05 May 2012

Berlusconi: "Guardiola? Now is no time to spend lots of money"

"Profiling Guardiola? This is no time to spend much money," said Silvio Berlusconi, owner of Milan and unconditional years of Pep, a group of voters at a rally held by former Italian Prime Minister in Monza .

Even on the campaign fans Rossoneri are asking the hiring of Barça coach, who will leave Barça at the end of the season and in his news conference before to the La Liga derby today reiterated that no short-term train any equipment.

Berlusconi wanted to show restrained during the economic crisis that is sweeping the country also trans, but he and Adriano Galliani, AC Milan managed delegate, they long to Pep, who are willing to wait until the summer of 2013, leaving at first Massimiliano Allegri on the bench until then and hope that in the face of the 2013-14 season may call at San Siro. (via MD)

Liverpool and Anzhi interested in signing Keita

In Italy see Seydou Keita, one of the Barça players could leave your computer on the market next summer, close to Milan, although various media underscored that Liverpool would come charging by the Mali international, separate claim Inter also and above all, the Russian has Anzhi Keita in the spotlight as reinforcement for the 2012-13 season.

It is recalled that a key output of the veteran The azulgrana midfielder, 32, could be possible landing parallel to the center-back 'Rossoneri' Thiago Silva at the Camp Nou. Seydou himself still did not clarify its intentions for the future. (via MD)

Van Persie endorse Podolski and its future remains unclear

Robin van Persie still does not renew his contract with Arsenal ... while praising the quality of their probable 'heir' new signing Lukas Podolski.

The Dutch forward is released in June 2013 and several clubs have called on their door inquiring about his signing. One of the stakeholders could be FC Barcelona.

Podolski, Cologne forward, will join Arsenal this summer, and their qualities are similar to those of the striker still 'gunner'.

"I'm happy: it is a mature player who has played 95 times for Germany, that says a lot about him," said Van Persie told the Arsenal website.

"Take the highest level for eight or nine, scoring many goals and proving to be a good footballer. Shoot very well with the left, and you can play two different positions, which is important for us because we usually share a lot of our place in the field, "he said.

Van Persie, author of 34 goals and 14 assists in 45 games this season, is scheduled to meet this summer with club leaders to address their future.

"We have not set a date, but I'll have a meeting with the leaders, as we have done so far," he said in remarks published in 'Metro'.

The Dutchman acknowledged the influence of his coach, Arsène Wenger, in his career, noting that, even if you do not renew his contract, "I will always be 'gunner'" (Arsenal).

"Arsenal are a great club. If I am the player I am today is thanks to Arsenal," he added.

Van Persie continuity is therefore in the air. Barça would not be alone in the struggle to sign him. Real Madrid, Inter and Juventus are close also. His transfer could be closed for about 30 million euros. (via SPORT)

Guardiola's Farewell to Camp Nou derby overshadows an inconsequential

Not many weeks ago parakeets and culés predicted a hot derby, decisive, in which Barça could play la Liga and Espanyol has your passport stamped to play in Europe next season. But Saturday's meeting will only be an incentive: the homage of the Camp Nou to Pep Guardiola.

The azulgrana coach directed his last game at the stadium after announcing last week it has decided to end his journey on the bench for Barça. And it comes up as the most successful coach in club history, having been thirteen titles, which could be fourteen if you win the Copa del Rey on 25 May at the Calderón against Athletic.

The fans to pass on Saturday to lay off coach before, during and after the game. And the show can be seen on the playing field between the two teams will not matter.

With la Liga dyed white for some and the European places closed to other land, the derby has become footballing speaking at a game irrelevant.

With respect to the alignments, it appears that Xavi not starter. The brain azulgrana trained normally on Saturday after overcoming a sore soleus, and is waiting to receive a medical discharge. Piqué and Alexis are discarded, while Cuenca is doubtful with a bruised ankle.

For its part, faces parakeet box derby as the penultimate opportunity to give joy to his fans, disappointed after the defeat of this second round, where the team has pulled any option to dispute the Europa League next season.

