06 January 2012

Espanyol-Barça: Catalan derby Precedents

This Sunday the stadium Cornella El Prat will host a party that throughout history has lived with great intensity and rivalry. These two Catalan teams have played a total of 77 parties with Espanyol like local team. The balance is positive for Barça by a very small margin , the team has won 27 games Barca for Espanyol's 25 wins and a total of 25 draws.

Espanyol are not in your field dwarfs against Barcelona, ​​as reflected in the equality of numbers . Such is the statistical equality in Barcelona and Espanyol have made ​​the same goals, 102 for each team .

In the last ten years the group has managed to impose their culé law. Espanyol has only two victories in the last ten clashes and has yet to win Barca in his new field of Cornella El Prat.

Barca's last win was on December 18, 2010, the team of Guardiola was clearly won by 5-1 doubles by Pedrito and Villa . The first match played at the current stage resulted Espanyol on 17 April 2010 with a goalless draw in a vibrant and tense match .

Barcelona has won great victories in the field of Espanyol. Highlights of the November 29, 1981 from 0-4 with a double from striker Asturian Quini . Eleven years later Barça again achieved the same result with goals from Koeman , Beguiristain , Eusebio and Ferrer .

Recent history is not favorable to Espanyol because only managed to add three wins in the last two derbies on home soil. Espanyol's last win was the January 13, 2007 by 3-1 with goals from Luis Garcia, Tamudo and Rufete. On December 22, 2001 Espanyol beat Barca by 2-0 with goals from Tamudo and February 9, 1997 got the victory with a brace from Romanian striker Raducioiu.

The team has also managed large parrot thrashings against their biggest rivals. The first was 5-2 in 1941 and the second 6-0 , 1951. On November 24, 1974 he repeated the scoring Espanyol winning by 5-2 doubles by Ammianus and Cuesta. On April 20, 1986 at Barca won 5-3 with a hattrick of Tintin Marquez . Marquez later became the first team in the 2008-2009 season.

The Barca team's top scorer in the derbies in the field of Espanyol is the former Dutch player Patrick Kluivert with four goals. On the other side is the most effective-white with five and Tamudo Marañón four.

There are many players who have worn the shirts of the two top teams from the Catalan capital cases are distinguished as Kubala , Samitier or goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora . There are also more recent cases such as Roger and Oscar Garcia, De la Peña , Jordi Cruyff, Pichi Alonso and the Basque goalkeeper Urruti. (via MD)

The magazine Barça enters in the office of Zubi

Reporting on work in the Ciutat Esportiva.

The latest issue of the Journal devoted his report Barca stellar work done by technical services in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi. It realizes the transformation that has experienced since that within less than two years there have moved all equipment, including Pep Guardiola, Medical Services and Reponses of the areas of professional football and Formative Football. Also, it is also already installed permanently in the Sant Joan Despi new Masia.

Andoni Zubizarreta says that through all these changes "is now easier to exchange information, share knowledge. We also know better and access information more quickly and directly." The athletic director added that "the concept is not discussed football, develops. We have a way of doing and understanding the different and unique soccer. And the first team takes the best."

The report also details the process of finding talent, ongoing work of the technical secretariat by Albert Valentine. In fact, there is a photograph are working side by side Valentin Zubizarreta, Narcis Julia, Albert Puig and William Love A flash of commendable transparency in a group (with the exception of Love) does not give interviews. Of course, if there is a book of the champions of the quarry by making an exception. (via MD)

Mourinho congratulates Guardiola: "You deserved a prize"

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho praised by Barcelona's Pep Guardiola, coach named best of 2011 according to the annual survey by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), and said "it is deserved . "

Guardiola repeats award to get 201 points for the 112 made by Mourinho, who is second and 107 Scottish Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United.

The Madrid coach did not hesitate to congratulate his great rival and took the step to remember that the IFFHS still has not delivered he won two seasons ago. "It's a deserved award," said Mourinho.

"My hope is that Pep does not have to wait for yours because I've won in 2010 and still not have given me. But it is deserved, no doubt." (via MD)

Ten Cate took control of the Chinese Shandong Luneng

Henk ten Cate, number two during Frank Rijkaard's stage in Barça and former coach of Ajax and Panathinaikos, he has arrived in China to be made position of Shandong Luneng, one of the most important clubs in the country.

