30 April 2012

Pinto: “Tito has our support”

Jose Manuel Pinto took over from Valdes in goal at the weekend and speaking to the press today he insisted: “Tito Vilanova has the strength and character” to take charge next season.

Pinto wants Messi to win the Pitxitxi: “if he wins, the whole team wins”.

Josep Guardiola’s farewell and Tito Vilanova’s appointment was at the heart of José Manuel Pinto’s press conference this morning and the keeper explained: “I completely understand what Guardiola has done. He takes everything very seriously and that takes a big toll mentally. You can’t compare them, but Tito has the character and strength, as well as our full backing”..

Asked if the changeover would affect the team’s performance, Pinto replied: “I don’t think much will change because the two of them share the same vision. We are all relaxed about it and we are right behind Tito and his way of looking at football”. Pinto didn’t want to hear talk about the end of an era, insisting: “Only time will tell”.

Pinto did admit however, that: “all of us have been affected by the news and we’ve all felt bad about it”.

The keeper also believes that Messi can win the Pichichi as the league’s highest scorer this season: “I want Messi to win –if he wins, the whole team wins. If he scores, it’s down to the work the whole team have put in”. Pinto also insisted that Víctor Valdés, who is guaranteed the Zamora as the keeper who’s conceded least goals this season if he plays no more league games this campaign: “is the keeper who most deserves it”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former player] Deco: "Neymar, the level of Messi and Cristiano"

The former Barça player said in an interview with FIFA Neymar falls short of Messi and Cristiano.

One of the key players Barça of Rijkaard, that so many good titles won but ended up in a crisis that led to the signing of Guardiola as coach, is Deco. The player of 34 years gave an interview to FIFA.com.

The Portuguese environment compared Bombonera for Boca in the Camp Nou. Two stages to intimidate the other teams, "teams from other countries came to Camp Nou and intimidated by the size of the stadium, the mystique and the number of people, while Spanish teams and were more accustomed. I think it's same with the Bombonera: Sometimes, some foreign teams that are even better than some Argentines, have more difficulties there because they are impressed with the environment is, indeed, impressive. "

From their position and play on the field, Deco admitted that since childhood has always been responsible for the construction of the plays, and that the global example of this is Barça: "Building a play that ends in goal has always filled me both as dial. course, over time, I also changed my style. not only for having lost in explosion physics and starts, but because I learned a lot about the collective game. A good example is the Barcelona always have great players but nobody ever haggle just for bargain, only when necessary. "

Of course, Deco remembered his time with Rijkaard and the current Barça model of world football paradigm: "Barcelona is a club whose teams vary according to the players, but in that culture does not change. And this concept of playing the ball has reached perfection with Guardiola, who is someone who knows the culture. the big difference with this team is that our players have these characteristics in all positions, while we had about four or five. it's amazing: the most skilled players of Barça do not send the ball up if you may lose, but they touch. And that requires not only quality, too mentality. "

On a future possibility Barça, Neymar says he is at the level of Messi and Cristiano, and it will look when you take the leap to Europe: "Neymar, in my view, already at that level. Has in common with the other two that ability to score so many goals, despite not being a center forward. I think if he were at Real Madrid or Barcelona, it would still more than it does today, because they have better players at his side, a better structure ... We must take into account the proportions: on the one hand, it is clear that the technical level of Brazil does not reach a semifinal of the Champions League of UEFA, but also need to address different problems. it is not easier or more difficult: it is different. Thinking only at the technical level, in my opinion falls short of a Messi or a Cristiano. " (via SPORT)

Derby game against Espanyol scheduled for 21.00 on May 5th

The derby game at the Camp Nou against Espanyol will kick off at 21.00 this Saturday.

Guardiola’s team’s last home game this season.

The Spanish League have published the kick off times for next weekend’s round of games - week 37 – and FC Barcelona will play city neighbours Espanyol at nine o’clock on Saturday night. With the team also facing Malaga at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night (20.00), this will be the second game at the stadium in four days and will also be Guardiola’s last home game in charge of the team.

Barça have two more games to play following the derby game – their final league match away to Betis (exact date and time to be confirmed) and the Spanish Cup Final against Athletic Bilbao on Friday May 25th at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Alexis knock makes him doubt for Wednesday

Alexis has picked up a knock on his left leg and he will be kept under observation before a decision is made as to his availability for Wednesday’s game against Malaga.

Victor Valdes also missed training today, under the weather with fever.

The squad trained this Monday lunchtime after their big win against Rayo, but two big names were missing: Alexis, who picked up a knock on his left leg, and Valdes, who is ill. The Chilean hit man is doubtful for Wednesday’s game, though the Club doctors are keeping him under observation before making a final decision.

The players who figured on Sunday were given a gentle session, whilst the rest of the squad began preparations for Wednesday night’s game, along with 10 B team players - Bartra, Tello and Montoya –who were included in the squad for the Rayo game- and Rodri, Carmona, Oriol Rosell, Espinosa, Lobato, Sergi Gómez and Masip. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Guardiola: “Each game serves as preparation for the final”

The Barça manager is very pleased with the attitude of his players after the team beat Rayo Vallecano 7-0 at Vallecas. The manager says that the remaining games in La Liga will serve his team to prepare for the final of the King’s Cup on May 25th.

Guardiola praised Pinto’s performance: “Like always, he played very well”.

Josep Guardiola said that this Sunday’s match against Rayo Vallecano was “a demonstration” of what type of team Barça have been in recent years. “A football game is always useful for a lot of things. We know that Madrid are champions [of La Liga], and that this match was a demonstration of what this team is and have been. My players played a very serious game and they were on form throughout the whole match,” he said.

He added: “the team ran a lot, and they played a serious game against a team that’s fighting to stay in the Primera División. The players know that we’re preparing ourselves for a final and that everything has its worth. Every match counts.” Guardiola also said that his players are pleased after having scored seven goals in today’s game. “I have the impression that we have scored a lot of goals over the years. They are all welcome,” he said.

Pedro, with two goals, was one of Barça’s most lethal men in tonight’s match. The Barça manager highlighted the Spaniard’s performance: “I appreciate him a lot. We started in Third Division together, and I know him well. It’s true that his injuries have stopped him from playing more this season. I’m very pleased with his performance, for his two goals, and for the passes he gave. Also, for the way he moved on the pitch.”

He also talked about why he included José Manuel Pinto in today’s starting line-up: “if he’s on form he’ll play the final. Therefore, I prefer that he gets a bit of playing time on a pitch that’s not very easy to interpret. Like always, he played very well.”

On his decision to leave the Club next season, Guardiola said that Barça is his home: “it’s my home, and in the end I knew that it was over. The Club is healthy, and the team is young, Tito knows them perfectly and I’m convinced that Barça will compete for everything.”

Lastly, the Barça manager apologized to Rayo Vallecano’s fans for Thiago and Alves’ celebration after Barça’s fifth goal. “It won’t happen again,” said Guardiola. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Youth] The cantera azulgrana still unbeaten for the third consecutive week

The balance of the day shows the quality of football Barça formative: 9 wins in 11 games.

Cadete B is one step to become league champions. If next week is imposed on the Cornellà will take the title, when there are still 4 games left.

The formative football teams have played 3 tournaments this week. The Alevín A and Alevín C were proclaimed champions and has been runner Benjamin B.

Third consecutive win Juvenil B, this time against the Mercantil home, which helps the azulgranas face the final stage of the competition as solo leaders with 70 points. García Pimienta and Marc Guitart's team authoritatively dominated the first half and went into halftime leading by 0-2 with goals from Iu and Munir, although the difference could have been enhanced by the many times he had. After the break, the local distances pressed and cut to 1-2, but the azulgranas sealed the game with another goal from Iu, who signed and a double and rounded the day.

Second consecutive Cadete A, which continues leading the División de Honor Cadete to six points clear of second-placed Espanyol. The home side ahead in the scoring with a goal from Carlos Blanco in the 12th minute, but the guys from Quique Álvarez and Ramon Ros quickly tied with a bit of Sanabria, and hit back with another target of Albert Thomas just 4 minutes later. Mohamed finished the first time round, and resumed it was he who signed the 1-4 in the first minutes of the second half. Alex Corredera and Juan Antonio Entrena rounding ended the day with two more goals.

Cadete B incontestable win against ranked junior in the table. The group led by Fran Artiga and Andres Martin was far superior to its rival over the two days, and enjoyed times since the start of the meeting. A hat-trick Alexis Meva and a goal Paik left sentenced the first part and resumed, Ferran and a new target of Alexis finished the scoring round. This new victory allows Barça dream of the title of the regular competition because if they win next week in the field of mathematical Cornellà be proclaimed champions of la Liga Preferente Cadete, in the absence of 4 games left.

