Merci, Roi Eric

Merci, Roi Eric

Yesterday an FC Barcelona legend retired. This player began his Barça journey in the 2007/08 season under coach Frank Rijkaard. 193 official matches and two goals later, this player would see himself win 15 trophies with the club. Not only that, he would be a very integral part of what I believe, without question, is the greatest team ever. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that he is one of the most tactically and positionally aware defenders that I’ve seen play the beautiful game. However, none of this really matters because all these trophies amassed are insignificant in the face of the other victories this superhuman achieved. This player’s name is Éric Abidal.

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Café con leche: December 18, 2014

Café con leche: December 18, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Result: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 8

SD Huesca: 1

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Café con leche: December 11, 2014

Café con leche: December 11, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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Café con leche: December 4, 2014

Café con leche: December 4, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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The Myth of the Double Pivot

The Myth of the Double Pivot

Football is just like science. You conceive a hypothesis in an attempt to define something new and innovate using it. You then design a set of conditions and experiment to test if your hypothesis holds or not. If it does, great news; if it doesn’t, you modify it and repeat until it works. This essentially has been the trend this season for Luis Enrique, who has used 13 different XIs in the last 13 matches. The latest of this set of experiments has been to play two naturally ‘defensive midfielders’ in the same eleven last weekend against Valencia. There are several possible reasons as to why Luis Enrique opted to test this system and perhaps it was obvious that at around the seventieth minute of game-play the results were clear in front of him and he opted for a change. Click for more discussion on this experimentation:

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Café con leche: November 27, 2014

Café con leche: November 27, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with football expert Ángel Iturriaga

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with football expert Ángel Iturriaga

A few days ago, totalBarça’s own Hady Ezzeddine, managed to have a lengthy conversation with prominent Spanish historian and writer, Mr. Ángel Iturriaga. Iturriaga is an expert on Spanish contemporary history, including football.

He has a great passion for the sport and specifically for FC Barcelona about which he has published several works including the Diccionario de jugadores del FC Barcelona (2010), the Diccionario de técnicos y directivos del FC Barcelona (2011) and the Diccionario de jugadores de la selección española de fútbol (2013). He also co-wrote the biography of blaugrana legend, Paulino Alcantara, ‘Paulino’.

In this exclusive interview, Iturriaga gives great and unique insight on things probably known to only a few, on FC Barcelona’s past, shares his views on the present and gives a small outlook to the future of the club.

We hope our readers enjoy this read as much as we enjoyed the interview. Read more…

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Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A player, Moha, who has been starring this year under Jordi Vinyals with his electric runs and speedy dribbles, has apparently chosen to play for Morocco rather than Spain, according to BeIN Sports reporter Achraf Ben Ayyad.

The 18-year-old has already played for Spain at the under-17 level but now decided to switch to the Moroccan Olympic football team and he is now already in Morocco, according to Ben Ayyad. It is also worth reminding that the player has been a consistent winger in Jordi Vinyals’ starting elevens, scoring twice in the UEFA Youth League against PSG and APOEL.

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Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A are back on the right track with a 1-3 victory, after having drawn against PSG midweek. This would be their third Liga victory this campaign, beating CF Badalona at home. This was a match well fought by both sides with a rather dominant Barcelona over the ball. Goals from Isaac Padilla, Adrià Arjona and Aitor Cantalapiedra helped secure the three points needed. Jordi Vinyals opted to start with: Onana, Dani, Rodri, Adrià, Quinti, Ferran, Carbonell (Aitor, min.85), Ayoud (Arjona, min.45), Padilla, Corredera (Enguene min.75) and Moha.

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Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

As part of the youth teams coverage totalBarça provides, this article covers the performances of youth teams from Juvenil B all the way down to Benjamín B. Find out how the youth teams performed this week in the third article of this season’s series. This week the Juvenil B, Cadete A, Alevín B, Benjamín A, Benjamín B teams all started their respective domestic leagues with a win. The rest of the teams continue participating is friendly matches and tournaments as part of their preseasons.

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Juvenil A: Difficult Draw Against Damm

Juvenil A: Difficult Draw Against Damm

As part of the third game week of the Liga de División de Honor, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side had to face Damm at home in a match that was far from easy for the blaugrana youngsters, who only managed to snatch a single point.

Jordi Vinyals fielded a starting eleven of: Onana, Palencia, Rodri, Juanma, Quintillà, Juan Antonio (Ayoub Abou min.71) , Aitor, Corredera (Kaptoum min.63), Padilla, Enguene, Moha. The players managed to retain possesssion and impose their game while Damm sat back and used set-pieces and counter attacks very intelligently to create threats and trouble for the locals. More details and video after the jump.

