18 May 2012

Cristiano: "I'm better than Messi"

"I'm better than Messi" Cristiano Ronaldo has said in statements to the program 'World Sport' on CNN. Again according to the Madrid crash, "I do not like to be compared to anyone. Some people say that I am better and others who say he is, but at the end of the day they will decide who is the best right now. I think it's me. "

CR7 added that he is "tired" of the constant comparison between him and Messi. "I see no sense, because you can not compare a Ferrari to a Porsche as ambios have a different engine. He (referring to Leo) makes the best things for Barcelona, ​​I do the best things for Madrid, people see the numbers and says' it's incredible. "We (in Madrid) beat our own record of goals, it's amazing. We motivate each other, so the competition level is so high and so the Madrid and Barcelona are the best teams in the world. "

When analyzing the result of the recent League, the Portuguese international has stressed that "the numbers speak for themselves, nine points of difference are as many in the Spanish League." In line, said "we were there (Camp Nou) a month ago and we won 1-2. Nobody can do that, it is very difficult, so we deserved to win la Liga. We're better than them right now, but I respect because we are also a great team. "

Asked about Mourinho, has indicated that "joke all the time, but when training is completely different, serious and professional. So has won many titles. It is best for what you do: tactics, players all around , motivation ... has won in every country that has trained, it's great. "

In another interview, this granted to Sky Sports, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that "I do not know what to do in the future, really. Anything can happen," leaving in doubt omo continuity at Real Madrid, which is linked to 2015. CR7 has also stated that "Of course I'm happy at Madrid's great to be auqí and fans are fantastic, but in a year or two you never know. The head of a man is always complicated." The club blanco has already started negotiations for a possible contract extension.

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[Barça B] Confirmed: Eusebio remain in the azulgrana subsidiary

Pucelano coach admitted the news on Tuesday ahead MD: "I will continue next season."

Eusebio Sacristán gave no time yesterday, at the end of training of Barça B in the Ciutat Esportiva, the journalists begin the question and it was he who wanted to speak to confirm what MD ahead in its printed edition on Tuesday, that continue as azulgrana team coach next season.

"I confirm that I will continue next season on the bench for Barça B. I have been confirmed by the directive and I am very pleased and grateful for the trust placed in me because last season continue for the next" . The pucelano, which become effective and the option I had signed the contract of 1 + 1 optional, added that "for a technical, coaching a team like this is ideal. I am very grateful to follow in the project."

'Use' he added: "The aim will be to continue improving as a team and get more people come to Mini Stadium. How do we do? Will study different formulas but may have to be more open, more outward offer." In this sense, denied that the club change their strategy a little protection to the quarry and take a little more of 'court' that the media can have easier access to young talent and give of Barça image abroad. (via MD)

Xavi expects great match

The Barça midfielder reckons Athletic Bilbao will offer “a tough and physical match”.

“We have players that are very ready to cover for the missing defenders” he adds.

And in response to rumours in the media, he says “Guardiola and Vilanova have an excellent relationship”.

Exactly one week before the cup final, one of the FC Barcelona captains, Xavi Hernández, has warned how dangerous Athletic Bilbao can be. “They are a very demanding opponent, because they mark man to man. They are a physically strong side, they run for 90 minutes and create a lot of pressure up front. Llorente, for example, never stops running. Such intensity doesn’t leave us with much time to think.” He also commented today that “it’ll be a great match. I think it’ll be very tough and physical”.

Xavi Hernández also spoke about the depleted defensive resources at the club. “We are missing important players, like Puyol, Abidal and Alves, these are big losses, but Adriano is playing spectacular football, Montoya is good enough to play in a final and Mascherano and Piqué are on form. We have very well prepared people to cover for the absences in defence”.

Xavi also spoke about how much his team is looking forward to the final at the Calderón, even though this has been an ‘atypical’ week due to there not being a game.

Xavi reckons that the lack of match action is the precise reason why the press is instead filling its pages with rumours. “These things are inevitable. Everyone is free to speak their mind, but the squad are only concentrating on the final. Everything is quite normal, the relationship between Guardiola and Tito is excellent and we are all united. But what we can’t do is control what goes on around us” he said.

