20 March 2012

Barça-Athletic will be played on Saturday at 22h, Osasuna-Real Madrid, Saturday at 20h

LFP has released the schedule of days 31 through 34.
Barcelona will play two days before the Madrid and two after.


LFP has released the schedule of days 31 through 34. Barça-Athletic Club will be played on Saturday 31 at 22h. On Saturday April 7 at 20h, Barcelona visit La Romareda, while on Tuesday 10, host Getafe at the Camp Nou after 21h. On Saturday 14 to 22h, Guardiola all played in the field of the Levant.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, will play the day 31, on Saturday at 20pm. against Osasuna in the Reyno. Next, the blanco set will receive at Valencia on Sunday April 8 at 21.30 and will face Atlético at the Calderón on Wednesday 11 at 22h. On Saturday 14 April, Mourinho's team will host Sporting Gijón, who prodded home last season. (via MD)


LIGA BBVA (31st Round)

Saturday 31 March

Racing-Granada 18.00
Sporting-Zaragoza 18.00
Osasuna -Real Madrid 20.00
Barcelona-Athletic 22.00
Betis Malaga 22.00

Sunday April 1

Atlético-Getafe 12.00
Valencia-Levante 18.00
Real Sociedad-Rayo Vallecano 21.30
Villarreal- Espanyol 21.30

Monday 2 April

Sevilla-Mallorca 21.00


LIGA BBVA (32nd Round)

Saturday April 7

Getafe- Sporting 18.00
Rayo Vallecano-Osasuna 18.00
Espanyol-Real Sociedad 18.00
Zaragoza-Barcelona 20.00
Betis-Villarreal 22.00

Sunday April 8

Lift-Athletic 12.00
Mallorca- Granada 16.00
Athletic-Sevilla 18.00
Real Madrid-Valencia 21.30

Monday April 9

Málaga-Racing 21.00


LIGA BBVA (33rd Round)

Tuesday 10 April

Espanyol- Osasuna 20.00
Betis Real Sociedad- 20.00
Barcelona-Getafe 21.00

Wednesday 11 April

Granada-Athletic 20.00
Sporting-Levante 20.00
Valencia-Rayo Vallecano 20.00
Athletic-Real Madrid 22.00

Thursday 12 April

Villarreal-Málaga 20.00
Racing-Mallorca 21.00
Sevilla- Zaragoza 22.00


LIGA BBVA (34th Round)

Saturday 14 April

Real Madrid Sporting 20.00
Levante-Barcelona 22.00

Sunday 15 April

Espanyol-Valencia 12.00
Zaragoza-Granada 16.00
Betis-Osasuna 16.00
Malaga-Real Sociedad 16.00
Villarreal-Racing 16.00
Athletic-Mallorca 18.00
Rayo Vallecano-Atlético 21.30

Monday 16 April

Sevilla-Getafe 21.00

Alexis Sánchez stopped by the Guardia Civil


Chilean striker for FC Barcelona, Alexis Sánchez, has been stopped by a Guardia Civil patrol Monday in Castelldefels.

'Tocopillator' was more than 15 minutes in the car and even joined other Local police patrol the city of Barcelona as explained Jose Mas, author of the picture, in his twitter staff. (via MD)

Last training before receiving the Granada

FC Barcelona has exercised this Tuesday at noon with the 17 with the first team and Muniesa and Tello, Barça B.



Now, everything is ready. The first team of FC Barcelona has been carried out on Tuesday from 12 noon, the last training before receiving the Granada tonight (21 hours). The session was held at the Camp Nou and has attended the 17 with the first team (all but Abidal injured, Villa, Afellay and Fontàs) and Muniesa and Tello, Barça B.

After the training, the players of FC Barcelona have eaten together and gone home to rest. Are again summoned to the Camp Nou at 19.30, to play Barça-Granada which starts 90 minutes later. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] The cantera azulgrana is unstoppable

The formation soccer teams have won 12 of the 14 they have played, and have yielded only one draw and one defeat.

Prebenjamín, The Feminine Juvenil Cadete and Feminine Infantil Alevín that it is already champion, continue unbeaten this season.

The Catalans continue to lead most of the categories.

