19 Barca youngsters in shortlist for futbol draft awards, 2010

19 Barca youngsters in shortlist for futbol draft awards, 2010

The list of futbol draft awards 2010, for young Spanish players, has been revealed. 132 young players were selected for the award; Barcelona have 19 youngsters on the list. The list starts from a pool of 132 players, which is then drafted to 33, and then the best 3 players from each position are selected.

Defenders

The list didn’t include any Barcelona goalkeepers but constituted nine defenders. In the right back position there is Barca Atletic’s Martin Montoya (18) and Juvenil A’s Albert Dalmau (17), while for the left back position Juvenil A’s Carles Planas (18) was selected. For the right centre back position, Barca Atletic’s Marc Bartra (18) and Juvenil B’s Eduard Campabadal (16) were selected. For the left centre back position there was a place for Barca Atletic’s Marc Muniesa (17), Andreu Fontas (20), Juvenil B’s Sergio Ayala (16) and Barcelona loan-out player and Sporting Gijon defender Alberto Botia (21).

Midfielders

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Pique to renew until 2015

Pique to renew until 2015

FC Barcelona central defender and Spanish international, Gerard Pique (23), announced today that he will sign a new contract with the team that will make him a Barcelona player until 2015. All major Spanish and Catalan news outlets are reporting that Pique will sign the new contract this Friday.

The five year contract extension, which will last until June 2015, will see Pique break into a new salary bracket; his buy-out clause will also be increased to nearly 100 million Euros. Pique’s previous contract was set to expire on 2012.

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Higuain: “Barca is the best team in the world”

Higuain: “Barca is the best team in the world”

Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, 22, has recognised the achievements of his club’s greatest rivals FC Barcelona. Interviewed for TV show Intereconomia, the Argentina international revealed his thoughts on who exactly is the best team in the world right now.

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Messi is not good enough for CR9

Messi is not good enough for CR9

Real Madrid forward and Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo (25) doesn’t rate Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi (22) among the current top 3 football players on the planet.

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Henry in for France against Spain

Henry in for France against Spain

According to Spanish tabloid El Mundo Deportivo , the football coach of France’s national team, Raymond Domenech (58), picked Barcelona striker and French international Thierry Henry (32) for the friendly game against Spain, despite his lack of playing time this season.

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Hleb Facing Problems at Stuttgart?

Hleb Facing Problems at Stuttgart?

FC Barcelona loan out and VfB Stuttgart player Alexander Hleb (28), looks unhappy at his current team and has reportedly asked Stuttgart manager Christian Gross for more playing time.

Gross said during an interview with German sports site ‘Spox’, “You have to keep in mind I am looking at a player also with regard to the statistics and how much efficiency a player is giving to the team, and looking at things from these points of view I have to admit that Zdravko Kuzmanovic has given more to the team than Alexander has in the short spell I have been manager of this club.”

“He is an attacking midfielder and has one goal and one assist to his name,” added Gross explaining the reasons behind not giving Hleb more minutes.

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Sevilla’s Jesus Navas in Barca radar

Sevilla’s Jesus Navas in Barca radar

Catalan sports paper ‘Sport’ report that Sevilla FC winger and Spanish international Jesus Navas (24) is in the radar of European Champions FC Barcelona. Navas, who has become a top level footballer for all purposes, is reportedly attracting interest from some of the best clubs in Europe.

Jesus Navas, who has an existing contract with Sevilla until 30 June 2012, is a youth product of Sevilla’s academy and has been with the club since he was 15.

Navas has apparently impressed the Barca staff with his undeniable class, privileged physique, generosity in the effort, his ability to provide assists and his eye for goal, all of which have recently earned him a place in the Spanish national team.

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Milito: “When you follow a dream, anything is possible”

Milito: “When you follow a dream, anything is possible”

FC Barcelona defender and Argentine international Gabriel Milito (29) recently gave an interview with Catalan sports paper ‘Sport’. Some excerpts:

Q : After a season and a half of missing the Champions League you finally returned. What do you remember about the game against Manchester United?

