31 January 2012

[Former player] Rochemback, heading for China

The exfootballer of Barça breaks up his bond with Union to prove luck in the oriental great country to its 30 years.

The FC Barcelona exfootballer, Fabio Rochemback, embarks on a new adventure journey to the world's most populous country: China. The Dalian Shide is the set will be done with the services of the player for 30 years.

The rugged midfielder has broken his links with the Brazilian club Gremio, where he was captain, after learning that his coach Caio Júnior, did not have it. Following the agreement, the coach acknowledged that the three parties out benefit.

Rochemback was a controversial character of the dark stage Barca is remembered in recent times, when Joan Gaspart was president.

The exazulgrana, characterized by having a very refined technique and a very powerful shot, formed in the Barca first team for two seasons (2001/02 and 2002/03), which served under several coaches ( Carles Rexach, Louis Van Gaal and Radomir Antic).

After passing through Portugal and England, Brazil returned home in 2009 to complete the template Guild. Team is now dismissed.

Hleb will cancel his contract with Barça

As reported by the program "Fora de Joc" ONA FM, the bielorruso Alexander Hleb will cancel its contract with Barça in next hours.

As reported by the program "Fora de Joc" ONA FM, the bielorruso, Alexander Hleb will cancel his contract with Barça.

Hleb has contract with FC Barcelona until June of 2012 and during today's day will be officially free.

The player's representative, Uli Ferber, has confirmed the information.

After abandoning Wolfsburg, where it was given by the club culé, the footballer bielorruso hopes to maintain the physical form in Augsburg Teuton. (via SPORT)

Van Persie wants to play with Cesc at Barca

A close friend of Fabregas, eager to win titles and gives long Arsenal in his renewal.
Contract Expires in 2013, played in three positions, Gole and is a star crack without going.
At 28 years, the Dutch striker force the machine to make the leap.


Robin van Persie comes on stage at Barca . Dutch striker Arsenal , top scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals, has gotten tired of not winning titles in the club 'gunner' and, at 28 years, he senses that is the ideal time to procure a record that of ' gunner 'has failed. This explains why Van Persie has given a long continuous Peter Hill-Wood on renewal. The 'chairman' of the London club since before Christmas, confirmed that talks to the extension of Van Persie contract postponed "until summer," solely because the player so ordered. What reasons can be moved to Van Persie not to sign for the club he has inherited the captain's armband to Cesc Fabregas ? Among others, the same that led to change the Arsenal Cesc to Barca: professional ambition.

A close friend of Cesc thanks to years of living 'gunner', Van Persie knows how well he goes to his colleague 'gunner' in the Camp Nou , with three titles in six months, more than those who managed together for years in the Arsenal, and would be happy to reunite with him.

Today, speaking market, Van Persie is like candy at the door of a school. Out of contract with Arsenal in June 2013, so the Emirates club, although he prefers to keep his best player and will try, he also knows that not convinced will soon be better to take what I can for him before he enters its last contract year, a factor that would lower their long march. In England it has been said that Van Persie, despite his feeling 'gunner', was raised even a change of air in the winter market avail itself of the 'transfer request', with the inevitable lurking City. He denied, but Van Persie forces the machine, as they did in summer Cesc or Samir Nasri. He has until today.

The 2011-2012 Barca seems determined to finish the course with what you have on staff, unless further declines may require you to act. When talking about the future is another matter. Van Persie is a tic-free mature crack, star of the current profile club. And in football, too: ductile, of the Dutch school, which began in the flanks and today is a top mobile phone capable of making their goals. Attentive. (via MD)

The momentary 'disappearance' of Thiago

The player is available with fewer headlines and minutes in recent games.


Conditioned by injuries and lower Iniesta, the name of Thiago appeared last Saturday in all eleven pools of Barca against Villarreal. But Pep chose to bring in half Busquets and Mascherano behind Xavi and Cesc. The youth player went to a quarter to end the game. And although his lack of surprise entry at the time, the truth is that entitlements and minutes lost in the last seven games compared to the rest of the season.

Lower than outside and Pedro , in this same period has had two injuries that forced him to miss three games, the player Thiago is available with fewer minutes: 228 of 630 possible. It pursues Adriano, that has 244, although in his case appeared in the starting team three times. Thiago only two: Osasuna in the return leg of Cup, yet determined, and compared to Malaga on the day 19, which in theory was 1. In the other, always in the final: Betis (7 ') in the league, Real Madrid (5' and 21') in the Cup and 15 of Vilarreal. Against Espanyol stayed on the bench. Little for a newly promoted. (via MD)

Rosell: “No Barça fan with a memory can doubt this team”

The Barça president has insisted that the current first team has won much respect and feels that “no Barça fan with a memory can doubt this team or its manager even for a second”.

He is convinced that seeing as the team has already won three titles out of six, that they can still compete for the other three, adding that “this season has already been brilliant".

Speaking at the presentation of the agreement between the FC Barcelona Foundation and Intervida, FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has made it clear that he has every faith in the team. Rosell answered questions about the current state of affairs, and said that he already qualifies this season as 'brilliant', in reference to the fact that they have already won three titles, and are still in the hunt for three more.

Rosell believes Barça "are still alive in the league ... there are plenty of games left." He knows that the FC Barcelona members feel "solid and remember their history ... they love the team, who are so confident and keen to play ... They won't throw in the towel and will fight for the league until the end, I'm sure of that, but there are also external factors that can make life more difficult ... But at the end of the day, we mustn't forget that this is just a game. If we do win, then fantastic, but if not then we shall still have set an example for football, attitude and doing things right".

The president of FC Barcelona has said that the club would love to renew Josep Guardiola's contract, and "the sooner the better .. that would always be a massive boost, it would be great." But asked whether he would prefer to win the league or extend Guardiola's contract he had no doubt in replying that he'd want both.

Asked about what is going on in relation to the Committees, Rosell said he'd rather answer that question at the end of the season, merely saying that "I have nothing to say about that for the moment .. But at the moment things don't look good for Barça." If he feels it convenient at the end of the season "I'm sure that Barça will say their bit ... because football should ultimately be based on fair play". The FCB president made it clear that what he was saying was purely "in the name of football and fair-play".

The importance of the Cup

Sandro Rosell said that Barça "treat all three competitions it's involved in as important, including the Copa del Rey". Looking ahead to the semi final first leg with Valencia, he said that "the team will be going there to win ... It's another title, and we should remember that if we win it, we will have won more trophies than any other European team this year". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] The Curious Case of Cuenca

Isaac Cuenca trained this morning as a Barça B player but this evening he'll being doing likewise as a member of the first team. That´s because he is signing a new contract with FC Barcelona this afternoon at 16.30. (via FCBarcleona.cat)

First training of the day

FC Barcelona trained this morning behind closed doors at the Ciutat Esportiva, the first of two sessions scheduled for Tuesday. Fourteen first team players and eight from Barça B worked at the orders of Guardiola in preparation for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match in Valencia.

The FC Barcelona squad are still preparing for the Copa del Rey semi final first leg at Valencia (Wednesday at 21.00) and are meeting twice today. The morning session involved the 14 available first team members plus eight from the reserves: Isaac Cuenca, Jonathan dos Santos, Tello, Sergi Roberto, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Montoya and Rodri. The injured Pedro, Iniesta, Afellay and Villa all exercised in the gym.

The team will train again early Tuesday evening at 18.00, also at Sant Joan Despí and behind closed doors. Pep Guardiola will be giving a press conference immediately after. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Víctor Sánchez signed for Espanyol until 2014


Víctor Sánchez is now a new player of Espanyol . The former player of Neuchatel on Tuesday signed a new contract that will bind to all-white for the remainder of this season and the next two.

The polyvalent midfielder, which had also been interested in Mallorca comes at zero cost after his failed adventure in the Swiss, who left that all staff be relieved of its contractual commitments in recent days.

Víctor Sánchez becomes the third reinforcement of Espanyol in the winter market, after those of Coutinho and Uche .

