09 February 2012

Liverpool wants to sign Keita

The English club following the footsteps of Barca midfielder, who still has two years left on his contract.

After signing a great performance in the African Nations Cup, the azulgrana Seydou Keita has strengthened its position in the international arena.

As reported in the British newspaper 'The Sun' on Thursday, Liverpool would be interested in hiring the Malian midfielder Barca.

Keita, 32, knows the interest 'red', from 'The Sun', and would be willing to talk about your options Guardiola at Barça to consider their continuity or a way out.

For now, his future in Barcelona is stable, as it has contract until June 2014. (via SPORT)

"The headquarters of the Cup final will be decided on Monday"

The two clubs and RFEF will meet on Monday (11.30 h.) in Las Rozas.
"The most logical options are Bernabéu, Mestalla and Camp Nou", López has assured in Ona FM.
It is not certain that Barça refused to leave Camp Nou in 2004", the federative leader has added.

Miguel Angel Lopez, coordinator of the RFEF parties, confirmed in an interview on 'Fora de Joc' (Ona FM) that" next Monday at 11.30 h. start in Las Rozas (home of the RFEF) meeting to decide the venue for the final of the Copa del Rey "which played Barça and Athletic Bilbao. Both clubs and federal agency representatives will attend the same. As agreed in July in the federal assembly, the party date is Sunday May 20 if Barca team does not play a day before the final of the Champions League or Friday, May 25 if Pep Guardiola have possibility of retaining his European title in Munich.

In spite of the fact that the press from Madrid gives today for fact that Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu won't give alleging problems of security and a plan to already execute some works foreseen, Lopez did not rule out the feud host the final target. " At the moment it is not excluded. The most logical choices are the Camp Nou Mestalla or the Bernabeu. "

Moreover, the federation spokesman denied that FC Barcelona would not want to leave the Stadium in 2004 for the final that Real Madrid played and ended up losing against Real Zaragoza: "In 2004 he was the city of Barcelona who offered to play in the Estadi Olímpic. Barça never denied that the final will be played at the Camp Nou " .

Between 21:30 and 22:00 h.
Finally, Lopez said, "is played on 20 or 25 May, when the match will be between 21.30 h. and 22.00 h.". TVE has exclusive rights to transmit the final. (via MD)

Guiño of Jordi Alba to Barça

In an interview with Gol T, the left-back who likes to Barca left wanting.
The coastal player is free on 30 June 2013, but still does not accept the offer of four years of club Levante.

Jordi Alba and not hide how excited you would wear the shirt of Barca . In an interview to be broadcast today in three installments (15.00, 20.00 and 23.30 h.) Gol TV as part of the weekly program 'The League Show, the versatile left full-back of Valencia confesses his dreams for the future without sparing the enormous interest that the club azulgrana is done with their services. "Every player dreams of small triumph in Barcelona," says the footballer born 22 years ago in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat when asked about the interest of the club.

In Valencia's first team since 2009 after being given one year to Nàstic by the club 'ché', Alba has not forgotten his origins and could become another case of a product of the youth returning to Barcelona Barça , having triumphed in other equipment. Gerard Pique (Manchester United and Zaragoza) and Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) are the clearest examples without forgetting the recent discoveries, Isaac Basin (Sabadell) and Cristian Tello (Espanyol). Alba played for Barca youth football for seven years (1998-2005) and when I was in the Cadet was ruled to be the youth Cornellà destination. A couple of years later he joined the Valencia .

In the same program, Alba acknowledges his motivation for Euro challenge after 8 June. "I have hope but I see far to go to the European Championship with the team," said the Catalan, which debuted with the absolute on October 11 in Scotland and has continued to evolve during the two and a half seasons leading to orders Unai Emery .

The declaration of love from Alba to Barca coincides with the absence of developments in Valencia's attempts to extend his contract. The coastal player is free on 30 June 2013, but still does not accept the offer of four years of club Levante. In Mestalla begin to resign themselves that if Alba is not the work of renewal, it would be best to pierce Barca this summer instead of seeing in a year goes to zero cost. Given the statements of Alba Gol T, everything points to a strategy to try to persuade Valencia to let him go.

