05 January 2012

Busquets: “We try to add variants to our play so we can attack better and score more goals”

Sergio Busquets says that the team works intensely to improve and hopes Guardiola stays “for the good of the team and the Club”. On Sunday’s match: “It’s a derby and that means extra motivation. Espanyol have a young team and they are having a fantastic season”. On his career: “I hope that my best moments are still yet to come”.



“It’s always difficult to come back from holiday, but we came back and played a good game against a complicated opponent. We managed to get a good result for the away leg,” said Sergio Busquets on last night’s game against Osasuna. However, the midfielder does not believe the tie is over: “I’m sure that we’ll have complicated moments during the match in Pamplona. We have the experience from last year against Betis in Seville. Osasuna is a great team and they are having a fantastic season, at home they pressure you a lot.” Asked about the possible rivals Barça might face in the next round, Busquets said that “until all the ties are over, talking about possible rivals would be showing a lack of respect.”

After this morning’s open-door training session at the Miniestadi, Busquets held a press conference at the Richard Maxenchs press room in the Camp Nou. When asked if he believes if Guardiola’s Barça is innovating football world wide, the midfielder said: “The coaches and the players try to add variants to the team's play so we can attack better and score goals, which is the most important thing. I don’t know the extent of our innovation. It’s for those that follow football history to decide.”

On the manager’s contract renewal, Busquets added his voice to the team choir in hoping that Guardiola will stay: “I hope he stays here for a long time. Not only for the good of this team, but for the good of the Club. It would be great if he were a Ferguson type of manager.”

The midfielder hopes to continue progressing as a player: “I try to do the best possible job in helping the team, but I also hope that my best moments are still yet to come. I’m 23, I believe I’m still young.”

Motivated for the derby on Sunday

After the game against Osasuna, the team is focusing on Sunday’s derby at Cornella. “It’s a derby and that means we have extra motivation. We’ll all do what’s best for the team. I believe it’s one of the most difficult fields. They’re a great team that pressures high up the pitch. Even though they’ve sold some players and have a young team, they’re having a great season.”

Finally, referring to Messi’s physical condition, Busquets was clear: “The secret is that he’s the best player in the world. He only trained once or twice, but he’s doing well physically. He plays almost all the games all year long. He’s strong. He wasn’t feeling too well in the morning but by the afternoon he was better, and he was able to play.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

13.000 people watch the players train

The Barça first team, including Messi, Valdés and Iniesta, trained on Thursday morning in front of 13,000 people in the Miniestadi.


The atmosphere was fantastic in what has become a traditional feature of the festive season. Just under 13,000 people turned up to watch the players go through their paces. The session focused on warming down from the efforts against Osasuna in the first leg of the last 32 of the Kings Cup but with an eye on entertaining the fans.

24 players took part in Thursday's session, 19 from the first team and 5 from Barça B (Oier, Muniesa, Montoya, Sergi Roberto and Cuenca). The only absentees were long-term injury victims Ibrahim Afellay and David Villa. Messi, Valdés and Iniesta re-joined the group after resting on Wednesday.

The session followed the usual post-match routine of circuit training supplemented by ball control exercises. The delighted fans were then treated to a seven-a-side training match.

The players who took part in last night's match then did a lap of honour of the pitch, posed for photographs with some disabled fans who were watching from the touchline, signed autographs and then returned to the changing rooms. The rest of the players joined in the festive spirit and gave away a number of footballs to some of the lucky children who made up the bulk of the crowd.

Cesc: "it's amazing"

At the end of the session, some of the players spoke to Barça TV. Cesc, for whom this was the first Christmas training session since he moved back to the Club, told them. "This training session is amazing. We're very happy and we had a great time". It was also the first time for fellow summer signing Alexis: "I'd never seen this and it's really nice. I'm pleased that people are here and having a good time".

Meanwhile, Barça B's Sergi Roberto revealed: "It's been shown that the fans are right behind the team. That's wonderful for us. It's great to have training sessions like that".

To sum up, both fans and players had an unforgettable time today. More than a training session, this was a festival where the fans, above all the children, could enjoy the skills of their heroes. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Rafa Márquez returns to Barcelona to train

The former Barça defender, now with the New York Red Bulls, is keeping fit at the FCB training facilities during the MLS break.


