FC Barcelona News: 3 June 2011; Barça - Best at Passing in Europe, Barcelona to Sign Esteban Andrada

Mascherano - tied for second in passing in the Champions League. Really?

League leaders for passes | FCBarcelona
Barça have 8 of the 10 best passers in the league. Top is Xavi with 126 passes every 90 minutes followed by Alves, Busquets and Mascherano with 91. Fifth is Iniesta with 86. Valencia’s Éver Banega is the first non-FCB man on the list with 80 passes a game.

Best friends of the ball | FCBarcelona
FC Barcelona are known all round the world for their attacking football and total control of the ball, so it comes as no surprise that their 73.4% possession is better than any other club in Europe. Bayern Munich have 61.5%, and are second followed by Arsenal with 60.5%.

Messi plays down 'assault' | Eurosport
"I wasn't even touched," Messi said after a punch thrown by a youth wearing a hoodie failed to make contact. "I didn't feel a thing and I only found out after all the kerfuffle, it was nothing," Messi told sports daily Ole from Rosario, 300 km north of Buenos Aires.

Villarreal would accept Rossi offer | ESPN
"If we get an offer that is good for Villarreal then it will be accepted and we will thank the player for all his efforts. From there, we will hire players who make Villarreal even bigger," Garrido told AS. "There are many rumours which suggest otherwise, but all players reach a certain stage, and we have to address their needs.

 

Messi, Villa and Pedro, devastating trident | FCBarcelona
Messi, Villa and Pedro have managed to do better than the strikers managed last term. David Villa came in as the replacement for Ibrahimovic and this has led to improvements in all departments. Last season, the three first choice strikers scored 93 goals, five less than this year. They did play three fewer games the season before, but the average was also lower.

I will join Barcelona within two weeks - Lanus' Esteban Andrada | Goal
The 20-year-old is considered to be one of the most promising shot-stoppers in his age category and is continually linked with a move to Europe. Barca look to have stolen a march in securing his signature, and Andrada was quoted as saying by Ona FM: "My agent has told me that I will be a Barcelona player within one or two weeks.

Bojan Krkic dismisses rumours of Barcelona exit | Goal
Barcelona attacker Bojan Krkic has laughed off suggestions that he is on his way out of the Champions League winners this summer. Recent reports from Spain speculated that Barca could include the Spain under-21 international in a deal for Villarreal attacker Giuseppe Rossi, but Bojan insists he intends to stay at Camp Nou and fight for a starting berth.

It's the Sids 2011! The complete review of the past La Liga season | The Guardian
And that is the thing: if Mourinho was the winner and while Madrid finally got their hands on some silverware, they were also the losers. And, in part, they had nobody to blame but themselves. In the end, Barcelona got the better of it. Barcelona collected the league. Not least because Madrid, oddly, did not seem to be trying to stop them collecting it. Not on the pitch anyway.

Luis Enrique set for Roma | Eurosport
Sky Sports Italia have reported that the 41-year-old has agreed a two year deal with Roma that will see him earn 1.6 million euros a year. It is rumoured that Luis Enqiue's former Barcelona team-mate Ivan de la Pena will work as an assistant despite de la Pena also being a former player with Roma's fierce rivals Lazio.

Van Persie slates Barca | Eurosport
"They always go up to referees in an attempt to get an opponent booked," he said. "They are trying to screw fellow professionals. That really annoys me. "The Barcelona players nag about everything that happens on the pitch. I was disappointed with that."

Higuain and Benzema to stay put | ESPN
Jose Mourinho has dismissed reports that Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema could leave Real Madrid this summer and suggested he is keen to seal the permanent signing of Emmanuel Adebayor.

Casillas: We would have beaten Man Utd | ESPN
"If Madrid had played the final of the Champions League we would also have earned [victory] against United," Casillas told Sport. "I knew whoever won the Madrid-Barca semi-final was going to win [the competition]. We are the two strongest teams in Europe."

Real Madrid's broken Copa del Rey trophy in Spanish museum | Goal
The Copa del Rey trophy that Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos damaged in the club's victory celebrations has gone on show at the Spanish Football Federation museum. Video footage of Ramos dropping the trophy off the club's parade bus was shown around the world. The trophy fell five metres before being run over by the bus causing the base to be destroyed and the body to be severely dented.

New deals for Valencia duo | Sky Sports
Vicente Guaita and David Albelda have penned contract extensions to keep them at Valencia. Promising goalkeeper Guaita has signed a three-year extension to bind him to the Mestalla stadium until June 2015. Valencia confirmed Albelda, who was out of contract in the summer, would stay until June 2012.

Dabo subject of English interest | Sky Sports
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has claimed the club have received a €1.5million (£1.3m) offer from an English side for Mouhamadou Dabo. The 24-year-old full-back joined Sevilla from St Etienne on a free transfer last summer, but his future already appears to lie elsewhere.

Sporting seal deal for Damián Suárez | LFP
Damián Suárez is Sporting de Gijón's first signing for next season. The Uruguayan player signed for three seasons, with a buy-out clause to the value of 12 million euros, the club confrmed. Sporting's new full-back comes from Defensor and is considered one of Uruguayan football's great promises.

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