24 February 2012

Keita wants no more points dropped

The Malian considers Sunday’s trip to the Vicente Calderón to be an essential moment in FC Barcelona bid to win the league title. “The season is long and anything can happen in football” said a man who hasn’t given up the chase yet. Keita says that the team “will do our very best to try to win as many games as possible”.

Seydou Keita has spoken about the importance of the game this weekend at Atlético Madrid, in which they will be hoping to narrow the ten-point gap on Real Madrid, who play the same day at 16.00, meaning they'll already know how their rivals have done. "This is a very important match, and with ten points between us, we can't afford to drop any more points" he said. However, he knows that the challenge ahead is anything but easy, especially against "a team that's so strong now ... it'll will be tough and difficult".

But as he says "anything can happen in football ... and we'll fight to the end." But there are no hard feelings about the compromised situation they are in, because "if Madrid are leaders, it's because they deserve to be ... we just have to do everything we can to win as many games as possible".

Keita was asked about his personal situation at FC Barcelona, and answered that "there is no time to talk about my future at the moment. This is a very important moment of the season and what we have to do is focus on the team."

He was also asked whether his own future at the club might be tied in any way to the presence or not of Pep Guardiola, a fervent admirer of his. Keita claimed the issues were unrelated, simply stating that the manager is very important for all of the players and all of them hope he'll stay on at the club at the end of the season.

Keita ended by saying that he would support any motion to change the dates of the African Nations Cup, saying "it was a bit difficult for me to be so far away and not be able to help my team mates. But I was with my national team, which is very important to me and my country. The African Nations Cup comes at an important point in the season, and it's difficult for the players. A change of date would be better for us". (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Barça B] Benfica, hunting and capture of Barça's canteranos

The excellent performance of Nolito encourages the Portuguese club want to hire team players.

After the great experience of Benfica in the recruitment of Nolito, the Portuguese club is aware of Barcelona's youth academy. The Portuguese press said that the "águilas" to closely monitor and record the name canteranos of several players culés among their next targets, including Cristian Tello. The player's agentJosé María Orobitg, said in a statement to "O Jogo" that Barcelona has already begun talks to renew the contract of Tello, protected so far by a buyout clause of 10 million euros. "At the moment I did not talk with Benfica for Tello, but if they decide to go for it will not be easy, but in football nothing is ever safe," he said. In this sense, Orobitg recalled the case of Jonathan Soriano, who winter in this market out of the Barcelona B for Austrian Salzburg when it became "with both feet at Benfica, but the thing to realize is not over." Also appearing on the list of forward-looking young Oier, Montoya and Bartra, although the press calls Lusa difficult to transfer because the Catalan club and has assured his jump to the three first team next season. Remember that the Benfica achieved the transfer of Nolito without paying a euro, as the Almeria player, 25, ended contract in the summer. (via SPORT)

Alexis Sánchez choose 'Tocopillator' as a nickname you like best

Alexis Sánchez (Tocopilla, December 19, 1988) is a man of few words. Like Messi, where he likes to talk about is within the field, as demonstrated in the seven months he has been at Barça scoring goals almost the same -11 to 12 - than in all of last season at Udinese.

Nevertheless, Chile, renamed by the readers of the Web MD as 'Tocopillator'-mote himself Alexis chose among the various proposals of our Internet-is not satisfied. "I can give more," he says, while not hiding his dream "would be playing the Champions League final in Munich and score the goal of victory."

In Argentina, 'Olé' was baptized as 'Wonder Boy', but in the locker room they call 'cachái'. Explain why ...

Alexis Sánchez (AS): I put it my teammates because instead of saying what I mean always responded by saying cachái-word used in Chile and that means understand-but I am slowly changing (laughs).

MD took the initiative through its website to ask them to put a new nickname and the most votes were: 'Tocopillator', 'Alexis the Barbarian', 'Wonder Sánchez', 'Runner' ... what do you like?

AS: 'Tocopillator'.

Why Arnold Schwarzenegger?

AS: I like his movies, but mostly I choose it because it is related to Tocopilla, my city.

Valdés said the other day that was hard to understand. Leo Is it still the only one who understands?

AS: Now I understand all. Before they spoke very fast and cost, but now I do it slower.

What is a day of Alexis Sánchez in Barcelona?

AS: I like being quiet at home, resting, watching movies, listening to music. I am very normal.

Do you still live here alone?

AS: No, I live with my family, near the beach.

From what I have known of Barcelona in recent months, what do you like burning?

AS: The sea. I love to relax watching the sea.

And the food here ...

AS: Any, but especially the paella. I really enjoy.

Now that you know well the club. Are you surprised?

AS: Actually, I did not expect that the club was as well. I imagined a normal club, but is much bigger than I imagined.

Why do you say?

AS: First, because they get to Barça to start playing football differently.

Has much changed your life?

AS: Absolutely. I have to enjoy what I'm living here every day to the fullest. In addition, I have encountered colleagues are great people.

What goes through your mind just when to jump to the Camp Nou?

AS: It's beautiful. When I jump into the field makes me want to make and not the party never ends.

From the outside it has adapted surprisingly fast and already takes almost the same goals in all of last season. You too surprised?

AS: No, I have yet to give more than what I have. I can show more. 11 goals for me are still few. I have to keep dialing.