Very complicated and contested match between the leader of the classification, FC Barcelona, the second-placed Espanyol, which generated strong buzz and gathered a good number of spectators. The shock was very close, especially in the first half, in which Barça failed to generate occasions due to strong Espanyol defense. In the second half, the team of Fran Sanchez and Xavi Franquesa took control of the game, but the good performance of goalkeeper prevented the Infantil A open the scoring. Despite the draw, Barça still in the lead with two points ahead of Espanyol and a game.

Exhibition goleadora of Infantil B at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. The azulgranas had many opportunities throughout the match, until the bright Lluis Mangas opened on 19 minutes the first time. Mboula scored the second just two minutes later and Viedma materialized a penalty in the final minute of the first period that left the party quite sentenced to 3-0 at the break. The second half continued with azulgrana domain, and two more goals, Juli and John Cruz, finished the day round.

(El Álamo - Madrid)
Alevín A champion of the eighteenth edition of Youth Football Tournament El Álamo, held in Madrid. The team of Marcel Sans and Isaac García was first in the group stage, after facing level as rivals Getafe. In the quarterfinals the azulgranas faced off with the Alcala, who won by 3-0 after a very good first half, and the semifinals were imposed at Valencia, also on the score of 3-0. In the finals were tied with Rayo Vallecano (1-1), but took the title by overcoming in the round of penalties. Great experience for Barça, which by their good play was just awarded the tournament

Sixth straight victory from the guys at Jordi Font and Jordi Puig in the Primera Division Alevín. This time the azulgranas were imposed on the Gramanet in a match they dominated from start to finish. The Alevín B offered a sample of good football and enjoyed many times thanks to the rapid movement of the ball and strong intensity with which they left the pitch. The entire barcelonista could have won by an even greater distance, as several balls crashed to the bottom, but eventually took the win 0-7 with goals from Albert Portas (2), Pere (2), Oriol Verdaguer, Oriol Solina and Labinot.

The team of Álex Gómez and Alexis Pintó became champion of the City Council of Cerceda VI Tournament, played in Galicia on 28 April. The azulgranas finished first in the group after playing intense games against rivals Deportivo La Coruña. In the semifinals, the Alevín C was faces with Celta de Vigo, a very fast, and in the end defeated the Mountaineers to 5-0. Barça knew face pressure throughout the tournament with great intensity and with a very complete game, allowing them to obtain possession of the ball in most matches. FC Barcelona dedicated the victory to Tow, invite them to the concert was the Catalan group in Galicia, and the good treatment received by both singers.

Undisputed domain Alevín D against el Prat, one of the teams classification colistas. The game for the 25th round of Group 2 of the Second Division was a monologue Alevín azulgrana from the start. The group led by Xavi Bravo and Oscar Hernandez had many chances to score throughout the match, and finally beat his opponent by a resounding 13-0 thanks to goals from Kenneth Soler (5), Juan Julián Mahicas (3) Daniel (2), Roger Vegas, Jose Álvarez and Nil.

(Xilxes - Castellón)
Good azulgrana representation in the City Tournament VI Xilxes held in Castellón. The Benjamin B finished second after losing in overtime in the final against Real Madrid on a tight 3-2. The final match was hotly contested and either team could have taken the title, but was eventually to Madrid. However, azulgranas coaches, Sergi Milá and Òscar Jorquera, are very happy with the outcome of the tournament and the game of Benjamín B, as the azulgrana equipment finished first in the group stage and won the semifinals with authority by 5-2 to Levante.

The guys from Jordi Pérez and David Sanchez played a friendly match this week against el Vila Olímpica B, a team a year older that is in the top of the second division Benjamin in group 5. The azulgranas faced secured the match and had to make a good game at the team level to overcome his rival. The Benjamín D was very attentive throughout the confrontation, both in terms of offensive and defensive in and through this work and intensity beat a tough opponent. This match served to set barcelonista in preparation for the tournament to be played Puig Reig on Tuesday May 1.




Puyol served as captain and ruined the dance of Thiago and Alves after the fifth goal

The image of the game came after the fifth goal achieved by Thiago Alcántara, who was a little dance with teammate Dani Alves. Captain Puyol came quickly to stop this action to consider a lack of respect for players and fans of Rayo. The public is angry and rebuked the Brazilian side with some even throwing objects onto the field.

Sandoval: "Why not dance Thiago Alves and when Torres scored in the Camp Nou?"

Rayo Vallecano coach was dispatched at home in the radio program 'Fora de joc' chain Ona FM: "I do not understand why Alves and Thiago did not dance when Torres scored in the Camp Nou," referring to the dance of both players in Barcelona's fifth goal in Vallecas.

José Ramón Sandoval did not hide his displeasure at this action, stating: "In your home take the jam and I mean in the face, then if something happens is the fault of the public ...". The coach was visibly hurt rayista big defeat for his team. "We employ a very short," he complained.

Sandoval talked about rival coach: "Guardiola is great as a coach and better person. Is humility personified, people should look into it."

Concerning the statements of Karanka after learning that Guardiola would not in front of Barcelona, Sandoval said, "Everyone is a prisoner of his words. I would argue the opposite of him."

Rayista coach also spoke about the suspicions of the matches intrigues LFP: "If la LIga has been suspected of rigging in some games there must be. Some recent results are a bit strange." (via Marca)

Alexis has a bruised left thigh

Alexis has a bruised left thigh and developments mark the date available for the match against Málaga.

[Youth] Juvenil A try to win the title of the Champions Cup

Òscar Garcia's team begins the eighteenth edition of the tournament on Monday at 18:30 h. against Espanyol.

The competition brings together the winners of the seven groups of the División de Honor Juvenil, and the best runner of all groups, FC Barcelona.

After finishing second in the División de Honor Juvenil, Òscar García's team now has a new challenge ahead: try to take the XVIII Champions Cup, which begins on Monday April 30 in Lepe, Huelva, and will last until 5 May. Participate in this tournament champions of the seven groups of the División de Honor, plus the best runner of all groups, which in this case is the Juvenil A of Barça, as is the team that has won more points of those who have occupied the second position of the table.

FC Barcelona has experience in this competition. The guys have played Òscar García seven finals of the Champions Cup, which have won three in 2004/05 season in 2008/09 and the previous year, in 2010/11. Thus, the whole attempt to defend the title Barca to put the fourth trophy to their cabinets.

Espanyol will be the first opponent to that Barca will face this Monday at 18.30. If the azulgranas take the victory, will play the semifinals on Wednesday May 2, and, if overcome, the final will take place on May 5th at 18h.

All teams will stay at the Islantilla Hotel & Spa, and the matches will be played at Estadio Ciudad de Lepe, host city for the second year the tournament. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Keita opened the door to Thiago Silva

The Italian press has become a hive of continuous rumors at this end of season.

For months the option that Seydou Keita ends up being a new player of Milan is one of the most recurrent news. The Malian footballer environment has confirmed the interest of Massimo Allegri's squad, but also pointed out that there is no formal offer to the player and no one has addressed yet Barça to negotiate the relevant transfer.

In Italy also ensure that the operation would be feasible including a second player. This is Thiago Silva. Rumors collect the interest of Barcelona by the Brazilian center-backl and its will cheapen a more expensive operation than drawing out of Seydou Keita. No further details that the interest and desire of all parties, but the fact is that there would be time to open negotiations and concrete figures.

By the way, and while the patient waiting Milan, several teams of Premier have also moved the card and have targeted the environment to probe player's will. (via SPORT)

Pedro: "The team is strong and eager"

The Spanish striker laments Guardiola’s decision to leave the Club at the end of the season but he said that the team is looking forward to working under Tito Vilanova.

Dani Alves and Thiago Alcántara apologized to Rayo’s fans for celebrating Barça’s fifth goal with a dance.

Thiago congratulated Afellay on his return to the football pitch after being injured for more than seven months.

Pep Guardiola’s team put in a spectacular performance in Madrid as they thrashed Rayo (7-0) to take the three points from Vallecas. The players highlighted the team’s commitment and professionalism as key factors in today’s victory.

“After a difficult week because of our elimination from Champions League and the game against Real Madrid, this match was proof that the team is strong and eager,” said Pedro Rodríguez, who scored a brace against Rayo.

With Guardiola to the end, excited that Tito will be next

The Spanish striker said that the team is with Guardiola “100%” until the end of the season, but that the squad is optimistic about Tito Vilanova’s appointment as manager for next season. “It was a hard blow for the players, after everything Guardiola done for the Club, but we have to respect his decision. However, we’re very pleased that Tito will be manager. We wish him the best,” said the player.

