The Front: Sport (31.10.2012)

THEY CLOSED THE MATCH BY SCORING TWO GOLAZOS

Alavés 0 – 3 Barça

A powerful shot by Villa and a magic shot by Iniesta were the best things of the match

Cesc scored the other goal and a legal goal by Alexis was cancelled

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (31.10.2012)

LEADER INIESTA

Alavés 0 – 3 Barça

Andrés led the ambitious champions and scored a Stamford Bridge like “golazo”

Villa scored again, proving that he is at his top, and Cesc scored the other goal, closing up an excellent debut in La Copa

Neymar, the key points of his situation

Rooney is inspired by Xavi when it comes to assist

Messi “My vote is for Xavi and Iniesta”

Mou-cantera: another mess in Madrid.

The Portuguese criticizes the work Toril and the youth team are doing

“There are very few things in common between the way that Castilla and Real Madrid play”

Messi: “This squad doesn’t need a leader”

Messi: “This squad doesn’t need a leader”

At the conclusion of being awarded the Golden Boot, the humble and well-composed Lionel Messi met with Spanish daily national newspaper, Marca. The interview talks about him growing up, one of his football idols, and how Tito has affected him from La Masia until now.  Details after the jump.

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El Pivote: The Ballon d’Or debate

El Pivote: The Ballon d’Or debate

El Pivote (or The Pivot) is a weekly totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona.  From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.  We welcome your thoughts and feedback in the comments section.

This week’s El Pivote is simple. We will delve into the Ballon d’Or debate – once and for all!

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The Highlights: Deportivo Alaves 0-3 FC Barcelona

The Highlights: Deportivo Alaves 0-3 FC Barcelona

Watch the highlights from last night’s King’s cup game – round of 32 against Deportivo Alaves accompanied by the bombastic commentary of Ray Hudson who describes Iniesta’s 2nd goal as: “He paints the ball into the net!”
after the jump!

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The Ratings: Deportivo Alavés 0-3 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Deportivo Alavés 0-3 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona started its Copa del Rey campaign with a 0-3 win at Alavés, which makes the second leg at Camp Nou pretty much a mere formality. Perhaps unexpectedly, Tito Vilanova played a very strong XI and Barcelona completely
dominated the hosts.

Here are the ratings for Tuesday’s match:

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Recovery session for the starters against Alavés

After the 0-3 win at the Mendizorroza stadium in the first leg of the Round of 32 in the Copa del Rey, Barça held a training session this Wednesday at midday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The session was marked by the presence of water on the pitch (heavy rain had fallen just before the session), wind and cold temperatures, but the sun did come for a few moments during the session.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Alavés 0-3 And the Golden Boot at Home

Monday he showed off the Golden Boot … And Tuesday against Alavés, house slippers

Cartoon by Caye

Match Review: Deportivo Alaves 0-3 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Deportivo Alaves 0-3 FC Barcelona

Tito Vilanova left very little to chance in this Copa Del Rey fixture, fielding an almost full strength side content on finishing the tie in the first leg. Pinto manned the posts as per usual. The back line consisted of Dani Alves, back after a spell on the side lines, Bartra and Mascherano as well as rising star Montoya, who rarely sees the bench these days. The rest of the starting eleven featured Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Fabregas, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and Iniesta. The most notable absentee was one Lionel Messi, suggesting that perhaps Vilanova is content to rest the Golden Boot winner from time to time this season.

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The Goals: Deportivo Alaves 0-3 FC Barcelona

Man of the Match: Deportivo Alavés 0-3 FC Barcelona

The Result: Deportivo Alavés 0-3 FC Barcelona

The Result: Deportivo Alavés 0-3 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Deportivo Alavés: 0

FC Barcelona: 3

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Live Match Chat: Deportivo Alavés vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Deportivo Alavés vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa del Rey game between Deportivo Alavés SAD and FC Barcelona.

(Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

To chat,use the mibbit link here:
https://client00.chat.mibbit.com/
From the server dropdown select: SynIRC
Enter a nickname of your choice, type the channel name as #fcbarcelona and hit “Connect”

Have you ever sat in front of your TV or computer while you were watching a FC Barcelona game and hoped you could share your excitement, feelings, and opinions with other fans LIVE as it happens?

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Iniesta to lead Barcelona in Alaves Copa clash (Official lineup updated)

Iniesta to lead Barcelona in Alaves Copa clash (Official lineup updated)

Head coach Tito Vilanova has opted to rest five first team players in today’s Copa matchup with Alaves. Valdes, Messi, Xavi, Pedro and Alba have all been given the day off, with players from the reserves and Barca B assuming their places in the team. But the squad is still full of firepower and experience with Villa, Alexis, Iniesta, Alves and Mascherano all expected to start. Sport has projected the following lineup for the match; what do you think?

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Saturday: a little hand … Sunday: a little hand … Monday: and little hand and fingers

Leo: “At 8.”

Cartoon by Caye


Video of the Day: Behind the scenes at the team photos


Catch an additional behind the scenes video after the jump.

