The people are concerned with the transfer dealings at FC Barcelona have already completed one excellent piece of work this summer with the capture of Neymar from Santos, but the next task is not proving to be quite so easy. The club still has it’s sights set on Neymar’s international colleague Thiago Silva, but his current club PSG are determined to hold on to their star defender.
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All the fans and staff of FC Barcelona can now breathe a sigh of relief, because Lionel Messi has played his final game of the season and will now have some time to rest and recuperate before returning to the Nou Camp for pre-season training. He marked his last game of the season with a hat-trick as Argentina beat Guatemala 4-0 in an international friendly.
The little flea was not 100 percent by any stretch of the imagination and only played for just over an hour, but he did not make his injury problems any worse and, as we know, a partly fit Messi can still give opposing team’s defenders nightmares. See video highlights below.
There are fears that the toll of playing too many games too often for Barcelona and Argentina could catch up with Lionel Messi and make him either unavailable or below par for his club and his country at a crucial time. We saw this season in La Liga and the Champions League how much Barca miss the little genius when he is injured or not at his best, so this is a real concern.
If the stories are true about FC Barcelona and Robert Lewandowski, Barca could soon have the most fearsome forward line ever assembled in the world of football. With the not inconsiderable skills of Neymar already adding to those of the best player in the world Lionel Messi, signing Lewandowski would seem to be simply unfair on the rest of Europe.
Officials and staff at the Nou Camp are clearly concerned about the struggles the club had in the Champions League last season. Following shock defeats to Celtic and AC Milan, we nearly went out to PSG before Bayern Munich produced the astonishing 7-0 aggregate defeat in the semi-final.
If body language and facial expression is anything to go by, Fernando Torres has not been happy for some time. Barcelona could be about to change all that by bringing him back to Spain and giving his career the fresh start it seems to need.
Ever since his move from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, the Spanish international has cut a forlorn figure. Even this season, when his form had improved and he scored 22 goals, some of them very important for the club, he has not looked comfortable. It does not take much for the Chelsea fans to get on his back, so it seems he will never be popular at the club.
One of the best moments of the season for FC Barcelona and everyone concerned with the club was when Eric Abidal made his return to the pitch. It was emotional in the extreme but, unfortunately for the French defender, when the decision had to be made about the future it was decided to let him go.
The club felt that he had been out of the game too long and was too old to recover and play a useful part in the team. This was exacerbated by the defensive frailties on show this season and the need to rebuild with a new look back four. Barca therefore offered Abidal a position behind the scenes in order to keep him at the club, but the 33-year old is desperate to play on and so is looking for another club.
There have been many reports about Cesc Fabregas leaving Barcelona this summer, with a lot of rumour and speculation about him returning to his former club Arsenal or signing for the new manager at Manchester United. Cesc, however, has declared that is all it is, rumour and speculation.
Maybe David Moyes does want him at United, and I am sure that Arsene Wenger would take him back to Arsenal, but the 26-year old will only leave his boyhood club if the management at Barcelona tell him he is not wanted. The Barca fans have sometimes got on his back since he joined two years ago, and that has fuelled the media rumours, but really he has done pretty well.
Try saying that title quickly! The current administration of FC Barcelona has come under attack by Joan Laporta, the former president who managed to turn the fortunes of the club around after taking over in 2003. He was speaking in Bogota, where he is lecturing, and did not have many nice things to say about the current president Sandro Rosell and the way the club is being run.
Laporta said, “I think I’m ready to be president again.
“I have people linked to me that are able to rebuild a model of success at the club.