27 January 2012

FCB Escola starts operating in Indonesia

Two schools will open in Indonesia in 2012, where football is growing exponentially.

The FCB Escola project is continuing to expand around the world. On Tuesday in Jakarta the project was presented for two new FC Barcelona soccer schools in Indonesia. One will be a residential training centre for children aged between 12 and 18 on the outskirts of the capital. The other school will be for children aged between 5 and 12.

Indonesia is a growing power, with 220 million inhabitants, and football is also gaining ground in the country. FCB Escola has organised a range of activities around the country in the hope of reaching as many children as possible and integrating them in the new project that Xevi Marcé, director of FCB Escola, considers "very important and ambitious".

An expected 250 players are going to be at FCB Escola Indonesia each year, thanks to the support of the investment group Analytics Excellion, which like the other projects around the world that are endorsed by the FC Barcelona seal of quality, will promote the excellence of the Masia model that not only teaches children to play football, but also to be good people. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Tello will be the big news to travel to Villarreal

It will not be until this afternoon when confirmed, everything makes think that Tello will enter in the convocation of Barça to play in Villarreal.

Barça B has trained this morning at the Ciutat de Sant Joan Despi Esportiva. And the meeting has served to give a hint about what will be the final call for Pep Guardiola to travel this Saturday at Villarreal.

Remember that on Wednesday after injuries to Iniesta and Alexis, the technician has only 14 first team players and must take four of the subsidiary. In the last few games have already traveled three players, Jonathan dos Santos, Sergi Roberto and Isaac Cuenca and the fourth Barça B to be incorporated at least for now the first team is Cristian Tello.

None of these four players participated in the meeting of Eusebio Sacristan and therefore will surprise except the four who travel to Villarreal for the match on Saturday. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Barça B, the second consecutive

Eusebio Sacristan's young players will try to show Guardiola that can supply the low of the first team against a team struggling to avoid relegation in which is immersed.

Eusebio Sacristan's Barça B seeks to confirm the good feelings that left the team before the last day to Xerez on Saturday 28 at 18.00 hours at the Huesca. The Blaugrana subsidiary is accommodated in the middle of the table (12 °) with 27 points, 8 and 9 above fall under the posts for promotion. Therefore, a victory over Huesca help further away from the dangerous and moral positions obtained help to link a new winning streak.

While the first team injuries can affect the availability of staff, Eusebio is confident that the chance to contest minutes with FC Barcelona to become a great encouragement to his players take the field with extra motivation. To mitigate the losses of the players called by Pep Guardiola, Patric and Dongou juveniles have trained with the reserves during the week.

For his part, gets to Miniestadi Huesca in the twentieth position with only 18 points, two of salvation that marks the Cartagena. The Aragonese need a victory that would be vital in the face trying to get salvation at the end of the year.

In the first round game in Huesca, Barca team won by 0-1 thanks to a solitary goal by Martí Riverola from outside the goal area that surprised the Jesus Cabrero. The party, for the first round was held last October due to the strike of footballers.

The match against Huesca in the campaign enters Blaugrana 'Come to the Mini, come to see the Barça', which aims to make clear the great emotional bond between the first team and the reserves, where they were forged many of the players now are the orders of Pep Guardiola. Also, remember that the entrance is free for Miniestadi FC Barcelona members and children under 7 years, while those under 12 may enter free if accompanied by an adult entry. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pepe could be a player of Barça

In 2007 Rijkaard requested a centre-back and Txiki gave a list with him, Chivu and Milito.
Porto requested 30 'kilos' for the centre-back that left to Madrid, and Gabi arrived for 16.

Pepe left the Cup last clásico causing the fans at Camp Nou as he kissed the crest of the jersey. The new imaginary ogre of the Blaugrana has become the standard of foul play behind the cowardly stomp on Messi's hand as he lay on the turf of the Bernabeu. Ironies of history, Barça had Pepe in the list of 2007 signings. Rijkaard looking for a center to strengthen the staff after a disastrous season and Portuguese was already 24 years sought a defense in Europe.

That year, Rijkaard asked the technical secretary Txiki Begiristain the central Acquisitions of a flexible, robust and with acceptable qualities to be attackers. The work of prospecting of the videotapes of the file and of the reports he started and at the little time Txiki gave the Dutch coach a list in which figured three centre-backs. In order of priority on the list read: Pepe (Porto), Chivu (Roma) and Milito (Zaragoza).