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Eric Abidal: Your struggle is our strength

Eric Abidal: Your struggle is our strength

The following video, posted by Barça TV on its YouTube page, shows the progress and struggle of Eric Abidal to come back to one of his favourite things in life: playing football. After a liver transplant, the Frenchman and much missed left back is using the natural landscapes of Catalunya as his training field. Accompanied by inseparable coach Emili Ricart, part of Barça’s prep team, Abidal is slowly getting his strength back. His efforts are an inspiration and example for his team mates and all culés.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.10.2012)

TREASURE*

Second Golden Shoe for Messi

Leo, ambitious regarding his future: “I am what I am and I will not change until the end”

“What if my son was born the same day as Maradona? What a mess!”

Iniesta, Xavi, Piqué, Busquets and Messi, on the list of 23 candidates

* “Oro” is Spanish for “gold”. They made a word play with the last part of the word “tesoro” (treasure) to reference the award won by Messi (the Golden Shoe).

The Front: Sport (30.10.2012)

GOLDEN MESSI

After the Boot, he wants now to win the Ballon as well

Grateful. “This award is for all of us. Without my teammates I would not have been able to score 50 goals”

Blaugrana future. “I want to keep growing at Barça until the end”

Busquets “makes his debut” on the list of candidates. Five blaugrana players are included on the candidates list for the Ballon d’Or

Vilanova will rest 5 starting players

Copa del Rey Match Preview: Deportivo Alavés vs FC Barcelona

Copa del Rey Match Preview: Deportivo Alavés vs FC Barcelona

Tito Vilanova takes his FC Barcelona squad into the Copa del Rey Tuesday for the first time as team manager against Deportivo Alavés SAD. This round of 32 fixture promises to allow plenty of peripheral blaugrana to make an impact in front of Vilanova and the crowd at the 19,900-capacity Mendizorroza stadium in the city of Vitoria.

Both the first and last trophies of the Guardiola era, the Copa del Rey has eluded the club’s grasp all but twice in the last decade. And while Barcelona remains the most successful club in the competition’s history with 26 titles, the inclusion of hungry second and third division clubs and the inherent trickiness of home and away fixtures can make winning this tournament quite a task for any team.

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Messi’s Golden Boot season

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Boot on Monday for the 50 [yes: fifty] goals he scored in the 2011-12 season. Mundo Deportivo was gracious enough to post a video of all these amazing moments; grab a cold beverage, settle into a comfy chair, and feast on a little slice of football history!

Five Barça candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or

Five Barça candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or

FC Barcelona has five players in consideration for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or. This Monday at noon, the list of 23 players up for the award was announced, which includes Barça players Leo Messi, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, and Sergio Busquets. It’s worth noting that all five candidates were formed in La Masia, the club’s youth system. The winner will be announced on January 7th, in a gala held in Zurich, Switzerland. Before the ceremony, on November 29th, the names of the three finalists will be made public.

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Match Review: Rayo Vallecano 0-5 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Rayo Vallecano 0-5 FC Barcelona

In what was a really lively encounter, Barcelona finally shipped 5 goals and kept a clean sheet against Rayo Vallecano. The result brings Tito Vilanova’s run in the league to 8 wins and 1 draw in 9 games. This equals Van Gaal’s record in the 1997/1998 season, which up until now was considered Barcelona’s best ever start in La Liga.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Lorenzo and Márquez, two champions of the Blaugrana world

Leo: “And in the league … those of us that go like a motorcycle are also Culés.”

Cartoon by Caye

Messi presented with his 2nd Golden Boot

Messi presented with his 2nd Golden Boot

My motivation is to win titles with the team.  I never aim for the individual awards but for collective success.  When it arrives later, it’s wonderful, but I do not set it as my objective.”  These were the words of Lionel Messi this afternoon when he was presented with the 2012 European Golden Boot (his second), an individual award, after his 50 goals in La Liga last season.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (29.10.2012)

10 MAGICAL YEARS

Ten years ago today Iniesta made his debut with Barça

Andrés chooses El Mundo Deportivo to remind the best momentos of his 10 years at Barça

Today Messi will receive the Golden Shoe and the list of 23 candidates for the Ballon d’Or will be published

The Front: Sport (29.10.2012)

GENIUS AND FIGURE

Messi and Cesc, the perfect combination

Tito Vilanova’s great creation. Tito figured out how to connect the Pichichi (13 goals) with the king of the passes (6 assists)

10 years with Iniesta. On October 29th of 2002 he debuted in a Champions’ match and today he is one of the best players of the world

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 2-3 Recreativo Huelva

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 2-3 Recreativo Huelva

A paltry 1,714 supporters turned up at the Miniestadi on Friday for the visit of Andalusian side Recreativo de Huelva. With both teams locked on 16 points before this game and in a 7th place plays 8th place scenario, we had a nice little sub plot to this match.

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Training and squad list for the Copa

This Monday, the squad list of 16 footballers for the Round of 32 Copa del Rey match between Alavés and Barça was announced by the blaugrana’s coaching staff. Making the list are Mascherano, Sergi Roberto, Tello, and Oier, while Valdés, Alba, Pedro, Xavi, and Messi will be rested. Valdés, Messi, Xavi and Pedro are the players from the first team who have played the most minutes so far this season, while Jordi Alba has started the last six official matches.

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Picture of the Day: 10 years with Iniesta

Picture of the Day: 10 years with Iniesta

On October 29, 2002, Andres Iniesta made his first team debut for FC Barcelona in a Champions League game against Bruges. Van Gaal’s Barça won that evening and Andrés made an excellent impression.

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