29 February 2012

Rosell: "The battery of patience for the renewal of Guardiola has no end"

FC Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, spoke on current blaugrana at the Fira de Barcelona.

FC Barcelona and Mobile World Capital have signed a collaboration agreement to promote the initiatives of entrepreneurs and ICT companies to develop innovative mobile services in sport. The two entities also have to promote the creation of applications that improve the experience of watching or following a football match.

At the signing ceremony at the Mobile World Capital, attended by the president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, the manager responsible for new technologies of the Catalan club, Dídac Lee, CEO of GSMA, Mobile World Capital and CEO of Fira Barcelona , Agustín Cordón.

Rosell took the opportunity to make clear that there is no hurry about the renewal of Pep Guardiola as coach of first team football. "The battery of patience for the renewal of Guardiola has no end. Is solar and it is very sunny here," he said.

And joked about the actions of Pepe, a Real Madrid player, in some games: "Just ask the Federation to look at applications from England to end impunity for doing things like Pepe." (via SPORT)

Seydou Keita, flattered by the interest of Liverpool

The player from Mali has recognized that "a challenge in another place would appeal to me and Liverpool are a great team with great players."
The midfielder has admitted that "it is difficult to find a better team than Barcelona."


Seydou Keita, FC Barcelona midfielder, would not discuss his future at the press conference that featured last Friday because he recognized to be comfortable with your situation. The Malian footballer is under contract until 2014-with renewal every year based on the games he plays, and Pep Guardiola also considered an important piece of clothing.

However, the midfielder is not lacking suitors. Looking ahead to next season for Liverpool has been interested in him, something that has flattered to Barça.

"I'm flattered by the interest of Liverpool Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in the world," said the midfielder told Sky Sports collecting. "A challenge elsewhere would appeal to me and Liverpool are a great team with great players," he added.

Moreover, Seydou still thinking in Barcelona and very prudent. "We will wait until the end of the season to see what happens. I love Barcelona,​​" is difficult to find a better team than them, but I am ambitious and want to play football every week, "he acknowledged. (via MD)

[Ex-player&coach] Cruyff: "The most spectacular is Messi. The best is Xavi"

The new sports consultant from Chivas de Guadalajara compared his new club with the 70 Ajax and Barça of Guardiola.

The journalist José Ramón Fernández of ESPN interviewed Johan Cruyff to review the game globally today, his new club, Chivas, and perform various comparisons between the Ajax and Holland of the 70, the Dream Team and current Barça models of planet football game.

Cruyff did a review of the history of football to get to the comparison with the Mexican football and the Netherlands or the Dream Team: "In the late 60's, the Dutch had a lot of quality football, but there were no professionals. There were great players, Rinus Michels coached us. the base existed. we enjoyed without thinking about the results. When we had the mentality began to execute the search results with the quality with which they had. "Referring to the current Barca and exportable model Chivas game, Cruyff said that "no team runs as little as Barcelona. They always have the ball. It is they who set the pace of the game and decide where to play. Only one ball and decide who does. "

The new Chivas sports consultant said that with his arrival, Barça and Catalunya changed the mentality: "In Catalunya had mind losing, but managed to become a winner. Have a weakness, but if you can work better. Have to detect small problems. never are big problems, they are always small details. have to find them and find the solution. "

Asked about the best player in the world, Dutch and Catalan clear answer: "The best player in the world does not exist, because there are different positions. There spectacular player like Messi. But if you see a guy like Xavi, who handles the ball , which manages the pace of the game. it's a great player, but totally different from Messi. Everyone is a gambler, but a forward is different from the goalkeeper. You can not compare. it is very hard to tell who is the best. the most spectacular is Messi. Best, Xavi ".

Cruyff does not see why you can not achieve Chivas similar success Ajax and Barcelona: "Everyone always says no. And I reason when everyone tells me it can not. This team reminds me of former Ajax, La Masia, and those are things that I like and motivates me to work. " (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Abelardo: "A generation and an Academy admired by everybody"

Former Barça player Abelardo Fernandez will return to the Camp Nou on Saturday as Sporting Gijon’s assistant manager, with the challenge of saving them from relegation. He believes that Barça’s football is the best of all time.

Abelardo Fernandez will return this Saturday to what was his home between 1994 and 2002. Eight years in which he earned the affection of the fans due to, amongst other things, his strong mentality, his spirit of sacrifice, and his friendly character. As a central defender, he almost never figured in the potential first team line-up early on, but always ended the season as a first team starter. As a coach, he's taken on the really important mission of saving Sporting from relegation.

How did your move to Sporting come about, following Preciado's sacking?
"I was training Tuilla, and a few weeks ago, when Tejada took over the team, the club called me to help him out. Then Javi arrived and he wanted me to stay. When Sporting ask you to be assistant manager to Clemente, one of the best managers ever in Spanish football, it makes one proud and happy".

