VIDEO – An in-depth interview with Alex Song, as he discusses Cesc, Arsenal, the World Cup and much more
The Cameroonian speaks about his arrival at Barça, his friendship with Cesc, his country’s chances at Brazil 2014, and many other topics
Alex Song is a player who earns respect on the field, but off the field we find a player who takes his dress-sense seriously and is ready to speak openly about anything you want to know about him.
In the ‘Porta 104’ report on Barça TV, Alex Song speaks about his first experiences at FC Barcelona, his close relationship with Cesc Fàbregas since they were together at Arsenal, his reasons for changing number in the summer and Cameroon’s chances at the World Cup in Brazil next year.
He also compares the Barça and Arsenal teams and describes the mood after losing two games in a row to Ajax and Bilbao. There is a lot to be learned about Song in this quarter of an hour.
This Thursday, the French paper announced its team of 2013, and there are two players from FC Barcelona in the eleven
Leo Messi and Jordi Alba are in French sports paper l’Equipe’s team of 2013, which was announced today Thursday. They are the only FC Barcelona representatives in an XI dominated by Champions League winners Bayern Munich, with five players: Neuer, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Müller and Ribéry. The rest of the team is made up by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thiago Silva (PSG), Touré (Manchester City) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).
This is the second accolade of the week for Leo Messi, who was named player of the year on Tuesday by English newspaper The Guardian. Messi, along with Ribéry and Ronaldo, is also in the running for the Ballon d’Or, the winner of which will be announced on Thursday January 13. That same day, we’ll find out who is in the FIFA FIFPro World XI, with Messi and Jordi Alba joined as FCB candidates by Piqué, Alves, Neymar, Xavi, Iniesta, Sergio and Valdés.
Messi was also named in the UEFA team of the year along with team-mate Gerard Piqué.
.@rafinha_alc93 , @BoKrkic and @gerardeulofeu are making the most of their time away from FC Barcelona
All three have featured in more than 10 league matches: Rafinha, 16 Liga BBVA games; Bojan, 10 Eredivisie league matches, and Deulofeu, 12 Premier League games
Rafinha is a key player for Luis Enrique; Bojan is back to his goalscoring ways and Deulofeu just picked up a hamstring injury
The three first team footballers on loan this season, Rafinha Alcántara (Celta), Bojan Krkic (Ajax) and Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) have had different experiences in their respective teams. Rafinha continues to be crucial for Luis Enrique, Bojan is back to his goalscoring ways, and Deulofeu picked up an injury that’s temporarily halted his development.
Rafinha (Celta): Rafinha, a basic fixture in Luis Enrique’s tactical plans, has played in 16 of Celta’s 17 league matches. He missed the game against Málaga due to suspension. He’s started in 12 games and he played the full 90 minutes on 8 occasions. In the Cup, Rafina featured in the first leg of the round of 32 against Athletic Club. The Basque team went on to eliminate Luis Enrique’s men.
Bojan (Ajax): Completely recovered from his injury, Bojan returned to the pitch earlier this month after being sidelined for two months. He started the match against ADO Den Haag (0-4) on the bench, but he came on as a substitute and scored Ajax’s fourth goal. One week later he scored Ajax’s fourth goal against NAC Breda (4-0). In total, he’s played in 11 league games, 7 as a starter. When it comes to the Champions League, he only featured against Barça at the Camp Nou (4-0) and against Milan at the Can Siro (0-0). He started both matches. Ajax, who are level with Vitesse on 37 points at the top of the Eredivise, will play in the Europa League after they were eliminated from the Champions League.
Deulofeu (Everton): While Bojan has completely recovered from his injury, Deulofeu is just beginning his recovery process. In the league match against Fulham he was forced to abandon the pitch due to a hamstring injury on 40 minutes. Deulofeu, who visited with his Barça teammates a couple of days ago, will recover in Barcelona. So far he’s featured in 12 league games, 2 as a starter, and he’s becoming one of Robert Martínez’s go-to players. He played a total of 180 minutes in both the Cup ties for Everton – they were eliminated in the second round by Fulham. In the first round he scored the match winner in the added time (2-1) against Stevenage. The Toffees are currently fourth in the Premier League.
VIDEO – Do you have half a minute? Don’t miss the ball juggling of @NeymarJr during the warm-up at the Camp Nou
The Brazilian doesn’t not let the ball touch the ground during the warm-up at the Camp Nou
Neymar Jr receives the ball and doesn’t let it drop. The images, taken from the warm-up before a match at the Camp Nou, show the wonderful ball skills of the Brazilian player. It’s pure magic and worth watching time and again.
It’s worth remembering that Neymar Jr has begun his career at FC Barcelona in spectacular fashion. In 22 matches he’s scored 11 goals. The stats speak for themselves, with 17 wins, 4 draws, and only 1 defeat.
All the scoring stats so far this season
Pedro and Messi are the top scorers with 14 each
Barça’s goals so far this season have been pretty evenly distributed with Pedro and Messi leading the way with 14, Neymar on 11, Cesc 9 and Alexis with 8 behind them.
· Pedro is the team’s leading scorer in La Liga with 10, whilst Messi and Alexis have both scored 8, Cesc 7 and Neymar six.
· Messi is the top scorer in Europe with 6 of the team’s 16 goals inteh Champions League. Neymar has also scored three in the Champions League.
·In the Cup Pedro scored 3 of the team’s 7 goals against Cartagena, with Cesc , Dongou and Neymar each chipping in with a goal apiece.
· Barça have scored 73 goals in 27 games so far this season, averaging 2,7 goals a game.
· In contrast, the team have conceded just 19 goals at an average of 0,7 a game.
· In teh league,the team are averaging 2,88 goals a game (49 in 17 games), 2,6 in Europe (16 in 6 games) and scored seven in their two Spanish Cup games.
· Messi leads the goals per game stat, having bagged 14 in 16 games at an average of 0,88 a game and he is followed by Pedro at 0,5 (14 in 26 games) and Neymar at 0,48 (11 in 23 games).