Playing alongside players like Messi, Iniesta, Xavi .... Does the football is easier?

AS: Obviously. They are the best in the world and is a pleasure to play with them. You learn a lot. Messi, for example, I learned that it is very competitive. He always wants to play and that honors him.

Why you would be a disappointment to leave after what Guardiola opted for Alexis last summer?

AS: For me and for all people, because he has given much to the club. I hope he stays.

What is the dream of Alexis at Barça?

AS: To win everything. Every year, winning the Champions Cup ..

Do you see in Munich?

AS: Yes

¿Leading the winning goal?

AS: It would be nice. The final of the Champions League and score the goal of victory is another dream, no doubt.

And in this league can still dream?

AS: It is difficult, but in this life while there is life there is hope and we will fight to the end. Do not give up for lost.

Reunion with Simeone and Falcao
On Sunday, the club will visit the Vicente Calderón to Atlético Madrid measured. "It's a very difficult, but we intended to get the three points because they do not give up la Liga," said Alexis. There will be reunited with two old friends from River Plate: Simeone, who was a technician, and Falcao, the Colombian forward this season has become the great rojiblanca star

"I like to play alongside Neymar"
Before attending the media covering the event, Alexis Sánchez played a kind of 'who's who' with three boys chosen by Nike to the questions were right on the facebook page of the American firm. And to make a track, without discovering the image, you had to hit the player in question. One of the names was that of Neymar unveiled striker Santosin the orbit culé . When asked about it, Alexis said "I would like to play alongside him because he's a great player".

Nike Mercurial Vapor resentó the S. III
Alexis Sánchez attended Mundo Deportivo after a ceremony at the store soloporteros.com, where he presented.
new boots Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III. Azulgrana forward said that "very comfortable". Another feature of these boots, which also fit players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Pedro or Neymar "is that they are made ​​to run, so I wonder to go fast players," explained the expert
in these new Mercurial Vapor.
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'Tocopillator', the nickname that you like most about MD
Alexis responded willingly to choose one of the nicknames given by the top rated surfers from MD. The Chilean chose 'Tocopillator' for his relationship with Tocopilla, his hometown and wrote it with his own hand. (via MD)

[Selection Under-23] Call for Olympic international match Spain-Egypt

Now available the list of players invited to the meeting that the Olympic team played at the Estadio El Malecon Torrelavega on 28 February 2012, from 20:30. (via RFEF)

A proposal for the National Team, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for the match of the reference to the following players:

Athletic Club: Mikel San José Domínguez, Ander Iturraspe Derteano, Ander Herrera Agüera y Óscar de Marcos Arana.
Club Atlético de Madrid SAD: Jorge Resurrección Merodio “Koke”, Álvaro Domínguez Soto y Adrián López Álvarez.
FC Barcelona: Martín Montoya i Torralbo, Cristian Tello Herrera e Isaac Cuenca.
Benfica FC: Rodrigo Moreno Machado
Chelsea FC: Oriol Romeu Vidal
Olimpyque de Marseille: César Azpilicueta Tanco
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona SAD: Didac Vila Rosselló
Málaga CF SAD: Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez “Isco”
Manchester United FC: David De Gea Quintana
Real Sporting de Gijón SAD: Alberto Botía Rabasco
Sporting Clube de Portugal: Diego Capel Trinidad
Valencia CF SAD: Víctor Ruiz Torre
Villarreal CF SAD: Diego Mariño Villar

[Selection] List of players invited to the friendly against Venezuela

The National Coach Vicente del Bosque, has provided the list of players who will be scheduled for the international friendly match played the World Champion Team and Europe this Wednesday February 29 at Estadio La Rosaleda. (via RFEF)

The National Selectors have called the following players:

Goalkeepers: Victor Valdés (F.C. Barcelona), José Manuel Reina (Liverpool F.C. ), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid C.F.)

Defenders:Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid C.F.), Carles Puyol (F.C. Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid C.F.), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club), Javi Martinez (Athletic, Club), Gerard Piqué (F.C. Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Valencia C.F. S.A.D)

Midfielders: Xavier Hernández (F.C. Barcelona), Andrés Iniesta (F.C. Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (FC Barcelona), Xabier Alonso (Real Madrid C.F.), Sergio Busquets (F.C. Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Málaga CF SAD), Thiago Alcantara (FC Barcelona)

Forwards: David Jiménez Silva (Manchester City F.C.), Jesús Navas (Sevilla C.F. S.A.D.), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Club de Bilbao), Iker Muniain (Athletic Club), Juan Manuel Mata (Chelsea FC), Álvaro Negredo (Sevilla FC), Roberto Soldado (Valencia CF SAD)

Barça-Atletico Madrid: 20 years of spectacular games

The games between Barça and Atlético Madrid are synonymous with goals and spectacular entertainment. Over the last 20 years there have been an average of 4.14 goals a match.

A series of crazy games 20 years ago marked the beginning of one of the most amazing runs of matches between the two, in which big scores and great comebacks have proved to be the norm. The fixture has become one of La Liga's most attractive meetings and the spectacular stats show why - since the 1991/92 season, 153 goals in 37 games have been scored, at an average of 4.14 goals a game.

