25 January 2012

Happy Birthday, Xavi!

This Wednesday, January 25th, Xavi is 32 years old, and he’ll celebrate his birthday on the day that he can equal Joan Segarra’s record of playing in 31 Clasicos.

Xavi Hernandez, the star of the of Barça midfield, is 32 years old this Wednesday, and he'll celebrate it on the day that he could play his 31st game against Madrid, enabling him to equal Juan Segarra as a Barça player with most Clasicos under his belt.

We are celebrating his birthday with a video showing his goals, great moves, and assists, from this season. Happy birthday, Xavi! (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] Football and studies in La Masia

Report of Barça TV on the student tasks of the young promises of the cantera azulgrana in La Masía - Centro de Formación Oriol Tort.

The players of the inferior categories of Barça have clear that should page the football with the studies. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Mourinho quotes available to all, including Pepe

Just as it did in the first leg of the Cup quarter-final against Barcelona, ​​Jose Mourinho has called the entire first team squad which is available at this time, ie 21 players. Among them is obviously Pepe, the big stomp noted after Messi and a major doubt for the match for the controversy that arose that action.

The only casualties of the team Real Madrid, who has trained this morning, are Khedira and Di Maria. Mourinho also called Jesús, Castilla goalkeeper to complete the list. The target set has already begun the journey to moving from Barcelona to Barajas airport Valdebebas. (via AS)


Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adán y Jesús.

Defenders: Ramos, Marcelo, Varane, Albiol, Pepe, Coentrão, Arbeloa y Carvalho.

Midfielders: Lass, Xabi Alonso, Özil, Callejón, Sahin, Granero, Kaká y Altintop.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín y Benzema.

A spcop member of Barca a complaint against Pepe

A socio of FC Barcelona has filed a complaint for minor injuries against Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira, "Pepe", for his stomp the Barça striker Lionel Messi in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Cup's last Jan. 18 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The complaint was lodged on Tuesday night at the Police Court of Barcelona, ​​after the 091,099 member, finds that the Committees of the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) would not automatically come to punish football action Portuguese.

"Dated January 18, 2012, about 23 hours and 22 minutes I witnessed on TV how there was a physical assault causing bodily harm by the accused," says the complaint. The attack took place, he adds, within the football game pitting the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and 22.38 minutes into the second half, "the accused Lionel Messi came and stepped on his hand with the intention of causing damage ".

The plaintiff presented as evidence the game's image is observed, according to his complaint, that Pepe "before stomping on his hand looks down his head, and just after he stepped on, and lift the opposite foot, carrying all the weight his body in the foot that the time was injured stepping on hand (...) obvious to injure and cause further damage to the contrary. "

In addition, the report stresses that the fact that it is an act carried out during a sporting event "does not exempt from criminal responsibility" because "occurs outside play time and attends intent on aggression" .

Thus, the plaintiff's attorney, Luis Izquierdo, recalls that "it is not a kick in a haul of the match because at that time were not playing." "It is an aggression and a public offense, as when it occurs in some areas of other categories that occur and are reported aggression," said Felipe Izquierdo.

Thus, we have to wait to confirm if the court accepts the complaint made under Article 147.2 of the Penal Code for minor injuries, reflecting sentences of 3 to 6 months or a fine. (via AS)

Barca-Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey: Clásico X

Guardiola teams Mourinho again measured their conflicting styles.
Barca struggle to escape the Pepe debate and focus on what dominates: the game.

It follows the clásicos waterfall but the feeling of embarrassment does not appear. On the contrary, the passion and excitement is heightened grows. Tonight in prime time, the Barça of Pep Guardiola and that of Jose Mourinho for the tenth time confront their conflicting ways of understanding football. Barca will be recognizable, you want the ball to pass it and attack because he can not do anything else this time Madrid has a size almost Freudian dilemma: to be faithful to his habitual truant and conservative dogma or step forward as a last resort to move Cup semi-finals and end the nightmare Barca wins them how, where and when you want. The result of the first leg (1-2 for Guardiola) and the pressure of his former handles (press former friend, board members, more and more fans ...) can get the Portuguese coach to be brave tactically by one once against Barca. And if it is Mourinho who dares, they will presumably his players, eager to start a self-management that welcomes them to their profession. Pepe does not fall within this group of rebels, obviously. The central submissive obey orders from his bench if the single judge, Alfredo Florez, commits the injustice of not punish today and ends up playing a clásico that does not deserve.

