Champions League Match Preview: Celtic FC vs FC Barcelona

Champions League Match Preview: Celtic FC vs FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona travels to the Scottish city of Glasgow to face Celtic FC Tuesday night for a Champions League Group H fixture that spelled defeat for the Catalans last season. In a match that saw Celtic’s only two attempts on net converted, the Scots came out 2-1 on the night with goals coming from two players who no longer feature for Neil Lennon’s side, Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt, the latter of whom is on loan to Lierse SK in Belgium. Despite the changes to both sides’ personnel, The Hoops and Barça have both done very well in the league so far, indicating this clash could yet again prove to be anyone’s victory. Continue reading »

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.09.2013)

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READY, SET, GO!

Neymar, fresh, will take charge of the attack tomorrow in Glasgow

Get his first Champions League goal, another incentive for the Brazilian crack

First crisis!

September closes with anger at Ancelotti, quarrels between players and many doubts

184.7 million in signings go unnoticed

Messi suffers a tear that will put him out for 2-3 weeks

Pedro shaping up to start against Celtic, Cesc as ’9′ 

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

IT’S ALREADY QUITE CLEAR WHAT LINE UP ANCELOTTI SHOULD GO WITH IF HE WANTS MADRID TO WIN LA LIGA …

Cartoon by Caye

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 RCD Mallorca

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 RCD Mallorca

The MiniEstadi saw the return of three ex-Barça players, Ruben Miño, Martí Riverola and Alex Moreno, as FC Barcelona B took on RCD Mallorca in the 7th round of Liga Adelante.

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The Front: Sport (30.09.2013)

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FIRST CRISIS

Ancelotti, questioned. The directive board has already doubts about his capability of changing the playing style and he blames his players

Some remember Mourinho. Part of the fans cried out Mou’s name as a sign of protest

Madrid is tottering. Their bad start of La Liga sets the team on fire, makes the fans and the media angry and exasperates Florentino

Leo Messi will recover in Barcelona

To Glasgow, with 15 “homemade” players

Video of the Day: Neymar – We come running

Video Credit: Simo10HD

Loan Watch: Bojan faces injury lay-off

Loan Watch: Bojan faces injury lay-off

Just as Bojan Krkić was looking to bring his career back on track, following two disappointing years at Roma and AC Milan with this season’s loan spell at AFC Ajax in Holland, bad luck has struck the Liñola native once more.

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Formal motion for impeachment of Sandro Rosell to be submitted

Formal motion for impeachment of Sandro Rosell to be submitted

A collection of FC Barcelona members, organized under the group Go Barça, is ready to present a “moción de censura” or a vote of no confidence against FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and key vice presidents Javier Faus, Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Cardoner and Josep María Bartomeu. This is an act that members are allowed to perform under section 51 of the club’s statutes when they feel the club’s officials are not running the club according to said laws. This could have enormous repercussions if successful; the impeachment of Rosell and said other board members.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game.  Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching.  It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: Celtic vs FC Barcelona

More game and prize details after the jump. 

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Martino: “Second half we had complete control”

Martino: “Second half we had complete control”

Gerardo Martino gave his mandated post-match press conference following Saturday’s game against Almería, which FC Barcelona won and in doing so, created a new club record seven consecutive wins to start the league.

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Number of the Day: 450

Number of the Day: 450

Last night FC Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi Hernández made his 450th appearance for his team in La Liga, continuing to blaze the path as the club’s undisputed man with the most league appearances (Migueli is second on 391).

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ALMERÍA 0 – 2 A STREAK OF FILMS

PIQUÉ: “In the first part, with what happened to Messi, we saw this one”

NIGHTMARE ON THE FEMORAL BICEPS

PIQUÉ: “But in the second, with the record, what we saw was this one”

THE SEVEN MAGNIFICENTS

Cartoon by Caye

Picture of the Day: “Record!!!”

Picture of the Day: “Record!!!”

And such was the message that went along with Gerard Piqué’s tweet after yesterday’s win over Almería which set a club record for best ever league start. Looks like a pretty unified group of players.

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View The Ratings: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Player Reactions: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

Player Reactions: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

Yesterday evenings victory over Almería made it seven for seven in the league and that did not go unknown to the players. Read what Sergio Busquets, Adriano, Xavi Hernández, Marc Bartra and Dani Alves had to say.

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A Matter of Confidence

A Matter of Confidence

At the time of writing, Marc Bartra has just finished what was by far his most impressive match in a Barcelona shirt yet, in his first start under Gerardo Tata Martino. The young Catalan defender recovered 13 loose balls (the most on the team), made 12/12 effective clearances, had four tackles and three interceptions and completed 71 out of 75 passes. He also got forward several times, his shot narrowly missing the near post after he delicately controlled a ball out of the air and strolled into the Almería box. This followed his performance and goal against Real Sociedad as a substitute on Wednesday.

