10 April 2012

Jordi Alba, also claimed by Milan, Chelsea and 'City'

Milan, Chelsea and Manchester City are in the spotlight Jordi Alba, one of the major objectives in the face Barça next season.

As reported by MD in today's edition, the club azulgrana is intensifying contacts with the reinforcements intended for the campaign 2012-13, among which the Catalan lefty full-back Valencia CF, at 23 and a crack contrasted by solvency attack-minded, goal-scoring skills and ability to split both in defense and in midfield.

According to Italian media, representative of the player himself, Vicente Fores Cornejo, has confirmed himself as FC Barcelona the clubs 'Rossoneri', 'blue' and 'citizen' "Valencia have asked" for Alba, whom the entity 'che 'would be priced at 15 million euros.

Jordi Alba, former Blaugrana canterano, is bound by contract until June 2013 at the Mestalla club, which has offered to renew, but the player has already signaled his desire to call at a 'big', starting here with Barça football and sentimental advantage over the others 'girlfriends' quoted the defender, as MD said on 2 April. (via MD)

Undiano Mallenco, the referee of last Cup final, Barça-Madrid beep

The college of Navarre will be responsible for directing el clásico Camp Nou on 21.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation has just formalized the designations arbitration of the 35 th day of the Championship League, among which stands out above all of Undiano Mallenco for the encounter that will almost certainly decide the title the next day 21 in the Camp Nou, Barça-Madrid.

The college of Navarre, who was emerging as a leading candidate for this crucial match, and was responsible for directing the controversial end of the Copa del Rey last season, won by the minimum by whites in overtime thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo both. Undiano was too permissive with Mourinho's charges and pardoned several expulsions, especially one in the first half Pepe.

Undiano, however, also brings some good memories to Barça, and he refereed indelible the 2-6 in the Bernabeu of la Liga 2008/2009. (via MD)

Racing-Athletic Pérez Montero
Mallorca-Zaragoza Álvarez Izquierdo
Granada-Getafe Ayza Gámez
Sevilla-Levante Velasco Carballo
Barça-Madrid Undiano Mallenco
Sporting-Rayo Vallecano Iglesias Villanueva
Atlético-Espanyol Clos Gómez
Valencia-Betis Muñiz Fernández
Osasuna-Málaga Delgado Ferreiro
Real Sociedad-Villarreal Fernández Borbalán

Last session before receiving the Getafe

18 players have exercised the first team and Montoya, Muniesa, Bartra and Tello, Barça B.

Dani Alves has worked with the group and Gerard Piqué, left out.

The first team has conducted Tuesday at noon the last training before receiving the Getafe (21 hours). The session was held at the Camp Nou, and involved a total of 22 players, 18 first team and Montoya, Muniesa, Bartra and Tello, Barça B.

Men's first team, Dani Alves has worked with the group, while it has continued Piqué apart from their peers. It has also been trained with the group Ibrahim Afellay, even without the high. At the meeting, therefore, have only missed Abidal Fontàs and Villa, who still low.

After the training, the team has eaten it and then every player has gone home. They are summoned to the Camp Nou at 19.30 hours, 90 minutes before the game against Getafe. (via FCBarcleona.cat)

Objective To a point!

The fight for la Liga is more alive than ever and, with Real Madrid within four points, the guys at Pep Guardiola will have the opportunity to get closer than ever to Mourinho's pupils if they can win at the Camp Nou against the visit of Getafe.

After being ten points, Barça could be at just one point of the set target pressure to be carried on in their grief at the Calderón against Atlético Madrid in a derby in which the red and whites struggle to re-enlist to Europe. A high voltaja Madrid derby that will become more sense once the azulgranas have managed to do their homework before one of his betes noires this season: Getafe.

The group led by Luis García was the first team that got beat Guardiola in this championship and this time, visit the FC Barcelona installed in the quiet area of classification and glancing posts with access to Europa League. However, Barça gets to clash with the inertia of the team that accumulates nine consecutive victories in the league.

