As Yaya Toure is almost certain to leave Barcelona, it’s logical that the club will look to find a replacement in the same position, according to Catalan Sports paper El Mundo Deportivo. It is reported that FC Barcelona is following Wilson Palacios (25), who they were able to observe this past Monday, when Spain played Honduras in the World Cup in South Africa. Palacios came to his current team, Tottenham Hotspur, from Wigan Athletic for 14 million Euros.
PEP CHOOSES MATA
He’s the favourite for Guardiola ahead of Robinho and a clear target for Barça.
His profile, his goals and his easy adaptation are what Barça values.
Xavi defines him as a “Fantastic player“.
Top Secret: Koeman speaks wonders about him.
The Magic will be back with Iniesta.
Germany – England; a bomb in the round of 16!
CESC IS WORTH TWO (PLAYERS)
1- His signing would save Barça having to sign a new forward.
2 – His versatility would allow Pep to put Iniesta on the left wing.
3 – He has scored 19 goals, three more than Barça’s midfield.
Barça will sign another forward only if Ibra leaves.
Toni Freixa will be member of the new board and spokesman.
Maradona wishes Messi a Happy Birthday. Leo turns 23 today and receives a gift from his coach.
Busquets is irreplaceable. The blaugrana has become a regular starting player in Del Bosque’s team.
Henry, called to “declare”. He will meet Sarkozy to give an explanation about France’s crisis.
In a recent press conference, the coach of newly promoted Barça Atlètic, Luis Enrique, discussed a variety of topics, including an evaluation of the season just passed and what the future might have in store for both the players and himself as their coach. What follows are some translated excerpts, as reported by Barcelona’s official site.
Come the start of next season, it appears Barca will have a brand new forward line, with Leo Messi set to be the only survivor from our current set of strikers to hold onto his starting place. What with the arrival of David Villa and the club’s obvious intent to swap Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Fernando Torres, it seems it will be all change when it comes to our attacking options next term. But do we really need to ship out the Swede in favour of the Spaniard?
FC Barcelona forward and Argentina international Lionel Messi celebrates his 23rd birthday on June 24th, 2010. On behalf of everyone at totalBarca we wish the best footballer in the world a very Happy Birthday!
According to Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deprotivo, FC Barcelona and Argentine International forward Lionel Messi (23 on June 24th), and Real Madrid rivals Gonzalo Higuaín and Cristiano Ronaldo are the candidates for the LFP (Liga de Fútbol Profesional) First Division award for “Best Forward” of the 2009-2010 season.
ROBINHO OR MATA
They are the candidates for the left wing. Barça has not any left-footed and need to reinforce the position.
Is up to Guardiola to decide between the two players.
Silva: City offers 35 million euros, Valencia says OK but the player waits for Barça.
Villa dedicated his first goal to Quini.
Captain Messi, to the round of 16.
Shameful goodbye by France.
32 MILLION EUROS FOR TOURÉ
The most expensive transfer in Barça’s history.
City closes the deal and they will sign him after the medical revision, which will be made this weekend.
He has won seven titles in three years and his transfer will bring a 20 million euros profit.
Antoni Rossich, Rosell’s strong man. He will take Joan Oliver’s position. He’s a soci and worked with Sandro during Barcelona’s Olympic Games.
“Matador”* Villa. The blaugrana goal-scorer is the key player in the fight for the title.
Del Bosque praises Busquets. “If I was a player, I would like to be like him”
Messi will face Márquez in the round of 16.
The French fiasco came true.
* “Matador” would mean “bullfighter”. It’s used here to say that was Villa who “killed” the matches and the rival team by scoring goals. It could be related too with the way he celebrated the goals (the bullfighter gesture he did to celebrate).
Thierry Henry is close to signing with the New York Red Bulls for the next season, according to the Norwegian television channel TV2. Henry has been linked with the American club almost weekly since last summer, and Henry is ready to leave Barcelona after their recent purchase of David Villa from Valencia.
Maradona fielded an experimental lineup for this match against Greece in which a draw would have been enough to see Argentina progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup as group leaders. And although Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain were both rested, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi took to the field wearing the Captain’s armband for the first time in his international career.
WC Blaugrana Match Preview: Greece vs. Argentina
Group B, Game 3 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Time: 20:30 Convert to local time
Location: Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Stadium Capacity: 41,733
WC Blaugrana Match Preview: Mexico vs. Uruguay, France vs. South Africa
Group A, Third Game – Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Time: 16:00 Convert to local time
Location: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg (Mexico vs. Uruguay); Free State Stadium, Mangaung/Bloemfontein (France vs. South Africa)
Stadium Capacity: 38,646; 40,911
June 22, 2010
June 21, 2010