On the matter of the new head coach, Xavi said “Tito is a highly respected figure among the players. He sees a lot of football and is passionate about this game. He knows the place and he also played a key role in the successes of the last four years. He’s the least drastic change, and the right choice”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The week of the Cup final, retail

Barça intense live five days starting Monday. Will the previous match against Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderón.

The expedition azulgrana will travel to Madrid the same Friday.

The last week of activity of the season at Barça provides intense. And is that the current 2011/12 culminating in a main course: the final of the Copa del Rey. Barça days ago and has focused his thoughts on this match and will continue until Friday.

Monday 21 May

After two days of rest, the club returned to the training activity beginning at 7 pm, closed at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper.

Tuesday and Wednesday 22/23 May

The second and third sessions of the week will be morning, as usual in Sant Joan Despi.

Thursday 24 May

In the end after the attention will move to Camp Nou. The last training of Barça will be Thursday afternoon at the Stadium. Later, coach Pep Guardiola will offer the press conference after the meeting.

Friday 25 May

The team will travel to Madrid on the same Friday morning from the Camp Nou. The Athletic Club-FC Barcelona will begin at 22 am (La1) at the Vicente Calderón.

Sunday 27, charity match

Although Barcelona's official season ends on Friday 25 May, the last game is Sunday 27, at the Palau Sant Jordi. This is a joint meeting between a combination of the first team led by Pep Guardiola and one by Tito Vilanova to raise funds for 'The marathon against poverty'. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Nine reserves in last session of the week

The Copa del Rey Final preparations have continued with the presence of several Barça B players.

Thiago, suffering from a stomach virus, stayed in the gym.

The next session is on Monday evening.

Barça trained for last time this week at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Nine players were brought in from the B team, namely Bartra, Tello, Montoya, Planas, Sergi Roberto, Sergi Gómez, Riverola, Dos Santos and Muniesa. Thiago Alcántara, who still hasn’t recovered from a stomach virus, worked out alone in the gym.

The other players, including Alexis and Pinto despite neither of them having been declared fully fit, trained in all normality. The players have now been given two days to rest and refocus in preparation for Friday’s cup final. They will meet again for training on Monday evening. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex player] Cruyff, "Guardiola has had to control many egos"

The Dutchman reviewed the current status of the club, the departure of Guardiola and the announcement of Tito Vilanova as coach of FC Barcelona.

Johan Cruyff is one of the famous gurus 'environment' Barcelona and the Dutch would not miss the opportunity to comment on what happened at the club in recent days, both with the subject Guardiola as the election of Tito Vilanova as New coach for next season, and to assess the possible signings and what performance has seen the team this year.

Cruyff told Guardiola to understand and believe there has been strange and confusing situations surrounding his departure and what has been leaked in the press: "I understand Guardiola. Today is played every three days and the pace is tremendous. If one is not hard to quit. "Cruyff said that in the locker room there are always many egos in between: "Guardiola has had to control many egos in the locker room. Normal you run out of forces. It is better to leave on time. Being Barça coach is a position that weighs heavily , in the locker room there are many egos, games hard, it's complicated. "Even left a "dart" on the announcement of the new coach for next year: "If Guardiola was not informed and not consulted at all .. must be that things internally, do not work well. What his departure is not a story of one day, I guess it has taken time but it is true what has been said, everything is pretty rare "

About Tito Vilanova, Cruyff believes it has no reason to judge, because we know what's wrong in the dressing room, and said it will maintain the philosophy: "The thing to do is change the philosophy and from there you have to sign it needed. can not be judged as Tito is going to do, because we know the problems inside. hope you do well. "

Finally, the Dutchman said of the Euro and the situation of Villa and Afellay: "I think Villa is to go to the Euro, it also is fortunate that he is not tired.'s In top form. In Spain is the Euro team to beat for what he has earned. Everyone will go to 200% against them. Care with Germany and Russia. " (via SPORT)

[Youth] Come in Grimaldo a bid to Barça in 2015

The youth, which debuted at B, is progressing very well.
It is compared with Sergio Busquets for tactical intelligence and maturity.