In Valencia and linked the remarks to a meeting between representatives of Alba, José Vicente Fores and Tárraga, with Josep Maria Orobitg agent of Pep Guardiola . A meeting that, yes, the environment Orobitg denied that considers any relationship with the interest of Barça for the full-back. (via MD)

Recovery exercises for the finalists

The players that started against Valencia plus Busquets have done recovery exercises in Thursday’s midday training session. Also involved were Dos Santos, Tello, Sergi Roberto, Espinosa, Lobato and Masip of the B team.

The Copa del Rey finalists got back to work on Thursday at midday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The first eleven against Valencia and Sergio Busquets worked behind closed doors, with the focus being on recuperation from the previous night’s exertions. The others, who included reserve team members Dos Santos, Tello, Sergi Roberto, Espinosa, Lobato and Masip trained as normal.

The session was watched by former cycling great Miguel Indurain, who is a member of the Laureus Academy, and former Italian international Gianfranco Zola.

Thoughts of the cup can be put aside for some time, and attention now returns to the league and the forthcoming trip to Osasuna on Saturday. The team will train again on Friday morning. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Alexis Sanchez vs Valencia

Xavi: “This is a moment to savour”

The midfielder told Barça TV that the team is enjoying fine form and that they should be judged fairly on merit.

After their brilliant qualification for the final of the Copa del Rey, Xavi Hernàndez appeared on the 'El Marcador' show on Barça TV to speak about his team's achievement. "We are very happy to be in the final. We have got through some tough ties and deserve to be here, we believe we were superior to all our opponents and dealt with things well ... The whole squad has celebrated. We are enjoying fine form and sometimes don't appreciate what we have. This is a moment to enjoy".

The cup now on hold for a while, it's time for attention to turn back to the league, and Xavi feels that reaching the final "is a turning point, it will be good for us to carry on competing. We know the league is going to be difficult, but we'll keep fighting". Barça are seven points adrift of Real Madrid, and Xavi knows "they won't make it easy for us."

Xavi Hernàndez may have been suffering with calf trouble recently, but insists that he'll still be around for some time. "People are already talking about my retirement, but I'm enjoying myself, and as long as injuries are kind to me, I'll be here for much longer. It all depends on how I feel physically".

He also spoke about fellow veteran Carles Puyol, who he says "sets an example for us all with the way he works and encourages the team. We are lucky to have him as a team mate". As for the renewal of Pep Guardiola's contract, Xavi said "he's giving nothing away, but he is a massive Barça man and he couldn't be better anywhere other than here". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Jordi Alba: "My statements about Barça have been taken out of context"

After removal copera, believes the team should focus on the two competitions in the following options.

Jordi Alba believes it is now time to look to the League and Europa League, once the team was eliminated from the Copa del Rey against Barcelona.

"We have to think in the league, which is the competition that can lead us to the next edition of the Champions League and not forget that the Europa League competition can also be a very nice," he said.

He admitted that all players were "annoyed" by the elimination against Barcelona, ​​but also that the team had not played well and made mistakes.

On the statements as saying that any child dreams of success with Barcelona, ​​said: "They have taken out of context, but that has not been disrespectful to anyone because the truth is that any kid dreams to reach the first team club where he plays. " (via Marca)

Messi teasing with Valencia players

Mascherano tackle + tiki taka vs Valencia

Xavi equals his record scorer

As in the 2008-2009 season and Valencia adds to his other illustrious victims: Milan, Madrid and Santos.

In the prior, to Pep asked what he was going to ask Xavi in his return to the team. Distilling irony, the technician said that "three goals and three assists." It signed a hat trick but had the role that all longed for his enormous talent. Scored the goal that ruled and closed the semifinals of the Cup and uncorked the joy in the stands of Camp Nou . Somewhat stylish, the square and with sufficient precision to eliminate all suffering.

