According to Barça’s official site, after undergoing further tests with FC Barcelona’s Club Medical Services, it has been determined that David Villa’s discomfort in the patella tendon in his left knee should not prevent his participation in Saturday’s match against Valencia. Whether he will take part in the match against Valencia now depends on how the discomfort affects the striker during training.
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We’ve decided to reward you guys! Every week we’re going to select one comment on this website which we regard as the best comment of the week.
Our first comment of the week is by a Cule with a happy nick name “Happiness”:
“This article captures the exciting potential which can be realized once the team truly comes together as a cohesive whole. Think how few games David and Leo have actually played together. So they are still just learning how to bring out the best in one another. If they can shine while remaining selfless – thus taking pride in one another’s accomplishments (and goals) and contributing with the winning pass rather than the taking an unlikely shot – they will be a stellar combination. A masterpiece cannot be created in an instant, however given a half season to come together, then barring serious injury losses, we may see something very spectacularly consistent and victorious over the second half of this season. Let’s hope it becomes so!”
On the article A New Barca: Part Two – Attack! Attack! Attack!- http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/opinion-pieces/a-new-barca-part-two-attack-attack-attack/
After missing the last league game due to suspension, FC Barcelona striker David Villa may also miss the chance to face his old team Valencia this weekend, after suffering a bruised left knee in Spain’s win over Scotland (2-3) on Tuesday night. Tests to be carried out today will determine the extent of the injury and whether or not Villa will be able to play on Saturday.
The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in El Periodico. The original can be found here.
The solution is to lighten the calendar
The fans always want to see their favorite players in their best form. Unfortunately that is impossible and we are “killing” the athletes. Football players without a doubt need four weeks of vacation and another four weeks of pre-season training. Have the World Cup Champions had this? The answer is obvious. The friendlies in Mexico and Argentina were a big mistake. Is it completely necessary to play those? If so, then play new players. That is what the friendlies are for, especially after a World Cup.
“I play in a position that demands hard work and generosity and little glamour, but I like it. It’s my job and I like it. I would rather intercept and steal 10 balls than shoot. That’s what I’m here for, to make everyone else’s jobs easier.”
- Sergio Busquets, in an interview with El Pais
A GOAL FOR A RECORD
Villa equals Raúl’s record of 44 goals scored with the Spanish national team.
The Asturian player was hit on his knee and he could miss the match against Valencia.
Scotland 2 – 3 Spain. Spanish national team won with difficulties.
Rosell is ready for the meeting.
[Non Barça Related]
Florentino doesn’t want Kaká to return to Milan.
Scotland 2 – 3 Spain
El Guaje scored the 44th goal in the 44th minute.
Great match by La Roja, who leads its group with 9 out of 9 points.
El Mundo Deportivo gives Beckenbauer the “Piquenbauer” Barça jersey he asked for.
“It’s a honour for me to be nicknamed Pickenbauer”, wrote Piqué in the dedication.
In the second leg of the play-off with Croatia held on Tuesday afternoon, Spain’s Under-21 side emerged victorious 0-3 (1-5 on aggregate), earning themselves a place in the European Championship finals set for June 2011. Midfielder Thiago Alcantara played the entire match, while Bojan Krkic, Jeffren Suarez and Andreu Fontas all took part in the triumph for La Rojita, with Jeffren scoring the third goal of the night. Details of the match, courtesy of Barcelona’s official site, are below.
Carles Puyol eyes the ball during a training session at Hampden Park in Glasgow on October 11, 2010, on the eve of Spain’s Euro 2012 qualifying football match against Scotland.
Recently, Barcelona-based sports weekly Don Balón presented an interview with new FC Barcelona and Argentine international midfielder Javier Mascherano (26). Read the translation of the interview after the jump. The original article can be found here.
At the first team’s training session on Tuesday morning, the news emerging from FC Barcelona was the early exit of centre back Gaby Milito from training. The Argentine player had to leave Tuesday’s session owing to adductor trouble. This reduced the number of first team players working under Guardiola from seven to six, with the addition of ten youth reinforcements.
“Records are there to be beaten and I’ll be very happy if a guy like Victor takes it off me”
Antoni Ramallets, former goalkeeper, who during his playing career with FC Barcelona made 538 appearances, including 288 in La Liga. So far Valdes has made 279 appearances in the Spanish league.
October 12, 2010
October 11, 2010