Pepe was the first to be probed and be disposed of. Since Barça was called by telephone at Portuguese club to know the starting price: negotiable nearly 30 million since the Madrid and other clubs in Italy and the Premier were after him. The president of the 'dragons', Pinto da Costa, famed better buyer and seller, was adamant and the Technical Secretariat drew back and contacted Chivu's agent and his team, AS Roma.

The Romanian central was valued at 20 million and an Italian delegation composed of a vice president and technical secretary met to negotiate in the private home of Ferran Soriano. During dinner, the 20 million fell to 18 and when the 'puzzle' Rijkaard began to fit himself down asking Gabi Milito.

Finally, Milito came to Camp Nou for 16 million went Chivu to Inter for Real Madrid 20 and took Pepe withthe services for the 30 who wanted the 'wizard' Da Costa. On July 9, 2007 the website of Madrid announced the signing of Klep Laveran Lima Ferreira 'Pepe'. The description of the centre-back qualities were superlative, of course, to stop saying "Pepe has scissors on the legs, because it cuts everything and dominates the air as anyone." Obviously, over time no one can dispute the right comment to the official website merengona.

The bustle of signings and transfers moved that summer ended with the expected arrival of Henry, Yaya Toure, Abidal and Milito and transfers said Saviola, Belletti, Giuly, Motta, Maxi Lopez and Van Bronckhorst. (via MD)

Villarreal, a rival with confidence

Monday after beating Sporting, the Francisco Jose Molina have regained moral and confidently await the ship's visit Castellon team occupies the seventeenth position in the rankings with 19 points, 16 of whom had joined the El Madrigal.

C Barcelona is preparing thoroughly the game on Saturday in the area of Villarreal (22 hours, La Sexta - Autonomous). The Barca players and coaches do not trust a team that historically has never made ​​things easy for Barça . Those of Jose Francisco Molina , who earlier this year took over the team in place of Juan Carlos Garrido , occupy the lower part of the classification but are of sufficient quality to meet any rival. In addition, after Monday's victory against Sporting, all Castellón has regained confidence and expects "a magical night" to meet the match against the reigning league.

Villarreal in El Madrigal has joined 16 of the 19 points you have presently . The balance at home is four wins, four draws and just one defeat. Yellow players want to make a good game against Barca to go further strengthened. "We can win Barça although it is in a minimum percentage. If we didn't think it we would not show up to the game", the midfielder affirmed Borja Valero, author of three goals in League this season.

With Molina on the bench, the balance is a Sporting victory, a draw against Valencia and a defeat in the field of Atletico Madrid. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cantera in the winter market

Injuries hit the group, but Guardiola discards to look to the 'mercato.' The coach has 14 players of the first team after the last drops.

Setbacks in the form of injuries piling up to Guardiola. In recent times players fall like a house of cards involved. Keita walks in the African Nations Cup. Unfortunate Fontàs joined the club of the Crusaders. Maxwell resigned for Paris. Iniesta suffered again the crudeness of the biceps femoris. The clavicle has Alexis on tenterhooks. Villa and Afellay have long since nursing care. A mess for Pep. Only 14 first team players available.

The scenario predicts difficulties in managing the workforce minutaje, but Guardiola will be faithful to his speech and seek solutions at home. Again the subsidiary. The youngest. In the midfield, with Iniesta was three weeks and Keita in the African Nations Cup, Sergi Roberto and Dos Santos will also play. They are two very pleasing players Guardiola and know what is playing on the first team. Especially striking is the case of Robert, a footballer arrived, able to break between lines, that this course has shown its best side of first team players. Jonathan has also managed to meet the requirements of the first team when he had minutes. Guardiola has praised repeatedly to both players. For now, Cesc and Thiago will be the first choice to take over from Iniesta. If Peter wins role, Cesc delay its position as happened against Real Madrid in the last clásico. If Fabregas Guardiola prefers above, Thiago in principle should have minutes Fuentealbilla position. In the locker room no doubt about the reliability of the youngest, in meetings and before L'Hospitalet, hinted that the team's future is in good hands, "we'll pull the quarry and with which we are," repeated over and over Guardiola time. The technician will also have to shake the branch to address the low top team. Cuenca has become one more of the first computer Do in part by long-term injury of Afellay what role will continue with plans of Guardiola. Tello is the other name that can take power after the mishap of Alexis, who must stand two weeks. The end has become one of the players most used by Eusebio in the subsidiary and the Copa its staging was magnificent with overflow plays and even seeing goal twice before L'Hospitalet.

