The Ratings: Celta de Vigo 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Celta de Vigo 2-2 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona dropped some more points on the road in Galicia against Celta de Vigo, in what was far from a great performance. With the title pretty much sewn up and a tough Champions League pairing against Paris Saint-Germain coming up, this result is hardly something to lose sleep over though.

Here are the ratings for last night’s match:

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Wolfgang Stark to oversee PSG v Barcelona

Wolfgang Stark to oversee PSG v Barcelona

German referee Wolfgang Stark will blow the whistle in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter between PSG and FC Barcelona. Stark is no stranger to the Catalan club, having presided over seven other Barça matches in Europe, including games against Chelsea, Real Madrid and Milan in recent years. What do you all think of this choice of referee?

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Picture of the Day: What does it take?

Picture of the Day: What does it take?

Will we ever see Lionel Messi take a penalty kick again? Referees do make mistakes but this was unforgivable!

Xavi and Jordi Alba given medical green light

Xavi and Jordi Alba given medical green light

Good news coming from the official website. Both Xavi (33) and Jordi Alba (24) have been given the medical green light to play against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

The two players both came back injured after Spain’s qualifying games for the world cup in Brazil 2014 against Finland and France.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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Galician tie 2-2 Galician empanada

“We have a cushion of points so big that in the end we slept … and I beat records even half awake.”

Cartoon by Caye

Number of the Day: 16

Number of the Day: 16

With 9 rounds left to play in the Liga campaign, FC Barcelona need only 16 more points to be assured of the title. This number will change depending on results in the coming weeks.

Image: PEP MORATA

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (31.03.2013)

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RETURN OF GOLD

Celta 2-2 Barça

Messi achieves 19 games scoring, has scored on all teams, and has 43 goals in the league

Leo and Tello formed a lethal duo and only a final lapse of concentration denied Barça the win

Abidal receives an big ovation

A grey Madrid continues at 13 from Barça

The Front: Sport (31.03.2013)

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THE PERFECT RETURN BY MESSI

Leo scored in Balaídos and completed 19 games in a row scoring

And Abidal returns to the field

Celta 2-2 Barça

A point more with the ‘substitutes’

The Goals: Celta de Vigo 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Goals: Celta de Vigo 2-2 FC Barcelona

Watch the goals from last evening’s draw against Celta Vigo after the jump!

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Man of the Match: Celta de Vigo 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Celta de Vigo 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Celta de Vigo 2-2 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Celta de Vigo: 2

FC Barcelona: 2

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Match Preview: RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona

After a long international break, FC Barcelona gets back to action in a difficult visit to the northern Spainish city of Vigo. Despite almost two weeks with no competitive action, the culés have been busy in the news this week. The return of Tito Vilanova to Barcelona’s training sessions, as well as Eric Abidal’s long awaited comeback to the squad are without a doubt the best news the team could have gotten this whole season. Both have been fighting disease and are slowly coming back to where they belong, the pitch.

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Live Match Chat: Celta Vigo vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Celta Vigo vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona!

(Saturday March 30, 2012 @ 18:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time). We also have the return of the Match Countdown Timer at the right side of the main page above the Search bar!

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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Mou sends some videos to PSG about how to beat Barça

Lesson 1: cry before the match … lesson 2: cry during the match … lesson 3: cry after the match

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.03.2013)

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WORRIED ABOUT XAVI

His injury: muscle fatigue on his right femoral biceps

Celta – Barça (18h)

He will not play in Vigo but he will against PSG

FIFA virus left Barça without Alba, Pedro and Xavi

The Front: Sport (30.03.2013)

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TITO IS BACK AND ABIDAL TRAVELED WITH THE TEAM

His message to the players: “Thank you for all your love and effort”

Abi could fulfill his dream 400 days after

Celta – Barça (18h) Messi is looking for the perfect second leg

Friday training session led by Vilanova

This Friday at 16:30, FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova was back on the pitch of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to lead the team’s training session. The players and staff had been hoping for his return and his presence at today’s session was well received. “Our leader is back and this is always important. It will be a boost for the squad,” assured Jordi Roura at the press conference before the session.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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“I have wrecked the Merengue dignity in three short years … I want my third Champions League, but could not care less about the Décima … The clubs that I love are Inter and Chelsea, and I’ll always carry Barça in my heart … and after all of that, some Merengues are preparing this for me …”

Various Merengue support groups have called for a pro-Mourinho demonstration on April 6th

“… I really am the F***king boss.”

