Ahhh it seems like the seasons changed while we were on the “hiatus of undetermined duration.” So, heres presenting the first edition since then, of the Blaugrana Blitz, for the Culé in you!
- The subject of Alcantara and whether he will jump the ship to Real Madrid seems to be reaching a boiling point. Florentino Perez has confirmed Real’s interest in the Brazilian. Rafinha has already declared his undying loyalty to Barca, but who knows? It will be difficult for him to find a regular spot in the squad he may just find a lucrative deal with Real. Watch this space.
- And the saga over whether Super-coach Pep Guardiola will stay or leave will be settled in January, according to reports. If you re-call, a year and a half ago,we agonized over whether or not he will leave the Blaugrana, before we get our knickers in a knot, lets just play it cool and wait for the official announcement in January. *holding thumbs*
- Lionel Messi has been named in the short-list of TIME magazines “Person of the Year.” He’s the only footballer to make the list, and as a football fan, regardless of which team you support, you should jump over to TIME to vote for el Messiah!
- And incase you’ve been living under a rock, FIFA released their top 23 candidates for the prestigious Ballon d’Or World Player of the year. 8 Barca players rock the list! Woohoo! The complete list is a follows:
Éric Abidal (France), Sergio Agüero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Diego Forlán (Uruguay), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain).
Pep Guardiola was also nominated a coach of the year. The winners will be announced at a gala on 9 January 2012.