25 December 2011

Pitch transplant at the Camp Nou before the new year

The Club will begin the process of changing the pitch at the Camp Nou with the goal of completing the transplant before the Cup match against Osasuna.

With the Cup playoff looming between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna on the 4th of January, the Club will start the process of replacing the Camp Nou’s pitch this week with the goal of completing the transplant before the 29th of December. The Club is also negotiating with the RFEF and Osasuna to change the order of the last-16 Cup clash to ensure a wider margin of time for a successful pitch transplant. If Barça's bid is successful the game at the Camp Nou will be played on the 11th or 12th of January.

The transplant will start with the removal of the current pitch followed by conditioning the subsoil and stabilizing the terrain. Upon completion of this process, the procedure of laying new pitch will begin.

Once the new pitch is laid, the work of preparing and consolidating the new turf will start.

FC Barcelona is striving to have optimal pitch conditions at the Camp Nou for the final stretch of the season. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Alexis Sanchez made Santa mad Tocopilla

It is a tradition of every year, but after his singing for Barça, the expectation this year was maximum.

Confusion first, cheer later. It had been announced that, as every year, Alexis Sanchez hand out gifts to the smallest in his hometown, Tocopilla before noon. But the people had eaten, and nothing. Even a freelance photographer who had traveled specifically to that city of 31,000 inhabitants left without seeing Alexis.

But could not miss tocopillano people. And do not miss. Entry and later a truck came and sat on it, Papa Noel Alexis Sanchez, accompanied by his lifelong friends of Tocopilla. And behind a huge convoy of over 500 vehicles accompanying them. The truck, of course, filled with toys and balls signed by the Barcelona player.

It was the happiest Christmas Eve for children, and even some older, Tocopilla, which not only closely could see their idol but received a very welcome gift these days.

Henrique comes closer to Gremio

The Brazilian club offering two million euros to Barcelona for the transfer of the Brazilian cenre-back.

Henrique could have the hours counted as a player for FC Barcelona. The Brazilian centre-back have many numbers to play in Gremio, who is interested in signing the player property market during the winter. The player is loaned to Palmeiras and Gremio are willing to pay the Barcelona 2 million euros for the Brazilian. Barcelona, ​​meanwhile, is willing to give every facility to produce the transfer and the club has offered Brazil the chance to deal with the signing of four times (500,000 each) to be paid during 2012. So, it appears that the saga closes Henrique Barcelona, ​​one of the signings recambolescos the history of the club. And is that the Catalan club paid $ 8 million (more than two variables) for a player not in a competitive match debut for the Catalan side. Since its signing in 2008 the Brazilian centre-back assignment has been to transfer and consolidate has failed despite the fact that his first experience in the Bayern Leverkusen, predicted a bright future. Then he played two seasons on loan at Racing with irregular performance. This summer the Barcelona agreed with Palmeiras, where he has played so far. Gremio will be your next destination. (via SPORT)

Messi: "We will fight to win more titles"

The best player in the world warned that there are winning project for a while and joined the clamor for the continuation of Pep Guardiola.

Leo kept his word and attended a few moments to Christmas SPORT since his retirement in his native Argentina. He had pledged several months ago when he said that if the season went well and titles were fulfilled Barca dressing room smiling at the old ritual of wishing happy holidays to all followers via SPORT. And Messi was faithful once again. Were a few minutes, needed to make sure the best player in the world is a guy extremely happy. Life smiles and under the umbrella of the Barcelona today feel loved like no other.

"Before you start, promises are: Bon Nadal. Really, with all my heart, happy holidays to everyone. I received a lot and it's time to thank all those people who allow me to be happy at Barcelona and Barcelona. Most have been glorious moments, but so have gone wrong. Nothing has been easy. And they have always been there to support us when we needed them most and to celebrate success. " Messi asks us not to do the typical interview day to day wardrobe. Ensures that is not the time to analyze the major issues and come to value Madrid, Mourinho or details of partners. Want to enjoy a few days off next to his, and off on almost everything that surrounds him in his daily life in Barcelona. "People know me, you know I'm not saying those who will want to win the league, the Champions League trophy or a particular. I like football, I'm happy at Barça and all I can really promise is to fight to win more titles. I do not care about others because whenever my friends and I play to win we do, "he says smiling.

