Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs FC Bayern Munich

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs FC Bayern Munich

Let’s keep this one short and simple. Everyone knows the task ahead, everyone knows of the difficulty. What remains is one shot, one opportunity to make history. Realistically, statistically, and perhaps even logically Barça will bid adieu to the Champions League on Wednesday. Yet sport is so often filled with magic, the improbable and unreasonableness. Sport is not scripted, the conclusion is not predetermined so there is always room for hope. “Hope is what makes us strong. It is why we are here. It’s what we fight with when all else is lost.

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Quote of the Day: “Impossible is Nothing”

Quote of the Day: “Impossible is Nothing”

‘Impossible’ is only a word that weak men use to live in the world in which they were given, not daring to explore the power they have to change it. ‘Impossible’ is not a fact, it’s an opinion. ‘Impossible’ is not a statement, it’s a challenge. ‘Impossible’ is potential. ‘Impossible’ is temporary. ‘Impossible’ is nothing.

– Awesome inspirational stuff from Daniel Alves’s Twitter account. Everyone is going to need this attitude tomorrow.

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Training and squad list for Wednesday

FC Barcelona’s first team trained this Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in what was the team’s penultimate session before Bayern Munich’s visit to the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Neither Sergio Busquets nor Éric Abidal will feature against the German team tomorrow. Busquets continues to recover from a groin injury, while Abidal has picked up a calf injury. The other two injured members of the squad, Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano, did specific training work outside of the group at today’s session.

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The importance of Sergio Busquets

The importance of Sergio Busquets

If there’s one man in this FC Barcelona side who rarely gets the credit and appreciation he deserves, it’s midfielder Sergio Busquets. The old saying “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” applies perfectly to him. In the match against Bayern Munich, he wasn’t literally gone, but he was effectively marked out of the game by the opponent. We witnessed the result.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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Beckenbauer: “Barça will go through all of the tricks in the world.”

“And this is the only trick that we know how to use … where is the ball?”

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.04.2013)

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TITO’S AIM: “2-0 AT HALF TIME”

Vilanova was watching the video of the match played in Munich for hours yesterday

He believes that the comeback should be achieved with football

Franz Beckenbauer expects “dirty tricks” at Camp Nou

Barça has scored 4 goals or more 59 times since 2008

The Front: Sport (30.04.2013)

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FOUL PLAY
BY BAYERN

The directive staff and players are afraid and started to put pressure on the referee

Beckenbauer: “Barça will provoke us and will use all of their legal tricks…and the illegal ones”

Messi, extra work for the champions

Song, Busquets’ substitute

The fans are optimistic now

Damir Skomina to oversee Bayern clash

Damir Skomina to oversee Bayern clash

Slovenian Damir Skomina has been selected to referee the return leg of the Barcelona – Bayern semi-final clash in the Champions League on Wednesday. Skomina, 36, has been an elite referee since 2003 but has only recently broken into top flight competitions. He has never overseen an FC Barcelona match. Those of you in the know: what do you make of this ref?

Image: DAMIEN MEYER

Heynckes and his team selection dilemma

Heynckes and his team selection dilemma

FC Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has spoken about his possible team selection for the Camp Nou match on Wednesday, considering that Bayern have six players who are one yellow card away from suspension. Philipp Lahm, Javi Martínez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dante, Luiz Gustavo and Mario Gómez could each miss the possible final in Wembley should they get cautioned.

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Quote of the Day: Thiago

Quote of the Day: Thiago

We will comeback for sure.”

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The ‘Cold War’ summer: reacting to Bayern both on and off the field

The ‘Cold War’ summer: reacting to Bayern both on and off the field

The coming summer was always going to be an exciting one for FC Barcelona and many other top clubs, but last week, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund made it much more so. On the field, the German clubs provoked panic in Spain by dismantling Barcelona and Real Madrid with four goals apiece, leading many journalists to declare that the center of footballing power in Europe had moved at last. But off the field the German clubs were reshaping the transfer market as well. Bayern Munich acquired 20-year-old playmaker Mario Götze, Dortmund’s homegrown maestro and one of the world’s best young talents, as well as being strongly linked to Dortmund’s striker and four-goal hero against Madrid, Robert Lewandowski (24).

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Cuenca to stay in Amsterdam next season?

Cuenca to stay in Amsterdam next season?

If it’s up to Isaac Cuenca, we won’t be seeing him in an FC Barcelona kit next season. The winger wants to stay on loan at Ajax next season.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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To comeback, some believe in the spirit of Juanito

We, we prefer to believe in the body of D10S

Cartoon by Caye
 

The Front: Sport (29.04.2013)

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“YES, WE CAN!”

Messi believes in the comeback. The crack assures that “we can do it. We all share this feeling”

“Barça, orgull Barça” [Barça, Barça pride] Mosaic in Camp Nou.

