July 17, 2010

Randoms: Pique Vacationing With... Guess Who?

- For those of you wondering what Gerard Pique is up to now that the World Cup is over, he’s in Ibiza with none other than... Cesc Fabregas, naturally. They're on a vacation that revolves around beaching and boating, and you know what that means – hot waterside photos of the two. There are already some shots of Pique on the boat in question, looking great if you can look past the puffy pink shorts; you could also get your Pique fix from this video.

- David Villa is set to be the face of a new ad for the NESTLÉ ice cream Maxibon, also promoting the related ‘Mix The Trip’ contest that invites participants to propose their dream trip, or something. More here.

- Apparently, Barca has about fifty million euros to spend on transfers this summer (does that include the 9.5 million already put up for Adriano?), which basically means that the club can spend it all on Cesc, or make several other back-up signings. With the club saying they'll certainly sign a centerback and a defensive midfielder, I wonder which it'll be?

- The international retirement bug is really going around after this World Cup, as Thierry Henry, who is currently busy training with the New York Red Bulls, has just announced the end of his France career. I know, he’s not a Barca boy anymore, but I felt the urge to report this anyway.

- Remember that cute Brazilian kid we signed last summer, the one who claimed he wants to be the best player in the world someday? After Keirrison spent last season between loans to Benfica and Fiorentina, Pep has decided that he still isn’t ready for the team. Accordingly, the player has been dispatched back to Brazil, this time on loan to Santos.

- Pep has called up all of Barca’s B-team players who aren’t off at the U-19 Euro, to join the first team when preseason training kicks off on Monday. Three cheers for the youth players! I’m most excited about the participation of Jonathan Dos Santos, Marc Muniesa, and Oier Olazábal – anyone of the seventeen players that piques your interest?