This is no time for polemics or to appeal to the morbid thinking about a possible match in the Cup and Leo avoids speculation is not to feed headlines. "Real Madrid in the Cup? What I know is that first we have to face Osasuna, then we'll see. Step by step because in Spain there is no free and we do not ever win before starting a game and a tie. "

Messi settlement of the years most complete in his football career. Undisputed leader of a global hegemonic Barca, the Argentine star no one would dispute that is the best, number one. He can not even make shadowy figure of Cristiano Ronaldo. At the gates to collect almost certainly another FIFA Golden Ball, the crack only had words of praise for another partner, Xavi Hernandez. "I do not know if I win or not. All I can say is that it is an honor and pleasure to be here among the finalists, along with Xavi ".

Leo is a special case. Your exemplary behavior and his unique contribution to the team, well worth a small exception in the chapter of the Christmas holidays. On this occasion, as has happened in past seasons, Messi enjoy a few extra days. Leo not be in the return of the equipment marked for 29 and enjoy the New Year in Argentina. In principle, the return is reserved for the 2nd of January. Will be a quiet holiday, without fanfare or major commitments. In previous years, Argentina had to put on his boots to play a classic friendly solidarity in a party organized by his friend Javier Zanetti. In principle, the commitment has been suspended in this edition.

Before dismissing this brief conversation with Leo Messi, asked for his wishes in the face of 2012. "No, please. I'm no lover of concrete things or promises or anything like that. I'm satisfied with the classical, health above all. Just ask people to walk in good health. As for the team and the institution, I hope we continue like this year. We have a great block, unique, and if we continue like this, I am convinced there will be more successful. " And Guardiola? "We agreed that these things, but everyone knows what you want the costume ..." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Offer the renewal to Oier for three seasons

The irundarra has earned the confidence of the coaching staff in his five seasons as Catalans and Guardiola wants to continue as the third goalkeeper.

January is approaching and Barça must accelerate negotiations with the players ending contract on June 30 because in the next six months and are free to negotiate with other clubs. The politics of renewal of futbolitsas of Barça B can also extend to the goal. Oier Olazabal is one of the players in 2012 ending its relationship with the entity Blaugrana and the Technical Secretariat has taken steps to ensure its continuity.

Barca has offered to irundarra, 22, a contract for three more seasons, so continue until 2015. Oier must analyze Blaugrana and the first proposal in the coming weeks expect new contacts. The player has become the third first-team goalkeeper, as demonstrated by their presence in the World Club or its calls for away matches in the Champions Pep Guardiola cites three goalkeepers this season. Oier was also the substitute porter in the final of Wembley in the one that I Paint it was sanctioned and it has the trust of that of Santpedor with who shared its first year like blaugrana in the lines of Barça B in Third Division.

Besides Oier, Rubén Miño contract also ends in June 2012, while Jordi Masip renewed this summer until June 2013. For now, Eusebio Sacristan has followed a policy of rotation in goal, not as extreme as that of Luis Enrique, but has provided opportunities for the three goalkeepers. They are gaining experience in the Second Division A and are ready to take a leap in your career. Barca are very attentive to their development and should have a replacement guarantee for Victor Valdes. Although Pinto unatemporada renewed for more, at 36 years is nearing the end of his career and the club should be about the alternative. (via SPORT)

Villa to spend Christmas with his family

The Asturian forward, after undergoing surgery on his left tibia, was released from hospital and will spend the holidays with his family.

David Villa will spend Christmas with his family as he was released from hospital this Saturday, five days after surgery on his shinbone.

Villa was injured in the semi-final of the Club World Cup against Al-Sadd, the striker is expected to fully recover in four to five months. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The Barça Toons wish you a Merry Christmas!

The New Masia, protagonist in the new Barça Toons Christmas video.

The Barça Toons wish a merry Christmas and happy new year to all the Barça fans and members in the new spot that features the New Masia.

VIDEO: www.fcbarcelona.cat