Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Brilliant Barcelona delight fans in 4-0 win over Getafe

Barcelona got an impressive victory over Getafe and remain now one point behind Real Madrid in the Spanish tournament.

Alexis Sanchez netted twice and proved to be fully recovered. Messi and Pedro scored the rest of the goals.

The whole catalan squad had a perfect performance and their supporters ended up pretty happy with the result. Cuenca, Alexis and Pedro were too much for the stunned defenders of Getafe. And Messi had enough space to display his precise skills.

With this win, The pressure is on Real Madrid, only one point ahead now.

Sandro Rosell: "I'm optimistic"


During a public event, Sandro Rosell stated that he is an "optimistic" supporter, rather than a "suffering" one. The current president of Barcelona was in the presentation of a new book, along with Carles Rexach.

It turns out that the book is named "Compulsive suffering or natural optimistics", written by Marius Carol. 

Rosell was talking about Barcelona's chances of winning the title, against leaders Real Madrid, who are 4 points ahead. There are only 6 games left and their classic rivals are showing an impressive performance in each match. Some people consider impossible to overcome that 4-point difference.


Barcelona squad: 2011/2012 Season

This is the complete list of players for the current season:


1. VÍCTOR VALDÉS - Spain
2. DANIEL ALVES - Brazil
3. GERARD PIQUÉ - Spain
4. CESC FÀBREGAS - Spain
5. CARLES PUYOL - Spain
6. XAVI HERNÁNDEZ - Spain
7. DAVID VILLA - Spain
8. ANDRÉS INIESTA - Spain
9. ALEXIS SÁNCHEZ - Chile
10. LIONEL MESSI - Argentina
11. THIAGO ALCÁNTARA - Spain
13. JOSÉ MANUEL PINTO - Spain
14. JAVIER MASCHERANO - Argentina
15. SEYDOU KEITA - Mali
16. SERGIO BUSQUETS - Spain
17. PEDRO RODRÍGUEZ - Spain
20. IBRAHIM AFELLAY - Netherlands
21. ADRIANO CORREIA - Brazil
22. ÉRIC ABIDAL - France
23. ISAAC CUENCA - Spain
24. ANDREU FONTÀS - Spain
28. JONATHAN DOS SANTOS - Mexico

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Xavi Hernandez, the best playmaker in the world for the fourth consecutive year

The International Federation for Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named Barcelona's footballer Xavi Hernandez as the best playmaker in the world.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Catalan player receives this honor. Xavi outranked Barcelona teammates Lio Messi and Andres Iniesta, and many other popular players like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Silva. 

Here's the final ranking made by the IFFHS: 

1. Xavier Hernández Creus "Xavi" (SPA/Barcelona) 232 puntos
2. Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona) 147
3. Andrés Iniesta (SPA/Barcelona) 110
4. Mesut Özil (GER/Real Madrid) 59
5. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid) 47
6. David Silva (SPA/Manchester City) 31
7. Wesley Sneijder (DEU/Inter Milan) 22
8. Xabier Alonso "Xabi" (SPA/Real Madrid) 19
9. Diego Forlán (URU/Inter Milan) 17
10. Cesc Fábregas (SPA/Barcelona) 15
11. Andrea Pirlo (ITA/Juventus) 15
12. Franck Ribery (FRA/Bayern Munich) 10
13. Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER/Bayern Munich) 9
14. Luka Modric (CRO/Tottenham Hotspur) 8
15. Frank Lampard (ENG/Chelsea) 5
16. Javier Matías Pastore (ARG/Paris Saint-Germain) 5

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cesc denies racist insults against Kanoute

Cesc Fabregas publicly denied that he blasted any racist comment against Frédéric Kanouté during the match between Barcelona and Sevilla last saturday.

As we know, Sevilla's striker reacted against Cesc and almost started a fight. That action forced the referee to show the red card to Kanouté. Newspapers today speculated that Fabregas could have told him racial insults.

Fabregas rapidly denied this version. "I have played with footballers from all around the world. I have an arabic tatoo. My girlfriend is from Lebanon. It makes no sense to suggest that I did that kind of thing" said Cesc.

Messi missed a penalty shot as Barcelona only got a 0-0 tie with Sevilla

According to Josep Guardiola, Sevilla is one of the big teams in Spain. And the final result seem to prove him right. Barcelona FC could only achieve a 0-0 tie with Sevilla last saturday at the Camp Nou.

The most valuable player of the game was Sevilla's goalkeeper Javi Varas. Not just for his impressive saves during the 90 minutes, but for stopping Lio Messi's penalty shoot in the very last minute of the match.

The referee showed the red card to Fernando Navarro and Kanoute, but that could not keep Sevilla from rescueing an important point.

Barcelona falls to the second place of the Spanish League, right behind leaders Real Madrid.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cesc almost recovered, to play against Sevilla

Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is almost fully recovered from his injury. The popular footballer aims to return to action against Sevilla in the Spanish League.

He took part of the last training session with the rest of the squad. Barcelona's coach Jose Guardiola will not allow him to play against Viktoria Pilsen for the European Competition in order to ensure his proper recovery.