Joan Laporta has decided to announce his candidacy for the presidency of Barcelona. His intention is to communicate this Thursday and appear next Monday. The former president immediately becomes one of the big favorites to prevail in the elections since it continues having an important support between the Barça social mass. In the last election he lost to Bartomeu, more than 15,000 partners supported him, a number to keep in mind.
Laporta’s populist discourse and the memory of having created one of the best teams in history of football from the hand of coaches such as Rijkaard and Guardiola and an extraordinary cast of players formed by Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol or Ronaldinho, they hang the undisputed poster favorite with Vctor Font. He has been working with the partners for a long time on his ‘S al Futur’ project and he undoubtedly also has many options to win the elections.
Much will depend on the proposal of each one and the names that are around them. Laporta already has it ready his first signing: Mateu Alemany. To be the strong man of his candidacy and in case of being elected he will occupy the position of general sports director. That is, the top executive of the entity in this parcel.
Alemany is a person with a great experience in the world of football. His last position has been that of general manager of Valencia. In the Levantine group he made a excellent rebuilding of equipment when he landed in 2017. They were tough years, but he managed to make a very competitive squad, getting transfers from players like Kondogbia or Guedes, demonstrating his skills as an excellent negotiator.
The result was that the team qualified two years for the Champions League and in the second he also achieved the Copa del Rey, precisely against Barcelona. It was also the Centennial year. Your bet on Marcelino on the bench and Longoria In sports management it paid off because it once again placed Valencia at the top of Europe and winning a title after ten years.
Previously, Alemany had also been a key person in Mallorca in various stages as CEO, CEO and President. With him, the Balearic team won the 2003 Cup, a huge milestone for a club like Mallorca. He also wanted to be president of the RFEF, but he did not succeed and Florentino was very interested in him being its sports director, something that did not happen either.
Alemany will now have ahead, if they win the elections, a huge challenge that is the rebuilding of Barcelona. A heavily indebted club that faces the end of the Messi era, if not immediately yes in the coming years.
FC BarcelonaHas completed 100 games without conceding a goal for Barcelona
Marc-Andr Ter Stegen is one of the symbols and referents of the Barcelona. The German goalkeeper is an indisputable starter in the demanding team that scores points and wins games with his valuable interventions. He is recording his name in the history of the Catalan group for his performances and for his overwhelming records: against the Dynamo of Kiev, the goalkeeper completed 100 official matches with him Only without conceding a goal.
Ter Stegen He arrived at Barcelona in the 14-15 season and since then, and despite the fact that it cost him a place under the sticks due to the competition with Claudio Bravo, he has left his mark on the Barça goal. In his first course as cul, he left the goal to zero in 10 games; In the 15-16 season eight rivals were unable to overcome him; in 16-17 he was left blank in 17 games; in 17-18 it was a wall with 24 crosses; In 18-19 he prevented the opponent from scoring in 23 games; the last one was unbeaten at 17; and this campaign, in which he has only played four games, he has not conceded a goal in one: this past Tuesday against Dynamo in Kiev.
Ter Stegen, which this season has started later to compete because of the operation which he underwent in the patellar tendon of the knee last August, has managed to become the great reference of the Barcelona in defense and in insurance for your team. The former goal of Borussia de Mnchengladbach, what a few weeks ago renew until 2025, shows great regularity throughout the campaigns that have made him the undisputed starter. Cillessen y Neto they have not been able to seize the site under the sticks.
Thanks to his reflexes, intuition, his good game with the ball at his feet and the hoop, agility, coldness, security and concentration, Ter Stegen has entered the list of centennial goals of the Barcelona. As a result of his actions, and the rest of the team, the Only was, for example, between the end of the season 16-17 and 17-18 39 games undefeated, achieving a record in LaLiga. The goal, for which the Catalan team 12 million euros, was the first player to link that number of crashes without losing in the history of the championship.
Koeman has no doubt about who his starting goal is and hence as soon as he recovered from the injury, and despite grandson had also shown a good performance, the German regained his position under the sticks. With him, the Dutchman hopes to also regain defensive security in LaLiga that has characterized the cul group in other seasons and that this course is not yet taking place. In the eight games played, the culs have conceded nine goals.
After standing out in the Champions League game against Dinamo Kiev, Antoine Griezmann put football aside and enjoys his passion for NFL American football.
November 25, 2020 · 09:52 hs
Barcelona is still shocked by yesterday’s great victory against Dinamo Kiev, which gave it a pass to the next phase of the UEFA Champions League two days before the group-zone games end.
With a resounding 4 to 0 and with a large majority of substitutes, those led by Ronald Koeman showed a great superiority over their rivals and made it clear that they are for great objectives this season.
