22 February 2012

Alves: "Guardiola has put the smile back into football"

The Brazilian was full of praise for his manager and would bet on him staying on, whilst not giving up the fight for a League title that is "difficult but not impossible". About Guardiola’s contract renewal he said "I think he’ll renew it, without him we are nothing".



Over and above the decision that Guardiola must make, Alves wished to thank him for everything he's done as a manager. "Guardiola has put the smile back into football, for the fans and people who like real football", he said during the presentation of his new website, in Cornella. "I think he'll renew his contract, without him we are nothing" he added, aware of what Guardiola has given the Club over the past three and a half seasons: 13 out of 16 possible titles.

Alves repeated time and again his thanks to Guardiola. "Thanks to him I'm here and I've achieved so many things," he said. "I think in this life one should always be grateful. If he makes the decision not to continue, what he's already done will stay with us. Although football has no memory, we do remember. If players started to leave we would have part of the blame. We should be grateful to Guardiola, not only as a player but also as a manager" he said. However, he predicts the Manager's contract renewal "I am convinced that Guardiola will stay with us, if not it'll be a big surprise for me. He makes this League greater."

In addition to Guardiola's renewal, Alves gave his opinion on Barça's chances of winning the League Title: "Barça haven't said the last word yet in the competition. We know that it's tough and that their lead is considerable, but not impossible to peg back. We'll compete to the end, and if we lose, we'll congratulate the winners....If we're this far behind, then we've done something wrong. If we look how both teams are playing, I believe the lead is very great" he said about the 10 points difference. However, he's of the opinion that "the balance of the season should be looked at in June, the road is still long".

About his individual performance, he's very calm, "I'd worry if my teammates or my manager were criticising my performance, but they have no doubts. Rumours don't bother me, and the Club has no doubt whatsoever about my professional attitude". (via FCBarcelona.com)

Thiago responds to Maradona


Thiago Alcántara, who this morning has introduced a new line of casual wear Nike Sportswear line, has come out in defense of Victor Valdes, who was criticized yesterday by Maradona, who called it "a bad goalkeeper." Azulgrana midfielder has explained that "respect everyone's opinions, but Valdés is a really good goalie." Thiago went even further with the '1' azulgrana. "It's the perfect goalkeeper for Barça because he plays with his feet, has saved us many times, also in the Champions League is almost unique," he explained.

On the other hand, the Spanish-Brazilian also explained that Barça will not pull League. "Madrid is playing very well, but Barça is the team to beat," he said. "La Liga is difficult. We can not look beyond the one game. Looking ahead, it will function," said Thiago. (via MD)

Leo Messi and Antonella have enjoyed a romantic break in Paris


Leo Messi has taken the two holidays that Pep Guardiola granted after thrashing Valencia for a romantic trip to Paris with his girlfriend Antonella. Crack azulgrana, the great protagonist in scoring his second victory che poker, he has been photographing with your partner at the Eiffel Tower. Taking advantage of the spectacular view you have of the city of love from the iconic monument, both also ate there.

After disconnecting the football during the two days, Messi returned to training this afternoon with the rest of his companions in the Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Joan Despi after 18 hours. (via MD)

Cesc Fàbregas in the 'Brit Awards'

The blaugrana Cesc Fàbregas on Tuesday served as presenter on the show of the 'Brit Awards 2012', the music awards most important in Britain.

Cesc took his days off to rest in what was his city for eight seasons. And would not miss the party of British music.

The Arenys was part of the spectacle offered by the 'Brit Awards' at O2 Arena in London and presented the award for Best New Artist, Ed Sheeran, with singer Nicole Scherzinger, former girlfriend of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. (via SPORT)

Guardiola and Barça want to renew Puyol

Barça expected seal the continuity of Carles Puyol before the end of the season.

Guardiola will not let Carles Puyol. Planning for the 2012-13 season is under way and both the coaching staff and sport management work with the hope of reaching the summer with the homework done in advance. The priority renewal block was seen for sentencing late last year and now it looks like it's time to bring forward outstanding issues, but not urgent. A few weeks ago overtook Barça will realize the continuity of their great captain until the defender would hang up his boots and put an end to his career. Then it was a desire of the coaching staff that begins to take shape.

