El Pivote: Christmas Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote: Christmas Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

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.

Here is the second instalment of El Pivote’s Christmas Holiday report cards!  The first instalment can be found here.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

HAPPY 2013!!!

Iniesta: “From Barça we wish everyone … Happy New Year!!!”

Falcao: “From Atlético, we wish everyone … Happy New Year!!!”

Ramos: “From Real Moudrid, we wish ev’ryone … Morry Nui Yea!!!”

Cartoon by Caye

We’ve got mail: Year in review (2012)

We’ve got mail: Year in review (2012)

We’ve had a big year.  What do I mean by ‘we’?  You, us, FCB – and everything else in between.  This unique We’ve got mail series started a couple years ago because of all the intriguing mail we receive in our inbox.  I assure you that we read each and every one of your messages even though we may not be able to accommodate everyone’s request, we try our best to.  So what were the highlights of 2012’s WGMs?  Let’s take a look…

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Stat of the Day: Messi’s scoring in perspective

Stat of the Day: Messi’s scoring in perspective

We could throw Messi-scoring stats at you until we were blue in the face. But Messi’s accomplishments this year really take shape when you compare him to other current superstars in the game. So check out this unique take on his genius:

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Mou: “I’m staying to win the Champions League”

“What I want is to win my third Champions League … In reality ‘La Décima’ doesn’t matter to me one bit.”

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.12.2012)

ONLY TITO

When Vilanova’s illness returned, the dressing room ‘mobilized’ to make it clear that they were with him

The players agreed with the club that they would not look for substitutes

Interview with Jordi Alba: “I want to win it all.”

“Barça is the team that plays the best and can repeat the six titles.”

“When I left, I never imagined that I would return, especially as a wingback.”

Pep was  on trial with City in 2005 before playing for Mexico

The Front: Sport (30.12.2012)

OFFERS FOR ALVES AND ADRIANO

Roberto Carlos wants to take wingback [Alves] to the Russian Anzhi and would pay 20 million to Barça

Juve and PSG pressure to sign Adri, at the same time his renewal goes backwards

Abidal ‘signs’ Falcao – “He already knows where he has to go.  With Barça, he would continue scoring goals.”

Guardiola returns to New York

 

Video of the Day: Barca’s top 50 goals in Champions League

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Abidal’s great marathon

Abidal’s great marathon

A few days ago, Catalunya’s TV3 broadcast a special TV show about Eric Abidal’s long journey back to fitness. The special recalls some emotional moments, such as his first come back in 2011 against Real Madrid (Champions League semi-final), his Barça teammates dedicating the Copa del Rey to him in 2011/2012, and the very special goose-bump inducing moment when he lifted the 2011 Champions League trophy.

The video is full of emotional and significant images, moments and the thoughts that Eric shared with other people at the hospital, as well as his feelings when he heard the Camp Nou chanting his name during the 22nd minute of every game played while he was at the hospital.

The meaning of family, team mates, and coaches (Pep Guardiola first, and now Tito Vilanova) is also covered in this 3 part video, that you can watch thanks to TV3.

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Is Pep bound for England?

Is Pep bound for England?

Rumors are swirling in Spain about the likelihood that Pep Guardiola will accept a job next season managing a top Premiership team. And while no concrete declarations have emerged from Pep’s camp, some signs point to the man’s impatience to return to the limelight.

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Fabregas recovery nearly complete

Fabregas recovery nearly complete

FC Barcelona will soon welcome their first reinforcement of the winter: Cesc Fabregas. A report on Saturday in Mundo Deportivo claimed that Fabregas, who limped off the field at the beginning of December, will return to group training on Wednesday, after a series of punishing double-sessions over the last week. If true, this means that the player would be available for the Catalan derby against Espanyol on January 6.

Image: Manu Fernandez [AP]

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

These are some of the “mouñecas” [muñeca = doll] that they fooled some of the Merengues with on El Día de los Santos Inocentes*

To Karanka … to Casillas … to CR7 … to Mourinho … and of course, to Ramos

* El Día de los Santos Inocentes is a holiday on December 28th that is similar to April Fool’s Day
Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (29.12.2012)

DECISIVE HOURS

Guardiola and Orobitg have been preparing on the last days his arrival to Premier

Today he will travel back to New York after telling his closest friends and family his decision

MD report. Pros and cons of Pep’s three options: Chelsea, City and United

Invictus. They could win the first Liga without losing a match in 80 years

Cesc. The midfielder is ready for the derby

Rosell. The president said that Tito will be back in 15 or 20 days.

The Front: Sport (29.12.2012)

TITO WANTS TO BE IN THE DERBY

Vilanova plans to lead the first training of the year, on January 2nd

Rosell assured in Dubai that the coach “will combine his job with the treatment”

Mou: “It has been a fantastic week”

The Guardian names Messi as top player

The Guardian names Messi as top player

The football experts at The Guardian have unanimously named FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as the top player in the world, beating out Cristiano Ronaldo, teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and former strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic who rounded out the top five. “The world’s most influential players must now bow to the one and only Lionel Messi of Barcelona,” the editors opined, as they unveiled Messi as their top choice. Sid Lowe went on to justify the group’s decision: “There was only one name and one position on which all 11 members of the panel were in unanimous agreement: the world No1, Lionel Messi. How could we not choose him? The debate has moved to another plane: it is not so much a question of whether Messi is the best player in the world right now, as whether Messi might just be the best player there has ever been.”

