FC Barcelona’s official website have announced the squad of 22 players chosen by Pep Guardiola to travel to Norway on Thursday for the first friendly of the pre-season against Valerenga. The list includes 8 players from the senior squad and 14 from the reserves.
According to Barcelona’s official website, Carles Puyol, although currently on vacation, couldn’t stay away from the Club’s training ground as he came to watch his teammates train this morning. It was the first time after winning the World Cup that Puyol visited the training grounds and he got a warm reception by both players and coaches.
SENNA: “IT’S A HONOUR“
The midfielder, who is in Ireland with his Villarreal teammates, dreams with Barça.
“They hadn’t told me anything at the moment, but the fact that they’re thinking about signing me is very flattering“
Cesc will wear Guardiola’s #4.
From a surplus of 11,1 million euros to a deficit of 77.1 million euros.
Spain 3 – 1 England. Thiago and Romeu shine in Spain’s qualification to the final.
[Non Barça Related]
Maradona leaves Argentina’s national team.
Florentino will pay 28 million euros + variables for Maicon.
The directive works with two transfer options:
1 – CESC + CANTERA
Guardiola accepts Cesc as the only signing of this summer and would complete the squad with canteranos.
2 – SIGNING A MIDFIELDER + A FORWARD
Özil or Mata and Capoue are in the top of the targets list.
Faus presented the results of the audit: 77 million euros deficit. The club’s debt exceed 442 million euros.
“That audit could end in the court.”
On July 28, 2010, FC Barcelona and Spanish International forward Pedro Rodríguez turns 23. Everyone at totalBarça wishes him a very happy birthday!
According to a report in Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deportivo, Villareal’s pivot and former Spanish international Marcos Senna (34) is the elected and preferred player for the defensive midfielder void left by the departure of Yaya Toure to Manchester City. Senna fits Barca’s profile as he is experienced and cheaper, and also allows Barca to allocate more money to the signing of Cesc.
Senna’s arrival will depend on whether Fabregas signs for the club. Although without having a direct link, the arrival of the Hispano-Brasileño would be linked to the arrival of the Catalan, mainly for economic reasons.
In an interview with Catalan RAC1, FC Barcelona striker Bojan Kirkic stated that he is a ‘multipurpose’ forward—meaning he can play in every position involving the attack. Barca coach Pep Guardiola is known for his value of versatility—a characteristic Bojan possesses. Pep asked Bojan last season to work on the wing in addition to being a traditional number ’9′ and clearly the ‘cantero’ was ready for it.
“I think that I demonstrated it at the end of last season.” “The míster [Guardiola] used me on the wing, not as a winger, but with mobility on the sides,” Bojan stated yesterday live on the program ‘TU Diràs’ of RAC1, aware that his options are extended now by exchanging with David Villa to the centre.
Spain vs England, Semi-final, UEFA U-19 European Championship.
(Tuesday July 27 2010 @ 16:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
Six FC Barcelona youngsters Alex Sanchez (GK), Martin Montoya (RB), Carles Planas (LB), Marc Bartra (CB), Oriol Romeu (DM), Thiago Alcantara (AM) start the match for Spain, while Ruben Rochina (CF) starts from the bench.
Catch the match live after the jump!
CESC, SECRET PACT
Barça and Arsenal reached an agreement while both of them publicly were ruling out that they had negotiated.
Blaugranas and gunners will make it official this very week.
The operation for the canterano‘s return would cost 45 million euros (to Barça).
Villa rests now in Ibiza.
Senna, the midfielder. The Villarreal player, aged 34, will cost almost 3 million euros, so it will allow Cesc’s signing too.
[Non Barça Related]
Espanyol: The club negotiates the return of Maxi Rodríguez.
Madrid: Raúl praises Guardiola and promises that he will be back.
CESC GOES FOR IT
Ends his holidays in Greece before than expected to talk with Wenger.
The most awaited meeting: Friday, July 30th at 10h in London Colney.
He can’t bear it any more. The player recharges his energy in Mykonos island before talking with Wenger.
The audit reflects that Barça’s account is in the red. Sala Martín and Oliver presented a 11 million euros surplus.
[Non Barça Related]
Madrid didn’t know how to say goodbye to Raúl. The madridismo‘s symbol leaves alone and trough the back door.
Maxi Rodríguez could come back to Espanyol.
Seydou Keita (30), one of the few first team players already back in training, sat down with Catalan sports paper Sport to talk about both the World Cup and the upcoming season. The original interview can be found here.
Do you feel like your vacations were too short?
Not only is Joan Gamper the founder of FC Barcelona, he also scored 120 goals in 51 appearences for the club. Many people in professional sports have led interesting lives with memorable accomplishments, but not many could match the Gamper’s impressive résumé. He was one of those rare people who lived a life that reads more like a movie than reality, complete with glory, politics, and a tragic ending. Since he’s the man responsible for Barça being here today, he’s a man that any culé should be familiar with.
According to Catalan sports daily Sport, former Barcelona technical secretary Txiki Begiristain (45) has been offered the position of sporting director for the Premiership Club Chelsea FC. Sport reports that Txiki’s representative has been in London to negotiate with the club.
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