You came back to the Camp Nou as a player, for Alaves, and now you're coming back as a manager. How do you feel about it?
"When I set foot in the Camp Nou, beautiful and unforgettable memories come back to me. I spent eight very happy seasons there, I even got married and had my children in Barcelona. In addition, I have strong links to the city and I come back two or three times a year. It will certainly be nice, but I'm representing Sporting and for one day I'll want Barça to lose".

In your time as a player you had managers like Cruyff, Robson, Van Gaal, and Clemente himself. Which one had most influence on you?
"I was extremely lucky to work with the top managers and try to take the best from each of them".

You've always been linked with an attacking football style, so how does that work out with a slightly more conservative manager, like Clemente?
"I don't agree at all that Clemente is a conservative manager, because if it's so he wouldn't have won two league titles with Athletic Bilbao. What he's instilling in Gijón is not defensive, because under him we are playing with four very attack-minded players. At the Camp Nou we'll go out believing we can win, if not we might as well stay home".

You're six points from the safety zone. Do you believe in a miracle for Sporting?
"We're convinced that we have to try. In the last two matches we've improved, especially in defence. We've managed two draws and now what we need is our first win to help with the spirit of the team".

Is this the biggest challenge of your life?
"I was lucky enough to do things that even in my wildest dreams I couldn't have imagined, like make my debut at Sporting, and spend 8 seasons at Barça. Now the challenge is to learn, little by little".

What is more likely, Sporting staying up, or Barça winning their fourth consecutive League Title?
"It's tough for both of us! Hopefully we'll both succeed, it would make me very happy. Anyway, I'd take Sporting to win on Saturday, and stay up, and Barça to win the Champions League and the Cup".

Is this Barça team the best you've ever seen?
"Possibly, yes. When I was 16 or 17 I was surprised by Arrigo Sacchi's Milan, with the way they played to win matches. This Barça is the best in terms of football, both offensively and defensively. It's a generation and an Academy admired by everybody".

Better than the era of the Dream Team, that you knew towards the end?
"Cruyff, and then Van Gaal and Rijkaard, had them playing great football, but this team is better and the axis of the side is home-grown, which brings pride to all of Catalonia. Pep is the key to their success for sure".

How do you think you should cope with them, pressing high up the pitch or defending deeply?
"It's what no manager is able to answer, because if you pressurise them high up the pitch, they beat you, and if you're too defensive, just the same. First, it requires maximum concentration in defence, then you must not lose the ball in your own half, and finally you must maximise the few chances that Barça let you have".

What did you think when Messi saw his fifth yellow card in Madrid?
"It was a relief, I can't deny that. We knew that Messi and Busquets were both close to suspension. Even so, they don't have replacements or anything! Alexis, Cesc, Pedro ... they'll give us plenty of problems". (via FCBarcelona.com)

Confirmed three new League fixture schedules

The Sevilla-Barça match will be played on Saturday March 17th at 20.00, Barça-Granada, on Tuesday 20th of March at 21.00, and Mallorca-FCB will be on Saturday March 24th at 18.00.

The LFP has confirmed the League schedules for matchdays 28, 29, and 30. FC Barcelona will play away at Sevilla on Saturday March 17th at 20.00. A few days later Guardiola's players will play a midweek match at home against Granada on Tuesday, March 20th at 21.00. Finally, the day and time to play the league match against Mallorca has been decided. The Iberostar Stadium will host the duel between the two teams, which will be held on Saturday March 24th at 18.00.
The B team also know their fixture schedule. On matchday 29 Eusebio's team will face Alcorcon, in the MiniEstadi on Sunday 18th of March at 19.45, and the match between Barça B and Alcoya, on matchday 31, will be played on Sunday 25th of March at 19.45.

Remember that matchday 30, where Barça B are up against Guadalajara, away, has been moved to May. Specifically, it will be a midweek match, on May 23rd, although the time and date are still to be confirmed. (via FCBarcelona.com)

FC Barcelona - El Barça va guanyar la Lliga en l'última visita de Clemente

30 years since Clemente's last victory at the Camp Nou

Clemente hasn’t beaten Barça at the Camp Nou since 1982, when the Basque managed Athletic Club. In total, he’s played 31 matches against Barça, of those he’s won 7, drawn 7 and lost 17. The last time Clemente visited the Camp Nou (with Valladolid), Guardiola’s men claimed La Liga title (2009/10).

Sporting Gijón will bring a Spanish football legend to the Camp Nou in La Liga’s Saturday showdown with FC Barcelona: manager Javier Clemente. Clemente was awarded the manager position at the Asturian club just two weeks ago. Clemente has also managed Valladolid, Murcia, Athletic Club, Espanyol, Tenerife, Real Sociedad, Betis and Atlético Madrid.