Barcelona is facing elimination but does not trust even one hair of his opponent despite a sector of the hobby, usually young and too well accustomed, believes this to bend the white team is not exceptional but commonplace. History says otherwise, Pep Guardiola knows this and that, to underline the difficulty of the enterprise, has concentrated his players the night before at the luxurious Hotel W Barcelona, ​​panoramic sea views and very conducive to relaxation. As if is about a game of selfsame Champions.

His speech at the press conference yesterday , oddly timely, served to emphasize respect "almost reverential" that gives it the white team. Guardiola also insisted deliberately reduce the tension and stress with which they have lived through the days before the match by the grace of the citizen Pepe. The Santpedor coach knows that to more excitement, less football, that is to say, less possibilities to be centered in the game and less fluency, a scenario that Mourinho wants like it was demonstrated in the ago two year-old semifinals against the Inter and that they put an end to elimination culé and a less identifiable Barça that in other occasions.

Before the tie from both sides said that the outcome would not affect the league, but that sentence loses sight of the tremendous impact force has been the 1-2 at the Bernabeu . It seems that Barca , with the huge cushion of 13 titles, more ready to support an eventual disgust that his eternal rival, put in a fire that pours gasoline coach day in day out. In a week I had time to be disrespectful to the institution that pays you to the fans who idolized him (ba) and the press that he worshiped, not to deepen their mad pursuit of the mole that filters the dirt on the template. A KO become unbreathable environment in the capital, on the other hand scenario in which Mou seems to be a charm. These are the contradictions of a character Florentino Perez gave all powers under the connivance of the same means as now give back.

Play vibrate to a new clásico night. And made to order, the referee is not news. (via MD)

The Barca players fear a penalty in against

Barca prepared the match at Camp Nou. Also the last morning session will be held in the Stadium.

Barca held prior to the penultimate training match tonight at Camp Nou the same as in the big races in Europe. The coaching staff has left no detail without binding and in the final preparatory session José Manuel Pinto penalty shoots prepared with Juan Carlos Unzué.

Not that the coaching staff and Barca are considering a hypothetical penalties because the mentality that will be playing the game will be to ever win the match. But in addition to attention to detail in the case of the Madrid extension and force a penalty shootout, Pinto wants to be well prepared in the event that at the meeting pointed to a maximum penalty in against.

The Cadiz keeper is quite skilled in this discipline as demonstrated in the tie against Real Mallorca in the semifinals of the edition of the 2008-09 season. The blaugrana goalkeeper stopped the launching to the captain mallorquinista Pep Martí and entrainment the pass to the final one.

Regardless of the specific work of the goalkeepers, the rest of the staff carried out regular work session prior to the matches behind closed doors. This morning Guardiola plans to direct the final training session at Camp Nou. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Martín Cáceres, to Juventus for 9.5 million euros

Seville has passed over to the former azulgrana Martin Cáceres to Juventus.

The final agreement being Juventus and Sevilla for the transfer of Uruguayan defender Martín Cáceres is closed at 9.5 million euros, comprising a transfer of the player until next June 30 in exchange for 1.5 million to pay now and a must-buy option which will take effect at the end of season seven million plus one fixed targets.

The final figure is close to nervionenses club wishes to reach eleven million by the departure of exazulgrana to be replaced by Bruno Saltor right side Valencia. "We told the price to Juve and we will not move," said Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido, who has seen the end how in a million reduced initial intention of getting 2.5 million by the transfer Uruguayan immediately.

On the other hand, the Argentine midfielder Emiliano Armenteros returned, after being fished out by Sevilla this summer, Rayo Vallecano, which will take half the player's card, which will open in June and dismissed the Greek Olympiacos. (via SPORT)

The more unpredictable Madrid

The defeat in the first leg, together with the fire that was declared in Madrid costumes, they make a mystery of Luso plans.

The suffering reiterated humiliations at the hands of Barça and very especially the defeat in the first leg has converted José Mourinho in a lot of doubts. His confidence before the Real Madrid dressing room and has been so undermined that it is more unpredictable than ever, the Portuguese side that presented at the Camp Nou.