Álex Grimaldo (Valencia, 09/20/95) is one of the players of the cantera most followed by the technical secretariat of the club azulgrana. It takes high hopes and continue with their current progression even see it with options to join the first team in three years.

In fact, in anticipation of which Eusebius gives its final OK, I come prepared to play next season in the reserves, and equipment with which debuted earlier this season conviertiendo in youngest player to debut in the history of Barcelona branch.

Álex Grimaldo debuted last September 5th Cartagena to the second division A with only 15 and 349 days, surpassing Haruna Babangida, who previously held the honor in 16 years and 53 days.

One of the keys to his meteoric progression is closely related to his nature. Those who know him stand out from it being a very lively player, very quick to assimilate the concepts and has a great tactical discipline.

In part, and although his position is left back, very reminiscent of Sergio Busquets, always very diligent in not losing the position on the field and to read his paper very well at all times.

Despite his 16 years at the beginning of this season also had the opportunity to play a game with the first team in the Copa Catalunya, though I was surrounded by team players.

Although the farmhouse is an inexhaustible pool of young talented players for the first team at left-back demarcation there is a large deficit. In fact, from Sergi Barjuan at the time of the Dream Team has not turned up any squad. (via MD)

Liverpool want to sign Guardiola, according to British press

Pep Guardiola, Roberto Martínez, Fabio Capello and Rafa Benítez are the main names that manages Liverpool to succeed Kenny Dalglish, technical dismissed this week. The 'Reds' only finished eighth in the Premiership, but will participate in the upcoming European Champions League and League Cup.

According to British press reports on Friday, Liverpool think Guardiola to lead a new project to return the team to the elite of African football and the club's owners, the American investment group Fenway Sports Group, want to exhaust all avenues to try convince Pep, who has reiterated its intention to take a year off after the season ends.

MD has been told the manager to probe the availability of Pep Guardiola has been Segura, technical director of the Academy or quarry 'red' from March 2011 after landing at Liverpool in May 2009 as technical manager. In its day, Segura was linked to the azulgrana youth football and was assistant coach at Barcelona branch.

With Roberto Martinez, who has permission from Wigan to discuss his possible departure, there have been contacts and Fabio Capello and Rafa Benítez would be in the bedroom.

Pep Guardiola in turn has also attracted interest from Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter, England, Qatar, and Manchester City. (via MD)

Auction Keita

Milan and Liverpool are the clubs who are pushing harder for the midfielder, although the list is long.

The continuity of Keita at Barça is increasingly unlikely. The Mali midfielder is awaiting news of the new draft Tito Vilanova, but is well understood that their cycle, such as Pep, is coming to an end.

At the same time, many clubs are positioned to offer a final day contract. Keita is immersed in an auction in which both the player himself as Barça will benefit. Milan and Liverpool are the clubs that push harder.

Although he has two more seasons, until 2014, the farewell is the best solution that handles sports. With over 32 years, to end at the highest level. In the Camp Nou has very complicated ownership, while other teams would be easier. She is not going to guarantee but will have a much higher percentage of options.

The azulgrana sports management responds to all calls that ask for Keita. In its last renovation, the termination clause was set at 100 million euros.

Barça does not ask for much money but, according to MD sources have told the club itself, its ideal price sales should be around 15 million euros to be considered a success. An amount that would help raise cash to address the necessary reinforcements in other positions.

Milan and Liverpool are a step ahead of others. The club 'Rossoneri' seems, in theory, the most attractive. Players have left and historical weight, the coach Allegri seduces the experienced players and essentially played the Champions League.

Liverpool, by contrast, has buttoned his league in the middle and has qualified for the Europa League after winning the Carling Cup and still better the scene of the Italians, Keita prefer to test the English adventure. The Premier League is struck. Bayern Champions League finalists, and the Russian Anzhi are also expectant, but offer smaller quantities.

Atlético Madrid and Málaga have also contacted Barça and his agent Pascal Boisseau. José Luis Pérez Caminero, Atletico sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta telephoned to express their interest. Is not the first time.