Pep Guardiola warned that they must only look at its own navel and passed the examination only to defeat the dark blue set. However, the coach himself and emphasized the precarious situation in behind Barca and bind to 'reinvent' the only possible absence of Alves - who trained with his teammates but could rest almost certainly - and Pique. Montoya already played some minutes in Zaragoza come to the forefront with Mascherano and Puyol to complete the Barça defense.

The possible absence of the suspended Cesc will also be one of the setbacks that coexist with Barça against Getafe. After the break of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets in Zaragoza, you may decide to return to give Pep entry into the starting lineup at the expense of Keita and Thiago.

In search of the goal is, as usual, Leo Messi who have the support of Alexis Sánchez at full fitness. The big question is the companion of the Argentine and Chilean with Pedro, Cuenca and Tello as major candidates. However, it seems that Isaac Cuenca part with some advantage over their peers to try to open the field as much as possible against an opponent that will be enclosed as it did back in the tie against Milan. (via SPORT)

[Youth] Easter tournament

The cantera azulgrana has played various tournaments taking advantage of the Easter holidays and the results have been very positive.

the Kids In The Alevín A and B and the Female Juvenil Cadete have participated in the Mediterranian International Cup (MIC), a competition where teams from around the world.

Juvenil B have been left on Monday at the gates of the final Aegon Future Cup Tournament organized by the Ajax and has enjoyed the participation of teams like Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AC Milan. The Xavier Garcia Pimienta lost in the semifinals of the tournament against the host, Ajax. The azulgranas have fallen on penalties (4-3) after finishing regular time tied at one goal.

TORNEO COCA-COLA FASE CLASIFICATORIA (Les Grasses-Sant Feliu de Llobregat)
Cadete A qualifying surpassed Coca-Cola Tournament after beating easily the group stage and prevail in the semifinals against Espanyol on penalties. The guys from Quique Álvarez and Ramon Ros played the final against the Balearic Selection by the minimum and won with a 0-1, but also had already qualified for the next phase of the competition.

Triumph of the set of Quique Álvarez and Ramon Ros at the XXVI-Trophy Tournament Cesaraugusta Thomas Martin. The azulgranas began the competition with a defeat against Real Sociedad for 1-3, but won at Zaragoza a 4-1 and finished first in the group. Clashed in the final against Real Madrid and got crowned champions by the minimum. Cadete A leveraged its soccer potential to prevail in a tournament against tough opponents complicated.

Cadete B very well represented in the Barça colors Oviedo Cup Tournament to be held in Oviedo. The azulgranas were imposed at the host, Oviedo, 4-1, and San Claudio by 8-0, but lost in Bansander by the minimum in the first phase, and defeated La Puebla in a great match by 3-0 and the Real Sociedad for a set 2-1, but dragged the loss to the Bansander and could not go to the next stage. However, the boys of Fran Artiga and Andrés Martin made ​​excellent progress throughout the tournament and were very pleased with their participation.

TORNEO MIC COSTA BRAVA (Torroella, La Bisbal, Palafrugell y Palamós)
The team of Fran Sánchez and Xavi Franquesa could not be imposed on the Aspire, its rival in category C of the semi-finals Mediterranian International Cup and was eliminated in the shootout after a closely fought match ended tied at 1. Despite the result, Infantil A was a great tournament and took the win over Girona the second round (4-0), and Utrecht beat in the quarterfinals of the competition 3-1.

Good Infantil B's role in the International Tournament Paulo Bento, where participating teams from around the world: France, America, Portugal ... The azulgranas finished third after losing in the semifinals against Sporting Lisbon, but were imposed at Porto in the fight for third and fourth place.

XII TORNEO MIC FÚTBOL-11 COSTA BRAVA (Torroella, L'Escala, L'Estartit y Palamós)
The Alevín A and B played together in category D of the Mediterranian and proclaimed International Cup champions after beating Atletico Madrid in the final of the tournament thanks to a goal by Albert Portas in the first minute of the second half (0-1) .

The team led by Alex Gomez became champion of the eighth edition of the tournament Vila de Peralada by winning Villarreal in the final 3-0. the Alevín C and D, participating together in the tournament as his fellow Alevín A and B, dominated the match with goals from Take, Julian and Anssumane.