Cartoon by Caye
 

Stade de France, a special stadium for Victor Valdés

Stade de France, a special stadium for Victor Valdés

Seven years separate two games, with different teams, in different competitions, but the venue is the same. Stade de France in Paris has become a special stadium for Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés, the venue for two career changing performances.

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El Pivote: Methodical Midfield Madness

El Pivote: Methodical Midfield Madness

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a 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.

El Pivote is back with a bang, taking issue with a renowned Spanish football expert and adding flesh to the bone of the possession conundrum.

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Hamstring strain for Xavi

Hamstring strain for Xavi

FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández has a strain in the hamstring muscle of his right leg, according to the Club’s Medical Services. The medical team in its statement didn’t note a specific amount of recovery time for Xavi. Instead, the progress of his recovery “will determine his availability for the next match[es].

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

1364421915374Regardless of who it bothers, I have blind faith in the Culé philosophy … and that’s because I’m a Madridista, but I’m not dumb.”

Cartoon by Caye

Wednesday training with the international players

FC Barcelona’s second training session of the week took place this Wednesday with most of the squad back following the round of international games on Tuesday. All the available players trained on pitch no. 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva with the exception of Messi, Mascherano, Busquets, and Xavi, who did physiotherapy indoors. Barça B players Oier, Muniesa, and Deulofeu worked with the first team today.

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Quote of the Day: Gerard Pique

Quote of the Day: Gerard Pique

“Sometimes we may seem untouchable, oblivious to everything but it’s not true … one day I would like to invite someone to visit the locker room and he would be surprised. [...] Well, there is a guy who hunts for mushrooms, another visits Warner Park with friends on his day off, another goes to a restaurant to have dinner for 20 euros so he can go with all his crew … we are 26 years old guys, [we] are not so unusual. We try to do normal things, because we do not want fame to make us idiots, we go to the movies, for a walk with our partners and kids, go to the cinema … normal things, because that’s what we like.”

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Video of the Day: Fastest youth goal ever


 It only took Marc Jurado from Barça’s Benjamí C (U10) team five seconds to evade a tackle and score the opener. Even more extraordinarily, it was the visitors that had taken the kick off!

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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Tito returns from New York

WELCOME HOME!!!

“And I hope that this is a trip with a layover in Barcelona … and with final destination Wembley.”

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: Sport (27.03.2013)

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PEDRO SAVES THE WORLD CUP

He scored the goal which could take them to Brazil but he was injured during the match

France 0 – 1 Spain

La Roja, with an also decisive Valdés, were better than them and played Barça’s style

Tito is already at home and wants to play in Vigo

Messi could only get a draw

Ibra will play against Barça

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (27.03.2013)

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FROM PARIS TO RIO

A goal by Pedro takes them closer to Brazil World Cup

Víctor Valdés was key to get the victory in Saint Denis

France 0 – 1 Spain

Ibra will be able to play in Paris

The heights were quiet an obstacle for Messi. Leo vomited during the half time

Spain defeat France to bolster World Cup hopes

Spain defeat France to bolster World Cup hopes

Spain defeated France in Paris 0-1 to take the lead in their World Cup qualifying Group I. The victory boosts Spanish hopes of automatic qualification for the 2014 finals in Brazil. The winning goal, scored by FC Barcelona winger Pedro, was notched in minute 58 as the player bundled the ball and his entire body over the line in front of despairing French keeper Hugo Loris. The victory seemed deserved after 90 minutes as Spain spurned several clearcut chances, most notably when Xavi fired over the bar when he seemed sure to score in the 5th minute. Both teams went close on occasion after that before Pedro finally broke the deadlock. French defender Paul Pogba was ejected from the match in minute 78 for his second yellow, giving his team no chance of an equalizer.

With three matches remaining, the battle for first place in the group will continue to be tight; the next round of qualifiers will take place in June and September.

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Ibrahimovic able to feature in first leg

Ibrahimovic able to feature in first leg

Ex-Barça and current Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimović will be able to play in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals between PSG and FC Barcelona after the UEFA Appeals Body reduced the player’s suspension to one match this Tuesday.

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