Pep Guardiola and Andoni Zubizarreta agree on the need to raise with Carles Puyol a renewal letter to be irrechazable. The will is very simple. The Pobla de Segur the contract ends in 2013 and is about finding the ideal formula for the blaugrana bulwark not leave the Camp Nou to take one last adventure away from home has been throughout his long career in football . The proposed sports area has been well received by the board. Zubizarreta and Pep and have the pleasure to design the negotiating strategy to be followed without haste but without pause.

Carles Puyol is aware of the will of the Barça but today has not contacted his agent, Ramon Sostres, nor can one speak of opening negotiations with the player. This is only a beginning, all points will be set out in a matter of weeks. The good feeling is more than evident and prefers to reach season finale yet solved the issue. Given that La Liga and Champions League and finish in May, immediately afterwards, the selection is preparing Euro focus from the club try to advance an agreement ahead of schedule in his day. Summer should be as quiet.

The outline proposal now rests in the offices of the Ciutat Esportiva. The club wants to maintain a similar contract prototype for players who have a similar profile. In this sense, Carles Puyol could follow the same model already accepted at the time Eric Abidal. That is, the captain currently ends in 2013 and Barça would guarantee another year (2014) with an option for another season depending on sporting performance. The Gallic side signed, Seydou Keita and Puyol thinks the proposal will most likely during the month of March.

The performance offered Puyol is spectacular. Everyone knows that despite his 33 years meet the 34 next-April 13, when the captain has been physically well the team has shown a spectacular defensive solidity. Their faces are paid absences.

Guardiola has asked the firm and Barça is offering the work of the snapshot to ensure at least one Puyol 2014. No major problems are assumed and expected that with the utmost discretion, Andoni Zubizarreta and Ramon Sostres can polish the details of which could mean the last contract player in Catalan as active. At present no one can imagine the figure of Puyol wearing a shirt that is not the blaugrana team. (via SPORT)

The cantera of Barça will win weight

In the 2012-2013 season can be consummated the most coveted of Barça dream: a 'eleven' with players from home.

The next season may be the ultimate sublimation of the quarry. Pep Guardiola is planning to raise between four and five team players to the first team 'Jonathan Dos Santos, Marc Muniesa, Martin Montoya and Marc Bartra are confirmed and practically also the goalkeeper Oier Olazabal', which must be added that the three joined this season 'AndreuFontàs, Thiago Alcántara and Isaac Cuenca' and the possible incorporation of more than Cristian Tello.

That means, in the vernacular, which in just over two years would have 'risen' to the first team to a total of nine homegrown, that really would be ten, as one of the signings of the season also was another football player base that once went to succeed at Arsenal, Cesc Fàbregas. So in two years, Barcelona has reinforced and strengthened and will end with a total of ten players in the house.

This bet as strong and cohesive in the cantera is signed entirely recognizable Pep Guardiola. A coach from the first day I took over the ship blaugrana already brought two of their personal stakes had succeeded him at third with the subsidiary: Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez.

Thus, by numbers, it could for the next season the number of home-grown players were to be 18 players' a figure more than relevant if we consider that Pep likes short squad handled no more of 23 players. "So next season almost 80% of the workforce could be a product of La Masia.

Clearly, at such a barrage of team players to the first team a member of the current squad will have to pack. In any case, the outputs will never be traumatic. Nor is it possible that a player receives an offer draft and seeks to improve economically important as it did in his day the Ivorian Touré Yaya.

Sports the vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, as announced in an exclusive interview published on Saturday SPORT there being no transfer layer, but admitted to being attentive to the market and the needs of the team.

What is clear is that the commitment of the quarry by the ministry is giving Barcelona a delicious fruit. (via SPORT)

Meeting between Rosell and Gates in Madrid

The FC Barcelona President met with Bill Gates this Tuesday with a view to strengthening relations in the fight against polio.

Sandro Rosell and Bill Gates held a private meeting, on Tuesday, in Madrid, just before a dinner where Bill Gates invited various members of society, in the context of a visit to transmit to the heads of State public institutions the importance of maintaining aid for cooperation, even in times of crisis.

In this regard, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF Spain have made public a survey where poverty and inequality between rich and poor countries are considered by the public to be the most important worldwide problems.

Rosell, who also attended the dinner hosted by Gates on Tuesday in Madrid, was able to strengthen ties with the philanthropist, and comment on progress in eradicating polio in the world, a struggle in which the Club is particularly involved, as a result of the agreement signed between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the FC Barcelona Foundation in July 2011.

