APOEL match squad

APOEL match squad

It’s certainly a new dawn at FC Barcelona. When’s the last time a Barça manager without being forced by injury or suspension leaves out the likes of Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Pedro Rodríguez and Jordi Alba? Well, that’s precisely what Luis Enrique has done. All those named, as well as Martín Montoya, do not even make the match squad, while B team members Sergi Samper, Sandro Ramírez and Munir El Haddadi do. Dani Alves is medically cleared, but Thomas Vermaelen and Jordi Masip remain on the injury list.

With the absentees, the most exciting possibility is a start for Samper in the center of the midfield, perhaps a move from the management staff to let him know he has a future at Camp Nou despite attractive offers coming from afar. Perhaps tonight Marc-André ter Stegen makes his official debut and who knows, even the much spoken about Douglas.

Full squad list after the jump:

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Campo de Entrenamiento Tito Vilanova

Campo de Entrenamiento Tito Vilanova

The current FC Barcelona board have been accused of not respecting players, the club history and the fans. Yet this board has also demonstrated degrees of ability, and the decision taken in Monday’s board meeting is definitely a classy one. The board unanimously decided to honour the late Tito Vilanova by naming pitch number one of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper after him. Therefore, the pitch where the Barcelona first team train daily will be now named ‘Tito Vilanova Training Pitch’ (Campo de Entrenamiento Tito Vilanova). This is certainly a fine way to honour a man who spent all his life at the club, but passed away at such a young age, while he still had much to offer. We may all have our disagreements with the board, but this move is just the proper thing to do.

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Barça, kings of Champions League openers

Barça, kings of Champions League openers

If history is anything to go by in football, then Barcelona should have almost nothing to fear in Wednesday’s Champions League opener. In fact, the Blaugranas have only lost once in the last 20 editions of Europe’s elite club competition, with that loss coming in the distant 1997. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (17.9.2014)

the front sport sept 17 2014

THE ROAD TO BERLIN BEGINS

Luis Enrique premieres in the Champions with a view to being in the final on the June 6

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.9.2014)

the front MD sept 17 2014

TER STEGEN?

Luis Enrique thinks about the German as the starter in goal for the Champions

Barça’s 11 could have changes that reach all the lines

Lucho, cautious debutante: “This match is as important as PSG’s”

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FLASHBACK Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.9.2009)

the front MD sept 17 2009

In honor of totalBarça’s fifth birthday, we will be posting headlines from this week in 2009

ONLY MISSING THE GOAL

CHAMPIONS

INTER 0-0 BARÇA

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

IKER’S EQUIPMENT FOR THE SEASON

JERSEY, PANTS AND SOCKS, BOOTS, GLOVES, EARPLUGS FOR THE WHISTLES

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Picture of the Day: Here is your office

Picture of the Day: Here is your office

On Monday, Carles Puyol, FC Barcelona’s former captain, appeared at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It was his first day on the job as assistant director of sport. Henceforth, Puyol will be working closely with Andoni Zubizarreta. Puyol was shown around the offices and introduced to the other members of the department.

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From the board room

From the board room

The board held a meeting earlier this week in which various aspects of the club’s operations were discussed. Along with the unanimous decision to honor Tito Vilanova at the Ciutat Esportiva, the club had several other announcements. Firstly, the money. The 2014/15 budget was approved, where the revenue target was set at 539 million euros, a 9 million increase, while costs are budgeted at 509 million, a rather hefty 27 million increase. The projected profit figure is 18 million euros, so despite the large increase in operating costs, the club is expected to still make a comfortable profit. At the meeting approval was additionally given for new Head and Shoulders sponsorship agreements in India and the Phillipines (leveraging off Lionel Messi) as well as the development of a video game with Japan’s CWS Brains. Also, the partnership with Mediapro in regards to digital advertising at Camp Nou was extended until the end of the 2015/16 season. Finally, two new FCBEscolas (schools/academies) are planned for São Paolo and Istanbul.

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FC Barcelona unveil new third kit

FC Barcelona unveil new third kit

Nike and FC Barcelona have unveiled a new third kit for the 2014/2015 season. The T-shirt is similar to the famous away kit of the 2005 season with an all yellow kit of blue lines dividing the two yellow shades. The kit will go on sale from the 25th of September 2014 and the team will wear it for the first time in the game against Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on the 30th of September.

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Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

As part of the youth teams coverage totalBarca provides, this article covers the performances of youth teams from Juvenil B all the way down to Benjamin B. Find out how the youth teams performed this week in the second article of this season’s series.