The first great game between the two in the 90s came on 20th September 1992, when Hristo Stoichkov got a hat-trick in the 1-4 win at the Vicente Calderón, when the home manager Luis Aragonés was shown a red card. That was to be the start of a great series of matches.

The following season, 1993/94, Barça were three up thanks to a first half hat-trick from Romario, but Atlético Madrid fought back to win 4-3. In the return game at the Camp Nou, Barça turned that result around and won 5-3, with Romario again getting three goals and Koeman and Vizacíno sent off in the first half, before Stoichkov and López were also dismissed before the final whistle.

There were similarly action-packed games in the 1994/95 campaign, when Pep Guardiola scored the opener in the 4-3 win at the Camp Nou against an Atlético team containing their current boss Simeone. Two years later, there was a 3-3 scoreline at the Camp Nou, when Giovanni equalised in the final minutes and soon after, in the quarter finals of the Spanish Cup, Sir Bobby Robson's men made a great fight back to win 5-4, with Pizzi getting a famous goal. Later on in the same season, Barça won 2-5 in Madrid, with a hat-trick from Ronaldo.

Between then and the beginning of the Guardiola era, there were plenty of other brilliant games, including a 5-2 win for Atlético Madrid in the 1997/98 season, with a Rivaldo goal from the middle of the pitch or the 0-6 win in 2006/07 when Messi marked his debut with a couple of goals - the first two of many that he has since scored against Atlético.

Under Guardiola, the number of goals per game has increased even more – to five goals a game. Barça have won all four games at the Camp Nou (6-1, 5-2, 3-0 and 5-0), whilst in Madrid there have been two wins for Atlético (4-3 and 2-1) and one for Barça, last season's 1-2 win. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Cesc: "What did come was worth it"

Cesc Fàbregas was on Monday and Tuesday in London off and on yesterday, after a photo shoot with Puma, MD attended without watching the clock. He did two days before their first live Atletico- Barça at the Calderón.

If you win on Sunday, you still can dream of la Liga?

Cesc Fabregas (CF): I think so. Dreaming is free and with this team even more. We are at the peak of the season to go to Calderón and play against anyone. The shield of Barça forced to play flat out to win as much. If we continue like we have much to say.

Do arbitrations have been instrumental in the 10 point deficit?

CF: Do not want to get into the issue because then there are misunderstandings.

Did not you go good to not talk about the referees?

CF: Maybe yes or no but this club and the coach have acted in this way and we must continue with these values. There are others who should see it or decide on it. We play and win.

You received a hard entry Marcelo and Pepe nudged ...

CF: It's football. Do not worry. There is a committee should value it

and if it does or not is your problem.

Cesc coincided with Mourinho in the Premiership. Have you gone to more pressure on the referees?

CF: When you mean something you said without hiding.

Do you think that is doing well?

CF: There's everything but each one it is. Pep and Mourinho are different at all, but you have to respect everyone.

Can you imagine a coach waiting for a Premier League referee in the parking?

CF: I had not seen before. I do not know how it happened but in England everyone is trying to respect the referees.

Did he cry when he lost the Champions League against Barça?

CF: I was sad but did not cry.

And with another defeat of Arsenal?

CF: I do not remember. Yes I cried after losing in the World-2006 to France.

Have you made any promises if he wins the Champions League in Munich?

CF: No, I see far. My mates do arrive and are used to make bets, but I have often dreamed of winning the Champions League.

The English honor is in the hands of Chelsea and can fall over 'coconut'.

CF: Yes, there are strong rivals are falling, but do not underestimate anybody. Madrid will be there, also Milan. And Chelsea is not dead.

El Madrid, does better than two parties?

CF: I do not know. Do not take so long to put here. It is very relative. Sometimes you get a great match in one.

Why should renew Guardiola?

CF: Because it's the best for the job, has made ​​this team is the group who believe, do not see anyone else in his position and because the whole team loves him very much.

Did you ever see in England?

CF: Why not? Sure. He is very young and all that has already achieved is brutal. There will be a lifetime here.

Did you come to Barcelona because it was him?

CF: The main reason was because it was the club. Among the others, it is clear that by the coach. Before coming, I talked a lot with him and I do remember that I said, 'Pep, I hope you stay many years. "

And then let him calm Pep?

CF: Yeah, but said that the club would always be the club. True, but it is clear that Barça with Guardiola is always better than Barça without Guardiola.

Would you sign him before Pep said how he wanted to play here?

CF: Never. Tactics, nothing. It gave me great confidence and I learned that a man of his word. By not signing after the World Cup, that stuck with me. Although there have been ever, I was left with the feeling of being in front of a great person.

Does it change score as many goals to be better comointerior?

CF: Whenever I need to improve but in the last three or four games I felt very good. Against Valencia played my best game with the club.

Do you feel better in the 3-4-3?

CF: At the beginning helped me to play 3-4-3 Arsenal being more similar to above with Leo, but in recent games, with 4-3-3, I'm feeling good. In Leverkusen glad I went. Alves was up and I had left behind. People think it's easy but in the Arsenal playing different and I look better tactically and not see.

Shoots from outside the area less than the Arsenal ...

CF: It's true, sometimes the fear that is the Nou Camp and you can whistle if Shiites and going out. I will after the first year. I'll get more confidence.

Do you feel privileged?

CF: Yeah. I always say.

Are they just the five million who resigned from his salary?