Some discomfort in the soleus muscle prevented him from being in the starting lineup in the first leg Cup was played in Mestalla and the League against Real Sociedad. His absence coincided with Barca away from their excellence, without the precision of touch. Was on the bench but the coach declined to give more minutes. "Xavi needs to stop," he explained. And the rest has done well to charge the batteries. Without showing its best, its presence in the field, his pauses, his vision and intelligence gave the script required. So crucial was his both Diego Alves match your particular record is signed scorer in the 2008-2009 campaign. At the Pep debut with the first team, that of Terrassa reached 10 goals, surpassing those achieved in a previous year Rijkaard. A total of six in the league, one in the Champions League, one in the Club World Cup and two King's Cup, yesterday and he signed with l'Hospitalet in that win (9-0). It was also, curiously, as a result of Cesc assistance, both in the Camp Nou . Opposite the Valencia , the Arenys are conjured a brilliant pass, a precise touch, marinated in a unique delicacy.

But it is also a world record scoring of quality. Xavi scored in matches high caliber, including Milan at San Siro in that magnificent 2-3, in 1-3 to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the league and the 4-0 to Santos in the final of Club World Cup in Japan. Given that also marked the end of 2009 precisely to Athletic Bilbao, Copa del Rey seems to be tailor-made.

And like basketball, Xavi also boasts a double-double. Ten goals and ten assists, it also carries a bunch. The Barça is supported by a Xavi who is central to Pep in this adventure of four years and 13 of 16 possible titles. Has started, no less, that in 173 of 223 total matches played matches. This season has only lost eight of 40. (via MD)

Messi & Iniesta one-two's vs Valencia

Piqué y Shakira celebrated her birthday in karts

The couple brought together 30 people from his inner circle and closed a karting facilities in Barcelona.

Gerard Piqué (25) and Shakira (35) celebrated their birthday on February 2, like children. Yesterday it emerged that the couple would go for an original celebration to spend the afternoon with his inner circle.

The site chosen was the Barcelona Indoor Karting, located in the industrial estate of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona. The owner of the premises were closed for the couple could celebrate his birthday and his first anniversary as a couple, accompanied by about 30 people, including friends and family. Among those present in karting were his inseparable Cesc Fabregas and Carles Puyol, who came with his Colombian girlfriend, ex-Queen of the Carnaval de Barranquilla, Giselle Lacouture. He was also with them Andreu Fontàs and his crutches. Gerard's parents, Joan and Montserrat, also missed the odd birthday party that lasted about two hours during which attendees downloaded adrenaline. After have a great time with the karts, the friends kept the party and went to dinner.

Throughout the day, the paparazzi had chased the couple to get photos of the celebration. Young managed to shake off the photographers, but agreed to portray by the owner of the facility to hang in the social networks. (via SPORT)

[The Player Ratings; Copa; Semifinal Leg2] FC Barcelona - Valencia CF (2-0)

Pinto 7, Puyol 8, Piqué 7, Mascherano 8, Abidal 7, Xavi 7, Thiago 7, Cesc 8, Cuenca 6, Mess, 8, Alexis 6, Alves 6, Tello 7, Iniesta -. (via SPORT)

Cesc Fàbregas: “This is one of the best games I've played since I arrived at FC Barcelona”

While the team is pleased with tonight’s victory, they’re focusing on the upcoming Liga and Champions League matches. Alexis on Barça’s Cup final rival: “Guardiola and Bielsa are very similar in how they work”.

Joy was pervasive in the Barça dressing room after the match against Valencia. Cesc Fàbregas, the man that scored the first goal of the game, said: “this is one of the best games I’ve played since I came here. We too this match seriously and we proved that on the pitch. It has been a beautiful night.”

The Barça midfielder, who has scored 15 goals this season (not counting his goal in the Gamper), talked about the post-match atmosphere in the dressing room: “we’re happy, very happy. The objective was to reach the final and we achieved that. I’m enjoying the moment.” Cesc, however, went on to talk about the team’s next challenges: “we have to put the final aside and think about the Liga and the Champions League. If we have to celebrate something, let it be at the end of the season with the most amount of titles possible.”

Here are some of the statements made by the FC Barcelona players after the match:

Isaac Cuenca

“We’re not really aware of the fact that we are in the final of the King’s Cup, but the joy in the dressing room was evident

“I’ve always enjoyed getting to a final and this one all the more, it’s a special match, plus it’s with Barça.”


“We all know that Valencia is a great team and they made it difficult for us. We controlled the game and we scored our second goal.

“I always want to play. I’m never satisfied with what I do, I always want to keep on winning.

“Guardiola and Bielsa are very similar in how they work. Our opponent in the Cup final is a good team and we’ll see what happens.”