Real Madrid coach has to fight against their own players to continue to maintain its positions. The war unleashed last week in the locker room has sown distrust of the white soldiers, no longer believes his general. And this is debate, once again, between remaining true to their board or succumb to widespread outcry against the threat of being absolutely condemned chain if another failure.

The best evidence of the internal and external turmoil in the lives Mourinho is the coach of Real Madrid has changed all of its practices prior to an event of this importance. The Portuguese will travel to Barcelona today, after a gentle workout in the Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas. And do not give the squad until minutes before leaving for Barcelona. So, incidentally, remains unknown about the physical state of Khedira and Di Maria, with whom Mourinho's playing red herring, even knowing that neither is able to cope with Barça.

The situation is very similar to the first leg, when the starting hid their own players until the last minute to avoid leaks, and then struck with the ownership of Altintop and Carvalho. On this occasion, the 1-2 first-leg forced him to a more offensive approach offensive what you like. But it seems unlikely that the Luso resign his trivote, although it needs a win by two goals. Thus, Lass, Xabi Alonso and Coentrao seem to have a secure job and his only concession is to return ownership to Ozil, substitute in the first leg. (via SPORT)

Abidal will sign the renewal after the Cup clásico

Eric Abidal renewal will specify in writing within hours.

A few days ago, the club confirmed the deal with France's Total, which remains bound to Barcelona one more season (2013) with an option to extend two more years depending on performance.

Today is scheduled to land at Barcelona side agent Gallo, David Venditelli. Their arrival would be directly linked to the match against Real Madrid and the formal ceremony of signing the contract. In principle, if there are no scheduling problems, everything is scheduled to Abidal is meeting tomorrow with President Rosell, vice president Bartomeu and sporting director Zubizarreta to stage its continuity. And is that the renewal of French delay from the beginning of the season. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] The maturity of Cristian Tello

The de Sabadell is performing a specific task to strengthen the hamstrings and physical problems have passed into history.

Tello has been of major disputes between Barça and Espanyol. TEspanyol have not forgotten that, despite the offer sheet after the first team to shine in the juvneil A and B Espanyol in the final stretch of the 2009-2010 season, decided to return to what had been his home since fry and even cadets . The de Sabadell trust his chances of succeeding in Blaugrana to finish, and little by little, is showing that he was not wrong.

This season is definitely exploiting and taking every one of the many minutes that you give Eusebio. The continuous technical lectures, supplemented by the fact that one of the players most used in the template, are allowing the branch to enjoy the best version of Tello, which had always hinted at, as when it was top scorer in the tournament fry Maspalomas. Valladolid Not only is taking the juice, but Pep Guardiola also gave the option this season in Cup tie against L'Hospitalet. Round played as a striker was released by double on the turn, and at the Camp Nou. But Cristian is centered on the Barça B he knows that at the Mini Estadi is the key to the first team. Not only is centered, but is being a key player for the team. Despite the irregularity in the results, the sum of Sabadell and a total of 5 goals and 4 assists given. He has worked directly in 9 of the 32 points of Barça B, which means 28%. He has played 1061 minutes in 16 games, which shows that it is an indisputable holders Eusebio Sacristan.

One of the keys to his great season, which is finding his maturity as a player 20 years, born on August 11, 1991, is the specific work being undertaken to strengthen the hamstrings. Cristian Tello has suffered throughout his career several muscle injuries in the same area. His muscles and his speed and power have caused more than a scare, but this season is devoted body and soul to make prevention work. I normally do before and after each workout, both in the gym or on the ground. All this has allowed this season has not gone through nursing even once. (via SPORT)

A semi-final, with the same at the Bernabeu

The team played a great game in the first leg of the tie. Pep wants to keep the concentration.

All indications are that Barca will face the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid with the same eleven who already won the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu by 1-2. In any case, at least a safe bet Jose Manuel Pinto put in the starting lineup.

Duels against Real Madrid always have a dual component, the strictly sporting and psychological. The succession of duels in the past two seasons and the presence of Jose Mourinho on the bench have made meringue emotional charge of these parties are tripped. The fact that Madrid is the locker room as a powder keg about to explode has added a last point of tension.