Meanwhile, Gustavo Ledes is cleared for action by Club doctors but Carles Planas is definitely out of next weekend's match against Numancia

The presence of Rafa Márquez was the main talking point coming out of the Barça B training session on Thursday. The MLS is currently taking a break until March so the Mexican international central defender is using the facilities of his former club to keep fit. He worked out for the first time on Thursday with the youngsters of Barça B. The reserves are managed by Eusebio Sacristán, who was Frank Rijkaard's assistant during Rafa's time at Barça.

Rafa Márquez joined Barça in the summer of 2003 and was a key element of the team managed by Frank Rijkaard and during of the first two seasons of the Guardiola era. During this period he picked up a hatful of medals: 4 league titles, 2 Champions League, 1 Kings Cup, 3 Spanish Supercups, 1 European Supercup and 1 Club World Cup.

Rafa Márquez made up for a number of missing players - Oier, Muniesa, Montoya, Sergi Roberto and Cuenca were with the first team in the Miniestadi. Carles Planas was rested due to a hamstring problem and will miss Saturday's game against Numancia.

Meanwhile, Kiko Femenía (ankle) trained away from the main group and Miño worked out in the gym. On the plus side, Gustavo Ledes was given the medical green light after recovering from a hamstring injury. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Izco: "If to Messi hurted him the gut, to me they hurted me the eggs"

The president of Osasuna, Patxi Izco didn't bite the language when valuing that happened with the Argentinean crack: "If to Messi it hurted him the gut, to my they hurted me the eggs. They have told me that it was at 7 in the afternoon at home", manifested in 'El Partido de las 12' of the Cope.

On the game deployed by Barcelona he only had praises: "These play to another thing, they play to cartoons. We have the lost preliminary round, they are unstoppable." (via Marca.com)

FC Barcelona to hold open to the public training session

The first team will hold an open to the public training session on January 5 at the Miniestdi. Access to Club members is free, while non-member supporters have to pay 5 euros.


Like every year, FC Barcelona is giving its members and supporters an Epiphany (Dia de los Reyes) gift next week as the team will hold an open to the public training session. This year, the session will take place on Thursday, January 5 at 11.30 hrs at the Miniestadi. Access to Club members is free, while non-member supporters have to pay 5 euros.

The open-door training session is scheduled for the day after the away Cup match against Atlético Osasuna. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Iniesta and Abidal reserved facing the derby on Sunday

Both habitual of Pep they were not summoned.


He surprised to see outside of the list of having summoned one of the basic pillars of this champion Barça, Andrés Iniesta. The Fuentealbilla, despite being trained as normal in recent sessions and be in optimum fitness, was discarded, thereby depriving him of his debut in this 2012.

Nevertheless, everything indicates that Pep Guardiola's decision is given to the proximity of Barcelona derby on Sunday at Cornellà will face Barcelona and Espanyol in the eighteenth day of the League.

Another of the regulars who had to watch the game from the stands was Eric Abidal. The French player has faced in recent days, a bout of flu and last night was still convalescing. From the technical direction we chose to rest the denfender.

The other players were left out Jonathan Soriano, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Montoya, Tello and Dos Santos. (via MD)

Messi also knows how to dribble to the flu

He was discharged at noon and ended up playing.


At 13:04 in yesterday's noon, a medical official statement of the club announced Leo Messi's drop for the Barça-Osasuna of the night, suffering from a bout of flu with fever. Shortly after 21.00, when the delay in announcing the lineups did suspect the possibility of an incident not only added to that of Leo, but also that of Valdes , also low by flu and a fever, the surprise was to see writing of the name of Argentine striker in the final list and sitting on the bench of the alternates. It was as far from the field that got sent to Leo between Dr. Pruna and Guardiola on his return from the long Christmas break.

In record time, Messi was applied to the treatment and improved enough to get to the stadium, passing a review, enlist in the army against Osasuna and made ​​available to the coach. All indications are that have stayed at home would have been counterproductive, with the risk of worsening the patient, something abnormal in any other player but not in the case of Messi, hooked to football to life.

