08 May 2012

[Selection] Del Bosque on Puyol: "It is a serious setback"

Azulgrana defender of 34 years is just two matches to play the number 100 with the Spanish team, with which sum 68 wins, 19 draws and 11 defeats in 98 games


The Spanish coach has not hidden his pessimism today after learning the injured Carles Puyol and the operation that must be submitted to his right knee International FC Barcelona, ​​leaving you out of the next European Championship.

Speaking to Diario AS, Del Bosque said Puyol's injury "is a serious setback, a significant drop not only what is in the field, but for what it brings to the team."

Carles Puyol was one of the eleven fixed Vicente Del Bosque for the appointment of Ukraine and Poland. Permanent fixture at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, Azulgrana defender of 34 years is just two matches to play the number 100 with la Spanish and become a centenarian. In his 98 appearances defending the jersey of the Roja, Puyol has garnered 68 wins, 19 draws and 11 defeats.

"It's also a shame that this happened when on the verge of 100 games, but hopefully I can get to them," Del Bosque desired. "I was doing a great season finale and was a fixture," he added

The low almost sure Barça defender adds to the problem you have with fellow del Bosque barcelonista David Villa, whose presence in the Euro is in the air, although the selection are optimistic about his recovery and hope that come el Guaje on time. (via AS)

[Selection; Under-19] Call for Elite mini-tournament in Italy

You can already see list of players invited to the dispute Elite Round XI UEFA European Under-19, which will run from 21 to 29 May 2012 in Misano and Cattolica (Italy).

A proposal for the National Team, la Real Federación Española de Fútbol has called for the match of the reference to the following players:

ATHLETIC CLUB: Jonás Ramalho Chimeno
CLUB ATLETICO DE MADRID SAD: Saúl Ñiguez Esclapez, Javier Manquillo Gaitán y Oliver Torres Muñoz
FC BARCELONA: Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro y Alejandro Grimaldo García
REAL BETIS BPIE SAD: José Antonio Delgado Villar
RC CELTA DE VIGO SAD: Jonathan Castro Otto
RC DPTVO DE LA CORUÑA SAD: Pablo Insua Blanco
REAL RACING DE CLUB SAD: Daniel Sotres Castañeda
LEVANTE UD SAD: Iván López Mendoza
LIVERPOOL FC: Jesús Fernández Sáez
MÁLAGA CF SAD: Juan Miguel Jiménez López
MANCHESTER CITY FC: Denis Suárez Fernandez
REAL MADRID CF: Jese Rodríguez Ruiz y Derik Osede Prieto
SEVILLA FC SAD: José Gómez Campaña
VALENCIA CF SAD: Francisco Alcacer García y Juan Bernat Velasco
VILLARREAL CF SAD: Adrián Ortolá Vaño

[Youth] Week titles

Cadete A and Alevín C have proclaimed champions of the regular competition when there are still some days to complete it.

The Juvenil B is one step to become league champions. If you win at Girona on Wednesday May 9 (20h, Sports City) will take the title.

Cadete B, Infantil A, Benjamín B and Benjamín D are also just a victory of winning the regular competition.

[JUVENIL B]
LIGA NACIONAL JUVENIL
FC BARCELONA B 2 - PRAT A 1
The domain azulgrana was evident in the first half of the match, but the guys at García Pimienta and Marc Guitart enjoyed not often highlighted. Munir Two approaches were the stars of this first part. After the break, a misunderstanding between Pau and Suárez Otero in a corner came to mean the 0-1 goal for El Prat in 73 minutes. However, a destabilizing Ebwelle was asked to return to even the match three minutes later. Cameroon was also instrumental in the 2-1 score, with a good center Munir advantage with a header with which Barca scored the second goal, which gave victory to his team for the minimum. After such success, the Juvenil B depends upon himself to win the league title, because if they win at Girona in the party adjourned to be held on Wednesday 9 May will be proclaimed champion mathematician, in the absence of 3 games left .


[CADETE A]
LIGA DIVISIÓN DE HONOR CADETE
FC BARCELONA A 5 - GIRONA 1
Cadete A won the league title by beating the home Girona 5-1. Barça only needed a win to take the title when there are still 2 days to finish the season as they are six points clear of second-placed Espanyol, and better 'goal average'.


