19 March 2012

[Youth] The Infantil A signing two good draws against Arsenal and Fulham

The team of Fran Sánchez and Xavi Franquesa conducted two friendlies last weekend before the infantil teams Arsenal and Fulham.

The Infantil A the ranks of FC Barcelona enjoyed the last weekend of two very special. Pupils Fran Sánchez and Xavi Franquesa faced Arsenal and Fulham, the champions of the Premier League infantils National Tournament. Both English teams visited the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper as a reward for the achievement of this tournament.

As set out the club's website, the first game was played on Saturday at 12pm. Barça faced Arsenal, and the result ended tied at 2. The match was very even across the two halves and highlighted by some remarkable plays, but neither team enjoyed many times.

The second game, against Fulham, which took place on Sunday at 10.30am, but had a very similar, and the end result was a tie also, in this case to one. The set of Fran Sánchez and Xavi Franquesa offered a good game, although the match was very competitive. The coach Fran Sánchez admitted after the match that "the days of interaction have been fun, and have served for players to interact with the kids English." The azulgranas not only played two friendlies with Arsenal and Fulham, but have done the Camp Nou Tour Experience. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Oier Olazabal: "To reach the level of Valdés have to work hard"

Nestled in the ownership of subsidiary azulgrana and after completing before the Alcorcón one of his best matches between the posts of Miniestadi, the goalkeeper of Barça B Oier Olazabal said that strives every day to achieve the dream of the first team.

"It is very difficult, very complicated. Barça is the best team in the world and to reach the level of Víctor Valdés have to work hard and have to spend much time with them to achieve it," the Basque goalkeeper.

Oier Olazabal (1989, Irún) responds serene, with the same phlegm that displays in the area azulgrana. His pause relaxed in contrast to the despair that broke in front of Madrid, who saw their attempts to score were confronted with the goal always in Basque was perhaps his best performance so far this year.

"There are days when you want and do not stop no one, and others who stop everything. The end is a typical day, sometimes also happens in practice," replies the young goalkeeper quiet.

The forwards rivals on Sunday sought in every way. Shot at close range, in the top or face to face. It did not matter. All roads led to Oier, who had two games unbeaten and last night could only be overcome in the final minutes, without thereby escaped the victory (3-2).

But Oier clears any hint of commendation. "When you find the confidence, begins to respond, you have more peace of mind. Have gone much more than other times and have been lucky enough to stop it."

After that, in the first round, Eusebio Sacristán wanted to give equal opportunities to all three team goalkeepers (Rubén Miño, Jordi Masip and acted Oier seven straight games each), the technician finally settled Valladolid goalkeeper to Irun the post holder.

"It takes a few games very well and when it came in the first round had a very good performance," said Eusebio. "He has shown his good time and the team is taking advantage."

However, Oier not to rest on their laurels, as he stresses, "in the end everything depends on the performance." "I, every day, I'm nervous about if I play tomorrow," he admits.

Because, after all, the player only competes to stay ahead of the subsidiary, but not lose sight of the dream of Camp Nou is only a step. The last and most difficult.

"I just renewed (until 2015) and, of course I would like to raise. For this work. It is true that I have signed for another year of subsidiary, but if I go up now, better," he jokes Oier, who debuted as the first team in 2008, in a Copa del Rey match against Alcoyano.

In any case, Oier is realistic and remember that "many goalkeepers have been here, have reached the first team and eventually have gone elsewhere. It is very complicated." (via SPORT)

Barça to play two La Liga showdowns this week

After winning an important victory at the Sánchez Pizjuán, Pep Guardiola’s players will play two more La Liga matches this week as they try to cut into Real Madrid’s lead.

The Culé footballers will host Granada this Tuesday, and on Saturday they travel to the Balearic Islands to take on Caparrós’ Mallorca.

The Barça squad is mentally preparing for a week that will bring two La Liga clashes. After taking the three points from Seville, the Azulgranas will hold a closed-door training session this Monday at 18:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí to prepare for La Liga’s Matchday 29. Pep Guardiola will hold a post-training press conference.

