Luis Enrique on pre-season

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Video of the Day: Coaching team

Who is who? Who does what? GPS tracking devices?! Eye in the sky. All here!

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Ex-Barça: Quintillà to Ajaccio

Ex-Barça: Quintillà to Ajaccio

Jordi Quintillà spent two seasons in the Barcelona youth ranks but spent most of the time on loan. The last season he played with L’Hospitalet, managing eight appearances. His contract has now lapsed with Barça and the 20 year old center midfielder has found a new home with freshly relegated French side Ajaccio on a three year deal.

Best of luck to Jordi on his new adventure in Corsica.

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26 to England confirmed

26 to England confirmed

The 26 footballers who will travel to pre-season camp in England have been announced. Of the total, 18 come from the senior squad and the remainder from Barça B. Martín Montoya is included but Adriano Correia is not, who continues to work on his specialized program following his heart scare. However there is contradictory information per the Barça site as they have included Adriano in the 26 man list below.

Full list:

Senior Squad (18): Ter Stegen, Masip, Bravo, Adriano, Piqué, Alba, Mathieu, Bartra, Song, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Afellay, Pedro, Deulofeu.

Barça B (8)PatricEdgar GrimaldoSamperHalilovicMunirSandro, Adama.

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Video of the Day: Neymar’s eyes

Check out Neymar’s latest spot for Panasonic. Using the company’s new wearable 4K camera A500, the Brazilian super star does some juggling and basketfoot play.

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Barça 2006 vs Porto 2004

Barça 2006 vs Porto 2004

A lot has happened for former FC Barcelona star Deco in the last 12 months. He retired from the game just a month before being charged with doping, leading people to think the two events were related. But Deco took the doping issue to the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS), had his sampled retested and in May this year was cleared of all charges with CAS finding no metabolic steroids or markers in the sample. The lab in Rio was further suspended by CAS for sloppy testing procedures.

Tonight Deco will be honored in a testimonial match held at FC Porto’s Estádio do Dragão that sees “Barça 2006″ take on “Porto 2004″, the two sides Deco lifted the Champions League with. To boot, both José Mourinho and Frank Rijkaard will manage the sides.

The one major absentee is Ronaldinho, who was refused permission to attend the match by his club Atlético Miniero. But there are still the likes of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Carles Puyol and of course Juliano Belletti. The game kicks off at 20:30 CET. Full squads below.

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Rosell: “I didn’t read the small print”

Rosell: “I didn’t read the small print”

Disgraced former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell gave his testimony in the Neymar proceedings on July 22 and it must be said he did nothing to redeem himself. For the most part it appears his declarations added next to nothing to the case. Rosell continued to maintain that the transfer fee for Neymar was 57 million euros and explained the difference to the total 86 million of the entire “operation” in exactly the same manner the club did in January (10 million – pre-contract, 2.5 million – agent commissions, 4 million – publicity payments, 2.5 million – charitable amounts, 7.9 million – options on three Santos players and 2 million – legal costs for Neymar’s father’s company). The baffling part comes after the jump.

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Suárez appeal decision expected mid August

Suárez appeal decision expected mid August

The Spanish news agency EFE reported today that the appeal concerning the ban handed to Luis Suárez by FIFA has been accepted by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). Sport’s highest legal authority, according to unnamed sources, will review the case in the second week of August and a decision is expected around August 12th.

If the ban is upheld in its entirety, which I believe based on knowledge concerning EU labor law is quite unlikely, then Suárez will return for the weekend of October 25 and 26, coincidentally (not) the weekend of the first league clásico. 

Updates on the case to be reported when available.

