14 April 2012

No surprises in the announcement of Levante to get to Barça

Juan Ignacio Martínez has called up 19 players to receive the FC Barcelona in the Ciutat de Valencia of which must discard one of them to submit the final list before the game.

They stayed out of the squad defenders Javi Venta and Asier del Honor, both injured, and the Moroccan attacker Nabil El Zhar, in this case by technical decision.

The full squad is made up Munúa, Navas, Pedro López, Ballesteros, Cabral, Navarro, Juanfran, Valdo, Iborra, Xavi Torres, Farinós, Pallardó, Juanlu, Botelho, Ocar Serrano, Rubén Suárez, Barkero, Ghezzal and Koné. (via SPORT)

[Youth] The Juvenil A championship is played in Badalona

Óscar García's team must win the last League match at the Camp del Centenari this Sunday (12.00 am) to be crowned champion of the competition.

This Sunday will be a decisive day for the Juvenil A of FC Barcelona. After a 2-0 win against Espanyol, the second in the league, Barça feel strengthened to make the last push of the season and beat one of the few rivals who has yet to win: the Badalona. The confrontation, which will take place on Camp del Centenari at 12 hours, brings into play the championship title.

On this Sunday will be the last game of the Liga División de Honour. Espanyol is located just a point of Barça, the interim leader of the competition. The event, which has unified schedule, put the end to one of the leagues more equal in recent years.

The end is uncertain, since the options are many. If Barça win in the Centennial, the championship will be for the whole Oscar Garcia, regardless of the outcome of Espanyol, who play against Damm. Another option would to the Catalans for the title is, in case of defeat, that Espanyol tie. In this way, would be level on points but the club, thanks to the 'goal average', would be proclaimed champion. Therefore, all-white set that serves is to win and not to make Barça.

The Badalona will not at all easy to Òscar Garcia. The escapulados and managed to take a point in their visit to the Ciudad Deportiva, after a 3-3 tie. However, Barça enjoys being the only team in the competition that has achieved 24 wins in 29 days. The azulgranas have only lost two games this season against Girona and the CD San ​​Francisco. The confrontation between the Badalona and FC Barcelona Juvenil A, therefore, well worth a league.

The outcome of all this, this Sunday at 12.00. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

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Forward thinking strictly forbidden

22.00, Ràdio Barça – Barça and Levante’s aspirations cross paths tonight at the Ciutat de València, with games with Chelsea and Real Madrid just around the corner.

This season’s surprise package Levante are just two points adrift of the Champions League places, while FC Barcelona are four points short of league leaders Real Madrid.

Both Levante and FC Barcelona are within touching distance of their respective targets. The Valencian side are just two points off fourth place, which would send them through to the Champions League qualifiers, while the Catalans have managed to narrow the gap between themselves and the former runaway league leaders to just four points. Both teams come face to face at the Ciutat de València tonight (22.00, TV3, La Sexta and Ràdio Barça), the first game of a decisive week for Barcelona, in which they will also meet Chelsea (Wednesday 18) and Real Madrid (Saturday 21). In order to keep their title hopes alive, for the time being, the Barça players have been ordered not to even think about either of those two matches.

Guardiola is glad to be able to recall both Alves and Piqué from injury, but some minor trouble with his right thigh has kept Seydou Keita out of the squad of eighteen. The Malian was the scorer of the last goal Barça scored away to Levante, just over a year ago, and which served to mathematically clinch Barça’s third league title in a row. Cesc, who was suspended against Getafe, also returns to a squad that also includes two Barça B players in Tello and Montoya.

Javi Venta is the biggest incognito in the home squad. One of the full back’s left toes was trodden upon in last Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat at Sporting Gijón, and the player was unable to train on Thursday or Friday. Also absent is Del Horno, who is out until May.

Fifth placed Levante is the only team to have won at home to Real Madrid all season (1-0), while other strong sides have also been beaten at the Ciutat de València, including Sevilla (1-0) and Atlético Madrid (2-0). (via FCBarcelona.com)

Barça already in Valencia

The group led by Josep Guardiola is already in Valencia, where he has arrived at 11.55 h, where tonight, starting at 22 h, it will face the Levant in the 34th day of the season.

Barça has arrived in Valencia at 11.55 h, when the temperature was 14 degrees. The template has left the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper at 10.15 h in the direction of El Prat Airport. It was at 11.15 h when taken off the plane must move the team to its destination. Once in Valencia, the group has led directly to the team hotel, where they remain until ready to move to the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium.

In addition to the 18 man squad and other computer components, vice president Jordi Cardoner travel, and members the Board of Directors Susana Monje and Pilar Guinovart. So is sports director of Professional Football, Andoni Zubizarreta.

After the match, the template will spend the night in Valencia and will not be until Sunday morning, particularly at 10.30am, when undertaking the journey back to Barcelona. Arrival is scheduled to take place at 11.20 h. (via FCBarcleona.cat)

Guardiola visited Abidal in the hospital Clinic

By mid-afternoon on Friday the Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola visited the French player, who follows his process.

