The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.4.2015)

the front MD april 18 2015

TO THE LIMIT

Luis Enrique asks for a stadium bursting at the seams in order to take the league: “I want Camp Nou to tremble”

Barça has to win and maintain the lead in order to pass all the pressure on to Madrid

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Cartoon of the day: Sport

cartoon sport april 18 2015

TODAY WE CANNOT FAIL

SUÁREZ: “AND IF WE DO FAIL… LOS BLANCOS SET TO WORK ON US”

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Picture of the day: Luisito

Picture of the day: Luisito

Luis Suárez had a lot of things to worry about when he was young and football was his way out of those worries. You can read more about his life in Uruguay here.

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Barça-Valencia: Los Che looking to ruin Blaugranas’ mood

Barça-Valencia: Los Che looking to ruin Blaugranas’ mood

Football is a game of contrasting emotions and opinions. Last Saturday, Luis Enrique’s team slipped on the banana skin that was Sevilla, losing two vital points in the title race. Fast forward to the early hours of Thursday, however, and the picture is entirely different: Barcelona are prime contenders for the Champions League, and have been widely anointed as the first team to book a place in the semis. It’s quite easy to get carried away with all the emotions surrounding the club. However, when Valencia come knocking at the Camp Nou doorstep, it is imperative that we keep our feet firmly on the ground.

Sure, Barcelona achieved a memorable victory, and took a very big step towards sealing a place in the Champions League semis. Wednesday night was certainly one of the club’s best, if not the best, away nights in Europe since the 0-2 semi-final victory at the Bernabéu in 2011. However, as Luis Enrique said, the Champions League is now off the agenda until Tuesday. Let’s not forget; the draw in Sevilla allowed Real Madrid to move within 2 points of Barça and the top spot in La Liga. Barça need to continue to pick up points in order to keep the pressure on Madrid. Against Valencia, Barça will have to negotiate one of the toughest matches remaining on the league schedule.

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Getting to know where Luis Suárez came from

Getting to know where Luis Suárez came from

Luis Suárez is a polarizing figure. To an extent, he has certainly earned his reputation. But there is no denying that he is a victim of sensationalized headlines, inaccurate reporting, and ignorance. Below is an exclusive totalBarça translation from highlights of a show about the striker, broadcast in his home country of Uruguay. Money was once a rare commodity for a young Suárez, but what he lacked economically, he made up romantically. At the end of the day, Luis Suárez’s story always comes back to Sofia Balbi.

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Café con leche: Beef, dramas and scandal

Café con leche: Beef, dramas and scandal

Shots fired

Out of sight, out of mind…but not out of the headlines. Unfortunately, not the kind of press FC Barcelona had hoped for when the club decided to send Gerard Deulofeu out on loan for a second successive season. This time around he stayed in La Liga, with FC Sevilla. But seven months into his season-long loan and Deulofeu cuts a very frustrated figure.

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The Front: Sport (17.4.2015)

the front sport april 17 2015

LUIS SUÁREZ EXPLAINS HIS DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD

“I STARTED WORKING WHEN I WAS 11 YEARS OLD”

“We had nothing in my house. I would take care of cars with my grandfather.”

“My girlfriend made me do homework and made me see that I wasn’t stupid.”

Barça’s hero in Paris had to overcome a lot to become a football crack

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.4.2015)

the front MD april 17 2015

FAVORITES

AFTER THEIR EXHIBITION IN PARIS, CHAMPIONS BETTING SOARS

Blanc congratulated Luis Enrique at the end of the match with “Bravo, Luis!”

The world press surrenders to Barça’s game against Paris Saint Germain

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Cartoon of the day: Sport

cartoon sport april 17 2015

THIS IS HOW WE SEE DAVID LUIZ’S LEGS

AND THIS IS HOW LUIS SUÁREZ SEES THEM

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Picture of the day: Piqué 300

Picture of the day: Piqué 300

On Wednesday, Gerard Piqué reached the landmark of 300 matches played for FC Barcelona. He’s scored 26 goals during that time, not bad for a defensive player.

