14 March 2012

Meeting of Guardiola-Orobitg at the Camp Nou


Pep Guardiola has met on Wednesday with his agent Josep Maria Orobitg in the office of the Barça coach at the Camp Nou.

This meeting comes at a time when azulgrana coach still has not renewed despite the willingness of the players of FC Barcelona and the fans. (via MD)

Villa, the 'transfer' safer and expected


David Villa is walking without crutches after fracturing the tibia on December 15 in the semis World Cup Clubs. The Asturian, whose recovery is going well, he is expected in late April in the crucial stretch.

But either then or in the next league, 'Guaje' is the 'transfer' most coveted by Pep. It has nothing to do with this' operation attack ". Ensures -23 goals in his first year and 9 in 24 games in the second-, has assimilated the Barça system, provides quality and rapport with Messi is total. (via MD)

Van Persie is confident a call culé


Robin van Persie is not sufficient grounds to renew his contract with Arsenal, which expires in 2013. The absence of titles and the Champions League early exit in doubt make it again.

Cesc friend, the Dutch striker dreams of a movement that allows Barça line up again with former captain 'gunner' in the Camp Nou and has therefore postponed the talks until summer.

At 28 years, is at its best scorer. The Premier added 26 goals in 28 games for a total of 92 in 184 since 2004. (via MD)

Beckenbauer does not want to Barça before the Champions League final

The honorary president of Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer, he admits, in an article published by the newspaper 'Bild' that his team would rather not meet with Real Madrid or Barcelona before the final of the Champions League.

With respect to other teams at competition, Beckenbauer says that after that shown in 7-0 rout against Basel, the Bavarians can beat anyone.

"In this state of form, Bayern can beat anybody in the Champions League. Subject to Real Madrid and Barcelona. So I hope we do not touch any of them in Friday's draw," said Beckenbauer.

"It is enough that we find one in the final on May 19 in Munich," the 'Kaiser'.

Beckenbauer also claims that after removal of Borussia Dortmund in the first round and the catastrophe of Bayer Leverkusen in the second round against Barcelona Bayern returned to save the honor of German football in Europe.

"A removal of Bayern would have been a catastrophe for the German football. Luckily we have avoided. Not have been fair to the Bundesliga," said Beckenbauer. (via SPORT)

Andrés Iniesta will marry next July

The Barça midfielder will marry his partner Anna Ortiz in early July.

The FC Barcelona player Andrés Iniesta and his current partner, Anna Ortiz, will be married on 6 July in Tamarit (Tarragona). As reported by the Diari de Tarragona, the ceremony will take place at Castle Tamarit, though the banquet was held at the Mas d'en Ros farm, situated between Cambrils and Reus, because of its greater capacity. The event is expected to be attended by over 800 guests. The company's service Cristian confirmed the link.

Iniesta and Anna, parents of Valeria since last April 3, wanted to celebrate the link with sea views. The choice of date is consistent with the participation of Fuentealbilla in the European Championship, which starts on June 8 and that, to reach the final, ending on July 1. Although there was speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrés Iniesta would agree on their wedding day, the Luso will the 12, in Portugal, with Irina Sheyk. (via SPORT)

Alexis and Thiago train with the group

The two players continue to recover successfully from their respective injuries and trained this Wednesday with their teammates in the session that took place at the Camp Nou.

Abidal, meanwhile, did some specific recovery work on the pitch, away from the main group.

Barça B players Tello and Muniesa also took part in the session.

Having enjoyed two days off, the Barça first team returned to training on Wednesday, with all their efforts aimed at preparation for this Saturday's League match away to Sevilla. This time, the training session was held at the Camp Nou, behind closed doors, and before the session, the first team had the official photo of the season taken.

The novelty of the session was seeing Alexis and Thiago training alongside their teammates. Remember that the Chilean suffered a small tear in the in his right thigh which prevented him from being present in the matches against Bayer Leverkusen and Racing Santander. Thiago, meanwhile, is continuing his recovery from the periostitis of the third distal of his right tibia that didn't allow him him to play in the last three matches, against Sporting, Bayer Leverkusen, and Racing Santander.

As for Abidal, who is recovering from a groin strain, he did some recovery work on the Camp Nou pitch, away from the main group. A well as the first team players, Marc Muniesa and Cristian Tello also took part in the session. Barça will be back at training on Thursday, from 11.00, at the Joan Gamper training ground.

