04 May 2012

Mancini admits that Manchester City want to sign Bale

The club, which will rival the club by the full-back of Tottenham willing to offer 50 million for the Welsh.


According acknowledges this British newspapers 'The Sun', 'Mirror' and 'Daily Mail', Roberto Mancini has admitted that Gareth Bale is one of the aims of Manchester City ahead of next season.

Also claimed by Barça and player with much pull among fans azulgrana, Tottenham's Welsh international is, according to Mancini, a perfect reinforcement to provide the team claw plus pursued by the Italian coach of the team 'citizen'.

The City would deembolsar dipuesto to 40 million pounds (50 million euros) by the young (22 years) and versatile left back, but despite being a significant number Roberto Mancini himself is not convinced that sufficient "to Bale fiche for us. Tottenham a 'big' and would lógido I wanted to stay. "

These words of Mancini could also be linked to the repeated 'flirtations' Bale himelf with Barça, noting, for example, who seduces the Blaugrana football or would be a dream to call at the Camp Nou.

In any case, the Manchester City intends to push hard for it and rival Barcelona, ​​who manages Jordi Alba (Valencia) and David Alaba (Bayern) as alternatives, pulling book. (via MD)

[Former player] Sergio García will not play in the Camp Nou

It has not overcome exceeded his muscular and Pochettino has left off the list.
Return the Nigerian Uche, who holds the post of Thievy in relation to the last call.


There has been no miracle. Sergio García, as feared, Espanyol has not recovered in time to enter the list of Mauricio Pochettino for tomorrow's derby against Barça.

The blow dealt against Sporting in his right leg is still causing discomfort in the vastus lateralis, which has a swelling which is what has kept him from ultimately entering the derby list for the Camp Nou.

The technical blanquiazul change to recovered in another forward, Nigerian Uche, occupying the post of Thievy in the notice. It is the only change in the ratio of invited regarding the expedition traveled to Granada during the week. (via MD)

Pochettino: "In every thing we need to improve"

Mauricio Pochettino said that "we must all make a deep analysis to know and decide where we go with a clear positioning and laying the foundations for the future."

"In every thing we have to improve. In recent years we have generated excitement and consolidated a sports project with financial difficulties due to the cantera. We are all ambitious and always want more, and now we analyze things for people to find answers" he insisted.

The coach has proved strong enough to continue to lead the project and pointed out that it has two more years of contract. "I always said I'd stay long here, is my home and I am a club man, but in football there are no guarantees and coaches have an expiration date," he noted.

A purely sporting level, the coach has recognized the difficulty of the derby: "It is always difficult because there is more at stake than three points. The Camp Nou will be a party to fire your coach and also at stake is the top scorer Messi. We can regain strength, confidence and self esteem. "

Moreover, Pochettino recalled, sounding relaxed, which is the coach more points him has been removed Pep Guardiola. "This will be forgotten in a corner or our ego. Has been a pleasure to face him in one of the best periods of the Barça, and it is undeniable that has had success," said (via SPORT)

Guardiola hoping for natural reaction

The current Barça manager will be sitting on the Camp Nou bench for the very last time on Saturday, but believes the derby with Espanyol is far more important than his farewell.

Josep Guardiola knows that before, during and after Saturday’s derby with Espanyol that he is going to be the focus of much attention. It will be his last ever home fixture as first team manager. Today he confessed that “I have never liked goodbyes. But I have been a very public person, the manager of a team like FC Barcelona and whether I like it or not, I’m always going to be on the front page and it’s only normal for things like this to happen … I just hope that the people react as they have always reacted - naturally”.

No matter how many tributes and displays of gratitude are being prepared, Guardiola is far more concerned about what happens during the 90 minutes on the pitch. “I have been a manager here for four years and it’s only natural for there to be so much attention on me,” he said. “But that has to be the secondary issue here. The people are coming to see a football match.” He added that more than anything, the game forms part of his preparations for the cup final on the 25th against Athletic Club.

Asked about the many achievements of FC Barcelona in his four years in charge, Guardiola commented that “people have sensed that the players have given everything they can. And if the fans have reacted like this, it’s because the latest successes are still very fresh on their minds. We have taken chances at every ground we’ve played. We have made it to 90 points for the fourth year in a row. With numbers like those, you can only take your hat off to these players”.