CF: I do not know. Everything done to be able to come and what I have helped Barça the coach, the president and my colleagues has been worthwhile.

Did it hurt that her whistling Nou Camp playing with Arsenal?

CF: No, I just thought that was bundled in wanting to play without being quite right.

Does media interviews took their toll in Madrid years ago?

CF: It was with the selection and on the covers I painted little. I never said anything, the answers were political and have always been good at all. When the Madrid has spoken to me, has been good for me to be much of Barça and for that I will respect.

In his presentation talked about the exciting challenge of his life. Are the goals nullified the initial pressure?

CF: It helped me to get by. The first year is very difficult. I lived at Arsenal with many signings. While I was here, this boat is highly mechanized, well researched and well-done and get into this team is very sketchy, but everything went well and I am very happy and content.

Robin van Persie What do you say?

CF: I talk to him but not of Barça.

Would you be better off Barcelona or Madrid?

CF: It's played for Arsenal, known best for him and wish him all the luck with the decision you make.

And Arshavin asked about Barça?

CF: Yes, I was a fan of Barca before going to Arsenal. I always said so. (via MD)

Barça denounce the program studies 'Punto Pelota'

The last two programs 'Punto pelota' have angered the FC Barcelona. First was the chairman of Hospitalet, Miguel García who infiltrated into an act of the Federation with directors of Barça (including the vice Bartomeu) and executives (Zubizarreta) to extract information about the renewal of Guardiola.

On Wednesday night, taking advantage of the coach opened the first 15 minute session for the media, 'Punto Pelota' reproduced words of Guardiola or Piqué using the technique of lip reading. Result, today closed again and the club that studies report the program to the College of Journalists. (via MD)

Cesc: "My parents are less than in London"

Cesc is happy with his new life in Barcelona after eight years.
Messi when he arrived: It was time. We are tired of seeing only in the newspapers?

Much time has passed since that September 15, 2003 in which, with 16 and MD as a witness, Cesc Fàbregas left Barcelona to start an adventure in the Arsenal did not know how it would work.

Cesc flew alone to London, without the company of his mother, and eight years later, has returned to the club that was formed and in which you always wanted to succeed: FC Barcelona. As usual, the adaptation has been very rapid, non-existent, as it has gone home.

So comfortable it feels Arenys in their new life in Barcelona that much of her time is spent immersed in their work with their teammates or friends of a lifetime. To the extent that, as the same player says, "My parents tell me they see me less here than in London."

One of the most amusing anecdotes of his return was when Leo Messi saw him in the locker room and said, "It was time. We are tired of seeing you for two years in the newspapers. "Cesc enjoys every morning to train with Barça which he considers a big family. "I explain but because people do not, they think they exaggerate. But we are a family where you feel at home. We are friends with the aim of winning. We fight for each other. "

The Arenys comments that "Puyol and Xavi saw the first exit to training is brutal. I always feel like work. As for his friendship with Piqué and Puyol said that "the three are quite different. 'Puyi' and I are more similar, Piqué is happier life. "

Not in Arenys but does so in the upper part of Barcelona. From there it goes every morning to train. Make a specific plan to the letter to prevent muscle injuries and when he returns home, takes to bed. Recognizes that sleeps nine hours at night and two nap.

It also plays to play and see a lot of football, especially Arsenal. Last week, without going any further, he visited his former teammates in London. He saw Wenger, whom he admires, and they wished luck. This is your life. (via MD)

[Ex-player&coach] In Mexico they assume the 'transfer' of Cruyff by Chivas

Johan Cruyff will be part of the team of Chivas de Guadalajara, according to Mexican media say Friday.

The Chivas, ranked last in the championship Aztec have thought of the current Catalan coach to find solutions to their plight.

Jorge Vergara, owner of Chivas, confirmed the hiring of ex Barcelona player and coach was quoted in several Mexican sites.

The official did not specify what exactly play by the Dutch, but appreciated his alleged collaboration: "It is very complete, very extensive all that will happen to him," he said.

"We want to take a leap of quality, correct what we are doing wrong and affixing a stamp of total football that allows us to be a team like Barcelona, ​​the best in the world," said Vergara.

Chivas, one of the most successful teams in Mexican football, take 13 consecutive games without defeat, and on Wednesday lost 3-0 to Vélez Sarsfield in the Copa Libertadores.

The incorporation and presentation of Cruyff as the media, would occur on Saturday, although negotiations have not yet been closed.

"It's a great opportunity for us to Mexico, is like having the Pope in the Catholic religion or learning of the Nobel Prize," the owner of Chivas.

"It was a challenge, because it was not easy to convince him, make him love the project because it had not accepted any deal like this," he said. "It was very complex hiring," he said. (via SPORT)

The Cup Final, 25-M in the Calderón as TV3

Uncertainty about the date and scene of the final of the Copa del Rey could be resolved, although the RFEF have not been confirmed.

Friday 25 May at the Vicente Calderón stadium in Madrid. As announced by the Televisió de Catalunya program 'Efectivament', FC Barcelona and Athletic Club have agreed to the final of the Copa del Rey will be played in Spain's capital, despite the refusal of Real Madrid give the Santiago Bernabéu stadium for the celebration of this clash, saying the start of a refurbishment.