[CADETE B]
LIGA PREFERENTE CADETE
CORNELLÀ - FC BARCELONA B
Cadete B could not take the title this time after a draw in Cornellà field, but is located only a triumph crowned champions Preferred Cadete. Although the team of Fran Artiga and Andres Martin enjoyed numerous occasions, the most prominent of Marc Río, Ayoub, Alexis and Sergi Canós, were not successful in front of goal. The azulgranas were unable to overcome fierce local defense, which came out from the start with a very closed. If next week is imposed on the Vilanova i la Geltrú at home, will take the three points that detract needed to clinch the title.


[INFANTIL A]
LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN INFANTIL
SANT GABRIEL 0 - FC BARCELONA 3
Infantil A remade the draw the previous day in the field of Espanyol, the runner with a victory against the San Gabriel home. The set of Francesc Sanchez and Xavi Franquesa able to overcome the defensive intensity of the local team with goals of Aleñà, Lee and Edgar. The three points of San Gabriel field located to the azulgranas to a passage of title. If next week is imposed on Damm, mathematical champions shall be declared in the penultimate round of the Primera División Infantil.


[INFANTIL B]
LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN INFANTIL
FC BARCELONA B 5 - UNIÓ JABAC Y TERRASSA 0
The first time Infantil B's game against Unio Jabac i Terrassa advanced scoreless, but the chances were made by the team of Denis Silva and Carles Lopez. The lack of success of this first period, however, ended in the second half. In the 4th minute of the second half opened the can Collado building a rebound from the goalkeeper, and only a minute later, Valery made ​​it 2-0 in the light with a move from the right. The same player made up the third to score at minute 27, and when only a minute had passed from this target, two goals from Bobby and sleeves, finished the day round.


[ALEVÍN A]
LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN
VILASSAR DE MAR B 0 - FC BARCELONA A 4
Good game the team led by Marcel Sans and Isaac Garcia against third-placed in the table, the Vilassar de Mar. The azulgranas had a good start, with times, but the lack of success prevented moving the marker, and the confrontation was the break in tables 0-0. The third quarter rose to an alternate domain and opportunities on both sides of the field, although it was Barça who took the lead on the scoreboard with a goal from Arnau Comas. In the last period, the Alevín A took control of the game and sealed the match with goals from Mamadou, Dani and Ben. The win, coupled with the tie of la Liga leaders, the Igualada, against Esparraguera, puts the whole Barcelona just a point of leadership of the Primera Division Alevín.


[ALEVÍN B]
LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN
MATARÓ A 2 - FC BARCELONA B 5
The azulgranas could overcome a rival closed, he raised a very defensive game, with possession and good ball movement. The guys from Jordi Font and Jordi Puig generated many times since the start of the meeting, but the good performance of the goalkeeper and the lack of effectiveness in front of goal prevented them from distance on the scoreboard. However, all barcelonista went into halftime leading by 1-3. El Mataró light came on in the second half, but managed to keep Alevín B victory, and never compromised when the 3 points.


[ALEVÍN C]
LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN ALEVÍN
FC BARCELONA C 6 - UNIFICACIÓ BELLVITGE 2
Alevín C, who won the league title last weekend at the Marianao Poblet, started very well the clash against the Unification Bellvitge, and then took the lead on the scoreboard. The azulgranas ran a team game that left no chance to his rival, but in the last quarter relaxed a little and the visitors to score two goals from his marker, but at no time jeopardized the scoreboard. The targets of the day were given by Ivan Bravo (2), Nil Fabregó (2), Sergi Rosanas and Adrià Altimira.

[ALEVÍN C]
PARTIDO AMISTOSO ALEVÍN C
FC BARCELONA C 15 - SAN JAVIER 3
The group led by Alex Gomez and Alexis Pintó also played a friendly match this time against the San Javier. Barça took a very rewarding experience against a team coming second year looking forward to face Barça, but could do nothing against azulgrana superiority. Take (2), Nil Fabregó (2), Sergi Rosanas (2), Ivan Bravo (2), Marc Guerrero and Guillermo Amor were the scorers of the match.


[ALEVÍN D]
TORNEO LIEGE CUP (Liège - Bélgica)
Alevín D played on May 5 a tournament in Belgium. The boys of Xavi Bravo and Oscar Hernandez did a great paper and reached the final, but fell to a low PSV Einhoven (1-0), the only team that could not be imposed in the group stage. The azulgranas beat Anderlecht in the quarterfinals (1-0), and also took the win against Milan in the semifinals on a goal by Roger (1-0). The technical team are very happy with the result because the opponents of the competition were good teams in Europe, very strong.


