Tito Vilanova & Camp Nou

Francesc Tito Vilanova i Bayó (17 September 1968 – 25 April 2014) was a Catalan manager and footballer who played as a central midfielder. Camp Nou (New Field) is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain which has been the home of Fc Barcelona since 1957. 5.0/5

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Picture: A family mourning at the memorial space for Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou this weekend [efe]
A different discourse. Lionel Messi's claims that he no longer knows whether his long-term future lies at Barcelona are fruit of the forward's growing frustration at the Catalan club. Once a marriage made in heaven, Messi and Barca could now be set for an unhappy break-up. The Argentine attacker has always said he wants to retire at Camp Nou or at least stay until late in his career before ending up at boyhood club Newell's in Argentina, but he has now changed his tune. On Tuesday, he told Argentine sports daily Ole that he does not know what the future holds. And it was no coincidence. Amid the criticism under compatriot Gerardo Martino, Messi contemplated leaving Barca last season and even expressed his concerns to former coach Tito Vilanova in a visit to the former Blaugrana boss before his death in April. Vilanova convinced Messi to stay less than a week prior to his passing but the player and his team still studied an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and would now be open to considering a move next sum ...
Barcelona have announced that a pitch at the club's training ground is to be named after former coach Tito Vilanova, who died earlier this year. - Tomas: Luis Enrique's Barcelona emerging from shadow of last season Vilanova passed away in April aged just 45, after a long battle with cancer. The former Blaugrana midfielder was assistant to Pep Guardiola for four trophy-laden seasons, before taking the top job himself and guiding the team to the 2012-13 La Liga title with a record tally of 100 points. The Girona-born coach then had to step down from the position in the summer of 2013, when it became evident that it was impossible for him to continue given the gravity of his illness. His passing just months later was marked by an outpouring of grief from Blaugrana players and fans. The decision to remember Vilanova in this way was announced in a club statement released after Tuesday's board meeting at the Camp Nou. "The board gave its unanimous approval of the proposal to rename pitch number one at the Ciuta ...
'Tata' out, Barca confirm . Q: Should Barcelona have maintained their coach? . Details: Barcelona have confirmed coach Tata Martino has left the club by mutual consent. The Argentine only took over last summer but has failed to land a major trophy following a season blighted by problems off the pitch, including the controversy surrounding Neymar's move to the club, Sandro Rosell's resignation and the tragic passing of former boss Tito Vilanova late last month. Former Barca midfielder Luis Enrique is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Martino. He resigned as boss of Celta Vigo on Friday and Goal understands he is in pole position to take over at Camp Nou. Barca’s last hope of silverware in 2013/14 disappeared with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid. They went into the final-day contest needing a victory to land the Liga crown on a better head-to-head record than Atleti. All appeared to be going to plan when Alexis Sanchez put them in front in the first half but Diego Godin’s towering h ...
Memorial service held for Vilanova A memorial service took place on Monday for Former Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday. Vilanova, who served as assistant to Pep Guardiola before taking charge of first-team affairs at Camp Nou, passed away at the age of 45 following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. After succeeding Guardiola for the 2012-13 season, Vilanova guided Barca to the Liga title with a club-record haul of 100 points. However, his sole campaign in charge was interrupted by illness and he was forced to step down last July. The club confirmed on Friday that Vilanova had passed away and mourners - including his family - gathered at a packed Barcelona Cathedral on Monday to pay their respects. Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona Lluis Martinez Sistach led the ceremony, which was attended by members of the club's playing staff, including Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Victor Valdes. Representatives from the board of directors were also present, with president Josep Maria B ...
Barcelona announce that almost 53.000 people have been at the Camp Nou yesterday and today to pay tribute to former coach Tito Vilanova.
ABIDAL BREAKS DOWN TALKING ABOUT TITO Ex-Barcelona player and current Monaco defender Eric Abidal was overcome with emotion when talking to 'Canal France' about Tito Vilanova, bursting into tears as he remembered his former coach and fellow cancer sufferer. "We had the disease one year apart. He was a great fighter. He will always have a place in our hearts and minds. He was a real gentleman", said Abidal, who beat liver cancer while at the Camp Nou. The 34-year-old France international added that Vilanova, who was just 45 when he died, "went very quickly, which is always tough to take", before sending his support to Tito's family. Abidal was speaking to the press after his team, who sit second in the Ligue 1 table behind PSG, beat Ajaccio 4-1. The defender had previously paid tribute to Vilanova both on social media and via an official statement released by Monaco, as he is the club captain
The Barcelona players and staff gathered at the Camp Nou this morning to bid a final emotional farewell to their former manager Tito Vilanova, who sadly passed away of cancer last night.
Atletas do Barça prestam homenagem a Tito Vilanova no Camp Nou
The players today went to the Camp Nou to pay tribute to their former coach Tito Vilanova at the memorial space.
Camp Nou to open tonight for fans to pay tribute to Tito Vilanova who has died aged 45 (via
▬ These days there are a flag at half-mast in memory of Tito Vilanova at Camp Nou.
Half-mast flag at Camp Nou as condolences for a great fighter like Tito Vilanova, lots of strength to the teammates :(:(:(
"According to a Catalan journalist, Tito Vilanova attended every Barca game at Camp Nou this season
Barcelona have opened the tribute area at the Camp Nou for fans to pay their respects to Tito Vilanova
Players are paying a homage to Tito Vilanova at Camp Nou right now :(( RİP TİTO
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Crown of flowers from Real Madrid for Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou.
The remembrance area for Tito Vilanova opened at the Camp Nou this morning
Fc Barcelona players were the first ones to assist to Tito Vilanova tribute at Camp Nou , sadness was in the air, some of them with tears in their faces couldn't hide their feelings. Hundreds of people were already outside Camp Nou waiting for the moment they could be in the place Barça reserved to show the condolences.
The Barca players said goodbye to Tito Vilanova in an emotional ceremony at the Camp Nou..!!
R.I.P Tito Villanova Former Fc Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has tragically passed away at the age of just 45 after losing his battle with cancer, but his legacy at Camp Nou will last forever..
RIP Tito Vilanova..U were a real hero under whom the club lost only few games..Ur legacy in camp nou will last forever :(
one too soon, too sudden and far too young. RIP Tito Vilanova ;( You'll always remain as the symbol of bravery and heroism at Camp Nou.
Fc Barcelona is in mourning following the tragic news that Tito Vilanova passed away today in Barcelona. He was 45 Over the next few hours, Fc Barcelona will be opening a space for condolence in the main grandstand at the Camp Nou
ma deepest condolences 2 de Barcelona fc 4de great loss. the ex barca coach Tito Vilanova has passed on. Camp Nou is gona miss him as an ex coach n a former midfielder. R I P
RIP Tito Vilanova..u shall forever be remembered at camp nou..my condolence to Barcelona fans..4life#
RIP Tito Vilanova. He coached the team I had the pleasure of watching at Camp Nou in 2012. Best soccer match I ever saw live.
The former coach of Fc Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, has died at the age of 45 after a battle with cancer. You will never be forgotten . RIP Tito :( Camp Nou
R.I.P...Tito Vilanova one of the best coach barcelona ever had.Sad day fir footballing world and Camp nou.
Former Barcelona coaches Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova as players during a game at Camp Nou in 1993/94
Should Arsenal hijack Manchester United's bid for ex-Gunner? Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has been linked with a move back to England with Manchester United, but should Arsenal offer him a return to North London? Cameroon international song arrived at the Camp Nou from Barcelona in 2012, leaving Arsenal for £15m, and in doing so followed Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and Cesc Fabregas in making the move from the Emirates Stadium to the Catalan giants. But even whilst he's been limited to a bit-part role under Gerardo Martino and previous manager Tito Vilanova, Song has failed to impress and looks set to leave La Liga in the summer, with a move back to England strongly speculated - and, unsurprisingly, centre midfielder-needy Manchester United have been tipped to make a move for Song. Song, 26, has seen his perceived value plummet from £15m that Barcelona paid to just around £10m, and with that in mind, could be a relative bargain after the powerhouse midfielder impressed in the more physical nature o ...