The player is expected to pass the medical exam this Tuesday in the medical center facilities Creu Blanca and can be incorporated into training with the first team Espanyol. (via MD)

[Former player] Edmílson: "I think Guardiola will continue another year"


The former player of FC Barcelona José Edmílson Gomes de Moraes was last Thursday at the Ciutat de Sant Joan Despi Esportiva talking to some of his former teammates, such as Leo Messi and Brazilians, and also with Pep Guardiola . The midfielder, who played this season in Ceara in Brazil, whose league has ended, said yesterday in Ona FM that "Pep did not say anything about whether he would continue or not. I just greeted and congratulated him for being the best coach 2011. It is a personal issue and I think Pep already has it clear in his head. Sooner or later the decision and tell the people. "

As for his personal opinion on the matter, said he believed that "yes. Pep is sufficiently identified with Barcelona . You have your people here. have the confidence of the Catalan people, the people of Spain, fans around the world and the presidency. I think it will. For my way of seeing things, I think so. " Finally, regarding Messi, said: "Leo is still the same five years ago. To me it is a joy to know that a guy has gone so high and still the same person." (via MD)

Tito Vilanova pending before announcing the 'yes'


Pep Guardiola is very cautious about the staging of continuity on the bench of the Camp Nou next season because he wants to be absolutely guaranteed the future of all his staff, their partners and, most especially, his 'right hand', Tito Vilanova , who is now in the process of recovery and that does not allow, at least today, focus your mind on contractual matters.

Out of respect for his colleague, Guardiola prefers to remain very cautious before making public his final decision about their future and the day will do next to Vilanova . However, before giving your 'yes' official club, Pep has ensured that all the 'staff' technical, which he considers fundamental to the success of the sport, has reached an agreement to expand its relationship with the entity.

The agreement Guardiola with the club for its renovation is complete in terms of duration and as for the sports project. There is also no economic problem. On the other hand, the commitment of the workforce remains in effect from the first day I came to the bench Pep Camp Nou from the Mini and it will also, as has been reporting on time Mundo Deportivo, a vital key in his determination to start their fifth season as first team coach. For the technician is a law respecting the form. And right now, Guardiola is pending Tito Vilanova. (via MD)

[Youth] Cantera continues to deliver good results and good football

This week training soccer teams have faced competitive rivals, and have been victorious in most games thanks to their big game of the day the balance is quite positive: 14 wins, 2 draws and just one defeat, against Jàbac Terrassa.

[LIGA JUVENIL NACIONAL]
FC BARCELONA B 0 - JABAC Y TERRASSA 1
It defeats of Juvenil B in a game competed with occasions for the two teams. The azulgranas had the opportunity to open the marker in the first time with several plays, like one of Munir and another of Joel, but they were not lucky of face to goal. In the second time, the encounter continued disputed until Ivan, of the team visitor, wrote down the goal of the victory in the minute 86.


[LIGA DIVISIÓN DE HONOR CADETE]
UNIÓ JABAC Y TERRASSA 0 - FC BARCELONA A 0
Cadete A controlled most of the game against the one it United Jabac and Terrassa, bu could not impose their rival. Quique Álvarez and Ramón Ros' boys had several occasions in the first 20 minutes of the first part, but they were not managed from face to goal. As it advanced the first time, the encounter it was more disputed, but no team could open its marker. In the renewal, the azulgranas dominated the party again and they had opportunities to break the tie, but they could not materialize none.


[LIGA PREFERENTE CADETE]
FC BARCELONA B 5 - ESCOLA VALLS A 0
Eric opened the marker in the minute 7 of the first time in a game dominated by the azulgranas. The boys of Fran Artiga and Andrés Martín had numerous arrivals to the contrary goal, until Alexis wrote down the second goal a minute 22 taking advantage of a rebound. Only three minutes later, Alexis marked of head thanks to a center from Roger's left winger again. In the renewal, Canós signed the room in a play combinativa with Ayoub, and Paik finished sentencing the encounter in the last minutes of game.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN INFANTIL]
FC BARCELONA A 6 - JABAC Y TERRASSA 0
Jàbac y Terrassa went out with an offensive daring position and an enough high pressure, but the team of Fran Sánchez and Xavi Franquesa was able to overcome it and to take advantage of the spaces in the back that the rival left. In the first time the Infantil A already won for 4-0, and in the second they continued dominating, although it broke the game for the expulsion of two players of the visiting group. Lee (4), Jang and Dani Olmo tree marked the goals azulgranas.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN INFANTIL]
VIC RIUPRIMER A 3 - FC BARCELONA B 3
The game very disputed among Vic Riuprimer and Infantil B in a field in very bad state. The local team was ahead in the marker during the first fifteen minutes of the first time, although Denis Silva and Carles Lopez's boys tied the encounter with Oriol's goal, and they left to the rest with the 1-1. In the renewal, Vic put on again for before but a so much of MBoula equaled the party again. The locals marked the 3-2 in a lack play, but a goal of Guillem left the game in the 3-3 definitive when was only a minute of game.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA A 2 - GIMNÀSTIC MANRESA 1
Alevín A was taken the victory by the minimum one in a complicated encounter before the third classified of the chart. The boys of Marcel Sans and Isaac García had the possession of the ball throughout the game, but they had difficulties to find spaces before the rival's defensive good position. However, in the minute 19 Alejandro opened the can, but only two minutes later Gimnàstic de Manresa achieved the tie. In the second time, the azulgranas had a quick circulation of ball and the occasions arrived, until Pau marked the 2-1 in the minute 44 that gave the victory to Barça.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA B 6 - SANT GABRIEL A 0
Jordi Font and Jordi Puig's team the victory was taken in a very concerned encounter, especially in the first time. During the first part, both teams enjoyed occasions, but they lacked definition, until Alevín B signed the first goal. However, the game left to the rest full with emotion with Barça winning for the minimum one. In the renewal, the azulgranas was made with the domain of the game and they solved with authority the party, since in the third room they were distanced in the marker with two goals, and in the last room they had just rounded the result with three more reveilles. The encounter was solved with the goals of Albert (3), Labinot (2) and Rubén.


[LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA C 3 - SANT GABRIEL D 0
Barça faced a strong team, Sant Gabriel, second of the classification from behind of the azulgranas. In the first part, both teams played very well but it lacked definition and to sum up the occasions, since the two teams enjoyed opportunities but none of them ended up in goal. Take opened the can in the minute 7 of the third room thanks to an attendance of Adrià, and scored in the minute 12 in a combination play with Adrià and Marc Carmona again. In the last room, Eric had just rounded the result with a reveille in the minute 7.


[LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA D 4 - CORNELLÀ 2
Alevín D was imposed Cornellà in a very even game and with occasions for both teams. The boys of Xavi Bravo and Óscar Hernández carried out a good combination game that allowed them to finish winning to the locals, the only team of the same age of the category. The second room was decisive for the azulgranas, since three goals that advanced them in the marker scored. In the renewal, the game continued round trip, but there were not more goals. Julián that a hat-trick, and Roger signed was the annotators of the encounter.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
SANT CUGAT A 0 - FC BARCELONA A 4
The azulgranas have succeeded in a tough opponent, ideally located in the standings. The team of Marc Serra and David Sanchez went very well on the field and win the game with great intensity. As the game wore on, the Benjamin A was gain confidence and taking more chances. Marc Alegre opened the scoring in the second quarter and scored again minutes later. After the break, the club became more mastery, and finished top Ilasi the result with two more goals.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
FC BARCELONA B 8 - PB SANT CELONI A 0
Very comfortable game for Sergi Milá and Òscar Jorquera's boys that faced a rival located in the low part of the classification. Sant Celoni pressed to the azulgranas during the first minutes, but with Benjamin B's first goal in the minute 3, the visitors lowered the arms in the face of the superiority of Barça. In spite of the differences in the result, the azulgranas had clear numerous occasions of marking, but they were not guessed right, since they shattered two balls to the stick and the goalkeeper rival stopped several plays. The scorers of the day were Jan Reixach (2), Iker González (2), Eric Iglesias, Ricard Cartañá, Albert Garrido and Óscar Romero.


[LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
FC BARCELONA C 5 - ESCOLA GAVÀ B 1
Benjamin C was superior and was ahead to its rival quickly. In the minute 5, Xavi Simons opened up later the marker, and five minutes, Alejandro Balde signed the 2-0. During second room it followed the goleada azulgrana with the goals of Arnau Farnós and Fasika Samuelson, and Barça left to the rest with a sentenced 4-0. After the rest, Escola Gavà marked the goal of the honor, and in the last minutes of last fourth Álvaro Martin finished rounding the encounter.


[LIGA 3a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
POBLE SEC C 0 - FC BARCELONA D 17
Match totally controlled by the azulgranas from the minute 1. Jordi Pérez and David Sánchez's team played very well in all the aspects, so much offensive as defensively, and they left without any possibility to the Poble Sec. Benjamin D made a good team work and had a quick ball circulation that allowed to sign the goleada. Mamadou (6), Eric (5), Marc (2), Gabi (2), Nadir and Jonathan wrote down the reveilles azulgrana of the day.


[LIGA 3a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
FC BARCELONA E 12 - SANT ANDREU G 1
Prebenjamín was imposed with authority on Sant Andreu, a rival that didn't put a lot of resistance in the face of the superiority azulgrana. The boys of Rafa Rodríguez and Juan Antonio Gil executed a correct game and they had many occasions throughout the party. The goals of the day were in charge of Sergi (2), Iker (2), Pablo, Abdoul, Marc, Ilias and Jurado. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] Dinamo Tbilisi surprise terminated the contract of Álex García

Seven months after his arrival to Georgia, the Catalan coach stopped to be yesterday the coach of Dinamo Tbilisi.

Unexpectedly, Alex Garcia was dismissed after losing a friendly match against Young Boys (3-1), in Marbella, awaiting the start of the second round of the Georgian national championship, in which the Dynamo ranks third , nine points behind Zestafoni.

The current leader is the main rival Dynamo and already won the championship last year, a goal that had been entrusted to Garcia. (via SPORT)

Charlton: "Messi is the height of Cruyff and Pelé"

Whenever there are fewer days to give voice to the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards and the reactions to respect and began to emerge.

This time has been a jury member of the Laureus Academy, Sir Bobby Charlton, who referred to one of the favorites to win the award for best male athlete of the year, the Argentine Leo Messi.

The mythical exfootballer of Manchester United, Bobby Charlton has not doubted to surrender to the Argentinean star and in placing it among the biggest: "Messi is a sensational player, to the height of Di Stéfano, Cruyff and Pelé." Charlton has not had any problems in praising the play of Barca, but Guardiola's team has won in recent years twice in his team, Manchester United in the Champions League final. "Barca have Messi and has the good fortune to have it, but the team also has artistic players midfield and Iniesta and Xavi," said former British player.

Abidal and Messi and the first football team, also choose to take a Laureus next Monday in London. (via SPORT)

Guardiola to his players: "If I could, you can"

Optimism and total confidence. The costumes of Barca is set in the spirit of 'Dream Team' to try to overcome and surpass the feat of Madrid.

Pep Guardiola knows which key was to play at any time. That team is elated because the results are downwind and everything seems easy, and he is to deflate the locker room and quickly make stepping foot on the floor. The squad is discouraged because things do not just go right and distance with the leader begins to open dangerously, and he is to give a blow, his harangue and put a 'chute' optimism in the veins.

Yesterday obviously played the second track, the team had just left again two points along the way, this time at Villarreal, and receded to seven points behind Real Madrid.

The depletion of the workforce was well palpable and at dawn on Sunday for the return trip on the train to Barcelona, ​​few wanted to talk and faces contorted with effort made by so many been so pyrrhic one, and almost 36 hours later when the team turned to see the faces in the morning session yesterday.

Sadness, worry and despair were the common denominator of a wardrobe that had become a stave, but had not found, for the umpteenth time, the path of victory away from home.

But then came Guardiola, a manual of psychology under the arm-metaphorically speaking, of course-to give a change of direction and encourage their pupils. The technician took the session yesterday to get all their resources and entrainment motivating their pupils to the most tenacious optimism.

"Be sure we can win the league, the comeback is possible." Thus began his speech categorical Santpedor, who stressed that overcoming adversity is another virtue that build championship teams and become the legend into something unique.

"I lived several comebacks as a player, do not see why we can not we," encorajinó Guardiola, recalling his 'Dream Team' where Cruyff's Barcelona in the nineties was capable of turning the tables twice in a season that had complicated the first hurdle.

In the 1991-92 campaign, for example, the team rallied Blaugrana, nothing more and nothing less, the eight points that Real Madrid was leading them on the thirteenth day, with the aggravating circumstance if possible at that time that the victories were worth only two points, or achieved against Deportivo in the 1993-94 season to be recovered, being worth six points victory after another two-day 24. That day, February 19, 1994, Barcelona lost in La Romareda against Zaragoza by a convincing 6-3. From here chained 13 wins and two draws in the end does `rush to take the championship trophy, in extremis, in the last day.

Pep got his goal with his fiery speech because the finished costume totally convinced that the feat is possible. It is clear that the first who believe in the comeback they are and it is clear that Guardiola has inoculated them winning a virus which has now installed three and half years in the Barcelona first team.

The Santpedor also forgot to mention the transcendental Cup playoff will play against Valencia in the coming days.
The team is only two steps to reach another final, the fourth this season (UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Super Cup of Spain, which was over two legs) - so the motivation is the absolute difference between the Blaugrana.

So much so that the staff includes fully convinced that if they exceed the team 'che', encouragement of such a victory will take on wings to the League.

And why the calendar this month of February is about to begin is to start trembling to have two exits as complicated as Osasuna and Atletico Madrid, also taking midweek Cup semi-final and the return of the Champions League, where Barcelona play their quarter pass against Bayer Leverkusen.

There is no doubt that Barcelona has entered the decisive phase of the season where a title is at stake-the Copa del Rey, and also the possibility of 're-enlist' the League to the team knows little to redress the situation, all in games played outside the Camp Nou.

An exciting challenge that players are willing to assume all consequences, even though some elements have as few troops against because of injuries, transfers and the African Nations Cup and the misfortune that has accompanied so far in some specific situations, arbitration decisions or tell yourself to the wood releases.

Thus, it is clear that the Copa del Rey semifinal shows literally vital to the future of Pep Barcelona. The dressing room knows that they have no choice: win or win. There is no other solution or Plan B. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Jonathan is integrated permanently into the first team

The integration of Dos Santos is ahead a few months because of injury casualties and the temporary absence of Seydou Keita.

Jonathan Dos Santos is one of a template Josep Guardiola from today. This was decided at the meeting yesterday in the office of first team coach Pep himself, the director of professional football Andoni Zubizarreta, the technical secretary of soccer training Albert Valentín and Narcís Julià professional coordinator of Barcelona.

The drops for numerous players' lesion have been forced to resort to Guardiola again Barça B players, a formula that has always given good results. Isaac Cuenca today officially sign his new contract, which expires in 2015, and becomes the first team member for all purposes. Also, It was scheduled to have Jonathan Dos Santos first team tab from the 2012-13 season. Circumstances have made the integration of the first team midfielder Barca is a few months later Guardiola has enough to deal effectively with the second half of a season full of compromises.

The coaching staff were evaluating among other yesterday this decision aspects of the area of the professional football, and they valued that Jonathan's absence won't be so decisive for the subsidiary because in these moments Eusebio Sacristán is having Marc Muniesa so that makes the pivote functions for before the defense and the young canterano is working in this new mission. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Barca is resigned to the progress of Riverola to Bologna

The midfielder's contribution is on the rise for good performance with the reserves, while Barcelona entity shall not exceed the limits.

Barca already have taken that from June 30 to Marti Riverola not have in their ranks. The club made a bid weeks ago to the player to extend his contract which expires at the end of the season. At the same time, the midfielder received a superior proposal by the Bologna, which is emerging from its destination next season.