“We have to enjoy getting into the final but we’re aware that we still have a long way to go, we especially have a lot of games in the Liga.

“I managed to keep a clean sheet and that gives me a lot of tranquility. I did my small part for the team.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Bartomeu: “We are very please to know in February that we have another final”

The first vice-president said he was satisfied with Barça reaching the King’s Cup final: “the objective was to reach the final and it hasn’t been easy, because Valencia is a very tough rival. We are very please to know in February that we have another final.” Josep Maria Bartomeu publicly congratulated the coaching staff and the players “because maintaining this level of demand and motivation each game is not simple.”

He also thanked the 69,474 spectators that watched the game in the Camp Nou despite the cold. Finally, Bartomeu is confident that Athletic Club Bilbao will be “a very complicated rival” in the final. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Xavi: "We are very happy, we look forward"

"We've been over there and here, but we are thrilled, we have held in the locker room and we are very happy," said the Barcelona player.

Xavi Hernandez has been very happy to reach the final of the Copa del Rey: "We are pleased that we have a final cost us to get here. We've been over there and here, but we are thrilled, we have held in the locker room and we are very happy. "

"For me it is a big turning point, we do not lost the League, seven points, but will continue to compete and it will not be easy, but it's good because we are in the final of a competition, we won 3 titles this season and the Champions League again next week. We are in a good form, "he adds.

The player Barca emphasized: "The team played a great game. We have suffered, the field is not in perfect condition, on the contrary plays and we get tough. We have only failed in the seven points of the League".

"We had parties and we have not controlled our fault. At half time we could have gone 2-0 and in the second half we failed more times," he says about the games against Valencia.

"He's done very good games.'s A great player and a great person," ends on Pinto. (via AS)

Guardiola: “We competed more than ever”

The Barça manager highlights his team’s play in the tie against Valencia and he’s satisfied with having reached the third Cup final in four years. Guardiola is certain that the final against Athletic Club will be “fascinating” and “very attractive” for the spectators.

Visibly pleased with his team after the King’s Cup semifinal match against Valencia, Josep Guardiola highlighted his squad’s performance both in Mestalla last Wednesday and at the Camp Nou tonight: “in Valencia we played an extraordinary game, and today we did it again. We generated a lot of football, with an almost infinite amount of plays. Save the first minutes of each half, when we could go at them we had the game and we didn’t let it slip away.” Having reached his third Cup final in four years, the Barça manager said, “it’s a great achievement,” and, at the same time, it says “a lot about the players.”

“When you’re tempted to doubt a player, to say that they are tired or comfortable, count to five or six and think about how some people regard this competition as the least prestigious, the one that’s least valuable, we’ve reached the final three out of four years,” he said.

Guardiola has no doubts that this Cup final will be a “marvelous spectacle.” He added: “we’re very excited to play against Athletic. We’ve happy to have another final saved away. It’s a final with the teams that have the most titles in the competition. I believe it will be fascinating, because I haven’t seen a team that plays into space like Athletic. They will come for us, and we’ll do the same. It’ll be a beautiful final for spectators that will give prestige to the competition.”

When asked about how his team is doing after tonight’s win, the manager said: “they’re calm. Happy, knowing that they won the tie. I’d say that they are pleased, but calm, they did what they had to do.”

After highlighting the team’s collective play, Guardiola had special words of praise for Thiago, “he had an extraordinary match, he played like a man. He audaciously played in a position that he’s not used to.” He also talked about Pinto, “he was impeccable,” especially with his foot work. “In four years he’ll have played three finals, and that says a lot about his personality, his strength,” he added.

Finally, Guardiola talked about his team’s situation in the Liga: “it’s normal that in La Liga we’re below a team like Real Madrid. We’re in a tough situation in the competition. It’ll be very difficult to reach them. We have to force them to win it. We have put pressure on them. In the end, these players challenge themselves.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Emery: "I congratulate Barcelona and wish them good luck"

"Congratulate Barcelona, ​​having much luck".
"We have to strengthen us much to qualify for the Champions".

Unai Emery , coach of Valencia , showed his frustration at not being able to reach the final of Copa "We played the best team in the world, we had our chances, until the 75th minute was open, but Barca is a great team and has demonstrated its superiority. We needed to have success, and we have not done, "he admitted.