In minute 50, when he jumped to warm to the sideline, the stage collapsed, most did not have Leo or to the bench and ended up watching play and score.

The stubbornness and strength of the front had forced the club to contracomunicar another official note which said low input should speak in the call just after nine p.m. (via MD)

[Ex-player] Amor: "Guardiola has everything"

A key to the success of Barcelona is its firm commitment to the cantera, reaffirmed by the new Masia.


The technical director of the football formative blaugrana, Guillermo Amor, discussed today the club in an interview with Barca TV and 'fcbarcelona.cat'. The member of the Dream Team strongly advocates continued Guardiola.

"What interests us a lot to do Pep and I think it will, because it is good for everyone. The situation of the first team is very good, has a chance to win it all, is at home, is very dear and is at ease. Pep has a very clear commitment and strong belief in the boys in the home, which gives us great confidence to continue working. I hope to continue many years. Apart from the self-esteem, knows a lot about football, is great is it a professional and Barcelona .. . It has everything, "said Amor The head of football training emphasized the importance of the new Masia: "It works perfectly and is a great benefit to all. Most children feel at home and have everything Ciutat Esportiva "." The facilities are superb and we belong to Area Football and we share a communication space from minute to minute, "continued the exfutbolista Barça.

Finally, said Messi deserves the Ballon d'Or: "He has shown and continues to demonstrate that it is the number one, but more remarkable is that Xavi and there are also two players from the home. And they could be more, as Iniesta last year. " (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Dos Santos has five months to win Guardiola

The B player is completing a major campaign with the reserves and dreams of more minutes with Guardiola.


Oriol Romeu's march to Chelsea together to the long lesion of which is about to leave Ilie Sánchez has forced Eusebio to be invented a face pivot to the current season. Subsidiary decided to bet on Jonathan dos Santos and the certain thing is that the yield of the Mexican this being excellent, until the point of having been transformed so far into the best footballer in Barça B.

Always used to playing inside, the squad has reached its maturity in a very compromised position that the smallest of the Dos Santos seems to dominate as his life had played midfield. The Mexican international was renewed in late November with FC Barcelona until June 2015 in a deal sponsored by Pep Guardiola.

Now, with the prolonged absence of Seydou Keita, the player of the subsidiary could have a golden opportunity to start earning a place in the first team despite the long list of midfielders which Santpedor account. The Malian leave with his team after Sunday's game against Espanyol and at least, will be on African soil until early February.

Although there is no confirmation on this, not be ruled out that Guardiola quote start thinking Dos Santos workouts next week to cover the floor of Keita, a very important player for Mr. Barca.

The Mexican has aroused the interest of many Spanish and European clubs, especially Zaragoza, who insisted over and over again to get his services. However, the club dismissed his departure in the summer and will now do the same, in line with the player himself, who thinks only succeed with the shirt of FC Barcelona.

Dos Santos arrived in Barcelona on Monday in Mexico, where he spent the holidays with his parents, and on Tuesday he trained with the first team. Nevertheless, it entered the list for the Cup match and will be available Eusebio against Numancia on Saturday. From there, `will you have to keep Jona excellent Pep level and show that you can place in the first team he has played five games this season (one of League, two of Cup and other two of Champions League). (via SPORT)

[Player Ratings; Copa; 1/8 Leg1] FC Barcelona - CA Osasuna (4-0)

PINTO 7, PUYOL 7, PIQUE 7, MASCHERANO 7, BUSQUETS 7, XAVI 9 (MOM), THIAGO 7, CESC 9, ALVES 7, CUENCA 7, PEDRO 6, MESSI 9, ALEXIS 6, KEITA -. (via SPORT)

Leo Messi: he came, he saw, he scored

The Argentinean, who was initially ruled out, bounced back from the flu to score two goals in 35 minutes. Despite the favorable result the team does not believe the tie is over.



FC Barcelona all but sealed passage to the next round of the King’s Cup after the 4-0 drubbing of Osasuna tonight. Cesc and Messi each scored a brace. Even though it appeared as if Leo Messi might miss the match hours before kickoff due to the flu, the Argentinean was named to the squad and started the game on the bench. This was the first time that Messi has played in a year-opening match for Barça, and with only 35 minutes at his disposal he scored two goals.