[LIGA NACIONAL JUVENIL]
FC BARCELONA B 1 - FIGUERES A 1
Juvenil B had to settle for a draw in a match that dominated from the start and where he enjoyed many opportunities to get ahead on the scoreboard. Barça was much higher, but it was Figueres who opened the can in 64 minutes with a goal from Walter. García Pimienta and Marc Guitart's team did not give up before the result until Ebwelle tied the game on 78 minutes in a move that beat the visiting defense. Despite the opportunities, however, Barça could not get the win but has a valuable point and continues to lead the Liga Nacional Juvenil.


[LIGA PREFERENTE CADETE]
SANT CUGAT A 0 - FC BARCELONA B 4
Cadete B became one of the best games of the season. The boys of Fran Artiga and Andres Martín played with great intensity throughout the game, pressing the home team that had almost no time outstanding. The azulgranas were able to control the game and executed a high school football at all times, especially in the second half. The goals of the day were given by Alexis, Sergi Canós, Vilanova Adrià and Joan Inés.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN INFANTIL]
VILASSAR MAR 1 - FC BARCELONA B 4
The Infantil B took the three points Xevi Ramón municipal course in the 12th match of the day against Vilassar de Mar. The set of Denis Silva and Carles López went ahead on the scoreboard with a goal on 12 minutes Maudo, and only three minutes after the 0-2 Òscar signed. Edgar and Sofian scored two goals azulgranas remaining of the day in the second half, and Iker scored the honor in the final minutes of play, but the game was ready for judgment.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
FC BARCELONA B 10 - UNIÓ JABAC I TERRASSA 0
Very good game team Jordi Font and Jordi Puig. The Alevín B raised the intensity and circulated meet the ball quickly to try to surprise the opponent. During the first half time the azulgranas played with patience and victory moved the criteria to overtake an opponent tough, and went into the break with a 3-0 win. On the resumption the locals were very effective and enjoyed more often than allowed sign the scoring. Albert (3), Bernat (3), Ruben (2), Lucas de Vega and Pere scored the goals culés for the day.


[LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
SANT ANDREU 2 - FC BARCELONA C 5
The Alevín C came out with great intensity to meet the small size of the field of Sant Andreu. The azulgranas fought for possession at all times and executed a good game that allowed them to impose on the scoreboard. The set of Alex Gómez and Alexis Pintó went into halftime with a fairly tight, 1-2, but the third and last quarter took their chances to reach the final result 2-5. The goals of the day were very scattered, with goals from Alex Sada, Marc Guerrero, Nil Fabregó, Guillermo Amor and Sergi Rosanas.


[LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN]
MARIANAO POBLET B 3 - FC BARCELONA D 1
The azulgranas could not take victory in the municipal Marianao. The hosts did a good job defensively and were able to overcome the set of Xavi Bravo and Oscar Hernandez thanks to his physical superiority, as they were a year older, and his approach. The Marianao Poblet was very effective in front of goal and scored on all three occasions was clear. azulgrana's only goal of the day was provided by Julian.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
FC BARCELONA A 6 - IGUALADA 1
The Benjamín A took the victory at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. Marc Alegre was the opener of a party dominated by the azulgranas, and at minute 7 made up the first goal on the scoreboard. José Martínez signed it 2-0 just two minutes after a play combination. In the second quarter Haitam scored the third goal and Barça left to rest for a comfortable 3-0. The second half followed the same dynamics and targets Ilias, José Martínez and finished Haitam sentencing outcome. The Igualada scored the consolation goal early in the fourth quarter, but the meeting was already sentenced.


[LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
VILA OLÍMPICA A 0 - FC BARCELONA B 12
Comfortable win the First Division Benjamín leader against the Vila Olímpica. The Benjamín B had absolute control over the party and played a good level, which continued until the end of the meeting. The boys of Sergi Milá and Òscar Jorquera were very effective in front of goal and made a goalscoring display with goals from Jan Reixach (3), Iker González (3), Joel (2), Oscar Romero, Albert Garrido, Marti Riera and Eric Iglesias.


[LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
SANTA EULÀLIA 0 - FC BARCELONA C 2
Good game of all Cristian Catena and Albert Puig in the municipal of Santa Eulalia. The Benjamín C overcame the handicap of very small size of the field and offered a splendid game in combinative aspect, which is not reflected in the outcome. The azulgrana players came away with a great attitude and could take all three points thanks to goals from Alejandro and Johnny.