Alevín BIS good tournament, which consisted of players Alevín B and D and directed by Jordi Puig and Oscar Hernandez. The azulgranas finished third after losing the penalty shootout semi-final against Porto, and prevail over Athletic Bilbao in the fight for third and fourth. Barcelona fans did an excellent job, and who did not lose any advantage over the competition, and in addition, able to adapt well to change partners.

Benjamin A was the champion of the tournament Mundialet 2012, which was played in Algarve. The group led by Marc Serra and David Sanchez got the win in the quarter-final against Everton in the semifinals and beat Recreativo Huelva. In the final phase saw the faces with Ajax, with the tying (3-3) after a spectacular comeback from Barça, who overcame a 2-0 down to get ahead on the scoreboard, but the rival tied the game in the final minutes. Finally, Barça were crowned champions on penalties thanks to Ramon a stop. Good experience and great result of Benjamin A, which is again focused on the final leg of the First Division Benjamin.

The team of Sergi Mila and Òscar Jorquera amazed viewers II Pedro Sanchez Merlo Memorial Tournament, which was played in Valladolid. the Benjamin B beat all rivals in qualifying, to Rayo Vallecano (5-1), Valencia (1-0) and Atletico Madrid (3-1) - and beat Athletic Bilbao at the semifinals 2-0. The azulgranas, however, fell in the final against Milan 4-2, but were far superior in terms of game and offered a better football proposal, but took some inaccuracies rival Barca to get ahead on the scoreboard. Despite the defeat, the whole of Barcelona was one of the best in the tournament and gave a great picture thanks to its good football.

Benjamin C spectacular tournament in Brussels. The guys from Christian Catena and Albert Puig European champions were crowned Russian Cup after beating by the minimum in the Olympic semifinals on a goal by Arnau Farnós. The azulgranas showed their potential against top teams, and were victorious thanks to their team play. In addition, throughout the tournament Barça received only a goal down, it was an own goal. In short, great Benjamin C azulgrana representation in the international arena.

VI TORNEO COSTA AZAHAR (Castellón de la Plana)
Benjamin D victory in the Tournament VI Costa Azahar. The azulgranas were crowned champions after beating Valencia 6-2 in the final in a match they dominated with their team play. The set of Jordi Perez and David Sanchez provided an excellent image in a field full to overflowing, and also won the trophy for top scorer, the team fewest goals, and Marc Pelaz was named the best player of the tournament. Barcelona fans did a splendid championship semi-final as they took the win over the Burriana by 9-1, and noted for its correct attitude on the pitch and off it.

Prebenjamin azulgrana finished second in the 2012 Mundialet Tournament to be held in Algarve. The guys from Rafa Rodriguez and Juan Antonio Gil lost in the final against Sevilla by a tight 2-3, in a highly competitive encounter. Despite the defeat, Marc Jurado was named the best player of the tournament. In addition, Barça showed their good play in all phases, as they won every game in the semifinals, were imposed at Atletico Madrid, 4-1 - and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.





Abidal was submitted Tuesday to a liver transplant

On Monday joined the Barnaclínic Tuesday to undergo a liver transplant.

Nearly a month after news that he had reproduced the cancerous tumor in the liver, Eric Abidal will undergo surgery to undergo a transplant. Azulgrana defender joined Barnaclínic yesterday in the hospital, which today is operated by the medical team of liver transplant center.

According to specialists knowledgeable in this type of operation, the operation may take six to eight hours, and Abidal will remain hospitalized at least 10 to 14 days.

Abidal will be transplanted to a piece of liver that has donated a family member, specifically a cousin whose name is Gerard and next to him in the picture accompanying the information.

After the intervention, and if the player and his family give the corresponding permission, the club will broadcast a medical statement as happened last year and prompted the utmost respect and privacy at the express request of Abidal and his associates.

Once the operation, Eric will be subjected to comprehensive monitoring to see if the new body fits nicely into your body. Then, left behind this stage successfully, you can make normal life will probably have to take medication for life and is unlikely to play football professionally.

Eric's intervention coincide with the game that Barça played at the Camp Nou against Getafe. Abidal's spirit is very present in the stands of the Stadium. If Sunday was his teammates who wanted to deliver all of your support hours before it passed under the knife today will turn for the fans who come to the field.

