09 April 2012

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid, Saturday 21st 8 pm

The Spanish League has confirmed that the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played in the Camp Nou on 21st April at 8 pm.

The eagerly awaited Camp Nou clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, the highlight of match day 35 in La Liga, will take place on 21st April at 8 pm. As Real Madrid continue to drop points in the run-in to the league championship, the ‘Clásico’ in the Camp Nou could prove to be decisive in Barça’s chances of lifting the league title once again.

However, the players will need to focus on three equally important matches before they face Real Madrid – two in the league and one in the Champions League. On Tuesday they welcome Getafe to the Camp Nou (9 pm) and on Saturday they travel to Valencia to face Levante. They will then go to London where they meet Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday 18th at 8.45 pm.

Real Madrid also face a tough trio of matches starting with an away derby in the Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid and followed with a home match against Sporting Gijon. Immediately before the match against Barça, Real Madrid will go to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in the first leg of the CL semi-finals.

The match on Saturday 21st April will be the third ‘Clásico’ of the season. The two sides met in the Spanish Super Cup with Barça lifting the trophy with a 3-2 win in the Camp Nou after drawing 2-2 in the Bernabeu. The winning run continued with a victory in the Kings Cup (1-2, 2-2). (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Youth] FCB Juvenil A 2 - 0 RCD Espanyol

Barça is imposed Espanyol in a derby instrumental in Miniestadi and depends upon himself to be crowned league champions of the División de Honor Juvenil.

The Juvenil A, leader with 75 points, will play the last league match on Sunday at 12 pm in the Field of Centenari Badalona. Espanyol, in second place with 74, will be visited by the Damm.

The Óscar García closed an entire season unbeaten at home and overcome an Espanyol had not lost any matches this year.

More emotion, impossible. Barça and Espanyol will be played the title next weekend, on the final day of competition. The blanquiazules faced this journey alone 29 as leaders of the League but it is the Óscar García who now rely on themselves to defend the title of champions of the División de Honor Juvenil. Good atmosphere in the Miniestadi Monday, with 1,678 spectators, to live a vibrant and vital derby.

Barça is ahead in the 8th minute with a late own goal from Rubén, who wanted to divert Dongou center from the left and sent it to the bottom of the blanquiazul network. Previously, Óscar Garcia and danger had approached with the goal defended by Pau, Edu Campabadal center from the right which found no auctioneer. Despite the goal, the first few minutes were constant balance with both teams struggling to gain possession.

In 17 minutes it has returned to try Jean Marie Dongou, with a right footed shot from the edge of the penalty area that Pau has stopped in two stages. Espanyol have tried to react but, little by little, the azulgrana midfield has begun to combine actions and to seek more vertical than the usual hard work they have done to the visitors' defense. The Dani Poyatos have countered by raising the level of intensity and in the final stretch of the first part, we have approached more danger to the goal of Miguel Bañuz, who has taken a providential hand in a center-shot of Rufo.

Before the break, at minute 41, Dongou has scored the second goal of Barça. Cameroon has benefited a rebound from Pau after a Patric shot to complete a clásico center forward's goal. Dongou, which has come to mark his debut with Barca B and Eusebio Sacristán, really wanted to play this match and it has amply demonstrated.

Two minutes after the restart, the exit of a corner, Bonilla has topped his head to the left of Bañuz a good opportunity for Espanyol. A few moments later, a shot of Gil has tested the resilience of the azulgrana goalkeeper, who stopped the ball with a good stretch. Minutes have been suffering for the Juvenil A, Óscar Garcia. Minute round trip, which Grimaldo has had occasion to mark the third on 62 minutes, in a major counterattack of Barça.

Ernesto, with cramps in the legs, has given way to long and loud electric Ebwelle. Barça again seemed to put a small pause in the duel. However, in the 79th minute, the referee has expelled after showing Bagnack second yellow card for wasting time when returning the ball. A decision that has left Barca with ten players. Óscar García has reacted quickly by entering Bakoyock to rebuild the team.

It was a capital derby. Both Barça and Espanyol have exhausted the four regulatory changes, with many players leaving the pitch after the great effort cast held Monday. In minute 88, Barça has had a great time to kill the game but the azulgrana attack has not had sufficient precision to define. Quintillá has also been added over time but the score has not moved. To highlight the performance of Bañuz, which has taken every opportunity to stop visitors. La Liga will be decided next week. For now, Barça has given vuleco classification. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Stats]
FC Barcelona: Bañuz, Edu, Grimaldo, Bagnack, Ayala, Samper, Ernesto (Ebwelle, min 73), Patric (Quintillà, min 85), Dongou, Miguel Ángel (Calvet, min 77) and Quesada (Bakoyock, min 80).

