13 February 2012

Freixa: "For the Bernabéu have to be a honor host the final of Copa"

Toni Freixa , Spokesperson of the board of Barcelona , said this Monday that " for the stadium "of Real Madrid , the Bernabeu , " has to be an honor "to the end of Copa del Rey azulgranas between them and the Athletic Club is dispute there in the month of May.

" We seek a field that meets the criterion of maximum capacity and equidistance between the two cities, mostly to seek the interests of our people. We understand that the seat that meets these criteria is the Santiago Bernabeu and is something we have made ​​known to Federation in conjunction with the Athletic Club , "said Freixa. " Both teams have spoken of objective criteria that the field is neutral, so ours, the Camp Nou , does not meet those criteria , "said the spokesman in the City of Las Rozas Soccer , home of the Spanish Federation where there was a meeting between both clubs to bring positions on the venue of the Copa del Rey final.

" It has to be an honor for the Santiago Bernabeu for Spanish football, the final being staged on a stage like that with two big clubs. insist that this must be the stadium , "said Freixa, who declined to assess the possibility other venues. " I can not comment about the circumstances that may have any club. I am optimistic as possible because we want a big party of Spanish football. the moment we are in the process of proposing and, until now, by common consent, we asked the Santiago Bernabeu. hope that it will be possible because it is the ideal scenario , "he said.

" Now it is that the Federation take the steps the owner of the facility and in the coming days we can hold a meeting to nominate the venue. We are not aware of any remodeling at the Bernabeu, so today we have determined objectively best stadium to celebrate , "he confessed. (via MD)

Awaiting a final decision for the Cup final venue

FC Barcelona and Athletic Club propose playing the King’s Cup final at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Federation said that the final decision will be made within 10 days.

The meeting between the Spanish Football Federation, Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona, held today in Madrid, finished without a final decision on where the final of the King’s Cup will be played.

FC Barcelona, represented by the secretary of the board of directors, Toni Freixa, and the general director, Antoni Rossich, insisted that the venue of the final must fulfill two fundamental goals: the final must be played at a neutral stadium and the stadium must hold as many supporters as possible.

The Athletic Club Bilbao representatives also insisted on the same requirements. The Santiago Bernabeu is the stadium that allows for the most supporters and it’s a neutral stadium, as Toni Freixa explained at the conclusion of the meeting: “The Santiago Bernabue is the stadium that fulfills the goals that we and Athletic Club have insisted upon.”

The Federation said that they will come to a decision within 10 days on where the final of the King’s Cup will be played. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The cold greets Barça in Germany

Upon arrival, Barça’s first team was greeted by sub-zero temperatures and snow. FC Barcelona will resume their Champions League title defense against Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow at 20:45.

The first team got off to an early start today as they left the Camp Nou at 9:30 for El Prat airport. The plane, en route to Cologne, left Barcelona at 10:30 and arrived in Germany a little before 13:00. Upon arrival, the team was greeted by low temperatures (-1 at the time of arrival) and snow. Once out of the German airport, FC Barcelona went directly to their hotel, the Hyatt Regency.

Besides the 22 players named to the team and the coaching staff, President Sandro Rosell and Board of Directors members, Ramon Pont, Silvio Elías, Josep Ramon Vida-Abarca and the football director Andoni Zubizarreta, also travelled to Germany.

This afternoon, at 18:15, Josep Guardiola and Dani Alves held a press conference ahead of the Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen. Afterward, at 19:00, the team completed a training session at the Bay Arena.

Board of Directors dinner

FC Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen’s Board of Directors will dine together at 20:00 at the Zur Post restaurant ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League match (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Piqué scare before traveling to Germany

Gerard Pique has had a scare with his car before traveling with the team to Germany. A bus line 64 is led by front door of his Audi, which was open, as reported by Ona FM.

The FC Barcelona was out of his garage to go to the Nou Camp but stopped on the street because they had neglected Muntaner bag. The player went down to pick it up and left the car empty, but with the door open and took the bus ahead.