The coaching staff have scheduled an afternoon training session for Tuesday at the Camp Nou to finalise preparations for the clash with Granada. The game will be played later that evening at 21:00. With no time to rest, the Azulgrana team will return to work the next day, Wednesday morning at 11:00, at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí.

On Thursday, however, the team will have a deserved day off before returning to work on Friday to prepare for the match against Mallorca.

The team will add finishing touches to their game plan during a training session that’s scheduled to take place at 11:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva. The team will depart for the Balearic Islands on the same day. Barça will take on the team led by Joaquín Caparrós at 18:00 on Saturday. After a frenetic week, the team will enjoy a day off on Sunday. (via FCBarcelona.com)

¡La Liga está viva!

Málaga equalized in the Bernabéu and Madrid gives two points to Barça.
The set of Guardiola faces the final stretch of campaigning in his prime.
The key pieces of equipment are close to their optimal level of play.
The costumes feel unqualified to win all remaining games.
Pamplona was a turning point: seven consecutive wins since.

When almost no one expected, Malaga started thanks to a goal by Cazorla lack of a tie at the Bernabéu, finally, returns to la Liga some of the emotion that Barça had been taken away with their mistakes. He was about to happen in previous weeks, but the hand black (or white, depending on your point of view) of the arbitration which is handling the competition prevented. Now there are eight points. difficult but not impossible. Especially with a clásico left in the Camp Nou.

Málaga had to be Pellegrini, Mourinho's predecessor, so badly treated by the Real Madrid and the Portuguese coach himself, that his former team restase a small amount of points which has been mustering. It has done so when Barça has outgrown its most precarious and approaching his best.

The barcelonista group caught on a great first half in Sevilla, with a star Messi and the quick movement makes soccer ball Barça unique in the world. He was the seventh straight game win, after the painful defeat of Pamplona. The party of the Reyno de Navarra, in which Barça was ten points behind Madrid, has come to be a turning point since the azulgrana side has won all five league games (two of them as demanding as the Calderón visits the Sánchez Pizjuán) and two in the knockout round of Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen.

And the challenge of barcelonista staff is to continue the streak. Pep Guardiola, his coaching staff and players think they can win it all to end in La Liga, so that at least Barça force the Madrid going to stop and not neglected in the league to focus on the Champions League, where he has had the fat in the quarterfinals but may still have to face a more demanding bone in the semifinals. Barça which invites yield curve progression in a positive sense, is the strength to go further in what is missing and end the year without losing a single game against Madrid.

With two months left in which Barça will play a minimum of fourteen matches and a maximum of seventeen, the key pieces of barcelonista are all approaching their optimum level and Guardiola may have a wider and better balanced workforce than any other time of the season. There are league for awhile and this boat competirla promises to end. (via MD)

A calendar that allows the Barça dream

The Real Madrid last night was broken the psychological barrier of the ten points on Barça.
The 'funk' merengue raises eleven games for the closing of the championship.

Real Madrid last night was broken the psychological barrier of the ten points on Barça, thanks to a goal-kick in stoppage of malaguista Santi Cazorla has been trimmed to eight. The 'funk' merengue raises eleven games for the closing of the championship.

The Whites are afraid of their difficult schedule outside the Santiago Bernabéu (Reyno de Navarra, Calderón, Camp Nou and San Mamés) and, above all, the team launched Josep Guardiola wins that detract parties by the end of the course.

The 'Cazorlazo' at the Bernabeu return the excitement to a league where anything can happen yet. In meringues plans do not contemplate a shot against Málaga, despite the good classification of costasoleños, shared position Champions with Levante. And especially considering that in the first round of Mourinho had been imposed by a convincing 0-4.

The two points that all snatched Manuel Pellegrini Madrid yesterday to arrive at the crucial moment of the season. In theory, Barça schedule awaits more affordable than at Madrid. In fact, the most difficult match for Barça will be precisely who play against the meringues in the Camp Nou on 21 or April 22, just five days of the end of the season.

Madrid visit Villarreal on Wednesday to a relegation-threatened and looking for coach following the dismissal of Molina. It will not be the only way a team challenging for the classic merengue before the Camp Nou should see the always complicated Pamplona, ​​where Barça suffered their last league defeat. Becoming a Calderon wants him to Mourinho.