Under these assumptions, Guardiola has tried to keep his players in the highest state of alert to avoid an unpleasant surprise tonight. A resounding victory of Barca deepen the schism merengue. Therefore, Blaugrana coach is determined to present a lineup that was very competitive last week, with a crowded midfield and Cesc taking advantage of the ability to talk and appear as a second false forward. In any case, the recovery of Pedro Rodriguez offers an alternative to build an attack with two bands, the Tenerife and Alexis, and Messi along the shaft. With this release, Cesc or delay their position would be one of those sacrificed in the starting lineup, although it seems unlikely considering that was one of the players who had rest against Malaga, with Xavi and Puyol. Precisely Vallès midfielder alongside Busquets and Iniesta back to make a play of the team as a replacement for guarantees Thiago.

Neither offers much doubt defensive line. Alves on the right wing can cover all your lane and, with his physical display, transform in seconds the system of 4-3-3 to 3-4-3, Piqué, Puyol tandem works well, especially in the clásicos , and Abidal was even the decisive scorer Camp Nou with Puyi. Valdes, Mascherano and Adriano, along with the squad's subsidiary, completed the list. (via SPORT)

[Selection Under-18] Call for the Atlantic Cup Tournament

See the list of players called up by the national team to participate in the Atlantic Cup XXXVIII, to be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from 30 January to 4 February.

A proposed national teams, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol has called for the Tournament of the reference to the following players:

ATHLETIC CLUB: Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta
CLUB ATLÉTICO DE MADRID SAD: David Gil Mohedano, Javier Manquillo Gaitán, Daniel Márquez Prieto, Oliver Torres Muñoz y Saúl Ñiguez Esclapez
REAL BETIS BPIE SAD: Francisco M. Varela Martín
RC CELTA DE VIGO SAD: Jonathan Castro Otto
CÓRDOBA CF SAD: Federico Vico Villegas
RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA SAD: Óscar Arroyo Font, Aitor Granados Ramos y Albert Miravent Sans
MANCHESTER CITY FC: Denis Suárez Fernández
REAL MADRID CF: Raúl de Tomás Gómez
REAL SOCIEDAD DE FUTBOL SAD: Iker Hernández Ezquerro
VILLARREAL CF SAD: Pablo Íñiguez de Heredia Larraz y Moisés Gómez Bordonado

City is negotiating with Soriano and Txiki

The English club wants to transform them into the future managing and sport director.

Manchester City , leader of the Premier League , is negotiating with Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain , former vice president and former sporting director of FC Barcelona respectively, to take charge of the technical and economic parcel English club. Soriano was a member of the board of Joan Laporta from 2003 to 2008, while Txiki also landed in the state after the elections of 2003 and remained until 2010.

El Pais has revealed that the City is negotiating with Soriano, current president of the company Spanair , to become the new managing director, and Mundo Deportivo has also learned that the English club is also very interested in Txiki Begiristain is a the project. Txiki and was about to emigrate to England last season, but ultimately reached an agreement with Chelsea to Abramovich.

For several weeks, and works closely with the City, but from the Count city, ​​Esteve Calzada , former marketing director of FC Barcelona, ​​an expert on current sponsorship and representative players. Calzada was one of the principal contributors to Soriano in his time at Barca entity. (via MD)

Barca is already concentrated at the Hotel W

Barca gives the maximum range of mourning and staff spent the night at the hotel W in Barceloneta.

Guardiola insisted on giving the game at max rank. Hence the squad follow the typical routine of the major events in Europe. In fact, Barça did not focus on the day before a European match since the second leg of the semifinals of the Champions League last season, also played against Real.

The chosen concentration rather than on this occasion was the exclusive W Hotel, situated in the maritime area of ​​the city and the template that ensured maximum relaxation. Even so, how could it be otherwise, the Blaugrana players were greeted by several fans who were waiting at the entrance of the hotel complex. Some have followed the Juventus-Roma's Cup through the television that involved the exblaugrana Luis Enrique and Bojan. (via SPORT)

Onopko: "Real Madrid will need to overcome their complex with Barcelona"

Victor Onopko analyzed as Madrid has changed since his days as a player so far, but nevertheless yields to the virtues of the blanco.

The assistant coach of CSKA Moscow, Victor Onopko, who played eight seasons in Spanish football, Real Madrid said that "just needs to overcome the complex with Barcelona."