The training session at the Camp Nou was attended by Manolo Preciado, as well as former player Edgar Davids, who was at Barça for half a season in 2004.

UEFA doping control

Just after training, a total of 10 players were subjected to doping controls, in this case giving urine samples, that UEFA demand every so often. This time, the 10 players were Thiago, Pedro, Keita, Alves, Mascherano, Abidal, Valdes, Pique, Puyol, and Cuenca. (via FCBarcelona.cat).

The official photograph of the FC Barcelona first team

Guardiola: Meditating response between hole and hole

Pep was devoted Tuesday to golf while renewal is heated.


Pep Guardiola is a lover of football, but so is golf. Yesterday, the Barça coach took the second day team party after his victory in Santander to enjoy this sport in the facilities of the Real Club de Golf El Prat, which for some years are in Terrassa.

Thus, in a fantastic day, on a spectacular course designed by Greg Norman, and along with several friends, Pep turned to relax and reflect on its decision, which threatened to Barcelona supporters and especially to his players. Xavi, yesterday, a phrase again left to worry: "We are not prepared for a 'no' Pep '.

While the player was speaking Terrassa, Guardiola was relaxing in the company of old friends: Gerard López (ex Barcelona and Valencia, among others) and professional golf players Rafa Garcia and Gerard Pera.

Gallardo, who was paired with Pep, was his teacher at the Club de Golf Vallromanes, while Pera, partner Gerard López is also professional Vallromanes and is considered one of the best hitters Spanish.

The match ended in a draw and after it, the four ate together at the club bar. Obviously, the issue of renewal of Pep was in the air. A renewal will fall according to some reports Wednesday. Even now. (via MD)

Soldado: Like at the Camp Nou and belongs to a selling club


Roberto Soldado (Valencia, 1985) like in the Camp Nou. For his talent and scoring ability that does not require a thorough monitoring, and also by their circumstances, for belonging to a selling club.

The forward formed in the lower grades Real Madrid is coming in his second season 'che'. Unai Emery fixed holder, posted 20 goals (12 in the league, 5 in Europe and 3 in the Copa del Rey) and is one of the references in the Valencia offensive game since arriving in 2010 from Getafe for 10 million.

Goals do not need and would provide that extra experience that has been missing from Barça at this late stage of the season by the absence of notable players. Soldado is basically vertical football and top speed, functions that extend the wide range of possibilities culé template.

His clause is 35 million euros, negotiable because Valencia, to be remade for the debts, you need a sale to aerate the treasury. An amount, then that can be trimmed. The 2012-2013 project budget it could take well. (via MD)

Neymar is the first option, if it comes, others fall


Neymar (Sao Paulo, 1992) was born azulgrana long ago. Although renewed with Santos until 2014, Barça moved swiftly to fend his way to Real Madrid and make a future contract.

Pact with the Brazilian club, as it advanced this newspaper, and in return a preferential option disbursed 10 million euros. A deposit will not be, no means sunk.

If the Santos succumb to the temptation to sell to another club, your policy would pay double the investment culé. Barça also has a costly penalty if you decide not to sign him. They are condemned to understand and know it.

The setting is as idyllic. It only remains to solve the mystery of its incorporation. Neymar signed the extension considering the 2014 World Cup to be held in his country, but do not rule out the Camp Nou anticipate their landing. This year or next.

In recent weeks sounds strongly the possibility of incorporating this summer. In the club culé there is absolute silence but if true arrival paralyze any other purpose. Neymar Neymar and only priority. More than enough to cram the front of goals. (via MD)

Adrián: A windfall for its low price and profile Barça


He did not have Adrián (Asturias, 1988) were taken out of the bag a goal against Besiktas to convince Barça that this is a very interesting forward.

For several months in the Camp Nou was being carried out a complete follow both matches Vicente Calderón on the go. They concluded that their DNA is azulgrana.

You have arrived to the area, technical one on one, support and goal. Sum 14 goals so far this season (7 in the Europa League, 6 in the league and one in the Cup) but the best is his ability to work collaboratively, their philosophy of play and humility block. So far, nobody has moved tab and it is not true that is offered.

His price also is far below their true valuation in the market. Atlético he signed from Depor at zero cost to Lendoiro anger, and stipulated a buyout clause of 18 million euros, immovable until 2015, which is what does your contract.

View progression, in Calderón are trying to make an initial review. Several English clubs, including Manchester City, are reaching for the primerosen negotiate. (via MD)

Operation Strike at Barca

Barça want to avoid emergencies of this year and looking for the signing of a forward.
Neymar is the priority, but manages a national list of very solvent.


Barça is maturing the idea of ​​strengthening the attacker of the project 2012-2013 with a credit transfer. Although the team players have been covered with emergency credit from the first team, who are numerous, the Blaugrana technical secretary does not want a repeat of this situation of extreme pressure load of responsibility and the youth ahead of schedule. The transition from 'B' to the first team to be implemented step by step and not suddenly.

Injuries have strangled the daily team throughout the season. Villa broke into the Club World Cup for four months, Alexis has lost up to 13 games by four physical mishaps and Pedro, 11 for three incidents which prevented him from catching up now with the rhythm.

Messi has 50 goals but not always provide this enormous efficiency and Cuenca and Tello have provided much more than expected. After studying it carefully, in the Camp Nou concluded that Barça of the immediate future need of a forward of experience.

Neymar is always the priority. If you come this summer, the other candidates will be discarded. Otherwise, focus tracking, as has been told MD, a national player glued Villa style, to fit the budget for signings to be 50 million and not devoted exclusively to an attacker. Adrián and Soldado are most like. (via MD)

The groin injury of Abidal knocks him another week

The French full-back will not travel to Seville on Friday, nor was he expected next Tuesday against Granada because of their discomfort in the pubic area.

Eric Abidal got injured at Barcelona on March 1 after playing in Germany the day before a friendly against France where he played 90 minutes.

The club's medical services following a comprehensive review of the player issued a statement reporting that the French full-back suffered a "groin injury" that would let you off the pitch "a period of approximately ten days." Well, it's been concretely thirteen days since international was injured and his return is still unknown.

In fact, the newspaper SPORT is able to ensure that low will be safe for Saturday's match against Sevilla at the Sánchez Pizjuán and are not expected for Tuesday against Granada at the Camp Nou.

That means that in the best case, will be a week off the pitch almost twice what was initially predicted.

And is that since returning injured has not been Abidal still recovering in the camp, as it has not gone nearly the gym when he visited the Ciutat Esportiva. Clearly, the groin injury being suffered by the Blaugrana full-back is giving more of a headache and the prospects are not much brighter, if not just send the inconvenience.

Everyone knows that the groin injury is an injury that has many consequences and complications and if they are told to Maxwell, now French PSG player, who was this season while playing for Barcelona almost a month in dry dock by dragging problems in the pubis.

Regarding Abidal should also be noted that tomorrow will be a year of convening a news conference that made ​​the French to publicly announce that he suffered liver cancer. He did play two days before the ninety minutes at the Sánchez Pizjuán against Sevilla curiously the same stage and team that will play this weekend Barcelona where do put out a valuable draw.

The defender, with great fortitude, said he was going through difficult time, as well as full optimism about the possibilities that come out all right.

Two days later he was operated on successfully by the famous surgeon Josep Fuster Obregon in the 'Barnaclínic'. His recovery was so dramatic that within two months and reappeared dressed and well short of cracking in a match in the semifinals of the Champions League against Real Madrid in the 90th minute replacing Puyol and received one of the biggest cheers were heard in the Camp Nou. (via SPORT)

Messi can reach 71 goals!

The greatness of the squad is that, it makes it to this colossal figure, it is not surprising that in the next season is over again.

Since violence erupted in the history of world football, anyone who has dared to compare with Leo Messi has lost the battle without the Argentine inmutara. So far, all I had a sense was compared with itself, but even in that paragraph the Rosario is still beating.

Since the arrival of Pep Guardiola on the bench, Leo has been improving exponentially records this season and is poised to spray all your records. In fact, by projecting to the games and will still remain at Barça, Rosario would be able to reach the amazing figure of 71 goals in all competitions. And that the 53 it won in the last year and seemed insurmountable. However, Messi has spent his entire career tiring for him to show that there are no impossible challenges.

In his debut season, the 2004/05, just scored a goal (the May 1, 2005 against Albacete at the Nou Camp). In the next made ​​eight 'targets' in the 2006/07 had 17 and the last of Frank Rijkaard in the dugout, hobbled by injuries, remained in a least 16.

Since the Santpedor, Messi more than doubled its previous records and went to 38, who became 47 in the season 2009/10 and reached 53 in the past year. Happened last summer speculation about the enormous difficulty that involve improving this record.