The most memorable matches between Clemente and Barça took place at the beginning of the 80s, when he was the lead man at San Mamés. His last La Liga victory at the Camp Nou dates back to 1982. In fact, he hasn’t led his teams to victory over Barça at the Camp Nou in his last 22 years in professional football. In his 13 matches against Barça in the Catalan capital, he’s won 1, drawn 1, and lost 11; his teams have scored 10 goals and conceded 44.

Clemente has been in professional football for 31 years and he’s played against Barça 31 times in the league. Of these, he won 7, drawn 7, and lost 17.

Barça wrapped up the 2009/10 league in Clemente’s last visit to the Camp Nou. With the final result ending with a 4-0 for the Catalans, Barça claimed the league title and Valladolid, Clemente’s club, was relegated to Second Division. That was, up until now, the only time Josep Guardiola ever faced off against Clemente as a manager.

Guardiola was the centerpiece in Clemente’s Spanish national side (1992-98). The Basque managed the current Barça boss in the 1994 World Cup and did everything he could to bring Guardiola to the 1998 World Cup. However, the Catalan missed the competition due to injury. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Selection Under-21; Friendly Match] Spain 3 - 1 Egypt

The Barça canterano propelled the U21 Spain side to victory over Egypt when he came on in the second half.
Montoya and Cuenca featured in Luis Milla’s starting line-up.

Cristian Tello, FC Barcelona’s youth player, rescued Spain’s U21 side in the friendly against Egypt which served as a test for the upcoming Olympic Games in London this summer. Other Azulgranas, Isaac Cuenca and Montoya, were also named to Luis Milla’s team, and played from the start.

Egypt took advantage of one of the few goal-scoring chances that they had throughout the match to open up the scoring. Meanwhile, Montoya and Cuenca, two of the most active players on the pitch, were running riot down the right wing.

Tello came on in the second half and completely revolutionized Spain’s offensive play. The U21 side scored the equalizer after a spectacular play from the Barça youngster down the left; Álvaro Vázquez was quick to latch onto the pass and score Spain’s first. Tello could have scored the go-ahead goal but the Egyptian keeper saved the shot, Spain, however, would score from the penalty spot minutes later. In stoppage time, Álvaro Vázquez closed out the scoring for the night (3-1). (via FCBarcelona.com)


[Match Stats]
Spain: Mariño (Joel, 46'); Montoya (Azpilicueta, 68'), Botía (San José, 46'), Domínguez, Dídac (Víctor Ruiz, 71'); Oriol (Iturraspe, 60'), Ander; Cuenca, DeMarcos (Tello, 46'), Capel (Koke, 46'); and Álvaro Vázquez

EGYPT: Aly Lotfy; Mahmoud Acaa, Ahmed Hegazy, Amor Solya, Shehab ElDin, Marwan Mohsen (Magdy, 71'), Ahmed Shokry, Islam Ramadan, Salih Soma, HoussamHassan and Ahmed Sherwidan.

Goals: 0-1, Mohsen (37'), 1-1, Álvaro Vázquez (53'), 2-1, Koke (72'), 3-1, Álvaro Vázquez (90').

Javi Martínez: "I'm worth 40 million"


Javi Martinez (Ayegui, Navarra, September 2, 1988) is one of the players in Spanish football fashion that is shining with its own light, Athletic of Bielsa. Not surprisingly, his great season has not gone unnoticed by the club, has his eyes on him for his quality and its versatility as it can play in midfield or central. Its high-clause, 40 million, makes the transfer, but the possible sale of Keita to Milan could facilitate the arrival of Javi Martínez to Barça.

Go great season they are doing you and Athletic ...

Javi Martinez (JM): Yes, we're fine the two. I am in tune with the team, which is a good time and in a good position in all three competitions. March to get to live on three fronts is something to be proud, we're having a good season.

At the moment, which already have insurance is to play the final of the Copa del Rey. By the way, to fuss with the venue for the final where they would want it do you play?

JM: We prefer the largest possible field because we feel sorry that many fans can not keep an appointment so pretty. It seems that the Bernabéu is not possible for whatever reason and I think next largest are the Calderón and Mestalla. In the fit more people.

A final will be against Barca. Go great game, right?

JM: Yes, but it is also unfortunate that the two times we've reached the cup final we face the best team in history. But hey, is there, and if that's because he deserves it, but it is true that this year we are more confident of victory two years ago. I'm not saying that two years ago we were not confident, but now is no better team, we are better and a little closer to them.

Speaking of Barça you go into the future plans of the azulgrana equipment. Something to say?