"In my time I had not (the complex). Royal Mourinho has greatly improved. The season past its many stars were unable to form a team," said Onopko in an interview published by the newspaper "Sport-Express".

Instead, he said, "This year the team approach is very clear."

The Russian, who defended the shirts of Spartak Moscow, Oviedo and Rayo Vallecano, criticized the behavior of Madrid defender Pepe, who stepped on the hand of Barcelona's Argentine star Messi, during the first leg of the Copa del Rey.

"In football no one has invented a better response to the provocations that the goals. Barcelona is one example. In the second half gave the impression that it was simply mocking the rival certainly sport only methods," said .

At the same time, Onopko stressed that "Real Madrid is the world's number one club in the organizational aspect. The team can play well or badly, but it will always be an example of management, at both football and business."

CSKA is concentrated on the Spanish coast to prepare the knockout second round of the Champions League against Real Madrid. The first leg against Real Madrid will be held on February 21 at the Luzhniki Olympic stadium, artificial turf and seats 84,500. (via SPORT)

Andreu Fontàs leaves hospital

Andreu Fontàs left the hospital on Tuesday where he was joined from Barcelona on Saturday will operate.

It has been same Fontàs who the afternoon of this Tuesday has published in its Twitter that "today has let me go of the hospital. Everything goes very well! Now I will pass a couple of days in Banyoles. In any place you is like at home!

Fontàs underwent surgery last Saturday at the Chiron Clinic in Barcelona in a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which occurred in the Copa del Rey match played in the field of Osasuna. The expected recovery time is about six months, so it will not be ready until the start of next season. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “I just hope the ground is full on Wednesday”

The FC Barcelona manager is hoping for a packed Camp Nou and for the team to enjoy the match. “You will see two great teams put on a very good show. The rest doesn’t matter” he insisted.

“I hold reverential respect for Real Madrid. They are the worst team we could expect to play on Wednesday”.

The FC Barcelona manager appeared in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom after training behind closed doors at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, and his message was clear. "I just hope the ground is full. What would upset me most is for the place not to be packed to the rafters". He also urged fans not to bring any ill feelings into the stadium. "You will see two great teams put on a very good show. The rest doesn't matter. Come to enjoy yourselves, to support us, to be with us and to forget about the rest. Watch Real Madrid. Not a specific manager or player ... If the atmosphere gets too heated it's because we haven't learned from the past, but I'm convinced that we are a mature club. The whole world is watching us and we have to show that we do our talking with our football".

Guardiola also stressed that "I hold reverential respect for Real Madrid. They are the worst team we could expect to play on Wednesday. The problem with this game is that we have already qualified and they are already out, and yet we still have to play. I predict a tight match right until the end ... If we try to defend the result from the first leg, they'll beat us. If we want to make the semi finals we'll have to play another great match. I have a feeling that Real Madrid are going to get a goal at the Camp Nou and so we are going to have to try to get one too".

He will wanting to get the very best he can out of his players. "We have to be prepared to face the very best Real Madrid have got, whether they push forwards or wait further back. What we have to do is play fast. If we are quick and pass the ball around and avoid contact, so much the better" he said.

Guardiola had no more to say about the Pepe incident with Messi. "The club has made a statement in that respect" he said. Neither did he think the fans were expecting a rout. "I think we're more prudent than that and I sincerely don't think most Barça fans are assuming we'll thrash them by a high score. Even though we got the best result out of the first leg, nothing has been decided yet", concluded Guardiola, who finished by reiterating how happy is to be managing Barça. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

19 picked for clásico

Pep Guardiola has picked his 16 available first team players plus Cuenca, Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto to face Madrid. The team trained in the Camp Nou on the eve of the cup fixture.

Barça have picked the same 19 players that travelled to Malaga for the Copa del Rey quarter final second leg at home to Real Madrid, namely the 16 available first teamers plus Isaac Cuenca, Jonathan Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto from the B squad. The three players out with long-term injuries (Villa, Afellay and Fontàs) and Keita, who is at the African Nations Cup, are the only absentees.

Barça trained behind closed doors at the Camp Nou today. The players named in the squad for tomorrow’s fixture then went to stay the night together at Hotel W in Barcelona. On Wednesday morning they will return to the Camp Nou for another session to fine-tune matters before the clásico, which kicks off at 22.00. (via FCBarcelona.cat)