Few and well drained. This is the plan of Guardiola. Nothing new, as the technician has always felt more comfortable with short templates. To coach all players must feel. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Edmilson: "Thiago has conditions to be heir to Xavi"

The exblaugrana followed the clásico live on Wednesday, highlighting the great atmosphere we experienced at the Camp Nou.

In the four seasons he played for Barcelona, ​​José Edmílson left good memories in the hobby Blaugrana. Recently retired at 35 years, Brazilian SPORT chatted a while with one of his regular visits to Barcelona.

Did Wednesday's match against Real Madrid?

Yes, I was at the Camp Nou. In the past clásicos, is the most difficult game that has taken Barça. You may also Real Madrid came less pressure than usual and with the 2-0 and saw everything lost. However, reacted in the second part, many people thought that Barca would lose, but in the end everything went well and is in the semifinals.

How is the FC Barcelona from a distance?

Well, not only me, but in Brazil everyone is delighted with this philosophy of work, which makes Guardiola and how the team plays. It also has impressive players like Leo, Xavi, Iniesta ... It is a team that has a game plan and that has been able to join a cracks heap. That's why it works so well.

And Neymar? Do you think this site would Barça?

He is very young and it would be a very good experience for him to come to such a large team, or you could play against great teams and have difficulties not only in the field, but also outside. This could form his character. Brazil has everything, lives at home and everything he does is good, but needs experience in Europe to really know if it is a phenomenon or not.

Now comes the Villarreal-Barcelona, ​​a special game for you ...

Yes, I was very little time at Villarreal (seven months, from July 2008 to January 2009), but I say it's very difficult to win at El Madrigal. In addition, Villarreal is in a difficult situation and can stand up to Barça, particularly by low and tired of the clásico.

What do you miss most of his time at Barça?

Perhaps the environment. The Camp Nou is very special. On Wednesday I was there and the atmosphere in the clásico was awesome. Not only me ... many players realize that they are no longer at Barça. Playing at the Nou Camp with the environment had on Wednesday is unique in life.

Do you see the new generation of La Masia prepared to relieve the Xavi, Puyol, Valdés ...?

I think so. I think Thiago can replace Xavi in ​​the future with your vision and not because it's almost my compatriot. Like his father, Brazilian Thiago has that touch. The Masia is well controlled and secure Guardiola is already working with a youth player when they go to Xavi or Iniesta to take his place. In fact, when he left Touré, Pep Busquets was already prepared. For me, this is the key to a great club.

He works next to Barça with his Foundation

Edmílson Foundation maintains a partnership agreement with FC Barcelona Foundation which expires at the end of the season. Established in 2006, the Foundation focuses on Edmílson most vulnerable children in Brazil who are at risk of social exclusion

Will March 27 be the next clásico?

Barcelona and Madrid could re-crossed in rooms or in the semifinals of the Champions league before returning to the Nou Camp, April 22.

If 2011 was the great year of the clásicos, with pulses between Barcelona and Madrid in the league, Cup, Champions League and Super Cup in Spain, 2012 also promises thrills. Just finished the quarter-final tie of the Copa del Rey between Barcelona and Madrid, in less than two months could be lived again another double confrontation between the two giants of Spanish football if the drums of the Champions League match them again in the quarter-finals of the competition, scheduled for 27 and 28 March (first leg) and 3 and April 4, turn around. Previously, the Blaugrana team must get rid of Bayer Leverkusen in the second round and Madrid, CSKA Moscow.

The possibility that the two teams meet again before the second leg of the League at the Camp Nou is very feasible, and that UEFA could somehow determine the draw \and 'to contribute' to that Barca and Madrid are crossed in rooms or in the semifinals and avoid a hypothetical final between two teams from the same league for the final win in continental audience.

The semifinals of the Champions League is also played before the league match: 17th to April 18th round will be played on 24 and 25, turn around.

The next date fixed in the calendar between Barcelona and Madrid is scheduled for the weekend of 21 and 22 April: a lack of official confirmation, the game would be played on Sunday 22 April as the first leg at the Bernabeu was held on Saturday at ten o'clock at night.

Reunion in 'La Roja' in a month

The international players from Barca and Real Madrid sides meet again in just over a month's friendly in Spain and Venezuela will play in the stadium in the Rose Garden Malaga on Wednesday February 29. It's the first match of the 2012 and the last preparatory meeting before the European Championship for June. (via SPORT)

Zubi, "Cuenca renewed very soon"

Barca's sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, said Isaac Cuenca will be the next player grabs at new contract.