Barça’s number 10 explained that despite feeling sick this morning, he bounced back in time to play: “I only had stomach pain, but I wasn’t vomiting and my fever broke. Seeing that we don’t push ourselves too hard during game-day training sessions, I thought it best not to train.”

On the game, Messi is clear that the 4-0 is not a definitive result and that the team doesn’t believe that the tie is decided. “It’s a good result going into Pamplona, because we know that it’s not an easy field and they are strong at home. Visiting teams have a really hard time winning, that’s why we needed to put in a good performance here,” Messi explained.

Pedro Rodríguez:

“It’s a good result at home, but we still have 90 minutes to play and they are very strong at home.”

“It looked as though Messi couldn’t play, but whenever he comes in he does a good job. He wants it, he has ambition and he scored two goals today. We’re really happy that he’s on form because it benefits all of us.”

“I try to play and adapt to the position. It’s complicated for me but I’m trying to help the team and take maximum advantage of my time on the pitch.”

Javier Mascherano:

“I believe we had good tempo during the match. When we didn’t have the ball we pressured well, with a lot of intensity. After 15 days (on holiday) maybe we weren’t at our best, but the team’s attitude was the correct one.”

“It’s an important advantage but we can’t assume the tie is over. If we do, we could have a bad time in Pamplona. We know the tie isn’t over, last year we almost lost to Betis in Seville. It's a good example that nothing is easy.”

Dani Alves:

“We had a game in which we had to put an important effort in to ensure a good result. We played an overall complete game and we’ve made an important step in getting to the next round.”

“The game next Sunday is a difficult one, it’s the derby and these types of games are always complicated. We’ll face the game with ambition. If we play at a high level, they’ll have a difficult time too.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Mendilibar: "Messi is sick with the flu and is playing"

Jose Luis Mendilibar complained of "dizziness" of Barça with the theme of change of grass and Leo Messi flu.


Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar, admitted after the win against Barcelona in the knockout round of the Copa del Rey (4-0) to qualify "would be a miracle," and criticized the boat through the "dizziness" before the tie, as the announcement that Messi would not play.

"A 4-0 not think we can raise it in Pamplona. It is normal, announced. What else would be a miracle. Moreover, these do not trust or its shadow. Messi is sick with the flu and is playing," said press conference after the game.

A hearing in which the coach complained of "dizziness" that Barça has given before the meeting, referring to the possibility of applying for the first game was played in Pamplona, ​​the change in the Camp Nou turf or the substitution of Messi flu.

"We were told that they changed the pitch and Messi did not play, dizzy all God. All very strange, but what are you going to do," he lamented. "I asked if the heating Messi had the flu and has descojonado" revealed.

"Rather we have done. When we had to draw Barça, we knew it would be difficult," admitted coach rojillo set, which gives the tie sentenced.

"Seven of the first team have to play and be in the field and I do not trust you or anything like that. As we announce that goes all the Barca B and then presents the whole team," ironically again.

Nevertheless, Mendilibar urged its men to "think of Saturday, in the League and to forget the Copa", with an only incentive in the turn game: To "give everything, at least to make a good party before our liking." (via SPORT)

Messi: "I had a tummy ache, but was without fever or vomiting"

"The stand will be filled today and then take gifts to the children," said Leo.


Leo Messi last night returned to offer a lesson in professionalism and demonstrated yet again how much he loves to play football. Although sick morning, afternoon felt better and did not hesitate Pep Guardiola available to finish the tie against Osasuna sentencing by scoring the last two goals of Barça.

"In the morning I had a tummy ache, but was without fever or vomiting. What we do in training the day of the game is not much and so did not go out to train, "said the Argentine player still on the lawn of the Camp Nou a few seconds after the game.

Nevertheless, the Rosario said that is not yet sentenced the pass to the quarterfinals and will be taken very seriously the second leg to be held next Thursday at El Sadar. "No, not at all. We achieved a good result but we know it's a hard court, they are very strong there and that all teams have a hard time winning at that stage. So back we needed to be strong, "the best player on the planet, which emphasized how important it was to keep a clean sheet to double the value of away goals.