[LIGA 3a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
FC BARCELONA D 19 - ZONA FRANCA B 0
The Benjamín D faced the game against Zona Franca with great intensity and attitude, and this approach was reflected immediately in the result. But as the minutes passed and the boys grew marker Jordi Perez and David Sanchez relaxed a little and the rival down the arms, although Barça played a good game and took all three points thanks to goals from Eric (5), Gabi (4), Jonathan (2), Marc (2), Nadir (2), David, Arnau, Albert and Mamadou. The azulgranas remain leader Benjamín the Third Division with 8 points ahead of second placed Montañesa.


[LIGA 3a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN]
PENITENTS B 4 - FC BARCELONA E 9
The team Rafa Rodríguez and Juan Antonio Gil scored another victory, this time against the Penitents in the 20th round of the Third Division Benjamín. The azulgranas played a great first two quarters, which already left the party quite sentenced to 0-5, and the resumption continued to offer a very remarkable with many times, good details and team play. Sergi signed a hat-trick, and Ilias, who made a spectacular party, Jurado, Pablo and Abdoul scored the other goals of the meeting.


[LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN FEMENINA]
FC BARCELONA B 4 - BADALONA 0


[LIGA FEMENINA JUVENIL CADETE]
FC BARCELONA 9 - L'ESTARTIT 2


[LIGA FEMENINA INFANTIL ALEVÍN]
SANT GABRIEL 1 - FC BARCELONA 13

With Mourinho, the comeback is possible

In the 11 days left end always points in the league he played.
They were once 11puntos, 10 in another 3, 9 Up and already in Madrid ...8!.


A 11 days of its conclusion, the League for Barça is difficult but not impossible. And one of the arguments for hope Barça is the trajectory of Joseph Mouinho league leading their teams and their income statement in the final of the competition. On his way to work, the coach of Real Madrid has always liked to distance in the first round and take in the latter. The initial physical demands have tended to pay after their teams, although it is certainly not enough to lose the benefits accrued. That explains that Portuguese has won two leagues in Portugal, two in England and two in Italy with Porto, Chelsea and Inter. But in none of those tournaments he faced a team like Barça, capable of maximum points if he tries.

Projects initiated by Mou, in the 11 league final days always lost points and 5 of those seasons has given the points today would require Barça to aspire to be champion.

With Porto 2002-2003, was left on the road 7 points after a draw against Académica de Coimbra (1-1), another against Sporting Braga (1-1) and a loss to Pacos de Ferreira (2-1 .) His mattress gave points to win la Liga comfortably. In the following year (2003-2004) left Porto to win his 10 points in those 11 days epilogue tied to National (0-0) and Beira Mar (0-0) and lost to Gil Vicente (2-0) and Rio Ave (1-0). However sang another alirón.

Mourinho joined Chelsea and swept the Premier League 2004-2005, although in the past 11 days also forgave points. They were six, after a draw against Birmingham (1-1), Arsenal (0-0) and Newcastle (1-1). In the 2005-2006 season, he also champion the Blues despite 11 points left, averaging one per day: draw against Birmingham (0-0) and lost to Fulham (1-0), Blackburn (1 -0) and Newcastle (1-0). In 2006-2007 was 10 points with 5 draws in the 11 days of departure: Newcastle (0-0), Bolton (2-2), Arsenal (1-1), Manchester United (0-0) and Everton (1 -1). That season Manchester United regained the Premiership title, and some started the 2007-2008 season, Mou was replaced by Avram Grant.

The following season, 2008-2009, Mou began his successful project with Inter, taking his first scudetto. And that in the 11 end dates also allowed 9 points: 2-2 at Palermo, 0-0 at Atalanta, 2-2 at Chievo and 1-0 to Napoli side. Also in the 2009-2010 Serie A won the scudetto even though in the 11 days of closing of the Serie A were 10 points in draws (Palermo 1-1 Inter, Fiorentina-Inter 2-2) and losses (Catania-Roma-Inter 3-1 and Inter 2-1).

The last year is enough

Mou joined Real Madrid in La Liga 2010-2011. And he repeated habit: 8 points allowed in the 11 days of closing after a draw against Barça (1-1) and losing to Sporting (0-1) and Zaragoza (2-3). These 8 points will be enough Barça this league to win the title if he does his part: win it all. (via MD)

Barça-Granada: Today, 5 points

Barça look for a win to put pressure on Madrid in a league resurrected.
Messi, a goal record of César, and first day home after the return of Abidal.


