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Bojan, who signed a new contract which lasts until 2015, will try to score against an Athletic which will face them bravely.
Florentino is tired of Mourinho’s “all or nothing bets” before each match.
The president imposes some peace, but actually there’s not peace at all.
Mourinho’s relationship with Valdano gets worse every day.
Report MD: The 13 mistakes of Mou.
“It is completely untrue. I can’t make out the [intention of] the fabrication. If I had said that I would be disrespecting Real Madrid, Diarra, and Barca itself,” exclaimed Xavi Hernandez in a statement made exclusively to ‘Sport.es’ today.
The midfielder came out with that denial after he was claimed by another Catalan sports paper ‘El Mundo Deportivo’ journalist Xavier Bosch to have derided Real Madrid’s Lass Diarra by saying to him “As you have not touched the ball all night, you can have it for a while” in the Camp Nou tunnel after the heated Clasico match last month.
The final match of 2010 will have a historical flair, as Barca faces Athletic Bilbao. The two have the most Copa del Rey trophies in the competition’s 107 year history, Barca with 25 and Bilbao with 23. It will be a rematch of the 2009 final which Barca won 4-1 at the Mestalla, on its way to winning six trophies during that year. This year’s comes in the Round of 16, with the second leg coming in Bilbao on January 4th.
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Johan Cruyff has released the list of players called up for the interational game against Honduras that will take place on December 28. It includes seven blaugrana players: Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Bartra, Fontàs, Busquets and Bojan. The only missing Catalan player from Barça’s first team is Xavi Hernández.
On Monday, the team held their penultimate training session to prepare for the encounter with Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday at Camp Nou. Only Messi was missing, spending the session in the gym instead of the pitch.
On Monday afternoon, striker Bojan Krkic (20) is set to sign a contract extension with FC Barcelona. As Barça’s official website reports, the player was widely expected to sign the new deal as his previous contract was due to run out in 2013 and the club was keen to improve the existing contract’s terms. He will now add two more years with the new agreement lasting until June 30, 2015. His buy-out clause will also increase from 80 million to 100 million euros.
With Spain’s sports and athletics world currently embroiled in illegal use of drug allegations with Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and World steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez currently under investigation, FC Barcelona is taking extra steps when announcing that Xavi Hernandez is now fit enough to play two matches a week.
One of the doctors closely associated with the club, a well-known orthopaedic surgeon based in the city, Dr Ramon Cugat confirmed what everyone else is seeing on the pitch – that the maestro is doing fine.
Thanks to reader astorre.viola_6 for sending us the link to this video after it was mentioned by the great Ray Hudson during the Espanyol-FC Barcelona derbi.
Pep’s Barça is looking for perfection and has scored two “manitas” to the bitter rivals, Madrid and Espanyol.
This Barça is better than the treble Barça and the 99 points Barça regarding playing, goals and points.
Pedro: “The best match of my life.“
“Victim show” by Mou. The coach, encouraged by the club, wrote a note with 13 mistakes by the referee against Madrid. Ridiculous complaints, Clos Gómez failed against both teams. Di María scored the only goal of a football-less match.
Champions of everything, the best football of the world, manitas to Espanyol and Madrid…
Barça doesn’t stop beating La Liga records.
43 points/ 14 victories/ 8 victories in away matches. +42 average of goals.
Pedro – Messi – Villa, the most effective trident with51 goals in total.
Alves: “It’s possible to win again the six titles”
Cruyff: “This Barça is really amazing”
A sad Madrid suffered to get a win.
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In their final game of 2010, Barcelona B slipped to 6th place after the team’s fifth consecutive draw, having tied 1-1 with SD Ponferradina at the Mini Estadi on Sunday afternoon. The two goals happened within one minute of each other, with Saúl scoring first to give the reserve side the lead, only to be levelled a moment later by Javi López. Details of the match and full highlights can be found after the jump.