01 April 2012

Sergio Busquets - The Brilliant Mind

[Former player] Bojan dedicated his goal to Abidal


Bojan Krkic has been featured in the match between AS Roma and Novara. Linyola forward has returned to the lineup after two months, has completed a good game and scored the fourth goal of the Luis Enrique. The young man had a dedication prepared crack. Under his shirt had one with a clear message: "All the strength of this goal is to Abi" and displayed it directly to camera. The referee showed yellow by the action because the rules do not let it show any messages. (via MD)

Pedro: "We can’t be overconfident against Milan"

The Barcelona striker warned that on Tuesday the team must be alert throughout the 90 minutes against the Italian team, because "they are able to change the scoreline at any time".

Pedro acknowledged that "I’m lacking the coolness in front of goal" of other years, but "I’m here to help the team".

Pedro Rodriguez acknowledged this Sunday in the press room of the training ground, that probably, Tuesday's game against Milan, in the return leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, "is the most important…….it will be a tough game. They won’t make things easy for us and we’ll have to play really well". Pedro recalled the match that the two teams played at the Camp Nou in the group stage, which ended in a 2-2 draw. "Milan has great players, they’re a great team and they’ll make things difficult for us. We may dominate the game, but you can never be overconfident, because at anytime they can change the scoreline”. So, Pedro joined the appeal for the support of the fans on Tuesday.

As for the attempt to catch Real Madrid in the League, Pedro doesn’t think it’s such an outlandish idea. "We know we can do it. Madrid have a good lead but we just have to take it game by game, playing as we are now, and hoping that they slip up, so we can reduce the difference. It’ll be difficult because they are playing at such a high level, but we are in our best moment of the season with the mentality to be able to do it…………it will be difficult but not impossible."

Speaking personally, Pedro recognised that "I'm feeling good both in training and in games….I’m lacking the coolness in front of goal that I had in previous years, and perhaps that’s what I need to get back to be in the starting line-up" he said. He added that "I am eager to help the team. The manager has the final say as to whether I’m in the starting eleven, but I will always be here to help the team, because the most important thing is to get the victory, and go through". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Recovery work and focus

The first team trained this Sunday, already focussing on the game against Milan in the Champions League this coming Tuesday.

The squad from last night’s game against Bilbao did some recovery work and were joined by 10 players from the B Team.

A few hours after beating a brave Athletic Bilbao outfit, Barça trained behind closed doors at the Joan Gamper training ground. The fixture schedule offers no respite. On Tuesday the first team face one of the most important games of the season: the return leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Milan, at the Camp Nou. This Sunday, at midday, the reigning Champions of Europe began to prepare for the match.

Light work for last night’s players

Those who played on Saturday did some light recovery work. The rest of the available players, as well as Abidal and Afellay, trained normally. Ten players from Barça B trained with the group: Oier, Tello, Montoya, Muniesa, Deulofeu, Carmona, Espinosa, Gustavo, Sergi Gomez, and Rosell.

The first team will train again on Monday, behind closed doors, from 18.00 at the Camp Nou. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Dutch Kuipers will arbitrate Barcelona-Milan

Kuipers is the same referee who went to Real Madrid in the knockout round, I find the white club ended in a draw at home to CSKA Moscow (1-1).


UEFA has appointed Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers to dispense justice on Tuesday in the match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan for around quarter-finals of the Champions League, to be held at the Camp Nou.

Kuipers is the same referee who went to Real Madrid in the knockout round, I find the white club ended in a draw at home to CSKA Moscow (1-1).

Meanwhile, Svein Oddvar Moen Norwegian address in Germany the match between Bayern Munich and Olympique Marseille, which also takes place on Tuesday. (via AS)

Bale: "I come to Madrid and Barcelona for you is a dream"

"If you get an offer, would have to analyze the situation very seriously and consider it seriously. But for now, that has not happened and I'm just focused on Tottenham," he says.


Tottenham star Gareth Bale was sincere now an exclusive interview to British newspaper 'The Sun', which does not hide his opinions and analyzes its present and future sports, a future that could be linked to Real Madrid or Barcelona options, both the Welsh player does not rule, but insists that "for the moment there has been no offer."

And, if in recent months Bale has refused to feed speculation about his future racing as you know the rumors about his possible departure to one of the greats of Spanish football, this time the Welshman does not avoid the question and answer the anxiety that pervades both Tottenham fans as the clubs interested in signing.

"I have three years left on his contract and I am very happy at Tottenham. In a way it's flattering that you link with clubs so great a compliment, but does not affect my game or my head, though it is a feeling nice to know that clubs are watching you, "says Bale.