Camp Nou and San Mamés will be the last movement demanding a Madrid that does not maintain a line of play for a month. Barca, meanwhile, has already direct. (via MD)

Trias support the new stadium of Barcelona

The idea of ​​making another Camp Nou not far from its current location continues to generate a constructive debate.

The mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, again referred yesterday to the debate that is being generated in the vicinity barcelonista on suitability of building a new football stadium to replace the Camp Nou. Be done, as noted in recent days, would rise in Les Corts, not far from the present location.

Trias, who yesterday was in the Tibidabo in a ceremony where he worked the Barcelona City Council, said that "Barça officially nobody has told us anything." However, deep knowledge of everything that has been saying these days: "If Barça asked us what our involvement would study, because a priori it seems a good idea. It would be a speculative project, changing some land for homes, if not a sports change the other. When the club decided by a choice we are happy to sit down and listen. "

Barcelona Mayor stressed that "these operations all parties have benefited out, neighbors, the University, FC Barcelona and the city." (via SPORT)

[former coach] Van Gaal: "Barça are favorites to win the Champions"

The exentrenador of Barça Louis Van Gaal said Saturday he sees the Barça as favorite to win the Champions League this season.

"Barça is for my favorite team to win the Champions League is a very powerful, and under normal win," said the Dutchman in a statement to the newspaper Luso 'A Bola'.

We do not know very well what the Dutch coach was referring to that "normal conditions", but the fact is that Van Gaal did not abandon its special irony when talking about the Real Madrid coach José Mourinho. "He says it's special," joked the Dutch. "I hope I can find a tactic to win at Barça. If the game is to win Barça, although we can not forget that Mourinho has won once, in the final of the Copa del Rey, "he added.

Where you see Van Gaal is more difficult in the league, which recognized that "Madrid is better because it has been more regular and has 10 points ahead." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Muniesa raises passions far away as Japan

The subsidiary of the Barça player, who missed Saturday's game against Madrid, was photographed with a Japanese fan.

The player Marc Muniesa subsidiary had a curious encounter with a fan while watching the game of his team against Alcorcón in the Mini statehood. The Lloret de Mar, which debuted on May 23, 2009 in Guardiola's first season in front of the first team, was photographed with a Japanese fan who went to feud with the shirt of azulgrana Marc Muniesa and 46 to the back, the number with his debut. To accompany the Barça squad but also posed with the shirt of the season, with the number 26, and hung the picture in his official Twitter account. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Rivaldo is displayed in Angola with a hat trick

The exazulgrana caught on a great performance in the last match played with Kabuscorp where he signed three goals, two of them for framing.

The veteran Brazilian forward Rivaldo again this weekend delight for lovers of football to recall his best years as an elite player scoring a hat trick with his current club, the Angolan Kabuscorp.

Rivaldo signed his first goal showing signs of opportunism to take advantage of a split ball in the area that just had to push the empty net.

The show came with the following two goals. The first, masterfully executed free-kick with his striking characteristic, and the third, with an exquisite jelly halfway up, laying the goalkeeper hit him with a hip 'house brand'.

About to turn 40, Rivaldo again shows that still retains an innate talent in their boots. (via SPORT)

[Barça B; Liga Adelante; Week29] FC Barcelona B 3 - 2 Alcorcón

Barça B beats Alcorcón, the surprise team in second division, as they climb to the 11th spot in the table with 29 points.

A goal from Kiko Femenía, two from Sergi Roberto and spectacular performance from Oier allowed Eusebio’s team to break their streak of four matches without winning and three without scoring.

Barça B only needed a couple of minutes to score this Sunday. Seven minutes into the game, Kiko Femenía beat Manu Herrera with a magnificent right-footed shot to open up the scoring against Alcorcón. It was a valuable goal for the team led by Eusebio Sacristán, and Oier made sure that his team remained in front with two fantastic saves. The first chance was a one on one against Borja, the second, on 34 minutes, saw Oier deny Quini. To the delight of the spectators in the stands, and perhaps less so for the managers, the first 45 minutes of the match were electric and intense.