JM: Now do not say anything, that at the end are always things going, the world of football has these things. Although it is very nice to talk to you in the newspapers. Let there be computers that you want to make you feel valued and that is a function of what you are doing and to say you're doing things right. I am very happy to talk about me, but now I'm very focused on what I have, that is enough, so try not to give much attention to that.

And in the selection, with eight of Barça would not have talked about it?

LM: (laughs) No, do not talk because in the end, if fichasen to all players who will sign, phew! I recently came Muniain future, then spoke of Bielsa ... eventually talk much, but templates have 50 players.

Well, imagine that this summer, the Barça will be for you, but finds that its clause is very high, 40 million, do you think that could derail that operation?

LM: I do not think there's anyone who wants to pay so much for me. I see too much money for me. (Laughter) I do not think it's worth so I do not think that is worth 40 million.

Back to reality, one of the aspects that you like to technicians Barça is its versatility. Are you where you are more comfortable, as a midfielder or central?

JM: Look, I've been back a little lost the position because it was so novel, it was a situation that had never played, he did later, but never behind. It took me a little because, as I said, was something lost for not having never played there and it makes you not being used, but little by little you are molding because I've been playing games and work in practice. Now I feel very comfortable, but if one day the boss, or whoever, decides to get below, I'll be delighted.

Speaking of Mr., Do so influenced Bielsa this Athletic?

JM: Of course that matters. Having a coach like him is a privilege for us, we have a coach who is among the best in the world. We're trying to exploit. From the beginning we have learned a lot. It really is a crack.

Before, you said that this year's Athletic with more confidence going to the Cup final, is Bielsa which gives them such confidence?

JM: Yes, it gives us confidence to play the ball, get the ball from behind, always trying to take possession of the ball. That we have noticed a lot because what he wants above all is to have possession of the balcony.

What is undeniable is that since Argentina is on the bench, Athletic is fashionable. So far, only exceeded in the presence of Barca players between the absolute and the Olympic. The azulgrana and Athletic have 11, eight.

JM: That's a sign that things are doing very well. The players are doing well and hopefully we can be in both the Games and in the European Championship.

As you seem to have many numbers to be in these two competitions.

JM: I do not know, I do not know if I will be in Euro, in the Games or both. For me, playing two tournaments so big, so important as this is a dream and hopefully we can be in both.

What about crossing against Manchester United in the Champions League?

JM: It's a prize and a dream for us to play at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Also for the fans who will leave Old Trafford small. That gives us much grief because rarely has played and will play Athletic at Old Trafford and it's a shame they can not all go.

By the way, what do you think of all that we are talking about the front center of the selection?

JM: I do not think there's any team that has a front like ours. The bad luck is that Guaje, our best example to the goal, is injured, but I'm sure he will recover and will be with us. (via MD)

Mourinho went to London to buy his new house

Real Madrid coach and his wife traveled to London yesterday to choose your new home.
The Portuguese seem to be getting closer to return to Chelsea, according to British press.


José Mourinho is ready to return to the Premier League after traveling to London this past Tuesday to buy a new family home. Luso coach and his wife Matilda flew to Heathrow yesterday on a whirlwind trip in which they chose their new home as reported by the Daily Mirror, which also provides exclusive photographs of the Mou trip to the capital.

It seems increasingly clear that the Real Madrid coach may leave the white house at the end of season if you win la Liga and became the first coach to get the Champions League with three different clubs. In England, say that Mou has told friends he plans to make London his new base. So, Chelsea, where the project has stumbled Villas-Boas, could be your new destination, although the British press does not rule out the Tottenham and Arsenal as a possible next destination of Portuguese. (via MD)

[selection: Friendly Match] Brazil 2 - 1 Bosnia

The Barça defender assisted Marcelo for Brazil’s first goal. Alves played the 90 minutes of the match and he was one of Brazil’s best players. Adriano didn’t play.

Dani Alves played the 90 minutes of the friendly between Brazil and Bosnia in Switzerland. The game ended with Brazil scoring the go-ahead goal in the last minute of the match (2-1). Both sides were evenly matched, without many goal-scoring chances for either side and the Bosnian defence stoop relatively stedfast against Brazil’s offence; Brazil got the winner when Papac scored an own goal.

The Barça defender collaborated in the South American side’s first goal as he slotted an incisive pass through the Bosnian defence for Marcelo, the Real Madrid defender’s shot was unstoppable for Begovic. It was the third minute of the match and it looked as though the public was on the verge of seeing a Brazil goal fest. However, a mistake from Julio César, after Brazil’s midfield lost the ball, allowed Bosnia to climb back to level terms. The game became, at that point, wasn’t fluid and goal-scoring chances were few and far between.

At the start of the second half, Dani Alves, one of the most active Brazilian players along with Marcelo, had a chance to score from a free kick but his shot went wide.

The other Barça player called up by Manu Menezes, Adriano, didn’t play in the match. (via FCBarcelona.com)


[Match Stats]
Brazil: Julio César, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Sandro (Elías, 59'), Fernandinho, Hernanes (Hulk, 67'), Ronaldinho (Ganso, 62'), Neymar (Jonás, 92'), Leandro

Bosnia: Begovic, Papac, Spahic, Pandza, Rahimic, Jahic, Pjanic, Misimovic (Ibricic, 88'), Dzeko, Ibisevic (Salihovic, 80') y Medunjanin (Zahirovic, 78').

Goals: 1-0, Marcelo (3'), 1-1 Ibisevic (12'), Papac o.g. (91')

Referee: Sacha Kever (Swiss)

Stadium: Sen Galen (Switzerland)

Sandro Rosell, attends the ECA General Assembly

European clubs will improve economic compensation for lending players to their respective national sides. Obligatory coverage for players that are injured while playing for their national sides, UEFA will be responsible for this cost.

FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell and Executive Committee Vice-President of the European Club Association (ECA), attended the ECA General Assembly held in Warsaw, Poland. The ECA’s Executive Committee presented a series of proposals to the UEFA Congress that will be up for ratification at the end of March in Istanbul, Turkey. The proposals focus on club economies and governance, as well as the international game schedule.

On the financial side, the most salient point is the proposal to compensate clubs for lending their players out to national sides ahead of the European Championships in 2012 and 2016. The proposal calls for a significant improvement to the 55 million euro limit agreed upon in 2008 ahead of this this year’s Euro, and it establishes a record limit for the Poland-Ukraine Euro in 2016.

Another significant proposal is to establish obligatory financial coverage, which UEFA would be responsible for, in the event of injury to players that play in European clubs during matches with their national sides, friendlies or official. This coverage will go into effect in the next European Championship.

The international game schedule has also been affected: the number of international UEFA games have been reduced, specifically in the month of August.

Significant improvements have been made in terms of governance and club representation within the UEFA organization. In fact, no decision will be made without the club’s prior agreement. In short, the clubs will have a much stronger voice through the Clubs Competition Committee, of which the FC Barcelona President is one of the most active members.

The Clubs Competition Committee also put forth a series of modifications, ratified by the Assembly, that will affect aspects of the competition. Some of these modifications, for example, is to set the maximum height of the pitch to three centimeters and the suspension of players that receive three yellow cards during the Champions League qualifying rounds. These changes must be ratified by UEFA’s Executive Committee.

The General Assembly also made headway in the regulation of financial Fair Play sponsored by UEFA, its goal is to protect the economic solvency of football clubs. The project has already entered its implementation stage.

The last relevant point of the meeting affects general European matters and social dialogue, specifically the Fisas report that refers to the specificity of sport within the European Union. To discuss this broad issue, the Assembly invited representatives from handball and basketball clubs to join the discussion. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Neymar plans possible future at Blaugrana

Discreetly, Neymar prepares his possible departure of Santos trying not to harm his club.

Neymar start thinking and in Blaugrana. No big fanfare, no winks, no outbursts or statements out of place that could inflame Santos FC and its fans, the truth is that the 'Mohicans' is paving the way for a possible departure from the club revealed that and which therefore is identified. The 'Jewel' and has decided to put an end to his time in Brazil. Your destination is the Camp Nou. Do not want a traumatic rupture process but is committed to a transition without fanfare and unnecessary controversies that may erode the current directive Santos, with whom she has a great relationship, his own image.

In everything that depends on it, Neymar is creating a scenario that facilitates break to Barcelona. Proof of this is 'clause Barcelona' which is introducing its new sponsorship contracts. Thus, the player is sure to keep your personal sponsors, should stop acting in Brazilian football. This is not a mere detail in the middle of pages and pages with small print, but is a strategic issue, involving some 10 million euros annually.

Neymar anyone forget, in your country, is a mass phenomenon, a social idol cross. Is the new 'miracle menino' of Brazilian advertising. On the doorstep of age 20, your own portfolio of advertisers is a global crack. Large companies operating in the booming Brazilian market are literally cake to associate their image with a player who has captured entirely to a country of 200 million potential consumers.

The 'Mohicans' is the most beloved athlete in his country and is in the Top-3 of the attached Brazilian celebrities over the media, having overcome the 'star system' of TV Globo soap operas, singers with an established career, or players such as Ronaldinho Gaucho, who plays for Flamengo, the country's most popular club.

The 'clause Barça' is beneficial for all parties: first, the player keeps his millions in income and on the other hand, the marks will not be renegotiated to increase the values ​​of a player who is gaining a global dimension. And thirdly, to Barcelona itself, never shared image rights, it is highly positive: keeping their sponsors, the value of your data will not become a transcendental aspect.