“We’d like to present the King’s Cup title to the fans and to Guardiola. We’ll see how we come into that match,” said Pedro. The canterano also evaluated Lionel Messi’s insatiable goalscoring appetite: “he demonstrates game after game that he’s the best in the world. We all have to help him finish the season as top scorer.”

Congratulations to the futsal team

Pedro also analyzed the game against Rayo: “we found the goals very quickly, we pressured them high up the pitch. It was an open match and we’re pleased with the victory.”

On the other hand, the footballer said that he’s fighting to be included in Spain’s Euro Championship squad. He also congratulated Barça Alusport for their conquest of the Club’s first European Cup. “It’s a very big joy,” he said.

Here are some of the statements made by Barça players after the match (some of them were made on Twitter):

Víctor Valdés:

“The team played a great game and we showed a lot of ambition and perseverance. Now we have to focus on our next match.”

Dani Alves:

“I want to apologize to the Rayo fans if I offended them with my goal celebration. I never wanted to offend anyone.”

Sergio Busquets:

“The most important thing is the team, but we have to do everything we can so that Leo Messi finishes the season as top goalscorer. He’s broken all the records, he’s the best in the world.

“Pinto is the keeper in the Cup and this match was a good opportunity for him to get a bit of game rhythm. The game we have left [Cup final] is very important, I hope Pep can leave the Club with the Cup title.”

Thiago Alcántara:

“Before anything else I want to congratulate Afellay for his return. He deserves the best.

“I want to apologize if I offended Rayo’s fans with my goal celebration. I made a mistake when I was overjoyed with my goal. It won’t happen again.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Martín Presa: "We must isolate ourselves from the demands"

"We have to win a game. All we signed three days to reach the end depending on us," said the Rayo Vallecano presindent on Canal +.

Rayo Vallecano President, Raúl Martín Presa, declined to assess the situation at Canal + where is the club after the receivers have filed a lawsuit against the players to return the premium's rise last season. "I am not one to judge, we must isolate and know that a party makes us Primera," he said.

"The first match we have in Mallorca and we will try to take it. Then there will be time to talk and sort everything, but now it is essential that we focus on ensuring the continuance," he added.

"We have suffered all season, but be optimistic. Remain three games with four points and three we saved almost. We have to win a game. All we signed three days to reach the end depending on us," he said.

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Afellay reappears in Vallecas against Rayo seven months after

The Dutch forward Ibrahim Afellay FC Barcelona came back today at the Stadium of Vallecas after seven months injured in the match that his team won Rayo Vallecano (0-7), playing the last 17 minutes of the encounter.

The Dutchman fell seriously injured on October 3, 2011, for a break in the the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which occurred at a team training.

Afellay reappeared today vs. Rayo Vallecano in the game for the thirty-sixth day of la Liga, when he replaced on 73 minutes from match to Sergio Busquets. (via MD)

Cardoner: “This is a present for the fans and for Guardiola”

The Social Area vice-president considers the 0-7 result at Vallecas a good present for Barça fans and for Guardiola. “It was a perfect game where Barça played with tranquility. The team emptied itself and they were very comfortable on the pitch. Spectacle once again won this Sunday.” On Guardiola’s goodbye and the news that Tito Vilanova will be Barça’s new manager, Jordi Cardoner explained that, “we were discrete on the matter, and we managed the change naturally. Tito Vilanova is looking forward to the challenge with excitement. He’s excited and the fans are behind him.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Afellay: "I'm very happy to be playing again"

Ibrahim Afellay returned to competitive football after seven and a half months on Barça’s injury list. This Sunday he played 20 minutes against Rayo Vallecano.

The Dutch player’s last official match with the team was the Barça-Osasuna game played on September 17th.

Afellay: “I really like to play football. I’ve worked hard during the team’s training session and I’m very pleased”.

His last minutes played in the Barça strip were at the Camp Nou during the 8-0 thrashing of Osasuna, and today, he did his part in another Barça exhibition (7-0). After a long time on Barça’s injury list, Ibrahim Afellay returned to competitive football today against Rayo Vallecano.“I really like to play football. I’ve worked hard during the team’s training session and I’m very pleased,” said the Dutch footballer, who also said that he’s been looking forward to this moment with a lot of enthusiasm: “you know the moment will come someday but you don’t know when. I’m happy to return.”

Afellay, therefore, has left behind the ACL injury that he picked up on September 22nd during training. On October 3rd he underwent surgery to mend the torn ligament and he started his long road to recovery the following day. On April 11th, after six months of work and rehabilitation, he was given medical clearance to play and this Sunday he stepped out onto the pitch to help his teammates claim another victory.

Afellay was subbed in for Sergio Busquets on 72 minutes, with 0-4 on the scoreboard. In the 20 minutes he was on the pitch he participated in 10 collective plays and was involved in 21 overall plays. However, beyond the numbers, this Sunday will be remembered as the day of his return. The Dutch player hadn’t played in an official game since the Barça-Osasuna match on September 17th. He played 24 minutes that game.

"We won't change”

Afellay also talked about Guardiola’s decision to leave the Club at the end of the season: “Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world but Tito is almost the same. They’ve worked together all these years. I believe everything will be the same.” The Dutch player, who spoke to the press in Spanish, said “I hope to speak to you in Catalan next year.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Pep Guardiola: "Without me, Barça will continue to compete at the top"

Pep Guardiola admitted having lived a very quiet game and praised the team's attitude.

The first question to Pep Guardiola was on the performance of Pedro. "We started in third together. It is true that this year has had injury stoppages. I am very happy for his performance, beyond the two goals for how he has moved."

Declarations of Arsène Wenger to know his farewell, Pep was limited to "acknowledge the words of Arsenal." And it grieved him decide whether to leave the club added that "Barça is my home and realized that time was over and there is no getting around. It is a young team knows that Tito and I am convinced that Barça will continue to compete in the top ".

The coach lamented the goal celebration Thiago made ​​by the scorer and teammate Dani Alves, which Carles Puyol had to put an end. "There are acts of Barça players. We apologize to the fans of FC Barcelona. Not happen again."

For Guardiola, the game served to delay the alirón of Real Madrid. "A football game always goes a long way. We know that Madrid is champion, but this game is a demonstration of what this team has been a long time. Vallecas is a difficult but we played well. We are preparing for Calderon's final and we can not let go. why I am so happy with the performance of the players. "

For Pep, was a normal match. "We have prepared their best, but it was nothing special."

At the insistence of his farewell, Guardiola was adamant in stating that "I'm not dead. Will keep spinning around. But thank tests esteem."

Guardiola justified because on the bench he and Tito Vilanova had held so little goals. "We are pleased when we do so many goals, but with the League sentenced you take it more calmly. Also saw that the party was controlled."

On the ownership of Pinto, justified it by saying that "will play the Cup final because he led us there and I'd rather take the pitch, dynamics. Has been fantastic as always."

The statements of Karanka on his farewell, he lamented to classify them as "a no-brainer. La Liga existed before me and follow after me. Congratulations."

Finally, in response to an English journalist, Guardiola did not rule out going to train to England, but made clear, as Friday that it would be now, because today's off. (via SPORT)

The best and the worst of Rayo-Barça

Barça thrashed the Lightning in Vallecas. Discover the best and the worst of the match of Guardiola.

BEST: The Return of Afellay. Barça recovered in Vallecas the Dutch player who had injured since last September. A reinforcement of good insurance can provide new options in attack for the final of the Copa

WORST: The lack of sensitivity of Thiago and Alves to the rival. The midfielder scored the fifth goal of Barça and celebrated with a dance with the Brazilian. A gesture that could be misinterpreted by the home crowd and that the captain, Carles Puyol, happened to stop immediately. (via SPORT)

[Liga BBVA; Week36] Rayo Vallecano 0 - 7 FC Barcelona

Goals from Messi (2), Alexis, Keita, Pedro (2) and Thiago gave Barça a record win at Vallecas in a game they totally dominated.

Further good news for the team was the return of Ibrahim Afellay after his long injury layoff.

The game proved to be the perfect opportunity to react positively following the disappointments against Madrid and Chelsea as the team swept Rayo aside with a demonstration of attacking brilliance which saw them three up at the break. Goals from Messi (2), Alexis, Keita, Pedro(2) and Thiago gave Guardiola’s team a comfortable win which beat their previous best result at Vallecas(1-4 in the 1989-90 season)in their first visit to this ground in the last nine years.

The result was another demonstration of the team’s character, bouncing back from a difficult week with painful defeats and the announcement of Guardiola’s farewell with a seven goal show that keeps them seven points off the leaders.