The Welsh footballer, who next July fulfill 23, says he has not received offers to leave London, "I do not know if the news is true or not, could be just pure speculation, you never know. The key point and your head that really changes is when speculation becomes reality and the offer is accepted. "

"If we are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, it's a bit like what happens to Harry Redknapp, Tottenham coach, with England, which is a dream and only happens once in life. If you say to any young player who could play for Barcelona or Real, would you refuse? probably not, "said Welsh.

"If an offer would have to analyze the situation very seriously and consider it seriously. But for now, that has not happened and I'm just focused on Tottenham," he says Bale. (via AS)

Cesc, reserved face to Milan

Suffers some discomfort in the back that should not prevent him playing in the Champions League.


Cesc Fàbregas was yesterday officially out of the squad for the match against Athletic Club Bilbao because of a sore back that does not have prevented him from playing but that led to Pep Guardiola to opt for more conservative tactics. So azulgrana midfielder stayed in the stands next to the defense of Muniesa subsidiary.

From the FC Barcelona was not discussed at any time Cesc sick leave by a physical problem because they felt it could have played yesterday. In fact, from the club said his absence was due to a technical decision. Fàbregas had a sore back which was infiltrated and on which Guardiola decided not to report. So not done in the previous and so yesterday neither gave low.

By transcending these annoyances, from the club were stripped of iron, also as regards the knockout quarterfinals of the Champions League against Milan. Come on, it tracks the just Allegri, coach 'Rossoneri'. In any case, since Barça ensures that Cesc Fàbregas will be available on Tuesday to enter the initial team that has Pep Guardiola against Milan.

Also facing the party next Tuesday, yesterday reserved Guardiola Puyol and Xavi start, who started the meeting with the deputies. The Terrassa played a quarter of an hour, the captain came onto the field.

There was also the Athletic rotations. After the great wear of the Basques on Thursday against Schalke 04, and thinking back, Marcelo Bielsa left out of the starting lineup with Fernando Llorente, Iker Muniain, Ander Herrera and Fernando Amorebieta. (via MD)

Valdés is damaged knee with an "gravesinha"

Barça goalkeeper managed not conceding a goal on Saturday against Athletic but not escaped unhurt from the field.

Barça beat Athletic on Saturday in a match where the whole Bilbao again demonstrated why he is still the feeling of Europe. Marcelo Bielsa's team does not give up never to attack. And if they are told to Víctor Valdés, who had to fight throughout the match with the red and white front.

In the end, Barça goalkeeper was able to keep a clean sheet but not without the occasional mishap. Proof of this is the picture that went Valdés Facebook to finish the game. It may be the goal with one of his stockings with holes and Cesc Fàbregas, Andreu Fontàs and David Villa pointing to the damage. The message accompanying the picture explains the mysterious scene. "Here you have a photo of how looks the knee after having made a" Gravesinha "the dumbest move of the match. The partners are still laughing at me ... A hug! "Said Valdes. (via SPORT)

But what is a "Gravesinha"? I found it in the following video:

[Youth] David Babunski, the philosopher of Barça's Juvenil

Juvenil A midfielder devotes all the hours he leave Barça and studies to feed his mind.

David Babunski plays for Juvenil A Barça turned 18 on March 1 and is passionate about philosophy. Not the way in which Ibra Guardiola described in a derogatory manner, but with true devotion.

Born in Skopje (Macedonia), is the son of Boban Babunski exfutbolista (played in the CKSA Sofia, Lleida and Logroñés, etc.) and brother of Real Madrid player, Dorian Babunski. He studied at the American School of Barcelona and, especially, loves to write. It's what he does in his spare time he left the football of Barça and demanding studies. Whether you enjoy writing that is in the throes of a novel that mixes football and philosophy. Try to have it finished after summer, although no date that forces you to do and most importantly is to enjoy each line. He hoped that, once finished, can get published, but neither is obsessed.

Babunski is building its history-based thinking about it, theorizing. A sample of their thoughts are also black and white in a very personal blog which you can understand his philosophy of life (skyselfss.wordpress.com). Away from the stereotypes that fuel the image of the player, David is also a great reader. Football is not an afterthought for him, since, as with all that nurture homegrown grassroots football Barça also dreams of one day fulfill the dream of playing in the first team, but until that happens, feed your mind reading and wondering why it all. (via SPORT)

[Selection; Under-17] England 0 - 4 Spain

Both teams raised a game of one on one. Two European powers facing football in the field of Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena. In order to win and await the outcome of other Group 3 match between Ukraine and host Georgia. Eighty minutes of play for a place in European Championship in Slovenia. The truth is that each of the parties was for a combo. England was the biggest danger created at the beginning of the crash. Spain became sole owner of the game in the second half.