Barça have now (21:00 h) the opportunity to get five points behind Real Madrid and make out the white set against Villarreal tomorrow with all the pressure of the world. The Camp Nou has to play a role in a league that seems to have risen after the draw of Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Granada is the first opponent who visits the Camp Nou since the advantage of Mourinho has dropped from double digits after five days to ten points and Barça can not fail. The meeting tonight offers enough incentive to leave the fans not only to the team.

Guardiola now has all staff, with the exception of Villa, Abidal, Fontàs and Afellay, and also in the case of Dutch is imminent that you are discharged. Weeks without a party on a Tuesday or Wednesday have helped the team to charge batteries after the great palizón January and February and Barça is now in the best possible condition. The Barcelona coach also can afford the luxury of re-distribute minutes in the game today, after last Saturday's effort.

For example, they may return to the starting captain, Carles Puyol, or Thiago and Alexis, both injured since the last time FIFA until Saturday's game in the Pizjuán, although the Chilean left in the second half. The most valuable for the coach is that you can make a once competitive.

Despite what he says Guardiola in press conferences, it comes as many points as possible to the end and put pressure on Madrid, which came with ten points when there were still 16 games left and that you can make it very long. In La Liga 93-94, Barça won 13 games and drawn two since losing 6-3 in Zaragoza in Week 23. The 'Pep Team' can overcome it: from the 3-2 to the end of Pamplona have gone 16 games and the goal is to win them all. For now, go 5.

Messi also started another countdown, the record producer of César Rodríguez. It is just a goal, announced last night the club after a recount that is on 232 points, instead of the 235, and now published in detail La Vanguardia. It is likely to equal or exceed this evening against a team where he played Caesar himself and was in the Camp Nou on the debut of Cruyff. It is also the day the Camp Nou will honor Basra and the opener at home since it became known relapse of Abidal. For all a big match. (via MD)

Rosell and Vilarrubí made ​​a courtesy visit to Trias

The Barça president Sandro Rosell and the vice president institutional Carles Vilarrubí were yesterday at the Barcelona City Council on an official visit to the Catalan capital's mayor, Xavier Trias.

The reason for the visit was simply as a courtesy, after the convergent won the mayoral elections in May last year. Since then, the session and sports club had pending the meeting, which had not been previously carried out for scheduling reasons, given the level of commitment that both parties must attend.

The meeting comes just days after the media would reflect the future intentions of the directive, which would by building a new stadium on land owned by the University of Barcelona. Anyway, from the lub azulgrana made ​​sure that the agenda of yesterday's meeting was not the point, since the visit was simply a courtesy.

Anyway, after the news, the mayor and was in favor of a possible land swap, "seems like a good idea. It would be a speculative project, "he said. (via SPORT)

Wenger goes favorite to Barça to win Champions

The 'gunner' on his personal blog described his admiration for Messi and Guardiola way of working.

The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, said yesterday in his personal blog at Eurosport your favorite to win the Champions League is FC Barcelona. The Frenchman admitted as an admirer of the azulgranas game and especially the philosophy, style and manner of making Pep Guardiola.

"Neither Milan or Bayern Munich will win Madrid and Barcelona. In my view, Barça is the favorite to win the Champions League, "said convinced, also did not hesitate to place the quality of Leo Messi above Cristiano Ronaldo," even without a match play in top form, is capable scoring two goals. "Wenger has shown in his own flesh as "really hard to play without allowing a goal against Barça and Guardiola, this allows a great psychological advantage."

As to Mr. Santpedor, the gunner `did he say that" it is a coach of principles and strong convictions, able to print your personality and your decision to exceptional players, I think it would succeed in any other team. What is achieved and the level that you are doing is simply amazing. The only drawback I can think Guardiola is that expectations are the same for the rest of his career. " (via SPORT)

Abidal will be operated by Easter

Pending such time, the centre-back makes normal life with the rest of his teammates.

Eric Abidal was again one more during training yesterday afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva. The French international is waiting to be operated again to overcome, once and for all, problems in the liver. Meanwhile, normal life and prefer not to obsess about an intervention that, though, will occur in the coming days.

One of the cousins ​​of Eric Abidal was moved to Barcelona expressly to be the liver donor needed by the Blaugrana player. Sunday came to Barcelona and, after arrival, the entire protocol to be carried out has started. The intention is that the French international is hospitalized in the coming days and, thus, can be transplanted before Easter. Last week, Eric knew he had to return to the operating room and that this time would be to undergo a more complex operation than before, which may even reach the twelve hours. And even that fact has the least weakened their mood. His mental strength is bombproof as demonstrated each passing day, while going to each and every one of the training of Pep Guardiola.