Barca have marked its policy of updating and the parameters that will move with most players. His interest was expressed Riverola continuity with an offer of renewal was in the hands of the player. However, the offer of Bologna is superior not only in economics but also on the playing field will allow you immediate ownership of a set of Serie A. Their coach Stefano Pioli wants to build a project based on quality players and progression of Catalan has not gone unnoticed. Marti contract ends June 30 and is a player who fits the profile of new values ​​that are looking for Bologna.

The player himself admitted after the match before the Huesca its continuity at Barça was complicated from the technical staff have taken his departure. However, Riverola is one of the pillars of the team and Eusebio Sacristan will still have it. His contribution in midfield and came from behind is basic equipment for climbing. (via SPORT)

In Argentina, Leo wanted to face with Tevez

Tevez denied a fight with Messi as the main reason for their absence in the Copa America.

Tevez does not go unnoticed wherever he goes. And in his country, Argentina, football by nature, much less. Any discrepancies with the coach Checho Batista ended Manchester City striker watching the Copa America through television. Excluded from the final call, the press drew blood and in various media speculated a big fight between 'Apache' what Leo Messi as the source of all evil.

Tevez turned to an interview on Fox Sports to step out and deny rule throughout his alleged poor relationship with the Blaugrana crack. "No place that I have a bad relationship with colleagues as a pastor or Lavezzi because they have the weight of Leo in the selection. Messi is the best in the world, "argued the player.

For if there were doubts about his relationship with Messi, Tevez stated that often maintains contact with his compatriot despite the distances in kilometers. "The truth is that I have very good vibes with Leo. And I can still say the least, is the only person with whom I have conversations within the school of choice. " There is no doubt that Tevez is understood almost everything. His strong character does not leave almost no one unmoved. It's a guy who used to mark the spot. (via SPORT)

Guardiola knows well to 'Apache'

Carlos Tevez's name is not new in the orbit Blaugrana. Two seasons ago, the agent of Argentinian striker already put on the table and came to realize a couple of meetings with the technical secretariat to assess options pricing and signing. The operation was not over and never came close to call at the Camp Nou dressing room.

But the offer made to accentuate the monitoring technicians on Tevez. The documentation outlines the potential physical and easy to break as a second striker. However, it was noted that at peak times could find it difficult to adapt to the mobility of his countryman Leo Messi.

The report also impacted on more personal issues that have marked the path of Tevez. Often, the Argentine striker has been immersed in various internal disputes and friction with the technical specifications are not an anecdote. In any case, Guardiola knows in detail the life and miracles of a footballer as Argentina contrasted. (via SPORT)

Tevez offered to Barcelona

The player has asked to leave the Premier to continue his career in the Italian or Spanish League.

Barca had the opportunity to strike a blow last minute during the winter, but has been rejected in the making. The technical secretariat received an unexpected offer: the transfer of Carlos Tevez. There will be no dramatic effect despite the many physical problems that plague the Camp Nou dressing room. Pep Guardiola and Andoni Zubizarreta remain firm in their purpose of reaching the end of the season make the most of the current branch staff and drawing on when the situation deems necessary. Tevez, for now, the doors are closed at Barça.

Sources confirmed that the agent of the 'Apache', Kia Joorabchian, he has offered to Tevez in more than an occasion during the last weeks. The first contact would have arrived just after learning the extent of the injury to David Villa. The long-term low and strained relations between the Argentine striker and coach of Manchester City drew a move to Barca as the ideal solution for all parties involved. At that time, the dome Blaugrana already rejected an effort to make economic and discarded the signing. But the well-known broker has not given up and returned a few days ago to the load. The winter market development has not been satisfactory, Tevez is still anchored in the English club and such bleak picture forced another last minute desperate move. The response has been the same. It recognizes the quality of football but now its incorporation is not considered a priority for the club's sports project.

The battle between the striker and coach Roberto Mancini seems to have reversed. Relationships are nonexistent and the Argentine is the big loser. His point is clinched in the City for weeks, though its future remains unknown. Barça was aware of the wishes of the player to leave the Premier League and start a new adventure to be possible in Italy and Spain. The big problem is that the transfer required by the City and its high tab are only available to a small group of clubs. And these were not shown by the work of dealing with the 25 million claimed by the British entity.

Several clubs, especially Milan, forward a tentative agreement with the Argentine striker, but the fierce attitude of the leaders of the City and its refusal to negotiate assignments or transfers low coast `Abort all fronts. The result is that Tevez is not moving to the Premiership and missing only 24 hours for completion of the winter market. In the last hours, Kia Joorabchian himself has said that the player will finish the season under the direction of Mancini. Like Milan, Barca, Real Madrid and Malaga have slowed even dry any attempt to negotiate a possible strengthening of this caliber. The last large distance himself has been the PSG. The head of the field sports, Leonardo, confirmed that Tevez is a first line player, very interesting but does not meet the needs of all French. The millions of square gala will go not to the Argentine.

Last night there was speculation in extremis with a transfer to Liverpool. No rule is now producing news about the future of football. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Rafinha, personal brand

He began as the son of Mazinho, passed by the brother of Thiago and has carved out a name in the Liga Adelante.
He joined Barça with 13 years as a midfielder and Oscar Garcia relocated to false nine in juvenil.


Rafael Alcántara do Nascimento (Sao Paulo, 12/2/1993) became known for being the son of Mazinho midfielder world champion with Brazil in 1994 who played for Valencia and Celta. Then it was the brother of Thiago Blaugrana in the quarry and has now won be Rafinha, the name chosen last season, when he debuted with the reserves of Barca being young. With 30, Rafinha opened against Girona. T on the outside and warm over medium to medium. It seemed very nervous.

Entered in La Masia at 13 . Dazzle in midfield, although initially overshadowed his brother. But his father warned: "Rafa is better than Thiago, most hardworking and defensive." And so it should add their individual skills, speed and arrival. Oscar Garcia relocated it in the Juvenil A false '9' last season. Together with other young hopefuls as Deulofeu or Espinosa, swelled to score goals.

He won the treble (League, Champions League and Copa del Rey) and Luis Enrique took the subsidiary, where he met Thiago, who was somewhere between B and the first team. In his first season in the reserves played nine times, scored just over 400 minutes in the Liga Adelante and was released as a scorer. With 17 years.

Wenger's Arsenal wanted to include in Operation Cesc and even speculated on a possible interest from Real Madrid. But Rafinha and was left out last November extended his contract until 2014 . Guardiola is confident he sees him as a striker for the future and already has made ​​two first team appearances for his Cup debut at the Hospi and then as a starter in front Champions Bate Borisov , where he played with Thiago at the Camp Nou, thereby fulfilling one of his dreams.

It was just an appetizer. The Alcantara still dreaming together lead Barca in the future. For now, Thiago is already lodged in the first team. Rafinha aims. (via MD)

Pedro will spend the week in La Real

FC Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez will have to rest for at least the next two games because of his injury.

As announced Catalunya Informació, Pedro Rodriguez will not be available for Guardiola in the face of Wednesday's game against Valencia and its presence is almost impossible in the League clash next Saturday at the Camp Nou, against Real Sociedad.

Peter and the call came in the ship's visit to Villarreal in the adductor contracture of his left leg. What initially aimed to be a little scare has become a greater problem, according to Catalunya Informació, since the low period of the canary is set in about ten days.

A setback for Pep Guardiola more expensive at the beginning of February. The Santpedor only have 15 first team players at his disposal, including the recently officially incorporated into the template Isaac Cuenca. Pedro, who was instrumental in the last heat against Real Madrid for his goal in the Camp Nou, you can not help their peers at least in the first leg. (via SPORT)

Barça recommends Dani Alves not to go to a promotional act

Barca on Monday Alves recalled that the "internal code" advised not to participate in promotional events 48 hours before a match.

After the draw in Villarreal, Barca has no more margin for error if you continue to aspire to win the league title. A title that the squad still believes possible.