Espanyol have won only nine times in the Camp Nou in its history, although in the last five seasons have conceded two defeats, two draws and a win at the orders of Mauricio Pochettino, the coach who has taken more points of Barça Guardiola.

The Spanish-Argentine coach has only made one change from the previous edition of League: Uche entry, recovered from his discomfort in the patellar tendon in his left leg, by Thievy in up front. The Nigerian forward could relieve Álvaro the up front with the azulgrana side.

Another forward, Sergio García, has not recovered in time to a bruised right thigh vastus lateralis. The Catalan player has practiced all week apart from their peers but no longer entered the list against Granada and the coaching staff has chosen not to force. (via SPORT)

Cuenca, doubts until the last minute

The team conducted the final test at the Camp Nou before the derby. Isaac Cuenca has made treatment of bruised right ankle and his participation is unknown.

Barça has held this Saturday at noon the last session before receiving Espanyol at night (21.00 h). Behind closed doors at the Camp Nou, have exercised normally 15 first team players including Xavi. Isaac Cuenca, meanwhile, has continued treatment, along with the discarded Alexis Sánchez and will doubt until the last minute because of the concussion he carries in his right ankle.

Completed the group of team players Tello, Bartra and Montoya. Gerard Piqué has continued to work the sidelines.

After training, the staff lunch in Barcelona the Camp Nou and then free time available to an hour and a half before the derby, when he returns to be cited in the stadium. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

FC Barcelona v Espanyol: The farewell derby

21.00 – GolT, C+ Liga and Radio Barça – Against Espanyol this evening, Josep Guardiola is managing his very last game at the Camp Nou as FC Barcelona first team manager.

Alexis and Piqué miss the game, while Xavi could be back after a two-game absence.

Espanyol need to win all six remaining points if they want any chance of qualifying for Europe.

The time has come to thank Pep for everything he has done for the club over the last half decade. On Saturday, in an otherwise largely meaningless derby, the Barça fans will have the chance to give the most successful manager in club history, winner of no fewer than 13 major titles, the send-off he deserves. After five years at the club, including one with Barça B, Josep Guardiola is bidding farewell to the club in a game against local rivals RCD Espanyol.

Missing from Guardiola’s emotional farewell to the Camp Nou are Alexis Sánchez (who is still having trouble with his left thigh) and Gerard Piqué (who is still recovering from the nasty knock he took in the game with Chelsea). But while that duo will be watching from the stands, Xavi has recovered from his torn soleus, which has left him sidelined for the last two matches (Rayo and Málaga), and has been training normally since
Thursday. But Cuenca is doubtful due to a right ankle injury, meaning all of Bartra, Montoya and Tello of Barça B are once again named in the squad.

Since Wednesday, Barça know that they will definitely finish this League season in second place, and so it will be other targets that will be on their minds in their final two games against Espanyol and at Betis. One of those, perhaps the most important, is to help Leo Messi become the leading goalscorer in the tournament. The weekend starts with the Argentinian on 46 goals, two more than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo. But the game will also form part of the ongoing preparations for the Copa del Rey Final on May 25 against Athletic Bilbao.

If anything, it’s Espanyol who have the most to play for this evening. Mauricio Pochettino’s side is currently thirteenth in the league and five points short of the seventh and final place in Europe, which is currently occupied by Atlético Madrid. With just six points left to play for, if the ‘parakeets’ are to have any chance at all of featuring in next season’s Europa League, then they are going to have to win at the Camp Nou, and also take all three points from their final game at home to Sevilla. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Bayern discards Alaba can sign for Barça.

Bayern Munich drops sharply to the full-back that can be transferred to FC Barcelona David Alaba, as published by the Vienna daily "Kurier".

Speaking to Austrian newspaper, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says his club "does not sell any player, let alone David Alaba".

"Alaba will have a big role in the future at Bayern. Barcelona can save 20 cents in phone charges to call Munich," Rummenigge said in a blunt before speculation about a possible interest from club azulgrana.