[BENJAMÍN A]
LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN A
Landslide victory of the set of Marc Serra and David Sánchez. The first part moved without movement on the scoreboard, but in the second half Kais opened the can with a shot from the center of the goal. Marc Alegre rounded off the match before coming to rest with the 2-0. The third period continued with the domain azulgrana, and they soon get more goals from Marc Alegre, who finished with 4 goals, Aitor (2) and Ilasi (2).


[BENJAMÍN B]
LIGA 1a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN
SANT ANDREU A 1 - FC BARCELONA B 2
Highly competitive encounter between the Sant Andreu and Benjamín B of Barça. The team Sergi Mila and Òscar Jorquera played a game very seriously and worked. Iker opened the can in the second quarter, and the same player increased the lead in the light with another goal in the third period. Yet the home side made ​​it 1-2 in the fourth quarter and kept the excitement until the final minutes, but eventually had to suffer though, Barça took the three points by the minimum. With this victory, Benjamín B is located only a triumph crowned champions of the Primera División Benjamin, because if they win next week against a l'Escola Calella will take home the title in the absence of a journey to the end of the competition.


[BENJAMÍN C]
LIGA 2a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN
FC BARCELONA C 10 - MARIANAO POBLET 0
Goleada of the set of Cristian Catena and Albert Puig at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Camper. The azulgranas did a very good game in all respects, and as a result could immediately ahead on the scoreboard. The Benjamín C did not lower the level at any time and showed a high intensity throughout the match, which enabled them to offer genuine goalscoring display. Arnau Farnós (3), Alejandro (2), Pleguezuelo (2), Fasica, Xavi Simons and Arnau Martínez were the scorers of the day.


[BENJAMÍN D]
PARTIDO AMISTOSO BENJAMÍN D
FC BARCELONA D 13 - LLAGOSTA 0
Benjamín D played a friendly match against Llagosta this day. The guys from Jordi Perez and David Sanchez executed a good game to combinative level, and as a result were able to overcome the resistance of the visitors in the first quarter. As the minutes passed, Barça was feeling more comfortable and was generating many opportunities. The win continues the progression of Benjamín D of the last days, and serves as important training for the next week commitment. If the azulgranas win at home against Pomar will be the title of the regular competition in the absence of 3 days to go, as they are 9 points ahead of second placed Sant Martí Condal.


[PREBENJAMÍN]
LIGA 3a DIVISIÓN BENJAMÍN
PONT DE MARINA 1 - FC BARCELONA E 9
The Prebenjamin azulgrana, already champion in Group 1 of the Third Division Benjamin reaffirmed its league title with another victory against the Pont de Marina, one of the teams classification colistas. With the victory, the smallest of football training Barça still unbeaten this season with 21 wins in 21 games. The group led by Rafa Rodríguez and Juan Antonio Gil played a game quite comfortable, as it went without much difficulty for the home team thanks to several very prominent actions that allowed them to sign the scoring. Olmo Marc held the title of MVP of the MIC, which was played in Andorra last week, with his first goal in the league. Ilias (2), Pol (2), Marc Cabeza Iker and an own goal completing the light eventually.


[FEMENINO JUVENIL CADETE]
LIGA FEMENINA JUVENIL CADETE
MANRESA A 0 - FC BARCELONA 7


[FEMENINO INFANTIL ALEVÍN]
TORNEO COMPLEMENTARIO FEMENINO INFANTIL ALEVÍN
ESPANYOL 2 - FC BARCELONA 8

Carles Puyol to miss Copa del Rey Final

The Barça defender, whose right knee will be subjected to arthroscopy, will be sidelined for about six weeks.

Carles Puyol will not be featuring in the Copa del Rey Final on May 25. The Medical Services have announced that the player ended the game on Saturday against RCD Espanyol feeling pain in his right knee. “Following complementary tests, we have decided to subject the player to arthroscopy next Saturday May 12” it was said. The surgery will be directed by Doctor Ramon Cugat. The Catalan is expected to need about six weeks to recover. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Pep back to 'squash' to Chelsea

According to the 'Mirror', has just rejected an offer from Abramovich nearly 15 million per year.
Guardiola had already said 'no' to the English club in 2011, would have ousted Mourinho as coach better paid.