Follow this post after the break for the top ten according to The Guardian. And be sure to share your impressions of their rankings in the comments here.

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Rosell: Tito to return in 15-20 days

Rosell: Tito to return in 15-20 days

FC Barcelona’s coach Tito Vilanova will return to his post in two to three weeks according to declarations made on Friday by club president Sandro Rosell. Rosell, speaking in Dubai at the Globe Soccer conference, confirmed Vilanova’s positive trajectory, adding that the coach will initially “combine his work with the first team squad and his cancer treatment…the most important thing is his health. At this stage football must come second.” If Rosell’s time frame is correct, it would mean that Tito would miss the Liga derby with Espanyol on January 6 and the Copa match with Cordoba on January 10, but would likely return in time for the Liga matches against Malaga and Real Sociedad later that month. Keep your fingers crossed!

Image: EFE

Video of the Day: Football from another planet!

Video Credit: Lebo Akatio

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

FIFA passes over Mou’s league [win] and yes includes Leo’s record in the 12 great moments of 2012

“It’s because FIFA refers to the 12 great footballing moments … not refereeing.”

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: Sport (28.12.2012)

NO TO CHELSEA

Villa, at Barça until June

Tito and Zubizarreta tag him as “indispensable” and they have already talked with him

The striker will fight to be a starter and will decide when the season is over

Mou will keep punishing Casillas

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (28.12.2012)

DESTINATION: PREMIER LEAGUE

Guardiola has almost decided to accept one of the three English offers: Chelsea, City or United

The coach has met with some of their emissaries in United States and his agent and his brother already know what will his future be

Abidal: “I never thought about quitting football”

Cuenca. Valencia try hard but he wants to stay

Iniesta, an idol in Albacete: “For 2013 it’s our turn to win the Champions”

Casillas, “caught” in Barcelona. MD caught the goalkeeper, who seems to be confronted to Mou, walking by in Barcelona

Youth Leagues: Weekly Results; Man of the Match

Youth Leagues: Weekly Results; Man of the Match

Every week at totalBarca, we bring you results of the top seven youth sides at La Masia: the Juvenil A, Juvenil B, Cadet A, Cadet B, Infantil A, Infantil B and Alevin A sides. We also name the Man of the Match (MOM) performer for each category.

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Video of the Day: Messi & Villa – Lethal Duo

Number of the Day: 86

Number of the Day: 86

86% – FC Barcelona finishes 2012 with the best win percentage of any team in the commonly accepted top 5 leagues in Europe.  No other team comes close at all to that 86%, with 2nd place shared by Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich with a win percentage of 78%.  Manchester United are 3rd with 75% while Juventus rounds out the top 5 with 73%.

Source: @BarcaStat; Image Credit: Victor Fraile/Getty Images

Four Barça players named in L’Equipe’s Team of 2012

Four Barça players named in L’Equipe’s Team of 2012

The illustrious French sports magazine L’Equipe published today a selection of 11 players that compose their best team of 2012.  From that 11, FC Barcelona can boast 4 players, more than any other team in Europe except one.  Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi have been chosen for this praise before, but the man at left back Jordi Alba debuts in this honor.  It has been quite a year for Jordi Alba.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Casillas: “Presi (glub), you don’t think that my benching (glub) is the drop that fills the glass (glub) and that Mou is starting to be a danger (glub) …”

Florentino: “(glub)Patience, son, (glub, glub) patience (glub).”

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (27.12.2012)

MESSI SAID NO TO A GREAT OFFER FROM RUSSIA

ALMOST 30 MILLION EUROS PER YEAR

A team from the Russian League sent him the offer and they said they would pay his 250 buyout clause as well

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The Front: Sport (27.12.2012)

NEYMAR

“Leo Messi is the best [player] of the world”

“I’ve never hidden my dream of playing in Europe and I admire Xavi and Iniesta so much”

Messi’s record, in pairs. To reach the 91 goals scored in a year record he had to score 22 doubles, 21 of them with Barça

Chelsea want Villa to be loaned to them. Neither Barça nor the player are willing to listen Rafa Benítez’s offer

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Barcelona achieves 49 out of 51 possible points

“The ‘Mister’ can be calm … his ‘Tito Team’ is on autopilot.”

[Plane going down in flames = Moudrid]

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (25.12.2012)

 

“MERRY CRHIRSTMAS TO YOU ALL”

“For 2013 I wish Tito a quick recovery”

“We will work to win all the titles, this is our aim”

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Merry Christmas from totalBarça

Merry Christmas from totalBarça

From all of us at totalBarça, we would like to wish all the culés around the world Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  We look forward to aspiring, enduring, and celebrating all that comes our way in 2013.

Visca Barça :)