In a special eight part series, totalBarça will feature each of the FC Barcelona nominees from the 23-man shortlist for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or. From November 12th through December 2nd, a different contributor will present a nominee and argue for why he should win this year’s prestigious award before the announcement of the final three contenders on December 5th. Harshawardhan reminded us of Éric Abidal’s warrior like spirit. For this post, Amanda will demonstrate how David Villa is a worthy professional.
2011 has been another banner year for FC Barcelona’s David Villa. The forward, who turns 30 in a few days, became Spain’s all time top scorer this year and also filled some notable gaps in his trophy cabinet: winning the UEFA Super Cup, La Liga, and the Champions League, all for the first time. Along the way he’s scored some memorable goals, including the very last goal to be allowed by legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, a beautiful goal in the Champions League final that was cheered with rousing choruses of ‘Villa, Villa, Villa, Villa Maravilla’ around the world. Beyond the trophies and brilliant flashes, what stands out most for me regarding David Villa are three characteristics so well embodied by the player: hard work, professionalism, and consistency.
Saturday December 3 • Barcelona v Levante • Liga Matchday 15
Next weekend Barcelona face Liga upstarts Levante in a pivotal contest in the Camp Nou. Last week, Levante crushed Sporting 4-0, and remain the only team in La Liga to have beaten Real Madrid this season. The squad from Valencia sit fourth in the table with 26 points. Barcelona are currently second with 31, although they do have a game in hand.
Keep your eyes on totalBarca for a more detailed match preview as we move into December.
Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Rayo in the Camp Nou on Tuesday made them the first team in Liga history to ever record 11 home cleansheets in a row.
Stats: @2010MisterChip • Image : Manu Fernandez
Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 4-0 tonight, in a game that was played today due to the club’s participation in the Club World Cup in December. With Andrés Iniesta back, Barcelona weren’t at their best, with Rayo playing very well in the first half, but once Alexis Sanchez opened the score, the floodgates were open and the Catalans cruised to a comfortable win and are now just three points behind Real Madrid (who have a game in hand).
Here are the ratings for today’s match.
A number of the players spoke to the press following FC Barcelona’s victory over Rayo Vallecano (4-0). Topics touched upon by the players include the difficulty and tactics of their latest game, happiness for Alexis Sanchez and his brace, and an eye turned towards December 10 and the match with Real Madrid.
They have played one more match, but they are only 3 behind Madrid
Barça celebrated his 112nd anniversary and the “manita” to Madrid with a lot of goals
Double by Alexis and goals by Villa and Messi, who equals Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the pichichi classification
Barça 4 – 0 Rayo
Eto’o votes for Messi, Iniesta and Xavi for the Ballon d’Or award
Barça scored four goals and were able to be confident again
Alexis, who scored two goals, made his best performance with Barça so far and his skills should be considered when the starter team in Bernabeu is decided
Villa and Messi scored and put an end to another goals festival in Camp Nou
Barça 4 – 0 Rayo
Bojan: “I was born culé and I will die culé”
A big win against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid was just what FC Barcelona needed after losing 1-0 to Getafe CF and dropping six points below league leaders Real Madrid CF at the weekend. The victory was not quite a manita, but the solid performance displayed by the players proved to be the most important takeaway from this game.
This Tuesday at noon, Pep Guardiola has directed his team’s final session before this evening’s game against Rayo, working with the 20 available members of the first team (with everyone available except for the injured Afellay), and Isaac Cuenca from Barça B. Today there was no Tello or Carmona, who had trained with the squad on Monday on pitch no. 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva.
Hans Gamper, known in Barcelona as Joan, was the founder of our beloved FC Barcelona. He had moved to the Catalan capital in 1898 for business reasons and his first step in the creation of the club was a note placed in a local sports magazine calling for players. On the 29th of November in 1899, he presided over the first club meeting at the Gimnas Sole. Eleven players attended the event: Walter Wild (the first director of the club), Lluís d’Ossó, Bartomeu Terradas, Otto Kunzle, Otto Maier, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol, Josep Llobet, John Parsons, and William Parsons. That day is remembered in the history as the beginning of Futbol Club Barcelona.
We want to wish a happy day to all cules around the world and all the best to our beloved club.
On this day, exactly 1 year ago, the world was amazed by an awesome football performance by FC Barcelona in the historic Manita against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. As Sid Lowe wrote a day later: “It was not just that Barcelona beat Madrid, or even that they hammered them. It was not just that they defeated Mourinho – although they loved that – and a starting XI that cost €292m. Not that they defeated a team that had been unbeaten. It was not even that Guardiola completed a manita of his own – he has now won all five clásicos as coach, with a barely plausible aggregate score of 17-2. It was that they did it their way.”
FC Barcelona have lost 9 times during Pep Guardiola’s time as manager. 6 of those defeats have come when Carles Puyol has been missing from the starting eleven.
LET HAPPINESS COME BACK!
The team wants to win with a huge difference of goals to forget as soon as possible the defeat against Getafe
Pep trusts his players: “I’m proud of them, they already have proven how much worthy they are”
Cesc and Iniesta are available for Guardiola
Barça – Rayo (21h)
Rosell: “I will never sell Messi”
Cruyff wages war on Van Gaal. He doesn’t want him in Ajax
THE 5 – 0 SPIRIT
Exactly one year ago today Barça made the perfect match against Madrid and scored them a “Manita”
Barça starts the “madridistas hunt” today against Rayo
Barça – Rayo (21h)
They will wear a jersey with a support message for Tito
“In La Liga our level is optimum but not enough, it’s high already but we must improve it”
In a pre-match press conference, FC Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola reflected on the disheartening loss to Getafe CF this past weekend and looked forward to the next league encounter on Tuesday against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. Though the now six point deficit to La Liga leaders Real Madrid CF may seem devastating, Guardiola assures that “the players are well, they’re people that are calm when things are going well, and when there’s a scare along the way or a loss they deal with it well.”
FC Barcelona B move up to 10th in the table after adding three more points on Saturday against Celta de Vigo (2-1). The reserves have now gone 7 games without defeat, and their latest victory was secured through two goals from Jonathan Soriano, who recently returned from injury. More details of the match can be found after the jump.