The club’s budget is limited but it would have been a lot worse if the team had not won any title. For winning the Champions League trophy, the players, in total, is rumoured to receive a €16 million bonus on top of the one they got for winning the League title (which is also around €16 million). While the amount seems ludicrous, FC Barcelona is actually making a profit off the win. It is set to receive a total of €30.7 million prize money from UEFA including €9 million for clinching the champion’s medal, according to ‘El Periodico’ today.
After rumours yesterday about a permanent deal, FC Barcelona and Sevilla CF have both today confirmed that defender Martin Caceres will stay at the Andalusian club.
Stories in Spain are claiming that officials from both FC Barcelona and Sporting Gijon have held a meeting today at the Camp Nou to discuss the possible transfer of Gijon’s left-back, Jose Angel. However it seems neither side are satisfied with the offer currently on the table with both seeking to continue negotiations.
Ending at around 5pm today, the meeting that was attended by Sporting Gijon President Manuel Vega-Arango and team manager, Alfredo García Amado, saw Barça’s sports director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and Vice President for sport, Josep Maria Bertucci, working to guarantee the young Spanish defender’s move to Catalunya this summer. And whilst it seems discussions have so far proved fruitless, it appears both clubs are willing to work to make sure Angel gets the move he wants, whilst ensuring the best possible deal for both sides.
Fresh off securing his second Champions League title as FC Barcelona assistant coach, Tito Vilanova shared with ‘El Periodico’ the behind-the-scene happenings and reasons that led to that victory. The original can be found here.
According to Catalan paper Sport, FC Barcelona B and youth goal-machine Nolito was offered a renewal of his contract with the blaugrana for two years which would keep him at Camp Nou, an offer that included promotion to the first team as well. Yet the player has decided to leave Barça as he saw it would be practically impossible to get playing minutes.
“Barça is the best team in the world, but being here and not playing… I understand that the situation will be like this, because Barça currently has the best attackers in the world,” Nolito declared to ‘La Graderia’, a program on radio station Ona FM.
Yesterday the first team players had their photo taken on the Camp Nou turf, posing for photographers with the European Cup, the Spanish League Trophy and the Spanish Super Cup, which were all won this season.
These are the words after the defeat against Barça in the Champions League of a true SIR:
“It is not a shame to lose to this Barça. They are the best team that I have ever seen.”
And these are the words after the defeat against Barça in the Champions League of a true Sir Shameful:
“I would be embarrassed to win the Champions League in the way that Barça does it.”
Lionel Messi is going to have a particularly challenging summer. His holidays officially started yesterday, but in a few days’ time he must join his Argentinean teammates to begin their preparation for the 2011 Copa America. Held in Argentina, his countrymen will be expecting the best of him to help the team lift the cup. Yet another challenge for him this season.
TREBLE OF SIGNINGS
Cesc. Prioritary signing but the club is not willing to pay more than 25 million euros
Rossi. There’s an agreement and the deal could be closed with 25 million euros plus Botia
Alexis. Barça is interested in another skilled striker and the technical staff thinks that he would fit good.
Messi will only have 18 free days.
The last message by Guardiola to his players: “Our history has yet to finish”
FC Barcelona B moves up to 3rd place with 68 points after beating Salamanca 5-1 in what was Luis Enrique’s last home game in charge of the reserve side. A hat trick from Jonathan Soriano, along with strikes from Benja and Nolito provided the ‘manita’ of goals for the blaugrana in the penultimate game of the season. More details of the match are below. Enjoy!
The image of Wayne Rooney crying at the end of Saturday’s Champions League final is one that I will remember forever. But it won’t be for the tears. I will remember, and always respect, Rooney for the gesture that accompanied his tears: he was applauding.
Rooney’s gesture typified the United response to the match all around the world, and at all levels of discussion. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, never one to bite his tongue for the cameras, praised the Barcelona performance and vowed to do better next season. “They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. In my time as a manager, I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced. Everyone acknowledges that and I accept that. It’s not easy when you’ve been well beaten like that to think another way. No one has given us a hiding like that. It’s a great moment for them. They deserve it because they play the right way and enjoy their football.”
It seems Barça are unwilling to rest on their laurels this summer, with the club apparently already active in the transfer market and seeking to bring in some fresh faces over the coming months. All of this is according to club vice-president Carles Vilarrubi, who although unwilling to reveal any names on the club’s potential transfer list, did acknowledge that the club were already making moves to sure up the squad ahead of next season.