Accordingly, the player has not suffered any mishap, but had to do partly with the bus driver. This incident, however, has meant that the team had to delay his departure for Cologne. (via MD)

Zubizarreta: “We constantly self-evaluate”

Zubizarreta: “We constantly self-evaluate”.

With Barça preparing to play in last-16 round of the Champions League and trailing Madrid by 10 points in the league, Andoni Zubizarreta defended Barça’s first team from the recent criticism it has received: “we constantly self-evaluate. We always try to be the best, I don’t believe that the team has become complacent.”

At the same time, the Basque director recognized that winning the fourth consecutive league title is complicated: “10 points are a lot of games, we obviously aren’t dependent on ourselves anymore. We must keep on competing, and maintain the pressure in the league and we’ll see how it all works out in May. Mathematically, it’s difficult, but we have to try.”

Keeping the league in mind, the Champions League could become the standard by which the team measures itself at the end of the season. Zubizarreta said that “if we consider that we’re in the final of the Cup, and if we win the Champions League, plus the three titles we’ve already won ... the season would be extraordinary. In any case, we cannot give up on the league.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Pep, pissed off with the first part

Probably the first time that Pep Guardiola slides a reproach to his players among the factors analyzed after the game. "If in the second part we have been good in this field, could we have been better in the first," said the incidence of cold, hard ground in the game of Barca in Pamplona.

Indeed, the team was better after the break, where Guardiola period exhibited what is commonly called his 'mosqueo' by the performance. In its way, as unconventional in that Pep is capable of doing, abroncó coach their players in the dugout during the break, something he has done on other occasions when she had to alert them to the recidivism of errors.

The end result certainly did not help to take that generated the worst temper first 45 minutes of his team, confirming that the coach was in Pamplona with the fly behind the ear. Pep's not often that acknowledgment and a marker. On Saturday he was caught completely by surprise as most of culés. (via MD)

Ballack: "We won't hide"

One of the icons of German football, Michael Ballack (Görlitz, GDR, 1976), may have been Barca in 2004, but when the truth, Bayern , where he played between 2002 and 2006, he was held. Also a former player of Kaiserslautern (1997-99) and Chelsea (2006-10), after an initial period (1999-02) now becomes an activist in the Bayer rival morning of Barcelona in the knockout round of Champions. 'Balle' Freiburg scored against the goal that put Leverkusen in the current Champions League and was instrumental in wins over Chelsea (2-1) and Valencia (2-1) in the group stage. Yesterday he suffered a hamstring injury and will miss tomorrow training: input may not, therefore, avenge the elimination suffered as 'blue' in the 'semis' of 2008-09, before he had beaten the Barcelona itself with Bayer , 2-1 (2001-02) and the Chelsea 1-0 (2006-07). "Disappointed" as assured MD , will try to be for the return of 7-M.

By decision of coach Robin Dutt you had three consecutive games in the Bundesliga still alternate. The big question: would it have been a starter tomorrow against Barcelona?

I started from the premise that would have been to Barça.

After passing around a "group of death ', did you at Bayer afraid to have to deal with Barca?

I am delighted that Barça is our rival, as a dream 35 years after the group stage and we face Chelsea, my former team. Can not ask for more. In sporting terms Barca are strong words, but in our field and we beat Chelsea himself and Valencia ...

Bayer already eliminated in League Cup and only six, offering performances and showing irregular vulnerable. Is it a breeze for Barca?

In the duel that the catalog as 'expert on sweet' bell that motivates us. We of course it 'outsider' against al Barca against Chelsea he fue different. But he Bayer tambiénsabe jugar a football! Chelsea have shown it to y Valencia y passing the octavos in a very hard group. We force him runner-up Germany. At home we can tie Fuertes y in the short batir al Barcelona.

But many people say that you will Barca won the lottery .

We must be realistic. We returned to the Champions League after six years of absence. We lost reputation, right now we are as 'rookies'. It is normal for a neutral observer it seems that we are easy prey. Granted, but as I said is something that motivates us a lot.

