cobreloa Vargas in the early career of both. (via SPORT)

Guardiola, on his contract renewal: “People need to be calm, I know what I'm doing”

The Barça manager told the Camp Nou faithful to not worry about his future at FC Barcelona. Before Hospitalet’s visit to the Camp Nou, Guardiola warned his team about the dangers of the match.

Even though Pep Guardiola didn’t reveal anything specific about his contract renewal with the Club, he did mention during today’s press conference that “people need to be calm, I know what I’m doing. I know when I have to do it and how it needs to be done.” He admitted that constant questioning on the subject didn’t bother him. The manager said that once he makes his decision he will inform the President Rosell, but he clarified that winning titles “has nothing to do with my decision.”

The manager also spoke about tomorrow’s Cup tie against Hospitalet. He understands that it might be difficult to focus on the King’s Cup match after winning the Club World Cup but cautions, “we’re playing to not be eliminated from one of the remaining competitions.” Guardiola went on to urge his players to be “attentive” seeing that “it’s a very dangerous match.”

The manager also congratulated the Club for its efforts to fill the Camp Nou up on Thursady through its Day of Member Solidarity. Furthermore, for Guardiola, coming to the Camp Nou is a good excuse to “see our football.”

Guardiola took the opertunity to play down Mourinho's comments: “Madrid’s manager wanted to congratulate us, and we thank him. Everything he says is given too much importance, there are no problems.” He added, “he has every liberty to opine. He said the Champions League is more important and he’s right.”

“Villa is very encouraged, lively”

Pep Guardiola visited with David Villa and said the striker is “very encouraged, lively.” The manager believes that this “will make Villa stronger and prolong his career. He’ll realize how lucky he is and he’ll take everything in with much more desire.” The manager also confirmed that if there aren’t any setbacks, Isaac Cuenca will stay with the team: “Because we lost of Villa I’m sure he’ll be with us until the end of the season.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça prepares the return leg of the Copa del Rey match against L'Hospitalet with seven Barça B players

Penultimate training session before the match against Hospitalet, Guardiola worked with 19 footballers; 12 from the first team and 7 from Barça B. Valdés returned to training after he received the Best Athlete of 2011 award at the Festa de l'Esport Català gala. Alves, who trained with his teammates, will begin his vacation this Thursday and will not feature against. Hospitalet in the Copa del rey tie.

The first team continues to prepare for the last game of the year: the return leg of the Copa del rey against Hospitalet. The game will be played this Thursday at 22.00 hrs at the Camp Nou. This afternoon, Pep Guardiola led 19 players in the penultimate training session before the match. 12 of the players that took part in the training session were first-teamers, counting Dani Alves. It's worth nothing that all of the South American players, plus Abidal and Keita, are on holiday, the Brazilian trained with his teammates voluntarily. Regardless, Dani Alves will not play in tomorrow's game, therefore, Guardiola will have 11 first team players at his disposal on Thursday. Víctor Valdés also trained this afternoon after not attending yesterday’s session because the keeper participated in the Festa de l'Esport Català.

The same seven Barça B footballers that participated in Tuesday’s training session trained with the first team today as well - Cuenca, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Dos Santos and Rafinha- the only absentee was Oier.

The team will train one last time, tomorrow at 12.30 hrs, before the match against Hospitalet. The closed-door session will take at the Camp Nou. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Unveiling of the documentary ‘Soufian, the child that wanted to fly’

This afternoon, at the press room of the Cuitat Espotiva, TV3 unveiled its ‘Soufian, the child that wanted to fly,’ documentary. The documentary tells the story of a child that overcame the Laurin-Sandrow syndrome after it claimed both of his legs. Lionel Messi participated in the project. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Montoya: "I’ve fulfilled my desire"

The reserve team full-back, on the date of his contract renewal until 2014, said that he feels that Guardiola has a lot of confidence in him, and his desire has always been to stay at Barça.

He recalled his long career at Barça, where he’s been since he was 9 years old.

Martin Montoya is now a FC Barcelona player until June 2014. The defender signed his contract renewal on Wednesday afternoon. The event was attended by the President, Sandro Rosell, director, Jordi Mestre, sports director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and director of football, Raul Sanllehí, as well as the player's father and his agent. His buyout clause will be 12 million Euros until the end of this season, and 20 million for the next two.

Speaking to Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat , Montoya expressed his happiness to carry on at Barça: "My first wish had always been to renew my contract and that's been met. I'm very happy to have made a dream come true, a dream since my childhood. "I've been given my chance and hope to take advantage of it". At the same time, the defender acknowledged that Guardiola's work with the squad was crucial in his decision: "I feel that he has a lot of confidence in me, and without that it would be very difficult to get into the first team".

On a memorable day for him, he recalled his long career at Barça: "I came here when I was 9 years old, to play for Benjamin A. I've learned everything here, I grew up here. I've had lots of experiences, with the other players, some poor years ... I'm proud to have been able to overcome all these obstacles and make the jump to the first team, the best thing that can happen to anyone".

From now on, Montoya is very clear about his expectations: "I'm happy being in the B Team. I'm looking to try and move up the table, and prepare myself with the reserves, and maybe get the odd game more with the first team this season, and next year be ready to move into the first team squad. "The full-back is very prudent: "At the moment I don't think I'm ready to play all the games with the first team, I'll take it bit by bit, but I'm getting there". (via FCBarcelona.cat)