LIVE: Bartomeu Press Conference

LIVE: Bartomeu Press Conference

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be giving a press conference at 17:00 CET to comment on the FIFA sanction and to review the closure of the informative campaign regarding the proposed new Espai Barça. Watch the press conference after the jump!

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 7-0 CA Osasuna

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 7-0 CA Osasuna

Watch the extended highlights of the 7-0 demolition graced by Ray Hudson himself after the jump!

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Sergio Agüero set to miss Barça clash

Sergio Agüero set to miss Barça clash

Manchester City and Argentina striker, Sergio “Kun” Agüero is set to miss the first leg meeting of the Round of 16 with FC Barcelona after having sustained a hamstring injury in the 5-1 win against Tottenham on Wednesday.

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UEFA Champions League Draw on Monday

UEFA Champions League Draw on Monday

The Champions League Draw for the knockout stages of the tournament is scheduled to be held by UEFA on Monday, 16th December starting at 12:00 CET. This draw will determine the next opponent of Barcelona on the road to the final at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. Find out more information about the draw after the jump!

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Goals of the Month: November

Goals of the Month: November

In a new monthly series, totalBarça, in partnership with FCBHDWorld, will give the community a chance to vote for their best goal of the month. Watch all the goals for the month of November and vote for your favourite after the jump!

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Video of the Day: Iniesta’s sublime turn vs Granada

Watch this simple but neat piece of skill performed by Iniesta against Granada that leaves his marker for dead and opens up the entire Granada defence. El Ilusionista at his best.

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Who will fill Messi’s boots?

Who will fill Messi’s boots?

The injury to Lionel Messi leaves a giant-sized hole in the center of our attack for the next eight weeks. The injury, however, comes at the best possible time for FC Barcelona as Barça have already qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League and have relatively easier fixtures in La Liga over the next two months. The main focus is to get Leo fit for the all important encounter against Atlético Madrid on 12th January. In the meanwhile, the question still remains – who will lead the line for Barça?

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Caption This: Dani Alves reacts to hitting the post

Caption This: Dani Alves reacts to hitting the post

Another Caption This worthy image from our Brazilian full-back, Dani Alves. He reacts to hitting the post after Andrés Iniesta’s shot was parried away by Kiko Casilla of Espanyol. I wonder what he is saying to himself. Or this could just be his Pavarotti impression.

Sound off in the comments with your responses!

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Video: Neymar to get first taste of El Clásico

Stepping into the shoes of his illustrious Brazilian predecessors – Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho – Neymar is set to face Real Madrid for the first time. Brazilian magic has decided many a Clásico for Barça in the past, including the legendary Ronaldinho performance at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Neymar says that this is the match every player wants to play in. Rest assured, there will be no grander stage in Europe for Neymar to announce himself.

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Video of the Day: The Mixed Zone

Barça TV offers us a unique behind the scenes look into what happens after a match. Players mingle with members of the press in the mixed zone, where they provide a few sound-bytes after the game. I’m sure most of us would be envious to be in such close proximity to the players. Coach Gerardo Martino gives a more traditional press conference in the press room. Bartra makes his way over the Barça TV studio. These were clips taken after the Valladolid game.

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OFFICIAL: El Clásico date and time announced

OFFICIAL: El Clásico date and time announced

Dear culés, it’s time to clear out your calendars. The date and time for the biggest fixture of the year has been announced by the LFP. El Clásico will take place on Saturday, 26th Oct at 18:00 CET.

President of Mediapro, Jaume Roures had earlier hinted at a mid-day clásico, catering to the large Asian audience. While not quite the mid-day kickoff, the LFP have finally decided on the 18:00 CET time slot for this match at the Camp Nou.

Excited?

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Video of the Day: Víctor Valdés’ saves vs Rayo

The totalBarça community voted Valdés as the ‘Man of the Match’ in the game against Rayo, and for good reason.

Watch the highlights of Valdés making save after save after save, including a penalty kick save at an extremely pivotal point in the match when Barcelona were leading by only one goal.