Surely Barça supporters want again to convey all his strength chanting his name in minute 22 (his number) of the match.

With his usual desire to improve and optimism that always follows, Abidal will fight to get ahead of this new setback with which it has ever encountered. While recovering, his teammates will have a new incentive to try again another historic treble. (via MD)

Without noise, Barça works in the operation signings

The tight schedule of Barça in recent weeks, with games three and four days, and the unexpected comeback in la Liga, have managed to soundproof the work of the offices of the Camp Nou.

Little information has been leaked on the 2012-2013 project signings despite the sporting fever keeps busy as ever at this point in the season.

Andoni Zubizarreta, its technical team, Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Director of Football Raul Sanllehí, with the approval of Pep Guardiola, has not stopped a moment to shape the plan devised last November with the first of the five previous summits to negotiations.

According to MD has been known, the club these days intensify contacts with obvious priority signings profile Barça and have passed an initial screening. The urgency is to strengthen the defense and in particular the left full-back.

The name of Jordi Alba, of Valencia, is among the first in the list and have already held several informative talks. There is no pre-arrangement although the consent of dialogue under basic conditions

With Oier as third goalkeeper, the possibility of the arrival of a centre-back and a forward of wing also on the agenda azulgrana. Depend on the budget is left of the initial investment of 50 million and sales more than likely that would occur in summer.

Afellay, Adriano and Keita are ringing frequently in the international market while at the Camp Nou is suspected that at some oferton for some crack. Thiago Silva, centre-back of Milan, led the second group of reinforcements. Neymar is a case of exceptional performance.

The first issue, however, expect to close the renewal of Pep. They are so convinced of it does not hinder the final decision is delayed in time. (via MD)

José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes in the Levante-Barça

The college that expelled Alves in last Barça-Granada will be responsible for leading the game on Saturday in the field of the Levante.

José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes, Cantabrian school will be in charge of leading the game this Saturday will play FC Barcelona in the field the Levante (22:00). It is the same that drove árbirtro Dani Alves in Barça last-Granada and left to draw a clear penalty on Alexis. (via MD)

Luis García: "Barça will go a thousand"

Getafe coach, Luis García, facing a visit to the Camp Nou by signing a draw beforehand, with the peace of mind in their pocket almost stay in Primera Division.

The fight for the title with Barcelona four points behind Real Madrid, has been red hot. Luis García, Barcelona's next opponent, but still see it out "favorite" the whole of José Mourinho.

"Barça can now see la Liga before looked very difficult. Although for me is still favorite Real Madrid, they will go to a thousand," he said. "My players have said, believe in you, as you do. Here we could win. Have to compete hard."

With the tranquility of being virtually saved and the chance to fight for more, Getafe will be planted at the Camp Nou with a change of system: "It is the most difficult match we have left. His numbers are impressive at home. They have won everything except for a tie. "

"I will make some changes to look cool. Maybe we play with three midfielders like we did at home. It is an option that we have valued although we could not prepare almost anything at the tactical level. It is an option to cover the combinations that are inside . I think they will not make any rotation, "he said.

And expects his opponent to play with three back line and covered at the time of Argentine Leo Messi who praised: "When you play with three defenders do more damage but are justitos ago. Those who go are just as good at removing Messi is a notch above others. "

"We will remain very special surveillance over him, but that we do all the coaches and the end always marks. Sometimes you can not stop it. What you are doing this kid is something abysmal, not only because it makes it so generated when the catch, "he praised.

Luis García sucks that his team can discuss possession to Barcelona, ​​although he stressed that the key is to be "effective and forceful" on the occasions they have. "If we do not have the most options."

Therefore, the technician said that he was not "drop the Rings" by admitting that he would sign the draw at the Camp Nou as "Real Madrid would do." After this game, Getafe have dream matches for Europe. "There are twelve points for playing at home of which nine are against teams from the lower area."