The analysis: six reasons to believe

Quote of the Day: Víctor Valdés

Quote of the Day: Víctor Valdés

Giving Messi the captain’s armband during the game yesterday was for no other reason but a problem with the size. I could not adjust it to be comfortable on me so I took the decision to give it him in the middle of the game.

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Picture of the Day: “Barça, Pride, Barça”

Picture of the Day: “Barça, Pride, Barça”

This will be the mosaic of support prepared by FC Barcelona for Wednesday night’s Champions League return leg against Bayern Munich. This is the 3rd special mosaic of the year. It will read “Barça!, Orgull, Barça!“, which translates as “Barça, Pride, Barça” and is completed with colors of the senyera and azulgrana. The grey sections in the upper terraces are where Bayern Munich travelling supporters will sit and those seats will not be allocated banners.

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Number of the Day: 24

Number of the Day: 24

With his exquisite goal versus Athletic Bilbao, Lionel Messi scored his 24th league away goal of the season. That’s a new record, beating out the previous record of 23, set by Cristiano Ronaldo last season. He simultaneously broke another record, described after the jump.

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Messi is a dog – by Hernán Casiari

Messi is a dog – by Hernán Casiari

What is that?? Reading this post’s title, this might be your first reaction. But at the same time, I would like to invite you to explore a bit more.

A few weeks ago a beautiful video became popular on YouTube. However, the notoriety wasn’t about the video itself, but the text that went along with it.

Hernán Casiari is an Argentinian journalist and writer who lives in Barcelona. About a year ago, he posted a text called “Messi is a dog” (“Messi es un perro”), in which he proceeded to explain why Messi is so different from all other modern football players. He proposed an interesting analogy, one that Norberto Janenson (an Argentinian showman-magician) turned into a video.

Here it is, one of the most emotive and inspiring works on our very own Leo Messi. I tried my best to make sure Casiari’s words did not get lost in translation.

Enjoy!

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Sunday’s training session

Sunday’s training session

FC Barcelona’s first team held a session this Sunday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper focused on recovery. The starters from Saturday’s match at the San Mamés (2-2), plus Adriano and Messi, did post-match recovery work in the gym and physiotherapy, while the rest of the players trained outside in the rain in Sant Joan Despí. Four players from Barça B joined the first team for today’s session: Joan Angel Roman, Ie, Gus, and Oier.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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Goodbye to San Mamés 2-2 Hello Saint Leo

And now to pray

Our Messi, who is on the field, hallowed be thy name, may your goals come to us, and may you do your will against the Germans.

Amen.

Cartoon by Caye

Caption This: Messi & Llorente

Caption This: Messi & Llorente

Messi: “How do you say I’m going to dribble through your entire defense in about 60 minutes in Basque?” I wonder what they really were discussing?

Image: PEP MORATA

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (28.04.2013)

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HE’S BACK!

Athletic 2-2 Barça

Leo arrived in fine shape before the Bayern match and scored a golazo, but Athletic tied and the title will have to wait

The Front: Sport (28.04.2013)

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GRANDIOSE MESSI

Athletic 2-2 Barça

Clinching the title put off despite an exhibition from the blaugrana crack

They could win the league next Sunday against Betis

Atlético 1-2 R.Madrid – Madrid’s reserves won in the Calderón

Cesc ruled out of Betis clash

Cesc ruled out of Betis clash

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas will miss next Sunday’s match against Real Betis on an evening in which the Catalans could secure the Liga title. Fàbregas saw his fifth yellow card in Saturday’s match in Bilbao and will serve the automatic disciplinary one match suspension.

Image: PAREDES

Man of the Match: Athletic Bilbao 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Athletic Bilbao 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Athletic Bilbao 2-2 FC Barcelona

RESULT: 

Athletic Bilbao: 2

FC Barcelona: 2

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Live Match Chat: Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona!

(Saturday April 27, 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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Barça could celebrate the first league title of ‘Tito’s Team’ in the airplane

“Well, we’ll have to go prepared.”

Cartoon by Caye

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (27.04.2013)

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LEADER TITO

“I feel strong and I’ll continue next year, I’m sure”

“Against Bayern we must create a great atmosphere and compete”

“Distance has made my relationship with Pep to cool off a bit, yes”

Barça: to win and wait. Athletic – Barça (18h)

The Front: Sport (27.04.2013)

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TITO CHEERS US UP

He showed confidence and conviction on his team

“I feel strong enough to keep going on; I never thought about quitting”

“There was not any kind of self-management in my presence”

“Due to the distance, my relationship with Pep has gone a bit colder”

And today…champions? Barça, without the injured Busquets, will try to get a victory tonight which, if Madrid lost, could give them La Liga title

Athletic – Barça