Welcome back, Leo!

Welcome back, Leo!

Everyone’s favorite “Atomic Flea” is back in Barcelona! After spending a week decompressing from the intensity of the World Cup in Brazil, Leo Messi flew back from Argentina on Tuesday, though he does not need to report to the team until the first week of August.

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Marc Bartra: “I expect to consolidate myself and have continuity”

Marc Bartra: “I expect to consolidate myself and have continuity”

After Tuesday’s morning training session, Barcelona centre-back Marc Bartra was the player to face the media for the standard press conference. Read the full translation of what the 23-year-old said after the jump…

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Neymar: “We must admit that Brazil lags behind Germany and Spain”

Neymar: “We must admit that Brazil lags behind Germany and Spain”

In his first interview since the World Cup, Neymar Jr. spoke about the state of Brazilian soccer and gave an update on the injury he suffered against Colombia. Will he recover in time for the start of the season? Read some highlights from the full interview with Globo Magazine after the break.

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Video of the day: Ma-Ma-Ma-Mascherano

Argentina continues its love affair with Javier Mascherano. Argentinean musicians Carlos Seoane and Kiki Troia have remade the 1979 hit My Sharona to honor “El Jefecito.” Get ready to boogie! Translation of the hilarious lyrics after the jump.

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Your Barça World Cup Guide – Knockout Stage

Your Barça World Cup Guide – Knockout Stage

Well, we’re now half way through the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, and out of the six nations featuring Barça players (including Croatia), we are now left with three teams with two Barça boys included in each. Brazil, the competition’s hosts and favourites have topped Group A with the same amount of points as Mexico. Neymar Jr scored four goals and Dani Alves played every game. Chile secured their qualification after beating Australia and Spain; they finish second unfortunately after failing to beat Louis Van Gaal’s Dutch side, and will now face Brazil in the first round of the knockout stage. Alexis Sanchez proved to be crucial to his nation’s qualification scoring a goal and making an assist, with Barça’s newly signed Chilean captain Claudio Bravo giving a good performance between the posts. Finally, there’s Argentina who have won all three of their matches thanks to their captain Lionel Messi who also scored four goals (joint top scorer with Neymar & Müller) and carried a below par Argentina to the knockout stage, with his club teammate Javier Mascherano proving a reliable anchor in the midfield. More details after the jump.

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Breaking: Barça reach agreement for Claudio Bravo

Breaking: Barça reach agreement for Claudio Bravo

After weeks of speculations surrounding who will be competing for the number one spot with German youngster Marc-André ter Stegen, FC Barcelona has finally announced that Claudio Bravo will be their man. The Chilean goalkeeper is currently captaining his Chile side in the World Cup, and doing an excellent job at that. Bravo is rated as 9.24 on FIFA’s Castrol World Cup player rankings (3rd best goalkeeper). After beating Australia and ending the Spanish reign in the group stage, Chile are now going to have to face Brazil in the following round.

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El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

The dust has settled on the season. Now that we have the last few games of the season out of our minds, a quick reflection on the players’ performances over the course of the entire 2013/14 season is a good starting point for focusing on what we need from the players for the new season.

We had the Christmas report cards (part one and part two) for the players in January, and I will be using the same grading scheme again. In brackets will be what the player received in the winter break. (A quick reminder — here’s the simple grading scheme: A = exceptional, B = good, ticking along nicely, C = progress required next term to get back on track, D = struggling.)

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Breaking: Agreement with Sevilla FC for Ivan Rakitić

Breaking: Agreement with Sevilla FC for Ivan Rakitić

FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of Ivan Rakitić to FC Barcelona. The 26-year old signed a five-year contract while Barça B’s star midfielder, Denis Suárez, will join the Andalusian club for the next two years on loan. Rakitić led Sevilla to European glory this season after defeating SL Benfica in the Europa League final and is also currently playing with Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He featured in 29 league games with Sevilla this season in which he scored 12 goals and assisted 10.

Say hello to our newest midfielder!

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The totalBarça Project: UNICEF Contribution #8

The totalBarça Project: UNICEF Contribution #8

totalBarça is pleased to announce that it has contributed its eigth donation to UNICEF in the amount of $500 via The totalBarca Project.  This brings our tally to $4,000 in a span of just 21 months!

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El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 1)

El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 1)

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

The dust has settled on the season. Now that we have the last few games of the season out of our minds, a quick reflection on the players’ performances over the course of the entire 2013/14 season is a good starting point for focusing on what we need from the players for the new season.

We had the Christmas report cards (part one and part two) for the players in January, and I will be using the same grading scheme again. In brackets will be what the player received in the winter break. (A quick reminder — here’s the simple grading scheme: A = exceptional, B = good, ticking along nicely, C = progress required next term to get back on track, D = struggling.)

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Barça World Cup Fact File

Barça World Cup Fact File

An infographic from FC Barcelona covering a history of Barça at the FIFA World Cup.

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Your Barça World Cup Guide – Group Stage

Your Barça World Cup Guide – Group Stage

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come, the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil begins this Thursday 12th of June with the Barça boys spread out over five national teams: Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Cameroon. Nine players from the Catalan club lifted the trophy in the last World Cup in South Africa with our golden boy Andres Iniesta scoring the winner in the final. Will we see others in the Blaugrana squad achieve the same feat? Will the same players hold onto the crown? Or will another team get their hands on the trophy? Maybe it’ll be your nation, who knows? Tell us below who do you think will win and check out the Group Stage dates for our beloved players right after the jump!