However, Argentina still it must still play at least 15 games (12 league, two Champions and one of the Copa del Rey) that could be up to 18 if Barca play the final at the Allianz Arena in Munich. To date, Leo has scored 50 goals and all 43 games he has played, including a 'repóker', a 'poker', five hat-tricks' and eight 'doublets', ie an average of 1, 17 each time it pulls on his boots. If the squad continues to maintain such records directors, should make another 17 points if the Barça falls in quarterfinals in the Champions League and go to 21 if the team manages to reach the final.

Furthermore, it should be noted that currently passes through one of the sweetest moments in front of goal in his life, with 13 goals in their last five games and seven in his last two appearances.

Although only 14 days have elapsed, this March and would be the fifth striker Messi with the Blaugrana shirt. So far their best months are March 2010 and January 2011, both with ten. They are followed in November 2010 with nine and September 2011 with eight. Therefore, the crack barcelonista has four games before it to try to overcome these ten goals, three League (in the strongholds of Sevilla and Mallorca at the Camp Nou against Granada) and the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League, in stage and date will be defined in the draw on Friday.

Looking at the distribution of goals, called attention to its great regularity, because with the exception of three that struck in December, has always at least five. In the first season with Pep, the Rosario came to the five goals in three months, the second did it in six, in the last five and the current is already seven months with at least five goals ... and that April and May that are coming. (via SPORT)

[Barça B; Selection Under-20] Rafinha was exiled a month with Brazil

his 19 years, the Barça B forward has become one of the great hopes for the future to select 'verdeamarelha'.

The Barça B lost in the coming days to one of their players with greater progression. The U 20 Brazil has claimed the presence of Rafinha and forward cause low of 19 March until 19 April.

Eusebio Sacristán must adjust their schedules as the absence of the Brazilian team will orphan the top scorer with six goals 'record shared with Rodri'. In addition, the coach has used the player in 27 of the 28 league games played. By the way, has not missed a single minute in the last 11 games.

The Brazilian U-20, Ney Franco has prepared a comprehensive work plan to try to draw together the young talents of the 'verdeamarelha'.

Keep in mind that Rafinha turned 19 years last February. To begin with, international are cited on 19 March in Rio de Janeiro. In that event will include a concentration of fine tuning to dispute the MIC prestigious tournament to be held in the Costa Brava from 3 to 8 April. But Franco does not condone and will complete their program with a second stage in Tasting, which also have seen a couple of friendlies.

As of April 19, Rafinha be released and able to return to Barcelona and return to the discipline of filial Blaugrana to face the final stretch of the season. (via SPORT)

Jordi Alba, in the footsteps of Cesc and Piqué

At 22 years, Jordi Alba has earned the respect of the profession thanks to a steady career and, above all, fair.

Jordi Alba had a very bad when he left, asked out of Barça. It was the end of the 2004-2005 season. He had just your stage of cadet and Florida, a suburb of L'Hospitalet, saw his Blaugrana adventure came to an end. It happens every year and every year is just as hard for those who live in person. In his case it was for him and those around him, not just their parents but also their peers, technical and, ultimately, everyone who had shared time with him.

Jordi Alba was a little boy in stature and big in heart ... and talent. Loved and was loved by all. But in football this little matter of feelings. In his case, however, told something. After several years in the grassroots, which came as benjamin freshman even though from the beginning played next to fry, it was time to be a cadet. Began a key stage in its formation and, after a year in the cadete B, should go to A. In Barça has always been extreme, but sometimes it did indoors. But still did not grow enough. Only his great quality, innate talent and aggressiveness with which he faced opponents who drew two feet ("it was the shit, in the good sense, with everyone no matter their age or height was very competitive, "says a technician at the time) was allowed to continue in the cadete B being cadet last year. No other squad that has been there. Nobody remembers the grassroots otherwise equal. If vouchers for A with A, to the street. The Florida got a second chance and at the end stage cadet, someone thought they did not deserve a third. To say now that would be both unjust wrong to think that he did not.

The only indisputable is that Jordi Alba wins at Valencia, one of the best teams in Europe. It had to take a step back that it was not. He went to Cornellà two seasons. It was thanks to Horacio Gaggioli, who has always had a great relationship with the club Baix Llobregat and its president, José Gálvez. There, dressed in green, the youth returned to win the respect of peers with his football and personality. Little by little, he forgot the blow meant not continue wearing Blaugrana. It also helped that Álex García then coach of the lower de Catalunya, on telling him, allowing him to maintain contact with his former teammates.

