Win or lose, Córdoba CF has counted its blessings that the club drew Barça in the Copa del Rey because of the cash windfall received from ticket sales at their Nuevo Arcángel Stadium. A full house grossed the club a nice figure of over €1.2 million which should pay a few bills.
Making their Presence Felt
For the return match at Camp Nou, the Andalucian club has planned an all-out assault on the city of Barcelona, under the banner “Sangre Blanquiverde” or “White/Green Blood” in homage to their club colours.
It began with their Barcelona-based peña (fanclub) holding a get-together dinner in a local Barcelona bar last night which was attended by the Vice President of the club Javier Jiménez and Communications Director Sergio Medina.
Game Day sees a Green & White gathering below the Columbus Statue at the bottom of La Rambla. The Córdoba fans then plan to make their way to Camp Nou at 7pm, to get there in plenty of time to find their seats perched high in the upper tier of Camp Nou.
A Slight Disadvantage for the Visitors, but Stranger Results have Happened
The visiting team is under no illusions that they have a tough task ahead of them, as Barça has an advantageous 2 away goal position. Nonetheless, they’ll relish the opportunity to play on a world-class pitch in Europe’s largest stadium, with a Visitors’ Dressing Room (complete with a small spa pool) which is probably better than their own locker room at the Arcángel.
Córdoba coach, Rafael Berges, had this to say about the occasion:
“We’re approaching the match knowing that our fans are in full support, and we will enjoy this historic occasion for our club which is something to be proud about. We’ll be making the best of it.”
This is a game which will be a highlight for my players…the way in which we play and conduct ourselves will be remembered in our club’s history. Being there for Córdoba is a really proud moment for the team, and we’ll face the challenge. ”
“Our obligation is to compete as equals, it’s a very powerful opponent that we play but we must try to do things well and leave with a good feeling.”
“We are committed to showing that we have a good team and that our people feel proud of us.”
Sin Tito on the Bench
Jordi Roura will be leading the team, as Tito Vilanova has flown to New York to undergo further tests on his salivary gland issue. Tito will be visiting the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital which is under the Directorship of Catalonian doctor José Baselga. The doctor also serves as Science Director of Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron University Hospital which is where Vilanova received his surgery.
Key Barça Players Rested
With an important Liga game vs. Málaga this weekend (the ultimate game for the first half of the season), Xavi, Piqué, Iniesta and Pedro are sitting out this game after their impressive displays against Espanyol.
The squad is: Valdés, Pinto, Alves,
Adriano, Montoya, Bartra, Puyol, Mascherano, Alba, Thiago, J. Dos Santos, Busquets, Song, S. Roberto, Fàbregas, Alexis, Messi, Villa and Tello.
Now that most players are healthy and available, the Barça B players are barely getting a look into playing for the First Team.
The game kicks off tonight, Thursday 10th January at 9:30pm CET
Click here to convert the match time to your timezone: FC Barcelona vs. Córdoba FC
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Messi and FCB sent a signed shirt to German Gerd Müller as a token of respect and admiration:
Oh yes – there was this little ceremony in Zürich where the FIFA World 11 turned into the Spanish Liga World 11:
And that guy Messi broke yet another record by becoming the first player to win 4 Ballons D’Or – consecutive ones at that: