Lee (stickmarionette) wrote in _fcbarcelona_,

news round-up: cantera awesomeness, and managers

Hope you're all enjoying Euro 2008 or the World Cup qualifiers going on in other parts of the world. On to the news.

+ The no confidence vote against the board will be held on July 6 in Camp Nou. A 2/3 vote against the board will trigger an election. Potential candidates include current vice president Soriano and former vice president Sandro Rosell [formerly Laporta's best friend, now his worst enemy].

+ The official website profiles Tito Vilanova, our new assistant manager, who will be familiar to the likes of Messi and Pique.

+ Rijkaard looks back. [Oh, Frank.]

+ Our top women's team [I bet some of you guys didn't know we had 1, let alone 4 - I didn't until about 2 years ago] were promoted back to the Spanish Superliga with a 7-1 [!!!] victory over FVPR El Olivo.

+ Barca B is undergoing some changes. Firstly, the name of the team will be changed back to Barca Atletic. Secondly, the new coach has been presented. It's yet another former captain held in great regard by the fans - Luis Enrique, who retired at the club 4 seasons ago. If you don't know anything about Lucho, there's a profile of him in the 'legendary players' section of the website. [Please ignore the part where it insists that he's managing the first team. Silly translations.]

+ In further cantera news, Juvenil A are through to the youth Copa del Rey final after overcoming a 1 - 0 deficit from the away leg against Celta, winning the home leg 2 - 0. Having already eliminated teams like Real and Espanyol, they can feel pleased to have reached the final, which will be a difficult contest against Sevilla. They had 17-year-old B team regular Gai Assulin helping out in this game and will have him again for the final. [Look him up - this kid's going to be a star.]

+ Did you know that 8 of the Spain squad at Euro 2008 were once part of the cantera?

(One of our new boys, Seydou Keita, has scored 4 goals in his last two games for Mali. Nice.)

Finally, Guardiola got back in town today from his supershort vacation, so look for a flurry of official presentations soon, starting with the unveiling of the new kit on the 25th.

And of course some more transfer announcements, possibly within the next week.
Tags: barça b, frank rijkaard, interviews, joan laporta, keita, la masia, links, pep guardiola
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