New Hopes? Guardiola To Lead Barca

New Hopes? Guardiola To Lead Barca

New Hopes? Guardiola To Lead Barca

One of the oldest and most well-known football clubs in the history of the sport; the FC Barcelona has been struggling over the past seasons in the Spanish first division in order to get back on track. It has definitely been a bumpy ride for the Catalan group as many of its football have began to diminish their usual shine; either due to injuries or constant internal affairs that do not seem to reconcile.

However, the Barça continues to be an European football powerhouse with 18 Liga titles, 7 Spain Supercopa, 2 UEFA Championship League, 24 Copa del Rey and 2 European Super Cups as background. The team draws large amounts of followers due to the magnificent play display and its football players who make the show worth seeing; players such as: Samuel Eto’o, Xavi, Ronaldinho, Gianluca Zambrotta, Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, and Rafael Márquez have supported the Spanish team for the recent era.

As of 2003 the Spanish club hired former AC Milan and Dutch star Frank Rijkaard to lead the club and during his first season the Barcelona obtained the Liga championship besides the Super Copa and one of the most incredible accomplishments a UEFA Champions League title which ended the team’s drought of 14 years.

Most recently during the 2006-07 season the Barcelona began to show some signs of weakness as the club finished second in the Liga and were not able to conquer any other European tournament. Therefore; the team’s leaders decided it was time for a major change as they have asked Rijkaard to step down.

«Joan Laporta (FC Barcelona President) has announced that Frank Rijkaard will end his career at the club at the end of this current 2007/08 season. Josep Buardiola, current coach of Barça B, has been picked as his replacement on the bench of FC Barcelona. «After a meeting of the Board of Directors, the president Joan Laporta appeared before the media to announce the takeover on the bench of the first team of FC Barcelona at the end of the season. On June 30, Frank Rijkaard will no longer be coach of FC Barcelona and Josep Guardiola will be his replacement.»

The announcement has left many questions as what exactly happened in the club’s locker room as despite the Dutch Coach’s success his leave has become a need. Many have stated the real reason is the players themselves who don’t count with the proper encouragements and a positive attitude besides the obvious disagreements between the club and some of their super stars as Ronaldihno and Thierry Henry. Others claim that two years without a title is a clear sign it is time for a new approach in order to shift the future.

On the other hand, new coach Guardiola who will take over from the beginning of the new football season was leading the FC Barcelona B team since 2007 and he has a vast knowledge in the sport as he is a former Al Ahly of Qatar, Brescia, AS Roma, and Mexico’s Dorados player. We certainly hope to see an improvement in the team’s play and attitude as it has everything required to be one of Spain’s top winners and achieve a new title during the 2008-09 campaign.

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What Makes the CCIB of Barcelona the Perfect Place to Hold All Your Professional Meetings and Events

What Makes the CCIB of Barcelona the Perfect Place to Hold All Your Professional Meetings and Events

What Makes the CCIB of Barcelona the Perfect Place to Hold All Your Professional Meetings and Events

Looking for some spacious place with technological facilities to hold your international salesforce meeting? You have to take care of the otorhinolaryngology world congress? Or you simply are in charge of holding a gala dinner for 4,000 people and you don’t have any clue about how and where to find such a huge, refined and professional venue? The CCIB of Barcelona is probably the good answer to this headache of yours.

With its 100 000m2, and it’s location in the modern district of Barcelona Forum, next to the sea, the CCIB (Barcelona’s International Convention Centre – Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona) is the perfect place to hold any event be it business related or not.

Barcelona’s International Convention Centre (CCIB) comprises the Convention Centre and the Forum Auditorium. On the one hand, the Convention Center provides a multifunctional space opened to the sea with no less than 38 spacious rooms which can be combined altogether. On the second hand, you will find the Forum Auditorium. This one was designed by the world-renowned Swiss architects Herzog and DeMeuron and thus, combining high-technology and a modern-stylish design, this place has already hosted plenty of meetings, conferences, shareholders meetings, and so on. Moreover, the new trend of the Forum these days is to host special shows and concerts of famous spanish and international people.

You are still hesitating? Well, after all it is just another European great space opened to hold big or small events… So you are now willing us to tell you what makes the CCIB different – apart from the fact it is located in beautiful and trendy Barcelona?

The answer lies in just one word: innovation.

