Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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The votes are in

The votes are in

What sets FC Barcelona apart from the vast majority of football clubs are its members. The democratic process is a cornerstone of the institution, and one that should never be taken for granted or under valued. Today nearly 119,000 club members (socios) were invited to attend the Barça Space or New Camp Nou referendum, whatever one wants to call it, and use a 12 hour time span to exercise their democratic right. Democracy is far from a perfect model in whatever sphere, but it’s collectively agreed upon as the best model humanity has managed to come up with thus far. So today in all the glory of democracy, 37, 535 votes were cast, representing 31.65% of total socios. Of those, 27, 161 or 72.36% voted YES. That is an overwhelming majority. But for many, today was democracy in both shame and glory. More than 80,000 members didn’t even pitch (where they reside is not an all encompassing excuse) and 751 people decided it was worth their time to attend and simply submit a blank vote, which is really useful. Like it or not, the people have spoken and as it stands the current club administration have the legal power to begin moving forward with a 600 million euro budget.

Nevertheless, this is only the beginning. Actual construction will only begin in 2017 and the acquisition of permits occurs midway through 2016. What makes these dates so key is they are all post the 2016 presidential elections. Theoretically, if this administration is not re-elected, presumably with Josep Maria Bartomeu at the head, it will be extremely interesting to see what happens. My guess is if say Joan Laporta wins again, or someone with similar animosity towards the current suits, the entire plan could be scrapped or significantly amended. How easy that will be is another story, depending on what contracts are signed and what extent penalty clauses to breach contract would apply. Yet, those are discussions for another day. Today, April 5th 2014, the socios have spoken, and they’ve said yes.

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The story of the Ledermans

The story of the Ledermans

Sam Borden wrote a piece for the New York Times in November 2013 about 13-year-old Ben Lederman. A large part of the narrative focuses on the lives of Ben’s parents, the sacrifices they have made and their testimonial that FC Barcelona has given little to no help.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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Club publish a history of communication with FIFA

Club publish a history of communication with FIFA

FC Barcelona published concurrently with president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s press conference a history of communication with FIFA from the Catalan’s club perspective. During the press conference, Bartomeu had said that Barça heard nothing from FIFA in five months. Full transcript below.

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The totalBarça Project: UNICEF Contribution #7

The totalBarça Project: UNICEF Contribution #7

totalBarça is pleased to announce that it has contributed its seventh donation to UNICEF in the amount of $500 via The totalBarca Project.  This brings our tally to $3,500 in a span of just 18 months!

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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…

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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!

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Celta de Vigo

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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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!

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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Back and Forth: Life after Puyol

Back and Forth: Life after Puyol

In a totalBarça special, we bring to you the Back and Forth series! Throughout the season rumours and stories come and go. We constantly hear and read articles about players leaving, signing and retiring while others compare players, judge coaches and debate who’s better.

Now Youssef, Fahd, Stevenson, Aly and Eric are bringing these discussions to you. All five writers will share their views and opinions regarding certain matters that have been haunting many culé minds. Meanwhile, you vote who you agree with more and share your views with us as well through comments. Back and Forth’s last edition debated what was next for Gerard Piqué, and readers voted equally between keeping the tall defender and dropping him. Now, it is time for another debatable topic. Shall we begin?

Who should Carles Puyol’s replacement be?

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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The view from our seat: Carles Puyol

The view from our seat: Carles Puyol

No, he’s not gone yet, but today’s press conference has rocked the footballing world, especially for culés. The curly haired gladiator Carles Puyol announced he would be leaving his boyhood Barça after 14 years in the first team. Having survived nine coaches, the player affectionately named Tarzan has endeared himself in the hearts of Catalans for his athleticism, unshakeable courage and ability to lead his team to victory.

Everyone here at totalBarça will be sad to see him go. We wanted to take a moment and share our own thoughts and memories of El Capità and to personally say thank you for all the triumphs and travails that come with leading the greatest club in the world.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

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Club release official statement regarding taxation payment

Club release official statement regarding taxation payment

On Sunday La Vanguardia reported the club would make a payment to the Spanish Treasury due to different interpretations on the amounts paid to Neymar’s family company. More details here, but basically FC Barcelona assert the payment was for the “penalty clause” inherent in the original pre-agreement with Neymar. The Spanish tax authorities believe the substance of the amount is actually income for the player, hence carrying an income tax component. Per personal experience, while this isn’t an everyday event in football (mostly because transfers are not scrutinized to this degree), such difference in interpretations between companies and the tax man are commonplace in business. As the statement below also notes, it should be remembered that FC Barcelona is audited by an independent auditor, who additionally would have analyzed this issue.

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Back and Forth: What’s next for Piqué?

Back and Forth: What’s next for Piqué?

In a totalBarça special, we bring to you the Back and Forth series! Throughout the season rumours and stories come and go. We constantly hear and read articles about players leaving, signing and retiring while others compare players, judge coaches and debate who’s better.

Now Aly, Youssef, and EnriqueSDS are bringing these discussions to you. All three writers will share their views and opinions regarding certain matters that have been haunting many culé minds. Meanwhile, you vote who you agree with more and share your views with us as well through comments. Back and Forth’s last edition debated whether Barça are in need of a classic #9 striker or not, the culés have voted in favour of signing one. Now, it is time for another debatable topic. Shall we begin?

 What is next for Gerard Piqué?

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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: Real Sociedad vs FC Barcelona

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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: Manchester City vs FC Barcelona

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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…

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For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano

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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…

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For upcoming match: Real Sociedad vs FC Barcelona

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Fan Fridays: Who said that?

Fan Fridays: Who said that?

Every Friday, totalBarça will provide entertaining posts for you to kick-start your weekend!

Well done to Godfrey Asimwe for the best caption from last editions’s post.

This week, we have “Who said that?” Write who you think said the following quote in the comments section and we’ll reveal the answer in next week’s Fan Fridays post.

 ”Barcelona’s main rivals are Barcelona.”

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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!

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For upcoming match: Sevilla vs FC Barcelona

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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!

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Breaking: Luis Aragonés passes away aged 75

Breaking: Luis Aragonés passes away aged 75

José Luis Aragonés Suárez, or Luis Aragonés, El Sabio de Hortaleza (The wise man of Hortaleza) passed away early this morning in a Madrid hospital. Aragonés was a football man, spending near the entirely of his life in the game. Certainly a man of controversy in his later years, but one whose vital importance and role in Spain’s historic success since 2008 will be unbeknown to most. He spent but a brief time at FC Barcelona, but irrespective a man of his legacy in the Spanish game merits a proper tribute.

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Fan Fridays: Caption This

Fan Fridays: Caption This

Every Friday, totalBarça will provide entertaining posts for you to kick-start your weekend!

This week we have Caption This, which many of you seem to enjoy! Please leave your captions in the comments section after the jump. To make it more interesting try adding a caption for all the people involved. Have fun and be creative but remember to keep the vulgarity out. The best caption will be announced in next week’s Fan Fridays post.

Last week we presented a quiz on our roadrunner Pedro and here are the answers to the questions. Congratulations to everyone who commented, you all got most of the questions correct! Follow this post after the jump for all the correct answers.

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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…

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For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Valencia

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