Villa: “Barça, the example to follow”

Villa: “Barça, the example to follow”

In the Copa game against Deportivo Alaves, David Villa (30) scored the 300th and the 301st goal of his illustrious career and the 40th goal in the blaugrana colours. While speaking with Barça TV programme ‘El Marcador‘, Villa said “With so much money nowadays in football, it’s a source of pride that there are 11 home-grown players in a team like Barça. Getting here is really difficult. It’s an example to follow for any team in the world”. Included after the jump are more excerpts from Villa’s interview and a video.

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Córdoba next opponent in Copa del Rey round of 16

Córdoba next opponent in Copa del Rey round of 16

Andalusian club Córdoba CF will be FC Barcelona’s next opponent in the Copa del Rey. The first leg will be played at Córdoba’s Estadio Nuevo Arcángel stadium with the return leg at the Camp Nou.

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Video of the Day: Camp Nou


Friday training with Adriano back

Barça continues to prepare for the League match this Saturday at home against Athletic Club Bilbao (20:00). On Friday, Tito Vilanova led his players in their penultimate session before facing the Basque side. Working at the Ciutat Esportiva were all the available members of the first team plus Tello and Oier, from Barça B. Defender Adriano Correia was back for today’s session, after missing Thursday training with a virus.

Alexis and Bartra, recovery from injury, and Abidal worked on the pitch separate from the group. The team will train again on Saturday morning at the Camp Nou, in a session closed to the press.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Messi, Iniesta, and Cristiano, finalists for the Ballón d’Or … and each time it takes less to see with what face CR7 surprises us

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: Sport (30.11.2012)

 

ANOTHER BALLON D’OR CULÉ

Leo will likely win his fourth Ballon d’Or and ten Barça players are candidates to be on the Ideal Team

Messi, Iniesta and Ronaldo are the candidates for the Ballon d’Or

Messi will not sell exclusive rights regarding his son to anyone

Alexis, Barça’s “Spongebob”

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.11.2012)

BLAUGRANA BALL

Messi, Iniesta and Cristiano are the candidates for the 2012 Ballon D’Or award

It confirms Barça’s power, who win against Madrid again by 2 – 1

Del Bosque, Guardiola and Mou are the candidates for the Best Coach award

Villa (301), a life dedicated to score. “The most important goal I’ve scored was the one in Wembley”

10 Barça nominees for l’Onze Mondial FIFA/FIFPro 2012

10 Barça nominees for l’Onze Mondial FIFA/FIFPro 2012

L’Onze Mondial FIFA/FIFPro 2012 is an award that honors the best 11 players during the past year selected by fellow professional footballers globally.

FC Barcelona has 10 total nominees: 5 defenders, 4 midfielders, and 1 forward.  That is the most players of any team in Europe.  Below are the nominees per category:

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Number of the day: 3,679

Number of the day: 3,679

As of today, FC Barcelona’s 113th birthday, the club has played 3,679 official games in that time span.  There have been 2,080 wins (57%), 750 draws (20%), and 849 defeats (23%).

Total goals scored are 7,774 (2.1 per game) and goals conceded have been 4,183 (1.1 per game).

Again, per molts anys FC Barcelona!

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Video: Second anniversary of the 5-0 Clasico


David Villa passes the 300 goal mark

David Villa passes the 300 goal mark

FC Barcelona forward David Villla (30) scored two goals against Alavés last night, thus reaching the 301 goal mark as a professional footballer. Villa started his race for this milestone in the 2000/01 season, playing for Sporting Gijón, where he scored 40 goals in three seasons. In the following two seasons (2003/04 and 2004/05), he scored another 40 goals for Zaragoza. Then El Guaje moved to Valencia, where he scored a whopping 128 goals.

In the 2010/11 season, David Villa joined FC Barcelona, where he kept up his goalscoring prowess. This is the player’s third season as a blaugrana and so far he’s scored 40 goals for the team. In addition to his club performances, we have to add his 53 goals with the Spanish national team.

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alaves

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alaves

Watch the highlights from last night’s game between Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves after the jump!

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Video of the Day: 113 years since Barça’s foundation


The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alavés

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alavés

FC Barcelona clinched its place in the next round of the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 home win over Alavés, in a match where Tito Vilanova rested most of his star players. David Villa shined the brightest, scoring a brace including a magnificent free kick.