RCD Espanyol: Pau, Arroyo, Bonilla, Ruben, Aitor (Héctor, min 77), Albert (Gil, min 45), Kilian (Pedro, min 45. Diego, min 63), Joan, Jafar, Rufo and Roger.

Goals: 1-0, Ruben (pp, min 8); y 2-0, Dongou (min 41).

Referee: Víctor Manuel Sánchez Rico. Has shown the yellow card to Aitor (min 22), Patric (min 30), Bagnack (min 36 and 79), Roger (min 51) and Grimaldo (min 56). Bagnack been expelled for two bookings (min 79).

Afellay receive a medical discharge in the coming days

Pep Guardiola will in the coming days with more cash to add to his list of attacking players. This is Ibrahim Afellay, which is now fully recovered from the serious injury that occurred last September during a workout and only needs to receive a medical discharge to return to the pitch.

Most likely, the azulgrana coach is likely to have at your disposal for the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League that FC Barcelona played at Stamford Bridge on the 18th of April.

Afellay suffered a fracture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee about seven months ago and returned to training with the rest of his teammates on 18 March.

Since then, the Dutchman has been working as normal and even Pep Guardiola included in the list of 21 climbers who took Milan to play the first leg of the quarterfinals.

'Ibi' was not to play that game, but as the club was on Italian soil one day more than necessary because of the general strike, the coach was available so they could work in both trainings were held in Milan. (via MD)

Cesc, the joker to sign Van Persie

The 'Daily Star' English said on Sunday that the club is willing to sign the 'gunner' Robin Van Persie and Cesc will use his friendship to convince.

"Barça want to sign Van Persie of Arsenal and used to his former teammate Cesc Fábregas to convince him to go to Camp Nou," says the Daily Star ', which ensures that the club azulgrana would be willing to make an offer of 48 million euros for the Dutch forward.

The fact that Cesc lead and won three trophies this season with Barça and Van Persie has not yet raised any with Arsenal in the last seven seasons is another argument that could convince 'RVP', author of 37 goals in so far this season and one of the most interesting market front. Not surprisingly, clubs like Manchester City and Real Madrid were interested in recent weeks by his signing. (via SPORT)

Barça, four points away from the leaders

Real Madrid and Valencia drew at the Bernabéu this Sunday evening, leaving Barça, who won on Saturday against Zaragoza, only four points adrift of the league leaders.

Barça have shaved two more points off Real Madrid’s lead at the top. The team from the Spanish capital ended the match against Valencia with a goalless draw this Sunday night. The six points that separated Barça and Real Madrid on Friday have been reduced to four, with seven games (21 points) still left to be played.

Barça, who beat Zaragoza on Saturday by 1-4, come into tomorrow’s match against Getafe on a nine-game winning streak in La Liga. The Catalans will travel to Valencia to face Levante this weekend. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Youth] FCB Alevín A and B 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid

The team led by Marcel Sans has been imposed in the final against Atletico Madrid with a goal early in the second part of Albert Portas.

The Alevines of Barça showed their high school football in an international tournament in which teams from around the world.

The Alevín A and B won the championship in the twelfth edition of the Mediterranian International Cup Football-11 Tournament that is being played on the Costa Brava. The azulgranas, who played for the first time with the football system 11 in an official tournament, have claimed the victory in the final against Atletico Madrid on a tight 1-0.

The final meeting began with a very strong rival who has stood up to the barcelonistas. The group led by Marcel Sans has been gradually entering the game until 14 minutes the first time has made the first shot into the net. This occasion has encouraged the azulgranas, who have begun to take control of the game, but with opportunities on both sides of the field. Despite the arrivals to the two goals, the party has gone to rest in tables.

The second part has color then azulgrana. Albert Portas has opened the light in the 26th minute with a shot from the center of the goal of building a center Sergio Gómez. After the goal, the match continued with azulgrana domain, which has enjoyed an opportunity to round off the result as a lack of shot Arnau Comas and have on the bar. Atletico also had their chances, but ultimately not been able to materialize and Alevín A and B has been the narrow victory.