Pep Guardiola would again take pumpkins to Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea as the 'Mirror' English this time offered him a salary of 12 million pounds (nearly 15 million euros) in addition to full control of the field sports. Remember that the wealthy Russian businessman has been pursuing the signing of Pep for two years and that the coach azulgrana has already rejected its first offer formal cursada in 2011. Having accepted now, Guardiola would become the highest paid coach in the world, overtaking the throne to José Mourinho whose emoluments are estimated at 10 million euros net.

Again according to the British newspaper said, Guardiola would have said 'no' to Abramovich after confirming his departure from Barcelona at the end of the season, the announcement dates from April 27, so that the contact referred to the 'Mirror' would have occurred in recent days, with Pep available free of transfer.

Guardiola himself would have justified its refusal to Abramovich claiming that want to take a sabbatical, as reiterated in a press conference. As reported MD. Roman Abramovich is willing to wait until 2013 Pep, hence probably keep the current coach 'blue' Roberto di Matteo on the bench until next summer.

Also Silvio Berlusconi, meanwhile Milan owner and also longs for Guardiola will wait until 2013 to return to knock Santpedor coach. (via MD)

Ter Stegen, a German talent

In addition to the doorman and mature, Barça follows other projection targets such as German Marc André Ter Stegen, Mönchengladbach Borussia, who despite his 20 years glows in the Bundesliga. From the Under-17, 2009 There are positive reports in the club of his solemn, good hands and feet, which is crucial to choose between candidates. The talented German goalkeeper likes more blocar to clear and notable for its good reflexes.

The name of Esteban Andrada has long been linked to Barça, who last year tried unsuccessfully to the signing of Argentine goalkeeper 21 years that stands out in Lanús. With contract until 2015, Barça continues to monitor this by completing the goalkeeper. (via MD)

Guaita (Valencia), the agenda culé

Regular in the league, at 25 years old has attracted interest for their great performances, like against Real Madrid


Vicente Guaita is one of the names that are included in the list of interesting players to sign by the Barça. In fact, technical services azulgrana have closely followed throughout the season and especially in the second round where his performances have been truly remarkable. Starter in la Liga for Unai Emery, who gave him the opportunity in the 2008-2009 season, has managed to compete with Diego Alves for that place in goal for Valencia, which has caused the attention of the Barça.

Guaita, who this season will help the goal 'che' is the fourth least rout of Primera (43 goals conceded from the Valencian has been in 26 games and has received 24), has exploded in his second season in the first team. FC Barcelona reports speak wonders of his qualities, with special reference to the marks obtained against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu where whites did not exceed 0-0 thanks to a colossal meta actuació Torrent.

Guaita, shared agent (Vicente Forés) with teammate Jordi Alba, is under contract until June 2015, but the delicate situation of valencianistas Manuel Llorente can facilitate open the hand, which does not mean it will ask for less than ten million euros.

His height (1.90), agility, one to one, their experienced youth (24 years) and good standing under the posts make him a better view of the possibilities in the azulgrana technical secretary, who has also been done an idea about what it may cost to Guaita overcome the pressure Camp Nou after his experience in the demanding Mestalla. The Torrent had to be given a course Recre (2009-2010), which was consolidated achieve reaching Zamora II (conceded 25 goals in 31 games). Competition with Diego Alves has strengthened its mentality. (via MD)

Dani Alves: the big decision

The club, increasingly reluctant to put Alves on the market, although it would offer.
Dani's desire is to stay and the club azulgrana welcomes not strengthen a direct rival.


Barça is increasingly reluctant to put Dani Alves on the market, despite the many offers that come by the Brazilian office of the Camp Nou. The footballer, his own future as it has a contract until 2015 after the agreed improvement a year ago, want to choose destination if found transferable and the club azulgrana does not want to rush into the decision made regarding the Brazilian side.

The squad barcelonista will undergo a slight renovation this summer in search of new energy after four years with the same structures and at first looked favorably accept any bid for Alves, one of the players with best quote of the workforce and therefore, one that could lead to additional income to the coffers of the club. In fact, Barça known as the intentions of at least one club willing to pay top dollar for the side, as has been told Mundo Deportivo.