Emery would not excuse in the ground breaking of Soldado. "When there is a player we can not rely on it. We employ a very broad and do not believe in that, "said Valencia coach, which, unlike Mourinho in the previous tie, did not hesitate to congratulate Barça. "Congratulate Barcelona, ​​having much luck and from there to strengthen us much to qualify for the Champions League and do well in the Europa League. We made ​​two good matches in qualifying, but we needed something more, "he said.

In addition, Emery qusio move on to the incident who lived with Guardiola in the away game after Barca coach held Puyol's goal remembering that Valencia had not watered the field. "I congratulate you. I compete for my team, as he competes for his. From there, about the greatness details for Guardiola was also "he said. As a summary, Emery said: "Barca fail to win for purely potential." (via MD)

Guardiola has led his team to a dozen finals

In the three and a half years in charge of the Barça bench, Pep Guardiola has led his team to 12 finals. The Copa del Rey final will be Barça’s fourth championship match in 2011/12. The team previously played and won the Spanish and European Super Cups and the Club World Cup. Counting the semifinal tie against Valencia in the Copa del Rey, Pep Guadiola’s man have won a total of 24 knock-out ties out of 26.

Barça obtained their ticket to their 12th final since Guardiola took charge of the first team after beating out Valencia in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. As was the case in 2009, Athletic Club is the other Cup finalist. That was the first final out of 11 that Guardiola has played in his three and a half years at Barça. His record isn’t bad, he’s led his team to 10 victories and only 1 defeat (against Real Madrid in the Cup last season).

This will be Guardiola’s third Copa del Rey final in four years. It also happens to be the competition that Barça has played the most finals in with the manager at the helm, along with the Spanish Super Cup. With Guardiola, Barça also managed to play in two Champions League finals, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cup finals.

To get to these 12 finals, Barça has had to knock out opponents. Of the 26 ties played, they have won 24. Only Seville and Inter Milan have been able to beat Barça in a two-leg playoff. The Andalusians did it in the 2009/10 season in the Copa del Rey, where they knocked out Barça in the round of 16. Inter Milan eliminated Barça in the semifinals of the Champions League. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barça to play in their 36th Cup final

For Guardiola this will be his 12th final on the Barça bench: up until now he has won 10 and lost only 1 championship match. The first of his 13 titles as manager was the Copa del Rey on 2009.

FC Barcelona will have a chance to add another Cup title to its trophy cabinet. Barça managed to knock Valencia out of the competition and qualify for its 36th Cup final. The Catalans will face off against Athletic Club, the team with the second most Cup trophies. The final will be a repeat match of the 2009 championship game, where the team claimed the first of their 13 titles under Guardiola by beating the Basque side 1-4.

The Club has won 25 of the 35 finals it has played. The first Cup title was won in 1910 and the last one in 2009, in Mestalla. The team, however, also played the Cup championship match last year, where it lost 0-1 to Real Madrid in overtime. This will be the third Cup final in four years under Guardiola’s tutelage.

For Guardiola this will be his 12th final since he took charge of FC Barcelona. His record is almost perfect with 10 wins (Cup, Champions Leagues, Spanish and European Super Cups and Club World Cups) and only one loss (Cup, 2011). In total, the Barça manager has won 13 out of 16 titles. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Copa del Rey; semifinal; Leg2] FC Barcelona 2 - 0 Valencia CF

Guardiola’s team will play the Cup Final against Athletic Bilbao for the second time in 3 years

The Copa del Rey get to yet another final. FC Barcelona beat Valencia thanks to goals from Cesc and Xavi, one early on and the other late in the game, in a match that could have been all over before halftime. Such was the Barça superiority that they could only regret their lack of finesse in front of Diego Alves' goal. It was a game where both teams had chances, but Valencia finished the match with 10 players after the sending-off of Feghouli.

So, FC Barcelona end their Cup marathon brilliantly, getting into yet another Cup Final, the twelfth under Guardiola, which will be played in May against Athletic Club Bilbao, who knocked out the Cup's surprise team, Mirandés.

