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Documental "Fora de Joc"
Posted February 16th, 2012 - 2:16 am by from Castellon de la Plana, Spain (Permalink)
http://www.tv3.cat/videos/3881670

Posted March 8th, 2012 - 11:44 pm by from Castellon de la Plana, Spain (Permalink)
Presente en el 'Global Sports Forum' RSS Futbol Internacional

Cantona: "Catalunya también habría ganado el Mundial"

El mítico exfutbolista francés elogió el trabajo de formación de La Masia azulgrana, que ha obtenido sus frutos en el Barça y en la selección española, aunque por ese mismo motivo, "la selección catalana también hubiera ganado el Mundial"

http://www.sport.es/es/noticias/futbol-internacional/cantona-catalunya-tambien-habria-ganado-mundial-1513022

EFE | 08.03.2012 | 11:56h
En una conferencia en el marco del 'Global Sports Fórum' que se celebra en la capital catalana y que reúne a destacadas voces del deporte mundial, el actual director deportivo del Nueva York Cosmos ha considerado que su intención en el equipo norteamericano es lograr "un poco lo que se hace en el Barça", del que ha destacado a su figura, Lionel Messi, un futbolista "absolutamente excepcional".

Así, se ha referido a "ese espíritu que Johan Cruyff implantó hace 25 años, en el que los chavales empiezan a jugar juntos desde los trece años y se crea un amor por el juego, por una manera de jugar, del porqué jugamos a fútbol", ha señalado el francés.

"Todo esto requiere trabajo, pero si un día la selección de Estados Unidos puede jugar una final del Mundial significará que lo habremos conseguido. Es un poco lo que ha logrado el Barça con la selección", ha dicho, no sin antes añadir: "Yo creo que la selección catalana hubiera ganado el Mundial".

Arquetipo del jugador rebelde y genuino, el exjugador del Manchester United se ha rendido asimismo a la calidad del delantero argentino Lionel Messi, un chico que, a su juicio, aún guarda aquella "chispa en los ojos" del fútbol callejero de la infancia.

"No sé si tengo una visión distinta a los demás. Siempre he intentado defender el fútbol que me gustaba cuando era niño. Soñaba con hacer buenas jugadas, ganar honestamente con el juego limpio, llorar tras una derrota y explotar de alegría en la victoria", ha explicado Cantona.

"Hay futbolistas como aquí en Barcelona, como Messi, que es absolutamente excepcional -ha proseguido-. Guarda ese punto de la infancia, cuando uno jugaba en la calle y soñaba con hacerlo ante cientos de miles de personas e incluso hubiera pagado por ello".

Por ello, ha dicho, "los grandes jugadores de hoy y mañana seguirán siendo estos jugadores con chispa, con la espontaneidad del niño que sueña y tiene aquella chispa en los ojos".

Pero Cantona también ha recordado la relevancia del juego coral como piedra angular de este deporte. "A veces da más ilusión dar que recibir. Como entrenador, siempre decía que un jugador debe dar el pase que le gustaría que le hicieran, es un gran regalo. Intentas dar un pase perfecto, darle ese punto especial al pase".

Estrella del Manchester United durante los años noventa, Cantona (Marsella, 1966) destacó gracias a sus goles y a su peculiar carácter en uno de los mitos históricos del club inglés, dejando también acciones controvertidas como la patada que propinó a un aficionado que le estaba insultando desde la grada.

"Nunca he calculado cómo reaccionaría porque cada instante es único y cada emoción, por tanto, también única", ha relatado. "Algún salto fuera de lugar que a veces he hecho, pero siempre he buscado y perseguido la belleza del juego. El fútbol ha sido para mí un arte, un modo de expresión, y siempre he intentado defenderlo así".