It was pretty clear from the start that we were in for a game full of goals, with Messi opening his account by rounding off a good team move and then winning the ball in midfield to set up Alexis for the second. To add, literally, injury to insult, Rayo defender Rober banged into the post in the goal and was stretchered off.

Rayo were playing a high line and Barça were happy to take advantage, looking for the runs of Alexis and Pedro in behind and after laying siege to Cobeño’s area, it was really no surprise when they went three up through a Keita goal – once again set up by Messi to deservedly send them three up at the break.

There was no change in the second half, with Messi firing an early chance from an Alexis cross at the bar and the ball falling to Pedro who simply had to knock it back in to make it four. Ahead of his probable game in the Cup Final, Pinto got a rare start and made a number of classy stops, whilst Afellay came on for Busquets on 73 minutes to make a welcome return after his long injury layoff, which has seen him miss most of the season.

Barça then got three more in the last quarter of an hour, as Thiago headed in a great cross from Alves for the fifth and Pedro got his second after more great work from Messi, who rounded off the rout with his second on 90 minutes. It was a great performance from the Argentinean, who is now just two short of Gerd Muller’s record of goals in a season, and indeed from the whole team who were once again at their very best ! (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Match Stats]
Rayo Vallecano: Cobeño; Rober (Aitor Núnez, m.31), Arribas, Pulido, Tito; Trashorras, Movilla (Diamanka, m.46); Michu, Lass; Tamudo and Diego Costa (Diego Benito, m.65).

FC Barcelona: Pinto; Montoya, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano (Dani Alves, m.60); Busquets (Afellay, m.74), Keita, Thiago; Pedro, Alexis (Tello, m.82) and Messi.

Goals: 0-1: M.15 Messi; 0-2: M.26 Rober en propia puerta; 0-3: M.38 Keita; 0-4: M.46 Pedro; 0-5: M.77 Thiago; 0-6: M.88 Pedro; 0-7: M. 90 Messi.

Referee: Delgado Ferreiro (Basque committee). Admonished Rober (M.22), Tito (m.35), Arribas (M.45), of Rayo Vallecano and Pedro (m.52) of Barcelona.

Subs: Meeting for the thirty-sixth day of la Liga Primera División match at the Stade de Vallecas (Madrid), before some 12,000 spectators.

Barça will sign to Bale or Alba

The announced over from Tito Vilanova for Pep Guardiola will not alter the planning of Barça 2012-2013. In the meetings held months ago between the estates managers, club executives and technicians, all of them today in the presence of azulgrana coach, passed plans to strengthen the defensive line and the bands with a minimum of three signings that could be more depending on the departure of some players. The search for a left back is the avanzada.Dos names are on the table. Gareth Bale is the preference but Andoni Zubizarreta, the athletic director, has hedged its bets with Jordi Alba.

Catalan is finalizing its renovation with Valencia until 2016. Worthless in the event that Barça formalize an offer. The two parties have included an escape clause at a fixed price which would allow it to reach the Camp Nou. This double move would enable Jordi Alba stay at Mestalla if Bale is ahead of him. Tottenham defender is the player who captivates everyone for their considerable technical potential. We compare with Alves. No matter who becomes the main economic effort the next project.

But if the arrival of Welsh international is complicated, Zubizarreta activate the operation Jordi Alba. For its features, speed and profile squad, the Valencia is a guarantee to cover the gap left by Eric Abidal. Tottenham hopes that the player does not leave the entity at the end of this season. Coach Harry Redknapp doubt his departure but the player has already warned that if your computer is not qualified for the Champions League, the club would request a change of scenery. Of course for the modest figure of 30 million euros. (via MD)

29 April 2012

Barça, Guardiola, Messi and Xavi, awarded by the IFFHS

The World gala awards ceremony will be held on Monday the 7 in Barcelona with the presence of most of the winners.

Lionell Messi (international top goalscorer), Iker Casillas (best goalkeeper), Xavi (best player), Pep Guardiola (best coach) and Barcelona (best club) will be the main winners of the gala of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

The World gala awards ceremony will be held next Monday in July in Barcelona with the presence of most of the winners at a ceremony to be chaired Mohammad Al Qassemi, new president of the IFFHS since November 2011.

Award also highlights the league championship first division in Spain as Liga strongest in the world, ahead of the Premier League.

Uruguay also will be awarded the Óscar Tabarez for best national coach, Hungarian Viktor Kassai as best referee and Latvian Trans Narva in his country, Alexsandrs Cekulajevs, top scorer in a league championship.

This last award is different from Messi, who is rewarded for his goals with the Argentina national team and international goals for his club.

They will receive a gold trophy while the runners in each category will receive silver. There will also be prizes for the best in the first decade of XXI century in each category and for the most popular players last year.

The runners-up in 2011 are Vicente del Bosque (coach), Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich (goalkeeper), Leo Messi (best player), Colombian Radamel Falcao, his goals in the national team, Porto and Atlético Madrid and the Portuguese José Mourinho (coach).

The second top goalscorer in Liga is Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish first division, second best club is Real Madrid, the second best league is the English and the second best referee in English Howard Webb, one year before, in 2010 , refereed the World Cup final South Africa won Spain.

Of the eighteen awards, nine and nine seconds, seven are for Spanish. Del Bosque, Casillas, Xavi and Guardiola receive it at the individual and these are added the awards for Barcelona, Real Madrid and la Liga First Division.

The awards for the best in the decade 2001-2010 are for Markus Merk (best referee), Arsen Wenger (coach), Gianluigi Buffon (goalkeeper), Ruud van Nistelrooy (scorer in international matches), Barcelona (club) and Shakhtar Donestsk Ukrainian as a club that has progressed in the decade.

There are also awards for best club of its continents for Barcelona (Europe), Boca Juniors (South America) América of Mexico (CONCACAF), Al-Ahly of Egypt (Africa), Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia (Asia) and Auckland City new Zealand (Oceania).

The prizes for the most popular players confederations in 2011 correspond to the Italian Roma, Francesco Totti, Manchester United Mexican Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, Eduardo Jesús Vargas of the Universidad de Chile, and Harold Kewell (Oceania), Yasser Al Qahtani (Asia) and Nadir Lamyaghri (Africa). (via SPORT)

The first team is already in Madrid

The group led by Pep Guardiola has reached its destination at 24:25, which has received a temperature of 10 degrees.

Jordi Cardoner, Jordi Moix, Pilar Guinovart and Andoni Zubizarreta have traveled with the team.

Barça is already in Madrid, where this Sunday will face Rayo Vallecano (9:30 p.m., Canal +) in the 36th round of the Liga. The first team has begun the journey to Madrid early in the morning. At 10:15 a.m. has left the Camp Nou by bus to the airport of El Prat, where he caught a flight that has arrived at around 24:25.

Once in Madrid, Pep Guardiola have moved directly to the team hotel, which will remain until ready to move to the Stade de Vallecas, where, from 21.30h will face Rayo Vallecano.

Along with the technical team and 19 players named vice president traveled Social Area of FC Barcelona, Jordi Cardoner, the manager of the Strategic Economic Area, Jordi Moix of Social Policy, Pilar Guinovart, and sporting director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.

After the confrontation, the azulgranas will fly back to Barcelona, where he is scheduled to arrive about two o'clock. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pichichi, Zamora and other challenges for Barça in this Liga

Messi try to snatch CR7 the title goalscorer, Valdés will seek his fifth trophy and Guardiola, extend their incredible records.

With the title almost impossible, the incentives for grabs at this sprint final four league games will focus on decorating the winners of some players and raise the bar even higher number of stage of Pep.

Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo maintained an amazing and productive pulse by the scorer, while Víctor Valdés with his gloves caresses his fourth consecutive Zamora but Iker Casillas tries to stop him. Today, Rayo tests the Catalans records.

Leo longs to regain the kingship for being top scorer in the league managed to 2009-2010 (34 goals) that CR7 snatched last year beating (42) the record of goals (38). The azulgrana is a crack (41) and continues to battle.

Real Madrid was a halt a run of 10 straight games scoring that earned him a booty of 18 goals. In the same portion of time, Cristiano had 13 goals.

The persecution of Leo has been arduous. In Week 23, just at the setback against Osasuna, the Portuguese established a major difference with four goals. Leo not only equaled but even exceeded it twice.

Valdés is a few stops to be the first goalkeeper to achieve the Zamora Trophy in four consecutive issues and to catch the legendary Ramallets, until now the historical reference to five.

The azulgrana has conceded 26 goals in 34 games, an average of 0.76, far from the top of Liaño (0.47). Casillas posted 30 and their average rises to 0.88. Heads-up still exciting.

