Bojan Krkic Pérez (20) became the youngest player in the club’s history to reach 100 league games on Saturday. “I get goose bumps when I realise that I’ve reached 100 league games, even more so in a team like Barça. I’m very proud of the work done up to today,” commented the young forward right after the game against Getafe. The young Catalan confessed that “one of the factors that has helped me to reach 100 games and not to lose hope that I can play in this team, is the fans in the Camp Nou. I have always felt really loved by them and that gives me the strength to keep on going.”
Barcelona’s official website has presented some curious information emerging from yesterday’s match with Getafe. First up is Xavi Hernandez, who received his fifth yellow card against Getafe and therefore won’t feature against Villarreal in two weeks. Of the five yellows, not a single one has been issued to the midfielder for a foul.
This man inspires every Cule with his passion and his commitment. With his long absence from the team, our Captain needs some love.
What thoughts does this amazing picture of Puyol giving his all in a previous match against Shakhtar Donetsk, our next opponents in the Champions League bring to your mind?
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“I was very sad when I heard about Eric, but now I have a feeling of relief that the operation has gone well. Abidal is a great person and deserves all our support right now. I hope your recovery is short and the best possible. Strength, friend! “
Writing on his personal website, Barca legend Ronaldinho offers his heart-felt wishes for his former team-mate Eric Abidal.
Getafe coach Michel admitted his team were second best when his team faced Barca last night but the young manager couldn’t help but feel his team were somewhat intimidated by the Catalan champions in such a way that stopped his players truly expressing themselves.
totalBarca brings you the winner of the Man of the Match Poll against Getafe – Dani Alves!
Enjoy the video after the jump!
With the knee injury of Carles Puyol and the indefinite absence of Eric Abidal after the surgery, a huge chunk of the responsibility of the centre defence now lies on the young shoulders of Gerard Pique. The 24-year-old Spain international has lived up to the potential that his coach, Pep Guardiola, saw in him and has been a regular and reliable presence in the club’s backline for the last two years. However, it isn’t just Pique’s performance at the club and national level that has caught attention; the Catalan has also become one of the country’s popular figures due to his reputation as a prankster, as face of many big brands and for dating someone named Shakira. In two pieces that appeared in the British publication The Independent, Pete Jenson spoke to Pique about his years at Manchester United, the prospect of facing Tottenham and Chelsea in the Champions League, about his pal Fabregas and covered many more topics. Read the two pieces here and here. Excerpts from the articles after the jump.
Dark clouds hovered on the Barcelona horizon this week in the lead up to the Getafe clash at the Camp Nou. The devastating detection of a tumor on the liver of Eric Abidal sent shivers down the spine of a squad already overwhelmed by injury and scandal. The Frenchman, who marshaled the rudderless defense with grace and authority in the absence of talismanic captain Carles Puyol, received the shocking diagnosis during the week and was immediately hospitalised and underwent surgery. A bewildered Guardiola was forced to throw unproven B team defender Andreu Fontas into the deep end to help shore-up a depleted squad, which was also missing one-third of La Liga’s most prolific attacking trident in Pedro Rodriguez.
Barcelona’s players pose with a jersey supporting teammate Eric Abidal before the match against Getafe at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 19, 2011. The words on the shirts read, “We love you Abi”. The Getafe players also were wearing special jerseys with the words “Ánims Abidal” (Cheer up Abidal) and the fans gave a special round of applause on minute 22 to mark the Frenchman’s shirt number.
Tottenham Hotspur left winger Gareth Bale was heavily linked to a move to Barca (and Real Madrid, Manchester United) if one was to go by the British tabloids. But all those rumours can now be put to bed as the 21-year-old player has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal which will see him with the London side till 2015.
Tottenham Hotspur’s official site made the announcement after their draw against West Ham United at White Hart Lane. The Welsh sensation has won many admirers for his attacking prowess, with his performance against Inter Milan at San Siro in the group stages of UEFA Champions League especially standing out.
An official tribute to Eric Abidal at the Camp Nou before the match against Getafe.
March 19, 2011