Advertising has been the strategic factor that has made possible the stay of Neymar at Santos. The summer of 2010, before an offer of 36 million euros, the 'Mohicans' galactic signed his first contract. His club, improve you apart from the card, I started looking for sponsors, which remained at 30%.

After lurking in Madrid and Barcelona, ​​Neymar signed his new contract in the fall, with which you can leave your club in 2014 with the letter of termination under his arm. The percentage of the income of Santos decreased from 30 to 10%, which created some controversy in the club environment. President Luis Alvaro de Oliveira said he will compensate with increased box office, television contracts and marketing efforts. Since signing the renewal, the footballer has associated its image to three large companies: Banco Santander, the phone operator Claro and consumer goods giant Unilever. In the three contracts, appears 'clause Barça'.

In addition, Santos will continue to grow when Neymar is in Barcelona. The Brazilian wants to be grateful to the club that changed his life and his family. For this reason, the player, when negotiating their low quite possibly this summer, will give the Saints the opportunity to continue charging 10% of their existing advertising contracts. This formula would show good will of the player with the current directive Santos, and, incidentally, would lower the price of his transfer.

Ronaldo is check cable to Barça and says it is 'the best in the world'

Ronaldo is a figure to take into account the environment Neymar. The company's Phenomenon, '9 ine ', is managing his image rights, and who is in charge of looking for new sponsors. Once the hook is Madrid in the race for Neymar, Ronaldo has surprised saying that "the best for the progression of Neymar is going to play in Europe." The phenomenon, also launched a final nod when he insisted that Barcelona Pep "is the best football team I've ever seen play." (via SPORT)

[Selection] Xavi trained but points to the bench

The Spanish team completed a gentle workout at La Rosaleda with Xavi Hernández in the group and the passionate in the stands than 10,000 fans who never stopped encouraging the 'Roja'.


After gentle workout yesterday in Las Rozas, the Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque divided among his players overalls, revealing some of his ideas about the team that will face Venezuela in the last friendly before the merger for Euro 2012.

The team with red sweatshirt formed a defense with Andoni Iraola, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué and Álvaro Arbeloa, a double pivote formed by Sergio Busquets over Xabi Alonso, with Cesc Fábregas, David Silva and Andrés Iniesta further Fernando Llorente in centre-forward.

Thus, a fixture in recent games as Álvaro Arbeloa would stay on the bench and Xavi Hernández, who returned after missing a workout on Monday and showed that the soleus is well in the dragging discomfort.

Iker Muniain In training, the new face of the group, was clothed at all times by his friend and companion of the Athletic Club de Bilbao Javi Martínez and Juan Mata, who won the European Championship sub'21 last summer. He was partner in the launch-to-door with his inseparable Thiago Alcantara, the youngest of the group.

The training, an hour-long balloon consisted of heating, touch and pressure testing in confined spaces, shots on goal for the fans chanted and final match in the middle of field.

Del Bosque ranked Javi Martínez as central to the team with bib alternates. The displays of affection from the stands did not cease, many of them directed at an Andalusian as Sergio Ramos when he jumped into the field and every shot he made.

Shock training starred as Xabi Alonso. In a split ball suffered a Jesús Navas entry that made him withdraw from the practice game on the line and be treated by the doctors of the selection. Navas apologized and Del Bosque was concerned about his condition. It is a blow that will prevent him playing against Venezuela.

The session closed with the launch of lack of Piqué Ramos, Mata, Cesc, Thiago, Xavi and Cazorla to Iker Casillas. With all looking toward the goal, a child jumped onto the field and reached the area where the rest of international stretched. Got the gift of Víctor Valdés, who gave him his gloves and took a standing ovation from the fans. The players ended up giving away sweatshirts in appreciation of support received from the stands. (via SPORT)

Puyol: "We will fight to win all remaining league games"

Barça captain revealed that the costume is not obsessed with the defeatist statement on options ligueras Guardiola.

The centre-back of FC Barcelona Carles Puyol on Tuesday appeared before the microphones of Catalunya Ràdio in Málaga where it is concentrated with the Spanish national team for the match to be played against Venezuela on Wednesday at La Rosaleda.

Dodged Puyol assess the impact on the costumes for the last press conference after the meeting Guardiola against Atlético at the Vicente Calderón. "Now we are focused on the match ahead of us," he said, while showing its position on the matter: "It's his opinion. We are all aware that it is difficult but the sentence does not end here. Fight until the end of the season and try to win all parties. Then we'll see what happens, if we or not, but you have to go game by game. "

The azulgrana captain ruled that the fact be ten points behind Real Madrid in the classification work against them during games, by assuming a higher pressure. "If this team has a feature is that fight to win from the start to finish. Is what we try. When we play we can not think how many points we are at that moment," he averred.