Pep has a super-duper catalog records, and may even extend his reign. It's 3 goals of the 100 in this league, but his world record is 105 in the 2008-2009 campaign and 5 of 400 in four years.

It is also close to matching the number of games to zero in a season. They are 29 and the limit is 31 in the 2009-2010. And that is the legacy number at this stage is to startle many: 224 of 242 matches and scoring 114 without conceding a goal of 148. Almost nothing. (via MD)

Rayo-Barça: plays to make la Liga long to Madrid

Barça has a very precise on a trip to Vallecas newspaper put the spotlight on the first photos of Tito as a successor to Pep.

The displacement of Barça to Madrid today, where they will play late in the day closing Vallecas offers two fronts maximum media attention and the other football one.

When the official expedition arrives at Barcelona airport cameras capture for the first time the face, gestures and movements of Tito Vilanova, so far mate and essential partner Guardiola outside the journalistic focus, a figure that went unnoticed in the usual images of departures and arrivals to hotels and airports.

From now on will be different, especially on this trip to Madrid where his presence and participation, but will be forever, acquire a special screening.

Also Pep Guardiola, who shall vacate the office to Tito in late May so you can finally take control, will be observed during these last four weeks at the helm, so full of symbolism itself. Not for nothing is the best coach in the history of the Barça, leaving behind a style and personal dynamics.

The players will not lack reasons for leaving with the highest vocation of victory against the Lightning. For Pep, to dedicate a League final at the level of professionalism and character of Tito because after all these parties already have such assessment for the next season and because it is, and agrees that all FC Barcelona, to make the longest possible la Liga to Real Madrid, even more so if in the morning than at Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

In strictly sport, Barça has already lost la Liga after the setback at the Camp Nou last Saturday against Real Madrid, but it seems that the respective deletions in the Champions League, neither will play the final, has not cooled the rivalry but on the contrary, seems to have stimulated to give this end of the season an unexpected approach.

If Barça had been classified Vallecas would have gone to a lot of people's branch. It's different now, avoid touching white alirón best prepare Cup final 25-M. This has not been finished yet. (via MD)

Up options Thiago Silva and Javi Martínez joining Barça

Strengthening of the rear axle, a priority for coaches.

Milan's Brazilian Thiago Silva wins integers as future option for Barça in the next remodeling the workforce and the Athletic Club midfielder Javi Martínez.

In the case of player 'Rossoneri', as a central defender fully adequate to the 'profile Barça'. In Martínez, calls attention to its versatility: it is as effective as center-back as central midfielder, another province that must be strengthened as it is to dispense a little closer to Sergio Busquets, who played most of this year and also can dispute the Olympics after Euro.

The main demarcation is one of the most need strengthening and Thiago Silva, despite Adriano Galliani made ​​known to Barça that is not for sale, a name with more options in the list that handles Andoni Zubizarreta, having a style of play that makes it one of the central with better profile Barça.

Both he and Martínez would require a heavy financial investment by Barça, which is difficult to cope with the signing of the two. However, the restructuring of the workforce includes some transfers, which itself could make an effort, at least one of the two.

Abidal absent, the template currently has four plants. One of them (Fontàs, with ruptured anterior cruciate ligament) injury until next season, and Piqué is low by the head injury he suffered against Chelsea.

Puyol and Mascherano are both available in Vallecas central apart Bartra and Muniesa, who have been constantly coming in calls but just have been involved in recent months. Only six minutes Muniesa against Getafe.

Next season can not be repeated this panorana.Puyol will need higher dosage than has tenidoen the current, as a matter of attrition.

At 34 years, begins to be in a phase of his career that takes a lot of rigor in managing their minutes, as Xavi, another player who is dosed effort.

So, a center-back is a priority of the technicians to have a balanced staff next season. Thiago Silva like a lot, but the navarro Javi Martínez has the advantage of its versatility.

The club have money to make a reasonable investment and transfers to occur will help meet the needs of the team of Tito Vilanova. (via MD)

Bleat: "If we don't go to Champions, I leave"

The crack of Tottenham, on the agenda of Barça, has clearly needs progress.

Gareth Bale said yesterday his intention to leave Tottenham if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League next season. A single victory in the last nine games of the Premier League has placed Spurs in fifth place in the Premiership, outside the Champions League positions.

Bale was a few weeks ago rumors about the center of Barcelona might be interested in their services. His current contract binding him to White Hart Lane until 2015. "If we don't go to Champions, I leave Tottenham," he said forcefully crack, making clear its intention to progress in football and aspire to more ambitious challenges, I hope that the club azulgrana, of course, you would realize .

Bale is on the agenda of Barca for months, but its price has always been the biggest problem. Still, the club will try and if it gets a reasonable amount, execute the plan as a second option of replacing left-back Abidal, Jordi Alba, who has already contacted the club, letting you know even the first option is Bale.

Barça to other challenges in Vallecas

Although the league is lost except white catastrophe, Barça still has several incentives for those who continue to struggle this season.

Barça close the day league to beginning at 21:30 to the Ray de José Ramón Sandoval, in a game that, after the defeat against Real Madrid last week, has no a priori much incentive.

However, the team has reason to keep stepping on the accelerator: the four remaining league games still must serve to prepare the cup final next month. Second, the team has to spend a good end of season Pep Guardiola, who will leave technical his beloved club after four years he has reinvented football and achieved countless titles.

At the individual level, there are two players who can keep building records, cases of Messi and Valdés. The Argentine, who added 41 points in the league this season, choose the top scorer while goalkeeper can match Ramallets if he wins his fourth 'Zamora' followed.

Messi also has a greater challenge. The '10 'has scored 63 goals in all competitions and is only four of 67 of those who scored at the time Gerd Müller with Bayern Munich in the season 1972-1973. Five games that can make even bigger. (via SPORT)

[Selection; Olympic Games] Busquets in the pre-selection of Milla for the Olympic Games

Barça midfielder enters the first list of 40 players.
Next to the Badia also Thiago, Tello, Cuenca, Montoya, Bartra and Miño.

Sergio Busquets is shortlisted in the initial list of 40 players that RFEF must give the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games in London and from which shall be the final selection of 22 players. As he unveiled RAC1 also appear on that six players from FC Barcelona: Thiago, Tello, Cuenca, Bartra, Montoya and Miño.

Coach Luis Milla given the final call for the Olympic Games in London after Euro 2012. And is that along with Busquets, other names like Thiago, Javi Martínez, Mata or Muniaín that could play the two competitions. Once you know the list of 22 players, the Olympic combined concentrate from July 6 and is scheduled to fight over two or three games of preparation before traveling to London.

In the case of Sergio Busquets decide to participate in the European Championships and the Olympics, the Badia will be virtually no rest. Still, azulgrana midfielder has made ​​public his desire sometimes also participate in the meeting in London. (via MD)

[Barça B; Liga Aderante; Week36] Celta de Vigo 4 - 1 FC Barcelona B

The team azulgrana breaks a mark of eight consecutive games without defeat, while the whole blue is held in the struggle for direct promotion to First Division.

The goals of Bermejo, Orellana and Iago Aspas (2) turn the so much initial of Kiko Femenía.

The subsidiary azulgrana terminates its good dynamics over two months later. On his return to Balaídos, Eusebio Sacristán has fallen in the 36th game of the season despite the opening goal after Kiko Femenía a good move of Deulofeu. In the second half, Bermejo and Orellana have been around the marker, while Iago Aspas with a dump Barça attack has completed the double signing their local comeback particular. Barça back of Galicia situated in mid-table, while the Celta remains five points behind second-placed Valladolid, staying alive in the struggle for direct promotion to First Division.

The meeting began with an intense and Celta de Vigo in need of points. And is that the local press and tried to suffocate Barcelona's midfield possession for questioning. The Chilean Orellana has emerged as the greatest danger of showing his incisive from the left wing. His boot has evolved during the first chance of the game, five minutes, after a superb solo run. However, Oier has responded with a masterful stop.

The line ahead of the whole blue has not deprived the wingers azulgrana receive the ball, but Kiko Femenía and Deulofeu have been overtaken initially by their respective brands. With these, goalkeeper Sergio has not had to intervene, while the Celta I tried through a distant release Natxo and a shot bitten Insa de Orellana.

However, it has been a physical slump late in the first half that Barça B of Eusebio has taken to perfection. Deulofeu has overflowed from the left with a good technical gesture and has transferred to Kiko Femenía, who has not forgiven from inside the area, the azulgrana forward has emerged and has placed the ball into the net to open the scoring before break (0-1).