The first time the meeting was a short corner that pulled the English without creating danger. Spain tried, above all, bands, Grimaldo and Bustos, and in the 10th minute Borja did not finish and threw a center, immediately afterwards, a corner at the near post which topped Calero but seeing door. Since that time, England was the combination that created more danger in the field. The goalkeeper Rubén Blanco, as he did in the second game against Ukraine, became one of the protagonists of the first forty minutes after several decisive interventions by hand and the foot succeeded in halting the offensive plays of the Peacock . The side and corner faults were the plays that brought more danger to the goal and Spanish defense.

During the last five minutes of the first part of the game rule was for the England team. Akpom tried after a counter that ended with the ball going over the bar. Just two minutes before the end of the first act, Hughes, after a great individual move, he met again with goalkeeper Blanco.

In the second half, the spectacular reaction in Spain brought the two goals Spanish: the first one did Iván Calero after hitting hit a ball from the edge of the area. It was the 45th minute and was highlighted as a good team approach Santi Denia in the second half. Just two minutes later came the second piece of Grimaldo: Bustos was in attendance and outlined to perfection in one on one with the goalkeeper Willis. But the superiority of Spain in the grass was still evident. On 57 minutes came the third goal for Spain, the midfielder's boots Samper, who took the applause from the stands with a wonderful Georgian much. A real quality goal from the edge of the area. Gayá put the final 0-4 in the scoring in injury time.

The Spanish sent in the field of Tbilisi, opening the game by gangs, linking moves combinative and dominating the game, in addition to possession. However, the hard work and efforts made by Spain to England could not get the deserved reward as in the other match in Group 3, beat Georgia 0-1 to Ukraine and managed, thus qualifying for the Championship Europe of Slovenia, with 7 points. Spain, with 5 points, seven goals for and three against, stands at the gates of the European Championship in the category, after defeating the Elite round in a very tight group.
Georgia will play the final phase by the host Slovenia, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, Belgium and Iceland. (via RFEF)


[Match Stats]
England: Willis George, Alastair Gordon, Leo Chambers ©, Isaac Hayden, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers (min.51, Jordan Graham), Jon Swift (min.52, Wallace), Luke Woodland, Calum Robinson (min.64, Mason Bennett), William Hughes, Chuba Akpom. Coach: John Peacock.

Spain: Rubén Blanco, Héctor Bellerín, Iván Sáez ©, Jaime Sánchez, Víctor Ruiz, Joaquín Fernández, Sergi Samper (Antonio Cotán Toño, min 80+), Borja Martínez, Álvaro Bustos (Samuel Castillejo, min.68), Alejandro Grimaldo (José Luis Gayá, min.76), Iván Calero. Coach: Santiago Denia.

Goals: 0-1 Iván Calero (min.45) Alejandro Grimaldo 0-2 (min.47) Sergi Samper 0-3 (min.57), 0-4 José Luis Gaya (min.80 +)

Referee: Nikolay Yodanov (BUL) Assistant Referees: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL) and Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO) Fourth official: Tornike Gventsadze (GEO). UEFA delegate: Jozef Marko (SLO).

Cards: admonished Chambers and Luke Shaw from England, and Jaime Sánchez (min. 25), Víctor Ruiz (min. 63) and Samuel Castillejo (min. 71) by Spain.

Subs: Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi (Georgia), March 31, 2012, 14:00 local time (12:00 CET).

Javi Martínez: "With more rest would have been better show"

The Athletic Club player Javi Martínez said today that if his team could have had more rest after the Champions League match against Schalke 04 would have been a better show tonight at the Camp Nou, where the Basque side has fallen by 2 -0.


"It's a shame for all, because with more rest for us we could give a better show. This is one of the best games that can be seen today in the First Division," he said after the meeting the international footballer, now has played center.

Despite the defeat, Javi Martínez has been found to have "everything" to end the game, looking to close the gap on the scoreboard at all times.

"It's our way of playing this year. That does not matter what the outcome and regardless of the minute of the game, we fought for every ball," stated the player, whose team played the Europa League meeting last Thursday.

Martínez stated that delivery was "admirable" but despite working long run, this is not enough to earn Barça.

Athletic footballer has also commented that this game can not be compared with that live in the final of the Copa del Rey.

"It will be a very different match, because Barcelona is not so used to playing at the Calderón and because we will be more rested," he insisted.

Finally, Javi Martínez has reviewed the controversial play of the meeting, which noted his penalty for a takedown Cristian Tello in the area.

"Not sure, but I think he can do more to keep from falling. Not all contact is missing, you can make more effort to follow," said the Basque team player. (via Marca)

The best and the worst of the Barça-Athletic

BEST: A Barça overwhelming. Barca not dosed forces despite the imminence of mourning on Tuesday against Milan in the Champions League. Guardiola gave their all, proving that not giving up anything. Neither the League nor to defend his European scepter. The team performed at a high level, making an impressive physical waste. The overall level was very high. Special mention for Mascherano back, Busquets in the half and Alexis and Messi in the forward. Superlatives.