The player, meanwhile, want to continue in the club, but will not close any doors for the future. Sources close to Alves yesterday made ​​a clarification to the information appearing in MD, whereby Barça would know that Alves would not accept an offer from Anzhi. The player does not want absolutely no door closed, so can not say categorically that, if necessary, say no to an offer from Russian club, depending on economic conditions. However, considering especially that Alves has among its objectives the 2014 World Cup, those same sources, to prioritize Alves offers competitive clubs in the Champions League with aspirations in the event of a change.

In these circumstances, Barça will think twice before you start moving a possible transfer of Brazilian, since the intention is to prioritize above all the sporting interests of the team. The coaching staff and the technical secretariat to decide if Alves is essential in Tito Vilanova plans or, on the contrary, the market offers alternatives to Alves that meet the needs of the team in the demarcation of the right side, which would undoubtedly Barça sign a good deal that would deal with other signings. (via MD)

The duties of Tito Vilanova

Guardiola, Zubizarreta and Tito analyzed months ago that should get a player online.

The season is reaching its end and it's time to address the restructuring of the workforce. The sports management during the year has worked side by side with the coaching staff to identify needs and staff team led by Andoni Zubizarreta has compiled a list of eleven players future events in order to incorporate three new troops for the upcoming season. The defense is the priority. Two players come to reinforce the rear, while the third would shore up the forward. Of the three, the center-forward is less urgent than the other two.

The choice of signings, obviously, will be strongly dependent on economic conditions. Depending on the outputs and transfers that can be obtained, Barça may have up to 100 million euros for signings. A significant number, although players who top the list of possible additions are very expensive and it seems unlikely that all first choices can go.

The left back is essential. The Abidal low, coupled with progress at PSG in December Maxwell, left-handed orphan flank. Adriano, one of the transferable specific is the only player in this position, in addition to the squad Marc Muniesa. The most liked footballer and greater potential for this demarcation Bale is Welsh, but its price is prohibitive. Tottenham will sell in no case less than 30 million euros. The alternatives are much cheaper, although in the case of Jordi Alba, the second on the list, the twelve million who could apply for Valencia also seem excessive to be a complementary player.

In the center-back of the rear is also need another signing. Piqué, recovered from his physical problems, must be fundamental with a Carles Puyol who should regulate efforts throughout the season. Javier Mascherano can change his role next season if Keita is pierced and would exert a midfielder. Therefore, the club has long been tracking the market for a center-back and Thiago Silva is a player more contrasted. The problem is the same as in the left back. AC Milan 40 million euros calls. Javi Martínez is also expensive, the second candidate, but has the virtue of playing so far back as in midfield.

Doubt comes in attack. Barça has decided to incorporate Neymar in 2013 and the club will wait to see the physical evolution of Villa. If el 'Guaje' is to stop the signing of forward would be postponed a year when would sign the Brazilian. In any case, as advanced Albert Llimós in 'the stands' is ruled out veteran striker Larsson style.

These online teachers were laid months ago by Guardiola, Zubizarreta and Vilanova. Now, once contested the Cup final, Tito will speak to decide where it should go. (via SPORT)

11 names for the 3 signings that will Barça

Eleven are the players who have controlled Barça well to reinforce the team ahead of next season. Need a left back, a center-back and a forward.


Left-back:

David Alaba - Bayern Munich

At 19 years, the Austrian is the youngest candidate. Van Gaal discovered two seasons ago and is noted for his physical prowess and versatility. It is a rough diamond.

Jordi Alba - Valencia

Emerging from La Masia, has exploded this season. Used to playing as inside, is doctoral student and side and has even won the title in la 'Roja'.

Siqueira - Granada

The Brazilian is the star of Granada. Besides being the owner of the left wing, and has scored seven goals. It would be the cheapest option, but no less reliable.

Gareth Bale - Tottenham

Welsh is the best left in the world and the dream of Barça. Take 13 goals in all competitions, the same as the other three together, but have you scratching his pocket much.


Central defense:

Thiago Silva - AC Milan

The Brazilian is one of the priorities of Tito Vilanova, who prefers to Mascherano as a medium. At 27, is at the height of his career. It has no weaknesses and is a 'full core'.

Javi Martínez - Athletic Club

Would be two signings in one. Bielsa has converted to the axis of the rear, but has always played as a midfielder. Despite his great experience, just 23 years.

Jan Vertonghen - Ajax

The Belgian is one of the great jewels of the market. It is very fast and is sponsored by Frank de Boer, current coach of Ajax. Besides, it's been ten goals in the current year.

