Alexis Sánchez gave a revealing interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais in Chile, speaking about his childhood in poverty in Tocopilla and his life at Barça. A translation is offered below.
This week features fantastic goals from La Masia’s younger players from the Juvenil B, Alevin and Benjamin sides, all displaying astonishing levels of skill and composure for their young age. Sit back and enjoy, the future looks bright!
Jonathan Dos Santos spoke to Spanish media today on Gerard Piqué’s recent controversial comments, the style of Tata Martino’s team so far, and how the Argentine persuaded Dos Santos not to leave Barça.
Regarding Piqué’s recent statement that Barça felt “enslaved” by their slow build, possession-based approach, Dos Santos felt that his teammate was “misinterpreted.” “He [Piqué] has grown up here at Barcelona, with Barcelona’s philosophy, and the team has always played with that philosophy.” Although Barça’s style of distribution has incorporated more long balls under Martino so far, Dos Santos emphasized that this was not a fundamental departure of philosophy: “The team is still playing the same way. It is true that the boss is asking us for what we lost a little last year, which was that intensity in pressing opponents, and to be more vertical… but I do not think there is a [big] difference.”
In this video, the focus is on Lionel Messi’s unparalleled dribbling ability, or as some people put it – ‘ball on a string’ act. Watch as Messi wiggles and weaves his way in and out of every challenge nonchalantly.
Also, as a fun activity count the number of times Messi ‘nutmegs’ his opponent in this video and share it with us in the comments!
Barça spy the young goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli
The goalkeeper from Estudiantes, aged 21, has a great future ahead him
Guzmán and Balanta. Newell’s goalkeeper and River’s centre back are also on the list
Criticism to the “tiki-taka”. Interview with Piqué. “We felt like slaves of that style”
Puyol starts the final stage. He startet to play with a ball yesterday and he might be available to play against Ajax
Draw in extremis. Spain 2 – 2 Chile. Spanish national team did not play good but still managed to avoid defeat
Casillas wants to leave Madrid
After spending the last few days in Argentina to deal with some personal matters, taking advantage of the international break, FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is back in Barcelona and led this Tuesday’s training session with the available members of the first team as well as Barça B’s Samper, Calvet, Denis Suárez, and Campins.
CHELSEA, PSG AND MONACO HAVE SHOWED THEIR INTEREST ON SIGNING THE GOALKEEPER
Since he would leave Barça for free, he could earn 10 million euros per season
Rosell has three months to convince him to stay
Spain – Chile (20h)Valdés will be a starter in the friendly match played in Geneva
Courtois and Ter Stegen, possible substitutes
Romario: “Messi is like Einstein”
Tata is back to work
Barça have an eye on Chelsea’s great goalkeeper
Reina, Ter Stegen and Guzmán are the other goalkeepers on the list
And last try to make Valdés stay. Rosell will try to convince him to stay again
Paraguay – Argentina. Messi will try to get the “passport” for Argentina to the World Cup
Brazil – Portugal. Neymar will meet in Boston Pepe’s arts
FC Barcelona’s first team returned to work at a training session this Monday morning after a two day break for the players. The footballers involved in the latest round of international matches were still absent, with games taking place on Tuesday. Jorge Pautasso led the first session of the week with nine available players, plus Sergio Busquets. The midfielder from Badia, who was able to partly train with the group, is recovering from a strain in his right leg.
Former La Roja left-back Joan Capdevila spoke recently in praise of his successor Jordi Alba, after the latter scored a goal in Spain’s 2-0 win over Finland on Friday. The 35-year-old, now playing at Espanyol, had this to say: “Of course he was going to go one better than me. Jordi is an incredible talent. He’s on course to fast become the best in the world. He’ll be better than Roberto Carlos … Along with Marcelo, he’s the best left-back.” High praise, merited by Alba’s stunning five goals in only 24 games for the national team, but perhaps also a bit undercut by Alba’s defensive deficiencies – apparent as Barcelona’s opponents have repeatedly targeted their attacks down Barça’s left in recent matches. Regardless of his flaws, I look forward to Alba developing and maturing as a player, and hope Capdevila’s bold prediction will come to fruition.
FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell in an interview for ’Hat Trick Barça’, the Catalan TV3 programme said that he hopes “to be able to announced Iniesta’s renewal soon”. Andrés Iniesta’s current contract expires in 2015 but Rosell revealed that talks are at an advanced stage to prolong the deal. “Iniesta is one of the cornerstones. He should have his rightful place behind Messi” underlined the president.
An alimentary complement provides him extra 300kcal to help him recover his ideal weight
Rosell: “I would not have paid that amount of money for Bale”. The president said that Abi called the club to apologize. He announced that Iniesta’s contract renewal will be made soon and that he does not see Iker Casillas as a blaugrana
Del Bosque will distribute match minutes among all the players of the team. They will play Xavi and Iniesta carefully
Özil: “I would have gone for free”. He assured that in Madrid he missed “confidence and respect”
A pantheon of European champions look poised to battle their way to Lisbon, where the 2014 UEFA Champions League title awaits. After a punishing defeat to FC Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of last year’s edition, FC Barcelona will attempt to bring the trophy back to Catalunya. Being drawn in a difficult group of all former European Cup champions, the Catalans will have a treacherous autumn, facing off against the likes of AFC Ajax, AC Milan, and Celtic FC. Each week, in the lead off to the kick-off of the group stage, totalBarça will profile one member of Group H in the hopes of better understanding the enemy. Maria Ines, writing from South America, continues the series this week with a look at Dutch opponents, AFC Ajax.
Bad weather and rains forced the referee to suspend FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A team’s first game of the season, which should have been played against Gimnastic de Tarragona. The squad of youngsters coached by Jordi Vinyals was able to only play the first 12 minutes of the league game until the referee decided to send both teams to the dressing rooms because of the bad weather and the rain on the La Pobla de Mafumet grounds.
For the very first time UEFA is running a youth version of its flagship club competition the Champions League. It is dubbed the UEFA Youth League and all the youth teams of the senior teams participating in the competition will participate. It was confirmed that the youth teams will also be placed in the exact same groups as per the senior draw that took place on August 29th. The dates and grounds of the games have also been confirmed. Much more after the jump.
September 8, 2013
September 7, 2013