He also said that “to beat a team like Madrid, you have to do better than very well. This year we did things very well, but that wasn’t enough”. Asked about recent comments about him as a person, his reply was short and to the point. “For some time they have trying to make out that I’m not who I say I am” he said. “I just wish they’d leave me to be who I am”. (via FCBarceloan.cat)

The 'Thanks Pep' of Barça Toons

The Barça Toons also make his unique tribute to Guardiola and give thanks for these four full seasons of hits.

Del Bosque: "I'm proud there are coaches like Pep"

The coach of la 'roja' has stressed "category and preparation" Guardiola and criticized who has "put the field in poor condition."
He has also said that "Raúl is selectable" and praised "the value and professionalism" of the current group as a "great challenge" to achieve a 'triplet' Histor.


"There are examples that are good football, as the message of Guardiola recognizing Raúl or moderation in the statements of the players after the league title. That is good for our football. I am proud to have Spanish coaches of the category and Pep Guardiola's preparation, "stressed Vicente del Bosque in the framework of its participation on Friday at the 'Breakfast of Europe Press'.

The coach of la 'roja' added that "we do not do any favors when we throw our football field or balls to put the fields in poor condition," which, for example, has received Madrid when Barcelona at the Bernabéu , leaving high and dry grass.

On another note, Del Bosque has congratulated himself Real for the conquest of scepter league ("I congratulate Madrid for the title, it has received") and now in key selection, said "nobody has won European Championship World Championship in a row, "a treble historical seen as" great challenge "and to be faced with" a group of enormous value and professionalism. we've only had a mole on the friendly ".

Asked by Raúl, Vicente del Bosque said that "is playing at a high level. It is selectable as others. Not surprisingly the tribute (which was taxed Schalke) because they are signs that clubs should have. Is history. Not know if Real Madrid (which in turn not honored) has been fair with Raúl, but he left happy. " (via MD)

Alves is deaf to the interests of the City

According to point from England, the Brazilian full-back wants to fulfill his contract with Barça.

Dani Alves is one of the protagonists of the latest rumors that point to the entry and exit of players from FC Barcelona. The Brazilian, who has caught his best season in Barça discipline, it sounds to several top teams, especially the PSG and Anzhi, clubs would be willing to pay for the transfer of the player by a lot. Another important equipment that has shown great interest in Brazil is Manchester City. However, as the portal ensures Talk Sport, Alves would have rejected the siren song of all British because they want to resettle in their current club: "I will try to be here next year, so I renewed my contract. Failure at home was not signed. just trying to do my best and I have no problem if the coach puts me to play or not. "On Guardiola, which has also been rumored a lot about their relationship, said: "Pep won the affection and respect for all. People are grateful to who has given so much joy." (via SPORT)

Luis Fabiano: "Neymar is better than Cristiano but well below Messi"

The former Sevilla forward spoke about what level he sees his compatriot Neymar regarding CR7 and Messi.

Luis Fabiano, forward of Sao Paulo and former Sevilla said Neymar should make the move to Europe so that you recognize their strengths and not be recognized as a great player until you cross the pond. "Only here can be compared with the level of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I think by not having played in Europe still do not see him struggling with Messi, but no doubt he is already much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. That Messi yet, I admire him and saw him play up close, "said 'O Fabuloso' to SporTV. (via SPORT)

Barça follows David Luiz and Vertonghen

The Brazilian and Belgian emerge as alternative to milanista center-back Thiago Silva.


FC Barcelona has long been working to strengthen the heart of their defense, where Josep Guardiola has had to pull all this season with two natural Born central (Puyol and Piqué) and one recycling (Mascherano).

The milanista Thiago Silva is the favorite of the club azulgrana to shore up the center of his back, but two other international exchanges appear as alternatives: the fellow Brazilian Luiz David (Chelsea) and the Belgian Jan Vertonghen (Ajax).

The British newspaper 'The Guardian' yesterday insisted something already known: David Luiz (25 years) is on the agenda Barcelona. The center-back 'blue', which was out injured in the Champions League semifinal against the Pep, joined Chelsea in January 2011 after paying the London 30 'kilos' Benfica.

Although his contract expires in 2016, the Brazilian international has openly admitted culé interest more than once. His versatility on defense is very pleasing to the Barcelona coaching staff, who also appreciates that it has never been sent off in his career. David Luiz is left handed and can play both center-back and full-back, his natural place.

Meanwhile, Ajax coach Frank de Boer, has one of its central, Jan Vertonghen, serving the Barça. "I hope they come for Jan. would fit well," says former Barça defense, alluding to the versatility and personality of Belgian defender, captain of Amsterdam.