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Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou watching the game Barcelona-Getafe last night
Special mosaic coreo from Barcelona to Tito Vilanova, @ Camp Nou , at the El Classico tomorrow
Are Barcelona moving away from Tiki Taka? The Catalans have adopted a more direct approach at times this term, particularly on the road, but are they really ditching the style that made them great under Pep Guardiola? "We don't play Tiki Taka," Pep Guardiola growled. "I don't like that expression - it seems as if we are discrediting our opponents." That was back in 2010-11, at the height of Barcelona's brilliance under the Catalan coach. But call it what you will, back then the Blaugrana boasted a clear playing philosophy admired and recognised throughout the world. Gerard Pique looked back in an interview with European Sports Media this week. "With Pep, we had an identity," he recalled. "We played the same way in Granada, in Malaga, on pitches full of puddles... the team really believed in Pep." One of the most frank footballers at Camp Nou, Pique is not afraid to speak his mind. The defender got himself into trouble last season with former Barca boss Tito Vilanova after the Blaugrana were humbled by Bay ...
The former Santiago Bernabeu star, who also spent a spell at Camp Nou, says the 21-year-old has already achieved legend status in Brazil as he prepares for his debut year in Europe Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed that he would have preferred Neymar to chose Real Madrid over Barcelona. The 21-year-old joined the Catalans for £49 million (€57m) in June, signing a five-year contract with the Blaugrana over the Blancos, who were also chasing his signature. Ronaldo, who spent one year at Camp Nou and five years at the Santiago Bernabeu, admits that the move would not have been his ideal option but believes that the Brazilian "legend" will still thrive in Tito Vilanova's side. "I would have preferred him [Neymar] to sign for Madrid, but it's not for me to say," he told reporters in Las Vegas. "With so many clubs after him it was difficult to pull off. But Barcelona is a great team and we know he'll do well in Europe. For us Brazilians he is already a legend." Neymar was one of the stars of the Confederati ...
Mourinho's eye-gouge on Tito reaches Spanish Constitutional Court! A complaint filed by a Barcelona-based law firm against former Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, on the grounds that gouging the eye of then Barça assistant Tito Vilanova represented a public-order offence, has now reached Spain's Constitutional Court. After a brawl erupted in the second leg of the 2011 Spanish Super Cup, on 17th August at the Camp Nou, Real Madrid's coach at the time, José Mourinho, jabbed his finger into the eye of Tito Vilanova, who reacted by slapping the Portuguese on the neck. Mourinho and Vilanova were subsequently hit with two- and one-match suspensions respectively, although neither ultimately served their bans following an amnesty granted by the president of the Spanish FA, Ángel María Villar. In February 2012, the day before the incident was set to be time-barred, the Casa Paraula legal firm filed a criminal complaint against Mourinho and Real Madrid – as the secondarily liable party – with Barcelona M ...
Manchester United are in a tussle with Barcelona for Thiago Alcântara with the midfielder minded to stay at the Camp Nou if he is guaranteed regular playing time next season. The 22-year-old currently earns around €35,000 (£30,000) a week so the English champions would offer him greatly improved terms. Yet with Barcelona wanting him to stay and become a mainstay of the team Thiago, whose current deal expires in 2015, could use United's interest as leverage to sign a more lucrative contract with the Catalan club. Thiago was the star performer in Spain's triumph this week at the European Under-21 Championship in Israel, with the Italian-born son of Mazinho, the Brazilian 1994 World Cup winner, scoring a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-2 final win over Italy. According to reports Thiago has a release clause of around £17m and while United may be prepared to trigger this, it is understood his preference is to remain at Barcelona under Tito Vilanova though assurances are required that there will be more than the ...
Atletico Madrid still in the hunt for David Villa Reports indicate that Barcelona striker David Villa still has the option of moving to another club in Spain, with news that Atletico Madrid are still interested in signing the former Valencia man. The Spain international, currently on duty with la Roja at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, has been the target of several of Europe’s top clubs for some time now, and looks to be heading for a move this summer. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with an interest in the 31-year-old for the past couple of seasons, and with competition for places hotting up at the Camp Nou following the arrival of Brazilian sensation Neymar, Villa looks to be on his way in the transfer window. The striker has been frustrated of late with his manager Tito Vilanova’s use of him on the left wing, rather than his favoured central striking role, and he has been coy on his future, suggesting he could leave soon. Now talkSPORT have claimed that Atletico could go in ...
United targeting Cesc Fabregas; De Bruyne set for Chelsea return Former Manchester United left-back Denis Irwin has revealed the club’s top summer transfer target is Fc Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, ESPN understands. Fabregas, 26, is reportedly seeking a move away from the Camp Nou after receiving inconsistent playing time under manager Tito Vilanova last season. According to reports, Arsenal have the ‘first-option’ to re-sign Fabregas, but United are confident they can outbid their English Premier League rivals for the Spain international. Irwin is currently an “ambassador” at Old Trafford. He was among the first experts to reveal the Red Devils’ interest in Arsenal forward Robin van Persie last summer. “Cesc Fabregas has zoomed up Manchester United’s transfer target list to the top position and the champions are going to move heaven and earth to get him,” Irwin told the Sunday World. “The Barcelona star wants out of the Nou Camp and United want him badly, so the deal should be ...
From Russia with gloves: Why Akinfeev would be the perfect replacement for Valdes at Barcelona Tito Vilanova will have a big void to fill when the Spaniard departs Camp Nou, but a Russian candidate could guarantee a smooth changing of the gloves While Barcelona’s drawn out €57 million capture of Neymar at last reached its conclusion with the Brazilian’s unveiling on Monday, behind the scenes at Camp Nou the club have already embarked on another complex pursuit. The decision of Victor Valdes to walk away from Catalunya at the end of his contract in 2014 will bring to an end a 13-year association with the Blaugrana and leave coach Tito Vilanova with a sizeable void to fill. The world’s media have been quick to link the Liga champions with anyone who has ever pulled on a pair of goalkeeping gloves. Goal understands that Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Borussia Monchengladbach No.1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen are the early frontrunners for the impending vacancy, but Galatasaray's Nestor Mulsera is also an opti ...
"Thiago's situation is still uncertain. The midfielder has played fewer minutes than he would have liked but Barcelona is aware of the quality of the player and Tito Vilanova said at a press conference that the player is ready to be a starter, perhaps in an effort to convince him to stay, because the decision will be in Thiago's hands. "Xavi has advised Thiago to be patient, pointing out that he had to do likewise when he was young. Indeed, we must not forget that the likes of Carles Puyol and Xavi himself were linked to Malaga in 1999, when they still did not feel like important members of the team, but Louis van Gaal persuaded them to stay. "Thiago is happy in the team, but a few days ago he made it clear that he will make a decision after the Confederations Cup. "The Premier League seems to be a good choice for him because he could play a lot, but we must also remember that Xavi could need more rest next season, so Thiago would be required more; this may be the key to him staying at Camp Nou. "For now, ...
Tito Vilanova's debut season as coach was blighted by his health problems as he suffered a relapse of his cancer in December and spent two months receiving radiotherapy treatment in New York after Christmas. The Barca board are keen to avoid a similar situation next season, but are fully behind the Catalan coach and Vilanova himself has claimed he has no intention of stepping down, despite concerns from friends and family over his health and the high-pressure environment at the Camp Nou club. "I can say it louder but no clearer: I will be here next season," Tito told the media before last Saturday's 4-1 win over Malaga. So unless the coach's condition deteriorates this summer (and that looks unlikely after his last routine check-up in New York was put forward to the end of the season and showed no new problems), Vilanova will still be in place when the season starts again in August. Should he need to take time out again next term, Barca may decide to bring in an experienced interim coach, but the club cur ...
Cesc Fabregas would prefer a return to Arsenal over a switch to Manchester United or Manchester City and will make a decision on his Barcelona future next week. According to The Mirror, the Spain international is frustrated over the minor role he has been given in Barcelona’s big games this season and will have talks with manager Tito Vilanova after the Camp Nou club play their final league game. The report claims Fabregas still hopes to return to Arsenal one day and the Gunners would be his preferred destination should talks with Vilanova not progress. New Manchester United manager David Moyes is a keen admirer of the 26-year-old but any move by the Old Trafford club would be hindered by a clause in the deal that saw Fabregas leave them for Barcelona. That clause, according to the report, gives Arsene Wenger first option on the midfielder and allows them to bring him back to Emirates Stadium for a fee of between £20-25million. It also means any bid by Manchester United – as well as other reported ri ...
