10 May 2012

Barça and Madrid in pole position to sign Van Persie

The British media and meringues believe that azulgranas are the favorites to gain the services of Arsenal forward, who turns contract with the Gunners in 2013.

Barça already know their opponents in a hypothetical fight for Robin Van Persie to sign in the upcoming summer market. And there are few.

According to recent reports in the British media, nearly a dozen major European teams yearn to gain the services of Dutch forward of Arsenal, whose contract expires in summer 2013.

The newspaper 'The Guardian' favorites to take for Barça and Real Madrid in the fight for Van Persie to incorporate into their ranks. However, the English newspaper also notes that Juventus new champion of Serie A, is the first club to have formalized their interest in striker 'gunner', the mouth of its technical director Giuseppe Marotta, who spared no praise to the Dutch, but add that they would try to "put the icing on the cake this summer," referring to their possible incorporation into the template 'bianconera'.

But the fight for one of the best strikers in the old continent is not only between Barça, Madrid and Juve. Himself 'The Guardian' highlights the interest of other Italian clubs like Milan and Inter, and even the new rich of French football, Paris Saint-Germain.

To make matters worse, the two great Manchester have also entered the scene. Reveals the sports portal 'Talksport', the United would be willing to make a significant investment to achieve the transfer of a player who accumulates 35 goals in all competitions this season. The decline in men as Chicharito or Berbatov and ostracism of Owen has been a major drag on the 'Red Devils' season, where they have entrusted their fate to claw and category of Rooney and Welbeck pop.

But good Sir Alex Ferguson will have a hard to achieve their purpose of shielding the front of United. A few miles from Old Trafford, on the other side of the city of Manchester, the sheik Sheikh Mansour could again throw the house out the window offering around 300,000 euros a week to Van Persie, in order to dress for 'blue sky' at all costs.

The big decision of the forward 'gunner' on its future is, for now, impounded pending an important meeting it will face in the Arsenal Arsène Wenger with the coach and chief executive Ivan Gazidis, presumably before the dispute of the Euro . In the Emirates expected to ratify the classification for the next Champions League and that the signing of Podolski and possible new additions to its flagship persuaded after the departure of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona last summer.

The Gunners are willing to pay to break the boundaries of the template to tie the continuity of Dutch crack securing their future in North London four seasons. Information about the player's personal desire to suggest that he would not welcome to try their luck in Italian football while the possibility of playing Premier League and hope to all in Europe with Barcelona or Madrid would be a huge factor. (via SPORT)

Cuenca: “Athletic Club will be just as motivated”

The Barça star doesn’t think defeat in the Europa League Final makes their cup final opponents any less dangerous.

He welcomes the appointment of Tito Vilanova, has praise for Leo Messi and sees Pedro as the model to follow.

Barça are continuing with their preparations for the Copa del Rey Final on the 25th at the Calderón and Isaac Cuenca has analysed the consequences of their opponent, Athletic Bilbao, losing Wednesday night’s Europa League Final to Atlético Madrid. “Athletic Club will be just as motivated for the cup final” he claimed. He also felt they will have learned a lesson from their experience in Bucharest. “It will be their second final, and they will have to make corrections from the first and that will make the final even more difficult”.

He also spoke about next season’s manager. “Tito’s arrival in a bonus for everybody, especially in order for Barça to continue with their model. But he hasn’t said anything yet, neither to the veterans or the youngsters.” On his own situation at the club, he commented that “I don’t take any notice of the rumours about transfers and loans, I owe myself to the Club and I’ll do whatever they tell me to do … Nobody wants to leave here, not even on loan, because you never know what might happen”.

Cuenca also thanked the squad for being so welcoming to him and praised Messi on an excellent season. “He is undoubtedly the best and deserves another Ballon d’Or … Leo helps us younger players, he tries to correct us and encourages us”. Another player he holds in high esteem is Pedro, saying that “in footballing terms, I always keep an eye on him because we play in the same position and because he also came out of the youth system”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Keita back training with squad

The Malian was back training normally today after two days of trouble with the soleus in his left leg.