For De Boer, who has just sealed his second consecutive league coach scepter 'ajacied', the Belgian international has been one of the key pieces to sing alirón and, in his opinion, his profile fits with what you are looking Andoni Zubizarreta.

Vertonghen, just turned 25 and priced at about 12 million (in June 2013 will be free), known for its versatility (can act as a center-back and left back and left midfielder), for his personality and leadership (Ajax is the captain) for his vision, for its advance in the cut out up the ball and his ability to find the net (this course has scored 9 goals). (via MD)

Barça is interested in Alaba, Bayern Munich

The young talent of Bayern love at Barça for its versatility and range.
He plays left back and in the half, candidate areas strengthened.
The club has talked to Alba and not give up Bale, but the Austrian would add.


A week ago, dazzled at the Santiago Bernabeu being instrumental in the classification of Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League at the expense of Real Madrid.

The performance marked his consecration David Alaba international but ninún case was a surprise to FC Barcelona sports dome, following the Bávaro club's young player in a while. The Austrian international, 19, is one of the names that are underlined in red on the agenda in the face azulgrana next season.

Alaba like much at Barça for their ability to adapt to various positions and status of physical marvel. In recent months there has been uncovered at left back with an extraordinary talent to join the attack with speed and overflow, conditions that agree with what he usually require a FC Barcelona winger in the system.

Previously, he drew high marks as a defensive midfielder thanks to its ideal physical (1.80 high), which makes it ideal for use even as center-back.

This multifunctionality to be several boundaries in which Barça of Titus Vilanova wants strengthened for the coming year Alaba puts in a position to be one of the new faces in the draft 2012-13.

In parallel with discussions with Jordi Alba and its environment to bring back to Valencia to Barça seven years later and the dream of signing Gareth Bale, who is not waiver on the other hand being aware of the difficulty of undertaking a long transfer more expensive, option Alaba emerges strongly because they would simply fill a vacancy.

Several factors also play in favor of Alaba may end up calling in the Camp Nou but also from Munich arrived Alba or Bale. First, the difficulty of Eric Abidal defending Barca again after liver transplantation known he was subjected on 10 April.

Today, Tito Vilanova has only at left back Adriano Correia and Maxwell left in January to Paris Saint Germain. The shortcomings in the core, where only are Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano recycling, also open the door to Alaba eventually could play there as he has done on occasion at Bayern.

Moreover, the fact that 'Masche' has become a fixed center-back and Sergio Busquets has been without an alter ego to rest him reinforces the candidacy of Alabama. Do not forget that 'Busi' could link Championships and Olympic Games and arrive at the beginning of the season with a lot of wear.

Alaba, however, not played any tournaments because they are not classified Austria. His left-handed performance in midfield also erects a wildcard to play in midfield (at Bayern was the double pivot) or inside-half left position in which Barça may lose Seydou Keita. Alaba is coming like Mali, which, besides the offer of Milan, has a couple of years on the agenda of Bayern.

The price would be adjusted to Austrian reasonable parameters, rarely exceeding 12 to the Munich club has paid for Xherdan Shaquiri, Swiss star Basilea.

In addition, relations between Barça and Bayern heavyweights European Clubs Association, are very good and smooth. The next meeting between Tito Vilanova will be decisive and Andoni Zubizarreta around a final offensive to sign Alaba. (via MD)

The values of Barça fans reaction Javi Martínez to CR7

The coaches of Barça and has very convinced and now azulgrana fans value their reaction with pride at the lack of respect for CR7.


Andoni Zubizarreta acknowledged a few weeks ago. Javi Martínez is a very interesting player for Barça. The multipurpose Athletic player knows that in the offices of the Camp Nou are delighted with their quality but the numbers to win Wednesday was also the fans to pass.

Javi Martínez was applauded by the Barcelona fans who saw the Athletic-Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo will face the recriminations and provocative unsportsmanlike gestures that the Portuguese turned to the stands of San Mamés.

The forward of Madeira, the stands whistled for Bilbao, reacted with bravado and disrespect pointing Madrid shield, the logo of the LFP in reference to who was the league champion and ended up three fingers in reference to the three goals scored by José Mourinho. CR7 even invited fans Athletic field down to say the same to her face as waving his arms.

After the final whistle, Javi Martinez showed personality and had a cross dialectical Cristiano reproached him for conduct unbecoming of a champion capitalized.

He responded with the finger. The 'butifarra', hidden for much of the media related to Real Madrid, was not reflected in the minutes by José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes and the signs will not receive any penalty this afternoon by the Competition Committee.

