Saturday, August 05, 2006

Plan B

A quick run down of all things FCB since my last post (which I know, was more than a week ago at this stage, the frequency will ramp up as it gets closer to the start of the season)

First up is Oleguer's new contract, which sees him tied to the club until 2010. Oleguer has been incredibly solid either at right back or alongside Puyol in the centre of defence. He'll face increased competition with the signings of Zambrotta and Thuram but he's up to it. Like Carles, cut him and he bleeds Catalunya.

Second on today's agenda is the upcoming presidential election. As it stands, Joan Laporta's only rival will be Francesc Linan Serra, a candidate who has, on four previous occasions, failed to collect the thousand odd signatures necessary to run. The chances of him unseating Laporta are nil.

Next up, the summer sales. Three Bar
ça B players have joined Deportivo La Coruna. Defender Rodri plus midfielders Hidalgo and Verdu. Rodri aside, none of them have made much of an impact in the first team at the Camp Nou so it's hardly surprising to see them move on. They join Ludovic Sylvestre who's gone to Sparta Prague and Pena who's been offloaded to Albacete.

Speaking of sales, Barcelona defender Damia (previously on loan at Santander) has joined Real Betis. I don't have any details of the transfer, I just saw it in Marca (I know, I should be ashamed of myself reading that madridista rag ...)

Lastly, FCB are currently on a tour of the US (they have already been to Mexico). As with Real Madrid's trips to the moon and Manchester United's tours to new galaxys, seeking out new life and selling said life a branded shirt, the trip is all about the benjamins. That said the discovery of this pre-season hoilday (sorry, training camp) has been Giovani Dos Santos. Gio, who is just 17, has been playing super stuff in the land of the free. There has long been talk of how good Gio is (he's been mentioned in the same breath as Leo Messi) and it's great to see him get a run out alongside first team regulars like 'dinho and Samuel Eto'o and hold his own. Of course these games are meaningless friendlies but they bode well for his future.

That's it for the mo' folks. I'll get to my season preview sometime in the next week.

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