In his presentation to the media, Ten Cate was achieved ambitious and said the league title for the club, winner of the recent championships 2006, 2008 and 2010 but last season had to settle for fifth place.

"I want players to see me as a brilliant professor," he said immodestly coach was quoted Saturday by the official Xinhua news agency.

In the past 20 years, Ten Cate has directed 14 teams, in addition to his work as an assistant at Barcelona and Chelsea.

After two decades in teams of all Europe, the 57 year-old coach gave an exotic turn to his career in 2009 to direct the one Al Ahli of Arab Emirates (group at the moment trained by Spanish Quique Flores) Emirates, and later it proved luck in Umm Salal of Qatar, club that he abandoned to rush to the Chinese adventure. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Eusebio: "The second half of the season will be exciting"

The Barça B manager said that his team is confident ahead of the match at the Miniestadi this Saturday against Numancia. “Numancia is a team with committed players that never give up, they will make it complicated for us”.

Matchday 19 of the Liga Adelante will see Barça B host Numancia this Saturday at 16.00. The first game of the year at the Miniestadi will pit two teams in the middle of the table against each other. A victory for Eusebio’s men, who currently lie in 14th place, would allow Barça B to climb above Numancia in the table. “Numancia is a very consistent team in this League and that means they’ve done things correctly over the years,” said Eusebio Sacristán.

The Barça B manager hopes his team will improve their at-home form in Saturday’s match: “It’s a matter of having patience. We must be more calm and not agonize over it. Teams usually come here with a defensive mentality. We must be confident and focus on ourselves.” Eusebio notes that “after the bad start to the season, the team is much more confident and they know what’s required of them. The room we have to improve is big, and we can aspire to anything ... the second half of the season is going to be very exciting,” said Sacristán.

Barça B will take on Numancia with the addition of a completely match-fit Gustavo Ledes, who was given the medical all clear this Thursday. Carles Planes, with a muscle strain, will miss the match. Kiko Femenía, who is dealing with a niggling ankle injury, has not been ruled out.

The prize of playing for the first team

Eusebio is happy about the fact that many of his footballers have had playing time with the first team this season: “It’s a positive thing. They enjoy it and they’re very motivated. For us it’s great, because there’s a prevailing feeling that at any moment one of them could be called up (to the first team).” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Bojan: "The model Barça is something journalists"

"It's impossible to play as them and Luis Enrique knows it, alone we want to play based on the possession", Bojan affirmed.

Bojan Krkic spoke about his time at Barça told the magazine 'Guerin Sportivo' what made ​​it clear that the way you play the set of Pep Guardiola is very difficult to export to any other club as much as Rome now has this label Luis Enrique on the bench. "To play like Barcelona is impossible. Luis Enrique is well aware, we just want to practice a different football based on possession of the ball, "said the Linyola. The striker is understood that the consideration of the Barcelona model "is an idea of journalists" because it can be applicable strictly in other clubs. The player once again explained his decision to leave the Camp Nou was because "in both Barcelona did not play and this is what I like." Bojan is delighted with the adventure that has begun in calcium, while acknowledging that "I have still much to improve" both he and the team because "we have a good team."

The recipe for ending the unrest surrounding the capital passes "for victories. It's the best way to get relaxed. " The player is focused on Rome "and I can not think of other goals such as the Euro." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Great interest for the Man U spy to Cuenca

The visit of Martin Ferguson to Camp Nou to watch Barca Cup Osasuna with the intention of obtaining new direct references Barca game Isaac Cuenca was picked up by several internet portals after being unveiled, exclusively, by Miguel Rico on its back yesterday in MD . The arrival at Barcelona to Sir Alex Ferguson's brother, manager of Manchester United, confirms the interest of the club of Old Trafford in the young winger of Barça that finishes contract in next June and is negotiating his renovation for the club azulgrana. The premise of MD won a quick echo in several websites, including the daily Sport, which kept its lead story hours during the day yesterday, all a sign of confidence in the reliability of the information that gives readers MD.

Under the headline 'The United Spy in the Camp Nou', Rico revealed in detail in his back the status of negotiations to renew the player revelation and the growing list of suitors who rely on the latest discovery be Pep Guardiola without paying anything Barça.

