Elections Weekly (27): Judgment day

Elections Weekly (27): Judgment day

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. The blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. You can click on the links to read the full story. You can also read previous episodes of this weekly here.

Instead of a recap of election news, we thought it would be fitting to feature, in this last installment of Elections Weekly, a summary of the candidates’ position on the relevant subjects and issues of club policy that were tackled during  the campaign, and highlighted in the series of presidential debates held this week.

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Elections Weekly (26): Four days to the vote

Elections Weekly (26): Four days to the vote

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. The blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. You can click on the links to read the full story. You can also read previous episodes of this weekly here.

Final week to be marked by presidential debates

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Elections Weekly (25): The Final Four

Elections Weekly (25): The Final Four

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. The blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. You can click on the links to read the full story. You can also read previous episodes of this weekly here.


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Elections Weekly (24): Countdown to June 13

Elections Weekly (24): Countdown to June 13

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. The blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. You can click on the links to read the full story. You can also read previous episodes of this weekly here.

Signature campaign kicks off

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Elections Weekly (23): Who will succeed Laporta?

Elections Weekly (23): Who will succeed Laporta?

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

Barcelona board officially calls elections

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Elections Weekly (22): “Cruyff. Catalonia. Unicef.”

Elections Weekly (22): “Cruyff. Catalonia. Unicef.”

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that the cornerstones of Barcelona’s success are Johan Cruyff, Catalonia, and Unicef.

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Elections Weekly (21): Transfer talk worries Rosell

Elections Weekly (21): Transfer talk worries Rosell

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

Barcelona presidential candidate Sandro Rosell is reportedly concerned that the club could speed up transfer negotiations with targetted players to benefit the candidacy of board candidate Jaume Ferrer.

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Elections Weekly (20): Villa could be presented before elections

Elections Weekly (20): Villa could be presented before elections

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

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Elections Weekly (19): Casting shadows

Elections Weekly (19): Casting shadows

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

As reported by the blog last week, presidential candidate Sandro Rosell is currently fighting claims he had maneuvered the sale of  former Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho to English club Chelsea in 2004, a deal reportedly worth 100 million euro to the Catalan club and a 10% commission to himself.

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Elections Weekly (18): Old rivals face off

Elections Weekly (18): Old rivals face off

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

In an effort to boost his campaign for the Barcelona presidency, Sandro Rosell is reportedly preparing a 56 million- euro bid to sign Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the summer.

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Elections Weekly (17): Man of the hour

Elections Weekly (17): Man of the hour

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

Barcelona assets vice-president Jaume Ferrer is the new board continuity candidate, replacing vice-president Alfons Godall, whose candidacy was initially supported and endorsed by Barcelona president Joan Laporta. In what appears to be the  latest fallout from last week’s events, Godall has announced that he is withdrawing as a candidate in the Barcelona presidential elections.

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Elections Weekly (16): Reshuffling the vice-presidents

Elections Weekly (16): Reshuffling the vice-presidents

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

The latest news from the Catalan capital is that Barcelona assets vice-president  Jaume Ferrer has officially replaced Alfons Godall as continuity candidate of the Laporta-led  board.

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Elections Weekly (15): A Third Way

Elections Weekly (15): A Third Way

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

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Elections Weekly (14): The Waiting Game

Elections Weekly (14): The Waiting Game

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

New candidates are reportedly getting ready to enter the race for Barcelona president although the claims are somewhat unclear on whether these would be part of or separate from the various projects that have been reported in recent weeks.

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Elections Weekly (13): Lawsuit could trigger early elections

Elections Weekly (13): Lawsuit could trigger early elections

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

There is speculation that the Barcelona presidential elections could be called ahead of the June 13 date announced by the club. This is reportedly due to the possible effects of a ruling handed down in a dispute concerning the bank guarantee which the board of Joan Laporta did not put up in 2006.

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Elections Weekly (12): Of Cesc And Men

Elections Weekly (12): Of Cesc And Men

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. The blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. You can click on the links to read the full story. You can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

The Barcelona presidential race is shaping up to be a contest of wills, personalities and issues, and also, quite predictably, of which candidate would most credibly promise to bring back into the Barcelona fold its prodigal son and former La Masia poster boy, Francesc “Cesc” Fabregas.

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Elections Weekly (11): The more, the merrier

Elections Weekly (11): The more, the merrier

This is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the build-up to the elections on a daily basis. The blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. You can click on the links to read the full story. You can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

Sandro Rosell’s much anticipated confirmation of his candidacy provided the opening salvo in what would be a news-filled week for the Barcelona presidential race.

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Election Weekly (10): Fasten your seatbelts

Election Weekly (10): Fasten your seatbelts

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the built-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

The election for Barcelona president has an official date: Sunday, 13 June 2010.