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Zubizarreta: “We are in the process of acquiring targets”

Zubizarreta: “We are in the process of acquiring targets”

Sitting alongside Luis Enrique, Andoni Zubizarreta spoke to the media this afternoon to give some insight into what’s happened and what is to come. Let’s begin with what everyone is most interested in: the mystical center-back. “Last year we had four very good center-backs and still wanted cover. But these are long processes and some of them weren’t 100% in our control. We are working on this need, that of a center-back. But it’s a need [for center-backs] that 80% to 90% of the top clubs also have. We are all working on finding one and if you noticed, there hasn’t been any big news save David Luiz’s move to PSG. We are in the process of acquiring certain targets and we hope to reach agreements with them.” Barça’s sporting director additionally confirmed that FC Barcelona have made an official offer for Valencia’s Jérémy Mathieu and the ball is now in their court.

Zubizarreta was coy on the details but was continually pushed with questions on the subject. He said if there isn’t success with primary targets, the club will “look for alternatives” and that there is always the possibility to “look down [Barça B] and not forget the quality of players we have.

More future plans from Zubi below.

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Breaking: Irregular heartbeat found in Adriano

Breaking: Irregular heartbeat found in Adriano

In some worrying news just announced through FC Barcelona’s channels, an irregular heartbeat was found during medical testing in Adriano Correia. That is all the information thus far, besides him being ruled out of action for a seemingly arbitrary number of four to six weeks.

Just the mention of this condition should ring alarm bells and the club must act as cautiously as necessary. Players diagnosed with heart conditions have returned to action, including Antonio Cassano and Nwankwo Kanu, but it can as easily go the way of say Rubén de la Red or worse.

We wish Adriano all the best and hopefully this will be nothing more than a scare. The highest degree of care must be taken in these situations as the football world knows all too well what can happen with heart issues.

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Quote of the Day: Three’s a crowd?

Quote of the Day: Three’s a crowd?

I don’t understand how Barça are going to manage combination football with Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez in the team. The three are individualists. Makes it clear that Barça prefer individual play before a team that plays good football.

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Bartomeu: “Two or three defenders are coming”

Bartomeu: “Two or three defenders are coming”

A bunch of juicy stuff from Josep Maria Bartomeu that gives fans a sneak peek into their favorite game of fantasy. “At the very least we must replace Puyol. Two or three defenders are coming. The total number of signings to come isn’t certain but at least two for sure.” Barça’s president then talks Xavi Hernández, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suárez and more.

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Quote of the Day: Staying put?

Quote of the Day: Staying put?

We are delighted with Dani Alves. When he’s back we will talk to him.
But we are delighted with him.

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“The Biggest Game of Messi’s Life”

 

“THIS IS IT. THE BIGGEST GAME OF MESSI’S LIFE. IT’S FOREVER OR NEVER.#ALLIN OR NOTHING”

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Bartomeu: “I hope Messi and Mascherano win the World Cup”

Bartomeu: “I hope Messi and Mascherano win the World Cup”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu hopes that Barça members Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano lift the trophy tonight. He also discusses Neymar, the new and former Chileans, Spain and of course Luis Suárez.

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#VamosLeo: All of us or none of you

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Messi: “It would mean everything”

Messi: “It would mean everything”

Football magazine FourFourTwo got some time with Argentina and Barça superstar Lionel Messi on the eve before the biggest night of his life. Though hardly news at this point, the World Cup is what Messi wants the most and for the first time in his life, he has the chance to do so.

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Quote of the Day: Outraged

Quote of the Day: Outraged

Luis acknowledged his mistake, but that’s not an important aspect to FIFA. They are violating his right to work, and football should be worried. He can’t watch a game of football, train or do his job, it’s disgraceful. We hope they revoke this draconian, totalitarian and in all regards fascist sanction.

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Why Alexis had to go

Why Alexis had to go

You just can’t have both Alexis Sánchez and Luis Suárez. I’m a little surprised to even be writing this because it’s really rather obvious, but given the cacophony of disbelief, here we go. It comes down to simple math in a way. Suárez is a top five world footballer, Sánchez is a top twenty or thirty. If that’s too simplistic, let’s get into it.

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Bartomeu, Zubizarreta & Puyol at Maracanã

Bartomeu, Zubizarreta & Puyol at Maracanã

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and technical staff members Carles Puyol will all be present at the Maracanã Sunday afternoon to lend their support to Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.

