Saturday 30 May 2009

Match discussion: Deportivo

This evening at 9:00 pm bt,
Barcelona plays the 38th and last league game against Deportivo.

Deportivo squad list:
Laure, Aranzubía, Verdú, Bodipo, Cristian, Filipe, Guardado, Juan Rodríguez, Lafita, Lopo, Manuel Pablo, Munúa, Lassad, Pablo Álvarez, Adrián López, Riki, Ze Castro, Sergio, Colotto, Valerón

Barcelona squad list:
Valdés, Pinto, Oier, Piqué, Botía, Cáceres, Sylvinho, Xavi, Víctor Sánchez, Abraham, Xavi Torres, Touré, Busquets, Keita, Gudjohnsen, Jeffren, Eto'o, Bojan, Henry, Hleb, Pedro

Re-live the first round game here


From two hours before until two hours after the game you can join a match chat (read more here)

Before (what are your expectations, what's your prediction, what should be the line-up,...), during and after the match, you can also comment on the game here.

Guardiola, the hero of Rome

I put my hand in the fire that they will give everything...!


co-starring Touré Yaya, the invincible gladiator


Treble celebration: The Pictures (part 3)

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watch a video here

Inter Milan dreaming of Toure

Italian sports site Sportmediaset claims that Inter Milan is interested in Barcelona defensive midfielder and Ivorian international Yaya Touré (26).

Inter Milan manager José Mourinho, who also liked Touré's performance during the Champions League final on Wednesday, would like to link Touré with former Barcelona player Thiago Motta in midfield.

Although he realizes that a transfer will be very difficult this summer, the Portuguese manager would nevertheless have ordered his club to sound out the parties involved to hear if a transfer could be possible.

Read more:
Talks with Manchester City on Toure transfer
Toure doesn't want to leave Barcelona

Guardiola wants larger squad and new players

Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola has said at a press conference yesterday that he wants to be able to count on a larger squad next season:

"Next season will be very difficult for all of us. The calendar of the season that comes will be very tight.

To start with, we could have five or six more top-level games due to the Spanish super cup, the European super cup and the World cup for clubs. Besides that, there's the African Cup of Nations and the season also will be shorter because of the World cup.

There almost won't be time to train, to work on new concepts because we will go from game to game. There will be around 70 games and I think it would be advisable to have a squad that's a little larger. I also think it's needed to bring in new people. You should always look to renew your squad little by little. We will sit down with Txiki and we'll have a look at the possibilities the market offers."

Read more:
A goalkeeper, a left back and a striker
Barcelona plans few changes in the summer
Txiki talks about the summer transfer market

Live Match Chat: Deportivo La Coruna - FC Barcelona

(original post by OmarX)

RC Deportivo de La Coruña - FC Barcelona
(Saturday 30 May 2009 @ 21:00 barcelona time)

Chat Link:

Chat starts around 19:00 - 7:00 pm

Have you ever sat infront of your TV or computer while you were watching a FC Barcelona game and hoped you could share your excitement, feelings, and opinions with other fans LIVE as it happens?

We are proud to present you the new FC Barcelona Match Chat. Now you will be able to communicate before, during and after the match. The chat will be available from two hours before until two hours after the match. In the future this could turn into a 24/7 chat.

The chat is designed to be very user friendly and just requires you to enter your desired nickname and join (no registration required!). It is open to everyone, therefore make sure to invite your friends and spread the message. If you encounter any troubles or difficulties please put them here in the comments section or contact omarx in the chatroom.

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[2008] Deal with Silva

this post was published exactly one year ago:

Spanish local newspaper Las Provincias claims that Barcelona has reached a principal agreement with Valencia left winger and Spanish international David Silva (22).

Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain met with Amadeo Rengel, the agent of the player, on Wednesday night and the deal was closed. Barcelona would pay Silva a year salary of 2,2 million euro°, the double of what the player is currently earning.

Barcelona will now have to contact Valecia with a first formal offer. Rengel would possibly act as go-between in the negotiations between the two clubs. Catalan sports papers Sport and El Mundo Deportivo claim that Barcelona wants to close the deal with Valencia as soon as possible because Silva is expected to play a good Euro 2008, which could make other teams join the race and lead to a price increase.

Valencia nevertheless does not seem to be in a hurry. And despite the rumours about the club having financial problems,Valencia does not want to let players go on the cheap. Valencia sports director Juan Sánchez said yesterday to journalists that the club did not yet receive an offer for Silva: "If an offer comes in, we'll look at it. If David would have to leave one day, an important fee will have to be paid."

Valencia chief executive Jesús Wollstein even went a step further today: "David Silva is a key player for our project and is untransferable." This was confirmed by Valencia president Agustín Morera who hopes Silva will end his career at Valencia but added that all offers will be looked at by the sports director and the manager.

Negotiations are nevertheless expected to start in the coming days with a first offer by Barcelona. Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that the first bid would be 15 million euro°, with that proposal probably being raised to 18 million euro°. Valencia would consider 20 million euro° as being an absolute minimum.

Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Barcelona does not want to pay more than 20 million euro°. Madrid sports tabloid Marca claims that Barcelona has already made an informal offer of 20 million euro°, but that the answer from the entourage of Valencia was negative.

Silva has a buyout clause of 90 million euro°. Las Provincias claims that Valencia would nevertheless be ready to let the player go for a transfer fee between 35 and 40 million euro°, Madrid sports tabloid As talks about 35 million euro°.

Read more 30 May 2008 news:
Giovani agrees terms with Tottenham
Pique's first interview
Galatasaray prepares bid for Gudjohnsen
Barcelona is following Dutch League striker
OFFICIAL: José Manuel Pinto

ReLive: Barcelona-Deportivo 5-0

Pichichi and Zamora (day 37)

With Barcelona players competing for the trophies of best goalscorer and best goalkeeper of the Spanish league, this blog will follow the events during the second round.

31 Forlán (Atlético Madrid)
29 Eto'o (Barcelona)
26 Villa (Valencia)
23 Messi (Barcelona)
21 Higuaín (Real Madrid)

0,89 Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
1,00 Palop (Sevilla)
1,22 Aranzubía (Deportivo)
1,25 Toño (Racing Santander)
1,31 Kameni (Espanyol)

Champions League Final - Copenhagen, Denmark

Mancs on the stairs

Eto's goal

Me (Stigsby) celebrating

After-game celebrations

Talks with Lyon on Gudjohnsen transfer

Catalan sport paper Sport claims that Olympique Lyon is interested in Barcelona attacker and Iceland international Eidur Gudjohnsen (30).

The French club would already have met with Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain to discuss a possible transfer. Lyon is willing to pay a small transfer fee and Barcelona isn't planning to play it hard. Barcelona sources also told the paper that there's no intention to include Gudjohsen in another transfer.

Gudjohnsen would have accepted that he will leave this summer. He would like to move to another league in order to get more playing minutes. The Icelandic has been contacted by Lyon and has asked for some time to think before he takes a final decision on his future. Several other clubs and agents would already have made enquiries about the player and Barcelona has given Gudjohnsen the total freedom of choice in deciding his future club.

The attacker, who was a transfer target for French club Olympique Marseille last December, would have a preference to return to the English Premier League because of sporting and non-sporting reasons. British tabloid The Daily Mirror meanwhile claims that it's very likely that Gudjohnsen, who rejected previous offers by English clubs, will end up in the English Premier League.

Read more:
Everton interested in Gudjohnsen
Talks on future Gudjohnsen in the summer
Blackburn Rovers interested in Gudjohnsen

Players and coaches pose with the treble

Yesterday, the squad posed with the three trophies that were won duirng the current season.

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