That's why Guardiola wants his players to focus one hundred percent on what really matters. Prepare semi-final against Valencia to earn a place in the final of the Cup, press the second round Madrid with a perfect and start thinking about the Champions League.

That's why that of Barça recommended Dani Alves not to go this Monday to a promotional act of the championship of Forza Motorsport, a video game of the console X-Box 360. Barca defender had to go to Circuit de Catalunya, next to the pilot Laia Sanz, Trial World Champion, award the prize to the champion of this tournament. And according to the "internal code" players are advised to not participate in promotional events 48 hours before a game.

But Guardiola does not want the squad to be distracted. On Tuesday, for example, the team will conduct two training sessions. Something that for weeks it did not look at the Ciutat Esportiva. (via SPORT)

Mourinho charge against the press

The Luso downplaying the advantage that whites have with Barça and Reiber criticized the treatment by the Madrid press.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho dismissed relevance to seven points with Real Madrid counts on his main rival in the struggle for the league, Barcelona, ​​and was critical of some media.

"Seven points? Can tell much to the press, but I do not. Those who tried to cause divisions and create conflict are the same as now write that Madrid will be champion and that Barça doesn't have options of going back", the coach pointed out.

Mourinho made in reference to reports in the Spanish press that point to deterioration in the terms of the coach with some of his players, allegedly contrary to the approach of the Portuguese in their duels against Barca.

In this sense, the coach felt that the media echoed these differences "are the same as the first draw or defeat the team" will say that Madrid is "in crisis and then try to undermine the balance of the club." "However, I am calm and ready for anything to do evil and good," he assured. (via SPORT)

Technical Summit in Sant Joan Despi

Barça returned to work after the draw at Villarreal. Pep Guardiola in the office was a very special meeting.

FC Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, met Monday morning with the leadership of the technical direction of the club. The FC Barcelona's sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, the Technical Secretary, Albert Valentin and Professional Technical Secretary, Narcis Julia participated in this meeting in the office of Santpedor in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

The technical summit coincides precisely with the final hours of the transfer market in the First Division. The period closes on Tuesday and although at first Guardiola himself had said that the team would be strengthened not be ruled out that values ​​some of the proposals that the sheets can be dome on the table. And, considering the injury epidemic in recent days that have left the team picture.

In the final match against Villarreal, Pep Guardiola could only have 14 first team players after low Iniesta injured against Real Madrid, and Pedro, who fell at the last minute of the call for Villarreal, leaving Alexis his job to that originally had to rest for two weeks. Although the commonly used Santpedor the subsidiary to cover absences, the option of external incorporation is on the table and in the hands of the dome technique. (via SPORT)


[Pep Guardiola meets with the signing]

Manel Montilla photography for MD in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper brings together the technical staff of the decision-makers in terms of signings with FC Barcelona. It was a talk in full sun in the cold morning of Sant Joan Despi, just 24 hours after the formal closure of additions winter market.

The image displayed in the center to Pep Guardiola and Andoni Zubizarreta . Technical first team and Barca sporting director chat with serious grin responsible for the management of the technical secretariat, Albert Valentin , and the coordinator of professional football, Narcis Julia .

As reported Mundo Deportivo, the club has no plans to strengthen its first team with players from other clubs to address the second part of the season. More plausible is the possibility that some incorporation to try to close the branch, since their mother's condition is affecting their first team in second place. (via MD)

Sergio Busquets: 25 Cup matches

Barca midfielder could play the 25th Copa del Rey match against Valencia on Wednesday debuted Busquets 2008/09 season in the competition, before the Benidorm.

Sergio Busquets could play its game number 25 in the Copa del Rey this Wednesday against Valencia. The player of Badia would be able to arrive to this figure four seasons after his premiere in the competition. It was the course 2008/09 when Busquets played its first Cup game, in the going of sixteenth of final against Benidorm October 28 2008. He/she made little more than one month that the fielder azulgrana had debuted with the first team, of the hand of Guardiola, in the first season of the coach of Santpedor.

From that year, Sergio Busquets has transformed into a key piece of Barça of Guardiola and the figures demonstrate it. Two weeks ago, in the party against Betis, the azulgrana played its game number 100 in the League with the T-shirt of Barça. In the three previous seasons, that of Badia has played nine, four and five games of in each course. In this, the azulgrana has already played in the six encounters of Glass disputed up to now, four as regular and only two as substitute. If Busquets participates this Wednesday in Mestalla, and everything points to that will make it, will add his game number 25. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Andres Iniesta - All Assists & Goals (2003-2011, pt. 1)

Pinto: "We're not giving up on anything"

The Barça keeper says that his team has the faith and confidence to keep fighting for the league and cut down the difference between them and Real Madrid.

Jose Manuel Pinto was optimistic despite the difference between Barcelona and Real Madrid now being seven points. The team is still alive in three competitions and is not throwing in the towel in any of them. "The message coming from the squad is one of faith and confidence... we have very little margin for error, but we're not giving anything up ... Challenges emerge every day, and that's nice. We are excited about excelling ourselves and achieving every target we have".

The Barça keeper knows how professional the players are and that the draw at El Madrigal won´t affect them. "The squad has always shown that it can stay strong despite any setbacks. The team is optimistic and looking forward to the cup".

Pinto also spoke about fitness, saying "we aren´t tired. We have good coaches and physios but it is hard for everything to work out perfectly every day ... But the team is fully committed".

Although he is an ever-present in the Copa del Rey, Pinto does not consider himself the first choice keeper in the competition. "I treat every training session as if I'm going to play. I have all the patience and ambition in the world ... Valdés is the best goalkeeper in the world ... I am working to improve and win my place from Víctor". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

30 January 2012

22 Barça players ready themselves for the Cup match against Valencia

Fourteen first team members and eight from Barça B trained this morning in the Ciutat Esportiva with the Copa del Rey game with Valencia on their minds. The injured Pedro, Iniesta, Afellay and Villa all did recovery work in the gym.

FC Barcelona returned to training on Monday morning after having Sunday off. The main focus was the first leg of their cup semi final against Valencia at Mestalla, which kicks off on Wednesday at 21.00.

All 14 available first team players were present, including Alexis, who was declared fully fit on Saturday. The Barça B players that travelled to Villareal were also involved, namely Isaac Cuenca, Jonathan dos Santos, Tello and Sergi Roberto, as well as Rosell, Espinosa, Balliu and Sergi Gómez.

Apart from Andreu Fontàs, all the other injured players, Pedro, Iniesta, Afellay and Villa were in the gym at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper doing recovery work. As well as these, Seydou Keita is also absent, as he's in the African Nations Cup with Mali. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Attentive to Guardiola

In the club there is who he interprets that it will sign shortly to reinforce the morals of the team in a delicate moment.


Overcome the preliminary round agaist Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, and before entering of full in the decisive phase of the season - Champions also returns February 14 -, Barça and Pep Guardiola could announce the renovation of the coach azulgrana more shortly for a season. So far, neither party has refused to confirm the information. Moreover, maintaining a total secrecy. Yet that is precisely what leads to belief that the continuity of coach Guardiola is closer every day. As revealed MD last week, Guardiola confessed to his team that "you give me strength to continue," a factor to take into account, as Pep is a very generous person with his relatives, who want responsible for ensuring the continued another year at the club.

Despite his confidence in the players is totally more than one occasion and said that "for me to doubt them to miss me a lot and repeatedly doing the wrong thing, something I have not seen" - Guardiola could take advantage of Saturday's setback at El Madrigal to give now the 'do want' and so give a bombshell on the costumes.

Each and every one of his players have been questioned by Guardiola continued openly expressed his desire that Pep follow "not just a year, but many more." So now that a certain sector of Barcelona has unnerved by seven points seen Real Madrid in the league, and in the capital and are celebrating the title while still remaining 54 points to go, Guardiola could exploit the tessitura for renewal and, thus, reassure both his players and the fans.