WORST: Lack of success in a point. The end came up short 2-0 to the merits of Barça. The team suffered from a defect that is repeated on a recurring basis this season. If transformed into a goal half the clear chances it generates, the triufos would be a scandal. (via SPORT)

Iniesta: "We'll have our chance in La Liga"

The Barça midfielder, who scored the opener against Athletic, highlighted the competitive spirit of Bielsa’s team and Barça’s ability to combat the Basque’s play.

After the victory in La Liga, the Barça team is focusing on the return match of the Champions League quarterfinal against AC Milan.

Three more points in La Liga were secured ahead of the decisive Champions League quarterfinal match against AC Milan this Tuesday. Barça restored the six-point gap with Real Madrid after the Catalans beat Athletic Club 2-0. The players highlighted the importance of tonight’s victory as the team is now on an eight-match winning streak in La Liga.

Andrés Iniesta, who said it was difficult to beat the Basque team at the Camp Nou, said, “the game was very demanding, I think the team played a very good match. Athletic forced all of our players, from the keeper to the last player, to play well. We played a fantastic match.”

The midfielder praised Barça’s rival: “they didn’t create a lot of goalscoring chances, but they demanded a lot of us. We have to give value to this victory, because if you lower the intensity at any moment against Athletic, they roll right over you.”

A goal celebrated with euphoria...

Iniesta also explained why he celebrated his goal with so much enthusiasm: “scoring goals is always a joy, that’s why I celebrated with so much intensity. It just came out that way, I always want to help and play well.

“The goal was after a fast play, we were able to catch them while they weren’t paying attention,” said Iniesta. Barça, who hope to catch Real Madrid at the top of the table, remain alive in La Liga after a “beautiful match.” Iniesta added, “we needed to win the three points today, that’s what’s really important. If we keep on winning all three points each week we’ll have a chance to win the title at the end of the season.”

... now it’s time to focus on the Champions League

Iniesta talked about the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against AC Milan. “We have to win, that’s the reality. At home, with our fans, we have to get to the next round and we must go into the match with confidence. We’ll see 90 thrilling minutes,” said the midfielder.

Here are the statements made by Barça players after the match against Athletic:

Thiago Alcántara:

“We have to congratulate Athletic Club for their fantastic match. Furthermore, they are having a great season, they are a very young team and what they are achieving is meritorious. It’s not a coincidence that they are doing so well.

“Passing the ball and maintaining ball possession won us the match. It was important to keep a high pace throughout the match.”

On the King’s Cup Final: “there is still a lot left, when we meet again we’ll be two very different teams. We’ll see pure football, we’re two sides that like to play the ball.”

On the tie against Milan: “this match will also be decided by ball possession.”

On the team’s situation in La Liga: “we hope to cut into their lead. We believe we can make a comeback. Everything is possible and we can fight, however, we aren’t dependent on ourselves.”

Cristian Tello:

“Athletic played a very intense match. They were all over us, but it’s important that we won.

“The penalty is a satisfaction for me and for the team. We’re doing well and we have a good tone in our matches.”

Sergio Busquets:

“Milan will look to hit us on the counterattack. A tough match awaits us.

“There’s still a lot of Liga left, we’ll keep on trying until the end.”

Gerard Piqué:

“What a fantastic match! Congratulations to Athletic for the fantastic team they have and for the football that they play. It’s spectacular.” (via FCBarcelona.com)





Guardiola: “Athletic Club Bilbao take you to the limit"

The Barça manager noted Barça’s defensive intensity as one of the keys to Barça’s victory over Athletic Club, who, according to the manager, “gave a lesson in mentality and how if you want to succeed, you can”.

Guardiola is convinced that that King’s Cup Final will be “fantastic,” and he doubts it could possibly be more intense than tonight’s match.

The manager said that “it’s a gift to football to have people like Bielsa”.



Josep Guardiola considers that Athletic Club Bilbao, keeping their Europa League match this week in mind, gave “a lesson to all athletes on how to manage situations, with or without difficulties.” The Barça manager said that Barça “put in one of the most brilliant defensive displays” in memory in order to beat Bielsa’s team. “Bilbao takes you to the limit of tension and effort. They force you to put in a good effort to win the match. If you don’t play with intensity, they roll right over you,” he added.

“Mascherano is a one-of-a-kind signing”

The Barça manager praised his team for their performance tonight, but he especially singled out Gerard Piqué, Javier Mascherano and Adriano: “we’ve missed Gerard for the better part of the year. He’s back to his necessary playing form. He and Mascherano played a great game. Javier is an almost unimaginable signing. He’s the type of player that a manager wouldn’t trade for anything, and would never sell. He’s a unique signing, we’er very pleased to have him. I also want to highlight Adriano’s effort.”

