Getting to know where Luis Suárez came from

Getting to know where Luis Suárez came from

Luis Suárez is a polarizing figure. To an extent, he has certainly earned his reputation. But there is no denying that he is a victim of sensationalized headlines, inaccurate reporting, and ignorance. Below is an exclusive totalBarça translation from highlights of a show about the striker, broadcast in his home country of Uruguay. Money was once a rare commodity for a young Suárez, but what he lacked economically, he made up romantically. At the end of the day, Luis Suárez’s story always comes back to Sofia Balbi.

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Crossfire: PSG inspired by domestic success

Crossfire: PSG inspired by domestic success

As part of our cross-network coverage ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash, fellow Football Collective member and resident Paris Saint-Germain experts 1970 PSG give us valuable insight into the opposition. I sat down with 1970 PSG’s Ross Mackiewicz to chat about both teams’ chances, tactics, and what viewers could expect to witness. Be sure to pop on over to their site for some expert analysis on the French giants, as well as our own answers to their hard-hitting questions.

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Exclusive: Members denied stadium entrance at Miniestadi?

Exclusive: Members denied stadium entrance at Miniestadi?

Ironically, it was a warm afternoon when FC Barcelona B took on Real Betis at the Miniestadi this Sunday. The club’s members, however, were left in the cold while Barcelona B’s home stadium turned green and white. Read more about this strange decision from the organization after the jump.

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Back and Forth: Is Neymar’s frustration justifiable?

Back and Forth: Is Neymar’s frustration justifiable?

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 and Aly are bringing these discussions to you. Both writers will share their views and opinions regarding a certain matter that has been strongly rumoured as of late. Meanwhile, you vote on who you agree with more and share your views in the comments. Shall we begin?

Is Neymar’s frustration justifiable?

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Freeze Frame: Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona

Freeze Frame: Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona

Celta Vigo made life tough for Barcelona on Sunday. Some of the reasons were obvious – an away match after an international break, an extremely well-drilled opponent, and a still-developing midfielder handed a surprising start. But sometimes, you need to slow the match down, to stop and watch a moment again, to really catch the details. Welcome back to Freeze Frame (and apologies, the videos still don’t work on mobile).

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Back and Forth: What’s next for Alves?

Back and Forth: What’s next for Alves?

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 and Aly are bringing these discussions to you. Both writers will share their views and opinions regarding a certain matter that has been strongly rumoured as of late. Meanwhile, you vote on who you agree with more and share your views in the comments. Shall we begin?

Dani Alves: Renew or let go?

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Legal: FC Barcelona reiterate innocence in Neymargate

Legal: FC Barcelona reiterate innocence in Neymargate

FC Barcelona released the following press conference today regarding several club issues, most importantly the recent acceptance by the Spanish courts to charge club officials with misdealings in the 2013 Neymar transfer. The other subjects communicated are mostly miscellaneous. Full transcript below:

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totalBarça welcomes fubo.tv

totalBarça welcomes fubo.tv

On the eve of the 170th clásico, we are excited to announce a new partnership with fubo.tv – an online streaming service dedicated to providing U.S. audiences their fix for quality football.

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MSN vs BBC: All the stats you need

MSN vs BBC: All the stats you need

As the clásico approaches, it’s become sort of a trend to predict the starting lineup of both teams. This time, however, one segment of each of the Spanish teams are indisputable – that segment is the attack. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are all starting on Sunday for sure; just as Barça’s Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez guarantee a starting spot as well. And while the media bombarded us with these silly nicknames of ‘MSN’ and ‘BBC,’ it gets harder and harder not to get caught up by the excitement of football’s greatest eternal rivalry.

Messi eats too many pizzas. Ronaldo is an egotistic piece of crap. Suárez is a cheater, not a footballer. Gareth Bale is Madrid’s latest Galactico flop. Neymar is ridiculously overrated. And Benz, well, should I even go there? Point is, you could say what you like about every player. Haters gonna hate. However, we at totalBarça bring you a breakdown of each of el clásico’s attacking tridents. We’ve categorised both trios’ statistics in the league into these five categories: Scoring, passing, ball control, chemistry and team impact.

Shall we begin?

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Lucky blaugrana charms

Lucky blaugrana charms

As a final preparation for one of the most important games of the season, el clásico, we are sharing #totalbarcatraditions. Every clash with Real Madrid is special and I’m sure each culé and each madridista has their own way of preparing for and celebrating the game. When it comes to my ritual, I usually prepare something to eat while listening to my blaugrana playlist, full of Barça inspired songs. Some are pretty nice, others are a bit cheesy, but hey, the most important thing is that they are about Barça or are closely related to our history. I bet all of us think of the treble of 2009 while listening to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” or about the Champions League final in 2009 with the incredible performance of Andrea Bocelli singing the theme song from Gladiator.Click for more

Crossfire: Madrid ready to take on in-form Barça

Crossfire: Madrid ready to take on in-form Barça

As part of our cross-network coverage ahead of the season’s most anticipated clash, fellow Football Collective member and Real Madrid experts Madridismo give us valuable insight into the happenings around the Santiago Bernabéu. totalBarça discussed the opponent’s current form as well as the pressure currently surrounding Carlo Ancelotti and his men. Be sure to pop on over to their site for some expert analysis on our eternal rivals, as well as some cross-network collaboration with totalBarça.

