Mexican player Jonathan dos Santos has been the main protagonist this Tuesday morning at Barcelona. The training started by welcoming the player back to working with the squad after having been out of action since October 23 last year with an injury in the cruciate ligament of his right knee during an evening training session. Read more after the jump.
In an interview with Barça TV during the El Marcador programme, FC Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez admitted to the fact that the team is having a difficult time especially with the recent passing of former coach Tito Vilanova.
Last Saturday, Barça managed a draw against Getafe CF who equalised in the final minutes of stoppage time. This draw meant that Barcelona will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to win the Liga now. Pedro commented on what happened and admitted that the team is “down and devastated.” “We played well enough but failed in front of goal,” added the Canarian. The game ended with a 2-2 on the score board.
As part of the UEFA Youth League, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side managed a victory against their opponent, Copenhagen, in the round of 16. In the game that took place this past Tuesday at the Mini Estadi just before the senior team’s Champions League clash with Manchester City, Juvenil A managed to score four goals and display a very impeccable version of their football despite having been down by one goal at the beginning of the match due to the rivals’ strong start.
This Thursday, a new addition to the FC Barcelona Museum was presented: Messi’s third golden boot, which he was awarded for the 2012/13 season. This award is presented to the maximum goalscorer amongst all European leagues.
Messi was awarded this trophy for the third time this past November for finalizing the season with 46 goals, outscoring his tally in the 2009/10 season (34 goals) but less than his 2011/12 season (50 goals).
Reowned French sports newspaper, L’Equipe, has recently published it’s yearly top XI for 2013 which featured a decrease in the number of FC Barcelona players, including the absences of Xavi and Iniesta. The list was dominated by players from current Champions League title holders, Bayern Munich.
Another significant change in the list is the absence of a huge number of Spanish players which were featured in 2012′s list (Casillas, Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta) and it is now only featuring a single Spaniard. The paper justifies the absence of “Xaviniesta” from the XI as having lost their special significance in their team’s squads.
FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A youth team has shown its power this week in the Stadio Ernesto Breda and managed to sweep past AC Milan with a 2 to 6 victory. The two teams were tied as leaders of group H, however after this game, Barcelona is the only team to have gotten all nine possible points and are leaders of the group.
Andrés Iniesta, FC Barcelona midfielder, has announced today through his accounts on social networks that his wife, Anna, is pregnant again and that his daughter Valeria will soon have a brother. The player, who became a national hero after scoring the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final for Spain, appeared to be very happy about the news which came a day after the blaugrana victory against arch rivals, Real Madrid, keeping the Catalans on top of the leader boards.
We at totalBarça congratulate Don Andrés for both the victory and the new child on the way!
Jose Mourinho is speaking out again against a FC Barcelona player, this time it’s Neymar. Mourinho attacked the way some players act in order to trick referees. In declarations to the English press, the now Chelsea boss hinted that Barça player Neymar and Milan’s Mario Balotelli are divers and critiqued both players.
FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side managed another victory in the league, this time against CD San Francisco, making them victors in four out of five games. With goals scored by Wilfred Kaptoum, Munir, Xavier Quintillà and Moham, blaugrana coach Jordi Vinyals implemented some rotations with as many as seven changes from the game against Celtic.
Jordi Vinyals’ Juvenil A managed to get their first league victory of the season by giving Europa a very harsh lecture in absolute football (9-2). The first half was enough to secure the result for the azulgranas after a spectacular outing with domination from start to end. Paraguayan international, Toni Sanabria, who was facing off against Messi during international break, managed to get himself a hat trick in the first half.
After only managing a tie during the first game of the season against Nastic, the blaugrana players went out with the objective to score at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper and in doing so seal their first victory. An extremely magnificent first half by Juvenil A (6-1)was enough to end the game which finished off with a 9-2 score line. This game left great anticipation for the game the side will be playing in the debut in the UEFA Youth League against Ajax this Tuesday.
This Tuesday, the postponed game between Gimnastic Tarragona and FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side was played after being postponed last Saturday for heavy rain fall and unstable field conditions. FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side, which is the equivalent of the under 19 side, ended their debut game in the Liga de la División de Honor with a draw. Barça’s Maxi, scored from a penalty kick at the 88th minute of play to make the score 0-1 after dominating the match. However, the locals tied the score in added time, specifically the 92nd minute, denying Juvenil A a precious three points.
Bad weather and rains forced the referee to suspend FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A team’s first game of the season, which should have been played against Gimnastic de Tarragona. The squad of youngsters coached by Jordi Vinyals was able to only play the first 12 minutes of the league game until the referee decided to send both teams to the dressing rooms because of the bad weather and the rain on the La Pobla de Mafumet grounds.