As for Twelfth Night, Messi did not ask for anything special for him and agreed to the needy and hospital visits which will take place this morning. "Nothing is open day and I heard that will be full to see us. And then we go to bring gifts to children who are most in need. We can not ask for more ... only health, "said Leo. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: "We've made a positive step forward in the playoff"

The Barça manager admits that the 4-0 in the away leg of the last 16 King’s Cup round is a very positive result, but cautioned that the tie is not finished and that “we must go and play in Pamplona”. Guardiola explained the reasoning behind naming Messi to tonight’s squad and not replacing the stadium’s pitch.



Josep Guardiola evaluated his team’s performance, in which Barça comfortably beat Osasuna 4-0, in the first game of the new year in a positive manner. Despite recognizing that the result in the away game of the last 16 King’s Cup tie is “a very good step forward,” the manager cautioned that “we still need to go to Pamplona.” He added, “in general terms we played an excellent game and we’ve made a positive step forward in the playoff. But it’s not decided yet, because we must go play in Pamplona. We still have the memory of the 5-0 over Betis and then suffering in the return leg fresh in our minds. The tie will be over after we’ve played 90 minutes.”

Despite being initially ruled out of tonight’s match, in the end, Messi recovered from his bout of flu and was able to participate. Messi, who played the final half hour of the match, put in an excellent performance and scored two goals. “This morning he had a stomach ache, he was in pain, cold and had a small fever, that’s why we decided that he should stay home. Afterward, he called and said he was feeling better. This morning we wanted to announce that he didn’t train and that he’d been ruled out. However, I left him on the bench, we hadn’t closed out the game and I decided to put him in for half an hour. We know that we’re a little bit better with Messi.”

Guardiola also talked about the final decision to not transplant the pitch at the stadium: “the pitch has been in bad condition since the beginning of the season, and we’ve been coping. We decided that enough was enough, that’s why we asked Osasuna to switch the order of the games. However, in the last couple of days the pitch has improved. You can tell by the color, the lack of peeling and it doesn’t come up as much. Hopefully it will improve further. We had no intention of bothering anyone (switching the order of the games), especially Osasuna. If the pitch had been terrible today, the machines would be rolling it up right now.”

Finally, the Barça boss praised Pinto: “I don’t remember a game where he wasn’t prepared. His ball control with his feet wasn’t exactly brilliant, but with his perseverance he’s achieved the right level. He played an impeccable game, his footwork was sublime. He had patience and tranquility. He knows his role in the team and he never stops helping. That’s why we renew his contract year after year, because he deserves it.”

"Vital game" this Sunday

Focusing on the Liga game this Sunday against Espanyol, Guardiola said that the derby is always “complicated and difficult.” He added, “they have been doing things really well these past couple of years, they have an excellent manager, they have aggressive young players and they have game. What we must do is recuperate, because it’s a vital game for us and for the future of the league.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Copa del Rey; 1/8 final; Leg1] FC Barcelona 4 - 0 CA Osasuna

FC Barcelona clearly defeated Osasuna in the first game of the new year, thanks to 2 goals each from Cesc and Messi, and are well on their way to going through to the quarter-finals of the Copa


2012 has started and FC Barcelona are still hungry. Up against a brave Osasuna side in the first leg of the last 16 of the Spanish Cup, Guardiola's team won comfortably, 4-0, at the Camp Nou. The match was pretty much decided in the first 20 minutes, in which Cesc scored the first two goals of the year for Barça. Then, in the second half, Messi rounded off the win with a header and a shot into the corner of the net, both goals unstoppable. Sublime: the King of Kings.

With this scoreline, which could have been even greater, Barça take a very good lead into the second leg, to be played next Thursday, 12th of January in Pamplona (22.00). Before that though, they will be thinking about Espanyol in the League (Sunday 8th, 21.30).