Last summer and probed his move after taking possession of his cargo.Pep said 'no thanks'. Atletico did not have much money but Málaga's Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani. Keita has pending a meeting with Tito but for now, is focused on the Cup. (via MD)

Isco, surprised by the interest azulgrana

The forward will break his silence with the absolute.

News of interest of Barça for Isco, MD advanced yesterday, caught himself by surprise and hit Málaga forward in their environment. The player lives now pending in the Spanish national team, with whom he played the match against Serbia at stadium AFG Arena in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, and he does not want anything descentre of this opportunity.

His agent, José Seguí Eleven Sports Spain, also made ​​statements, but from this company from representing players said the club azulgrana is not directed at them. The playmaker signed a contract until 2016 and his buyout clause is 20 million.

Since arriving in Málaga since the club Malacitano payable only to Valencia the six million euros of its clause, Isco has just given interviews. A couple or three in their early days, but immediately, the Andalusian club took the decision to give prominence only in the field, which has remained until now. With the absolute could break his silence.

Isco's name is on the agenda of Andoni Zubizarreta and was one of the issues that Barça sports director and his counterpart Malacitano, Fernando Hierro, discussed during the meal they had in the Catalan capital before the league match postponed. Others, like the possibility of transfer of Keita or interest Andalusian on any of the azulgrana youth players could also be a topic of conversation. Isco like, but at the Camp Nou know that their employment would not be easy. (via MD)

Luis Suárez sounds again as a possible signing of Barça

In England ensure that Vilanova want to the Liverpool striker.

In England repositioned Liverpool forward Luis Suárez in the orbit of Barça. According to British media have, Uruguayan dreams of a change of scenery and play next season in Spain. Gain the services of the controversial striker would be one of the options that will be handling the next Barca coach Tito Vilanova.

The bad season for Liverpool, who finished eighth in the Premier League and qualified for the Champions for the third consecutive year, is one of the triggers discontent Luis Suárez.

Uruguay has signed 17 goals and 7 assists this season, but his penalty after racist insults Evra has downplayed a number of minutes. (via MD)

Bale: Tottenham calls 45 million

Barça is not willing to pay that amount, but it gives up its recruitment.
It is ideal for its versatility on the left and the club will work with patience.
Welsh is expected to make a gesture to allow the operation cheaper.

Aware of the will of Gareth Bale of abandoning the club and of the resolved interest of FC Barcelona in being made with their services, Tottenham has appraised him with a high price: 45 million euros. The lefty Welsh carrilero that equal can play of full-back that of winger, has contract up to 2015 with those 'Spurs' that in the hypothetical case of it turns forced to sell their star they have clear that will be in an economic very beneficial operation for its treasury.

The club azulgrana known as the high financial claims Tottenham and is not willing to pay 45 million euros or even to approach a similar number. But that does not mean to give up his engagement, just the opposite. The Barça sports management understands that Bale is a need for quality play football, physical power and predictable progression, since only 22 (turns 23 in July).

The Abidal lower for indefinite period due to liver transplant requires Barça to strengthen the left wing. Among the options, no better than a complete player who has finished the season with 15 goals from all competitions, three of them with the selection of Wales, for his modesty he would squeeze unless other internationals in the calendar. The 'FIFA virus' in principle affect you less.

But for White Hart Lane debase those 45 million, the club azulgrana is confident that Bale be involved in the negotiations following the example of Mascherano, in 2010 to leave Liverpool and Cesc Fèbregas in 2011 to leave Arsenal. This road passes through pressure on the club making clear the firm decision to sign with Barça, which could reduce the cost of operation or sacrifice part of their salaries for the club azulgrana is close to that amount to a request from Tottenham. Mascherano and Cesc well acted, with their nuances in both operations.

Although the name of Madrid has reappeared in the last few hours as possible and dangerous bidder Barça reassured that the interest of Manchester City, an economically very dangerous opponent in any negotiations, for any player, has been declining steadily, a fact that could indicate that Bale has informed him the new champion of the Premier League if Tottenham would be just to play at Barça.