Abidal is making normal life while waiting for the moment to be admitted and must begin to think, almost exclusively, in the operation. The player will receive a portion of the liver of his cousin, who has traveled to Barcelona to provide full assistance to the Blaugrana. After surgery, the body regenerates.

The impression in training, however, is not that of someone who must undergo surgery to receive a new liver. The strength with which Abidal is responding to the obstacles that life is presenting you make an example for his teammates, impressed by his strength. Affection received from all corners of the globe has also helped Abidal feel strong to overcome a complicated procedure and footballer, and all around him, is convinced.

Each day that passes is one day less to be hospitalized, but also a day to solve a problem that lasts longer too. While not absolutely necessary, the French international football wants to continue enjoying and will in every training session with their peers. Backed by the Blaugrana players and the team working with coach Guardiola at the helm, the wait is less uncomfortable. The only goal now is that everything goes perfectly, that the operation is carried out normally and Abidal to normal life again. The possibility of returning to the pitch at the moment is not considered, since the most important is the operation itself. There will be time to see how the Gallic and if your physique allows privileged athlete in the future consider returning to play football at the highest level.

Eric Abidal strives each workout prior to the operation as if to play next weekend. It will not, but his teammates do, and every time you jump into the lawn, think about him and what they can do for him. Yesterday I did the Roma players. (via SPORT)

Abidal sent all his encouragement to Fabrice Muamba

FC Barcelona defender sent a message of encouragement to the Bolton player who is still recovering slowly.

Eric Abidal, who has received the support of world football after the news of his liver trasplantamiento also remembered another sad protagonist in the world of football in this day: Fabrice Muamba.

FC Barcelona defender would be next to the player of Bolton and made public in its official Facebook has a message of support in English and French in which he wanted the best, "Fabrice Muamba, wholeheartedly with you and all your loved ones. We are with you and your family! "

Muamba While recovering well after their disappearance in the match at Tottenham and Bolton, Abidal has wanted to be near the English team player proved his courage at a time too complicated for him. (via SPORT)

Milan draw on the courage as a recipe against Barça

The club 'Rossoneri' psychological work already done to meet the match against FC Barcelona.

After the initial hit that led to the draw, Massimiliano Allegri is already working on the psychological to get to the match against FC Barcelona at its best. The message of the club is clear: without fear is possible to move the tie against the defending champions.

Ibrahimovic says he knows what is the way to beat Guardiola. "Without fear they will have more to lose than us," he said yesterday in Swedish Swedish newspaper 'Aftonbladet'. The whole 'Rossoneri' and knows what is to face Barcelona this season and Ibra will be no major differences in relation to the first two games. "We want to win and we have to. At Barcelona we know well in the playoffs and now we find him again. There will be two tough games, but for me there is no difference with the above. "

The AC Milan managing director Adriano Galliani also expressed in the same direction at a meeting yesterday with the 'typhoid' in the official twitter account of Milan: "Overcoming the Barcelona is our goal. We need not fear. "Galliani believes the whole Rossoneri come to the party in a great time, with pieces as important as Gattuso, back to point. Galliani is especially pleased with the contribution of Ibrahimovic, who looks better than ever. "I think is the best season even though Ibra always been a great and I still regret not having signed in 2006."

In this sense, no hesitation in pointing to the signing of Swedish striker as one of the operations which are more satisfied with his career. "My best signing as a leader? I have four: Van Basten, Shevchenko, Kaká and Ibrahimovic. "The leader did not want to get wet between Messi and Cristiano, "I'll take both," he said.

The example of Gattuso

Gattuso's return has become one of the best news in key 'Rossoneri'. Galliani made ​​the Italian media yesterday as an example of improvement for the rest of the squad and was enthusiastic about his return. "It was great to see a Gattuso in the field, is the result of his determination," he said. Allegri you will gradually giving minute and clothing recovered a vital piece. (via SPORT)

Time for Alexis

The defense line will depend on whether Adriano remains at eleven or Puyol occupies the left back.