The first 10 minutes of football in 2012 weren't that easy for Barça. Under extreme pressure from Osasuna, who had no qualms about chasing the ball into Pinto's area over and over again, Barça had trouble getting out of their own half. Osasuna started with their defence really high up the pitch, faithful to the principles of their manager, Jose Luis Mendilibar. Few teams had started like that before in the Camp Nou. However, after the initial parenthesis, the scoring began.

Throughout this first part of the game, the Barça central defenders, Puyol, Pique, and Mascherano, formed a new three-man defense, and hardly lost a single ball. That, coupled with the brilliant changes of play, allowed Barça to begin to dominate the game, and they began to create chances in Riesgo's area. With the first shot between the posts came the first goal, 1-0, after a great pass from Xavi to Cesc, who made no mistake. The second goal was very similar, again developed by Xavi's vision, and finished off by Cesc, with a perfect chip over the keeper. 2-0 in the 18th minute.

After that, Osasuna, unable to cover all the holes in midfield, managed to weather the storm until the break, mainly thanks to their goalkeeper Asier Riesgo, really decisive in two one-on-ones with Thiago and Puyol. Barça went in at the break totally on top.

In the second half the FC Barcelona monologue continued. Messi, who recovered just in time from a bout of flu, came on and truly lifted the Camp Nou. The team, influenced by the atmosphere, responded with a flurry of football like only they can play. Chances came, one after another, in Riesgo's area, but he managed to avoid conceding a third until Messi said enough is enough, with a header in the 72nd minute.

In the closing stages, when Osasuna went in search of a goal that might give them some hope in the tie, the Argentine superstar popped up again. Messi never fails, and placed a well directed shot out of the reach of the keeper, to end the scoring, in injury time. The Kings have arrived early, and they are wearing Barça colours. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Technical Data]
Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Thiago; Cuenca (Alexis Sánchez, min.74), Cesc (Keita, min.87) and Pedro (Messi, min.59).

Osasuna: Riesgo; Damià, Lolo, Sergio, Raitala, Timor, Nekounam, Cejudo (Lamah, min.68), Annunziata (Ibrahima, min.84, Lekic and Roberto Torres (Puñal, min.71).

Goals: 1-0: Cesc, min. 14 2-0: Cesc, min.18. 3-0: Messi, min.72. 4-0: Messi, min.91.

Referee: Fernández Borbalán (Andalusian assoiate). He showed yellow card to Cesc (min. 17), Nekounam (min. 27), Cuenca (min. 30) and Sergio (min. 44).

Incidents: First leg of the knockout round of the Copa del Rey match at the Camp Nou before 64,124 spectators.

Mata: "Real Madrid and Barcelona are the favorites for the Champions League"

Chelsea forward believes that his team is only "a very nice goal to be fighting".


Juan Mata , Chelsea forward , said today that Real Madrid and Barcelona are "the favorites to win the Champions League," and said that for other teams like his continental competition is "a very nice goal to be to fight. "

"Undoubtedly Real Madrid and Barcelona are the favorites to win the European Cup, as there are great teams that have fallen by the wayside and others are on to something important. For Chelsea this competition is a very nice goal to be to fight, "said the player during a publicity event for EA Sports.

Regarding the Spanish League, Chelsea footballer said both Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​"will vie for the title," but said "it would be nice" than Valencia , his former team, it also strives to win, because "the is doing very well. "

Over his career in the London club Chelsea, where he arrived last summer, Mata was pleased with his "performance and adaptation to English football." "I am very pleased with the first months there. My good adaptation has been a surprise to for me. It is never easy at first but from the beginning I was lucky enough to play and take minutes, "he said.

In the English share a dressing room with Fernando Torres , also partner in the Spanish team, and is not enjoying many minutes as a starter so far this season. "In the last match against Wolverhampton Torres was very good. He played the whole game, I wanted to enjoy 90 minutes, and hopefully the beginning of a run of play because he is training very well," he said. "Fernando wants to help the team and is confident because the team and coach know how important it is. I have no doubt that until end of season to play, scoring goals and we will come in handy for the team," said.

Another of his colleagues in the English is the exbarcelonista Oriol Romeu , which he described as "a phenomenon". "With Oriol I'm a long time, we live in the same area and we train together. He's a good guy, hard worker, very complete, has the profile of English league in terms of profile and steal the Barca's ball touch. It is coming very well because it is a player who did not have, "he said.