Take my word on it: it is one of the world’s most technologically advanced centres. It’s modern design fits perfectly the image its promoters and designers wanted to project – a futuristic one – and at the same time one that can be both practical and cozy. Furthermore, the Centerboasts, and in my opinion it’s true, that it «offers its clients a wide range of high quality services that place it among Europe’s top centres».

What makes it so great?

Another advantage of the CCIB is its perfect location that I already mentioned. Not only is the Centre fantastically in one of the best and newest areas of Barcelona, but it is also surrounded by lots of high-class hotels, next to the big shopping center Diagonal Mar, and well communicated with Barcelona city Center (allow 20 min with bus nº7 to reach Passeig de Gràcia). A cosmopolitan city in the Mediterranean Europe. A perfect location in a stylish and modern area with tons of classy hotels for businessmen makes it attractive and convenient. That’s only part of the reasons explaining why CCIB has already hosted more than 600 events since it’s launching in November 2004.

In short:

Whether your purpose is to hold a small and private meeting with a few directors and CEOs, or to host an huge international event with thousands of people coming from all over the world… the CCIB is fully prepared and is ready to welcome you!

10 Interesting Facts About FIFA Player of Year Award

10 Interesting Facts About FIFA Player of Year Award

It is time of the year where the FIFA world player of the year award is decided by the votes of coaches and captains of national team worldwide.

An introduction of the mechanism of the system used to select the player of the year would be discussed first. The award was started in 1991 for the male player and in 2001 for the female player categories respectively. Basically, the coaches and national team captains would vote for players drawn by the technical committees of FIFA. The system used is called the Borda count where each coach and captain would get three votes (one of five points, one of three points and one of one point) to cast for the players of his choice. And the winner would be determined by the total of points received. The winner last year is Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro of Real Madrid.

And here are ten interesting things about the FIFA World Player of the Year Award

1. The winner of 2006 award, Fabio Cannavaro, is the first defender or a player other than a midfielder or striker to have ever won the award since its inception win by Lothar Matthaus in 1991. The closet any other defender or goalkeeper has come to the award before Cannavaro's victory are Oliver Kahn (Goalkeeper, second in 2002), Roberto Carlos (Defender, second in 1997) and Paolo Maldini (Defender, second in 1995).

2. In the past sixteenth editions of the awards, it had been won by strikers and midfielders for seven times each. Thus making outfield players with the exception of defenders, a more popular choice for the award. It is summarized that as strikers and midfielders hoard most of the glory in competitions, therefore their chances are equally higher than defenders and goalkeepers.

3. There are two triple winners of the awards since its inception in 1991. They are French Midfielder Zinedine Zidane (1998, 2000 and 2003) and Brazilian Striker Ronaldo (1996, 1997 and 2002). The other player who has won more than once is Brazilian Ronaldinho (2004 and 2005).

4. No player has ever won the award for three consecutive years in the roll. The closet any one have come to it are Ronaldo (1996 and 1997) and Ronaldinho (2004 and 2005). It would take something really special every season for any one player to do so.

5. Although the award is meant for the world's best player, only players from Europe, Africa and South American do make it to the final short list. Here there have been quite some criticisms from some corner in the world about the selection process.

6. Another interesting fact is other than Juan Roman Riquleme's nomination in 2007 when he is playing on loan for Boca Juniors, all the players on the short list came from clubs in Europe.

7. No English Player or Player from United Kingdom has ever won the award before. The closet any have come are Gary Lineker (1991, third), Alan Shearer (1996, third), David Beckham (1999 and 2001, both second) and Frank Lampard (2005, second). Maybe it would take England winning the World Cup or European Championship for a English to take the award.

8. Brazil has the most wins by nationality. Brazilian players have won the award a staggering seven times; four times more than the closet nationality of French with three wins. It could be the flair and attacking nature of the Brazilian players that clinched them the wins as players such as Ronaldo, Ronaldino, Rivaldo and Romario are all attacking players full of flairs. Or it could down to the names as all the Brazilian winners have a letter "R" to head off their names.

9. The last six winners of the award have come from teams in the Spanish La Liga. It can be seen it is not Premireship with the most star power, but the La Liga.

10. FC Barcelona had six winners from players within its ranks while great rivals Real Madrid had four. Thus making a majority of winners (a staggering sixty three percentage) from both of them for the past sixteen awards since theception of the award. Their closet rivals for this honor is the Italian Giants Juventus with four winners.

Hopefully, the above can give one a better understanding of the FIFA Player of the year Award. And let's await the result in 17th December 2007.

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