Barça will return tonight to la Liga at the Nou Camp with new courage after Real Madrid slip combined with his big win at the Sánchez Pizjuán, and more effective once again Alexis Sánchez to be able to start against Granada in the starting lineup. The Chilean forward, who already played the last ten minutes of the match against Sevilla, returns to the Nou Camp after he was injured in the clash against Sporting, precisely at the Estadi, and seems destined to form the triplet attacker with Pedro and Messi .

Although the season is not proving at all easy because of the many parties and many physical problems that affect the workforce, Josep Guardiola is recovering gradually effective in the face of decisive phase of the season. One is Alexis, another Thiago Alcántara, which gives you more choices in the wide area.

Hence, against Granada, Barça may have more of a novelty in all lines. The question is whether defense Pep will opt for three or four line maintained. In fact, this is a relatively minor detail, considering that one of the virtues of team is that his drawing is changing continuously according to the needs that has marked the development of the matches.

Also to be seen whether, beyond the point reprimand Adriano, the Brazilian repeated on the left side is either Carles Puyol who takes care of that band. Alves seems fixed on the right and Mascherano and Pique would be responsible for the shaft.

Also in the midfield there are several options and Thiago and Keita could be included in the starting lineup. From the outset, the squad has more numbers allows for their return to rest Iniesta and Xavi without drawing and style suffer. The Mali international could be the relief of Sergio Busquets, but Guardiola is unlikely that many changes take place in the starting line in one go. Another thing is that they all are shared playing time will elapse depending on how the meeting.

In the offensive device also point to retrieve new effective developments. The today seems a good match for Pedro Rodríguez continued availability of minutes to help you definitively refine your setup.

And in the case of Alexis Sanchez has overcome a thigh problem and needs minutes of footage that will help restore the competitive edge. This would allow to rest Cesc Fàbregas while the axis of attack would remain the evergreen Leo Messi. The Rosario, in a state of excellent and engaged in the struggle for the 'top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo how often is a guarantee to score. (via SPORT)

Messi, one goal away from César's record

A joint study by FC Barcelona’s Center of Documentation and Studies and La Vanguardia confirms that the legendary “Pelucas” scored 232 official goals for the Club, leaving Leo Messi only one goal away from Barça's all-time high goals scored record.

Leo Messi could draw level or break César Rodríguez’s all-time high goal record which stands at 232 goals. FC Barcelona’s Center of Documentation and Studies started an investigation, in collaboration with La Vanguardia, to verify the exact number of official goals scored by the Barça legend during his time at the Club in the early 1950s.

After studying all of César’s matches, it has been confirmed that Messi is only one goal behind the legendary “Pelucas.” The Argentine has 231 goals in official matches, therefore if the player scores against Granada he will equal César.

The study analysed and compared all of the match reports from César’s Barça career with La Vanguardia’s, a news paper founded in 1881, historical database. The conclusion drawn from the study, not confirmed until today, is that César scored 232 official goals for Barça and not 235. It’s worth noting that César Rodiíguez is the Club’s all-time top goalscorer in official matches, but the absolute record belongs to Paulino Alcántara, who scored 369 goals for Barça in 357 official and friendly matches.

The documentary heritage managed by FC Barcelona’s Center of Documentation and Studies has been instrumental in carrying out major historical research on the Club. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Roma heated with Abidal in the mind

Luis Enrique's pupils wore a message of support to Abidal in the minutes before the match against Genoa.

Roma also had a nice gesture at the meeting that he faced in Genoa and Olímpico de Roma stadium's turf jumped Roman a T-shirt that read "Siammo tutti con te" (We are all with you) and the they looked at the back 22 with the name of Abidal.

Men of all Luis Enrique wanted to pay tribute to Abidal to show support and heated with this shirt during the moments before the meeting.

Alessandro Del Piero also sent all his encouragement to Barça and Muamba, who is recovering in London of his desvaneciemiento, Bolton-Tottenham.

"Now my main thoughts are focused on two young men, Eric Abidal and Muamba. Anyone who has seen photos of Bolton - Tottenham can not fail to be moved. I can not imagine a football field, a scene of so much joy, as a place of suffering. Fabrice Forza! we are all with you! as with Eric Abidal, who has a new party to win in life and I'm sure you will succeed, "he said. (via SPORT)

Martins won't complete sanction against Barça

Carlos Martins has finally entered the call for his team for the match against Barcelona that the penalty for being sent off in the previous game will play in the day of weekend.

Granada CF has confirmed this afternoon that it has received a notice from the Competition Committee meeting stating that the assessment of incidents of the day number 28, which ends tonight with Espanyol, Racing Santander, will be held on Wednesday 21 to from 14.00.