What is not expected to vary in the renewal of Guardiola is the duration of his contract. Although the Barça fans and most of his players would bet on him as a coach many years, there will be Pep true to his ideals and, therefore, will sign for one year. The president Sandro Rosell has stated on more than one occasion that Guardiola has the contract on his desk ready to renew when you want and how you want-for a year, one plus one, two, three or a maximum of four, which is what the current policy remains in office. Still, as he did when Laporta offered a blank check to sign, Pep is in favor of going year to year. In addition, he has always said that the Barca bench is not eternal and that five years are those who assume if renewed for another cycle, would be reasonable. (via MD)

Club and Pep, firm: no sign


In spite of the fact that the injuries continue to plague the FC Barcelona (the latter is declining late Pedro against Villarreal and having to dip into the 'touched' Alexis) and that some voices in the environment pose a debate Barcelona the need to strengthen or not the template during the winter market with a player from outside the club, both Pep Guardiola and his staff are thinking by now that they have enough staff on the first team, in addition to which you can start counting the subsidiary during the campaign.

In fact, despite the result of Villarreal , the coach is happy with the performance of young homegrown players has been incorporating this season. The latest example was Cristian Tello, who played quarter final time very good at El Madrigal and that was about to be that unbalanced the game. Only the crossbar, which repelled a shot from Cesc after a great play from the end, avoid being the main protagonist of the game.

The club azulgrana's technical secretariat, headed by Andoni Zubizarreta , is also of the same opinion of the coach, so they prefer to continue with what's season. That does not mean that the possibility of bringing a player is closed no matter what. If there are more mishaps in the coming days or more important, should rethink that idea and would be valued if there is something in the market for both football and economic interest. But only do in an emergency. (via MD)

High risk muscle in Barça


FC Barcelona faces a quite demanding schedule in the month of February that is about to begin. The staff of Pep Guardiola is diminished by low long-term de Villa, Afellay and Fontàs and also lost to Maxwell (transferred to PSG) and Keita, who is contesting the African Nations Cup. In this context, any physical setback leaves Guardiola's team at a disadvantage with respect to its direct rival, the Real Madrid , not so affected by injuries this season. Lately, in addition, three players have fallen very important for Pep: Iniesta, Pedro and Alexis. The Chilean has already played against Villarreal despite his collarbone problem, but do not forget that infiltrated and played a new impact on the area could be fatal.

In this context, the worst part is that the fatigue caused by a demanding schedule as of January (two Cup playoff against Osasuna and Real Madrid) is taking its toll on the legs of the players. Not only is there the feeling of missing the point of ignition. The worst thing is that those responsible have been identified as physical, medical and technical, there are players who are tired and some 'mature' on the muscle . That is, if the machine much force in the coming games at high risk of ' break '.

The best proof that no danger is that this season, and are eleven injury of a muscle accursed for the Catalans: the biceps femoris. The burden of carrying the games Barça (37 officers have played so far), requiring them (Barça has won three titles this season) and also continued calls of different selections lead to the Barca player plays often with little discomfort . In the locker room for injury prevention (especially muscle and knee) is sacred, but the reality makes you take risks to compete tenganque butt.

Thus, the essential of Pep , who are in the minds of all, they are forced to play almost every game, and it loads much your legs. Moreover, commitments are always top-level and there is no reservation. And the risk of rising butt always be the danger of muscle injury . So now comes another tough tie Cup (Valencia), a demanding league schedule (Real and Valencia visits and trips to Pamplona and Calderon) and the Champions League, the risk grows. Pep, their trainers, doctors, physios and players (ignoring their feelings) must split hairs ... if you can. (via MD)

There are already 13 the players injured in Barça

The number of players who have been out through injury is a concern.


The 2011-2012 season, the fourth of Pep Guardiola on the bench will be remembered also for the injury epidemic that is ravaging the wardrobe, to the point of concern, determine the calls and the starting lineup. Up to 13 players have suffered any physical accident. Last season at this point, having played 37 official matches, the technician had to dispense with 10 men, but half of them in a very timely and for a meeting. Jeffren (12), Milito (11), Puyol (5), Alves (3) and Adriano (2) were the most time were in the infirmary. Nothing to do, then, with the current season, with three players KO of long duration (Afellay, Villa and Fontàs) and some other injuries chaining. In the three most serious cases, the recovery will take them to miss the season or go with the curtain pulling down. Two for breaks in the anterior cruciate ligament in one knee and one with a broken tibia.

The common dominator this year, anyway. is located in the biceps femoris . Up to 11 players casualties have occurred due to rupture or elongation. Iniesta on three occasions, Adriano in two, while Alexis, Cesc, Abidal, Pique, Pedro and Afellay complete the list. And not a single party. Alexis was the worse off. Real Sociedad for the shock-Barça suffered a break that forced him to extend his eight-week recovery. He missed 11 games long for a newcomer who must learn the automation of the workforce. Another of the most affected by the same diagnosis was Iniesta. On three occasions has had to stop, leaving you without participating in eight games in nine if one takes into account a day in which preferred not to forcing.

Pedro has also suffered his own, especially in the beginning of 2012. In mid-January fell by an elongation, of course, in the femoral biceps of the left leg and when was beginning to come into play, an adductor contracture of the same leg has turned away from a title.

For Pep , many alignments have been a puzzle. In defense had to give a lot of laps because Puyol and Piqué agreed low in four games (the final of the UEFA Super Cup, Villarreal, Sevilla and Granada). Luckily Abidal, Alves, Busquets and Mascherano holding up. On average, the Fuentealbilla has conditioned the team. The real drama has been in attack. No Villa nor Afellay, with Alexis brake for a while and Pedro coming and going, Pep has come to form, no less than 24 different offensive lines in 37 games. (via MD)

Tello, the best in Vila-real, is won to repeat in Valencia

The winger of the subsidiary can be the joker in the Cup.


To Cristian Tello took just ten minutes in El Madrigal to convince Pep Guardiola that can be repeated at Mestalla in Copa . Daring and courageous, Sabadell striker became the great rescuer of Barca against Villarreal . Burst down the left and was fast, vertical and deep, dangerous enough gasoline to draw back centers that neither Cesc nor Messi matched twice with the goal. It was his debut in the league, but short enough to make him the most prominent Barca. A good card to be played against Valencia butler.

It was his second competitive match. The former also framed it: l'Hospitalet debut at the Camp Nou (9-0) with two goals and an assist, performing at a high level and forgetting one last season marked by injuries. The emergence dream for any squad, which in his case so he returned home triumphant. (via MD)

[Barça B] Dongou debut with Barça B at 16 years

The Juvenil A forward is "very excited and happy" for playing with the reserves squad. Jean Marie left in the minute 85 in the place of Rodri, in the game against Huesca of the League Adelante he is "Always necessary to be prepared. Where I have to play and do I have to play well, "said the Cameroonian.

Jean Marie Dongou, one of the best players of the Juvenil A, with Barca B debut at age 16. Cameroon played this Saturday for the first time with Barca at the 22nd branch of the League Two hours in the game against SD Huesca. Dongou the pitch came in minute 85, but did not have long demonstrated that it is a good bet in the face of upcoming matches.

Eto'o, who joined Barca from football training Eto'o Foundation is very excited about his debut with Barça B: "For me it was a dream. I am very happy to play with players older than me, which I have much appreciation. " Young striker has been felt welcomed by his fellow subsidiary, and explained that "all congratulated me, and everyone was happy for me."

"Work, not stopped working, and I hope to try to seize the opportunity," he said Dongou. Eusebio Sacristan, who said the Cameroonian and I was doing very well and "could reinforce the Barcelona B at a given moment" when the player is trained with them last weekend, encouraged him to "keep working hard."

Oscar Garcia is also pleased with the debut of Jean Marie: "I am delighted that young players to debut in the second A. We're proud all of us involved in grassroots football, and all we've trained. " He added that "all players who are in Barca's youth player have to pull higher level and become professionals." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Abidal sealing the weekend

The French side will have a three-year extension conditional on the number of matches to play each course.

Barca this week expected to seal a final renewal of Eric Abidal for three more seasons but the agreement will articulate every year in the number of matches for the French international.