Cuenca is now less than six months to end the contract and any club that allows legal negotiations without calling Barça. Cuenca, which charges 80,000 euros a year and a 'plus' for their parties in the first team, he knows through his agent Josep Maria Orobitg that Barça wants to renew based on performance. There are clubs like ManU and Milan, which would ensure a record two million more than if it comes with the low hand, but Basin is clear that your site is next to Barca and Guardiola. (via MD)

Guardiola, best club coach in the world

The FC Barcelona manager has been named the best coach in the world for the second consecutive year, according to the survey conducted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). Guardiola got 201 points in the vote and finished ahead of José Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The FC Barcelona manager is still collecting accolades. This time it was the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) that once again made him the best manager on the world. Guardiola was given 201 points in votes by the experts in 81 countries in all continents that took part in this annual election.

Guardiola finished way ahead of Real Madrid boss José Mourinho, and also Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, who finished second and third.

Barça's amazing football and wealth of titles won in 2011 are still gaining worldwide recognition and Guardiola has once again been deservedly honoured for the fantastic job he is doing. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

1. Pep Guardiola FC Barcelona, 201 points
2. José Mourinho Real Madrid, 112 points
3. Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United, 107
4. André Villas-Boas Chelsea, 78 points
5. Roberto Mancini Manchester City, 45 points
6. Muricy Ramalho Santos, 20 points

Messi-Cesc: The most diabolical offensive tandem

Messi and Cesc added 44 goals between them of 99 Barça and scoring 25 assists, is no stranger to the incidence in 80% of matches.

Cesc left Arsenal with the avowed purpose polish as a "big player" in Barça. With the new location tactics making him false Pep 9 and Messi at his side, the Arenys is multiplying your records. "Leo makes others better," he said upon arrival at the Camp Nou and the time you give the reason. His doublet at Osasuna in the Copa del Rey brings to 13 the statistical scorer this season. Your top 19 in the Premier League, achieved two seasons ago, will soon be history.

Cesc returned home thinking about winning the titles with the British resisted him and quickly got to work. It started in the European Super Cup and he has not stopped. Of the 21 games he has played (Barça has 30 officers), has been midfielder door 11. Those achieved at Porto, Athletic, Real Madrid and, above all, against the Saints in the final of Club World are, at present, the most significant. But it also has assists in four games. Checking and attending only one. He went to Osasuna in La Liga.

One of the keys to understanding the reinvention of this boat is the rapport between Cesc and Messi and his contribution to the team: in 24 games of the 30 the one or the other have had an impact in solving the game, with goals or delivering definitive care , an excellent 80% that says it all. Of course, the contribution of the Argentinian star is somewhat unusual. Accumulate at this point in season 31 goals, one party insurance and is poised to dwarf the record 53 of its staff. He has scored in 17 games, making four doubles and as many hat tricks' but the most notable, and perhaps least it applauds, is its ability to assist a colleague. No fewer than 11 games has led to the goals of others. In your case, setting and assisting are seven games. CR7 or equals it.

Cesc and Messi are understood to perfection with a through ball and nobody can argue. Between them they have 44 goals out of 99 officers. Demonstrated to be about children and today, eight seasons after their separation, nothing has changed. Together they have celebrated at least one goal in eight games each: Porto, Villarreal, Osasuna, Viktoria, Athletic, Levante, Santos and Osasuna Cup again in fact, to the Navarre, but in the league, which ended with that strong 8 -0, gave and received. Cesc and Messi have coincided in the starting nine times, and almost all of them have alternated moving the point of attack and creating space. In the five games that the Argentine was left out (selection, need to rest or vacation), the former Arsenal has taken his place. And always with success. (via MD)

Xavi, or how legend to be without being had retired still

Reach the Ballon d'Or gala organizer and organizers considered.

A 'Safi' as he called Louis van Gaal when he enlisted in 1998, it took many years to come to be regarded football universal. But once you have achieved anywhere in the world have learned to pronounce his name, 'Xavi'.

Today, 31 years, Xavi Hernandez Creus is a legend of the sport and their merit is to be active right from the Euro-2008 convinced everyone, including himself, that there was a genius and not a craftsman. Xavi always plays well and, more importantly, does play well. And although it seems impossible, the one and the other each day is growing. Their football is more geometry than arithmetic, so snug to mere statistics is belittle.