Alexis, meanwhile, is still recovering from his hamstring injury and trained in isolation.

Barça are still preparing for their game away to Betis on Saturday, the last of the 2011/12 season. The squad trained today on pitch number one at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper with Malian midfielder Seydou Keita back with them as normal after two days on the sidelines with a calf injury.

Alexis Sánchez was also on the field, but worked out separately from the rest of the team as he continues to recover from the hamstring injury that has already obliged him to sit out the game with Malaga and Espanyol.

The first team members were joined today by Barça B’s Tello, Bartra and Montoya. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Raül Agne, another would-be 'second' Tito

Mequinenza coach and was nominated for subsidiary bench a year ago.

Tito Vilanova would welcome the possibility that Raül Agne, former coach of Girona, is incorporated into the coaching staff as assistant coach, a post to which others also have chances Aureli Altimira and Jordi Roura, both members of the coaching staff and current.

Agnė has extensive experience in football knows perfectly Catalonia and Vilanova his qualities have closely followed his career, like other members of 'staff', as Domènec Torrent, former coach of Vilobí, part of the department 'scouting 'first team, where the club prepares reports for Pep Guardiola's rivals and Tito Vilanova.

Agne and was a candidate to replace Luis Enrique a year ago, when the Spaniard decided to go to Roma. The technical secretariat and Tito himself would have frowned upon his signing.

Narcis Julia, for example, was replaced by Agnė in 2010, when Julia joined the new azulgrana technical secretary constituted under the auspices of the first team coaching staff.

Before, Agnė had risen to Girona in the 2007-08 season to Second Division 'A', but the following season was dismissed shortly after the end after a poor run-off in the silver category.

In January 2010 he took to Recreativo Huelva, who avoided relegation, but returned to the bench of Girona, which also saved last season (2010-11), precisely the time when Barca probed for the subsidiary. He stayed in Girona and this season has not had the same fate, being dismissed midseason.

His first coaching clubs were Peralada and Palamós and as a footballer was formed in youth football at Zaragoza and played center in Girona, Figueres (though not agree with Tito), Binéfar, Palamos and again Girona.

His teams play offense and has a strong character, as demonstrated when he defended the use of Catalan in a press conference some time ago. (via MD)

FC Barcelona and UNICEF strengthen their partnership in favor of children in four countries

Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa are the countries benefiting from the sport and education programs that implement the two entities together.

UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, has participated on Thursday in a ceremony at the Sala Paris of Camp Nou with Ramon Pont, vice president of the Board of the Foundation FC Barcelona, which has been attended by Marc Bartra and a group of children.

In a ceremony at the Sala Paris of Club, the FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF have reaffirmed their commitment to improving the lives of millions of children through sport and education. Ramon Pont, vice president of FC Barcelona Foundation, Anthony Lake, executive director of Unicef​​, Marc Bartra and seventy-five young CEIP Pegasus Barcelona have met to discuss the importance of sport in the lives of children. "FC Barcelona is very committed to working with UNICEF to raise awareness of the situation of children in the world and promote education and sport," he assured Ramon Pont.

UNICEF recognizes the critical role of physical activity and sport in the lives of children. The youth participation in sport and play contributes to their physical and psychosocial and offers basic values ​​and life skills like discipline, teamwork, fairness and respect in others. The sport and play can also help combat discrimination and exclusion of marginalized groups, including children with disabilities.

"UNICEF welcomes its partnership with FC Barcelona. Through this collaboration, UNICEF and FC Barcelona have agreed to provide millions of children the opportunity to receive education, to experience the joy of sport and learn positive values through physical education, sport and play ", stated Anthony Lake, on his first visit to the home of FC Barcelona.

Marc Bartra, along with Ramon Pont and Anthony Lake, responded to questions from the youth group. Most questions were about the Unicef​​, children from other countries, soccer and why FC Barcelona has an agreement with Unicef.

FC Barcelona brings a total of 1.5 million euros a year to support the work of UNICEF with the aim to reach millions of children at 16,000 schools in four countries: Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa. More than 5,000 teachers and coaches will be trained for the sport and its positive values ​​are integrated into school curricula. These schools also provide them with sports equipment and improved infrastructure to implement the programs of physical education and sport.