That it was a very important game, a semi-final, the first that I had played, a difficult match and an amazing environment. Now that I think about it, I remember being happy before the game but not so much afterwards.

Q : Did you realize immediately that you had such a devastating injury?

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Question of the week: Is Sergio Busquets really good enough?

Question of the week: Is Sergio Busquets really good enough?

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No matter what happens on the field for FC Barcelona, whether it be the glorious heights of free-flowing, high-scoring total-football or the dreary toothlessness of recent games, it seems there has been one question that has haunted Barcelona fans for nearly eighteen months now: is Sergio Busquets, 21, actually good enough for regular first-team selection?

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (25.02.2010)

IBRA RESPONDS

15 goals in 31 games and one shot inside the goal of each three are his numbers.

The crack takes the blow and is self-criticist: “We need to improve in a qualitative way”.

Checking Barça. It suffers from 10 worrying symptoms but Guardiola has the cure.

Piqué reveals what Pep said to them during the half-time: “If we keep perfoming like this, they will throw us out”.

[Non Barça Related]

CSKA Moscu 1 – 1 Sevilla. Negredo puts Sevilla closer to the quarter finals.

The Front: Sport (25.02.2010)

“IF YOU DON’T SHOW YOUR PRIDE, WE GO HOME RIGHT NOW”

Confidential. Guardiola’s telling-off during Stuttgart’s game half time.

“If we have no ambition to win, we won’t be the champions.”

Fright on the return’s plane which forced Guardiola to suspend the training.

[Non Barça Related]

Henry and Hamilton, together in Palau Sant Jordi. Reebok got them together.

Madrid. Schuster gives away a bomb: Raúl prevented Madrid from signing Villa.

CSKA Moscu 1 – 1 Sevilla. Negredo puts Sevilla closer to the quarter finals

Inter 2 – 1 Chelsea Mourinho takes advantage over his former team.

Youth Leagues: Weekly Results; Man of the Match

Youth Leagues: Weekly Results; Man of the Match

Every week at totalBarca, we bring you the results of the top four youth sides of La Masia: the Juvenil A, Juvenil B, Cadet A, Cadet B sides respectively. We also name the Man of the Match (MOM) performer for each category.

Juvenile Division Of Honor (Juvenil A):
CD Ferriolense 1-2 FC Barcelona A
Goals: Ruben Rochina, Jonathan Rodriguez
MOM: Ruben Rochina, was clearly a level above everyone on the pitch, showed pure class in both finishing and technical ability.

National Youth League (Juvenil B):
FC Barcelona B 6-1 CD Tortosa
Goals: Gael Etock (16) 4, Giorgi Chanturia (16) 1, Roger Canadell (16) 1
MOM: Gael Etock, star of the round. Scored an amazing super hattrick and proved again why he is one of the most promising stirkers to be playing at La Masia.

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Quote of the day: Rob Hughes, NY Times

Quote of the day: Rob Hughes, NY Times

“There is a beauty that is bred in Barça’s academy, a beauty that reflects everything good about the game. It is an essence purer than mere numbers, and long may it continue.”

Rob Hughes; article published in the NY Times.

Barca want €10 mill for Hleb

Barca want €10 mill for Hleb

Catalan radio station Ona FM reports that FC Barcelona technical secretary Txiki Begiristain and director of football Raul Sanllehi used the team’s recent visit to Stuttgart to meet up with the player’s agent Uli Ferber to discuss the future of Barcelona’s loan-out midfielder and Belarusian international Alexsander Hleb (28).

The club wants to know first hand Hleb’s intentions for next year. The midfielder’s loan deal with Stuttgart ends in June, and he has a contract with Barca until 2012.

Both parties have decided to hold a new meeting within two weeks, when Barca and Stuttgart will be facing each other in the return leg of the first knockout round of Champions League at the Camp Nou.

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Training cancelled due to late return from Stuttgart

Training cancelled due to late return from Stuttgart

The players arrived back in Barcelona late due to a French air traffic controllers strike. As a consequence the training session scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled.

