16 January 2012

[Barça B] Rafinha, with nuisances in the adductor

The Barça B player has not trained with the rest of the class on Monday and is out with caution to the training sessions with the Spanish Under-19.


The Barcelona B player Rafael Alcántara, 'Rafinha', suffered a left hamstring discomfort after the match against Utd last Saturday. This Monday has not trained with the rest of the class. These complaints have been made that the player is low as a precaution in training sessions that the Spanish Under-19 is scheduled to begin until Wednesday afternoon.

The evolution of these annoyances mark Rafinha availability for Sunday's game against Xerez. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Fontàs to be operated on this Saturday

Defender will be operated on by Doctors Cugat and Pruna, who will then offer a press conference.


Andreu Fontàs will be operated on by Doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna this Saturday for the ruptured cruciate ligament he suffered in Pamplona last Thursday.

After the operation, at approximately 13.00, both Doctors will hold a press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Training thinking of the clásico

The first team has been trained this Monday morning behind closed doors at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper with the mind set in the classic on Wednesday at the Bernabeu against Betis holders have recovery. Cuenca, Montoya, Roberto Sergi, Dos Santos, Oier, Armando, Sergi Gomez, Oriol Rosell, Gustavo and Kiko Femenía of B, have completed the preparatory session.


On this Monday in Field 1 of the Ciudad Deportiva was the first coach of FC Barcelona prepare ahead of Wednesday's Cup Clásico at the Santiago Bernabeu (22h). Guardiola has led a session that has had with 15 first team players available and has been the absence of the injured and Keita, with its selection.

The players who started against Betis have been thinking up work in the Cup match on Wednesday. The rest have become more intense training. The session will have completed ten players in the Barça B: Cuenca, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Jonathan dos Santos, Oier, Armando, Sergi Gomez, Oriol Rosell, Gustavo and Kiko Femenía .

The injured Afellay, Villa and Pedro have also gone through the Ciudad Deportiva to continue his recovery work at the gym. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Rosell offers his condolences after the death of Juan Carlos

President Sandro Rosell lamented the death of the ex-Barça player and he had words of comfort for his family: “We are with them, I wish them a lot of strength”.


Today is a sad day in Can Barça. FC Barcelona lost one of its most emblematic captains, Juan Carlos Pérez, this Monday. President Sandro Rosell lamented the captain’s death: “it’s sorrowful news for us. He died before his time, but that is life. I wish his family strength. We are with them. If they need anything, we are here for them.”

Mr. Rosell also said, on Barça TV, that Juan Carlos is an unforgettable figure in Barça’s long history: “we will always remember him as reference point for FC Barcelona in a time that was very difficult to be a part of Barça.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex-player] Juan Carlos Pérez, Barça's captain in 1973/74, dies

Juan Carlos Pérez, Barça player from 1968 through 1975, died at the age of 66. His funeral will take place this Tuesday at the Iglesia del Barrio Pesquero in Santander.


Juan Carlos was born in Santander on February 14th, 1945. In his footballing years he was known by all, when he arrived to FC Barcelona from Racing in 1968 he was one of the best midfielders in Spain. His work in the middle was extremely valuable to the team, he was one of the few players that successfully united his technique with his sacrificial attitude
on the pitch.

In 1970 he was a key piece on the field for Barça and he was the captain of the championship winning side in 1973/74. In Barça’s title-winning season, Juan Carlos, didn’t miss a game. In fact, he was Barça’s captain in the historic 0-5 thrashing of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu, he also scored in that game. In 1975 he returned to Racing de Santander after playing 280 games and scoring 23 goals in the Barça shirt.

With FC Barcelona he won the Liga title (1973/74) and a Copa de España (1970/71). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Lucas Rodrigues, A new point of contention between Barça and Madrid?

The struggle between the two giants of the Spanish league by Neymar could be repeated now with another Brazilian footballer.


Lucas Rodrigues Moura, 19, holds many points in common with the young star of Santos: same nationality, play style creative talent ... qualities which, as in his days with the 'Mohican', would have aroused the interest of the Madrid and Barca.