His two seasons in the Railway will again open the doors of a club first. He was sentenced to it. Valencia came, which was great news for the Cornella and the player. Joseph Tárrrega, replacing Gaggioli as your representative, came one day to the club Baix Llobregat as well as intermediary Valencia to take Jordi Alba. It was a tough negotiation and club president had a hard time recognizing that at some point because it was believed that the negotiations broke down: "They pressed a lot, but what I wanted was not money, since it only came to pay 6,000 euros for their transfer. I suffered with the player because we wanted a good contract for him to not come overnight at the Mestalla. "Only the player's father, Miguel, knew of the negotiations; Jordi was outside. They would not distract him. Finally, all ended well. For both the player and the Cornellà, who saw the projection of the player. The contract included € 150,000 would be made effective when Alba tab lograse professional first team debut € 6,000 more for the under-21 and another 12,000 to do so with the absolute. This also stores a percentage of a possible operation. A total of 168,000 euros have already been through the club box José Gálvez, who say that it costs "to the new field will have to put San Jordi Alba."

The Cornellà it owes a lot to football, but the player knows that Cornellà was also the key to succeeding in the Valencia had just. The circle can be closed by returning to Barcelona, where he had to leave to grow as a player and in height. Not much, since Alba reaches 170 centimeters, a size ideal for playing on a computer that precisely characterized by using his head slightly in the literal sense of the word. Jordi Alba, while waiting for the moment is happy and who around you. (via SPORT)

Álvaro Vázquez and Sergi Roberto, sponsors of the Danone Nations Cup

They presented the 2012 edition with Andreu Subies, president of the Catalan, and Carlos Bosch, coordinator of the tournament.


The president of the Catalan Football Federation, Andreu Subies, and the coordinator of the Danone Nations Cup (DNC), Carlos Bosch, have signed an agreement this afternoon to promote grassroots football Catalan in juvenile category. The two entities will work together in the organization in Catalunya for this edition of the DNC, considered the 'World fry' and given the opportunity to engage all youth football teams Federated Catalan.

The 2012 edition will have two godfathers of luxuryAlvaro Vázquez and Sergi Roberto, players Espanyol and Barça respectively, have also been present at the coming-out today. "To play a World Cup organized by Danone as this is the dream of every child," said the azulgrana. (via MD)

[Ex-player] Bakero: "The pressure of Madrid to the referees is not normal"

José Mari Bakero believes that criticism of Mou and his last season have penetrated the collective arbitration.


José Mari Bakero, ex player of FC Barcelona and even a few days ago Lech Poznan Polish coach, spoke at the Cope of the controversy surrounding arbitration is the current league championship and having at Real Madrid as the main beneficiary of errors the members.

For Bakero, "not normal to put pressure on Real Madrid last year with the referees, was completely out of context. What is clear is that the subconscious feelings of people come." In this sense, the ex azulgrana believes that "neither Madrid nor Barça should shield in arbitrations. Barça have not done, conveys many positive things. The spirit of Barça has to be that. And if you feel in specific situations assaulted, you have to defend itself. "

The ex of the Dream Team has also criticized the decision Victorian Sánchez Arminio, head of referees, to denounce Piqué: "I believe that the actions of people outside, as in this case Sánchez Arminio, are totally out of context because is another professional who charges around the world and also from Barça " (via MD)

[Ex-player] Romario Sees Maradona, him and Pelé ahead of Messi


Romario always liked going against Messi and has not been an exception. While most consider him the No. 1, former political forward and now has said that no considers Messi as the best ever because he was better. "Messi must first be better than Maradona and then better than me because I'm better than Maradona. After Pelé and he would win the World Cup," said El Confidential.

After attacking Messi, Romario has recognized, however, that "I like playing Barcelona." In fact a few days ago and warned that he would like his son had just played there. "Pep talk" he says.

Romario's private life has always been a matter of debate and controversy. Although now a deputy in Brazil, Romario no secret that the weekend is still time to enjoy life. "My life is Tuesday through Thursday in Brasilia to return on Friday to Rio de Janeiro. Saturday and Sunday are free. I forget my capacity as deputy. I go, but as before not drink or smoke. Also play futvoley on the beach and I'm with women. " (via MD)

[Barça B] Deulofeu: 18 years and a great future ahead

Gerard Deulofeu, one of the most promising of the cantera Barça meet Tuesday 18 at full consolidation in the subsidiary and azulgrana eye on a future in the first team.