There is very good news in relation to the total elimination of this disease. In fact, last January 13th it was one year since the detection of the last case of polio in India. Twelve months without the disease, which, although not assuming total eradication, is a very good sign in terms of achieving that goal.

Under the slogan 'More than a Goal. End Polio', FC Barcelona has been helping the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with its media power and global recognition, to facilitate the development of programs and news related to this disease. In fact, on 24th of October, World Polio Day, the two foundations produced a video to raise awareness of the disease, involving, in addition to Rosell and Gates, the first team manager, Pep Guardiola. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Barça, attentive to Neymar

It keeps the covenant to bring it after the World Cup Brazil 2014, but does not close the doors to incorporate before.

Barcelona continues to hold firm covenant with the Santos's Brazilian star Neymar, to bring it to Europe after the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. However, both the club blaugrana as the player himself does not rule out the possibility of advancing the date in the event that both documents needed it desperately needed.

The environment of the Brazilian forward insists that the desire is to leave Neymar before 2014 the Santos to anchor in Barcelona. It is clear that the Brazilian club would not be so for the work to get rid of the player at least the short to medium term because its priority is to finish the centenary year, who are currently serving with the dispute of the final of the Copa Libertadores -South American version of the Champions League.

So after the summer of 2012, negotiations could take a new course, provided considering that Barcelona does not want to go too fast to keep the price is more expensive and will become a 'soap opera' unbearable.

There is no doubt that the entry of Neymar to force the Barcelona scene to rethink his transfer policy, since in no case would let slip the opportunity of bringing such talent to their roster. (via SPORT)

A band of cracks


Lionel Messi leading the new campaign for Pepsi Max in the UK. The crack of the Barça have been chosen along with stars of the Premier League to promote the brand of drinks. Next to him, Lampard, Drogba, Wilshere, Kun Aguero, Fernando Torres and DJ Calvin Harris puts the spot rate. Together they formed the band, with Messi in the center.

With the name 'Kick in the mix', the firm presents a fusion of football and music. "Music is a big part of the game and hobbies, so it seems very normal to unite" Messi said on the initiative. Coming soon, video. (via MD)

Pepsi Campaign 2010

Xavi Hernández received the award for best Catalan player of the year

Xavi Hernández has collected the award for best player of the year in Catalan during the I Gala del Futbol Català has organized the Catalan Football Federation.

Barça midfielder joined the votes of jurors with those received from the clubs and all those who, through the website of the Catalan Federation, have intervened in the category of best player.

The other winners of this edition have been the coach azulgrana Pep Guardiola, who has not come to the Gala, and Marta Torrejón, Espanyol, as best player, Álvaro Vázquez, the same club Espanyol, playing with more projection and Ana Zardain as best football referee. (via MD)

Pep Guardiola discharged to their three children in Òmnium Cultural

FC Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, has shown its support for Òmnium Cultural being discharged to their three children as members of the Catalan.

As reported Òmnium, Guardiola has visited Tuesday afternoon the headquarters accompanied by his three children and has been received by the president of the organization, Muriel Casals, as well as several members of the board. The President has explained that Òmnium is an entity that works to promote the language, culture and country, while Barça coach recalled that his father was a partner as he is from 1993.

After filling out the paperwork to be partners, the coach and his sons have made a tour of the headquarters. As an affiliate of the entity, Pep Guardiola has already shown its support for Òmnium on other occasions. Guardiola attended the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of Òmnium Cultural last July in the Auditorium of Barcelona.

Guardiola's gesture comes on the same day the Govern presiding Artur Mas has announced the signing of an agreement for 1.4 million euros Òmnium Cultural, a day after the chairman of the PPC, Alicia Sánchez-Camacho , were to suggest that this entity should no longer receive public money to destine it to health. (via SPORT)

The renewal of Pep Guardiola, who starred in 'Gala Estrelles del Futbol Català'

This Tuesday was done in the old factory of Estrella Damm, the 'Gala Estrelles del Futbol Català'.

The renewal of Pep Guardiola, was a recurring theme in the 'Gala Estrelles del Futbol Català' which was held in the 'Antiga Usine d'Estrella Damm "Tuesday in Barcelona.

At the entrance of the act, Johan Cruyff said that "Guardiola will not wait two months" to make his decision. And once started the act, he continued to plan the desired temperature in the renewal of the coach of FC Barcelona.

The event, presented by Artur Peguera, was special guest comedian Pep Plaza, Crackòvia actor, who imitated several characters, including Pep Guardiola himself, which also simulated a call when it seemed that he had revealed his decision .

