FC Barcelona’s first team, with only three players available owing to the international break, worked this Thursday morning at what was the final training session of the week. Similar to the other sessions this week, Pinto, Abidal, and Dos Santos trained with Barça B. The session took place on pitch no. 4 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
The small number of first team players currently not with their national teams have continued training at the Ciutat Esportiva with Barça B. To be exact, there were three first team players available and working on the pitch this Wednesday: Pinto, Dos Santos, and Abidal. Adriano and Puyol spent today’s session doing recovery work.
The three available members of the first team, Jonathan Dos Santos, Éric Abidal, and José Manuel Pinto, trained this Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in what was the first session of the week. Pinto spent the morning session working in the gym, while Abidal and Dos Santos trained outside with eight players from Barça B: Sergi Gómez, Oier Olazábal, Miguel Bañuz, Sergio Araujo, Ivan Balliu, Javier Espinosa, Joan Román, and Kiko Femenia.
This Wednesday morning, Jordi Roura led a training session with the 22 available members of the FC Barcelona first team. Pedro and Dos Santos were back with the group, after spending Tuesday working in the gym. Today’s session, closed to the press and centered around preparing for the matches against Deportivo and AC Milan, took place at the Ciutat Esportiva.
After two days of rest, FC Barcelona’s first team returned to training this Tuesday morning at a session held on pitch no. 1 of the Ciutat Esportiva. Taking part in the session were the 20 available members of the first team. Xavi spent the session doing physiotherapy work to help the midfielder recovery from his right thigh injury. Pedro and Jonathan Dos Santos, meanwhile, worked in the gym.
For the first time this week, Jordi Roura was able to work with the majority of the first team squad at a training session. This Thursday, the players who had been involved in international friendlies on Wednesday were back at the Ciutat Esportiva. A number of these players (Cesc, Alba, Iniesta, Pedro, Sergio, Alves, Adriano, Messi, and Mascherano) spent the session doing post-match recovery work and physiotherapy, while the rest of the internationals (Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Villa, and Alexis) exercised at a normal pace with the group.
Following the win against Malaga on Thursday evening (2-4), Barça’s players and coaches were back at a training session on Friday preparing for the Liga match this Sunday at home against Osasuna (19:00). The starters from the game at La Rosaleda did recovery work during the session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The rest of the squad took part in a more intense training session under the orders of Jordi Roura.
During training, Jonathan dos Santos sprained some of the ligaments in his left ankle. He will be out of action for approximately 15 days.
El Pivote (or The Pivot) is a weekly totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana. We welcome your thoughts and feedback in the comments section.
Here is the second instalment of El Pivote’s Christmas Holiday report cards! The first instalment can be found here.
We are all extremely thankful to Josep Guardiola i Sala, a man that changed and achieved so much at our club. But there is one group of people that might be a little more thankful than anyone else, a group of people whose lives and careers took a new turn when Josep Guardiola decided to let them make their debut for FC Barcelona. During his four years as coach of our beloved club, Pep gave no less than 22 youth team players their chance to make the dream of debuting for Fútbol Club Barcelona a reality. Five of these players also made their B team debuts under Pep.
Twenty-two players in four years is a large number, and it means many changed lives. In this series, I will take a look at all 22 of these players, examine their career trajectories and how Pep and the chance to debut in the first team impacted their footballing careers and their lives.
After covering Abraham, Fontàs and Gai Asulin before the break, the Gràcies Pep series is now back. It’s now time to look into the stories of Jonathan Soriano, who was ready to leave football before joining Barça and is today one of the big stars Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg; Jonathan Dos Santos, the boy who was always in the shadows of his brother and his teammates, but who has always been there, working the hardest; and Marc Bartra, the blaugrana kid who has been at the club since he was 11 and who might be the answer to one of Vilanova’s biggest problems.
During today’s final session of the week on pitch no. 3 of the Ciutat Esportiva, two of the three blaugranes who took part in this summer’s Olympic Games -Martín Montoya and Cristian Tello- were back in training after arriving in Barcelona on Thursday. The third, Jordi Alba, following Tito Vilanova’s instructions, will join the group next Wednesday, the 8th of August.
America All-Stars vs. Mexico All-Stars, Copa Mundo Maya, Friendly
Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 02:00 CET (Convert to your local time)
Andrés Quintana Roo Stadium, Cancun, Mexico (Capacity: 20,000)
Lionel Messi will be the star of a friendly match taking place in Mexico this evening. Joining him as the “America All-Stars” will be players like Javier Mascherano, Robinho, Diego Milito, Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos, Marco Materazzi, Carlos Vela, Mario Yepes, and José Manuel Pinto. Alexis Sánchez may also make an appearance as the Chilean is currently in Cancun. Former Brazil national team coach Dunga will be the man in charge on the bench.