The squad ends its relationship with Barça at the end of the season, but the staff responsible for planning was assumed that in the coming days will pass by the offices to extend his contract. "Renewal will close very soon," confirmed in an interview with Catalunya Radio, which also referred to the continuity of Pep Guardiola. "We are not told whether he will or not, but he knows that when you want, you can cross the 50 meters to my office there," said Zubizarreta. "When you ask, how is your theme?, Pep answer that now," said sporting director.

Zubizarreta, also, valued the yield of Barça positively in the clásico against Real Madrid ("any other team would have been thrashed by how he played the Madrid" he said) and revealed that after the removal of the hands of Mirandés Espanyol, sent a message congratulations to Carlos Pouso, coach of Burgos. (via SPORT)

Eladio Paramés: "Intellectual Alves wears glasses but it's a donkey"

Eladio Paramés spokesman Jose Mourinho usual, on Thursday called "donkey" at FC Barcelona's Brazilian international Dani Alves.

The representative said Mourinho told reporters in his account of 'Twitter': "How different is Alves since arriving in Spain. We have operated in the ears, they've become smaller." "Eye of intellectual ... But a small donkey ears and glasses does not become a doctor, continues to be a donkey," he added

Paramés, who later qualified in the social network that made these statements in a personal capacity "as an attentive observer" and not representing the Luso coach since said he was "tired of seeing, hear and read so many lies." (via SPORT)

[Former B player] Jonathan Soriano marks his first goal with the Red Bull Salzburg

The former Barcelona B player opened in a second friendly match against Wolfsburg second team (2-2).

In his second appearance, Jonathan Soriano has already seen door with Red Bull Salzburg . The former Barca striker has scored one of the two goals set in the friendly Austrian has faced the second team Wolfsburg . Douglas has signed the first, while the two Scheidhauer has scored the German team.

By Red Bull Salzburg, played the first 60 minutes Gustafsson; Hierländer, Lindgren, Douglas, Jefferson; Mendes, Leitgeb; Jantscher, Svento; Leonardo; Soriano, while in the last three were on the pitch Heimann; Schwegler, Hinteregger, Pasanen, Ulmer; Offenbacher, Cziommer; Teigl, Savic; Wallner; Maierhofer.

Salzburg next friendly will be next Tuesday day 31 at their stadium, the Red Bull Arena, against the German TSV 1860 . The Austrian team, third in the standings by two points Rapid Vienna and SV Ried, the league will resume on February 11 in the field of Wacker . (via MD)

Zubizarreta: "Guardiola has not told me whether to continue or not"

Barca sporting director has "a perception that is within the project".
'Zubi' has prioritized the cantera rather than to seek reinforcements from outside: "The first market is ours".

Andoni Zubizarreta , sporting director of FC Barcelona , has said in an interview with the program 'El club de la mitjanit' of Catalunya Radio that does not yet know if Pep Guardiola with Barça renewed.

"Pep has not told me whether to continue or not" , said the former goalkeeper before ensuring that it has "the perception that it is within the project" . Zubizarreta has even joked about if the time in which the wish to renew Santpedor "may cross the 60 meters that separate it from my office" , but has made ​​clear that "up to June 29 have time."

Given the numerous injuries that are affecting the first team, azulgrana sports director wanted to prioritize the players that are in the cantera rather than to seek reinforcements from outside. "At home we have very good players, is our primary market" , has said 'Zubi'.

About the Clásico last Wednesday, in which they qualified for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey , has acknowledged that "we saw an excellent version of Real Madrid" but that the Barça "knew how to compete" .

The next opponent in the Copa , the Valencia , Zubizarreta Unai Emery has stressed that "whenever we face a very complicated games like chess games with Pep" , something the former goalkeeper has described as "wonderful" . (via MD)

Djokovic: "Messi is the best footballer in the world and better every year"

The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, number one of the world, eulogized Messi in an interview that ESPN carried out him.

Like many players on the ATP circuit, not lose a big game, Novak Djokovic is a great football fan. Serbian tennis player Messi praised the microphones of ESPN. "He's the best footballer on the planet for two years and better every year with Barça, right now the best football team in the world. What makes on and off the field is an inspiration for kids who dream of being footballers, "said the reigning champion of the Australian Open.