Again according to this information, from the Spanish Federation was still backing the Mestalla option to host this match, given that the stadium of Atlético Madrid will host a concert of Coldplay for those dates. However, the reason that could motivate the agreement between Barca and Athletic is equidistant from the headquarters to Barcelona and Bilbao, regardless of the commitment that the lawn has not acknowledged the implications Calderón concert outlined before.

States Sources consulted by SPORT not confirm the scope of this information and were referred to the meeting that the federal agency and representatives of the two finalists clubs should keep in Madrid next week.

If confirmed this information, it would be the twelfth Cup final to be hosted by the campus on the banks of the Manzanares. The first was in 1973, precisely to victory of Athletic over Castellón 2-0. The Bilbao club played its second and final end in that scenario in 1977, which was the first Copa del Rey Juan Carlos I, losing to the Iriondo Betis in penalty shoot-outs.

The Barça has played three cup finals in the Calderón to date, with victory in the 1981 edition against Sporting (3-1) and losses in the editions of 1974 (against Real Madrid, 4-0) and 1986 (against Zaragoza, 1-0). (via SPORT)

Barca spent 25 million in a single transfer

Barça was make a policy of austerity for the effort, 55 million more variables, it was last summer.

Barça do not think losing his head on the market next summer. The Blaugrana entity has set the figure of 25 million euros, or what is the same as recruiting a top-level single stepping to the next campaign. Both the director of professional football, Andoni Zubizarreta, as first team coach, Josep Guardiola, have assumed that unless the situation changed diametrically, will get tighten their belts. Of course, both remain intact commitment to the cantera, which is the basis of the current project Blaugrana, as SPORT said earlier this week.

There are several assumptions that help us understand the management decision Blaugrana. First, in the last season Barça has already made great efforts to recruit two top-level signings. Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sánchez have emerged as two major acquisitions, but accounted pay 55 million euros, 21.5 million and other variables that the club must pay on the next few years (five of them, deducted from the income of Cesc .)

Moreover, Josep Guardiola has always been in favor of a short staff and resort to affiliate when necessary. That bet will increase from June 30 for Marc MuniesaMartín Montoya, Marc Bartra and Jonathan Dos Santos. Also keep in mind that the Barcelona staff is young and in most cases still have a long road ahead.

Given that Guardiola has an extensive and excellent list of midfielders, doubts among sports officials is whether their efforts will focus on the signing of a defender or a striker. If a principle has been followed by very careful evolution of the Tottenham player Gareth Bale, that option has been somewhat in 'standby' because of the large sums that they can ask for him the Spurs and the hard competition may involve Manchester City, with a seemingly inexhaustible resources. The Welsh have contract until 2015.

There are several aspects that influence the decision. For example, the renewal of Carles Puyol, already under study, and the emergence of the kids in the cantera as Muniesa or Montoya. Also, check the evolution of long-term injuries, such as David Villa and Ibrahim Afellay.

One option that is managed for the defense is Milan's Brazilian Thiago Silva. This is a player who had already interested Barça and good relations with the entity Lombard, who is still paying the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, could help redress the operation as it was initially let down with a petition of forty million.

To the forward, Barça provides the option of Robin van Persie, the Arsenal striker already has 28 goals and eight assists in 34 games this season. Certainly his 'cache' is very high, but that contract ends in June 2013 and its decision not to renew the body force 'gunner' to negotiate a reasonable transfer price.

The way out of any player in the 'middle class', another important factor

The outline of the planning template for the next campaign are drawn but, of course, the objectives are still to be determined, in part because there may be some way out. Each season has been low in the template and can not rule out the progress of any of the players of the so-called 'middle class' in case it gets a good deal and the player wants to leave. Guardiola stays true to the idea of ​​managing a workforce relatively short, high quality and versatile players who can fully involved taking minutes. (via SPORT)

Barça start an "Operation midfielder '

The coaching staff combed the European market in search of an interesting way for next season by if Guardiola request or Seydou Keita leaves.
The Uruguayan Gastón Ramírez (Bologna) and Moroccan Younes Belhanda (Montpellier) bind to the Argentines Matías Suárez and Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht).

Barça is working on a 'midfielder operation' in search of feasible alternatives have if Seydou Keita leave the club at the end of season or Pep Guardiola decided, finally, to consider and Javier Mascherano definitely do not use as defense and central midfielder. The Web MD has been confirmed repeatedly monitoring the Uruguayan international Gastón Ramírez, 21, former Penarol who plays for Bologna. Next to the Uruguayan has also been 'spied' the two figures repeatedly Anderlecht Argentina, Matias Suárez (2011 voted player of the Belgian Jupiler League) and Lucas Biglia.

These players have been watching them special envoys of Barça. Micky Albert and Jordi Melero confirmed themselves as clubs. The group of 'scouting' is completed by by Lluís González. These are divided the European market and, on occasion, 'exchange' championships and clubs continue to not be so easily detected in their efforts to track potential targets.

The list of players is much broader observed with special reference to the French market is still many years directly from Barcelona, ​​with repeated trips to see in action in Ligue 1 players that are interesting as midfielder Montpellier, Younes Belhanda, born in Avignon, 21 years ago and that is the real revelation of French football. But in this tournament the players following Barça are greatly outnumbered by the ease of control in their evolution.