Valencia's initial threat lasted just 15 minutes. In those 15 minutes, they disputed possession with Barça and created some danger in Pinto's area. Then, a fabulous ball over the top from Messi to Cesc changed the game. Fabregas ran in behind Miguel and took advantage of Alves' indecision, who hesitated coming off his line, to chip him to make it 1-0, with practically Barça's first real attack.

Moments later, another mistake, this time from Rami, almost cost Valencia a second time, but they survived a double effort from Messi and Cuenca. Emery's players were on the back foot after Cesc's goal. There was no sign of their early possession, and they were making too many passing mistakes at the back. From one of those, Cesc let them off the hook, when this time Alves was more inspired and saved well. The match was being played at breakneck pace and at the interval it was looking good for Barça.

The first chance after the break fell to Valencia when Pinto made a brilliant double save from Alba and Aduriz. Barça woke up after that warning, and Messi had three good chances to decide the match. Alves responded to all 3 chances with flying colors.

Towards the the end of the game it was all end to end stuff. Valencia tried and tried again down the left flank, and forced several corners that gave Barça a few scares. The spaces left by Valencia allowed Guardiola's players to counter attack, again and again. With a man extra after Feghouli's sending-off, Barça settled the matter. In the 80th minute, in a swift counter attack, Xavi finished off a great move by Alexis and Cesc. The Cup Final is a reality: number 36 for FC Barcelona. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Data]
FC Barcelona Pinto; Puyol, Mascherano, Piqué, Abidal, Thiago, Xavi, Cesc (Iniesta, mi.90+2), Cuenca (Tello, min.89), Messi and Alexis (Dani Alves, min.86).

Valencia Diego Alves; Miguel, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Albelda (Parejo, min.85), Banega (Tino Costa, min.68), Feghouli, Jonas (Piatti, min.79), Mathieu and Aduriz.

Fernández Borbalán (Andalusian School). He showed yellow card to Aduriz (min.22), Victor Ruiz (min.51), Cesc (min.67) and Thiago (mi.82). He drove for two bookings to Feghouli (min.45 and 76).

Gaols: 1-0 Cesc, min.16. 2-0 Xavi, min.81.

Incidents: Second leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey match at the Camp Nou before 69,476 spectators. Before the meeting, observed a minute of silence for the death of the Catalan painter and sculptor Antoni Tapies, author of the poster of the centenary of FC Barcelona.

Jordi Alba: "Every catalán child dreams of playing in Barça"

The full-back of Valencia Jordi Alba candid in an interview with Gol TV.

In the same way that Cuenca, Tello and Cesc went from very small for the Barca youth system and then go and grow as players in other clubs, his return is coming soon. This follows from the good words that Guardiola has always dedicated its first performance in Nastic and then in Valencia, being already a full international and especially its more than enough quality and projection in a position in the world, scarce.

Only the arrival of Bale or an unexpected irruption of Muniesa or some other canterano could leave the Catalan without registering for the club of their loves. In an interview to be broadcast on Gol TV as reported by the journalist Oriol Alos in his twitter account, the player has already given a headline that portends a future of color Barca: "Every player dreams of small Catalan in Barcelona triumph . "Surely the eyes of the Camp Nou and Barca's technical staff will analyze the performance of Alba in the second leg of the semifinals of Copa and the remainder of the season.

VIDEO: www.sport.es

[Ex-player] Pellegrino: "Barça has everything to make his mark in world football"

The explayer Barça and Valencia, Mauricio Pellegrino spoke at the program Esports Cope.

Mauricio Pellegrino who were among other teams player of Barça and Valencia, spoke a few hours before challenging for the second leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. And to begin with, told Esports Cope gave his opinion on Barça has "made" Pep Guardiola. "What I like is as regenerated, has been recycled, as has been changing the way they play. To me that is what that has enriched both the Barcelona and the Spanish football. Not play well today as when they started first year. Pep has managed to move the pieces without losing their identity. has managed to change the names without leaving Barcelona matrix. have been strengthened but not always well have lost the club's history. They have all the ingredients on the table for remain a team that leaves a footprint marked in world football. This is the fourth year, I do not know until when, "said