Lucas, 19, plays in midfield in the Sao Paulo team that debuted in 2010, and under-20 international for his country.

According to some sources, Barça have set their eyes on him, and despite having his position well covered, contemplate its inclusion as a future bet.

Others, however, suggest that Real Madrid has begun to negotiate and his signing. "El Confidencial' published Monday that the blancos leaders have taken the first steps in this direction. Emissaries of Madrid have contacted both the Sao Paulo and with the player's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, last September. And would have been repeated efforts in recent weeks. The intention would be that Lucas came to the Bernabeu next June.

Lucas last year renewed his contract until 2015, and has a buyout clause of 80 million edólares d, but that has not appeased the interest of other clubs. Indeed, Manchester United, City, Inter and Arsenal also have on their agenda. For 30 million, Sao Paulo would open the doors wide open. (via SPORT)

Alves: "We have to compete well in the Bernabeu"

The Brazilian believes that the equipment is basic "at the top" to get a good result in Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinals of Copa is found fit and says that the club "will compete until the end" in the League.


After the win against Betis fought and just before two exciting Cup Clásico, the first Wednesday in Madrid, Dani Alves provides an open qualifiers: "In the clásicos there is always a balance, regardless of how they are the two teams. Try to will see a big football game and that we are at our level. There are competing well in order to get positive things in the Bernabeu. "

Speaking Marker program, Barça TV, '2' of Barca expressed his desire to boot the clásicos : "They like to play games because we enjoyed it. It's up again. It is normal. Large teams when they are well have to face more than once during the season. We will prepare well and see what happens. " He also spoke of the recent dominance in these duels culé: "I've played many games of this nature and the balance is very positive."

Regarding the 4-2 win against Betis, Alves said: "We have not had the continuity of play. We have been intermittent. I think not only for our demerit. Betis also on merit. But the team has responded well." And about the options of Barca in the league, is quite clear: "We have very little margin for error to the end. I like it because well the team is more attentive and react. We can not relax. I'm sure the team will compete to the end. Have no doubt. "

On a personal level, the winger said he feels physically in good condition: "I feel fine. After the game against Espanyol decided to have a bit of caution but I have recovered." On the other hand, Dani Alves would not go to arbitration value received by the team: "We have to focus on overcoming all difficulties. When we are at the highest level decisions have no influence because they exceed them.'s Excuses are not the winning teams and we are a winning team. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Valdés: "The penalty is very clear, joins the list of many others that we have not been whistled"


Victor Valdes has not bitten his tongue on the penalty that clamorous Iglesias Villanueva has not blown for a tackle on Andres Iniesta inside the area. "The penalty is very clear" said Barca goalkeeper who believes that "joins the list of other many we have not been whistled in other fields " .

Meanwhile, Xavi Hernandez told Canal + microphones that "We have no doubt but we can play better or worse. Our philosophy is intact, we went with offensive-minded always, so we have no doubts." (via MD)

The 'antivillarato' still works

Another day, Guardiola had to overcome to hit the opponent and arbitral awards.


Yesterday was the turn of Iglesias Villanueva. And the referee was not lucky for Galician just over ninety minutes-long meeting. Once again, the collegiate charge of administering justice turn Barca accumulated gross errors in your must, of those who do harm to the eye as they happen live and are repeated insistently through the television.

But the most amazing, though increasingly less seen the surprise outcome of the championship, is that punished the arbitration blunders ever, the set of Pep Guardiola. Iglesias Villanueva ate one of those penalties clamorous, Jefferson Montero action on Andres Iniesta who can not doubt either justification or possible based on clusters of players.

The subsequent yellow card of the FC Barcelona midfielder was the last straw to an action that is to throw your hands to the head. It is true that subsequent goals Alexis Sanchez and Leo Messi subtracted importance to the fateful play, but it rains, it pours and refereeing errors backpack against the Blaugrana interests overweight.