He reminded the party of the first round, when they managed the feat of beating Barcelona, ​​to highlight the desire of vengeance of Pep Guardiola at a time which can not fail. "We will find a spectacular team at home. Going to go out to the fullest and take into account that we beat them here. It will encourage more. I see them able to win every game. You can not allow a setback after they have cut but we go with the idea of ​​adding more points, "he said. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: "Fighting back from four points down is tremendously difficult"

The manager reminded the packed press room that no team in the history of La Liga have ever fought back to overturn a 10-point lead held by Real Madrid and that Barça still have a lot of work to do, starting with the match against Getafe.

Guardiola said that his team must focus on the Getafe match in order to overcome the Madrid-based side’s fantastic defence.

Josep Guardiola played down Barça’s situation in La Liga, now only four points adrift of the leaders after Los Blancos were held by Valencia this weekend. The manager is very aware of the enormity of the challenge before his squad seeing that no team in the history of La Liga have ever fought back to overturn a Real Madrid 10-point lead. “It seems as though we already have it [the title], but the reality is that four points are a lot of points. There’s a lot of work to do. People need to start doing the math. We do our own calculations. I’m not interested in the calculations done 600 km away,” said the manager. He added: “this league title is practically impossible.”

Along these lines, Guardiola insisted that “four points are a lot to fight back from” and he added that Mourinho’s side have the luxury of being able to “drop points” where as Barça cannot allow itself to lose any. “I still believe that it’s a practically impossible task,” he said. The Azulgrana manager is very clear that if his players want to have “the slightest chance at the title,” they have to win the seven remaining games left on the schedule. “You never know, but it’s evident that we cannot lose points.” In order to add to Barça’s nine-match winning streak, the team must beat Getafe tomorrow: “our job is to think that Luis García’s Getafe are coming tomorrow, they have always made it difficult for us to overcome their fantastic defence; they beat us the first time around.”

The manager urged everyone to “not confuse the situation the team is in.” He went on to say that from this point on until the end of the season that the team’s difficulties “will be greater now” as opposed to when Barça trailed by 10 points. He added that the team will be “in for a surprise” if they aren’t ready. “It’s a given that everything will be simple from now on, when the reality is that we have very tough games ahead of us,” said Guardiola. On the upcoming Clásico, Guardiola said that Madrid will come into the game “knowing that if they win they’ll be La Liga champions.”

The manager had a very clear message for his players: “the players know what I’ve told you and what we must do for the rest of the season, and that’s smiling a little less and running a little more. There has been very little relaxation in these players.” He added: “in order to win we have to run more and when the good times come, smile. What I don’t want is for my players to focus on things they shouldn’t. I want these players to have a good time, smile - but in order to win we have to run. They say that we won’t lose anymore matches for the rest of the year, I don’t know which self-help book they’re getting that from, because we have tough matches coming up. We need to be fresh and very brilliant on defence, where we’re stretched so thin.”

Lastly, the Barça manager said that both Gerard Piqué and Dani Avles “are doubtful” for the Getafe match. Guardiola won’t make a decision on whether to field the players until after tomorrow’s pre-match training session at the Camp Nou. On the other hand, the Competition Commission has yet to meet, which means that Cesc has yet to receive confirmation that he will be banned for one match due to picking up his fifth yellow card in the match against Zaragoza. Guardiola, however, said that “Cesc is out and he cannot play.”

The Champions League

Guardiola is prudent ahead of the Champions League semifinal clash with Chelsea: “we can lose in the Liga, and Chelsea can eliminate us. We weren’t educated that way; it’s ugly to say that we’ve already eliminated Chelsea. We only celebrate what we earn. We need to be inconspicuous and get to work, that’s how things are won. In a two-leg playoff, we have to be wary because Chelsea have players that are capable of anything. They will be a terribly tough rival.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Alves joins team-mates in training

The Brazilian international continues to nurse a sore left thigh muscle but was able to work alongside his team-mates for part of Monday’s training session. However, Piqué exercised away from the main group.

Guardiola continued his preparations for the Getafe match with the first team squad plus Bartra, Montoya, Tello and Muniesa from the reserves.

The players trained on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s Camp Nou clash with Getafe (9 pm). Dani Alves, who picked up a slight thigh strain in the game against Zaragoza, was able to follow part of the session with the other players. The Brazilian was one of 18 available first-team players who took part in the session together with Ibrahim Afellay, who is still working his way back to fitness.