Getafe and Osasuna and Barça have beaten this season. What would be your formula to give Bayer the morning bell?

What Barca how to win? The tactical questions are a thing of the coach and not want to get. But with Barca beat Chelsea in London, 1-0 and 0-0 in Barcelona were being coach Mourinho and Hiddink already on the bench, just 1-1 at the Camp Nou and 0-0 at Stamford Bridge ... but, yes, Barcelona entered the final with that goal from Iniesta. Mourinho and Hiddink found a way to constrict Barca and abort your game concept. Bayer now there is certainly a chance to win one of two games, but will be very complicated and difficult.

¿To throw wrinkled face and not a good system?

As seen with the equipment to which Barça failed to win pays off very boldly push them up and in midfield or delay and annoy ranks from there. But Barca players are so extraordinary that it is not easy annulment. My formula will mark them three goals fast and then lock ourselves behind, ha, ha, ha.

¿'Drying' Messi is a key?

It is impossible to man marking on Messi for his power stroke with or without the ball and whether there is someone who blocks the way or not. Besides, it is very robust in the 'one against one', although it does not wrinkle are crushing. And unplug the rest of this super-team is not easy to say.

What enabled them to beat Chelsea and Valencia at the BayArena?

We do not hide their face against Chelsea and Valencia, and that led us to victories. Nor have we hid ourselves against Barca will fight and try to put them in trouble, desconcertarles, narrow its scope and mark them a goal. Now, I insist that the tactic is up to our coach.

Is this Barça the best team of all time?

This club is unique. Offensively is very strong and so is in defensive terms, something we sometimes forget. And the pressure when he loses the ball does not get all the praise it deserves.

Really not a little terrified face to face with the European champions?

The team faces the relaxed match, we'll go crazy. By philosophy we are cutting offensive, but am sure we will be more defensive. If the cold be our ally? I think that Barca knows how to handle freezing temperatures. What we have to try is to let ice cream with our football (laughs).

Do you regret not being able to sign for Barcelona in 2004?

Yes, it's a shame that in 2004 could not complete my transfer. We had reached an agreement with Barça and we had the approval of Uli Hoeness (then manager of Bayern Munich), but ultimately thwarted in summer signing, after Euro (Portugal) Hoeness told me not transferable and prevented my up. Of course I was angry and disappointed that Bayern had given the OK to my departure to Barcelona, ​​which was all spoken. Sometimes I think what may have been playing with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Barca other cracks. I was very excited about the idea of ​​coming. Back in 2006 end up at the Chelsea free transfer, Bayern did not see a euro for me.

Did he know about Barça?

No, do not ask me again.

The Barca president Sandro Rosell now was on hand to present the offer Blaugrana ...

Sandro Rosell (then Vice President) came to my house, we had a barbecue. I had a very good feeling about him and Barcelona. Rosell sent me a dream offer in sports and I think it could have met with the paper for which I wanted. I think that Barca went to by myself on my versatility, I can play in the positions of '6 ', '8' and '10 'attackers and perform functions and provide containment goal. I think we would have gone well.

Is it true that soon will be a teammate of former Barca Henry and Marquez in the American League?

It is early to talk of an exit to the MLS, but there is a possibility of going to the NY Red Bulls.

Now your path will cross with Guardiola, who idolized ...

Yes, long ago said in an interview that was my idol Pep Guardiola. What why? What a question! Pep was the '4 'par excellence, the paradigm of builder game. But what most attracted me was that not only Guardiola was full quality but also possessed the charisma that made him and still making it so special.

Do your three sons Louis, Emilio and Jordi are culés?

They have Barça shirts, followed by Barça games and of course know Messi, Xavi and Iniesta. Jordi, now 6, is very good. I think we can go far in football. If he might end up in Barça? Who knows? (Laughs).

You know Chelsea Mou. Are you surprised by the controversy raised here?