After the meeting, Iniesta was astonished not to comment on the controversial action of the second part. "I've been very clear about the penalty and who knows what will be interpreted by the arbitrator. Fortunately, this action has no significance in the final outcome, "he said. The player also declined to incomprehensible blood on the card and was hopeful that the final void. "I hope I can take it. I guess the pictures speak for themselves and I will have been torn down, I have not thrown away. There is no other explanation. "

The theory of Memec Villarato and these sounds have long joke, heavy of course. But lately suffered surrealistic beginning to acquire, especially if compared to arch-rivals Real Madrid. The contrast in the day fought just reflects the reality of the current championship. The rookie protected Perez Montero and contributed decisively to Jose Mourinho's squad will turn around to Marcador penalty ignored in the Madrid area and ridiculous offside on a one on one against Casillas. In contrast, Iglesias Villanueva, did everything possible and impossible to stop the Blaugrana are at least two points in the Camp Nou.

Translating the mistakes made by judges in virtual points, Real Madrid can boast `does have scored seven additional points due to errors the product of the members. And curious fact that Barça could have added the same background if the referees had not harmed directly to your computer. That is, the classification of the Spanish League First give a radical and the first and second place would alternate it not for the direct impact of the establishment of arbitration.

But back to what happened at the Camp Nou, Iglesias Villanueva overcame one such challenge worthy of framing on the album of the nightmares of any braid. In one game, in fact within a few minutes apart, did something unusual so far: rile two knights on a real field such as Andres Iniesta and Leo Messi. Among penalties ignored and misjudgments on the edge of the area bética, both players protested ostensibly unfortunate decisions of the College. More than one in the stands was feared that latent nervousness on the lawn could translate into a possible second yellow and subsequent expulsion catastrophic outcome.

Ecuador's Liga with two brushes you absolutely opposed attitudes from the bench for Real Madrid and Barça. Jose Mourinho, his constant complaints in the past, their usual protests and even their public notes contrasted sharply with recent statements by Pep Guardiola. Santpedor coach lamented the misfortune that Barça has had in the past but recalled that arbitration proceedings subsequent scandals and possible outbursts in press statements and do not lead to anything positive and do not translate into real points in the classification. Two ways of understanding the world of sports that do not resemble anything.

The draw Cornella-El Prat and has no solution. Barca left two points because of an error in the final minutes arbitration of the meeting. What happened yesterday because it was able to mend the wisdom of Alexis and Leo Messi. Two very different but the late start from the same error: God and support costs indicate a maximum penalty each time you fall in front of the boat rivals or areas suspicious plays are produced. Another irrefutable fact: the Mourinho has launched seven maximum sentences while Barca has enjoyed only three. (via SPORT)

Barça continues to Ravel Morrison, of Manchester United

In England ensure that Barcelona is following with great interest the career of the firm promise more Manchester United striker Ravel Morrison.


In fact, Real Madrid also appears to be behind the player with only 18 years many have placed him as the natural relief of Ryan Giggs, both for his talent as for his versatility on the pitch because it operates as well by both sides, besides being able to play as playmaker.

In any case, there seems no easy that Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to let go so easily with the ultimate promise of English football firm, especially since we must not forget that United is not exactly a selling club and made to pay almost bleeds those clubs who come to fish between the 'Red Devils'. (via SPORT)

[Player Ratings; Liga BBVA; week19] FC Barcelona - Real Betis (4-2)

VALDÉS 7, PUYOL 7, MASCHERANO 6, ABIDAL 7, SERGIO BUSQUETS 8, XAVI 8, INIESTA 8, CESC 6, CUENCA 6, MESSI 7, ALEXIS 7, ALVES 7, THIAGO 6, ADRIANO -. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Barça B has a headache

They have already flown as minimum eight points like consequence of the air plays or to stopped ball.


The subsidiary suffered a stinging defeat on Saturday during his visit to UD Las Palmas and also fit his seventh goal of the season head. Without doubt, a serious problem that hinders the achievement of good results, as rivals often seize every ball hanging from the area, while it costs the team blaugrana translate his usual horror best game (premise this did not happen on Saturday).

Furthermore, given the fact that most of these seven goals have burdened decisively the aspirations of the subsidiary. The bloody start to the season resulted in this facet, but after ten matches without conceding a goal in this manner the team led by Eusebio Sacristan and conceded many head in the last two days.