The other team taking the pitch tonight will be comprised of players such as Leandro Augusto, Matías Vuoso, Damián Álvarez, Lucas Lobos, Jackson Martínez, Braulio Luna, and Egidio Arévalo from the Mexican League as the “Mexico All-Stars”. They be led by manager Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferreti.
Announced last week by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta in a radio interview, today FC Barcelona’s official site has confirmed the promotion of Marc Muniesa, Marc Bartra, Jonathan dos Santos and Martín Montoya to the first team beginning next season. After Barça B’s 4-0 win over Cartagena at the Minestadi, two of the players, Muniesa and Bartra, had the chance to express their delight with the promotion. Muniesa confessed, “I’m very happy. It’s a dream that little by little has come true.” Bartra’s feelings were similar: “Playing for the first team is a dream I’ve had since I was little.”
This Thursday, FC Barcelona B midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (21) has signed the renewal of his contract linking him with the club through 2015. In addition to the player, the event was attended by president Sandro Rosell, vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu, director Jordi Mestre, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and director of football Raül Sanllehí.
FC Barcelona’s site has officially announced that the Catalan club has reached an agreement with midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (21) to extend his contract through the 2014-15 season. The deal, which will be signed sometime in the next few days, will include a buyout clause of 30 million euros.
After six games without a win, Barça B made the most of a penalty, a free kick, and a man advantage in the final minutes to earn the three points from a 1-4 win over Alcoyano. Dos Santos, Carmona, Rafinha and Tello were the scorers of the blaugrana goals, a result that moves the team out of the relegation zone into 17th place in the standings. Details of the match and Eusebio’s post game comments can be found after the jump.
Sport reported on Friday that Barcelona B midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos may be close to a move to Primera outfit Zaragoza. His transfer fee would be about 1 million euros and would be tied to a buy-back option. More details about a potential deal are still to be revealed, but totalBarça will update the site as new information emerges.
Barça B midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos has apologized and accepted responsibility for the act of indiscipline which resulted is a six month suspension from the Mexican national team before the Copa América.
Baby-faced Jonathan Dos Santos, attacking midfielder at Barcelona B this season, has been suspended for six months by the Mexican Football Commission, according to reports in Sport and El Mundo Deportivo today. The suspension means that Dos Santos will miss the upcoming Copa America which gets off the ground on July 1 in Argentina. Seven other members of the Mexican U22 squad have been similarly punished.
“I speak to him a lot and tell him he needs to be patient. He’s at the best club in the world, no doubt about that, and he has huge stars for team-mates. It’s a great opportunity for him to be able to train with them. He needs to keep cool, play well for the B team and wait for his chance – which I’ve no doubt will come.“
Former Barça forward, Giovanni dos Santos, gives his younger brother, Jonathan, some sound advice.
The streak continues! FC Barcelona B secured their fourth consecutive victory against Catalan rivals Gimnàstic on Saturday thanks to goals by the Jonathans: two from Jonathan Soriano and two from Jonathan Dos Santos. The win moves them up to 4th with 47 points. Barça B are also now the highest scoring team in the Second Division with 56 goals, and Jonathan Soriano is top scorer with 19 to his name. Details of the match and Luis Enrique’s post-match comments are all below. Enjoy!
According to Catalan paper Sport, Barcelona B midfielder Jonathan dos Santos has claimed he has no intention of leaving the club. Although the same paper reported rumours last week that the club had opened the doors on any possible transfers, the Mexican player believes he has worked too hard to leave now.
FC Barcelona B’s Jonathan dos Santos has been given the approval to find a way out of the club this winter transfer period, according to ‘Sport.es’ today. And several clubs have already been contacted. The stipulated requirements asked by the club for any prospective new employer are that it can satisfy his sporting career progression and a €3 million compensatory transfer fee, thus avoiding a free move when his contract expires this June.
Catalan sports paper Sport reports that FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has already chosen the four players he will be promoting to the first team this season. Following the success of Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodriguez in the first team over the last two seasons, the Santpedor born coach is clear that he prefers players from the clubs renowned ‘La Masia’ over paying millions for transfers that may or may not adapt to the Blaugrana system.
According to Spanish sports paper Sport, the Mexican Football Federation has accepted the request made by FC Barcelona midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos to not be included on the list of players to face Spain in the friendly on August 11th, therefore making him available for the Super Copa match against Sevilla.