Barça does not forget the Spanish market, but their movements are more complicated and, above all, much more expensive. Barça works on the assumption that reinforcement midfielder achieve interesting, take the boat out, young to be easily amortized and is versatile.

Reports are also being developed (one way ahead) to gain the services of a porter. Also no list of centreback and fullback and to a lesser extent, because now there is less need of forwards. The 'Mercato' will depend on the low or transfers that FC Barcelona right end of the season, but Andoni Zubizarreta has already done their homework if asked to Pep Guardiola fiche. The Barça players were constantly informed about interesting and closely follows them to avoid mistakes. They must be good, inside and outside the grass, holding at current human group costume barcelonista. (via MD)

The referee of last KO of Barça at home back to Camp Nou

The twenty-sixth day of the Liga BBVA and have referees. Barça-Sporting will be headed by an old acquaintance for Guardiola.

Carlos Velasco Carballo again cross paths with of Barça in la Liga. The Spaniard has been appointed to arbitrate the Barça-Sporting, which takes place on Saturday 3rd March at 20.00 hours. As an anecdote, not whistled a league match at the Camp Nou since the last time that Barça suffered a defeat at home, September 11, 2010, against Hércules (0-2) but had no influence on the result.

Velasco has directed three games this season to Guardiola. Osasuna-Barcelona whistled the return of the second round of the Copa del Rey (1-2), although certainly more protested his arbitration by Blaugrana did perform at the Mestalla on 21 September in fifth game of the season. The clash ended 2-2 but not Madrid saw two penalties committed on Leo Messi. The first, also would have meant expulsion from the centre-back che Rami. Had he warned, would have been his second yellow. In added time, Velasco also observed a maximum penalty committed by Miguel on Rosario.

Throughout his career at Primera, Velasco Carballo whistled sixteen times to Barca with a record of twelve wins Barça, two draws and two defeats. Meanwhile, Sporting do not know how to win in Liga BBVA with him. He has always whistled away from El Molinón, with one draw and two defeats Gijón.

In another interesting match of the twenty-sixth day, the Real Madrid-Espanyol will be played on Sunday 4 Maroz, at 21.30, live on Canal + 1. The greater-than not the oldest in First-of brothers Teixeira Vitienes,José Antonio, will be responsible for administering justice in this match.

Real Madrid and Espanyol have a common denominator with this referee: they have won every game that has whistled in first. The blancos, two of two. Blanquiazules, four of four. indeed, the last time José Antonio Teixeira umpired in the league Mourinho's team went on a controversial Valencia-Real Madrid finished 2-3 ... and with a final action taken by Gonzalo Higuain in goal pulling his arm, but from Madrid was always argued that the 'chest'. The Cantabrian did not assess a penalty. (via SPORT)

[Designations Liga BBVA (round 26)]
Barcelona-Sporting VELASCO CARBALLO (C. Madrileño)
Sevilla-Atlético Madrid ÁLVAREZ IZQUIERDO (C.Catalán)
Granada-Valencia ITURRALDE GONZÁLEZ (C. Vasco)
Mallorca-Osasuna CLOS GÓMEZ (C. Aragonés)
Athletic-Real Sociedad MATEU LAHOZ (C. Valenciano)
Zaragoza-Villarreal GONZÁLEZ GONZÁLEZ (C.Castellano-Leonés)
Getafe-Málaga UNDIANO MALLENCO (C. Navarro)
Levante-Betis ESTRADA FERNÁNDEZ (C. Catalán)
Real Madrid-Espanyol J.A. TEIXEIRA VITIENES (C. Cántabro)
Rayo Vallecano-Racing PÉREZ MONTERO (C. Andaluz)

[Designations Liga Adelante (jround 27)]
Recreativo-Barcelona B LÓPEZ ACERA (C. Extremeño)
Hércules-Sabadell VALDÉS ALLER (C. Castellano-Leonés)
Deportivo-Alcorcón VICANDI GARRIDO (C. Vasco)
Cartagena-Guadalajara OCÓN ARRÁIZ (C. Riojano)
Villarreal B-Alcoyano SÁNCHEZ MARTÍNEZ (C. Murciano)
Huesca-Gimnastic ARCEDIANO MONESCILLO (C. Castellano-Manchego)
Xerez-Córdoba JAIME LATRE (C. Aragonés)
UD Las Palmas-Girona PIÑEIRO CRESPO (C. Asturiano)
Numancia-Murcia MARTÍNEZ MUNUERA (C. Valenciano)
Valladolid-Celta MELERO LÓPEZ (C. Andaluz)
Almería-Elche PRIETO IGLESIAS (C. Navarro).

The priest of Santpedor prays that Guardiola renew

Santpedor, the town of Guardiola, aimed with his renewal.

Guardiola's hometown, Santpedor, is geared to more illustrious countryman. All the people want to follow the front Guardiola azulgrana bench.

Some of the people want to continue at Barça until you run out of falling hair. A hairdresser provides tips to keep your hair. And the priest prays for the success of Pep and the project in front of Barcelona.

VIDEO: www.sport.es

Tomassi: "Everyone will be watching what he does Guardiola, not just Barça"

The exfootballer Damiano Tomassi went through the microphones 'Esports COPE' to talk about Pep Guardiola, who was his teammate in the locker room of Roma.