Abidal has announced his contract extension after the Champions League game against Milan at the end of last November. These statements are somewhat misplaced those responsible for the club who understood that Eric had rushed because there were still some important details to be defined. Now, finally, seems to have overcome all obstacles-primarily fiscal in nature and the representative of the player, David Venditelli, hopes to move to Barcelona this week to attend the signing ceremony of the new contract by the player and the president Sandro Rosell.

The formula has been found to have the three years Abidal wanted is the one plus one plus one. That is, we have established a minimum party meetings where each season has to participate for the agreement becomes effective. Blaugrana defender is convinced that you can easily comply and fulfill his desire to hang up his boots dress Blaugrana.

Moreover, in the chapter of the renovations could also produce this same week Isaac Cuenca. The young talent of the quarry, the contract ending June 30 this year, signed through 2015 as a member in good standing of the Barcelona first team.

As for Seydou Keita, who even now African Nations Cup dispute with Mali, is scheduled to meet with Pep Guardiola on his return to Barcelona and, depending on what the coach tells you, choose to listen to any offers or follow at the Camp Nou. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] The 'Transfer' of Eusebio

The square supreme blaugrana already 30 points and closed the day at 10 of the descent, in spite of the fact that the coach of La Seca one doesn't stop to lose players.

The drops that asolan to the subsidiary for diverse reasons is being palliated by the polivalencia of the squad, for the arrival of some new player coming from the cantera and for the appearance of certain pieces that are finally adapting to the outline that exhibit all the teams of Barça with Muniesa, Rodri, Kiko Femenía and Jean Marie Dongou like main characters.

The most curious is the Muniesa, you just add the pivot position of the more usual centre-back and left-back who had also taken on many occasions. "I play where the coach tells me. The interior had when I was small baby, but when I put me in the club and sometimes central left side-back. And now the pivote. It was my second straight game and I found more comfortable. We have to adapt to other positions if the team needs him, "said Lloret de Mar in the mixed zone after the game on Saturday against Huesca.

The second winter 'signing' of B is Kiko Femenía. At last able-bodied and more adapted to the city and the team, and stressed the Alicante against Xerez and last Saturday made an outstanding first half against Huesca. "Do not dial from the first game of the season. My teammates, the coach and my family have helped me a lot and now I feel more comfortable. I can give much more slowly and end up seeing everyone wants to see Kiko, "the former player of Hercules.

Something similar is happening with Rodri. At Seville he struggled to adapt and be finished with a place, a fact that was aggravated by the recovery of Jonathan Soriano. However, Eusebio emulated Pep Guardiola with David Villa and placed it on the left of the attack. Rodri said with a note and is now occupied by departing from the point of attack, to the point of being the 'scorer' team with six 'targets'.

"It started the new Rodri. I'm sure it'll help the team a lot in the second round, "Soriano said the last week. And the technician does not hesitate to confirm this. "He returned to his position and has done a very high level, with great gusto and is bringing us many things," said the La Seca. In fact, Rodri has scored three goals in the last two days.

Poker is completed by Jean Maria Dongou. The Cameroonian youth player is the first year, but takes several days training with Barça B to the absence of Jonathan Soriano (signed for Salzburg), Cuenca and Tello (both with the first team). On Saturday Rodri replaced in the 85th minute and made his debut in the Second Division A with 16 years and 263 days. In addition, yesterday made a goal for the Juvenil A 4-0 to Mataró returned the lead to Oscar Garcia for the tie to two Espanyol in San Francisco. "He has conditions to help when needed," said Eusebio on Africa. (via SPORT)

[Selection] Chile will summon Alexis for the friendly of the Feb 29 against Ghana

The coach Borghi has maintained contacts with the Chilean to know the extent of his injury.

Chile's coach, Claudio Borghi, has confirmed that it intends to claim the presence of Alexis Sanchez to the dispute of the friendly against Ghana which will be held on February 29 in New York.

Over the past week has gone beyond the technician contacted the Chilean striker to inquire about the extent of the left shoulder injury that occurred against Real Madrid. Alexis would have confirmed that their illnesses were mild and that its recovery would be almost immediate. After playing the final minutes of the league match against Villarreal, all doubt has been dispelled.

Claudio Borghi want to go with extreme caution in all matters relating to Alexis Sanchez. In previous clashes, and the front yet have the discharge, the coach complained to the obvious discomfort of Pep Guardiola and Barca club's medical services.

From the Chilean Federation wants to regain the feeling with Barcelona. Alexis Sánchez is indispensable piece in the difficult one on the way to Chile toward the World cup Brazil and it is wanted to preserve to the maximum the interests of the club blaugrana. Do not force the machine more than necessary. So far it seems that Alexis is the claim in New York. (via SPORT)

The wingers are played

The overflow and the sidelines are fashionable in the 'Pep Team'. Old school wingers are back at Camp Nou.

There was a time when La Masia seemed to be the exclusive means of touch, but there was little news front for the first team. The rams, even winger, were a thing of the factory. Since the explosion of Messi, and especially with the arrival of Guardiola, the winger rise of the first team is a constant. Of the 22 'children' that have debuted with the coach, seven (Assulin, Nolito, Pedro, Cuenca, Tello, Deulofeu and Rafinha) can occupy a position for which Guardiola has clinical eye.

Peter led the way, against all expectations sensation Cuenca and Tello is the latest step in asking. "A dream? Debut at the Camp Nou, "said the RFEF summer. Said and done. Cristian stepped the enclosure azulgrana and scored two goals in Cup AL Hospitalet Guardiola After the meeting could not help but smile when asked. "It has many conditions. It can break in one on one and involved much of the game. " After a lull in the team, Tello remained in the branch confirming expectations and improving its Achilles heel. "I need a break point. He is wrong faster than Pedro and Cuenca. It has one point less than Isaac in this section, but then has more goal. Peter is an established player, "said Under-21 coach Luis Milla.

For the three ends coach have a similar profile, much to the style of the school club, in line with the movements of the first team. "We know of the lower. They are players that give amplitude and cause mismatches. Fit into the mechanics of the first team. "

The subsidiary, Tello has become an undisputed player with electrifying football, bold in one on one. In total has scored five goals and passed ahead of players like Femenía and Deulofeu. "It's one of the fastest category and is a very sweet moment," recalls Muniesa. "It is a higher level than most players and many of First Second. Its speed, change of pace and class imbalance are, "he stresses, categorical, Eusebio.

Luis Enrique Tello was recognized as a major influence on the maturation of his game and ensures that looks at players like Fernando Torres and Jesus Navas for further growth. Villarreal appeared before the changed the dynamic of the meeting. His explosiveness and bold yellow and distempered the whole his was the move that ended with a shot from Cesc in the bar. "I did what the coach told me, facing the full-back of my band," he said after the meeting.

The draw left a bittersweet taste footballer but he felt comfortable in the first requirement. Faced with a very tough opponent. "I'm very happy with my debut, but dissatisfaction with the outcome. The call was already a prize and play has been impressive. "

With Afellay, Iniesta and Villa injured the tip of Sabadell could take minutes to return to the first team soon. In Gerard Deulofeu subsidiary, for many the great promise of the lower, is another way. The club wants him away from the spotlight and continues to mature in Second awaiting that achieves the maturity to compete with the first team. The doomsayers are predicting the end of the ends for years. With Guardiola are far from becoming an endangered species. They are more fashionable than ever. (via SPORT)

Valdés: "We have no more margin for error"

The goal assumed that one can no longer give more rope to Madrid and that it is necessary to press the teeth in the League.

Victor Valdes left the record straight yesterday after left behind at home and 13 points in this league. "We have no more margin for error. Villarreal have lost two important points. We have to win all the points that remain. It's what you get. If you want to fight for the league and we can not fail anymore because there is a rival in front is very strong, "said the Barca goal.

The doorman insisted that "we will fight until the end," recalling that "does not go down the arms and less to win a league."

Valdes assumed that the team is "making some specific errors to be analyzed," but in any case found that "the confidence of this group is full."