Alaba himself, left side 19, said told the Austrian newspaper that it "does not know anything about this" and says that will not "go crazy about things like that," while acknowledging that "it is a dream and an honor I relate to that team. " (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Barça B - Elche: The best prelude before the derby

Barça B plays in the Miniestadi (18 h, Esport3) in Elche a game in which Eusebio seek fifth straight win at home, while looking for three points from Alicante to do to keep options for advancement.

The coach only casualties of the injured Ilie and Miño, in addition to Tello, Bartra and Montoya, who train with the first team. Dongou, the Juvenil A, could also play.

Three hours before the Camp Nou will play the derby between FC Barcelona and Espanyol, partners and fans have an appointment with the future promises of Barça in the Miniestadi. It will be from 18 hours (Esport3) when Eusebio Barça B faces the Elche, in a match that is expected of it more even. And is that both teams arrive at the day level on points 37, 50, and for different purposes.

The azulgranas do not know what it is to lose at home for four days, and therefore this weekend have the opportunity to score his fifth consecutive victory in the Mini and extend the streak, the best at home all season. For this game Eusebio is casualties by injury Ilie and Miño. Also be without Tello, Bartra and Montoya, who have trained a week with the first team. Those who do may be the player of the Juvenil A, Dongou, which will be under the command of technical subsidiary.

On the other side is the Elche, a very strong team that began the course but has just one win in their last eight games. This has driven down to ninth position and placed just behind the Barça B. However, the team coached by César Ferrando still have options, though very few, to qualify for the promotion play for promotion to First Division. For these reasons, therefore, now out for all with the goal of continuing alive their aspirations. Eusebio is why does not trust, because "it is a powerful team with quality players, which has made some recent games where good but has not achieved a good result. Will come with the intention to break this dynamic".

Elche comes with five casualties by injury Linares, Jorge Luque, Pelegrin, Hidalgo and Cristóbal Márquez and the suspended Héctor Rodas, while retrieving Miguel Palanca. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Messi wants to attack the record Georgescu after passing Müller

The FC Barcelona's Argentinian star has no roof and you have in mind another brand just three days after beating the previous one.

With his umpteenth hat trick last Wednesday against Málaga, Messi filmmaker raised its number to 68 in the season, surpassing the European record was held by Gerd 'Torpedo' Müller, who scored 67 with Bayern in season 1972/73.

However, Barça's Argentine is not satisfied and it never has in mind the following personal challenge: to become the top scorer in the history of European football in the same league. To date, this honor falls to the Romanian Dudu Georgescu, who scored 47 goals in the ranks of Dinamo Bucharest in the year 1976/77. To do this, Leo has two games left. The first derby tonight at the Camp Nou and the second, next weekend at the Benito Villamarin against Betis.

Messi is also immersed in the battle for the 'top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo how often. And both are the only candidates for the 'Golden Shoe', so that the top scorer in the league will be another added bonus. The Portuguese has 44 goals to date and still be measured today at Granada and next weekend against Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu. Incidentally, Cristiano Ronaldo has four yellow and if you saw tonight's fifth run out of play on the final day. (via SPORT)

The night of Pep Guardiola

The coach will provide a brief speech of thanks to the public at Camp Nou after the derby.

The tribute tonight Pep Guardiola will have a special climax: the main actor, the person on whom will rest all the lights, you'll appreciate the love and warmth of Barça fans after the game against Espanyol. Although Pep was reluctant to speak before the stadium stands, in an act more akin to the team's summer presentation at the close of the season, finally the technician will take the floor to thank all the fans at Camp Nou for the support shown four years and the affection that have multiplied since he announced his farewell.

When you finish the game will trigger the emotions: Guardiola will go to midfield, where he shone as a player and where his team has produced their best football, to address the 'gent blaugrana' microphone in hand.

It will be a short speech and austere, without fanfare, focusing on to thank all the fans of the club, they can always claim to have been present at the farewell of the most successful coach in club history.

