France’s national team was more remembered for its antics on the training ground and in the locker room than on the field at the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup. Embarrassed by the catastrophe and the disgrace it caused to the nation, the French Football Federation has identified five players – Eric Abidal, Frank Ribery, Patrice Evra, Jeremy Toulalan and Nicolas Anelka, who was sent home during the tournament for abusing manager Raymond Domenech – as the musketeers behind the rebellion. The quintet will report to Paris for a disciplinary hearing on August 17 to explain their version of the events. The announcement means that Abidal will have to travel three days before the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
VILLA DREAMS IN BLAUGRANA
The great signing of 2010-2011
“I’m dying to start scoring goals in Camp Nou”
“My big goal is to win the league and above all the Champions League”
Ozil waits for Guardiola
Mascherano offers himself to Barça
Mexico – Spain (22:00 K, TVE-1)
The pin of controversy [Del Bosque]
THEY VOTE FOR OZIL
MD survey: 85% of the fans want to see the German international as a blaugrana
Guardiola has not given a response, but if he gives the OK, Barça would close it in 24 hours
Craziness and Red alert
More than 100,000 fans met the champions at the airport
Barça, concerned about its players who will play a game in extreme conditions
According to his current club Werder Bremen, Mesut Özil (21) is not on the verge of pulling the blaugrana shirt over his shoulders and taking the pitch in a possible star-studded midfield with Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
There have been multiple reports in the Spanish media that an agreement had been reached with his German club, and that Guardiola’s approval was all that was left for the deal to go through. But according to the Associated Press, Werder Bremen media director Tino Polster has begged to differ, saying “there are no talks and there is no offer from Barcelona.”
The Spanish agent of Liverpool midfielder and Argentina captain Javier Mascherano has revealed in an interview with Catalan Radio station COMRadio, that the holding midfielder is longing for a move to the Catalan giants before the end of the transfer window. Heavily linked with the FC Barcelona during the previous summer transfer window, the hard tackling midfield player nicknamed El Jefecito (the little chief), has not renewed his contract at Anfield, and is looking to the continent for new opportunities.
AGREEMENT FOR OZIL
The only thing missing is Pep’s approval
12 million euros — the signing of the Werder Bremen player could be closed in 10 days
Confidential: Rosell offers Robinho, but Pep doesn’t want him
National team in the polemic game: the blaugrana players will only play 15 minutes
Del Bosque ‘promises’ not to force them physically in Mexico
“We wait for you next season” — his national team teammates cheer up Cesc after not signing for Barça
The hero of the World Cup final is already trainng — Iniesta passed the medical exams with Barça and will not play in the Super Cup
OZIL, tied – there is an agreement with the player for 4 years and with Werder for 12 million. They only lack Pep’s okay.
Mascherano, within range — his agent says that “he woud love to sign for Barça” and he costs half of what Cesc costs
More Barça: Andres Iniesta is back to work after his vacation
Mexico – Spain: the Barcelona players prefer to say nothing
Last year a tragedy struck the footballing world, RCD Espanyol’s captain Daniel Jarque passed away from a heart attack during his team’s preseason games in Italy. Today is the first anniversary of his death and this article is a homage to him and a chance to express our condolences to the player’s family, all the Espanyol team and board, and the fans.
Catalan based newspaper Sport reported that a Belgian couple, Wesley Beeckman and Anneke Maes, decided to name their newly born child Barça! The parents, who both are dedicated Barcelona fans, explained to the FC Barcelona official website that the idea, of naming their child Barça, came to them one night while they were watching Barcelona players playing, so they decided to name their baby boy by the name of the club they loved: Barcelona.
OZIL: I WANT TO PLAY AT BARÇA
The German international has been a culé since he was young and is an admirer of Messi
He prefers Barça to Madrid and his signing would cost 15 million
Guardiola: “We will have a great squad”
Gouan 0 – 3 Barça – Ibra scores and the cantera makes the grade
And now to prepare for the Super Cup
August 8, 2010