The revolution of Paco Herrera at half has the desired effect. The double change has rekindled the Celta, which has seen Bermejo advantage an oversight Barça defensive and raised the leather before the departure of Oier. The draw has knocked out players Eusebio Sacristán and the Galicians have turned the light easily after Orellana finish off center Mario Bermejo.

With a dump Barça attack to find the equalizer, Iago Aspas has sealed the three points for Celta culminating a major counterattack to twenty minutes remaining. Thereafter, the subsidiary has left FC Barcelona locals go and have used the space to expand the income on the scoreboard. Dongou input not allowed Barça into the game, as Iago Aspas, signing his doublet particular, has made the final fourth goal after a great team move of the Galicians.

With this defeat, barcelonistas players spend mentalizan page and already for the next league match. And is that Saturday all culé receives Elche in the Miniestadi. Celta, in turn, exceeds its negative inertia this triumph as he reached the game against the azulgrana adding two consecutive defeats. Now with this new victory, add 65 points and is situated just five of Valladolid. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Stats]
RC Celta de Vigo: Sergio, Mallo, Oier, Túñez, Lago, Bustos, Álex López, Natxo Insa (Toni, min 45), De Lucas (Joan Tomàs, min 45), Orellana and Bermejo (Iago Aspas, min 66).

FC Barcelona B: Oier, Balliu, Armando, Muniesa (Carmona, min 78), Planas, Dos Santos, Riverola (Dongou, min 73), Rafinha, S. Roberto, Kiko Femenía and Deulofeu (Lobato, min 64).

Goals: 0-1 Kiko Femenía, min 33; 1-1 Bermejo, min 53; 2-1 Orellana, min 58; 3-1 Iago Aspas, min 67; 4-1 Iago Aspas, min 82.

Referee: Bikandi Garrido (Basque college).

Karanka: "La liga española has existed without Guardiola and will exist without him"

The second coach of Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka, said at a news conference that nothing happens why Guardiola leave the Liga BBVA: "La liga española has existed without Guardiola and will exist without him."

Aitor Karanka, second coach of Real Madrid, left no praise for Pep Guardiola, after announcing his farewell to the bench of Barcelona, ​​and reminded just their numbers, and said it does not arise for now emulate Tito Vilanova to be the future replacement of José Mourinho when you leave.

"La liga española has existed without Guardiola and will exist without him," said Karanka after being asked if Spanish football was down by the farewell of a coach who has achieved more titles in the history of Barcelona.

"The numbers all over the world judge. His four years and their numbers are there. The league will exist with or without him, equally with Mourinho or not. Has gone and is history," he added.

Karanka made ​​it clear that continues to learn from Mourinho and his assistants. On his head does not pass the option to be first coach of Real Madrid.

"Right now I think he's looking towards next year at the club and I have clear that I am working with the coach and his coaching staff for two years, with each passing day I learn more from them. For my head passes enjoy and continue to learn from the coaching staff without plantearme else, "he said. (via SPORT)

28 April 2012

Sandoval: "Guardiola has illuminated a path in which all have believed"

Rayo Vallecano coach said, Pep Guardiola, Barça coach is like "the Messiah" since "has illuminated a path in which all have believed" that allows "the error in the definition but not the error of the effort ".

"Guardiola have to respect him in his decision to leave Barcelona since it is a person who has gained much international football. Is a person who allows the error in the definition but not the error of the effort," said the coach in conference release.

"It's how the Messiah, has illuminated a path where all who believe. It's good to rest if you think so because you subtract the bench a lot of energy," confessed Sandoval referring to Guardiola.

The coach from Madrid refused to evaluate the European phase of Barcelona against Chelsea and the league defeat against Real Madrid, and does not believe that Rayo can pay the 'broken plates' last two trips azulgranas.

"Rayo will not pay any broken plate tomorrow, but Rayo have to play their competition, which is to save the category. What you have to do is compete and Rayo put it hard as he did with Real Madrid and Atlético, two teams of the greatest difficulties that happened here, "he said.

"Vallecas is different and will play against eleven or twelve thousand fans who will lead the team in a twinkling. We have to go to football concepts and try to beat the Barcelona game. I want the players to see that this is saving us category, "he said.

"I think Rayo has a philosophy and style of play themselves. We are playing eleven to eleven, although it is true that they have such quality that any minimum error is going to penalize us. Hope you do not have the successful day and I my team to compete. This game can be one that gives the glory, "he said.

"I hope the same Barcelona that league, because sometimes you have to applaud them, and not take it off or by hand. We will take a small step to risk as always, we have to play our game and not because it is the Barcelona intimidate. We are at home and is the ideal time to put the icing on the season, "he said.

The Barcelona arrive tomorrow to Vallecas the withdrawal of the injured Xavi Hernández player who Sandoval scored one of the four best in the world. "Barcelona have enough players to replace Xavi. For me it is within the top four in the world. Barca have players for that role, and you leave the bench to be unbalanced. What we have to do is not let think the player who plays in his position, because if anything, is Barcelona through excellence, "he said. (via SPORT)

Bielsa: "What Guardiola has done is unforgettable"

The Argentinean recognizes that the output of Guardiola is a "capital loss for football." Athletic coach did not want to assess their possible relationship with the azulgrana bench.

Athletic Club coach, Marcelo Bielsa, has described the progress of the Barcelona Pep Guardiola announced yesterday by the Catalan coach as a "capital loss for the stage of football"

"It's a personal decision, obviously, not for me to interpret, but their loss is capitalized because their presence gave luster to the sport. What he did is unforgettable and not to remain, one loss," has affected the Rosario.

Bielsa has refused to evaluate his name was one of the most sounded in recent weeks to relieve Guardiola on the bench at the Camp Nou before the club azulgrana said it would be the new coach Tito Vilanova next season.

"That is hypothetical and never talk about these issues" has settled Bielsa, who can not "imagine" that the output of Guardiola can have any influence in the final of Copa del Rey which will face Athletic and Barça on 25 May and will be the last game Santpedor technician in front of your computer. (via AS)

Cruyff blesses the choice of Tito Vilanova

It assures that it was "excellent solution" in the Greek newspaper 'Sportday' and 'do not know if it closes a cycle with Guardiola's farewell. "
According to the 'thin', "you never know until you spend a few years and see if this time a team does not win titles."

"I do not know if it closes a cycle with Guardiola's farewell, you never know if this happens to take a few years and see if this time a team does not win titles," says Johan Cruyff told the Greek newspaper 'Sportday' , made ​​a special envoy of the publication in Barcelona between last Tuesday and Wednesday, when Pep met with Sandro Rosell and decided to leave the azulgrana bench.

In his conversation with 'Sportday', published today, ex player, ex coach and ex honorary president of the club blaugrana and prophesied that Tito Vilanova could be the relay Guardiola: "Barça has a different philosophy as far as coaches are concerned . they are not the most important election, but the players who are playing, those who win and lose. But the coach has to watch football in the same way. So Vilanova, if he would like to try, would an excellent solution for the Barcelona bench. " (via MD)

Puyol: "Tito is the best news"

The Barça captain has revealed the players’ satisfaction at Tito Vilanova’s appointment: “He knows the team and our philosophy better than anybody and has been working alongside Guardiola the whole time”.

Puyol went on to add: “He’s the ideal person to take this project forward”.

Puyol believes that Josep Guardiola "has marked a ‘before and after’ in football”.

Carles Puyol spoke at a press conference on Saturday which was, obviously, dominated by the news that Josep Guardiola is standing down as first team manager to be replaced by Tito Vilanova. He confirmed that the players “wanted Pep to continue” but on learning of his decision and the reasons behind it, he explained: “The fact that Tito will be the manger is the best news we could get. He’s the continuation of a project and has the support of all the players”.

Puyol also expressed his agreement with the thinking behind the choice of Tito Vilanova: “He knows the team and our philosophy better than anybody. He knows a great deal about football and has worked hand in hand with Pep all this time. It’ll be more or less the same as it has been up to now. The philosophy and the idea will be the same. He’s the ideal person to take this project forward”.

As for the mood of the players now that they know Guardiola is stepping aside, Puyol spoke mainly of gratitude: “We’ll be eternally grateful to him. He has marked a ‘before and after’ in football, and that’s really important. He’s given us so much, more than we could have imagined. Things like always going out to win, having great respect for opponents…Now life goes on and we will try and follow the path he has marked out for us and to do as good a job as he has done”.

Puyol also revealed how the players had heard the news: “If you’d asked us before the Chelsea match, we’d have said he was going to continue. After having two days off and, given everything that has been coming out, we were expecting it yesterday. We players have tried in our day to day work and attitude to get him to continue. We’ve given our all. But when the pressure is like he’s explained, it’s difficult. It must be really hard to be a manager, and even more so the way he lives it. He thinks about football 24 hours a day”.