As a player you feel very protected him by Mourinho. Of course out is a provocateur, part of his character. The planning is on track to success and work to date gives reason. Also in Madrid trying to succeed with all possible means. What polarizes all, do not listen to others, seeking consciously controversy. Has overcome the historic rivalry between themselves and Madrid. I can understand that for the Barca is an enemy and a figure who arouses hatred. (via MD)

La Cartuja, another alternative to the Bernabeu for the Cup

Now meet Barcelona and Athletic at the headquarters of the RFEF in Madrid to decide the final stage of.

From 11.30 in the morning is scheduled to start the meeting between representatives of Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao in search of the headquarters where they will play the final of Copa Spanish Football Federation, which organizes the event, also will be present this morning at the summit.

In fact, the meeting is held at the headquarters of the Federation in Madrid. By the Barcelona attended by the director and spokesperson for the board, Antoni Freixa, and the director general of the organization, Antonio Rossich, while the Basque club will be present at the meeting of its president, Joshua Urrutia, and Vice President Jon Munoz . Also both delegations will accompany the executive in charge of ticketing `what for deciding the allocation of tickets and how to do it.

Both Barcelona and Athletic have already spoken publicly by picking the Bernabeu as the best option, both for the equidistance to travel between two cities, which would hold about 35,000 fans. However, Florentino Perez has put forward some work to try to stop alleged option coliseo blanco. The second is Valencia, but has entered strongly in the past the possibility of playing in the field of La Cartuja in Seville.

In any case, the puzzle is solved in the next few hours as it is known today the final seat. It is possible that the date is still in the air as they wait to learn if Barça reach the Champions League final. If the Blaugrana still exceeds playoffs, would the 24 or April 25 when the dispute is scheduled around the Champions, ie it is not then know the date of the final of Copa

The RFEF president Angel Maria Villar, said yesterday he was "very confident" about the possibility that the two finalists get to agree on the seat, but said that "sometimes it is not possible and then have to decide the Federation itself. " Indeed, Barcelona will try to mitigate the errors committed by the RFEF in the last final played in Barcelona in Valencia against Athletic Villar as the quota of tickets distributed to federal Athletic fans, undermining the alleged equality the capacity of both hobbies. (via SPORT)

Speech for the Champions and 'stick' for la Liga

Guardiola was adamant when analyzing the derrrota in Pamplona, ​​but also spurred his family to Europe.

The defeat by Osasuna in the Reyno de Navarra has been a turning point for Pep Guardiola. So far the technician had always been lenient in losses or adverse outcomes, minus transcendence, trying to minimize the consequences and seeking to arouse positive aspects to their own. This time, Blaugrana coach was much more adamant in his comments, reading the book more than one, without specifying or giving names, but not letting nothing out. He avoided looking for excuses from cold or field-while recognizing that affected in many ways, nor specific arbitration decisions. For Santpedor, the blame for the defeat was the team, period.

Pep blamed in large part to the defense of error that left the team 2-0 down with twenty minutes of the game, but also distributed to other lines, but not so strongly.

He reminded them in any case that will never let down their arms nor to surrender prematurely, with particular emphasis on keeping your head held high and not give any points for lost until the end because "the League is the thermometer of the season ". In any case it was a reflection almost aloud, looking for an overall group catharsis.

And he used the excuse of the Champions, the competition was reopened in style tomorrow, as their best morale booster to blow some air to your computer.

"This Champions we can not escape." Such confidence was Blaugrana coach is aware that the journey in this competition is two months, so that with only six more games could be planted in a final plus: the fifth of the season!

"We are the defending champions and we must defend our title," he harangued his pupils to touch them a little pride, reminding them that they are the ones who lifted the trophy last depends on them and anyone else up on 19 May in Munich.

Pep knows that the trick of wins now whole Europe, so the team has to die in this competition to continue to live the most of the season, leaving behind the League for some time if the flute sounds and the computer 'recloses' the championship.

No doubt Guardiola has many trump cards to think that the match in Leverkusen will be very different to that seen in Pamplona, ​​although temperatures in Germany also will be about four or five degrees below zero.