The audience tonight will go to Camp Nou a faithful representation of FC Barcelona, with a majority of club members and regular tier (as opposed to other nights of more heterogeneous, as some games or Champions Cup), and therefore, the shift manager Pep live all the excitement of Barça fans scattered around the world.

In his last home game as coach, Pep will close all its people. His immediate family (his wife, Cristina, and their parents Valenti and Dolors, plus three children), friends and Evarist Murtra, one of the architects of their arrival at the dock, and Terribas Monica, and his representative, Josep Maria Orobitg nor will miss the opportunity to personally experience his farewell to the Camp Nou.

The institutional section will be more than covered with the presence of President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas. Another Barcelona represents a golden age of the sections, Valero Rivera will also be on the stage, and Hans Krankl, who plays for Barcelona between 1978 and 1981. The club has also invited the new directors of Catalunya Radio and RAC1, Felix Riera and Eduard Pujol, respectively. (via SPORT)

The Barça coach, Chelsea's brain and Jordi Alba's agent

Most players of Lleida in the late nineties, including Tito Vilanova, are related to football with a lot of influence.

This Friday, the newspaper Segre recalled the free-kick that Tito Vilanova, Guardiola's successor as head coach of FC Barcelona, ​​Lleida marked with Barça in the Copa Catalunya, 1998, the day that Louis van Gaal gave the alternative to José Mourinho, who was then his second.

Tito is not the only player that has followed bluish template linked to football. On the contrary, many effective Lleida of the season that 97/98 and arrived in the months that remain important in many areas of the game.

Without going any further, Nigerian Michael Emenalo is from last summer Chelsea sporting director, a finalist for this edition of the Champions. Raúl Ojeda holds the same position in Huesca, Gerard Escoda in Reus and Óscar Arias has already gone through the top leadership of Recreational Sports and Las Palmas.

Many coaches. Antonio Calderón is today without a team, Juan Carlos Moreno is second in the Numancia, Fran Navarro directs the Juvenil B of Espanyol and Quique Álvarez at Cadete A of Barça, that Sunday can claim champions League.

Vicente, captain of that team, is responsible for 'scouting' Chelsea in Spain and Portugal. There are also three players who are dedicated to the representation and to a greater or lesser extent are also connected to Tito Vilanova. Pep Setvalls worked with Josep Maria Orobitg agent, Tito and José Tárrega is the manager of Jordi Alba, which is very close to signing for Barça. José Vicente Simeón works for IMG.

A player still active. Marc Carballo is the captain of Tàrrega. (via MD)

Don't miss the greeting most original Cesc Fàbregas

The FC Barcelona player Cesc Fàbregas is receiving many congratulations on his birthday. But one of them has been very special.

May 4th is a very special day not only for Cesc but to his followers in the world. The footballer Arenys de Mar received the congratulations of their loved ones throughout the day, but found the net with a surprise starring his fans. A job is not easy, but coming from the love they profess barcelonista midfielder, is on the computer that is.

The initiative of a trio dubbed "Fàbregas's Angels' and 'Official Fan Club Fàbregas' brought together a number of people who dared to send a congratulatory message through words on their hands. In the video, participants of all ages who are united by a common bond: their admiration for the '4' of Barça.

The message lasts longer than seven minutes without a doubt is one of the most original greeting midfielder will have received over a day which marks a quarter century old, just on the eve of the last match of Barça at the Camp Nou, against Espanyol, and in turn to say goodbye to the fans of barcelonista Pep Guardiola, the coach who led the return of Arenys to Barça. (via SPORT)

[Ex player] Krankl: "I'm sad Guardiola leaves"

Hansi Krankl, uno de los mayores goleadores en la historia del FC Barcelona, se deshace en elogios hacia Pep Guardiola y Leo Messi.

