“Book and rose! The best rose for my only love, my mom! Happy Sant Jordi to all! Thanks for the wishes!” Jordi Alba celebrated his namesake saint’s day in Barcelona with his Mom, like a good son.
Albert Celades was once a highly promising made in FC Barcelona midfielder (1995-1999). But through a combination of club politics, management mishandling, horrific signings from abroad but also inconsistent form, Celades left the club and actually also spent five seasons with Real Madrid. The now retired 38-year-old is manager of the Spanish under-16 side and has called six players from Barça’s Cadete A. These six have passed through the grueling selection of youngsters in Spain that began last August, winding down 55 hopefuls to the final 23 to 25. The six are: Defender Marc Cucurella, midfielders Carles Aleñá, Dani Morer and Oriol Busquets and forwards Carles Pérez and Dani Olmo.
With six representatives in the 24 man squad, FC Barcelona can boast the largest contingent. Sporting Gijon, Valencia and Villarreal have each sent four while other clubs have sent usually only one. Real Madrid account for two of the 24.
Sant Jordi, or Saint George, is the patron saint of Barcelona, and has been so since the 15th century. The Cross of St. George stands proudly on the FC Barcelona crest and is a day intrinsically woven into the makeup of Catalonian culture. Today to celebrate Sant Jordi Day, the club will distribute 2,500 roses to members and fans that pass by Camp Nou.
As we informed earlier FC Barcelona has lodged an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee against “the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee that sanctioned the club for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.” Together with this appeal, the club also requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect.
Today the following statement was released: “The chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period – 1 July 2014 – and the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee does not seem in a position to take a decision on the main issue early enough so that an eventual appeal of the club against its decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport would still be decided before the beginning of the next registration period. Consequently, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect. In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected.”
Barça defender Gerard Piqué had a lot to say during the presentation of the tenth edition of ‘Relats Solidaris de l’Esport (Sports Solidarity Stories).’ He spoke about the up and downs of the current season, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fàbregas and Tata Martino. Read on for Piqué’s comments.
In a season when things have not been going very well for FC Barcelona, one would expect that the coach would turn to the club’s endless conveyor belt of youth talent for the answer to the team’s lack of fresh legs and fresh ideas. Instead, players from FC Barcelona B have only seen 72 minutes of first team football this season. Read more after the jump.
WHO ARE WE CULÉS GOING WITH IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?
Semis: Atlético – Chelsea: Mou vs Simeone, the choice is simple: ATLÉTICO
Semis: Madrid – Bayern: No comment: BAYERN
Final: Atlético – Bayern: Most would go with Pep, but some still haven’t forgiven him for his departure and the Thiago incident: BAYERN…or Atlético
Final: Chelsea – Bayern: Mou lifting the trophy in front of Guardiola … HAHAHA: BAYERN
Final: Madrid – Atlético: Against Madrid we would side with the devil himself: ATLÉTICO
Final: Madrid – Chelsea: As I said, we’d side with the devil (as if we were Karanka): FORÇA MOU!!!!!
Lionel Messi was the latest to join José Manuel Pinto for a “Follow Your Dreams” episode, the project Pinto heads with the objective of helping young and talented musicians by linking them with NGOs and other foundations. Messi reveals his preferences in music being Argentinian [shocker] as well as cumbia and reggae. He’s also commented on his guitar playing, saying, “I really like it but I still don’t know much about it. It relaxes me and it allows me to disconnect from everything.”
Daniel Alves played his 293rd game yesterday, giving him the second-most appearances for a non-Spanish player at FC Barcelona. He surpassed Dutchmen Phillip Cocu, who was a staple of the Barcelona midfield from 1998-2004, but is still a distant second to Lionel Messi’s incredible 421 games. This milestone serves as a reminder of just how important Alves has been to Barcelona at a time where many fans have made him a target for criticism and even advocated his sale. Hit the jump for a few of Dani’s recent stats.
If you are a child who dreams of playing football at La Masia, the FCBEscola model gives children a chance to learn the technical skills as well as the values of FC Barcelona in cities around the world. As football/soccer gains traction and popularity in the United States, FCB has decided that the time is right to establish an FCBEscola in Florida. Now American children who idolize first team players such as Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta or who wish to follow in the footsteps of Tim Howard and Michael Bradley and break into the European leagues can be trained in the methodology and skills that have made Barça champions.
The FCBEscola will be located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Florida has been the site of many successful football camps in the past and has been judged to be a location that has a lot of interest in the sport. The program will be supervised by a technical director from the FCBEscola in Barcelona and will serve children between six and thirteen years of age.
THE MATHEMATICIANS 2 – 1 THE LIONS
Martino: “Mathematically it’s possible. But if you know how to pray, do it.”
April 21, 2014
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