Tomassi, who shared with Pep Guardiola's team during the season 2002/2003, commented on the possible renewal of Catalan FC Barcelona: "Pep knows that to do a good job at Barca, you must be motivated and be aware that what can do, because Barça can not fail, there is much pressure and you have to be 100% sure to follow. in Italy we are also outstanding because everyone wants it in their country because it is a great coach and is more in football. Those who want football can not say no to the arrival of Pep. Everyone will be watching what he does Pep, not just Barça. "

Asked if the Santpedor be motivated to work in Italy, the current president of the Italian players' union considered "Pep wants to race. To succeed in a country like Italy, with a tradition of football so important, you can motivate something more than they can train and motivate the club. But Barça coach is not like the others and Barça Pep is not a team like the others. and this is going to regret. "

Tomassi also spoke of Luis Enrique and his work in Roma. "Luis Enrique in Roma is convinced that football can be played differently. It's great. Imagine that Rome knows it and is already posing agree with him in the coming years.He is doing something different with other thus, a different spirit and with patience. the Roma cree in it from day one and has defended it when everyone criticized him. not be easy for Luis Enrique to leave Roma, "he said.

And he spoke about the of Asturian's relationship with Barça exforward: "It's the best coach Bojan could have in Italy, because he knows and knows his experience. Is Bojan The problem you have to pay to keep it. But you can do a good future in Italy. "

Finally, Tomassi assessed the possibility that Xavi ends as a coach at Barca, "Xavi is a very important player in the field and off. If the field is likely to be out and the Barça. One of the secrets and the key to get where he is now Barça is the courage as a person. and I think at Barca there are many who are seen as coaches because they want to be part of a group, be aware that without the others will not no side ". (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Liverpool joins bid for Tello

Good performances by Cristian Tello with the first team of FC Barcelona, ​​not only have delighted fans but also have blown the radars 'scouters' English as the 'Daily Mail'.

The emergence of Cristian Tello in the first team has provoked several English teams have their eyes stuck on it. According to reports the Daily Mail, the last team to join the interest in the player is Liverpool, who have sent their scouts to analyze the player.

English teams will be watching the developments of the player, his contract ends in June 2013 and the player would try to not renew the next season to try to take him free, as they tried to do with Isaac Cuenca, which eventually extended for FC Barcelona.

The game in which Tello made ​​his debut as a starter in la Liga, which took just eight minutes to make up the first goal on the scoreboard did that interest in the player rise through the roof. (via SPORT)

Chilavert: "Tell to Valdés you are the best in the world"

José Luis Chilavert, one of the legendary goalkeeper in football history, has come out in defense of Víctor Valdés.

On Tuesday, Diego Armando Maradona said: "Valdés is bad, but has such good players at his side that looks good." And this Thursday has been one of the greatest goalkeepers in the historyJosé Luis Chilavert who has defended the barcelonista goalkeeper. "Tell to Victor Valdes not pay any attention to why Maradona knows nothing about football, Valdes is the best in the world."

Chilavert was speaking to the program Sergi Mas Mas Esports, Com Ràdio. Furthermore, she added that "Víctor Valdés for me is the best in the world. The ability of the management and reassurance you need a computer and transmits it when Barça needed." And to defend Valdés, Chilavert also speaks very clearly about Maradona. "In football he knows nothing. The players, the important references in the world need not look far into the drug. He has done great damage to soccer. To have spoken ill of Papa Juan Paul II, for this is in exile in the UAE ".

But not merely of Valdés has spoken Paraguayan. Pep Guardiola and also of possible substitutes in the future on the bench for Barça. "I would love to continue Guardiola for Barcelona to see why you enjoy. I do not miss any match of Barcelona. Guardiola has already entered history as one of the best in the world, knows the best out of each of his players ". What if he goes? "Marcelo Bielsa is qualified to coach Barcelona, ​​has all the conditions. It is a great coach"

Messi also takes Chilavert acclaim. "Messi is the best, is better than Maradona. With age he has now Messi, Maradona did not win even 1% of what Messi has won. And Messi still going to keep growing. It's the best player in the world, I have never known a speed player who is already thinking about the definition. I've only seen the play station. it is a privilege to see play Messi and Barcelona. " (via SPORT)

[Selection] Abidal comes in the call for France

Eric Abidal still enjoys the confidence of the French coach Laurent Blanc.

Karim Benzema was dropped from the call for France to face Germany in Wednesday's friendly, while first enters the Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, according to the list unveiled by coach Laurent Blanc.

The decline in the Real Madrid player, injured in the Champions League match against CSKA Moscow and of Marseille Loïc Remy have reopened the gates of the selection of Tottenham attacker Louis Saha, absent since September 2010. Blanc has convened only three strikers, Saha, the Parisian Kevin Gameiro and Montpellier player Olivier Giroud.

But the big surprise of the call was Marseillais Amalfitano, who is well rewarded the great season he is completing his club. Bacary Sagna is still not join the list, despite having returned after a long injury. Blanc remains confident in Marvin Martin, who is completing his best season with Sochaux, like Kevin Gameiro in the PSG. His teammate Guillaume Hoarau, however, again left out.