Djokovic, also recalled the good time that happened late last year in Dubai with Diego Armando Maradona. "This is a global legend. It was great and it put me in shape and made me move around the tennis court, I was surprised because he plays well and is very competitive," said the former Argentine footballer. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Eusebio: "The subsidiary is prepared to meet the low of the first team"

Barcelona B coach, Eusebio Sacristan, stated Thursday that Barca team players have shown "be prepared" to meet the low of the first team.

The last to fall against Real Madrid were Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez, who join long-term injured David Villa, Ibrahim Afellay and Andreu Fontàs and Seydou Keita downward convened by Mali for the African Nations Cup.

"The first team is suffering some injuries and that makes for some days we have some players with them. This weekend, it might need some more. I am glad to see them the first team. Demonstrate that they are prepared," said Eusebio .

In this sense, first team coach, Pep Guardiola has named six players from the reserves to complete the final training session Barca, including customary Isaac Cuenca and Sergi Roberto, Jonathan Dos Santos, Cristian Tello, Oriol Rosell and Ivan Balliu.

"We have less effective, Eusebio admitted, referring to the difficulties this may pose to the subsidiary, but the important thing is to repeat what we did last week. A serious party at a good level."

In this sense, after beating Xerez on Sunday (2-0), Valladolid coach is hoping to repeat win at Huesca in Miniestadi would be the "confirmation of our recovery at home", where Barça B has only tied only a third of the disputed points.

"It's time. Would be two straight wins that would help us address the second round with more ease," said the coach Barca, who in the training session has had juveniles Dongou and Patric, who may have opportunities with the subsidiary on this stretch of the season. (via SPORT)

Borja Valero: "Madrid showed us the way forward against Barça"

Borja Valero said he enjoyed the Cup clásico, but added that now think of the possibilities for your team to win at Barcelona on Saturday.

"I had a great time because right now are two of the best teams in the world, but now I think we have a percentage, however minimal, to win at Barcelona. Otherwise we thought, we presented to the meeting," he said.

"Real Madrid to Barcelona took off the ball for longer than usual and that is the field to follow, although it is not easy. There will be phases of the game where we can push above and others which do not," said .

On the low in Barcelona, ​​Borja Valero said that whenever they need a player, comes another "equal to or better than the last." "We will try to think of ourselves and depend on it if we can get something positive. Nobody want to be down there. Just trying to help the team succeed.'m Scoring goals, but I have to follow this line," he said.

Also acknowledged that a match against Barcelona drawing more attention than others and indicated that the national coach, Vicente del Bosque, will watch this match, but said that this issue haunts him.

Borja Valero dismissed talk of economic issues relating to delays in some payments in the club. "We are calm because Villarreal is a non issue," he said. (via SPORT)

Valencia, Barça's rival in the semifinals

The team managed by Unai Emery easily beat Levante (0-3) and will face Barça in the next round. The away game will be at Mestalla on February 1st, the return leg will be at the Camp Nou a week later. Both matches will start at 21.00.

Valencia-Barça and Mirandés-Athletic Club are the semifinal match-ups of the King’s Cup. Barça now knows who they will face next will when Los Che brushed Levante aside (0-3). Tonight’s result, coupled with the away leg’s 4-1, comfortably see Unai Emery’s side through to the next round.

The away leg of the semifinal will be played in Mestalla on Wednesday, February 1st at 21.00, the return leg will be at the Camp Nou a week later.

Throughout the history of the competition, Valencia and Barça have played against each other 18 times, 7 of the ties went to Valencia and 11to Barça. However, the last time both the teams met in the Cup, Valencia saw Barça off in the semifinals of the Cup in the 2007/08 season. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Leo Messi, on the cover of Time magazine

The North American magazine has picked FC Barcelona’s Leo Messi to feature on the cover of their February edition. The magazine will go on sale worldwide this Sunday, January 29.

It’s the first time that a football player has graced the cover of the magazine, other athletes that have appeared on the cover are Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Muhammad Ali, amongst others.

Messi keeps on making history on and off the pitch. The Argentinian’s latest conquest is the North American magazine Time. The publication picked the Barça striker to feature on their February cover. The edition will hit the stands worldwide this Sunday, January 29, and Leo Messi’s portrait will feature on the front along with the title: King Leo. According to Time, Lionel Messi is “the greatest player in the world” and perhaps the “best of all time.”