Here are the ratings for last night’s match:

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Thursday training without Adriano

Thursday training without Adriano

FC Barcelona’s first team returned to training only 12 hours after the victory against Alavés in the Copa del Rey (3-1). At the session, which focused on recovery for Wednesday’s starters, the seven players who were rested for the Copa match were back with the group (Valdés, Piqué, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi).

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Iniesta and Messi, finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012

Iniesta and Messi, finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012

Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta are two of the three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012, as announced by FIFA this Thursday at midday. The two blaugrana players, along with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, will be vying for the title of best player of the year, which will be awarded on Monday, January 7th, at a ceremony held in Zurich, Switzerland. Former coach Pep Guardiola is also among the final three contenders for coach of the year, along with Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho.

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Happy 113th Birthday, FC Barcelona!

Happy 113th Birthday, FC Barcelona!

When Hans Gamper, known in Barcelona as Joan, moved to the Catalan capital in 1898 for business reasons he missed football a lot. Because there was not a single football team in the city at that time, he decided to create his own. The 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. This day is remembered in 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.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Villa Maravilla [is marvelous], Deulofeu ‘Will-Be-Marvelous’ 3-1 Alavés

Tito: “When we finish polishing … we might have a ‘Messi-like’ diamond.”

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (29.11.2012)

VILLA PLAYED MESSI’S ROLE

Double by El Guaje, who scored his 300th goal

Alavés scored first, Adriano scored to draw and Córdoba is waiting for Barça on the round of 16

Barça 3 – 1 Alavés

Ballon d’Or 2012. Leo, to achieve his fourth trophy in a row. Today will be announced the three candidates in Sao Paulo

The Front: Sport (29.11.2012)

VILLA, ALIKE MESSI

El Guaje also beat his own record: 301 goals

His two goals, the goal by Adriano and the 25 minutes Deulofeu played were the best of the match

Barça 3 – 1 Alavés

Leo – Cristiano. The 11 differences

64 teams participating in the Champions League. Platini likes Rosell’s proposal

The Goals: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alaves

The Goals: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alaves

Watch the goals from last night’s Copa encounter after the jump! Also, stay tuned for the full highlights later today!

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FC Barcelona Youth: Top 5 Goals – 18/11/2012 to 25/11/2012

Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alaves

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alavés

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Deportivo Alavés

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Deportivo Alavés: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alavés

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alavés

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

(Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 21:30 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

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El Pivote: The Way Forward

El Pivote: The Way Forward

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.

In this week’s edition of El Pivote we will cover the league challengers, the brilliance of La Masia and one of its best ever exponents.

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FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 Special: Lionel Messi, Four More d’Ors

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 Special: Lionel Messi, Four More d’Ors

In a special five part series, totalBarça will feature each of the FC Barcelona nominees from the 23-man shortlist for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or. Over the next week, 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 November 29th. In the last edition, Alexandra looked at the many wonders of Andrés Iniesta. Today, Roberto Curtis will make a case for the “greatest player who has ever lived”, Lionel Messi.

No, he didn’t win La Liga and he ended up crashing out of the Champions League in the semi-finals. His home country was ineligible for the Euro Cup and did little more to compete internationally than continue its World Cup qualifying campaign.

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Best ever La Liga start

Best ever La Liga start

Twelve wins and 1 draw from the opening 13 matches of the 2012/13 La Liga season sees FC Barcelona sitting on 37 points.  This near perfection is not only a club record, but now on par with the all-time La Liga record.  It was set back in 1991/92 by Real Madrid under the stewardship of Radomir Antić (who later coached FC Barcelona).

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Final training, Villa cleared to play

FC Barcelona held its final training session this Wednesday at noon ahead of the return leg of the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. Present at today’s training session were the 16 footballers called up to face Deportivo Alavés. Among the 16 was forward David Villa, who received his medical clearance after the session. The striker has overcome some ankle trouble that prevented him from featuring this past weekend against Levante.

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Copa del Rey Preview: FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alavés

Copa del Rey Preview: FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alavés

Casual and die-hard FC Barcelona fans alike have a rare opportunity to see the brightest talents La Masia has to offer when the blaugrana host Deportivo Alavés Wednesday evening in the second leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32. Having already qualified for the next round of the Champions League and flaunting a comfortable 3-0 lead in the tie with Alavés, Tito Vilanova will likely field a team of hungry upstarts seeking to prove themselves to the first team coach as well as the Camp Nou faithful.

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