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Piqué: “I still have a lot to improve”

Piqué: “I still have a lot to improve”

The defender who can seemingly do no good in many eyes continues to be honest about his need to elevate his game. “I still have a lot to improve. Playing with such a top class team makes you better. I’ve improved a lot of things since I got here but there are so many other aspects. I’m constantly getting better.” However, as he has mentioned before, Piqué continues to be plagued by that nagging hip injury that is improving and allowing him to be mostly pain free but he still experiences pains during contact and landing after jumping. Nevertheless, he’s excited another edition of the game’s elite competition begins once again. More after the jump.

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Leo’s latest goal scoring weapons

Leo’s latest goal scoring weapons

Lionel Messi’s boot sponsors, Adidas, have always placed great weight in his kicks. The ‘Flea’ has worn many different boots for special occasions, such as the birth of his child or his fourth Ballon D’ Or in 2012. This time round, the Barça number ten will sport his new boot design for Barcelona’s Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia. A better look at his new weapons after the jump.

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Luis Enrique: “We need the fans”

Luis Enrique: “We need the fans”

The wait is finally over. FC Barcelona are hours away from facing Cyprus’ APOEL FC in this season’s first Champions League game as Luis Enrique and his players start their journey towards glory. The coach has called upon the fans to come and support the players at Camp Nou ahead of the long-awaited return to the European stages. “We need our fans and we’ll try to give them a spectacular game … Three points against APOEL FC would be very important for us.” Continue reading for more.

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Pedro: “I”m happy with the way things are going”

Pedro: “I”m happy with the way things are going”

The FC Barcelona striker, Pedro Rodríguez, spoke to the press ahead of the first game in the new UEFA Champions League campaign beginning against APOEL Nicosia FC and stressed that the team is motivated and eager to do better than last season. Pedro is yet to score but he is optimistic, “I might not be getting goals, but I’m happy with the way things are going and I’m sure they’ll start coming. The important thing is that the team is working well”.

The Canary Islander spoke of Luis Enrique’s ideas saying that “the basic idea is still the same. Perhaps we should try to get closer to the area and not play so wide. But we feel comfortable with our game, we’re doing fine … The boss has asked us to create pressure up front, to win back the ball and keep it for ourselves. We’re doing that well and teams don’t create many chances against us. But there’s a lot we have to improve”.

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APOEL Infographic

APOEL Infographic

Who’s the goal threat? Have have APOEL faired in Europe until today? All that and more after the jump, and don’t forget about the totalBarça exclusive profile.

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Number of the Day: 3

Number of the Day: 3

When the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League campaign kickoffs tonight, visitors APOEL Nicosia will become the third Cypriot side to battle against FC Barcelona in Catalonia. The previous two visits occurred in the now defunct UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, a predecessor of the UEFA Cup, now the Europa League.  The first encounter was in September 1982, when Barça smashed Apollon Limassol 8-0 with a hat trick from Diego Maradona and brace by Bernd Schuster. Fast-forward 14 years later and actually on Espanyol’s Montjuic pitch (with the Camp Nou being resurfaced), in September 1996 the original Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2-0 win over AEK Larnaca.

Eighteen years on, can Luis Enrique engineer a winning managerial debut and make Barça’s home record against those from Cyprus three for three?

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs APOEL FC

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs APOEL FC

While many in Catalunya certainly cheered or breathed a sigh of relief at the announcement of Cyprus club APOEL FC drawing FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stage, Barça boss Luis Enrique likely raised a concerned eyebrow. For it was but three seasons ago when APOEL, battling a group consisting of FC Porto, Zenit St. Petersburg, and Shakhtar Donetsk, finished top and advanced two more rounds before being ruthlessly dispatched by Real Madrid in the quarterfinal. Minnows of that group and the 2011/12 tournament, the Cypriots advanced at the expense of more experienced clubs through conservative tactics, a good mix of experienced and explosive players, and biding time until home advantage presented itself. Could a surprise be lurking in the grass for the blaugrana, who squeaked by Villarreal, or could this be an opportune time for Lucho to do some tinkering as more big games loom?

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.9.2014)

the front MD sept 16 2014

MESSI IS COMING FOR THEM

CRISTIANO 68 – RAÚL 71 – MESSI 67

Leo will fight with CR7 to break Raúl’s goal scoring record in the Champions

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The Front: Sport (16.9.2014)

the front sport sept 16 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE EXEMPLIFIED

RAKITIĆ SIGNING 10

Immediate return – He’s the motor of the team – Maximum intensity in the game – Total integration in the club and the city

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September 16, 2014

FLASHBACK Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.9.2009)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: Iniesta in the kitchen


September 15, 2014

Adam Silver: “We’d love to inaugurate the new Palau”

Seung Woo Lee in Asian Championship

The Front: Sport (15.9.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (15.9.2014)

totalBarça is 5

Picture of the day: Battle wound

Juvenil A defeat Gimnastic 1-0

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