Guardiola gives great value to the three points the team secured from tonight’s “very complicated” match. When asked about Barça’s next match against Milan, the Barça manager said: “Athletic Bilbao doesn’t defend, they come for you. It’s completely different from Milan, it’s like night and day.”

Finally, after saying that Cesc didn’t play tonight as a precaution, Guardiola said the next match at the Camp Nou this Tuesday, the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinal, is “the most important match of the year” and, at the same time, “the most beautiful one.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Bielsa: "The result just seemed totally"

The rojiblanco coach refused to blame his team's defeat to physical exhaustion after Thursday's meeting in Europa League and praised the offensive potential of Barcelona.

The Argentine coach of Athletic Marcelo Bielsa, acknowledged at a news conference that "the result just seemed totally" and would not attribute the defeat of his team encounter the fatigue of Europa League.

Bielsa criticized the play of his team, especially complained bitterly about the lack of depth of their own after stealing the ball on defense. "We played a little better the second time, in any case as equals, we defended very well, but the recovery of the ball was followed by the organization of an attack," said the Argentine, who lamented that the rojiblanco "lost the ball before the attack and if the men of Barca's offensive in normal conditions are dangerous in these conditions is very difficult to neutralize. "

Asked whether the blame for this lack of depth in his team was motivated by fatigue, Bilbao coach denied such an extent: "I agree the problem, but not the reason behind the problem, the club is a team that has a power players that goes beyond the physical circumstances of the moment, are very fast, very powerful and it is hard to beat if the ball is divided. not only attacks but defensive cracks open. physically I saw the team run as long as no attribute our lack of depth to attack a physical problem. " (via AS)

Valdés iguala a Rexach con 449 partidos en el FC Barcelona

El portero del Barça es el cuarto jugador que más veces ha vestido la camiseta azulgrana, por detrás de Migueli, Carles Puyol y Xavi Hernández.

Andrés Iniesta suma su partido oficial 397 y Dani Alves ya lleva 300 encuentros en Liga.

Víctor Valdés ha disputado esta noche ante el Athletic Club su partido número 449 con el Barça y, de este modo, ha igualado a Carles Rexach como cuarto jugador en la historia del Club que más veces ha vestido la camiseta azulgrana. El portero azulgrana debutó el 1 de septiembre de 2002 de la mano de Van Gaal, en el partido que enfrentaba al Barça contra el Atlético de Madrid y que finalizó con un empate a 2. Con tan sólo 20 años defendió la portería del primer equipo, alternando la titularidad con el argentino Bonano. Tras 9 años y 7 meses de su debut, Valdés iguala a Rexach, 'El chico de Pedralbes', que jugó como delantero del primer equipo del Barça desde 1965 hasta 1981.

Valdés se ha convertido en el cuarto jugador que más partidos ha disputado con el FC Barcelona y es el único portero que consigue estar entre los futbolistas que más veces han vestido la camiseta azulgrana, ya que el resto son jugadores de campo. El tercer capitán del Barça es superado sólo por Migueli (449), Puyol (550), y por su compañero Xavi Hernández, que lleva 617 partidos vistiendo de azulgrana.

La competición en la que ha disputado más duelos el portero del FC Barcelona es la Liga, con 324, seguida de la Liga de Campeones, con 90. Estos dos torneos monopolizan los choques jugados por Valdés. En la Copa, ha disputado 12 partidos, 5 en la Copa de la UEFA, 8 en la Supercopa de España, 3 en la Supercopa de Europa y 6 en el Mundial de Clubes.

El primer título que ganó Víctor Valdés fue la Liga de la temporada 2004-05. Desde entonces, el cancerbero ha acumulado cuatro Ligas más, tres Ligas de Campeones, una Copa del Rey, dos Supercopas de Europa, cinco Supercopas de España y dos Mundiales de Clubes.

El portero ha conseguido cuatro Trofeos Zamora, galardón que se otorga al meta que menos goles encaja, y se queda a solo uno de igualar al mítico Ramallets, que acumula cinco.
El trofeo de la temporada pasada lo alcanzó con el segundo mejor coeficiente (0,50), solo superado por Liaño que lo obtuvo en 1994 con una media de 0,47. Con este cuarto Zamora, Valdés igualó a Cañizares y Juan Acuña. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Homenaje a Leo Messi

El FC Barcelona reconoce el récord goleador del delantero argentino desplegando la pancarta más grande que ha lucido el Camp Nou. Parientes de César Rodríguez han saludado a la familia de Leo.