Femenía had a chance to make it 2-0 but Alcorcón’s keeper saved his attempt. Rafinha and Dos Santos also boasted chances, but neither were on target.

At the start of the second half, Rafinha tried his luck again from outside the box with no luck. However, his teammate, Sergi Roberto, made sure to make it 2-0 after taking advantage of an excellent assist from Deulofeu (min. 49).

Just as in the first, Oier played an important role. He did well to save an attempt from Montañés to keep Barça two goals up. Anquela brought in Riera and Saúl, two offensive minded players, to try and change the course of the game. The substitutes didn’t have an impact on the match until after Sergi Roberto controlled a cross from Riverola and volleyed the ball into the back of the net.

On 75 minutes, Paco Montañés, ex-La Masia player, scored the first goal for Alcorcón with a beautifully struck shot that beat Oier at the right post. A minute later, Oriol Riera had a great chance to score the second but his shot went wide. In stoppage time, Saúl, a Barça player on loan to Alcorcón, scored the second.

In the end, Barça B managed to stave off the onslaught to win the three points to the delight of the fans, amongst whom was Sandro Rosell, to close out a fantastic night of football at the Miniestadi. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Match Stats]
Barcelona B Oier; Montoya, Bartra, Armando, Planas; Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Riverola (Espinosa, min.88); Deulofeu (Dongou, min.68), Femenía (Carmona, min.75) and Rafinha.

Alcorcón Manu Herrera; Expósito, Bambín, Agus, Ángel Sánchez; Fernando Sales (Saúl, min.60), Abraham, Mora, Montañés; Borja (Oriol Riera, min.60) and Quini (Carlos Martínez, min.69).

Goals: 1-0, min.6: Kiko Femenía. 2-0, min.49: Sergi Roberto. 3-0, min.60: Sergi Roberto. 3-1, min.75: Montañés. 3-2, min.90: Saúl.

Referee: Jorge Valdés Aller (castellanoleonés Committee). Agus admonished visitors (min.29), Ángel Sánchez (min.35) and Mora (min.54).

Subs: The second division match played at FC Barcelona Miniestadi to 1,985 spectators. Before the start we observed a minute of silence for the late Estanislao Basora exfutbolista azulgrana. In addition, both teams took the field with some T-shirts to support the French defender Eric Abidal of Barcelona, who must undergo a liver transplant.

The Syrian state TV play from Messi compared with the route of entry of weapons into the country

Sirian Television issued a video in which a play from Messi compared with the route of entry of weapons into the country.

Syrian state television issued a bizarre reportage in which he compares a great move for Lionel Messi against Real Madrid with the route the rebels to the regime of Bashar al-Assad used to smuggle weapons into the country.

The Ynet news agency Israeliana has echoed the grotesque news and video from the Syrian television has spread like wildfire in the media of our country.

The installation takes a quoted string which overlap a map of your country with images of the play of the game of champions which ended in a goal from Pedro. According to news agency the drawing of Leo's movements resemble the route taken by the rebels. (via MD)

La Masia graduates have scored more goals this season than in any other season in the Club's history

The first-team footballers that graduated from La Masia have set a new record; they’ve scored 111 of the team’s 145 goals this season.

The current Barça squad broke the 2010/11 season record, where the Barça canteranos scored 110 of Barça’s 152 goals.

The Azulgrana youth system philosophy has its rewards. Specifically, goals scored for the first team by La Masia graduates. With yesterday’s two goals from Xavi and and Messi at the Sánchez Pizjuán, the players from the Barça youth system have scored 111 of Barça’s 145 goals this season. That means that canteranos have scored more than two thirds of the team’s goals so far.

The Argentinian striker has a spectacular tally of 51 goals, making him the highest goalscorer in Josep Guardiola’s team. Xavi has also racked up an impressive goal tally this season, having scored nine in the Liga - his best goalscoring run in a season. Counting the number of goals he’s scored in the Champions League and King’s Cup, Xavi’s goal tally goes up to 12.

With the two goals scored in Andalusia, the Club’s youth system graduates have surpassed the 110-goal record set in the 2010/11 season by canteranos. (via FCBarcelona.com)