El Pivote: Christmas Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote: Christmas Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

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El Pivote: Christmas Holiday Report Cards (Part 1)

El Pivote: Christmas Holiday Report Cards (Part 1)

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

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The Front: Sport (27.10.2013)

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 TAKE THAT, MADRID!!

6 points ahead!!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Barca declares its authority on La Liga and leave Madrid trailing

Fantastic match from Neymar 

Golazo from Alexis

The Brazilian was the grand figure with a goal and an assist to Alexis who won the game with a fantastic chip

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (27.10.2013)

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 SUPER LEADER

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Barcelona go six point clear and Neymar stars in El Clasico with a goal

Alexis. with a work of art, finishes off a vibrant match with controversial incidents

El Pivote: The Keys to El Clásico

El Pivote: The Keys to El Clásico

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

Apologies for taking so long to write another column, new job and all that………but what better time to swing back into action than, simply put, the biggest game in world football bar none. El Pivote will pick out the key tactical battles where the game may be won or lost.

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The Front: Sport (13.10.2013)

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 SPECTACULAR NEYMAR

Amazing free kick goal

The Barcelona star opened the scoring and was brilliant in the Brazil victory against South Korea

…But the hunting continues…

As happens in La Liga, Neymar gets pounded with kicks

Piqué needs rest – Everything points to when he’ll get a rest. Tata will rest him in Pamplona

Del Bosque’s words – It is right that Valdes will play

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.10.2013)

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 OPTION KLOSE

The Lazio goal machine finishes his contract in June 2014 and fits the profile that Tata wants

The German is level with Gerd Muller on 68 goals for the national team

South Korea 0-2 Brazil – Neymar stars and scores a great free kick

2 Strengthening Lights – Messi and Puyol back next week

Piqué, with a groin strain, is doubtful to play against Georgia

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (08.09.2013)

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 NEYMAR SHOWS OFF

Brazil 6-0 Australia; Great game from Barcelona superstar, who fully participated in the thrashing with a goal and assists

The Front: Sport (08.09.2013)

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 MASCHERANO – “WITH TATA BEGINS A NEW BARÇA”

“Tito was a continuation of Pep. Martino comes from a different culture”

“I am conscious of my shortcomings as a centre back; I seek to minimise risks”

Cesc, with Banc de Sabadell

“I am a warrior on the pitch. Away from the field, I am shy; inside I change my character”

“Neymar shines and scores a goal” – Brazil 6-0 Australia

The Front: Sport (01.09.2013)

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 TATA ASKS FOR MORE GOALS

Neymar and Messi, closer together; Martino puts them closer together on the pitch to extract maximun potential

Attacking power – He wants them to be the catalysts in Valencia to make up for no goals

With neither Xavi nor Alexis – Due to rotations, they do not travel

Analysis – The danger of set plays

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (01.09.2013)

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 MESSI – NEYMAR, PART TWO

The big match at the Mestalla offers another chance to see the two superstars in tandem

Barcelona will look to maintain lead in the league and have calmness in the international break

Martino carries on rotating: Xavi and Alexis will not play in Valencia

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (25.08.2013)

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 EXAM WITHOUT LEO

The champions will play without Messi, but ready to maintain the winning streak at Malaga

Tata Martino is not shy, “The figures of Bale are a lack of respect for the world”

Interview with Rafael Marquez, “It’s necessary to sign a centre back, in order to stop improvisation”

The Front: Sport (25.08.2013)

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 TATA MOCKS MADRID

“The figures of Bale’s signing are a lack of respect to the world”

Malaga v Barcelona 21.00

Without Messi, but with Neymar

The Argentine superstar did not travel and the Brazilian will start

El Pivote: Space, Space and more Space!

El Pivote: Space, Space and more Space!

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

With the league game against Levante and the first leg of the Supercopa completed, El Pivote discusses what changes have been seen, and more importantly, what changes still need to be made.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (18.08.2013)

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 THE LEAGUE OF THE SUPERSTARS

Barça start the defence of their title with Messi and Neymar; the most exciting pair of recent times

Martino begins strongly

“We don’t start well. We start very well”

“I am new to La Liga, but not to football”

The Front: Sport (18.08.2013)

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 THE SHOW BEGINS

Barça start the defence of the title with Messi and Neymar as stars

Tata confirms that he will not buy another central defender and waits for Puyol

Barça v Levante – 19:00 CET

El Pivote: Same old Barça?

El Pivote: Same old Barça?

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

Before the new season starts, El Pivote will discuss what to expect from the new season, with a new superstar and a new captain steering the ship. Will it be a dream season before sailing off into the Brazilian sunset next summer, or will Tata turn the team into the Titanic? Let us analyse!

