FC Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino delivered another charismatic press conference on Thursday, answering questions about the team’s recent dip in form, the importance of the Copa, and offering some speculation about potential winter transfers. Follow this post after the jump for all the details!
Approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water but …
… if Cristiano Ronaldo does not get the Ballon d’Or he will cover 100% of the planet in a matter of minutes.
Cartoon by Caye
The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and FC Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, signed an agreement that extends the ‘FutbolNet’ project in Africa until 2016. The collaboration between the IOC and the FC Barcelona Foundation started last April and made possible the organisation of sports tournaments in 23 different African countries. Both parties encouraged by the success of said partnership have decided that the initiative will be extended until 2016 and to now 34 African countries. Project leaders expects the participation of almost 100,000 children aged between 12 and 15.
The Spanish National Competition Commission (CNMC) have fined FC Barcelona 3.6 million euros on the charge of contracting illegal television contracts with Mediaproducción SL. But not for the first time, Sandro Rosell is now dealing with a legal issue that was signed during the Joan Laporta era, and only a matter of days before the presidential elections. Barcelona are appealing the fine.
Several broadcasting deals were entered into for the season 2010/11 to 2013/4, and the issue is the CNMC claim deals can be no longer than three years. Barça are not the only ones in trouble, with fines also being levied on Real Madrid (3.9 million), Sevilla FC (900,000), Racing Santander (30,000) and broadcaster Mediapro (6.5 million).
FC Barcelona defenders Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and Gerard Piqué are among the 20 candidates in the defender category of the 2013 FIFA/FIFPro World XI.
The other names on the list are those of David Alaba, Jeromé Boateng, Dante and Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich), Leighton Baines (Everton), Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz (Chelsea), Matts Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Marcelo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (PSG) and Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).
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FC Barcelona Vice President of Sport Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out any chance of seeing Barça striker and Argentine international Lionel Messi take the pitch for the remainder of 2013.
“He does not have medical clearance and we will continue to watch his situation closely,” Bartomeu said. More after the jump.
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Lionel Messi in his latest spot for Turkish Airlines, featuring as usual Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
THE STRANGE (RATHER PAINFUL) MATH OF THE LFP AWARDS
League Champion (Messi) + Top Scorer (Messi) + Best Forward (Messi) + Best Player (Messi) = Liga MVP (CR Cries-a-lot)
Cartoon by Caye
Defender waiting in the wings Marc Bartra will feature in a 2014 calendar along with 11 other Spanish personalities in sports, art, music and theatre in support of preventing leishmaniasis in dogs, a parasite disease contracted from a sand-fly.
The calendar will be distributed to veterinary clinics throughout Spain in order to increase awareness of the issue which poses a fatal risk to dogs.
Such ran the headline this morning in El Mundo Deportivo quoting hotly-linked goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen. Mind you, the original quote is from Bild and then there is also the remainder of the article which reads rather oddly. “Those responsible for the club already know what will happen. I have not told them that I am leaving the club.”
So make of that what you will.
Mundo Deportivo, with Pepe Reina in Naples
“Playing at Barça is a privilege”
“Nowadays Valdés is the best goalkeeper”
“Ter Stegen has personality and is good playing with his feet”
Ter Stegen: “A decision will be taken within the next few days”
Jordi Alba: about to receive medical clearance
Both As and Sport are reporting that FC Barcelona central defender Carles Puyol is having ongoing injury problems that threaten his most recent recovery. Puyol has made a stuttering restart to his 2013-14 campaign, after sitting out the early season due to injury. After a somewhat indifferent performance in the 2-1 defeat away to Ajax, the player did not feature in Sunday’s match against Bilbao and is said instead to have visited the hospital to have his right knee drained of fluid that had built up.
According to reports in Sport, FC Barcelona’s injured icon Leo Messi has entered a new phase of his recovery and is already doing ball work as he tries to get his body back to full fitness in Argentina. After the player’s latest injury, it was decided that the middle phase of his recovery would happen in Rosario and Buenos Aires, under the supervision of Luis García, in order to shield him from the pressure of the club’s sporting campaigns and prevent a premature return to the pitch. Concrete return dates are all conjecture at this point, but the player is said to be targeting the Elche match on January 5.
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