One of the players he likes, maybe because he plays in the same position, is Carles Puyol. "I'm always surprised at the heart of Puyol, I met this young player, and do not cause any surprise its evolution as a player, the fate that followed as a captain and in what became a Barça flag as representing the selection . Puyol has revealed that his mind and his personality is above its capacity player in all competitions. "

And Pellegrino also discussed his two compatriots. Mascherano believes that "it is a great person who lives a great professional football as a few players. Barça have won a great player and a person in the locker room will contribute much. It has a great adaptability, humility and puts all his energy into the team. " And on Leo Messi believes that "causes me much admiration. I wish I had the good fortune to direct someday. Its evolution over the years has never diminished: from that began the Messi Messi today has also become a player passes enabler to master. And that has transformed the world's best without doubt. And I'm surprised its ability to carry the weight of opinion, as rivals try to unsettle, the premsa ... I appreciate it is Argentina. As an Argentine I appreciate your behavior. " (via SPORT)

Clemente: "Messi is a squad quotes. They signed the best child of Argentina"

Javier Clemente has become a liar. True to form leaves no stone cold ...

Javier Clemente has given an interview to the magazine Sport Quality. And as usual it is clear that not all is well, all criticism and everything looks bad.

Considering its fixation with Barça, the first little message it sends to those who think that Messi is Barcelona youth player. "Messi is quoted squad. Ficharn the best child of all Argentina. Not have done player. Messi was Messi and have polished."

Of course, neither Pep Guardiola is very fond of the Barakaldo. "Guardiola is not the best coach in the world. It is the most won. I do not like football when the ball holds. The quality of the coach is the same as being up or down, win or lose does not make you good or bad. The qualifiers are things of the press. " That if admirque Barca is the only team that "knows how to play well to the touch. The rest are dangerous imitations."

But not only Barça is in the crosshairs of Javier Clemente. At Madrid also plays. "In Madrid we are envious. Also in Pamplona and San Sebastian. Everywhere would like to have local players." And Cristiano Ronaldo does not escape criticism. "It's not old enough to learn. With 13 years will someday have to be sent home."

Clement recalls that whenever in his opinion, of course modest, he served several years as the number one and your selection was better than Del Bosque. And, finally, memories for Athletic and current coach Marcelo Bielsa. "Bielsa is not God. With it, the team has not gone forward. We have not won anything. Not much has changed like that. There are games that play to play it and others in length. I would not have signed, would have chosen a Basque technical. " All you have to look good is Basque Athletic policy of signing only players home. "I will die without seeing a stranger in the Athletic. If I see it, I'll go to San Mamés and I'll be at the head of those who eat the president." (via SPORT)

[Youth; NextGen Series; Quarterfinal] FCB Juvenil A 0 - 3 Ajax

Ajax very practical tomb to the Juvenil A in Miniestadi and it has been classified for the Final one at Four, where will face Liverpool. The Dutch have got three goals in the second half.

The Juvenil A has been removed from the NextGen Series in Miniestadi. Has fallen by 0-3 against a much more successful Ajax in the final meters, and says goodbye to the European dream. The difference in outcome reflects not seen on the pitch, where a willful Barça has been overtaken by a very practical Ajax has become the three arrivals goal of which is provided in the second half.

Thus, the Dutch team who will participate in the Final Four in London. In the semifinals, will face with Liverpool.

The entire first half was very even. The Juvenil A had more possession than the Dutch side, but has lacked the usual depth. You tried to reach the area of ​​Van der Hart with long passes to Dongou, which has rarely been able to get away with some very, very rocky defenses. Ajax, well positioned, has also been approached with danger, as in the closing of Denswil Bañuz who sent in a corner. At the break, a goalless draw in a match in which Barca had been slightly higher.

On the resumption the game has changed color. Ajax has been done with the ball and closed Barca in their own half. The Òscar Garcia, however, have continued to try and plant Ernesto almost alone with Van der Hart on a quick counterattack. On the next play, Schoop has styled an air ball and allowed Fischer to Bañuz face and overcome with a cross shot. 0-1 to lack of 35-minute match.

After this coup have reached the best minutes of Barca, who has tried to head and heart, without reward. Barca have plagued the visiting area, but the goal has slipped back into the other end, in an action that resolved Schoop. With the score 0-2 in the Patri has enjoyed a great opportunity to keep alive the hope of Juvenil A. Patri, however, has topped off his head.

