The gossip press pursues him
Piqué faces the pressure with the maximum professionalism.
His close environment protects him. The club and his family, his best allied against the rumours.
It doesn’t affect his performance. The squad accepts naturally his so-called relationship with Shakira.
This was how Pep’s birthday party was like.
The Cup, with all the usual starters.
Busquet’s renewal is imminent.
Pep Guardiola again sent a soothing message of his renewal in his pre-Copa del Rey match press conference yesterday. Out of contract in June, he still thinks this is not the best time to sign but said, “For a coach, after a certain time, things can become routine for him and when that time comes one must get away from it but there’s still a lot of time left in the contract and the club knows I will never abandon them, so please let me do my job in peace.”
“Lio is the best player in the world and the best person too. When you play with him it’s like having five team-mates alongside you. He’s a different kind of player, he’ll pull off a move or play you the ball when your opponent least expects it.”
Argentina and Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore tells fifa.com why Lionel Messi is simply the best.
In Part 1 we looked at how a player’s age can influence a fan’s feelings when it comes to seeing new faces arrive at the club, but it is not just a lack of years that seems to make us fans worry. Oh no. There is so much more behind our obsession with who we do and do not sign that we needed a Part 2 in order to get through it all. So here it is. Enjoy.
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.
Is it any surprise that prompted Mourinho to ask for a new signing this winter rather than go for home-grown youths? Not me. It’s his philosophy. He is true to his own style.
I don’t know if Real Madrid will win some, a lot or nothing, but I know one thing: their coach wants to win something: whatever it is. That’s because they have brought him in just for that, and because of his prestige. So that is why he made the demand. If they don’t entertain his latest request – and that’s nothing new, on the contrary – he will always be able to say: “keep that in mind”, hiding behind the club’s decision, giving the excuse that he lacked a piece [of the jigsaw puzzle] to complete his work.
It seems last summer’s World Cup in South Africa ended up being a rather profitable enterprise for FC Barcelona, not only did many of the team’s Spanish stars go on to lift the trophy at the end of the competition, but also for the first time ever, FIFA actually paid reimbursement to clubs for the use of their players, with Barça receiving the greatest amount.
Josep Guardiola has named his squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match against Real Betis in Sevilla. The list includes all 18 players available from the first team as well as Barça B defender Marc Bartra. Alves and Puyol, both injured, will miss the match.
For many, Joan Laporta had taken a gamble when in 2008 he announced the appointment of Pep Guardiola, a former FC Barcelona player with little experience coaching a big team, as the coach of the first team. But what a decision it was and the results are there for all to see and enjoy. Cules all over are experiencing some of the best years in the club’s history. While we are lucky to have some talented and committed players, we also have a coach who is devoted to his job. Guardiola’s humility, his integrity, his passion for a beautiful game are some of the many reasons why FC Barcelona is one of the best clubs at the moment. On Guardiola’s 40th birthday, the totalBarça team pays its own tribute to Señor Guardiola by gathering a few of our favourite moments – video and words – of his career as a manager.
The injury worries for Barcelona B continue with the news on Monday that reserve midfielder Sergi Roberto has a hamstring injury that will keep him out of the squad for approximately four to five weeks.
The streak is finally broken! FC Barcelona recorded their first victory since Novemeber 6th (matchday 11) in the 20th league game of the season, beating Salamance away 2-3. Barça’s goals came from Sergi Roberto (a golazo), Rafinha (in only his second appearance for the B team), and Jonathan Soriano. Details of the match can be found below. Enjoy!
January 17, 2011