David Luiz - Chelsea

The Brazilian is a technical paragon despite his physical might seem otherwise. It is incorporated with danger in attack, but sometimes loses concentration.


Forward:

Adrián - Atletico Madrid

It is one of the sensations of the season and now has 19 goals. At 24 years, is proving its worth in the always difficult and Atletico still has not reached his ceiling.

Fernando Llorente - Athletic Club

Ibra He's as good as and better professional Swedish. It is a goal-thirties and would be the best plan 'B' for when rivals close. He is a master in the air.

Robin Van Persie - Arsenal

It is the safest option of all and perhaps also the most expensive. Is completing the best season of his life and knows that Arsenal will not win anything.It has 37 goals! (via SPORT)

Neymar, Barça in 2013

Nobody knows what will be your roof, but a crack at the height of Zico, Romario, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Neymar is prepared for the jump.

Neymar was right. And Barça also. In the short term, the best option that the player has always been a full time training stage in his country, playing at Santos, the club where he trained and with whom you feel 100% identified. In 2011, aged 19, was already arguably the best player operating in Brazil, and some, like the case of Ronaldo, he immediately wanted to push into Europe, and more particularly to Real Madrid.

The 'Mohican', well aware of what happened to Robinho, wanted to delay his trip to Europe, supporting the idea that he could build on their own country. And how you are getting. Neymar wears a magnificent 2012. Not only has pushed his scoring (23 goals in 22 games), but has proven to be able to load the equipment on his back and define, in first person singular, when and how you want. Golea, dribbles, wonder, and best, every encounter opens a future far more promising. At 20 years, no one is able to spot what will be your roof. What is clear, a crack at the height of Zico, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho Gaucho.

In key Blaugrana, there is no better news than their successes with the '11' Santos. Neymar wants to leave the club, having been acclaimed as the best player on the stage post-Pelé. And for sure that he is succeeding. In the centennial year, is going to win the Paulista third championship this weekend won 0-3 to Guarani in the final round-a fact that Santos won only twice (1960-61-62 and 1967-68-69) precisely when 'O Rei' was in the field. The biggest challenge is to retain the title of the Copa Santander Libertadores and try, then win the World Club Championship, now that you know that the club does not cross into his path.

Each title with Santos, a little more about him at Camp Nou. The agreement for transfer in 2014, when his current contract ends, and is sealed. The only question is whether to accelerate his move one or two seasons. In this sense, the evolution of football will be a factor to take into account.

As much as is the bright star of his country, Neymar is still in formative stages. The Santos Medical Department considers it would be in 2013, when he turns 21, who will reach the apex fitness. Stabilized by 1.74 m high, is still going to evolve, and much, from the physical point of view. You will gain muscle mass, but this is not a priority at all costs. It wants to strengthen the resilience and strength, but without losing top speed, which became this season of 34.7 km / h in a maximum derby with Sao Paulo, in the semifinals of the Paulista Championship.

An important aspect in the success of Neymar is the peace of mind that his future is set. The strategy of harassment and demolition of Madrid not only failed its purpose, but destabilized the player and the Saints. With its renewal until 2014 and the transfer agreement with Barça, the 'Mohican' can only focus on his magic show at each meeting. The only question is when will dress Blaugrana: this summer, that of 2013 or 2014. (via SPORT)

Jorge Valdano: "It's of mediocre not to praise Barcelona"

Jorge Valdano again confessed his admiration for the game FC Barcelona, Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi.

Jorge Valdano gave an interview to television TYC Sports Argentina and, again, was full of praise to the FC Barcelona. "It is poor not praise Barcelona. Since I started watching football, I saw nothing like this Barcelona that displays talent, generosity and hierarchy. Has a lot of continuity and a high level of pragmatism. Barça always play the same way and all Guardiola variations were in the midst of success. "

About the coach of FC Barcelona yet, Valdano stressed his "daring to change the recipe of his football in the midst of success. The last legacy of Guardiola is to turn the idea into the team leader. Capitalized on all the fanaticism of a club style. it is right to continue his aide. first game after the outcome. "And Guardiola, to Mourinho who Valdano defined as "pragmatic and has a relationship with undeniable success."

As regards Leo Messi, the former CEO of Real Madrid said that "genius usually has ups and downs and are forgiven. But this is a genius without interruption. On each move makes it clear that it's different. It seemed impossible that leave someone like Maradona, but was born in the cradle. Messi is an exaggerated way of being an Argentine player, "he went on the FC Barcelona.