Riudarenes acid in the March 13, 1994, Gerard Deulofeu can be assumed, at 18, had shone on their way through the baby, infantil, cadet and juvenil of Barça and, as expected, the subsidiary azulgrana that came last season.

Since its debut, with the help of Luis Enrique in the Barça B-Córdoba (4-1), until this last weekend before the Sabadell, one can say that the young player's performance has been very positive. There have been 27 games played, 16 of them starts, which has scored five goals already.

These figures speak highly of Deulofeu. A skilled player, even though it operates on the left-and noted for its speed and ease to overflow in one on one. A verticality that is slowly adding the only feature of the game that lacked the ability to score goals.

Realizing its potential, Pep Guardiola has closely followed its evolution. I called last year in the move to Anoeta-although he did not debut- this year, and gave him his first minutes in the league against Mallorca and in Champions League against BATE Borisov. After that game, the coach acknowledged that Deulofeu has a great future ahead if he kept working and improving on the subsidiary. "His place now is the subsidiary because it needs time to grow, but young people know that if you have to take down, the we will take."

A message that, given the cases of Cuenca and Tello, should provide an incentive for the young player of La Masia. His name is marked in red on the future of the club, but getting to the top of it just depends. Is in his hands. (via SPORT)

[Selection] FIFA will complicate the preseason of Barça

Despite what he had said UEFA, the friendly summer selections do not end this year. Barça will be affected.

The Spanish national team played in Puerto Rico's first game after Euro 2012, a meeting beneficial for autism training center in the country, after ratifying the agreement signed Tuesday with the presidents of both federations, Angel Maria Villar and Eric Labrador , respectively.

It will be the Puerto Rican town of Bayamón and the Juan Ramón Loubriel stadium hosting the friendly match with the current world champion team on 15 August.

The ratification of the agreement between both federations have been carried out in the boardroom la Ciudad of Fútbol de Las Rozas, who visited today the president of the Football Federation of Puerto Rico, Eric Labrador, the mayor of the city of Bayamón and represented the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Ramon Luis Rivera and Maritza Casiano.

In signing the agreement with Villar were present, the general secretary of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Jorge Pérez Arias, and director selection, José María Claramunt.

"It's a dream. For us it is as if we were the World Cup," said the media of the Spanish Federation Eric Labrador.

"Since the people of Puerto Rico has received the news live with enthusiasm and great excitement. It's a game for the story to us. Since the arrival of the Spanish frigate in five hundred years ago, now comes La Roja and us is an emotion and a great privilege, "he added.

Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera also stressed pride in receiving the current world champion and Europe: "It will be a privilege to receive in our city to all members of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, to which we appreciate the effort to be with we. Football is the fastest growing sport in Puerto Rico. "

It will be the last time the Spanish international fight over a friendly in August, following the agreement of FIFA, which will eliminate this date on the international calendar. (via SPORT)

Barça hit woodwork 21 times in the league

FC Barcelona and Liverpool are the two teams that have been most unfortunate with shots hitting the woodwork in major leagues this season. It’s happened to FCB 21 times in 26 games.

Messi, with seven, and Cesc, with five, are the Barça players that have come so near but so far on the most occasions.

Andrés Iniesta and Isaac Cuenca are the latest two Barcelona players to suffer the misfortune, in last weekend’s clash with Racing Santander, of seeing their efforts comes within inches of the target.

In 26 games, FC Barcelona have hit the post or crossbar 21 times. The only team in any of the main European leagues to have a similar count is Premiership outfit Liverpool.

TEAM WOODWORKS
FC Barcelona 21
Liverpool 21
Valenciennes 18
Betis 18
St Etienne 17
Manchester City 17
Juventus 16

Leo Messi has hit the post seven times in this league campaign, the second highest number in Europe. He is ‘beaten’ only by Saint-Étienne’s Bakary Sako, who has hit the post an incredible nine times! There is another Barça player in the Top 20, and that’s Cesc Fàbregas, with five. (via FCBarcelona.com)

PLAYER WOODWORKS
Bakary Sako 9
Leo Messi 7
Cristiano Ronaldo 6
Luis Suárez 6
Marcus Rosenberg 6
Rubén Castro 6
Cesc Fàbregas 5