Regarding the match itself, explained that "we have tried in every way possible," as the main culprit of the draw by Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who has made "a sensational game."

He insisted at the time of assessment that "the opponent plays," putting the team eg Castellon, who has "done a great match."

He would not hide behind the heavy casualties that introduced the team to argue the tie: "The casualties can never be excuses. That would be small team. We are what we are and what you get. There is enough equipment to deal with all parties and but that's what the people of the subsidiary, which has a lot of talent and quality. "

Barca goalkeeper would not hide behind the tired to explain the feelings that are offering the team in recent games: "I have the feeling that we are tired. Think you face an opponent who is also playing and no one has said here that this would be easy. Like you have to run them and then play football and win them. "

Valdes admitted that seven-point "is becoming a major disadvantage," but warned that "until the league does not end up not going to stop in our attempt to take the title."

Not even when I insisted on if the team could get carried away in the league at the prospect of winning the Champions Cup and the goal gave budge: "Never."

In fact, explained that "in no case we lost the league," but assumed that "no one to depend on always brings more problems than relying solely on yourself."

Valdes also declined to go further in seeking explanations of what is happening: "I did not say exactly what is happening. The important thing is that the team is working well, but we must continue giving their all and more if necessary." (via SPORT)

[Youth] FCB Juvenil A 4 - 0 FPE Mataró

Òscar Garcia's team was far superior to its rival and has been a new landslide victory with goals from Dongou, Sandro, Edu and Ayala This victory, coupled with a draw against Espanyol San Francisco, replaced in the top of the table to the azulgranas.

Juvenil A has won again, this time in Mataró, and joins his fifth consecutive victory. The victory in the Miniestadi has allowed for Òscar Garcia to reoccupy the top of the classification to a point in Espanyol this Sunday have drawn in the field of San Francisco.

Before starting the party has held a minute of silence in honor of the journalist Dani Montesinos. The first half started with Barça domain. Barça has had the clear first occasion of the game in the minute 9 in a play of Grimaldo for the right wing that Pol Calvet has transformed, but the goal has been annulled by hands of Calvet. However, the first goal of the meeting has not been slow in coming. Grimaldo has taken a corner, Ayala has combed the ball and has topped Dongou, signing it 1-0 after 16 minutes the first time.

The Junior A has continued to enjoy many times, until Sandro set the second on 38 minutes match. The rally began at the feet of Pol Calvet, who has spent Sandro, it has merged with Edu, who has returned, and Barca striker took the opportunity to cross the ball to the far post. Just a few minutes later, Edu has signed the third goal of the day in a play with Miguel Angel on the left wing that has distracted the goalkeeper and defense visitors.

With the game almost sentenced, the second part has continued the same trend. Òscar Garcia The guys have had several clear opportunities to widen the gap as one of Dongou 61 minutes, which has been left alone with the goalkeeper, but Chueca has stopped firing of Cameroon.

Ayala round has finished the match in 64 minutes. Miguel Angel has taken a corner kick and Ayala has become Barca's fourth goal with a header that has entered the post.

The Junior A fight to keep the lead next week against CD Cide, a bottom-placed teams in the classification. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Match Data]
FC Barcelona A: Bañuz, Edu, Grimaldo, Bagnack, Ayala (Bakoyoc, min 69), Samper, Sandro, Patri, Dongou (Quintillà, min 76), Miguel Ángel (Tienda, min 69) and Pol Calvet (Babunski, min 55).

FPE Mataró: Chueca, Guille, Nil, Lluc, Mahillo (Kevin, min 57), Gallart (Mamadou, min 46), Aranyó, Arnau (Xavi Torrent, min 57), Jandro and Yustos (Parri, min 52).

Goals: 1-0, Dongou, min 16; 2-0, Sandro, min 38; 3-0, Edu, min 43; 4-0, Ayala, min 64.

Referee: Carlos Gallardo Martínez.

Kanouté: "I never said Cesc was racist"

Frederic Kanouté to the BBC denies that Cesc would have uttered some kind of insult or racist term.

Sevilla's Malian player, Frederic Kanouté, was interviewed by the BBC, he recorded an interesting video about racism in sport and in particular in football.

During the sequence of images emitted by the BBC, Kanouté is a statement that says Cesc Fabregas did not dedicate any racial slur in the past Sevilla-Barça.

During the meeting, which ended in a draw and was plagued with tension, both players had a hooked.

After the match there was speculation that Fabregas could have uttered a racist insult towards Mali.

Cesc denied it knew about the rumor, stressing that his girlfriend is of Lebanese origin in the Arenys tattoo on his left arm looks, bearing Arabic characters.

This time it's Kanouté has denied that in very strong for the BBC: "I will not explain what he said, is personal. It is sometimes used bad language in the field of play and some players react.'s What happened to me to me, but I never said that he was racist or that I had made any racist comment. I have to be honest in this respect. " (via SPORT)

League and Cup commitments

Barça have two games coming up this week. The first is in the Mestalla stadium against Valencia in the Kings Cup and the second in the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad in the league.

Following a pattern that has marked the month of January, the players will commence training this week focussed on not one but two vital matches, one each in the league and the Cup. On Wednesday Barça will travel down to Valencia (Cup semi-final first leg) while on Saturday they welcome Real Sociedad to the Camp Nou (La Liga).

The first training session of the week will be held behind closed doors at 11 am on Monday followed by a press conference with José Manuel Pinto. Next it will be the turn of Josep Guardiola, who will speak to the media ahead of Wednesday's Cup clash.

The squad will leave for Valencia on Wednesday morning for a 9 pm kick-off. On Thursday, the players will be back at the Club's training grounds for a session beginning at 12 noon.

Another session has been scheduled for 6 pm on Friday and will be followed by the manager's pre-match press conference. On Saturday, as is the norm on home matchdays, the players will have a final training session at 12.30. The match against Real Sociedad will then kick off at 10 pm. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

FIFA World Player 2011 Homare Sawa in Barcelona

Japanese female football team INAK Kobe Leonessa, featuring the FIFA World Player 2011, will be in Barcelona next week for a training camp.

On Thursday, the Japanese champions will take on the FC Barcelona female football team in a friendly that will be broadcast live on Barça TV and can also be watched in streaming video on the Club's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com / fcbarcelona).

The INAK Kobe Leonessa squad, which includes FIFA World Player 2011 Homare Sawa, will be training in Barcelona from Monday until February 7th and will play a friendly against current Superliga leaders FC Barcelona.

The match will be held in the Miniestadi on Thursday 2nd, kick-off 19.30. It is being sponsored by Seiko and is dedicated to the memory of last March's tsunami victims. Match shirts, signed by the players, will be auctioned in Tokyo at a later date.

Apart from Homare Sawa, INAK Kobe Leonessa boast a total of seven players who won the World Cup for Japan in Germany. Last year, INAK Kobe Leonessa won the All-Japan Women Championship and the Nadeshiko League. The presence of the team and of Homare Sawa has attracted a large number of Japanese journalists to Barcelona to follow the training sessions and report on the match. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Villarreal – Barça Match Stats

Tello’s league debut, Piqué’s 100th league appearance or the 15th time Barça players have hit the woodwork this season – just some of the stats to come out of Saturday’s game in the Madrigal stadium.

The match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona, corresponding to the 21st round of La Liga, produced the following stats:

  • Gerard Piqué, who made his debut on 13th September 2008 against Racing Santander, made his 100th league appearance. His record is impeccable – 77 wins, 19 draws and just 4 defeats.
  • Reserve squad winger Cristian Tello made his league debut following on from his first game with the seniors against Hospitalet in the Cup.
  • It was the sixth draw of the season, five of which have come away from home. As Guardiola said in his press conference: "We've conceded too many draws when we deserved to win".
  • Barça have hit the woodwork 15 times in 21 league matches. Of these, eight came away from home and cost the team 7 points. The last example was Cesc's effort in the 79th minute in the Madrigal.
  • Against Villarreal, Barça enjoyed 66% of the possession and 10 shots on goal. The Barça players received 22 fouls. (via FCBarcelona.cat)