Quote of the Day: Never before, never again

Quote of the Day: Never before, never again

My opinion on Messi will never change. I have never seen a player like him, nor will I ever again.

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Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi, or Saint George, is the patron saint of Barcelona, and has been so since the 15th century. The Cross of St. George stands proudly on the FC Barcelona crest and is a day intrinsically woven into the makeup of Catalonian culture. Today to celebrate Sant Jordi Day, the club will distribute 2,500 roses to members and fans that pass by Camp Nou.

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FIFA Appeal Committee grants suspensive effect

FIFA Appeal Committee grants suspensive effect

As we informed earlier FC Barcelona has lodged an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee against “the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee that sanctioned the club for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.” Together with this appeal, the club also requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect.

Today the following statement was released the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period – 1 July 2014 – and the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee does not seem in a position to take a decision on the main issue early enough so that an eventual appeal of the club against its decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport would still be decided before the beginning of the next registration period. Consequently, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect. In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected.”

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Piqué: “It hasn’t been our best season”

Piqué: “It hasn’t been our best season”

Barça defender Gerard Piqué had a lot to say during the presentation of the tenth edition of ‘Relats Solidaris de l’Esport (Sports Solidarity Stories).’ He spoke about the up and downs of the current season, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fàbregas and Tata Martino. Read on for Piqué’s comments.

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The Front: Sport (23.4.2014)

the front sport april 23 2014

HE EXAMINES BARÇA BEFORE PLAYING IN THE BERNABÉU 

PEP PRAISES MESSI

“I’ve never seen nor will I ever see another player like Leo.”

AND ‘KICKS’ AT MARTINO

“In the big clubs if you lose you’ll be on the street despite having a contract”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.4.2014)

the front MD april 23 2014

AGREEMENT BARÇA – MESSI

VERY CLOSE

The renewal is 85% complete and is only missing a few points

Leo’s father returns to Barcelona this week and the differences are not insurmountable

Piqué defends Martino: “The fault is with the players”

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Picture of the day: Mascherano trains apart

Picture of the day: Mascherano trains apart

FC Barcelona reported that Javier Mascherano trained apart from the group today due to a calf muscle issue picked during Sunday’s win over Athletic Bilbao. They were sure to announce that, however, that does NOT mean that he is injured.

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Tata overlooking La Masia?

Tata overlooking La Masia?

In a season when things have not been going very well for FC Barcelona, one would expect that the coach would turn to the club’s endless conveyor belt of youth talent for the answer to the team’s lack of fresh legs and fresh ideas. Instead, players from FC Barcelona B have only seen 72 minutes of first team football this season. Read more after the jump.

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Number of the day: 50

Number of the day: 50

Sunday’s win against Athletic Bilbao marked Pedro Rodríguez’ 50th game of the season. The winger from the Canary Islands equalised for FC Barcelona, scoring for the first time in 7 matches, and taking his league tally to 15 goals, and his overall tally for the season to 19.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WHO ARE WE CULÉS GOING WITH IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?

Semis: Atlético – Chelsea: Mou vs Simeone, the choice is simple: ATLÉTICO

Semis: Madrid – Bayern:  No comment: BAYERN

Final: Atlético – Bayern: Most would go with Pep, but some still haven’t forgiven him for his departure and the Thiago incident: BAYERN…or Atlético

Final: Chelsea – Bayern: Mou lifting the trophy in front of Guardiola … HAHAHA: BAYERN

Final: Madrid – Atlético: Against Madrid we would side with the devil himself: ATLÉTICO

Final: Madrid – Chelsea: As I said, we’d side with the devil (as if we were Karanka): FORÇA MOU!!!!!

Quote(s) of the Day: Nicht & Não

Quote(s) of the Day: Nicht & Não

No one needs to worry. We are all still a bit in love with this club and with the way things are handled here.

All the rumours about my negotiations with Barcelona are completely groundless.

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Video of the Day: Messi on “Follow Your Dreams”

Lionel Messi was the latest to join José Manuel Pinto for a “Follow Your Dreams” episode, the project Pinto heads with the objective of helping young and talented musicians by linking them with NGOs and other foundations. Messi reveals his preferences in music being Argentinian [shocker] as well as cumbia and reggae. He’s also commented on his guitar playing, saying, “I really like it but I still don’t know much about it. It relaxes me and it allows me to disconnect from everything.

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Dani Alves reaches 293 appearances

Dani Alves reaches 293 appearances

Daniel Alves played his 293rd game yesterday, giving him the second-most appearances for a non-Spanish player at FC Barcelona. He surpassed Dutchmen Phillip Cocu, who was a staple of the Barcelona midfield from 1998-2004, but is still a distant second to Lionel Messi’s incredible 421 games. This milestone serves as a reminder of just how important Alves has been to Barcelona at a time where many fans have made him a target for criticism and even advocated his sale. Hit the jump for a few of Dani’s recent stats. Continue reading »

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.4.2014)

the front MD april 22 2014

TO WIN OVER LAPORTE

Atlético’s central passed the examination of the Camp Nou and the coaches see him as acceptable for Barça 

His youth and his height are valued but the price (36 million) is against him

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The Front: Sport (22.4.2014)

the front sport april 22 2014

BARÇA, IN SEARCH OF A REPLACEMENT FOR MARTINO

ZUBI’S LIST

The sporting director works with a reduced number of candidates

ERNESTO VALVERDE, LUÍS ENRIQUE, JORDI VINYALS AND JÜRGEN KLOPP

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Picture of the day: Messi’s fan club

Picture of the day: Messi’s fan club

“With you in everything!!” That was the message that Lionel Messi’s girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo, and his young son, Thiago, sent to him on Instagram.

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FCBEscola expands to the United States

FCBEscola expands to the United States

If you are a child who dreams of playing football at La Masia, the FCBEscola model gives children a chance to learn the technical skills as well as the values of FC Barcelona in cities around the world. As football/soccer gains traction and popularity in the United States, FCB has decided that the time is right to establish an FCBEscola in Florida. Now American children who idolize first team players such as Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta or who wish to follow in the footsteps of Tim Howard and Michael Bradley and break into the European leagues can be trained in the methodology and skills that have made Barça champions.

The FCBEscola will be located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Florida has been the site of many successful football camps in the past and has been judged to be a location that has a lot of interest in the sport. The program will be supervised by a technical director from the FCBEscola in Barcelona and will serve children between six and thirteen years of age.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE MATHEMATICIANS 2 – 1 THE LIONS

Martino: “Mathematically it’s possible. But if you know how to pray, do it.”

Martino: “We relied on our courage to fight back”

Martino: “We relied on our courage to fight back”

FC Barcelona’s losing streak finally came to an end yesterday after a difficult 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao. The team had to come from behind after a goal from Aritz Aduriz, but late strikes from Pedro Rodríguez and Lionel Messi secured an important win for the Catalans. Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino was happy with the team’s reaction and spirit after a depressing week, saying “the circumstances weren’t in our favour but we came from behind and won.” More after the jump.

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View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

Image: Miguel Ruiz, fcbarcelona.com


April 21, 2014

Marc Bartra: “We still have hope”

Match Review: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.4.2014)

Picture of the day: Get angry!

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 2-1 Girona FC

Alevín A, Champions of the MIC


April 20, 2014

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

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