Alavés 0 – 3 Barça
Andrés led the ambitious champions and scored a Stamford Bridge like “golazo”
Villa scored again, proving that he is at his top, and Cesc scored the other goal, closing up an excellent debut in La Copa
Neymar, the key points of his situation
Rooney is inspired by Xavi when it comes to assist
Messi “My vote is for Xavi and Iniesta”
Mou-cantera: another mess in Madrid.
The Portuguese criticizes the work Toril and the youth team are doing
“There are very few things in common between the way that Castilla and Real Madrid play”
El Pivote (or The Pivot) is a weekly totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana. We welcome your thoughts and feedback in the comments section.
This week’s El Pivote is simple. We will delve into the Ballon d’Or debate – once and for all!
After the 0-3 win at the Mendizorroza stadium in the first leg of the Round of 32 in the Copa del Rey, Barça held a training session this Wednesday at midday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The session was marked by the presence of water on the pitch (heavy rain had fallen just before the session), wind and cold temperatures, but the sun did come for a few moments during the session.
Tito Vilanova left very little to chance in this Copa Del Rey fixture, fielding an almost full strength side content on finishing the tie in the first leg. Pinto manned the posts as per usual. The back line consisted of Dani Alves, back after a spell on the side lines, Bartra and Mascherano as well as rising star Montoya, who rarely sees the bench these days. The rest of the starting eleven featured Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Fabregas, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and Iniesta. The most notable absentee was one Lionel Messi, suggesting that perhaps Vilanova is content to rest the Golden Boot winner from time to time this season.
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Head coach Tito Vilanova has opted to rest five first team players in today’s Copa matchup with Alaves. Valdes, Messi, Xavi, Pedro and Alba have all been given the day off, with players from the reserves and Barca B assuming their places in the team. But the squad is still full of firepower and experience with Villa, Alexis, Iniesta, Alves and Mascherano all expected to start. Sport has projected the following lineup for the match; what do you think?
The following video, posted by Barça TV on its YouTube page, shows the progress and struggle of Eric Abidal to come back to one of his favourite things in life: playing football. After a liver transplant, the Frenchman and much missed left back is using the natural landscapes of Catalunya as his training field. Accompanied by inseparable coach Emili Ricart, part of Barça’s prep team, Abidal is slowly getting his strength back. His efforts are an inspiration and example for his team mates and all culés.
Second Golden Shoe for Messi
Leo, ambitious regarding his future: “I am what I am and I will not change until the end”
“What if my son was born the same day as Maradona? What a mess!”
Iniesta, Xavi, Piqué, Busquets and Messi, on the list of 23 candidates
* “Oro” is Spanish for “gold”. They made a word play with the last part of the word “tesoro” (treasure) to reference the award won by Messi (the Golden Shoe).
After the Boot, he wants now to win the Ballon as well
Grateful. “This award is for all of us. Without my teammates I would not have been able to score 50 goals”
Blaugrana future. “I want to keep growing at Barça until the end”
Busquets “makes his debut” on the list of candidates. Five blaugrana players are included on the candidates list for the Ballon d’Or
Vilanova will rest 5 starting players
Tito Vilanova takes his FC Barcelona squad into the Copa del Rey Tuesday for the first time as team manager against Deportivo Alavés SAD. This round of 32 fixture promises to allow plenty of peripheral blaugrana to make an impact in front of Vilanova and the crowd at the 19,900-capacity Mendizorroza stadium in the city of Vitoria.
Both the first and last trophies of the Guardiola era, the Copa del Rey has eluded the club’s grasp all but twice in the last decade. And while Barcelona remains the most successful club in the competition’s history with 26 titles, the inclusion of hungry second and third division clubs and the inherent trickiness of home and away fixtures can make winning this tournament quite a task for any team.
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Boot on Monday for the 50 [yes: fifty] goals he scored in the 2011-12 season. Mundo Deportivo was gracious enough to post a video of all these amazing moments; grab a cold beverage, settle into a comfy chair, and feast on a little slice of football history!
FC Barcelona has five players in consideration for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or. This Monday at noon, the list of 23 players up for the award was announced, which includes Barça players Leo Messi, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, and Sergio Busquets. It’s worth noting that all five candidates were formed in La Masia, the club’s youth system. The winner will be announced on January 7th, in a gala held in Zurich, Switzerland. Before the ceremony, on November 29th, the names of the three finalists will be made public.
In what was a really lively encounter, Barcelona finally shipped 5 goals and kept a clean sheet against Rayo Vallecano. The result brings Tito Vilanova’s run in the league to 8 wins and 1 draw in 9 games. This equals Van Gaal’s record in the 1997/1998 season, which up until now was considered Barcelona’s best ever start in La Liga.
“My motivation is to win titles with the team. I never aim for the individual awards but for collective success. When it arrives later, it’s wonderful, but I do not set it as my objective.” These were the words of Lionel Messi this afternoon when he was presented with the 2012 European Golden Boot (his second), an individual award, after his 50 goals in La Liga last season.
GENIUS AND FIGURE
Messi and Cesc, the perfect combination
Tito Vilanova’s great creation. Tito figured out how to connect the Pichichi (13 goals) with the king of the passes (6 assists)
10 years with Iniesta. On October 29th of 2002 he debuted in a Champions’ match and today he is one of the best players of the world
This Monday, the squad list of 16 footballers for the Round of 32 Copa del Rey match between Alavés and Barça was announced by the blaugrana’s coaching staff. Making the list are Mascherano, Sergi Roberto, Tello, and Oier, while Valdés, Alba, Pedro, Xavi, and Messi will be rested. Valdés, Messi, Xavi and Pedro are the players from the first team who have played the most minutes so far this season, while Jordi Alba has started the last six official matches.