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Tata Martino introduces training changes

Tata Martino introduces training changes

When Gerardo “Tata” Martino first took over at FC Barcelona he clearly mentioned that he would not be introducing drastic changes across the board when it came to Barça’s footballing style. However, that didn’t mean that he wouldn’t put his own stamp on how Barça functioned. What excited us most about Tata’s appointment was the introduction of verticality (or verticalidad) to our possession based game, as well as the return of the pressing game, which was sorely missing last season. In order to successfully incorporate these facets, the focus on fitness is paramount.

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Video of the Day: Messi’s close control

In this video, the focus is on Lionel Messi’s unparalleled dribbling ability, or as some people put it – ‘ball on a string’ act. Watch as Messi wiggles and weaves his way in and out of every challenge nonchalantly.

Also, as a fun activity count the number of times Messi ‘nutmegs’ his opponent in this video and share it with us in the comments!

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Video of the Day: Ronaldinho’s still got it

Former FC Barcelona superstar, Ronaldinho, scored two amazing free kick goals against Fluminense, and he does it all with a trademark gigantic smile on his face.

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Match Preview: Málaga CF vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Málaga CF vs FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona takes on a considerably weaker Málaga at La Rosaleda in the second match of La Liga 2013/14. This Málaga side is very dissimilar to the one that reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season against Borussia Dortmund, only to be defeated by two extra-time goals that could be deemed unfair by many. It has been weakened by a host of outgoing summer transfers — Isco to Real Madrid CF, Joaquín to Fiorentina, Martin Demichelis to Atlético Madrid and Jérémie Toulalan to AS Monaco FC. Continue reading »

Video of the Day: Busquets’ signature move

Sergio Busquets is very well known for his positional and tactical awareness, as well as his ability to break up play; however, his skill on the ball often goes unnoticed. In this video, we take a look at Busquets’ signature move, the ‘Busi drag back’.

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Caption This: Messi jokes with Neymar

Caption This: Messi jokes with Neymar

Let’s have some fun with this. What do you think Messi is telling Neymar? Are they discussing how stupid people were when they said that the two wouldn’t get along?

Come up with a witty take on this and share it with us in the comments!

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A special story from the Joan Gamper Trophy match

A special story from the Joan Gamper Trophy match

You might have noticed a new and unique typography used on the players’ names and squad numbers on the back of the jerseys in yesterday’s Joan Gamper Trophy match against Santos FC. Find out more about this and how you can contribute towards a great cause after the jump.

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Video: The Neymar Show

Neymar

Neymar eclipsed his performance against Japan with a spectacular display against Mexico in the Confederations Cup, scoring a goal and setting up one after a sublime piece of skill to squeeze his way past two defenders. Watch the highlights of Brazil vs Mexico after the jump! Continue reading »

Live: Neymar’s presentation event

Live: Neymar’s presentation event

The day has finally arrived. Brazilian superstar, Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. (21), will officially put pen to paper on a contract that ties him to FC Barcelona for five years.

Watch the Live-stream of ‘Neymar’s Day in Barcelona’ starting at 5PM local time, after the jump!

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Barça to face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League

Barça to face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League

It’s official, Barça will now face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The first leg will be on April 23rd at the Allianz Arena and the return leg on May 1st at the Camp Nou. In the other semi-final, Borussia Dortmund face off against Real Madrid.

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Xavi’s celebration against PSG

Xavi’s celebration against PSG

Xavi Hernández substituted his trademark ‘Index finger pointed to the sky’ celebration with an unusual head rubbing gesture when he scored from the penalty spot in Paris to put Barça 1 -2 up. There is an extremely heart-warming story behind this. Learn more about it after the jump.

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Video of the Day: The Essence of Barça

The Highlights: Granada CF 1-2 FC Barcelona

The Highlights: Granada CF 1-2 FC Barcelona

Watch the highlights from the Liga game draw between FC Barcelona and Granada CF after the jump!

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Video of the Day: El Illusionista vs Getafe


OFFICIAL: Xavi renews till 2016

OFFICIAL: Xavi renews till 2016

FC Barcelona vice-captain and midfielder Xavi Hernández (33) has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Barcelona through June 30 of 2016, according to an official statement on the club’s website.

The signing took place at the club offices located at the Camp Nou in the presence of President Sandro Rosell, the vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu sports, and sports director of the Department of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta.

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