It may also be important what happens tomorrow night in Munich in the Champions League final between Bayern and Chelsea. If the London club conquered the trophy, snatch the square prior to the main European competition has earned Tottenham in the Premier with his fourth. And Bale, crazy about playing in a club that aspires to great titles, and advanced in his day he can not conceive not to contest the Champions League next season.

With very little chance of qualifying for Wales to play a European Championship or a World Cup tournament needs the great European clubs to enjoy a top-level experience as a player, an experience that will guarantee Barça itself. (via MD)

Barça contacts for Bale

The sports management must make a decision: either forget the crack or preparing a bid to rival the City and Real Madrid.

A few months ago, the environment of Gareth Bale confirmed that Barça had technicians monitored the evolution of the player in several meetings and had asked about the player's contract situation and outlook for the future. A first approximation and showed the interest of the club Catalans by the qualities of a player who makes a difference in the Premier League. Since then, the flirtations are common and the emergence of new clubs willing to sign Tottenham star is something recurrent.

But it is time to step forward. And Barça already has. In recent days, an emissary on behalf of the club Blaugrana have maintained direct contact with senior executives of Tottenham and the company that rules the destinies of Bale. The intention is not other than to see first hand the wishes of the English club and the footballer's claims. The answer is already in the possession of the sporting casts shadows.

Club sources have confirmed that Tottenham have expressed initial willingness to keep Bale in payroll next season. There is no desire to negotiate a way out. However, in White Hart Lane are aware of the brutal market pressure and not close to a possible transfer band millionaire. If there is no choice, the club will open the doors, but only after forming a major summer transfers. The emissary returned with FC Barcelona not an official appraisal defined, but did confirm that market rumors are partially right. That is, the interest of Manchester City is not a dead letter and its initial offer estimated at 50 million euros plus a spectacular bonus for advisers player i nothing to do with the 5% who used to offer Barça Do you weigh much in Tottenham's will. Part with a clear advantage in any type of auction.

The positive note directly contributes Gareth Bale. The English club and its chief representative, Jonathan Barnett, did not hide the versatile footballer welcomed the possibility of a change of scenery at the end of this season. The Welshman believes that their progression will be easier for another club and, if possible, in another championship. Here it is confirmed that Bale burns with desire to start a new adventure and the Spanish league is your favorite destination. Today, the Italian market lacks the resources to seduce the flagship Tottenham.

Barça tempting and all the evidence necessary to raise an offensive Bale if deemed appropriate. No formal offer to open negotiations, but the English club if you are current with the real economic options Blaugrana. At present two scenarios would arise: a closed financial offer could hardly reach 40 million euros and an alternative proposal more modest, about 30 `kilos but does a wide range of bonds. In short, a design similar to seduce allowed Udinese's Alexis Sánchez and economic pressure against Inter and the big clubs in the Premiership.

The board has to make a move without undue delay. The City is short, the consultant Jonathan Barnett and the environment are in favor of Bale perform a transfer while Tottenham is seen as complicated every day the desire to retain their star.

The operation is not sensed at all easy as it escapes the economic parameters that drive the current board. Bale, unlike Alexis and Cesc, has not spoken openly about his will and seems unwilling to force the machine for a particular squad.

Mou has not said the last word

Real Madrid do not lose detail on the future of Bale. The environment of the player confirmed that, like Barcelona has done, consultants on behalf of Mourinho's wishes have groped and Tottenham footballer. From the White House is silent but apparently have reached a tentative agreement to be fully informed of any proposal regarding Bale. (via SPORT)

Cesc: "Tito Vilanova is more than capable"

Cesc Fàbregas spoke on 'Radio 4' on the future of Tito Vilanova, at FC Barcelona.

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas has said Francesc 'Tito', Vilanova, which will replace coach Pep Guardiola as Barça, is "more than qualified for a position that weighs a lot."

"Tito is very quiet and football fan. Learn a lot from him. Have strength and courage. It is a great coach," he stressed this afternoon the player in an interview to the radio station 'Radio 4'.

Fàbregas believes that Guardiola have terminated his career as coach of Barcelona, ​​but also wants to be "one up soon."

