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Arsenal : Give me £50million for Cesc

June 7th, 2010 No comments

phpOZZG00ARSENAL have told Barcelona: You can have Cesc Fabregas for £50million.

And Arsene Wenger has already held talks with Joe Cole over filling the gap left in the Gunners midfield.

Arsenal insisted skipper Fabregas, 23, was not for sale when they dismissed Barca’s opening bid last week.

But the Nou Camp’s top brass now claim Arsenal say they will sell… if Barca double their offer.

The Catalan giants are not prepared to do that but the fact Arsenal have named a price suggests there is now room for negotiation.

A Nou Camp source said: “This is the news the men in charge at Barca wanted.

“They now see the possibility of Arsenal cracking and are determined to get their man.

“They hope they can get an agreement at around the £35m mark.”

Chelsea star Cole met Gunners boss Wenger before jetting out to South Africa with England last week.

The former West Ham ace, 28, is out of contract and set to quit Stamford Bridge after seven years.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has not given up hope of keeping Cole.

Assistant boss Ray Wilkins admitted: “Carlo and myself would love Joe to stay. But it’s down now to the club to see what we can do.”

Barcelona have won the fourth trophy of an incredible season

May 17th, 2010 No comments

phpj1UgFnFC Barcelona have won the fourth trophy of an incredible season, and by beating Valladolid have set an all-time Liga record of 99 points.

This team was born to win. Guardiola has continued weaving his magic and 368 days after winning the cup in Mestalla, the celebrations continue. Barça won an unprecedented six titles in 2010, and it was exactly a year ago today on May 16 that their second League title was confirmed. They have now retained the title, while in the meantime, the Clubs World Cup, the Champions League and both Super Cups have also been conquered.

This team just can’t stop winning. It is often noted that after a very successful season, it is hard for a team to reproduce the same form the following year. Not so with Barça, who have continued to stun the world with their gourmet football, in which every pass, and every shot, is a delight to behold. The hallmark style of maintaining possession of the ball, wearing down the opposition and always playing to attack has always been present, even when the side was beaten in the two knockout competitions it has played in this year. In the League, the statistics speak for themselves, 99 points including the double over nearest rivals Real Madrid.

Guardiola’s side has been truly remarkable, and this League title is particularly valued considering how difficult the campaign has been this year. Barça have been astounding, but Real Madrid have been putting together a similarly brilliant record, and it all came down to the very last day. FC Barcelona have had to break records to get here. Nobody has ever gained 99 points in one of the major European leagues, and they have once again had to win no fewer than 13 games on the road, and just draw five games and lose one. With top scorer Messi and top goalkeeper Valdés on the park, they have gone unbeaten at the Camp Nou – it’s been a season to remember for so many wonderful reasons.
It is also especially pleasing to know that all of this has been achieved with so much homemade talent.

The team that has had the most overall possession and shot the most times at goal has done so with 10 of 21 players that have appeared being products of the club’s own youth system based at La Masia. Guardiola, the incomparable leader of the team, has managed to blend the talent of imported stars with local players in stunning fashion, with everybody learning to combine and respect the club’s philosophy that does so much to reflect what is so good about football. We can now salute a champion in every sense of the word.

Ibrahimovic link with City and Chelsea

May 13th, 2010 No comments

Spain Soccer La LigaChelsea  and Manchester City are being offered the chance to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a deal that would create a new British transfer record.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is keen to offload the Sweden striker and has reportedly recruited agent and close friend Pini Zahavi to find a buyer willing to pay in excess of £40million.
Chelsea and City have been targeted as the likeliest takers in England and are about to be sounded out, following a clear signal both clubs are looking to strengthen up front.

Chelsea are still concentrating their efforts on trying to prise £70m-rated Fernando Torres away from Liverpool and will wait to discover their prospects of landing the World Cup-bound Spain striker before considering the merits of Ibrahimovic.

City have the funds to meet Barcelona’s asking price but will carefully weigh up whether the 28-year old’s occasionally sullen demeanour and fitful flair meets their requirements.

The £32.5m City paid Real Madrid for Robinho remains the record fee by a British club, but Barcelona will hold out for significantly more than that for a player they signed from Inter Milan for £40m plus Samuel Eto’o.

New Juventus president Andrea Agnelli wants to take Ibrahimovic back to Turin but is reluctant to pay more than £35m, prompting Laporta to try and guage interest levels elsewhere in Europe. Read more…

Mourinho enjoys Barca’s revenge

April 21st, 2010 No comments

php1IrwFFBarcelona felt aggrieved not to have won a penalty, but Mourinho pointed to last year’s semi-final when Chelsea had several appeals rejected against Barca.

“It’s a pity. A year ago Chelsea were crying and Barca were laughing with the referee,” said ex-Blues boss Mourinho.

“They laughed because he denied my Chelsea boys their rightful place.”

Barca full-back Daniel Alves found himself booked for diving in the second half after going down under a Wesley Sneijder challenge inside the box.

But Mourinho, who left Chelsea as manager in September 2007, had no sympathy for the club where he once worked as an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson.
Instead, he invoked memories of last season’s semi-final between Barca and Chelsea when Andres Iniesta’s spectacular injury-time strike denied the Blues a place in the final after referee Tom Ovrebo had turned down a string of penalty appeals.