Asked by reporters what he would most remember about Guardiola, Puyol didn’t hesitate a moment: “I’ll remember everything he’s given us. His way of understanding football. He’s left behind a legendary team that will be remembered for ever. I hope he gets the send-off he deserves, for everything he’s given us. The players are united and keen to take this project forward”.

Finally, turning to this Sunday’s match against Rayo, Puyol told reporters. “They will be motivated to win the match, the same as us. We’ll try and do a good job, get out there on the pitch the way we’ve always done and then we’ll see what happens”.

"Messi is very grateful to the boss"

Regarding Lionel Messi’s absence from the press conference in which Guardiola announced his departure, Puyol insisted: “I want to clear up what’s been said. When training finished yesterday, we got together and said that the four captains would go. Leo wanted to go but on seeing that the captains were going, he took a step back. Then more players appeared by their own volition. Leo is very grateful to the boss, just like all the squad, and if there’s a farewell do then we’ll all be there, because we’ll all 100% behind him”. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Squad named for Rayo clash

Bartra, Montoya and Tello from Barça B have been named alongside the 16 available players from the senior squad to face Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Josep Guardiola has announced a squad of 19 players to make the trip to Madrid for the match against Rayo this Sunday. It includes the 16 fit members of the first team squad (Fontàs, Villa, Abidal, Piqué and Xavi are all out injured) plus Montoya, Bartra and Tello from Barça B. The manager will have to leave one player out of the final squad before the match.

The players had a final training session on Saturday morning at the Club’s ‘Joan Gamper’ sports complex, after which Guardiola named his squad.

They will fly to Madrid on Sunday morning where they are due to arrive at noon. The match kicks off in the Vallecas Stadium at 9.30 pm. The Barça party will fly back to Barcelona immediately after the match. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Barça B wants to conquer Galicia

The subsidiary will try to get in the game this Saturday against Celta de Vigo (20.00 hours), bringing good run also in the attacking half.

Eusebio Sacristán: "The mood has Celta to get the promotion is a huge motivation for them."

Since two days ago that the Barça B is in Galicia after take off on Thursday with one goal: get a new triumph. The azulgranas are looking for another victory, this time out, to end April and extend unbeaten streak of eight consecutive games without losing. However, Celta will not make things any easier, because you want to keep the third place in the standings.

The last time the subsidiary was lost outside the home in Galicia. It was, specifically, by 18 February in a match between Deportivo La Coruna with Barça B and ended with a 2-1 defeat. The set of Eusebio Sacristán stands currently in eighth place on the leaderboard with 50 points.

Barça B figures are pretty good home. In 16 games played, has only lost five, drawn seven and has won four. But since November that the subsidiary has not won away from home confrontation. "It is our unfinished business if we want to be in the group that leads the standings," said Eusebio Sacristán, who will be without Montoya, Tello, Bartra, Rodri, Miño and Ilie.

Meanwhile, Celta Vigo ranks third with 62 points and in the game this Saturday, want to maintain their position in the promotion group. In the first round of la Liga, Barça B beat Celta in the Miniestadi with a score of 2-1. However, the coach azulgrana calls not to trust "is a team that is in a very good dynamic and is doing a great season. The mood you have to get promotion is a huge motivation for them. "

The strength of Celta, well known to Eusebio, is the attack as "cons do very well and are able to generate many scoring chances." One strategy that the azulgranas should consider if they want to take, in Galicia, the three points at stake.

The squad

Oier, Masip, Muniesa, Carmona, Jonathan dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Sergi Gómez, Kiko Femenía, Armando, Lobato, Gustavo Ledes, Espinosa. Marti Riverola, Carles Planas, Gerard Deulofeu, Dongou, Balliu and Rafinha. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The team knew the appointment of Tito Vilanova by Zubizarreta

Pep did not skip the hierarchy: the coach announces the coach.
Zubi said the captains in Sant Joan Despi, after Pep talk.

The squad barcelonista yesterday heard the name of the successor of Pep Guardiola. The coach still explained his decision not to continue in office, but omitted the information regarding the succession.

Andoni Zubizarreta broke the news to the captains before heading to the Camp Nou. The captains subsequently communicated to all staff. Guardiola wanted to be scrupulous to a group that has felt very close and would not do something that belonged to Zubi.

Pep of his players said in a press conference in which he explained his motivations for leaving, "I have been privileged to train them. I have actually enjoy this job and I appreciate that there have been millions of plays and parties that have made reality. not know the pleasure of imagining a play and every day them come true. "

The coach also highlighted what will the years on the bench for first team: "I get the many emotions and details and have lived the good and bad times. Displays of affection are very large these days. I remembered Abidal, Keita, who has been my thermometer ... all these years. "

At the news conference yesterday in the press room at the Camp Nou Maxenchs Ricard, smaller than the Sala Paris, which was introduced four years ago, Guardiola was wrapped by the captains of the workforce, besides the two homegrown who came with him and stayed Segunda B, Sergio Busquets and Pedro, and Cesc and Piqué, former pupils of Vilanova. So was Messi, who nevertheless was not yesterday, apparently because of a misunderstanding. "Leo? Is here," said Pep.

Also most of the board, in addition to soccer training coach, Guillermo Amor, Guardiola also supported the day he announced his farewell, in addition to one of the most important of his career, his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, agent also Tito. (via MD)

The Keys of wear of Pep Guardiola as the coach of Barça

The technical staff feared that ceased to believe in him disgust.
It has kept the group stressed to the max and relentlessly for four years.

Throughout the season, Pep Guardiola has explained in several ways. For active, passive, more clearly, inline or by reference to the 'Panxa plena' (full belly), a metaphor for the many titles won the previous three years.

In all these ways the coach has tried to explain the difficulty of keeping on top the tension of a unique group, a tension that has been as important as the talent to build the best four years of the history of the Barça. In this difficulty is, above all, the main motivation of the technician to decide to leave a job with which had dreamed.

These are not fights, arguments or hard feelings that it has had persistent Pep in previous seasons, for example, Eto'o and Ibrahimovic, but some disparity of opinion expressed by major players point of the template, which in 2008 almost kissed the ground she walked by the coach. The infatuation of the early years is not so pure.

Guardiola has been explaining those feelings you have over several interviews, such as that given to Rai for the centenary of Brescia a little over a year, which aroused great controversy. In it, Pep and warned that it was closer to the end than the beginning. And alluding to wear of personal relationships: "Over time, players get tired of one," he said. And there have been other episodes, which may one day transcend, reflecting the weariness.

Manage that fatigue is what Pep does not feel strong enough to do. Vilanova, yes, because it is worn as your 'boss' and friend. Guardiola had to make decisions, perhaps painful, Tito probably find a way to prevent.

Vilanova has intact the deposit of its ability to convince a group some of whose pieces major-Messi included-trained when they were cadets. Pep, however, and used his power of seduction.

Guardiola, in short, has been detected this year than the belly, indeed, is full. The attitude has been good, but the need, insufficient. And that has come to help the small details crashing in the post

Guardiola said he left Barça to rest, as explained at length, not to undertake another adventure football. The Barcelona coach said "not interested" what their activity. The Santpedor remained enigmatic about his future but his words will not train shows that, despite the offers that drive, especially English teams and English Federation itself. (via MD)

Mascherano will be a special guest in the party of 'Messi and his friends'

The Brazilian Robinho, Diego Forlan and Argentine Ariel Ortega, Javier Mascherano and Ezquiel Lavezzi, are part of the friendly 'Messi and his friends', to be held on 21 June in Bogotá.

They are joined by Colombians also James Rodríguez, Mario Yepes and as was confirmed, Falcao García, among other Colombians who played the game with the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, said Lorena Petersson, press officer of Total Concerts, company in charge of the event.

It also confirmed the Venezuelan names like Danny Alves of Portuguese and Brazilian Julio César. Part of the proceeds with the game tickets will go to Lio Messi Foundation, the philanthropic organization created by the player who also is an ambassador for Unicef. (via SPORT)

Jordi Roura is emerging as the assistant of Tito

Tito Vilanova wants a House aide and current rival analyst points to the first team bench.

One of the issues pending official confirmation is none other than knowing the name of the person who will occupy the present position of Tito Vilanova. That is, who shall disclose the work of technical assistant from next season.

The demands of Vilanova are clear: you want a coach house and a person of his confidence. Based on this profile, the name of Jordi Roura sounds insistently. The technician is part of the team composed of Jordi Roura, Domènec Torrent and Carles Planchart, whose main task has been to conduct extensive scouting work on all opponents of the team. His image, associated with a film camera, has become routine in the Ciutat Esportiva.