This is the first time that a solitary football player has graced the cover of the magazine. Other athletes of note that have also appeared on the cover are Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali, Bjön Borg and Michael Jordan, amongst others. Messi, with a trophy cabinet packed to the brim, continues collecting accolades. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cesc: “The Cup win will strengthen us”

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Cesc insisted: “we did our homework – we won the Cup quarter final against rivals who are always difficult”. Fabregas reflected on his own form and admitted: “there are still things I can improve”.

According to the Catalan midfielder: "we are where we wanted to be – in the Cup semi-final, sitting second and trying to catch Madrid in the league and waiting for the Champions to start again". Cesc Fàbregas also reflected on the two quarter final games - full of incident and in the balance right till the end – claiming: "I'm proud of the team over the whole 180 minutes".

Having seen off Real Madrid in the Cup, Cesc believes the team will: "come away strengthened from the games. It's always complicated to beat Madrid. They looked very strong to me, but that didn't surprise us – we knew they are an awesome rival when they play at their best. We did our homework and we won the Cup quarter final against rivals who are always difficult".

Cesc also admitted: "I'm not happy with my own performance" on Wednesday night, "I have to improve a lot", before explaining that although he was brought up to play football the Barça way: "this is the boss' system and it's not easy to get it straight away. When I play further forward, I have more mobility and that's a role I can handle - further back I need to have more discipline and I missing the patience for that".

Barça will be without Iniesta and Alexis for the next few games and with Villa, Fontàs and Afellay already out, the squad is beginning to be stretched, but Cesc insisted: "there can be no excuses – we are FC Barcelona. We have to give our best and push on. There are players in the B team who are doing really well".

Cesc Fàbregas commented on his Barça and Spain teammate Andrés Iniesta, who was injured against Madrid: "I feel bad for him. He knows we will be waiting for him Together with Leo he is the most incisive player in the game". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Iniesta out for three weeks

Tests carried out this Thursday confirmed that Andrés Iniesta suffered a left hamstring tear and will be out for approximately three weeks.

The Spanish midfielder suffered the injury just before the half hour mark in Wednesday's Cup semi-final against Real Madrid and tests carried out this lunchtime at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper confirmed his three week layoff. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Recovery work after last night’s game

After booking their place in the Spanish Cup semi finals last night, the squad were back training at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning, with the injured Iniesta and Alexis the main absentees. New training kit makes its first appearance.

There were plenty of happy faces on the training ground this morning following last night's qualification for the Cup semi final. That titanic battle obviously took a lot out of the players and this morning they basically did recover work, whilst Iniesta and Alexis – both injured against Madrid – were not at the session.

The rest of the squad were joined by six B team youngsters - Sergi Roberto, Cuenca, Dos Santos, Tello, Balliu and Rosell and all the players were showing off their new training kit – an all orange outfit replacing the previous yellow kit.

The session was the first preparatory work ahead of Saturday night's game away to Villarreal. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Sergio Ramos takes a dart to Busquets

Real Madrid defender held in his Twitter account that his second yellow for recurrent club "because even though some do not stop rolling or touch him," referring to the need to commit on azulgrana Sergio Busquets.

The Real Madrid full-back Sergio Ramos replanted the controversy on Thursday when sending a dart at Sergio Busquets, Barcelona midfielder and his companion in the selection.

Ramos held his club resort a second yellow card and criticized Busquets, accusing him of faking in the action. "I'm glad the club resort my second yellow card because, although some do not stop rolling or touch him," denounced the Madrid.

The full-back blanco also surprised to send a clear message of support to his coach on the day of his birthday. "I would like to congratulate our coach Mourinho for his 49 birthday. Congratulations Mister! Glad to have you," he said, to settle controversies arising from recent press Madrid. (via SPORT)

Cup semifinal schedule, confirmed

Barça will play against the winner of the Levante-Valencia match on Wednesday, February 1st. The return leg, at the Camp Nou, is scheduled for February 8th. Both matches will start at 21.00.

The schedule for the King’s Cup semifinal matches have been set. FC Barcelona, whose opponent will come out of tonight’s Levante-Valencia match, will play the first leg away from the Camp Nou. The first match will be played on Wednesday, February 1 at 21.00. While the return match at the Camp Nou will take place a week later, Wednesday the 8th, also at 21.00.

The other semifinal between Mirandés and Athletic Club will be played on the 31st of January and the 7th of Februrary, both kickoff times are at 22.00. (via FCBarcelona.cat)