FC Barcelona’s preparations continue for Sunday’s league match against Valladolid at the Camp Nou. The team held a training session this Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in which goalkeeper Víctor Valdés began to work on the pitch with his fellow keepers. Valdés continues to recover from plantar fasciitis and a calf strain in his left leg that have prevented him from taking any part in the last two league matches.
FC Barcelona continues to prepare for Sunday’s league match against Atlético Madrid (19:00). Tito Vilanova led the training session this Friday with all the available members of the first team squad, plus Juvenil A’s Sergi Samper.
Exactly 4 years ago we experienced one of the most amazing nights in the history of FC Barcelona. Most culés will probably never forget where they were, what they were doing, or how they celebrated Andrés Iniesta’s last minute equalizer at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2009. Let’s once again cherish that sweet memory.
FC Barcelona returned to training this Friday to prepare for the the league match on Sunday against Real Betis at the Camp Nou (21:00). Both Lionel Messi and Víctor Valdés were absent from today’s session. The Argentine forward, who remained on the bench against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, underwent physiotherapy. Tito Vilanova explained after the match on Wednesday that “against Athletic [Messi] felt a strange sensation” and, although he was not injured, they didn’t want to force him because “in one explosive effort [his hamstring] could tear.”
Valdés spent today’s session doing specific work. Because of his absence, Tito Vilanova asked Barça B goalkeeper Oier Olazábal to train with the first team.
FC Barcelona’s first team trained this Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in what was the team’s penultimate session before Bayern Munich’s visit to the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Neither Sergio Busquets nor Éric Abidal will feature against the German team tomorrow. Busquets continues to recover from a groin injury, while Abidal has picked up a calf injury. The other two injured members of the squad, Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano, did specific training work outside of the group at today’s session.
What is that?? Reading this post’s title, this might be your first reaction. But at the same time, I would like to invite you to explore a bit more.
A few weeks ago a beautiful video became popular on YouTube. However, the notoriety wasn’t about the video itself, but the text that went along with it.
Hernán Casiari is an Argentinian journalist and writer who lives in Barcelona. About a year ago, he posted a text called “Messi is a dog” (“Messi es un perro”), in which he proceeded to explain why Messi is so different from all other modern football players. He proposed an interesting analogy, one that Norberto Janenson (an Argentinian showman-magician) turned into a video.
Here it is, one of the most emotive and inspiring works on our very own Leo Messi. I tried my best to make sure Casiari’s words did not get lost in translation.
Today, we the totalBarça team want you, our website visitors, to pause. Because for more than two years, Syrian children have been suffering with no pause at all. As you know, we are contributing to UNICEF via totalBarça’s philanthropic initiative, known as The totalBarça Project. And as a partner of UNICEF, we want to support their actions not only through donations, but also information. That is why we want to share with you this special video. Because after more than two years of conflict and more than 70,000 deaths, including thousands of children … after more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, including over a million refugees living in severely stressed neighbouring countries … after so many families have been torn apart and communities razed, schools and hospitals wrecked, and water systems ruined … it’s time to say enough. Enough.
Although Cristian Tello was voted Man of the Match against Zaragoza, Thiago Alcantara also performed excellently. In addition to his goal and two assists, this video shows how the 22-year-old’s dribbling, ball control, and passing vision continue to improve.
Video Credit: dervyx3