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Messi to miss at least two games

Messi to miss at least two games

Messi was substituted off with a thigh muscle injury early in the first half against Almeria today, and Catalan daily Sport is reporting that he could be out for two to three weeks. Messi will at the minimum miss upcoming matches against Celtic and Valladolid, after which comes the international break. Leo had planned to play for Argentina despite the Albiceleste having already qualified for the World Cup, but one would imagine that he will not be risked if he is still recovering from injury. Messi could miss Osasuna away on the 19th as well, but he should be healthy for Barça’s trip to the San Siro on the 22nd – or at the very worst, the Clásico that will take place the following weekend.

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Match Review: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

Match Review: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

Continuing from mid-week’s 4-1 La Liga victory against Real Sociedad, FC Barcelona has managed to win by 2 goals to nil away at UD Almería’s Juegos Mediterraneos. A Lionel Messi jewel of a goal in the first half was supported by an Adriano team-effort finish. However, this came at a cost as Messi withdrew with injury seven minutes after opening the scoring, going off midway through the first half. Although this will be the main talking point for the next few days leading up to Tuesday’s Champions League match in Glasgow, there are other events that need to be highlighted. Continue reading »

Quote of the Day: A humble Martino

Quote of the Day: A humble Martino

This iteration of FC Barcelona, with new coach Gerardo Martino at the helm, has led his team to its best ever Liga start in history: seven matches, seven victories, 21 points. When asked about the record in a press conference following the match on Saturday in Almeria, the Argentine responded: “All I’m doing is supporting my boys. They’ve spent years beating records; mine is just circumstantial.” This guy was built for press conferences.

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The Highlights: UD Almeria 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Highlights: UD Almeria 0-2 FC Barcelona

Watch the highlights from the game between UD Almeria and FC Barcelona after the jump!

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Submit Your Ratings: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

Submit Your Ratings: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: UD Almería 0-2 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

UD Almería: 0

FC Barcelona: 2

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Live Match Chat: UD Almería vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: UD Almería vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the match between UD Almería and FC Barcelona!

Saturday, September 28, 2013 @ 18:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Ex-Barça: Giuly visits the training ground

Ex-Barça: Giuly visits the training ground

Friday’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper had a special visitor. Ex-Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly (37) visited from France to say hello to some of his former teammates.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs. RCD Mallorca

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs. RCD Mallorca

Match profile

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time: 17:00 CET

Venue: Miniestadi, Barcelona

Match Background

Matchday 7 of the Liga Adelante is already here and this weekend Barcelona B takes on islanders RCD Mallorca. Mallorca was relegated from La Liga last year and will be looking for an immediate return to the first division. The match will be a chance for Barça B to get back to winning ways after the team suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Recreativo de Huelva last week. Sunday’s game will be a special occasion for Mallorca’s midfielder Martí Riverola and goalkeeper Ruben Miño, who are both former Barça players and had made appearances with the first team. The two were on Barça’s books for 13 and 8 years respectively, so this will be a return to familiar territory for both players, just a year after leaving the blaugrana club.

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Senyera success

Senyera success

FC Barcelona’s second kit this season is based on the senyera, the flag which represents the Spanish region of Catalonia. Already, just over one month into the season, it is the most commercially successful away shirt in the club’s history. But according to vice-president Carles Vilarrubí, the shirt is destined for an even larger honor.

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The Front: Sport (28.09.2013)

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TODAY IS TIME OF BREAKING A RECORD

No team has ever won all seven first matches of the season

Piqué and Bartra will be the centre backs while Tata was training with Alexis, Messi and Pedro in the attacking line

Almería – Barça (18h)

…and interesting derby (Madrid – Atlético, 22h). Mateu Lahoz, another Madrid-friendly referee under suspicion

Leo Messi will cooperate with Spanish IRS

Reencounter between Tito Vilanova and Barça. The former coach happened to meet the team at the airport

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (28.09.2013)

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RECORDS

Let’s get 7 out of 7. Martino is only one victory away of getting the best start of La Liga ever

Let’s equal César. If Messi scores today he will equal his record and will be on the historic top 5 of La Liga goalscorers

Barça, to keep being leaders and Neymar could rest

Almería – Barça (18h)

Martino: “Seven out of seven? Doesn’t mean much”

Martino: “Seven out of seven? Doesn’t mean much”

A historic opening win streak in La Liga for FC Barcelona could be in the cards when the club faces Almería on Saturday. Head coach Gerardo Martíno essentially called the record inconsequential ahead of the match in Andalucia saying, “winning seven out of seven wouldn’t mean much if we don’t end up winning the league. I’m more worried about where we’ll be next May.”

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Match Preview: UD Almería vs. FC Barcelona

Match Preview: UD Almería vs. FC Barcelona

The FC Barcelona squad traveled to southern Spain Friday in anticipation of the following day’s match against newly promoted side UD Almería. After a hectic first nine games, Barça has what should be its first genuinely easy game of the season. While  blaugrana has won its first six games handily – and is seeking a club-record seventh out of seven – Almería has yet to win a single match so far this season. That dismal record includes a 2-2 draw to Levante, a team which faced Barça already this season, a spectacular 7-0 demolition in Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s official debut. So while no La Liga match can ever be taken lightly, Tata has a good idea of how this one will go.

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