Pep Guardiola had said hours earlier at a news conference that the state of Eric Abidal was progressing normally. He declined to give details and said that this was the best news I could give. By midafternoon, the Barça coach, with his companion Cristina visited the French player in the Hospital Clínic, where on Tuesday was carried out surgery. Guardiola chatted for twenty minutes with Abidal and his families.

It was an unexpected visit and lightning with the idea of ​​not tiring the player. Guardiola, who tried to go unnoticed arrived at the hospital at 18.30 to visit Abidal, which is on the ground recovering from surgery with his cousin. The coach, with his companion, was recognized by both the hospital and hospital staff by people who were there. Both received numerous expressions of support and there were many who wanted to convey messages of encouragement for Abidal, who has become a reference for those who are facing tough situations as complex as yours.

Guardiola was interested in the evolution of the player and encouraged him a speedy recovery. Until yesterday, the player had received no visits other than those of his family. That of Guardiola, the first, it is certainly very significant. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Henrique definitively split Barça according to Lance


The website says Lance Brazilian Palmeiras will formally announce the renewal of former Barçaplayer, Henrique, next week.

The Brazilian centre-back, who joined Palmeiras last summer on loan, I would have agreed to extend his contract with the Brazilian club for 5 years. (via MD)

Don't fail, Barça!

Prohibited stumble. FC Barcelona visit Levante tonight (22:00 h) with a target between the eyes: leave the Ciutat de Valencia with the three points under his arm.

The disciples of Pep Guardiola marked the last six days as six authentic championship final. We have to win yes or yes. La Liga has made shot after the Madrid has seen its difference in the lead from ten to four points. And to give more excitement, the two giants face off next weekend at the Camp Nou.

Barça spent ten consecutive wins, and seek the eleventh in the Levantinista Stadium. The azulgranas will play knowing the outcome of the leader, at 20:00 h at the Bernabeu receive a Sporting low hours.

The culés visit a field that traditionally has given him good luck: in the last seven years, was proclaimed league champions twice in the same scenario (in 2005 and 2011).

It appears that, against Levante, Pep Guardiola reserved for Gerard Piqué, recently recovered from a thigh problem. The coach will give you rest in a fully arrives at Wednesday's crucial match against Chelsea in the semifinals of the Champions. The same could happen with Xavi.

Instead Dani Alves, and the discharge, is emerging as a starter. Seydou Keita stayed home due to some physical problems.

Guardiola returns to the back four, with Alves and Adriano as lateral and Puyol and Mascherano in the centre-back. On La Pobla, who turned 34 Friday, is in one of his best moments of the season and was instrumental in the victory last week in Zaragoza (1-4), scoring 1-1.

The incombustible Busquets is seen as untouchable in the media, which form part alongside Cesc, and after serving his penalty, and Iniesta.

And will end the 'trident' which beat Getafe this week (4-0), with Messi, Alexis and Pedro.

Levante, fifth in the standings, is one of the strongest rivals Barça await you in this crucial stretch of the season, but has seen him Osasuna and Sevilla trimmed their lead in the race for Europe. Juan Ignacio Martínez, his coach, has a full squad available and give the call this Saturday. (via SPORT)

Wenger: "Against Barça, Chelsea only have 18 minutes to make a difference"

Arsène Wenger believes that Barça and Madrid are favorites to reach the Champions League final.

In his blog on the website of Yahoo! Eurosport, Arsenal coach begins by analyzing the tie between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. "I give an advantage to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich. However, the Bavarians have players who can make the tie is complicated. On the pitch, Real Madrid has an advantage due to its technical, social and physical strength. to me, it's 60-40 for Madrid. However, Bayern have experience and quality to win. Real Madrid since the start of the Champions League is the most stable team and the most impressive of the competition, "explains.

As regards the other playoff semifinals of the Champions League between Barcelona and Chelsea, Wenger's view is that "Barcelona against Chelsea is also favored in a 60-40, and even a 65-35 . However, Chelsea have advantage to win games in which he is favorite to psychological and physical pressure on the opponent at home. Players like Drogba, Lampard and Terry has extensive experience in this competition. not so easy for Barcelona. "The Frenchman added that "in terms of possession, will be 70% for Barcelona." Chelsea has only about 18 minutes to make a difference. They have to use those 18 minutes of the most effective way. Barcelona have weaknesses: Chelsea defense and is capable of causing problems with its direct play at free kicks and corners "

As regards the qualifying for the Europa League, Wenger sees the Athletic in the final and does not dare to give a favorite in the tie between Valencia and Atlético Madrid. (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Jordi Cruyff, sporting director of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jordi Cruyff has been named sports director of Maccabi of Tel Aviv, said Friday the Israeli club.