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Culés! Barça are in need of luck!

Culés! Barça are in need of luck!

Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Manchester City was a memorable one. Even though Barça only won 1-0, they destroyed the Premier League winners. Luis Enrique has stepped up since mid season and the results are all good. The team has improved both offensively and defensively this season and are showing real credentials in all three competitions. But in football, good tactics and form don’t complete the perfect formula. A bit of luck is needed.

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Crossfire: Man City face uphill battle at Camp Nou

Crossfire: Man City face uphill battle at Camp Nou

As part of our cross-network coverage ahead of Wednesday’s second leg Champions League clash, fellow Football Collective member and resident Manchester City experts Typical City give us valuable insight into the happening around the Etihad. totalBarça again got in touch with TC’s Alex Timperley to chat about both teams’ chances, tactics, and what viewers could expect in a game City need to score at least 2 goals to stand any chance of making the next round. Be sure to pop on over to their site for some expert analysis on Manuel Pellegrini’s club, as well as some cross-network collaboration with totalBarça.

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The totalBarça Project: UNICEF Contribution #11

The totalBarça Project: UNICEF Contribution #11

totalBarça is pleased to announce that it has contributed its 11th donation to UNICEF in the amount of $500 via The totalBarca Project. This brings our tally to $5,000 in a span of just over two years.

We could not be more proud of the culés, partners, and staff that make up the totalBarça community. We hope you will all continue to support this site and its vision to support such meaningful projects as UNICEF.

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Crossfire: Manchester City ready for Eastlands revenge

Crossfire: Manchester City ready for Eastlands revenge

As part of our cross-network coverage ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash, fellow Football Collective member and resident Manchester City experts Typical City gave us valuable insight into the opposition. I sat down with TC’s Alex Timperley to chat about both teams’ chances, tactics, and what viewers could expect to witness. Be sure to pop on over to their site for some expert analysis on Manuel Pellegrini’s club, as well as some cross-network collaboration with totalBarça including their own Q&A: Inside the Opposition!
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Match Preview: Can Barcelona bounce back against confident City?

Match Preview: Can Barcelona bounce back against confident City?

Fellow Football Collective member and resident Manchester City experts Typical City contributed to this match report. Be sure to pop on over to their site for some expert insight into Manuel Pellegrini’s club, as well as some cross-network collaboration with totalBarça including an ‘Inside the Opposition’ Q&A!

To dismiss Manchester City FC as a weakened side given the absences of creative workhorses Yaya Touré and James Milner does nothing to lessen the fact that FC Barcelona faces one of its toughest tests of the season. Barcelona’s recent stumble in La Liga to Málaga and Man City’s struggles early on in the group stage will certainly make for a tense affair at the Etihad Stadium. Both clubs are hungry to prove they belong in the next round—something’s got to give.

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Freeze Frame: Athletic Club vs. Barcelona

Freeze Frame: Athletic Club vs. Barcelona

Sometimes, it’s not enough to watch the game once. Sometimes a moment is so brilliant or fascinating that you need to pause it, repeat it, or slow it down. With that in mind, I present what will hopefully be a new series, Freeze Frame, in which I present interesting gifs I make of Barcelona’s most recent matches. Without further ado, let’s get to the explosive, extraordinary performance that was Barcelona’s Sunday trip to New San Mamés.

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Crossfire: AtléticoFans on the long road ahead

Crossfire: AtléticoFans on the long road ahead

FC Barcelona hosts Atlético Madrid on Sunday with second place in La Liga in the balance. The blaugrana and the rojiblancos have both been going through very remarkable seasons for completely different reasons, which could make for an interesting clash. In order to give a little insider perspective on the match, totalBarça and fellow Football Collective partner AtléticoFans engaged in a Crossfire-style interaction, answering questions from behind enemy lines. We posed questions to AtléticoFans’ assistant editor Billy Edwards to get his take on what’s been happening at the Vicente Calderón and what could happen when Simeone’s men come to town. And check out AtléticoFans for totalBarça’s response.Click for more

Crisis is in the eye of the beholder

Crisis is in the eye of the beholder

In the middle of so much drama, it’s tough for fans to stay positive these days. Lately, I find myself online, searching for some kind of explanation as to what the heck is going on with our beloved club. Mostly I find rumors and BS journalism. So it was nice to come across a piece that offers some perspective amidst the madness.

Manel Bruña, a writer for Mundo Deportivo, reminds cules about the other side of the coin. His translated piece is below.

