Barça captain Carles Puyol spoke to the press today about his future at the club and the injury problems he has dealt with this season. Puyol made it clear that the rumors of him going to Milan are completely false: “My future is at Barça. I have three years remaining on my contract and I want to play competitively until I’m 40, I’m going to fight for it.”
Víctor Valdés was direct, honest, sure worded yet underneath it all visibly emotional at the press conference given this afternoon. His purpose was clear, he wanted to set the record straight, to end the speculation and ensure everyone understands why he took the decision he has. Below is a near word for word translation of his statement prior to any questions.
FC Barcelona’s first team held its penultimate training session this Friday ahead of the final league match of the season, against Málaga on Sunday at 19:00. Tito Vilanova’s squad trained at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper with defender Éric Abidal working alongside his teammates. Barça will hold its final training session on Saturday at the Camp Nou, beginning at 11 in the morning.
THANK YOU ABIDAL
“My idea was to carry on here, but the club thought differently”
It was a staff decision not to renew his contract at Barcelona
Rosell offered him a position as a director for the academies, but Abidal rejected that
Valdés will give his reasons
Puyol will also address the press to clarify his operation and future
Villa has three offers – Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool
The future of the Asturian striker could be in the Premier League
Emotions are running high after FC Barcelona officially announced the departure of talismanic French defender Éric Abidal. This decision has divided culé opinion around the world with some fans vigorously condemning the move while others are equally passionate about this being the best course of action for all involved.
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FC Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés (31) will hold a press conference this Friday at 11:00 in the Ricard Maxenchs press room at the Camp Nou. The player made the announcement through his various social media accounts. It can only be assumed that the purpose of the press conference is to outline the future plans of Barça’s no. 1.
Sandro Rosell and Éric Abidal today announced that the heroic Frenchman would not be continuing at FC Barcelona next year.
After five months, midfielders Jordi Quintillà and Miguel Ángel Sainz-Maza returned from their loan spells at Badalona and Real Betis B, respectively. They began training with Barça B this Wednesday.
THE NEW PUYOL
David Luiz, the chosen centre back
25 million euro signing
Tito has already given his seal of approval, but if Mourinho signs for Chelsea, he would want to keep him
“How amazing it will be” – Neymar and Alves dream of a brilliant Barça
Final Copa Catalunya – Barça 1-1 Espanyol
Barça, champions on penalties
Cesc cancelled out Simao’s goal in 89 minute and then Villa scored the ultimate penalty
MESSI + NEYMAR; DOES NOT GET BETTER
Barça knew to combine the most exciting duo for the best impact
MD explains how they will work together on the pitch
Neymar, about the no.1, “Messi is fantastic. It will be easy to play with him”
Reina and Caballero, very receptive to Barcelona
Abidal bids farewell today
Final Copa Catalunya – Barça 1-1 Espanyol
Barça, champions on penalties
By all accounts, new FC Barcelona signing Neymar was in high spirits as training sessions began for Brazil’s run in the Confederations Cup. What do you imagine he was saying to David Luiz?
Twelve first team players (Adriano, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Song, Dos Santos, Cesc, Xavi, Alexis, Pedro, Villa) featured in tonight’s Copa Catalunya final, out of 21 total participants. Only two B team players, Oier and Patric, played the full 90 minutes. Yet another perplexing example of Tito neglecting youth players – is winning the Copa Catalunya that important?
RCD Espanyol: 1 (penalties 2)
FC Barcelona: 1 (penalties 4)
FC Barcelona have officially announced that Éric Abidal (33) and President Sandro Rosell will be giving a press conference at 13:00 tomorrow, Central European time. The conference is rumored to concern Abidal’s departure this summer. It will be streamed live on Barça TV and the club’s website.
Nike today in partnership with the newest Barça star Neymar launched their latest range of football weaponry, the Hypervenom, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Done to promote the Brazilian 2014 World Cup but also the Confederation Cup beginning on June 15, 2013, the boots will be released to the public in July at an estimated cost of 160 pound sterling. More after the jump.
Former Barça man Ludovic Giuly (36) announced his retirement form professional football after 19 years playing at the highest level. Giuly arrived at the club in 2004 along with several other big name recruits like Deco and Samuel Eto’o. More after the jump.
Adriano Correia (28) this afternoon put pen to paper and in effect has pledged the remainder of his productive professional career to FC Barcelona. The versatile Brazilian signed an extension that will see him legally bound to the club until the summer of 2017, taking him to 32 years old to which he said: “I’m committed to finishing my contract and to continue doing what I’ve done up until today.” His buyout clause remains at 90 million euros.
FC Barcelona is known to be a club that trusts its youth products and often gives them chances. We are all familiar with the stories of Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, and many other La Masia graduates who were introduced into the first team at a young age and ended up making a successful career in Catalonia. However, especially this season, it almost seems as if Barça doesn’t believe in its academy anymore, or at least, is far less eager to give the youth products chances on the pitch.
Many have wanted to see a lot more of Thiago this season, myself included. Questions have also been raised about the policy over Martín Montoya, Cristian Tello, and Marc Bartra; if they are as talented as their few performances indicate, what is stopping Barcelona from giving them more chances? These four men are perhaps the most radical examples of talented youth products that have been more or less snubbed this season.
On this day, May 28, FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley in 2011 to bring the fourth European Cup to the Camp Nou. Goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa were too much for the English club to handle, despite Rooney leveling up the score (1-1) just before half time. This match was globally regarded as one of the greatest performances in a final ever. The road to the final was difficult, especially the venomous battle with José Mourinho’s Real Madrid, but the journey was capped off with one of the most emotional tributes in footballing history when captain Carles Puyol handed the trophy over to Èric Abidal.
Nine FC Barcelona players have been named in Vicente del Bosque’s preliminary Spain squad list for the Confederations Cup in June. Spain’s manager announced the list of 26 footballers this Monday, which will be reduced to 23 players after the league finishes. The blaugrana players called up are Valdés, Piqué, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Cesc, and Villa.
After a day off on Monday, FC Barcelona’s first team held a training session this Tuesday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to begin preparing for the final two matches of the season. The first of the two matches, the final of the Copa Catalunya against Espanyol, is on Wednesday.