Mata also wanted to talk about your goals for 2012 and explained that one of them is play the European Championship and, if possible, "also the Olympics." "I have not spoken to anyone from my club, I do not know whether it will or if the Spanish Federation will, but if I go for the Olympic Games and European Championships. For dates can be done, but first the goal is to make a good season to go, since that would make me very excited to go to both events, "he said.

For Euro will certainly David Villa , seriously injured in the past Club World Cup in Japan. "I talked to him a few days, I was very excited, optimistic, and although only had a week of rehabilitation therapists, was only thinking to recover for the Euro, "he said. "I think it will be because it will come, but with him or without him there is no problem with the forwards in the selection, there are many very good, we have Torres , Fernando Llorente , Aduriz or Soldado , as well he is doing especially very well and deserves to go to the team, "he said. (via MD)

Barça-Betis already has referee

The Galician collegian Ignacio Churches Villanueva has been designated to direct FC Barcelona-Betis, corresponding to the 19th day of League that the next one will be disputed January 15.


The Andalusian Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero was elected to the Mallorca-Real Madrid, while Teixeira Vitienes referee the Sevilla-Espanyol. (via SPORT)

Complete List of referees:

First Division (19th day)

- Saturday, 14 January
Real Zaragoza-Getafe Mateu Lahoz (C. Valenciano)
R. Mallorca-Real Madrid Pérez Montero (C. Andaluz)
Granada-Rayo Vallecano Ayza Gamez (C. Valenciano)
Sevilla-RCD Espanyol Teixeira Vitienes (C. Cántabro)
Valencia-Real Sociedad Estrada Fernández (C. Catalán)

- Sunday, 15 January
Athletic Club Bilbao-Levante Velasco carballo (C. Madrileño)
Barcelona-R. Betis Iglesias Villanueva (C. Gallego)
Sporting Gijón-Málaga Cerro Grande (C. Madrileño)
At. Madrid-Villarreal Turienzo Álvarez (C. Cast.-Leónes)
At. Osasuna-Racing Santander Clos Gómez (C. Aragonés)

Second division (20th day)

- Friday, 13 January
R. Celta-Nástic Tarragona Melero López (C. Andaluz)

- Saturday, 14 January
Recreativo Huelva-Girona Ocón Arraíz (C. Riojano)
R. Murcia-Córdoba Lesma López (C. Madrileño)
Elche-Alcoyano Amoedo Chas (C. Gallego)
Almería-Guadalajara Jaime Latre (C. Aragonés)
R. Valladolid-Alcorcón López Acera (C. Extremeño)
Las Palmas-Barcelona "B" Martínez Munuera (C. Valenciano)
Villarreal "B"-Cartagena Hernández Hdez. (C. Las Palmas)

- Sunday, 15 January
Numancia-Sabadell Prieto Iglesias (C. Navarro)
Xerez-Hércules Valdés Aller (C. Cast.-Leonés)
Huesca-Deportivo La Coruña Arias López (C. Cántabro).

[Ex-player] Sergi Barjuán, coach of the sessions for players without team

The ex international of Barça and of the Athletic of Madrid, will be the coach of the third edition of the sessions that organizes the (AFE) for players without team.


The course will take place in the facilities of Albir Garden Sports & Resort (L'Alfàs of Pí, Alicante), among the days 12 and 26 of the present month, as AFE informs.

Barjuan developed his football career at FC Barcelona, ​​whose first team arrived from the lower categories and where he remained from season to season 93-94 01-02. In his time as Barcelona, ​​Sergi won three titles Spanish League (93-94, 97-98 and 98-99), two Copa del Rey (96-97 and 97-98), two Super Cups in Spain (94-95 and 96-97), a Cup Winners Cup ( 96-97) and one European Super Cup (97-98). After leaving the Catalans, wore the shirt of Atletico Madrid between 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons, when he decided to retire from active football after have been capped 56 times and all in dispute with the Spanish World Cup and Francia'98 Unidos'94 States. As a coach, he led during the seasons 2009-10 and 2010-11 at the Juvenil B of FC Barcelona. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Rivaldo looking team in Europe to close his career

Triumph at Barça and wants to close his career in Europe. Your representative goes crazy Rivaldo offering numerous European clubs.