“Barca went on to the final (last year) and went on to win everything,” said Mourinho. “The league, the Champions League, Super Cups, the Club World Cup, six trophies in total.

“I don’t feel that the referee influenced the outcome of this game, no. It’s a pity he gave an offside against [Inter's] Diego Milito at the start when he was onside, but that’s all.”

Mourinho, whose team beat Chelsea earlier in the tournament, praised his side’s fighting spirit after they recovered from an early Pedro goal to stun the holders and make themselves favourites to reach the final in the Bernabeu in May.
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Inter Milan 3-1 Barcelona

April 21st, 2010 No comments

phps753oBInter Milan sent reigning Champions League champions Barcelona to the brink of elimination following their victory in the first leg of their semi-final at the San Siro tonight.

It was the game billed as an early final, and if the eventual final in Madrid can live up to what this had to offer, then the 90,000 fans inside the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will be in for a treat on May 22.

Pedro put Barcelona in front in the 19th minute, but Inter turned the game around thanks to goals from Wesley Sneijder on the half-hour mark, Maicon just three minutes into the second half and Diego Milito after an hour.

Inter will now travel to tSpain next week looking to wrap up their first ever Champions League final appearance.

Barca, who endured a 14-hour bus journey to Milan due to the volcanic ash, will have plenty of time to reflect on their display as they head back to Catalonia knowing they will need at least two goals to progress. Read more…

Inter v Barca: Did you know… ?

April 20th, 2010 No comments

php1IrwFFAll the background facts and figures surrounding Tuesday evening’s Champions League semi-final first leg between Inter Milan and FC Barcelona.

- Barca has never lost an away match to Inter Milan, winning once and drawing three times.

- The last two visits – both of them in the group stage of the Champions league - have ended in goalless draws.

- Inter Milan are unbeaten at home in the Champions League this season. They have won three matches (Rubin Kazan, Chelsea and CSKA Moscow) and drawn two (Barca and Dynamo Kiev).

-However, Barca have done well on their travels this season in the Champions League, winning one (Dynamo Kiev) and drawing four (Inter, Rubin Kazan, Stuttgart and Arsenal).

- Barca have played seven games in the city of Milan, winning two, drawing three and losing two.
- The last time Barca played a European semi-final in Milan they beat AC Milan 0-1 in the 2005-06 season. The goal was scored by French winger Giuly.

- This is Inter’s eighth semi-final in European club football’s top competition. They went through four times and were eliminated three times.

- Barca on the other hand have reached this stage ten times previously, going through to the final five times and losing out five times. Read more…

Inter and travel chaos bar Barca’s path to final

April 20th, 2010 No comments

php1IrwFFIf Inter Milan beat holders Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg at the San Siro on Tuesday, they can thank Mother Nature for her helping hand.

The all-conquering Spaniards faced an arduous 1,000 kilometre, two-day coach journey just to make it to the game due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland last week.

With flights grounded all over Europe and trains crammed full of travellers trying to get home, Barca decided that taking the long route along the roads and crossing three countries, was the only way to arrive.

But they’re not complaining.

“We’ll have to see what happens with problems surrounding the trip to Milan, but the team is really up for the game — who wouldn?t be? It’s a Champions League semi-final,” said Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will be facing his old club.

Ibrahimovic’s comment came before Barca began their marathon journey that would see them stop over in Cannes in southern France on Sunday night following a 634km trip from Barcelona.

That would just leave them the 351km from Cannes to Milan to do on Monday morning, before training at the San Siro in the evening.

They left at 14.30 local time on Sunday for a game that begins at 20.45, two days later. Read more…

Its Messi again!!–Real madrid 0-2 Barcelona

April 11th, 2010 No comments

phpfC01u3Barca took a massive step towards retaining their league title with a 0-2 win over Madrid at the Bernabeu tonight. Goals from Messi and Pedro saw off the challenge from Madrid and left Barca three points ahead at the top of the table.

Xavi Hernandez set up Leo Messi to open the scoring just past the half hour mark and then split open the Madrid defence to release Pedro to wrap up the game on 56 minutes. Madrid had their chances too, but Victor Valdes was at his best to keep out Van der Vaart, Ronaldo and Marcelo with another excellent performance.

The team maybe didn’t reach the heights of last season’s 2-6 demolition, but their efficiency in front of goal, an inspired Xavi and a solid Victor Valdes inflicted the first home defeat of the season on Madrid and ensured the three points that put them in the driving seat for another league title, with a three point lead and just 7 games left to play. Read more…

Messi! Messi! Messi!

April 7th, 2010 No comments

phpjx2dCZAnother memorable performance from Leo Messi destroyed Arsenal and put Barca through to another Champions League semi final. Messi scored all four goals as Barca swept aside the Londoners to win 6-3 on aggregate.

Barca stride on towards the final in the Bernabeu and tonight’s breathtaking display from the World Player of the Year, whose first half hat trick came after Arsenal had gone ahead, is bound to strike awe and admiration into the remaining teams in the competition. Guardiola’s choice of Milito and Marquez to replace the unavailable Puyol and Pique proved more than enough to keep any threat from Arsenal at bay and Bojan also played his part up front as Barca dominated and rounded off a great night with Messi’s late fourth goal to reach the semi finals for the third season on the run. Read more…

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