Simeone: from the lack of players to ‘overbooking’ in three weeks

first_imgThe injuries have stopped tightening Simeone. Just look at two lineups in the last month to check: Atlético has gone from making a list with only 14 field players available to overbooking. Atlético-Granada, February 8. Correa and Vitolo become the rojiblanca forward, Vrsaljko, eleven months without an official match for his knee injury until before the derby, again headline. On the bench, Lemar and Carrasco, ten days after returning, are accompanied by Saponjic (62 minutes in two games: 60 ‘in the Cup against the Cultural, 2’ in the League and now), Toni Moya, Manu Sánchez and Ricard. Atlético-Villarreal, February 23, just fifteen days later: from the Cholo list the kids have disappeared, all are players of the first team. Simeone must make three discards. “Blessed problem”, that the Argentine thought after so much trouble. If Diego Costa had a few minutes 100 days after going through the operating room To have a cervical disc herniation, Morata was already on the team after recovering, in 16 days, from the muscular injury he suffered in the derby against Real Madrid. Before that game the Argentine coach had already lost his star signing of the season, João Félix, another muscular injury, in his right leg, and then he saw how another of his soccer players also entered the operating room: Trippier, pubalgia. The word “nursing” produced cold sweats. From San Rafael to ‘déjà vu’The return of the pre-season ‘stage’ to Los Angeles de San Rafael had controlled the team what last year was a serious problem, the muscle injuries, which were around number 50 throughout the season. It was, but on account drops. Everything accelerated in December. The medical part of each protagonist party again. The 21 has been the last of Lemar. But since December 11 and at a new devilish pace. Lodi, Koke, Lemar, Giménez, Koke, Trippier, Arias, João Félix, Herrera, Morata and Lemar again. February on the Cholo charts was cold and hungry. But in the last week, of spring time, the sun has entered its infirmary. Morata recovered, Costa returned, João Félix has recovered, Trippier too, Herrera is already training with the group, although he did not enter the list. Lemar is the only member of that infirmary three weeks ago full. Today is the red and white bench.last_img read more

Paralyzed referendum

first_imgRegarding the signings, is on the hunt for a central defender, a winger and a center forward. The end is already closed, once the Portuguese was signed in January Trincao. The center forward who likes is Lautaro Martinez , the Argentine of the Inter, who is still confined to Milan, the European epicenter of the pandemic.According Sports world, the last centrals they like are Alessio Romagnoli, of the Milan, Y Dayot Upamecano, of the Leipzig, in addition to other objectives. With all of them, logically, the contact cannot be personal.To all that, it remains unclear that Quique Setién go to be the technician of the next campaign. It will depend on the results of a season of uncertain outcome both on the field and in the offices, waiting for what happens with the competitions in dispute. The Barcelona in a complicated situation similar to what most companies are going through: paralysis of operations for the future, immobility. In a very sensitive moment regarding the planning of the squad for the next course, the executives of the sports area find themselves unable to arrange meetings with agents, clubs or the difficulty of taking planes to make trips to watch games, that in the best of cases they are played behind closed doors, if they have not been suspended.In the same way, the date to call the referendum among the partners to decide if they give the green light to the new financing project for the remodeling of the stadium is paralyzed waiting for what happens with the competition The league.Barça had made it an obligation for this referendum to be held on a match day in the Camp Nou to facilitate partner participation, but the entire planned plan has fallen apart. First, because it is not known when you will be able to play with the public; and, later, because it is feared that all competitions will be suspended.last_img read more

Eder Sarabia’s open letter from confinement

first_imgThe second coach of FC Barcelona, ​​Eder Sarabia, sent a letter, through the club’s official media, where he explains his day to day during the confinement due to the coronavirus crisis.After a few first paragraphs where he evokes what he would be doing in the Blaugrana club if this pandemic had not devastated the planet, “at eight in the morning I would have woken up to go to the Ciutat Esportiva”, adding that “surely I would have found myself in the dining room Setien with a bowl of fruit and we would have talked about Johan Cruyff, who was celebrating four years of his death ”, the assistant begins to review his daily life in the confinement. “Before eating, I start to play chess, then I learn a little Catalan in an online course that I signed up for, then I cook a delicious pasta salad and I stretch out on the sofa to take a nap,” says the technician, who ensures that this dish is one of their specialties. You also have time to “review the latest games on the computer” and even enjoy one of your favorite sports: cycling. “I spent the whole afternoon watching the legendary Vuelta del 91, when Indurain first dressed in yellow.”Like the rest of mortals, he is also hooked on the series. In his case, it is ‘You’, “a series that has me hooked and that I took advantage of to see two chapters.”At 8:00 p.m. he goes out to the balcony to applaud and thank the toilets for his work, and then puts on his sneakers, using the dining room “as a makeshift gym.” After having dinner “a French omelette and a grilled chicken breast”, the night ended “talking to my parents and my sister on the phone.”Sarabia ends his article, acknowledging that he is “privileged” and that this confinement has made him even more aware of “valuing more” everything he has.last_img read more

The blow of Maria Teixidor

first_imgA new boost for women at Barça. That meant Maria Teixidor. Since January 2017, she was president of the Edelmira Calvetó Group, created by the club with the purpose of recovering the legacy of women in the history of Barça, and promoting the role of members and women athletes in the club. In addition, he represented Barça in the Grup de Treball Dona i Esport, which reports to the Municipal Council of l’Esport de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. His activity at Barça multiplied at times. Her appointment as secretary of the Board of Directors in February 2019 confirmed her ancestry in the club, where she had a frantic activity. He was also in charge of activities related to children and the elderly within the social area.And one more detail, surely important in this story. Since September 2017, Maria Teixidor was president of the Barça Commission for Control and Transparency. A basic commission on censorship, for example, of the I3 Ventures scandal, in which the payment for the creation of accounts that eroded the image of third parties was fractured to avoid passage through the corresponding delegated control commissions.No one doubts that Teixidor was a fundamental asset for Bartomeu’s board and a figure with a background. His departure leaves Barça without references in the development of women’s football and without a fresh face that modernized the image of the club. Ambitious, Maria Teixidor has decided to leave. Who knows if to join another electoral candidacy with a view to June 2021. Who knows if to stand and try to be the first woman president of a club with more than 120 years of history. A terribly powerful image that Bartomeu may not have weighed well. It was Maria Teixidor (8-10-1975) who called Josep Maria Bartomeu to give him the news. The president could wait for the resignations of Rousaud, Tombas, Calsamiglia, Font or Elias, but that of Teixidor, at least out of doors, was a thunderclap for Barça. He had achieved great relevance in the board, so much so that for a time he had sounded like a possible replacement for Josep Maria Bartomeu in a continuation candidacy.The promotion of Maria Teixidor i Jufresa at Barça was brilliant. Lawyer, mediator and entrepreneur in the LegalTech sector (she is the creator of the first bullying detection and conflict resolution app for schools), she was a member of the board since July 2015, when Josep Maria Bartomeu won the elections. Teixidor had revolutionized the feminine universe of Barça. He was responsible for the first team since January 2018, actively collaborated in the millionaire signing of the sponsorship contract with Stanley, He presented in Los Angeles on the mixed tour that the professional male and female teams made in the United States in that 2018. The women’s soccer section had become the only professional that generates profits, which increased its prestige like foam.last_img read more