The first dates from the second day (first championship game), the Mini against Villarreal B (0-2) who took the lead after 33 minutes through a header from Airam. In the fourth, Deportivo also won the feud Blaugrana for 2-3 and also opened their scoring with a header from a pass Lassad Guardado. And in the fifth, Barça B saw the Hercules went back in the Rico Pérez mark at 2-1 he scored in the 70th minute after Samuel Marc Bartra ahead to score with his head.

Barça B closed at Recreativo bleeding and Sabadell, but the business again in the eighth round in Alcorcón (2-2) and twice. Paco Montanes took the lead to Madrid in the 21 'to pass Fernando Sales and Quini seized a shipment of Carlos Martinez to tie the discount ... Both head! No doubt, the technician took up the matter to avoid these lethal defensive mismatches. In fact, the subsidiary linked ten matches without conceding goals such. In fact they were eleven, but in the latter, on December 17 in Valladolid (1-0), Oscar's goal came after playing with the wheel head a corner. And the next, the day 19 in the Mini against Numancia, Juanjo failed to score twice in the head, all alone, while at the end Del Pino headed in a corner goal by Julio Alvarez launched in 72 ¿. And on Saturday, 2-1 on UD Las Palmas was the work of David Gonzalez with the head to center Jonathan Viera.


In those eight goals (counting the Oscar) have integrated players behind most common and most circumstantial, so it does not seem a problem of personnel. Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Gómez and Lobato were present in five, while Muniesa, Balliu, Planas and Armando attended three. The juvenil Grimaldo, who played the entire game in Cartagena (0-4), and Oriol Rosell, which debuted on Saturday, are the only defenders who have not lived this. (via SPORT)

Iglesias Villanueva whisked away a penalty to Iniesta

The referee admonished Iniesta after the player was clearly Fuentealbilla down in the area when the scoreboard registered a dangerous 2-2 to FC Barcelona.


It ran for 68 minutes with a tie game when the score two Iniesta scored a play of real crack. The Fuentealbilla went into the area and the bottom line of the hat pulled a magic ball with which outperformed its Jefferson Montero to put directly into the goal of Casto.

In an attempt to wrest Betis player the ball to Iniesta, Barca player was clearly brought down without the Betis could do nothing to stop him. Contact with Iniesta's leg was evident and fell down.

However, the collegiate Iglesias Villanueva decided to whistle but doesn't stop to point out a clear penalty but to admonish the player azulgrana. The match referee reflected in the minutes that the yellow card was for the protests following the possible penalty and not supposed to have been dropped. (via SPORT)

Busquets: "In the second half we went on the attack and we were superior"

The FC Barcelona players place high value on tonight's hard-fought victory over Betis, they also praised the effort put in by Pepe Mel's team. Like Guardiola, Andrés Iniesta hopes that his booking appeal is successful.


Sergio Busquets celebrated his first century in the Liga with a victory. The midfielder said: “we knew how dangerous Betis was thanks to the Cup tie last year. We were lucky to have scored two quick goals because they are a good team.” With that said, the home-grown player highlighted Barça’s improvement in the second half: “in the second half we went on the attack with more players; we were superior and we managed to change the outcome of the game.” The midfielder recognized that he’s “very proud” of the praises he’s received from Guardiola over the past couple of days and that they help him “to continue working each day to improve.”

Víctor Valdés also spoke about tonight’s game against Real Betis. The keeper said that they “play a similar style, of attack and passing. They played a fantastic game and they gave us a lot of problems in the first half, although we were superior in the second.” The keeper played down the fact that Barça couldn’t manage to keep a clean sheet at the Camp Nou for the first time this season, “the important thing is winning the three points and we got them, the conceded goals don’t matter.”



Iniesta: “I didn't dive”

Iniesta also had words of praise for Betis: “we knew that it would be difficult because they are a great team. They are good in the air and they showed that throughout the game. When we needed more possession they drew level, but in the end we managed to secure the victory.” On the team’s performance, the midfielder said that “you have highs and lows in every game, you must try to minimize that as best you can.”

On the play that got him a yellow card, Iniesta said: “I hope they take the card away. I didn’t dive, they brought me down. Thankfully it played no part in the outcome of the game.”