Puyol who wanted to prove itself the ambition of the team for trying to win all the titles and recalled the importance of continuing to compete and stay in the fight for la Liga: "Our idea is to win every time, try to do well every game. We are not machines to decide what relax in the league and Cup and Champions already give everything. ""What you have to do and what keeps you each week is the league," he said. (via SPORT)

Del Bosque: "I look forward to Real Madrid and Barça reach final Champions"


Vicente Del Bosque, Spanish coach, brought the good of Spanish football at club level that the Spanish team, to ensure that it is "looking forward to Real Madrid and Barcelona reach the Champions League final," although disruptive to the concentration prior to Euro .

The chances of repeating Barcelona in the Champions League title, cause the date of the Copa del Rey final point to May 25, five days after the Spanish that focus on La Ciudad del Fútbol. Del Bosque is facing a problem and prepare a list of extra players to strengthen the many absences of players from FC Barcelona set over Athletic Club de Bilbao.

"If it comes to Barcelona in the Champions League final can not play five days before the Copa final I have not participated in that case but has long been talked about the possibility of playing on 20, but depends on the draw Champions League semi-finals and can not wait. A final of Copa process takes places, stage and cities. it's a mess, "admitted Del Bosque.

"What I'm looking forward to is that Real Madrid and Barcelona reach the Champions League final. Seek from our first day in the best position to reach the Euro and never hear me complain about inadequate concentration," he added.

The Spanish coach sees no evil in the clubs and resigns himself to the lack of dates in the calendar. "We all care for the selection, the clubs have their competitions."

"I would prefer to have more time but everything is very tight. There are clubs that can play Champions League final and the timing is impossible. No one is against the selection. We must be in that job boom stage. Dutifully not be aid selection but collaborate on aid. And the clubs try to do, "he said. (via MD)

Freixa: "We must protect the honor of Barça and ball over the line item"

Barça spokesman states in the program '8aldia' that "we understand that the practice of the program for the information is not correct."
Freixa also considers that the statement issued by the COPE "to us is a victory."


Toni Freixa, spokesman for the board of FC Barcelona, said they must "protect the honor of the Barça" and that the program 'PuntoPelota', which the club withdrew accreditation last Friday, "over the line" after the episodes with the president of L'Hospitalet and the attempt to read the lips of Pep Guardiola and Gerard Piqué in training the next day.

Speaking to the program '8aldia' on 8TV Josep Cuni, Freixa explained that "we understand that the practice of the program for the information is not correct and we have the right to defend our honor." "There's a line that can not happen," he reiterated while admitting that "we are not one to illustrate what to do journalism, Col College of Journalists and issued a statement about it."

"We knew that the President of L'Hospitalet was trying to get information for Punto Pelota" acknowledged azulgrana spokesman and added that "the camera that he was shot, no one imagined it was grabándonos or the president of L 'Hospitalet wearing a microphone. "

About the lawsuit to Cadena COPE by doping allegations, Toni Freixa has said that the statement issued on Monday by the episcopal station "for us is a victory." "We would like the applicant had said who his source but Real Madrid is not part of the process," he added.

After being asked about why do we act in the cases of two media and sports violence not employed by some Madrid players in recent classics, the spokesman of the board of the Barça argued that "if we had reported Pepe the Single Judge would not have acted because they said it acted because there was no injury. "

About Pep Guardiola and possible renewal, Freixa explained that "we have the best coach and we want to continue". "You have to leave work Guardiola quiet. It is normal that after four years holding the maximum pressure in doubt on a personal level" mentioned above recognize that Pep "is working and planning with Zubizarreta next season. We are not leaving to work although this does not mean it's going to continue but it is the best coach out there. " (via MD)

Villas-Boas is not seen as successor Guardiola at Barcelona

"Guardiola defends the values ​​of the Barça as anyone."


Chelsea coach, the Portuguese André Villas-Boas, has pleaded style fan club, but now recognized not seen as the successor of Pep Guardiola.

"It does not seem true, or would be willing to abdicate now a project next year that I have so much ambition," said the coach of 34 years, when asked about the possibility of succeeding Guardiola in an interview with the radio Portuguese TSF.

The former Porto coach, ex pupil of José Mourinho, said the Barca football is "a state of mind" that reflects Guardiola himself, "a fan who was coach-player-captain, a man who knows the house as one "he said.

"Defend the values ​​of Barcelona to the limit, as anyone, and perpetuated. In his message, everything you say or what you do is much more valuable and much more true that if the transmit another person occupying the bench," he explained. For Villas-Boas, Guardiola goes beyond the school of Dutch Johan Cruyff, because he defends the his own ideals from which "has become something unique."