Lake pleads culé

During the event the executive director of Unicef​​, Anthony Lake, has openly declared supporter of FC Barcelona. "I am a diplomat, but above all I am a follower, and I am FC Barcelona". Lake told several anecdotes such as the World Cup final between Spain and Holland, where he followed the party with other leaders and did not hesitate in showing the Barca shirt under her shirt. He also had words to Marc Bartra, also present on the spot. Anthony Lake has not needed to submit it since has recognized this and has recommended to continue with this progression. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

In Germany 'hunt' to Barça following Mario Götze

Six times he spied revealed Sport Bild.

Up to six times Barça spied on Mario Götze (03/06/1992) in their matches this season with Borussia Dortmund, as unveiled Sport Bild.

The young German talent, capped twice at senior aged 19, is one of the Barça players would control for the summer. An attacking midfielder, according to some sources, like much in the azulgrana technical secretary.

Götze, which has been 64 official matches with Dortmund and has participated in two Bundesliga titles, is a means to an exquisite individual technique, good control of the ball, falls into two bands, shows a huge vision and is a good assistant. No less than 19 in two seasons of the three leading his team of a lifetime. In the first season he played just five games.

Barça take time following him. It was not the only club. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal have also been very aware of its progression. So much so that his policy in an attempt to disable any interest, he proposed the renewal of his contract until 2016, increasing form 2.5 million to 4. The shield has not stopped to be priced. His agent has already warned that costs a minimum of 25 million euros.

His position is not a priority for the Barça. Looking at the Camp Nou two defenders (one central and left side) and a forward type Adrián of Atletico. However, they sense that the midfield will leave some gaps, progress or Keita offering that may be reached by Thiago, and prefer to be prevented. (via MD)

Javi Martínez has very good relation with the culés

At concentrations of selection is common to see Javi Martínez with the Barcelona players.

It is an intangible, than any other team might not have value, but in Barça's technical secretariat greatly appreciates the time to hire a footballer. One of the premises by governing at Barça at the time of signing is that apart from the footballing qualities the player in question meets the profile Barça.En this regard, Javi Martínez has much cattle.

Athletic defender saves a great relationship with most of azulgrana players, especially with team mates.

Concentrations of red is common to see Javi Martínez-, Fernando Llorente also with players like Sergio Busquets azulgrana, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro ... in spare time. That good feeling with the culés confirms that its his move to Barcelona would be very well received by the costumes of the Camp Nou.

While waiting to see how events pass and if Barca and Athletic to reach an agreement, Javi Martínez and know they have an advantage over the other future for the center position. (via MD)

Javi Martínez wins integers as signing for Barça

The Athletic player like because is able to perform well in both centrer-back and pivote.
Although his move would be costly believe that with his youth (23 years) could be amortized.

While waiting for the summit Andoni Zubizarreta and Tito Vilanova to outline what will be Barça 2012-13, azulgrana technical secretary takes time for players working to improve the level of the current squad and can help continue to keep the cycle winner.

One of the names on the list and you will be transferred to Villanova football player is the Athletic Club Javi Martínez. The rojiblanco player like, and much, because it has technical skills that allow you to play two roles to perfection: that of midfielder and center back.

As Mascherano, Javi Martinez was originally a midfield player, but with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa Athletic has been able to perform at a high level as well as central. In short, versatility, which is one of the most valued qualities in a footballer to be part of this team.

A priori, the main obstacle to the recruitment of Javi Martínez is its high price. The Navarre has a buyout clause of 40 million euros, a figure far removed from the financial claims of the club azulgrana.

Even so, and if you finally decide to go for it, at Barça are also aware that given the youth of Javi Martínez-turn 24-September 2, his signing would end amortized, which may cost more with the Rossoneri Thiago Silva (27 years) and also lacks the versatility of Navarre footballer.

Although the startup Athletic forwarded to the Barça to the termination clause, leaders Atletico would be more flexible to deal on Javi Martínez that if the player to sell out, for example, Fernando Llorente.