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Youth League: Victory by three

Youth League: Victory by three

Reigning UEFA Youth League champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A, have started this year’s campaign with a victory against opponents APOEL. In this tournament, the youth sides are placed in a group identical to the first team. All three goals were scored within a 17-minute interval sentencing the game as victory for the blaugrana. Details after the jump.

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Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

As part of the youth teams coverage totalBarca provides, this article covers the performances of youth teams from Juvenil B all the way down to Benjamin B. Find out how the youth teams performed this week in the second article of this season’s series.

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Adam Silver: “We’d love to inaugurate the new Palau”

Adam Silver: “We’d love to inaugurate the new Palau”

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who substituted David Stern this past February, has visited FC Barcelona’s facilities and installations last weeks as part of an international trip. He was accompanied by FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on their tour of the Camp Nou and the Palau Balugrana – Barça’s basketball home ground.

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Seung Woo Lee in Asian Championship

FC Barcelona Juvenil A player, Seung Woo Lee has been part of the South Korean U16 squad in the U16 Asian Championships and he has been leading his team victory after victory. They now head into the semi finals of the tournament. Seung Woo Lee scored two goals in South Korea’s victory against Japan as part of the U16 Asian Championship. He also scored a goal past Malaysia in the previous game. The championship is currently taking part in Thailand and South Korea lead by Lee, who lifts number ten, are cruising their way through. Another stunning goal after the jump.

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Juvenil A defeat Gimnastic 1-0

Juvenil A defeat Gimnastic 1-0

After a draw in the first game of the league this season away at the Balearic Islands, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side managed to claim a victory against Gimnastic de Tarragona at home at the Joan Gamper sporting complex. Curiously, the winning goal – and only goal – came from the youngest player on the team, Ayoub.

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Fàbregas: “Munir is a special player”

Fàbregas: “Munir is a special player”

Former FC Barcelona player and current Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas commented on recently exploding Barcelona youth product Munir El Haddadi’s call up for the Spanish national team during a pre-match press conference. “Everything was too fast in what happened to Munir, they speak very well of him, he’s been training for a couple of sessions, he is free, good, and he is well surrounded by Barcelona players, who take care of him very well,” explained the Catalan.

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Rakitić: “Suárez promised it won’t happen again”

Rakitić: “Suárez promised it won’t happen again”

FC Barcelona midfielder and Croatian international, Ivan Rakitić, spoke to local newspapers as reported by Catalan daily SPORT during his concentration with the Croatian national team as part of the international break. Several themes were mentioned, namely how happy he happens to be at Barcelona and his teammate Luis Suárez. Read more after the jump.

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Juvenil A: Kick off With a Draw

Juvenil A: Kick off With a Draw

On Sunday, current UEFA Youth League and Honour Division Liga champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side kicked off their campaign with a match against Atlétic Balears. The match is the first of this year’s Liga competition, and it certainly wasn’t an easy one ending with a draw without any goals being scored. Details after the jump.

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Barça school now open in Sao Paulo

Barça school now open in Sao Paulo

Last week, the second official FC Barcelona football school opened in Brazil. After Rio de Janeiro  a year ago, Barça announced the launch of activities at their Sau Paulo school with around 400 new students of both the male and female genders.

Different trials for young footballers from Sao Paulo and surrounding areas took place and only 400 footballers from the initial 1,000 that tried out were selected to be educated the Barça football philosophy from the start. However, the club admitted a new admission procedure will be started soon.

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Luis Enrique invited by UEFA to Nyon

Luis Enrique invited by UEFA to Nyon

Luis Enrique will be one of the coaches invited to the 16th edition of UEFA’s ‘Elite Club Coaches’ Forum’ which will take place at one of the UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland) on the 3rd and 4th of September. The last time FC Barcelona was represented in this forum was during 2012 by late manager Tito Vilanova, who was coach at that time. Also notably, this will be Luis Enrique’s first participation in the annual event which usually takes place before the start of the prestigious UEFA Champions League.

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Jonathan dos Santos back in group training

Jonathan dos Santos back in group training

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.

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Pedro: “We are devastated”

Pedro: “We are devastated”

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.

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Juvenil A: Goal Feast in the UEFA Youth League

Juvenil A: Goal Feast in the UEFA Youth League

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.

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Messi’s third Golden Boot in FCB Museum

Messi’s third Golden Boot in FCB Museum

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).

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Messi and Alba in L’Equipe’s 2013 XI

Messi and Alba in L’Equipe’s 2013 XI

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.

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Atlético informed of Barça interest in Courtois

Atlético informed of Barça interest in Courtois

According to Spanish daily sports paper, MARCA, Atlético Madrid were informed of FC Barcelona’s interest in signing Belgian goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, and that the goalkeeper is willing to join the club as well. The player is currently on loan from English club Chelsea to the Madrid based club.

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UEFA Youth League: 2-6 Thrashing of Milan

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.

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