The Navarre spoke yesterday in Bilbao and denied information laSexta. "They have said that I said to Cristiano saying that I am world champion. It's a lie. Never say. It's silly and does not hit me," said Javi, who took iron Luso gesture: "I just want to congratulate you and hope that next time we shake hands. "

Martínez was charged avi even more reason to prioritize Barça over Real Madrid in the event that one day decides to end his time at Athletic. Also claimed by whites has always been lavished for being a footballer elegant forms and off the field, values ​​that agree more with those who preach the club that constantly kicking Mou Madrid.

To this is joined by the 'feeling' that Javi Martinez is international with the Spanish team culés. In the spare time of the 'roja', the Navarre always meets the Puyol, Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets, Piqué, Pedro, Valdés and company.

Where appropriate, it will clear Javi. Yesterday, asked about his future, threw balls away, denied "please have asked me fiche Florentino" and concluded: "For now I am here in Bilbao." (via MD)

So Tito Vilanova prepares for challenge

Even after the final of the Copa del Rey on 25 this month, the second Barça coach will not give a step forward.

A week after the announcement of Pep Guardiola, as usual in the locker room of FC Barcelona. The players and the bulk of the first team coaching staff have made his farewell with great naturalness and the relay have been agreed with the board and Andoni Zubizarreta as a natural change smoothly.

In fact, both gateways to inside and out, it seemed that nothing happened because everything continues as before. Each in their role.

Tito Vilanova, having given its approval, and be with strength and enthusiasm to lead and manage the challenge that has been proposed, has not taken any step forward. It remains the second Guardiola and behaving as he had been doing.

That loyalty to Pep in the day to day, in practice, in the preparation of the games, has only been altered by force, for any meeting that has already had with Zubizarreta, because although it can be seen as a 'rib 'of Guardiola, Vilanova has its own personality, its own ideas, their own tastes and it is clear and obvious that the staff of the FC Barcelona 2012-2013 attention will be tailored to your requests.

So, what we have Tito and Zubi has been to talking about those that can possible signings to strengthen the team, at what point is, what are the alternatives ...

What Tito has not been talking to the board, in this case with Josep Maria Bartomeu, to negotiate the length of his contract and the salary you should get.

The idea of Rosell is to offer to Vilanova two years of commitment to avoid precisely what has been happening with Pep, which has been renewed every year and always when I was finishing the season.

Despite the flood of solicititud of interviews he has given the club for Villanova, communication managers have already designed their own policy: only speak at a news conference convened for that purpose and always after the final of the Copa del Rey never before.

Tito, a person already quiet and reserved, has been imitating Guardiola regarding the interviews. In these four years as coach, has generally speaking once a season, especially with the sports media. Remain to be seen whether this decision, although he declined to give interviews to the media after returning to activity after successfully completing the surgical procedure he was subjected.

Staying in a discreet background, only disturbed by the conversations that has been holding with the technical secretary of the club, Vilanova is convinced that only when closing stage azulgrana Guardiola as a coach can take a step forward and explain why Barca want and how want it. Sure there will be many points of agreement with Pep, but perhaps not all. (via SPORT)

Valdano: "I had never seen a team like Barça"

"I had never seen collectively have a technique capable of dominating the game in a manner so overwhelming."
"Guardiola's word is worth more than the word of Messi, and that the word of Sandro Rosell."
"Let's see if Tito Vilanova is able to convey the same idea that Guardiola".
"Mourinho has given Madrid a very regular competitiveness throughout the season."


In an interview with SportsCenter in Buenos Aires, Jorge Valdano has given his impressions about the league title won by Mourinho's Real Madrid and Barça style.

For it was player, coach and sports director of Real Madrid FC Barcelona is the best team without question. Valdano understand that there are "people who sometimes do not like the rhetoric of Barcelona football, but I had never seen collectively have a technique capable of dominating the game in such an overwhelming, with that continuity and throughout many seasons . I had not seen before. "

At the interviewer's question about whether the club has peaked and opens a new era for Real Madrid in a line similar to what dropped Arbeloa and Karanka-Jorge Valdano says that the club embarks on a new path and that in any path is uncertain.

Logically, it is very difficult to know how to respond to Barcelona after Guardiola, as "a man who became a benchmark of FC Barcelona football and moral. Guardiola's word is worth more than the word of Messi, and that the word Sandro Rosell, President ". He adds, "It's tremendous the impact of personality Guardiola at Barca and also is a coach who has always opted for greatness. Barça is a team that does not speculate, which has a technical management of the parties delumbrante and although Tito Vilanova is the natural heir, a man closely identified with the idea. Let's see if he can transmitarla with the same idea that Guardiola ".