The Son of ex player and ex coach of FC Barcelona Johan Cruyff, Jordi begin working with the team from Tel Aviv to end the season, which has fulfilled the same function in the AEK Larnaca, Cyprus First Division.

Cruyff, who will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Sunday, "will make a valuable contribution to efforts to strengthen the club," says the press release Maccabean Club.

The new coach of Maccabi, Israel's first division, started his playing career at Barcelona, and has gone to Manchester United, Celtic, Deportivo Alavés and Espanyol, among other equipment.

For several months, Maccabi was interested in him for the role he has played the last two years as head coach of Larnaca, Cypriot first team who got to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.

"Maccabi is a special club with great tradition and I am sure that with hard work and good decisions build something that the team and fans are proud," said Cruyff. (via SPORT)

Juan Ignacio Martínez: "The grass being cut already and tomorrow I will cast water."

Juan Ignacio Martínez, Levante coach said the league will not be decided by the match that his team plays against Barcelona and ruled that Madrid has to motivate his players with a "seafood".

"In a league as regular, if we beat Barca, which is easy to say with their mouths but we have to Curran in the field not be left here in la Liga. Do not think about those details, Madrid is a team sir. not have to pay a seafood or anything, "he said.

Levante coach, always in a tone of good humor, joked about the possibility of reducing the field to win at Barcelona, as well as the controversy over the height of grass which has complained on other occasions in recent days Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. "That's not what I had raised, talk with Raimon (the gardener of the Ciudad de Valencia), just shake it a little so that Guardiola surprised not seeing this," he said. "They are already cutting (grass), tomorrow morning I will cast the water, we are very serious in that regard, for they say that has flowers the field and do not cut it since Christmas," he added. In addition, Valencia coach also was taken with a sense of humor that has tradition of praying before games. "If you pray and the other also, tie safe," he joked.

The Valencia coach has confirmed that only the mystery of whether you can count on Javi Venta after suffering a stroke on the left foot.

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Xavi: It is not good that they compare me with Thiago"

Xavi Hernández defined the canterano as a footballer, "spectacular." He is convinced that Leo Messi is the best footballer of all time.

Xavi reviewed currently Barça in an interview via Twitter for the UEFA website.

Barça captain began showing his admiration for Leo Messi, who believes that "if it continues at this level will be the best player in football history without a doubt." "All advances and evolves in life, but Messi is doing the same thing 20 years ago Maradona or Pelé, Cruyff and Di Stefano before. I think Messi is the best," he predicted.

The '6' azulgrana spoke of the quarry and from whom, according to many, is seen as his' heir' in the center of the field: the young Thiago Alcantara: "I would not say it for him, because that would be under pressure and must be himself. I put up with such comparisons in the past and are not good. needs to be as it is, and is a spectacular player, with powers to be a crack barbarian, and he is showing. is a major player in Barça played many games this year and has a bright future ahead, "he said.

Xavi also explained who would have liked to play in the past: "I would have liked to match Zidane and Ronaldo. I have the fortune to play at Barça and the selection, so I've worked with many cracks and with great people and coaches that have taught me well. I wish I had been coached by Cruyff to see how it worked, because I have heard great things. You always want to play with big stars and personalities from the world of football, "he admitted.

The captain azulgrana, on the other hand, believes the key to the success of the Spanish-European champions and world-lies in "the philosophy of the team wanting the ball and possession. Despite losing the first game, the coach was a barbaric strong personality. That is the key to Spain. "

Xavi does not feel satiated title despite having won everything with Barça and selection: "It motivates me to keep winning. An athlete never gets tired of winning." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Deulofeu, to miss Girona clash

The forward has not recovered from the ankle sprain that he picked up against Córdoba last week in time for the Catalan derby against Girona tomorrow.

Eusebio will also be missing Kiko Femenía, who trained apart from the group today as he continues to recovery from injury.



Eusebio Sacristán will not be able to field Gerard Deulofeu against Girona in Barça B’s upcoming Liga match on Saturday (18:00). The player is still recovering from an ankle sprain that he sustained in the match against Córdoba last week. Therefore the Catalan will be added to the list of unavailable players along with Tello and Montoya, with the first team, and Ilie and Miño, both of whom are injured. Kiko Femenía is also injured.

The team completed their final training session this Friday before they play the Catalan derby against Girona. The match will be played at the Montilivi Municipal Stadium. For this match, Eusebio will be able to use Bartra and Muniesa, who have returned to training with the reserve side after a short stint with the first team.

Sacristán explained what type of game he anticipates when his men take on Girona tomorrow: “they will be motivated, especially because of their position in the table.” It’s worth mentioning that Girona is currently sitting in the 12th spot of the Liga Adelante and with six points they can secure their spot in the league. “They’ve played at a good level in their past couple of games, including a victory against the leaders Deportivo,” who they beat 1-0 two weeks ago. “It would be a good birthday present to win on Saturday,” concluded Sacristán, who turns 48 this Friday. (via FCBarcelona.com)