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Breaking: Bartomeu announces 2015 summer elections

Breaking: Bartomeu announces 2015 summer elections

In the still ongoing press conference, Josep Maria Bartomeu announced that the board will call early elections for this coming summer. This is a huge and historic moment for the club and one that will have many millions of culés celebrating.

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Live: Josep Maria Bartomeu’s press conference

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Breaking: Carles Puyol resigns

Breaking: Carles Puyol resigns

Carles Puyol has announced via his official Facebook page that he is ending his professional working relationship with FC Barcelona.

A full translation of his announcement after the jump.

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Breaking: FC Barcelona terminate Zubizarreta’s contract

Breaking: FC Barcelona terminate Zubizarreta’s contract

Whether Andoni Zubizarreta already knew or his comments last night were the impetus, minutes ago FC Barcelona confirmed they have terminated the director of football’s contract. I ask totalBarça readers to take caution….champagne corks can be dangerous objects. President Josep Maria Bartomeu will stage a press conference live tomorrow afternoon on this action and likely others. Official statement below:

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The Year That Was: Memorable moments of 2014

The Year That Was: Memorable moments of 2014

2014 has been a tough year for FC Barcelona, with the club’s image shattered by the bans put on it and the death of Tito Vilanova. Still, there were happy moments during the year and we hope 2015 will be the exact opposite of its predecessor. Below are the favorite and most important moments for Totalbarca’s writers.

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Acing it or failing? – Mid-season Report Card – Midfielders & Forwards

Acing it or failing? – Mid-season Report Card – Midfielders & Forwards

While not technically the mid-point of the 2014/15 campaign, the Christmas break and coming of a new year presents the perfect time to mull over FC Barcelona’s season thus far. There’s a new man in charge, familiar stalwarts and a host of fresh faces hopeful to make their mark in Catalonia. So who’s been making an impression and who has left us concerned or wanting more? totalBarça offers up opinions from writers  and  on whether players are acing it or failing.

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Acing it or failing? – Mid-season Report Card – Goalies & Defenders

Acing it or failing? – Mid-season Report Card – Goalies & Defenders

While not technically the mid-point of the 2014/15 campaign, the Christmas break and coming of a new year presents the perfect time to mull over FC Barcelona’s season thus far. There’s a new man in charge, familiar stalwarts and a host of fresh faces hopeful to make their mark in Catalonia. So who’s been making an impression and who has left us concerned or wanting more? totalBarça offers up opinions from writers ,  and  on whether players are acing it or failing.

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Barça’s midfield offers the path of least resistance

Barça’s midfield offers the path of least resistance

Martin Ødegaard is the “beautiful bride.” Reminiscent of a starry-eyed yet rather absurd pack of singles vying for one woman’s carefully choreographed affections on ABC’s The Bachelorette, a bevy of Europe’s most eligible suitors have been swooning the 16-year-old Norwegian in the hope of receiving his final rose and becoming the “fortunate groom.” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s child-bride metaphor aside, the meticulous courting of Ødegaard would be commonplace in America’s well-oiled collegiate recruitment machine but it’s unprecedented in the European club market.

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Luis Suárez: “I have a great relationship with Messi”

Luis Suárez: “I have a great relationship with Messi”

It’s been an intense 2014 for Luis Suárez, to say the least. From the controversy at the World Cup and his subsequent four-month suspension, to his transfer to Barcelona and finding his footing in a new system, the Uruguayan has been through a lot. Over the holiday break, he gave an exclusive interview to Sport 360°. He spoke about what it’s like playing with Neymar and Messi, the differences between the Premier League and La Liga, and why he believes he can be successful at his dream club. Read the full interview after the jump.

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Exclusive picture of the day: Dining with Xavi

Exclusive picture of the day: Dining with Xavi

December 23, 2014, a day I will never forget. Sitting at home waiting to go and play football, I received a call from my brother telling me that he got us an invitation to dinner with Xavi  Hernández. I was mesmerized and couldn’t believe that it was really happening. I quickly called my friends to tell them that I won’t be joining them for football. Wearing my Barça tie, I entered an elegant gala filled with Egyptian players, ex-players and actors. I couldn’t concentrate on them as my eyes were set to see one person only, Xavi. I cruised through the crowed in search of the maestro and there he was, sitting with his family, a normal humble guy. My brother and I couldn’t take our eyes from him so we ran to the nearest table and luckily it was a table exactly one meter away. With the music playing, he was always going with the music and clapping, he is a typical maestro, on and off the field. For three hours we couldn’t stop looking at him and when the music stopped for a couple of seconds, we shouted “Xavi! Xavi!” and he turned and saw us holding his t-shirt. He then waved for us with a smile and gave us a thumbs up. Minutes later, I gave him the t-shirt and he signed it. It is a day to remember. We went home feeling victorious and thankfully he looked happy, so hopefully it won’t be his last visit to Egypt.

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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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