En los prolegómenos del partido, además, se ha mostrado en los videomarcadores del Estadio una recopilación de los mejores goles en la historia.

El Club promueve los hashtags # etsunic y # sosgrande para felicitar al futbolista azulgrana.

Se lo merece todo y más. Lionel Messi recibe un sentido homenaje del FC Barcelona tras superar el récord histórico de César Rodríguez, futbolista que hasta la aparición del delantero argentino conservaba la mejor marca goleadora en la historia del Club, con 232 dianas. Pero Messi, con su 'hat-trick' ante el Granada, se convirtió en leyenda azulgrana con 234 goles, siendo el máximo goleador en partidos oficiales de la historia del Club.

Por este motivo, la entidad barcelonista ha organizado un merecido reconocimiento para el de Rosario. En un primer momento, se ha organizado un acto institucional en el que han asistido miembros de la familia de César Rodríguez para ceder el honor a la familia de Leo. De este modo, se hacía el traspaso simbólico del récord goleador con la camiseta culé y el presidente del FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, hacía entrega de dos recuerdos con forma de bota a los parientes de ambos jugadores.

Emma Revillo, viuda del delantero de las 'Cinco Copas', y Julia Ischerland, nieta del jugador, han dado paso a Rodrigo Messi, hermano del futbolista, quien se ha fotografiado en el Palco con las familiares de César Rodríguez. También han estado presentes en el acto el Vicepresidente del Área Deportiva, Josep Maria Bartomeu, el Director del Área Deportiva de Fútbol, Andoni Zubizarreta, y el presidente de la Agrupació Barça Jugadors, Ramon Alfonseda Pous.

En los prolegómenos del partido, además, se ha mostrado en los videomarcadores del Estadio una recopilación de los goles de los mejores arietes en la historia del Club.

Tras estos primeros actos, se ha producido la gran sorpresa de la noche: 47 metros de largo por 46 de ancho, un total de 2.162 metros cuadrados para reconocer este hito histórico. Y es que el Estadio ha desplegado en el partido ante el Athletic Club la pancarta más grande en toda la historia del Camp Nou. En el cartel, se podía leer el siguiente mensaje: "Leo, ets únic! ¡Sos grande!".

Con estos dos mismos eslóganes, el Barça promueve a través de la red social Twitter los siguientes hashtags para sumarse a una felicitación global: #etsunic y #sosgrande. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Pato is ready for the Camp Nou

Milan's Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato is "very good" and "ready" to return against Barcelona in the second leg of quarterfinals of the Champions League as the Rossoneri medical staff coordinator, Jean Pierre Meersseman.

So positive was Meersseman told the satellite television channel "Sky Sport" after returning from Atlanta (United States) where the Brazilian player has undergone a few visits.

The coordinator of the "Milan Lab", is known as the medical center and red and black scientist, explained that the trip to America "have found the answers sought" on repeated muscle injuries Pato, 22. Meersseman had explained before the trip they wanted an aid to understand what was happening. "For us it is a mystery. No doubt something happened but we do not know exactly what has been" admitted the doctor.

Also recognized Pato, who has not played since a few weeks ago, "is ready and will surely be made available by Massimiliano Allegri" to the meeting at the Camp Nou. Before traveling to America, Pato was recovered from muscle problems and was ready to come back, so now will summon Allegri who will decide whether to Barcelona.

Who can not play in the final act of the tie against Barça will be Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, who would remain at least another three weeks of recovery, while recovered Allegri Mark Van Bommel, who played the first leg suspension.

In view of the game against Barça Allegri has not been to Catania for the day league or Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf, to give them rest, while Van Bommel, with a back problem, not played the game. (via Marca)

Piqué: "It has been a SHOW"

Meanwhile, Gerard Piqué said that "the two teams have rested enough, but I think it was a show. Has been much pace, two teams on the attack and I think the fans has been great." (via SPORT)

Thiago: "We knew that even though us run, they would run more"

Thiago Alcántara applauded the match and the result against Athletic.

Thiago started recognizing the importance of victory, "not only by the party that made ​​today but also the path that led the Athletic". The midfielder was clear when he explained the style they wanted to impose on the Basques. "We knew corráramos corráramos as they always would do more than us, so we had to do was to impose our game."

For the Barcelona player, this game exemplifies not for the final of the Copa del Rey, who will play the same two sets. "There is still a lot to the final of Copa addition, the party itself will be a final and sure we will see two different teams."