Breaking news: Barcelona did sign with the Danish defender, Daniel Agger, who currently plays for Liverpool. They had an agreement, but on his way to the Camp Nou, Tito Vilanova broke the deal, because he wanted to develope their youth defender, Marc Bartra. 'Like' = :( 1 'Comment' = :) 1 'Share' = :-| (dont care)
Neymar announces Barca switch 26 May 2013 03:39 Neymar has revealed he is set to leave Santos for Barcelona, and will sign a five-year contract with the Liga champions on Monday. Brazilian club Santos had accepted two offers for the 21-year-old star, reported to be from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and the forward has now agreed terms with the Catalan giants. After scoring 107 goals in 176 domestic appearances for Santos, Neymar is one of the hottest properties in football and a move to either of the Spanish heavyweights was expected, although the player had suggested he would remain in Brazil until after the 2014 FIFA World Cup when his contract was due to expire. However, Barcelona have snapped him up a year early and he will join a star-studded squad alongside fellow Brazilians Dani Alves and Adriano at Camp Nou next season. Although they won La Liga this season by 13 points from Real Madrid, Barca coach Tito Vilanova will hope Neymar can provide another attacking threat for the club, as they struggled t ...
Tito Vilanova says unused substitute Lionel Messi felt uncomfortable in the lead- up to Barcelona's 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions completed a 7-0 aggregate win at Camp Nou on Wednesday to move into the final of the Champions League. Messi played a full game in the 4-0 loss in Germany but stayed on the bench in Barcelona, despite coming on to play just over 30 minutes in a 2-2 Liga draw against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. "Messi felt good against Athletic Bilbao, but in the final minutes of the game at San Mames he noticed a strange feeling," Vilanova said. "He's not injured, but he felt he could pick up an injury. "Yesterday he trained, and also today ... but he did not feel well. He's an explosive player and he could break. So, maybe he could not help the team." Messi has scored 44 goals in La Liga this season and eight in the Champions League, and Vilanova decided against risking his star after losing the first leg 4-0. Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller netted either side of a Gerar ...
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Tito Vilanova’s squad will hold its final training session on Saturday morning, beginning at 11:30 at the Camp Nou.
Tikki takka is our weapon,Camp Nou is our home,we can't change our passing game-Tito Vilanova
Picture: Eric Abidal and Tito Vilanova back at the Camp Nou [via elpais]
whether they do is entirely different question. Tito Vilanova is back. And second leg is at Camp Nou. So good luck with that.
Gerard Piqué: "Against Milan, 3-0 for Tito": Gerard Piqué has given an interview to the Chinese sports paper Titan Sport, which has a circulation of one million, in which he expresses his confidence in the team’s ability to beat Milan, as well as his interest in the popular Chinese sport table tennis. "We’ll fight for Tito": Piqué is upbeat about the team’schances against Milan at the Camp Nou next week: “AC Milan are a competitive team with a great history behind them and we know it’ll be a tough game. Wecome back to the Camp Nou two goals down and we have to fight back. We’ll attack from the off –which is our way of doing things – and we hope to win 3-0”. The Catalan defender also expressed his support for Tito Vilanova: “we really miss him. We trust in him and we love him. It’s a difficult situation to be in, without the boss – it’s like a company without its chairman, but we will come through this. Tito is helping us from New York and the most important thing is his health ...
Since Tito Vilanova has been absent, we haven't been at our best. Proves that anyone can't just waltz into the Camp Nou & manage the team.
Messi hurt by Barcelona setbacks" Lionel Messi has said Barcelona's recent defeats have hurt him and that everyone at the club needs to "give a little more" to turn things around. Barca's season had been a runaway success until mid-February, but has since come off the rails with defeats to Milan in their Champions League last 16 first leg and to domestic rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey and La Liga. Messi opened his own Adidas-sponsored temporary museum in central Barcelona on Wednesday after having earlier attending a squad meal organised to improve team spirit. He said neither he nor his team-mates had enjoyed their recent form but that Tuesday's return leg against Milan at the Camp Nou was an ideal opportunity to start to put things right. "I am not sad, although I am hurting," the Argentine told reporters. "I do not like to lose out on important things, and neither does the team. "We now have an ideal moment to do it [put things right]. The motivation in the dressing room to want to be better ev ...
Barcelona midfielder lined-up for surprise Arsenal return!! Barcelona midfielder Alex Song could be in line for a surprising return to Arsenal this summer after failing to inspire at Camp Nou. According to a report in the Daily Express, Arsene Wenger could be ready to bring back the man he sold fo £15million last summer. Arsenal have been deploying Mikel Arteta in the defensive midfield role since Song’s departure and many have criticized Gunners boss Wenger for failing to adequately replace the Cameroon international. Song has struggled to break into the starting XI under Tito Vilanova and has drifted further from first team action since the Barça boss went to New York to undergo transfer treatment. The 25-year-old has made just ten appearances in La Liga all season and only three of those have come since the turn of the year. Arsenal are reportedly set to hand Wenger a bumper transfer budget in the summer in a bid to rejuvenate his squad for next season. The Gunners now have a tough task on their ha ...
Full details of the match Barcelona 1 vs 3 Real Madrid - Played … - I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us on Goal.com for the Clasico! See you next time! … - A terrific brace from Cristiano Ronaldo as well as a header from Raphael Varane see Jose Mourinho's men defeat Tito Vilanova's outfit 3-1 at Camp Nou. The Portuguese has outshone the disappointing Lionel Messi in the individual stakes as has helped his side on their way to the Spanish Cup final. Los Blancos deserve their victory! Sevilla or Atletico await in the Copa del Rey final! … - Full time! Real Madrid are through to the Copa del Rey final! 90′ - Barca look to make the result more respectable as they probe for another goal. It wont make any difference to the result if they do, though. 89′ - Assist - Andrés Iniesta Luján (Barcelona) 89′ - Goal - Jordi Alba (Barcelona) GOAL FOR BARCELONA! The hosts earn a consolation! Iniesta chips a glorious pass over the top of the Madrid defence and Alba is on hand to cushion a lef ...
Guardiola has since moved on to take a sabbatical, making way for his assistant Tito Vilanova in the Camp Nou dugout,
Official: Tito Vilanova won't be at the Camp Nou against AC Milan.
The Blaugrana star says he hopes to improve with every season, and admitted working without Tito Vilanova - who is recovering from cancer treatment - can be difficult Andres Iniesta has revealed he would like to play alongside Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and Malaga attacker Isco at Barcelona. The Blaugrana star has played alongside the Blancos defender in the Spain national side for years, while the Rosaleda starlet has been impressive form this season. When asked at the sixth edition of the World Sports Gala who he would like to bring to Barcelona, Iniesta rooted for two compatriots. "I’ve always liked Sergio Ramos,” Mundo Deportivo quoted him as saying. “He's very impressive. And I like to look at the upcoming players, such as Isco." Iniesta added he misses working with Pep Guardiola, who left Camp Nou as Head Coach last summer, and admitted it is difficult working with current boss Tito Vilanova being absent due to his recovery from cancer treatment. “I do miss Guardiola because I like wo ...
Barcelona's Sunday celebrations started early with a 6-1 romp over Getafe, and ended late with a slip- up by second-placed Atletico Madrid which has all but ended the Spanish title race. Atletico's 2-1 defeat at Rayo Vallecano gave Barca a commanding 12-point lead with 15 matches to play, as third-placed champions Real Madrid languish another four points adrift. "It was an unusual time to play but we had a party in the stadium," the Catalan side's assistant coach Jordi Roura said after the midday kickoff at the Camp Nou, where more than 85,000 fans turned up. "The players were at an extraordinary level. They were intense from the first minute," added Roura, who is running the team while Tito Vilanova is receiving cancer treatment in New York Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his first league goal this season before Lionel Messi netted for a record-extending 13th successive La Liga game before quarter of an hour had been played -- his 35th in the competition from 23 appearances. Re ...
