Henry, Ibrahimovic and Torres, benched

Henry, Ibrahimovic and Torres, benched

Recently, El Mundo Deportivo presented an article about FC Barcelona and Spanish World Cup winner Pedro Rodríguez (23). The young Barça forward would seem to be living a dream, such has his combination of luck and success been over the past couple of years. What follows is a translation of the article by El Mundo Deportivo writer Francesc Perearnau.  The original can be found here.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The reasons we had to let Ibra go were “football” reasons…he was a big “ball” ache.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Ibra keeps sending messages to Guardiola

[Written on the dart]Philosopher“.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (02.09.2010)

GUARDIOLA, NUMBER 1

The other managers praise Pep, who would be chosen the best coach of the world and would receive the Golden Ball if the elections were done today.

Mourinho: “Thirteen years ago I already said that Guardiola would became a great manager.

Ferguson: “He must be congratulated, most of all, because of Barça’s spectacular football.

Ancelotti: “Barça will be our most difficult rival to win the Champions“.

Zubi explains Ibra’s leaving: “It was a sports problem

Puyol will miss, at least, two matches.



The Front: Sport (02.09.2010)

PSYCOLOGICAL WAR

Tension during the first Pep and Mourinho’s face to face.

They greeted each other coldly in Nyon and the differences between them were evident.

“Referees doesn’t protect Cristiano like they protect other players”. Madrid’s coach threw another dart to Barça, aiming at Messi.

Puyol already tries to reduce the time needed to recover from his injury.

Rosell changes to rugby. Barça’s president signed an agreement with the Perpinyà’s rugby club’s president.

Vilanova leads training session

Vilanova leads training session

As Josep Guardiolia is currently in Nyon, Switzerland attending the 12th UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum, today’s training session was led by assistant coach Tito Vilanova. The session included thirteen players, six from the senior squad and seven from the reserves.

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Bojan to wear number 9

Bojan to wear number 9

FC Barcelona’s official site has today announced the shirt numbers for next season.

The only changes from last season are that Bojan Krkic will now wear number 9 left by Ibrahimovic and Jeffren will take over his number 11 shirt. When it comes to the new signings, Adriano will take over number 21 left by Chygrynskiy, Mascherano will take over number 14 left by Henry ,and David Villa have taken the vacant number 7 shirt.

It will be a return for Bojan to a shirt he wore during all his years in the youth teams. He will also became the first homegrown player in 15 years to wear the number 9 shirt. Jordi Cruyff was the last homegrown player to wear the shirt in the first team.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Mascherano: Hello, I’m Javier Mascherano…’El Jefecito’*

Guardiola: Nice to meet you, I am Pep Guardiola…’The Big Boss’*

* Jefe is “boss” in Spanish. Jefecito is like “little boss”; Jefazo is “big boss”

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Mino Raiola, what a nasty piece of work!

Raiola: Ok, I’ve taken from Barça all the benefits I could. Now it’s time to do the same with Milan.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (01.09.2010)

THERE IS FEELING (BETWEEN THEM)

Both Mascherano and Pep have fulfilled their wishes and they don’t even hide the good vibrations between them.

‘El Jefecito’ didn’t train with Argentina yesterday to be able to do his first training with Barça.

Keita renews his contract until 2014 and his clause raises to 100 million euros.

Guardiola and Mourinho face to face today in Nyon’s meeting.

Puyol left La Roja’s training and comes back home.

[Non Barça Related]

Robinho to Milan, the last much-talked-about signing.

The Front: Sport (01.09.2010)

PUYOL, KO

He got injured during the first Spanish national team training.

He suffered a relapse of his left calf’s injury and he could be 20 days out.

He would miss 3 Liga matches and the Champions’ first match.

Guardiola, delighted with “Masche”. The Argentinean completed his first training under Pep’s orders.

Ronnie still loves Barcelona. He played “futvolley” in Castelldefels beach.

[Non Barça Related]

Robinho signs for Milan too. He will play with Ibra and Ronnie.

Keita extends contract to 2014

Keita extends contract to 2014

On the final day of the summer transfer window, FC Barcelona confirmed the services of midfielder Seydou Kieta until 2014. The club’s official site announced that the 30-year-old Malian international improved on his earlier deal, which ran till 2012. Keita’s new contract will be renewed each year and be dependent on the number of games he plays each season. His buy-out clause was increased from 90 to 100 million Euros.

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Hleb loaned out to Birmingham

Hleb loaned out to Birmingham

Belarusian international Alexander Hleb (29) is on the move again as he is leaving FC Barcelona after the club agreed on a one year loan spell in England, as it was reported by Spanish newspaper AS. Lending players seems to be a new trend in Barcelona, when Hleb was loaned out after Keirrison, Henrique, Cáceres and Ibrahimovic (on loan to AC Milan before being bought).

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Mascherano’s first day at training

Mascherano’s first day at training

As a majority of the first team players reported for internationals and friendlies, Argentinian captain and FC Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano attended his first training session with his new club before he too left for Buenos Aires in the afternoon. Mascherano was joined by Maxwell, Adriano, Alves, Keita, Pinto, Abidal and 25 Barca B players.

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Puyol out of current call up due to injury

Puyol out of  current call up due to injury

According to Catalan-based news daily Sport, FC Barcelona and Spanish international defender Carles Puyol (32) has abandoned training for the Spanish national team and is returning to Barcelona, due to injury.

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CASE CLOSED: Robinho to AC Milan

CASE CLOSED: Robinho to AC Milan

Italian, English and Spanish media have been contemplating the future of Brazilian international striker Robinho (26) for a couple of months now. According to various sources, Barcelona was fascinated by the idea of Robinho joining the team. Some even claim, that Guardiola would have welcomed Robinho, but for some reason the deal fell through.

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Cruyff’s Corner: A small squad has advantages

Cruyff’s Corner: A small squad has advantages

The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article with El Periodico.  The original can be found here.

The few, the proud, the blaugrana

I don’t know if Barca is planning on signing another player for the attack in the next few hours but it would surprise me if they did.  With the departure of Ibrahimovic and the arrival of Mascherano, the team is made of up 19 players, two of them goalkeepers.  It seems crazy to start a season consisting of three competitions with only 17 players but with a team like Barca anything is possible.  It’s Guardiola’s gamble and it reaffirms the philosophy of the club: we start with nineteen first team players but we have numerous possibilities from the cantera.  These youth players have talent and will fit in due to having been brought up under this same style of play.

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Pique: “Mascherano will give us stability in the midfield”

Pique: “Mascherano will give us stability in the midfield”

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique sat down for an interview late last week with Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo.  The conversation included a variety of topics such as Ibrahimovic, the Champions League and of course, Real Madrid.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Florentino: After the match against Mallorca, I’m willing to do a late signing…who do we need to sign to improve Madrid’s playing?

Mourinho: Our Lady of Lourdes.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Ibra keeps running Guardiola down in Milan (and he will keep doing it for a long while!)

Ibra: Guardiola shouldn’t be angry because I called him a philosopher…after Hleb, Cáceres, Chygro and me, he clearly is more a philosopher than an economist.


August 31, 2010

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (31.08.2010)

The Front: Sport (31.08.2010)

Official: Caceres to Sevilla on loan


August 30, 2010

Iniesta: Mascherano’s signing is going to come in handy

Mascherano’s Barca Toon

Chants: Esto es un chorreo!

Mascherano presented at Camp Nou

Quote of the day: Pep Guardiola on Ibrahimovic

Sid Lowe: Barcelona finally get their man…but at a price

Mascherano passes medical

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