While for the forward feel they have no parts, and a scorer as he is critical of the limitations teniendoen Athletic when signing for their policy of hiring only Basque players with roots to cover a hypothetical low Javi Martínez however, believe they have spares. In the Basque club consider both Ekiza as Iturraspe could fill the position that would leave the Spanish international defense and pivote.

On the other hand, Barça could use the goalkeeper to try affiliate Oier Olazabal lower the signing of Javi Martínez. Despite his youth, 22 years in the Athletic believe that the experience acquired over the years at Barça, working and living under the shadow of what will be five times Zamora trophy, Víctor Valdés, could be very useful for the Athletic although today Gorka Iraizoz is untouchable. (via MD)

A month without news of Abidal

30 days have elapsed since the intervention of Eric Abidal and information about French defender absent.

he last medical report on the liver transplant was provided shortly after the operation and he was referring to the satisfaction of the whole development process.

Through the club has held on numerous occasions expressed will of the player and his family to preserve privacy.

Private tours outside the family have been told and the only leaks hardly have served to point out that everything evolves as expected. Sources close to the player himself have confirmed to the drafting stages Abidal is meeting scheduled in advance.

In this regard, and after passing the postoperative course was uneventful in recent days on minor problems have arisen that were already covered before the operation performed by Dr. Juan Carlos Garcia-Valdecasas.

Abidal will stay some days more than expected in Barnaclínic facilities before receiving a medical discharge. It is expected that within a short period of time, medical services necessary to give the go-ahead to open the chapter of visits and colleagues can scroll to the hospital grounds. (via SPORT)

Bale will force his departure

The star of the Spurs seems to live his last days at White Hart Lane. The weight of the millions and the longing of the title to his door.

Gareth Bale has bare the margarita and sees its growth stage in the ranks of Tottenham has come to an end. After several months of reflection, the versatile left-hander would have concluded that the best for screening would go through a change of club at the end of the season. Indeed, from England ensures that the player would have already taken the plunge and had requested the directors of Tottenham to analyze all the offers that came to realize the best proposal for transfer.

Since last season, Gareth Bale is in the spotlight of the market. Their progress has been spectacular football and his ability to function in every position of the left one player make it palatable to any of the big European clubs. However, Welsh has remained true to the technician Harry Redknapp and the repeated promises of a strong economic investment can turn to Tottenham on a team with serious options to the Premiership and Champions League. This has not happened. The team not only has long stood dismounted in the fight for the league title but also has always been to limit the places that give access to the future edition of the Champions League.

Bale wants more and is willing to fight for it. It has maintained an exemplary attitude to date and do not want sterile polemics in the time of his farewell. The Welshman wants to leave through the front door and leaving a fortune into the coffers of White Hart Lane, a club which incidentally also has a special need for money.

Manchester City not give you the same, but has conveyed its position to all games involved. Bale, Tottenham and all clubs have been interested in the Welsh you know your starting point. The City is willing to overcome many tendered. It's not chatter, as an appetizer and to frighten timid suitors, several agents have confirmed that it would have raised an initial figure of 50 million euros. This is not a token amount, since in his day was the minimum price output tasaron Tottenham executives.

These figures are not surprising and handling at the Camp Nou. Barça is aware of 50 million euros from City and a number well above 10% of this amount in fees that would go into the hands of Stellar Group, the company advises the player. In short, the output operation Bale designed with the millions of the City could amount to more than 60 million euros.

This amount is considered unattainable in Barça. The club will fight back with weapons that have allowed him to tie in recent years players like Mascherano, Alexis and Cesc. The club blaugrana in the first instance need to know if Bale really wants to be part of the current sporting project and if you are able to put pressure on Tottenham to force his approach to Barça. Renunciation and sacrifice for a team and a system that has seduced the world in recent seasons. It remains to disclose whether Welsh is the work of following the example of other famous players or want to continue in the Premier as part of a team full of stars to hit book.

And all this, Tottenham want to avoid the speculation game. Redknapp did not go away to England and no one rules out that the club is able to convince Bale with a new promise of reinforcements and results.