But even there, the best organizations in the world for four consecutive years according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) wins the battle to the number. There has been no mid-season and has already signed for Barça has 8 goals and 8 others. It is 2 -10 your top scorer in the 2008-2009 - and in his last match against Osasuna in the Cup, gave a hat trick of assists, accounting for a sublime match.

Xavi is the great football writer of the twenty-first century and one of the greatest of all time. He is the ball that Orson Welles and Billy Wilder movies, that perfect plot idea. And while we're at the movies, football held that FIFA copied to create an Oscar and Ballon d'Or for a career, once the officer has assumed that he wants to master, Leo Messi.

Detallazo Xavi with a young fan
After the game against Osasuna, Xavi had a beautiful gesture with a disabled young amateur cameras that captured four. At '6 'Barca told him Jordi-so called the boy wanted to meet him and not only came to greet him with affection, but also invited him to enter the locker room. The young fan of Xavi stood stunned but did not lose the chance to get 'through cocina'del first team squad. Details of Xavi will not forget. (via MD)

Messi, just 25 goals to surpass the record of César

After breaking down the figures for Kubala, Leo will become this season's best scorer culé.

Leo Messi has only needed 110 days to mark their last 25 goals for Barca shirt, the figure would be just one more in the stream of Argentine records if not for how long it faithfully represents the '10 'Barca to become, Finally, the top scorer in the history of the club, ahead of Cesar Rodriguez, affectionately called 'the Wigs', author of 235 goals in his thirteen seasons as Barcelona striker. It will be this season, something that seemed impossible in the Course start and end of the month back in September, when the Argentine was at the height of another of the myths of the history of FC Barcelona, ​​Ladislao Kubala, with 194 goals, thanks to two goals he scored against BATE Borisov in the capital of Belarus.

Then, Messi put 41 goals to surpass César. Next season will record all, most analysts agreed when Messi equalized the legendary Hungarian player, now with César as only goal in the way. But the performance of Messi, always full, and its voracious sports represented in his two goals against Osasuna, just hours after being down in the call by the flu.

Messi has scored 25 goals in his last 21 games, from them, has scored in 13 and was scoreless in eight games. In front of the L'Hospitalet in the knockout round of the Copa del Rey against BATE Borisov and, at the close of the group stage of the Champions League did not play. They are the only parties that Argentina has lost this season.

To the Argentinean they still subtract him 23 games of League and at least two of Champions, amen of the turn of the eighth of Cup that they will probably locate Barça in the quatar-finals, that is to say, two games more than margin to equal the figures of the maximum scorer of the history of Barça. Counting only the parties and insured (ie, regardless of the quarter-finals of the Cup and Champions), Leo meet 21 more games in such a special occasion such as the classic against Real Madrid which will be played at the Camp Nou weekend of 21 and 22 April.

Messi is even able to improve their records scorers last season: 53 goals last term and 47 above, the 38 he scored in his first season at the orders of Pep Guardiola. Each season, Messi has increased his goalscoring performance, despite playing as a false nine and sometimes difficult angle to the band, but always with the goal rival between the eyes.

With 17 goals in La Liga, Messi is still willing to fight for the Golden Boot, an award that was already in the 2009-10 season thanks to the 34 goals he scored in the domestic championship. The award for best European scorer in the league will be a battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina, both are in the top of the standings, but fighting the Latvian striker Aleksandrs Cekulajevs surprising player of the Trans Narva in Estonia, which has marked no less than 46 goals in their league, but its coefficient of a point scoring places you can subtract options to win the prize.

Among the scorers of first European level, Messi will fight for the reward with attackers as Van Persie (17 goals), Mario Gómez (16), Seydou Doumbia (24) and the own Cristiano, author until the moment of 20 goals in League. In the last three seasons, the Golden Boot has landed in Spain, first to Diego Forlan, then for Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo last year. (via SPORT)

Iniesta will be ready for the derby against Espanyol

The manchego receive the discharge morning after injuring hamstring during the Cup game against L'Hospi.