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The Tactics Board-Part 2: Tata Martino

The Tactics Board-Part 2: Tata Martino

Things have come to such a point that a whole season depends on a single match. On Saturday, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will contest one final showdown that will determine the La Liga champion. Both teams have fantastic players, but games of such magnitude cannot be won if the coach does not beat his counterpart for smartness in management. Tata Martino and Diego Simeone have a lot to think about going into the match. In this the final part of the mini-series ‘The Tactics Board,’ totalbarca will try to get into the shoes of Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. Read more after the jump…

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews! This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to… Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid More game and prize details after the jump. Continue reading »

The Tactics Board-Part 1: Diego Simeone

The Tactics Board-Part 1: Diego Simeone

Things have come to such a point that a whole season depends on a single match. On Saturday, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will contest one final showdown that will determine the La Liga champion. Both teams have fantastic players, but games of such magnitude cannot be won if the coach does not beat his counterpart for smartness in management. Tata Martino and Diego Simeone have a lot to think about going into the match. With our new mini-series ‘The Tactics Board,’ totalbarca will try to get into the shoes of the two tacticians, starting with the visiting coach, Diego Pablo ‘El Cholo’ Simeone. Read more after the jump…

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Puyol: “I lived the dream of so many”

Puyol: “I lived the dream of so many”

All good things, even the best of them, must come to an end. Today Carles Puyol at the age of 36 bid an official farewell to FC Barcelona. At today’s special organized event at the Auditori 1899 in the Camp Nou, a great deal of people were in attendance to honour one of the club’s most iconic figures. His mother, brother, best friends and partner were present, as well as many former teammates, managers and club directors. Puyol gave a heartfelt good bye speech which is here after the jump.

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Valdés bids farewell

Valdés bids farewell

The time has come for us to bid farewell to our Catalan wall, Víctor Valdés. The goalkeeper said goodbye to his teammates a few days ago, and announced that he is preparing for his trip to Germany to continue his recovery. Some questioned his quality as a goalkeeper, some believe he’s the best goalkeeper to ever play for FC Barcelona, but one thing is for sure: Valdés ended his Barça career on a high note. The Spaniard was surely one of the team’s best players this season, save after save to keep the Catalans in the title race and the team is still competing until this very minute as a result of his incredible displays, but we have reached the finish line. Here is Víctor Valdés’ open letter to the fans:

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CONTEST: The totalBarça community are all monkeys

CONTEST: The totalBarça community are all monkeys

A number of us at totalBarça have been at this project for a number of years now. Your support for our project is the single most important thing that keeps us motivated. Second most important is our community’s support for UNICEF. And it’s during instances like #weareallmonkeys that provide newly injected motivations. There are many viewpoints on the matter, but here we would like to consider this our contribution as another single step towards eradicating racism. As mentioned in our original post for this campaign: “We are all people, all humans, each of us vulnerable to the same fears and all of us capable of the same dreams.”

With that, we’d like to invite you to submit your “we are all monkeys” image. Let’s show the world how our community can come together and support this now infamous occurrence. More good news after the jump.

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We’ve got mail: What’s under your glass?

We’ve got mail: What’s under your glass?

Recently, we reminisced and re-featured a video of Andrés Iniesta scoring that infamous goal versus Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge from five years ago. It’s moments like these that put chills down your spine, take your breath away…and all that good stuff. What if you could keep a memory like that right on your desk or table or bar? In this edition of We’ve got mail, we show you how it can be done.

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Who’s to blame? Part III – The Board

Who’s to blame? Part III – The Board

We’ve blamed both the players and coach for recent results, for a week that destroyed millions of dreams, but are they solely responsible for what is going on at FC Barcelona? No. If there is a party that does indeed deserve blame, it is the party that has been overseeing the team’s decline over the past couple of years yet chose to do nothing. In the end, Martino accepted a job that was too difficult for any manager and the players are only human, and those who were in charge and responsible of the club failed to react when it was obvious that reinforcements were needed.

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We’ve got mail: Homenaje a Tito

We’ve got mail: Homenaje a Tito

Saying goodbye is never easy. We would like to express our thoughts, just once more, to Tito Vilanova. In this edition of We’ve got mail, a student from Vienna, Austria, wrote a letter in his Spanish course expressing his respect and gratitude to the Blaugrana coach.

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totalBarça are all monkeys

totalBarça are all monkeys

Change literally happens one person at a time. The #weareallmonkeys social media campaign ignited by Dani Alves and started by Neymar has exploded with over 100,000 tweets including the now infamous hashtag. It would have been remiss of totalBarça to not acknowledge our support for the initiative and its message that racism is a hatred that must be eradicated and that we are all same. We are all people, all humans, each of us vulnerable to the same fears and all of us capable of the same dreams. This campaign won’t be the end of racism in sport or society, but it’s one more step forward and when facing great challenges, they can only be tackled a step at a time.

In the coming days we will be inviting our totalBarça readers to submit their “we are all monkeys” image, of which some will be collated into a similar collage and one lucky entrant will receive a prize! Be sure not to miss out. Additional details to follow.

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We are all human

We are all human

The banana? You have to laugh at these morons. You have to deal with it like this because now we can’t change it. I’ve been in this country 11 years and it is as it’s always been.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Getafe

More game and prize details after the jump.

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Send your message

Send your message

Send your message of condolences and support to Tito Vilanova’s family. The club have set up a specific email account for those that would like to send something the way of Tito’s loved ones, to help them in these most difficult of times. If you are in the city itself, the Camp Nou main stand will be open from 9 am to 11 pm today and 9 am to 3 pm tomorrow for people to pay tribute to a good man that is no longer with us.

The special email address is: TitoEtern@fcbarcelona.cat

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: Villarreal vs FC Barcelona

More game and prize details after the jump.

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#TitoEtern

#TitoEtern

How those that played for him said goodbye.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

More game and prize details after the jump.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: Granada vs FC Barcelona

More game and prize details after the jump.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona

More game and prize details after the jump.

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