The MIC is a youth soccer tournament promises with the participation of teams from around the world into four categories. This edition was held in different cities, Torroella, L'Escala, L'Estartit Palamos, and has enjoyed participation azulgrana into two categories, C with Infantil A, and D with Alevín A and the B. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Stats]
FC Barcelona: Adrià Rojas, Arnau Comas, Pere Mogente, Imad El Kabbou, Lucas de Vega, Pau Martínez, Sergio Gomez (Bernat Renom, min 55), Alejandri Marcos, Joan Altimira (Víctor Gómez, min 58), Victor de Joaquin and Albert Portas (Labinot, min 59).

Atlético de Madrid: Cristian Gomez, Gustavo Giordano, Raul Andrei, Juan Luis Garcia, Fernando Medrano, Silvano Nater, Oscar Jiménez, David Rabadán, Jose Luis Platas, Aitor Álvarez and Rodrigo Riquelme

Goal: 1-0, Albert Portas, min 26.

Referee: Joel Guerrera.

[Youth] Forward on the MIC

The Infantil A and the Alevín A are already in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Mediterranian International Cup The next game is Saturday.

Keep up the good role of Infantil A and the Alevín A of Barça in the Mediterranian International Cup these days takes place in the Costa Brava. Both teams are now in the final tournament

The Infantil A has defeated azulgrana Club La Vall this morning 3-1 in the knockout phase and in the evening got rid of the FPC Girona 4-0 in the eighth. The next hurdle will Utrecht, in the quarter, on Saturday.

The Alevín A, meanwhile, defeated Begur (8-0) in the second round and then to Leganés (6-0) in the quarter. Now play the semifinals on Saturday. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The staff of Barça is wrapping up a Abidal

After the morning session, the staff of the Barça has eaten at home in French.
The full-back receiving the most support before liver transplant on Tuesday.

Éric Abidal is more protected than ever by his peers. Following the morning session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the Barça squad has moved to the home of the French side, where they have eaten with several family members of the Frenchman, who will be involved on Tuesday for a liver transplant.

The images of the relaxed meal has hung the goalkeeper Pinto on Twitter (@ WMakinaciones). They appreciate the good atmosphere that reigns within the Barça squad at a crucial moment of the season. (via MD)

The tennis players of Barcelona Ladies Open, with Barça

Julia Georges, Dominika Cibulkova and Sorana Cristea, who will participate starting tomorrow at Barcelona Ladies Open of tennis, have seen this morning training with Barça and Messi have posed, among other players. Tomorrow will the onsite courts of Vall d'Hebron. (via MD)

[Ex player] Luis Figo: "Barça has been a passion of my life"

Luis Figo admits that seeing Barça play now is a pleasure and does not favor the choice between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

Luis Figo is in Brazil, to present their project "DreamFootball", which aims to help children and young people around the world find a place in football. And on the occasion of his visit gave an interview to Lancenet.

For starters, Figo talked about the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid. "I have enormous affection for all the clubs he played, Sporting, Barcelona, Madrid and Inter. Now, my club is Inter. Job at Inter and defend my club in all situations. Barcelona and Madrid were two major moments and passions of my life and consider myself privileged to have played in both. the rivalry was always very intense and it gives more flavor to football. Currently the two are very close and is extremely hard to tell who is stronger. in the league Real Madrid has a considerable advantage in the Cup is Barcelona who is in the final and the Champions are both good. For me the two are very strong and who wins with this is football. "

When assessing who is better right now if Barcelona or Madrid, replied that "it is always very subjective answer questions about what is the best team or best player, because it has much to do with the time of each club, of rivals and of course the number of titles that conquest. I can say is it's a great pleasure to watch Barça play. He's very talented individual and a big shiny collective. "

Finally, neither got wet when choosing between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. "My decision would be to have them to the two on my team. Two fantastic players and completely different. As regards the comparisons, as in the previous question has to do with the individual moment of each team and titles winning " (via SPORT)

[Former Youth player] The exazulgrana Icardi shines in Italy

The exazulgrana Mauro Icardi is shining in the ranks of the team 'Primavera' from Sampdoria, with which it has now been twelve goals, including a 'poker' in the style of Messi.

Mauro Icardi, one of the most complete front of the generation of 93, arrived last season to Sampdoria from the inferior categories of FC Barcelona. First it was on loan and, after several months very helpful, the 'Samp' decided to exercise the purchase option and had paid 400,000 euros to the club azulgrana. After being part of last season with the first team, Icardi is responding to the confidence of his coaches by signing a good season in the team 'spring' of the Genoese entity.