Reports in Spain are claiming that Sevilla are ready to go ahead and take up the purchase option they have on FC Barcelona defender Martin Caceres, after the Uruguayan completed a succesful season long loan at the Andalucian club.
According to RAC 1 in Spain, Sevilla, who qualified for next season’s Europa league, are willing to pay the 3 million euros it would take to make Caceres’ signing permanent, with the defender expected to complete his move sometime during the summer.
“I love to see their facial expressions when they have scored, so incredible, beautiful.” It was a text I got from a friend just after David Villa had scored Barça’s 3rd goal. My friend is not a football fan, I made her watch her first ever Barcelona game this season. Even if she doesn’t really care about football, she has embraced Barça and yesterday she was sitting at home watching the whole game without me forcing her to. Later she texted me and asked if I could send her some pictures of when the players celebrated, she wanted to write about this happiness on her blog.
As outlined by Barcelona’s official website, the Barça squad is officially beginning their deserved vacations after picking up three titles this season. Winning the Champions League means they will dispute two other competitions next season: the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
It has been an intense season. But with the satisfaction of a job well done the first team players begin their vacations. But not for all the squad. A number of players will feature in the Copa America and some in the European Under-21 Championships, while international duty will keep some players working for another few weeks. However, the majority of the squad will have a break until the team’s official return to work on July 18. The rest of the squad with their national teams will be added depending on their success in the Copa America and Europe. Then the 2011/12 campaign will start. And on the horizon, 6 exciting challenges: two Super Cups, Club World Club, the League, Copa del Rey, and Champions League.
The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in ‘El Periodico’. The original can be found here.
Johan Cruyff’s key points.
This group of players can continue on fighting for everything, but if you let people on the outside interfere there will be problems
These Barca players are worthy champions. The victory in itself is a cause for celebration, but for them to do it in the way they did it is something to be proud of. And more so that they didn’t realise what they had done themselves [Ed. their gestures]. On the way back from London I had the time to browse [a sample of] the English press. Not even an excuse was made for Manchester United’s defeat. Not one. It is quite the contrary. Compliment after compliment was given to the victors, acknowledging they are a step above their rivals. It was not only about Manchester losing and Barca winning but also that ‘football’ was also the winner. And how Barca’s game, dynamic and offensive touches everyone, regardless of colour or backgrounds.
Thanks to Dimos El Grec who provided us with English subtitles for this video.
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After their 3-1 victory over Manchester United, a number of Barça’s players spoke to the press expressing their joy at lifting the Club’s 4th Champions League trophy and explaining how the match itself played out. Find out what Villa, Alves, Busquets, Mascherano, Xavi, Messi, and Pedro had to say after the jump.
You don’t need me to tell you that Barcelona utterly dominated their English counterparts in Saturday’s Champions League final. So I won’t tell you: I’ll show you some charts and diagrams instead! The passing, shooting and assist numbers for this match go a long way in showing just how Pep’s crew dismantled Manchester United. The stats for the game also reveal some subtle changes in the way Barcelona played this match that help explain the team’s ultimate victory.
With the silliness of the summer transfer market well and truly under way, we here at totalBarça have a rule not to report on gossip until we have stronger sources that suggest some certainity behind the many crazy rumours we hear. But we couldn’t help but report on a breaking story that although highly unlikely did raise a few eyebrows amongst the totalBarça staff.
One of the few surprises in yesterday’s Champions League final was the absence of Carles Puyol in central defense. After struggling with injury for a good part of the season, it was revealed in Sport on Sunday that Puyol will undergo arthroscopic surgery this Wednesday, June 1 (one day earlier than initially reported) at 14:00. It is hoped that the procedure will end once and for all the problems that the talismanic defender has faced this year.
We have done it! After all the hard work for the whole season, here is the time to celebrate! As the feeling sinks in, and we all get sober from our overnight celebrations, we invite you all to join our chatroom to catch live celebration at the Camp Nou. Come chat with fellow Cules and totalBarca family and enjoy the moment.
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The newly crowned European champions will travel the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to celebrate the double and the fourth Champions League triumph in the club’s history. The celebrations at Camp Nou will start at 20:30. The beginning of the parade is scheduled for 17:30. All the festivities can be followed live on Barcelona’s official website. Catch it here or here or also possibly here.
Speaking after their 3-1 defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona in the Champions League final on Saturday, a number of players from Manchester United, as well as coach Sir Alex Ferguson, had words of praise for their Catalan opponents at Wembley. Acknowledging that Barça “deserved to win” and that Europe will have their hands full trying to stop the blaugrana next year are just a few of the comments from the Manchester contingent. More are after the jump.