Looking to Tuesday's game against Milan, Thiago knows that "it will be important to have the ball, a lot of possession, to search for our times." And over a six-point lead that keeps Real Madrid, has no doubt that "we will continue waiting to see if you click on a field so that we can cut points." (via SPORT)

Bartomeu: “The Cup final will be a different story”

The FC Barcelona sports vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, spoke after the game against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona’s first vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said that Athletic Club is a team that “plays football very well” and that he’s convinced that the King’s Cup Final next May will be “a totally different match” to tonight’s game at the Camp Nou. For Bartomeu, “a final has nothing to do with a La Liga match. It’ll be a different story.” On the other hand, with Barça maintaining the six-point gap with Real Madrid, Bartomeu said that Los Blancos are “having a fantastic season” and that Barça must “work hard, win our matches, and if they lose points, all the better.”

The vice president also talked about the tribute to Leo Messi before the match: “he’s the biggest, the best. We have to live this story that this player is making with us.”

El vicepresident s’ha referit també a l’homenatge que Leo Messi ha rebut abans del partit: “És el més gran, el millor. Hem de viure aquesta història que el jugador està fent amb nosaltres.”(via FCBarcelona.com)

Zubizarreta: "We are fortunate to have two football coaches as Guardiola and Bielsa"

The professional football director of Barça praised Barca coach and Athletic Bilbao and acknowledged that the Basque side has some interesting players.

Andoni Zubizarreta spared no praise on Saturday to praise Pep Guardiola and Marcelo Bielsa before television cameras to the rest of the match between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

"I think we both teach us to enjoy and live football with this intensity and this form of play. It is fortunate to have these two football coaches with that mentality of watching football and also explain and explain," held .

The director of professional football of Barça called the Basque side as "an extraordinary team." "It's the teams that you sit before the television knowing that you'll have fun. Also connects with the intensity of the history of the Athletic. I feel proud," he added.

In this sense, 'Zubi' threw balls out to assess whether some players of interest to Barça Athletic or not, as is the case of Javi Martínez and Fernando Llorente. "We have not talked to Javi Martínez. It's a great player who has lots of resources. We follow all the players who are good". "Athletic have players who would be attractive to any computer in the world," to settle the debate.

Zubizarreta also continued the discourse on options azulgrana regain the lead. "We must win our game and add all sides until end of season. In this club there is no party that is irrelevant," he said.

'Zubi', which held that the first goal azulgrana, Andrés Iniesta "has stuck with the soul," held firm to assess the future of Guardiola at Barça. "We must remain calm," he said. (via SPORT)

[Liga BBVA; Week31] FC Barcelona 2 - 0 Athletic Club

FC Barcelona keeps the pulse with Real Madrid in La Liga. Barça beat Athletic 2-0 to one of those games that are worth seeing several times. Iniesta and Messi penalty, were the authors of the goals.


La Liga remains as it was. Barça could not reduce the distance of six points on the leader, a Real Madrid thrashed not easy on your visit to Pamplona (1-5). Remaining eight games, 24 points in dispute, and anything can happen. That Barça will not throw in the towel is very clear. It always has been, but if anyone had any doubts, you should see the game against Athletic. Guardiola gave a recital, a monument to football against a team that is all the rage in Europe: the Athletic of Marcelo Bielsa.

Barca gave everything. His extravagance and enthusiasm were absolute, despite the importance of grief that awaits him next Tuesday against Milan in the Champions League. Nothing was left in the house. azulgrana coach reserved for Xavi, Puyol and Cesc leaving them out of eleven, but their replacements, Adriano, Thiago, Tello ... - did not notice his absence at all.

The 'student' Guardiola won the pulse of his 'master' Marcelo Bielsa. The lions arrived at the Camp Nou with credentials that are frightening. Having thrashed on Thursday to Schalke in the Champions League (2-4), a competition where you previously removed to Manchester United. The Argentine coach rested two of their most dangerous men: Muniain and Llorente. And that which fell on him was super-duper.

The evening began with a nice and well deserved tribute to Leo Messi. The fans unfurled a huge banner of 50x50 meters in the stands to thank his idol, with only 24 years, either the top scorer in the history of the entity. The message, as brief as clear: "Ets UNIC.'re Great!". The Argentine smiled and applauded, happy as a child. And, as always, turned to be decisive.

Barça drowned literally to Athletic in a first half of vertigo. Pressing down the field, playing and playing the ball at an amazing speed, unattainable for any rival. With Thiago building at will, with Busquets multiplying everywhere, cutting the bud any hint of attack Bilbao. And with Mascherano and Piqué impeccable back. Precisely the latter gave the first warning in the '5' with a shot that went skimming the top.

The goals came quickly. Barça had them within reach at the stroke of half an hour, with three consecutive times almost did not enter. In the 24 'Gorka Iraizoz a shot cleared for a corner-kick from Messi who sneaked into the top corner. In 25 ', Aurtenetxe took over the line a shot poisoned Pique. And in the 27 ', again the visitors goal as it might a whiplash diverted Iniesta.

