The Front: Sport (25.4.2014)

the front sport april 25 2014

BARÇA, BEFORE A HOT SUMMER WITH LUXURY CONTRACTS

SIGNINGS WITH IMPACT

COURTOIS (ATLÉTICO)

JAVI MARTÍNEZ (BAYERN)

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Picture of the day: FIFA’s palace of doom

Picture of the day: FIFA’s palace of doom

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?

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Health Update: Tito Vilanova undergoes surgery

Health Update: Tito Vilanova undergoes surgery

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!

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Ban over, La Masia back to business

Ban over, La Masia back to business

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.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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

Stat of the Day: 90%

Stat of the Day: 90%

It’s not only the totalBarça crowd. Sport readers were presented with the question, “Do you trust Zubizarreta with the squad revolution?“. Well, 16,132 voters had their say, and 90% voted no.

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FC Barcelona reportedly sign Hungarian youngster

FC Barcelona reportedly sign Hungarian youngster

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.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.4.2014)

the front MD april 24 2014

BARÇA OBTAINS A STAY OF THE BAN AND CAN REINFORCE THIS SUMMER

LET’S SIGN!

Although the FIFA sanction remains, the way is clear for Ter Stegen and Halilovic

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Picture of the day: A boy and his mom

Picture of the day: A boy and his mom

“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.

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Six blaugrana in Spanish U-16 side

Six blaugrana in Spanish U-16 side

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.

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Quote of the Day: Never before, never again

Quote of the Day: Never before, never again

My opinion on Messi will never change. I have never seen a player like him, nor will I ever again.

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Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi

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.

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FIFA Appeal Committee grants suspensive effect

FIFA Appeal Committee grants suspensive effect

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.”

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Piqué: “It hasn’t been our best season”

Piqué: “It hasn’t been our best season”

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.

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The Front: Sport (23.4.2014)

the front sport april 23 2014

HE EXAMINES BARÇA BEFORE PLAYING IN THE BERNABÉU 

PEP PRAISES MESSI

“I’ve never seen nor will I ever see another player like Leo.”

AND ‘KICKS’ AT MARTINO

“In the big clubs if you lose you’ll be on the street despite having a contract”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.4.2014)

the front MD april 23 2014

AGREEMENT BARÇA – MESSI

VERY CLOSE

The renewal is 85% complete and is only missing a few points

Leo’s father returns to Barcelona this week and the differences are not insurmountable

Piqué defends Martino: “The fault is with the players”

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Picture of the day: Mascherano trains apart

Picture of the day: Mascherano trains apart

FC Barcelona reported that Javier Mascherano trained apart from the group today due to a calf muscle issue picked up during Sunday’s win over Athletic Bilbao. They were sure to announce that, however, that does NOT mean that he is injured.

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Tata overlooking La Masia?

Tata overlooking La Masia?

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.

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Number of the day: 50

Number of the day: 50

Sunday’s win against Athletic Bilbao marked Pedro Rodríguez’ 50th game of the season. The winger from the Canary Islands equalised for FC Barcelona, scoring for the first time in 7 matches, and taking his league tally to 15 goals, and his overall tally for the season to 19.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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

Quote(s) of the Day: Nicht & Não

Video of the Day: Messi on “Follow Your Dreams”

Dani Alves reaches 293 appearances

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.4.2014)

The Front: Sport (22.4.2014)

Picture of the day: Messi’s fan club

FCBEscola expands to the United States

Cartoon of the Day: Sport


April 21, 2014

Martino: “We relied on our courage to fight back”

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

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