Gerard Deulofeu and Grimaldo Win U19 Euro 2012, David Villa and Lionel Messi Back To Training, 4 Blaugranas At UEFA Europe Awards : My View On Today’s FCB News here:
Gerard Deulofeu and Alejandro Grimaldo won the Under-19 European Championship with the Spanish national team this Sunday. The two FC Barcelona players were essential pieces in Julen Lopetegui’s team throughout the tournament. In fact, both Deulofeu and Grimaldo featured in 5 out of 5 Spanish starting line-ups. Gerard Deulofeu won his second consecutive Euro with the Spanish national team after last year’s tournament in Romania. Alejandro Grimaldo was the youngest man on the Spanish roster (16 years old) but that didn’t stop him from securing a spot – I couldn’t be any prouder of our youngsters. La Masia continues to produce talented players who can succeed at international level. I hope to see Gerard Deulofeu getting more playing time with the first team this season. Grimaldo must stablish himself at Barcelona B and, considering he continues to progress at the current rate, it won’t be long before Tito Vilanova considers him for promotion. Proud of La Masia!
Lionel Messi is one of the 14 FC Barcelona players that reported back today for the 2012/13 preseason. And this year he’s here to stay, something unusual for him. The only other time Messi has taken part in a full preseason schedule was in 2009, when he voluntarily cut his holiday short by one week in order to be there for his team. Every other time he has either come back late or has had to leave at some point. David Villa, Andreu Fontàs and Dani Alves will join their teammates in FC Barcelona’s first training session of the season on Tuesday – Here we go again. Another season, another chance to shine. I must admit I would have loved to see Jordi Alba with the team today instead that at the London Olympics. Good to have David Villa and Fontàs back, they will be certainly be needed. Looking forward to another successful year!
Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Lionel Messi are in the running for this year’s UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The four Azulgranas were the driving force behind Josep Guardiola’s four-title 2011/12 season (Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Club World Cup and Copa del Rey). In addition to last season’s successes with Barça, three of the four nominated players, with the exception of Messi, were also instrumental in Spain’s successful 2012 Euro bid in Poland and Ukraine – Good to see that UEFA keeps recognizing the quality of our players. While Lionel Messi must be the clear candidate for winning the award, it must be said that Xavi or Iniesta have a strong chance after leading Spain to international glory in 2008, 2010 and 2012. A tough choice!
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