For this reason, Martins has entered the call, which finally is twenty players to travel with the team to Barcelona and take part in the clash to be played at night at the Camp Nou.

The Portuguese sanction for being sent off in the match played against Sporting Gijón on Saturday, the day will play in next weekend, so it will be low for the shock of the day 30 that the play Granada Los Cármenes against Sevilla.

Barça would advance 14.5 million for Neymar

The end of the operation would be around 58 million.
Barça would advance and 25% of the total operation.


As announced by the Cadena Ser, FC Barcelona has pressed the accelerator to the hiring of Neymar, which is currently in the discipline of Santos, the Catalan club come within the next two seasons. The target date would be June 2014, and might even be incorporated before, a line that once already made Mundo Deportivo, in a story that explores how wide was attached to Neymar.

According the same source, both the player and his father, and would have given its good for your arrival Barça, but his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, would not be much for the work. Neymar is eager to come to the Catalan club, as told in his own day Guardiola.

As announced Mundo Deportivo in their day, the final amount of the operation would be around 58 million euros, and Barça and would advance 25% of the total, ie 14.5 million. Moreover, in the event that the Santos broke the agreement and allow the entry of another club in the negotiations would have to compensate the Barça with 20 million. A signing that would have cleared itself Messi and Alves, among others, and the Blaugrana fans, who would welcome the arrival of the Brazilian player. (via MD)

Platini hallucinates with Messi: "It's a real murderer"

"It's wonderful, you have to enjoy their football every day," he said.
The UEFA president was amazed with the game of Barça in the final of Club World Cup.


The UEFA president, Michel Platini, said in an interview with Agence France Press that the Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, "is a real murderer." "People like him never satisfied in the field and off the pitch is nice. Never be satisfied," he continued.

The French admiration for azulgrana crack is total. "It's wonderful, you have to enjoy their football every day," he added. "Scoring 30 goals is not an act angelic, you need a murderer instinct. It's great," he continued.

Platini links this burning desire to overcome Leo the philosophy of Barça. "This is generated by the computer. Saw Barça against Santos (4-0 to Barca), in the final of Club World Cup and was something extraordinary. Not just Messi who is the final touch, the rest of the team is in the same spirit. It is his game, "the president of UEFA. (via MD)

Resino: "Against Barcelona any result other than losing is good"


Granada coach, Abel Resino, said at the meeting that his team will play tomorrow, Tuesday, against Barcelona in the Camp Nou, "any result other than losing is good," and described the task of scoring as "difficult but not impossible."

Resino said at a press conference for the Granada and their players "must be a source of pride to defend this club and the hobby" and "play the best golf of the world against the best team in the world is something to enjoy it. "the coach has said that they are aware of the" potential for Barcelona, ​​"which can only stand up" defending very well, with lots of help, being all together and taking away the ball as long as possible. "

"Against Barcelona any result other than losing is good," he insisted Resino, who believes that rate is "a difficult but not impossible" even though his own flock to Camp Nou with a call "unbalanced" because there are low and are "the righteous." Atletico coach does not believe that the azulgranas has a bearing on the "sting" of Real Madrid against Málaga because "Barcelona does not need much motivation to meet the parties and that is the best team in the world and all of them dominates."

Resino has commanded "the full support of Granada" the Frenchman Eric Abidal, has called the Barcelona players as "the best in the world" and said that coach Pep Guardiola is doing "extraordinary work". "Guardiola is a very good psychologist, says the league is lost but if the are not going to be squeamish, "he added Resino, who believes, however, that la Liga" is going to win the Real Madrid because he is very strong. " (via MD)

Guardiola: “Winning our remaining 11 matches is a 'titanic' job”

The Barça manager believes that it will be “very difficult” for Barça to catch a Real Madrid “that loses very few matches”.

Guardiola admitted that it’s “better to be 8 points behind instead of 10” but he’s clear that his team needs to focus “on competing well in our matches”.



Despite Real Madrid’s slip up that allowed Barça to come within eight points of the top, Josep Guardiola hasn’t changed his opinion from the last time he gave a press conference: “I haven’t changed my opinion from two days ago. It will be very difficult for this [overturning Madrid’s advantage] to happen.” The manager went on to say that Madrid is a very strong team that “loses very few matches.”