To start on the field will be three 'players' par excellence, Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc-technical decision absent Guardiola's own. The coach will be argued before each kick-off the reasons why decided to give them rest and the three accepted it without much problem.

Then, the imminent return of Seydou Keita of the African Nations Cup will also allows you to have many more choices when moving bench and give strength in midfield, while Sergio Busquets recovery also solve the consistency and flow deficits that have seen in recent games start when the plays.

Guardiola, after qualifying the team for their final eleventh in the last three years, la Liga does not mark the course of the season and is willing to make every effort to ensure that his men re-motivate. After the drubbing at the Reyno de Navarra used the whip, no nonsense and right and left, but as if it were a scalpel, in order to remove doubts, if any, and some specific attitudes that are not characteristic of a championship team. (via SPORT)

A Scottish referee will whistle to Barça in Leverkusen

Craig Thomson has been appointed to referee the first leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League match between Bayer Leverkusen and Barca.

FC Barcelona will face Bayer Leverkusen at Bay Arena on Tuesday, under the direction of Scottish referee Craig Thomson, after UEFA made known nominees for the first two leg of the round.

Thomson, born June 20, 1972 in Paisley and lawyer by profession, will beep a second time to Barcelona in European competition. Since he did last April 6, 2011, in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Shakhtar at the Camp Nou. Guardiola's team won by 5-1 and the Scottish admonished Iniesta.

In the case of Bayer Leverkusen, is the third time to lead you in Europe. In both backgrounds, both in the Bay Arena, beat the German team. In the 2007-2008 UEFA Cup defeated Hamburg in the second round 1-0. This season, the Bayer Leverkusen bleeped-Valencia of the group stage of the Champions League with a 2-1 home win.

The Scot has directed four games in this Champions League, Villarreal-Odense including the preparatory phase. Your balance is balanced results: two home wins and two visitors. Craig Thomson, is also one of the officials appointed to lead parties in the upcoming European Championship of Ukraine and Poland.

The other match of the day on Tuesday in the second round of the Champions will be Italian referee. Paolo Tagliavento will whistle in Gerland of Olympique Lyon-Apoel. (via SPORT)

Bernabeu chanted 'Cup final not played here'

The madridistas do not want that Barca play the Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu.

With the game already sentenced, a section of the crowd that gathered at the Santiago Bernabeu showed their rejection of the possibility that the cup final should contest the next May Barça and Athletic play in the stadium of Real Madrid . "The cup final is not played here" was the rallying cry of the Madrid fans, fearful of a hypothetical holding of title to rivals.

Emilio Butragueño, director of institutional relations of Real Madrid, was not very explicit about this, pointing to the microphones of Canal + "We have not received any official request by the Spanish Football Federation. Yes it is true that the Federation knows that we have provided some works after the last league match against Mallorca. "

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho said after listening to their fans sing "The cup final is not played here," that he "do not care to be played at the Bernabeu or China."

The encounter, which will face Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona has no headquarters. Real Madrid fans sang on several occasions in the second half of the match against Levante who do not want the Santiago Bernabeu stadium hosting the game. Mourinho made it clear that he does not care.

"I do not think anything of the Cup final to me you can play wherever they want, I do not. Not the game so I do not care who plays here or in China," he said. (via SPORT)

Ballack, lowers for injury agaisnt Barça

Continuing injury problems at Bayer Leverkusen. To the drops of players like Derdiyok or Sam this Sunday that of Michael Ballack has been added by blame of a break hamstring.

The veteran midfielder of 35 years was not a regular starter in the schemes of Robin Dutt, but also will miss the tie against Barça because of some physical problems that will keep you away from the pitch three to four weeks.

Ballack is one of more of the heavy casualties being suffered by the Bayer Leverkusen this season. The team of 'Aspirin' is not past his prime and has just two wins in the last two months of competition. (via SPORT)

[youth] Damm 0 - 1 FCB Juvenil A

After the break of the previous week in that the party of the Juvenil A against CIDE was postponed by the snow, the azulgranas has chained a new victory again, the serial sixth An overflowing Quintillà in the first time has signed the goal of the victory.