The manchego forgave once. But the second, not anymore. In 39 ', Alexis, hyperactive for 90 minutes, recovered the ball in the half, he gave it to Messi. And the '10 'found the hollow just to give it to Iniesta. Don Andrés stood alone before Gorka, and the 'shot' with a very powerful shot.

The goal was Basque, along with the ubiquitous Javi Martinez, the best of your computer. And before the break came back to save his own undoing a shot from Messi (41 ').

The 2-0 was made to wait until the restart. And it was a penalty. Tello was shot down in the area for Javi Martinez after leaving your hand with one of its electric twists. Messi changed the maximum penalty (58 '), sentencing finally grieve.

Athletic resisted to the end. In 79 ', was given the best option. The young and explosive Muniain, who had entered after the break, beat Valdes, but Piqué, sticks, prevented it 2-1.

The pulse, spectacular, between two very similar forms of understanding football, two clubs brave and considerable commitments to the quarry, was decanted from the Blaugrana side. On May 25th we are privileged to see them again in action. It will be in the Cup final as in 2009. A show worth seeing. (via SPORT)


[Match Stats]
FC Barcelona Valdés; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio Busquets, Thiago, Iniesta (Xavi, min.77), Alexis (Keita, min.83), Messi and Tello (Pedro, min.62).

Athletic Iraikoz, Iraola, Javi Martínez, Ekiza, Aurtenetxe, Iturraspe, Iñigo Pérez (Ander Herrera, min.46), De Marcos, Susaeta, Ibai (Muniain, min.46) and Toquero (Llorente, min.59).

Goals: 1-0: Iniesta, min.40. 2-0: Messi (penalty), min.58

Referee: Mateu Lahoz (College Valencian). He showed yellow card to Toquero (min.52), Iturraspe (min.56), Javi Martínez (min.57) and Sergio Busquets (min.66).

Subs: Match of the thirty-first day of First Division League match at the Camp Nou before 88,207 spectators.


[Barça B; Liga Aderante; week32] Nàstic 1 - 1 FC Barcelona B

The subsidiary azulgrana could not score his third straight win but has a valuable point against Nàstic.

Barcelona have dominated the encounter with little chances for either team in a Nou Estadi with a good entry of spectators.

Eusebio Sacristán's team finished undefeated in March after signing a draw in the field of Nàstic. The azulgranas have had possession throughout the game and were ahead on the scoreboard in the 37th minute with a goal from Lobato, who made ​​his debut as a scorer this season, but have managed Tarragona match the game in the second half with a penalty goal.

The first half began with a high pressure azulgrana and a very late Nàstic expected attacks Barça B. Although possession was in the hands of all Eusebio Sacristan, neither team has enjoyed opportunities to get ahead on the scoreboard. Rafinha has replaced Kiko Femenía on 14 minutes with an injured hamstring in his left leg, you will have tests on Monday. The minutes have gone ahead without clear chances, with some from the local barcelonistas in goal as a Rafinha shot on 28 minutes to come out a few inches off the left side of the goal Tarragona.

The Nàstic has begun to approach with some danger to the area azulgrana as they passed about 30 minutes of the first half but a goal by Lobato stopped the offensive Tarragona. The advantage of Esparraguera has Carles Planas's center from the left side and has finished very precisely in a very nice action. The last minutes of the first half continued with the same dynamic, with no outstanding cases, and the subsidiary has left azulgrana to win by the slightest break.

The Nàstic has come out with great intensity in the second half offensive to try to trace the result, but the azulgranas were those who controlled the match. Until, because of some Balliu hands in the penalty area, Mariscal Sánchez has penalty whistled in favor of all Tarragona. Moran has been commissioned to transform the maximum penalty for his team in 62 minutes and has not failed. The player has surpassed Masip with a shot stung by the center, a goal that gave the hosts a draw.

This goal has encouraged the whole grana, which has become a mess in the match. Even so, those of Eusebio Sacristán continued running the show the game, but no clear chances. Finally, draw in the Catalan derby and a branch point for Barca.

Next week the Barcelona B will receive at Córdoba on Sunday at the Mini at 19.45. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Match Stats]
Nàstic: Rubén Pérez, Mingo, Rodri (Arzu, min 63), Alex Ortiz, Seoane, Moráan, Longás, Mairata, Dani Abalo (Álvaro Rey, min 45), Tuni (Galindo, min 76) and Xisco Campos.

FC Barcelona B: Masip, Bartra, Dos Santos, Rodri, Sergi Roberto (Espinosa, 72), Kiko Femenía (Rafinha, min 14), Armando, Lobato, Riverola, Planas and Balliu (Dongou, min 81).

Goals: 0-1, Lobato, min 37; 1-1, Morán, min 62.

Referee: Antonio I. Mariscal Sánchez (Andalusian college)