In the 23 matches and has scored 12 goals, plus four in Cup Despite not scoring in the match against Fiorentina on Saturday (1-1), Icardi was showcased in the previous match of 'Primavera' from Sampdoria getting four goals from his team against Grosseto.

The fact that Sampdoria is centered on the climb back to Serie A has made have not been able Icardi minutes into the first team. However, their evolutions in the youth team have drawn attention to several Italian clubs like Brescia or Lazio, who have asked the striker born in Rosario, Leo Messi as his idol. Also Spanish Liga Adelante clubs are considering Icardi of the forthcoming season.

Sampdoria is not the work of selling the player, and at least one Italian team. However, if the player returned to Spain Barça would receive a part of a future transfer. In particular 10% of the total amount. (via SPORT)

Mata: "We can eliminate the Barça"

Aware that it will be very difficult, Catalan and Asturian adoption are optimistic with moderation.

Two of the three Spanish players in the ranks miltan Chelsea yesterday showed their full belief in the possibilities of his squad for the Champions League semi-final they will face Barcelona on Wednesday April 18 at Stamford Bridge and 24 in the Camp Nou.

Both exvalencianista Juan Mata and the exbarcelonista Oriol Romeu agree to ensure, though, that may not make any mistakes if they want to achieve your goal.

Mata is convinced that the tactics will be crucial to the options 'blues', especially considering the first leg. "We can get a good result if we put into practice the way we played and got to prevent the Bar-ça develop his usual touch football and possession," the Spanish international.

"We aim to have a clinic in our chances in attack and be very compact to defend as a team throughout the match. The key is that we remain very compact," continued the former player of Valencia.

In his first season at Stamford Bridge, Mata is playing a key role both Vilas Boas on the bench as now under the command of his former assistant, Italian Roberto di Matteo. The Burgos to date has scored ten goals in all competitions (five in the Premier League, three in the FA Cup and two in the Champions League).

"Barça is one of the world's best players in their ranks 'Leo Messi', but in football nothing is impossible. They have many players with a huge experience in these games, but we. Now we are going through a roll results and the team has won much confidence, this has been the main change. we are in the semifinals of the FA Cup and the Champions League but we are also focused on being fourth in the Premier or third parties. to overcome the Barça have to do a great match ... that's obvious, "he reflected.

Mata remembered what happened in 2009 with a goal from Iniesta in the discount Barca qualified for the final in Rome. "Chelsea came close last time and I remember it well. He was about and I hope that this year the end is different," he added.

He also mentioned that circumstance Oriol Romeu options to support your team. "Chelsea has already demonstrated three years ago that is able to beat Barça," said the Catalan midfielder. The Ulldecona praised the quality and ambition of the azulgrana equipment.

"They are showing a dramatic level for many years and not lose one iota his desire to win, but we can beat them," he continued.

"I'm playing less, but I'm comfortable and I'm training well. I signed for Chelsea to grow as a player. My goal is not necessarily play the semifinals of the Champions ... I want to go slow. I will be patient and try to use my opportunities when they arrive ", said Romeu. (via SPORT)

Week marked by two La Liga commitments

FC Barcelona’s first team will train twice before hosting Getafe on Tuesday and train two more times before the clash with Levante this weekend.

FC Barcelona will exclusively focus on La Liga this week. On Tuesday the team will take on Getafe at the Camp Nou and on Saturday the Catalans will be hosted by Levante, before travelling to London to take on Chelsea in the Champions League semifinal tie. Here is Barça’s schedule for the week:

Monday, 9th: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva at 18:00. Josep Guardiola will hold a pre-match press conference after the training session.

Tuesday, 10th: At the Camp Nou at noon, the team will complete their final training session before the match against Getafe (GolT, Canal + Liga and Radio Barça).

Wednesday, 11th: Recovery session at 11:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva. It will be the first session ahead of the clash with Levante.

Thursday, 12th: The only day off the team will have all week.

Friday, 13th: Last training session before travelling to Valencia. Josep Guardiola will hold a press conference after the session.

Saturday, 14th: Travel to Valencia and match against Levante (22:00, TV3, La Sexta and Radio Barça).