As for possible reinforcements, reminded his old pupil at Porto, the Brazilian winger 'Hulk'. "There is room at the Chelsea for a wing explosive as Hulk," he said. (via MD)

The heels Kluivert and Rivaldo forgotten


The heel goal by Cristiano Ronaldo who scored with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday has caused many in the video library will review ways to make lists of the best goals scored in this way.

Interestingly, none of these rankings are two many famous heel Barça's recent history, marked by Kluivert and Rivaldo. We remember then.

Kluivert (Mallorca-Barça 0-4 2002/03)

On December 22, 2002 Barça visited Son Moix with a Van Gaal on the line to occupy the azulgrana equipment 13th place in the table. With a very young Iniesta holder, culés thrashed by 0-4 at Mallorca with a hat trick from Patrick Kluivert.

Precisely the goal that sealed the win was extraordinary. The manchego assists for the Dutch who first combined with Mendieta that after controlling with his chest, hands it back to Kluivert that after standing up to beat Leo Franco with a shot-heeled the ball bouncing in front of Argentinian goalkeeper to be strain to the back of the net. A golazo.



Rivaldo (Barça-Athletic 4-2 1998-1999)

On January 9, 1999 Barça received at the Camp Nou to Athletic Bilbao in a match that was about to be suspended by the deluge that fell during that Saturday in Barcelona. Despite the quagmire in which he was the pitch, azulgrana ran out 4-2 beating people with 'double' of Rivaldo.

It was in the fourth and final goal of the night in which the Brazilian crack again delight the crowd with their high technical quality. Rivaldo finished off at close range and Imanol Etxebarría blocar fails, ball after a rebound in the contest between another player of Barca and Atletico goalkeeper, just at the foot of the Brazilian to be on his back to goal heel ends. The ball strikes first in the pole and strain the back of the net. 'Rivo' celebrates his goal with a muddy Etxebarría powerless in the face. (via SPORT)

Cesc: “I really enjoyed the Club World Cup final”

The midfielder, during an interview with FCBJunior, said that he really enjoyed himself in the match against Santos.

Cesc Fàbregas has been a FC Barcelona player for almost seven months and during this time he has claimed three titles - Spanish and European Super Cups and the Club World Cup. In fact, Cesc played one of his best games for Barça in the Club World Cup final. In an interview on the young Barça member website, FCBJunior, Cesc said that he really enjoyed playing in the game against Santos (0-4): “it’s difficult to pick one game, but of the recent ones, I’d have to pick the Club World Cup final, I had a blast.”

The midfielder touched on what it’s like to be part of Barça again: “I’m learning a lot and enjoying the football that’s played here, I really like to compete and we compete until the end.” Cesc explained that the difference between FC Barcelona and other clubs is that “the team is always obligated win, while that’s not necessary for other clubs.”

“Arène Wegner is the person that has taught me the most about football, and in the youth levels it was Rodolf Borrell, my manager when I was an Alevín (U12). Also Pep, he pushed for my return,” said Cesc when asked about what managers have helped him the most throughout his career. The player also said that “my happiest day was when I returned to Barça, while my saddest was when I left Arsenal.”

Throughout the interview, Cesc also talked about the 2006 Champions League final in Paris, his time in La Masía with Piqué and Messi, and how he balanced academics and football. The interview can be viewed in its entirety at www.fcbjunior.cat. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Messi missed last Barça v Sporting Gijón at Camp Nou

Last season produced a very similar situation to the present one. Barça won at the Calderón, but an injured Messi missed the following game with the Asturians. Without the Argentinian on the pitch, Barça has not lost since 2009.

FC Barcelona will face Sporting Gijón this weekend without Leo Messi, who is suspended after getting his fifth yellow card of the season at the Vicente Calderón. But this is nothing new for Josep Guardiola, who had to solve an identical situation last season.

Last year, an Ujfalusi tackle on Messi meant the latter had to retire from the game, which Barça still won 2-1. Like last year, the next game was against Sporting at the Camp Nou, which was won thanks to a goal from Villa (1-0).

Leo Messi has only missed three of the 44 games played so far this season. They were the cup matches with L'Hospitalet, which FCB won 1-0 and 9-0, and the 4-0 win against BATE Borisov in the Champions League groups stage. Three wins out of three.

The Argentinian also came on as a substitute in two other matches, the one at Anoeta in the league (2-2) and the first leg of the cup tie with Osasuna (4-0), where he even scored two of the goals. He has started the other 39 official matches this season.

Last season, Messi missed six games (Sporting Gijón, Athletic Bilbao, Ceuta, Levante, Deportivo and Malaga), five of which were won and the other drawn. There were no losses without Messi in 2009/10 either, and in fact the last time the team has lost without him in the side was way back in 2008/09, when they lost 1-0 at home to Osasuna on May 23, a game in which several big names were rested ahead of the Champions League final in Rome. (via FCBarcelona.com)