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (11.08.2013)

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NEYMAR LEADER

45 mins was enough for him to show to speck of magic and do a Messi

Malaysia 1-3 Barcelona

Barça finished off professionally and returned home

Messi did not play due to overloading, although will be with Argentine national team

Cesc starred, but suffered a sprained ankle

The Front: Sport (11.08.2013)

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 SUPER GOAL FROM SUPER PLAYER

Malaysia XI 1-3 Barcelona

The great goal from Neymar was the best from the friendly which ended the Asian tour in Kuala Lumpur

Neymar showed with his goal that he has the fantastic ability to dribble and finish

Tata already knows his eleven – The coach knows which players will start in La Liga next Sunday

Cesc – Out with a sprain. Messi – Discomfort; did not play but will travel to Argentina

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (04.08.2013)

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 DAVID LUIZ TAKES THE STEP

The Chelsea centre back is happy to take a pay cut to join Barça 

46 million euros – The quoted price in England

Barça : troubled by Cesc’s silence 

The Front: Sport (04.08.2013)

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 ROSELL CONFESSES - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“Tito told me at midnight in the Camp Nou. It was my worst moment as president”

“Tata Martino has more Barça DNA than many others. He is committed to the cause”

“Messi will help Neymar a lot more than the other way around. Messi, himself, can only have enthusiasm”

The tactical changes of Tata Martino

Barça conquer Palestine

The Front: Sport (21.07.2013)

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 THANKS BARÇA, THANKS TO EVERYONE

Open letter from Tito Vilanova, ‘to say to you that I am calm, strong and that I start this new stage of my recovery with full confidence that everything will be fine’

Guardiola, “I wish the best for Tito and his family. He is my friend and I love him loads; this is very hard for me”

Luis Enrique and Martino, candidates for the bench – Barça negotiate with both and will decide in the next few hours

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (21.07.2013)

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 LUIS ENRIQUE – FIRST OPTION

The Asturian, who would have to leave Celta, is the preferred choice. ‘Tata’ Martino is also on the list

The club wants to sign a new coach today, announce it tomorrow and present him on Tuesday

“Thanks Barça”

Tito writes an open letter to thank the great Barcelona family

“We must fight”, he said to his players when he announced his farewell

Filling the Boots: A case for Luis Enrique

Filling the Boots: A case for Luis Enrique

With the unsettling and tragic departure of Tito Vilanova, social networks and sports blogs have lit up with speculation about who the next Barça manager will be. The team at totalBarça weighs in on who might be the best man to fill the boots at our storied club. In this post, Anoop Jethwa (El Pivote) makes the case for the brand new manager of Celta Vigo, Luis Enrique. Ànims, Tito

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Manchester United make £25m offer for Fàbregas

Manchester United make £25m offer for Fàbregas

Manchester United boss David Moyes has made Cesc Fàbregas (26) his main summer transfer target, having seen Thiago Alcântara join Bayern Munich. It would appear that Moyes was reluctant to battle it out with Guardiola for Thiago’s signature because he really had his eyes on Cesc.

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El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

The dust has settled on last season. Now that we have the last few games of the season out of our minds, a quick reflection on the players’ performances over the course of the entire 2012/13 season is a good starting point for focusing on what we need from the players for the new season.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (14.07.2013)

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 A HAPPY DAY

The Barcelona squad celebrated the wedding of Xavi and Nuria Cunillera

Messi, Iniesta, Cesc and Valdes were all there

Bayern and Barça negotiate for Thiago

Neymar arrives at Barcelona 25th July

The Front: Sport (14.07.2013)

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 CULÉ WEDDING

Xavi and Nuria get married in Blanes

A large contingent of the squad came with their partner for this very special moment

PSG prepare for the departure of Thiago Silva

The Parisian club negotiates with Marquinhos and David Luiz to replace him

Zubizarreta contacts Valbuena

He wants him to cover for Thiago Alcantara

The Front: Sport (07.07.2013)

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 CONTACT WITH ROONEY

Man U make Barcelona aware that they are willing to negotiate about the forward

In Italy they are saying 32 million euros for Marquinhos

The fans vote for David Luiz (53%) and they are sure that the Neymar Messi combination will work (89%)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (07.07.2013)

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 DAVID LUIZ RISES

His performance in the Confederations Cup catapults him as a great alternative

He shined in tandem with Thiago Silva, the desired signing

Villa – Barcelona reject the offer from Tottenham and Atlético enter the reckoning

Words from Leo, “Neymar comes to the ideal club”

Sergi Roberto – In depth analysis of Thiago’s replacement