For Valdano, if Messi does not win with Argentina is because it is surrounded by "an effective structure." "Argentina has a lot of front rank, but in other parts of the country things are not so plentiful. From there we must begin to build strength. Do not think just being attractive." (via SPORT)

"I am optimistic about the options for David Villa to be in the Euro"

Javier Miñano, trainer of the Spanish football team, said he was "optimistic" with the options to go to Euro FC Barcelona forward David Villa.

Pending the definitive list of the 23 Spanish players participate in the upcoming European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, would not venture Miñano possible names for the continental competition, but said the situation of the FC Barcelona forward David Villa, who has been injured since the last December, and already the coach said recently that he will wait. "A Villa will need to train with the group and continue to improve. We saw him a few days ago, we saw the recovery process and has been normal. I am optimistic," said Miñano on the Spanish forward. (via SPORT)

Lorenzo Buenaventura will personalized Barça Pep and Juan Carlos Unzué thinks about it

The physical trainer will return to Cádiz by personal issues, while goalkeepers have differences of opinion with Víctor Valdés.


Pep Guardiola, who on Saturday said goodbye to the Camp Nou, and Manel Estiarte, which follow in the footsteps of his close friend, will not, unfortunately, the only casualties of the first team staff. One of the key pieces of Pep Team, fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura, has practically decided his farewell, while Juan Carlos Unzué, goalkeepers coach, also meditates on his way.

Buenaventura's farewell is not totally tied to Pep. During the season Cádiz, one of the most prestigious coaches in Spanish football, had been dropped at some time the possibility of returning home for personal reasons after four years in Barcelona. Guardiola's march, however, has given more reasons to make the decision.

Falling Loren, as you know the dress is much more important than at first you might think. It started in Cádiz and then worked for Valladolid, Espanyol, Atlético and for Argentina in the World Cup in Korea and Japan 2002. He returned to Cádiz where he received worldwide cracks and where rejected offers you the best teams presented themselves, until in 2008 Guardiola, advised by Dr. Ramon Cugat, persuaded him to sign for Barça. Bonaventure was during these four years the head of physical preparation of the first team, in coordination with the 'maestro' Paco Seirul · lo and Aureli Altimira.

The reasons that drive Unzué to meditate his resignation are diverse and complex. On the one hand, his desire to regain his status as coach, which premiered last season at Numancia and pulled back to prepare the Barça goalkeeper to replace Carlos Busquets, who last year chose to return to the subsidiary. And secondly, some differences of opinion that have emerged in recent months between Juan Carlos and Víctor Valdés to the preparation of training and match analysis. Unzué decide his future soon. (via MD)

Messi: "Guardiola will always have my respect"

Leo also says in Tencent Weibo, his Twitter in China, which "will respect you forever."
He explains that "I felt the need to hug him and thank him because I came out well."


After the heartfelt message of thanks posted on his Facebook the day he was announced that Guardiola will leave the bench at the end of the season Barça, Messi has said through Tencent Weibo, his Twitter in China, "Pep always have my respect" and "always cherish."

Leo also notes that Saturday's derby with Espanyol, where he signed a 'poker' goal to raise their own in the league to 50 points and season total to 72, "was a game that really excited me . I felt the need to embrace to thank Pep and because I went that way. "Messi is alluding to the gesture he had with Guardiola after realizing the 4-0, adding to the homage paid that night by the fans and the club the best coach of histroia azulgrana.

Always Tencent Weibo, Messi insists he wanted to show their gratitude to Pep because it "has been too important in my carrera.También I thank those who become happy with my goals."

In his Facebook Leo and wanted to "thank wholeheartedly to Pep how much he has given my professional and personal career in football."

Messi's remarks are attached to the feeling of football fans of the Asian giant who, with a million messages have been fired in mass Barça coach through this social network in China. (via MD)

The referees are already known will direct a last heart attack day

The RFEF has published officially who the responsible parties to arbitrate the last day when Barça visit to Betis.

The RFEF has made public the arbitral appointments of the last day of La Liga. Ayza Gámez will be responsible for directing the Betis-Barça while Gonzalez José Luis González referee the Madrid-Mallorca.

Espanyol will be fired in Cornellà-El Prat against Sevilla in a match where the referee will be Muñiz Fernández.