Andres Iniesta is about to be discharged. The manchego, which has completed the final sessions normally with the rest of his companions, will be ready to play the derby on Sunday at Cornella-El Prat.

Don Andrés was injured in the final game last year at Camp Nou against L ^ Hospitalet, which had to be replaced after half an hour of play because of a break in the middle third of the famous biceps femoris of the left leg . Fuentealbilla The recovery has not neglected during the Christmas break and thanks to that effort met within two weeks provided by specialists.

Yesterday, the squad completed a training all day along with the other colleagues who were not starters in the game against Osasuna. In total there were a few minutes of running continuously, the traditional round and a subsequent partidillo with players who were not holders on Wednesday. Andres did not suffer at any time, so it will be imminently discharged.

Yesterday, along with first team players and Isaac Cuenca what played against Osasuna do you got to see four players from the reserves. On this occasion Guardiola called Oier Olazabal what had been convened for the first team the day before at the unexpected flu Victor Valdes, Marc Muniesa, Martin Montoya and Sergi Robert.

The Mini Stadium attended a rare sight, that of Leo Messi playing the game with the reserve players on Wednesday. Valdés teamed with Leo Already recovered from the flu ¿, Abidal, Adriano, Muniesa, Sergi Roberto and Iniesta, while the other team consisted of Oier, Fontàs, Alexis, Maxwell, Keita and Montoya.

The fans chanted each share of Argentina as if it were an official party. However, both Leo and Valdes were still dragging some sequel flu virus, as their team lost the partidillo with a score of 4-1 and is unusual not only the Catalan goalkeeper receives four goals, but the Argentina finished without seeing door. In training yesterday, the Argentinian star had to make do with a ball crashed against the crossbar, but the fans it was not considered. Meanwhile, Alexis showed off a good shot and scored two goals for his team. A party anecdotal but the fans helped to pass it big. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Ronaldinho invoking the non-chronic insomnia in the morning train

A new case of indiscipline splashed Ronaldinho, this time for not coming to training Flamengo morning of chronic insomnia.

Ronaldinho has not turned to the first year training with Flamengo.

Apparently the Brazilian star has allegedly suffered chronic insomnia as a reason to fail at the preparatory sessions of the team.

Many media have explained that this is just an excuse to skip workouts. Ronaldinho does not suffer from any case of insomnia, and that his only problem is that there is nocturnal sprees whenever possible.

In fact, the Brazilian club itself has reached a similar conclusion and has not wavered in the face of prestensiones Ronnie. Bringing the Gaucho must attend training as the rest of his teammates.

In any case the controversy is served in a new case relating to former FC Barcelona player with the party and the night. (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Stoichkov already Litex coach

The exbarcelonista and excoach Bulgaria, Hristo Stoichkov, is introduced as new coach of Litex, the current Bulgarian champions.

"Stoichkov, the legendary star and world, ranked first Litex coach until whenever. Therefore, your contract is indefinite, because the stars, which are not over 30 in the world, can never be dismissed" , Ganchev said at a news conference in Lovech, 150 kilometers from Sofia.

Furthermore, the talented former player turned Ganchev T-shirt with the number one Litex in the back, and a scarf in orange, the color of the club.

"La Daga (The Dagger)" as Stoichkov is nicknamed in his homeland, gave the press his team, including Spanish, José Ramón Rodríguez, who also worked in Barcelona and who will address the fitness of the players.

"Jose is a great specialist and has earned the trust of coaches like Jose Antonio Camacho and Miguel Angel Lotina," Stoichkov said in presenting his four assistants.

According to the South African Mamelodi Sundowns excoach, which resigned in March last year, the main objective of Stoichkov is, after taking the reins of Litex, the club won the Cup of Bulgaria this year.

According to Stoichkov, known for his temper, a template must have vision and style of play. In addition, the players must know their duties and tasks perfectly in pitch.

Stoichkov, who has been awarded the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball as top scorer of the 1994 World Cup in USA. (via SPORT)

Cejudo: "That of the grass and that of Messi is anecdotic. Don't give importance"

Álvaro Cejudo parked the polemic of the eliminatory copera against Barcelona.

Osasuna player Álvaro Cejudo has parked controversy today copera the tie against Barcelona, ​​the Catalan club's intention to change the order of the parties and the announcement that Lionel Messi was low for yesterday's meeting, describing what happened as "anecdotal."