Antoine Grezmann, who scored the last goal against the Ukrainians, celebrated this victory in a very special way, putting aside his obligations as a footballer and focusing on one of his greatest passions such as American football and the NFL.
Trying to disassociate himself from the controversies that surround him with Lionel Messi, the Frenchman turned a deaf ear and published a large number of images referring to the sport that moves millions in the United States.
On the occasion of death of Diego Armando Maradona, the Barcelona made a compilation of his best plays wrapped in the shirt Blaugrana and incidentally compared some of these with those he has done throughout his history at the club Lionel Messi.
The compilation is made with plays that are very similar between both Argentines and it is that both got history in the Barcelona, as well as great goals that had a lot of meaning.
FC BarcelonaThe center-back is excited in his debut and points to Sunday’s eleven against Osasuna
Nor you can accuse Ronald Koeman not to trust young talent. The Dutch technician is showing with acts that his rings do not fall when it comes to giving prominence to the kids. In some cases, such as Pedri, for sheer talent. In others, driven by need.
That is the context that led to the debut of scar Mingueza last night in Kiev. The long-term injury of Gerard Piqu, added to the inconvenience of Ronald araujo and the chronic absence of Samuel umtitiHe forced the Dutchman to look at the subsidiary. And there I found the one from Santa Perptua de Mogoda. A boy who has been wearing the Bara shirt for 13 years (he reached 8) and who, as in his time Samper, is one of the few who has played in all the lower categories of Bara before reaching the first team.
Throughout his career, Koeman has shown a keen eye for discovering talent. It had a lot to do with the irruption in football of ‘older’ players like Van Dijk, Ibrahimovic O Man, to give some examples. Yesterday, at the end of match Against Dynamo Kiev, Tintin praised Mingueza’s performance and warned him to prepare to play more.
“Mingueza can have continuity. He is a young boy who has been at Bara for many years. He knows the concepts of what we want to play. He has to improve. According to his game, he has made a very good impression and it is important for us and for himself that have confidence “, explained the Barcelona coach last night.
As for his debut, Mingueza proved to have valid center-back skills for Barcelona. He fulfilled the little that was demanded of him in defense and made it clear that he knows how to get the ball played from behind. He was seen to be somewhat nervous in the first half, but he was loosening up as the minutes passed and the arrival of the goals. By the way, he assisted Braithwaite in one of them.
Thus, riding the wave of optimism around his figure, the veryo Koeman announced Oscar’s likely participation in Sunday’s game against Osasuna. The alternative has been slow to come to him – he is 21 years old – but now he has the opportunity to get an exprs doctorate with the first team. If he answers, Koeman will have no problem betting on him. As the player himself hopes, it can be the beginning of something very big.
FC BarcelonaSevilla, Juve and Chelsea have also mathematically certified their pass to the next round
El Barcelona already mathematically in the next round of the Champions. Specifically, in the eighth. Although there are two games to go to finish the league, the Catalans and Juve have already done their homework. Group E is also defined, where Chelsea and Seville are already classified.
The set of Koeman arrived at the game in Kiev with a team of circumstances due to the many absences, due to injury and because he decided to rest some players. But plan B also delivered. The Catalans prevailed clearly, in a boring clash, and sealed the pass to the next round.
The Dutch bet on a team of circumstances with unusual players such as Braithwaite, who saw the door twice, Ale, Junior Firpo o Mingueza. Precisely, the youth squad made his debut in the first team after a life in youth football. He also had minutes for the first time Matheus Fernandes.
The only objective now left for the box of Koeman in the Champions League it is group leadership. The azulgranas are first, three points behind the Juve when there are two games left to play and, in addition, one of them is against the Italian bloc.
Therefore, the Barça team could to forget from Champions and fully focus on LaLiga, where things are going much worse than in Europe. In fact, in continental competition, the Koeman It is showing its best version and reaping the best results.
The Catalans count the matches in the Champions for wins. Against him Ferenvcaros, the Juventus and Dimano of Kiev, on two occasions, the Barcelona has added all three points. In addition, the Catalans have already scored 13 goals in their favor in these four games and have conceded only two.
More economic problems for FC Barcelona. In the midst of the financial crisis due to the coronavirus hit, the Treasury has imposed a millionaire penalty to the Blaugrana entity.
The Central Delegation of Large Taxpayers of the Tax Agency claims almost nine million euros in withholdings for income from work / professional (January 2012-June 2015) not paid, to which adds a fine of another 14 million euros for this question: 23 million euros total.
This sanction was ratified by the Central Administrative Economic Court just before the summer, but the football club appealed to the National Court to have the payment suspended. The Catalan team has managed to get the contentious-administrative chamber of the high court to postpone this disbursement after alleging the damages and “its difficult repair” of the immediate payment of the same.