The Juvenil of Òscar Garcia continues with the good dynamics. With the victory against Damm of this day, the barcelonistas continues with their gust of victories, and they already take six serial. Barça has dominated a game where the locals have pressed and they have fought to be taken the three points, but he has forgiven many occasions, since the azulgranas could have won with more comfort.

Damm has planted face to the team of Òscar Garcia in the first time, although the azulgranas has had the control and most of the occasions. Jordi Quintillà has entered to the game land in the minute 17 in substitution of Pol Calvet that has had to abandon the field for a lesion. Only one minute after their entrance, the fielder has inaugurated the marker azulgrana. Brian has arrived for the left wing and centered to the back toward Quintillà that has made go up the first goal of Barça.

In the minute 21, same Quintillà has had the second in its feet with a shot that has ended up in the longeron of Felipe's goal. Barça has continued him attempting throughout the first time, and Grimaldo has been very near increasing the differences thanks to a great pass of Babunski the minute 24, but the local porter has stopped the spherical one.

Damm has also come closer to the area azulgrana with certain danger, mainly in the last minutes of this first part. The local group has taken out a very closed corner serve that almost has been an olympic goal, but Bañuz has saved the reveille with a masterful intervention.

The second part has continued very controlled by the group of Òscar Garcia, but the azulgranas they have had less occasions because Damm has closed a lot and has executed a very defensive position to avoid the second goal of Barça. Dongou has made a dangerous shot in the minute 48, and Ayala has sent a ball to the stick after a corner serve in the minute 57.

Dongou has been about to mark the second in the minute 79 with an it finishes off of head, but the ball has not almost entered. Finally, the azulgranas has been taken the victory by the minimum one in a party where they could have won with more tranquility.

Next weekend the azulgranas will receive Real Zaragoza in the 23rd day of the Liga División de Honor. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Data]
Damm: Felipe, Bisbal, Lamas, Meissa, Neeskens, Arnau, Escribano (Rafiu, min 45), Ueli, Jonathan (Yeray, min 45), Diego and Martí.

FC Barcelona: Bañuz, Edu, Brian, Bagnack, Ayala, Samper, Babunski (Miguel Ángel, min 87), Patri (Ernesto, min 65), Dongou, Pol Calvet (Jordi Quintillà, min 17) and Grimaldo (Bako, min 89).

Goal: 0-1, Quintillà, min 18.

Referee: Fernández Pérez.

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Puyol: "The League is complicated, but not lost"

The Barça captain appealled to the pride and professionalism of the team to keep fighting for the League title, until the end of the season. The central defender accepted that Barça didn’t play well in the first half in Pamplona, and believes that the state of the pitch was more detrimental to them than the intense cold.

"Clearly we're not happy with the match at Osasuna, but the League is not lost yet. We must be realistic and accept that it's complicated, but if this team has anything, it's that we will not give up, and we'll fight to the end". In this way Carles Puyol expressed the feelings of the squad after the defeat in Pamplona, ​​but also said how they'll face up to the rest of the season. If one thing the Barça Captain is clear on, it's that this team haven't given up on the League, and won't ignore it simply to focus on the two other major competitions that are at stake. "We will fight for all three competitions, and who thinks otherwise is mistaken".

For Puyol, Barca must now carry on in the League the same way they did in other years, when they were leading for much of the season. "Before, we were in front and we were forced to keep winning win because they were close behind. Now we must try to win, to put pressure on them to do the same" said the central defender. He added that, although they're dependent on Real Madrid to be able to reduce the distance between them, their objective is " to focus on ourselves. We have to try and win, and if we get there, great, and if not, at least we tried".

Puyol didn't want to make any excuses when talking about the defeat in the match against Osasuna, but did acknowledge that the state of the pitch in the Reyno de Navarra affected their game. "We knew it would be very cold, but the most important problem was the pitch. It took us a long time to get into the game. It was hard to keep your feet, and that's what hurt us most, and took us a long time to adapt to". (via FCBarcelona.com)