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar, expressed his anger at these events - "have dizzy all God," he said, but Cejudo has chosen to settle the controversy and focus on the league after a 4-0 at the Nou Camp embedded in the departure of the second round of the Copa del Rey.

"It's anecdotal. Nor do we have to give much importance. There will weigh on their interests. I change the order of the matches he denied. What Messi is normal, it would be wrong at first and then felt better and is in full right ", said at a news conference in Tajonar.

When asked if he believed the information provided by the Barcelona Messi's disease, said: "I neither believe nor disbelieve me. Neither will I, nor do I come, and my interests. They will know if it was or not. scored two goals, so would not be bad. "

Furthermore, she added: "If it had not recovered (Messi) equal to what would have been on your site does the same. Not going to spin.'s The best player in the world, makes a difference and not being well we scored two goals ".

Cordoba midfielder stressed that the game faced "good", but regretted the two goals conceded in the first part "with a few minutes apart."

"At 2-0 we had many hopes. With the intensity that we play in the Kingdom had not been unreasonable, but four goals is an advantage difficult to save, not to mention you do not mess around a goal," he said.

"With a 4-0 it is almost the tie in their favor, but we will play next week with all the enthusiasm in the world. It is very difficult, but this is football," he added.

He has stated that this new team win not affect, nor influenced him the league 8-0 at Camp Nou, recalling that "it is normal because things happened to many teams" visiting the camp squad.

Cejudo has indicated that the template is "looking forward to the fans enjoyment" in the league, which is fifth-placed Osasuna, and has indicated they are already focused on Saturday's game in Anoeta against Real Sociedad.

"It will be a tough game for sure. The games there are beautiful, different, with much stress. We hope it is good, attractive and enjoy," he said.

The player Osasuna finished the match at the Camp Nou with a sprained ankle, in principle, makes him doubtful for the commitment in San Sebastián.

"The ankle is quite swollen now, but it's up tomorrow when I will try to train. I could take part in the second half with a bandage, but I was pretty sore," he concluded. (via SPORT)

The players pass out hope and presents at local hospitals

Barça’s first team, accompanied by members of the board of directors, visited seven Barcelona hospitals, where they passed out 4,000 presents to sick children.

FC Barcelona’s first team made a lot of children very happy this Thursday. First, with the open-door training session at the Miniestadi and later with the traditional visits to Barcelona hospitals through FC Barcelona Foundation’s ‘Un somni per un regal’ (A dream for a present) campaign.

Four thousand gifts

In total, the players, accompanied by a member of the board, visited 7 hospitals and passed out 4,000 gifts: FC Barcelona gear, AlmoNaska SL products, Alusport Bottles, CYP Importes Sal, Madess Deporte SL, Salander, Josmar Sport and Ejakoa.

Rosell, at Hospital of Barcelona

President Sandro Rosell led the Azulgrana expedition to Hospital Barcelona, where he was accompanied by the director, Javier Bordas and the players, Javier Mascherano and Maxwell. All of whom talked to Barça TV during their trip (video above).

The FC Barcelona manager, Josep Guardiola, visited Hospital Nens de Barcelona, with Alves, Adriano, Fotas, Cuenca and Muniesa, and the director Pilar Guinovart.

The rest of the Barça footballers went to Hospital Sant Pau, Hospital del Mar, Sant Joan de Déu, Hospital de Vall d’Hebron and Trias i Pujol. Before making their way to Trias i Pujol, Xavi, Serio Roberto, and the directors Dídac Lee and Manel Arroyo, passed out presents at the Guttmann Institute. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Who went where?

