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: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.4.2014)

the front MD april 19 2014

MESSI IS NOT FOR SALE

The azulgrana club wants to close his renewal before the World Cup and reaffirm that he is the base of the Barça of the future

LEO IS HAPPY IN BARCELONA AND WANTS TO CONTINUE

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The Front: Sport (19.4.2014)

the front sport april 18 2014

SUMMIT WITH MESSI

AND PREPARE FOR ‘OPERATION EXIT’

The objective is to renew Leo to lead the new project

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Picture of the day: Cadete B generosity

Picture of the day: Cadete B generosity

FC Barcelona’s Cadete B players were in Russia this week for a tournament. While in the city of Kazan, the team visited an orphanage and promised the children there that they would return with the trophy if they won the tournament. And so they did. The team gave the trophy to the orphanage, took pictures with the children and, of course, played some football with them.

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Training on Good Friday

Training on Good Friday

The squad were given the day off to celebrate Easter Friday, but several made their way to the Ciutat Esportiva. Injured players Jordi Alba, Neymar, Gerard Piqué and Marc Bartra came in to perform recovery work. The other attendee was Adriano.

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2014/15 jersey?

2014/15 jersey?

As happens annually, an apparent version of the upcoming season uniform has been published by both Sport and Mundo Deportivo, using the leaked image from footyheadlines.com. In fairness, the leaks over the last few years have proven true. This one looks, well, let’s say hurriedly put together. But, it could be it or a close version. Thoughts?

leaked 2014:15 home jersey

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Number of the Day: 49%

Number of the Day: 49%

One of Barcelona’s principal dailies Mundo Deportivo asked in a poll “who is the most responsible for the bad state at Barça?”. From the 2,153 votes, 49% place the blame on the board, 23% on the players, 17% believe it’s the technical staff [aka manager and staff], 9% point the finger at Andoni Zubizarreta and 2% said other.

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Video of the Day: You don’t see this every day

After the defeat against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final, many pictures have been leaked of Los Blancos’ No.7 Cristiano Ronaldo comforting four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. It was probably the first time we’ve seen these two legendary rivals make any sort of personal contact, that and the Ballon d’Or ceremony earlier this year. And it makes you think, their fans loathe each other, while the two rivals are able to show respect to one another. Probably sportsmanship at its best.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.4.2014)

the front MD april 18 2014ZUBI WILL PILOT THE CHANGE

President Bartomeu trusts  Andoni to urgently remodel Barça’s team

The duties of the technical director deal with a new coach, the highs and the lows

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The Front: Sport (18.4.2014)

the front sport april 18 2014

WHAT’S WRONG WITH LEO?

THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE THE BARCELONISMO GUESSING:

1. The team no longer plays for him?

2. He’s reserving himself for the World Cup?

3. He’s bothered because he hasn’t renewed (his contract)?

4. He doesn’t have feelings with Neymar?

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Picture of the day: Our Captain

Picture of the day: Our Captain

Even though Carles Puyol has not been able to be on the field much this season, never discount the work that he does as captain of the team. There were numerous pictures of him consoling players and even hugging it out with Tata after yesterday’s loss. Here we see him comforting his young protege, Marc Bartra.

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One step forward, two steps back: Barcelona’s failed transition

One step forward, two steps back: Barcelona’s failed transition

When Gerardo Martino was signed as FC Barcelona’s manager in July, the prevailing attitude was one of cautious optimism. He was an unknown quantity, and less rigorous media made his lack of European experience a major talking-point. But more level-headed fans did their research, got to know Martino’s bielsista heritage and pragmatism and welcomed him. Nobody expected an all-conquering winner; while Tito Vilanova was considered a continuation of Pep Guardiola’s project, Martino was an outsider, the first non-Masia coach in five years. Cules hoped, however, that an outside perspective would revitalize the team, diversifying and strengthening the famous Barça DNA, now a stagnant gene pool. In short: not titles, but transition.