"Fc Barcelona vs Getafe football match Today" Barça welcomes Getafe at the unusual kick-off time of 12 pm (or 4:30pm IST) on Sunday i.e. today February 10,2013. Xavi will miss the match due to injury and Roura hints at changes in the starting line-up The match against Getafe this Sunday brings us something new. The match will start at 12 pm (or 4:30pm IST), making it the first time since 1965 that the Camp Nou has hosted a morning kick-off. As a result the coaching staff has made a change to the usual routine for league games and brought the 20-man squad together the night before the match. POSSIBLE ROTATIONS: The fact that 14 members of the squad have spent much of the week away on international duty will undoubtedly have an effect on team selection. Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Saturday, Jordi Roura revealed that he had discussed the possibility with Tito Vilanova of resting a number of regulars for Sunday’s clash. Xavi Hernández for one will definitely miss the game due to the inju ...
Rosell: Picking Vilanova as coach was the best decision Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has praised the decision to replace Pep Guardiola with Tito Vilanova. Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola at the end of the 2011-12 campaign following the latter’s decision to end his four-year spell at Camp Nou and Vilanova has since guided the Catalans to their best ever La Liga season. “Tito has talent, he understands what Barcelona mean, what La Masia is and what being Catalan means,” Rosell told reporters. “It was a brilliant decision by Zubizarreta to give him the job.” Rosell then discussed Xavi Hernandez, who signed a new contract on Monday. “He has just renewed his contract until 2016. He’ll be 36-years-old by then, but we believe this deal won’t be the last he signs with us.” inside spanish football, admin andrew
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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell said the promotion of Tito Vilanova to Head Coach at Camp Nou was "a brilliant decision
Daring Pep! Now is the time for Guardiola to prove his mettle. Events since he left Barca with Tito Vilanova in charge shows that Pep's achievement at Camp Nou is nothing out of the ordinary. Tito has taken the same team on an unprecedented run of wins dropping just 2 points all season in the La Liga race. With the title almost wrapped up and stakes in all other remaining competition including the Uefa's Champions League, Vilanova only needs time to prove that Guardiola's achievements while in charge of Barca, was down to the quality of players in the team. He has every opportunity to prove us wrong from July as he sojourn into the Allianz Arena with the Bavarians. Simply why Mou has the edge. Till then!
Radar transfer Barcelona 1.Adel Taarabt(QPR) 2.Neymar(SANTOS) 3.Gareth Bale(SPURS) Sport Football Arsenal Barcelona tell Arsenal to forget about signing David Villa in January • He is ours and we need him, says Barça president • São Paulo confident of landing Denílson permanently Share 48 inShare0 Email Agencies guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 8 January 2013 12.54 GMT Vilanova and Villa Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova, left, and David Villa during Saturday's match against Espanyol at Camp Nou, where the striker came on for Cesc Fábregas in the second half. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell has warned Arsenal that they can forget about signing David Villa, who played 24 minutes as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Espanyol last Saturday, during the January transfer window. The Gunners are expected to strengthen their options up front, having offloaded the misfit Marouane Chamakh on a six-month loan deal to West Ham. Rosell, however, maintains that the 31-year-old Villa, sign ...
Barcelona picked up their 17th win of the season with an emphatic 4-0 victory over their Catalan neighbours Espanyol at Camp Nou. A sublime opening half hour from Barca did all the damage, with Xavi opening the scoring after just 10 minutes. Pedro soon netted a double before Lionel Messi slid home from the spot, after Cesc Fabregas had been brought down in the area. The winter break proved unable to disrupt the Blaugrana's typically flowing football as they took command of the game from the first second, seemingly buoyed by the return of Tito Vilanova to the bench after surgery. Operating from the left, Andres Iniesta was dancing past the Espanyol defence with ease and it only took 10 minutes for him to create the opening goal. Having been picked out in space by Messi, Iniesta drilled a low cross into the area which Xavi coolly slotted home unmarked. The hosts were unrelenting and after Kiko Casilla made a great save to keep out Iniesta in the 13th minute, it took just another couple of minutes for the se ...
Deulofeu signs new Barca deal Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu has signed a contract extension at the club which ties him to the club until 2014. The 18-year-old has already made two Champions League appearances for Tito Vilanova's side this season and has put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Camp Nou. The contract includes a €10m minimum fee release clause, which AS believe could alert the interest of Manchester City, who are reportedly interested in the forward. Rumours of his departure are heighten still however, as the Madrid-based paper claim that Deulofeu rejected a proposed renewal that would link him to the Catalan club until 2017. Football espana
Barcelona achieved a prestigious 4-1 victory against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in Matchday 14 of La Liga. Adriano, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi (double) scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 74 percent of possession and attempted 11 shots, six of them on target. This result helps Tito Vilanova's side extend the lead at the top of the table to nine points over Atletico and 13 over Real Madrid. Colchonero coach Diego Simeone came to the Camp Nou with the unsurprising idea of dropping deep, placing two solid lines of four in the width of the edge of the penalty area and allowing his two strikers to wait for eventual counterattacking chances upfront. At that point, Barcelona knew that the only way to win would be to tire Atletico out by constantly asking questions of their defenders while patiently applying the pass-and-move philosophy. Such is the level of expectation on his shoulders that it can be argued that, despite scoring twice, Lionel Messi had a relatively quiet game by his standa ...
Camp Nou awaits Messi-Falcao clash * Two of the world's best strikers collide this weekend as Barcelona and Lionel Messi meet Atletico Madrid and Radamel Falcao in a top-of-the-table La Liga clash. The South American duo have lit up La Liga this season with a combined 39 goals after just 15 games. Argentina star Messi has weighed in with 23 of those to help his tally for 2012 swell to a record-breaking 88 and counting, while Colombia hitman Falcao has 16 league goals to his credit - five of which came in last weekend's demolition of Deportivo La Coruna. Messi's goals have been crucial to Barca's flying start to the season under Tito Vilanova, with the Catalans still unbeaten ahead of Saturday's encounter with a side who trail them by six points after losing two of their last six matches. Despite Messi's searing form, Atletico head to the Nou Camp in bullish mood with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois boldly telling reporters: "Do I fear Messi? No, no, I am not afraid of anyone. "He is a great player and we resp ...
Barcelona pleased with David Villa’s recovery and effort Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has praised David Villa following his performance in the 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Cordoba on Wednesday. Lionel Messi was again a double scorer for Barca on Wednesday but the first goal came from a brilliant move involving Villa who then unselfishly chose to pass to his teammate. Villa has been reported to be discontent with life at Camp Nou after receiving little playing time since recovering from a broken leg earlier this summer but he featured for 80 minutes against Cordoba. “I am very pleased with [Villa's] work,” Vilanova said. “He provided the assist for Messi and he gave us a lot of options up top. “He fought a lot. He played with a lot of rhythm and he reminded me of the footballer he was before his injury. I took him off because I believed that [Cristian] Tello’s pace would help us score a third goal. Midfielder Thiago Alcantara also returned after an injury lay-off and was deemed man of the match b ...
Liverpool are involved in a tussle in their attempt to bring Barca's Alexis Sanchez to Anfield in January. The Reds have had Sanchez on their radar for a while and are keen to bolster their firepower. Manager Brendan Rodgers is worried Liverpool have become over-reliant on Luis Suarez, who is already into double figures for the campaign. And in allowing Andy Carroll to be loaned out to West Ham in the summer, Suarez is their only recognised striker. AS have it that Juventus have sounded out a January move for the former Udinese forward. Sanchez has struggled for consistency at the Camp Nou this season. Playing time has been restricted with coach Tito Vilanova deploying predominantly Lionel Messi up top without a strike partner. In total, Sanchez has scored just once this season and that came in Barca's 2-0 away win against Benfica in the Champions League group stages SeanLFC4LIFE
The Fc Barcelona manager praised his men for the good result but he cautioned that the tie is still wide open: "Córdoba can score two goals at the Camp Nou"
Vilanova: Tie not over yet Tito Vilanova has reflected that Barcelona still have another 90 minutes against Cordoba before they can say they are in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. The Coach reflected that whilst Barcelona had done their homework and had the correct attitude for this first leg Last 16 Cup tie they eventually won 2-0 on the night, that things are not yet decided with a second leg at Camp Nou still to play. “Is the tie over? No, we have not eliminated them with a 2-0 win. It is a good advantage, but 90 minutes still remain,” he told reporters after the game, which was decided by two Lionel Messi goals. “I was not surprised at all by Cordoba. They were like we expected, we had to push forward. We knew we were going to have space, but that the match was not going to be easy. “I believe we need to play with a ball worthy of the Champions League, though. The Copa ball is a Beach Ball. I don’t know why we cannot have a decent ball for the Cup. “The reception for this game was what we ...