The Barça players are finally back in Barcelona after several hours of uncertainty on Wednesday morning. Their plane landed at Barcelona airport just after 2.15 pm. They were due to go straight to the training grounds but given the unexpected delay the session was cancelled.

The players will now begin their preparations for the weekend game against Malaga at 5.30 pm on Thursday. Touré will hold a press conference an hour before the training session starts.

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Del Bosque: “Concentrate on playing Cesc”

Del Bosque: “Concentrate on playing Cesc”

Spain national team manager Vicente del Bosque has told Arsenal captain and Spanish international midfielder Cesc Fabregas (22) to forget any rumours linking him with a return to Spain and former club Barcelona, and concentrate on firing Arsenal to the Premier League title.

Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a move back to Barcelona consistently for the last two years, with a number of Barcelona staff members and players revealing that the Gunner’s skipper will join the Catalan club at some point in the future.

A plethora of pundits are suggesting that this summer after the World Cup Fabregas could leave the Emirates, however his international coach has asked Fabregas to concentrate on Arsenal and forget rumours linking him with a move back home.

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Thiago: “It was a fabulous evening”

Thiago: “It was a fabulous evening”

FC Barcelona attacking midfielder and Spanish youth international Thiago Alcantara, 18, has spoken of the pleasure he received from scoring his debut goal for the Catalan club at the weekend. The midfieder came on in the 76th minute of Barca’s home game against Racing Santander, only to find the back of the net in the 83rd minute.

“It was a great experience, you’re elated, not thinking about many things, it’s a fabulous time,” said the youngster when speaking to ‘radio federacion’ on Tuesday.

“I try to play well and enjoy every game. Football is one thing where everyone knows how vital and innate it is that you are enjoying it and having fun.”

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Guardiola and Henry clash before Santander game?

Guardiola and Henry clash before Santander game?

Certain sections of the press are reporting today that FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola had a confrontation with striker Thierry Henry, 32, before Barca’s home game against Racing Santander at the weekend. Reports in the French journal France Football claim that the two men had the disagreement just before kick-off with Henry apparently telling the coach he was unwilling to be called upon at the last minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had already been chosen ahead of the Frenchman in the starting eleven, was pulled from the team with discomfort in his calf.

Although the journal admits the story is only a rumour, it does suggest that Guardiola told Henry that if he flatly refused to play against the side from Cantabria on Saturday then he would not play for Barca again.

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Post-match Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic interview


Guardiola: “Everybody thought it would be easy”

Guardiola: “Everybody thought it would be easy”

During the post match press conference in Stuttgart, FC Barcelona coach Pep Guaridola admitted that his side didn’t play too well during the first half but concluded that he knew what needed to be done to get the team back on the right track. Talking about the result and their opponent, he said, “I give a lot of value to this result. Even if we had lost I wouldn’t have lost faith in my team because I have a blind faith in them. It’s obvious that it’s never easy when you’re the champion and you have to do it all over again. Things are always difficult. Everybody thought that it would be easy since we were playing against a team that isn’t very well known but there is no such thing as an easy rival in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.”

During halftime, Guardiola was able to tweak the tactics in order to play a better second half. “We weren’t well positioned and gave up easy counter attacks. In the second half we were able to play with a little more order and with everyone well positioned. It’s true that Ibra’s goal helped us control the game. I had already stated that the tie would be decided in Camp Nou.”

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February 24, 2010

The Highlights: VfB Stuttgart – FC Barcelona 1-1

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (24.02.2010)

The Front: Sport (24.02.2010)

Quote of the day: Zlatan Ibrahimovic


February 23, 2010

Elections Weekly (13): Lawsuit could trigger early elections

Litmanen saved Zlatan’s career

Txiki already speaking to Azpilicueta?

The Result: VFB Stuttgart 1 – 1 FC Barcelona

Yaya Toure: “I’m happy here and I’m staying”

Man of the Match Poll: Stuttgart 1 – 1 Barcelona

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