INSIDE VIEW – Training camp in Birmingham, day 3 by fcbarcelona
After learning of the death of Julio Grondona, Lionel Messi cut his vacation short on Thursday and flew to Buenos Aires to attend the funeral of the president of the Argentine Football Association. FIFA president Joseph Blatter is also expected to attend, according to an AFA spokesman. More after the jump.
Here’s the latest on FC Barcelona’s legal joys. Barça’s favorite judge Pablo Ruz has officially legally summoned Neymar’s father to the court to appear as a witness in the “Neymargate” case. The judge has additionally requested that within 10 days Neymar senior must provide the court documents that show payments from FC Barcelona his company received including commission fees, expenses reimbursed as well as documents relating to the 900,000 euro payment tagged for image rights.
Furthermore, club financial director Nestor Almela is to be called to the stand and Ruz has also requested the club provide him minutes of board meetings and a report regarding all payments. Frankly, I have no idea why he wouldn’t have asked for those documents by now.
Neymar senior and Almela are requested to be in court on October 1st.
The first of Barca’s many signings this summer, Marc-André ter Stegen is the club’s goalkeeper of the future. But what else do we know about him? The young German sat down with Mundo Deportivo this week to discuss the expectations of Luis Enrique, competing for the starting spot and the joy of the German World Cup victory, to the chagrin of his teammates. Read more after the jump.
The Joan Gamper trophy’s kick off time has been brought forward and the game will now start at 8:30 PM CET. The match against Rafa Márquez’s Club León side will be Luis Enrique’s first at the Camp Nou and the fans will finally get to watch FC Barcelona entertain once again at home.
Gerard Deulofeu will be making his debut as a first team player and is currently promoting the presentation of Luis Enrique’s new project alongside the boss himself, Marc Bartra, and Marc-André ter Stegen. The squad will be officially presented an hour before kick off and tickets are now available at the Camp Nou ticket offices and on the club website.
Pedro Rodríguez’s future at the club was questioned by many during the past few weeks as some predicted that the winger may be offloaded after five years with the first team. Nevertheless, Pedro revealed that he talked to Andoni Zubizarreta to understand his role at the club a few weeks back and felt valued. “The club has confidence and faith in me. I’ve worked under Luis Enrique before, he knows me and he knows what I can bring. That was important in keeping me at the club which has given me everything.” Continue reading for more.
The league-winning Juvenil A team now knows its league calendar for next season. In the draw hosted today at the RFEF headquarters in Madrid, Jordi Vinyals’ squad was drawn against Atlético Baleares on matchday one, with the team travelling to the Balearic islands for the season’s curtain raiser on September 7th. The first home match will be played on either the 13th or the 14th of September at the Ciutat Esportiva, against Gimnàstic de Tarragona. Read more after the jump.
Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reported on how the squad is doing at the St. George’s Park facilities where coach Luis Enrique now operates from for the next few days. With most of the squad back, only World Cup finalists Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano along with the injured Neymar and the suspended Luis Suárez are missing from Lucho’s training sessions, which Guillem assures are as intense as they can get.
“Luis Enrique is a fanatic of physical training,” Guillem told Sky Sports News. “Barcelona have come from two years where the training has been more relaxed and less intense, which showed in the way they were playing. But Enrique wants discipline, hard work, and for guys to recover pressure high and be fit.” The famous journalist also mentioned that the players “are saying privately that it’s hard to finish the sessions. So far what he has been doing back in Barcelona is difficult training sessions. Here [at St George’s Park] you’re going to get one in the morning and one in the afternoon and so on until Saturday.” More from Balague after the jump.
The current FC Barcelona board can be accused of many things, but poor financial management wouldn’t make the list. The 2013/14 independently audited financial results have been announced and one thing is for sure, Barça need not worry about UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP). Revenue and profit went up, and debt went down. Though when we look into the details below, the picture isn’t actually as rosy as it’s being sold. (all amounts in euros)
Seydou Keita, now at AS Roma, neither forgives nor forgets. In a friendly last night against Real Madrid, Keita ignored Pepe during the hand shake. It’s being assumed, probably correctly, that he refused Pepe’s hand as in 2011 the Real Madrid man called Keita a “monkey.” You’d be hard pressed to find a more honest footballer or man than Keita, so if three years later he’s still resentful, I’m very inclined to believe Keita’s original accusation and defend his action last night. Then, at the end of the clip, Keita is seen hurling a water bottle at the thuggish defender. Why? Yahoo Sports report that following the hand shake fracas, as things escalated a little, the FOX broadcaster noted the fourth official point-out that Pepe spat at Keita. Pepe, never disappoints to disappoint.
About five weeks ago news broke that the public prosecutor in Gavà recommended that Lionel Messi be resolved regarding tax evasion allegations on the basis that Leo was oblivious of all financial workings. Unfortunately, that recommendation has been ignored by a higher court in Barcelona and the prosecution will continue investigating both Lionel and his father Jorge on tax evasion in the amount of four million euros.
That’s all the news for now as this unsavory saga takes another unwanted turn.
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