On the clásico in the Cup against Real Madrid next Wednesday, the player said that “it will be a beautiful game for the spectators and for the players, I’m sure that it will be a beautiful and intense playoff.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

50 games straight without losing with Puyol on the pitch

The captain has turned into Barça's talisman: 42 victories and 8 draws with Puyol on the pitch.


With the victory this Sunday against Real Betis, Carles Puyol takes his unbeaten streak to 50 games. The last loss the Barça captain had to endure was the game on April 20th of 2010 against Inter Milan in the Champions League.

After the loss to Inter and tonight’s win against Betis (4-2), the Azulgranas have won a total of 42 games and tied 8 in the last 50 matches with Puyol on the pitch. The run began 20 months ago. When Puyol lines up with his fellow defenders the Azulgranas don’t lose. At 33, and successfully overcoming the injury that kept him away from the pitch last year, Barça’s captain is an integral part of Guardiola’s plans. 50 games without losing, it’s turing into a guarantee. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: “If this team has anything, it's that they don't relax”

The manager highlights the team's commitment, saying that "it would be impossible to win everything they've won if they didn't behave the way they do".



“They have to do a pretty poor job for me to doubt their commitment and level of relaxation.” Pep Guardiola believes in these players 100%, and in turn his players have always shown that they never give up on a game. Tonight’s match against Betis, where the team fought until the end to secure the three points, is sufficient enough proof for the Barça manager to say “if anything this team doesn’t relax.” He added that “it’s impossible to win everything we’ve won if they didn't behave the way they do.” In addition he explained that “I haven’t seen any symptoms of them not wanting to try until the end, to win all the titles in play.”

To show that the team possesses the right attitude, Guardiola pointed out an interesting fact about tonight’s game: it took 18 matches in the Liga at the Camp Nou for FCB to concede a goal. “This happens if you work hard and if you behave the way you are supposed to behave.” He warned that even though supporters may be accustomed to watching Barça rout their opposition at the Camp Nou that “in sport it isn’t so comfortable,” therefore, “rivals create problems for you and you must overcome them.”

During the post-game press conference, Guardiola stated that the Club will appeal the yellow card shown to Andrés Iniesta after the referee ruled that the player had intentionally fallen in the area as opposed to being brought down. “Normally we don’t appeal these things, but we will on this one.”

Pep Guardiola also wanted to thank the 69,889 supporters that came to the Camp Nou for the match. “It’s a stadium that’s always difficult to cheer in, but the 70,000 people helped us.” He hopes that from here until the end of the season that “they will help us so that we can do well in our matches.”

This Wednesday Barça and Madrid will face off in the first game of the King’s Cup tie. Guardiola said that “in Madrid we will play with the playoff (mindset) not just a single game.” Despite having played at the beginning of December in the League against Real Madrid, the manager explained that “we’ll look at Madrid’s variants in the last couple of matches” ahead of the Cup tie. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Bartomeu congratulates both teams

Josep Maria Bartomeu recognized the effort that the team put in throughout the 90 minutes of play to win tonight’s 3 point against a Betis side that “played a great game.” The sporting vice-resident noted that winning isn’t a simple thing. “Every game will be difficult because the rivals also put in a good effort and it isn’t easy to win the Liga. We’ve seen this over the last couple of years.” On Real Madrid’s point advantage, Bartomeu believes that there are “many points still up for grabs” and that he’s confident that the team will “fight on and work like always” to cut into Madrid’s lead.

On the Cup clásico Bartomeu said that it’s “appetizing” to play against Madrid. “Madrid is playing great football but we are too. The team is motivated.” He’s anticipating a great match seeing that “both teams are the best in the world.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pepe Mel: "The feeling is that the game was not 4-2"

Betis coach said that when his team kept eleven players on the field, had a chance "not only to tie but to win" and confessed that the expulsion was "killed".

Betis coach Pepe Mel, said today after the defeat of his team's 4-2 against Barcelona that every time you face the Barca team will cause many problems, as seen in the meeting tonight.

"Since nobody here has not been a goal to have 11 to 11 options, not just to tie but to win, because we must be proud," Mel said at a news conference.