"With the current football Guardiola living normal wear that has endured brutal. It burns, burns and burn. Other coaches do not get what gives Pep" he stressed.

Cesc Fàbregas has admitted that the costumes did not expect barcelonista progress Guardiola, who saw "a year" on the bench.

Despite the blow that has meant the farewell of the most successful coach of Barcelona, Cesc has held in its place has come Vilanova, which believed to have been the logical transition. "With Vilanova is continuity, as if following Pep" he said. (via SPORT)

Alves has already discharged from hospital

The Brazilian Dani Alves has already been discharged from hospital in Barcelona.

The Barça player did not come out with a good face and refused to answer any questions. He knows he is ahead six to eight weeks of recovery. The goal is to be available to the new coach Tito Vilanova for the start of the preseason.

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Piqué: "With Guardiola has never been problems"

Gerard Piqué has told TV3 that "Guardiola has not been any problem. What we have had to say that we would have to face."

The center-back barcelonista has also denied that can leave the club: "Not now, I hope to spend many years here."

And above Tito Vilanova, said that "he greatly admires, the cadets and knew I had to convey a lot." (via MD)

Adriano: “I'm at my best”

The Brazilian defender, who has featured in nine consecutive starting line-ups, hopes to be on form for the King's Cup Final.

On his future, Adriano said that he intends to stay at FC Barcelona. "I have two years left on my contract and I’m going through a good time in my personal career".

During today’s press conference, Adriano said that he’s going through his best spell of form since he arrived at FC Barcelona in the summer of 2010. Furthermore, the defender has been enjoying quite a bit of playing time due to the recent string of injuries to Barça’s back line. The Brazilian said that “I’m enjoying my best form since I arrived. I feel great and comfortable,” he also noted that his good form is due to the hard he’s put in with the first team. “I’ve always worked hard and I’ve always tried to improve. I’ll continue to take care of myself.”

The player is hoping to maintain his current from ahead of the King’s Cup Final against Athletic Club on May 25. “I’m happy, and I hope to be at this level in the last match of the season.” On the Cup Final, Adriano explained that winning the title has been the team’s goal since the beginning of the season and that the recent elimination from the Champions League and failed Liga title bid have no bearing on the importance placed on the Cup by the team. He also said that lifting the King’s Cup would be the perfect way to say goodbye to Guardiola. “We want to win this final for him.”

On his future, Adriano was clear that he has no intention of leaving Barça. “I haven’t listened to any offers. I’m very happy at Barça. I have two years left on my contract and I’m going through a good time in my personal career. I want to be here next season, I still have a lot of things to accomplish,” said the defender.

He also talked about Dani Alves, who broke his clavicle on Wednesday: "it’s a shame. He’s fundamental for us, even more so in a final.” However, Adriano said that he’s confident in players like Martín Montoya, who can fill the void left by Dani Alves. On the rumours about Dani Alves’ possible departure at the end of the season, Adriano said that “he’s the best right-wing defender that I’ve ever played with. He’s a footballer that’s very important within the group and if he stays he’ll maintain the level of play that he’s always had.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Afternoon training session at Sant Joan Despí

The first-team players, including Alexis and Pinto, trained this afternoon at Barça's training facilities.

Barça continue to prepare for the Cup Final against Athletic Club. This Thursday afternoon the first-team players, including Alexis and Pinto (who still does not have medical clearance to play), completed a closed-door training session. Thiago, however, was absent. The midfielder came down with a stomach flu and was sent home by the Club’s Medical Services.

The Barça B players Tello, Montoya and Bartra also trained with the squad. This was the first training session without Dani Alves, who broke his clavicle in yesterday’s training session. The Brazilian defender joins Puyol, Fontàs, Abidal and Villa on the injury list. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Unanimous tributes to Kubala on 10th anniversary of his death

FC Barcelona made a floral offering at the statue to Kubala at the Camp Nou to mark the tenth anniversary of his passing on May 17th 2002.

At the same time the Espai Kubala in the Museum, dedicated to the Hungarian, opened.