In order to defer the payment of taxes and achieve oxygen thanks to this precautionary measure, FC Barcelona highlights before the magistrates “the exceptional situation of the covid-19 pandemic, which has generated a substantial reduction in your income, by carrying out its activity in one of the sectors most affected by the economic crisis derived from the health crisis (public entertainment), which justifies, in its opinion, the adoption of exceptional measures “.
On the one hand, Barça alludes to the decrease in the market value of your players: “Covid-19 has not only affected the club’s income and expenses, but has also temporarily devalued your most precious intangible, that is, the value of its staff “, reads the judicial order consulted by El Confidencial.
“The compromised situation of the treasury and the refusal of various financial institutions to grant it a guarantee do not preclude providing a guarantee”
On the other hand, the team that today leads a management committee after the resignation of its former president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, highlights that the “significant decrease in its income has been reflected in the financial situation of the FCB”, and adds: “The decrease of the income and substantial maintenance of the FCB operating expenses [más de 16 millones de euros mensuales de media en el último semestre] have resulted in a pressing decrease in your result, which would prevent it from facing the amounts derived from the settlement and sanctioning agreements “.
For all the foregoing, the court that judges the case understands this precautionary measure to be appropriate, which was opposed by the State Bar. However, the magistrates do not grant him partial dispensation from guarantee that Barça also asked for. “The compromised situation of the club’s treasury, as well as the refusal of various financial entities to grant you a guarantee, it does not exclude the provision of a guarantee in any other of the forms admitted by law to respond, where appropriate, to the amount of the penalty “, explains the National Court.
Crisis at all levels
FC Barcelona is experiencing one of the worst crises in its history. To the economic problems must be added its difficult institutional situation (without a board in the absence of elections) and the bad sporting moment that the club is experiencing, twelfth in La Liga after only one victory in the last six games and with its franchise player, Lionel Messi, increasingly disenchanted.
As this media has advanced, the club barely has 30 million of its own funds to face its complicated day-to-day life, which places it increasingly close to bankruptcy (former suspension of payments). Against this background, the interim board led by Carles Tusquets He is trying to agree to a salary cut with his staff of 190 million euros, which would allow him to stay alive. Hence, the sanction imposed by the Treasury comes at the worst moment for the club, whose current financial crisis considers “conjunctural and exceptional”.
Barça only has 30 million to avoid bankruptcy
For this reason, Carles Tusquets, the current president of the management committee that presides over the club after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, has asked the players for a salary cut of close to 40%
This is not the first time that the club or its stars have had problems with the treasury. One of the tax controversies that persecute him comes from the tax treatment of agents and intermediaries who participate in the signings of footballers.
The Treasury detected that these agents billed the club for services rendered in the multimillion dollar transactions of football stars. However, since 2015, the Treasury has applied a criterion in which it understands that intermediaries do not provide these services to the club but to the player in question whom they represent.
This differentiation means that the agent’s fees have to be paid by the footballer, so if he wants to pass them on to the team, he has to do so by raising his income and later liquidating the services with the representative. TO tax effects, this represents a substantial change, since it goes from the agent billing the club with 21% VAT to the footballer paying a marginal rate of 52%.
Madrid, Nov 21 (EFE) .- Diego Simeone, coach of Atlético de Madrid, leaves with the scheduled eleven, with Joao Félix and Ángel Correa in attack and Diego Costa as a substitute, while Ronald Koeman, his counterpart in Barcelona, replaces the withdrawal of Sergio Busquets with the ownership of Miralem Pjanic and lines up Pedri and Sergi Roberto at the beginning and not Phillipe Coutinho at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
The Barça eleven is made up of Marc Andre Ter Stegen as goalkeeper, with Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba in defense; Ousmane Dembele, Miralem Pjanic, Frenkie De Jong and Pedri, in midfield; and Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi, in the front of the attack. Coutinho starts on the bench, after a month off due to injury.
The same thing happens to Diego Costa at Atlético, who goes out with Jan Oblak, in goal; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, José María Giménez and Mario Hermoso, on defense; Marcos Llorente, Saúl Ñíguez, Koke Resurrección and Yannick Carrasco, in the center of the field; and Ángel Correa and Joao Félix, up front.
Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona They will be measured by three important points to move up the Spanish football standings and take advantage of Real Madrid’s draw against Villarreal. The ‘colchonero’ team wants to defend their hometown, while the ‘culé’ cast seeks to find their ideal style of play to be able to please their fans, win games and convince their great figure, Lionel Messi, to stay one more season at the institution.