Catalan sports paper Sport reports that Barcelona would be interested in Bologna midfielder and Uruguayan international Gaston Ramirez (20).
CENTRAL DEFENDER WANTED
Vertonghen, Ajax. Aged 23. 10 million euros
Thiago Silva, Milan. Aged 26. 23 million euros
Sakho, PSG. Aged 21. 13.5 million euros.
Neymar, a possible signing who shines playing for Brazil
Exclusive interview with Fernando Torres: “Cesc would be a great signing for Barça” “He has blaugrana DNA, but he will have to say it clear too if he wants to leave and improve”
On Saturday and Sunday, it was the turn of FC Barcelona’s South American internationals to feature in two friendly matches. Saturday night saw Messi, Milito, and Mascherano play the full 90 minutes for Argentina against the United States, a game which ended in a 1-1 draw. On Sunday, Dani Alves represented Brazil in 2-0 friendly win against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium in London, with two goals by Neymar.
“You can’t do what Barcelona do if your players aren’t as good as their players. Although it looks easy, to receive the ball under pressure, it requires a really high level of skill. Plus you can’t teach the confidence, the mental side of that kind of play.”
In an interview to Guardian, Crewe Alexandra’s manager Dario Gradi, recently presented the “Contribution to League Football Award” at the annual Football League Awards, hailed the FC Barcelona team as a “model” and noted that the Catalan club’s topnotch game isn’t easy to replicate.
“I WOULD NEVER SIGN MOURIHNO”
Interview with Rosell: the president of Barça opens his office to the readers of Sport
About Guardiola: “If he were to run for President someday, I would vote for him.”
About Laporta: “I respect the former presidents, but I don’t answer to the politics.”
“We will not pay 50 million for Cesc.”
Today we want to share with you another documentary, this time about Xavi Hernandez, a true master of passes, conductor of the blaugrana orchestra and surely one of the best football players in the world. Enjoy this very special documentary made by Catalan channel TV3 to celebrate Xavi’s 550th game for FC Barcelona.
(If you are having trouble seeing the English subtitles, click on the arrow on the bottom right corner of the video as it plays, then the red CC button (make sure the Captions in English are selected).
It has been two months since Barcelona’s talismanic captain has appeared in an official match, and if reports in Sport on Friday are to be believed, it may be even longer until Puyol defends the Barcelona goal again.
Chat, find a stream, and comment as Argentina, with three blaugrana in the squad (Messi, Mascherano, and Milito), take on the United States in New Jersey in a friendly match beginning at 7:00pm EST (convert to your local time).
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Matchday 30 in la Liga is in danger of being suspended due to a conflict in Spain over television rights. FC Barcelona’s match against Villarreal and Real Madrid’s visit from Sporting Gijon are both unlikely to be played on schedule if the current climate holds.
FC Barcelona B vs Alcorcón, Matchday 31, Segunda A
Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)
Barça B, currently 4th in the division with 48 points, takes on 12th placed Alcorcón this evening at the Miniestadi. The teams last met on Halloween, with the blaugrana winning 1-3. Can the reserves win again today? Will they also be able to maintain their status as top goal scorers of the division? Latest news and links are after the jump.
On Friday night, Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez played his 100th game with the Spanish national team, in the Euro 2012 qualifying match against the Czech Republic with Spain won 2-1. To celebrate the occasion, fifa.com presented a compilation of the most important dates and numbers from his international career.
Friday proved to be a big day for a number of the Barça stars currently on national team duty. Six blaugrana, all except Valdés, started their fixtures and had an outstanding performance. This is particularly true for Afellay, who scored the Netherlands’ second goal against Hungary; Xavi, who played his 100th game for the Spain national team; and Villa, who is now Spain’s all time top scorer with 46 goals, adding two more last night against the Czech Republic. More details after the jump!
Since Messi and fellow countrymen, Milito and Mascherano, have an international friendly versus USA – we thought it would be fitting to share with everyone a video compilation of #10’s abilities in the dribble.
Up to seven blaugrana may be involved in Euro 2012 qualifying matches today, with the Netherlands facing Hungary in Budapest and Spain playing the Czech Republic in Granada. Links to chat and links where streams of the matches can be found are below. Share a link or feel free to have your say on the action in the comments section.
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With international matches taking place this weekend and next week, the number of first team players available for training on Friday was still minimal. Five players, plus B team goalkeeper Jordi Masip, have taken part in the last training session of the week in which physical work has been the focus.
March 25, 2011
March 24, 2011