The list includes Barcelona's Eric Abidal and Adil Rami Valencia. (via SPORT)

Call for France:
Goalkeepers: Cédric Carrasso (Burdeos/FRA), Hugo Lloris (Lyon/FRA), Stève Mandanda (Marsella/FRA)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille/FRA), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ING), Philippe Mexès (Milan/ITA), Adil Rami (Valencia/ESP), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon/FRA), Mamadou Sakho (París SG/FRA)
Midfielders: Morgan Amalfitano (Marsella/FRA), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle/ING), Alou Diarra (Marsella/FRA), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ING), Marvin Martin (Sochaux/FRA), Jérémy Ménez (París SG/FRA), Yann Mvila (Rennes/FRA), Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ING), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Múnich/ALE), Mathieu Valbuena (Marsella/FRA)
Forwards: Kevin Gameiro (París SG/FRA), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier/FRA), Louis Saha (Tottenham/ING).

Alexis: “I never settle for less”

The Chilean striker believes that he can still “give more of himself” to the team, and he enjoys his playing with his new team.

On the pitch, Alexis Sánchez is one the Barça’s stand-out players this season. In an interview with the Club’s official communication service during a promotional event, the Chilean showed his most personal side. He’s humble, honest, self-demanding and ambitious, he’s also convinced that his best days as an Azulgrana are ahead of him.

How’s your life in Barcelona? How have you adapted to the city?

“The sea is what I like the most. I haven’t had much of a chance to see much, however, it’s a beautiful city. I had the chance to visit in 2007 and it’s beautiful.”

Do you remember when you were told of Barça’s interest in you?

“Yes, my representative told me and I was very pleased. I didn’t want to get excited, because they always tell you that it’s going to happen and in the end it doesn’t work out. I wasn’t calm about it until I signed the contract, and while I was signing I wasn’t aware that I actually became a Barça player. It hit me when I played my first game.”

The Chileans Carlos Caszely, Patricio Yáñez, Iván Zamorano all had a big impact on La Liga... Will you be the next successful Chilean footballer in Spain?

“I only just started my career and I have to keep on improving and learning football.”

What are the differences between La Liga and Serie A?

“The style in Italy is more defensive. When I received the ball I’d have three men marking me, the defence was closer. It’s a little like how everyone plays their games against Barça here, but playing here is a beautiful thing for a footballer.”

What do you think it will be like to reunite with Marcelo Bielsa in the Cup final?

“It’ll be complicated. Athletic Club have a very, very demanding manager, he notices all the details of the teams he comes up against. We’ll have to play at 150%.”

What has been your best game for the team so far?

“I haven’t finished a game where I say to myself ‘I played well today.’ I’m not at my best level, I know I can give more of myself. I didn’t want the last game to end, I really wanted to score, play better... I’m never satisfied.”

Do you know that you’re one of the most sought-after players in press conferences thanks to the Chilean journalists?

“Yes, my teammates come into the dressing room and tell me ‘the Chileans are everywhere! They don’t miss a thing! They are the only ones that ask questions!’ It makes me laugh and we have a good time with it all.”

What player from La Liga has surprised you the most?

“Cristian Tello, he’s an amazing player. I love how he plays.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Thiago: "This Barça will be around for a while"

The Barça midfielder believes that the Club’s youth system has “bold, hard-working and humble players that want to get to the first team”. Thiago also said that the Liga “is complicated, but we’ll keep on fighting”.

Thiago Alcántara talked to the Masía’s budding stars this afternoon. The first-team player believes that Barça’s philosophy will allow the team to continue at the highest level of play for many years thanks to “the bold, hard-working and humble players that want to reach the first team.” Thiago made the statements during the presentation of the MIC tournament, a World Cup that brings together the best Club youth systems from around the world. The tournament is played from April 4th through the 8th.

On the Liga, Thiago knows that “it’s complicated, but we’ll keep on fighting.”

The Barça player also talked about his manager. “Everyone wants him to continue at the Club. He’s our reference point, but it’s his decision. We’ll be with him until the end of the season, we’re with our manager to the death.” He added, “Guardiola knows the whole team perfectly and he know how eagerly we eat the ball up in every training session, every game, his decision isn’t based only on one game.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Barça B] Eusebio: “We’re confident”

Despite missing Dos Santos (suspended) and Muniesa (injured) for this Friday’s match against Hércules (21:00, GolT and Canal + Liga), Eusebio says that his team is “excited and confident”.

A confident Barça B will face off against Hércules at the Miniestadi tomorrow (21:00, GolT and Canal + Liga). Last weekend’s defeat at the Riazor (2-1) hasn’t relegated Barça’s winning streak at home to obscurity. “The team is doing well, excited. We’re confident,” said Eusebio Sacristán this Thursday, “we’re going into this match with the security of knowing that we’re working well.”

Eusebio will be without two heavyweights, Dos Santos and Muniesa, for tomorrow’s match. The first was given marching orders at the Riazor last weekend and he’s suspended for this match, the defender is struggling with injury. “It’s a shame that we can’t use him, but we have other players in that position that can get the job done,” said Sacristán on the midfielder.

Gustavo Ledes has started working with the group but he won’t be match-fit for the game on Friday, while Tello is still working with the first team.

Sacristán also talked about his future with Barça B: “We have a contractual agreement that hasn’t changed. However, the Club is pleased with my work and I’m pleased with my work with the team. (via FCBarcelona.com)