Spanish Cup / THE BARCELONA MANAGER IS CAUTIOUS ABOUT CÓRDOBA Vilanova: "I would have preferred to play a Primera club" Tito Vilanova praised Leo Messi once again in the run-up to the game against Córdoba in the Copa del Rey round of 16. "Leo's great virtue is that as an adult, he continues to do what he did as a youngster. That's the difference and the challenge for him. He was very good, and you don't need to be a coach to see that it’s true. I really enjoyed watching him play back then, and also now that he's older," he said. The manager believes that the Argentinean is on a par with the legends. "I didn't see Kubala play. I know he marked a change of eras. I don't know if we'll make the Camp Nou greater, but with everything Messi's done and what's ahead of him, he's one of the great names in football." Vilanova showed his respect for Córdoba: "It's more difficult than it looks. We've seen how hard it is recently playing games against teams from the second division. Córdoba played for promotion t ...
Messi eyeing Sunday return Barcelona striker, Leo Messi suffered what looked like a devastating knee injury after falling and writhing on the ground following a challenge from Benfica goalkeeper, Artur Moraes, forcing the game to come to a halt with the Argentine being carted off in a stretcher. By Tom Conn Barcelona manager, Tito Vilanova subbed the Argentine in at the 58 minute mark, what was later revealed as part of his training regimen, but also to provide a spark to an inefficient attack. When Messi was carted off the pitch, the Camp Nou went quiet following Messi’s departure, unsure of reigning World Player of the Year’s status, on what could have been a historic night. Following the match, Barcelona-based radio station, Radio Catalunya revealed that the injury was merely a knee bruise, which was later confirmed by Vilanova in his post-match press conference. Inside Spanish Football has learned that the injury to Messi is not only minor, but the Argentine could return to action as early as this ...
Tello to renew with Barcelona until 2016 Barcelona winger, Cristian Tello has reportedly reached a contract renewal agreement with the club, keeping him at the Camp Nou for another four seasons. By Tom Conn According to Barcelona-base sports daily, Sport, Barcelona sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, Tello and Tello’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg have all reportedly agreed to a contract renewal, but minor issues have delayed the actual signing of the contract. The two sides were unable to come to an acceptable agreement this past summer, with reports of Tello being loaned out or sold, but Barcelona manager, Tito Vilanova was keen on keeping the player here, leading to the contract extension discussions that eventually broke down. However, Barcelona, like many other teams are expediting the contract renewals of star players or young players, like Tello, with great potential. Tello’s contract renewal does not just benefit the player with a larger salary, but will also raise his currently unknown releas ...
The Brazilian has long been linked with a move to Camp Nou, but Peixe recently moved to quash speculation that a deal was already in place with the Catalan giants. But the 20-year-old has once again fuelled speculation that Tito Vilanova's side would be his preferred choice if and when he decides to leave South American football. "To play alongside Messi would be a dream. Even just training with him would make me very happy," he is reported as saying by Marca. The coveted youngster believes that while Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta are great players, no one is more deserving of the Ballon d'Or than the Argentine. "For me, there are three players who are better than the rest: Iniesta, Ronaldo and Messi," he added. "But, the best is Messi. There is nobody who can do the things he does." And Neymar was also quick to acknowledge recent declarations from Messi, who branded his felllow Ballon d'Or nominee an "excellent footballer". "Can you imagine the best in your profession giving you praise? It made me ...
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CHELSEA RUMOURS According to Portuguese source Abola Chelsea will fight Juventus for Barcelona forward David Villa. The West London side continue to pursue the experienced Spanish international who may well be keen on a Nou Camp departure due to the fact that he is by no means guaranteed a first team spot under boss Tito Vilanova and talk of an apparent falling out with Argentine Lionel Messi may well play a part in a possible exit from the Catalan giants. The former Valencia man hasn’t made the biggest of impacts since his move to the Spanish giants from Valencia and a long term injury further stifled his progress at Barcelona and there are perhaps two good reasons why the 30 year old could be open to a move to a move to Stamford Bridge. CHELSEA RUMORES Según Portugués fuente Abola Chelsea peleará Juventus El delantero del Barcelona David Villa. El lado oeste de Londres continuará con la experiencia internacional español, que bien puede ser interesado en una salida Camp Nou debido al hecho de que ...
Tito Vilanova has stated that he will move heaven and earth in order to bring him to the Camp Nou
Barcelona target Lovren Barcelona remain interested in signing the Lyon defender, and Tito Vilanova would like to have him at Camp Nou in time for nextseason.
Latest Scores Xavi: We must move on from Celtic defeat The 32-year-old called on his side to forget their defeat in Scotland and focus solely on their next Champions League game in Russia By Paul Gorst Nov 8, 2012 2:10:00 PM Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez - Fc Barcelona says Barcelona must move on from the 2-1 defeat at Celtic and concentrate on Spartak Moscow . The Blaugrana were beaten by the Scottish champions at Celtic Park on Wednesday night and theSpain international believes they must get the loss out of their system and focus on their trip to Russia on November 20. “The important game now is when we go to Moscow,” Xavi told reporters. “You have to be top of the group.We missed the opportunity to do that [against Celtic], but we depend on ourselves. “We have to go and seek victory in the two remaining games.” Following the clash with Spartak, Tito Vilanova’s side host Benfica at Camp Nou on December 5 and remain top of Group G with nine points, despite their defeat in Scotland. Follow O ...
Lionel Messi, Bota de Oro, Barcelona vs Celta Lionel Messi claims Barcelona 's performance could not be faulted after losing their first Champions League group stage match in three years. Goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt ensured the Blaugrana's advantage at the topof Group G was cut to two points and prevented Tito Vilanova's side from securing an early passage through to the knockout phase. After the game, the Argentina forward reflected on a night where missed chances, the woodwork and another inspired performance from goalkeeper Fraser Forster cost his side the game. "We did everything well, played better than two weeks ago against them, but the ball didn't go in," he told reporters. “The same thing happened at the Camp Nou. They played defensively and they waited to make fast counterattacks. They are very comfortable on corners and set-pieces, and that’s how they scored their two goals.” Messi scored in the 90th minute and celebrated with a thumb-sucking gesture, fivedays on from the birt ...
The Argentine was unable to dedicate a goal to his new-born son and suffered a knee injury which left Camp Nou cold as Barca beat Celta. Later, the Blancos thrashed Zaragoza
An unwelcome visitor returns to the Camp Nou as David Villa keeps the pressure on Alexis: Tito Vilanova was c...
Following on from the thrilling 4-5 win in the Riazor stadium, the players have begun their preparations for this Tuesday’s Champions League duel with Celtic in the Camp Nou victory away to Deportivo. The squad reported for training at midday on Sunday with the aim of recovering from the Saturday’s evening’s game and preparing Tuesday’s CL group home match against Scottish champions Celtic. Seven from the reserves Apart from the senior players, a number of youngsters were drafted in from Barça B: Tello, Oier, Sergi Gómez, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Patric and Planas. Carles Puyol and Dani Alves, injured against Benfica and Real Madrid respectively, were also present at the Club’s training grounds but exercised away from the main group. Gerard Piqué remained in the gym. The build-up to Celtic FC The next training session will be at 6 pm on Monday and the first fifteen minutes will be open to the media. A press conference featuring Tito Vilanova and Pedro will also be held at 5 pm. On Tuesday, the ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova looks set to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday evening's La Liga trip to Deportivo La Coruna. Messi, who played and scored in both of Argentina's World Cup qualifying wins over Uruguay and Chile in the last week, returned to training along with fellow late arrivals Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Song, at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening. Vilanova looks likely to shuffle his pack for the game at El Riazor, with Celtic to come in the Champions League on Tuesday. After the last international break Tito left a jet-lagged Messi on the bench for Barca's game at Getafe, with the Argentine playing just the last 30 minutes but still scoring twice in a 4-1 win
Real Madrid gaffer José Mourinho, said of the Camp Nou thriller: "It's the perfect result for the game. It was very good and the whole world was able to watch and enjoy it. You didn't know who was going to win right up to the last minute. We had the opportunity to score the 2-3 and they the 3-2". "La Liga is as it was, I'm very pleased with my team and the world is happy. It was a great game, Real Madrid is a respectful club and it doesn't talk about unawarded penalties", Mou said. On Cristiano and Messi he said: "Saying which one's the best should be banned because those two are from another planet. I would like my player to win the Ballon d'Or because he has been a champion in the toughest league in the world but they're both fantastic". Pepe, however, criticized the Barça players: "They are very dramatic. You all saw it. I didn't touch Iniesta and you saw how he went down but we're used to it". Tito Vilanova replied to the Real Madrid centre-back and summarized the game: "We could make a video for Pe ...