In the final minutes, Ajax has paid to Juvenil A with another goal of Fischer, who has finished a play from the left. The Dutch have been the most practical in the Mini, and who will play the Final Four in London. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Data]
Juvenil A: Bañuz, Edu, Bagnack, Ayala, Grimaldo, Samper, Patri, Babunski, Cristian (Ernesto, min 45), Miguel Angel and Dongou. Entrenador: Óscar García

Ajax: Van der Hart, Ligeon, Veltman, Denswil, Dijk, Sporkslede, de Sa, adquiridos, Schoop, Klaassen and Fischer (El Hasnaoui, min 90). Entrenador: Fred Grim

Goals: 0-1, Fischer (min 56); 0-2, Schoop (min 67); 0-3, Fischer (min 81)

Referee: Juan Manuel Vico Moreno.

[Ex-player] Belletti surrenders to Barça...and to Neymar

The ex Barcelona player Juliano Belletti, hero of the second Champions achieved in Paris, spoke in praise to which considered best team in the world ... and to make clear that Neymar has its place in this Barça.

Julian Belletti passed in question of minutes of being more a player in the history of Barça to convetirse in a myth culé. Not the height of the great figures, but to pass into the annals of history Barca, all thanks to a goal he achieved in the final of the Champions League in 2006 against Henry and Fabregas's Arsenal.

When passing through the microphones of COM Ràdio, whichever side Villarreal, Barcelona and Chelsea said he considers the best team in the world: "The current Barça is unique, which makes no one's ever done." More daring than ever, the Brazilian said he is studying and preparing to return to the club as coach.

And he does have every chance of signing for Barca in the near future is Neymar. His compatriot praised him: "Neymar has room in Barcelona is very impressive. Barcelona can make Neymar, like Messi, the best in the world." (via SPORT)

[Youth; NextGen Series] As quarter-Champions

Oscar Garcia's team played the quarter-final against Ajax NextGen Series in a single game to be played in the Miniestadi on Wednesday (18.30 hours) Oscar Garcia on the match: "The pressure is on them. We have the philosophy of always "

The FC Barcelona JUvenil A returns to the European parties of NextGen Series after almost three months of hiatus. Oscar Garcia's team seeks to impose his game before his quarter-final opponent, the Ajax of Amsterdam, a single match to be played on Wednesday at the Miniestadi (18.30 hours) . Juvenil A coach has asked fans to "come to Mini", as the duel is between two great teams that will surely give a good show.

Barça fans will enjoy the confrontation in the field for free or via Barca TV, Youtube channel and club's official website.

The team training session was on Tuesday at 16 hours at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. The atmosphere that was present in the training was nervous before a big game. "The players faced with looking forward and hope this match, "said the coach, Oscar Garcia. He also added that this confrontation will take it "very seriously" and that " will improve the training of the players "as they have the opportunity to compete against some very powerful players.

During the group stage, FC Barcelona won first place with five wins and just one defeat . Practicing a great football, Oscar Garcia finished the sentence of groups with 20 goals in only six games.

In the last game played in the Juvenil A NextGen Series ended in a 4-1 beating people at Manchester City. Team striker, Jean Marie Dongou, established himself as top scorer of the competition.

Fred Grim's team and assistant Ronald de Boer, brother of former Barca player, comes to Miniestadi as the second group, after being defeated in the last two games of the NextGen Series . Oscar Garcia believes that Ajax is "a very good shot at one of the best teams in Europe working very well with the quarry. We want to look good." However, it is evident the respect that the Juvenil A rival is because "they lose players who have been with the first team and also three or four major players" . However, Oscar Garcia does not suffer: "The pressure is on them. We have the usual philosophy" .

The surprise in the squad has been Dongou player that will become part of the staff of Barça B: "I agree with the Club begin and end with the same team," argues the coach. Oscar Garcia, therefore, will include all staff in the Juvenil A for the match against Ajax, but Sandro and Ella, who are confirmed kills, and Carlos Julio and Ernest, who are yet to be confirmed casualties . The coach has decided that players will not catch Barça B: "It would be foolish now we were to lose players because we are in the quarterfinals. only play which they have earned . " (via FCBarcelona.cat)