Voting can be done up until the 9 January 2014 through the UEFA website for the UEFA Best Team of 2013. The list of players for the best eleven was published this week and among them were FC Barcelona players Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué. The players that receive the most votes from the public will be officially named on Wednesday 15 January 2014. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.
No surprises whatsoever when FIFA announced Lionel Messi will be up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribéry for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or. It’s an incredible seventh consecutive nomination for the man of every superlative, finishing third in 2007, second in 2008 and since has been victorious four years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). The winner will be announced on January 13, 2014 at the annual gala in Zurich, Switzerland
FC Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu continued his impressive run at Everton, earning his team a point at the Emirates with an 84th minute wonderstrike. Deulofeu leveled the score just two minutes after coming on as a late substitute to keep his team in fifth place, seven points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, and came close to snatching all three points as he released strike partner Romelu Lukaku only for the Belgian to have his effort smothered by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczęsny.
Neymar – Messi - Deulofeu: how does that attack sound to you?
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Via the mathematical algorithms utilized by football stats pioneers OptaSports, FC Barcelona player Neymar is statistically the most probable top goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a 13.6% chance. Not far behind him is Lionel Messi, with a chance above 12%. There is then a large probability gap to Rademel Falcao and Cristiano Ronaldo, both around 7%.
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This week, we have “Who said that?” Write who you think said the following quote in the comments section and we’ll reveal the answer in next week’s Fan Fridays post.
“Ideal player? Head Falcao, personality Puyol, right leg Xavi, left leg and skills Messi, tactics Busquets, goal instinct Ronaldo.”
The first match will be against Holland, like in 2010 final
Two of Spain’s rivals are tough to beat and they could face Brazil if they go through
Good luck for Messi and a hard group with three world champions
Comeback and clear victory. After the inicial fright Pedro (2), Cesc and Dongou solved the issue
In another laboriously long draw, and a bit of a debatable one with all the geographical restrictions, the groups for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil have been set.
There is one particularly spicy group, the clichéd group of death, a few very strong ones and others that won’t have any neutrals salivating. Full details after the jump.
It’s really worth a read when Dani Alves speaks. Not one to answer politically, he is candid on all subjects. Below is a full translation of his latest interview with El Mundo Deportivo.
Alves has no doubts regarding who would he vote for the Ballon d’Or award
“Cristiano has always scored a lot of goals but how many of them were important? Only against Sweden…”
Cartagena – Barça (Copa, 22h). Martino takes it seriously and Alba is back
WHO WILL LA ROJA “DANCE” WITH?
Neymar left Santos FC, his Brazilian club, for FC Barcelona in hopes that he would live up to the expectation that was created for him. Many wondered how he would fit into the club. His playing style was seen to be different to the tiki taka style of Barca and with Lionel Messi being the star at Barcelona, people speculated just how well he would do.
FC Barcelona Vice President of Sport Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out any chance of seeing Barça striker and Argentine international Lionel Messi take the pitch for the remainder of 2013.
“He does not have medical clearance and we will continue to watch his situation closely,” Bartomeu said. More after the jump.
Lionel Messi in his latest spot for Turkish Airlines, featuring as usual Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
THE STRANGE (RATHER PAINFUL) MATH OF THE LFP AWARDS
League Champion (Messi) + Top Scorer (Messi) + Best Forward (Messi) + Best Player (Messi) = Liga MVP (CR Cries-a-lot)
Cartoon by Caye
According to reports in Sport, FC Barcelona’s injured icon Leo Messi has entered a new phase of his recovery and is already doing ball work as he tries to get his body back to full fitness in Argentina. After the player’s latest injury, it was decided that the middle phase of his recovery would happen in Rosario and Buenos Aires, under the supervision of Luis García, in order to shield him from the pressure of the club’s sporting campaigns and prevent a premature return to the pitch. Concrete return dates are all conjecture at this point, but the player is said to be targeting the Elche match on January 5.
It’s safe to say the honeymoon period is over. Sunday night marked an inflexion point for FC Barcelona manager Gerardo Tata Martino. Two defeats in a row is a rarity at Barça these days, which should actually be viewed as a blessing, but rather has born an avalanche of criticism and questions. While it’s still somewhat hysterical, my opinion is that the disastrous display in Bilbao merits both. Losing in itself isn’t a problem; it is one of only three natural outcomes in sport, however one must uncover the ‘hows’ and ‘whys,’ as well as consider what adjustments are required going forward.
Last night in Madrid, the Spanish football association (Liga de Futbol Professional (LFP)) held its annual awards for the best players of the previous season (2012-13). FC Barcelona as a club celebrated three awards in total. Lionel Messi won both the Player of the Year and Best Forward awards and sent a video message of thanks from Argentina where he is currently following his recovery programme.
Andrés Iniesta was named the Best Attacking Midfielder and was in attendance to collect his trinket. Club President Sandro Rosell and board members Manel Arroyo and Toni Freixa, director general Antoni Rossich and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta were also present at the event. Zubizarreta collected Gerard Deulofeu’s award for the Second Division Player of the Year, as the young winger is on duty in Liverpool with Everton. Continue reading for the full list of winners.
Barcelona rarely treats us to so much disappointment in such a short period of time. It is sort of unthinkable for Barça to have two defeats in a row, but it does happen and the unthinkable does come to fruition from time to time. Barcelona has suffered its first league defeat under Gerardo “Tata” Martino, a 1-0 disappointment to Athletic Club Bilbao at the San Mamés. Read more after the jump.
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