The ex Barcelona player told the program explained Mas Esports, Sergi Mas in Com Radio that "I am delighted to be in the field on the last day of Guardiola. It's a pity to be why he's a great coach. I very happy to be on this day, he will have the public for him though I'm a little sad because he leaves. "The ex player Austrian added: "Guardiola has the respect of all over the world, has my respect and all respects Guardiola, who has won everything in Barça."

Aside from Guardiola, Krankl also praised Messi "is the number 1 in the world. It is impressive to 46 goals in a League. Messi is impressive. Cruyff was my idol as a youth. For me, apart from Messi, which best I've seen in my life is Cruyff. "And what has no doubt that "Messi is much better than me, Messi is the best."

And the latest accolades were for the team barcelonista. "The best team of all time is the Barça of Guardiola. Is the best team I've ever seen, better than all the better than Santos of Pelé." (via SPORT)

Pascal Boisseau, "Keita has not spoken with neither the Milan nor Rome nor United"

Although his name comes in many "pools" as one who can leave Barça this summer, the future of Seidu Keita is not yet clear.

Pascal Boisseau, Keita Seidu representative, explained in Esports Cope "Seidu has a future at Barça now. Talk before the Copa del Rey with the Board of the Club. And after this meeting we will discuss its future. For now, we have not discussed anything with anyone: neither Milan nor Roma, nor with United. "

His agent says that "Seidu wants to talk to new coach Tito and have a meeting quietly with the club together and discuss their future together. And then he will take his own decision about the future. " (via SPORT)

[Former president] Laporta: "You may have to consider returning to Barcelona"

The former Barça president may arise after his return to "see what you are doing the current Board of Directors" in his year and a half in office.

The former president of FC Barcelona and now a deputy in the Catalan Parliament and councilor in the city of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, does not rule out the possibility of directing the entity azulgrana again.

That's what I said in an interview with Canal + program "Espacio Reservado", which harshly criticized the first year and a half mandate Sandro Rosell and slide the possibility of returning some day.

"I had not brought back, but seeing that in a year and a half who run the club now has loaded what we had built with so much effort, dedication and enthusiasm, there may still planteárselo," he said. (via SPORT)

Éric Cantona visits the team

The ex-football player, Éric Cantona, was present at FC Barcelona’s training session this afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva. Cantona, living legend and Manchester United icon, watched Josep Guardiola in action as the manager prepared Barça’s first team for tomorrow's Catalan derby. Cantona and Guardiola had a chat minutes before the session. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Cuenca, doubtful; Alexis, to miss tomorrow's match

Isaac Cuenca has a bruised right ankle and is doubtful for tomorrow’s match against Espanyol.

Alexis continues to recuperate from the hamstring injury he picked up this week. The Chilean will not feature in tomorrow’s derby.

The first team completed their penultimate training session before Saturday’s match against Espanyol (21:00). Isaac Cuenca and Alexis Sánchez missed the session due to injury. Both players, however, completed individual recovery sessions this afternoon. The Catalan has a bruised right ankle and is doubtful for tomorrow’s match, his recovery will mark his availability for upcoming matches. Alexis continues to recuperate from the hamstring injury he picked up this week. The Chilean will not feature in tomorrow’s derby.

Guardiola worked this afternoon with 15 first-team players, among them Xavi, who is still recovering from a torn soleus in his left leg, and with three reserve players, Tello, Montoya and Bartra. Gerard Piqué worked apart from the group.

The team will hold a closed-door training session tomorrow at noon at the Camp Nou. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Maximum respect ahead of the derby

As is tradition, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino participated in the traditional handshake between the two managers before the Catalan derby.

Guardiola and Pochettino met this Friday afternoon on the pitch of the Camp Nou before tomorrow’s derby. The managers came out onto the pitch to wish each other luck ahead of tomorrow’s match in the traditional handshake between the two men in front of the media. The two managers are the embodiment of the cordiality and respect that the two teams have for each other. In the pre-match press conference, Guardiola praised counterpart by saying that “Pochettino is doing a great job at Espanyol.” (via FCBarcelona.com)