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Election Weekly (9): “Thank you, Pep”

Election Weekly (9): “Thank you, Pep”

this is a summary of the blog FC Barcelona 2010 where you can follow the built-up to the elections on a daily basis. the blog can also be followed through facebook and twitter. you can click on the links to read the full story. you can read all previous episodes of this weekly here.

Ending weeks of speculations on the future of  Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola,  the Catalan club officially announced on Wednesday, 20 January, that the Sant Pedor coach, whose contract expires in June this year, has agreed to remain with the club and would be signing a one year extension at the end of the season.

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Factfile Special: A Hero is Born

Factfile Special: A Hero is Born

On the occasion of his birthday (January 18) and in tribute to a job well done, we offer this special (belated) photo edition of our Factfile series to a man described as many things – poet,  intellectual, aesthete,  fashion model,  football icon,  “the annoyingly handsome and youthful champion with the six cups” etc.,  but whom Barcelona fans and supporters alike simply know as a gentleman, legendary former player, our revered coach.

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Elections Weekly (8): No Deal

Elections Weekly (8): No Deal

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Quote of the Day: Eric Abidal

Quote of the Day: Eric Abidal

“I believe that this has been one of my best games, since i joined FC Barcelona. I’m enjoying it a lot, because I am playing at the best club in the world. If you do not enjoy it here, the best you can do is to leave football and change jobs.”

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Barça starts review of Pique, Pinto contracts

Barça starts review of Pique, Pinto contracts

Catalan sportspaper El Mundo Deportivo claims that, following the successful renewals of eight members of the squad, FC Barcelona would now open talks and start the reviewing the contracts of Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto (34), and central defender Gerard  Piqué (22).

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Puyol: “We are very proud of Guardiola”

Puyol: “We are very proud of Guardiola”

Speaking at a  press conference yesterday at the Sant Joan Despi, Spain international and Barcelona captain Carles Puyol did not mince words about his boss,  Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola:

” The players are very proud of him. I absolutely disagree with his words. He has not failed anyone. “

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Abidal hits the 100th mark

Abidal hits the 100th mark

France  international and Barcelona defender, Eric Abidal (30), would have yesterday celebrated a career milestone with mixed emotions following his team’s elimination from the Copa del Rey.

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Guardiola: “I am sorry that I failed”

Guardiola: “I am sorry that I failed”

Speaking at a news conference following  last night’s Copa del Rey match with Sevilla, Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola did not hide his disappointment over his team’s elimination despite their 1-0 victory in Seville: “It is clear what I would have liked to happen, but things are as they are, we are out of the competition. It is not good news even if people say that we can now concentrate on La Liga and the Champions League. In sport, we are taught not to lose and this has affected us.”

Barcelona had lined up their strongest possible squad after Guardiola was heavily criticized for playing a weakened side last week in  Camp Nou  and, on several occasions during the match, came agonizingly close to going through to the next round. But in-form Sevilla captain and goalkeeper Andres Palop denied the Catalans in striking fashion, producing brilliant saves one after the other to ensure passage for his own team.

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Pique gets dinner and some Pep talk

Pique gets dinner and some Pep talk

Catalan news site, El Mundo Deportivo, claims that Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola had dinner on Monday night with beleaguered Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique, who in recent days has reportedly been suffering from unexplained lowering of the the blood pressure, not to mention a seeming dip in form.

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Marc Bartra offered to Real Madrid

Marc Bartra offered to Real Madrid

Spanish news site, ‘Diario El Confidential’, claims that La Masia youngster and FC Barcelona Atlètic central defender, Marc Bartra, has in recent days been offered to Real Madrid. Advisers of the youngster, who turns 19 on January 15, and whose contract expires on June 30, 2011, are reportedly concerned over the club’s future plans for the player and have now taken measures to secure his professional future.

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Cruyff’s advice to fans: Support Chygrynskiy, if you want Guardiola to stay

Cruyff’s advice to fans: Support Chygrynskiy, if you want Guardiola to stay

In his weekly column for Catalan newspaper El Periodico, Dutchman and former Barcelona manager, Johan Cruyff, gave the Camp Nou faithful a piece of advice: Support Chygrynskiy if you want Guardiola to stay.

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Xavi is the Catalan Athlete of the Year

Xavi is the Catalan Athlete of the Year

Catalan newspaper, El Mundo Deportivo, reports that Spain international and Barcelona midfielder, Xavi Hernandez (in picture, wearing the Catalunya team colors), has been chosen as Catalan Athlete of the Year and will be honored at a gala to be held on January 11 at the National Physical Education Institute in Barcelona.

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