Hospital de Barcelona
Players: Mascherano and Maxwell
Directors: Sandro Rosell and Javier Bordas

Hospital Vall d’Hebron
Players: Valdés, Thiago, Pedro, Oier and Montoya
Directors: Jordi Cardoner and Eduard Coll

Hospital de Sant Pau
Players: Iniesta, Cesc and Busquets
Directors: Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jordi Moix

Hospital del Mar
Players: Messi and Pinto
Directors: Javier Faus and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
Players: Puyol, Piqué, Abidal, Keita, Alexis and Unzué
Directors: Ramon Pont and Silvio Elías

Hospital Trias i Pujol
Players: Xavi and Sergi Roberto
Directors: Dídac Lee and Manel Arroyo

Hospital Nens de Barcelona
Players: Guardiola, Alves, Adriano, Fontàs, Cuenca and Muniesa
Directors: Pilar Guinovart

The new pitch arrives at the Ciutat Esportiva

This Thursday morning the pitch transplant process on Field 4 at the Ciutat Esportiva started. The pitch, which was initially brought in to replace the pitch at the Camp Nou, will be used on one of the most used fields by the Barça youth teams.

This Thursday morning, workers started rolling up Field 4’s old pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It’s the beginning of the process that will see the old pitch replaced by the imported grass from Germany, which is designed to cope with lower temperatures.

The machines are currenly removing the old pitch. Afterward the field will be prepared and leveled for the new strips of grass. Once the pitch is installed, the groundkeeper team will treat the grass to reactivate the plant. The process for the new pitch to take hold to the soil will be completed in about three weeks. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

José Manuel Pinto: “I am very happy”

The keeper was visibly happy during his interview with ‘El Marcador’ on Barça TV after Barça’s victory over Osasuna. Coincidentally, news of his contract renewal was also announced this week.

José Manuel Pinto was the featured guest on El Marcador after the convincing victory over Osasuna (4-0) that leaves the Azulgranas one step closer to the quarter-finals. The Andalusian keeper, however, was prudent on the team’s chances: “It’s a good result but we always have to have our feet on the ground. We know what football can be like and we don’t want any surprises.”

Pinto, who put in another solid performance last night, has been the focus of attention this week after news of his contract renewal went public. The Club’s reserve keeper confirmed that he would be staying one more year in Barcelona. “I only need to sign, it’s almost symbolic at this point, because both sides are in agreement and we’ve given our word. I’m very pleased because, since I’ve been here, I’ve been very happy,” Pinto said.

The backup keeper, who takes to the pitch for Cup matches, explained that he feels the love from the supporters and that he doesn’t feel questioned: “Seeing that I renew year after year, it’s normal to hear about other keepers. On the first day I said I was coming to stay and in the end that’s true.” Guardiola has always put his confidence in Pinto and the keeper is appreciative: “It’s an honour every time he talks about me. It’s the reward for the work I put in, my dedication, for the commitment I’ve shown the team since I stated with the Club.”

Pinto, with his contract extension, will remain part of Guardiola’s history-making side next year. “All the players have hope, and it’s important that you never lose it, that’s what continues to give us ambition and keeps us competitive. We never get tired of winning and we never want to get tired of it,” said Pinto when asked about the secret to playing for this FC Barcelona team. The Andalusian explained another reason behind the team’s success, Pep Guardiola: “all the players want him to stay because his philosophy has infected us and we believe in him.”

Pinto also had words for Messi, saying that he has “never seen anything like” the Argentinean and was visibly pleased for both the Barça players shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or: “it’s an honour for the whole team. It doesn’t matter who wins, I’ll feel a part of this Ballon d’Or. We all, one way or another, help this team. They wouldn’t do the things they do without us, nor us without them.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Borbalán 'eats' two penaltis

One by Isaac Cuenca and another Leo Messi.

Fernández Borbalán is not the worst referees who are currently in the gray cast members who are in the Spanish elite. However, yesterday swallowed a clear penalty to Isaac Cuenca and one on Leo Messi , both in the second half.

The young squad knocked him into the area shortly after the start of the second act with a clear stomp of Damià that Borbalán not see despite being ahead of the two players. Minutes later, two players from Osasuna grabbed the shirt to Messi in the area. The referee did not see anything this time. (via MD)

The team cruises in the new motor coach

The players checked out the new team motor coach, which, starting today, will take them to certain away matches.

The FC Barcelona players know first hand what the new team bus, which will take them to various away matches, is like. Before the session at the Miniestadi, the players were photographed next to the 14 by 9 meter bus.

The players also took the opportunity to investigate the interior of the Autopullman Padrós, official Club and motor coach sponsor since the 2003/04 season, motor coach. The players took a ride in the bus from the Camp Nou to the Miniestadi. (via FCBarcelona.cat)