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Golazos Made in La Masia

12-13 April 2014

This week’s video is somewhat special, as it includes Munir El Haddadi’s two strikes in the UEFA Youth League final, with his second from the halfway line, of course ranking first, while the team’s second, for which Munir combined with Adama, ranks second on the list. The compilation is completed with goals by Fode Fofana and Pablo Moreno, of the Alevín A, and Pablo López, of the Benjamín A. Enjoy!

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Barça B earn yet another win (0-3)

Barça B earn yet another win (0-3)

Barça B continued their impressive form in the Liga Adelante this past weekend with a comfortable 3-0 win over strugglers Real Jaén. This win lifts the Blaugrana reserves into 5th place. On 51 points, Eusebio’s team is just 9 points adrift of leaders Deportivo and 4 behind second-placed Eibar. Read more after the jump.

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Number of the Day: 50

Number of the Day: 50

Marc Bartra, the player who gave FC Barcelona fans a reason to smile yesterday, has now taken part in 50 games with the club’s first team. Yesterday’s was his first clásico and Spanish Cup final, where he managed to restore hope for a short period of time with a towering header from a corner to bring things level against Real Madrid. Unfortunately, the promising youngster was injured while attempting to catch up with the incredibly fast Gareth Bale, as he explained later: “I got cramp and hurt my hamstring.” Bartra won 12 balls, completed 31 out of 36 passes, shot twice at goal, cleared 15 balls, and played 87 minutes.

Bartra has so far played 16 games in La Liga, 4 in the Champions League, and 6 in the Copa del Rey, totaling 26 games out of a possible 50. The future looks bright for our young Spanish defender. Will he be given the chance to shine?

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Breaking: Neymar out for four weeks

Breaking: Neymar out for four weeks

Neymar Jr. will be out of action for four weeks after suffering a foot injury against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. Neymar sustained a contusion that caused an edema in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot, and will miss the league games against Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal CF, Getafe CF, and Elche CF. The Brazilian, however, may recover in time for the final league game of the season against Atlético Madrid if treatment goes well.

This is Neymar’s second injury of the season after sustaining a tendon sprain three months ago.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

“WITHOUT” MESSI 1 – 2 WITHOUT CR7

R.I.P. The greatest team in history

Thanks for the best years of our lives

Wise up, Zubi!!!!

Cartoon by Caye

The hat-trick that got Munir El Haddadi to Barça

The hat-trick that got Munir El Haddadi to Barça

Everything that he knows is standard. He hasn’t had to learn it.” That is the way in which most people who know Munir El Haddadi  define the youngster. The 18-year-old of Moroccan descent, who was born at El Escorial near Madrid, won promotion to the Juvenil A this year, made his Barça B debut and proved to be the catalyst for the Juvenil A’s triumph in the UEFA Youth League. Munir’s story after the jump.

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Who’s to blame? Part I – The Coach

Who’s to blame? Part I – The Coach

Out of the Champions League. Looking from behind in the league chase. Out of the Copa del Rey. The last time Barça lost three times in a row was in the first months of 2003, and even then it wasn’t as bad as it is now. But who’s to blame? The coach? The players? Messi?! or perhaps the board. After 5 years of success, last night’s match truly marked the end of an era at the Catalan club. Poor results, thin squad and awkward tactics, things haven’t been this bad for some time.

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

A Copa del Rey final defeat against eternal rivals Real Madrid added to Barça’s miserable week and reassured that this season will end without a trophy to add to the cabinet. After Marc Bartra equalised with a wonderful header, it was hard seeing Gareth Bale score and watch the season slip away. Read after the jump what Marc Bartra, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Dani Alves had to say after the match.

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April 17, 2014

Martino: “It’s a really tough blow”

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.4.2014)

The Front: Sport (17.4.2014)

Alba suffers hamstring injury

Picture of the day: We know how you feel, Leo

Martino: “We must keep fighting for the league”

Copa Del Rey Final Review: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Johan Cruyff defends Leo Messi


April 16, 2014

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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