Club President Sandro Rosell led the tributes at the statue to Kubala at the Camp Nou to mark the tenth anniversary of his death and stressed three important things the Hungarian is remembered for: “the Camp Nou – it was him who made the Les Corts too small for all our fans – his generosity and the universal admiration he inspired”.

“Everyone spoke well of him - he was a Barça legend and thanks to him Barça took a gigantic step forward. We will come together to remember him whenever we can because it’s down to people like him that this is one of the most important clubs in the world”.

Alongside the President were various board members headed by vice-president Jordi Cardoner, the president of the Agrupació Barça Jugadors, Ramon Alfonseda, family members such as his son Ladislau and many ex-teammates and ex-players. Alfonseda summed up the general feeling when he spoke, explaining: “we are proud to celebrate this anniversary. Kubala brought so much to our Club”.

Alongside the tribute, the Club Museum opened the Espai Kubala, which boasts a host of photos of the Hungarian, who played for the Club from 1951 till 1961, as well as texts explaining his importance to the team and the Club as a whole.

The space also contains a frame split into two parts: on the one there are the four most important events of his time at the Club – his arrival , his footballing art, his leaving and his farewell. Below that are his honours won over 345 games in which he scored 280 goals.

His boots, his shirt and even a Barça dressing gown, the contract he signed to join the Club, his passport, awards and a number of his coaching badges are also on show in what is a very special space. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Beto Borregán announces retirement at the end of the season

Accompanied by President Sandro Rosell and board member Ramon Cierco, Beto Borreán announced today that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

The Club have decided to retire the number 21 shirt and it will be the first time a roller hockey player has had his shirt hung at the Palau Blaugrana.

Sandro Rosell announced that Beto Borregán will continue to be connected with the Club and will become a part of the professional structure of the section.

Eighteen seasons after he made his debut with the roller hockey first team, Beto Borregán announced earlier today that he is to retire at the end of the season and put an end to a wonderful career full of success in which he became the second highest winner of trophies at the Club - only behind the legendary David Barrufet.

Humble to the last

The Ricard Maxenchs press room at the Camp Nou was filled with Beto Borregán’s friends and teammates as he announced his retirement. The captain was accompanied by Club President Sandro Rosell and the Board Member in charge of the section Ramón Cierco and from the start of his speech his humility was clear: “I’m really just a normal guy and I don’t deserve all this attention – it’s no big thing”.

Beto thanked the Club for giving him the opportunity to bid farewell and also coach Gaby Cairo, as well as all his friends in the room, including Carles Puyol, the Futsal captain Javi Rodríguez, Negro Paéz, Quim Paüls, Carlos Figueroa and David Barrufet. Borregán was particularly emotional when he thanked his parents: “I love you so much and thanks to you, I am here. I want to dedicate to you the fact that my name is going to be hung up there”.

The captain could round off his career with another title next week if the team can win the European League and he explained his reasons for retiring thus: “I wanted to bow out whilst I was still at the top and leave an image of a player who has given everything for the Club. It was my dream to retire here and now I have”.

He’s played with many players during his 18 years at the Club, but asked to choose who had been most influential, he revealed it was Negro Paez: “he really influenced me as a man and as a player. He had such talent and was very important – he has been an irreplaceable player”.

President Sandro Rosell revealed during the press conference that the Club had decided to retire Borregán’s number 21 shirt and hang it at the Palau Blaugrana alongside other important players from the FC Barcelona sections – the first ever roller hockey player to be given such recognition - and also offer him a place on the staff from next season. Borregán has won so many titles, but he claimed: “the best title that the Club could offer me is to offer to hang up my shirt at the Palau”. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Barça B] Barça appeal Dos Santos' red card

FC Barcelona presented an appeal to the Competition Committee for the red card shown to the Mexican midfielder during Barça B's match against Valladolid.

Jonathan dos Santos was given his marching orders on the 87th minute in the match against Valladolid for “kicking an opponent in the leg, no medical attention was required after said kick, when the ball was at a distance,” according to the referees post-match report.

The Club have presented an appeal to the Competition Committee to nullify the red card so that the Mexican can play in Barça B’s next match. (via FCBarcelona.com)