And, of course, does not end this interview without refererise mini José Mourinho, who was, remember, its pluses and minuses and then leaving by the back door of the Santiago Bernabéu.

Valdano made ​​the next exposure to the Portuguese coach and its potential contribution to all white, "this is a very competent manager, which manages many variables in play, which is able to handle the emotions of large cracks that have the Madrid. Mourinho brand a very high level of demand, and that has given Madrid a very regular competitiveness throughout the season. " (via MD)

The Barça players, united


Active day of Gerard Piqué from his Twitter account. By mid-afternoon published a short video with some friends pat a ball on a street in Barcelona, ​​and four hours later made ​​known an evening Blaugrana.

In the Catalan capital is slashing 20 and the spring weather invites you to enjoy the night. In the morning the Blaugrana players have trained Pep Guardiola's orders, and then there was the press conference afterwards Pedro Rodríguez.

And this night nine Barça players (or ten, need to know who made the photo), have come together to strengthen the unity of the staff of the first team.

In the picture we see, from left to right, Xavi Hernández, Andreu Fontàs, Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas, Thiago, Mascherano, Alexis and Messi, Piqué's attitude highlighting with Puyol and Cesc. (via MD)

All executive decisions on the 2012/13 season have been tabled until after the King's Cup Final

The football director said that “we have to respect the time frame and the priorities of the Club and the team".

“Finding a replacement for Pep was not an easy decision. It was a long and complicated process,” said Andoni Zubizarreta.

“We will start to plan for the next season on the 25th. “We have to respect the time frame and the priorities of the Club and the team,” said Andoni Zubizarreta on Barça TV. All executive decisions and planning for the 2012/13 season have been tabled until after the King’s Cup Final, which will be played on May 25th in Madrid against Athletic Club.

The Football Director recognises that “during the season we’ve had regular meetings on planning and monitoring players with Pep and Tito,” but now it’s time to focus exclusively on the Cup, the last title in play this season for FC Barcelona. On the decision to make Tito Vilanova FC Barcelona’s head manager next season, Zubizarreta said, “finding a replacement for Pep was not an easy decision. It was a long and complicated process.”

Leo Messi, who broke Gerd ‘Torpedo’ Müller’s record of most goals scored in a single season, was also mentioned by Zubizarreta. “Perhaps in hindsight, looking back after 10 years, we’ll see it [Messi’s record] as something unique, unrepeatable. However, all we have to say is that these records are breakable for Leo to go out and do it again. Moreover, Messi isn’t just decisive with the goals he scores, but with the game he generates and for the personality he gives the team.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

The first team will play a match at the Palau Sant Jordi for the 'Marathon against Poverty'

The match, which was presented this Thursday at the Camp Nou, will be played on May 27 at 19:00.

All of the proceeds will be allocated to TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio’s Marathon against Poverty.

“We decided to offer up our most valuable asset: the players and the managers,” said Sandro Rosell.

The futsal match that will be played by the Barça’s first-team players, coached by Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, for TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio’s ‘Marathon against Poverty’ was presented this Thursday in the Ricard Maxenchs press room at the Camp Nou. The match will be played at the Palau Sant Jordi on May 27 at 19:00. With this initiative, FC Barcelona want to show their commitment to the cause. The Club have previously worked on the issue through various FC Barcelona Foundation initiatives.

The presentation of the futsal match was attended by FC Barcelona President, Sandro Rosell; the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias; President of the CCMA, Brauli Duart and TV3 director, Eugeni Sallent.

Rosell noted that, when TV3 explained the project, “we decided to offer up our most valuable asset: the players and the managers.” According to the President, when the Club are presented with these types of initiatives, “Barça’s social responsibility must respond.” Rosell also noted that FC Barcelona will donate the 200,000 euros collected from COPE to the Marathon against Poverty. “We hope that there is only one loser on that Sunday: poverty,” he said.

The Marathon against Poverty is an exceptional project that aims to mobilize citizens and support organizations and people that work to eradicate poverty. “No one should be left offside” is the initiative’s slogan, and the objective is to fight against social exclusion, sensitize and mobilize the population against this social problem. The proceeds from the match will be allocated to “help those who help.” Specifically, the funds will finance third sector social projects relating to assistance, housing and the intersection of labor and children. (via FCBarcelona.com)