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View The Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 1 – FC Barcelona 3

View The Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 1 – FC Barcelona 3

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.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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Video of the Day: Denis Suárez wins it for Sevilla!

Denis Suárez just scored this beautiful volley in the 88th minute to put Sevilla FC up 2-1 against Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League. Denis was on the bench to start, as has often been the case in 2015, but was substituted on at half-time by Unai Emery in an attempt to overcome a 0-1 deficit. The on-loan Barça youngster delivered in style to earn Sevilla a crucial lead in the first leg – and hopefully some more minutes for himself.

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Player in Focus: Andrés Iniesta

Player in Focus: Andrés Iniesta

When the two sides met at the Parc des Princes earlier in the season, Paris Saint-Germain emerged as 3-2 winners in an enthralling contest that was particularly notable for its frantic, end-to-end tempo and lack of midfield control. Despite PSG and Barça accumulating the highest average possession in their respective leagues, what decided the match was the exploitation of open space left in the midfield, with both sides guilty of this particular offense.

In the build-up to last night’s rematch, the spotlight was further cast on the midfield due to the absences of Marco Verratti through suspension and Thiago Motta through injury. Recently – and indeed shockingly – maligned of late, Andrés Iniesta had the biggest point to prove of the 22 men on the pitch. How did he fare?

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Throwback Thursday: Young maestro

Throwback Thursday: Young maestro

Xavi, always and forever.

Café con leche: Heads in the air, feet on the ground

Luis Suárez celebrates after scoring the third goal for Barcelona against PSG. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Eyes on the prize

While culés could be forgiven for basking in last night’s hugely impressive win at the Parc des Princes, FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has refused to take his team’s progress into the Champions League semi-finals for granted.

On next week’s return leg at the Camp Nou, the Asturian had the following to say: “They will get some of their players back and it will probably be another tough game. The tie isn’t settled. We’ve seen all sorts of things happen in football. We aren’t going to make the mistake of thinking we’re through because we aren’t. They’ll arrive at the Camp Nou with nothing to lose and they’ll make things hard for us.

Wise words, Lucho, wise words indeed.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.4.2015)

the front MD april 16 2015

OH LA LA!

Barça caresses the semi-finals after putting on a recital in the Parc des Princes in Paris

Two goals from Suárez, both with nutmegs on David Luiz, and another from Neymar expressed the blaugrana’s great domination

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The Front: Sport (16.4.2015)

the front sport april 16 2015

SUPERSUÁREZ

AND TO THE SEMIS

Great match from Barça that finished with two golazos from the Uruguayan and another from Neymar

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Cartoon of the day: Sport

cartoon sport april 16 2015

PARIS S.O.S. 1

THE BEAST 3

SUÁREZ: “WHAT A PAIN TO HAVE FOOD IN YOUR TEETH”

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Picture of the day: Easy now, Ney

Picture of the day: Easy now, Ney

Neymar Jr. got a little too excited after Luis Suárez scored his first goal against Paris Saint Germain yesterday. Take it easy, brother!

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A game won on the extremes, job done in Paris

A game won on the extremes, job done in Paris

That was good, not far from a perfect Champions League away result. Had Jérémy Mathieu not wildly slashed at a weak Gregory van der Wiel shot, FC Barcelona would have left the Parc des Princes unscathed and shoo-ins for the a semi-final place. Regardless, a dominant 3-1 away win against one of Europe’s elite sides is as good as it gets in football’s toughest competition and makes Barça a near certainty to advance. This was the best display against Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) of the three, though very different from to the master-classes against Manchester City (though more and more that’s looking largely due to City’s ineptitude). Again, tonight showed this is an adaptable and ever-shifting Barcelona.

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April 15, 2015

The Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 1 – FC Barcelona 3

The Result: Paris Saint-Germain 1 – FC Barcelona 3

‘Cause everybody knows that nobody really knows

Live Match Chat: Paris-Saint Germain vs FC Barcelona

Crossfire: PSG inspired by domestic success

The Front: Sport (15.4.2015)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (15.4.2015)

Cartoon of the day: Sport

Picture of the day: Bonjour Paris!

Barcelona look to knock out weakened PSG

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