Another time when they talked about renewing Guardiola was when Andoni Zubizarreta and Josep Maria Bartomeu collected on your behalf the award for Best Coach of the Gala.

Zubizarreta was asked by the renewing of Guardiola and passed the 'brown' to Bartomeu, who wanted to reassure: "Do not be nervous, be calm."

"The work done is well done. When you think it's time to renew, we will be happy to do," he added.

Guardiola addition, at the gala were other winners FC Barcelona. Xavi Hernández received the award for Best Football Player and Jordi Torras the Best Futsal Player. As Marc Carmona as best Futsal Coach.

On the other hand, as galadornadas Football Best Player and Best Futsal Player Marta Torrejon and were Marta Pons. Player award with more projection was for Álvaro Vázquez and Best Referee award went to Ana Zardain. (via SPORT)

[Former president] Laporta: "I understand that Guardiola reflect on its renewal"

The former president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, understand that Pep Guardiola take time for reflection to decide whether to renew his contract as coach of azulgrana.

"Guardiola has given everything, you are giving it all as a coach and as 'culé', and the decision you make will be thoughtful, reasoned and must respect," said Laporta, Democràcia Catalan party leader, in a press conference in the Parliament.

The former president barcelonista avoided Guardiola must decide whether to continue or not in front of the azulgrana equipment, since he thinks is a very personal decision, noting that the Santpedor is the main architect, along with the players that Barça is now considered the best club in the world.

"Pep always said that renew every year, and has every right to think to make an important decision. I understand that makes this period of reflection" he said.

Laporta Accordingly, there stressed that Guardiola is "sufficiently mature and intelligent" to assess all the elements before deciding whether or not renew his contract, which ends June 30. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Dongou, Riazor to hat-trick

After his debut at Barça B at age 16, the azulgrana forward begins to establish himself as a regular player of the subsidiary. The Cameroonian is also involved in the fighting on Juvenil A. In the last game, has scored a hat-trick.

Jean Marie Dongou, the first player from Eto'o Foundation, has had a busy weekend. On Friday afternoon, the azulgrana forward got on a plane to La Coruna with fellow Barça B to play the next day, under orders from Eusebio Sacristán. And he did. The team coach Dongou relied on in the last five minutes of a very important game, as the B team faced to the winner of the League, Depor. The Cameroonian came to replace Lobato at minute 87.

Not far away is his first debut with Barça B, against SD Huesca, on 28 January. At just 16, has been summoned to be under the orders of Eusebio Sacristán. Even if he is repeating calls for Barça B match after match, that does not mean stop playing with the Juvenil A. Dongou has proved this day that is fully fit to play two games every weekend, if necessary: one with the subsidiary and the other with the Juvenil A. Already done with the NextGen Series and now repeats every weekend that both games agree.

After the game in Riazor, Cameroon's again ready to play Barcelona in conjunction with the start of the season: Juvenil A. And is that Dongou is the star player of this team and did not take long to prove it. On Sunday he entered the field as the holder must, in providing security to the team and with a picture that indicated a lack of physical fatigue. In this game the Juvenil A disputed against Zaragoza, azulgrana forward has been the hero after scoring a hat-trick in the last 20 minutes. Thus, topped the victory and seventh straight win in the Juvenil A.

The Cameroonian, who joined Barça from football training Eto'o Foundation is very excited about his debut at Barça B: "For me it was a dream. I am very happy to play with players older than me, which I have much appreciation. "Juvenil forwar has been felt welcomed by their fellow subsidiary, and explained that "all congratulated me, and everyone was happy for me."

"Work, not stopped working, and I hope to try to seize the opportunity," he said Dongou, just before highlighting the importance of "always be prepared" to "where to touch me play it right." Eusebio Sacristán, which said the Cameroonian was doing very well and "could reinforce Barça B at a given moment" when the player is trained with them last weekend, encouraged him to "keep working hard." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex-player&coach] Cruyff, "Guardiola will wait two more months"

The Catalan coach Johan Cruyff spoke before the show 'Estrelles del Futbol Català' on the renewal of Guardiola.

Johan Cruyff, the Catalan coach, present in the 'Gala de les estrelles del Futbol Català', spoke about the renewal of Pep Guardiola. Cruyff, who was coach Pep Guardiola said he "doubted whether Guardiola would have already taken a decision."

