Barcelona is ready for the clash against Bayern Munich from this evening. Catalans counting on Messi’s return and hope to get a result that give them chances of qualifying in the second leg in Spain.
Barcelona approach the game in Munich against Bayern full of confidence. The Blaugrana captain, Xavi, has only words of praise for the opponent from tonight. Bayern is already champion in Germany and wants to take revenge this season, after losing last year’s Champions League final against Chelsea.
The match against Atletico Madrid was the number 200 for the central defender Gerard Pique in Barcelona’s shirt.
It was auspicious, because the Blaugrana grouping won with the score of 4-1 and now is nine points distanced by the second place, their opponent from the Sunday’s evening.
The defender has sent arrows to Madrid, the place from which come all kinds of criticism of the man who breaks record after record at Barcelona, Lionel Messi. Real coach Jose Mourinho, pricked a little the Catalans, making reference to Messi’s injury in the match against Benfica: “Some out on a stretcher and are recovered in two days.” Read more
FIFA and France Football will announce on Thursday in Sao Paulo, the names of three finalists for the Golden Ball, the big favorite to win the trophy being the Argentine Lionel Messi.
The 25-year-old Argentina player, triple winner of the Golden Ball, would become the first player with four trophies. He already matched Michel Platini, who won it three consecutive times, two other players who managed the triple being Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten, but not three years in a row.
Today Sao Paulo will host the draw for next year’s Confederations Cup, opportunity by witch will be announced the finalists for Ballon d’Or, male and female, the finalists for the title of coach of the year, male and female, and the finalists for the best goal of the year. Read more
The Argentine star Leo Messi has scored 82 goals this year, and needs four goals to overcome the historic terminal recorded by Gerd Muller in 1972. While Barcelona will play seven matches before the end of the year, the Catalans’ top scorer will perform in only six of them.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has announced that will not use all regulars in the starting 11 against Alaves. The meeting represents the return of the sixteenth, in the tour match Blaugrana team winning 3-0 on the road.
Among the major absentees of Barcelona are Leo Messi, Valdes, Iniesta, Xavi and Pique, and their places will be filled by players from the second football team. Read more
Barcelona won smoothly the first leg knockout round of the Spanish Copa del Rey. The Catalans won the away match against Deportivo Alaves with score of 3-0, even though Tito Vilanova has rested Messi, Pedro, Pique, Valdes and Xavi.
The score was opened in the 40th minute by David Villa, who fired heavily with his left foot from 12 yards, directly in the cross bar, the ball bouncing off the goal. Iniesta increased the advantage immediately after the break, with a shot from over 20 yards. Fabregas closed the table in the 87th minute, resuming back to the net a pefrfect cross coming from Dani Alves. Read more
Ronaldo’s sadness slowly tends to be the butt of jokes in the world of football and in no case for concern. Ronaldo has not reasons to complain, especially since the news that will earn well below Messi and Ibrahimovic are totally false.
Madrid have recently announced that the Portuguese will earn 15 million euros per season, and the star from the Santiago Bernabeu will extend his contract for another two years. Besides, however, the striker seems to be much better in a top of total earnings of the footballers.
According to Forbes, Ronaldo would earn 42 million dollars, approximately 32 million euros per season. The amount takes into account not only the actual salary, but also earnings from advertising and image rights. Read more
UEFA Best Player in Europe Award! Real and City have many players than Barca! Who deserves the trophy?
UEFA has announced on the official site the list of players who are fighting for the title of “Best Player in Europe”!
Leo Messi, the first winner of this trophy, is on the list with the last year’s rivals, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi. The trophy will be awarded on August 30 in Monaco.
Initiative to create this distinction belongs to UEFA president. As in 2011, a jury of journalists from all 53 countries belonging to the European league have made lists of the best players. Players are put in order from 1 to 5, the best having 5 points, the second 4, and so on. Read more
After spending 100 million euros in the last 14 years on defenders, Barca can rely on own production
Spaniards are proud that with the coming of Jordi Alba, Barcelona can align after a very long time a defense made up exclusively of players trained at La Masia. Montoya (21, photo) and Alba (23 years) are the future on the flanks.
Journalists from Marca were calculated how much Catalans spent from 1997 to present, in an attempt to transfer valuable players on wingback positions. By welding torque Dani Alves – Abidal (that was probably one of the most powerful couples in the last 20 years), heads from Camp Nou have tried many variants, spending around 100 million euros for transfers. Read more