Just when we thought the world couldn't get worse, this happened about a week ago.
Barça B midfielder Martí Riverola will play on loan with the Dutch team Vitesse until the end of the season.
Player wants move
The 19-year-old Barcelona lad, is in his first year as an amateur at the club and has played in 4 of the 18 games so far this season and Barbera commented: “the player asked us about the move and it’s a good option. They are a Dutch first division team and he said he wanted to give it a go”.
Ferrer in charge
Vitesse are managed by ex.Barça favourite Albert ‘Chapi’ Ferrer assisted by the ex-Youth team trainer Albert Capellas and the two have decided to make a bid for Riverola as they attempt to lift the side out of the bottom half of the table..
Guardiola backs deal
Josep Guardiola, who took the youngster on the Asia Tour in the summer and used him in the Catalan Cup , backed the decision and explained: “we have a big B team squad. They’ve agreed a deal and we understand that if he goes there and gets a taste of the Dutch league, it’s very similar to ours. It’s a good way to grow and get game time in” Riverola is one of the few players who started in the Escola del FCB and has reached the B team. Guardiola wished him well and declared “I hope it all works out”.
Barça player through and through
Martí Riverola will be back at the club once his loan at Vitesse is over, as he has a contract with the Club until 2012.
Martí Riverola joined the Escola del FCB when he was just 6 years old in the 1999/00 season he played with the Benjamín B team. Since then he has moved up through the various youth categories and reached the B team.
Actually, according to LOL.com, Vitesse originally wanted to sign world-reknowned pornstar Thiago Alcantara as they too were attracted by his..talents (get in line gurl), but the club were reluctant to let him go.
So a bunch of you (including me) might have been wondering, WHO IS THIS VITESSE THAT WE'VE SENT OUR LITTLE UNEXPERIENCED BABY TO???????????????
Well, let me tell you.
Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse (say that 5 times fast) is a Dutch first-division football club from Arnhem, having roots all the way from 1892 (same time as Liverpool!), initially as a cricket club.
Vitesse has had considerable success in the Eredivisie but it has never been considered a close competitor of the top three clubs of Netherlands football, namely PSV, Feyenoord, and Ajax. Yet Vitesse once attracted big name signings into its ranks including Roy Makaay, Nikos Machlas, Sander Westerveld, Danko Lazovic, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra and Philip Cocu.
In the 1980s, the club was threatened with bankruptcy, the solution to which was to form a new administrative board to govern both the professionals and the amateur sides. This is because, up to the 1980s, the club had incorporated both its professional and its amateur players into its club structure.
The club has regularly finished in the Eredivisie top five positions and featured in the UEFA Cup competition. However, since 2003, the club has fallen on tough times and has since failed to reach its previous heights. The club could have gone bankrupt again had it not been for the timely intervention of the Arnhem city council who bought GelreDome and created a financial rescue package to salvage the club.
Currently, Vitesse are 15th in the Eredivisie with a frustrating 18 points, and are doing a training programme in Turkey. Our baby Catalan plays under the number 20 and has started every match since his arrival to the club. During their training programme, they have lost 5-1 against Kayserispor, and won 2-0 against Karabukspor. Their next league match is against Willem II on the 22nd January.
Having Ferrer and Capellas at Vitesse made the transfer much easier. "That makes communication in the beginning obviously a lot easier," says Riverola. The language here is English and that'll be pretty hard. This is the first aim for me, then to learn the first Dutch words somehow. My teammates help me and that's nice. Stevanovic speaks Spanish and translated a lot for me. "
In his first day, the young Spaniard had a relaxed impression, and frequently wore a smile on his face. "I'm enjoying myself at Vitesse," declare Riverola. "When I heard about the possibility here to play, led by Albert Ferrer, I did not have to think long. It took a while before the club finally said yes, but I'm happy to be playing games here."
Watching him train, it quickly becomes clear what type of player he is. He says: "I love the game in Barcelona and I'm growing up. It is a high and fast moving game here. And of course I want to score! My desire to move forward is great and I want to show that here, said the 19-year-old midfielder. who at a young age saw as players like Xavi and Iniesta as his examples . "It's hard to get to that level. This is unprecedented, but I'll do my best. I'm still young."
sauce, with a side dish of google translate and some figuring out.
Although there isn't an official photo of him in the (fugly) Vitesse kit, there are some photos of our baby training and playing.
he uh...also gave an interview...um...in english.
yeah i'll be over there...creying in love that he said MIDFILED.
(btw i need icon gifs of dis kthx)
anywhoo, lets just wish him a good luck babyboo and watch him speak catalan and squee over his english and hope more barfa players speak in english soon too.
sorry for the belatedness, driving school needs to diaf.
hope everyone had a happy valdes, bartra and keite day!