The fragile economic situation of FC Barcelona may ease a bit if from next season the Qatar Foundation decides to take up the option offered by the board and be, for the first time in the club’s history, the sole sponsor of the club’s other professional teams in basketball, handball, roller hockey and indoor soccer, reported by both Catalan sports papers today.
With 14 first team players away on international duty and Puyol and Jeffren injured, Guardiola had only Pinto, Keita and Maxwell available on Tuesday morning for training. Adriano, who was having a tooth removed, was also absent from the session that included eight players from the B team.
Sport.es picture of the jersey
According to ‘Sport.es’, Qatar Foundation had already given its approval to a FC Barcelona jersey design that incorporates a text only print of its name. All that remains is for the club to obtain authorization from UEFA – whose regulation forbids the carrying of two sponsors on the same kit [except kit maker] – to include UNICEF’s name and logo, presumably, on the back.
“I wonder in my lifetime whether I’ll ever see a £100m footballer. If I do, maybe it’s Lionel Messi. He’s the only one. But where would he go?”
In a piece on the soaring prices of strikers, Trevor Francis, Britain’s first million-pound footballer, tells the Guardian that Messi is the only player today who can be worthy of a price tag of 100 million pounds and even be bought for that amount. Messi’s buyout clause is 250 million Euros.
The picture Piqué uploaded to his Facebook and Twitter account breaks records.
The player wanted to “make official” his relationship with Shakira.
Barça and Pep already knew that he would do it, due to the harassment by the press.
Platini gives Messi the ball of Roma’s Champions League Final.
Mou puts Leo as the target.
THEY ARE COMING AFTER MESSI
Campaign to destabilize the number one
Mourinho demands the rival players to tackle more on him.
Valdano assures that Di Stéfano of the 21st century is Cristiano.
Ronaldo is obsessed with Leo and every day plays more irritated.
Rosell will negotiate with Alves in Paris.
Villa praises Cesc: “He’s Arsenal’s reference“
Piqué, after “watching” his relationship with Shakira: “I’m not stressed”
In a recent interview with Spanish sports magazine Don Balón, FC Barcelona and Spain international Pedro Rodriguez discussed everything from winning the World Cup with Spain, to the support he gets from his Barça teammates, as well as his take on the upcoming encounters with Arsenal and Real Madrid. The following is a translation of the interview with Pedro. The original can be found here.
After the rumors that were spread in the media about the possibility of a muscle injury that Leo Messi caught recently, Catalan based newspaper Sport reported that the Argentinean national is fine as he normally trained this afternoon with the Argentinean national team in Switzerland.
Messi was active during the entire long and tough training session; and during the mini-game they played during the training, Messi played in the same position he plays with Barcelona as a false ‘9’. He played alongside Di Maria (Madrid) and Lavezzi (Napoli) as well as Mascherano (Barcelona).
Just like playing with Barcelona, Argentina coach Sergio Baptista gave Messi the freedom of movement on the field as the coach is trying to exploit his maximum potential.
FCB Juvenil A 7-0 Joventut Sallista
FC Barcelona Juvenil A side was similar to a bulldozer during their game with Joventut Sallista on a new day of the Youth Honor Division. The Barcelonistes have had a goal feast thanks to the targets of Dongou (3), Deulofeu, Balliu, Etock and Pol Calvet.
Òscar Garcia’s team has defeated the Joventut Sallista (7-0) in a match where the young lads translated the chances into wonderful goals. A triumph that reinforces Barça as leader (56 points) to the premier division of youth and extends this lead to a 10-point advantage with respect to second place holder, Espanyol, whom this Sunday faced Damm, third in the league.
The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in ‘El Periodico’. The original can be found here.
Johan Cruyff’s key points.
Only two teams, Di Stefano’s Madrid and Ajax of the 70’s have been able to reinvent the game of football as those of Guardiola are doing now.
Will the current Barca team mark an era? Without question… and they are on it now. If they win another Champions League title in May, it will end that debate. In three years, they would have been in two finals and one semi-final. Sufficient enough? More than necessary. Without the title, and even without [getting into] the final in Wembley, this team is already creating a [new] era in football. And it is not for the many numbers of goals they scored and the few that they let in, nor is it for the number of points they accumulated and the records that fall as a consequence of it. The real revolution is to do with how they are playing the game and the manner with which they execute it with the kind of players they have.
[Editor’s note: While we here at totalBarça usually confine ourself to FC Barcelona’s football teams only, we can’t resist the sight of anyone in the blaugrana colours lifting a trophy (which seems to happen quite frequently). Hope you enjoy.]
It’s here! Barça Alusport (futsal team) have their first title, their first Cup. Marc Carmona’s team took the Spanish Cup in Segovia on Feb 6th by overcoming El Pozo 3-2.
MESSI: “I WOULDN’T BE WHAT I AM WITHOUT PEP AND THE TEAM”
Leo gives compliments back to his coach while the football world bows to the crack.
His 56 metres sprint to take the ball off the Kun, another sample of solidarity by the genius.
Mou: “If we don’t win La Liga, we’ll start our vacations proud of ourselves anyway”
The best crack ever. At his age, he already is better than Maradona, Cruyff and Di Stéfano. Only Pelé, due to his participation in the Brazilian national team, can compare with him.
Travelling with Leo to Geneva. He plays on Wednesday against Portugal. 12 bodyguards protect him
Indoor football. Barça, champion of the Spanish Cup.
Madrid 4 – 1 Real Sociedad. Cristiano equals Messi in Pichichi’s table and Mourinho complains by saying that Messi is not tackled often.
FC Barcelona B suffered their seventh loss of the season on Friday, losing 1-0 away to Xerez CD through a 24th minute stirke by José Mari. This leaves Barça’s reserve team in 8th place in the Second Division standings, with 32 points and even goal differential (34 goals scored, 34 allowed). Details of the match, including Luis Enrique’s press conference statements, can be found after the jump.
February 6, 2011