However, the struggle for focus all eyes fall on a final day of stroke. See who will lead the other matches:

Getafe-Zaragoza: Teixeira Vitienes
Levante-Athletic: Clos Gómez
Rayo Vallecano-Granada: Undiano Mallenco
Málaga-Sporting: Delgado Ferreiro
Villarreal-Atlético de Madrid: Estrada Fernández
Racing-Osasuna: Álvarez Izquierdo

Messi, the perfect scorer

The Argentinean superstar has now scored more goals so far this season than 13 of La Liga’s teams, scored nine goals in his last three games and has bagged twice as many as 49 of the previous “Pitxixis”.

Messi has scored none goals in his last three games – his second best run at the Club.

Only six La Liga teams have managed more goals than Messi.

Two against Rayo, three against Malaga and four more against Espanyol on Saturday: that’s nine goals in his last three games for Leo Messi - his second best run since he debuted with the first team, only bettered by the 10 goals he scored against Valencia (5-1, 4 goals), Atletico Madrid(1-2, 1 goal) and Bayer Leverkusen (7-1, 5 goals).

Those nine have taken him from 41 to 50 goals over the last week and that’s a figure that 13 of the La Liga teams haven’t managed. The league’s lowest scores, Racing have scored just 26, nearly half of Messi’s haul and only six other teams have managed more than him: Madrid (117), Valencia (59), Malaga (53), Bilbao (52), Rayo Vallecano (52) and Llevant (51). Anotehr hat trick this coming weekend could even see Messi overhaul these last three teams if they all fail to score.

Compared with teams in the main European leagues, Messi 50 goals from 36 games means he’s outscored 15 French teams in La Ligue (over 35 games), 14 of the Premier League’s teams(after 37 games), 13 Bundesliga outfits (after completing their 34 games) and 12 of the Serie A teams in Italy. He is the goal king!

More than twice the goals of 49 Pitxitxis

Messi’s 50 league goals are more than twice as many as 49 of the competition’s previous leading goalscorers, who include Zarra (19 goals in season 1944/45 and 24 in 1945/46), Di Stéfano (24 goals in 1955/56), Puskas (20 goals in 1963/64), Quini (20 goals in 1973/74, 18 in 1975/76, 24 in 1979/80 and 20 in 1980/81), Hugo Sánchez (19 goals in 1984/85 and 22 in 1985/86), Raúl González (25 goals in 1998/99 and 24 in 2000/01) and Ronaldo (24 goals in 2003/04).

His average of 1,39 goals a game is the fourth highest amongst Pitxitxis, only bettered by ‘Bata’ (1,59 goals in 1930/31, with 27 goals in 17 games), Lángara (1,44 goals in 1933/34, with 26 goals in 18 games) and Zarra (1,42 goals in 1946/47, with 34 goals in 24 games) and the same as the ex- Barça goalscorer Martín (1,39 goals in 1942/43, with 32 goals in 23 games). (via FCBarcelona.com)

Camp Nou attendances continue to rise

With 75.158 supporters per game this season, the average crowd at the Camp Nou has grown slightly compared to previous years.

With similar figures for the League and Champions League games, the main rise in attendance has come for the Spanish Cup games.

Saturday’s derby game marked the end of the season at the Camp Nou and the attendances over the season have registered have a slight increase compared to previous seasons, averaging 75.158, compared to last season’s 74.722.

It’s been the Spanish Cup that has seen the biggest increase, with the games against Hospitalet, Osasuna, Madrid and Valencia drawing an average gate of 71.392, well above last season’s 48,388 average for the same competition. The League and European gates for the last two seasons have, in contrast, stayed more or less at the same level -75,069 (11/12) and 79,191 (10/11) in the league and 77,953 (11/12) and 78,128 (10/11) in the Champions League.

The season’s highest attendance was the 99,252 for the league game against Real Madrid and the 95,845 who turned out for the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. Three of the five lowest gates came at midweek league games - against Rayo, Granada and Malaga.

As well as the League, Champions League and Cup matches, there were also the Spanish Super Cup and Joan Gamper games at the Camp Nou, which bring the average for the whole season to 75,825, compared to 75,082 last season if the corresponding games against Seville and AC Milan are included. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Average attendance during the Guardiola era

2011/12: 75.158
2010/11: 74.722
2009/10: 75.570
2008/09: 62.071