With the addition of Ibrahim Afellay to FC Barcelona’s first team squad, Sporting Director of Professional Football Andoni Zubizarreta has announced that the Dutchman will be the only transfer this winter and that the squad is now “closed” for the remainder of the season.
Afellay has formally signed for FC Barcelona and was presented to the Camp Nou crowd this afternoon wearing the number 20 jersey. According to ‘El Mundo Deportivo’ his contract will run through to June 2015 and his buy-out clause is set at €100 million.
Below are some of the answers he gave to questions in his first official press conference. Compliments have to be given to twitter.com/barcastuff.
“I’m very happy to join this club and to be part of the best club in the world. Visca el Barça!”
Apart from talking about other matters that were discussed and agreed upon during the final Board meeting for the year 2010, which includes the recovery of real estate assets as reported on the club’s official website, FC Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa also announced the securing of an agreement with two new global brand-name sponsors.
According to a ONA fm‘s la Graderia program last night, loaned-out Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has threatened not only to refuse to sign his full transfer agreement with AC Milan – which was agreed upon last summer with FC Barcelona – but also sent out a warning to FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
Afellay and his representative touched down at El Prat airport (Barcelona) at 11:50 today. They were taken by coach straight to the FC Barcelona offices at the Camp Nou. There were a number of Barça fans waiting at the stadium for pictures and autographs. Director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta and director of football Raül Sanllehí welcomed Afellay to Barcelona.
Last week, FC Barcelona and Spanish international defender Gerard Pique (23) was once again busy on his new Twitter account. The week before, the running theme had been dropping in on Puyol for dinner. What was it last week? Read on to find out. Read the translation of some of his tweets from December 12th through December 21st. Included are also some of Puyol’s responses.
FC Barcelona has today announced their plans for this summer’s preseason tour. The team will return to the United States for three games against Manchester United, AC Milan, and Club America of Mexico. The team will also play at two locations in Europe, with friendlies in Munich (Germany) and Split (Croatia).
Ibrahim Afellay has arrived in Barcelona on Thursday to finalise the details of his signing for Barça. He posed for the typical photo in front of the club crest outside the offices and then attended a meeting to close negotiations. Welcome to Barcelona!
Today’s video is from the archives, back from 2000. Pep Guardiola, Rodrigo de la Fuente and Gaby Cairo participated in BarcaTV’s Christmas & New Year campaign. This video presents both the ‘making of’ and ends with the final spot.
GUARDIOLA WILL RENEW HIS CONTRACT
Rosell announces that there will be an agreement between Pep and Barça.
They have “feeling”. “The contract we like the most is a three years-lasting one but going year by year.“
His best decisions: “I’m satisfied with Ibra’s sell and the agreement with Qatar.
Afellay will go through the medical tests today.
Rosell invites Laporta and Cruyff to the Ballon d’Or ceremony.
[Non Barça Related]
Espanyol lost because of a non-existent penalty.
Mourinho cools down after his team’s wide victory.
ROSELL, TO THE FULL
70 barcelonista guests will attend to the Ballon d’Or award ceremony.
Afellay arrives today and will be presented tomorrow.
“This Ballon d’Or is like a Champions“
“I bet that Pep will renew his contract“
“The most important decision was to sell Ibra“
“The problems with Cruyff will be solved with time“
“With this manager and this team it’s so easy to be president“
[Non Barça Related]
Madrid takes a breath after beating Levante, who was not a rival for them. Madrid 8 – 0 Levante.
Espanyol falls because of an unfair penalty.
December 23, 2010
December 22, 2010