Sunday, 15th: The team, after staying the night in Valencia, will return to Barcelona in the morning. Upon arrival, the team will train at the Ciutat Esportiva at 12:30. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Recovery work without Alves

After the victory at La Romareda, Barça trained this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva. Alves, with a stained muscle in his left thigh, is doubtful for the match against Getafe.

Guardiola worked will all available first-team footballers and Barça B’s Tello, Montoya, Muniesa and Bartra. Barça’s U18 A keeper, Sergi Tienda, also participated in the session.

FC Barcelona held a closed-door training session this Sunday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The starters against Zaragoza did recovery work while the players that didn’t feature against the Aragón side completed a more intense work out. Four Barça B players, Tello, Montoya, Muniesa and Bartra, plus the U18 A keeper Sergi Tienda, participated in the session.

The Brazilian underwent tests to determine the extent of the injury he picked up against Zaragoza. The results indicate that the player has pulled a muscle in left thigh. His recovery will mark his availability for this Tuesday’s match against Getafe at the Camp Nou.

Gerard Piqué trained apart from the group. The Barça defender, who didn’t travel to Zaragoza, continued his recovery work. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Barça B; Liga Aderante; Week33] FC Barcelona B 2 - 0 Córdoba

The group led by Eusebio Sacristán April starts with a win against Córdoba, and chains and six games unbeaten.

2580 spectators have seen the goals Deulofeu and Riverola in Miniestadi.

The subsidiary azulgrana continues with the good feelings and earn another victory, this time against Córdoba, the sixth in the league ahead. The azulgranas are intractable in regular competition after six consecutive games without a loss, with three wins and three draws, and face the final stretch of the Second Division A with a certain tranquility.

The game was back and forth during the first minutes of play. The two teams have come out wanting to take all three points and have approached the goals. The first shot has become really dangerous in the 12th minute to hand Sergi Roberto. The Reus player has chutado from outside the box and the ball has gone out for a little, on the left side of the goal visitor. Right on the next play, the opportunity has been to Córdoba. Airam was left alone to Oier, tried to top off an acrobatic but has become entangled and azulgrana goalkeeper catching the ball has run smoothly.

The Barça B offensive effort has been rewarded on 20 minutes of play. Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring azulgrana drawing a pass from Ivan Balliu. The Riudarenes is alone with the goalkeeper inside the goal area and has not forgiven. After the first goal of the game, the fighting continued with the same dynamics, with chances on both sides. Rodri has tried to surprise the goalkeeper after a pass from Deulofeu, but the ball went out has ended. For his part, has tried to make Córdoba a center Javi Hervás, but not create much danger. Riverola has replaced Gerard Deulofeu on 35 minutes because of a bruised right ankle. On Tuesday he will do more tests to find out the exact extent of the injury.

As they moved the minutes, and the score for, those of Eusebio Sacristán have been taking control of the ball and the game. The azulgranas felt increasingly more comfortable in the field and this is reflected in the light. Riverola Marti has pushed up the second goal in the 40th minute a rebound advantage in goal visitor. Therefore, subsidiary advantage of azulgrana on the break and a whole part to play.

The second half started more quiet than the first, without so many times by both teams. Barça B has starred in some arrival with some danger, as a center that has ended Riverola rejected by the goalkeeper, Albert, or a shot of Armando headed in a corner of Carmona launch, but the ball has come off the field game.

The meeting continued this trend until the final whistle. The azulgranas, who were already sentenced the match, have tried to consolidate the result, and have tried to trace blanquiverdes, but clear opportunities. Finally, another victory for Barca at home, in an increasingly intractable Miniestadi.

The next day the whole of Eusebio Sacristán will face in Girona. Will be Saturday April 14 at 18h. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Stats]
FC Barcelona B: Oier, J. Dos Santos, Rodri (Espinosa, min 85), Sergi Roberto, S. Gómez, Armando, Lobato (Carmona, min 72), Planas, Balliu, Gerard (Riverola, min 35) y Rafinha.

Córdoba: Alberto G., Borja G, Charles, Ximo Navarro, Dubarbier, Fernández, López Silva, Alberto A., D. Prieto (Patiño, min 65), Airam C (Pepe Diaz, min 79) y J. Hervás (F. Vico, min 45).

Goals: 1-0, Gerard Deulofeu, min 20; 2-0, Martí Riverola, min 40.

Referee: José Luis Lesma López (madileño committee). yellow card to Planas (min 37), J. Dos Santos (min 53), to Alberto (min 62), Armando (min 68) and to López Silva (min 81).