But Cruyff made ​​it clear that Guardiola will not take long to decide, "not going to wait two months." And that is aware of his responsibility: "Guardiola is enough player, coach and club man for not letting them in trouble," said Johan Cruyff.

While acknowledging, as already mentioned from the club, that "no time". (via SPORT)

Maradona: "Valdés is bad, but with those players ahead looks good"

Former Argentine coach Diego Maradona talks about Víctor Valdés and were not exactly praise the words that he dedicated the goal of Gavà.

Diego Armando Maradona, the current coach of Al Wasl, spoke in an interview with portal 'Sport360', which talked about the goal of FC Barcelona, Víctor Valdés: "They (FC Barcelona) a great team, even the janitor seems good in that team. "

No words were left here for Gavà goal, Maradona said: "True, Valdés is bad! But with players like that before, looks good."

On the situation in la Liga BBVA, the Argentine exseleccionador said: "Barça is going to play around in the Champions League as it is Real Madrid."

Maradona also had words for Pep Guardiola: "Pep is a great person. I know him very well, but may not have as much merit as Mourinho, has better players at his disposal." (via SPORT)

Sacchi: "Best for Guardiola is to stay at Barça"

The Italian ex coach Arrigo Sacchi believes that Guardiola should continue next season at Barça.

Arrigo Sacchi believes that Pep Guardiola may be tired after four years at Barça, but believes that the coach will find no better place to go. "I retired from Milan because he was tired, because after four years was broken and exhausted. Guardiola depends upon himself, but if you search for the best motivation is to be home. Barça is their country, their history, their environment. the best thing for him is to stay here, "said the program ex coach milanista 'Mas Esports' of COM Radio.

If Guardiola finally decides to leave the club azulgrana, Sacchi advised to avoid Italy as a destination "is the last country they should go. In Italy are not used to touch and play here not like that style. In addition, clubs always in a hurry and there is no long-term planning, "said Sacchi, who believes current Barça still has a long road ahead, but not always win everything.

The coach that was one of the most successful teams in history, the Milan of Van Basten, Rijkaard and Baresi among others, did not hesitate to commend also Portuguese coach José Mourinho, who considered a "big". "There will always be people who want a lot and people who do not, but it is an extraordinary character. He left Italy because I needed to find a different motivation, but I think that next year will still be in Madrid," said Sacchi. (via SPORT)

Luis Enrique: "I expect Guardiola to stay at Barça"

Luis Enrique, Roma coach and former coach of Barça B, he expressed his desire to continue training Pep Guardiola Barca next season.

"The future of Guardiola? As friend and fan of Barcelona I would like to continue by himself and the club. It is a very intelligent person, is Catalan and has the feeling azulgrana inside, but has yet to decide his future and so clearly expressed, "said Luis Enrique to the Italian press, who asked the coach Asturian if you recommend Guardiola change of air toward the Alpine country.

"Long ago I have not spoken with him because he is always working hard. I work a lot and that I have a single competition. Italy knows well, has played in Roma and Brescia and also has an Italian better than mine ..." he joked Luis Enrique, who re-emphasized however that, for him, Guardiola would like to continue in the club azulgrana next season. (via SPORT)

With Iniesta Barça of the returns 'knack'


The Pep Barça had 79 days without doing honor to his nickname of 'Manita Team'. Lift From 5-0 December 3, when Andres Iniesta led the orchestra, the Camp Nou could see five goals except the butler to Hospitalet 9-0. Amen of the four goals of Messi, a lot he had to see agaisnt Valencia the Fuentealbilla so that the team was rediscovered with their football after having been left five points in Villareal and Pamplona that leave very it costs its objective up of conquering the fourth followed League.

Since that 0-2 against Hercules, '8' azulgranaunbeaten sum 46 days and is just four of the championship record, held by Emilio Butragueño since 1989. Between 1-0 at Numancia, 2008 and the 2-1 at the Calderón, his other two defeats in 103 league games for the 'Guardiola was' chained also 44 games without defeat. Iniesta multiplied the desired continuity in the Barça game.

With their presence and decisive change of speeds, the football association azulgrana recovered their essence with a sense of control and solvency offensive that liberated Messi inline functions. Andrés, hungry football after three muscular injuries this season, is back. When a Xavi, returns deadly triangle with Leo, which will increase exponentially Barça options you want to continue making history in the Champions League and the Copa and did not capitulate in la Liga. (via MD)