Catalan based newspaper Sport reported that, according to Vanitatis.com, the Barcelona central defender Carles Puyol might be close to marrying his current girlfriend, model Malena Costa.
Andres Iniesta shares a story about his furry friend in a new commercial for Gol Television. He says: “We met a year ago, by chance, and since then, we are inseparable. We share a house, friends and hobbies. We share joy, accept each other with our good things and with the ones that are not that good. But is there another way to love your best friend? This is our first Xmas together and I’ll surprise him. If you have someone very very special this Xmas the best present is Gol Television.”
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The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in El Periodico. The original can be found here.
Is it worth losing your individuality in exchange for gaining an amount of money that is worth less than 10% of the budget? I think not, because this uniqueness, together with all that it represents to this club, is priceless.
I am totally against putting advertisement on the shirt in exchange for money. And I would say exactly the same thing had it been another president or another board that had given the nod to this operation. Where some see incredible figures (30 million per year for the next five years), I see that this equates to no more than 6 or 7% of the budget. (Depending how you value the contract)
Carles Rexach and Leo Messi met to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the Argentinian star to Barcelona. Rexach was the sporting director of FC Barcelona in 2000 and signed the first contract with Lionel Messi.
Catalan based newspaper Sport reported an interview of Barcelona right-back Daniel Alves with the daily sport newspaper ‘A Bola.’
Dani Alves, whose contract ends with Barcelona in June 2012 and is nowadays being connected with the English club Manchester City, said that “My priority is to stay with Barcelona, but I can’t close the door of negotiations. I’m really happy with the club, but the two parties have to agree.”
On Monday afternoon in the Sala París, FC Barcelona signed their formal agreement with the Qatar Foundation, via Qatar Sports Investment, for a shirt sponsorship deal worth 165 Euros. Barça president Sandro Rosell, Saif Ali Al-Hajari, vice president of the Qatar Foundation, and Ahmad al Sulaiti, executive director of Qatar Sports Investment, all had a number of comments regarding the new partnership.
New signing Ibrahim Afellay is expected to arrive in Barcelona on 23 December to complete his move from Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven, according to the FC Barcelona website today.
Bring out the hankies. And let the tears of joy flow. We usually don’t use exclamation marks in a headline but we can’t help ourselves here. After Spain’s World Cup-winning team returned home, they boarded a bus which drove through the streets of Madrid to cheers. While most gathered to wave flags, chant slogans and scream in delight, a young 4-year-old girl named Alleke saw the bus and enquired “Where’s Xavi?” Kelly, Alleke’s father, posted the video on YouTube and his site, which concludes with Alleke heartbroken and in tears as she doesn’t get to meet her favourite football player. The video simply titled “Where’s Xavi” touched the hearts of innumerable fans around the world. Some great souls in the organising committee of the Catalonian Sports Awards Ceremony and TV3 (Televisio de Catalunya), which broadcasted the function, got together and ensured that Alleke’s dream came true.
Manchester City FC has officially closed the deal on the free transfer of former la Masia graduate Gai Assulin with the signing of a two and a half year contract yesterday.
The president assures that the agreement with Qatar “makes Barça stronger“.
Message to Laporta:”The situation was worse than expected. The money will be used to pay some debts.“
Message to Madrid: “If I was the rival team, I would be worried. They wanted this sponsor.“
Answering Cruyff: “5 years ago he said quite the opposite, but the myths can not be mistaken.“
Meeting to win the derby.
A champions’ duel.
Xavi: “The best is yet to come.”
MESSI: “I’D SIGN TO STAY 10 MORE YEARS”
Ten years ago today, Messi signed for Barça.
Carles (Charly) Rexach: “I noticed that he was good, but I could never imagine that he would become the best player of the world.”
Jorge Messi: “Leo is playing for Barça thanks to Charly.“
Sandro Rosell: “He probably is the best player of the club’s history.“
Xavi is given the “Premi Catalunya de l’Esport” (Catalonia’s Sport Award).
Barça squad have lunch together to win the derby.
FC Barcelona B further established themselves as the come back kings on the road on Sunday, coming back from 2-0 down to tie the game in the final 25 minutes of the match through goals from Nolito and Jonathan Soriano. This game followed on the heels of Barça’s 2-2 with Real Betis in midweek, the tie also secured through two late goals. The reserve side currently remains in 4th place in the standings. Details of the game, including the post match comments from Luis Enrique are all below.
For the first time since being injured in the 11th minute in the Champions League game against Rubin Kazan (2-0), Jeffren was able to work with the squad in their recovery session on Monday following the 5-0 triumph over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. A total of 25 players worked under Guardiola at the training session.
December 13, 2010