Guardiola reminded the packed press room that his team has a tough road ahead. He knows that his players will give everything they have in every game but “it will be difficult to win all 11 matches that we have left. It’s a ‘titanic’ job.” In fact, all of the teams that Barça is to face from now until the end of this season are playing for something, “there won’t be any meaningless matches.”

Despite the monumental task at hand, the Barça fans are hopeful for a La Liga title this season. “I’m delighted that they believe, because my opinion isn’t the standard. The supporters need to stick with the players. It would be a shame if they thought like me. The players are the ones with a monumental challenge.”

“It’s better to be 8 points behind instead of 10 but the only reality is that this Tuesday we have to compete again.” This is Guardiola’s mentality ahead of tomorrow’s match against Granada. He believes that his team needs to focus on itself and forget about what Madrid does. “We have to do what we have done up until now; win matches and compete well. We need to win our matches, we’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks.” The Barça manager said that “the objective isn’t to focus on a comeback. If we were four or five points behind, sure, but not when we’re at a distance of eight.”

Guardiola praised Pedro for the good performance he put in against Sevilla. “Pedro needs to be the same player he was against Sevilla. Thanks to his effort, where he ran enough for three players, the other players were able to do what they did.” He added that the Spanish winger hasn’t been able to show his quality this year because “he’s been on the sidelines for a long time.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Spotlight on Granada

Granada were playing in the third tier of Spanish football two seasons ago , but two successive promotions have seen them get back into the top flight after a 35 year absence and after changing managers in January, they are fighting hard to stay there for at least another year.

This is Granada’s 18th season in the top flight since they were founded in 1931, though it’s their first season back since 1976, since when they have hit the depths and now risen again to the heights of the Spanish game. Granada were relegated at the end of the 1975/76 season and then spent 25 years scratching round the second and third tiers of the Spanish League before in 2002 they were relegated down to the fourth tier.

It was a tough period for a club who although they have never won a title, were runners up in the Cup in 1959 – when Barça beat them 4-1 in the final - and had spent 13 years in the first division in the 50s, 60s and 70s. In 2006, after four years in the fourth level, Granada won promotion to the third and within 5 years they had won a place in Primera again. Last year they finished 5th in the second division, but beat Celta de Vigo and Elche in the play offs to seal their second promotion in two years.

Granada are currently 15th – seven points off the drop zone – and won an important three points at the weekend by beating fellow strugglers Sporting 2-1. Granada have been in the bottom half all season, but fought their way out of the bottom three in week 11 and have managed to keep out of the danger area since then. In their last seven away games they’ve won just once -1-2 at Betis – and lost all the other six, including a 5-1 defeat at the Bernabéu and all season they’ve managed just 8 goals on the road.

Abel Resino took over the reins at Granada on January 23rd this year after Fabri was sacked and the former Atlético Madrid keeper made a bright start, with three wins in his first four games, before losing three on the trot and finally getting back to winning ways at the weekend, to leave his record standing at 4 wins and 4 defeats since taking over. Resino had previously managed Levante and Atlético Madrid in the top flight and Murcia, Castellón and Valladolid in the second division.

Granada’s striker Ikechukwu Uche made his name with his extraordinary scoring feats against Madrid. In the 2006/7 season he scored a fantastic goal in Recre’s 0-3 win at the Bernabéu, then in 2008 he scored the only goal in Getafe’s 0-1 win on the same ground and the following season scored the third in Getafe’s 3-1 win over Madrid. The following season he was sold to Zaragoza, but suffered a serious injury that kept him out for nearly eighteen months. Last summer he was sold to Villarreal who sent him out on loan, where he scored the team’s first goal back in the top flight in the 1-0 win over….Villarreal! (via FCBarcelona.com)

The first team focuses on Granada

After cutting into Real Madrid’s lead, Barça finalised preparations ahead of tomorrow’s match against Granada will all available first-team players including Afellay, Abidal and Barça B’s Tello and Muniesa.



The midweek Liga match will bring Granada to the Camp Nou this Tuesday (21:00). Only two days after the victory in Seville, Josep Guardiola’s men returned to work this evening at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to finalise preparations for tomorrow’s clash with the Andalusians.

All 17 available first-team players, plus Afellay - who returned to training with the group after his injury - and Éric Abidal. Tello and Muniesa also trained with the first team.

The last training session before the match against Granada will take place tomorrow at noon at the Camp Nou. (via FCBarcelona.com)