Betis was the first team in this league to score in the Camp Nou, and has done so twice, but his coach has lamented that the expulsion 2-2 has "killed".

"Every time we play against Barca will get into trouble. I'm very proud of my players, and do not deserve the rating you have," said the coach about his team's situation in the table, which believes that there should be 4 or 5 points.

Asked how the game has raised Barça, Mel has said the team has come true to his style of play. "We have too many people out from behind the ball, but against Barca at the moment, there is no team capable of taking the ball," said Mel, who has complained that the first three cases of diabetic patients have not completed in goal and instead, the first two Barca have done so.

The coach said he envisioned a win at the Camp Nou and reiterated that the eleven men on the pitch, "the feeling is that the game was not 4-2". Mel has also explained that at the end of the meeting Pep Guardiola has congratulated him. "He is a gentleman and an exceptional type and acknowledge that my team has worked hard and done well." (via AS)

Xavi: "The philosophy is intact, we have no doubt"

Xavi Hernandez scored the first goal for Barcelona, ​​has dispelled any doubts about the performance of club culé : "We can play better or worse, but the philosophy is intact, we have no doubt."

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who turned this night 400 League games for the club FC Barcelona, ​​referred to the importance of the win against Betis. "Yesterday we won the Madrid and eight points, we have been hard but we've got, Betis also wants the ball and possession, play well from behind, yes."

Xavi said that the set of Pepe Mel "playing good football, the proposal is fantastic coach and his players have a high technical level, so there has been a technical game but we've got to breed."

Asked about the alleged doubts about the game displayed by Barcelona, ​​the Catalan player said "we have no doubt we can play better or worse but the philosophy is intact, always attack with an offensive proposal, we have no doubt."

Finally, the Barca captain said his impressions pre-Cup Clásico "If you can influence that outcome, but they are different competitions, we will change the chip, we are five points and now we have this exciting match in Cup." (via AS)

[Liga BBVA; Week19] FC Barcelona 5 - 0 Real Betis

Xavi and Messi Barca ahead of Ruben Castro and Santa Cruz tied and Alexis and Argentina, a penalty, they decided.


A point was to give Betis the stroke and pave the way for Real Madrid. He arrived at the Camp Nou with good etiquette and leaves with his head held high, as it did last year. Recovered from two early bird claws and had at Barcelona on the ropes until late in the game. Nobody had dared to desecrate the goal Barca's Camp Nou in La Liga in the last nine months and Betis made it twice. He held on a mammoth push Barca but the expulsion of Mario hopes eventually burst Betis.

The suffocating pressure of Seville brought together more than usual inaccuracies of Guardiola's team but still pulled out a crucial game for the League aspirations. Without margin, the Barcelona has the disadvantage of five points and so, like Real Madrid, in Mallorca, suffering.

The epidemic of injuries in the locker room did not stop Guardiola FC Barcelona Pique and Alves reserving think the Classic Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu. The back of Sampedor planted three defense with Puyol and Abidal Mascherano and Messi and Cuenca with Alexis. As expected, Betis did not betray their ideals. He clung to its values ​​of bold and touch football and could look twice guy Jorge Molina followed within ten minutes. If oil was removed by the intervention of Victor Valdes, immeasurable in both.

It proved a mirage in the middle of a desert quickly showed its worst side. In just two minutes, which elapsed between ten and twelve, the hopeful Betis was harassed by a sandstorm. Barcelona started the game with his blinding hypnotic ball to his opponent. Alexis made headway with a good pass to the one it unmarks of Cesc Fábregas and the Catalan's shot took advantage of it Xavi to celebrate its party 400 in League with goal. It was not the only one with reason and desire for celebration. Messi shared her third to the fans by way of goals. The Argentine squandered another great pass from the left Chile.

Many teams have gone down arms after suffering two goals before the quarter hour at the Camp Nou. Betis not. Fit the double blow up on time and knew. It took a few minutes to re-squared but the Betis team twenty minutes and was eager to spare thanks to pressure war and consistency in their game. They saw this way of about Valdés but Rubén Castro again it was not able to finish an Andalusian good triangulation. Betis jumped into the neck of Barcelona without regard to find its deserved reward. This time the attacker took another canary and got his chance to catch up and beat the goalkeeper of Barcelona in the league nine months later. Jorge Molina faced Valdes, left to Salva coming from behind and Castro took Mascherano's delay to catch up.