Of course, Puyol will be additionally involved that afternoon with ceremonial handing over of the trophy.

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Official: FC Barcelona sign Luis Suárez

Official: FC Barcelona sign Luis Suárez

Uruguay and former Liverpool star Luis Suárez has as been expected for some weeks now completed his transfer to FC Barcelona. The official announcement does not include a price, but based on credible reports last week, Suárez signs for Barça’s record purchase and Liverpool’s record sale. The Uruguayan will do his medical, sign a five year deal and be officially presented next week.

While certainly a polarizing figure, though much of it misplaced and misunderstood, Barça have just signed THE world’s elite striker, an impossibly brilliant footballer. Come the end of his ban and Neymar’s recovery, Luis Enrique will have the unprecedented ability to send out Lionel Messi, Neymar Junior and Luis Suárez as an attacking trident. Inarguably the most fearsome attack of all time.

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Official: Isaac Cuenca joins Deportivo La Coruña

Official: Isaac Cuenca joins Deportivo La Coruña

Earlier this afternoon, FC Barcelona announced that both parties agreed to mutually rescind the contract that kept Isaac Cuenca bound to the club until June 2015. Just ten minutes ago, RC Deportivo La Coruña, once again in La Liga, announced via their Twitter account the arrival of Cuenca to the Galician club.

Who knows how it might have worked out without the injuries (in my opinion, I always maintained it would have been no different), but it is better now that Cuenca moves on and finds a place to play regular football and make his name.

We at totalBarça wish Cuenca all the luck in the world and hope that he stay injury free.

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Club medical staff: “Neymar recovery going very well”

Club medical staff: “Neymar recovery going very well”

As scheduled, FC Barcelona medical personnel flew to Brazil to collaborate with the Brazilian federation’s doctors regarding Neymar Jr. The club medics are in total agreement with the injury diagnosis as well as the recovery plan. Neymar will return to Barcelona on August 5th, three weeks after pre-season training has officially started and continue his recovery in Spain.

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40 million vs 11

It’s all in Spanish, but the message and emotions transcend language.

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Gabri returns as Barça B assistant

Gabri returns as Barça B assistant

Former FC Barcelona utility player Gabriel García, known as Gabri, has returned to the club as one of Eusebio Sacristán’s assistants at Barça B. Gabri came through the La Masia system with Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernández, making his first team debut in 1999 under Louis van Gaal. In that season the midfielder, but also able to play in defense, scored six goals in 30 appearances across all competitions.

Gabri’s career was besmirched with injury and eventually a major knee injury saw him lose momentum at the club. He left in 2006 to Ajax, where he remained until 2010, before spending time in Qatar with Umm-Salal Sports Club and in Switzerland with FC Lausanne. Gabri quickly transitioned from the field to the bench, retiring in 2011 and going straight to work in 2012 as the assistant manager to Sébastian Fournier at FC Sion.

Welcome back Gabri!

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Quote of the Day: Rather a rainy night at Stoke

Quote of the Day: Rather a rainy night at Stoke

I’ll play for Stoke before Real Madrid.

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Video of the Day: La Masia 2013/14 top 100 goals

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“The dream of being champions isn’t over”

My dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues. I’m certain that my team-mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true. My dream was also to play in a World Cup final but this time it didn’t work out. I am sure they will win this cup and be champions, and I will be with them, and all Brazilians will soon be celebrating all of that.

“It’s a very difficult moment, I have no words to translate what is going through my head and my heart, I’d just like to say I will be back as quickly as possible, when you least expect it, I’ll be back.

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Top 5 La Masia goals 2013/14

Starring: Munir El Haddadi (twice), Carlos Blanco (Juvenil B), Gabi Martínez (Alevín D) and Marc Pelax (Alevín C).

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Quote of the Day: Putting patriotic rivalry aside

Quote of the Day: Putting patriotic rivalry aside

Neymar, I hope you get better soon!

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