For the very first time UEFA is running a youth version of its flagship club competition the Champions League. It is dubbed the UEFA Youth League and all the youth teams of the senior teams participating in the competition will participate. It was confirmed that the youth teams will also be placed in the exact same groups as per the senior draw that took place on August 29th. The dates and grounds of the games have also been confirmed. Much more after the jump.
Former FC Barcelona defender, Rafa Márquez, offered Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo an interview in which he had some interesting things to say about the club’s centre back issues. The 34-year-old is still playing for Club León in Mexico after a spell with the New York Red Bulls. The player was signed by Barça in 2003 and was a valuable asset to coach Frank Rijkaard in his defensive partnership with Carles Puyol. He left the club in 2010. Follow us after the break for a translation of the full interview.
FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi commented about his absence from Sunday’s game against Málaga through his account on the Chinese social network “Weibo”. The player declared that he will not force himself into playing before he is fully fit.
The Argentine player, who picked up bruising to his left thigh during last week’s match at the Vicente Calderón in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, explained through his account that “I would have loved to participate against Málaga, but I want to be 100 percent ready to play and help the team.” We are used to seeing Messi play the majority of games in a season, and although Málaga is a formidable opponent, with the season just beginning the player and the club’s medical staff decided it would be best for the player to rest. However, it seems likely that Messi will make an appearance in Wednesday’s second leg against Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou.
In an interview with the program Téléfoot on French television, Èric Abidal appeared to be proud of his time at Barcelona and pointed out that he still thanks Carles Puyol for his gesture at Wembley. He remembered his “recently-ended” time at FC Barcelona and declared that he “has played for the best club in the world, I played with great players, I won it all with great managers.” And when asked if that was the greatest team of all time, ‘King Abi’ responded: “That will be seen 30 years from now“. Story continues after the jump.
The game between FC Barcelona and Levante attracted 73,812 spectators, out of which 30,000 bought a unique match ticket, a historical club record at the Camp Nou. This number ups last season’s début by 15,000 viewers which took place against Real Sociedad. Never before had a game attracted 30,000 ticket sales which is rather surprising.
With La Liga starting earlier than the historic norm meant that Barcelona socios and locals were out of town enjoying summer vacations in the middle of August. As a result a larger than normal amount of seats were available for public purchase. This was beneficial to many, mostly tourists who are not afforded the luxury of being able to watch Barcelona every week. These people were served a 7-0 footballing feast.
The sale of the shirts used by the players during this year’s Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and Santos with the special typography by Anna Vives has raised a total of 6,979 euros for charity. This sum will be donated to the BOX21 project by the Fundación Itinerarium. The sale of eight of the Gamper Barca shirts was finalized on Saturday. The shirts of Iniesta, Xavi, Piqué, Puyol, Busquets, Pedro, Anna Vives, and also Santos player Rafael Galhardo were sold (in order of most bids).
The medical team at FC Barcelona has detected that Brazilian player Neymar suffers from anemia, a lack of iron in the blood, upon undergoing tests when the players returned to training, according to Catalan daily Sport. Neymar started training with Barça on the 29th of July, and it was then that the Brazilian was set for a blood sample analysis which proved that the player suffered from a type of anemia. The test results, however, didn’t worry the medical staff at the club because the case is not major.
One of La Masia’s greatest prospects at the moment, and considered to be one of the greatest forwards to graduate from the academy, Cameroonian forward Jean Marie Dongou shined in FC Barcelona’s latest game of the preseason against Valerenga in Oslo on Saturday, scoring two goals after coming on in the second half as a substitute.
According to a Saturday report in British paper The Mirror, English club Manchester United are willing to double Cesc Fabregas’ salary in an attempt to convince him to leave the Camp Nou. Despite the fact that FC Barcelona’s sporting vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, affirmed this past Friday that Cesc Fabregas is an “un-transferable” player, the rumours of the English club’s interests for the midfielder have not stopped leaking. And now with an emerging personnel crisis in Barcelona, the hopes of the English club have apparently surged as they move forward in their attempt to sign the Spanish international.
According to The Mirror, Manchester United’s new coach, David Moyes, has convinced the board to set their sights on the Spanish number 10. They are preparing an official bid of 30 million pounds [35 million Euros], in addition to a mega offer to Cesc himself. Under the terms of the contract, Fàbregas would earn 200.000 pounds per week (around 232.000 euros), double what he presently makes at the Camp Nou.
Tito Vilanova will endure another round surgery in another phase of his fight against parotid gland cancer, according to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo. MD is reporting that the operation will happen this Tuesday at Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona.
Vilanova was initially diagnosed in November 2011; his past treatment took him to New York during last season, where he stayed for two months, between the 21st of January and 23rd of March. This time he will remain in Barcelona for his scheduled radio and chemotherapies.
Reports emerging from Spain indicate that FC Barcelona’s home grown wing-back Martín Montoya (22) will shortly renew his contract with the club through the 30th of June of 2015.