In principle, Roura part with some advantage over the rest of his teammates as he joins a close friendship with Villanova. And is that the coach was now an essential part in rebuilding the whole network of technicians and assistants around Guardiola. In addition, Roura has some coaching experience, because in his day, Charly Rexach hand, had the opportunity to address a couple of adventures that led him even to Japanese football.

The assistant is not finalized, but will emerge from the short list of technicians who are scoutings team. (via SPORT)

Jordi Alba, Barça's first signing of the 'era Tito'

The new coach has always been aware of all movements in the chapter of ups and downs.

Tito Vilanova will be responsible for a workforce that will have several new faces on the picture of the actual dress blaugrana. The relief does not involve any coach or trauma necessary to revise the plans designed by the sports management. And is that previous conversations between Pep, Zubizarreta and Vice President Bartomeu have always had the complicity of Tito Vilanova.

There is much work ahead, but the first steps have been taken decisively. In this sense, as SPORT forward several weeks ago, Jordi Alba and is tied for the future. The Valencia left-back contract ends in 2013 and only left to seal the transfer price of the Levant squadron. Or agreed to a figure between clubs, or Alba return to Barcelona in two seasons at no cost. All indications are that Barca and Valencia finally materialize an amount settle the controversy.

Alba is the first but not the only one. The defender requires the addition of another plant. There are two alternatives: if the economic game have generous, Thiago Silva remains the favorite, but Milan is not the work and sign the Brazilian seems complicated by a number less than 30 million euros. Conversely, if the coffers tighten, it could choose to go in search of a young promising future. It works in both directions.

Where there may be surprises gauge is on the point of attack. For months the technicians are convinced of the need to strengthen a plot which accuses excessive reliance on Messi. It is true that the injury of Villa has hit the attack on blaugrana, but estimates a need for a profile of nine to provide additional tactical resources. In these last hours, more than one recalled Tito Vilanova statements extolling the virtues of Athletic international Fernando Llorente. Also, is gaining weight the theory of seeking a second striker to unfold in one on one band. The market offers many interesting and reasonably priced alternatives. Not surprisingly, these high mean the transfer of some existing forward and the transfer of Tello or Cuenca.

Tito's contract, about signing

Public were not disclosed details about the contract that will Tito Vilanova as new coach of FC Barcelona. Indoors, club sources have confirmed that all is said and there will be no problem for signature only when the time comes to end of season. Rosell it has expressed its willingness to close a contract beyond one season, as required Pep Guardiola. Of course, Vilanova update their remuneration. (via SPORT)

Valentí Guardiola: "We learned practically yesterday"

Valentí Guardiola has said in the program 'The tribe of Catalunya Radio', which after his sonthe decision of not to continue as head of the staff of the Barça" are now calmer. There are difficult days because we have learned practically yesterday. When I insinuábamos, and we did a few times, we cleared and no longer insisted nothing. "

On the possibility of entrerarse Pep's decision through the media Valentí says, "His mother told him the day we're clear what we would like comunicases before we have to find out on the radio and television. This has been done "

In this sense, the father believes that "The feelings are mixed a bit. First, sorry for all these years we have enjoyed and suffered, but also sad because there are thousands and thousands of people who were very fond of our son. We also have a relax because now we have no concern if the team played badly. "

Valentí reconce suffering "because we knew how he lived all this of Barça since he was thirteen and as suffering if things went well. Pep know more or know less, but gives everything." (via MD)

Messi too emotional to watch Pep farewell

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says he felt far too emotional to face the media glare at coach Pep Guardiola's farewell announcement.

"I want to thank Pep with all my heart for everything he has given me in my professional career and personally," the 24-year-old Argentinian said on his Facebook page on Friday.

"Because of the emotions I feel, I preferred not to be present at Pep's press conference and to stay away from the press because I know they will look for the pain on the players' faces.

"It is something I decided not to show."

Del Bosque: "Pep Guardiola has made a decision from the heart and I wish him well"

The coach Vicente del Bosque has been reported in Pedro Bernardo (Ávila) to Pep Guardiola progress alluding to is a "personal decision" that he understands: "The decision-understand and I wish him well."

Del Bosque has made these statements to journalists during the visit he made to this town of about 1,000 inhabitants, located south of the province of Ávila, where he has been invited by the Council to meet these people and participate in a talk.

The national team has done a tour of this town known as "El balcón del Tiétar" and signed in the Book of the City, referred to farewell Guardiola, without going into too much detail because it is "a personal decision ". "What you do is well done," he added, and then, after being asked if he understands the decision made by saying: "Of course I understand and I wish him well." "It has taken a decision as barcelonista and nothing but accept what he has done, because he has done from the heart and from what he thinks is best for him and for Barcelona," has held national football coach, after City Council receive a gift with typical local products. On the contrary, has refused to comment on the appointment of Tito Vilanova as his successor in office, because he said not to be "no one to enter the clubs own decisions."

As to whether the elimination of Barça and Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions benefit or harm the Spanish National Team, Vicente del Bosque has been emphatic in stating that "undoubtedly damaging" to the national team. "I wish I would have continued and both teams have played in the final," he argued Del Bosque, who considered that both teams "have deserved it."

It has also considered a "surprise" that this would not have occurred because his point of view "are the best." In his opinion, "not the same train to let go during the season, to be ready until the last day to the final of the Champions", reflected on the impact that the elimination of Madridistas and barcelonistas in this international competition on Selecting performance. (via SPORT)

Tito Vilanova: of gestating the best cadete of Barça to repatriate Cesc

The future coach of FC Barcelona first laid the foundation of the best cadete azulgrana's history and was the principal architect of the return of Cesc Fàbregas at the Camp Nou.

Ten years and a half after taking the reins of of Barça cadete B in which militated Messi, Cesc and Piqué, Tito Vilanova will now have the opportunity to lead his former pupils from the dock at Camp Nou, after relieving his friend Pep Guardiola, who has accompanied one of the most beautiful passages in the history of FC Barcelona.

Tito went to Messi, Cesc and Piqué in the second round of the 2001-02 season. The azulgrana coach still had started this campaign as Gramanet player, but a knee injury at 33 years and a number of difficulties to complete their recovery resulted in an end of the professional football career and his imminent arrival in the dugout.

In December 2001, after receiving the approval and support of then first team coach Charly Rexach, Vilanova returned to Can Barca, he had left home in 1990 after his stint as azulgrana squad for the entity. After Christmas of that year, Tito took care of Cadete B, led to date by Albert Benaiges-current head of football at Al Wasl Dubai-which would help to Tito in the beginning, as he combined his office with the Juvenil B.

From the first practice Tito left clear his intentions to maintain the level of demand in that promising cadete B. Some classmates remember the future first team coach with great admiration. "Tito spoke to us of all rivals as if they were real good and so always motivated," says Julio of God in the book "Discovering Cesc 'Jordi Gil.

The same player Tito recalls that "controlled all the data from other cadets. Added that if a player so many goals, that if this is too fast or do these things ... i had all studied. I think it's a very similar analysis to which makes the first team now. "Vilanova getting his players were always "in tension and motivated." "We looked for not just slogans but we do not relax back crazy with the blackboard or the strategy. Just right for not lowering their guard and take the field to win," said De Dios.

Vilanova and cradled a cadete, the generation of 87 with Cesc, Messi, Piqué and Víctor Vázquez as basic pillars, which a year later would enlarge his legend from the hand of Alex Garcia to win League Copa Catalunya and Championship of Spain and finish the season unbeaten. Tito, however, eventually abandoning the ship azulgrana with the arrival of the new policy.

The future first team coach then tried his fortune in the Palafrugell, which could not save the First Catalan descent after half a season as coach. From there, Tito held the positions of athletic director and secretary Figueres and Terrassa coach, respectively, until he received a call from Guardiola to venture in order to ascend to Barça B to the Second Division B. His success in the first season and the decline of Barça of Rijkaard would open wide the doors of the first team.

During his five seasons seconding the work of Pep Guardiola in the subsidiary and the first team, Tito Vilanova always paid a high level, a fact that always endorsed his friend Pep, holding that each claimed the title role his assistant in key wins.

Tito's weight in decisions Santpedor coach was such that Guardiola convinced that the return of Cesc Fàbregas should be a priority. As revealed in the book "Discovering Cesc 'by Jordi Gil, the future first Barca coach defended his move arguing that Cesc was the" most competitive "players of his generation. Its objective is materialized in August 2011. A decade later, after inheriting the best Barça in history, which today remains competitive desire and hunger for titles, Tito aims to reissue the successes and harvested with whom he also is remembered as the best cadete of the club's history . (via SPORT)