In early season, when it opened the door to a possible departure of Bale, Real Madrid also was interested in the services of left-handed player. There were contacts with Stellar Group and error with Tottenham, but Florentino Perez, Mourinho and company know they must wait their turn, like the rest.

The player's agent, Jonathan Barnett, was just doing his paper and notice that it is a reinforcement of luxury for any team in the world. (via SPORT)

[Youth] FCB Juvenil B 3 - 1 Girona

The group trained by García Pimienta has won at Girona and has become mathematically champions with three games left.

The FC Barcelona football training adds a new success with the league championship that has achieved this afternoon the Juvenil B trained by García Pimienta and Marc Guitart. The azulgranas have won the Giron-corresponding to a delayed-match and have been able to hold the title when there are still three rounds to finish the championship.

The gerudenses have seen on 12 minutes their coach was ejected for protesting a possible penalty under the Barça area. Despite the controversy, the Juvenil B has not been offset and has continued to make his game to find the goal that encarrilara the league title. And this has come on 31 minutes when after a shot from Moussima the Girona player Serramitja has introduced the ball in their own net. Eight minutes later (39 ') has reached the second for the azulgranas. Ebwelle shot rejecting the doorman and Munir, very helpful, sent the ball to the back of the net. With the 2-0 came to rest.

When only six minutes had passed the second time the Juvenil B has made the third through Iu after good Ebwelle center. The Girona has the consolation goal on 88 minutes of the match thanks to a shot of Gombau.

With the final whistle, the players have held García Pimienta League championship, first in the grass, and immediately in the locker room. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Match Stats]
FC Barcelona: Suarez, Godswill, Blanco, Riera, Lucas, Otero, Moussima (Jordi, 63’), Iu (Joel, 63’), Munir, Simon (Romano, 68’), and Ebwelle.

Girona: Adrià, David, Eloy, Marc, Zamorano, Guilana, Barco (Juan, 52’), Mamadou, Oriol, Gombau and Serramitja.

Goals: 1-0, Serramitja (31’ propia puerta); 2-0, Munir (39’); 3-0, Iu (51’); 3-1, Gombau (88’)

Defensive reshuffles from Mestalla to the Calderón

In three of Barça’s most recent finals they’ve faced a similar situation to the one they’ll have to deal with at the Vicente Calderon this month – a weakened defence and a need to shuffle the players available at the back.

With Carles Puyol and Éric Abidal both unavailable for the Cup Final, Guardiola can only call on four defenders-Alves, Piqué, Mascherano and Adriano for the game, though he also has a strong trio of B team youngsters he can bring in -Montoya, Bartra and Muniesa and it’s certainly nothing new for the team to go into a Final with a supposedly weakened back line, as the situations outlined below show:

Valencia 2009: Alves-Piqué-Touré-Puyol

For Pep Guardiola’s first Final in charge - against Bilbao at Mestalla in the 2009 Spanish Cup- he was without the suspended Abidal and the injured Marquez and Milito. The boss then decided to put Puyol into the left back slot and play Touré Yaya at centre half. It worked well enough too, with the Ivorian getting a key goal to round off a brilliant performance that ended in a 4-1 win.

Rome 2009: Puyol-Piqué-Touré-Sylvinho

Barça’s Champions League semi final win over Chelsea came at a cost, as Alves and Abidal were both suspended for the Rome final against Manchester United, whilst Marquez and Milito were also unavailable through injury. This time, Guardiola now played Puyol at right back, with Toure again partnering Piqué and Sylvinho at left back. It was another successful tactical move as Barça took the treble with a 2-0 win.

Wembley 2011: Alves-Piqué-Mascherano-Abidal

Carle Puyol was also missing with a knee injury when Barça travelled to Wembley for last season’s Champions League final. This time it wasn’t Touré Yaya , but another ex-midfielder Javier Mascherano who started alongside Gerard Piqué at the heart of the defence. Although Puyol finally did make a late appearance, it was Abidal who in a memorable gesture, lifted the Cup after the 3-1 win. (via FCBarcelona.com)