Get a look at this: This is FIFA’s executive boardroom located in their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. This is where Josep Maria Bartomeu and company will have to come to
beg for their lives plead their case. I wonder how Sepp Blatter operates the switch for the trap door chairs?
It is being reported that former blaugrana coach Tito Vilanova, who has been fighting cancer for the past two years, has had his health take a turn for the worse. He was admitted to hospital with gastric complications last Friday and had to have emergency surgery today. That is all that is known at this time. Fans and players such as Víctor Valdés are sending out support via social media.
totalBarça, of course, sends our support and will keep the site updated with any further news. Força Tito!
FIFA’s transfer ban disrupted the normal flow of things at Can Barça. La Masia, whose main goal is to provide the best footballing education to the most talented players, could not go about its mission of bringing top talent to the Ciutat Esportiva. However, the news of the suspension of the ban means that everything can go back to normal, starting with next season’s planning for the youth teams. Read more after the jump.
THE BEST-SELLING BOOKS AT THE CAMP NOU THIS PAST SAINT GEORGE’S DAY*
HOW TO NOT FALL ASLEEP ON YOUR LAURELS DURING THE TRANSFER WINDOW
THE ART OF NOT GIFTING PLAYERS TO YOUR RIVALS DURING THE SUMMER WINDOW
HOW TO SIGN A CENTERBACK FOR BLOODY ONCE — IN THREE VOLUMES!
*The Feast of Saint George (Sant Jordi) falls on the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, hence the Catalan, Balearic, and Valencian traditions of gifting books.
Cartoon by Caye
Madrid based newspaper Marca reported yesterday that FC Barcelona beat rivals Real Madrid to the signing of 15 year old Matyas Tajti, even though the player has been on trail with the Spanish capital club. The young Hungarian is currently playing at the Puskas Academy, and his father, also the academy director, is quoted in local paper Blikk saying, “It is no longer a secret. Matjas has signed a three year contract with Barça.” Nevertheless, no official word from Catalan club itself just yet.
“Book and rose! The best rose for my only love, my mom! Happy Sant Jordi to all! Thanks for the wishes!” Jordi Alba celebrated his namesake saint’s day in Barcelona with his Mom, like a good son.
Albert Celades was once a highly promising made in FC Barcelona midfielder (1995-1999). But through a combination of club politics, management mishandling, horrific signings from abroad but also inconsistent form, Celades left the club and actually also spent five seasons with Real Madrid. The now retired 38-year-old is manager of the Spanish under-16 side and has called six players from Barça’s Cadete A. These six have passed through the grueling selection of youngsters in Spain that began last August, winding down 55 hopefuls to the final 23 to 25. The six are: Defender Marc Cucurella, midfielders Carles Aleñá, Dani Morer and Oriol Busquets and forwards Carles Pérez and Dani Olmo.
With six representatives in the 24 man squad, FC Barcelona can boast the largest contingent. Sporting Gijon, Valencia and Villarreal have each sent four while other clubs have sent usually only one. Real Madrid account for two of the 24.
Sant Jordi, or Saint George, is the patron saint of Barcelona, and has been so since the 15th century. The Cross of St. George stands proudly on the FC Barcelona crest and is a day intrinsically woven into the makeup of Catalonian culture. Today to celebrate Sant Jordi Day, the club will distribute 2,500 roses to members and fans that pass by Camp Nou.
As we informed earlier FC Barcelona has lodged an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee against “the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee that sanctioned the club for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.” Together with this appeal, the club also requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect.
Today the following statement was released: “The chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period – 1 July 2014 – and the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee does not seem in a position to take a decision on the main issue early enough so that an eventual appeal of the club against its decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport would still be decided before the beginning of the next registration period. Consequently, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect. In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected.”
Barça defender Gerard Piqué had a lot to say during the presentation of the tenth edition of ‘Relats Solidaris de l’Esport (Sports Solidarity Stories).’ He spoke about the up and downs of the current season, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fàbregas and Tata Martino. Read on for Piqué’s comments.
In a season when things have not been going very well for FC Barcelona, one would expect that the coach would turn to the club’s endless conveyor belt of youth talent for the answer to the team’s lack of fresh legs and fresh ideas. Instead, players from FC Barcelona B have only seen 72 minutes of first team football this season. Read more after the jump.
WHO ARE WE CULÉS GOING WITH IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?
Semis: Atlético – Chelsea: Mou vs Simeone, the choice is simple: ATLÉTICO
Semis: Madrid – Bayern: No comment: BAYERN
Final: Atlético – Bayern: Most would go with Pep, but some still haven’t forgiven him for his departure and the Thiago incident: BAYERN…or Atlético
Final: Chelsea – Bayern: Mou lifting the trophy in front of Guardiola … HAHAHA: BAYERN
Final: Madrid – Atlético: Against Madrid we would side with the devil himself: ATLÉTICO
Final: Madrid – Chelsea: As I said, we’d side with the devil (as if we were Karanka): FORÇA MOU!!!!!
April 22, 2014
April 21, 2014