Posted July 14th, 2012 - 4:59 pm by from Castellon de la Plana, Spain (Permalink)
http://www.naciodigital.cat/noticia/38304/espanya/juga/brut/contra/seleccions/catalanes?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
http://www.sport.es/es/opinion/humor/20111230/futbolitis/24992.shtml
http://in.directe.cat/joan-tarda/blog/7099/rubalcaba-dinamita-els-avencos-de-les-seleccions-nacionals
http://www.youtube.com/user/catalunyaaccio
http://www.vilaweb.cat/noticia/4028032/20120714/cap-normativa-espanyola-prohibeix-pujar-podi-lestelada.html

Posted August 11th, 2012 - 1:46 pm by from Castellon de la Plana, Spain (Permalink)
The world should be paying attention to hate speech in Spain (Notes on the recent death threats against a Catalan Olympian)

http://emma-col-cat.blogspot.com.es/2012/08/the-world-should-be-paying-attention-to.html

'Àlex Fàbregas, I want you dead. We should kill him slowly, to make him suffer. Gas chamber for Àlex Fàbregas.' The target of these threats, and of at least one thousand other offensive messages, is a Catalan field hockey player in Spain's Olympic team. There were milder ones too: 'It would be so good if in the next match you'd get a hard blow with a stick right across your face so you'd have to go back to your fucking Catalonia.'

The young man's unforgivable crime was stating in an interview that he played for Spain because he had no other option. 'I feel Catalan', he said. 'I do not feel the same way listening to the Spanish anthem as I do listening to [the Catalan national song] Els Segadors'.

It is a fact of life in the Olympic movement that some athletes are forced to compete under a flag for which they have no particular esteem. For historical, cultural and political reasons, this is the case for many Catalans. Most of them will just gloss over this situation, possibly because the few daring to be candid about it will immediately incur the wrath of those who find in sports a vent for their aggressive nationalism.

Just a few days earlier, another case of malicious communications, involving English diver Tom Daley, resulted in the swift arrest of the responsible party. The Spanish authorities, on the other hand, have not envisaged any legal action against the host of offenders, most of whose names are known, and not so much as a word of condemnation has come from official Spain. Only the Catalan regional administration has issued a vague statement of support.

The Spanish press, which did publicize –and harshly criticize– the Olympian's words, has been for the most part revealingly silent about the threats he received. International media from CBS Sports to The Guardian have divulged instead the complete story, expressing the appropriate indignation. But the affair has generally been treated as an isolated event, when it's more likely a symptom that the perennial conflict between Spain and Catalonia is taking an uglier turn.

There is now in Catalonia a lively debate about the need, or the wisdom, of continuing with the present political arrangement in Spain. More and more people feel trapped within a state that is clearly working against their interests, and the idea of a peaceful and democratic process of independence is gaining strength. The immediate reason may be found in the very real grievances about the way in which the present economic crisis is being used against Catalans by the Spanish government, but the conflict has much deeper roots –in culture and in history.

Proof of it is that the ruling Partido Popular, whose full attention should be taken up by the financial turmoil now shaking the country, is finding the leisure to mount a crusade on various fronts against every aspect of Catalan identity, most visibly the normal use of the Catalan language. At the same time, open calls are being made to revoke the limited amount of self-rule that Catalans wrested from the central government thirty-five years ago, after General Franco's death and the end of his dictatorship. In this design the nationalists from the right are abetted by the guilty silence of the Socialist party, whose centralist soul has never been comfortable with the principle of devolution. And the Madrid-based media are happily going along with the trend, when not enthusiastically applauding the idea.

In this favorable atmosphere, many in the rank-and-file feel empowered to say what they really think about a people within their borders whom they've never considered wholly Spanish. Catalans are fair game. Hate speech has been around for some time, and not only in the virtual world of social networks, but hostility against Catalonia is now showing more openly –in radio talk shows, TV debates and the op-ed pages of supposedly reputable papers, not to mention private conversations, blogs and websites of all kinds giving a free run to an army of self-appointed defenders of the nationalist faith.

The unfortunate hockey player's case is only the latest in a series of such incidents, and certainly not the silly anecdote it might appear. It should be read instead as an indication of a widespread refusal among Spaniards to allow within their state the existence of another people who have their own distinct culture and a very different set of values. A refusal which, ironically, might end up pushing Catalonia away from Spain.

Posted August 12th, 2012 - 11:04 pm by from Castellon de la Plana, Spain (Permalink)
Catalonia and its Olympic Power
http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=19186&post=12867962
A half or more of Olympic Spanish Medals belong to Catalan Athletes