Mourinho: Ref made a big mistake Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was again critical of the referee's performance during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Barcelona, but his claims were swiftly dismissed by Tito Vilanova. Two goals apiece from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meant a share of the spoils at the Camp Nou, with Barcelona retaining their eight-point lead in the Primera Division standings. Much of the attention post-match was on two controversial moments early in the second half when, with the score at 1-1, referee Carlos Delgado Ferreiro first waved away a Madrid penalty appeal after Mesut Ozil tumbled over Javier Mascherano's challenge inside the area and then dismissed Barca calls for a spot kick when Pepe halted Andres Iniesta's run on the edge of the box. Mourinho said it went against his club's traditions to complain about referees but then went on to do just that. "Madrid is a gentlemanly club and penalties not signalled cannot be talked about," Mourinho said. "This is the philosophy of the club and ...
It appears that Fc Barcelona coachTito Vilanovais testing David Villa’s patience. The player is ready but is unable to command a first team place in Barcelona’s starting eleven.David Villawas seen on Sunday at the Camp Nou warming up and directing his gaze towards Vilanova who ignored the striker an...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he was pleased with his side’s performance in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 2-2 in a politically-charged Clasico on Sunday which kept the Catalan giants eight points ahead of their bitter rivals. Ronaldo put Madrid ahead after 23 minutes but Messi responded just after the half hour mark. The 98,000 crowd of vociferous Catalans glimpsed the possibility of going 11 points clear after Messi struck a free-kick to put them ahead after the break but Ronaldo responded five minutes later. In the dying stages, Barca had the chance to win it with substitute Martin Montoya hitting the woodwork. On a tense night at Camp Nou, fans had created a mosaic of the Catalan flag, "The Senyera", in a clear demonstration of the nationalist fervour in the region where many want independence from Spain. After the match, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he was confident that his side could still haul back Barca. "The league is in the same situation as it was before and we can still win it. I didn't like the game very muc ...
El-Classico facts before tonight's 2-2 draw. - With the recent victory in the Spanish Super Cup, Madrid has now won 88 Clásicos to Barça’s 87. There have been 46 draws between the two sides. - At the Camp Nou, in the Liga, the home team has won 47 times, the visitors 19 times and they’ve tied 18 times. - Xavi Hernández is the Fc Barcelona player that has featured in the most Clásicos. He’s played in 34 official matches against Real Madrid and he’s scored 5 goals against Los Blancos. - Alex Song knows what it’s like to beat Real Madrid. He defeated Madrid while playing for Arsenal it in the 2005/06 edition Champions League in the quarter-finals (0-1). The 18-year-old came onto the pitch for Cesc in the dying minutes of the away game at the Bernabéu. - Jordi Alba scored against Real Madrid in the 2011/12 Liga in Mestalla. Madrid won that game by 3 to 6. - Since the 1964/65 season, Madrid has not defeated Barça consecutively in the Liga at the Camp Nou. - Jose Mourinho has lost to FC Barcelon ...
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This are the of messi concerning today match barca agaist madrid. Lionel Messi has granted an interview to a Barcelona-based media outfit, in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s duo of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, his team mate David Villa and the current Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova. “He’s [Mourinho] a good coach who does his job. So is Cristiano Ronaldo, [who is] a great player,” Messi told todo-barcelona.net. “Villa is also a great guy that nobody can be wrong about.” The 25-year-old forward also praised Vilanova for continuing with the methods Pep Guardiola employed at the Camp Nou, before he departed in the summer. “[With Tito], you will see the sameBarcelona from past seasons,” he added. “Our style of play will not change because Tito thinks like Pep in this regard. There is no change. “Pep left a mark on the history of football. He gave me the bonus of playing in different positions on the field and that’s something he did with the team. “He changed and reinforced t ...
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to score in six consecutive Clasicos. The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the 23rd minute minute at Camp Nou with a powerful left-footed drive after latching on to a Karim Benzema cross. The previous record of five, which Ronaldo matched in the 2-1 win over Barca in August, was held by Chilean striker Ivan Zamorano, who represented Los Blancos between 1992 and 1996. During his Clasico career, the fomer Manchester United winger has netted nine goals against the Blaugrana, six goals behind Lionel Messi, who has scored a total of 15 times against the Catalans' arch-rivals. Of the five previous last matches against Barca during which Ronaldo has found the net, he has ended up on the losing team three times, though he did find the target in last year's Liga win at Camp Nou. Ronaldo will be hoping that his strike will help Jose Mourinho's side close the gap on Tito Vilanova's men to just five points.
This Sunday’s match will be the Clásico of the opportunities. Fc Barcelona receive Real Madrid with an eight-point lead and a golden opportunity to make it eleven before the second international break of the season. Eleven points wouldn’t be definitive, but it would be a considerable advantage with just seven games played. And the players have the extra motivation that never before in the history of the Club has the team won the opening seven games of a league season. It could be a great day. Piqué out The main difficulties for Barça could be at the heart of their defence., with Puyol out for some time due to the elbow injury he suffered against Benfica and Tito Vilanova not prepared to risk the still not fully fit Gerard Piqué, it looks likely that Mascherano and Song will be the central defensive pairing. Real Madrid need the points In contrast, Real Madrid will come to the Camp Nou with all their regulars fit and available. However, after a poor start to the season which has seen them los ...
Messi: Mourinho is 'a good coach who does his job' The Argentine star spoke highly of the Real Madrid boss and rival Cristiano Ronaldo and first-year Barcelona head man Tito Vilanova ahead of Sunday's big clash at Camp Nou. By Livio Caferoglu Oct 7, 2012 6:50:00 AM Promo El Clásico Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo con texto Barcelona star Lionel Messi has played down the significance of Jose Mourinho's influence in the upcoming Clasico with Real Madrid, describing the coach as someone who just "does his job." The 49-year-old Mourinho has arguably intensified relations between the two clubs since being named as Manuel Pellegrini's successor in the Blancos' dugout two years ago, with recent derby encounters being embroiled in controversy. Messi insists that the Portuguese manager is only doing what is asked of him, though, while also praising Madrid counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate David Villa, contradicting recent media reports that the duo had fallen out. "[Mourinho is] a good coach who does his ...
The Catalan defender trained alongside the rest of his team-mates this afternoon ahead of Sunday's clash with Real Madrid Carles Puyol, who is recovering from injury, watched the training session on the sidelines with the ex-Blaugrana Rivaldo The team managed by Tito Vilanova trained behind closed doors this Saturday afternoon at the Camp Nou at 18.00, in what was the penultimate session before tomorrow’s showdown with Real Madrid. Without a doubt, the big news this afternoon was that Gerard Piqué returned to training with the group. Carles Puyol and Rivaldo watched the session from the sidelines. It’s worth noting that the Catalan defender picked up an injury in the Champions League match against Spartak Moscow. Medical tests confirmed that Piqué had sprained his left foot and that he’d miss at least two to three weeks of competitive play. Piqué started his recovery process on September 19 and today, 24 hours ahead of the Clásico, he was able to return to training. Final training session on Sun ...
After a day off on Thursday, Fc Barcelona’s first team returned for a training session this Friday morning. Tito Vilanova has 19 members of the first team available -everyone except for Abidal, Cuenca, Muniesa, Piqué, Thiago, and Puyol- and along with Tello and Sergi Roberto, from Barça B, the team continues to prepare for the Clàssic this Sunday at the Camp Nou (19:50). Gerard Piqué spent today’s session doing specific work in the gym. While there was some talk that Piqué would be recovered by Sunday, his absence has already been confirmed, along with that of Abidal, Muniesa, and Puyol. The squad will hold its next training session on Friday, at 18:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Afterwards, Tito Vilanova will hold a press conference.
It is that time of the year again. We are just a week away from the first Clasico of this season's La Liga, as Real Madrid travel to the Camp Nou on Sunday to take on Tito Vilanova's Fc Barcelona.
Barcelona Vice president -Josep Maria Bartomeu has made it clear that Barcelona are very pleased wt new Head Coach Tito Vilanova's work at the club. He has guided the Camp Nou side to five consecutive Liga victories, much to the delight of the club.
Arsene Wenger has backed former protege Alexandre Song to make an impact at Barcelona, as the Cameroon international continues to acclimatise himself to life at Camp Nou. The midfielder, who played under the stewardship of the French coach for seven seasons, was criticised by sections of the media for his performance in the Catalans' 3-2 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow last week. Nevertheless, Wenger maintains Song has the quality to succeed in La Liga, and has issued advice to coach Tito Vilanova about how to best employ the Cameroon international. "He will succeed at Barca, and something tells me that he will play in central defence,"
Dani Alves: I'm looking forward to seeing Messi & Neymar together at Barcelona The Brazil international hopes to see his compatriot make the move to Camp Nou in the future, and is pleased to see that Tito Vilanova has embraced Pep Guardiola's philosophy
The match between Fc Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on 7 October at 1950 hours, according to.. .ha today confirmed the League of professional football (LFP). Camp Nou will host the second classic of the season, after the Party of the Spain Superocopa of this summer (3-2). Before the match against Real Madrid in the 7th, Tito Vilanova set will be played a Champions League game in the field of Benfica, Tuesday October 2 (20. 45 h). Subsequent to the classic, there are parties of selections and the boat will not have another commitment until 20 or 21 October in La Coruña.
Barcelona - Real Madrid Clasico clash confirmed for October 7 Barcelona will face off with arch-rivals Real Madrid for the Liga Clasico of the New Season at Camp Nou on October 7 at 19:50CET. The Spanish giants have already played each other twice this season in the Supercopa, with Tito Vilanova's men triumphing 3-2 in the first leg, before the champions sealed the silverware on away goals with a 2-1 victory at the Bernabeu. Catalan giants Barca will be hoping to equal Madrid’s tally of 88 Clasico wins, but the capital club have lost just once in their last three trips to Camp Nou. Barcelona recently raised their ticket prices, which will make the upcoming clash the most expensive match between the two sides ever. Luka Modric could make his first Clasico start since his move to Real Madrid from the Premier League, as could Alex Song should he start for Blaugrana. Barcelona currently sit five points ahead of Jose Mourinho's side in the Liga standings after taking three wins from as many matches this seas ...
I am happy at Barcelona, insists Fabregas The Spanish midfielder has insisted he is enjoying his time at Camp Nou, despite failing to secure a starting berth under Tito Vilanova
Cesc Fábregas says he is unhappy about being a bit-part player for Barcelona this season, but is determined to make an impact at Camp Nou
This is the same line-up that Tito Vilanova sent out in the away leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou
With last Thursday’s first leg at Camp Nou having ended in a 3-2 Barca victory, Madrid took the title on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw. All the action came in an exciting first half, where Lionel Messi replied with a brilliant free-kick for Barcelona, who had previously lost Adriano to a straight red card for a last-man foul on Ronaldo. It was a timely success for Madrid, who have already fallen five points behind arch rivals Barca in La Liga after a draw and a loss in their first two league games. “The team went out well from the start and created chances, got the goals and then they (Barcelona) went down to 10 men,” said Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka. “After all that, the result was a lot closer than we expected, but we’re happy to lift the trophy. We got a reaction from our players and that’s the important thing.” Barca coach Tito Vilanova said he was pleased with his players’ response after a difficult start.
Former Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi said Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will struggle to match what Pep Guardiola achieved at Camp Nou.
Tito Vilanova takes all staff to Madrid! It's a final. And as did Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova Madrid has decided to take its entire staff. Just stay in Barcelona Marc Muniesa and Eric Abidal, two players who, in one case because of injury and illness in the other, can not miss a second in his recovery and is therefore better to stay in Barcelona. Thus, traveling to Madrid 25 players, 24 first team and Cristian Tello, the subsidiary. Sergi Roberto does not - who after the arrival of Alex Song seems to be fewer opportunities in the first team - but if Cuenca and Thiago Alcantara (both still without a medical discharge) or players like Fontas and Jonathan dos Santos could leave the team by Friday to march assigned to other sets. The travel plan contemplates that players will leave the Camp Nou at 10.15 h. am. The plane carrying them off to Madrid to 11 h. After arriving in Madrid, around 12 pm, the team will concentrate on the Eurostars Tower, close to the Bernabeu. The expedition will return to Barcelona i ...
Tito Vilanova is working to unleash Cesc Fàbregas & unlock the huge talent that led him from the Emirates Stadium to Camp Nou.
Relevant facts • Lionel Messi is the all-time El Clasico top scorer with 14 goals in 16 matches. • Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to score four goals in four visits at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. • Real Madrid have defeated Barcelona only once in their last six meetings. • The last Spanish Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu ended 2-2. A repeat of this result on Wednesday would favour Barcelona in the Supercopa 2012. • Lionel Messi has scored more goals in all competitions this season (5) than the whole Real Madrid team (4). Prediction If Jose Mourinho fails tactically, expect Barcelona to take their chances on goal and punish their rivals without mercy. Scores: Real Madrid 1-4 Barcelona A wise approach from Real Madrid could unsettle Tito Vilanova’s outfit. With the UEFA Best Player award ceremony coming up this week, Cristiano Ronaldo may want to give a good knock to Lionel Messi with a heroic display at the Bernabeu. Scores: Real Madrid 2-1 B ...
Real Madrid and Barcelona renew their Spanish Super Cup rivalry on Thursday when Tito Vilanova faces Jose Mourinho at the Camp Nou stadium, where the two coaches famously clashed last year. Last August's match at Barcelona ended with both teams brawling on the field and Madrid coach Mourinho poking Vilanova in the eye with his finger. Barcelona won the Super Cup 5-4 on aggregate. Mourinho apologised this summer, aiming to calm tensions before his first meeting with Vilanova as a fellow Head Coach. "This isn't about Pep (Guardiola) or Tito, this is about (playing) Barca and that's how we're approaching it,'' Mourinho said on Wednesday. ''I think it's a game that will have little effect and if I could choose, I'd choose what happened last year where we lost the Super Cup and won the league. If losing is a motivation for winning the league, I'd sign off on it now.'' The match is the first of two legs. Madrid hosts the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sept. 30. Vilanova, who was an assistant to Guar ...
… - One thing’s for sure, if the lure of the Best Players in the world doesn’t grab you, then the action on the sidelines surely will. Sparks could fly here at Camp Nou. … - We are, of course, in the first leg of the Supercopa, Spain’s traditional curtain-raiser between last season’s league and cup winners. We had the same two sides competing this time last year, and what an experience that was.Nine goals over two games, red cards galore, and even a touchline brawl between opposition coaches. Tito Vilanova was assistant manager when he squared up to Jose Mourinho that night, taking a jab to the eye in the process, but now he emerges as Barcelona’s ruler-in-chief. Does he have a response in mind? … - As you can tell, I’m pretty pleased to be bringing you tonight’s game. … - Many of us will have friends or loved ones who just aren’t that into football.They just don’t get the appeal. To those people I say, here is thegame for you. Barcelona and Real Madrid, a fixture offering mo ...
The era of Tito Vilanova has begun in Camp Nou... An era of glory. Let's go and do it again this season!
Camp Nou, Barcelona MATCH IN A SENTENCE: Barcelona scored three times in the opening quarter-hour of their season and cruised to a 5-1 victory over a Real Sociedad team that was simply brushed aside. KEY MOMENT: In the context of the match David Villa’s goal—his side’s fifth and scored with just six minutes to play—was the least important of the quintet, but in the context of the season it was a monumental tally. Villa, having missed much of last season with a serious leg break, made his competitive return to the Barcelona lineup when he replaced Pedro in the 75th minute. Nine minutes later his name was on the scoresheet following a neat one-two with fellow substitute Andres Iniesta that culminated in a left-footed finish from close in. New manager Tito Vilanova will need all his offensive weapons firing if Barcelona are to regain the title from Real Madrid, and Villa’s return to goal-scoring form is only good news in that regard. FROM HERE: Barcelona will host Real Madrid in the first leg of th ...
New Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova was understandably happy after his first game in charge of the Catalans brought a comfortable 5-1 La Liga win over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.
Messi continues his supremacy,David 7 returns with a goal,Tito Vilanova in da ascendancy revives the hunga @ Camp nou. Fc Barcelona is back!
Song happy at Arsenal August 13, 2012 Alex Song has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but insists he is happy at Arsenal. Alex Song is apparently keen to discuss a new deal with Arsenal Barca have made little secret of their desire to sign Song, with players Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique all having spoken publicly of their desire to see the midfielder at the Camp Nou. However, Song, who is under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2014, is happy with the Gunners and is reported to be keen to discuss an extension. "I am not going to lie if I said there is no interest but I am at Arsenal and I am happy at Arsenal," he told Sky Sports. "Barcelona are the best team in the world, and speculation will always continue until the window closes." Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed Song is not for sale, declaring reports in Spain to be wide of the mark. "There's nothing going on with Song," said Wenger. "There's nothing in that. Song has three years contract he's not in the same si ...
The Mirror: Tello could be surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp and fears he does not fit into new boss Tito Vilanova's first-team plans.
Goal.com shared the following link and had this to say about it: Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova has denied interest in Neymar. No Camp Nou for the Santos star, but could we see the Brazilian at the Bernabeu, Stamford Bridge, the San Siro, Old Trafford or even White Hart Line any time soon???
Sport: Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova keen to sign Alex Song from Arsenal. Midfielder is highly thought of at Camp Nou -
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After a couple of years of domination by Barcelona.Will Tito Vilanova prove a similarly inspired choice at Camp Nou by realmadird goalkeeper
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Afellay will have meeting with Tito Vilanova on Monday. They are up to discuss midfielder's future at the club from Camp Nou.
The 40-year-old, who played at Camp Nou in the 1990s, believes the former Valencia star will fit in well with Tito Vilanova's squad as he is familiar with the club's philosophy
Seydou Keita is desperate to stay at Barcelona, revealing that his dream is to finish his career at the club. The Mali international still has two years to run on his current contract with the Blaugrana but he will be free to leave Camp Nou at the end of June having failed to feature in at least 50 per cent of the Catalans' official outings last season. However, new boss Tito Vilanova has expressed his interest in holding onto the midfielder and the player himself is now very open to extending his stay in Catalunya. "I am yet to speak with the club to sort out my future," Keita is quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo. "But I want to continue; this is my desire. I would like to retire at Barcelona, so I hope that can be the case. "We must talk and see what they offer and what they want. But my family is happy in Barcelona." Keita has been previously linked with Serie A giants AC Milan, as well as big-spending Liga outfit Malaga.
The new manager will be presented this Friday, at 13:00, at the Camp Nou's Sala París
Tito Vilanova at Camp Nou, has he got what it takes or is this the end of a beautiful era?
From RDM of chelsea T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ Tito Vilanova of barcelona...BREAKING NEWS: Barcelona confirm two-year deal for coach Tito VilanovaThe Primera Division giants have revealed that Pep Guardiola's replacement has officially put pen to paper on his deal at Camp Nou.
Messi: I hope Vilanova stays at Barcelona for a long time The Argentina international wants the Blaugrana's new coach to enjoy a successful spell, and confessed that the week of Guardiola's departure announcement was a blow to the club,Lionel Messi hopes that New Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will remain as the Catalans' trainer for an extended period of time. Vilanova will replaces Pep Guardiola as the man in charge at the Camp Nou side on July 1, and the Argentine is eager for everything to remain the same under the new coach
Barcelona striker David Villa believes that incoming coach Tito Vilanova has the quality to be a big hit at Camp Nou.
However Tito Vilanova has told the pair he wishes them to stay at Camp Nou, as the club prepares for life after Pep Guardiola.
The Catalan giants added another victory to their list last week – this time against poverty, in a charity football match in which they were divided into two teams, led by Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova. The match was in behalf of Maratón por la Pobreza (Marathon against Poverty) organized by the Catalan regional TV channel, TV3. It was a great match and the younger crowd really appreciated it, you could tell. It was a fitting climax to Barca’s season especially after the Copa del Rey victory and all the after match celebrations which took place in the Camp Nou. 14,000 people were at the palau St Jordi in Barcelona and most of them were youngsters and families. The Barcelona players, now free of all the pressure of competition, let their hair down and provided a magnificent display of good football. On one side, wearing the typical Barca claret and blue colours, there was Pinto, Xavi, Piqué, Pedro and Montoya, under the command of Tito Vilanova, with Bartra, Rodri and Espinosa on the bench. Their o ...
Saturday May 26, 09:28 PM Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola (Top 2nd L) and second coach Tito Vilanova (Top C) celebrate with supporters at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 26, 2012, a day after the team won the Spanish King's cup final football match against Athletic Bilbao. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE...
The match at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium will be Guardiola's last in charge of the team, ending an unprecedented period of success for Barcelona since the former player took charge in 2008. The 41-year-old Guardiola will be looking to finish the way he started, as a 4-1 cup victory over Athletic three years ago provided the first prize for his trophy cabinet. Ready to hand over the coaching duties to his assistant and good friend Tito Vilanova, Guardiola will look at the game as an opportunity to cap a season that started well but finished poorly. Barcelona hasn't played a meaningful game in one month after it lost to eventual Champions League winner Chelsea in the semifinals, just days after losing to Real Madrid to surrender its three-year hold on the Spanish league. "I've got the feeling we are very well prepared for this final," Guardiola said from the Camp Nou on Thursday. "A final is always there to be won.
Outgoing Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has given Liverpool and Chelsea hope by confirming he is open to approaches this summer. Guardiola will step down as Barcelona chief at the end of the season, and it was expected he would stay out of the game for at least a season in order to rest. However, the Spanish boss, a reported target for the Anfield and Stamford Bridge clubs, has revealed he would be willing to return to football sooner than had been anticipated. "For the next months I have to charge my batteries," he said. "I will rest and I will wait. I will be ready, if one club wants me, if they seduce me, I will train again." Guardiola won three successive La Liga titles at Camp Nou, lifting the Champions League trophy in 2009 and 2011, as well as subsequently winning the FIFA Club World Cup on two occasions. He revealed last month that he was to leave Barcelona, citing the stress-inducing pressures of the top job at one of the world's leading clubs. Assistant Tito Vilanova will take over from him next s ...
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Laporta blames Barcelona board for Guardiola exit and claims Vilanova appointment 'a panic decision' Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that the club's board are responsible for Pep Guardiola's imminent departure and claims that the directors have now made a panic decision in appointing Tito Vilanova as their new coach. Guardiola announced his decision to step down at the end of the season last month, citing fatigue as the primary reason for his resignation. However, Laporta claims that the former Spain international is walking away because he was not given adequate backing from above, something he believes the Barca board swiftly attempted to make amends for by naming current assistant coach Vilanova as his replacement. "It is a panic decision after not having done more for Guardiola," the former Blaugrana supremo said to Catalunya Radio. "Barça are in a cycle of change and Guardiola dared not try do so because he did not have enough support from the board. "I have known the board members ...
Pep Guardiola paid an emotional farewell to Camp Nou following his final home game as Barcelona coach.
Pep Guardiola has announced to the president and squad that he will not be staying at Fc Barcelona after June 30, when his present contract ends Sandro Rosell, Andoni Zubizarreta and Guardiola were speaking to a packed press conference at the Camp Nou It was also announced at the press conference that Tito Vilanova will be the next FCB manager
Pep Guardiola's understated assistant has taken on the daunting challenge of replacing him as manager at the Camp Nou
Guardiola RETIRES. Guardiola said during a news conference at Camp Nou that the demands of the job were too great and his energy levels too low to continue. He will be replaced by his assistant, Tito Vilanova. "Every day during four years, the demands are very high, the pressure, the necessary energy to push the players and enjoy it," said the 41-year-old Guardiola, a Former Barcelona midfielder. "I need to rest and move away."
Barcelona has set its sights on luring Athletic boss Bielsa to Camp Nou.Should the 56-year old decide to remain at San Mames, Barcelona will then seek to appoint someone from within Guardiola's inner circle, namely assistant Tito Vilanova, former B team boss Luis Enrique, who is currently in charge of Roma, or even ex-youth team coach, Oscar Garcia.
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