The propelled both Betis and his were the minutes of the match to Ecuador. Both coaches moved chips at the break. Cuenca replaced Alves and Roque Santa Cruz to Iriney. Mel's team ended the first half disheveled and faced the same way the second. His suffocating pressure building in the Barca was what finally turn all alarms at the Camp Nou. A field Iniesta theft Betis finished form the band left-handed meteoric where Ruben Castro rode until he saw the arrival of Roque Santa Cruz. The Paraguayan was in front, looked Valdes gave a lash set to put the tables.

The meeting was an ode to football. Barcelona wanted to put out the fire and save their precious booty Betis, without ever renouncing backlash. Then the figure of college resurfaced as it happened exactly a week ago. Churches Villanueva did not see a clear penalty in Jefferson on Andres Iniesta. The referee ended it with a Galician yellow for Fuentealbilla. Two minutes after the shower Villanueva sent a second yellow card Mario after a trip on Messi on the edge of area.

If you hold to Barcelona and was finding it very difficult for Betis, with one less player the company was almost unthinkable. Bankrupt, the team Betis eventually bend the knee to fifteen minutes to go through a low shot from Alexis Casto folded hands. The Nou Camp breathed and absolute tranquility Messi put a penalty of transforming Dorado. Barcelona, ​​like Madrid, brings his party to suffer. The distance does not change in three days and come face to face ... (via AS)


[Technical Data]
Barcelona: Valdés; Puyol, Mascherano, Abidal; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta (Adriano, m.88), Cesc (Thiago, m.83); Alexis, Messi and Cuenca (Alves, m.46).

Betis: Casto; Isidoro, Dorado, Mario, Nacho; Cañas, Iriney (Roque Santa Cruz, m.46); Salva Sevilla (Matilla, m.57), Jefferson Montero, Rubén Castro and Molina (Ustaritz, m. 73).

Goals: 1-0, m.10: Xavi. 2-0, m.12: Messi. 2-1, m.32: Rubén Castro. 2-2, m.52: Roque Santa Cruz. 3-2, m.75: Alexis. 4-2, m. 85: Messi (penalty).

Referee: Iglesias Villanueva (Gallego Committee). He showed yellow card to Iriney (m.43), Messi (m.44), Salva Sevilla (m.46), Puyol (m.49), Mario (M.60), Iniesta (m.69), Matilla (m .80) and Dorado (m.85). He drove up two yellow cards to Mario (m.71).

Incidents: 69,889 spectators attended the match in game for the nineteenth day match at the Camp Nou. Before the game the team featured the Club World Cup, won at the end of the year in Japan, while Leo Messi gave the "Ballon d'Or" got a few days ago.

Messi presents Ballon d’Or, the squad shares the Club World Cup


The World Number One, Lionel Messi, was given a rousing reception by the Camp Nou faithful when he came onto the pitch before the Betis game with the FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy he won for the third year running in Zurich last week.

The rest of the squad then presented their Club World Cup trophy won in Japan in December to the fans who showed their appreciation with a series of banners and chants from the terraces.

The players also showed their support for their injured teammate Andreu Fontàs, wearing T-Shirts bearing the legend 'Força i ànims Andreu!' (Stay strong and we support you Andreu!) (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Michel Teló challenges Messi to dance the 'Ai se eu te pego'


Neymar was the first in Brazil and then came Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo. A few simple steps that have become the well-known hit for all 'Ai se eu te pego (Oh if I'll get you)' of Michel Teló .

After seeing these three players celebrate goals dancing his song, Brazilian singer now wants more. Michel Teló want Messi celebrates a goal at the rate of 'Ai se eu te pego', as published by the daily 'Olé'.

The Brazilian also surrenders to the good game of the crack of Barça assuring that Leo is "a spectacular player. He is the best in the world and I look a lot". (via MD)