Are you ready for another episode of Crackòvia? Today we will participate in a press conference with Pep Guardiola. Being coach of FC Barcelona is not easy, especially when you have to deal with journalists from all parts of the world, but our Mister has special language skills. Enjoy the video after the jump.
With a fair number of US readers of totalBarça having gone to the USA vs Argentina friendly – including our very own Faisal Rakun with a recap of his special experience here – we are pleased to share with everyone more readers’ experiences. We hope you enjoy more imagery of the game after the jump!
Villarreal CF’s Brazilian striker Nilmar Honorato da Silva has assured that it would be “a dream” to be able to play in a club “as big” as FC Barcelona, although he indicated that he is very happy in the ranks of the Yellow-Submarine, with whom he currently has a contract.
“As a player, it would a dream to play in a team as big as Barça,” said Nilmar during a ceremony held in Barcelona in which he presented his new boots, along with his compatriot Adriano, FC Barcelona’s wing-back.
On Wednesday afternoon, FC Barcelona’s first team held their second training session of the week. A number of internationals were back, including the six members of the Spain squad, Holland’s Afellay, and Dani Alves returning from the Brazil national team. The only internationals who have not yet returned are the three Argentines, who are expected back tomorrow.
Normally, Shakira’s song Waka-waka is played every day of a match at Real Madrid’s stadium, the Santigo Bernabeu, but lately something has changed.
Coincidence or not, Shakira’s song was one of the fixtures on the PA system of the stadium for matches of Real Madrid, but since the Colombian and Barcelona’s Gerard Pique announced their relationship, the repertoire of the Bernabéu has changed suspiciously.
Today at noon at the offices of the Club, Jose Manuel Pinto has signed the renewal agreement to continue for another season with FC Barcelona. “I’m very happy because I want to be here,” said the blaugrana goalie. The new contract Pinto signed lasts until 30 June 2012.
This weekend’s matches will go ahead as originally planned, with FC Barcelona set to face Villarreal at El Madrigal on Saturday evening at 22:00. Real Madrid, currently five points behind the league leaders, will play Sporting at 18:00. In an interesting twist of fate, Barcelona B will be facing Villarreal B away, also on Saturday at 18:00.
Before their match with Alcorcón this past weekend, Luis Enrique showed his team a motivational video, comprised of old images of Barça B games, mixed with moves and goals from the current team, edited by the coaching staff. Apparently the video must have worked, as the team won 2-0, with goals from Jonathan Soriano and Nolito.
An interesting friendly match between USA and Argentina was held last week in New Jersey, and one of our writers – Faisal Rakun had a chance to watch it live. Read his coverage and watch the video after the jump.
He suffers a muscle spasm in the right adductor muscle and yesterday he didn’t play with Argentina.
The words “International Break” are enough to strike fear into the hearts of Barcelona fans, especially when one comes at such a crucial juncture in the season. And while most of our starting 11 will return home with many kilometers of travel under their belts, some players have been even more unlucky. Read on for a quick summary of the injury situations at Barcelona and Real Madrid following the week’s international fixtures.
Four blaugrana took part in Euro 2012 qualifying matches on Tuesday evening. Ibrahim Afellay played the entire 90 minutes of Holland’s 5-3 over Hungary, adding an assist for Kuyt for the Dutch side’s 4th goal of the night. In the other match, Xavi scored the opening goal in Spain’s 1-3 win against Lithuania. The midfielder played the full 90 minutes, while starters David Villa and Gerard Pique were both subbed at 53 and 88 minutes, respectively. More details and highlights after the jump.
The Spanish judicial system has put off, for 24 hours, a decision on whether the Liga games for the upcoming weekend will take place or not. A decision is now expected from Purificación Pujol, the judge in charge of the case [not kidding!], by 10 am Spanish time on Wednesday morning.
March 29, 2011