Meanwhile, Gerard Piqué trained separately from the group as part of his recovery from a thigh problem.

Four members of the Barça B squad, Bartra, Montoya, Tello y Muniesa, also took part in the session.

The final training session before the game will be held behind closed doors in the Camp Nou at 12 noon on Tuesday. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Barça B] Deulofeu, with a sprained ankle, doubtful for Girona clash

The Barça B player had a sprain in his right ankle, his recovery will mark his availability for Barça B’s upcoming match against Girona this Saturday.

After undergoing medical tests, the team’s Medical Services have confirmed that Gerard Deulofeu has sprained his right ankle. His recovery will mark his availability for the upcoming match this Saturday against Girona (18:00). The player, who scored the first goal against Córdoba, had to be carried off the pitch after a late tackle. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Getafe, one of two teams that have defeated Barça

Cesc, suspended for tomorrow’s match, didn’t play at the Coliseo Alfónso Pérez against Getafe in the first half of the season. Getafe ended Barça’s unbeaten streak with a 1-0 scoreline.

November 26, 2011. An unlucky Barça lost its first game of the season when the Catalans visited Gefate. The Madrid-based side, with an incredible defensive display and a solitary goal from Valera, handed Barça their first defeat of the season. Half a year later, both teams meet again, this time at the Camp Nou. The defeat to Getafe put Barça six points behind Real Madrid. Now, the gap is only four.

Barça’s balance so far this season in La Liga is 23 victories, 6 draws and two defeats. One of the defeats was at the hands of the men led by Luis García, the other was to Osasuna at the Reyno de Navarra. Moreover, Barça haven’t lost a match in the Copa del Rey or the Champions League.

Cesc Fàbregas, due to injury, wasn’t on the pitch when Barça lost its first match of the season. The Catalan midfielder will also miss tomorrow’s game. Cesc is suspended for Tuesday’s La Liga clash after he picked up his fifth yellow card in the match against Zaragoza this weekend.

Five months ago, Barça came into the match against Getafe after beating Zaragoza 4-0, Puyol scored in that match - it was his first of the season. Also, AC Milan faced off against Barça just before the Getafe clash. The match at the San Siro ended in a 2-3 for Barça with goals from Van Bommel (og), Xavi and Messi. The buildup to tomorrow’s match is almost identical to the one five months ago: Barça beat Milan in the Champions League quarterfinal (3-1) and Zaragoza (1-4).

Despite the coincidences, the match on Tuesday at the Camp Nou shouldn’t topple Barça’s nine-game winning streak. Guardiola’s men know that they must win to keep their La Liga title hopes alive. (via FCBarcelona.com)

For Puyol no pain

In seconds, the referee after being warned by the doctor of Zaragoza, was a point to live with a staple.

One of the shocking moments of Saturday's match came when in the second half and after a jump, Carles Puyol made ​​a small gap in front of which was bleeding for a few minutes.

The player immediately realized, but not to force him to leave the pitch and leave his team with ten players, went to the band and Pep Guardiola warned of the circumstances.

He did more than anything that doctors were ready and lose as little time as possible. He then returned to the box waiting for the right time to go to stop the bleeding.

However, the head of the medical services of Real Zaragoza, Óscar Luis Celada, realized that something was going to witness the conversation between 'Puyi' and Pep and to see her colleague Ricard Pruna placed gloves.

After verifying that Puyol was bleeding, went to the fourth official and warned him about it. Turienzo Alvarez was also warned and forced the central brave exit the field. There is also the chance that the doctor of the whole Aragon and Puyol long known as the first is also the doctor who usually accompanies the Spanish national team.

Anyway, so for any other player would of course be a couple of minutes away, for Puyol only lasted 30 seconds. The azulgrana captain ran to the band. Nervous, he sat down and tried to put a plaster, but soon Dr. Pruna stapled his wound while the player he got in a hurry.

"Go, go, go," said Puyol. So, without anesthetic or anything and without a groan, the defender returned to the party. In Zaragoza could not believe what was happening. Then asked about it, the player joked. "Too bad this can not add," he said in the mixed zone of the stadium of La Romareda. (via MD)