Racing Genk has declined an offer from former mundialista Rivaldo's agent to sign the Brazilian player, who currently has no contract with any club and last season he was loaned to the club Sao Paulo, Belgian media report. "The 2002 world champion of no interest to the Belgian champions" of Genk, said the television station RTL on its website.

The agent of the Ballon d'Or 1999, 39 years old, has proposed Racing the recruiting of Rivaldo, as they also reveal the Belgian newspapers Laateste Niews and Nieuwsblad. The Belgian champions, who won last year its third league title after he did not enjoy similar success for nine years, politely declined the offer.
Rivaldo, a former Barcelona idol, and figure champion with Brazil in the World Cup Korea-Japan 2002 and later played for Milan in Italy and Greece and Uzbekistan teams, before arriving at Sao Paulo.

A few days ago also knew that his representative had offered several Polish teams, who declined the option of signing. (via SPORT)

The Camp Nou's pitch will not be changed

The decision to keep the pitch was made after today’s training session in which the technical staff, players and managers found that the state of the turf, after specific treatment, is in optimal condition.


FC Barcelona, in the end, will not transplant the pitch at the Camp Nou. The decision to keep the pitch was made after today’s training session in which the technical staff, players and managers found that the state of the turf, after specific treatment, is in optimal condition.

The pitch responded much better than anticipated to the specific treatment it received after the Cup tie against CD L’Hospitalet on December 22nd. The relatively high temperature and both natural and artificial light have also helped maintain its condition.

The new pitch, imported from Germany, will be put to use at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper’s field 4, where Barça B and the under-17 A youth side train. The transplant will begin this Thursday. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

FC Barcelona's new motor coach

This Thursday the Club and Autopullman Padrós, official Club collaborator and official motor coach sponsor since the 2003/04 season, will unveil FC Barcelona's new official motor coach. The vehicle is 14 meters high and 3.97 long (including the air conditioning unit).


FC Barcelona will present the Club’s new official motor coach this Thursday with the company Autopullman Padrós, official sponsor of the Club and official motor coach sponsor since the 2003/04 season. This new vehicle will be the fist team’s official coach and it will also be available for the Club’s other professional teams.

The unveiling of the motor coach will take place this Thursday at 10.45 in the morning, at door 1 of the Grandstand of the Camp Nou, just before the open-door training session. The first team will attend the unveiling. (It is advisable that the press arrive no later than 10.30)

Here are some of the technological cutting edge features that come with the motor coach:

The Starlines from Autopullman Padrós is a 14 meter long and 3.97 high (including the air conditioning unit) coach, equipped with an 12.4 liter, 505 horse power engine. The transmission system is a 12 speed automatic MAN TipMatic. The coach also is equipped with Tempomat, Intarder, Brensomar Easy Start and a security system, that includes ESP, xenon headlights, day lights and cornering lights, LGS (proximity warning system), CDS (electronic suspension control that allows the vehicle to lean into curves), ACC (cruise control with a distancing regulator), fire warning system, and EBS (ABS/ASR).

The interior boasts independent climate control for the driver and all the passengers, audiovisual systems for each passenger with built-in eight channel headsets, a 480 + 400 additional liter fuel deposit, oven (capable of heating 32 meals at once), two face to face zones with individual multi-channeling and a table with electronic height control. There is also a lounge sofa, coffee table, kitchen equipped with a sink, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. There are also 7 monitors of 15.6 that can play films, TV TDT and display an overview of the trip with GPS and geolocation. The trapezoidal refrigerator has a capacity of 53 liters. The 37 seats, upholstered in leather that don the FC Barcelona and the Autopullamn Padrós emblems, are foldable and moveable. Amongst other things, the seats have foot rests, trays, cup holders and 220 V outlets for each passenger.

The initial walkway in the coach has a security bar that isolates the driver from the rest of the passengers. (via FCBarcelona.cat)